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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: Many paper advantages

"Equally likely to be left on a commuter train by a civil servant."

True, however, the nature of the grab would be limited to that particular set of data. Whereas an electronic equivalent (hacked, lost usb stick, stolen computer) could potentially harvest a *lot* more data. Plus, physical data is a lot harder to index. Electronic data is damned easy.

Now, where is my OCR gear....

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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Re: They haven't noticed me

Same here.

However, have you ever tried to 'add' someone to your circles using a gmail address which was provided for the purpose?

Please tell me if this is possible because when I wanted to share a few photographs with other G+ users this was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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I concur. Trophy 900 Triple over here.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Double standards

"Have they seen some of the madness that passes for pornography in Japan?"

Jasper - is that you?

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

I want to say 'Cunoes' but I feel that may be in bad taste?

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Re: FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

Now you are talking.

A revolution based in Apathy.

Relatives' and friends' computers are no longer going to be fixed/wiped of virii. All general upkeep of servers, patches, hardware fixes are now left. 5 get you 7 that gov.uk fails first. Payroll starts to stutter, then fail completely, which drags in other non-IT people that already started to worry when POS terminals started playing up and payment services started to fail.

YES! WE, THE TECHNORATI, PWN YOU. Muhahahah *cough*

Or, maybe not. I have just started the second series of 'Orange is the new Black' and I would like to finish that first. Also GoT season 4. But after. Oh yes. We shall .., sorry, coffee time!

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FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

I think you will find ol' Rupert, a proper 'man of the people' whose legacy of 'News' given to the 'Free Man' is starting to think that the potential of 'News' gleaned from other sources isn't quite right. ie, Not controlled by him, thus no money made. So he attacks the Internet. Think of him like 'Anonymous' only inverted. Imagine that: a sea of Murdocorp employees all wearing Rupert masks...

Tell you what, Rupert, old sport, why not sponser a news agency that isn't full of shite, celebrity gossip, copy-and-pasted Reuters bulletins and press releases from Celebrity's agents, press releases from companies marketing departments in the guise of a 'White Paper'.

Or, buy The Register. Or attempt to. That would be really funny. I am not saying that you couldn't buy it, no offence Reg staff, I know that ultimately there is a price point that you couldn't say no to, but the fallout would be better than any 'Scandal'. I think that might possibly start the long wished for Revolution. Imagine that: Britain's uprising finally started by Sysadmins everywhere. Programmers, too, but they would need to follow the spec for revolution written by the Analysts. Sysadmins are Anarchists anyway. Have you seen their perl scripts? *shudders*

Glossary:

'Man of the people' - term usually assigned to dictators by dictators.

'News' - Official Twitter tweets.

'Tweets' - a term misappropriated for an entry on Twitter. Usually inane drivel. Usually used to keep companies' customer service in check. Birds' tweets are far nicer.

'Free Man' - Not a Mac Nac Feegle.

'White Paper' - Toilet Roll

'Scandal' - today's revelation that someone is human, and/or a celebrity stating how they suffered during their public humiliation. Usually started by a 'tweet'.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Somewhere ...

"Steve Jobs is spinning."

I think you will find he had himself uploaded to SSD...

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: Knock Down Ginger.

Sorry, what now?

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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@Jasper

"...German dogging videos would be shown links to other sorts of similar smut."

Sooooo, past experience then? :)

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

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Re: Am I missing the point here?

"They are hardly weird selfies after all ;-)"

Are there *really* any other kind?

:)

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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Erm...

"Curiously, this latest development seems to contradict Germany's assertion in May that it would not pursue charges over the NSA's mass spying. ®"

How so?

Just because they would not be pursuing the NSA doesn't meant to say they wouldn't hold an inquiry into the impact of it, or how to prevent as much of it in the future. Nor does it mean they wouldn't prosecute one of their own for spying for a foreign agency. That would be just silly.

Plus, not prosecuting, or attempting to prosecute anyone in relation to the mass surveillance wouldn't prevent them from going after subsequent, and quite blatant, spying attempts by the good ol' US of A.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Geography! - Hang on a minute....

"part of the greater European Socialist Republic"

European Socialist Republic = ESR

ESR = Eric S Raymond.

I smell conspiracy of enormous magnitude.

All we need know is a Republic of Merry Socialists and the circumstantial evidence would be overwhelming.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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Wonder how many Moto G handsets

Were sold in that same period in the UK? Combine that with the lower end Windows phones...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Re: Not one mention of.....

"2. girls in inappropriate dress"

You mean like wearing suits of armour to an office job? Why can't blokes do that? How sexist of you...

