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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: "Kristoffer received...

What does he want games for? Hacking the security is much more fun.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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WTF?

Crafting inclusive policies

'Last week, Eich blogged that he was working with "LGBT individuals and allies" to craft inclusive policies at Mozilla'

Why is it necessary to craft inclusive policies? JUST DON'T DISCRIMINATE.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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We've had a 3d building in Croydon for decades (not printed though).

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Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

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Keeping data in their own country

"By contrast, only 16 per cent of US respondents, and 17 per cent in Hong Kong took the same view."

I would have thought USA would be the last place US respondents now wanted to store their data!

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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Re: Don't have a telly here either.

I find it easier to record programmes off air and watch them later because you can then fast forward or edit out all the ads and other crap. That's a lot harder if you use catch-up tv services on the web. A typical one hour Channel 5 programme comes down to 40 minutes when you delete the dross.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: The pound in your pocket

I think I was getting 6d a week pocket money.

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Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

"the shops would then also be able to double the price of all goods over night."

No, it could be beneficial on balance because shops like to round prices up to the next multiple of £10 and then take 1p off to make silly shoppers think it's cheaper. €9.99 is less than £9.99.

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What kid uses wires? FCC supremo angry that US classrooms are filled with unused RJ45 ports

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"So he's saying wired ethernet is slower than wireless? Not in my experience. The point about all those jack being kind of useless if everyone is using tablets is a fair on though."

Well they're probably still using 10baseT. Otherwise why not just plug in a few wireless access points?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Happy to report

My RiscPC is not running Windows XP.

Phew!

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: 29 October 1969

"The internet is the same age as me... god I feel old."

Yes that was its birthday. It was conceived (as ARPANET) in 1962 (iirc) and christened Internet around 1973, I guess when it escaped from being a purely military protocol.

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Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic

Webmail really only front-ends email, so the traffic is SMTP, POP/IMAP etc. - only http as far as the web server. Same with a lot of web forms that generate email messages.

Usenet I use regularly. Didn't it use UUCP originally? I first used it on a Unix system and that was pre-WWW.

I do run FTP servers and use FTP to upload files to web sites. Never used gopher though.

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Re: Macs ARE PCs.

"The Internet is a network of packet-switching networks "

There is no one thing that is The Internet. "Internet" means "between networks". There is Internet Protocol by which computers on different but connected networks can communicate.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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Just logging in. The login page still has browser compatibility problems.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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Joke

A few bers?

You mean a wee dram, surely?

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

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"The taskforce will analyse the risks ... in ensuring that the trading of virtual currencies does not impinge on their ability to ..." make thumping great profits by ripping off their customers for converting one "real" currency into another.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Re: DNS problems likely

I get spasmodic problems, but not sporadic ones because I'm normally accessing the internet from one place.

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Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...

Or of help desks telling you to go to the web site because they're busy when you've phoned up to find out why you can't get on the web.

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ditto.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: Not in the UK.....

Legally, even if you are stopped in a layby you must apply the handbrake and take the ignition key out of the lock before using a hand-held mobile. Note that just switching off does NOT engage the steering lock - you have to remove the key.

Making a call hands-free is just about as distracting as holding the mobe in your hand because you are not concentrating on your driving, so don't do it. However if the mobe is just running a satnav app then it's equivalent to a stand-alone satnav. Both are distracting especially if you try to reprogram them whilst driving.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Let's get one thing straight

These formats (OpenXML, ODF, etc.) are word processing formats. A document may not format the same on two different computers even if they are running the same operating system and the same version of whatever "productivity suite". The result depends on printer settings (paper size, margins, fonts, etc).

PS and PDF are print formats and should render the same if the paper is big enough. However PDF is not as portable as its name would suggest because Adobe has added so many bells and whistles to Acrobat that its files are no longer readable on some platforms unless an older version is forced.

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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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Headmaster

"Data are anonymised ..."

Seems the Europeans can write better English than most of he English!

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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FAIL

It's not our fault

'A DoH spokesman said "thanks for letting us know" before adding that it was not responsible for the website.'

WRONG! It's your web site. You are responsible for it. You can outsource the effort but not the responsibility. You are responsible for appointing crap contractors.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Stop

Oh well,

The villains will just have to go back to driving Mk.2 Jags then...

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US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

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The skimmer could well have included a fake keypad overlay.

However if they used bluetooth they must have had a receiver nearby, such as a concealed mobile phone programmed to text the information, or store it until the device was retrieved.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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"Ready" = NOT

"an “HD Ready” TV isn't necessarily capable of receiving HD broadcasts."

Isn't it about time this misleading description was banned by the ASA?

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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"Use strong, memorable passwords"

If ever there was an oxymoron!

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Re: Everything they need except a user manual

"phones that never change location from the prison and are only switched on sporadically "

Er, no. If the phones are switched on sporadically they must change location! You probably mean "spasmodically".

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Thumb Up

Well I'd certainly have included the Texas Ti Programmer. I can't remember if it had a model number, but it was the first one I came across that could work in octal, decimal and hexadecimal. I'm sure I had something like the black Sinclair for a long time - red led display but oblong keys. My first calculator was a Hemmi Sun which I have in my hand right now.!

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Headmaster

Say "comprised of" oine more time and I'll scream!

