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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

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they'll bill hundreds of millions for unspecified IT losses in their balance sheets for this

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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This is a very public opening salvo in the race to censor the internet.

I fully support Google in complying with & letting us know it has done so.

Google is an index to content others have produced. If Google is forced to censor a search result it does not mean the information does not exist. Will we find info on Darwinism, the crusades or WWII censored next?

This ruling should apply to those hosting the offending material and ensure its completely removed from the net.

It does however highlight the power search engines, and Google in particular, have on our use of the internet.

Remember how we used to use the net before the big search engines, all those online communities etc.

I remember discussions on how search engines framing our view on the net was so terrible (do no evil etc), well it seems western governments are now using them to censor us on a par with how we are told fundamentalists are censoring views and opinions in the lands they seek to rule.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

Its great we all have a choice of hardware vendors. Just because you prefer to clump your chosen hardware together to build your ultimate custom rig, others prefer to buy something that is already complete and just works.

Who else builds a sleek system like that with 1 cord that just works out of the box, no plugging multiple cables in, no downloading drivers, no creating backup os disks, no licensing.

Whenever a family member buys a new windows machine i get a call asking to set it up, i never get a call asking to setup iDevices or macs as they are able to do it themselves, including getting on the network, printing and scanning. I do however install the free sophos AV when i visit.

There is a world of people out there that are not techies and are willing to pay extra for something to just work rather than abusing my spare time for free to get their cheaper windows machines to do the same as the Mac does. As i don't get paid to be their desktop support (that's not my day job either) I encourage them to pay more upfront for less of my time in the future.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

I'm with you Spartacus, but there is an incredibly large amount of concrete in dams with the associated CO2 emissions.

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

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So this add wasn't clear enough (was to me but i don't have a business that i want to show BT sport in) but offering unlimited stuff that has an ever decreasing limit mentioned in some small print is perfectly fine? And delivering broadband over coax can be marketed as fibre broadband?

I'm glad the regulators are finally sharpening their pencils, hopefully they'll start tackling the proper ludicrous claims we punters have to put up with like insurances that don't cover you despite intimating it will.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Re: two errors

& what is "IPv6bis"? i can't find a sensible link for the term.

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IPv6 is flawed

There are numerous issues with IPv6. Privacy issues being the obvious glaring one, despite the supposed randomized use of the devices MAC as part of the address.

If IPv6 wasn't flawed we would all be on it now, with IPv4 left for the ghost net, outlaws/crims and lagards.

We need IPvNG with large scale proxying to legacy IPv4 by the regional number authorities for ~ 10 years.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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Big Brother

Re: There are already...

why do i need a vpn back to my home router to access an ssl protected site?

tracking mac addresses gives you the following info

vendor and likely model of handset

age of handset

this info can start to influence the how you market to those people like on how much disposable cash they may have, or how much people with certain handsets like to browse, how certain users like to use comparison sites instore whilst shopping. Also, live tracking linked to cctv could aid in the hunt for shoplifters trying to hide from security, or if they frequently revisit stores on reconnaissance, or if they simply return to stores once banned.

The more you think about what the tracking can reveal about you the more worrying it is.

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Happy

Re: So if your router is filtering by mac address

the idevice will only use a fake MAC address when scanning. It will use its real address when connecting and using the network.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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At least when the power is off we won't have to listen to the greens evangelising about how great renewables are.

Maybe that's the plan to make shale gas more attractive to those who live above the deposits?

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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as has already been said, if you encrypt (use a sufficiently strong algorithm) end to end, then they can't read it in the middle.

Want to use the 'free' services google offer but concerned about your privacy, then encrypt your stuff before putting it on or through.

Yes we are all doomed as the collectives harvest our data in the clouds, but the masses are too busy face booking, sms'ing and generally living their lives blissfully unaware and grateful for the way these 'free' services have enriched their lives.

yin yang

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Getting lost in tunnels, sigh...

Mine shows the direction of travel & position whilst in underground car parks. The older satnav's had gyros's etc that where used to determine location when gps signal was lost, hence part of their expense. Not sure on how the newer ones are working, i suspect a newer cheaper gyro.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Project Kangaroo aka SeeSaw

YouView is the remnants of Project Kangaroo from circa 2008 after the competition commission decided it would be too powerful and we all needed saving from a single platform that would have served as the VOD/catch up tv system for terrestrial TV.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_(video_on_demand)

Project Kangaroo/SeeSaw would have been awesome. Imagine every Smart TV being SeeSaw compatible, it would have allowed the terrestrial channels to have competed head to head with Sky, & we'd all be benefiting right now through greater choice and competition. Instead, the competition commission decided Tony's mate needed extra protection at the expense of us mere taxpayers.

