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45 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013

NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Security

And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!

Do you think that all the banks in all the countries other than in the U.S. would pass the same type of scrutiny? I'll bet one or two would balk as well, and more than a few wouldn't pass the more stringent security tests.

No one has a monopoly on security.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Canada

Maybe it's because folks don't typically hold the coins against their bare skin for 4-6 hours per day.

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Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

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Upgrade Password

How about the credit card holder (mom or dad) setting up an "upgrade password" when the game is purchased so that the kids playing the game have to at least ask for permission to upgrade? I'm assuming that there would be a clear indication of the charges to be incurred before agreeing to the charges.

Maybe that's more of a game delevopment idea rather than an Amazon idea, but you get my meaning.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: Dialling 999

According to this document, it is called a "Finger Stop". ITT Repair Manual

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Joke

Hmmm

"...infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once purchased and installed."

Hard to tell from the real thing.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Poor understanding of optics

Tosh or not, once I figured out how to change my e-readers to display white text on a black background I've enjoyed using them more.

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Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California

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Good for the owner

IMEI blocking, or whatever it is that service providers do, makes the handset less valuable to potential buyers who want to use the device as a phone. A kill-switch to brick the phone makes the handset less valuable to potential data thieves.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'

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Re: men get told every day to conform

Depends where you live. If you live in a "western-ish" democracy you have it relatively better than those living in a dictatorship, no matter what flavour you are.

I agree that being told to wear a suit is a first-world problem and not a big one at that.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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@southpacificpom

But we can always use Google to search for "what happened around me today?"

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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9 to 5

"For today at least, however, French workers are free to switch off their phones and log out of their email the moment they leave the office."

They couldn't do this before? Unless it's in their contract to be available 24/7, why wouldn't anyone in any country do the same?

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: Lend Lease, please

All four seasons are on Netflix. Enjoy!

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

You don't inherit a netflix account or frequent flyer status

No, but you might want to cancel the deceased's monthly credit card charges. A death certificate would likely allow an executor to do that.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: Not in the UK.....

Move to Canada and join one of the police departments here. I've met quite a few officers from the UK and they seem quite happy with the working conditions, other than the weather (-30 deg C at the moment).

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Re: cosmetic dr's and surgeons terrify me

For some docs it has been superseded by “Make more money”.

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Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

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I mis-read the title...

...as Robo-termites will attack boxes...

Which brought to mind the idea of using swarms of autonomous robots to chew up the space-junk in orbit.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

As this comment was not submitted on a stone tablet or piece of paper, you must agree that computers are handy things. An improper software setting points to a manufacturing issue rather than a computer problem.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Phoneless Phreedom @DiViDeD

Those that "merit the help" likely walked off a cliff while looking down at their smartphone instead of where they were heading.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: So does this ban smart-watches?

We have the same "without due care and attention" law in Canada, but the police complain that it is too hard to prove in the courts. It now appears that police want laws that are specific and easier to prove if broken, such as "using a cell phone while driving".

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Trio allege in court: You sold our ZIP codes, Apple, now hand over $5m!

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Say No

If asked for personal information not required to complete the purchase, say no. Lots of retailers routinely ask for addresses and phone numbers in order to mail out flyers, but you can decline to provide it.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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RAH

"Well that is a recipe for disaster...."

Or for the creation of Michael Smith.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: Ridiculous

Capitalism is a religion in the US. Some may consider Jobs to be somewhat god-like.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Another Option

Service providers could simply refuse to activate smartphones without proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale. Just like having to provide a bill of sale before being able to register licence plates on a motor vehicle. This would kill the black market demand, assuming the demand is for functional phones.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

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Re: Ouch.

Yup. "Valuable patents" sounds familiar. Lay everyone off, sell off the intellectual property, gut the employee pension fund, fold up and die.

Face it - Canada is just a warehouse of raw materials to be used by companies that can actually compete in a global economy.

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BlackBerry's Heins readies the hatchet yet again

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Because...

...they'll just move on to destroy other Canadian tech firms like Nortel. No wait...

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Indian government to bar politicians from using Gmail for official business

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Yeah, right

This from one of the countries that wanted local BlackBerry servers so that they could (supposedly) spy on people using BBM.

