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YouTube radio stream boss 'quits Google' amid outcry from indie labels

Flywheel

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Let me guess .. old Head leaves to start new streaming service; grow said service for 6 months or; Indies flock in droves to new savio(u)r; Google steps in and buys them out.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: How did they get access

There's a username and password, plus some form of 2FA which can be done on a hardware dongle (which seem to die when the battery runs out) or via Google Authenticator. Sounds like someone had a leetle too much credentials knowledge..

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

Flywheel

Encryption

"Exactly how the tat bazaar's passwords were “encrypted" "

ROT13 for the US and Pig Latin for the rest of the world. No problemo.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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Re: Dicks-on merger?

It's good to know that I can now get twice as much in-depth technical knowledge in one place..

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

Flywheel

All they need to now..

.. is sort out their rubbish, archaic "customer database" that the awful web site links into and they may retain some customers.

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

Flywheel

It's the road trains you need to worry about too! We were driving the Bruce Highway (we were disappointed to find there's no Sheila Highway going the other way) when we saw the aftermath of an accident up ahead. Two enormous road trains were lying on their side, on a corner, having somehow fallen over. On reflection it may have been that the drivers had not been used to driving in daylight, but there you go..

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

Flywheel

Good idea, but ..

Can they *PLEASE* make it less battery-draining than OWA for the iPad??? It's nice to keep in touch but not at the expense of having to find mains power halfway through the day!

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

Flywheel

Re: Tinfoil hat

"Stylish cop"

Hmmm.. maybe "Beverly Hills cop" for the US market, but the UK would get the "Callan/Lonely" version.

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Flywheel
WTF?

Tinfoil hat

Okay, so we have a device that notoriously tracks us relentlessly, it can take your fingerprint, it (probably) scans your iris with an accuracy that UK Border "Control" would give an asylum-seeker's right arm for, and it has a camera that can take photos in higher-res than the majority of the CCTV cameras dotted around London et al.

So with humidity and temperature we have most of the components of a Polygraph machine. Pressure? Are you in a plane or on the ground? Are you sweating? *Why* are you sweating?

Lets face it, Apple are building the ultimate Cop in Your Pocket and best of all, people will queue up to buy it.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

Flywheel

" lack of public awareness"

Yes, of course that's part of the issue, especially when the leaflet comes through the letterbox with a dozen other menus offering chicken wings, mega-pizzas and BOGOF liposuction offers.

*But*, the problem is actually that a lot of people have read what they and these "carefully-selected 3rd parties - whoever they are) can do with your personal data and don't want to play ball. So, "they" are retreating for 6 months, during which time they'll undoubtedly try to make it a legal requirement to supply the data and couch it in such basic terms that even chavs would understand it.

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

Flywheel

Presumably (alleged) terrorists will no longer be buying their kitchens at Ikea then.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Devil

Re: Would it be too much...

We should be thankful that we're not getting a "Tony Blair" note!

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

Flywheel

.. and while you're there ..

..can you make sure it's fast enough for the plebs not to notice the extra layer of content filters we're installing at the request of the Kazakhstan government's spooks? Ta!

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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

Flywheel

Re: Has anyone checked whether there was a power outage in Gloucester?

Podsmead .. They're probably running it all from Eric at Number 32's shed..

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HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

Flywheel

"continued market and business pressures" = we're still making stuff that nobody really wants to buy.

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Factories are too DULL for Google's robo-dreams: Behold the GATAMAMs

Flywheel

Re: the problem with people is that they have "rights" ..complain to the government

Yes, they (we) have rights, but unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade you'll notice that these are not worth the paper they're written on. As for complaining to the Government, that's another exercise in futility, and no doubt we'll see the populace rise up long before the robots do.

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Flywheel

"Carefully selected 3rd parties" eh? Obviously not selected carefully enough.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

Flywheel
Pint

Re: Rampant speculation

I "invested" about £30 in bitcoin because I wanted a fast and easy way to buy stuff online (and perhaps locally) and today my wad is worth about £19. I'm not worried because over the next few days it'll go back up, but there again I didn't buy it as an investment. I reckon if people use it as a trading currency rather than a means of sticking on over on The Man it'll succeed.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

Flywheel
WTF?

So *that's* where our £27 million went! Money well spent eh?

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Joke

I didn't know you use "OpenReach" and "urgent" in the same sentence.

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Re: Hey

"How on earth can a misdemeanor add up to 2 years + $140K ?"

It sounds like they'll use the money to pay for the security upgrade they should have had in the first place.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

Flywheel
Big Brother

<tinfoil hat>

This is something that our Dear Leaders in the UK would be very interested in for near-future crowd control when the general populace finally realises how they're being fooled. No implants necessary; it'll all be done via your Smartphone. Innit.

</tinfoil hat>

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BT's new boss reports flat sales and pre-tax profit tumble

Flywheel

Gas, electricty..

Quoting other utility suppliers: "They all say mounting wholesale costs are partly to blame"

Yeah, of course we all know how the electron market is really volatile, and BT obviously haven't bought enough in at the "cheaper" rate.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

Flywheel

"power connector is a micro USB connector - they’re quite fragile. There’s no reset button on a Pi, so if you need to reset it then you’ll be abusing that connector quite a lot"

Or you leave the connector in the Pi and just switch it on and off at the mains?

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Flywheel

Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?

" 'It can also performs dangerous operations' makes no sense"

From the Borat School of Jornalism. Obviolsy.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Flywheel

Re: Luxury!

