* Posts by John Tserkezis

1523 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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"Anderson did not access any of the units in his apartment and merely demonstrated that the feat was possible."

Cut the bullshit. Of course he did, he could not have demonstrated the feat possible otherwise.

Or are we being asked to believe a number of thought experiments amount to proof?

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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"The solution is to glue laptops do desks :P"

Ahem. A place I used to work at, had various cards go missing from my testbed computer.

I finally superglued (in the form of a threadlocker) the hex nuts into place, as well as the VGA cable fastening screws. For good measure, I got in and superglued the videocard fastening screw in place.

Then I waited for every bastard to ask me why I did that. (they had to try to pinch it to realise it was stuck, because I didn't tell anyone).

Turns out, most of the people in the department were the thieves. Not that is was hard to get the cards, you sign the paperwork and you get it. But handwriting was too hard you see.

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Re: If the attacker has physical access, then it's no longer YOUR computer.

"Wow, where do you get the authority to deny your office workers USB flash drives?"

We are the IT deptartmet. We ARE the authority. We have been charged with ensuring the securty of our network from various intrusions, one of which is malware-infected USB drives, which we've shown again and again, idiot users, much like yourself, like to poke into any and every computer out there. But not ours.

Don't like the way we do things? No problem, fuck off and work somewhere else that does let unfettered USB drive use, like Sony for instance. As an example.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Here's something different: I don't entirely hate it.

I have some head issues that don't deal with distracting unrelated content on the side, but I can take those out.

To be constructive, the menu bar is a pain. Sure, if it's something that I'm going to use all the time to help navigate around the site - great - but it isn't, it's only taking up screen real estate. I'm quite happy to scroll to the top on the odd instance I want to use it. My laptop has only 600 pixels from top to bottom, so it occupies a large amount of screen space. 600 pixels man! I can get rid of that too, but the cost is I lose it completely - which I don't want to do.

Pictures. They're huge. They're fucking huge. Worse still, having top pictures in "most" of your stories doesn't help, they're unrelated, and fucking huge. It's like you took a leaf out of the annoying marketing manual and thought since a moderate image is good, a fucking huge and unrelated image MUST be better. I don't want to turn off all pictures, and in fact the Win7 version of the reg I had most that were related, were also visible to me. But now that they're not, I'm >< THAT close to wiping out images completely.

Social links. Really? Do you not read your own forums? You probably only have 18 readers that follow the networks to any degree, and all of them claim they DON'T use it for sharing cat photos. But they secretly do. Oh fine, leave them in, but I'll be scrubbing them out at this end anyway.

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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

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Re: Forget all about that malarky

"You order a ride from your house to restaurant, some unchecked driver turns up who now knows your home is empty for the next couple of hours."

And when you leave a bad review because you find your house ransacked after you get home, next day you have three big boofy blokes at your doorstep dressed in suits who wish to have a "chat" with you.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: @cyke1

"Imagine buying a car which, by factory default, gives you about 5 mpg"

That analogy doesn't work. What might be more accurate, is to say you buy a car, and in the fine print you didn't read, allows random strangers to temporarily sit in for a ride. That is, you notice people randomly come in for a ride, and randomly leave again.

Additional fuel consumption might be a bit hard to claim, because as I understand it, they don't count that additional bandwidth towards your own plan. Additional power? As above, good luck with that, you're talking fractions of cents.

But what you WILL notice is there is less space, thus carrying capacity in your car - at random intervals. I don't know how or IF the Comcast hardware prioritises the traffic to the actual owner rather than the "borrower".

I don't remember about Comcast, but I do remember this similar thing happening with a number of carriers. I'm quite sure it's in the contract somewhere - even if the bastards had to bury it in a sub-section translated from Swahilii.

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

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Re: Whack-a-mole

"And just like a whack-a-mole game, the moles just pop up elsewhere."

Read another report where they were up again a few days later - albeit in a limited fashion.

I predict that in another few days, they'll be up properly, and if you had blinked, you wouldn't have noticed they were gone at all.

Just like every other time...

Perhaps they can give some clues to Sony on how to keep their little system up and running. <cough>.

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

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Re: Really?

There's a local drug dealer here that's trying to get into the finanical game - as a hobby you understand.

I trust him more than Symantec.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: Good luck on that one.@ Mister Justin

"Geolocation blocking is a legitimate way of maximising the property rights of the owners, in exactly the same way that luxury goods makers are legally allowed to block grey imports"

They're not the same at all. Blocked grey imports mean only that you have a lesser choice of which vendor to buy shit from - but you can still buy it.

Geolocation blocking is a case of "fuck you Charlie, you ain't getting shit".

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Re: Confustion

"That's why they tell you to back up the settings before applying an upgrade."

