* Posts by auburnman

917 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Re: Robotics will be great...

But just think! This could be the first step towards an all-robot football league. This could be something your average nerd could actually get behind.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Liability mentality

Microsoft will never* reverse course and decide to continue supporting XP for cash. That will keep them on the hook if/when in future a big company gets hacked or loses valuable data and an XP vulnerability can be proven as the root cause. Currently they have a fairly strong defence if this happened, but if they were still making money supporting XP? Lawsuit.

*Obviously the overpriced support available to big players is an exception to the rule. This is basically keeping big government departments sweet and should be low risk in lawsuit terms as big organisations still widely using XP can safely assumed to be too poorly managed to consider launching lawsuits.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Oh come on...

I think with high quality spoof sites like theOnion and theDailyMash putting out top notch spoofs daily it must be hard nowadays to put out a standout gag article that, well, stands out.

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Re: Oh come on...

Do tell when you get back. I'm a bit disappointed with Google's offering this year. Automatically photobombing the Hoff into your pictures is good, but it's not up there with the multiple cursor gag of years back.

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Oh come on...

...You're not even trying. And putting HOLD DO NOT PUBLISH in the headline to make it look accidental?

EDIT: Full marks for the 3 page level of commitment though.

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

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Re: Perfect, just waiting...

Pint to the clever plod who convinced his/her bosses that compiling this list and putting it online would be a good idea. BOFH would be proud.

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Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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Re: Might want to re-think the name

Agreed, I kept seeing vrArse.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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All the networks seem to be bloody awful at doing anything nowadays. If it's anything that can't be done without phoning customer services you are buggered. They have been spoiled for far too long with public acceptance of long-term lock in contracts.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Comparatively, yes. That's the entire point. The US has degraded to the stage that asylum in Russia is necessary.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Re: Surrendered Control

Strictly speaking, as long as he's CEO he can run the company how he likes until the owners fire him. If I were in his shoes, I'd be tempted to piss off Facebook enough that they paid me to retire.

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Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

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Re: Justified?

I think it'll all depend on how easily the Japanese bank brushes this off. Unless the lawsuit-flingers have proper evidence that the bank really did do something wrong, I can't see this sticking. I would imagine other banks around the world are in "wait and see" mode, much like the rest of us (possibly +/- popcorn.)

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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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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Yeah I worded that pretty poorly. Didn't mean to imply Europe could tell the Commonwealth what to do.

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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Europe should pass laws saying that hacking spy organisations outside Europe (and the Commonwealth) is explicitly legal. See how the NSA like it.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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That's pretty low...

...it's definitely not Nice.

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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Re: "Back door" = "Security weakness"

"Back Door" implies it was deliberately designed in for illicit access, which is not an allegation which the currently available facts can support.

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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I would prefer Pandora over Spotify too if it was still easily available over here. The whole music genome thing was really could at predicting music I'd want to listen to.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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The contractors should simply reduce the level of service they provide by an equal percentage in turn.

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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Re: Use the fine to help them become compliant

That puts the practice of fining government agencies into a whole new light. I previously thought they were trying their best with the tools available, but if they've had this capacity all this time...

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Use the fine to help them become compliant

For my money, the ICO should get the power to appoint an auditor/advisor to oversee data breach offenders, helping/forcing reforms until they are compliant. Ideally a similar model to the court appointed auditor that Apple are fighting tooth and nail with at the moment.

If a company can shrug off £500K fines, perhaps an independent government employee doing rigorous penetration testing of their networks should send the requisite shivers down spines, especially when they realise the auditor could stumble across more naughty activity that they'd have a legal duty to report. As an added benefit the Directors would get a first hand taste of how important it is to protect data.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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Re: On the upside...

The other downside is the possibility that his colleagues will take him seriously. I'm sure governments would love to move to electronic transactions only instead of untrackable physical cash.

I would put the joke icon up, put I'm not sure if I'm joking or not.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: call center work?

They don't have to be a fraudster themselves, they just have to know a fraudster through the prison network who is willing to trade them contraband for personal data.

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Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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For my money, they should have a pin code on the Google/Apple account which you have to enter unless you've just provided your card details. Maybe allow purchases of up to £10 to authorise without pin unless they are occurring frequently.

Boom, no liability for Google / Apple, user isn't overcharged unless they are negligent in protecting their account, and the freemium sharks have to move on to easier prey.

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Lenovo banks on $1 BEELLION Moto turnaround in SIX quarters

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No it doesn't. I got one for my dad thinking exactly this at the weekend only to find lots of Motorola cruft that won't uninstall.

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I wonder if they could make Motorola give up the 'lockdown' mentality and release a mobile with stock android sans uninstallable apps? I think there's a gap in the market for a decent hardware manufacturer willing to put out something that isn't bogged down with shite by default if they could undercut the latest Nexus a little.

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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"Legacy systems, often built before the internet existed, were simply not designed with the levels of interconnection and security threat we see today."