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Re: Um..

The fact you felt the need to reply Anon is all the evidence you need to make up your own mind.

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Oh sarcasm out. Definitely....

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Deja-vu alert: Russian hackers target US, Euro energy giants

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Little bit of smuggery...

...going on there? :)

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Bet they are sorry now.

When I read the updated bit then re-checked the sub-heading I nearly wet myself.

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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I don't quite get what people expect of Google. They are a company, nothing more, nothing less. Google may try to hide behind "Don't be evil" but ultimately they are there to make money. Which they do very well.

If they really did try have some moral stance, they could have stuck with non-targeting advertising, charging for services that they currently give away for free etc. They would still have made money, just not as much. But somehow it has become the norm that you sell your privacy in exchange for free stuff that enables Google to make even more money and research into stuff that seems to have them look like Lord of the 'Net. (I now have a parody of 'One ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them' running through my head).

Google are not the internet, despite what a large proportion of the public think. They are just another large company that is driven by profit. Their time is now. At some point, it will do an IBM. When that happens there will be another company ruling the roost. Hopefully by licensing Anti-Grav and flying cars and hover-boards will be around and plentiful.

I would like to think there are companies who make a profit but don't make that the only reason they exist, but I am not silly enough to think Google is one of them.

I may search the web on that using Duckduckgo....

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Im in.

I'll work for nearly nothing. I do now anyway.

The bank of El Reg. Vulture logo strangely fitting.

"The bank that likes to say, 'Beer time yet?'"

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: My eyes bleed

"What I'd like is a lightweight bike with electric drive, electric regeneration, and short travel suspension for rough roads."

or - htfu.

:)

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"..a new concept of safety."

I'm sorry?

OED: "The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury"

I'm intrigued. My concept of safety is in alignment with the definition in the OED. How wrong we all must be. Having your phone turn your lights on for you *must* be a complete paradigm shift. With that same logic, sticking your phone in your car must make driving safer.

Oh, wait...

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Doh is a dear

...for sharing that.

"According to Doh (no Simpsons jokes, please – we're adults here...),"

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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

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Millenium Bug

Actually, don't think it was doomsaying. I worked during that era of 95-1999 on said bugs in a few different companies and it *needed* to be done.

Just wait till 2025...by which time the new crop of system maintainers who won't remember that particular fudge won't be expecting it....

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Far cry from "Bill Gate's Towel Boy", though...

Apologies to Scott Adams...

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Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

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Actually, I suspect

that Apple are really gunning hard for this as a way to keep their current balance sheet and offer the damages as a dividend to shareholders.

It would get them out of this 'No, NO NO TAX to pay as we HAVE NO PROFITSssess, precious, no profitsesssss' thing they have going on.

That or the Lawyers are on the biggest 'no win, no fee', case ever.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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I should point out that spf records were already employed... Thanks though.

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Thanks for all the replies!

I should point out that not sending spam is good. Compromised account via an XP machine was the culprit, however. Not mine...

mxtoolbox was my first port of call after emptying qmail queue, I dealt with those.

Hotmail, after repeatedly sending email (spamming?) MS, it seems that my mail now goes through. Could have been a time set thing though.

My current issue is that one of the domains in use is having trouble getting through to Gmail now, however, it doesn't affect all on that IP address, which I can't quite fathom.

I appreciate all the help, people. Some really good pointers there and I have put them to use.

FTR - comes back clean on all the posted links...so I am hoping that the 30 day rule is the only one which is causing an issue on some major providers!

Anyhow - one thing I have learned from this is that some sort of mail use filter is a necessity if running your own mailservers, so if something starts to send an inordinate amount of email, then that account gets put on hold and the sysadmin alerted. You have to assume that a machine not in your control will get pwned at some point, possibly revealing mailserver passwords. Natch.

Cheers for El Reg Editorial giving this a heads up, too...

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Aha. Bot.

'Tanaya' contacted me again.

"Hello,

My name is Tanaya and I work with the Outlook.com Deliverability Support Team.

We understand that you have additional questions regarding how to improve the content of your mail and, thereby, improve deliverability of your email to Outlook.com users.

For your background, deliverability to a user's inbox is based on many factors including the reputation of the sending IP(s), the format of the mail and also user settings and preferences."

This was in response to my query about the list. So I think I can safely say this is automated.

Not terribly good show.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

Hi.

Some background. Last week someone who has a mailing account with one of my domains, which in tern is hosted on a mate's server, had his email password lifted from his XP laptop and subsequently that account was used to send out a near a million spam messages. Or attempted to, I caught it with 847k still to go. So one clean up later, and blacklist maintainer grovelling notwithstanding, I have been getting the IP address, which also holds a few other domains I hasten to add, off the blacklists. I attempted to reply to my wife, who uses hotmail, and get a message back stating that the ip was blocked.

