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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 600% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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The "we" who could be taken to "own" the spectrum (all of us) aren't the same as the "we" who use their mobiles incessantly and would therefore be expected to bear the brunt of any price increases (a much smaller number), nor the "we" who only have a mobile for occasional social or possible emergency use and would therefore probably think that those who use the spectrum most should pay most for it (a surprisingly large number). Mobile use still isn't a universally used utility like water.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Confused "bacon"

Uncured "bacon" is... pork! In fact this product is cured, note the sea salt in the ingredients. And since the point of using sea salt for curing is that it has naturally occurring nitrates in it, amongst other things, the claim that there are no preservatives is a bit dubious. And of course smoking is a preserving technique in itself, that will add all kinds of compounds to the meat. Presumably all this confusion is meant to make it more acceptable to the fitness nuts who'll be buying it.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Really?

So merchants having shelled out to put relatively simple NFC contactless readers into POS card readers, and card issuers putting the capability into virtually every new card issued in the past couple of years, and yet still hardly anybody making contactless payments, they're all going to spin the hamster wheel again so that iPhone users can feel cool and not have to locate their payment card? All this shows is that marketeers are predominantly fanbois who think the solution to anything is an iDevice.

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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None of Amazon's business

"While we believe 35% should go to the author and 35% to Hachette, the way this would actually work is that we would send 70% of the total revenue to Hachette, and they would decide how much to share with the author," Amazon said. "We believe Hachette is sharing too small a portion with the author today, but ultimately that is not our call."

Actually, Amazon, none of that is your call other than how you set your own price.

Here's a revolutionary retail idea: the publisher does a deal with its author, then you do a deal with the publisher for buying their products off them. If you don't think you can make a profit, then don't buy the books (e-books or otherwise); otherwise charge whatever you feel is right for you. That's how it works in other retail businesses. All this caring about e-book customers and authors is BS; you seem to be quite happy for counterfeit goods to be sold through your platform, since they continue to be sold even after conned customers flag it up in reviews, and I have no doubt that you screw suppliers on price as hard as you can like any other retailer. So less of the self-serving BS, please.

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

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Re: As others here have said

Your battery will thank you, and you'll have a hell of a lot more storage available, too. I mean, over 23Mb for the app, and 13Mb just for a damn messenger? And then take a look at the enormous amount of cache the apps use after that. Just how do they write such bloated code?

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Too much change

I think you should tell us which browser you used to make that post - I for one would like to avoid it, as it seems to lack any proof-reading tools whatsoever.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Fairly pointless

The "we have removed x result(s)" serves as a handy prompt to try the search term again in the alternative search engine of your choice, which of course in this case reveals the supposedly offending links in all their glory. Something of a waste of time concentrating just on Google, then.

While it's tempting to relish the schadenfreude of Americans being on the receiving effect of grandiose extra-territorial orders for a change, if this habit spreads it could be very damaging for the rest of us. Search engines (and Google in particular) are being singled out because it's an apparently easy fix, rather than try to remove the actual material linked to or take action against the firm in their own jurisdiction. Dragging Google into it makes no more sense than globally ordering newspapers or journals not to carry their adverts, or parcel services not to ship the goods, etc.

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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

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To be fair, Gerrard's back header to Suarez was an amazing example of receiving the ball, control, passing and pass completion. Or would have been, if they were both playing for Liverpool, rather than England and Uruguay.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Not sure about this

I have a nagging doubt about confident assertions of planets' suitability to support life that seem to be based on the assumption that if a planet doesn't have an environment that behaves in just the same way as Earth's then it can't support life, because life as we understand it on Earth requires that environment. Even here there are examples of life existing in similarly "impossible" places, like deep sea vents. I very much doubt that there's a unique chemistry necessary for life to evolve.

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Re: everybody wants a faster Web, but everybody wants to stick with the formats they're using now.

Right now I'm reading this sans ads using Firefox on a Nexus tablet. With Adblock Plus.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Conspicuous consumption at it's worst

You don't need to be a sandal-shod lentil-muncher to think that this looks like a special way of achieving the improbable end result of doubling the environmental impact of oil - once through extracting and burning the stuff, and then again through squandering the profits on pointless vanity projects.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Solid as a rock

Jettison a solid rocket booster while it's still firing? Good luck with that...

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Of course Google (or any other serach engine) will react this way

The value to a search engine of keeping any random link indexed is essentially zero. The cost of going through some consultation/appeal process with the original publisher, or referring it to the ICO, is significant in manhour terms alone. Why on earth would any rational search provider expend resources pondering the public interest and it's balance with privacy rights? They won't, they'll just delist the link.

Incidentally the same dilemma confronts every blog, forum, or similar publisher - it simply isn't worth the effort to dispute anything other than the most egregious cases of abuse of any "right to be forgotten".

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

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So?

How does this protect data from the NSA et al, once it resides on Microsoft servers?

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Since Apple never license their crap patents...

...that presumably means I'll never be bothered by such scummy, intrusive and totally unwanted ads on Android or other non-Apple devices? Excellent!

