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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Re: Yay! They found Krypton!!

Technically it could have blown up already, we're just watching it's distant past.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Oh look Apple 'innovating' again!

Seems like these days Apple is playing catch up... after lobbing sue-ball after sue-ball over their 'innovative' slide to unlock, they're adopting more and more features of their competition. I guess those features are somehow not 'innovative' enough, allowing Apple adopt them without fear of back-draft.

Apple's story strikes me of a hare continually racing a tortoise. It races ahead, then having decided it has innovated enough, it takes a long nap, outsources all production to it's PR department, and allows the tortoise competition to catch up, overtake, and win every time.

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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Unhappy

I really miss...

Groklaw's excellent coverage of this.

Obligatory "thanks Obama!"

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: NSA Recruitment guy

He'll have to be quick to beat the FBI agents who will turn him over to the US Attorney for prosecution... let's see 1 count of hacking is a minor offence... so would only require 20 years in the slammer with a plea bargain.

On a serious note, if his dad is telling the truth about Kristoffer's "inquisitiveness" and natural tendency towards this type of thing... well he should really get used to the idea of visiting his son behind bars from age 16 and beyond. The government does not reward the creativity of those who tinker and probe.

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

I don't know what kind of university you're running but when I went to University over 10 years ago for a course with computing modules - they had labs offering a choices of Windows, Unix and Linux - some of our modules were taught on Nix, and some with Windows - but for our coursework we had the option of whichever platform we wanted to use.

If a university is only teaching Microsoft Windows and Office as part of their computing curriculum, then they deserve to lose student intake and money.

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

Tell me, if you think it's so obvious that these patents are simply an irrelevant shakedown, why did Samsung and Sony pay for them?

These patent deals are sealed by NDAs - a huge part of the problem.

What's to say that Microsoft, in it's bid to legitimise it's non-disclosed claims against Android, offered a cash bundle for Samsung and Sony to develop Windows Phone in exchange for S & S to 'license' MS's patents at zero cost?

If you look at the deals where MS has been forced into the light - you'll see this strategy again and again - $150m - Apple... $20m - Lindows... Freebies - MikeRoweSoft... $17m - SCO... $300m - Barnes & Noble... $250m - Nokia...

MS's modus operandi from the beginning has been to give away software to build up a dependency, then up the prices; much like a drug dealer gets people hooked on his product.

MS's licensing strategy seems to be similar - pay out of pocket for licensing deals, in order to legitimise them and strike fear in other vendors in similar business; much like the Mafia might seek protection money from small businesses and grow their racket through fear and intimidation.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Isn't this what the CVV code was created for?

You don't need to bother with time limits or passwords. Just require the CVV code for each purchase.

Any parent who is then daft enough to let their sprog use it then has no recourse for being so careless.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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A company full of gits?

If there is a genuine claim of sexual harassment and intimidation, then the employee presumably has the avenue of an industrial tribunal, or whatever the US equivalent is and that is where the matter should be taken and be kept.

Unfortunately, no matter how substantial your claim, taking it to Twitter and the Tech press is going to get accusations of attention seeking, and arguably in some cases it has been justified (not to say in this case without knowing all the details).

Regardless, I had to chuckle at the hula-hooping part, sorry - I couldn't put off the vivid image that appeared in my head as I read the paragraph. What else can you expect of a company called Github, borrowing from the name of the 'Git' repository, whose creator in his typical self-effacing manner described the reason for naming it, quote: '"I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First 'Linux', now 'Git'".

It's typical to have a self-depreciating and comedic outlook within the coding community. I know this now verges on speculation, but people who tend to take themselves a bit too seriously may find themselves ostracised by more relaxed colleagues, who might try to avoid them for the risk of creating awkwardness. If both the girls and guys were enjoying the hoopla and the attention... maybe they weren't the problem?

Then again, maybe it's not the kind of professional atmosphere you want to work in, which brings us back round to the question, why work for the type of company that names itself after a 'git'?

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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I specifically do not troll on internet forums...

I am not a troll and I do not troll according to the guidelines and rules set out by the people who use my computer (namely me) and I do not troll people who I have never met online, when they know who the person using my computer is in real life.

Furthermore I don't troll in online forums because I have specifically outlined that I don't troll, because I have to stick to the rules and guidelines I made for myself and one of those rules is that I am not a troll.

