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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: iPlayer

you seem to have started talking about one thing and then listed lots of random letters and numbers, when in reality everyone is thinking "but you still pay for the bbc licence, right?"

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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Black hat conferences

Hosted at universities with pre-approved talks?

and there was I thinking it'd be in some underground club with milk and countdown and cyberpunk music and the cast of the matrix and highly illegal new exploits being sold by Ukranians with scars down their eyes

The reality's really rather disappointing

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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Well if it's true I certainly hope it gets dealt with properly and not trampled by expensive lawyers, sounds awful

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: Extra usb ports?

that's awesome. Though I run it headless and just SSH in so I don't need TOO much, just power for a webcam and wireless adapter coming through the pi adequately which someone mentioned above, good work

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Extra usb ports?

Are these still fighting with each other as well as the Ethernet port?

doing regular uploading whilst writing to a fs on a usb drive corrupt that drive so many times

So is 2 extra ports a good thing? I assume they've ironed that out, in which case i might replace my 2 trusty security devices and eliminate the need for a powered usb hub for each too

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Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

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showing no appreciation of how both the Internet and the law works is seriously damaging her employment prospects

erm..actually....

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'Spy-proof' IM launched: Aims to offer anonymity to whistleblowers

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Re: @Valeyard

you're a bit of a prick really, aren't you?

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Re: @Valeyard

it's basic stuff?

Oh sorry, i'm such a rank amateur at persecuting innocents.

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Re: commendable. But...

like they needed us to be on a list to hoover up our data

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you know your demographic

The team behind the project include Metasploit Founder HD Moore and noted infosec and opsec experts The Grugq.

who? are they good like?

That's the infosec equivalent of putting together Worf and Spock to fend off starfleet enemies, so the results are sure to be worth watching.

ah now i get it. sounds great!

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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

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sigh

the real story should be "lots of idiots give some guy some money for free because he's just to so damn RANDOM!"

theregister aside, this is why i avoid most areas of the internet where there's a danger of me interacting with too many other people. fucking calling each other 'Bro' and everything. Horrible when you get a student placement at work nowadays and they emulate this exact behaviour and you can predict 90% of the next day's conversation by looking at reddit

"oh great. tomorrow the conversation will be about a cat falling off a roof onto a bouncy castle. I don't have to bother having that conversation now."

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Austrian Tor exit relay operator guilty of ferrying child porn

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Nice move

Rather than try to go after users, blatantly the five eyes have decided to send a warning to any prospective node contributors:

"Do that and we'll have you in every paper in the country for possession and distribution of child pornography"

i expect this one to be rolled out a little more often as an intimidation tactic, even if it costs some people their livelihoods and reputations along the way

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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"It all went white"

That's selective memory loss, he must've glanced branson making the "wanker" hand sign to everyone else while he was making his hipster-speech and blocked out the criticism, as they are wont to do

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Nice

With that outfit I'm wondering if they've stopped trying to copy Tom Baker and if they've decided to go for a bit of Jon Pertwee :D

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: The anti-helicopter wires it hit

I was just about to post that :)

I've been to that prison (not as an inmate)

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BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

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Ah Dixons

I was actually using my Dixons branded tape deck yesterday for the Spectrum

I had no idea they were still in business and therefore my impression of them is as a wonderful company who take a direct hand in loading manic miner for me

that tape deck will outlive them

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: My biggest reservation

haha, "so yeah.." is along the same vein!

Go Go Gadget definitely has my vote

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My biggest reservation

Privacy etc has surely been covered to death elsewhere

But there's no way i'd be able to say "ok glass, ..." like i'm some indecisive prick who can't think ahead of his command and is deferring to glass by posting something into his audio suggestion box

I hope the command is redefinable

"ok glass... this may sound weird but hear me out and this just might work..."

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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

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virgin

I can understand the virgin tweet

from experience, if one of the "big" sites goes down every broadband tech support guy cringes, because the lights will be red all over the board with idiots

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

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If Carlsberg made contraceptives

Although would anyone who wears this have the opportunity to put his virility to use anyway?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: On being nick-named "Penfold"

Yeah there's a guy at my last company who everyone knew as Penfold because he looked EXACTLY like him

The depressing thing is though that half the student placements didn't know who the original Penfold was and completely missed out on the joke

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Aw man

The dialogue was really good in the original series, some very clever back and forths you only really appreciated the wit of which as an adult. I bet now it'll be sanitised and dumbed down with action and gadgets, I mean they even made postman pat more dull than the original and that's saying something!

I'm going get the drinks in, hole up and play black forest chateau on the c64 and wait for all of this to blow over

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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awww

diddums :(

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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How to Improve electric cars

Put the manufacturers in direct competition with each other

Formula E is going to cause massive leaps forward in this field, as people look for the best manufacturer in this new area they'll be killing each other to win the electric racing world title

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Give us a slice or we BLURT all your users' topping preferences to the WORLD

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"_anon"

So the self-styled saviours of the common man are blackmailing companies by threatening to provide said common-man's details to unsavoury parts of the internet?

I know they're supposedly a loose collective and all that, but surely there's been some sort of "nah this guy aint one of us"

Unless, of course, they're all dodgy and sometimes a crusading excuse sucks in the useful idiots to run your tools for you

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

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Re: BBC

what's annoying (not just bbc)

"here's john smith in Iraq, tell us what's happening john"

then there's poor john, with the label under him "John Smith", and under that, where there was formally the prestigious much coveted title of "war correspondent" is now "@johnsmith69"

maybe it was itv, but every newscaster, correspondent and weather man was introduced with a twitter id, and i bet they're forced to update them

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Re: BBC

I complained about that on those very grounds a few years back, citing how every BBC news article at the time had 1-2 final paragraphs of twitter-user reactions, and my complaint was knocked back

To be fair though they seem to have knocked that on the head for the most part, it was very annoying

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: how did they access it?

yeah this was the same for our small ATMs though (The ones that live indoors)

It just seems monumentally stupid

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how did they access it?

