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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Lizard People?

It was meant to be humor in response to Sir Runcible Spoon's history of self mutilation.

It was obviously funnier in my head.

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Re: Lizard People?

So, do you have a carer, or some other responsible person, who takes care of you? If so, they need to be sacked.

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Missing on the obvious business opportunity

Starprints!

Fingerprints of the stars! You too could unlock your iBling/SBling with the same fingerprint as KIM KARDASHIAN. Be the envy of your Facebook Friends, be the envy of your real friends (Real friends not supplied!). Protect your most private selfies with the same built in security used by such luminaries as Paris Hilton, Scarlett Johansson and Jude Law.

PleasenotethatshouldyoulosepossessionofyourphonetherearechancesofitbecingunlockedwithsimilarStarprint(tm)bytotherperson(s).

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: I wish

I SO want a pocket Pachyderm.

A Pockyderm.

My wife, though, she would want the Tiger. I do try and point out that being awoken by the current domestic variety by them walking on her head would redefine her current desire to own a Tiger, but she doesn't get it.

I should get one, just to prove my point.

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Just for this...

...I am now boycotting 'Wishes'.

I will have to just live with 'Demands' and 'Entitlements' instead.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Ghostbusters ref?

"Cats and dogs will live together,"

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You can play Flappy Bird on a POINT OF SALE TERMINAL

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"Chip & Pin is better than the magnetic strip/signature method, but it's not perfect, and the payment industry needs to own up to this."

This is a biggie. They can't really own up to the insecurity of payment methods because trust is an inherent part of financial transactions. If you don't trust the retailer (or the retail method) you are paying for something with card, you are more likely not to use the card, which pushes you to use more cash, which starts to hurt the card business. If, as a retailer, you are worried that any purchases are fraudulently made which results in you losing out (usually the card companies will cover this even though I doubt many firms would actually meet PPI requirements).

Cash is still safest, but there is no way for any other firm to get in on that transaction and make a small amount, millions of times a day.

Until there is a fundamental change in how the world views electronic security, there will never, ever be an IT industry that is based on a solid foundation of security first. There will always be a catch up with the, ahem, researchers always ahead of the game. There will always be new industry initiatives that will state they will aim to combat fraud, and there will always be winners and losers. And lies. Lots of lies. Lies that will be willingly bought into because to not publicly believe the lie will bring the whole house of cards down.

Lets face it, as has been said before, Money is the biggest religion in the world today. It is all about belief.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

The problem is, Microsoft may be firing on all cylinders but usually that is pushing the juggernaut in the wrong direction.

Microsoft's main problem is the people running the company do not actually understand what they are producing. Let us take Windows. Windows 8 could have been a rather good product. Instead, they saw Apple's more cohesive OS strategy and thought 'WE WANT THAT because people are buying it therefore that is what we must produce' and then promptly tried to tie it to the desktop thinking that it was new, exciting, and everyone would want a bit. They ignored people who actually used their products day to day and formed the majority of their market; they ignored common sense.

Windows phone 8 I had for a while, and it was rather refreshing to use. There were some really good ideas, it was presented nicely, was a wonderful work flow for a mobile device and I still wish my Android worked the same in a lot of ways. Shame they screwed up on two simple things, (for me), THe email client wasn't flexible enough for me (K9 ftw) and the music player was just dire and playable formats just crippled. Two mainstream applications for a mobile device, and they didn't really pay them much attention.

Meh..:/

So Microsoft do have the tech nouse to produce decent stuff, they just seem to be ran by idiots. Steve Jobs may have, to my mind, been completely plain wrong in some aspects, but he, at least, had a vision that clicked with a lot of people.

Microsoft are like the child that shows so much promise and can astound you with brilliance, then goes and paints the bedroom wall with their own shit.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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"The government must never make a similar mistake."

...just wait till they get their way with medical records.

*sigh*

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?

"Similarly, there's no term to describe the process by which a screwdriver, when placed momentarily out of view in a sealed room, with no means of escape, can disappear forever from the face of the planet."

Actually, I think you will find there is: 'Magic'

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Journalistic Integrity

I, for one, applaud The Register for owning up to a journalistic failing. The never-ending quest for accurate reporting was certainly shown in this public admission of falsehood being presented as fact.

As it stands, I do hope that the appropriate sanctions have been applied to Mr Haines. May I suggest an in depth study of the rise of the paper clip? If that isn't considered enough of a punishment, how about the rise and fall of Clippy?

