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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

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Oh well, at least the lawyers got rich.

<sarcasm>That's the important thing.</sarcasm>

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' backfires over privacy concerns

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Re: Twitter Joke

"Guess what, if you don't want someone to pay attention to what you say, then don't say it on the internet. How stupid are these people?"

I need to put my 2c in here.

I've had more than my fair share of firends who were either suicidal, or had suicided. None of them, not even close, where drama queens or attention seekers. But then again, none of them were social media users either.

Take from that what you will (Facebook, Twitter et al, kills brain cells).

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Re: Twitter Joke

"Makes as much sense as Twitter itself. The kids these days growing up on Facebook and Twitter are truly drama kings and queens."

Good point. It's not everyone, but enough that it works backwards.

My niece is doing a school project on making a pamphlette to assist teens with depression and/or anxiety.

Being invovled in mental health myself, I was called upon for suggestions. Of all the websites, and people to talk to that we suggested, Social Media was NOT one of them. And for good reason.

As well meaning as you think it is, the only word I can think of that might fit, is a big data version of 'clusterfuck'.

I recall perhaps a couple of years ago, a facebook user who dared mention her depression. She was actively messagebombed and hounded to the effect of "hurry up and kill yourself, why are you taking so long?". And soon after, she did.

This is the type of 'council' you're getting from Facebook. No truer anywhere else than here, "with "friends" like these, who needs enemies?". Indeed.

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Australia plans 'penalties' for social networks that don't think of the children

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"legally required". Are they kidding?

As some others have already mentioned, since all the notable social media sites are outside of australia, said social media sites don't have to even lift their legs to fart on the "legislation".

As per usual, all talk and hot air coming from a bunch of politicians who have no idea how real life works.

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Cisco and friends chase WiFi's searing speeds with new cable standard

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"It's not as if WiFi ever gets remotely close to the maximum theoretical bit rate"

A computer rag did some speed tests a while back on the then new AC routers, and found unless you were no more than several feet away, you are never going to get the fastest speed it's capable of (and as you said, nowhere the "theoretical" speeds).

Once you go past a couple of walls, and a couple of dozen metres distance that would be typical in a home setup, the speeds drop to just barely over what cat5 could do. And considering Cat5e is "good enough" for ethernet gigabit speeds over short lengths, not only does cable win, it's by far more reliable, stable, and repeatable than wifi.

WiFi is useful for convenicence, and it has its place there, but if you want speed and stability, stop reading the bullshit theoretical numbers and use cable.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Really in the post KitKat World.... (Or the shape of things to come?)

"Whats the point of even having External SD anymore?"

I have a 64Gb card nearly full up with maps, PDFs and other data that is either not suitbable for cloud storage, or I do not want it on cloud storage for security reasons anyway. Soon, I'll be considering one of those newfangled 128G cards too.

64G phones are rare, or so stupidly expensive it's not worth it, but even if I had one *right now*, I'd be about full up to the brim anyway - so it's not good for me anyway.

My only option is to use an external card you you say there is no point of.

Without that slot, I will not be buying that phone, and from the looks of things, I'm not alone with those thoughts.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

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Re: No Range safety boats?

"To be fair afaik the military have no right to force you out of the firing area, they can ask politely but you can choose not to and they'll have to wait."

That's hardly conductive to a result now isn't it?

How about "We're firing in 10 minutes. If you hang around till then, we would recommend you put yourself in the brace position and kiss your arse goodbye. Thank you and come again.".

I'm quite sure their fishing would take a lower priority then.

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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"Many of those named and shamed were hardly surprises. The list includes markets in Bangkok, Beijing, Dehli, Jakarta, Odessa, and São Paulo, for example. But one culprit most people don't usually consider when talking piracy made the roster, too: Toronto, Ontario."

They forgot to mention Australia, where they keep inisting we're piracy central of the fucking universe.

Or are we in fact nobodies compared to Toronto? Either way, either the MPAA are liars, or idiots. Or both.

I'll go with both.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Re: They did exactly what they should have done

"This is a perfect example of the airlines and authorities doing exactly what they should"

The WiFi access point wasn't even on the plane in question. We're dealing with dumb asses who shoot first and ask questions later.

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Re: So when

"* Mind you, some would enjoy this."

Any pointers on flight carriers or perhaps likely routes? It's been a while and I'm due for another Real Soon Now.

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Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

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Re: Uploads

"I suspect one of the limiting factors for unlimited space usage is upload bandwidth."

I don't think it's going to matter, that is, "all you can eat" deals are designed to give you more than you could possibly eat, with the attraction of "unlimited" being a mere drawcard, not an actual offer.

I did some sums some time back when the backup to cloud issue came up with an aquaintance who thought it a great idea.

I worked out, with my current ISP, it would take about a year to get what I have now up there. That's based on my actual speed upload bandwidth (about 14Kb/s), my actual allowed longer term upload bandwidth (half of the max speed they give me), and my total data (about 7.5Tb or so), and the fact, I will not have my full upload bandwidth capability available for general use for the next year (or, assuming I don't piss off my ISP in the meantime...),

Sending them a few drives would be a better proposition. Many cloud storage services offer this as a service, I'm willing to bet one of them is not Microsoft for this particular product.