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Re: YouView

i think there is some crap licensing law about not being able to centrally store broadcasted material, Obviously the broadcaster can get around this when they license the content, but bt, talk talk et al can't.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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How is silver different to stock Android?

i thought Android manufacturers and carriers currently had their own overlays or builds on Android, which was one of the so called benefits to them. This just seems to be Google saying don't bother with your customisations, make your Androids plain vanilla like nexus and pay us some money for the privilege? I thought they could do that if they wanted anyway.

CONFUSED as to how Silver will be any different to stock Android, or can manufacturers not currently roll out stock Android?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting

From the Patent application filled in March 2012:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,712,233&OS=8,712,233&RS=8,712,233

This relates generally to electronic devices, and more particularly, to structures for mounting components within electronic devices.

Electronic devices such as portable computers and cellular telephones contain electrical components such as displays, wireless circuitry, sensors, and communications buses. It can be challenging to mount desired electrical components within an electronic device housing. Space is generally at a premium, particularly in compact devices. If care is not taken, device performance may suffer or device housing structures may be bulkier than desired.

It would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved techniques for mounting components within electronic devices.

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Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

chris 17

Around 2004 the AirWave project was started to provide a modern communication system for the Emergency Services.

It provides 3G communications using dedicated masts as well as on O2.

Its still running.

AirWave was the upgrade to TETRA.

Why don't they just upgrade AirWave to 4G?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airwave_(communications_network)

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

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Big Brother

Wow, was it 13 MP, had wifi, 3G and a retina screen?

Basically exactly the same as this model then, just 15 years ahead of time.

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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

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Funny how you have to go quite far out of your way to compromise the security and integrity of IOS, yet on desktops (especially windows) it's a breeze. Seems any supposedly legit install on windows these days comes with spyware as standard.

update adobe and get a free unwanted copy of McAfee virus scan.

update java get a free unwanted browser toolbar

download any thing from download.com, tucows.com, cnet softpedia or any of the download sites and get a load of crap you don't want (these sites claim apps are virus and spyware free but then confuse you into downloading them anyway)..

the funniest thing is that the app you want might only be a few KB but the downloader is ~1MB.

think your clever and can just download the app you want and you find that that is just an app wrapper too.

just try and download 'wireless wizard' for an example.

if only M$ had a download site with apps guaranteed to be free of bloat, virus etc.

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chris 17

Re: Makes Sense...

your post largely sums up my feelings on this too, although i mainly Jail break just for lockinfo, but the other Activator features are an added benefit.

IOS 7 is making steps in the right direction though.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: News

Nations already notify the UN when they are going to launch into space.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registration_Convention

Any nation remotely interested in space launches will have already known the launch was to take place.

upcoming launches

http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

chris 17

The Universal Serial Bus was the newfangled replacement for attaching peripherals to your computer. Previously you had a huge parallel or slightly smaller serial termination.

Bent and broken pins where common and there where typically no more than 2 ports on a system. USB was luxury!

Sounds like the USB steering group has just invented ThunderBolt.

They may as well just call it thunderbolt, be done with it and start work on the next gen USB standard.

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IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

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Re: Sod that...

Umm, I have a single pc delivering video to 4 screens all over wireless with no issues right now, some are on G and some on N. 4 x 1080p streams is not an issue here.

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

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IPv6 should sort a lot of this out.

Privacy concerns about IPv6 aside, the spec mandates all connections should be capable of using encryption. No more unencrypted connections to email or other systems that smartphones automagically do these days.

Could be fun to review logs later and track people as they journey around!

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

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Re: @ Dodgy Geezer

The BBC article has an update at the bottom

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26448158

Since publication, Apple has acknowledged it misunderstood the request to unlock the device. The company has now restored the factory settings. It maintains a court order would be needed to access the iCloud.

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

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Re: @Daniel 1

and that's why everyone hates corporate email & love google mail. In a previous job we had netware and groupwise. i used groupwise as a file store to share folders and files with colleagues working on projects. Much easier to control and everyone always had the uptodate docs. I was very disappointed when i changed job and had to put up with outlook and a 500MB mailbox. I was even sadder to learn i had to file stuff and email docs to co workers (eating into that 500MB) instead of setting up arbitrary sharing. Outlook was a huge step backwards. Manually filing stuff is last century.