I feel that some form of punishment should be applied to ensure that the Intertubes continue to reflect the truth, dignity and above all, integrity, currently upheld across the Interweb.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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The SOG paratool

is excellent for pulling nose hairs.

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Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

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@Bong

You forgot the cats.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Idiots

We all know that Al Gore invented the Internet.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Re: Er what?

" hardly ever use native apps,"

Ditto.

Unless forced, eg Netflix on a phone, I will avoid them like a plague. I tend to use the website, and usually the desktop one. This is normally because the alternatives are a pita to use and hide a lot of functionality.

What this has done, though, is show the lack of decent, (decent as in my definition of decent), web page flow and design. I am sick of animation still using flash, because I can't see it on my FF browser on Android. Some sites are unusable - flckr - I am looking at you and your meyeresque dystopian method of trying to ensure any viewed page on a mobile device is like trying to view an IE6 written site on something other than IE6.

All I can see is more and more processor time taken up to display even less information. Some sites are analogous to trying to read a simple sentence written in the wingdings font.

TBF - the Reg renders well and flows easily, which shows they know their target audience.

Most others end up with the HTML 5 never ending scrolling page of doom. Usually with about 5 pictures for every letter on said page.

And another thing.....[at this point this posts author was forcibly made to take his medication]

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Is it my age?

I'm 40 btw....

But every time I get a screen on an 'Application' that asks if I want to 'Share' my achievement I get a surge of anger and a desire to feed the software firm in question to a Bugblatter beast.

Yes, I just watched a jolly froody film and NO I FSCKING DON'T WANT TO TWEET ABOUT IT you utter BASTARDS.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Two way adapters

"I now have exactly twice as many two-way electrical plug adaptors as I do devices that require plugging in."

Yet I guarantee that as soon as you need one, you will not find one free.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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New market.

Engraving the backs of iPads and using them as Gravestones.

iDied.

*ahem*

Bad taste?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: Boycott

How dare you cast dispersions on Mr Pott. >:)

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Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

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^ Miserable lot

That is all.

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Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

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Re: SO what's not safe for work?

Not if you are a cow...

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Basta

Basta de esta tontería. ¿Dónde está mi tocino y cerveza?

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Danger of scientific papers

I heard that if you consume more than one scientific paper on health a week, you can reduce your life expectancy by 5 years due to resulting stress and worry.

So, less science, more dubious meat products and alcohol. If you get the balance right the end result will be the same, just one way is more fun.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Do you trust the Government to oversea a sucessful IT scheme?

Problem is, once the genie is out of the bottle, or in this case, the data has been compromised, that is it. You can't get it back in.

With this in mind:

Do you trust the Government to successfully implement an IT project that manages data of such a private nature, akin to your financial data, to ensure that the safeguards are so watertight that even a malicious insider couldn't easily walk away with it?

If the answer is no then how can you agree to the proposals?

Not that I think *what* I think will make one jot of difference to the inevitable outcome. I will have to rely on incompetence to do the job for me. Worked with identity cards.

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LinkedIn censors self to launch in China

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Altruism

"...we also believe that LinkedIn’s absence in China would deny Chinese professionals a means to connect with others on our global platform, thereby limiting the ability of individual Chinese citizens to pursue and realise the economic opportunities, dreams and rights most important to them."

Oh bless.

How noble of them to offer their services to China. You would almost think that the Chinese market would cost Linked-in, not increase their value.

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Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

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Re: Don't buy security from box shifters

""nut jobs" is right if you think the average person has the time or the inclination to subscribe to the same prejudices and delusional world-view as you"

Quite amusing that your post accuses someone else of prejudice yet you use the term 'Not everyone is a neckbeard with no social life'

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Re: Needs hefty telescope indeed

Do it. I want to see that.

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Re: Needs hefty telescope indeed

How about a 32" f2? Could just about reach that eyepiece. But the size of that secondary mirror!!!

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Games I spent waaay too much time on - 80s onwards.

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Games I spent waaay too much time on - 80s onwards.

Elite - Spectrum/Electron/C64

Need I say more?

Commando - Spectrum

This was extremely playable. I loved this game.

Lightcycles - Spectrum

Ridiculously simple game and excellent fun against a mate. Sharing a ZX Spectrum keyboard though...

Ghost Busters - C64. 'He Slimed ME!' Discovered the easiest way to get through the first level was to get the Beetle and a couple of traps. You easily made the money to get through. (edit - actually this was technically the first game I completed, thinking about it)

Forbidden Forest - C64

I would go round to my mates, then subsequently ignore him whilst I played this over and over and over...sorry Dan. Excellent mood music.