This I understand. It is, ultimately my responsibility. So I contact Live.com via their recommended route. I get an email stating they will investigate upon my reply. So I give them the run down on what happened and what I have done since etc.

I get an email back which basically states:

"We have reviewed your IP(s) (8.8.8.8*) and determined that messages are being filtered (i.e. sent to the Junk folder) based on the recommendations of the SmartScreen® Filter.

Email filtering is based on many factors, but primarily it's due to mail content and recipient interaction with that mail. Because of the proprietary nature of SmartScreen® and because SmartScreen® Filter technology is always adapting and learning more about what is and isn't unwanted mail, it is not possible for us to offer specific advice about improving your mail content. However, in general SmartScreen® Filter evaluates specific words or characteristics from each e-mail message and weights them, based on their likelihood to indicate that a message is unwanted or legitimate mail.

Unfortunately, after reviewing the information you provided and in compliance with our mail policies, we are unable to offer immediate mitigation for your deliverability issue. However, we have some specific recommendations for you to consider that can help you to improve deliverability over time. "

Now, this is reads a little false. First off, the message clearly states:

"Connected to 8.8.4.4* but sender was rejected. Remote host said: 550 OU-002 (COL0-MC4-F5) Unfortunately, messages from 8.8.8.8* weren't sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list"

So this pretty much indicates that there *is* a list and it isn't the content of the email, which was pretty much what the Live.com rep was stating. ALso, prior to this, the original email in response to my raised request stated:

"Our investigation has determined these IP(s) are being blocked based on the recommendations of Symantec's BrightMail filter.

We will be happy to work directly with Symantec on your behalf to investigate and possibly resolve this problem. Symantec will re-evaluate your IP and remove the block if appropriate."

Which kind of shows up the other email to be a little disingenuous.

I *know* that the internet is a very big place and my piddling little problem is just that, and that spammers are the scum of the earth, however, I can't email my wife. Or reply to my wife. (On this address). My friend, who kindly let me host my domain on his server, has all his domains treated similarly as the domain is shoved somewhere in Microsoft's hit list. If it was similar to Bing, I wouldn't car. But because hotmail have a fair whack of all mailboxes, it is kind of a big deal.

If anyone has had a similar experience, I would really appreciate some advice. This being the Reg, I understand that I will get some abuse and I accept that. But please temper it with something useful.

*My little joke

PS - If anyone has experience of creating qmail mail send rate triggers, I would be grateful if you could contact me.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

And great dentistry. Don't forget the amazing dentistry.

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

Firefly! We loved you.....*sob*

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Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

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Re: Just checked. Phew

That was about as subtle as Russell Brand around the newest female stars.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Perfect for me

"it know's it isn't waterproof"

Au Contraire...

http://www.mobileburn.com/22487/news/moto-g-survives-30-minutes-underwater-but-its-not-waterproof

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"pay the extra few coin and get the G."

+1 .

The Moto G is nigh on the best bang for buck in the smartphone world. Not only is it very capable, it is pretty resilient, judging by the lack of marks after being in a pocket with keys and money, too. I can forgive the fixed battery, which is not to bad to do anyway, but if they had included the microSD then it would have attained "Elite" status, as opposed to just "Deadly".

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Come the revolution,

I swear, if you are in Marketing, you better run...

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Fast-fingered Filho flicks aside WinPhone-furtling fumbler after 4 months

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Re: Who the fuck cares?

"Those nimble fingers belonged to 15-year-old Gaurav Sharma"

I guess teenagers...

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: no way

I really cannot see why they would change the 3.5mm jack. it is Analogue. A supposed 'HD Audio' connector, if it was analogue also, would be laughed out of the way by the press and generally more aware consumers. Apple wouldn't be so stupid. Remember ADC for displays? No? good reason for that.

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EDIT- saw your own reply to your article. Give you credit for clarifying. :)

"Given they rarely allow themselves to fall foul of design evasion 1 - I predict they are about to go all in on HD audio. In Apple style they will simply wholly remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from all iOS devices coming out this year and moving forwards. In 2 years it will be near as dammit a forgotten connector. If they do this, there will be one hell of a user base purchasing new speaker/headphone tech with a new connector standard (possibly lightening and/ or a new higher throughput low power wireless standard / upgrade to low-power bluetooth)"

A forgotten connecter? HD audio? High definition audio? I feel you buy into too much marketing hyperbole about how stupid you think consumers are. Look at 3D television and video calling. They didn't really add anything new. HD audio is worse because it is a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist. At least HD TV was there to improve on pictures.

