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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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Where are they going to get the money from? No idea. But it's funny how the 'having no money' issue constantly arises when you give your software away for free, and doesn't arise as often with companies that do not give their software away for free.

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Of course, the real problem is that this audit only took place years after the software has been available. This audit should have taken place on a beta version of the software, and then should be undertaken on a regular basis to ensure no security bugs are introduced with new versions.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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It must be said repeatedly...

The only way to be certain your files cannot be inspected on Dropbox - or any service like it - is to encrypt your files using something like True Crypt or 7zip. Any service that claims it is 'totally secure' is just lying.

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball.

"This is the same CIA which was totally blindsided when the Iron Curtain collapsed in the late 80s due to economic and morale collapse. That was a big ball to drop."

The more I read about the matter, the more satisfied I am that the collapse was down to Gorbachev's reforms that only really kicked in from 1986 or so. It was totally unpredictable even in 1985. There is as much chance of the US crumbling into different states in the next few years, and it is just as predictable.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: Draconian

Mr. Manning, do you bring a shiny apple for your boss every morning as well?

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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"Simply because the source code of Open Source software can be reviewed by anyone does not mean they will know how to look for security vulnerabilities or indeed detect them."

This is how children drown in supposedly supervised swimming pools - all of the adults assume other adults are taking care of the kids.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Pain is strongly influenced by expectations. One would expect to find a penis sting more painful than a sting to the upper arm, but how can the effect of these expectations be accounted for?

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: Irrelevant

Who does the US government want to win in Syria? The Syrian government, or the mob they are fighting?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: BT

"I don't think I've ever seen a metric system that engineers didn't try to game."

Any system of measurement will be gamed by anyone with an ounce of sense.

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I tried the 'call sales to get through to customer support' technique with NPower (which naturally means the phone is answered immediately), but they wouldn't put me through to anyone useful. I gave up.

I have also had the experience of going through all the available choices on the menu, and then getting a useless recorded message at the end of it. This was to get Orange to cancel their fucking £2 itemised statements. The secret is to randomly press buttons on their menus to get through to someone.

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Experian subsidiary faces MEGA-PROBE for 'selling consumer data to fraudster'

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Re: Extorian

The £2 statutory credit file you can get is fine and can be retrieved as a pdf. It's much easier than messing about with the extortionate 'credit monitoring' services they offer.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: well personally

"Dropbox, just another NSA/GCHQ compliant web site."

Are you waiting for another offering that absolutely, totally promises not to cooperate with these organisations? Have you thought about encrypting your files before saving them to Dropbox, thereby at least greatly increasing the effort the NSA and GCHQ have to put in to get access to them?

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Re: well personally

"i hate dropbox, but no matter how often i advise people of its complete inadequacies in every way i am the one met with derision..."

For these other people, the service is good enough. As a way to save files and make them available to all one's devices, it's very good.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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From the paper:

"We found no effect of IQ on perceived attractiveness, either for men ... or for women."

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Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle

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Re: The emperor's new offices?

"Silicon Valley is waved as the poster-child for start-up creation when it is, in fact, a difficult to repeat combination of lots and lots of venture capital and a flexible and highly educated labour pool."

People in Scotland will remember the crap spouted about 'Silicon Glen'.

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Any similarities between this and Ireland's Media Lab, that died on it's arse 9 years ago? You wrote about it here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/04/mit_media_lab_ireland/

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Aren't most of the ads on these sites selling shite like 'steroid alternatives', penis pills and porn? As parodied near the end of this comic on The Oatmeal:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

My understanding is that free sites that have 'premium' sections that charge money (i.e. all of them) would be prevented from getting money from paying punters if they do not do age checks for the free stuff. So, do age checks or your business model goes up in smoke.

As an aside, what's the big fucking problem with 15 year old looking at porn? Seriously?

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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I wonder if Mr. Molyneux's former line manager would be able to offer an alternative point of view for his leaving MS?

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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King don't care. They got their cash.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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This kind of Dark Pricing is everywhere. Whether one is buying flight tickets, furniture, power, insurance, or whatever, it's here to stay. Lumping on hidden costs, or punishing so-called 'loyal' (i.e. complacent) customers with higher charges when a contract comes up for renewal is part and parcel of modern commence.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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I'm guessing these videos had never been looked at by anyone for years, and had been abandoned in places nobody cared to visit for ages. In your office, there will be similar places and similar files full of crap. This isn't acceptable, but I totally understand how it happens.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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George Lucas shot his film making bolt ages ago. Who, but those weirdos who compulsively watch Star Wars films, cares about this?

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Newsweek can no longer rely on it's reputation...

...when it publishes crap like this:

http://www.newsweek.com/proof-heaven-doctors-experience-afterlife-65327

With that article, it decided to trade in a lot of credibility for a lot of clicks. Unfortunately, that credibility is now gone and means I am much less inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. And nor should any wise person.

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MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

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Re: Le résumé de la situation

"Also, does anyone really think the Magic The Gathering Online eXchange is just an innocent victim in this?"

