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1149 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

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Who syncs an Android to a PC these days?

Google back up all your contacts, calendar, etc and updates are OTA now so what is the point? I haven't had the misfortune of trying to sync an Android and PC since the early days of my original Galaxy S.

I know several Android users who don't even own a computer.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Speedball 2 was a superb game, possibly the best 2 player I've ever played. As well as the Amiga & ST there were also versions for the previous generation of home micros. I used to practice solo on my Speccy for multiplayer matches on my mate's Amiga. Good times.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: GabeN can afford to give away....

Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years? Really?

So my Android tablet, Win7 gaming PC and smartphone are just the same as my Atari 2600? I think not. The rest of your post was a confused diatribe that made little sense. I can't decide if you need to lay off the pills or take more because your current dosage isn't working.

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'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

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So how much content do they have in the States? I signed up for a free trial month in the UK recently and think I could watch it all in 2 - 3 months.

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When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Re: Have I got this right?

You're missing two important points - the Point Of Sale terminals were hacked so the attackers could get card details whether Target stored them or not and this is the USA, they don't have chip & PIN.

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Re: Security through oblivion?

Hell even in a technical business and as an IT person I know that my bosses think I'm some kind of paranoid survivalist whackjob because I point out our many security failures. No one listens because they think it will never happen to them. I look forward to the day it does.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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The real surefire way for Chrome users to be sure they're not being listened in on is to use Firefox. :p

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

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Re: A security nightmare

I prefer OpenMYPCToTheEntireInternet.

Tbh I've never used their product but I distrust any software advertised on TV with adverts that cheesy.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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your Github profile is your resume

Hey brogrammer go back to coding in Starbucks, we have no need for you here.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Re: re: It is also considered incredibly non-GPL

Obviously being non-GPL does not make it any less secure. What he's getting at is it means you don't have to comply with the annoying GPL rules that most businesses do not like.

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At least he got it the right way round and didn't say SQLite, etc includes Open BSD for the third time!

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Re: Workaround

There has never been filtering on my BT Openreach provided line and there will never be unless my ISP introduces it as a product. You are confusing the fascist retail arm of BT with the good blokes who provide the tubes.

It is very easy to avoid these filters, just don't sign up with the cheapest ISP you see on the telly.

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Australia floats plan for national social media regulator

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"the Commissioner issuing public advice that a particular site is not safe for children to use"

I'm sure TB, etc will love the free advertising in Australia.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Should have upgraded to Central

Should have upgraded to Central back when they put restrictions on the free product last year. It costs next to nothing and there is no change in service for users of LMI Central. The writing was on the wall.

I'm disappointed in the intelligence of the Reg reader who wrote in to complain. I expected all Reg readers would be capable of telling the difference between 7 days and less than 24 hours.

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

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It would seem sensible to include a copy of the winning entry in the article rather than some vacuous comments from people other than the winner. Or a link to the original article since this is the www.

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Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

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Yeah they did that in the related article last week as well. Seems someone decided to let the tea boy write articles.

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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EE basically say security is the customer's problem.

I can help all EE customers improve their security with my simple 4 step plan:

1. Cancel contract with EE

2. Sign up with a decent ISP instead of the cheapest you could find

3. ????

4. Profit!

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Re: amazon.com

I guess your disappointment at opening a bag of sweets to find it is mostly air explains your lack of a sense of humour and sarcasm failure? Try reading the reviews for 3 Wolf and Moon shirt then think about the sugar free Gummi Bears reviews again.

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

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Hmm let me see... main work address, work support address, generic IT dept address, main home address, GMail address, Hotmail address, address for Reg comments, spam address, address for dodgy websites, gf address for when I'm buying things on her card, address for one of my mates who doesn't have a computer, unused address from mobile phone company.

I can think of 12 atm but there might be more. :o

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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"That server technology can undoubtedly scale far beyond the traffic Nest currently handles"

And you undoubtedly know this because? Just because a company / service has low traffic atm does not mean they are capable of handling more. A poor architecture and bad programming may not show at low traffic levels but they undoubtedly will with more traffic.

Maybe report facts rather than your bad assumptions?

"forcing anyone using a product based on Nest technology to adopt Google as a service provider (again as Android users must)."

I'd like to introduce you to this little thing called the Kindle Fire. You've probably never heard of it because they aren't very popular and are only sold by a very small niche company but it runs Android and does not require or even have Google as a service provider.

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

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Re: Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS

Learn to capitalise words and sentences properly and re-write your post, then I might decide to read it.

Meanwhile have a downvote for your illiterate rant.

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

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Re: OTAkill

I guess you are resolutely sticking to your guns with Windows ME, there is no need to upgrade to XP or later because they add only minor and annoying user visible changes.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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the Metro language is going to be fixed and "matured"?

WTF is that supposed to mean? There is no Metro language.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: I'm all for the naming and shaming of miscreants

The defence lawyers should all claim unfair trial and move for dismissal.

I've no sympathy for drink drivers but the UK Police need to learn that they are not above the law.

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Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

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As opposed to phones supplied by your employer who have all the enterprise security and device management add ons installed and activated. Pretty obvious if you read the next sentence.

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Re: FIPS 140-2

"Glad I use Blackberry and Windows Phone....Both meet military and government security requirements"

Yeah NSA, GCHQ, etc are loving having complete access to your phone while you think it is secure.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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The benefit of integrating iOS or Android

The benefit of integrating iOS or Android would be to allow me to use my own music service and in particular apps like TuneIn Pro, rather than BMW's chosen service. I already subscribe to a music service, don't need another, and I have a number of internet radio stations I like to listen to depending on what kind of music I fancy. What I really want is a system that allows me to load whatever music service or internet radio app I want to use.

