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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: I seem to remember

"... in some depth"

Aha, I see what you did there, very well played.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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There isn't a projector on it, that is a different model.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Re: Good Grief

It doesn't matter how strong your Register password is - even if it's 200 random characters long, it's as unsafe as everyone else's until the web techs running this site work out how to implement SSL and Situation Publishing can afford the $150 for an SSL certificate.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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" If another network has coverage and your customers can use that, the incentive goes away"

Apart from the fact that you (as an MNO) will have to pay for each of your customers to use that other provider. So you either decide to provide a mast, pay the upfront costs but save the regular subscriber access costs to a third party (whilst also getting income form another MNOs customers) or you just settle with paying the regular costs to give your subscribers access.

If Vodafone only have 2,000 subscribers in an area (out of 8,000 total mobile users) and decide that providing a mast is not economical then they might actually decide to provide one if they also have access to a fee from all the other 6,000 users as well. Therefore it might provide an incentive for new masts in more rural areas as you can make some money out of them, rather than it being just a capital outlay.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: so once again

Is there a walled garden for OS X? I've always bought Creative Suite direct from Adobe.

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Re: OK so let me get this straight..

"I interpreted the article to mean that it may have got into the Apple ecosystem via jailbroken phones"

From the article: "WireLurker was used to trojanise (infect) 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store"

keywords: OS X applications

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Re: OK so let me get this straight..

From the first paragraph of the article:

"The largest-scale attack of its kind on OSX devices, believed the first to maliciously target non-jailbroken iPhones"

Keywords: OSX devices, non-jailbroken iPhones

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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If someone invests time, money and resources into trying something amazing that has sound theory then even if they fail it is still an advancement and good for society. That theory can be scrubbed out and we can move on (with their money at least being invested back in "the economy").

This applies to all things like space flight, self driving cars and concept devices.

However those that sit on a theory and don't proceed due to risk aversion, cost worries or general apathy don't really help anyone, they might even restrict anyone else from pursuing it.

Maybe the risk will pay off and make a fortune, however it is better a private, rich individual take that risk than the government squandering billions.

With Elon Musk , the jury is still out on whether electric cars can actually have as much market penetration as he hopes and become the primary vehicle power source of the near future. It is great that someone it ploughing lots of money into it to really try it out and try to prove the sceptics wrong. If he fails then most can be satisfied that it wasn't through a lack of trying.

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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Re: Same old response

They would have to state that clearly with every card sent out and probably provide the secure wallet or shield as well.

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Unless you have an amazing knowledge, aim and a *very* small nail you are also going to disable the standard chip functionality at the same time?

You could cut the antennae with a scalpel though.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

It's surprising how many people think a car gets better MPG when going downhill if they go into neutral!

Leave any modern car in high gear with your foot off the accelerator and it will consume no fuel, in neutral it will need to maintain the engine idling.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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If you are using IIS you can disable SSL 3.0 (only negatively affects IE 6 users) using registry scripts/powershell. The site below (no affiliation) has a number of powershell scripts (very easy to see the registry keys from them if you want to use the registry or GPO) that can disable SSL 3.0 as well as securing up SSL for a range of issues.

https://rootisthelimit.com/securing-ssl-configuration-in-iis/

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: bankruptcy

Not really. Once a company goes into administration the administrators will look to get the greatest value for the creditors in the short term (i.e. no 5 year plans here). Once they go into administration it will be a case of selling it off for a fraction of the worth or asset stripping.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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Re: Operators - Pah.

Yes, and would it have been that difficult to go to the site with a sim from each of th eoperators and just had a look whether there was a signal or not - *before* negotiating leases etc.

Probably about 3 days work if that, I would have done it over a week for £100k to save them some cash.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: All aboard the redundancy train...again

In the short term it should create jobs rather than make staff redundant.

It is mergers that usually wipe out a large number of staff. A good merger should reduce costs as you don't need two separate departments like finance and don't need double the assets like buildings etc. So some of your fixed costs and operating expenditure is shared over two companies.