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NASA restarts WISE telescope to spot potential Earth-killers

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No OMG

[picture caption} "Oh my god, it's full of stars!"

I believe Dave Bowman's words were: "My God, it's full of stars!". In a voice filled with wonder, not OMG.

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Do you think spinning rust eats flash's dust? Join the hard drive daddies club

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Re: I've said it before...

"...giving the best of all worlds, then I'd rip their bloody arms off!"

Why don't you want the best of all worlds? Or is ripping arms off a compliment where you live?

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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

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Joke

Naturally

Global Warming -> End of the World (as we know it) -> Zombie Apocalypse = Need more target practice!

Not our fault that there aren't any real zombies to practice on.

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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Re: 500 feet altitude

I think that it would be AGL. Airports have runway height ASL posted so that pilots can calibrate their altimeters for local AGL reference.

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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App Developer Default Settings?

I don't write apps, so this may be a dumb question to most of you, but could this and other instances of "all or nothing permissions" be a default setting when compiling apps? Isn't it possible to fine-tune permissions to only those necessary for the app to function?

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DHS warns of vulns in hospital medical equipment

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Maybe

How about having the monitoring equipment record to a "patient monitor" located, say, on the equipment panel beside the hospital bed. Then, a central sever could poll the "patient monitor" for info, rather than the individual equipment. That way, the equipment could be isolated from the network, and would not require password mods, etc. Security could focus on protecting access to the "patient monitor", which could be handled by each hospital or central monitoring location as they see fit.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Coffee/keyboard

T.W.A.T.

The War Against Terror. Thanks for that!

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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goose and gander

I wonder if the First Family and white house staffers use Verizon? Would they be exempt? It sounds like an all-encompassing data dump, so I'm sure that people for and against this type of thing are included. It all depends on what triggers a "closer look".

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Users already have fingerprints

Why not just keep improving biometric technology like a fingerprint scanner for two-factor authentication?

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

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Re: Save us from the bloody Puritans

Go ahead, but now there are folks who have the power to send them back to you.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

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Re: Eh?

Just because *you* don't understand it doesn't mean it's not a succinct explanation of the issue, which is further expanded in the article.

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Re: Seen from the other side, Hotmail is a pain too

I've experienced no problems with corrupted authentication e-mails from any of the sites requesting them. Is the problem only with your site, or have you been made aware of others?

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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

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Re: I am not saying "if you have nothing to hide"....

There could be a visual assist such as displaying the subject's name in red if they have a history of violence. Something that the user could key on quickly.

I agree that the biggest hurdle will be updating the database from multiple sources.

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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If it takes 3 months...

... before your family notices that you're missing, then you're not all that close anyway.

Have fun and use it to send nasty messages to ex-significant-others, old enemies, grumpy bosses, MP's, etc.

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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying

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Cooler heads

Dovetails nicely with the news I heard yesterday. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police agencies here must obtain wiretap orders before asking telcos to hand over text messages of targeted individuals. Sounds like the courts in both countries are trying to catch up with technology before it gets too far out of hand.

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No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft

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Re: Only believe a rumour

"Can the chaps in the Doughnut translate a call made from Skype to Viber and rerouted through Tango and identify all parties involved without asking anyone at all?"

Cite references to support your claims, or STFU and go back to watching X-Files reruns.

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Software update knocks out Space Station communications

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Re: Oops.

I believe the term is "Steely-eyed Missile Man". Ref:

http://zhurnaly.com/cgi-bin/wiki/Steely_Eyed_Missile_Man

http://airspeedonline.blogspot.ca/2006/05/airspeed-in-brief-steely-eyed-missile.html

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Taiwan's Polytron promises see-through phones

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Re: lost in translation

No screenlock? Yikes! Lucky the guy was honest.

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Electric cars stall in USA, Australia

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Re: Distance needn't be a problem

Each battery pack would increase the overall weight of the vehicle. Isn't there a power to weight ratio that needs to be maintained for EV performance? Otherwise, an EV with 3 or 4 battery packs wouldn't have any more range than a lighter single-battery EV.

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Ex-US Army man: NYT hacks part of wider war on western media firms

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Re: "We are the good guys."

Aren't all governments in all countries at least trying to monitor any information available? I wonder how many "attacks" are merely poorly-executed attempts to monitor traffic, not to intentionally disrupt business.

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