This system is like buying a car where the radio is tuned to Radio 1 and can't be changed.

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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As long as I know what they rename it so I can continue to tell people to avoid that bug ridden, slow pile of shite I don't care what they call it.

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Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

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Key aspect?

"a key aspect Edison lacks: a dedicated server infrastructure" - for me this is actually a selling point for the Intel device. The main reason I haven't bought an Imp yet is because it is tied into the servers of some company I don't really know who rent them from Amazon. If I made a product using Imp and Amazon have yet another cloud fart or Electric Imp go bust then I'm screwed.

A requirement to provide my own infrastructure is a feature for me!

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

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Steam was affected for more than an hour. All weekend it was having problems and telling me it could not contact the Steam Network probably because my network was down. No it bloody wasn't.

Note to other programmers... never assume the problem must be at my end because your end could never go down, oh no.

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Re: On the subject of spam - and if that's not 'optional'!

Funny that, my Hotmail account gets absolutely zero spam and never has. Technically my Gmail account gets no spam either though I'm starting to consider the annoying constant emails from Google about YouTube and Play to be spam.

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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"Mind you Samsung are pretty crap at it too - two goes at 4.3 both of which are broken."

4.3 is working fine on my S3 and the missus' S4 and we've never had problems with updates on them or our old Galaxy Ss. But then if you were posting anything other than a cheap shot you would have specified a model and carrier that you were having issues with.

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Microsoft now using next-gen Roslyn C#, Visual Basic compilers in house

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So amazing that Delphi has been writen in Delphi since v1 back in 1995. Nice to see MS catching up some 18 years later. One day Visual Studio may actually be feature comparable with the Delphi IDE.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Pretty nifty way to take out any site that you fancy huh?

I'd put the Tory party and gov websites top of the list but mumsnet would be straight after.

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Old Apple Safaris leave IDs and passwords for scavengers to peck

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Re: Fortunately....

Because full disk encrpytion will stop this.

Oh wait, no it won't. Idiot.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: Stable Door, boys and girls

You could choose not to use Google, Amazon or eBay. You could realise that Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are of dubious value at best and stop using them. You could get a Pay As You Go mobile and not register it.

Being spied on by the NSA, GCHQ and their buddies is not a choice.

It is not the same.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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A very good article that highlights issues I have seen with innovations my father tried to commercialise with government help from the 80s to the present day. He never managed to make a penny from things he invented in the 80s that I now see being re-invented today.

"no one at Nesta has a science or engineering background" - this, no idea how business functions in the real world and a complete lack of accountability among the civil service are the biggest problems this country faces. If we are to avoid sliding furhter into mediocracy and irrelevance we need to replace the old boys educated in the classics at Eton with some real people who know more than a couple of dead languages and have actually worked in their life. Unfortunately I doubt it will ever happen.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Dead man's wishes

The important point that is being missed here is the cynical trampling over the wished of a dead man. The will of the dead Beastie specifically states he did not want his work to be used in an advert.

Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference, you don't do things like that unless you want to be considered immoral scum.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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No website I visit uses Google Analytics. At least they don't when I visit them, thanks Ghostery! :)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Out that whole lot..

I still have my Atari 2600 and it still works. :) I bring it out of the cupboard once a year or so for a few games of Space Invaders, Asteroids, etc.

I also had an FX-570 calculators which was well used until I got one of the ones that could draw graphs while I was doing my A-Levels.

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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I had exactly the same scary thought.

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

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Facepalm

The Bongster must have been busy at FTSE lately.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: Oi, Larry

Not that Harry Potter is original in the first place. It is a shameless copy of a number of other works, most notable the Books of Magic whose protagonist looks almost identical to Harry.

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

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RAMEN!

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

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Dubbed SuperVirus,

the mythical rootkit can supposedly leap tall buildings in a single bound, screw your wife, and even survive nukeing from orbit.

Back here in the real world I say show me the proof. A virus with seemingly super hero powers that only one so called security researcher has ever seen? Pull the other one, it has bells on.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Re: Crack this...

Ah the old FB is not a bank and I don't care if someone hacks my Yahoo account line.

Do you realise your FB account contains lots of personal details that would be useful in impersonating you to your bank?

Would you care if I hack your Yahoo email and send a message to your boss telling him you think he's a dick? Maybe send everyone at work an email containing goatse? Or how about sending your wife/husband an email that appears to be one you meant to send to the lover you are having an affair with?

Suddenly that unimportant Yahoo account might need a better password.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Friday feeling

USB sticks, now there's a thought... I wonder if teenagers of the future will find USB sticks of porn in the woods like we found copies of Men Only in my day.

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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I thought I had never heard of the man or his work till I saw the advert for the Scrumpi 1 and Scrumpi 2 and I remember seeing it in electronics mags as a child. I may even still have a late 70s magazine with that advert in it. Not something I would have remembered without the distinctive style.

Thanks for the great article.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

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Re: Worst film of the year?!

I've seen most of Pacific Rim, it was good enough that I'd watch it again on a Friday night to see the ending. Admitedly my Friday night film sessions tend to be rather drunken and often include films that are so bad they're almost good. Almost.

Of course its no Mona Lisa.

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