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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

jonfr

About the flash drives

No wonders flash drivers don't last. They are using quartz for clock/cycle thing. I wonder is there is anything that can be used instead of quartz that last longer and is more stable.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: Soon you will be able @James Micallef

@ Ledswinger, I didn't find anything about smart meters and them being requirement by EU regulation. What I did find was this thing here.

"(27) Member States should encourage the modernisation of dis­tribution networks, such as through the introduction of smart grids, which should be built in a way that encour­ages decentralised generation and energy efficiency."

If you can point me towards the article that says smart meters are an requirement it would be helpful.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF (Directive 2009/72/EC)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0094:0136:en:PDF (Directive 2009/73/EC)

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Facebook shares flutter as firm reports user growth slowing

jonfr

End of the social network

When the current IT bubbles implodes it is going to hit the current social networks hard. Mostly Facebook since it is based on weak foundation and always has been. I don't know if anything is going to replace Facebook or the social network as we know them. It might not happen, or something else might appear out the chaos the IT bubble v.2.0 crash is going to bring.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Still haven't got past episode two

I still haven't got past episode two. I don't like this new "what-ever-it-is" in the episodes. This was bad in the last series, but it is unbearable now. Somebody (the writers) is clearly doing a job that he does not like or care about, but wants the pay-check for it anyway.

While I won't ignore the current season. It won't be on any of my favourites lists.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

jonfr

Re: CDs for me

@ Craigness

Until that streaming service goes the bankrupt path. Should happen soon, when the I.T 2.0 bubble goes burst. I am sure that is going to happen soon. Since that bubble has expanded high and wide over the past few years.

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Steelie Neelie: Enjoy your EXCLUSIVE UHF spectrum in 2020, mobile operators

jonfr

What about stop using GSM?

What about killing something like GSM, a outdated technology by any standard today. It uses 900/1800Mhz.

Mobile doesn't need anything from 700Mhz and up to 2600Mhz (with gaps in it). They already have huge amount of spectrum to use. In fact, this is what they got already.

800Mhz (LTE)

900Mhz (GSM/3G)

1800Mhz (GSM/LTE)

2100Mhz (3G/LTE)

2600Mhz (LTE)

I think that would be enough for everyone if controlled in reasonable manner.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

jonfr

Don't talk to the police

Whatever you do if you get arrested. Don't talk to the police, it cannot and does not help you in any way. Play a chess in your mind or something while being arrested.

I am not a lawyer. This is just a common sense.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: Dense diamond

@ Anonymous Coward

"I think you'll find the density would indeed change quite a bit if you managed to [...]". Now you have to explain this claim to me. With data, please.

I did not find not the explanation I was looking for, but this is close enough. Teaspoon of white dwarf stuff has the weight of around 5 tons.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-10/what-would-happen-if-i-ate-teaspoonful-white-dwarf-star

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Re: Dense diamond

@ Grikath

This is just regular old physics. This diamonds are heavier than the diamonds you find on Earth, since in each one of them have more carbon molecules than in diamonds found on Earth due the gravity and compression that they did undergo when they where formed in a core of a supernova. That density is not changed even if a peace of them would be removed from the surface of a white dwarf (I don't see how that would be possible, this white dwarf has the same gravity as our own sun).

It is also worth noticing that this white dwarf is orbiting a neutron star, even heavier and more dense star then the white dwarf.

You can read an science paper on this subject here.

http://cds.cern.ch/record/435428/files/0004317.pdf

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jonfr

Dense diamond

This also means that the diamonds, or crystallized carbon is also dense. A piece with a size sand particle having the mass of a two or three buses (maybe more). Not useful on Earth at all and not even is space. A size of pebble would have same gravity as the moon.

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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Myspace account deleted

I once had a Myspace account. It has been deleted long time ago. I did try once to re-lunch my Myspace account. It failed and it got deleted again.

It is going to stay that way. I don't plan to return to Myspace any time soon. I also expect a lot of accounts to be deleted in next few days and weeks with this email campaign taking place.