Ergo, you'll never eat what they're "selling".

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: 3 sales problems

CFL bulbs. LED bulbs (unless I'm mistaken) do use even less power

Even to this day, I'm stunned as to how much importance people place power consumption on lighting. Big things first, small things last, and lighting is a small thing - especially when they still use bar heaters.

Competition. LEDs themselves are not expensive to manufacture

Chinese LEDs are cheap because they're cheap in every sense. They're crap. That's why.

CFL bulbs tend to overheat in certain enclosures

LEDs have the same problem. They are also run harder and hotter to get the most light out, at a cost of life (even if it still is decades). Put them in a tight enclosure, and you're going to kill (or at least degrade) them, even faster.

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Re: Patience.

if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

If it aint' broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.

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Re: much better light quality?

"mix of phosphors"??? WTF does that mean.

The white LEDs when people say "white LED", is actually a blue led with a phosphor that shifts that blue, into a wider range into the reds and greens resulting in what sorta looks like white.

But it's not a smooth spectra of light, it has gaps, resulting in some colours not lighting up like they should.

Using a lighting technology that uses phosphors, can "cheat" a bit and use multiple phosphors, where each one creates a spread of its own, where the result can be fine tuned to some degree to a better "white" or even a colour.

This is how flourecents, CFLs and modern-day "neons" (that are actually flouros) work.

The difficulty with LEDs are, since they're monochromatic (one very sharp colour), getting a good spread is harder to do, even with a "mix of phosphors".

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Re: LED Bulb price

"Because CFLs don't last what they used to."

Some would argue that they never were worth it. There are constant bleats about "you're not using quality units", which is true, except their cost approaches LEDs, and the plethora of cheap chinese CFLs flooding the shelves doesn't help.

So even if you account for the elevated cost, you're still better off with LEDs.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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I can second the fuel prices.

On my vactation there many years ago, I sat down and worked out their price accounting for exchange rates and conversions. I didn't believe my numbers, so I did them them again. Still not believing my numbers, I had someone else do the conversions. We all came to the same conlusion, their "gas" price was about half our petrol.

And they still had the gall to complain about their "gas prices".

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: @werdsmith

"Buying a physical CD also requires putting on pants then driving to a Westfield"

Around my area, for some people at least, pants are no obstacle to going shopping.

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Meh. There is a serious shortcoming in the engine. It has four cylinders missing.

Or maybe I've been spending too much time around race vehicles.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Re: Thinness.

"One of the ways to add strength is with glue."

Unless it stops it from bending, I don't think anyone's going to care.

Fine, I'm going...

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: Tired of fake sh1t

"I don't know why it's so difficult to fake these chips."

It's in the results. FTDI gear works, cheap chinese crap doesn't.

I've bashed my head against the wall on the cheap stuff enough, and I'm entirely over it. For every example of "It works fine for me" I can site a number of examples that don't.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Real Trek fans would already have everything.

Including the fan-made episodes that are sometimes of high production value, that will never see the light of day on any TV network - cabled or otherwise.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Don't let the australian politicians know...

"the vast majority of the material boiling off Churyumov–Gerasimenko is water and carbon dioxide."

Don't let the australian politicians know...

They'll bring back the carbon tax.

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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"...somewhere between $.60 to $3.00 depending on quality. That'd put a crimp in your online viewing."

That would sound like standard Australian gouging, er, pricing.

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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He's not the Messiah, he's a Very Naughty Boy

Couldn't help but think of this, like what the judge would have said when the AFP brought him in with puffed out chests and so proud of themselves...

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Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt

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Facebook

Because we care about our user's security.

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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Now I know where the saying "Don't drink the water: Fish fuck in it" came from.

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

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We must be super-lucky. We were never slated for fibre in the first place. Back when the NBN rollout map was "active", there were gaping holes in it, and we were in one of those holes. Appears nothing has changed.

Inner West Sydney must be one of those areas that holds absolutely no political value at all.

On the upside, we don't have to deal with higher prices for something we're getting now cheaper...

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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I wonder if this ruling will apply to the polititians who made it as well? You know, pot kettle black and all that - one day they'll open their mouths and find it full of their boot.

Oh? so they're immune? Thought so...

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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"Unless they've managed to guarantee their own existance for the rest of time, then any data they collect will only be retained for a "limited period of time". Limited by the heat death of the universe."

Or untill Wisper goes bust, and they sell their faithfully-stored data to a third party, where all the original T&Cs no longer apply... Happens all the time.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: i.amPULS

"Just a rapperist way of saying "I am a bean" (or "I am a lentil")..."

Is that a way of saying you fart a lot?

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Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones

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Re: Idiots, morons and dickheads!

"And the biggest laugh is that if an Australian publication had written this article the writer could go to jail for up to ten years for bringing these bungling fools into self inflicted disrepute"

Apparently not. Fairfax reports this:

ASIO accidentally spies on itself.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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"Automated takedowns are the cancer that is killing YouTube."

Or, YouTube is the cancer that is killing YouTube.

