* Posts by Powernumpty

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Windows 10 woes

"Edge will often freeze for a second or 2 when clicking on some website links whereas IE11 seems to perform fine."

Eww, Windows user

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Alien

Visual Reporting Point

if coming in from the forth dimension you turn [_#~..

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Enable vector 2

For years IT people have been dealing with PC security but at least felt they could take some steps to reduce the risk, filtering at the firewall, chose antivirus and antimalware, install local policies, decide (to some extent) what software was installed.

Then came phones, at first they were simple devices that didn't do too much, now they are multiprocessor, gigs of ram, computers in your pocket, but most that "control" stuff has been stripped away and people even get offended if you dare to infer that facebook, messaging or a million cool apps are anything other than business critical. BOYD has fucked up a lot of business security, seriously someone needs to stand up and properly weigh the value of handing over critical data to companies that are more interested in harvesting your information and contacts than protecting your livelihood.

I don't just mean Google, most of them are at it and the BYOD moniker is just a smoke screen for data rape.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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My guess

It' a bear, sick of being asked.

The bike tracks are just misdirection, "Bear n' Brown" I'll call him.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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System looking for dodgy films

fingers itself.

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Sony eyes enterprise drone biz as next big little thing

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Makes Sense

Sony were late to the high end DSLR market but seem committed, I wasn't sure they would be a runner in a few years but I was wrong to doubt them (it seems).

Their imaging technology is pretty widely used by others so it makes some sense to use that tech directly in another market.

The next phase of common land mapping probably includes 3d photogrammetry from UAV so streetview cars will be seen as laughable old technology in a few years.

There are a few things I've wanted to try with aerial craft like groud based antenna gain mapping, high end photographic (hobby) images, WiFi wap mapping etc so if the average geek is wanting to try things out I imagine there are many business uses waiting for the right platform.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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App for that

Considering the technology available to the considerate there is little "I didn't know" excuse for flying quadcopters or other aerial vehicles where it is already prohibited.

GPS, Google earth, notaminfo.com and the rest. I have KML outlines of various airspace classes on this google earth install (http://3dairspace.org.uk/airspace.html). I think part of the problem is the vendors (no names) gifting out "Drones" to non RC aware (or interested) individuals. One of the computer mags I read did a feature on DJI's and the thrust of the article was "anyone can now get in the air, it's so simple!". Virtually nothing was included on the primary considerations before even connecting the battery, once "anyone and everyone" has access to plastic/metal birds and the "first battery charge time" as the limit to their safety learning period it all gets a bit hairy.

Somebody should create an app that uses your location to guide what sort of flying you can or cannot do, any NOTAMs within a set distance, hell if you wanted to add a second layer of check to the over 3.5kg (for example) craft have them require an activation code from a mobile phone in the same area.

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Oi, #tubby! You are what you Tweet, boffins find

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Causal

Now if pigs were better swimmers maybe there would be competition on the coast for crabs and lobster?

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Attack mode?

Although I don't agree with the "screaming" tone the RTH idea is one that occurred to me, return to home triggered by a special code would be safer that most other options. These devices are above people and places so any return to home should be in a swift and controlled manner, it would also allow "advice" to be given to the "grateful" owner.

Shooting holes in lipo batteries above fire prone areas seems somewhat flawed to me.

I do concede we probably need someone's expensive drone taken out of the sky by a concerned citizen and the resulting news story (pub dicussion) for some people to get the idea it may not be a good idea to fly some places.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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That's the thing about icebergs

If you cut the tip off more just floats up.

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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New insults?

He was dressed like a duvet full of coconuts, smelling of canal no.5.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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A call for battery Uber?

I am visiting country X and I want five batteries for a quadcopter Y for the duration of my stay.

Pick them up charged (or not as required) on arrival and return on departure with use/depreciation costs to be paid.

Or have new batteries purchased on arrival and percentage refund as they are returned to the vendor on departure. Obviously would be easier if Lipo's could be fitted with a deep discharge indicator.

There could even be a battery charity that passes used batteries on to those less able to purchase.

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Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

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Where do we get such certainty we are not cohabiting already?

Depends what ancient text we read but many seem to have no problem describing "other worldly" beings, visitors on flying craft (virmana?), intelligent help from oversize, undersize or other-formed individuals.

