* Posts by Vector

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If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

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...after his mom tells him to straighten his Pope Hat.

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Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

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Sorry, should have referred back. Was speaking to Gis Bun's comment about Acer.

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Sorry, but I've had far more trouble with ASUS products over the last 5 years than Acer. I've had 2 ASUS laptops (one a high end ROG system) that had bad power ports. The ROG laptop fried it's video card and the other laptop fried it's motherboard. I also had a Nexus 2012 tablet that wouldn't do an OTA system update and ASUS tech support was clueless (didn't buy it from Google so was forced to go to ASUS for support). The few Acer systems I've had to deal with, OTOH, have been fine middle of the road laptops, albeit with a bit of crapware that had to be eliminated.

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PC market shambling towards an unquiet grave

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Re: crying wolf

"The reality is that not so many are being sold lately and likely things are just levelling off."

No, the reality is they are being replaced. As productivity apps mature in the mobile space along with accessories such as bluetooth input devices and various display interfaces to make productivity possible, more and more people will find that their phone will do everything they need and abandon the traditional PC market altogether. This will take a bit longer in the business space, but they too will follow eventually and the PC will go the way of the VCR into antiquity.

I know many people refuse to believe it, but this is coming sooner rather than later.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Re: Wish I could give you more upvotes

"This is like some bad horror movie where the monster just WON'T DIE"

It's not like a horror movie. Monsters in horror movies are scary. This is more like "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."

Maybe someone should walk into SCO's offices with a copy of Puberty Love.

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Sick to death of mighty rocket launches? Avoid these dates

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Re: Oh to live in such a time.

Exactly! I don't find the public disdain for launches sad at all! We need these launches to be as ho-hum as a day at the airport if we're going to advance our presence in space. Those of us who are still fascinated can watch streams online or, better yet, someday, head down to the local spaceport for a day of rocket spotting.

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T-Mobile US finally lets websites escape Binge On's web vid crusher

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@paulf Re: Mixed messages from the Chocolate factory

The article fails to mention that Google Play and Youtube have signed on. Now that the opt-out is available, they seem to have buried the hatchet.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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@gollux Re: How unAmerican ...

Foxconn might be based in Taiwan, but the factories that produce iPhones and iPads are in Mainland China (Zhengzhou and Chengdu respectively), so I stand by my original statement.

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Re: How unAmerican ...

Ummm...don't the people who build iPhones live in a communist country?

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Re: It's not meant to be a review

Yeah, here's the FTFY on the headline:

"Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits this guy already hate[s] it"

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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Sorry, but in this case, at least from what I can see in the article, the "interference" should be welcomed. It's about time to hold manufacturers' feet to the fire on security since the average user isn't going to be sophisticated enough to properly secure something like a router on their own and that failure could lead to a world of hurt. And since virtually everyone in the first world has one these days, that's a lot of hurt to spread around.

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Backdoors are bad, Euro security wonks ENISA tell governments

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Trollface

Besides, most of us like to actually do things so, personally, I worry.

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1Gbps quad-antenna mobile broadband chip dives off Qualcomm's drawing board

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Re: Call Me A Crumugeon

"Why does anyone need 1Gb/s..."

You might not need it today. You might not even need it tomorrow. I suspect, however, that we'll all find a use for it in the not to distant future.

Being an old curmudgeon myself, I remember when 10Mb was blazing fast for a wired line! You get that speed today, you're moderately satisfied with your service (and possibly grumping about how it will barely suffice).

Besides, are the telcos and modem manufacturers supposed to just sit back because we have enough bandwidth today?

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Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

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Re: I am more than a little pessimistic about this

Yeah, ask US citizens how well their attempts to sue the government over online privacy have gone. First, you have to prove that you have been targeted, but all the spy programs are covered by top secret classification, so you can't perform discovery on the information required for the basis of your suit.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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"YouTube owner Google has grumbled about being optimised down to 480 pixels"

Now, granted, my eyes are not what they once were, but fer gawd's sake, 480p on a 4 or 5 inch screen is easily good enough to watch video. I even happily watch at that resolution on my 10 inch tablet. It's not like T-Mo users have no choice; they can turn off Binge-On and get whatever resolution they like (while sucking their data allocation dry [in about 4 hours]). The reality is that minimally acceptable resolution at a drastically reduced bit-rate is a big win on a metered connection. That some of that video doesn't count against the meter is a bonus.

Give it a rest Google.

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: An opinion

Have an upvote!

I think that line should have been:

I, Robot the Will Smith film based on that uses the same title as the Asimov book produced 54 years before it

That movie really annoys me for the reason you state plus the fact that they threw out the spirit of the book (an exploration of how humans and robots might co-exist) along with all the material.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: Nothing wrong with insecure passwords

I think, reading the tea leaves in this article, the real issue is that passwords (by themselves, at least) are just about obsolete as an effective security measure.

First, the people using the passwords have to actually understand and care about the importance of protecting the information behind a password protected wall.

Next, they have to do this for more and more locations (work network, websites, mobile apps, etc...).