I've just upgraded the firmware on a box that warned me if I had a stored setup file that was created with an earlier firmware version, it won't be accepted now, due to certain security change requirements.

So, you write things down, resulting in a long winded and painful restore - worse still if you didn't read the firmware revision notes beforehand. Ironicaly, that's what the stored setup file was supposed to cure.

A forehead slap moment if there ever was one.

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Re: The default IP Addresses just as bad

"This makes it trivial to send commands to the routers from a web page from the User's own PC from within the LAN."

I'll give you a hint, it doesn't matter. If someone has physical access to your equipment, they already own it.

This is why corporates lock up their servers from all but the few key personel. If your only option is to break in via the network, it's much harder.

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"Or alternatively DD-WRT or OpenWRT."

Honestly, I've never seen them as options. Any and all firmwares they have available are for hardware revisions that are no longer available, or if you're *really* lucky, there might be a highly expermental version.

Don't get me wrong, they all do bloody good work, all very worthy and valuable, but, I'm not buying second hand gear with the risk of the hardware revision being one sub-number off, just to get a feature I might be able to get elsewhere anyway.

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Re: HomeHub 5 is the most secure system in the WORLD

"I think that is not a design feature..."

It isn't a design feature that some cars rust to bits 10 years into their life either.

But they still consistently do. By that virtue, it becomes a feature.

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NORKS: We didn't hack Sony. Whoever did was RIGHTEOUS, though

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"The comedy movie in question is The Interview"

I'm going to find and watch "The Interview" just to piss off his supreme leadership king kong (or whatever his name is).

No wait, Sony has has a significant part in this film, so I won't be watching it after all.

Bugger. But bide your time king bong, soon will be a film that makes fun of you and ISN'T produced by Sony, and you can rest assured I'll be watching THAT.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Re: Hmmm

"that rant smells of someone recently fired from the company and wanting to take his revenge"

Well, it certainly wasn't his exemplary command of the English language that kept him employed there....

Or "her", hey, I'm not judging.

"Any takers on the whole thing is an inside job because a former employee knew how crappy the IT security was ?"

I'm not so sure, aside from there being other evidence, you don't need to be a Sony employee to see how slack their security was.

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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"It's not often a vendor would celebrate losing 43 per cent of its users in two months, but Microsoft is probably chuffed that's the fate of Windows XP in October and November."

Microsoft killed XP, and it only took them 13 years to do it.

Unless Microsoft can pull a rabit out of its hat with Win10, I expect it'll take them another 13 years to kill win7 too.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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With that Uber executive vowing to release the hounds, er, private eyes to track and stalk anyone and everyone who's critical of Uber, they might not need to.

See, some Uber drivers in Melbourne and Sydney Australia aren't compliant with all the rules and regulations required of them, and not only have they been fined (which they should have), the media has come to the party and carefully reported ONLY those who have been fined. So, since the only mention of Uber has been drivers who have been fined, that means, ALL Uber drivers are >that< far away from being fined too.

Because as we all know, the papers are properly neutral, and give a correct well-rounded review of whatever is happening in our cities.

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Seagate adds FIFTY PER CENT more capacity to new NAS drive

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How does Seagate manage the "Rescue Data Recovery" plans on such a low cost? ($30-$50).

Or is this a subscription thing and you pay more on recovery later?

I mean, looking at traditional data recovery services, could clock up to thousands very easily, what am I missing here?

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Not sure what RFID is? Can't hack? You can STILL be a card fraudster with this Android app

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Re: meanwhile...

"Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds."

As others have mentioned here (including other places), that would likely fry all the electroncs in your card, and depending, it could also damage your magnetic strip.

I'll give you a clue - no-one does physical imprint credit card transactions anymore. May as well give them your cardboard business card for all the good it'll do.

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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Microsoft:

Screw you when you buy our subscription only-software, and double screw you if you want help.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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"the invention will cut down on "the wastage of water used to cool people's drinks"

Wastage water... This has to be for real, because you just couldn't possibly make it up.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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So... If I understand correctly...

Sony not only got caught with its pants down, its arse cheeks were suitably spread as well?

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Fort Lauderdale websites DDoSed after Anonymous threats over feeding ban

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The Government offficials at Fort Lauderdale, worked out since everyone kept feeding the homeless, they've been multiplying, over-running the city. By that reasoning, if you starve them, they'll eventually die out, or leave to ajoining areas, as long as they're outside the Fort Lauderdale political bounderies, who gives a crap, right?

Perfectly logical reasoning for your typical public official.

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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"In other words, App Store doesn't apply to Apple alone"

I'm shocked. Speechless, just shocked. One of our courts has a judge that has a bit of common sense.

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What benchmarks CAN tell you about your solid-state drives

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As an average Joe (at least nowadays) I use the ever-reliable "suck it and see" test method. Ignore the marketing data, take the tested reviews with a bucket of salt, and only trust how fast it's going to go in your actual rig. Sometimes I've shuffled things around using spares I have lying around, just to see if and what difference it's going to make.

