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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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Re: I'd like to know

> Why it let him run 14,000 password guesses, and didn't lock him out completely after less than 10 failed attempts??

Thats probably why the admins were logged out, their accounts had probably been disabled. Of course his IP should have been blocked assuming all attempts were from the same src.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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quite a few XCode setups break on upgrade

I completely agree. NEVER, upgrade xcode until the project is shipped or you have plenty of slack to waste time getting a project that builds again. I've lost count the number of corrupted files I've left with (no I can't revert from scm as xcode simply corrupts them again next time).

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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Re: but unreadable code for me

Apart preferring that that big hardcoded would be defined differently, the rest of the code is perfectly readable. Had browse though some of the code and it would appear to be easy to follow and understand.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Sorry Tim

I've pretty much supported every opinion you've had to date, but this is just crazy. Why just coding, why not get them to do electronics. Maybe they should also be taught biology/chemistry for health related bills etc...

Whatever your opinions on politicians and whichever side of the fence (or just sitting on it) they are on I would rather they concentrated on the job they already have, they usually made a bad job of it as is with the time they put in now. Of course, if some of them actually wanted to I'd support them as long as it did not detract from their job.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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Re: Impetus to check

Would it be illegal to sell shares and buy them back when the price goes down if you realised the statement was a fake but you knew others would think it true?

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Meanwhile, all the nice people (who actually spend money) get screwed.

Nothing new there, we certianly didn't need an Apple insider to tell us what happens to those who spend their cash there.

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Re: Assholes with a sense of entitlement?

> Southerners, can never get the inflections right when trying to do Northern speak.

Aye ye reet they divvent

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: How it's Made

> Show me somebody excited about 3D printing

Ok, I am. I've worked in a (car) factory, many years ago, I'm also reasonably familair with how many other things are made. Are you suggesting that once someone knows how something is made the urge to make stuff disappears. Maybe all those here who like tinkering away with a soldering iron should stop as fab labs can print straight to silicon?

I can assume that that you have never at to fork out £25+ for a simple bit of molded plastic that your £1000 power tool won't work without? Assuming the part is still stocked that is, even though spare part availablity is a big factor when buying expensive tools there always seems to be a few bespoke parts that are hard to find 10 years down the line.

Anyway, a factory is well out of my price range to make stuff I want, so in the mean time while I'm waiting for 32 printing quality to improve/price to come down I'll continue to persue my hobbies by making things in a time consuming manner or using saved searches on ebay for spare parts as I do now.

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Wanna be Facebook? It just open-sourced some of its web server code. Now to find 1bn users...

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Incorrect link

The link for Folly is incorrect, you are missing a :/ after https. Firefox sends me to https.com that redirects me to HomeImprovement.com. I know many people look at open source as DIY software so maybve thats right.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Re: is this anything new?

> To the motorcyclist who says he'll now drive assuming everyone is out to kill him - that's how I've always driven even in cars

My (car) driving instructor told me the exact same thing on my first lesson almost 40 years ago. Saved my life a few times I'm sure as both a driver and a pedestrian.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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Apologies

I'm really so sorry for this incorrect comment. I should check things when told things, someone (i thought reliable) told me he died a couple of weeks back, I thought it strange I had not heard anything in the press but put that down to me just been too busy recently.

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> So... I can go to Waterstones, speak to Terrry Pratchett

Alas, no I'm afraid. Unless the author at Waterstones is a psychic

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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RE: I'm struggling to see much if any need for Runtime Introspection in a language

A lot of people said the same when it was introduced into java. A trivial but common example for a web page would be annotate a variable with a min/max value, a framework can then example that the validate data entry.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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Re: What

> Do people forget that many city dwellers also have a country residence.....

pretty sure if I had one I would not any phone signal whilst I was there.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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Re: Oh Dear

Or people would install every single bit of shareware distributed with PC magazines. Of course, nothing sensible permissions would not cure.

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Re: no surprise to me

Was going to ask which finger they bit until I realised I miss read what you said and they don't bite like humans.

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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> How can I get any sleep if you keep waking me up to go to meetings!

Thought you were supposed to sleep during meetings not before.