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

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"Incidentally just because you hadn't stolen anything when breaking into a house doesn't mean you didn't commit a crime."

On the other hand if you fall into an elephant trap it's not your fault it was there.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Kicking the decision down the road

In case you hadn't noticed there's a general election in 2015. Are you surprised?

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Re: FM radio will not be killed...

I don't want to listen to tin-pot parochial radio stations. They're for the benefit of the broadcasters not the listeners.

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Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB

Add:

5) A weak signal or a bit of interference would result in bit of noise or a few crackles instead of complete break-up of sound.

6) Radios in different rooms tuned to the same station would be synchronised.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Sorry, but...

Why do you need a separate sound system for your tv. I don't have a main tv for this reason. I use a smart HD HDD recorder and an HD monitor. The sound output goes into my hi-fi system and the HDMI outout goes to the monitor. That's all I need.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Re: And why aren't they going after this group??

"The entire UK police force is too tied up with investigations of investigations of investigations about plebgate."

and the dubious activities of various media personalities forty years ago.

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Re: Simple answer

If Windows didn't use extensions for file types then it would presumably use proper file types which are independent of filenames. I'm fed up with getting attachments typed as binary data (Application/octet-stream) because some stupid Windows or webmail client hasn't bothered to set the Content-type properly.

One problem is that if Windows users hide frequently used extensions, which is/was the default, then the attackers can send filenames ending in .doc.exe which look like .doc files if you've overlooked the fact that you shouldn't be seeing .doc either.

The ransomeware is usually a .exe file inside a .zip file. I've received loads of them not just pretending to be from financial institutions but also from couriers.

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Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL

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109% - Nonsense!

"Simple. Most of the competition – Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, LG, and HTC – lost money during the quarter. The only other phone vendor surveyed who didn't – Sony – simply broke even."

No. Profits are profits. Losses are not profits.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Maybe...

if NSA and GCHQ had targeted the terrorists instead of slurping all and sundry they wouldn't have had the whistle blown on them.

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How the W3C met its Waterloo at the Do Not Track vote showdown

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Any server / browser?

"By establishing things like XML and HTML as standards, the W3C has helped ensure the web works everywhere – no matter what web server or browser you’re using."

Which it lamentably failed to do. How many sites do you come across that only "support" certain browsers? Many are written to exploit particular features in certain browsers that aren't available for all platforms.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: This is disturbing

My Concise Oxford Dictionary gives several meanings:

1. n. Bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel;

bundle of iron rods for heat treatment;

bundle of herbs (usu. in pl.);

dish of liver etc. chopped seasoned and baked as ball or roll;

unpleasant woman;

(sl.) homosexual (usu. male).

It can also be used as a verb usually in the context of embroidery.

Also look up faggot-vote - it doesn't mean what you might assume!

Of course "fag" on this side of the pond means "cigarette" amongst other things (toil, drudgery etc) so "lighting up a fag" or "I'm dying for a fag" might trigget a few alarms at farcebook.

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LG Display: No one buys TVs any more, but mobe screens? KerCHING

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Re: How about ...

I deg to biffer. I use an LG HD monitor (27" because that was the largest I could find, although to get the same picture height as my old 25" CRT I would really need a 32" low height screen) and a HDD/DVD recorder soon to be upgraded to a smart HD HDD/BD recorder. I don't see why the tuner and speakers need to be crammed into the back of a flat panel screen. I have a perfectly good sound system so I don't need an inferior one in the tv. The industry is losing out by not actively marketing tv 'separates'.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Digital signature conundrum

"So rather than one pirated original, someone obtains two. Compare the two versions to identify their respective watermarks, or alternate a frame from each to produce a unique third copy - add their own watermark and see how far it spreads."

I think you'd need at least three independently downloaded copies. Then where there's a discrepancy if all but one agree you take that value otherwise you set a value based on the surrounding pixels. You still have a problem if the signature is based on the positions of modified pixels rather than their values. Adding extra frames won't defeat forensic examination there could be some pixels that are set to predefined values on all copies for synchronisation purposes. Just downscaling to HD would make it difficult though.

But what's the point of UHD if you pepper it with random pixels?

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

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please delete

Unnecessary post because your other login pages won't log me in. Please improve browser compatibility.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Microsoft doesn't want your business

"The message is clear: Microsoft doesn’t want your business - so get off Windows XP."

- so get off Windows. Period.

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London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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Re: DDOS

"Am I the only AC to read that as DILDOS ?"

Probably.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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FAIL

If the fingerprint readers are anything like those on the HP laptops I use they're more trouble than they're worth. Having spent the last few weeks removing the paint from my car with 180 wet-and-dry my fingerprints are virtually unreadable anyway!

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Re: Why?

"I tried to transfer away from BT only to realise after waiting 6 weeks to get an unreliable internet connection that my new ISP ( Plusnet ) was in fact wholly owned by BT. Sad times."

Plusnet operates as an autonomous company and is a great deal better than the parent. The connection problems probably lie with BT or BT Wholesale regardless of your ISP.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Anglepoise?

I thought it was a Christmas pudding.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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message for logging-in purposes only. Other login pages have browser compatibility issues.

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

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Re: Really?

'Also it defined our local Scout district website as "gambling"'

They must have confused gambling with gambolling.

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