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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

jb99

Webmail is just flawed

There is no possible way to build a secure webmail client. If the government tells the webmail providet to replace their application with one that captures the user's keys and send them out then there is little you can do about it.

We need secure email applications that we can run on our own hardware. Even better we need a decent secure messaging (both email and IM) protocol that anyone can implement like SMTP but not overcomplicated like a lot of newer standards seem to be

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

jb99

He is wrong

PGP has it's flaws but they are not security flaws they are usability flaws. But they can mostly be overcome. And it hs the HUGE advantage that it's actually possible to use it. The alternative he is suggesting is to redesign all the protocols completely and then get everyone to use them. Yeah, that's going to happen...

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

jb99

Yeah this is why I block ads.

I used to feel slightly guilty about blocking advertising and anything else like that. But between tracking like this, and video adverts that download and play without me wanting them to they have so abused it that I feel I am forced to. They have spoiled it for those sites doing ethical advertising, because I can no longer trust anyone.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

jb99

Nice

... but not for me.

It does all the things I never ever use a phone for. mp3, and making voice calls? Who does that.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

jb99

I don;t get the anger about this.

What does it matter if it's one app or two?

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

jb99

How will this work?

I have a paper tube ticket for a year.

If I have a contactless card is there a chance that will be charged instead if I get it too close to the gate?

Luckily I refuse to have a contactless card. I will not let anyone access my bank account without my express permission and frankly you are daft if you do

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

jb99

"productivity and platform company for the mobile first, cloud first world"

This just encourages me to abandon windows entirely as they clearly don't care about it any more and just move onto linux for everything, as clearly they are not interested in PCs any more at microsoft just in "the cloud" whatever that is.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

jb99

I got told off my the police once.

I got something in my eye while driving on the motorway, under my contact lens and could barely see at all due to my eyes closing. So I pulled over the hard shoulder to deal with it. Took my lens out, cleaned it, waited 2 minutes for my eye to open properly again and put the lens back in.

At which point a police car pulled up and gave me a right telling off for stopping on the hard shoulder saying that it was for emergencies only and they'd let me off with a warning this time but not to do it again. The fact that I couldn't see to drive at all didn't seem to impress them.

I still think not being able to see if a valid reason for stopping despite their warning.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

jb99

Re: Every other edition...

The tiled interface? It works well on a phone. It's beyond awful on a large screen monitor.

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

jb99

"unregistered prepaid cards"

I didn't know such things existed. Might be useful for general privacy?

Where can I get such a thing?

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

jb99

Sounds ideal to me.

If I could pick up my packages from the station when almost home that would be excellent.

They'll probably do something silly like have opening hours of 8:00-18:00 making it useless :

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

jb99

Well I have my current Three contract, an old vodafone phone switched to PAYG which I hardly use. Also I have an old kindle that has a sim in, and an old satnav that seems to have one in too although I pay for neither directly.

So thats 4 for me.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

jb99

Re: Personally I think

They did fix it, you can just upgrade to a newer version.

People seem to want the fixes without installing the version with the fixes in...

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

jb99

It's like japan in the 1960-70s

They start my making stuff really cheaply, then they move into making better stuff than the rest of the world almost as cheaply.

Then the wages they have to pay people, and their exchange rate catch up with them, and they end up with most of their advantages gone.

Good luck to them, this is not a zero sum game. Any country doing well benefits everyone.

However it won't keep growing for much longer. Wages and exchange rate will see to that like it has in every other country ever.

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

jb99

Probably good

I got a surface pro 1 recently at a bargain price because it's obsolete and to be honest was way more impressed than I expected to be. I'm taking this a lot more seriously than I would have done and might be tempted to upgrade to one.

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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

jb99

The thing with drones...

They have no chance at all of being used for general deliveries to most people.

But that doesn't mean it's useless.

Imagine a rural area in the middle of the USA. I can imagine it working eventually for deliveries to isolated houses for example.

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Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

jb99

"Most consumers," the ASA added, "would believe 'broadband' referred to the internet connection from the telephone network to an internet enabled device, including the wireless connection transmitting the broadband connection from the router to the device."

No they wouldn't unless they were complete idiots.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

jb99

I don't see this as a problem.

I use the back camera all the time but in the entire time I've owned a phone I've never one used the front camera. I have zero interest in taking "selfies" or video chats. I'd rather they didn't bother and made the phone £2 cheaper.

I can't be the only one!

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

jb99

About time

The whole thing is mad, if they agreed to share this stuff not only would they save huge legal bills but could *all* made better phones increasing the size of the market. Everyone wins.

It seems that in the USA particularly it's not enough to win, you have to crush everyone else too

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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

jb99

Hmm

I always thingkthat this is solving the wrong problem.

Emails need to be encrypted end to end, encrypt them in the users client and decrypt them in the recipients client. Encrypting the links isn't a good solution.

The theat of someone grabbing my emails off the wire is less than that of someone reading them at facebook or google or (random email provider).

They should be encrypted until they are in my email agent.

So there is little point in this.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

jb99

No

I'm a google shareholder. How do I vote against this? I'd rather keep as much of my money as I can thanks.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

jb99

Re: Bravo chaps

Yeah its kind of a spoof/joke currency. Except that somehow it seemed to gain some traction and actually be marginally useful for tips and small micropayments so is probably a little more of a real loss than it might appear.

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jb99

Why

Surely they have learned by now that storing the bulk of the wallets on computers that have a direct connection to the internet is a very very very bad idea. I find it beyond belief that any virtual currency operation does so any more.

it's as if a real bank put their entire cash reserve in the desk of an assistant in a bank branch, and then were surprised when it all got stolen. No, they put 99% of it in a safe that isn't accessible at all in any way to the general public and only transfer the small amount of working capital to the public areas.