As the strength of crackers increases, complexity rises, but the ability to retain the highly complex passwords, across dozens of locations, falters.

So we turn to password safes, but then you're borked if you don't happen to have the device with the safe app on it (And truly F*CKED if you lose it after forgetting to make a backup).

OH! but the cloud! Now you can access your safe from any device! But then, so can everyone else. And by cracking one password (that can't be so complex as to be unrememberable[sic?]), they can now access all your passwords.

Even with all this, since cracking power increases at least geometrically (and quite possibly exponentially) while our ability to remember passwords increases incrementally at best (and then decreases with age), we're fast approaching the time when all reasonable complexity will make no difference to anyone willing to put in the least of efforts.

It's time for a new way to secure things.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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FTFY

"Though the victory is seen as largely symbolic pyrrhic..."

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200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption

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Horses in Barns

The interesting "Streisand Effect" of this debate is that it has highlighted the importance of encryption to the very people that all the security agencies deem most dangerous and in the most need of surveillance. The net result is that regardless of whether those agencies get their backdoors or not, the people they most want to spy on will now find the resources to encrypt for themselves even if Silicon Valley caves to the demands. So the rest of us will end up less secure for little gain (ie, the stupidest of criminals).

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The new Huawei is the world's fastest phone

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Re: Decent overview...

I'm afraid these days you can assume no SD/removable battery, so if there's no mention of either, they're not there.

Shame really.

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

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"...and you can keep a separate browser for the occasional site that needs it"

I hope you keep that "separate browser" in a sandbox (perhaps even in one of those isolation boxes with the rubber gloves), because many of these vulnerabilities compromise the system, not the browser in use!

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Re: "standardize hard and change infrequently"

Even with all of this (which is quite well reasoned), where does the author get 100 years between Menace and the latest film? They've said 30 years between Jedi and Force and the original trilogy couldn't have spanned more than 10 years which would mean Vader was 70 when he died and Luke would have been 45 to 50. When you figure back from that to New Hope, he must have been one of those Millennial late nesters.

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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But they need that hole to drain all the water out!

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Re: Ronald Reagan

I'm not a huge fan of Reagan and wasn't when I was a much younger man during his reign term, but at least Reagan came into office with prior political experience as governor of California and president of SAG.

Trump and Fiorina and, in California, Meg Whitman are yet more businessfolk who seem to think success in the corporate world can be directly translated into success in the Oval Office.

Congress and the Supreme Court would have pails of bitter pills for them if any ever managed to secure the White House. Unlike the corner office where orders are issued and carried out on pain of termination, the Oval Office has to get legislation pushed through Congress before it can act on most things. And those things have to pass constitutional muster as viewed by the Supreme Court.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

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Re: Sigh...

I suspect, in very many cases, it's not the designers but their bosses who have the intelligence deficit. "Thatwouldcosttomuch" might just go away if they could be held responsible (say, legally) for using a plugin with a history of vulnerabilities.

This should be particularly true in cases where use of flash is made mandatory, as in the case of some school systems mentioned when one of the last raft of vulns came to light.

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Goodbye, Hello Barbie: Wireless toy dogged by POODLE SSL hole

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IOT Toys a bad idea?

Whodathunkit!

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: the HTTPS Patent Troll...

"Do you honestly believe that spammers are going to come after every individual with an e-mail inbox?"

Why, yes, I believe spammers will go after every inbox for which they can get an address. But, then, spam is practically free and doesn't involve voluminous court filings, so there ya go.

I'm amazed at how many banks need to contact me about security issues with my account that must be addressed immediately! If only I could remember when I established those accounts...

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: NT ... and Windows 2000

"2k professional was also a nice step up from W98 and (of course) no DOS to worry about."

That was the entire point. The PoS's that were Windows95 and Windows98 were created to provide a migration path from DOS to NT.

When Microsoft released WindowsNT, the initial response from the IT community was "it's a very nice operating system, but it won't run all this software we currently have on the shelf and we can't afford to replace all that!" Win95 and Win98 were the shims that allowed that transition, being able to run both DOS and NT applications (even if poorly in many cases).

Win2k Pro was only offered to businesses. The "consumer" version with which it was paired was Windows Millennium, but anyone who could get their grubbies on 2k eschewed that abysmal undertaking.

The final unification took place with WinXP

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Re: One more reason

So...if the choice is between Hilary and "The Donald™," you're going with the latter?

Or will you skip voting altogether and hope for the best?

Not that I'm a big Hilary fan, but sometimes you take the lesser of two evils and I, personally, am no fan of Mr Trump!

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Re: "News"

"Unfortunately the Democrats' own Dick Cheney..."

Ummm...Dick Cheney is a Republican. Unless you mean someone other the former Vice President?

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It's come to this for IBM: Watson is now a gimmick app on the iPhone

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Re: "kids like legos"

It's "Lego", not "Legos".

It seems as if you read just the question and not the highly accepted answer which rightly points out that people, not companies, determine the course of the English language.