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

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think this kind of activity is cool

Or in more likelihood, profitable. It's probably more likely someone trying to commit fraud was hacking around than someone trying to do a cool hack.

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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Re: Where is the vanilla android version?

Thanks for that, never noticed that. Looks like it only came out last month though, about time.

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Where is the vanilla android version?

If they made app available on non-amazon android devices they might get a few more customers. I had a "free" subscription to this with Prime but no hardware I could use it with, no longer have prime but may have kept it if I could have used this.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: It's not my choice...

I need this too. However I simply white list works access site, bingo, java does not run for any other site. Maybe your IT department needs to understand how java works in the browser and provide suitable instructions rather than encouraging you to drop security down.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: "The spiel for the app even encourages users to walk roads less travelled"

At least the police would know where you went missing.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Why?

Maybe I'm getting old and missing the point, but why do people want to watch people playing computer games? I can vaguely understand why someone would want to watch the actual gameplay but watching the player completely stumps me.

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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Re: Funny..

Thought they meant it was invite only for the vendor.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: entire region

Their forecasts for a specific location are very good. For an entire region is impossible unless the whole region by some freak chance has the same weather. An area by the sea could be quite windy with fog, a couple of miles inland. Giving a forecast in the style of the TV forecasts is pretty nonsense really and gives nothing but a guide of what to expect.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Re: ebola.co.uk

Thought that was a bingo site

Seriously though. Ebola has been around for a longer than the current crisis. I don't know how long it has done so but this site is collecting donations for UNICEF.

Interestingly the site appears to be a genuine UNICEF site but the whois entry state a registrant type as an individual.

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Natural Ebola remedies

Judging by the other websites they probably intend to sell a natural remedy for Ebola. I'm sure there are easily enough people willing to buy Ebola targeted snakeoil.

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Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

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Re: England is /not/ synonymous with Britain.

Of course it is, the referendum is over and they voted to stay. We can continue our disregard for them. I'm sure there was someone else involved with our island, can't remember now.

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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Concentrate on the browser please

Firefox used to great but over the years it's started to lag behind. Maybe if they concentrated their effort on what made them they could claw back some users.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: Stop using landlines

I guess you are lucky enough to not need to ring 999 very often. Can't really nip outside for a better signal when giving first aid.

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Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

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or maybe a

typo?

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

> reductio ad absurdam doesn't help your argument and fails in any case. There's nothing wrong with crayon art

Hardly meant to be taken seriously. Plus, there are people don't think Latin is too bad, just as you like crayon art.

>What you're not going to do is write a program that changes the way the world thinks about anything in Pascal. You'll bin it. You will waste idea after idea on a dead language.

I never mentioned any language, if I was desiging a course for kids to learn "proper" langauge based programming Pascal would certainly not be considered

> It's like suggesting that kids should write all their essays in Saxon English rendering them effectively worthless for the future.

So the concepts and ideas the child expressed in Saxon English would not be abe to be transfered to a different language? True, I'm sure there is likely to be some aesthetics lost in translation if it was poetry.

This week, I've worked in C (no ++ there), java and javascript on the same system, that software shares the same domain model, interact with each other via a defined vocabulary/contract, there is even an embedded DSL based on scheme in there. The nature of the language imposes some mechanical issues at the implementation level but that is all they are, _implementation details_. In the same way I might print a picture with laods of tiny dots or pain the same image with brush strokes.

The implementation medium is a way to express your intent, if you can't express your intent in a particular language easily then it is the wrong choice for the problem, this looks perfectly good for 10 year olds sterring a Dalek

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Re: hold on...

Maybe we should give toddlers oil paints then rather than wax crayons.

Seriously, I know plenty of people who know c++/java/etc inside out, does it make them a good developer? No, it is the problem solving ability that makes them them a good developer. A language is nothing but a tool used to express how to solve a problem. Last week I've used 5 differnt languages, more if you also include shell/scripting languages. Am I unique for that, no, it is simply the nature of our work, some tools are better for different tasks, the language is nothing but a way to convey out intent to the compiler.