I also don't troll indiscriminately individuals that are me and people I know in real life. I also do not troll people in the future, or travel back in time to troll those people who may have already been trolled by people who may be allowed to troll under their own rules and guidelines.

Trust me, I don't troll,

Sincerely,

Troll T Trollington of Under the Bridge Trolling Company.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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Re: HTTPS compulsory?

It should be... !

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

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Re: The American press strikes again

"I am not sure what the public interest in this story is..."

And yet here we are, the public, commenting on the story. And El Reg, which has ads to shift, printing, nay, regurgitating it.

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

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When is an upskirt not an upskirt

This is a tricky one, how would you create a law to prevent upskirting in a place that holds and annual no-pants subway ride?

What about photographing a beach which in general, has lots of women waking around naked but for the parts that are normally covered by underwear... and in summer, when they travel on the subway dressed as such?

No answers from me, but I do find it all quite ironic. It seems to me that it's not the actual photographing of an upskirt that causes offence (since a woman may be wearing a bikini in public at other times), but the fetish itself of having a photograph of a situationally 'private' area exposed.

I've always found that quite a conundrum.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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I keep my own wallet

I was going to open a Mt Gox account, I even got my account verified a month or two ago. However I felt slight unease that comes with putting money into an overseas account, and even more unease just looking at the website, something just didn't sit right with me.

Then I looked for alternatives, Coinfloor looks promising, but not open yet. So I thought what the heck - I should really own my own wallet, and used Bitcoin Wallet on Android app store, that allows to to back up your keys in an encrypted file. I have it shared between my mobile and my tablet.

As for all the media stating Bitcoin itself is at risk from the Mt Gox crash, well it's a bit like saying fiat currency was at risk when the banking crisis happened.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Re: Where the line lies

All good points but what should actually be happening is that .gov.uk actually revamp their web services to make it easier to navigate, find, apply and pay for things online.

Seriously the only one I think has got better in recent years is the DVLA, but - for example - having to deal with HMRC portal is a true nightmare experience, and has changed very little in at least 6 years.

There's no reason they couldn't structure their web portals to make it not only more Google friendly, but make it more like Google, Wikipedia and other modern content providers in providing relevant information, in a simple, understandable easy to navigate manor.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: @Eguro

You're onto something here, what about an encryption method that splits the data up into a large chunk and a smaller chunk - like a keyfile for ssh? Is there any program that already does something like that?

You can stick the small chunk on usb and simply store the larger chunk in any cloud.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Don't even follow their own OOXML standard

Last year I had to author a technical document and the templates that I had to use all came in *ugh* docx format.

Since I use Linux as my work OS and LibreOffice as my go to docs application, I attempted to use the templates and struggled with the formatting. Also, I found that upon saving the docs, several formatting elements were lost.

I had an old copy of MS Office 2010 lying around and so decided to try installing it with Wine. Surprisingly enough the install worked and Word fired up. Opened the documents with all the formatting displayed correctly, allowed me to save changes and then I was done... trouble was, upon saving, Word also lost the formatting of the original templates, just like Libre! I couldn't believe it.

The templates, it turns out, were pretty shit, but what's more shitter is that Libre had obviously met the requirements of the OOXML spec, but somehow MS couldn't even do a better job than the Open Source guys at implementing their own standards.

I also noticed another document in Office 2010 saved paragraphs with default double spacing (when single had been selected), whereas Libre saved the same document with single as chosen. It's quite frustrating and unfortunately I'm forced to use Word sometimes, just to prove that the problem is with the document itself (the XML), not with my use of Open Source.

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

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AAAAAAA+

Great way to create a thin veneer of some kind of established and credible* ratings agency by copying the rating system used by actual established ratings agencies that have been around for over 100 years.

Never mind the fact that these multiple A's and +/-'s exist purely to maintain a veneer itself that certain governments and conglomerates are still in the 'A' club and not create panic.

Just where do they get their $ values from anyway? If a company is graded by the stock and valued by the value of the stock, where does this other $ value fit in that they've come up with?

I suppose it could represent the marginal value of the premium Apple or Samsung get to charge on top of what their underlying product is actually worth, based on brand - but how does that calculate to company value, and not unit value instead? Since I assume they don't have access to current gross profit for sales of products from Apple et al.