Contrary to the LEGO Groups' desires, "legos" is a commonly used and long accepted term for a set of LEGO bricks.

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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RFC

"Apple hasn't responded to inquiries on the matter at time of going to publication. ®"

Nice to see El Reg has no fear of extending the drought!

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: But

"why is it, a 3 year old can pick up a ipad etc and just run with it, if its so hard to use?"

Not that I can verify this, but based on my long experience with technology, I suspect that 3 year old would be able to "run" with an Android device just as easily. This is primarily because children of that age have no expectations about how something should work. It simply works the way it does.

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LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

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Dominating?

I'd like to know how 2 apps qualifies as "dominating." I guess statistically it means 100% more than the other non-Google/Facebook apps but it kinda reminds me of the old joke about a 2 person race:

"Our guy came in Second! Their guy, next to last!"

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

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"Maybe that is scientifically and mathematically not possible."

Maybe? I think the scientific and maths communities have been pretty clear on this point.

Even if some math whiz could overcome that problem, it still beggers the question of how that magical key would be kept safe. Kept safe for decades, no less, 'cause it only has to slip out once...

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Re: Quite

"Puberty Love" is just, plain Bad.

Yes, but it saved the world! Which makes it good.

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@john.w Re: Quite

Downvote for posting the crap google search URL instead of taking the extra 3 seconds to get the youtube link.

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@flakey Re: I'll Sign Anything

Just remember: Barring tragedy, you too will someday be old.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Re: Ummmm...

"However, the point is that there is a search warrant."

Yes, but to my mind, at least, that warrant is being improperly served, which is my biggest gripe with most cyber law as it stands. I don't care who runs/owns the Operating System/Application/Datacenter etc. It's still my data! You want a look at it, come talk to me. In that way, I, who am familiar with the requested data, can decide what rights I wish to pursue with an attorney.

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

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Re: I keep telling myself ...

"...lost the ability to distinguish between a noun and a verb"

We do so know the difference. Nouns are those thingy thingies and verbs are those dooey thingies. And adjectives are those describey thingies. Unless it's a verb, then it's something else...

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

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...unless you can steal their customers. Then rant far and wide!

-Machiavelli (ish?)

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What's not up, Docs? Google Docs goes titsup in time for Friday beers

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Ah...the Silicon Valley Ivory Tower

I still think all cloud developers should be dropped with their laptops into the middle of the Mojave desert on a yearly basis. They'd figgur out real quick how good an idea having everything in the cloud is.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

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"A phone is not a tablet is not a laptop/desktop."

Quite right. Three different use cases. Can't imagine how some software thingy might be able to adapt to each case. No, no, let's keep them properly siloed. Can't have the peas touching the potatoes!

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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No, I don't see it anywhere. When I said VR would blow your ears off, I didn't think it would be quite so literal.

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Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

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Another Incorrect Conclusion

"Ultimately, T-Mobile's customers aren't going to care where and how the breach occurred, the bottom line is they trusted T-Mobile with their sensitive data and now that trust is broken," Brown added.

No, my trust in Experian is broken. T-Mobile did a good job of getting out in front of this and laying the blame at Experian's feet, where it properly belongs.

Honestly, I would expect a company in that business, entrusted with some of the most sensitive personal data in existence, to take security far more seriously than it appears from this breach. That the exposure went on for years is simply unfathomable.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: Sad...

If they do, perhaps the oil-tanker sized boatload of slander and liable suits they'll be party to will bury this asinine idea for good.

If you had to sign up to be reviewed that might be one thing. That some arse with my phone number can sign me up to this pain without my permission is unconscionable.

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It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

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Re: Microsoft phones

"the handful of malware that can infect droids is better than what we'd have if Microsoft had Android's market share"

Not sure if that's true. Not that I'm any fan of WinPhone but Microsoft certainly improved their security stance in Windows after going through the wringer time and again. Is it perfect? No. But it's far more responsive than it once was.

This is a lesson Google should have learned and after the first Stagefright debacle, the first and primary feature of Marshmallow should have been a cohesive update system, even if that meant delaying its release. Simply put, this is that important! My phone (LG G3) still hasn't seen a patch for SFv1. That's not critical since I can turn off MMS and ignore anything from unknown senders (which I tend to do anyway, now I just have a better excuse). This new exploit is critical since everyone wants to throw videos on their webpages.

Much as I've been a fan of Android, this could be a market killer for it.

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

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Stupid Conclusion

"Having grown up with the sharing culture of social media, this age group has become slightly casual when it comes to their security and this has the potential to have an impact in the business world"

This has nothing to do with sharing culture. There's not a thing in this article that hasn't gone on since the dawn of the login. This is all about experience and giving a crap. The former accounts for most of the higher percentages for the younger age group (who happen to be millennials) and the latter explains why more passwords and complexity rules are just making the problem worse.

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Monica Lewinsky lawyer named as first outsider on secret US spy court

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Re: He will be asked for his advice...

"There, fixed it for ya."

Right. Because the NSA never did anything questionable before Obama got into office.

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