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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Growth being XP Mode on new Windows 7 roll-outs?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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20 fps? bit of a pwnfest then:)

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Zuckerberg tops the list of most generous Americans with billion-dollar gift

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Applause

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Gameover ZeuS adds nasty trick

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Just need to spot the UPATRE downloader then?

How's this helping them?

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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On both sides of the fence.

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Re: Hmm...

Unless you're an American in certain states where sending people to their death via electrocution or injection of lethal chemicals is not at all considered barbaric and uncivilised.

It's at this point that I might quote Voltaire.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Thank you voice of reason.

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

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Re: They have damaged their own brand

Exactly, I just uninstalled Candy Crush

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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If it's so good at tracking, can't they create a mesh network between planes and have the ones at in proximity to airports, hoover up bandwidth from cell towers to share with other aircraft?

That would sort out the latency problem, no? And do away with the need to bounce it all off satellites.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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I find myself agreeing with the boss of Aria, UNLESS the claims are true (and if true, the guy needs to apologise profusely as his response is bordering on arrogant).

Either way, one should always know better than to buy a refurnished or 'clean pull' hard drive.

Best not to scrimp on these things.

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Quite like Chrome Remote Desktop myself

VPN + RDP is also good, although IPSEC VPN cross-platform is a bit of a PITA

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: Obligatory XKCD link

But surely two-factor authentication?

If not, why are you still with that bank???

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Looking at the ophcrack rainbow tables, you now need 13 characters (from all of the 4 groups) to be secure from any Tom, Dick and Harry :(

Presumably various intelligence agencies have larger still rainbow tables, so passwords are probably a waste of time unless you can remember passwords comprised of all 4 character groups and at least 15 characters in length.

Can anyone confirm whether pass phrases (ie concatenations of dictionary words) are harder to crack?

Such as: XKCD

EDIT: I looked up ^ and saw this has been discussed.

There needs to be a better way.

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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

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I just bought an HTC 8X from Expansys purely because it was the only well-known retailer selling one.

It arrived 4 days later. Anyone know if you can change the back cover? (it's yellow)

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Time-rich hacking crew scrawls web graffiti all over poor old .ME

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You mean hopefully the registrar for me.uk doesn't exhibit the same weakness.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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Maybe the Reg should have a FinXP countdown timer in the masthead :)

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

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Re: Its a mess on Intel "et al's" own making...

I daresay a computer from 2003 (advent of SATA interface), coupled to a nice new SSD, would be powerful enough for most people.

The HDD bottleneck has finally gone, which to my mind, was the one remaining piece of the puzzle.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

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Re: Ofcom , 118 , 192 ... I can handle all that crap. Just ban NON geographic numbers. PLEASE.

I'm sure Neelis Kroes et al are working on those NGNs for you.

Most GOV departments have implemented 03 numbers, which are included.

If you own an 0845 number, you can claim the equivalent 0345 number for free IIRC

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Just need to wait for Zotac to put Haswell in their Zbox. Much better value.

<edit> They already have. ID91, ID92, IQ01 (Plus models come with memory and storage)

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Erm, I think the obesity problem is less to do with what we eat and more to to with the fact that we don't get anywhere near the amount of exercise that we need. This of course also contributes to many other health problems on top of obesity.

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Drobo tarts up storage boxen: Now they're APP SERVER platforms

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No iSCSI, which is available on competing products.

Still ReadyNAS for me ATM

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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So just HOW many Bitcoins have BoA mined? (and how much are they now worth?)

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

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Re: They release alpha software and charge a fortune for the privilege of you testing it.

Google it

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NSA-busting secure, open, router seeks cash and code from crowd

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If it was also wireless, couldn't it be auto-meshing with its neighbours?

I think it would be missing a trick without that. A true auto-meshing darknet that was incapable of being turned off would surely be the biggest guarantee of privacy?

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Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

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Re: End of XP

You could always give pokki a look too

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Re: Finally

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a platform jibe, but try running a linux program from 1999 on a modern linux.

Windows has long tried to maintain backwards compatibility and that's testament to how accessible a system it is, however, that needed to change because a new security model was desperately needed.

I glad Microsoft are canning XP and I'm pissed at Google for saying they'll continue to support it via Chrome after April 2014. Everyone in the industry should take the opportunity to slam the door on the insecurities of that platform.

However, just because Windows had to change and therefore backwards compatibility isn't as viable an option as it once was, doesn't mean Windows 7/8 is a bad idea.

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Oracle pens recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce

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Not the first time some poor turkey has been probed by a hole in Java

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Nooo, ANYTHING but BT! Cisco gives 'stay of execution' to Phoenix IT

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'Nooo, ANYTHING but BT!'

That's a phrase I'm far too familiar with. It's almost a daily utterance, usually followed by some extreme expletives.

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BT Openreach boss QUITS to quench ambitious thirst

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Let's hope she's better at distributing water, or some parts of the UK will see a drought for the next decade.

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Late with your ransom payment? Never mind, CryptoLocker crooks will, er, give you a break

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For anyone that hasn't, I recommend CryptoPrevent on all your relatives PC's

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Free Cocaine giveaway from Russian search engine Yandex

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Is Cocaine available on a mirrored blade?

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D-Link: Oops! We'll slam shut that router backdoor by end of month

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Better be quick before d-germans get here

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German researchers claim 100 Gbps wireless transmission record

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What about laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat'ncy?

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Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

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Re: purile

Erm, have you ever seen the House of 'Commons' in session? Microsoft may run a private enterprise, the House of 'Commons' (allegedly) runs a country and they behave exactly as you describe.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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May I be the first to say I hope he takes them to the cleaners

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

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So, growing a top bollock to compensate for the former leader's missing item?

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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Re: Very unfortunate...

Particularly considering recreational usage of cannabis is currently legal in Colorado!

(stealing and carrying dangerous weapons may be another matter)

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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How fortunate for you that you have one of the few Apple products that you can change the battery in.

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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How about turbines in rainwater downpipes?

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Sony coughs up £250K ICO fine after security fears

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Basically they're paying up so they're not forced to reveal how shockingly bad their system was during this time.

I suspect it was all down to a schoolboy error, which if revealed through a legal process would be far too damaging to Sony, so they'd rather cough up than face the consequences.

£250,000 is probably a right bargain to keep the details under wraps.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Those were the days, Carmack was and shall always remain a god to me...or should I say Makron? :)

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Emergency mobile networks take off on model planes

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Re: Far too dangerous... Encrypted mesh networks...

Never mind that shit, what about all that Vodafone lost revenue???!!!????!

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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Apple, knobs.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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So Sony's USP is now that they're NOT Microsoft bwuahahahaha, I smell fear.

(but they still want to copy the success of Live)

I don't want a console anyway, I want an Occulus Rift and a Virtuix Omni instead :)

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El Reg drills into Office 365: Unified communications

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Says Jajah Voice is being discontinued on the 31st of August?

Fallen out already?

Presumably you can use any SIP provider Trevor?

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Smut-for-Glass app suffers premature ejection

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Boo

It would appear the MiKandi CDN is down :(

TitsUp more like

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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Re: Too little, too late ....

Not to burst your bubble, but no-one gives a fuck.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Re: The PirateBay

Unless you're using $ky as your broadband provider as well.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

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Re: What about a fixed version of 8?

Hehe, calm down penguinistas, Secure Boot is a good idea.

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Re: What about a fixed version of 8?

Erm, Refresh and Reset? Secure Boot? Windows-To-Go? ELAM?

I never mentioned compatibility, but that's always a problem with a refresh cycle :)

But carry on ranting...

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