Imagine a race had mastered genetics and had no reservation in manipulating some small copies of themselves, send them out in craft capable of travelling great distances with enough supplies for mini-me's to last years, have them land on some planet supporting life, dig in to the rock to avoid the worst local predators then get teaching the most promising wildlife. Ideally if you could get the local monkeys to keep you in fresh water by inventing a sacred rock "lingam" above your living area that needs constant fresh water. Keep teaching various religions and help the monkey move on.

Ellora caves was quite a good back in the day, they left loads of illustrations in carvings but the monkeys got so full of their own importance they could no longer see the meaning.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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You should be ashamed

Poor Pluto, argued over for years, promoted and demoted as a planet depending on the current whim then we get to see it and all we can do is make fun of it's markings, it's planetism that is what it is, in its worst form. All planets are beautiful no mater how big or small, how unique their markings.

Shocking display of behaviour, I hope no other celestial bodies out there get to read these comments or we could find them heading for the nearest black hole.

Mrs Trellis

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Password verifiers

Then chose something like "OMG seriously? day one and I have to remember another password!",

That is roughly what you were thinking when challenged for the new password, the two are already linked, make a phrase out of it and fit that phrase to the complexity rules.

"OMGsrsly?D@y1"

Say it to yourself a few times, you could even write the longhand down as part of your first notes.

Passwords are hard if they don't flow or have no links to the situation. If you build passwords from long phrases the compressed result can be pretty good and you can have the seed in plain sight. Try not to choose phrases like "looking forward to punching X!" unless that is all you can think about, in which case you probably won't need to write it down.

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Re: Quite agree.

Yeah that bloke is weird calls everyone Marie.

Wish I'd have known that the first time as it would have saved buying that dress.

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Been hacked? Now to decide if you chase the WHO or the HOW

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Maybe

We should start to worry when the knocking stops, that might mean they are no longer trying to get in.

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Brandis' metadata retention recipe doesn't prohibit USB drives stored in a garden shed

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Oz shed may not be that bad

Cardboard box, few brown recluse, probably more secure than an office that hosts a previous generation boss who can't handle passwords or decent locks.

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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Joke

Re: White fibres stuck to its skin?

So all this exitement is about one lousy shark!

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Re: Meanwhile...

something ceases to be recognised as a crime once it makes enough profit.

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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Terms?

Flatuvation?

Poly Pump Projection?

Combustive Recoil Transit?

Percusive Elevated Motovation?

Kick Arse Travel?

This reminds me there are people out there enjoying their day job.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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Childcatcher

Could they not

Just have a facebook profile and "like" your emergency?

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Re: Ugh.

No, no, stop resisting the remote updates silly! we need to know where you are keep you patched for your own good and not to forget that of your children. In fact to allow better service on these update stations we should provide them at fixed intervals along all roads so that we can collect send data at all times of day and night.

Remember nothing bad can come of it and the companies together with government just want to see you safe.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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OS all growed up

About time we saw the OS as just another driver, something that will exist between the software in use and the end result we are looking to achieve. For any particular bit of kit I might try a few variations of drivers but some companies need to learn we don't favour the drivers that lock you in, turn features off then charge for the limitations.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Can't help feeling

Simon Pegg would have sorted it!

oh wait did you say sports club?

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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More than meets the eye.

I don't think we get the whole acidification process but we are encouraged to laugh at those who question global geoengineering practices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=245&v=uv0Ko2OU4Ec

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Re: Missed a trick........

Straight gear driven high speed motor with a cheap gearbox on the baseplate and flexible body as a sound cavity? you are probably right.

Try belt drive, low speed, large battery on base no flexible shell.

The motors themselves are not overly loud, the tyres on ground OK, the noise mainly comes from plastic gears on gears and the high pitched PWM motor control.

You could have a large flat motor horizontally mounted, belt driving soft tyres with everything just slowly spinning. I think it is possible. I'd play more but where I live the neighbours would implode as none of this fits into the categories of TV, Fags or Footy.

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Re: Missed a trick........

The RC camera is really low, the distant vision even from the middle of a normal car is suprisingly good. Half the reason cats hide under cars is because they can see people coming from a distance (feet/legs) but the person won't see them, if you are trying to travel seeing but unseen, it should work and people "know" there is nothing interesting or dangerous moving under cars so they mentally filter that area out. If you did see something fleeting it would be easy to rationalise it as an animal.

Before anyone draws darker conclusions from this knowledge I bought an end-of-line RC car and stuck a Mobius actioncam (B Lens) on it for the first tests, I ended up (between crashes) driving under a parked car a couple of times and was both suprised it didn't seem to affect it and the video was not what I was expecting at all.

