* Posts by Credas

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Enjoy. Or be appalled at the crass insensitivity and objectification. Whatever. You have to sit through almost the entire ad before you see the gorgeously slim phone, but it's worth it.

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Cert-slurping security firms chop super-fishy features

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Re: As the late, great Bill Hicks said...

Yeah, because the worst thing here was seeing a few ads, wasn't it? So let's not worry about the developers building shitty borked silent HTTPS proxies into their software and compromising your privacy and security, have a good rant at the marketing and advertising people instead.

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TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

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Looks like Norton will slow your PC down even more than usual

“The BSOD is for the disk driver for the encrypted disc as soon as it tries to access it,” Sam explained.

If you're using full-disk encryption then before you can even contemplate downgrading to Norton 2014 (or more sensibly, uninstalling it all-together) it seems you're going to have to spend many hours decrypting the entire disk. Solves the problem of what to do this weekend, I suppose.

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Surprise?

So an app that's granted root permissions can cause havoc. Is this news?

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Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

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Another mag stripe dead-end?

From the description, this is just a means of enabling a smartphone case to emulate the magnetic stripe on a credit card, not a direct equivalent of NFC/PayWave/etc. If so, WTF use is it going to be outside of the backwater POS infrastructure used in the USA? And even there they're gradually being dragged towards Chip & PIN.

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Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe

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Android != Open Source

Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is open source. If you want to additionally include the proprietary Google extensions like Play Store then yes, Google insists you take a bundle of them. It's the manufacturer's choice; they tend to go that route because they get an OS for free and it's easier than providing their own store and apps.

Griping because your market share's down to only 60% seems a bit rich.

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

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A joke, surely?

A couple of possibilities come to mind:

1. Google engineers have an unofficial competition to see who can get the daftest idea through the IP department as far as a patent;

2. It's an ironic statement by Google on how much the US patent system stinks.

If it's not a joke then somebody really has lost their marbles!

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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Re: OK, what am I missing here???

There is this slightly odd quote to reassure you that they may still not have fully grasped the point:

"Law enforcement agencies wishing to access Americans' data in the cloud ought to get a warrant and just like warrants for physical evidence, warrants for content under ECPA shouldn’t authorize seizure of communications that are located in a foreign country," said Coons."

I think they'll find that the concern beyond the shores of the US of A is more about American courts ordering American companies to grab non-Americans' data. And while they probably don't care too much what foreigners think, their tech company campaign donors do, when it threatens their bottom line.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Would be nice if they told you where to find the alternatives

Have a look at:

http://www.listenlive.eu/uk.html

That's all very well, but like the ones on radiofeeds.co.uk they just have the "legacy device" 128kbps MP3 URIs.

According to their blog the BBC is only providing the AAC stream URIs to device manufacturers, and is deliberately withholding them from the public as a matter of policy, so that they can tell which devices people are using! What a ridiculous decision.

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Would be nice if they told you where to find the alternatives

They have plenty of iPlayer Help pages "helpfully" telling you that the Windows Media streams are being discontinued, but nowhere can I see anything as helpful as a link to where the new AAC streams are. Presumably I'm not meant to want to use VLC or similar, just their lovely browser pop-up player?

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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

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Re: Marmite?

Marmite is nothing to do with either nuts or chocolate.

Someone always had to go and spoil it. There was I looking forward to seeing the reaction of our American cousins when sampling a nice big teaspoon of "chocolatey" Marmite, and somebody had to go and tip them off. Mind you, it resembles chocolate about as much as Hershey's does, so perhaps they'd have been happy with it.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: So wait

The article says this sentence is part of the concluding statement, not a probable cause.

If you've read the NTSB's report and this is a misrepresentation, it might be worth contacting the author of the article to sort things out.

Or I could just read what the NTSB has published, rather than an article summarising it.

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Re: So wait

I understand "pretty likely" but the report said in no uncertain terms that he WAS distracted by his cell phone. Nothing "pretty likely" about it.

The report doesn't say he was distracted. It cites "Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s distraction due to his cell phone use while maneuvering at low-altitude." as a probable cause.

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Re: So wait

So there's no evidence that the pilot or any of the passengers were using cell phones but this is their conclusion? Bold.