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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It is already considered suspicious if you are not on-line

@ adnim, It is already considered suspicious if you are not on-line if you have been that in the past. A pregnant women found that out in the U.S some months ago. There was a news on this on BBC News few weeks ago. I don't know if it was covered here at The Register.

The general assumption seems to be that everyone is on-line on the internet if they can. This applies mostly to the younger generation. There are some people who are not on-line due to economic or social factors (this is all calculated by the NSA and other spying organizations around the world). In the U.S at least there are around 35 to 50 million people that are not on the internet and never have been on the internet. The number is around the same (in counts of %) in the EU.

As for Facebook, that platform is already dead. I have noticed a sharp drop in postings on it over the past few months. It is my best guess that this drop started around 20 or close to it months ago and has been continuing since. People don't delete there accounts right away, but I think Facebook has just gone the MySpace way and nobody noticed it yet (at least, not many people anyway at this point).

I am sure as going to drop Facebook soon as I can, in the same manner as I did when I dropped MySpace when it died few years ago. MySpace still exists, it just doesn't have so many users today as it did on its peak.

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

jonfr

No camera or microphone

If you want smart TV (I got one). Just get one that doesn't have a microphone or camera installed. That is the simply way of avoiding this issue.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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No TNT in Minecraft did go well, short of

According to DR Nyheder the plea about not using TNT did not go that well. The map of Denmark has been so good as destroyed by 10.000 players taking a poke at the Minecraft server hosting Denmark. The traffic was so high at one point that the server crashed. I hope the creators of the map of Denmark made a backup copy of it for an hard reset in the future.

http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2014/04/25/124123.htm

There are pictures of the damage in this news. Its in Danish.

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jonfr

Denmark is Scandinavian

Denmark is not Baltic. It's Scandinavian, there is an difference in terms of culture. As for the map. Many people need bigger hard drives before they can download the map.

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

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Getting spammed

I've been getting a lot of spam in recent days. They are not from AOL but rather spam-bot registered domains that have no function and no content. The IP address range also suggest an new spam bot network that is currently working overtime pumping out spam emails.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Can't afford Windows 7

I can't afford Windows 7 for my gaming usage. I have one computer running Windows XP doing other things (recording earthquakes) (that's two copies of Windows 7 that I would need to buy). I would move it to Windows 7 if I could, but I can't. No money. That's why I am sticking to Windows XP for few more years at least.

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: Glad I live in Switzerland...

I live next to Germany in Denmark. In Denmark the VAT rate is 25% on everything. While it is only 7% on food and 19% on everything else in Germany. The price is also lower in Germany then in Denmark.

There is however no limit on how much I can take with me over the border. Unless its soda (coca-cola and such) or beer. Since that is limited to 250 Liters on person according to EU rules. If it goes over that you have to pay toll of it and maybe VAT. For normal person it is not an issue since most people don't shop that much. But there are people how buy way more then the rules allow and if they get stopped by customs they loose everything they bought and get a fine here in Denmark (a big one).

EU rules also allow VAT free shopping for up to 300€ from none-EU countires that have borders with it. I checked the rules some time ago.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Accross the ocean in Denmark

Here in Denmark, were porn is legal this is not an issue. It also doesn't appear to do any harm to any children far as I know.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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O2 UK is blocking everything on parental settings

It seems that O2 UK is blocking everything on the internet when "parental control" is selected. It includes my blog sites that are about nothing else then earthquakes and volcanoes, O2 UK own websites (why not) and BBC News website and more. I all I think about 99,9998% of the internet is blocked by O2 UK parental control filtering.

This is in my view nothing else then sneaking censorship into the back door. I thankfully live in a country (Denmark) where such things are not going to happen I hope. As for UK, they are already down the path of censorship in the name of saving the children who later grow up to be fucked up adults as an result of overprotection by the society.