I think it's bullshit, that's what. I think it's a bunch of marketing and finance execs looking to get in on the speculation game and coming up with another metric to judge companies by.

*'credible' in this context is a fluid term that just so happens to mean whatever a credit ratings agency wants to define it as. Such as ratings agencies who might have significant interests in rating junk mortgage-backed securities as triple A.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: Why are we paying for this?

It's not about how long your OS can be supported, whether the NHS was using Windows or Linux or even BSD... it's the cost of upgrading and support for legacy applications.

OS and applications built on free and open source means that, in the long term, costs are minimised due to the ability to migrate to alternative solutions or even fork your own (e.g. your data belongs to you and not locked in some proprietary closed-source solution).

A great example of this is the applications that rely on IE6. If the applications had been coded to proper web standards back when they were designed and developed, then they would be portable to any OS and any browser, IE6 could have been ditched a long time ago.

So, choosing to migrate to an open source solution now would not necessariy mean a short term cost saving, but a long term cost saving 5 or 10 years from now, when the open nature of the software makes it easier to migrate or fix.

I wonder how much it will cost next time round when the NHS is stuck on an old Windows 7/Server 2012, with platform specific Sharepoint, Outlook and Office applications coming to EOL?

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Re: Upgrade o Linux

Or just run XP in virtualisation, on an internal LAN firewalled off from the outside world entirely. Have users remotely connect from Linux based desktops for the applications that need XP - then plan a migration route for those remaining apps, somewhat at leisure.

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Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

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Big Brother

Re: If you don't like a topic or activity, then don't go to that site.

On internet, Ad sees you!

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Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

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Re: "FAST is yet to come across..."

This is true from other types of legal advice I've recieved not related to software.

Once you realise this premise, everything in life is about calculated risks and gambles.

Consequently, if a big player wants to sue you - regardless of your innocence or guilt - they can sue you and make it as expensive as possible in order to tip the scales in the direction of the outcome they desire; ergo, if their case has no merit, they can pressure you to settle anyway because you can't afford to fight back.

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Re: Sad but true....

Yep... reading through that article I immediately thought of iTards/fanbois.

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

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Re: There is one thing positive...

Fantastic opportunity isn't it though?

Now rival search engines and *shudder* vertical search sites can advertise on Google Search for... Search! ("Yo Dawg...")

So it's pretty much like if I went to Tesco to buy some banana's, and on the fruit isle in front of the banana's there's a banner that says - would you like to go to Asda and Sainsbury's for Banana's? Well, no, or I would have gone to Asda or Sainsbury's.*

The Department of Redundancy Department would like a word...

*Yes - I think the browser selection screen is like this (I switched to Firefox years before this came into being - the market spoke). OTOH I would like to see real competition between pre-installed OS - this does need to be enforced.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Signs of failure

YoY growth is good for personal milestone measuring... but not a useful statistic against competition.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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No disrespect intended towards the deceased or his family but a Vice President is the equivalent of a middle manager in investment banks like JPM. Given the way job promotion works VPs and Associate VPs switch LOB all the time - consequently you will get VPs in IT whose IT skills extend no further than sorting columns on a spreadsheet.

I've seen it and it is frustrating for techies and contractors. It's like working with Jen in the IT crowd, except there are no punchlines and a lot more pressure to be seen to be doing stuff.

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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Re: Trade Marks @Squander Two

> Trademark law is actually quite reasonable most of the time. I for one would like to see its use-it-or-lose-it aspects extended to copyright law.

I understand in the US that if a trademark becomes a verb in the common vernacular that it's no longer enforceable. In Europe, this is not the case - so they are much like copyrights.

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Re: Trade Marks

OK let's try again, I'm not abolishing trademarks - I'm saying restrict it to company names only!

> A better example would be, say, me and a couple of friends making utterly shit phones and selling them on Ebay under the name "iPhone".

I'm not saying make it legal to create fakes. I'm saying you would have to market your product as "Me and My Mates(TM) iPhone" and Apple would have their "Apple(TM) iPhone" therefore a customer would still be informed and offered consumer protections against you selling an "Apple iPhone" which was your own knock-off.

> You're insane.

Well that escalated quickly... so imagining a different world or proposing changes to law is insanity is it?

What's the term for someone such as yourself, who blindly purchases products based solely on the product name without any investigation into their function or cost?