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Re: Pirate product keys in comments

"Or more likely an automated tool guaranteed to cure all copyright problems."

I've always said, you can have absolute zero piracy if you want, but you're going to have to be happy with your three remaining customers.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: Removable battery?

"Very true, you need to keep a battery like that indoors during the winter as the cold weather will damage it I think."

It won't damage it, but it'll retard performance.

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Re: Sadly lacking two fairly essential features

"- cup holder - iDevice mount/charge - fat chance of obeying red lights or behaving considerately"

I have bottle holders and an array of power options, including lights, with rear flashing reds that light steady on application of brakes on my three-wheeler recubment trike.

But I don't go through red lights, and I behave considerately.

So, clearly I'm not a cyclist.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

"It ensures that you get 5years unless you hand the password over to the plod."

Sometimes, the perps see this as a best of a bad situation. Especially if they're looking at more than a mere 5 years in the event the plods find out exactly how far and wide the illegal activity has gone.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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"Marketing Droids get put on hold"

When I'm in the mood, I say "Yes! I *am* interested - tell me all about it!" then put the phone down and walk way.

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Re: Your mother—and mine

"The real faux pas, in my book, is asking whether you could speak to someone before you say who you are"

I expect three things from callers I don't know. Who you are, organistion you're calling from, and why you're calling. And for whatever is holy to you, never, ever, ever ask me how I'm doing today. You don't know who I am, I know you don't give a crap, so don't feign interest in my wellbeing.

"that I record all calls"

You must say "may record your calls..". You're doing it to gain leverage, and this gives you plausible right to say "what recording, I have no idea what you're talking about" just in case keeping quite might be wiser.

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Re: Calm down girls...

"Really, it's not that easy to get it approved."

Bollocks. If you can convince the holders of the data you have an endless supply of dump trucks full of money, they will bend over backwards to help you.

If you're Joe Smuck off the street, no-one cares.

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Re: Backslash, Backlash!

"I would also log each and every request, looking for evidence of abuse of power."

YOU would, perhaps, but today we're talking about the telcos...

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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"Linux support is apparently a bit lacking. Perhaps it's worth what you paid for it?"

That's entirely unfair, and you're really not helping the situation at all.

After all, Windows is the most pirated operating system overall, and it has a good help system based on third party sites (yes, they're fucking FREE) that cover you from the most basic operational questions, to some gnarly registry issues.

The clear differenciator is, they don't kick you in the nuts when you ask why your wallpaper selection isn't working.

So it's obvious that windows users are nicer than linux users. Other personality issues aside to argue another day - they're at least nicer.

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

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Had a friend use a remote controlled propeller plane to fight a magpie in mating season. The bird would not leave him alone, even through some creative dogfight moves.

Till the prop hit it.

Feathers flew, and it was a lot more wary then.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: "However, from what we know about human behaviour"

We had one of our guys bring in his VCR to repair (not the type of thing we normally worked on), we plugged it into the only composite monitors we had there, monochrome green screens. It would serve the purpose well enough in any case.

However, the only tape that was available at that time to test it, was a porno.

In the middle of "testing" the boss looks over our shoulders, and said "As long as it's not a blue movie, that's allright".

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Apple invented nothing

"So a fake prop from a sci fi show consists of prior art in your world?

They count every bit as much as all those bullshit patents of things that have allready been invented, but still legally belong to the new owners because they haven't been documented within the US borked patent system before.

You know, like the "wheel", and "curved corners".

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Australia bins standalone school computing curriculum

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Re: Programming is wasted...

"Programming is wasted... ... on the Ozzie's,

Remember when you were in maths class? Were you paying attention? No?

We were, and that boomerang trajectory is aimed at you.

Yep, look up. No, the other way. Oops, too late.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: 6GB download?

"I think the take up will be slow until 8.1 appears and resolves these issues."

After what happened to Microsoft that number is jinxed, I'm thinking the next will be 10. And they'll claim they thought of it first too.

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U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

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Re: U2 and apple

"So why is he wanting to even be seen close to Apple"

Because he wants more money, and world peace doesn't put bread on the table, or gold plate on the hubcaps - whatever floats your boat.

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Intel, Cisco and co reveal PLANS to keep tabs on WORLD'S MACHINES

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Re: Coming to a kitchen near you

"I think my fridge has got a mole, a rat, a trojan and a virus. is there an anti malware suite to cover it?"

Perhaps, but what is more likely to happen is your internet connected fridge will advertise to you, whatever Anti-virus brand is affiliated with your fridge brand.

And because it's a locked-down applicance, there will be no way for you to turn the ads off.

Be careful what you wish for...

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Re: Alternatively

"And this complicated chain of events is something you say it happens often, or what's the point?"

If your phone was stolen, and you had remote bork capability, would you bargain on the odds the thief gets caught and your data is used as evidence to incriminate them? Really?

It's always safer to bork first, ask questions later.

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Re: Have they not heard of Faraday bags?

"1) get (encrypted) data recovered via forensic methods"

If you've ever had to do this, in some cases it's the same reason it's not done as why they don't put any person on the moon anymore. It's possible, but it's so bloody expensive you look for other means.

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