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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

poohbear

Re: Awful for millions

Yup, this is my problem exactly ... ran into it when I was a small ISP, could not have two different domains on the same server both running HTTPS ... was most annoyed.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

poohbear

Re: BOA/VISA Don't even think of it!

No one has mentioned WHY the banks are shifting the responsibility... one reason I can imagine is fraud perpetuated by customers. Let's take a chip-and-pin card. I drive a suitable distance from my normal places, withdraw some money from the ATM, and then shortly thereafter call the bank and report my card stolen. (I think I left it in the restaurant...). I then destroy my card, and wait for the bank to refund me and issue a new card. The banks have no defence against this other than to shift the blame to you. I agree for most people who would never dream of a scam like I've just described, it's unreasonable if their card is actually swiped or cloned.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

poohbear

Did I understand this correctly?

I understood this article to say that MS developed a browser which is 'fully standards compliant', which I take to mean HTML5, and then they realised that few web pages actually use HTML5, so they had to put all the other code for other versions of HTML back, just like every other browser on the planet.

So in actual fact, this is a non-story?

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

poohbear

Re: Lawyers

And generally, that copy is inferior to the original, so that while it may appear identical to human eyes or ears, it will be very different at the bit level...

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EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

poohbear

Facebook

Is Facebook included in this 'forget me' game?

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Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND systems infected in just 24 hours

poohbear

Re: Never Mind The Vector..

Backdoor:Win32/Pushdo.A

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclopedia/entry.aspx?Name=Backdoor%3AWin32%2FPushdo.A#tab=2

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Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

poohbear

Not entirely free

The much-vaunted 'free themes' are not entirely free ... you need to register for their Cloudy service, which means giving them some details about you... typically via your Google account (on Android at least).

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

poohbear

Re: Majority has decided what is the eb server of choice....

Apparently MS has been throwing money or other arm-twisting tricks to persuade large hosters of parked pages to switch to IIS. AFAICS the only benefit of this is incomplete articles in the press about how IIS is set to become (/will become) the most popular web server, which is a useless metric. As mentioned, the picture for Active sites is very different, and the Top Million even more so .. which somehow does not get mentioned in the news reports.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

poohbear

Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

No, you need to go the other way.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/displays/53885-philips-298p4qjeb-superwidescreen-monitor/

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

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

poohbear

But today is 19 May not 1 April....

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

poohbear

Re: jpsoft

Way back when I was still on DOS I used 4DOS which was bl**dy brilliant. I presume their current product is all new and improved like many washing powders, you should certainly take a look....

http://jpsoft.com/

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Net tech bods at IETF mull anti-NSA crypto-key swaps in future SSL

poohbear

Aren't they worried about how this is going to make life safer for [drug dealers | Cyber criminals | pedophiles | varmint-of-the-month] ?....

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

poohbear

Just another American mess

A long time ago I asked why the US domains did not end in .us like all the other countries in the world had their .cc extension. The answer was for the same reason that British stamps do not declare themselves to be British like all other countries stamps declare their country: because they invented it.

So .com, .org made sense in the beginning because there was an implied (.us) at the end. When the net rolled out globally it made sense to launch the .cc domains to differentiate. Unfortunately Versign in their greed opened up the domains under their control to world+dog+spammer, resulting in a mess.

Here in South Africa we have .co.za. .org.za etc, all nicely differentiated. No one is pressured to buy the matching .org.za for their .co.za because firstly it's not necessary and secondly would probably not be allowed if you were not a non-profit.

The moves by ICANN and assorted stupid evil registrars around the world to increase chaos into the system by adding spaghetti naming schemes is as pointed out above, nothing but extortion similar to the Chinese scammers telling me someone wants to register mydomain.com.cn and do I want to buy it at an inflated price?

We've got similar schemes running here (.africa, anyone?) which are just as ridiculous and confusing.

I know some countries (notably Germany) did not initially nicely break up their name space, but I think they are moving in that direction now.

I also think that the US should enforce the .us on all their domains. Clearly there are too many candidates globally for every business wanting .com to fit in.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

poohbear

If..

If something like this happened, I suspect it would be aimed to those 'publishers' running link farms with no useful original content ... the type of sites that Google does not want running AdSense.

However I actually also have some issues with something similar ... where a few pounds are mysteriously deducted at the end of the month for 'invalid traffic' ... and Google is unable to offer further details. Makes me wonder, it does ....

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

poohbear

programmed learning...

As a Swiftkey user, I know it learns the words I use ... so I'm pretty sure his keyboard app learned all those words, and was able to correctly guess what he was trying to type even if his finger motions did not hit all the correct letters ... thus the record is 'assisted' and not valid.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

poohbear

A question: are gay web developers now no longer using JavaScript?

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

poohbear

I'd hazard a guess that the tweaks they made to MySQL will also work with MariaDB ...

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

poohbear

Would it be a bad idea to launch a probe at right angles to our solar system, and build up a birds-eye view? Or would that just take too long?

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

poohbear

Re: GPS is FAR more accurate at altitude

AFAIK the barometer is used to calculate your height above sea level... from your GPS position, it can request the pressure at a known nearby weather station, and, using that pressure and yours, approximate your height above sea level.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

poohbear

Re: Gift cards

We ain't got such Google cards here in Sunny South Africa ... I did actually buy a tablet for my kid. It got stolen out of my vehicle (along with my 2-month-old laptop) ... thieves used a remote-control blocker.... Now I check my door after locking ...