The reverse happens in a split and also each separate company will look to grow, possibly with new acquisitions, etc.

However, I would be surprised if the HP PC & Printer division lasts more than a few years so the redundancies might come anyway as someone else swallows them up or asset strips them.

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Re: Splitting is the wrong thing to do

But if almost no-one has an HP tablet and noone would be prepared to buy an HP tablet with the extra cost of iLO built-in then the company would have to buy them.

In that case you might as well just use Knox or MDM or the Apple BYOD tech and can lock down the workplace side themselves.

The enterprise and SMEs are the few remaining places where PCs are not going to go anywhere for a while so they might have been sensible to keep a pro range in the Enterprise sector. I think a natural expansion would've been into telecoms - IP desk phones and IP PBX systems along with video and audio conferencing an meetings. Consider the business as a whole and aim to fill it with kit which has added value when it is all from the HP (not from a user perspective, I hate lock-in but from their perspective)

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So HP Enterprise will now look focus on high-value service contracts, government projects and other such enterprisey stuff to realise their higher-than-inflation and higher-than-analyst-prediction quarterly growth figures. Eventually selling off their standard Proliant range server division (Hypervisors killing the lower end server market) and leaving their customers will increasing services costs or cast into the ether.

The new consumer division will wallow in a sink-or-swim (probably sink due to fewer people using printers and fewer using PCs) turmoil as the try to monetise every new hype that raises its head before being swallowed by Lenovo for a few bucks.

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Re: good

And this will make the drivers better, how?

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Harvey's law

Just to clarify - I wasn't stating that it was therefore legal or okay to do, it was specifically in response to interfering/jamming a radio signal, which may be the same to a lay person but might not be the same to an expert. Could a WiFi user who uses their hotspot the same channel and maximum permitted power as their neighbour be accused of signal interference - not while the device is operating as intended I would presume?

Whether it was legal or not, or more specifically under which law it would be prosecuted is still unknown as the hotel chain in question decided to pay to not find out and the FCC decided to accept the payment and not pursue it (If someone settles with a patent troll out of court doesn't mean they are guilty or the patent is valid, just that it is the most commercially attractive option).

However I would suggest that they could be prosecuted under laws relating to computer misuse/DoS/hacking/data interception etc rather than radio signal interference.

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Re: Harvey's law

They weren't interferring with the radio signal, they were doing it on the data layer.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

"You know the electric and hybrid cars pay £0 VED, right?"

Today, while they are a niche, they do.

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Re: If you buy a new car, you have to tax it even if it already is taxed by the previous owner.

"The ANPR camera would have to check three things, now they only have to check for tax."

Sorry but you are wrong. It is no real effort for an electronic system to check three things, but also it is possible to tax a car with 1 month MOT remaining and 1 month Insurance (or cancel the insurance after a month, or stop paying it).

The ANPR still has to check all three things (and still does) so there is no longer any sensible requirement for tying the Tax into having an MOT or Insurance. The tax should be able to be purchase for the car in question by anyone (not just the registered keeper) and start on the day you purchase it and end exactly 1 year later (for 12 month tax) rather than at the beginning and end of whole calendar months. No requirement for the V5C and no waiting for the MID to update.

Insurance managers to insure from an exact time on an exact day.

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In teh new system a car can't be sold with remaining tax but the current owner will get any full months of tax back the same as before. However it will now be refunded automatically upon the DVLA receiving the V5C showing a transfer of ownership/sorn/scrappage.

The pain really is that you still can't go and view a car after 5:30, buy it and take it away legally (I would suggest many sales are after work) . You can easily arrange immediate insurance, but the MID will not be updated and you can't buy tax online unless you are the registered keeper - The only way is at a Post Office and most post offices shut at 5:30pm.

It would be a lot more useful if the MID was updated within 30 minutes so you could then buy your tax and change owner details online, or if you were allowed 24hours grace (or even pay but get the details verified within 24 hours). Even allow purchase of tax via your insurance company in one phonecall/online transaction. Maybe you should be allowed to buy a one off 7/30 day temporary tax while the DVLA await your documents.