No, but if you read the report they did have recordings from the GoPro camera of several flights immediately preceding this one, and in each of them the pilot was recorded taking selfies and/or pissing about with his phone's keyboard, during taxi and when manoeuvring at low altitude. It isn't that big a stretch to conclude that if he did it on four occasions when there was a recording, then it's pretty likely that he was doing it on the next (and final) flight - particularly as the cause of the accident was put down to loss of spatial awareness.

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Hey biz – cut fraud with digital ID verification. Yes, like Verify – Maude

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Do I WANT my ID verified?

Obviously sometimes I do: tax return, passport application, bank account.

However, mostly I don't: retailers, Twitter, forums, etc.

The last thing I want is for verified ID to become the norm for all those transactions where it's basically none of their f***ing business who I am.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: More neutral language please

Where does Aldi and Lidl's ability to discount further than the big guys come from? Some of it is obviously store location, store fittings, and minimal headcount, but where does the rest come from?

Limited range: to take an example, they sell two types of tinned tomatoes, in one size of each. As opposed to big/small/multipack, with/without basil/oregano, in basic/standard/premium ranges, alongside a dozen branded equivalents. And they sell the same tomatoes at all their stores across Europe. So the volume they buy of either of their two options is massively greater than Tesco achieve with any one of their several dozen options.

Small stores: if you only stock 2,000 items, you need a fraction of the floor size of a supermarket that stocks 20,000.

No frills: simple store layouts and fittings, shelf-ready product packaging, small number of hard-working staff rather than hordes of kids chatting with their mates.

Limited time specialities: they don't stock lobster all year, just maybe twice for a week or so. Then they move onto pheasant (say). So they make large buys of speciality products infrequently, rather than clog up their shelves with slow-moving ranges all year.

These guys aren't stupid - they've got a very carefully thought-through business model, and any conventional supermarket trying to compete with them just on price is going to suffer.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: An alternative approach.

There is a market for such services, use the brains God gave you and look for alternatives. In my case those that do not syphon off your data, do not treat you as a commodity and tie you in in any way.

Unlike the author I do value my personal data and put a value on it higher than that offered by the likes of Google or Facebook.

You seem to be making his argument for him. In your case the benefit on offer isn't worth the cost, so you don't do the deal; in his case it is, so he does. You're willing instead to trade hard cash for those services, which is fine for you, but many other people obviously* value things differently.

*Assuming they understand the scope of what they're trading, which admittedly they may well not.

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Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800MHz

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Re: The FT this week called the O2/Three merger a solution looking for a problem"

Seems like a very fair analysis to me.

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Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

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Re: I still think...

I agree. People who think Google is an evil data-slurping devil won't change their minds just because they know in more detail what Google are doing with their data. And people who couldn't be arsed to read all those disparate privacy policies in the past (and let's face it, how many of us do?) might, just might, have been inclined to read a single summarised version.

However in all probability those who like Google's services will continue to just click right through the "I agree" page without reading it, however much the ICO might think it's been improved. As has been repeatedly demonstrated in the past, real people don't read this stuff

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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Re: Are we talking about a parallel universe I'd like to live in?

Not all the world's like your little universe, Dan.

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A docket, tweet and selfie can reveal your identity, boffins find

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Re: Stop the "big data scare" sensationalism.

It's also a bit of a stretch to describe some of this data as "metadata"; location and time attached to a photo may be, but credit card and purchase details on a receipt, or taxi ride details? That's real data describing the transaction. The problem here seems to be that some data controllers think that anonymisation just means removing names, and as a result are releasing datasets that are too easy to correlate.

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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BT et al not so bad after all?

Every time I read one of these articles detailing how the US telcos are shafting their customers, I get this really weird feeling that the ISPs aren't so bad in Blighty after all. I think I'll have to give Sky's customer call centre a ring to reassure myself that our ISPs can be pretty crap as well...