'HD' audio is sloppy term that tries to piggyback off the success of HD television. (I was using Higher res than 1080P on my computers years before it was 'invented'). Buying Beats was more about a a strategic alliance and a marketing tactic, nothing more. Beats doesn't do anything fancy, in fact they butcher the normal sound profile to compensate for the overly compressed stuff that exists. Decent sound digitally has existed for ages. It is just there has been no mass market for these consumer devices because it suited companies at the time. Memory has become very cheap allowing the use of lossless codecs which mean you can show up your 128kbps mp3s if you use a decent ADC converter with a reasonable pair of headphones.

All of a sudden they invent 'new technology' to show how cutting edge it is. In reality, all Apple are doing is creating a licensing market to charge firms who make audio devices to sell to the public, in order to make them Apple compatible.

I hate Apple for oh, so many reasons, (I converted most of my family to Macs, btw), but Jobs was good at running them. Now? They are your typical profit led business that will try to produce things that tie in markets. Not surprised in any way, I mean this is what businesses do. But at least Jobs was visionary. Apple are now equivalent of Microsoft in the 90s, and IBM of the 80s. Google will go that way. It is the nature of that particular beast.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Yeah. Damn Ewoks.

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Meh.

Like the idea, but currently I would rather have an Africa Twin. Go more places, cheaper to buy, and I would guess *far* more economical.

/bah_humbug

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Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

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650b is your friend....

:)

Good reasons why the Porteurs of Paris used that size...:

http://janheine.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/a-journey-of-discovery-part-3-wide-650b-tires/

Grand Bois Hetres FTW.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Re: Am I the last person on Earth...

*YES*. Very much in agreement, not just about a Browser, but about a Imap mail client also. I use Thunderbird and find it jolly useful, however, there are some aspects that I despair over, not in the least the amount of memory it consumes when linked to a Gmail account.

I would pay to help support and keep independent. I truly would. I bought Eudora back in 1999 and would certainly pay fees for well developed and supported software.

I suspect, though I have no basis for it, that the majority of people who only use FF and TB feel the same way*.

*So what? MARKETING DROiDS and politicians get away with it so why can't I?

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Re: How about fixing the UI to one that works?

"Try Firefox ESR"?

I read that and thought what has Eric Raymond associated himself with now??!

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: What excites me?

People telling me what excites them....

Oh yes!

Keep it coming...

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

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Re: @Gray -- Sorry to spoil the fun, but ...

"Like if or not, spectrum anarchy reigns."

Well yes. Sort of. But not so much in Ham land in the UK, as Gray is right about the offensive. With commercial bands you have one organisation trying to sort it out with limited resources. With amateur allocated bands you have Hams who will locate the culprits and then show the powers that be where they are.

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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This:

"Little wonder then that the middle class find the BBC a bargain - their prejudices and tastes are "super-served" by the corporation today, while their consumption is subsidised by the poorer socio-economic groups who get their news elsewhere" - and the explanation for this is bang on. I used to admire the BBC, then iit started to go sour, around about the time of the launch of iPlayer. I think it was the MS only platform (remember - iPhone started then, folks) and the cost to deliver that which suck in my gullet. I started to notice the online news become a little shallower in depth, which has become more apparent in the last few years. This 'New Media', which now is 'Digital Media' seems to be license to spout endless shallow content that you expect from Fox, but you would hope that Aunty would deride along the rest of us and stick to a well developed relay of the facts and decent analysis of the same.

What really saddens me, though, is the BBC Radio news. At one stage the Today program I admired, It seems that it also is starting to follow the trend of BBC News online. The obligatory 'find one person to interview about the subject and someone else who will just argue regardless if they can argue the point effectively' style of interviewing The regurgitating of news stories and pimping of non-news that seems to be Press releases half the time.

This will only get worse with the "BBC Twitter Push of '14". Oh Joy. Who, really, gives a crap if they twitter more? Just because a large proportion of the younger populace Tweet doesn't make it mandatory. They also do a lot of other things so what next? Live nights out and morning afters to engage with the yoof?

I'm sad.

None news aside, some still great content on the Radio. Though a little bit of danger of New Luvvies only in some cases mentioning no names oh go on then David Mitchell but not as bad as the news quiz. At least DM is rather funny. And factually accurate most of the time.

Plus the world service is still a great service.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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Re: Pussies!

Buckaroo Banzai! You are alive!!!! Joy...

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