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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: What about a GIF squasher too?

Exactly. I've found that many animated gifs can be reduced in size by 'intergif':

http://utter.chaos.org.uk/~pdh/software/intergif.htm

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Almost certainly a stupid question...

"Indeed. When will we have nuclear powered aircraft and buses, like in that documentary series I used to watch. What was it called again? Ah yes, Tomorrow's World^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Thunderbirds."

Well, "Back to the future II" was set in 2015, so I wanna know......

Where's my bloody hoverboard?

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

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Re: Tired of self professed "security experts"

Huh?

Firstly, hashes are mainly used to secure the integrity of a file, whether encrypted or not (and this is the point of the article - protecting against maliciously altered files)

Secondly, even if you were talking about only protecting against, say, disk corruption, the extra entropy in sha256 can only help..

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Re: err...

Ahhh. gotcha! Sorry!

And yeah, your point makes sense. Also, I don't expect fibre to our rural exchange any sooner either!

As for tarsnap, I mainly use it for my remote servers, where it's impractical to pop around with a usb disk :-) although saying that, it's pretty good with dedup, deltas, and compression (much like rsync) but each backup 'appears' to exist as a full backup and can be treated as such (but as it really isn't, you don't pay for all the bandwidth and storage)

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Re: Tired of self professed "security experts"

If you are going to go to all that effort, you may as well use something more secure than md5 e.g. sha256 or even sha512!

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Re: err...

Online backups can be made write-only. Check out 'tarsnap' - you only need install a 'write key' on the system that is being backed up - it then can't alter any of the data previously written

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: YouTube is not about free speech and only video sharing site.

No, it's US law that applies to Google.

I haven't seen the video, but it's not relevant! Everything is offensive to someone!

Pakistan (or anyone else) can make Google comply with their laws within Pakistan - if Google have an operating presence there. If Pakistan wants to try and block Google content there, they can do.

What if some country decided all technology news sites were the spawn of Satan and such hedonistic websites should be banned..... Should El Reg, and many many other sites close down because of it?

As for the Reg abuse button, it's to alert the staff to a really abusive or libel etc. comment. They can remove posts at their discretion (their site; their rules) - If a tea totalling vegetarian had reported the recent article on beer and bacon, do you think their report would have been acted upon?

p.s. I didn't downvote you.

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Re: YouTube is not about free speech and only video sharing site.

Huh?

It's called the law.

As the article said, they only took it down because their courts told them to.

Fortunately, we don't (quite) yet live in a world where we have to obey every stupid and backwards law some government comes up with. (We have enough of our own to deal with anyway!)

Oh, and the video didn't kill anyone - that's entirely due to backwards religious nutters.

And as for offensive, there are many things that offend my personal sensibilities, but that doesn't mean they should be banned. (Well, OK, shop 'muzak' should be!)

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

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Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

The main problem with sixxs is one of the guys in charge is on some sort of ego power trip .

Stick with he.net or hexago if you want a free local broker that isn't in danger of being switched off for no reason by someone who behaves more like a basement geek IRC operator than a professional.

One typical example I just googled: http://www.habets.pp.se/sixxs.net-sucks.php

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: 7 days ago "timestamp"

Actually, I wasn't wrong after all.

I use El Reg most on my tablet. javascript is disabled because it makes things too slow.

Without javascript, the date/time is shown as date only. Please fix the fallback non-js version to provide the original date/time please!

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Stop

I hope it bricks them too - but not in a 'ner ner -- serves you right' way, but in the hope that these devices will be made with more secure software in the future.

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Huh?

"Credit where it's due: Microsoft is making the effort. It's also forged struck up "a partnership with Laplink to make available a new free tool, allowing individuals to easily copy files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a device running Windows 7 or newer.""

In other words, Microsoft is making the effort to sell more Microsoft products.

How is that creditable?

In fact, if the software was fit for purpose when realeased, people would be able to use it indefinitely - most sensible people don't trade in their old TV just because there in a newer one with better features - as long as the features their current TV has are all they require.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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Re: "paedophiles, extremists and terrorists... oh my!"

Graham, spoken like a true extremely perverted terrorist!

I suggest Gitmo for you forthwith!

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Re: Where are the American commentards?

