* Posts by Novex

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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64GB Micro SD only?

I'm slightly surprised they're saying the memory is only expandable to 64GB. Surely the SDXC spec allows far more than that, and should certainly cover the currently available 256GB micro SD cards?

I don't seem to be able to download a spec sheet for the Swift 2 + from the wileyfox website. The link just ends up at the checkout page with a Swift 2 + already added to the cart.

Edit: to ask if CyanogenMod 13 allows for xprivacy to be installed?

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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As others have said, I'm not surprised at this news. Microsoft knew there were going to be problems after the XP to 7 resistance, which was why it became a malware pusher in order to force users on to Win 10.

What they actually needed to do was make a product that users wanted. One that doesn't spy on them (or at least allows the user to choose to block ALL spying), and doesn't try to change itself without the user's consent (NO forced updates AT ALL). If the rest of the OS was then designed and coded to actually be a joy to use and control, then users would flock to it. Instead they've sought out alternatives: some like me to Linux Mint; others to Apple; still others ditching PCs altogether and just using their oversized smart phone or tablet.

With Win 10 as it stands (as a designed-to-use-cloud-and-force-users-to-do-so OS, instead of cloud being a choice for the user), Microsoft are the designers of their own demise.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: When UBER loses the Appeal

A bit of six of one, half a dozen of the other.

If they lose the appeal, and if they pull out, I would anticipate that apps like Hailo for proper licensed hire drivers will fill the gap. Any driver with Uber who seriously wants to keep doing the job could just apply to become a private hire driver and work within that set of regulations, which should (though I could be wrong) comply with employment law already.

What will be more interesting is how, as per the article, this affects the overall 'gig' economy here in the U.K. bearing in mind we'll come out of the E.U. soon and be in a position to make an independent decision on how such businesses operate here. Will we choose to become a 'gig' economy country, trying to be innovative and 'ahead of the game' but at the same time denying reasonable stability to our workers; or will we be overly protectionist and end up with too much power in the hands of the workforce, leaving businesses unable to operate effectively? Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Is it..

'sac-de-tea', or 'cul-de-tea'?

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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Security First

Jeez. Just how long will it be, and how much pain do we have to go through, before the companies that make any kind of coded kit, from toasters to PCs, realize that the first action in any code is to make it secure? It seems probably never in the case of when, and not even when the pain kills the patient in the case of what has to happen.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Terryfying

"Terrying up the arse"

Now that deserves more than the one upvote I can give it!

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...Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices division, said he was “humbled” that 400 million people had chosen Windows 10...

????????? I think that needs fixing...

...Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices division, said he was “humbled” that 400 million people had accepted the rogering up the arse that is being forced on to Windows 10...

Oh, and while I'm at it, when I'm gaming I prefer to play the game, not to keep pausing every few seconds to check my social media shit.

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Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

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Delays, delays...

The more I read about 'delays' with XPoint, the more I feel Intel and Micron's initial announcement in 2015 was a bluff of sorts to try and steal the game from the likes of Nantero and their NRAM. I reckon Intel are trying to tie up the various vendors into their tech as much as possible, hoping that any competing NVDIMM tech will have a harder time getting adopted.

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

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Seems...

...like we're in advertorial land again.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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My Data, My Decision

When you can guarantee me that my data won't get pilfered by hackers / moneygrabbers, and only be seen by those who need to see it (a judgement I get to make on a case-by-case basis, not the NHS) then I'll consider sharing it. Until then, no.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: Errrm

We do seem to be missing one point: while it is true that new jobs can come out of new technologies, it does appear that many of our 'new' jobs are virtual in nature. They don't actually produce physical product. They're either service (face-to-face or voice-to-voice) jobs; or information jobs (producing content or such like). For the service jobs, not everyone can do 'people jobs' well (I'm one. I have suspected ASD yet to be diagnosed). For the information jobs, most distribution of information is now virtual, and the consuming public does seem to like such content for free. The result of mainly service job types being available can be that if there are many people seeking work then the value of those jobs that remain goes down, giving low wages and leaving less for consumptive spending which means less products being sold, etc, etc. The result of an unwillingness to pay for content is less income to be made, leaving the same low wage problem and consequent lower consumptive spending. Yes, for some of those jobs advertising can take up a bit of slack, but when consumption goes down (which the entire world is facing right now) then it can't do the job of keeping people employed.