The main thing I wanted to try was the WiFi hotspot (internet) video and control link to test various RC radio systems at failure distance without crashing a plane or quad, the hiding it under cars thing was to try and avoid some oik nicking it mid test.

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Re: Missed a trick........

Deploying bridge now.

I had this idea back along, equip a small RC car with an IP camera in FPV mode, have it connect via open wireless points and control it through redundant links (433MHz, WiFi, GSM ), have it drive round the urban roads at night mostly hidden under parked cars. Not sure what the legit reasons for personal use would be but it could be an urbex challenge to go from one end of town to the other mostly on the public roads undetected.

Move slowly enough in the areas covered by CCTV to not trigger motion detection, or have a tuna dispenser and move surrounded by arguing cats.

Obviously the Police will have them soon enough, that small animal you thought you saw the night your car was GPS tagged...

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Re: Self destruct?

"Fly Fishing, by J R Hartley."

Automatically detect people carrying yellow pages and you know when to trigger, nice.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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I'm alive!

Yeah you are, but sorry but you've got no mates, nowhere to live, most of the little monkeys want to eat you and you won't have immunity to current versions of diseases.

Anyway, got to go the buns have arrived.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: Don't want 10

This was already the $25 Win8 upgrade from XP (at that price it was nearly worth it).

As I'd not tried a fresh Win8 install with just an upgrade key I thought I'd just "whack XP back on and upgrade" shouldn't take long - LOL.

XP took longer than I expected because I didn't have the right ISO (home required) but then I went through the complete abortion of Win8 upgrade, activate, update reboot, update, reboot, update, reboot, reactivate by phone, upgrade to 8.1 reboot, update, reboot, update, reboot,update, reboot etc. etc.

The funny point was at the 8.0 stage I realised I could not remember how to use some parts of the broken OS.

It's a joke, seriously must have downloaded about 8G (8/8.1 updates and 8.1 upgrade). taken many hours and multiple reboots, next day it was even doing the same, where as Linux 20mins tops.

I expect it will baulk at the license again despite being traceable back to the original install but hey we are meant to learn this stuff as it is the industry norm right?

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Don't want 10

But i'll need to know about it to support others.

I have resurrected a Win 8.1 install (I had swapped to Linux) to have a fully legit route to a 10 test box at home.

There is virtually nothing that attracts me to 10 and plenty that is inviting wholesale migration to something else but the questions will come and management seem to think IT staff have some sort of Matrix data upload as soon as a product is announced.

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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quelle surprise

I saw Silverlight launched, thought "f*ck that! another MS me-too that will not last".

Never installed it on any of my own PC's, only installed it on a work PC for one application done by a remote office.

I guess they will need to rewrite that at some stage, if the budget permits.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Who pays?

Someone here mentioned they have hit their data limit on downloads and now are in the extra data penuary, assuming their friend drops by and watches a bit of youtube while waiting for them to return who pays for that?

The obvious answer is the wide eyed fool that accepted this option on install but it won't be popular.

If the WIFI has another SSID for guests that is only enabled as required, data capped and secured from the main network not so bad but that is not going to be the norm for non reg readers. The service does not have the option to share only "guest" networks I assume?

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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He needs to be bitten by a cobra at the same time.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: What a horrible paint job

Looks like a bit of tar that has had a bunch of limpets removed, theft deterent obviously.

As these things are very quiet and hard to hear coming, maybe the driver should roll the window down and shout loudly "I'm coming! I'm coming"

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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Re: O2's support staff are rubbish

Having just endured a completely pointless support exchange where I wanted to know how much they would charge to call a specific number, from a mobile on contract, I cannot disagree.

Useless, unable to understand a telephone number and just plain evasive.

Shambles.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Free for a year

Or until they redefine "life", and they will.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Disappoint

Was I the only one hoping to see some contraption formed from motorbike/large quadcopter being piloted by a drunk and or drugged up youth seen from the viewpoint of a police dash cam.

SO wanted that.

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US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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Sure we have a handle on this, maybe.

The really sneaky stuff is probably using blended communications, port knocking, timed and coded TCP+UDP requests, cloaked comms in audio/video streaming. Recognising the standard stuff is a start but we will probably never really know what underlying codes are moving in the era we are looking. Ever pulled those purchase URLs apart? checked them one day to the next? I bet once we began to understand we'd see sigs like "data ready, - in hibernate file from address...".

Sure the botnets are good for obvious things like phishing and credit card numbers but I'd bet a months wages there are other things running on them, cuckoo comms.