" As a citizen of the U.S., I'm appalled that both the U.K. and the U.S. seem to be on the same trajectory"

I agree totally. As this article shows, here in the UK, the main parties are also as bad as each other.

The people (or 'sheeple' to use the paragraphically-challenged-ones silly word) such *as* Matt believe any of the "there's a paedophile/terrorist/welshman' hiding under your bed" stories, and are willing to throw away their freedom, as long as it doesn't affect their ability to vote on programmes such as (ironically) 'Big Brother'.

I'm more surprised that it's happening here, though, as the WWII bombing stuff and the domestic terrorism have been a factor in our history. I guess people forget, and youth grow up without ever knowing or caring.

The main problem that people like Matt don't see is the insidiousness of the whole operation: Laying the legal and technical infrastructure to make mission creep almost inevitable.

As someone has already pointed out, soon, any group planning a peaceful protest will be considered 'terrorists'.

People will be investigated due to jokes or misconstrued comments supposedly made in private - thought-crime will become a real issue, just as the book predicted.

In the past, if the police had wanted to listen in on someones communications, the word 'warrant' was always expected to be part of the picture, but it seems the spies live on a James Bond pedestal....

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Where are the American commentards?

I've just had a thought.

No doubt you've seen the reoccurring theme from some American commentators in the NSA threads accusing us Brits of biased American-bashing, even though (as many have pointed out) the complaints have been related to the American situation, simply because the majority of articles are about the NSA.

And then the strange reaction when the Yahoo webcam GCHQ story was released and it was almost like "ner ner, yours are bad too", and we were "errr, yeah, and? it's not a competition. Feel free to rip into them as we will"

Well, here is an article about scummy UK stuff, and every post so far has been critical of both/either parties, but the Americans seem to be strangely quiet.

To be fair, there are some anti-American arsehats on here, but could the more general feeling of anti-American bias simply be because those that feel it simply aren't interested in UK related articles, and therefore don't get to read these types of comments?

I hope not. I was looking forward to opinions from our American friends (as long as they aren't of the 'one-up-manship' type that some think has been our agenda)

Seriously, I think some of the best commentards on El Reg are American, and it's nice to see a group that doesn't fall into the 'we kick yer ass, America #1 fuck yeah!" stereotype.

I'd like to hope both Yanks and Limeys alike can continue to post an opinion here on things that are USA-related, or UK-related, without things turning into an us..vs..them / anti-US/UK accusational (Does that word exist? It should do!)

In fact, El Reg has been one of the few places I've seen on the net where this has been the case. I hope this continues.

Sorry, I've gone off on a big touchie-feelie hippy tangent, ho hum. I blame the meds!

P.s. Of course, the same applies to all other countries too, but problems mainly seem to appear when its UK <-> US

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

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Re: Question

I think that's a very good question. I'd like to know too.

I will add a bit that I do know... Firstly (and I think this is just me being pedantic on your wording), a number would still be needed for routing purposes. But I suspect you mean the number would be tied in with the key.

Secondly, public key encryption, being asymetrical is relatively slow and expensive. The way TLS/SSL work is they initially establish a connection via this public key magic, and then exchange a big private randomly generated key for a non public/private key encryption system, which is then actually used to encrypt the session.

So a standard connection uses 2 encryption systems. The first one which is public/private key based is used to set up the initial channel, and securely pass the session key for the subsequent symetrical encryption system.

I suppose some IP phone protocols use similar, but yeah? Why not generally simply 'SSL for phones' ? My guess is it's the age old chicken or egg problem in getting it rolled out. Does 4G use anything like it?

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Re: The long necked chicken

I wish the downvoters had the balls to say why they downvoted you...

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Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

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Meh. I'd never heard of them before now.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: Mark 85

" The only limits are how much they can gather and how much they can automate filtering to ensure the right stuff ends up with the analysts. No-one is watching you or reading your email, it probably gets scraped straight into /dev/null"

So why gather it? They are obviously looking for keywords, so I suppose its fine to you if an email of mine is flagged and read because it says "great time last night. Those guys doing that dare.... true martyrs, I tell you! sorry the movie bombed, but the sex afterwards was great. That thing that you did with your tongue.."

Funny Matty boy, you consider everyone else to be paranoid, but you are the one who thinks there are terrorists around every corner.. It seems you've forgotten the much more legitimate threat that was the IRA...