Or sometimes I don't bother testing speed at all in cost-sensetive applications. Heck, if they want the thing to go fast, they should have opened their wallets more.

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FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

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Yeah, I'm sorry, it was me.

I tried to register a friend's PS4, and when it asked for a credit card number, I wrote "FuckYouNoWay".

It didn't cope with that as gracefully as I would have hoped.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: In free fall, no one can hear you scream, "Which way is up?".

"And somehow it calculates its height above some object below it? How, just HOW?"

Easy. If my name happened to registered on that phone (*), it knows, the freefall trajectory is actually a higher velocity arc thrown over some distance, and first impact will be some brick wall. Second impact would be a concrete floor a certain distance above the first impact (calculated by my height, throwing arm, velocity detected leaving my hand, time in the air etc. It would even be in the air for long enough to call up the weather service and calculate for windspeed.

Of course, all of this requires significant firmware, possibly not leaving room for other things, like phone functionality, or less so, a calendar, or other non-important things like apps and such, OK, may be one farting app (so choose wisely!).

(*) Chuckle, I would never put my name to any Apple device. I was done with that many years ago.

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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There's another group that gets what they want through the exact same means:

Playground bullies.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Your lack of choice is not limited to Operating Systems.

Don't forget drivers.

Pretty much any more recent internal peripheral (*) now only has drivers for v8.x, and 8 only.

You can't even buy new hardware and expect to shoehorn Win7 onto it - there are simply no drivers.

In contrast, you used to be able to get drivers for whatever is current, going back two versions in some cases, but nope, now you're stuck with 8.

And for THAT reason, they can all get screwed. I'm keeping my current hardware till they either pry it from cold dead hands, or it dies, whichever comes first.

They could give us choice, which would break that stalemate, but I won't be holding my breath.

(*) I should mention the problem is firmly steered toward the direction of laptops and tablets, quite less so for desktop peripherals. When the majority of your market has existing sometimes expensive cards, you either supply "legacy" drivers or you go out of business. Looks like they DO understand general economics after all, let's see how long it takes Microsoft to get it.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Now you know why all the jobs are going overseas...

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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"over the entire internet with a single warrant."

Update: For some things now, they don't need a warrant anymore.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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"Internet access is still restricted to a limited few, such as universities or some members of the elite, and mainly to gather information on the US and South Korea. Home computers are not connected to the intranet system."

North Korea, welcome to the 80's, just letting you know what you're in for:

You'll need to strap yourself in for when the porn revolution hits.

Oh, and when you hit that "Good times" virus, ignore it, it's fake.

Stay away from that myspace thing, I have a feeling it's going to spawn child processes that are worse.

It's not all bad, you're going to find many creative ways to make use of all those AOL installation CDs.

Enjoy!

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: What a load of old virginia

"USB devices are supposed to negotiate the current they draw"

You're right, but there are "strings" attached to that requirement. Power draw, especially from USB2, can be highly non-standard.

I've seen USB host designs that don't negotiate current, it's suppilied raw from the local 5v rail. (yep!)

I have a new-ish USB hub that of its 7 ports, has 2 ports that do NOT negotiate current - they pump out up to an amp each without discussion.

iThings are a little different - they're especially non-standard. To make sure the power supply can actually supply what the phone/tablet can ask for, there is a backward compatible kludge with resistive voltage dividers that the device monitors, and senses if it is indeed an Apple-qualified charger, and with what current capability. This way, the device can know what the charger can pump out, and do it cheaply so you don't need USB 'smarts'.

Next step up is USB 3, where it can negotiate higher voltages to get more power to the device. In this case, smarts are always used, because accidently pumping 15v+ into a device designed for 5v is obviously catastrophic.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

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Re: Raspberry Pi

"It was always that the first thing craftsmen made was their tools..."

Ah, but what tools does a tradesman-to-be use to make their tools?

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Re: WTF happened to pens and exercise books?

"and Blackboards and chalk??"

Blackboards and chalk were phased out decades ago due to ongoing concernes with respatory issues due to the chalk dust inhilation.

Today they're using whiteboard markers - getting high on the solvents. See? We've progressed since then.

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Re: Seriously. Who'd want a Chromebrick?

"At the time of this reply, and going by upvotes/downvotes, 13 would whereas you are the only one who wouldn't."

Make that two who would not ever, ever, go for a chromebook. Heck I have a work-supplied Windows RT tablet that I could probably do *most* of my work on, but I still take my own Atom based baby ultralight because it does *all* that I want (with a few disadvantages that I can live with, namely battery life and weight).

Friends don't let friends use Chromebooks.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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So I can start eating all the things my doctor told me to stop eating or they'll kill me.