The tax is for the car, so it doesn't matter how it is paid - all insurance and MOT are checked in the same ANPR hit anyway, so what difference does it make as long as it is registered as paid on that vehicle?

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Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

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Re: Have objects automatically sling ads at us?

But that is only if you choose to interact with that URL or use an App that sends all the details off to a server.

As it stated it would work more like QR codes, these are advertising themselves to you all around the place but it is only if you choose to use an app to read them to see the information they contain. The app you use to read them could be a passive barcode reader or it could be one which analyses what you look at.

If you actually visit the URL then they will know that you have, but this would be the same if you typed in a URL on the front of the vending machine.

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Re: Have objects automatically sling ads at us?

Read the article. This system as it stands would not be able to do any of that. It doesn't know who "you" are. It wouldn't know about your car about when you last ordered a pizza, whether you drink Pepsi. It is a one way communication without login so you would have to actively choose to connect and use the 'app'.

Beacons already exist and can fire messages at you with knowledge of some details about who you are so this is actually a much more privacy conscious system.

Yes, yes it may start that way but Google, the xyz do no evil, mega corps might bait and switch etc etc However that would require a new system and protocol so you would know that it is being planned.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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One of the 1st lines in the article...

"Google to remove links to defamatory information from its search results globally."

.co.uk is not a global domain it is a regional domain. The headline states "Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom". The global dotcom is .com.

Otherwise they would've asked Google to remove it from their global dotcom and every one of their regional domains. Unless you can translate the ruling better then I don't think they did.

Even if they are, you take out the biggest search engine then work down.

Yes, that's what I said they would have to do, ridiculous isn't it (that will involve an awful lot of court cases and a lot of wasted court time)?

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It's a bit different to pirated content in this context though. Movies, music etc are hosted by thousands of sites and a peer-to-peer network. I would presume this content is on one site (or maybe a couple). If it was on many sites or likely to be moved around as soon as one site closed down (as with pirated content) then ordering a link to be removed would be a never ending recursive process anyway.

I would presume a defamatory case could only be heard on and ruled on if the defendant could be traced and have a right to defend themselves.

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"remove links to defamatory information"

Erm? Surely they should just demand the removal of the defamatory information. Why get Google to remove it from .com and .fr if you can still access it through .co.uk. and then the court would need to ask Bing and all the other search engines to remove it.

If the information is defamatory the site where the information is written and the person who wrote it are surely the ones breaking the law, not a search engine that indexes what is publicly available on the internet?

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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I would guess the rolling upgrade does the same thing but automated - bit like CAU with powershell automation. Otherwise it wouldn't be advertised just for Clusters but include single Hyper-V hosts.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: Apples response:

I think you'll find the response was "Just avoid holding it in that way" - if Steve Jobs can be validated as stating "Apples response"[sic]

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/24/apple-responds-over-iphone-4-reception-issues-youre-holding-th/

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

Maybe most business users don't stare at their desktop to see 'important' information. The notification panel that has been around a fair while can update you with anything important, but most of the time people in work (at least the places I have worked) rarely see the desktop, they have their actual work open on the PC whether that be the Internet, e-mail, Word, or proper applications.

Even starting up the PC jumps straight to the corporate intranet and starts up e-mail in many places.

Windows introduced Gadgets a while back and I never found them that useful, Live tiles are almost the same in that context but less useful.

On a phone or possibly even a tablet a quick glance at the 'desktop' to see if there are any new notifications or updates works okay. On a PC, especially a business PC it doesn't. That is the issue with Microsoft especially with Windows 8, they never actually thought how a user actually uses a PC different to a phone and tablet, especially for business user who aren't obsessed with social updates.

