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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Re: To counter sniper bids

Why do you need to counter sniping? The highest bid wins, whether it's placed a second or a week before the listing ends. If a bidder is worried he'll get sniped he should just bid some more, so it's less likely that a snipe will beat his bid.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

I had a freeware app to do that in Windows 95, but MSFT has become so out-of-touch with the real world I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that they think its an attention-worthy innovation.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Re: It's completely backwards half arsed system

You may have missed how popular virtualization and cross-platform frameworks have become of late.

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TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists

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Re: Yeah, the average user will know how do this

If the average user is capable of searching for the phrase"XOR two files" then he'll find the first Google hit leads to a free utility to XOR two files together. All he then has to do is XOR the file with known content and its encrypted version, to produce a key file that can be used to unlock all the other encrypted files.

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Re: Irish virus of a couple of years back

Rather more than a couple of years, I think.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Re: Sapphire

Maybe someone will develop a way to attach a thin sapphire glass face onto a tougher base, resulting in excellent scratch resistance and good toughness too.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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Re: A tradesman who doesn't have to reach into his pocket ...

People who do physical work often don't wear wrist watches because they get in the way or they get damaged too easily.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: 'THE' number one office/productivity suite

Actually the number one proprietary file format lock-in, but things are changing and people (companies, governments) are increasingly requiring open document standards (and not that ODF mess that MSFT churned out a while back).

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: I built my own cable...

So you've over engineered the cable and it's stressing the connectors - the socket will likely get ripped off the PCB.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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re: hundreds of tonnes of some sort of liquid

They dispose of much of that liquid before they arrive at their destination, and landing is a somewhat delicate procedure too.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Re: I've said this quite a few times on here

It's the one that doesn't know how to spell shill.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: big blue E

"Big Blue" is already taken.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Re: "on a mobile device"

Excellent. :-)

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Re: Flash

Addresses are translated by the flash controller, this is transparent to the OS. AIUI you'd need to reflash the firmware or replace the controller chip to gain access to the raw storage, although it's possible that there's an "engineering mode" the manufacturers aren't telling us about.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: ring and get us put back on the open register

Why would they bother when they already have your details?

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Re: You can hardly expect them to use their own phones.

It wouldn't be hard to automate a system whereby the office calls the recipient shortly before the driver arrives, and could improve the efficiency of the service considerably, especially if the recipient could choose at that time to have a delivery left somewhere, or returned to the depot for collection or redelivery.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Great...

As you have to be running Chrome to use the feature (at least until Mozilla release their version) it's a bit late to try to block its installation.

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Re: why do they list the crippled Truecrypt 7.2 version

Because that's the latest official and unadulterated version. It's also totally atypical, as anyone familiar with the circumstances will, I am sure, agree.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: the Camel is ill suited

It's done rather well in Australia, I hear.

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Earth has them too ... "sailing stones"

Except the sailing stones slide across very flat ground, while the Martian rock has clearly tumbled down a slope.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: But why The random Capitalization?

Because German speakers (writers) do that?

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

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Re: must go home first and get a bunch of CD

No need - I have a few here, in the case of my CD Walkman.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: I would be very surprised if they cut different metal

Swapping the camshaft for a torquier one won't take much retooling.

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Re: I suppose I will be dragging next time

I doubt it's heavy enough to be much of a tow car.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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Re: the design chaps did do the maths

Including the loading on those bearings?

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: how was this accomplished

Websites got more hits from XP users. Quite possibly some of the users had just heard about XP going EOL and had fired up their machines to order a nice new (old stock) Surface Pro, which some sites are knocking out at half the launch price.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: If it can fool > 30% of developers, I'll definitely sit up and take note.

Are you including VB devs in that?

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: here's a much more capable device

No Ethernet, 3.3V only, so in at least two respects it's somewhat less capable.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Re: smaller size of electronics means smaller satellites

Except smaller semiconductor fabrication leads to increased sensitivity to radiation, requiring more shielding.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Bollocks

I think you may be misinterpreting what he wrote - everyone mostly makes that "leap of faith" that the software they use, whether open or closed source, and attributed to known or unknown sources, isn't maliciously intentioned.

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Re: Symantec WILL NOT SELL TO END USERS.

Fortunately there's GnuPG, which states "Current versions of PGP are interoperable with GnuPG and other OpenPGP-compliant systems."

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: uninstall everything that I didn't want

Does it let you uninstall Windows? Because that's what I'd want.

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Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

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Re: You meant systemd there, not systems.

Perhaps you should have hit "Send corrections" rather than "Post your comment" ...

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Re: peruse the freetard's favourite encyclopaedia

While you should consult a French/English dictionary, which would reveal that "rein" means kidney.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: "shitvisa666"

My usual response to that sort of thing is "Fuck0ffV1sa/Yah00/wh0ever", which is not only memorable but also heartfelt.

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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

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Re: been too busy...

There's now a little "password update" link at the top of the My eBay page which leads to a short blurb which in turn links to info.ebayinc.com - the first "Update: Wednesday, May 21, 2014" on that page is a press release, which probably explains why users first found out about this sorry state in the papers. Granted it may have been the best way to get maximum coverage quickly, as many users may not go online every day, but it does look like eBay cares more about PR than actual customers.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: heaps of suits are doing network diagrams

Who said anything about network diagrams? Visio does a whole load of organisational and business process diagrams, project management and other stuff too, you know?

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Re: Hmmm

Notifying the user that he has a problem isn't really "powerless", is it? Because the user can then try to remove the malware, which leaves him better off than when he didn't know he had a problem.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Re: I'd sooner have a microlight, gyrocopter or powered paraglider

I'd sooner have one of these.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: the 500L MPV is a mockery of the 1950s 500

Rather like the "new" Mini. Possibly more useful than the original, but a lot less fun.

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Crypto-guru slams 'NSA-proof' tech, says today's crypto is strong enough

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Re: I've never heard it referred to as "Oyster".

Bletchley code names (rather than the German code names) for Enigma code versions: "Dolphin was the main naval cipher. Oyster was the officer’s variant of Dolphin." There was even one called "winkle" :-)

Enigma TCA

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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Re: a challenge from the SORKS

That would be "a challenge from the SOUKS".

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Re: WTF

That's a "The Book of Mormon" (by the South Park guys) reference, apparently.

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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I wonder how much influence publicity, about their attempts to bully other game developers, has had.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Wales is still pretty small

Yes, but not tiny - Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino are tiny.

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Re: So be proud

Slightly odd that the land of Lego apparently approves of a site that carries so much Playmobil content. Why call Denmark "tiny" when it's twice the area and population of Wales?

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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"Film" is so last century.

Is it not?

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Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

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Re: not something a user can do anything about

Users can check whether any server they have an account on has been vulnerable, and change their passwords in case they've been compromised.

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Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

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Re: It isn't doing the latter, so get over it.

That's odd, because I just installed it and it calls itself

Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2964358)

which looks rather like support for Windows XP to me.

In fact if you look at the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary they still seem to be supporting Internet Explorer 6, and we know how much they like that.

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Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

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The molten metal doesn't chase the wax out

The mould is heated in an oven to melt the wax out before casting.

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