> The boxes would be identical in your world, since the distinctive features of packaging design that enable companies to differentiate their products are trademarks.

No they're not, they're designs and protected by design patents. I actually mentioned design patents above if you had taken the time to slow down and read my comment rather than rage.

So back to my example above - you are selling a box with "Me and My Mates iPhone" and apple are selling a box with "Apple iPhone". The shitness speaks for itself and the market will dictate which is better in the long run.

> No, a few people gravitate to quality, which establishes reputation, then everyone else gravitates to reputation. This is precisely why trademarks are valuable and useful.

So, in "my world", people will gravitate to Apple(TM) and avoid "Me and My Mates(TM)" - your shitty company that makes inferior iPhones.

> If your surname is McDonald, you can start a burger bar called "McDonald's" but you can't use the golden arches or make adverts with Hamburglar in them -- which is of course precisely why companies have more than one trademark. Like I said, trademark law is pretty reasonable.

Finally, a valid rebuke to my argument - however this doesn't actually seem to stop companies like Apple, The Olympics Committee and Hollywood (to name a few examples) from suing smaller established companies using the same names or symbols for valid purposes you mention - and not even in the same industries or markets.

Of course you may agree with the actions of Apple, The Olympics, Hollywood and similar actions taken by others, which means we will never see eye to eye. However I think allowing this abundance of trademarking only causes more confusion and lawsuits than solves it.

So my response is as follows; that in a world where McDonald's were limited solely to the trademark of their own name, either they would have to come up with a more unique name, or simply tie it to the location of their head office (should sort out the offshore tax loophole issues at the same time).

Let's face you've almost made my point for me. McDonald IS a name. Many people ARE named McDonald. We don't need to enforce unique names on people and we seem to manage fine in differentiating them based on other factors which can still be considered generic amongst the populace.

If you respond to this, before you vent (and hurl more insults) please consider I AM FOR TRADEMARKS, just arguing against trademarks on product lines.

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Re: Trade Marks

We already live in a world where manufacturers produce similar products sharing the same pseudonyms - "x cloud", "smart x", "sonic x". The product name is simply a differentiator to separate versions (e.g. Gutsy Gibbon, Masterbating Monkey) or sell you something slightly different yet sounding similar in order entice different market segments (e.g. Galaxy S3, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S2 Mini etc...).

The market already works to identity fakes and God knows that despite all the patent battles, an Apple fanboi has more chance of mistaking an iPhone 5 for an iPhone 5S than an iPhone and a Samsung. If patents protect design, why should trademarks protect individual instances of products?

Therefore, if Samsung were allowed to use "iPhone" for a new smartphone (that didn't look like an Apple iPhone) then would that stop people from buying Apples iPhones? Perhaps some people, but guaranteed, most of the people and the press would rip on Samsung for doing it. It would be seen as not original, and probably cause more damage to Samsung in the long run (cheapening their brand to a rip off). Better for Samsung if they create their own brand (e.g. Galaxy).

People will gravitate to manufacture and quality. If someone came up with a better smartphone then Apple and decided to call it an "iPhone", then perhaps it deserves the moniker. However, if it turned out to be rubbish, then people would call it a cheap ripoff and avoid it, regardless of whether it's legal or not.

This is already how the world works! I mean look at the terms "cloud", "smart tv", "flash drive/dongle" and "big data" - they're marketing terms, not functional, they may as well be trademarked and belong to one company as well.

If a company can claim trademark on "Sky" what's to stop anyone forming a company called BCloudB and claiming trademark on "Cloud"?

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> I know my first experience of SkyDrive was when a Sky Broadband customer used it to send some files to me (natural assumption was sky email address + file storage system with sky in the name = probably the same company)

The question is, given the real intent of trademarks, did this harm you in anyway, or did this make you purchase Microsofts SkyDrive solution over the SkyDrive solution offered by BSkyB?

If you were looking into what this "SkyDrive" was in order to purchase, would you not immediately realise that this was a Microsoft offering, and that BSkyB itself didn't have a "SkyDrive" offering?

Even if BSkyB did have a competing "SkyDrive", surely you would have also come to this realisation after 5 minutes of googling to discover where to buy?

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Trade Marks

Now, I enjoy seeing Microsoft taking a bruising as much as the next man, but world governments are increasingly getting away from the real purpose behind trademarks and someone has to call stop on this shenanigans.