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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

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Re: The problem with JavaScript in web pages...

What I'd really like to have is an ability to block/allow individual javascript commands, not just the domains.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The UK is not educating people in Tech...

The employers here don't train properly because they're afraid that all that training expense will go to waste when their newly trained employees get head-hunted by the company next door who couldn't be arsed to train and instead let the other 'gimberts' do it.

It doesn't help that DWP is divorced from the Business Training and Skills department. By keeping those separate, there are a batch of people on the dole (like me) who want to re-train in relevant I.T. skills, but there's absolutely no will in DWP to even take notice of us.

But, I have to say that all these businesses complaining about Brexit actually happening is a bit ripe. If they'd respected the citizens of this country by not outsourcing all their jobs, and making sure they got paid at least a living wage, then perhaps we* wouldn't have voted to leave the E.U.

*I voted remain, so that 'we' doesn't technically include me.

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Facebook's 'Workplace' collaboration dogfood is now on your menu

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Really?

You, Facebook, want me to put all of my business's internal conversations on one of your servers somewhere so you can snoop on private, and most likely confidential and sensitive, conversations?

I have a finger, it's the middle one, it likes swivellers...

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Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

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...nebulous...

...sounded more cumulus to me, and just about as solid ;-)

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Re: Advertorial

You summed up my thoughts in one word that I don't believe I've heard before - have an upvote :-)

The article came across as trying to sell their particular solution, rather than being a proper unbiased analysis of file synchronisation and collaboration services via cloud.

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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"As we build confidence with IT pros"

Maybe he should get out more and read what IT pros actually think about Microsoft because there's a huge assumption built into that statement.

I agree, wholeheartedly.

As for all the statements in the article, where the fuck do I start? Almost everything in them seems to be damage limitation and a serious attempt to try and pull the wool over the eyes of businesses everywhere. Just why the hell should any professional I.T. bod think that MS will ever be trustworthy for data security? They're no better than Google, Apple or Facebook in that regard, and if you 'buy' wholesale into Windows 10, they have your PCs by the balls. All they want to do is snoop the data so they can chuck crapware adverts all over their customers. And of course, avoid the Windows 7 retention issue, which looks like it might become the new XP.

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Margin of Error

Those figures appear to be within margins of error, so don't mean a whole lot really. The only thing I would take from them is that Windows 10 adoption appears to have stalled for the moment (probably due to the ending of the free upgrade and a few users now rolling back since the end of July).

As for bigger businesses having still yet to roll out Windows 10, that will depend on how much they can implement their own controls and be confident that MS aren't going to try and retro fit their forced updates onto the Enterprise edition. If I were a bigger business I.T. officer, I'd certainly be wary of Microsoft's retro fitting tendencies and for now I'd stick with Windows 7, or be looking at moving away from MS OSes to platform independent software that can run on anything (i.e., web based applications running from either private servers, or from a 'reliably secure private cloud'*).

*is there such a thing?

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Swansong for Rosetta as it lands on the duck-shaped comet

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Adding my congratulations

Just a me too post to add my congratulations to the team, well done.

Now, what's next? ;-)

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

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Re: You must change to one of our new packages

That's how Skodafone did it anyways... removed line rental, bumped up the other prices.

I'm not sure if that's giving Skoda a bad name by comparing them to Vodafone, or giving Vodafone a bad name comparing them to a VW company...

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Line rental of £16.99 disappears, but lo and behold, the cost of the broadband goes up £16.99 (or more)...

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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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DEV: "I've got an idea! Let's allow users to plug their phones into a big screen like a desktop can, to allow them to do desktop like stuff!"

CORP: "Er, okay. But can we make sure they can't actually do desktop like stuff, because we don't want them to be able to hide our adverts and stuff?"

DEV: "Really? Okay, so how's about we let them plug the phone into the big screen, but only show one window?"

CORP: "Will it have adverts?"

DEV: "Er, it can do..."

CORP: "Deal!"

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

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Wasn't it Rachmaninov who had particularly big hands and composed some of his piano pieces taking that into account, meaning even some very 'gifted' piano players just can't play those pieces because their hands just aren't big enough?