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Depending on the pricing, it could also benefit the operators who've invested in better coverage. If they got 90% of the value from a roaming call, say, then having other operators' customers using these low-utilisation parts of their network would actually reward them for the investment they've made.

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Re: Nightmare

Because when the networks were being set up coverage was one of their major differentiators. One2One essentially tried cherry-picking major conurbations and transport routes, but eventually had to roll our national coverage to a similar level to the other three. Now that they all have similar coverage they have been consolidating their infrastructure, so there are only two organisations operating cell sites now, MBNL (3UK and EE) and Cornerstone (Vodafone and O2). MBNL is the more integrated of the two, but if Call Me Dave shows some perseverance and actually pushes on with his knee-jerk plan then he'll probably find that the effect is a lot less than he imagines in his simplistic little mind.

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m UK.gov subsidy

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Hard-to-reach?

Apart from (maybe) the Highlands & Islands, there really isn't any part of our small, overpopulated islands that's truly hard-to-reach by international standards. Can't-be-bothered-to-reach is more like it.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Re: Spanish selection

Perhaps Call Me Dave could give them a ring and ask them to add England to their block? With an election coming up soon he could probably do with something to lift the country's spirits. Or to avoid cheering up the Scots too much just before their referendum.

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

From the analysis linked to at the end of the article:

[75] The inadequacy of this approach in the present matter is heightened by Google’s removal of specific URLs from only those searches initiated through Google.ca – a fact that came to the plaintiffs’ attention only after cross-examining Mr. Smith on his affidavit on May 21, 2013. As a result, the defendants’ blocked websites appear when searches are conducted from any country other than Canada, or when a search is conducted within Canada using a Google website other than www.google.ca.

[76] The majority of GW1000 sales occur outside Canada. Thus, quite apart from the practical problem of endless website iterations, the option Google proposes is not equivalent to the order now sought which would compel Google to remove the defendants’ websites from all search results generated by any of Google’s websites worldwide. I therefore conclude that the plaintiffs do not have an out of court remedy available to them.

So it is global de-indexing, not just on google.ca (or even just in Canada).

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Be careful what you wish for

It's all very well gloating over Google being forced to de-index websites when it's over something we can (almost, probably) all agree with, but this kind of extra-territorial order has the potential to cause enormous damage. How happy would El Reg be if a nice compliant court somewhere like Liberia, say, was persuaded to make an order to get it de-indexed worldwide for some supposed infringement? It's not just Google that's going to be placed in an impossible situation if this takes off.

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Google will 'pre-select' an 'independent' competition inspector in EU search case

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Good

"In other words, a "use Google.com" button will remain at the bottom of the search engine's page once any such settlement with Almunia is in place"

I, for one, don't want to be compelled to see results from third-rate alternatives such as Foundnowt and Tepid Maps in place of the better ones I see at present.

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

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Re: "even an undergrad can crack it"

Surely the whole point of being an undergraduate is that you're there to learn? If you were already an expert then you'd be wasting the money on the course!

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

An electric car that had free parking (in London), free charging, and could use bus lanes would work for me as a daily driver / snotter to get me to work. At £30k, it'd only need to work for 5 years to beat the train on price. I'd still keep my petrol cars for longer trips / fun (a mans gotta have a hobby), and have the eleccy car in addition.

So as long as you get everything for free, without any of the restrictions imposed on other equivalent personal transport, then it "works" for you? Well, I'm sure it does...

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Is this a belated April 1st item?

It's an "Oyster card" that will work across any transport system: AKA a pay-by-wave credit/debit card.

They're "tracking brand sentiment": AKA conducting surveys/opinion polls.

If I didn't know better I'd think that someone at El Reg is taking the piss here, on the feeble pretext of it being Friday 13th.

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Big deal

You could pull off essentially the same stunt with a limited company in place of the seller account and using credit cards for the "purchase", or in fact any arrangement that doesn't have some form of withholding to back a payment protection scheme. This isn't a bug, it's a risk of doing business for payment platforms.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

From the article it sounds like this is an attempt to enlist other companies into developing a market that currently isn't really going anywhere, and that as soon as any serious competitor arrives to threaten Tesla it'll be back to business as usual for them - which means paying for licences at best, being blocked from using the patents at worst. Any manufacturer would need a hell of a lot more certainty than a vague "good faith" criterion for not being sued before they committed to developing products that infringe extant Tesla patents.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Black cabs cause horrendous jams in central London

98% of the UK population doesn't notice and isn't inconvenienced in the slightest, and instead spends its time downloading the handy-looking Uber app thingy they've just heard about for use next time they venture into that hell-hole.

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Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

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Re: Commentard Fail

"Interesting no-one mentions that Google have being doing exactly the same as Apple on android for years.

The stock keyboard on my Nexus 5 does Swype style typing out of the box"

The difference being that Google has always allowed the likes of Swype in its store, even when their own stock keyboard was nowhere near as good, whereas Apple has banned them until its own product could match their functionality.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Still waiting to see where the power's coming from

In a country not even building enough electricity generation capacity to keep the lights on, where's all the power going to come from, exactly? I'm all in favour of transitioning to electricity for transport, but there needs to be some really, really serious generating infrastructure put in place to enable this to be more than a rich man's hobby. And that doesn't mean sprinkling "Superchargers" about the place.