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

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Re: 1984 Was Not Supposed To Be An Instruction Manual

For those of us fortunate to have a car & un/fortunate enough to not live within half a kilometre of the town centre, driving into town to drop the dry cleaning off, visit the butchers and bakery, pick up some flowers for the lady and buy a paper could all be achieved within 30 minutes on a Saturday morning when you could park outside the shops. Now they want you to park and drudge past all the shops you don't want to go to for the few items you wanted. All those shops mentioned above have now gone from my town centre since the parking restrictions, replaced with bargin booze, kebabs and gambling shops.

I personally hate the crowds in the supermarkets and would readily go back to the high streets if i could park free/cheaply and get what i wanted. I've got more interesting outdoor pursuits to do rather than hiking in and out of town.

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

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Re: FFS

The problem is if you don't change the password and use that account as part of registration details for other accounts like utilities (Gas,Elec,water,broadband), banking etc. A third party having full access to that email account could then have the secure passwords for those other accounts, banking utilities etc, reset and changed to passwords of their choosing. This gives an attacker greater exposure to the victims online activities, increasing the potential harm, & the attackers chances of elevating the attack to assets of further value.

KC should ensure the passwords used for online activities are changed on first use.

If using a one use password, i don't think an unencrypted password file on an encrypted file system/store accessed by a password protected machine that prevents copying of said file & is for use only by authorised personal (enforced by centralised password and account control) would be a problem.

The issue is passwords need to be relayed to the customer and have to be decoded at some point. limiting use of the password would be customer/engineer friendly too.

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Re: Verizon USA knows your passwords

he probably uses a long password in a particular format that would make it easy to guess (social engineer) his other passwords. ever heard of the process of combining several memorable words to make a long password? 12 letters is better than 6

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spotted-Farnborough-and-Aldershot/594550087237217?hc_location=timeline

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Cyberspies blast Icefog into US targets' backdoors

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Meh

Wow, perfectly timed article to coincide with the latest java release which no longer allows unsigned applets to run in browsers.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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Re: Not falling for the hype

RAM is available at crucial ~$ 439.99 USD for 2x 16 GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, $500 USD for the Apple equivalent

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Mac%20Pro%20(Late%202013)&Cat=RAM#

its been some time since you've bought a new Mac, I think a few things have changed!

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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you can buy dual core android powered tv devices/sticks/boxes from ~ £20 on ebay. much less hassle and turns your dumb HD tv into a smart tv.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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There where also 2 declared world wars, the Korean & Vietnam wars, cold war Soviet and west invasions of Afghanistan , the Gulf wars (not forgetting Suez, Bosnia, Falklands and other skirmishes) that released untold numbers of green house accelerants and other pollutants. Just not going to war will have a dramatic reduction in green house emissions.

Peace in our time may be the answer, should save some cash to pay for research into making better use of the resources we currently have. If we can send a man to the moon and split an atom to prove a point, surely we can find better ways to collect and use energy for our needs

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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Will reduce online security

As unskilled consumers scramble to install some crap that their 'Mate' suggested or some google search suggested would circumvent the filter, they just open themselves up to all sorts of malware, virus, intentional man in the middle exploits, & other online nasties, all in the name of saving the children.

As the kids search for these circumventing strategies they risk coming into contact with the very people this measure is designed to safeguard them from, no doubt they'll be sharing all kinds of PII badies will use to exploit or hack them.

I hope I'm wrong.

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

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Re: how the hell did we end up with...

Marconi loosing out in BT's 21CN procurement killed the company. Their shares where near junk, i was certain Marconi was going to get the contract as they where already so entrenched in BT's infrastructure so i bought some shares confident of making a killing. I lost thousands, but am sadder that we lost Marconi, with BT's (our) money going to shore up the Chinese up start. I feel it was a political gesture by the then Labour government to try and win favour with their Chinese communist cousins.

This was an age where the PSTN was trusted enough to carry unencrypted point to point traffic up to restricted, wireless cards needed to be removed (not just software disabled) from laptops & GCHQ's warnings on Huawei ignored.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/03/30/huawei_threat/

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IDS finally admits what EVERYONE ELSE already knows: Universal Credit will be late

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Pint

wading in for a kcking

so many comments wading in and kicking the project. Are the commentators suggesting the old system was better, or that they personally could have done a better job?

Who knows how many poorly specified private sector projects overrun and fail year on year?

Its rare for successful projects (public or private) to generate much news, & its always the public sector failures that make the front page headlines.