While I'm sure it's theoretically possible to compromise them, surely legacy systems that predate the internet (Jesus Christ critical infrastructure is practically running on abaci btw) have a strong level of inherent security unless they have been specifically modified to take remote instruction?

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Hey, Apple. THIS is how you flog iPhones in new markets

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Re: Avarice ?

High end phones are £400 and up these days, and the mid range ones are hardly cheap either. You can't call people out for not writing off something that cost them a fair chunk of change. Unless I misread the article, the recycling company is just that - a company, not a charity.

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

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Re: Confused

I'm picturing a civil war within Nokia as certain factions resist being borged with their dying breaths.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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I am shocked and astounded that a former Microsoft employee is shaping his new organisation in Microsoft's favour now that he's CEO. I did Nokia see that coming

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: You never realise

Did you mean to put "without a data connection" somewhere in there?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: but...Dyson sphere

Stashing it in the cupboard would be murder though

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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I'd be willing to bet that there will still be organisations paying the $800 in year 3. It will be interesting to see if anyone tries to stop Microsoft from charging fees that are deliberately punitive. Not that I think they'd succeed, but it could be interesting to watch.

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Nokia and HTC throw down swords, sign patent war peace treaty

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Weren't HTC bullied into a royalty agreement with Microsoft over Android? I wonder if the Nokia agreement replaces it or amends it?

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: In the UK?!

"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."

They have a nice little sideline selling the output of this on to the Pop music industry.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Why Zombies

The big problem in the game industry is bandwagoning. Zombies are here at the minute because x years ago one of the zombie games came out and at the time it was fresh and new. All the game companies pounced on it and now even though lots of people are sick of zombies the industry hasn't really got the message yet. It will eventually die off when the new bandwagon comes along, like the WW2 shooter glut from years ago died when Modern Warfare became the new hit thing.

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Re: Why Zombies

"How about a game where the targets are the silly law makers, the corrupt politicians and the thieving bankers. No, I am not putting all law makers, politicians and bankers into the same cart, just the bad ones...."

You're looking for Assassin's Creed. Or possibly Watch Dogs when it comes out.

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Google and Cisco sheath swords in patent-war deal

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If Google, Samsung, Cisco and (maybe Lenovo, do they have a lot of patents?) all cross licence, they could very well achieve the critical mass of defences that would make even Apple and Microsoft hesitate to throw down in court.

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Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

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Re: There must be more to this than we're being told

There's what you are legally allowed to do, and what Microsoft will allow you to do without dragging you through the courts for years. Whether it's legal or not, MS wouldn't risk that precedent being established. The confidential settlement amount was probably £100, infinitely preferable to being bled dry with legal bills over years.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Re: I see some difficulty

It's not unheard of for the government(s) to accidentally or deliberately fight itself.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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FAIL

Just tried to change my Sky password, the change password dialogue is doing sweet FA. Fantastic.

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Security 101 fail: 3G/4G modems expose control panels to hackers

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Re: Plus ca change...

I'm pretty sure your ISP is locked in at the network level nowadays, you need a MAC code before your current provider will let go of your connection.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Re: Rats in a sack

"That's the only reason I would watch the Parliament channel."

You're missing out. Prime Minister's Questions is like a free visit to the Panto and amateur comedy night in one. Watching the rehearsed cheers and jeers and scripted put-downs is quite amusing until you remember they run the country and the depression hits you.

I need a drink.

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Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

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Re: Of course costs multiply

Are you trying to say Gary Lineker's appearance fees are index linked to the price of spuds?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: "heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park"

Given they were seen as draft-dodgers and spat on in the street, not allowed to tell anyone they were a vital part of the war effort, although their lives weren't on the line I would say heroic is a borderline acceptable descriptor.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Re: The Internet's full of numbers

Releasing the album through the Daily Mirror was just bending the rules so he could make a comeback at the #1 spot, PR and spin rather than huffinesss. (As I understood it)

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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Re: new products

With the exception of Dick Tracy, who is still looking forward to strapping a shit phone to their wrist? That's the only new-ish product I can think of that could be in Apple's pipeline; unless they somehow have yet another market-changing product up their sleeve, Cook is just paying lipservice to the nutjobs who believe in unlimited growth.

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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

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Re: Clarification

I did recall AT&T had a dreadful reputation across the pond. If they slurped my provider the alarm klaxons would be going at full pelt and I'd be looking at alternatives.

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: Ok, you've lost me

The unspoken implication is that you are walking into a war on two fronts if you attempt to sue either of them. I could see Google finding something to sue Apple over & Samsung dragging Microsoft to Court if those two don't start playing nice. They could well attract additional partners with the strength of their alliance, If another big name company with a war chest of dollars and patents were to join them I'd be very surprised if the lawsuits didn't start waning.

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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I thought Google had switched teams on the Net Neutrality issue? I'm sure El Reg had an article about it.

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Re: Not the best choice

Amazon says the MOJO is £220? I could get a PS3 and at least 4-5 (older) AAA titles for that.

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