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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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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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"App is a free download, Google can be arses sometimes, world still spinning etc etc"

Google are always arses about it, but they needn't be.

We've dealt with Organisational name clashes before, Send letter outlining situation, other side changes name, no downtime, no stress, no fuss, everyone happy. Well, reasonably happy at least.

Google's shoot first ask questions later pylosophy needs to be fined tuned a bit. That said, Apple can be worse, they'll pass you first, then unceromoniously kill you off later.

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SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

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Re: Shock news. Startup pins whole business plan on single big order and gets screwed.

Agreed, but this looks worse for GT than it does for Apple.

Remember GT signed off on those "oppressive and burdensome terms and obligations". Even if they were "oppressive and burdensome", the time to complain is BEFORE you sign.

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: Just a thought...

"And when the crying starts, remind them they are there to work, not play, and the browser is used for far more play than work in most settings..."

It's almost as if you've never actually seen anyone do work.

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Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

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For every story you hear about Uber, you can also apply it to the regular Taxi industry.

Your milage may vary, as the saying goes, but stating a single user experience doesn't an industry standard make.

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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Re: Meh.

"there is nothing for the home hobbyist; you have to choose either from the small home solution or the more expensive (per HDD hosted) enterprise solution."

What you want is cheap and good at the same time. Face facts, you're not going to get it.

There is good reason why you either can't, or are not allowed to use desktop drives in arrays. They're not suited to the puprose, especially in RAID arrays. Quality and reliability issues aside, there are behaivoural reasons on what desktop drives do, that is not suitable within an array. They are designed to behave that way, because it suits a desktop environment. This contrasts with RAID arrays that can appear to "randomly" fall over, when you test, and see, there was "nothing wrong" with the drive. Not only that, some behaviours that protect the drive under desktop conditions, can cause the drive to "self destruct" under array conditions.

You do have some options, such as the WD Red drives. They are physically Green drives (bottom of the barrel desktops), with firmware changes that make it suitable for use within an array. So they won't randomly fall over and still pretend to be OK, but they are ARE shit drives, so will fail (catastrophically) statistically earlier. But given the price, they're plenty good enough for cheap not-so-critical mass data applications.

Enterprise drives are more than just drives that have the word "enterprise" stampted on it. They ARE better, faster, higher quality, more reliable, and because of all that, more expensive.

You're going to have to deal with it: Better products cost more, crappy products cost less. There's more to this of course, where choosing a drive for any given array is not like choosing a tyre for a car, it's more complicated, and there are many more issues to look at. And yes, price is one of those.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Fat luck on the recording

"Record all calls yourself and let the courts sort it out. At the very least, the court of public opinion and the company's PR spin. Notifying the agent that you are recording will likely result in them terminating the call under the guise of not having the authority to consent."

This can be a very bad move. In some juristictions, if you record a telephone conversation without the legally required consent, and the other side finds out, they will use it against you. You'll find out real quick how the wiretap laws work, and rest assured, you're not going to like them.

In the event they hang up, this could be good for you. You can (with your documented recordings!) prove that THEY refused to negotiate with you, not the other way around. It may become a separate case, but their business is entirely based around law and leverage. You CAN use it to your advantage, instead of theirs. Remember, they want you to get fed up and go away, because it becomes their advantage.

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Re: About recording calls.

I'm recording them, they're recording me, so "this call may be recorded."

Always tell them. It works both ways too.

If things go a bit bad, you can bet the other side will "select" the parts of the conversation that will be conductive to their case, and against yours.

Don't risk losing your leverage by using the rest of the conversation simply by presenting it to court. You can be sure they're going to use that against you if it wasn't done by the book.

The exact requirements are handled differently in different states and different countries. Make sure you brush up on your local laws, not just that I'm not a lawyer, it's the laws vary very widely.

If you don't tell them you're recording, the laws still vary widely. It goes from you simply can't use the recorded call in court, to, if the other side finds out you recorded it and they were not alerted to the fact in the "correct" way, you could fall foul of wiretapping laws. Again, check your local laws, your milage may vary.

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Re: Never quite got...

"Really? Why would you want to work at a place that treats you like that again?"

There are two reasons (probably more, but..)

1. You're a pissant with no prospects, and are willing to take any job where your employer treats you like crap, because you can't find another job. (I'm not apologising for this one, there is NO excuse for going back to an employer who actively and publically treated you like shit. Pull out your nutsack, put up your chin and take it like a civilised human being. Your ex-employer is doing a good enough job of making themselves look like turds, don't help them and do it to yourself.)

2. You don't want the job back, but you do want your ex-employer to ask you to come back, like a dog with its tail between its legs, that they are. If your ex-employer wants to put their own noose around their own neck, let them.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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"What's fun is when you find yourself with a boss that think that is the proper way to talk with employees ..."

I wonder if Microsoft CEOs are hand-picked to have foot-in-mouth disease?