Why don't these organizations learn that if they are dealing with cash, even virtual cash, they need to operate in the same way that banks do.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

jb99

Hard to know what to buy

I'm looking for a good pair of headphones to mostly listen to music.

But it's SO hard to know what to get. Price doesn't seem entirely reliable as a guide, and I basically don't know which reviewers to trust because many of them seem to believe the same stupid things that this article is about.

How can I tell what to buy?

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

jb99

Any auto backup solutions?

I'm thinking for home use I want the speed of a SSD but don't want to lose my data. Are there any solutions which use the SSD but have a hard disk too and automatically back up everything to the hard disk so that if the SSD fails you can restore from it and continue as if nothing had happened?

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Microsoft puffs up OneDrive, now with 1TB per head for biz users

jb99

Re: pointless until they sort their bandwidth

It's strange, previous had this problem with speed. But recently it's been very fast for me.

Something changes? I don;t know..

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US biz spaffed more dosh on internet ads than TV spots in 2013

jb99

"Spaffed more dosh"

Seriously?

I'll come back to reading this site when they learn to write actual English.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

jb99

Hmm

The complaints all sounded slightly concerning until the last paragraph about hula-hooping... Umm, yeah what did you expect if you do that in the office?

Apart from that I don't feel qualified to have an opinion on this as I have no way to know what happened.

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

jb99

HDCP?

Is that screenshot trying to sell HDCP as a *feature* when it's entire purpose it to prevent you from using your device if someone else doesn't want you to?

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Lenovo banks on $1 BEELLION Moto turnaround in SIX quarters

jb99

I actually believe this

Most companies I'd be very skeptical.

But somehow I believe this might happen.

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Github brews text editor for developers

jb99

I'll continue to use gvim.

This won't be better.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

jb99

Time to buy

Yay, cheap bitcoins. I'll be buying. Some. Not going to spend my life saving on it, but it seems like it might be a good time to risk 1% of them as nothing fundemental has changed about why it's a good idea.

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Saving private spying: IETF Draft reveals crypto-busting proxy proposal

jb99

Ughhh

Can we please just stick to http for 99% of things, and https where necessary?

This http2 stuff seems to be incredibly complicated to no actual benefit.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

jb99

What is that?

A quick poll round the office, not one person had ever heard of them.

Which seems strange given how many users they are claiming to have.

/not evidence, just strange

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

jb99

Seriously?

I has a lot of respect for tesla.

But if they turn evil by talking to apple then they entirely lost it.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

jb99

Synology?

I have a synology device which I think works really well.

How does this compare?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

jb99

Sound like a "feature" that nobody could possibly want.

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

jb99

Noooo

I had no interest whatsoever in this at all until all this fuss.

Now I'm finding myself wondering where I can get it.... Noooo!

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

jb99

Maybe...

Maybe they can come to a deal and try again...

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

jb99

The other issue

The other issue is that it's no good having a sign if there is no reasonable way to look at the sign and opt out which is essential impossible for most of the cases given here. The sign is pointless if you can't say no I don;t agree to this, and have reasonable alternatives.

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

jb99

Re: There was a time.....

Couldn't agree more!

I'm not yet at the age where I need this, but mid 40s I have got to the point where it's not quite as easy to see close as it used to be. And I broke my arm a few years ago and my right thumb and first finger never *quite* entirely recovered their strength. I don't have any actual problems using modern equipment, but a bit of thought and it could be so much easier.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

jb99

Slightly affected.

It meant I couldn't read my work email on the way to work and couldn't read some web pages I wanted to (not for work). Not entirely happy...

But it's fairly reliable normally. I've had few problems over the last two years.

A short outage every year... ok...no big deal.

If this happened several times a year I'd be unhappy. But it hasn't.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

jb99

I don't understand

Can someone explain what has happened here?

I don't understand what the organisations involved are, the connection between them, or what exactly has happened. The article doesn't seem to explain that very well...

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

jb99

Re: Can't resist

Yeah...

I don;t buy that many games but these days when I feel like a new game I *first* look what it available on Linux and if there is anything I like I'll buy that. I'm not going to buy a game *just* because it runs on Linux, but I will look there first now and only if there is nothing I want will I look for windows games. I'd rather run it on my linux machine than my windows machine (which I keep mostly for gaming now).

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

jb99

"What I don't understand is why any company in the past has paid attention to him?"

Because at least in part it's *his* company. The management are the people employed to run the company he owns (in part).

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jb99

Good...

Good, this should damage apple or at the very least distract them.

I dislike Icahn immensely but he's doing some good work here :)

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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

jb99

Contract

The real problem is that the contract you are given to sign does not accurately reflect the contract that you are lead to believe you are agreeing to. Yes you should read and agree to the details. But if the advertising and the person in the shop tells you the price is £19.99 a month for 2 years then that's what it should be even if the document they give you to sign has a little star by that claim.

I don't want them to have to spend half an hour going through a boring contract with you in the shop, but the law for consumer contracts should simply be that any terms and conditions that are not what a reasonable person would expect from the advertising and what they were told in the shop should not be enforceable.

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

jb99

Microphone?

Why would my computer have a microphone?

It's a computer, not a phone.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

jb99

Just get rid

They just need to admit that metro apps and everything about their interface on desktop PC from the apps themselves to the tiled start menu is a complete and utter disaster for both usability and functionality and just scrap the whole thing. Seriously. The whole thing is just an unmitigated disaster.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

jb99

Good

Microsoft need to admit that their phone style apps for windows (I don;t even know what to call them, which is a symptom of the whole fiasco) are just awful and nobody wants them, and that their new start menu is simply *worse* than the product they had before.

Scrap the whole thing while retaining the nice things widows 8 did otherwise, and call it windows 9 and they'd sell a load :)

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