You must all admit that the old system needed over hauling. Those private sector organisations involved in the project all have un-news worthy success in delivering private sector projects. I'm not defending them or the project, just stating the obvious that $hit happens and unless you have the stomach to drive things through we'll have the same $hity systems for decades to come.

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ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

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ASA:

Unlimited Broadband actually means limited to some extent that you can only find out by reviewing the products T's & C's that are buried in their website.

Fibre Broadband: actually means fibre to some cabinet down the street and coax to you house. if you have fibre to some cabinet and twisted pair to your house (FTTC) you can't call it fibre!

The ASA would never pre vet adverts as it would invite a severe beating from all concerned, as well as making them liable for any damages. At the moment they can try and claim to be on the side of the consumer. Like all national type agencies, they have an enviable ability to dodge scandal and controversy and deflect it to either the company concerned or the consumer.

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Re: Cat amongst pigeons

I had a very similar experience too.

Open Reach came, installed new lines around my house, told me what to expect and left. True to their word i received the service they said i would and sky claim to not traffic shape too which is a bonus on top of the discounted BB as i'm a tv customer.

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

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Re: Yes, i really agree

i have a late 2008 MacBook (uni body) i think its the oldest generation to run Mavericks. I've upped the Ram to 8GB and installed a 256 GB samsung (tlc) SSD. An over the top install of Mavericks has made it fly. Its like its new again. I was seriously thinking of buying a new machine, but now i'm good at least for the next year. If i need extra power, i think i'll use screen sharing to a VM Hackintosh on a future i7 i'm thinking about. My other half's late 2007 MacBook (core duo) is languishing several os generations back and slow as hell, even with screen sharing.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

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Meh

Next

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Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

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any bets on how long EOP will take to bin the good bits?

any bets on how long EOP will take to bin the good bits?

and then how long before M$ crumbles?

He'll ruin M$ as he did to Nokia.

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HP fires sue-ray at makers of Blu-Ray

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Thumb Up

Re: I have yet to buy a Blu-ray.....

me too, i bypassed Blu-Ray and went 'no touch'TM for my media consumption. Mainly due to the silly prices wanted for Blu-Ray players & media at the time, even now Blu-Ray media is still too much in my opinion. media as in video content and blanks.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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WTF?

Re: Sorry?

You beat me to this. WTF indeed.

Totally not Politically Correct,

Terrible concept description.

Did the reg's editors really think that sentence added value to If this article?

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

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Re: BT should be structured on same level basis as the other public utilities

Open Reach is the wholesale arm that other providers use for installing lines, broadband etc.

www.openreach.co.uk

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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WTF?

Re: all-in-one iMac

and how often do you need to use a dvd/cd rom drive? I've not had to use one for years at work or at home. Most consumers who buy cheap (the ones found in Asda, tesco etc) machines only use them for backing up the os or installing the odd driver that's out of date anyway.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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WTF?

Re: Why oh why

Why oh why do people need to complain about any kind of progress?

have you also asked the following at some point?

Why oh why do people need to fly when they can get on a boat?

Why oh why do people need to drive faster than 5 miles an hour?

Why oh why do people need a flat screen TV when they could go to the cinema?

Why oh why do people need to send an email when they could use the post or telephone?

Why oh why do people need to a camera, email, colour screen on their portable telephone?

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Big Brother

I Wonder if MegaUpload was taken out as they didn't allow the 3 letter agencies in through the backdoor?

New Zealand is one of the nations in the UKUSA Security Agreement.

Just wondering...........................

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

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Governments / Security services are finally noticing that public perception of the Internet can be manipulated and skewed to suit their aims. I'm amazed MPAA didn't push the peado link with torrents harder. For those that weren't around, the us used to ban all exports of code with strong encryption, it turned into a farce when you had to agree to complicated legislature before downloading the latest web browser!!

I expect Mums net et al campaigning hard to have tor, BitTorrent and non crackable encryption banned, I'm sure Dave & Theresa will bend over backwards to accommodate them, even though they have no idea what the technology is about.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Lost liberty for the rest of us too?

So because prisoners have a desire for something small and shiny, the powers that be think its acceptable to stop the public at large getting access to them. What next, non prisoners banned from buying iPhones, going to festivals, concerts or football matches because prisoners can't?

Sounds like the nonsense from those advocating dumbing down exams or banning competitive sports so that 'all kids are equal'

Prisons are there to restrict the liberty if criminals, not the public at large!

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Maybe the destroyed components where necessary to unencrypt the encrypted data held on backups?

Is any of this linked with the google outage the other night and also the tragic death of the young spook found locked in a bag that he apparently locked himself?

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