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Aspergers, etc

It's possible that conditions such as Aspergers, which are fairly prevalent in the tech community as I understand it, could explain some of the 'geek' element. People with Autistic traits tend to find it easier to concentrate on highly focussed tasks at the expense of social distraction, meaning any subject which requires some degree of intense study to do well in (what subject doesn't?) may be easier for them to do. Socially adept people (that is, NTs) may find it harder to keep their focus on difficult subjects and hence find them less easy (but not impossible) to do well in.

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Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

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There has to be a prize if someone can catch an MS-DOS screen of death, shirley?

And as for feature requests, how about BSODs being in the language of the computer OS regional settings?

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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It's pronounced Checkia, not Chechia. How do you pronounce the 'ch' in Czech Republic? How do you pronounce it in Czechoslovakia? Why would you now pronounce Czechia so differently?

All those upvoters must have left their brains in the pub. Still, that's one way of approaching the weekend...

You're right, in that in this instance the 'ch' should be pronounced 'ck', but most people, me included, when seeing 'chia' automatically think 'ch' and not 'ck'. So the Czech people will have to contend with the rest of the world pronouncing their country name wrong. At the moment, when I see 'Czech Republic' I think 'Check'. It would take a humungous education effort to get the rest of the world's population to get the pronunciation of 'Czechia' right, as in 'Checkia'. That or the spelling needs to be changed to the latter so the rest of the world gets it right from day one.

All this doesn't even begin to deal with 'Cz' being pronounced 'Ch' (though most people seem to know that one).

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I thought one of the main complaints about the name is that Czechia sounds not unlike Chechnya, the disputed region in Russia...

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Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

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Intel and Micron's Bluff Is Being Called

Intel and Micron's vapour announcements are beginning to dissipate, and it looks like they were stretching the truth a 'little'.

Ultimately we'll know when product hits the streets properly, and in particular when XPoint Dimms debut with systems designed to take them. Of course, by then Nantero's carbon nanotube NRAM might manage to make the light of day and wipe the floor with it (again, if their vapour announcements are anything to go by). I do wonder if the Intel/Micron XPoint announcement last year was an attempt to get ahead of what Nantero were doing.

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Badges for Commentards

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Ah, that's better. Silver Badge came though overnight.

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I've just gone past 2000, and pretty sure I didn't get many upvotes on my only Anonymous Coward entry, so I'm not sure quite why the Silver Badge hasn't appeared...

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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I didn't notice this patch in the September updates for my Windows 7 partition. Is this update out of band?

I did notice that the update to check compatibility with Windows 10 was still there though, so that still got 'hidden'. Thank god we're past all that nagging, at least for now.

On the BBC News website, they're reporting that Which? have condemned Windows 10: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37431343

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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"...every single piece of fruit is checked..."

My arse.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Stupid questions...

Aaaargh! Is this REALLY still a THING!? Don't they understand some of us just don't have these accounts? How can they prove we do, and we prove we don't? It's bloody ridiculous.

And, if you are someone really into social media, how many accounts are you going to have? Just how much space is going to be made available to list them all?

Grrrrr....

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Sheep shall safely graze

In my experience, government and public bodies find change very difficult to accept. They prefer to keep banging on doing something they already know how to do even if it's inefficient, rather than understand that their processes are wasting money and causing difficulties for those who have to use the services those public departments supposedly supply. Of course, some of that resistance is a realization that if savings can be made then those budgets will be cut and they'll lose the money that they're effectively using to feather their nests with.

I have to add that I've seen the same in the private sector, it's just that there anyone putting in too much resistance eventually loses their job.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: And who told you I want to be measured?

Yep. Pretty much how I feel too.

If the industry wants me to adopt IPv6, then give me a translation router that: allows my v4 network to work internally, via static addresses if necessary; allows my website and email servers to be connected either via v4 or v6; allows me to prevent snooping backwards into my individual devices.

Otherwise, bugger off.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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We're pretty much screwed anyway. Even if I try to take care where my personal information is held and that it isn't easy to get at, as long as someone else needs it and chooses to store it on Arsebook or Groogle, I can't stop a hacker getting it second-hand.

When it comes to authentication with banks, we are asked to give them information so 'they know who they are talking to', but they seem resolute not to let us as consumers have the same confidence in them. Where's the password or memorable information I can ask for the first, fifth and eighth character from that they have to remember so that I know they aren't some scammer?