In fact the OS really doesn't matter much to most business users (not including tech departments) at all. It's all about the software and applications that people have to run to do their job, they just want the OS to allow that as simple as possible and a simple menu with about 10 programs supports that quite well. Learning to use a radically new OS just to do the same work is definitely not a positive.

[Edit: I see after I posted that Tom 35 has the same opinion]

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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A UPS shutdown signal doesn't mean turn yourself off now!

You can send the signal to start a countdown timer or, on most UPS', start warning that it's on battery and keep warning until the supply is critical - even just run a completely custom script that will check critical servers to see if they are still connected before shutting down.

If you've got a crusty old Windows server that takes 5 minutes to shutdown then I expect the data isn't really that critical on it?

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"Good old UPS with a reserve and shutdown is also a good idea"

As already talked about in the article.

"some SANS wont accept UPS shutdown signals"

Really, not simply a NAS...? And you would use this as a 'SAN', to protect real data?

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

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Re: Preloaders...

Why would a developer want to "get around this". If you had to do an in app purchase to even play the game their ratings would take a hammering. If the app is good enough people will keep it and they'll make much more money than trying to have in app purchases just to use it..

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Re: About time.

What would be better is to allow each developer to choose how long to offer a refund from a set list. This would avoid needing trial ware and you could choose a purchase based upon the refund window.

Some apps might be happy for you to use it for a week or even a month before allowing a refund (lots of PC software has a thirty day trial). Others, like simple games with no data download might require 30 minutes. It would also give a good indication of the expected playing life of a game.

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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Is there a defined standard for car-to-car communications or will each car only talk to others of the same make/model/version/software revision...?

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

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Yes, I also got completely lost trying to work out whether the names were getting mixed up or whether they are so well known you wouldn't need to be told who they are?

The Stuff article made it easier to understand. It seems Smith and slater are different people and Fairfax is running the investigation...

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Exclusive SPB t-shirt flies into Kickstarter

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Any chance of doing other colours apart from white (not going to stay white very long doing Special projects in the shed)?

Something with an earth tone would be good.

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

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"Naturally Three uses 3G 100 per cent of the time, having no 2G to fall back to. "

Three falls back to "Tmobile" on 2G, would this not be counted due to effectively roaming onto a different network?

In the real-world, however, this would offer users a signal in non-Three areas.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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"It brings in a modicum of income for the council, which is not of itself a bad thing."

I would disagree - I would not expect that the details of people signing on to Job Seekers Allowance are sold to pay day loan companies if a box is/isn't ticked, or that people who submit planning applications who fail to tick a box are sold to a construction company etc. even if the money goes into the public purse.

Just because it raises a bit of extra money by selling your data that you have gathered for a completely different (and legally enforced) purpose and that money is part of the public funds does not make it okay, it is still a "bad thing".

The same as insurance companies selling your details to claims companies - even if it does reduce your insurance rates a little (although obviously the extra claims negate this) it is still a bad thing.

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Why should signing up on the electoral roll, a legal obligation that you have to do, be in any way linked to marketing and advertising from private companies in the first place?

There doesn't seem to be any good reason why they need to be intertwined like this.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Re: Zynga has no USP...

It's hardly *that* simple or else everyone would've done it. Zynga did spot a market in Facebook games, made a compelling Sim format game (I guess, as I haven't played it but believe plenty have) and were some of the pioneers in generating significant in-app purchasing spend.

Racking in half a billion dollars a year from little more than repackaged games might not make their games have a particularly significant USP but their initial business model did that's what got the investor's attention.

It was never going to be easy to keep this up and I would agree with the bubble comment - this model was easy to replicate and also easy for players to get bored of, they had a definite primary-mover advantage.

I don't like this model of in-app purchasing and creating a player 'addiction' rather than compelling content, but for those that are happy with it would be very pleased to have been an early investor.

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: It's the other way around...

Android already has support for multiple users, each with their own log in and each user can be restricted from installing or running anything (all data is separated also).

You can also manage each device from a remote management platform.

However this is for tablets, this post is about allowing it on phones also (although the article fails to make this clear).

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