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How it all goes down.....

Realistic GCHQ Simulator

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Taylor, read my post on this subject on the previous page, and please try and understand the difference between being critical of a situation/policy/event, and being anti the people.

To you, a critical comment coming from an American could well be justified. from a non-American, you see it as an anti-American attack.

You may go ahead and post your disgust at this webcam hacking, and rather than crying like babies, I think you'd find most of us Brits agree.

Downvoted not for being American, but for being an insecure paranoid twerp!

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Re: To my American friends.....

Aye.

There have been more stories here on the NSA because most of the leaks have been to do with the NSA directly. I (and I hope the other Brits here) have been critical of their actions as have you guys - but not under an anti-American agenda.

In a strange way, I'm almost pleased this story has come out. - You guys get to call out our spooks and successive governments for a change, and I'm sure most of us Brits would agree.

So, righty-ho good chap! Do carry on, and I'll get the beers in!

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Re: Anonymous Cluetard Cue Matt Bryant's forceful explanation on how this is all necessary...

"When he was traced to his hideout in Tikriit he was online using his webcam...."

Just as well he wasn't taking a shower at the time.

I like to take showers, and don't expect GCHQ to use some islamist terrorist as justification to spy on me

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Re: Cue Matt Bryant's forceful explanation on how this is all necessary...

John, you are very charitable calling Mattie Boy a troll. I think he actually believes his narcistic crap.

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To my American friends.....

.... especially those who think us El Reg Limeys have an anti-America agenda.

Congratulations! We have now taken from you the title of most scummy despicable government spy agency.

This is far worse than storing phone metadata any day.

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Personal DNS server

I can't be the only one out there who runs their own recursive resolvers, surely?

It's one of the most efficient and easiest ways to reduce dependency on a third-party.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: Changing passwords

" Most corporate security bods don't though. They do have rules for 90 day changes. They do insist on one capital, one numeric, one special character, but then do nothing to block Password1! and similar rubbish."

I once worked somewhere where that happened - although it was management who came up with the policy.

To appease them, a colleague wrote a program that generated pronounceable passwords that weren't actually words. Management made him rewrite it, saying "you have to have zeros and ones instead of 'o' and 'i'" - showing cluelessness regarding dictionary attacks, and the futility of changing all 'o's and 'i's every time. (Management had obviously heard something relating to dictionary attacks, but only remembered a few 'buzzwords' without actually understanding the situation)

In the end, we had about 100 machines with unmemorable (but only 8 characters long) 'random' passwords. 10 passwords were changed daily, meaning each password only lasted 10 days.

So, each day, a new 'password sheet' was distributed to support staff. If I ever needed to access something out of hours, it was easy - I'd just go to the support office and there would always be a copy of the password sheet in sight...

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Bob Hoskins

Did Bob try it too, or just stick with the pint?

Anyway, I don't get hangovers, and don't eat bacon... I'm going to be doubly-immortal!

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

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Re: Surprise!...People need to give themselves a shake and stop using MS products!

Haha, fallen for this particular anon's standard ms troll!

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

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Re: Is El Reg running out of e-ink?

Whilst you're at it, can you please get them to fix the recent 'enhancement' that means if you don't have javascript enabled, every forum post has the date and no longer the time of posting.

The change generally to the date/time display (even with javascript enabled) is a totally unnecessary 'Web 2.0ism' that is just all show, no substance, and causes more frustrations.

I've always admired El Reg for their web site design (and been vocal about it) but some of the tweaks lately have just been annoying 'eye candy'.

And don't get me started on the story that uses an animated photo of a woman shaking her head as its 'icon'...

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Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

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Irony \I"ron*y\, n. [L. ironia, Gr. ? dissimulation, fr. ?

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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This is classed as a 'hate crime'?

You poor oppressed glass-hole.

EDIT: Hud got his/her post in just before mine!

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Saving private spying: IETF Draft reveals crypto-busting proxy proposal

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Re: Outrageous

"What I remember from my short-term web development experience is that caching is heavily based on the name of the images and it has caused big pains for many figuring out a guaranteed update of dynamic images. "

That did happen, but shouldn't have. It was due to badly configured (either intentionally or accidentally) or buggered servers/proxies/clients.