Some of the bad guys are going to be bad in more then one field, why worry about credit card numbers when you are provided with a budget by some government back door. It's too simple to box up these things as "funded by and controlled by group Y" when they are platforms, once a platform has been erected you can be sure it will be in demand for plays, lynchings and politics.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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What did I do today?

Noticed one of the workstations was on an outdated AV install, you?

I exploded a few kids, wasn't looking to but we were short of coffee and I didn't spot them, I think I got the target too but hey they dress as civies to hide so who's to really know eh.

What AV are you using?

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12 Hour shifts? find the guy who decided that was a good idea, dress him in local clothes and drop him somewhere remote where the drones are deployed towards the end of a shift, please.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: Money! Kiddie Fidlers! Stalkers! Thieves!

@ Doctor Syntax

I don't buy much from them but I would hope my thought process is built on a wider range of experiences.

1. If you pay "good" money you probably can chose a higher level of delivery charge, not everyone has an income that allows them such largess.

2. Someone you don't know, already picks it up.

3. It is probably with the person who last signed for it, one would assume it is possible to verify a person's identity and not just throw it into a crowd with the words "this is for Doctor Syntax!"

I assume the vast majority of people who buy from Amazon are not crooks, but anyone who would be trusted to do a delivery is going to be, my thought process really does struggle with that logic.

If some old guy pulls up with his wife sat in the car and you realise he does it to allow him to fund little trips on top of his pension and he has looked after the parcel like his first born and maybe even waited a while to see if you came home because you nipped out, then you might see another side of life, some have more time than money, enjoy meeting other souls and maybe even get a kick from setting some part of life straight for a few minutes.

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Money! Kiddie Fidlers! Stalkers! Thieves!

The comment section reads like old men at a bar.

What about the positive human side knowing you actually helped someone and at the same time had a small detour from your work run? Similar motivation to GoodGym, maybe even to somewhere interesting you would never end up but for the task.

Being an honest person and just doing a good deed for the deed over the financial reward?

I'm a miserable old bastard but these responses lead me to feel I haven't totally sunk to bottom yet.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Security limbo

We've lowered the encryption as requested by the authorties now we just need to get the users to re-encrypt with this backdoor active.

Pasword update email being sent now....

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Re: "more than 8,000 data packets in its mass memory"

It will probably be quicker to send now twitter has dropped the 140 character limit.

and don't you guy go saying it isn't the lander actually tweeting, I get enough of that round here.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Never enough..

beta testers, how many million of us does MS have? but still it takes years for something obviously ill considered to be changed.

I've only fired up desktop Skype a few times in the last few years when checking where to enter settings for supporting others (I mainly use skype on a landline/skype dect phone).

I tried the Modern app a few times and simply thought if this is the future interface and the DECT handset stops working I'm going to find something else, just not worth trying to work with those gui decisions.

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Digital immortals

There will be researchers looking back on the emergence of digital immortality and they might just stumble on this, another conversation where the participants come face to face with an inability to die in the digital realm.

Life has one thing (for most people, those without genetic offspring) that they can chose to exit without trace, once you have created data you have no guarantee you will be able to delete it.

Like all the radio we have ever transmitted goes into space Jennifer lawrence's "bits" travel onward in the big data universe.

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

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Good to see they have interns doing the images

Now we want key elements in the frame, doesn't mater if the perspectives are messed up of the lighting screwed just make sure you have equal men women, one bit grey haired, usual list, black asian etc, if you want to really push boundaries have something a bit edgy like ginger hair, oh and sorry for the late request can you pop an Indian in there? doesn't have to be a physical can be just be on the screen.

I want to see a crane outside even though it will hint that the office is floating fifty feet over a warf, that's fine, nobody looking at this with be thinking critically.

On and on the naming, we have surface so this must something a bit grander, Mesa? Plateau? along those lines.

Oh and one last thing my son has asked for this, can you have one of the people pointing at something green coloured that looks like it came from cardif (Wales UK) docks? a bet with a European he met on Minecraft, doesn't beleive his parents work at MS, bogey boat I think he said.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Once I had a compact camera that was left with us a "not worth repairing due to visible sand" being fairly technically minded I thought it was a shame to chuck this branded device so I carefully dissembled it to try clean it. At some point my hand fell across the flash circuit and my arm involuantarily straightened in a trully impressive way throwing the camera with such force against the far wall that it exploded in a hail of bits. Part funny part painful, good lesson on the residual danger of chunky capacitors and devices that have not been powered up recently.

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