Was this done via the customer-facing keypad?!

When I maintained ATMs (as a bank-drone, not techy) the PC in the back had a separate inward-facing display inside the same safe where the cash was with fold out keyboard etc

so WHY would an engineer ever need to do it from the unsecure pad on the front?

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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So which is it?

Too expensive or because the story demands a male character even if his avatar can change ?

The latter would be more credible, but I wasn't aware multiplayer games ever really needed a story, and the previous AC games had female assassins in both MP and SP (as part of the group of NPC assassin's you can summon)

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Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

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Re: GOOD

I'm afraid ukgnome is correct.

On a double decker, alongside your car, I can pretty much pinpoint which social media app it is you're using from its colour scheme

In fact the police up here are using lorry cabs for just this reason, if they see you using a phone for typing or reading (as opposed to the more-obvious calling) they can see and photograph it easier

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GOOD

I get the bus home and the amount of drivers i've seen on a tochscreen is ridiculous. Down the dual carriageway I've seen a woman checking her facebook threads and actually replying to comments, whilst doing ~70

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Re: Instead you have to go full Tor

If you use Tor you have to go through them; Google outright reject search requests once they detect your tor exit node

luckily if you have Orbot (Tor) on Android like me, you can replace your google search widget with "Start page" or something (Looks like it's through ixquick) and everything continues as usual

If you have root access to your phone Orbot is so simple and wonderful to use

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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bad wording

He could have made the same joke with a more "acceptable" target; replace "girlfriend" with

"Boyfriend"

"Dog/Cat"

"Child"

and you have the same joke without riling up the professional offence-takers that populate twitter, just bad planning!

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Alternatives

So is it just me then who didn't update and kept the fully functional version?

Although that kinda feels a bit weak and I feel guilty for keeping an apparently insecure version (to the point where they removed encryption rather than let you use it?!) I really don't have anything I trust more

Which says a lot for what's available at the moment. Has anyone any recommendations for good alternatives?

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Blow your damn cock off

it connects to the mains?!

I'd wait a few years for the inevitable .. um.. "red ring of death" fixes

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Why is this a surprise?

It's technically feasible for me to get mugged on the way home by a cop for my phone then return to my house to find it's been done over too in a massive search just in case

That doesn't mean I wouldn't be angry if it did in fact happen

they can do a lot of stuff, and you have to hope they don't (thought everyone living in the cold war under threat of nuclear strikes)

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And the scariest thing

Is that 90% of the population doesn't care and not much will change

There was a bigger fuss over poll tax

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Re: Official Secrets Act?

It's as if you have no idea what the press is for

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Should you, for some odd reason, assault a person who is merely asking if they can have your number then the resident copper will be paying you the attention and not the poll checker.

some odd reason?

Go to South Armagh and ask a stranger their religion. That's not even a voting question but can be indicative. No one asks that kinda of question in a politically-charged landscape without probably nefarious intentions. You'll be met with, at best, a very suspicious glare and a hostile attitude

back to this voting number, it mightn't be specifically asking who they voted for, but it's a question that people won't understand and will see as in some way trying to work out their vote

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That's pretty insane

I'm pretty sure if they ever tried that in NI they'd be lynched pretty damn quickly

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Is this in the UK?

I've never heard of or seen that before. If someone asked me anything about my voting habits they'd receive a lovely broken jaw*

*Although I'm in England now I'm from Northern Ireland, where that kind of information could literally have fatal consequences

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Re: 'vaping' == drug paraphernalia

I bet you're really fun and popular at parties

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Re: "less tobacco tax and less premature deaths..."

not to defend smoking, but smokers are net contributors yeah

If the NHS being gummed up is our big issue then it's alcohol you wanna go after...

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Re: Nike

I've done cold turkey, lasted 6 months.

But one night you'll get drunk, and when EVERYONE seemingly has an inexhaustible supply of smokes and is adamant you take one, it's easy to wear down eventually and that's that

On a night out i just carry a spare battery and a small bottle of e-liquid and i can still socialise with friends and not be constantly prodded with offers of tabs

and sure we CAN go cold turkey, but if this is easier and more enjoyable then why not?

i CAN have a bath with cold water every morning, but I have this lovely piece of technology in the form of a boiler that makes it something i can enjoy instead of endure

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Title

I smoked for 10 or so years, started vaping last march and haven't had a real tab since then, so that's over a year

VASTLY cheaper, i can do it in the house and my wife doesn't complain about the cigarette smell anymore.

It really is a no-brainer

But if the government isn't taxing them and the tobacco lobbyists are fighting against them because they missed out on jumping on there early then of course every spurious reason under the sun will be uttered

I believe they're going to have a revolutionary benefit to the health of the nation as a whole

although with less smokers dying prematurely and able to collect their pensions and less tobacco tax, the government might have to actually find a way of sustaining itself

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: @Joerg

Maybe he used to be a game beta- tester?

unlikely; he said games testing pays well

compulsory 60 hour weeks for a year with no paid overtime and redundancy looming for 70% of the test team at the end of project?

I got out of dodge fast

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Cops crimp global perve-cam attacks

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How did they find them?

How on Earth did the cops manage to find a page like "hackforums.net" and associate it with script kiddies?

Freaks me OUT what they can do nowadays man! no one's safe!

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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With me it's the macbook air: lock the screen with a 2nd monitor in and about 50% of the time waking it won't bring up a login screen until you unplug that other monitor...

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