Due to their manifest incompetence in the past, their claims of 'whoops' in this case are credible. Their incompetence may make them criminally and certainly civilly liable, however.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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The thing that sticks out for me is the low usage of Vista compared with XP. It's as if that OS just slipped away and was forgotten about.

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

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Ebay buying Paypal was a rare example of a takeover actually having 'synergies': it worked for Ebay having a secure method of payment for customers that it could also levy fees on. So it is no surprise that an 'investor' demands that Ebay should sell off Paypal, presumably so that it can then spend the proceeds on a VOIP service or something equally insane.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: "Isn't as secret as you think"

The claim "WhatsApp isn't as secure as we thought" does not presume that WhatsApp security was any good.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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You've totally missed the point. Everything you mentioned is important; indeed, you have shown that the cost of the original hardware is an even smaller part of the total cost of ownership. Therefore, staff should be given decent machines instead of being 'penny wise, pound foolish' the whole time.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

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Re: "setting fire to the future of the internet."

"A leaf from Saul Goodman's book?"

That's exactly what I thought. Frankly, 'wrapping oneself in the constitution' so blatantly is a tactical error, and detracts from the content of one's arguments. When Saul Goodman sits in front of a blow up of the US Constitution, are viewers invited to find him reliable and upstanding, or a cheesy shyster?

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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I speculate that there are ridiculous bureaucratic hurdles to getting new stationary. For example, if an officer loses a pen, he has to type a report detailing what he thinks happened to it before he can get a new one. Or, there was a blanket cut back on stationary 'to save money'. Something stupid like that.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Coming Soon From Newsweek...

..."We find the man guilty of inventing John Smith's Bitter..."

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

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Re: Newsweak - Newspeak

The journalist was sniffing around the island of Jersey because of alleged financial malfeasance and, more bizarrely, supposedly murdered children at the now infamous Haut la Garenne childrens home. I know from my reading on this matter that this is abject bollocks, and made me question her wisdom.

http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/01/17/jersey-taxes.html

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Re: Interesting...

"Intrigued - in what way is VG a 'fake' space company?"

When Virgin Galactic gets a paying customer into space, they will become a space travel company.

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Interesting...

Using fake currency to buy a space flight from a fake space flight company. Are both parties saying "SUCKER!" here?

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions

Heresy. Bitcoin is the future, man. Screw all that boring bankster, fiat currency shit.

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Re: Need more eyes

Given the number of people identifying as 'Bitcoin Developers', why has this not occurred before now?

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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The website buttcoin.org is a fine pisstake of the bitcoin phenomenon.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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Read the Bitcoin subforum of Reddit to see how far people go with their Bitcoin obsession. These people make goldbugs looked lucid and rational.

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This website has had problems for years. It is far more likely to me that they just screwed up. Some sort of idiot must have written that. In what language does one capitalise every other word, for example? It reads like something an ill educated single mother trying to be posh and formal on the Money Saving Expert forums would write.

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MtGox to customers: Your call is important to us … NOT!

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When all is said and done, I would like to know how much of this fiasco is due to properties unique Bitcoin itself. One could imagine a similar disaster with ordinary currency; the difference is, a bank that badly run would be shut down by regulators. Is lack of regulation the problem?

By the way, I note that Bitcoin isn't the only crypto currency that has suffered such a disaster:

http://www.businessinsider.com/large-dogecoin-christmas-theft-2013-12

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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It's a situation of one party's word against another's. One says one thing, the other says the opposite. In these kind of private meetings, a recording should be taken for fact verification purposes.

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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

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Another assburgers sufferer, I suggest. Mr Love probably doesn't know it, but this dread diagnosis will be his very shortly, at least if his lawyer is doing their job correctly.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Strange...

Over the last couple of years, any story about Bitcoin features the price of one. So, what does a Bitcoin go for these days after all this news? I'm being serious.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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As one of the comments on the AFP article puts it:

"Come on guys...you have hair transplanted for your beard? Oh yeah doesn't get any manlier than that! Tell me what do you see when you look in the mirror??"

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Re: Doomed

"it seems very hard to see how anyone will trust them with their money ever again."

The amazing thing is that anyone was willing to trust the Magic: the Gathering Online Exchange with their money in the first place.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: Death threats - WTF?

"The authorities may be investigating Mt Gox but I suspect there is very little they can do about the theft of an unregulated crypto currency that no government even recognises as a real currency. Perhaps a prosecution for data theft?"

Why would any self respecting techno-anarchist need or want help from the so-called 'authorities'? They are probably writing nano-viruses to hack the mainframe of the thieves as we speak.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

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Re: How about

Yes. I was about to moan about the use of the word 'exploded' to mean 'collapsed' but discovered you got there first. Is the metaphorical use of the word 'explode' going to be grossly misused by fools? We shall not let it!

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Given that the causes of crime are so opaque, these are very bold predictions indeed. For example, there is only a very limited understanding for why the crime rate in the western world has fallen since the early to mid nineties.

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Nokia may consider merging with Juniper: report

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The COO of Juniper was once Stephen Elop. Grand conspiracy?

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