Slate and Stick? By 'eck.. that sounds like real luxury to me! When I were a lad we'd worn all our limbs to stumps down't t'pit and we had to call out the numbers to a crippled lad in't village who'd add it up for us. Tha knows..

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BYOD is boring - how about working on a games console instead?

Flywheel

Re: Staff Time

Indeedy .. I often used to use my Sony PSP2 as a wireless thin client and it had Skype bundled as standard. It's surprising what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and a web site formatted for a small device.

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

Flywheel

Re: Meanwhile in Durkdurkastan.......

..connected via a bank of 14400 modems - Durkdurkastan bought a shedload on eBay for a "very good price"

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Boffin snatches control of colleague's BODY with remote control BRAIN HAT

Flywheel

The Pr0n industry will love this!

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Flywheel
Devil

Re: ...

All The Guardian has to do is to ask if the NSA could let them have their backup copy. Nothing works as well as a hidden, taxpayer-funded backup system..

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Microsoft shoehorns Skype into Outlook.com - we quickly kick the tyres

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Ah, there'll be a Linux hack in a couple of weeks..

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

Flywheel

Re: "...another upcoming Steve Jobs movie"

Nah .. I'll wait for version 2.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

Flywheel

"it's warning users that if they don’t upgrade soon, hackers will lie in wait each new Patch Tuesday to reverse-engineer a full set of new vulnerabilities"

Ir depends on who those hackers work for, eh? #JustSaying

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

Flywheel
FAIL

Re: @Martin

"I'm still mourning the loss of the AND (+) operator"

Yeah! I really miss that too!

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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WTF?

Re: It is really the NSA!

It would be sheer coincidence that when Apple bring out their latest phone (the one with fingerprint recognition) that they (whoever "they" are) would then have been able to tie your location, speed, content, and something that would identify you to high degree of accuracy together.

Actually, this site needs a tinfoil hat icon.

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

Flywheel

Perhaps they should give it a new name

iPAID ?

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Flywheel

"Western society increasingly covers real bodies while exposing the plastic perfection at every turn, leading to an explosion in genital plastic surgery, for those who can afford it, and a plethora of issues around self-image for those who can't"

Have you watched pre-9pm trash TV lately? Gok Wan, Embarrassing Bodies, Botched Up Bodies.. Dave and his Chums need to address that first!

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

Flywheel

Re: Oh dear...

"5 wrong arrests are a tiny price to pay for fighting terrorism"

Unless of course it was 5 MPs who were arrested, then it would be VERY different?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

Flywheel

Presumably this'll mean that all those fat bastards on mobility scooters will now be buying these cars because they can carry more cider and pizza.

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

Flywheel

Re: ?

It's a bit like Uzbekistan cotton - another ethical dilemma (for some). try Googling it.

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Makes you wonder

.. why they don't go to Afghanistan? Apart from that naughty poppy crop it sees they have an incredible amount of mineral wealth tucked under all that arid landscape, including tin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daykundi_Province

After all, it's about time we had some payback for all the hard work and expense of subduing and liberating these people!

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Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

Flywheel

Re: Round of applause

I'm not sure how small/medium SMEs actually are, but given the price of commodity hardware and the increasing amount of robust DIY cloud software there must be more of an incentive to host your own?

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Flywheel
Devil

Re: Have and have nots

It's jolly nice that you can afford to live where you do, and your lifestyle is good, but not everyone is as fortunate, often through no fault of their own. Are you an MP by any chance? Or a Council Chief?

You may also be aware that the current government is moving as much of its "services" onto the 'Net and we're all being encouraged to "do it online". Now in Dave and Nick's (and yours) comfortable little world this would be no problem, but if you're stuck in the end of a broadband no-go area you're going to be a bit stuck eh? Of course, no-one in authority considered this and over the next few years we're going to see the fallout.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

Flywheel

Developers.. Developers.. Developers.. Developers..

"BlackBerry is actively encouraging Android developers to port their apps"

So why can't Blackberry developers produce some more apps? I know a PlayBook isn't a phone but I came across some pretty horrible examples of sideloaded Android apps attempting to run on something that's not Android, and of course they run very well on Androids.

Unfortunately Blackberry have *still* not got enough developers on board, and the lack of apps that aren't games will be what ultimately kills the company.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Flywheel
Mushroom

I guess..

.. that having all your documents (of whatever type) in a vendor's cloud will make it that much easier for the alleged Security Services to monitor your data. No need for all those backdoors, dodgy plugins and the knowledge that not everyone installs patches when they're supposed to.

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

Flywheel

Signal failure

Due to running out of money after the last round of directors' bonuses we couldn't afford to pay the bill for this quarter. We apologise for the interruption to your journey and any inconvenience this may cause. We're attempting to source a couple of buses for you..

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

Flywheel

Re: Designing a perfectly safe computer

I believe the US Army have given these to their tropps to stop them reading the Guardian online

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REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

Flywheel

Re: But the staff

Maybe it's in response to all those NSA and GCHQ requests

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FCC orders wireless carriers to protect customers' call info

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Re: Privacy?

Well i guess if you have a number of laptops in the house it'd be easy for them to use a backdoor to switch the built-in webcam on.

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Help El Reg welcome our new boss

Flywheel
Holmes

Re: Does any member of the Australian Legislature ...

The UK Legislature taught them everything they know.

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