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

jonfr

Re: That's not going to happen

We don't have a clue what is in the Oort Cloud. But I am sure that the Oort cloud contains more then just icy comets and minor planets (Pluto sized). While I don't think there are any gas giants in the Oort cloud there might be ice giants and earth sized planet there. The problem is finding them, since out there it is pretty darn cold (around 3 Kelvin).

NASA information.

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=KBOs&Display=OverviewLong

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Vodafone Iceland Björked after Turkish hacker pinches passwords

jonfr

It's worse then just sms

This leak is bigger then just all SMS from the year 2008-ish until the website was hacked in November. It also contains ID numbers of Icelanders how did place orders with Vodafone IS and more. The biggest story is the SMS leaking, but there is more to this. They also stored passwords unencrypted in the SQL database that did leak.

I had my old and inactive email leak in this leak since I have been doing business with Vodafone IS in the past. However nothing else did leak that I am aware of at the moment.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

jonfr

11 miles to km

So we have 11 miles walk each day. That is for the rest of the world (how uses metric) around 17 km. That is a lot of walking and that is a lot of strain on a person. Regardless if that person is in a good shape or not.

I also wonder if Amazon have not heard of an invention called the wheel. It would improve performance to just to add motorized carts for the employers to work with when they go and pick up orders.

While I have not worked in a warehouse (since none-existed where I used to live) I did do jobs that where just walking around and cutting grass. Total km over the day was different depending on the, but the longest was often up to around 20 km. But then I had to drag heavy bags and land-mowers all over the place to cut the grass.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

jonfr

Good luck with Síminn

Good luck with Síminn, they don't like to provide answers if you are not a customers of there and even then it can sometimes be difficult (I am a customer of Síminn in Iceland).

What The Register can do is to contact pfs.is and ask for answers there. They are the monitoring body for Iceland communications and rules. They might provide some answers by asking Síminn the right questions that needs to be answered in this case.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

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Re: Gallery

If you need to wash your eyes with soap after watching some women I got some bad news for you.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: Class 1 A.I

@ toxicdragon

Thanks for the tip. This is just a bug in the list on my end. Consider it fixed. I just can't edit the comment above to fix it. This is also work in progress, since I do not have any clue what is coming our way in the next 50 years. So this classification system might need some re-write as things change.

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Class 1 A.I

So Google now has an Class 1 A.I, maybe Class 2 if it is advanced enough. While this is currently no threat to human as is it is important to keep track on this since you only need Class 4 A.I to create havoc.

I have my own classification system, since the one currently in use is outdated and does not grasp the scope of A.I computers.

The basis is this. All A.I levels are able to learn something (maybe not Class 0) at some point and advance as such.

Class 0 A.I is dumb as a rock.

Class 1 A.I can tell cat from a tree, and a face from a road and so on. It can also beat you in computer games and such things. It can adjust it self within it's limit.

Class 2 Can organize colour after wavelength. Tune radio and monitor television signals and more.

Class 3 Can build stuff from the ground up. Blueprints and everything.

Class 4 Can control network flow, machines and learn to limited extent.

Class 5 Can make executive decisions. When it needs to and for any reason it wants.

Class 6 Can maintain it self without any human interaction.

Class 7 Is an terminator like robot and can build one if needed. Can control anything electronic when it feels like it. It is still bound by it programming to extent.

Class 8 Is smarter then a human being. Is no longer limited to it's programming or other computer like limitation.

Class 9 Can solve quantum problems and start nuclear wars.

Class 10 Can exist in a quantum matrix that it build it self.

Class 11 Is smarter then anything in the known universe.

Class 12 Is smarter then anything on Earth and probably in known universe. It should not exist like anything above Class 9 A.I should not exist by anywhere in the universe (it might, we don't have a clue what is out there).

Class 13 Should not exist. Is undefined as is.

While I am no neurological scientist. I have long since figured out that human I.Q is based up on layers of functions. This can also be done in computers to get human like function (with all it's flaws and issues). My definition list is just my own work.