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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It's pretty obvious - your smartphone has 3/4G built in, your laptop doesn't. You want to work on the laptop rather than tap out emails etc on a small smartphone screen, so you set the smartphone up as a WiFi hotspot and connect the laptop to that. Simples.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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"We hope it makes you laugh"

No chance of that. The humourless right-on petitioning hordes will be there to take offence at whatever you do.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Does it turn

I guess that, like me, he didn't get the memo about "coloured" now being a grossly offensive term outside the US, and made a slip using that word while within it. Apparently it isn't the meaning of the language you use that matters any more, just how compliant you are with the Universal PC English Dictionary.

Somebody should also tell the NAACP about this, lest they inadvertently offend themselves.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Re: Not using Chrome as the Android default browser...

So when core stuff like Webview was AOSP , updated by Google, but manufacturers didn't bother releasing patches - that was Google's fault for not being able to push updates.

When Google remove core stuff (equivalent to Webview) from AOSP so that they can push updates whether the manufacturer likes it or not, that's Google's fault for taking control of the platform.

The quantum of rational thinking in some of these comments when it comes to Google seems to be very, very small indeed.

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Re: So let me get this right...

So that's ok then is it? We don't think many will push out the update, so we won't bother.

It's reality. If a manufacturer hasn't released a KitKat update, why do you imagine they will release a Jellybean patch, for an old (to them) phone? They won't.

This may be a shit attitude, but until the manufacturers behave as if they're selling small computers with a complex OS that needs regular patching, and not dumb phones with locked-down firmware, then this fiasco will continue. It's also the reason why Google has been pushing more and more core functionality into Play Services, which it can update independently of the manufacturers - something it's also been criticised for, incidentally, as being evil in "taking control of Android". Hey, ho.

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Re: So let me get this right...

How many phones running Jellybean do you suppose would be updated by their manufacturers, if Google did release a patch? These would be the same manufacturers who couldn't be bothered to release an OTA update to KitKat for those phones. Don't worry, you won't need to take your shoes off to count them.

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

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Jelousy from shakedown artists?

How do these euphemistically-named "domain investors" manage to convince themselves that they constitute "the community [ICANN] is supposed to be serving"? Buying hundreds of domain names cheaply in the hope of making a fat profit charging a fortune to the handful of poor saps who actually need and want to use a few of them is hardly a business model to make their kids proud of Mum or Dad, IMO.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Still don't believe the Uber valuation

I still don't see how, for all its convenience, Uber is going to treble the amount of their hard-earned money that the inhabitants of San Francisco choose to spend on riding about in other peoples' cars. I can only assume that the idea is that if it's cheap and convenient enough then people will give up their own cars and rely on Uber instead, but I don't think that's realistic. Fortunately it won't be my money that Uber's investors lose if/when this turns out to be just a slightly more convenient boring taxi operator..

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Re: Uber limits

Uber apparently doesn't like its drivers to tell insurance companies what they're using their cars for. That's not good.

Well if you look at their website for the UK, drivers explicitly have to have hire & reward insurance, and a Private Hire Licence too, for that matter. There's a lot of mixing up of the Uber X amateur "lift-sharing" set-up that attempts to dodge taxi/mini-cab regulations and provokes understandable fury, and the entirely legitimate fully licensed/insured private hire model they're using in the UK that just annoys hackney cab operators. And that's no bad thing, IMO.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: WTF.....

You tell me what "supported lifetime of the device" means and I'll stop ignoring the "at no cost" bit. Undefined words like that don't get added to statements by accident.

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

The problem is that tricky phrase, "for the supported lifetime of the device". He could easily have said "for the lifetime of the device" if that's what he'd meant, but chose not to - and statements like that aren't made on the hoof, they're carefully prepared in advance. In the absence of any clarification there has to be a suspicion that at some point (when Windows 11 is launched, perhaps) the old hardware will be deemed inadequate to run the equivalent of a Windows 10 Service Pack, and that will be the end of upgrades for the "free" Windows 10.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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Re: They have a licence to print money

Also I'm not sure how "revenues up nine per cent to $4.9bn, and net income rising ten per cent to $936m." amounts to a loss.

The $936m was for the last quarter, the loss was for the full year.

It is mystifying, though, how with an effective monopoly in their "auction" business, high charges in all their business sectors, and a business model that shoves virtually all the risk onto the punters, they still contrive to make a loss.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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How much would they pay?