Trademarks were not intended as "intellectual property", but as protections for the consumer. So that the consumer does not become confused as to which company is offering the genuine product, and which may be offering an inferior rip-off.

Why are words such as "Word", "Sky" and "One" allowed to be trademarked at all? The trademark should mean exactly what it says: "trade mark".

Microsoft trades under "Microsoft", BSkyB trades under "BSkyB". These "trade marks" should be sufficient and allow Microsoft to offer a "Microsoft SkyDrive" and BSkyB to offer a "BSkyB SkyDrive".

It should be sufficient for customers to distinguish between trading Companies (e.g. Microsoft, BSkyB, Marks & Spencers, Tesco, Hoover, Dyson, etc...) and determine that a product offered by one differs from a product offered by another (after all many people are brand aware and many tend to gravitate towards brands - that's where we get 'brand loyalty' from).

Restrict "trade marks" to the trading name, not derivative products, and there'll be a lot less of this nonsense.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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Just the browser?

None of these users will be particularly web savvy or be using their PC for extended amounts of time, or to it's full capability - why not distribute Chromebooks instead?

Chromebooks would be cheaper, they don't have to worry about the user needing to setup anything or keep IE up to date. If it's just for accessing their website - they would still score a marketing win by giving these away for free.

Sure some people might reject the unfamiliarity of Chrome, but with later versions of IE taking design pointers from Chrome and Firefox, those kinds of users will probably reject the unfamiliarity of new IE too.

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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Flame

"Patent Infringement"

Quick, someone trademark this phrase and we can watch the fireworks show...

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Re: Yawn

"The key to mass surveillance is that you don't know upfront who is ordinary and who is going to be the next person to use a skyscraper as an aircraft hangar."

And therein lies the crux of the problem. Everyone thinks they're ordinary, it's the other guy who is the terrorist. Thus they're comforted by Obama's words because, "Well shucks, at least he won't be monitoring us ordinary folks anymore"!

Funnily enough terrorists comes across as ordinary people until they do something extreme. So if you're looking for terrorists, you're going to be looking for ordinary people, in order to protect the ordinary people. So Western governments rightly or wrongly take the view that everyone is the terrorist, until proven ordinary.

Thus, it becomes the prime objective of any government, not to protect the people, but to protect the idea of the people, from the people.

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You... (Sigh). You store our financials in a 'Clowds4U' account?

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It's already here...

Part of the problem in huge monolithic organisations that I have observed, is often down to the fact that IT security takes precedence over any other function.

When IT locks down the company so much that USB ports are disabled, email attachments stripped and access to cloud servers blocked - then users assume if they can access a cloud service, it's not blocked and therefore it's permissible (after all they block anything not permissible).

Security is important, but in some organisations, they're spending so much money making the door to the cell safe, and ignoring the fact that the inmates are climbing out of the windows.

Couple this with the fact that managers want projects done by certain deadlines - that do not take into account the time spent that would be waiting for account propagation, software justification and sign off. To use another analogy - they're trying to operate a steam-liner like a yacht.

I've known of contractors being paid a typical day rate who've spent the first 3 days reading a newspaper waiting for an account and access. On the other hand most of the time people just swap login details so they can get working... How much time and money is being wasted on security procedures that are simply not followed (and by logical extension probably not necessary for certain IT tasks and systems)?

It's not IT though, it's management as a whole needing to get their collective heads out of their asses and realise that life finds a way - their employees are not only using shadow IT, but without it, their company would flop under the weight of their own IT constraints.

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Yep, as someone currently studying for ITIL Foundation I find it quite ironic that ITIL and Prince2 are brought to us by the same government that brought us NPfIT.

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Re: Title is too long.

And there you have in a nutshell - the problem with collecting data on everyone and everything does not mean the ability to detect more threats, it means the inability to determine what a threat actually is.

They need to scale back this bullshit and join the schengen area at least. The world is getting increasingly smaller and many more of us have to travel to Europe to do business. To me, border agencies increasingly look like my gran struggling with her Virgin Media remote.

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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

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Trashy Planets

Wouldn't that mean there are bits of Earth laying around the cosmos, possibly even to be found on Mars? At least, before our atmosphere was formed?