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Canadian teens cuffed over alleged Snapchat child sex pics ring

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Child facing child pornography charges?

It is odd to let boys of same ages as the girls face charges like this. Since this is child on child, not adult against a child (that is illegal). While this might be something that parents need to discuss with there children. This is not a matter of law, cops and lawyers.

What I think happened is that someone got drunk with power and is now sending lawsuits to anyone with naked pictures of under-age girls, even if the person in question is an under-age boy or even a boyfriend of that girl.

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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

jonfr

Your flight angle

It is about your flight angle (10 to 20%) and your distance from the tower in question. This mostly just works with GSM-900 rather then GSM-1800. Since GSM-900 can travel longer distances then GSM-1800.

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

jonfr

Re: Beep beep

They where actually worse then today's companies (so far, it might not get any better). For instance the East India Company ruled what is today's India, Pakistan and other countries. You can find details on Wikipedia under "Company rule in India". They also had there own set of laws, as do companies in the U.S today (and UK). Companies having there own laws is not so popular around the world today and never has been.

You can find laws related to East India Company on archive.org under "The law relating to India and the East-India Company; (1855)".

This restriction is because MPA and RIAA do not and have and do not want to have any understanding of technology. You can forget that this people want to understand the internet and how it works. All this people want and think about is greed and nothing else.

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TWITTER CLOSES ... its first day of stock trading with shares up 73 per cent

jonfr

The bubble blows out

The function of a bubble is a strange thing. One thing is known for sure it is going to blow and collapse in on it self soon. The similarities between current bubble and the dot-com bubble are staggering. The only difference is that this bubble happens in a recession period and during low interest rates.

When this bubble blows is hard to know for sure, but it is going to be soon in my view.

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Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE

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Re: Austrian Business Cycle Theory

I live in Europe and I am not in the IT. So my pension should not be affected. But when the bubble blows it is going to affect a lot of people.

The only thing this is going to affect me is that I won't be using Facebook, Twitter and such things. I expect Google, Apple and Microsoft to survive this (Google came into being after last bubble). But they won't be unaffected by this.

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jonfr

The new bubble

This carries the signs of new stock market bubble. As such it cannot end well. We all have to adjust to a world without Facebook and Twitter. When the bubble crashes the world for this companies is going to be really, really hard.

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Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

jonfr

Moving to FreeBSD

This is why I am moving to FreeBSD and PC-BSD for desktop (since desktop stuff takes long time to come to FreeBSD).

This version number and bug ridden code in Linux is not something that I suggest for any user. Good in testing yes, but not so when using in Desktop or server environment.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

jonfr

DAB Radio is old and obsolete

If going by the Wikipedia on DAB. It is clear that the standard is outdated and obsolete. New standard needs to at least use mp4 audio technology or AAC+ as DAB+ (also obsolete by now). There is also problem with the spectrum. Currently DAB (and DAB+) is on the VHF-12 channel, that is around 230Mhz. It is difficult to receive that properly inside a house. While that is no issue with FM radio at 87,7 - 108Mhz.

Internet radio works better today than DAB radio (via wlan at least) and I am sure that is going to be new in house standard in the future (if not already). I am not sure for remote or travel radio yet how that is going to be resolved. That might just continue to use FM radio.

I live in Denmark and I am around 5 km away from next DAB transmitter (direct line). Yet I cannot get a good signal on it. At best I get around 70% signal with around 40% quality. That is no good and because of it I generally don't use DAB now. If I want to get good DAB signal I have to install VHF antenna for it and get me a radio that I can connect directly to a coax cable.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

jonfr

Re: During the meanwhile ...

The chance of winning the lottery is around 0,0000003% (small winnings) and winning the big price is around 0,000000020% at any given time (using flat normal lottery system with 10 lines in any game). The question is not how much is spent on the lottery ticket. It's an question if you are just using plain lottery ticket or mathematical ticket (more expensive but give extra numbers and lines in return that increase your chances to win).