I'm not sure why the question of how much Facebook users would pay to use it gets such short thrift - compared with the rest of the hand-waving measures, that seems like a pretty good one. Presumably hardly anyone in the US is going to pay $7.25 an hour, but they might pay $1 a day? $100 a year? Still makes quite a large total, however valueless Facebook might seem to me.

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Prosecutors have 'EVISCERATED' my defense, cries Silk Road lawyer

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Re: Imagine that...

They are supposed to take everything (real or unreal) that's presented as fact.

It's quite the opposite; a key role of the jury is to determine what is fact from the evidence that's presented.

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Oracle adds Osama Bin Laden's NEMESIS to board

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Says a lot about American democracy

Despite having no obvious business or technology knowledge/expertise/track record, Oracle think he's just the man for the job - so presumably it's his political connections and clout in Washington that matter. What a sad state of affairs when large corporations (not just Oracle, obviously) can and need to buy their way into government like this.

Mind you, the "fresh perspective [he brings] to our Board” will be a great help should they ever feel the need to debate how far and fast they lower their pants when the TLAs come knocking for access to data in their cloudy bits.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: Let the Chinese have the data for our own good

I might be more persuaded by your analysis if you knew the difference between a B2 and an F117A.

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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What will they try next?

Seal the windows and only allow branded Marriott-branded oxygen cylinders to be used inside their hotels? I mean, terrists could poison the guests if any old air was allowed in.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

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Re: Linked Out?

Alas, this implies not:

Facebook will replicate the look and feel of Facebook on Facebook at Work for Facebookers at work, apparently,

So LinkedIn, but with less trust, and a really shitty interface? Can't wait.

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Google playing catch-up again

That would be the same Skype Translate that's only available in "preview", only for English to Spanish, and doesn't translate until you stop talking, would it? A bit like Google Translate did a year and a half ago, except only between two particular languages? Jeez, these AC MS shills...

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Apple v Ericsson: Yet ANOTHER patent war bubbles over

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Re: Ericsson ???

Yes, and one with real, hard engineering IP - not slide-to-unlock, scroll bounce, and other frippery that Apple prides itself on.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Brave, or stupid?

Has he really thought this through? That's one big target he's painting on his chest...

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Re: What's Google afraid of?

Meanwhile my Lumia 620 got the latest update, while my Samsung Galaxy isn't receiving any updated and is blocked in some old Android release. Maybe Google should start to make available fixes for its own OS first? It's too easy to put the blame just on handset makers... you're the OS supplier, you must make fixes available.

They have - that's why my Nexus tablet is on Android 5.0.2, whereas my Galaxy Note is stuck on 4.2.2 - and that only courtesy of CyanogenMod. Google have released the code, Samsung could have done the same if they wanted to - but they don't, because they want to sell me a new phone

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: Own goal by Google...

You must be a fairly atypical Reg reader if you can't work out how to replicate the kind of blocking this product provides (what with the ready availability of extensions like Ghostery and Disconnect), and don't mind using a browser with likely known and unpatched vulnerabilities as a result of lagging behind the parent product.

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Speak your brains, Colombia – Facebook chief to walk among you soon

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"Different voices" - as long as they don't offend Middle American values?

We stood up for this because different voices – even if they're sometimes offensive – can make the world a better and more interesting place. Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas.

Being rude about Mohammed may be OK, but try posting a picture of a female breast and see how tolerant Facebook is of "different voices".

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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It'll be interesting to see how reliable refurbished engines turn out to be compared with single use, and whether overall it's worth the cost/complexity/risk of a reusable first stage. Nice that somebody's able to take a chance and do the experiment to find out.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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He advocates instead a “move fast and break things” model

This, and an apparent aversion to unit testing, is fine if you're writing apps to edit cute cat videos, less so if it's something I'm counting on for my life or livelihood. I don't think the idea behind Agile was to shove bug-riddled shit out the door as fast as possible.

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Re: Same old arrogance

It's only your personal data if it has your personal details on it.

It doesn't and wouldn't have. Anonymised data is already used widely.

What rubbish. The digests they would supply included ample location, age, etc information to enable the subject to be de-anonymised quite easily in conjunction with other publicly available data.

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