Gunship 2000 - C64 and Spectrum 128, First 'simulator' I truly got hooked on. Remember the soldiers^h^h^h^h vertical lines?

Marble Madness - Spectrum. Again, very playable 3d(ish) platformer.

Spin Dizzy - Spectrum..same as above.

Nemesis - MSX. Hours turned into days turned into weeks lost on this. First game ever completed.

F1 Spirit - MSX. Probably the second game I ever completed.

Nemesis 2 - MSX. Not quite as many hours as first game, but still very fun.

Wipeout - Playstation. That soundtrack...those graphics and game play, I was Hooked. HOOKED.

There were obviously more, but these were the ones that stick out in my head. Battlefield 1942 in 2003 was the start of something darker and lead to the current game of choice, Ghosts. It is a marvel I ever got married, come to think of it...

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Re: @ Bluenose - Aren't these couple of loons...

"http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/2014/uk-storms-and-floods

to summarise - 'we cant say conclusively (cos that's not how climate works) but you would have to be a fucking idiot not to see the overall picture.'"

So..the fact that the Metoffice state that the current observations regarding the abnormal activity which is referred to in the report requires more research to be done means that they are certain of its cause?

Of course not. Hence their statement.

To use your phrase "...you would have to be a fucking idiot..." to accept that things are certain, eg, the odds of current patterns being caused categorically by GW are so high that we accept that as certain even when your own quoted source are not stating that.

"now will you shut the fuck up??"

Ok - so we are back to accept this fact just 'because' and don't question anything.

You are showing the attitude that is the problem in general. We can't question anything without being labeled as a 'naysayer', 'denier', 'alarmist' etc.

I haven't stated whether I think that GW exists or doesn't exist. That is immaterial. I have only questions the debatable associations that have been alluded to in this forum*.

*Forum: An Internet forum, or message board, is an [*]online discussion site[*] where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages

PS - No. You shut up. :)

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Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

On that note:

http://cosmoscon.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/co2-vs-population.jpg

- complete coincidence I found this, btw, I was actually looking at things to do with M82 and the supernova and I saw this and it made me laugh.

Please don't get me wrong. There are a few things going on here.

Whether I believe in ACC or NCC or CC at all is immaterial to what is actually happening right now. The question is, should it be ACC, then what do you propose we do about it? If it is NCC, the same question? The Earth and the incredibly complex biomechanical system that exists within it, including extra terrestrial impacts, (the Sun for one), will continue on regardless of what we do, whether we survive it or not. However, the thought that we can hangon to our current existence without change is laughable.

Case in point, if we suffer a power outage for, say, major Sun activity that takes out a large proportion of substations in the UK, what do you think the result would be if we had no consistent power for, say, a few months? How would it affect day to day life, the ability to pay for things, stay in contact, clean water, medical help, even the distribution of information from a central government? Scary isn't the word. Even 20 years ago, it wouldn't have been as bad as it would now because of the digitisation of modern life in the UK.

Now take that same scenario in a place such that has intermittent power even now. They would cope better than we would because they have to deal with it day to day and any social systems in place already deal with that scenario. We no longer do.

If you don't find that scary...I certainly do and just because it hasn't happened yet, (70s power cuts - I am just about old enough to remember those), is not a reason that it won't.

The point I am getting to is the rather silly way that cliches and pseudo scientific phrases that get flung from various lobby rich groups that try and affect the opinion of the population at large result in daft, pointless approaches to the problem of CC rather than a proper grown up debate/discussion. I am not pointing at specific groups but all.

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Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

Actually, I should really have given credit for your second paragraph because that was spot on! :)

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Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

"Sure, it could all be a coincidence, but that seems unlikely to me, at this point."

Sooooo by your argument that these events correlate climate change, the Maunder minimum which led to the mini ice age in 1645 to 1715 (the Thames regularly froze over) then if someone had stated climate change in that period, those weather events would have 'confirmed' climate change*.

My point isn't a debate on climate change, my point is using events that fall outside the norm as 'proof' of an event that papers on climate change state regularly *not to use independent weather events as evidence of climate change*

It makes proper scientific review in the public more difficult with half-cocked cliches and ideas being bandied about.