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poohbear

Re: The App Store Con

I got some Hair Salon thing from Amazon for my kid ... was a Free App of the Day. Recently it refuses to run UNLESS I am logged into Amazon AND HAVE ENABLED one-click purchasing. I hope my instructions to my kid to 'not buy anything' were enough. From my point of view, this policy is Evil.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

poohbear

Mmm

I had exactly the same idea today ... a customer wants to 'negotiate' a 1/3 reduction in my rate because they're struggling. After much thought, I've concluded that he actually wants me to work 1/3 slower. Which is doable, I suppose...

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

poohbear

Re: Inevitable

Actually most currencies in the world are "non-government supported" which I am taking to mean 'not issued and controlled by governments" ... they are in fact issued by private banks, who have said governments by the short and curlies. That is the real problem with money today. The few countries where the money supply is not privately controlled are of course labeled as rogue and marked for regime change (Libya, Syria...)

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

poohbear

Where's the control group study?

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

poohbear

Re: Now if they can get ports the other way

Do devs really need another minor environment to worry about?

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Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

poohbear

look Ma no wheels

They don't need to roll around on the moon.. they can fly the required distance after touchdown.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

poohbear

Re: No Longer necessary!?!

Let's start in the beginning:

1. You wash your clothes with perfumed fabric softener.

2. You wash yourself with perfumed detergent (called soap-free body wash, loaded with nasty chemicals)

3. You put on perfumed deodorant. (more nasty chemicals)

4. You put on perfume / cologne / aftershave (more nasty chemicals)

Which smell exactly is 'you'?

And you wonder why you get sick, since your millions of years of evolution have never met this toxic cocktail before and does not know how to handle it?

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poohbear

Re: "banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."

What about the instructions on said packets: 1. Open packet. 2. Eat nuts.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

poohbear

I think this is the media companies answer (well, part of it) to the piracy problem ... give people fat pipes, and let them stream hi-res movies and sports. This costs money from the supplier side, and the download sites will not be able to compete.

Yes I know there are holes in this argument and other ideas are welcome :-)

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

poohbear

Re: GPS in smartphones

On my S3, yes the battery drains. On my Note 3, I don't even notice that the GPS is permanently on. They fixed it real good :-) Of course, the Samsungs already use the Yank and Russian systems, am wondering when they will add the Chinese one as well ...

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

poohbear

Re: what women want

Or as Rider Haggard put it in "She" (IIRC): men want beauty, woman want gold.

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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

poohbear

Re: memo to IBM

Actually PMMail (originally OS/2) still has some tricks that KMail can't do. Moving to Kmail was a bit of a compromise but I still prefer KMail to those nasty HTML interfaces. Used to enjoy Golded on DOS. Used cc:mail at work , it drove me nuts (but not quite as much as Word, which reduced me to a swearing and desk pounding) until we were migrated to Lotus Notes, much to my utter amazement and confusion, since it did NOT play nice with the rest of the email universe and was an exercise in frustration. Here's the graveyard: http://www.pmmail2000.com/

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

poohbear

Shaved

I thought Occam said antimatter does not exist?

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Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls

poohbear

Are round corners on a rectangle Trivial or Substantial?

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

poohbear

Secure?

When did BIND and SendMail become 'incredibly secure'?

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

poohbear

Call me extravagant but I could probably manage to live on USD 1250 a day ....

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Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz

poohbear

But...

I thought this whole 'everything on one device' was where Google was headed with Android and Google Wallet .. they've already talked about rolling your cards, cash and keys into your phone ...

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US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out

poohbear

A drone would have been cheaper.

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

poohbear

Microsoft needs to take the blame for these things. Why? Because of the brain-dead default setting in every version of Windows that I've seen, which is to 'hide file extensions of well known file types'. So the mark sees a file that looks like file.pdf when in reality it is file.pdf.exe ...

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Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

poohbear

No one has said anything about the costs for website owners to buy SSL certificates in this scheme.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

poohbear

Re: hmmm, IE, IE, IE???

IE: Internet Exploder.

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Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

poohbear

Hey iWatch, what do I have in my fridge back home?

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

poohbear

Doom is near!

It's Nibiru!

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

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

poohbear

What about the elephant?

So many people debating atheism, no one sees the elephant: what is the Queen still doing in the oath? What duty does anyone think they have to her?

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

poohbear

Re: Constant spam from ad companies

After running a rooted S2 and S3 for two years, I've moved onto a Note 3 which is not yet rooted. I am quite shocked at the level of advertising, from things like GoSMS ... those interstituals are really annoying.

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

poohbear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Time_%28film%29

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

poohbear

I wonder if MS is starting to worry about ending up behind Ubuntu / Firefox / Sailfish / Tizen phones? Or if the fact that at some point in the near to medium future (if not already) there will be more personal computing devices based on that upstart Linux than on Windows .... and we all know that developers go where the numbers are....

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

poohbear

I am Shocked! Shocked! that Siri will take instructions from any voice instead of just the owner .....

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