Teaching a 10 year old a specific language for the puproses of they may use it 10+ years later is crazy talk, sure many of us learn't using lower level methods but those were not lessons thrust on to us, it was out of our interest in discovering. Sure move onto a "real" languages later but the learning the ability to break problems down into smaller pieces and building a solution that fits together is much more benefical as a starting point. It's also more likley to encourage them rather than getting bogged down by obscure compiler erros because they've fogot a semi colon in the header file.

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Re: hold on...

Forget the language, that is simply a tool. It is the logical thought and reasoning that goes in a developers mind and that is what is being exercised here.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: @Numpty Scrub the "fun" part about systemd

Maybe the update included a new kernel? I've meant to try ksplice on mint but never got round to it, rebooting takes my (home) server machines less than 5secs and with no SLA requirements (assuming no prompts for saving stuff) .

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates

The correct way to register your discord with the available candidates is to spoil your vote. If you genuinely feel that way it's the only way to distinguish your opinion form someone too lazy/apathetic to vote.

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

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Re: or Argos

I found my five year old looking at the toy section in the argos catalog this weekend when she was supposed to be asleep.

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Re: Witness the discrimination inherent in the system!

The little guys get told too. A small company I did some work for had some comments made by an ex employee who left under less favourable conditions, the ex empolyee got google to "forget" the page, presumably as potential employers googling for their name would find it.

I suggested someone (too busy) add a delete comment button for admins won't take much but don't think it affected them really, Google still listed the page if you searched for something specific to the content rather than his name.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: What did people expect?

I'm pretty sure if you fixed a bug someone on the android team would take it and merge it. You think that is any diufferent to any sigifcant OS project, you think Linus lets anyone push their changes into the kernal, what about Apache, GNU etc... I don't beleive that they is anything in the definition of FOSS that requires contributions to be accpeted.

Adding new features to any open source project is likely to fall on edaf ears unless it is on their road map. You can however create your own fork. Creating your own fork of Android is probably not that useful, you are either likely to be a hardware manufacturer or someone prepared to spend a lot of time and resources shaping it to something people want. For a successful example of the later look at Cyanogen, there is no way they could have done what they did if android was not open source.

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Re: Oracle are most definitely evil

Regardless of what someone's opinion on Google as a company is, you can not knock their contribution to innovation and making it available to the world via open source or without fear of being sued. Sure, they could do a lot more put compared to the other big names they are far ahead.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: It would actually be a smart business move for Ms

"the number of weird and wonderful business critical web apps"

At least you only have to support windows then. Having web apps target a cross platfrom browser is easier then.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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RE: Why would anyone want to

Once upon a time I'd have disagreed with you like the rest. Now I'm a lot older, survived kids and far too much work, a pint now sounds like a much better option to me.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Re: offense at the lower end of the scale

Downvotes, which is it? People believe that drink driving is a minor offence, or someone stupid enough to drive a heavy lump of metal when under the influence of alcohol without considering the implications is still trustworthy enough to be allowed to keep guns?

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Re: offense at the lower end of the scale

Hmm, I would hardly call drinking and driving the lower end of the scale. I live in a place where 2 separate instances in less than a year have seen 5 people needlessly killed, drink driving killed around 300 people last year in the UK. How sure are you that someone who does not have the common sense to not drive when under the influence is not going to pick up a gun drunk?

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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

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Maybe the EU should

also ask MS what the exact nature of it's licensing deals with Android manufacturers in the same way they are asking Google.

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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Re: a mesage to my pension fund manager

You beat me to it, this that was all I could think of when I was reading the article.

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

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Re: Another explanation

> Still a billion a year on bus passes for people that are better off than many working people does not sit quite right.

Not just OAPs, people with qualifying disabilities also get them, i.e, can't drive. That is a demographic that tends to be worse off.

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Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

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Real reason

While the "stability of Dutch energy supplies" and "direct connections" may be factors, I'm sure the Irish/Dutch Sandwich is the most important factor at play here.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Allen's firm alleged it had not received the panzer.

MyHermes once claimed to have left a parcel at my front door, not surprisingly it wasn't there when I got home from work. A friend also had a parcel left at the backdoor when they lived in a flat that only had a front door, I that was city link though.

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