It is possible to win the lottery using mathematics. What can't account for is the random factors of number alignment. By using mathematics you can increase your chances by several factors. I also have the rule (and it pays out as expected), the rule that you got more chance to win smaller amount than larger ones.

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Oracle drops shedload of CRITICAL vuln-busting Java patches

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They also want to add ask spyware

Oracle also wants to add the ask spy-ware / adware to your computer free of charge. I don't know who at Oracle thinks this is smart, because it's not and this is just speeding up development for an open source replacement of java.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

jonfr

What is interesting is that this planet just formed 12 million years ago (from our point of view) and it's just 80 light years away. That means we are now seeing the planet as it was 80 years ago.

There are many more planets out there in my view, but they are really hard to find since they are cold and dark. I am sure with time the human race is going to be find a way to find this planets out there.

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

jonfr

No MMS?

So they released an mobile OS without an MMS support in the first version. That is not a good sign in my view. Mostly since it's too fast and possibly too buggy to be realised into the public jungle.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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I have aspergers and I can't get a job (last time I did try)

I have asperger's syndrome and I can't get a job, at least last time I did try. So I am now just working for my self and trying not to starve since I only got fixed welfare income from Iceland (and that is bad due to moronic economical situation in Iceland). I am trying to work as an writer (I enjoy writing) and make a living out of that (It's not going so good at the moment). I am also good with technology (most commercial stuff, PC computers, routers and such things).

I have tried to get a job in Denmark where I now live. But I am either not qualified or I just do not get any response when I apply for the job with an email (as appears to be common here in Denmark I think). I have problems with communications at times, but most days it works as it should work.

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'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

jonfr

Signal path

They would have terrible problem with the signal and signal path. Since many areas have poor 3G signal and sometimes none at all.

As for his claims, I think he needs to have come checks done by the lizard people.

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

jonfr

Re: Cash only

It's not ECB rules, it is country rules and they apply in every country. Many places that use the euro have counterfeit scanners to prevent people paying with them. I have seen such device in Flensburg, Germany in a electronic store named Saturn (I live nearby in Denmark).

ECB does not have large website on anti-counterfeit measures.

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/euro/html/counterfeiting.en.html

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

jonfr

Extinct volcano

This volcano extinct so it is not making anything. Earth is full of long gone volcanoes, since plates have been moving around and creating volcanoes in the process.

When it goes under Japan, things might get interesting. You just have to wait 10 or 20 million years until that starts to happen.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

jonfr

Implosion imminent at Microsoft

When this mobile idea that Microsoft has implodes it is going to go down in history as one of the biggest failures in history of Microsoft.

It is also going to be a quite the fireworks once it happens.

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Cat photos

So the UK cops got access to 58.000 cat photos and refuse to acknowledge it. No surprise there.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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Re: Blighty takes the lead - for once

The thing about Switzerland is that they are not part of EU or EEA. That means they are outside this roaming agreement that is keeping the price down. That means almost full price for any other people in Europe that go to Switzerland on holiday. I guess people in Swiss like they're pricey roaming charges. This works both ways.

The only area that I know if that fits your description is Basel (or in that area).

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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Steve Ballmer still does not get the phone market

Steve Ballmer still does not get the mobile phone market. Just look at Windws 8 mobile. It horrible.

Disclaimer: I have not used Windows 8 mobile (I do not own a Windows 8 Nokia phone). But I have seen it and worked with it a little, but not a lot.

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Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

jonfr
Alien

That happens too

Sometimes planets are trown out of galaxies too. It might not be as common, but it happens.

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Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

jonfr

Weather forecast for the next year

The weather forecast for the next year is, sunny with up to 2000°C (2273.15K) heat and with a chance of molten stuff falling out of the sky.

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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

jonfr

RF card needed

A new type of RF chip is needed for bank cards. It also needs to be in the high frequency range. Up in the 500Ghz range and with highly limited range (part of that comes naturally at this high frequency).

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