(edit: Actually it did confirm climate change, just that the climate swung back the other way after...I should have stated irreversible)

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@ Bluenose - Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

"...the author pointed out that climate change is an innate part of the nature of this world upon which we live"

Pretty sure he didn't make that statement, or allude to it. His subsequent reply confirms that. I never stated if it was true or not, more that his comment seemed to state that the current events are proof of climate change. Climate change whether natural or anthropogenic - I challenge you to find any scientist that will state these current events in the UK are a direct result.

Your comment is decently made. His alludes to cliche recycling.

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Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

"Right... ignore the very real and tangible threat (I mean, have you watched the news, lately?) "

I'm intrigued. Are you insinuating that the flooding and weather we are experiencing right now is attributable to anthropogenic global warming?

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Re: RE:

I get your feelings, and agree. But I have said this before:

Think about it. Say MS decided to start a GNU/Linux distro, which meant that they would also contribute to the coding base; they do have some talented coders...

They would have enough of the desktop clout that would start hardware manufacturers to create drivers that were Linux compatible, resulting in less faffing on installs.

Businesses that are stuck on the Windows bandwagon would start looking at Linux as a viable alternative (It currently is anyway, just that that iTrolls of the world tend to do what they do best...) increasing the footprint.

There would be a knock on effect of increasing the amount of commercial software on Linux - not saying this is a good or bad thing, just saying that this *would* affect take up.

Now, I appreciate that dark side of all this regarding MS history on trying to railroad markets, but it would open a market to them similar to how Redhat works, and it would start to reduce the pain of the (effectively) closed garden that Windows really is. It would also push MS to produce decent code, as they have to compete on the OS side with others creating a distro, they would also have to ensure people choose theirs for quality reasons. Well, that and the support they could offer their client base.

As much as I would hate, HATE, *H*A*T*E* to even consider that Office would appear on Linux, I can see sound reasons, from an objective viewpoint, that states this should be on the table for them at least.

Fortunately, the people at the MS helm are fscking (or should that be chkdsking?) idiots so this is very unlikely. However, at the current rate, MS are carrying on in a tech ecosystem that will just continue to make them more and more irrelevant.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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"Can you NAME a router that runs windows?"

ftfy.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Terrahawks Cubes

That is all I have in my minds eye....

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: Connect me!

Upvoted for the mention of the Phono. Very few hi-fi buffs or instrument technicians here, I gather?

Plus the good ol' strip and twist style of electrical buggerdry.

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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Re: What's wrong with slate?

Try taking away that 200 page report to proofread, that will show you what's wrong. Though if your roof needed doing....

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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Re: Obscure and underexposed....

You see, it was a bit like putting "Conservative, Green, conformist, tech rag, The Register..."

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: Promise the world

Was an interesting read, that thread.

Would the Reg be interested in looking into this from a journalistic perspective?

I appreciate there may be legal line that you can't cross, or there may be very valid aspects of this kind of 'story' that make it unattractive, but a lot of us on this site - these games are our Tech Dawntime and the thought of a lot of the original creators of these getting stiffed rankles considerably. Even if the end result is there is nothing illegal but for others it may influence any possible decision they make in similar circumstances...

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Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

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Upvoted for pointing out the fact I missed the glaring irony in my own statement. My own irritation with OFCOM in general blinded me to my irritation with the telcos.

*hangs head in shame and irritation with self*

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Agreed. But then the market for spectrum isn't competitively priced and becomes a monopoly if OFCOM start setting price policies as opposed to continue to honour contracts/put for auction.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: Best. Game. Ever.

And keyboards.....for those of us without a joystick interface. Think I went through at least one....

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Re: SB2 remains one of my all time favourites

I too LOVED this game. The game play was so addictive. IIRC I wasn't addicted to a game in quite the same way until the first Wipeout.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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Re: That explains it then.

The Reg turns a profit??!! I thought that it was a charity, providing somewhere for aging tech hacks to continue their addictions.... :)

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Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

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Ahem...

"You will have educated policymakers and regulators with respect to Twitter and built strong, respectful relationships."

Translation:

"You will make a subtle point of letting policy makers know how much they could make as a Non-Executive Director with respects to Twitter UK and you will have an expense account and be expected to use it."

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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Re: Where's the story?

The point is a file is easy to lift, transfer to a memory stick, get attached to an email etc. The file itself isn't encrypted. If it is sent/lifted, it is easily accessible. You don't have this kind of information unencrypted. You just don't.

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Ian Williamson: The engineer who gave Sinclair his first micro

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Re: This seems oddly familiar...

You mean: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/29/unsung_heroes_john_miller_kirkpatrick/ ?

Search. Fantastic thing. :)

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