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

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Re: Bridging the gap

IPv5 kind of already exists according to this page http://archive.oreilly.com/pub/post/what_ever_happened_to_ipv5.html

But yes, that bridging capability between the two systems is what is necessary. I don't see why an IPv4 internal network behind a NAT router couldn't use the router to give dedicated IPv6 numbers to specific IPv4 addresses behind - a pain from a DHCP point of view, but if each device has a fixed IPv4 address then it can be comfortably translated to a fixed IPv6 address. I expect, though, that there's some other shit going on with IPv6 that would be difficult to translate in the router (though I doubt it would be impossible).

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Erm

effectively kill off hotspots for pretty much everyone unless an e-mail address is accepted as proof of identity and a voucher code system is used on the wifi hotspot

Either a voucher, or a deposit paid by credit/debit card which could then be refunded. Certainly it would mean securing wifi with individual user accounts of some kind. How many consumer routers (which I imagine are what most coffee shops and the like have) are set up with that kind of system?

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Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

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A silly question...

...but how does this malware actually get onto a PC in the first place? I can only take it it's via some kind of internet interaction, probably by visiting a website with the malicious software waiting to download. Surely then blocking ads, javascript, and the like, and not visiting dodgy websites, is likely to mean this isn't going to get onto your Windows PC? And even if it tried, most people are using anti-malware programs so is this really much of a threat?

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: eh?

I have pretty much every wireless component turned off bar the GSM until I actually need them.

But even then, I still use xprivacy as defence against apps (including Google's) accessing things they shouldn't. Xprivacy is better than Google's own access system as in theirs they seem to be letting their own apps through and not allowing the user to control them.

Oh, and I'm still on KitKat 4.4.4!

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Oh mighty, invisible, non-gender specific, big entity in the sky...

...please save me from Excel absurdity such as this. While it's 'fun' to see how far to push a program with in-built coding capability (I've done it myself in Access) it's such torture to try and keep these things going because some PHB (and sometimes not so pointy) decides they actually like it and want to keep using it!

As Mr. Scott once said (in Star Trek V, I believe): "The right tool for the right job". Excel is really pretty much only for data analysis. For everything else, there's 'proper' development tools.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: Lawsuit Time Again

I think it's probably true to say that in the case of internet access software (predominantly thinking browsers of course) then the controls shouldn't be in the browser but as close as possible to the connection to the internet itself. Then it wouldn't matter what software you used to access the internet. The error is that MS are trying to implement access restrictions in Edge.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Well, bearing in mind the period June-August 2016 (not 2017, as in the caption for the graph at time of reading!) includes the deadline day for free upgrade, I'm not surprised it's gone ahead. Let's see how the next six months pans out, shall we?

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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The BBC article on this mentions that some kind of 24 hour restriction could be put in place to stop repeat orders if the button is pressed additionally within the 24 hours.

I think this is neat in one way, but entirely wrong in execution. The idea of the button, fine, but it should send a note to a shopping list that you can check at the end of the day or week for things you need to buy, which can then be ordered online or sent to your mobile (or printed even) for when you go to the shops next. Ideally the item 'request' wouldn't be sent to a shared server shopping list but to a local one, but of course knowing all these cloudy companies that wouldn't happen.

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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Dear god, when will people realize that putting any kind of authentication or authorization details in the cloud is a REALLY STUPID IDEA!

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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This head office that is only 'on paper' - don't we mean 'in the cloud'?

Oh, and 13bn Euros, that's pocket change if the reports of Apple's cash reserves are anything to go by.

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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IMO HS2 should be put on hold, and there should be a proper plan to put FTTP to all premises in the UK, regardless of where they are.

Why?

In the not so distant future, much of the world of work will be knowledge based, and won't need (or even be cost effective) to do in central offices. So getting the whole country hooked up to good quality fibre is pretty much essential.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

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Er...

...I think I spotted a problem: at some point in the future Earth is going to crash into Spitzer! Where's my tin foil hat, I'm going to need it!

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Re: To FB or not FB, that is the question.

You do realise don't you that Facebook puts a lot of effort these days into tracking non-users as well as users?

You don't have to have an account for Facebook to have information on you.

With NoScript, Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, and clearing cookies regularly (not just on exit), I think it will be harder for Farcebook to reliably track me.

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