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

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Lowering the bar, surely?

I don't think the point of the Turing test was really to reduce the scope of the conversation to the point where the AI could be convincing; if it was then someone could have claimed the "every bit as convincing as a 1 year-old" victory decades ago.

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

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Do some Commentards not get the joke?

Some of the comments here are either incredibly deadpan, or they've completely failed to grasp that this video is a joke taking the piss out of the advertising industry. No, it doesn't have anything (directly) to do with creative fields; it's intended to be a bit of humorous viral marketing. I can't believe something so obvious needs pointing out...

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Took ages to convince my parents...

"an electronic engineering degree was not a qualification for fixing Christmas tree lights"

I think you'll find that it is, in the same way that a brain surgeon is qualified to remove a splinter. :)

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Re: Bonkers.

You ought to Google "contention" before you make sweeping claims about "exclusive" access to consumer broadband (ADSL) lines.

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Oh, I hope this is true

If for no other reason than to enjoy the contortions of a certain other Cupertino-based company and its unpaid trolls trying to explain either why 3D is bad for the user experience, or alternatively that they really did it first 2 years afterwards.

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Balls to the World Cup: Brazuca wins in the wind

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Re: I remember the old leather footballs

Never mind the cuts - they could also scramble your brain! They certainly were horribly heavy things when wet.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: I miss real bacon..

Why not make your own? For dry curing all you really need is salt and sugar, if you prefer wet cure you'll need to buy a small quantity of nitrite cure online. Add in any herbs and spices you fancy for your own unique taste. After that it's just a matter of selecting your pork: belly for streaky bacon, loin for back bacon. Within a week you'll have delicious bacon, the way you like it, without all the added water the supermarket version is laden with.

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Hackers pose as hacks: Iranian crew uses Facebook to spy on US defence bods – report

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Difficult to credit such poor attitudes to security

OK, "lawmaker" is just a 10 dollar euphemism for "dumb-ass politician", so you wouldn't expect anything better from them. But people working in the military or for defence contractors really should know better than to trust anyone on a social media site, and start with an entirely sceptical attitude to any contact there.

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Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

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About time

It's good to see (many of) the large corporations that benefit so much from Linux and OSS in general finally stepping up to the plate and funding this. It's a drop in the bucket to them, and must be far less than it's cost them to fix even one vulnerability like Heartbleed, but still welcome for all that.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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Re: Market forces

They'll also ignore you if they want to get to a more lucrative pick-up spot, refuse short trips, refuse to venture "sarf of the river" once the sun's past its zenith, and frequently display a level of "knowledge" that suggests they lend their cab to anyone in the family (having to get the A-Z out for a trip from Waterloo Station to Kennington Oval springs to mind).

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Predictable outrage

Poorly socialised, overpriced, rent-seeking monopolists whose business model is essentially unchanged since the days they used horses instead of diesel engines, are outraged by an element of competition preferred by customers. What a surprise.

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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Re: it was a court, and a pretty comprehensive trashing it was, too.

I'm not sure who you mean by "you", and who by "WE", but then neither am I sure why anyone ("you"?) would down-vote a factual post. Must be my failure to use triple-strength tinfoil for "my" headgear.

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Re: US Justice dept is responsible IMO

It wasn't the US Justice Department that decided that poor little Apple and the publishers had an illegal price-fixing agreement - it was a court, and a pretty comprehensive trashing it was, too.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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"So... a brake then."

More like a "this is so we can pretend our system isn't safety critical" switch.

I'd really be find it a bit more reassuring if there were a few gnarly old been-there-done-that-got-the-t-shirt engineering types in their video, in place of some of the bright eyed young messianic ones.

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Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM

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Re: Whitter

It should probably also wipe the Truecrypt headers, which contain the (encrypted) data encryption key; you could then happily hand over your passphrase and it would do them no good at all. As long as there wasn't a rescue disk lying around anywhere, of course!

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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Only needs to be as secure as your keys

There's not really much point in making an uber-secure unlocking app when alternative methods of gaining entry (and driving off the car) are so much simpler. Once it's at least as hard to crack as breaking into the owner's house and stealing the keys, or even threatening the owner to make them hand over the keys, then it's really good enough.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Re: Keepass...

eBay is OK with pasting passwords like that, but ironically PayPal won't allow it!

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

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It's just more of the idiotic Google-hate, often brought on because little-spotty-faced-blackhat's site got banned or penalised in some other way in search rankings due to link spam

This. I get fed up with the constant stream of whiners demanding that I delete posts or forum accounts that they (or some lousy SEO company) have set up purely to spam the forums with links to their sites. Then when Google tweak their algorithms and hammer the site's search ranking they come moaning about how unfair it all is. Screw 'em.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Re: Tech is the easy part

One aspect of the tech is definitely not easy - making these things fall safe - and I don't see any evidence of that being addressed in the current test vehicles. Most likely is that you'll still have to have a sober, fully licensed driver behind the wheel, ready to take control if the automation fails. And take the blame if it all goes wrong.

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