This is great! I'm so excited that I have tingly feeling up and down my left arm!

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NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

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Pfft. I'm over it.

I'm looking at possibly changing from existing Optus cable to another provider via xDSL, since they're offering better features for the same price, and especially since Optus has been playing funny buggers with my plan (changed it twice already without letting me know).

There is likely to be some trouble with available copper, I had trouble with limited copper with Telstra ~15 years ago, so I'm guessing THAT situation isn't getting any better. Fun times ahead.

NBN? Not even a consideration. The sun would have blown up and cooled down before they even consider the area. Where am I? Inner west Sydney. Yep, the fukcing communications black hole of the planet. Or so it seems.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Safety features?

"Cliff, have you no appreciation of the design, engineering and fabrication of these 21st century underground marvels?"

It's not that, it's that we more greatly appreciate the design, engineering and fabrication of a moped slamming into a pop-up toilet at speed.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: Elf and safety

"Im suprised no one suggested doing all the training and the test on a simulator yet to further cut the risk of learner drivers on the road to other road users, oh and reduce congestion of course."

Going on the standard of today's drivers, the simulator is the ONLY place I'd be comfortable having them.

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Re: Old Style?

"I learned to distrust computer navigation a long time ago."

What you've learned to hate, is auto routing, not computer navigation.

I've been using "satnav" from before the term was even coined. I've never had auto routing, and don't miss it. That alone is an infinite improvement over paper maps held by one hand, while blindly driving though give way (yield) and stop signs because I was too busy focusing on a tiny spot on a map to see them.

Ye' olde' argument that paper maps are more reliable than electonics doesn't hold any more. If I'm driving anywhere, I have two, one dedicated unit, another via software on my phone. With backups that you can store in your pockets or belts (can't do that with books), any reliability concerns are easily dismissed.

Fast forward when the rest of the world has caught up, I'm near mortified that people are blindly following auto routing directions, and go so far as saying "their" version of maps is fully up-to-date and never ever wrong. Ever.

This is partially the fault of the data, but mostly the fault of the idiots who turn off their brains.

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"Get rid of 3-point turns and reversing round corners, and you've lost the ability to turn your car around when necessary. Such as dead ends. Or car parks as mentioned."

Too late, they've already lost that ability.

To compensate, they make the idiots follow blind directions from their satnavs and follow the long way around. Until, as you say, you get to a dead end or car park.

At least the drivers who a are least able to drive will congregate at predictable known locations, like dead ends and car parks.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: "Gigabit Ethernet is also a very welcome edition"

"English FAIL"

FAIL for you if you think making them feel like shit for a miss-spelling will encourage them to do better.

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Britain's MPs ask Twitter, Facebook to keep Ts&Cs simple

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Had one site where the T&Cs where buried deep into the online application.

Should you prove to be a dick and actually read them, it'll take so long, it times out your application.

So, you start again, from the begining, going though the application once again, with all the fields cleared (for security reasons you understand - ironically, since after reading the T&Cs, you realise you have no security at all).

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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On a separate rant

"The latest Lollipop build, version 5.0, fixes many of the problems found,"

... and creates many problems too.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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Re: 90%

"You dont need the INTERNET to run an INTERNAT!"

One of the truly wonderful things about the Internet, is that it is, without any shadow of a doubt, an equal-opportunity entity.

Anyone, regardless of the state of their brain, will be let on and converse with everyone else. (Palm on heart) I really am honoured and proud to be a part of it.

Now, if you'll all excuse me, I have to leave to go to another planet.

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"then do the double-dutch-irish-chocolate-starfish tax thing,"

So if you don't like the way corporations do the "double-dutch-irish-chocolate-starfish tax thing", then stop whining, pull your finger out, get off your arse and convince your beloved government to do something about it - they're the ones who created the "double-dutch-irish-chocolate-starfish tax thing" after all.

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"Either way, if you're going to abuse (or be seen to be abusing) a dominant position or monopoly in the market, you run the risk of the competition authorities coming along and jumping up and down on you."

<ironyalert>Yeah, and the European Parliment is not aiming for that AT ALL.</ironyalert>

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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"If it does provide this service, then the US$50 a year plus $100-$500 hosting costs of other domains may suddenly start looking a little steep."

Not really, if I have ads on ***MY*** website, I expect said ads will be entirely under ***MY*** control.

The ads you show on your site reflect your site. If the ads are under control of a third party, and you start getting penis enlargment ads appearing, then whatever respect you thought your site had - is now gone. Pack up, go home, nothing left for you here anymore.

Unless of course you're one of the new lucrative .google.porn double decker TLDs, in which case, you'll probably be hoping for that kind of thing.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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I called him a cry baby way back when all this first started and I was voted down.

Well news for you: Nothing's changed.

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