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: really...Microsoft...

... and irritatingly, they don't usually tell you in advance.

More irritatingly still, when you get password "set" routines that allow you to go past the character limit, with the password "test" routine that observes limits - so your new password will never pass again.

Your only option is to factory reset and start again from scratch.

F**k you TP-Link. F**k you, and the horse you rode on.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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"He didn't know how to let me be CEO, and I didn't know how to do it," Ballmer said.

I knew it had something to do with chair-throwing.

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Want to break Netflix? It'll pay you to do the job

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They can get someone to break it free of charge. Just say "we are unbreakable, we simply cannot be brought down, it's impossible". Then wait for every script kiddy try their luck - at the same time. They like nothing more than a good challenge...

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: Good

"You dropped it."

I thought only iPhones got dropped?

Blackberrys are merely placed onto surfaces. Even if it is concrete and several feet.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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"It is a little crazy IMO however that one precaution is to ensure your ATM has up to date AV software."

It won't work. AV software is targeted towards the average domestic consumer, not specialty software designed from the ground up.

The ATMs are appliances, yes they're constructed out of a PC, but they're still appliances, and more importantly, the bank's customers see them as such. Can you imagine what would happen to a bank's reptuation when the AV software borks ALL of their machines at the SAME TIME?

When the pill kills the patient, you don't have to worry about the disease anymore, do you?

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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

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Holy crap I'm frightened.

Follow the trail, through the labarynth of links and doublespeak, and you too can be as frightened as I am.

It's as though, they have, like, no idea what they're talking about, but throw in a few phrases to appease the lemmings.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Look in the mirror

"Blaming all your personal failings in life on "i'm not getting anywhere in life becuase i'm ugly" or "i'm not getting anywhere in life becuase i'm a unpersonable recluse", is laziness pure and simple."

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner of the Freakonomics fame had determined, in the event you find yourself sitting in front of a court, awaiting a determination by the jury, statistically, being ugly is NOT going to work favourably for you. Laziness, or lack thereof, isn't a consideration, statistically, the odds are very definately leaning to you losing more than if you were "pretty".

You don't have to like this, but you do have to accept the move is made by your "peers".

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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My GF has a water kettle that is backlit by blue leds. I see it as a good thing, that such an important discovery has reached the point where the average Joe sees, and dosn't flinch at blue - in many cases, expects it.

It's unlikely many of the average Joes will understand or at least appreciate the work that went into it, but like their car engines, GPS, PCs or phones, they're not going to understand the work and maths that went into those things as well - but it doesn't matter...

As average Joes, I hope can at least not take our gadgets for granted, and thank whoever created it for making it cheap enough we can use in our everyday lives.

Good work guys.

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Perspective people.

Unless I'm missing something, a drug user is offeneded the narks used her (or the likeness of her) to catch other drug users or dealers, and she's offended by that.

Not surprised. If the narks take your dealer away, you can't buy drugs anymore, and you're going to be pissed at the narks for that.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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"(Remember all the user data that Redmond said went into crafting the Office Ribbon UI? Where do you suppose it came from?)"

All the idiots put together? Only question is did Microsoft herd the idiots together, or did they selectively choose them from all the entries they received?

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We're not Mr Brightside: Asda Car Insurance broker hacked

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Re: Default Comment

"Quite. It's annoying when they say this so early on, they can't possibly know the impact or scale of the breach so soon."

Coming "clean" so soon, is better for business in the long run, than the alterative: Don't say a damn thing, and wait for someone else to report credit card records and other personal information were stolen.

But if you think that no-one will ever find out, then the second 'don't say a damn thing' response is the preferred.

It's all about damage control, that is, *theirs*, they don't actually care about end users unless those end users find out.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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"This was not guest WiFi access. No hotel charges $250 or more for WiFi access to a guess staying in a hotel room. In many cases, that would be more than the room. This was for people in the conference areas."

And that makes it allright?

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Re: Harvey's law

"This is why the first thing you do when connecting to hotel wifi (or even a wired connection) is to establish a VPN to a trusted machine elsewhere that you know can access all the services you want."

I tried this at one hotel, and found they had a machine in the middle that passed on url requests to the outside world for you. In other words, you could not directly connect to another server via their systems (VPNs will never work).

This is where Harvey's Law (Part II) comes in. For every hotel that has tighter restrictions, directly opposite the hotel will be a Cafe that offers free WiFi with any purchase. There you can do all your VPNing and NNTPing you like.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Re: TO THE MAX!

"Psycologists have discovered that if you are stressed at work, you are a more productive work unit."

And you're also more likely to either slash your wrists, or go on a shooting rampage. Neither of which are suitable outcomes, what's your point?

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: Real or imaginary

"P.S. Here ya' go El Reg. See how much you can get for this:"

You left out your credit card and CCV numbers. Those would greatly improve your data's worth...

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