Cachable data objects sent as part of the headers, the date the object was last modified. Caches are meant to record this information, and re-request the object basically saying 'if this has changed since date xxx" then send me the new version.

The server replies either with the new version or a message saying "you have the current version".

This could still incur a penalty (imagine forums etc. with loads of piddly little images) - this problem could be fixed by the server sending the 'Expires:" header, which tells the proxy/client that the object will never change until at least the mentioned date.

Of course, too many incorrect headers were sent, or ISP's got greedy, and started ignoring/overriding the information sent, forcing the situation you mention.

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Re: Outrageous

"Caching was supposed to be a short term fix in the era of dial up modems.

Was not.

Network efficiency has sod all to do with endpoint speed. There is absolutely no need to reload the same images for a website again and again, just because you can. Ultimately, doing so reduces overall efficiency, however fast and fat the pipes are.

This is a different issue that that raised in the article though.

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

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"This app is not available in your country"

I thought I'd give it a go, to defame all me mates, but not available in the UK (android version). Can't be arsed to proxy around it.

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Re: terrible

Ex-girlfriend of yours, Dabbsy?

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Beware Greeks bearing lists: Bank-raiding nasty Zeus smuggles attack orders in JPEGs

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Re: Not steganography

"I disagree :-) It was in there right from the start, tucked in at the end of a paragraph. I've now moved it into its own line just so that no one misses it."

Oh! Apologies then, I must have missed it.

It's not my fault, though, I'm Welsh and stupid!

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Re: Not steganography

Paah, the articles qualification was an edit made after I posted, just to make me look daft!

As for "V2" I agree - I think the mangling will screw things up though - thry'd have to stick to hosting the image file on some hacked server etc.

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Not steganography

If this is piggybacking data onto the end of the file, rather than hiding it within the image, then it ain't steganography!

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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So... bugger all to do wth software piracy after all?

... should be done for misrepresentation

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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"You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014"

You know those crappy adverts some sites have for articles - and when you ckick, you get a page of links to articles, so have to click again?

Damn, I hate those sites - They also have really misleading sensationalist taglines to attract you to open them. This headline reads so much like one, that I thought El Reg had started using one of these sleezy ad agencies!

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: Bah!

"Dear sweet Azathoth on a bike I wish the (largerly British) US bashers would get a grip on the whole Federal/State law thing. It's not like it's a secret or anything. The country went to war over the issue for duck's sake, and it is a rallying cry in every bloody election.

I know this gets mentioned on the BBC because I see the same news that shows domestically. Does no-one actually watch the news anymore in good old England? Have things gone totally to the dogs since I left the place?"

Largerly? most likely! ;-)

Still, ironic how you refer to the whole federal/state thing, and then switch from Britain to England without skipping a beat! and an ex-pat too!

Incidentally, I think you'll find a higher percentage of Americans don't realise Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland have their own law-making powers, than Brits who don't know similar about States.

In fact, a large proportion of them think that Scoterland and Whales are in England.

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Standard response:

So they can have guns all over the place, but can't race toy ducks?

"Land of the free" etc.

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Re: Appeasement

"Poo sticks"

Try soap and warm water

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"This topic is closed to new comments"

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Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"

Cheers, Diode Sign! ( :-) )

And yes, I was wondering how someone managed to comment on a closed topic... I thought maybe he was one of the illuminati or something :-)

</tin-foil hat>

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"This topic is closed for new posts"

The article is less than a few hours old!

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/02/17/angela_merkel_eu_internet_nsa_us/

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Petition - Tim Cook's picture

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Re: Petition - Tim Cook's picture

Nahhh, he looks more like my mate Dave!

Failing that, a much closer match to Sean Pertwee: http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/00396/sean_pertwee_396894a.jpg

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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"Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, co-founder of Lastminute.com, said: “The new generic domain names are a big change to the web. .london offers businesses and organisations in the capital a chance to be at the cutting edge of that change and show the world how innovative they can be.”"

Sigh. It's a bloody domain name. How innovative can that be?

Anyway, what with nominet now selling their soul too, london.uk will be with us soon. And we already have london.com, london.org, london.net, london.org.uk, london.co.uk..... How on earth did London survive up until now without this 'innovative' new domain?

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