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Re: Remember

Wouldn't that just count against you in court? i.e. the "You do not have to say anything..." part?

On the other hand, the police do have to provide an interpreter if the subject doesn't speak English - how about insisting on answering in an alternative language such as Klingon, Elvish, Dothraki, Esperanto, Europanto or Transpiranto to name a few?

Perhaps the authorities need to understand that the reason that resources are stretched, so many cases are fragile, subject to falling apart and the odds are against convictions for refusing to give encryption keys - is that they are already dangerously stepping over the line from investigating tangible crime into thought crime and pre-crime.

Think about it, before 2001, for every 1 actual terrorist who carried out his act of terror;

  • How many terrorist backed out at the last minute and went back to a normal life?
  • How many potential terrorists went through planning/training but never carried it out and went on to live a normal life?
  • How many potential terrorists wanted to do something but never really made connections or got to planning, got over it and carried on with a normal life?
  • How many potential terrorists never plan to do anything, but secretly celebrate acts of terror?
  • How many "potential terrorists" are simply interested in chemicals/history/terrorism/politics and spend their personal time researching the subjects?
  • How many "potential terrorists" are critical of Western governments, socially and politically active and potentially brush shoulders unaware with other [potential] terrorists?

All of the above are likely to have interesting internet search histories, maybe even documents and plans (at university I knew someone who downloaded the code for Melissa because he was interested in studying the code). However, out of all those people, up until the act of terror - it's simply thoughts and thoughts laid out in print.

The more you investigate crimes of thought or intent, the more and more people you're going to find guilty, the more and more people you're going to have to lock up - or at least waste vast amounts of time and resources on, when the courts find that you're case is built on thoughts alone.

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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

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How long?

How much life has the youngest patent that Nokia got on it's books? 10, 15 years? That's how long before Nokia's name becomes all but history... if the company troll even lasts that long.

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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He's got no clothes on!

"Our King is determined to clarify and is now doing a thorough review in order that nobody will have a sense of nakedness."

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: Hands up anyone that didn't see this coming

I'd be very interested in seeing if Sony were willing participants in this sueball.

I remember reading mention somewhere that Sony has a bit of a multiple personality disorder (my paraphrasing)... essentially their technology arm are so far removed and at odds with their entertainment arm ideologically as well as goals; it's a wonder the company hasn't split already and started suing each other.

Still it would be interesting to see if Sony lose the right to use the Android trademark and Google Apps after this.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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$349 (£215)

At current US electronics exchange rates $349 = £349.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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Advertising Standards

Maybe instead of working on a tech standard that only works based on the whims of the advertiser, they should be working on an advertising standard in and of itself.

Specifying when, how and in what format advertising should appear. I have no problem with unobtrusive ads, it's the one's that popup in front of the text I'm trying to read, with loud noises or graphics.

Advertisers: Big splashy graphics, noise and popup windows make me NOT want to buy anything you produce.

Youtube: rather than a stupid minute long ad I don't want to watch, letting me skip after 5 seconds - which I almost always do; just have a 2 second splash that states "Video brought to you by..." (Google used to know how to do subtle advertising. Why does it seem like they've gone out and hired all the obnoxious marketers from other failed web-enterprises?)

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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Here's my application the NASA space program...

I am an Astronaut.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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Intellectual property distribution is an serious civil infringement that is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year.

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Twitter-mad twits trade 14 million shares in BANKRUPT zombie biz

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Re: Fundamental flaws

I hope for your sakes you're using a laptop and dongle - not your bank workstation - since El Reg forums are not encrypted and anyone can sniff your login details via a packet inspector, anonymous or not.

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

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I guess I'm the only one...

Who would prefer to swear to God, but not to Queen?

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“Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one."

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Microsoft investors push for Bill Gates defenestration: report

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Re: @Callam McMillan - "the ..goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

How could you forget Atari ST???

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Watch BLUBBERING BILLION-DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft goodbye love-gush leaks

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Nobody...

...puts Balmy in the corner.

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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@Squander Two

I work in banking. If what you suggest were true, we could use that as a convenient excuse for money laundering. Guess what? We don't.

Obviously you don't work for HSBC, BOA, JPMC, Citi, Goldman Sachs or Barclays then? Or the majority of other global investment banks for that matter... always remember the Golden Rule, those with the Gold, make the Rules.

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