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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: Wouldn't it be easier to train dolphins

Wouldn't it be easier to drink black coffee?

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Prior art? How about actual products?

"The electronic control system is coupled to, and receives information from, sensors that collect environmental information (e.g., wind speed, wind direction, water depth, etc.) and/or system status information (e.g., engine speed, transmission settings, etc.) for the vehicle (e.g., the vessel)."

This sounds like the functionality of the fifteen quid Bluetooth widget I bought from Amazon to receive "system status information (e.g., engine speed, transmission settings, etc.) for the vehicle" using the free "Torque" application on Android:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NPAORC/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1411112242&sr=1&keywords=bluetooth+elm+obd2

So the system monitoring is already performed by CAN-BUS and I think some aspects of remote control of vehicles (cars, aircraft, boats, ICBMs) via a tablet may be ruled out on safety grounds. Remote control of small vehicles by tablet/phone is already available:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/beewi-wifi-camera-scara-bee-buggy-n65qt?gclid=CNHKmvHh7MACFdMbtAodkyQAUw

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: I don't like it.

Cash is expensive; businesses have to pay for cash to be transported, they have to pay for insurance based on the amount of cash they may be holding, they have to pay banks to count it etc.

So the cost advantage of using cash versus cards is actually small, or nil, or a disadvantage.

Cards have some risk to businesses, through fraud, but better than having a gun shoved in your face.

Cards also have advantages to consumers as well as businesses, they're convenient and widely accepted and if you inform your bank promptly then even losing them or having them stolen doesn't cost you anything.

I'm not convinced about NFC payments though (via card or mobile) how is this safer than Chip and PIN?

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Re: Well there you go

Absolutely; only a small amount of huffing and puffing necessary.

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

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Re: bit skeptical

I think the point of the research with NASA is to develop option 3 as a national ATC system for drones.

Obviously if/when an ATC system is implemented, all drones will have to be FAA (for USA) certified to operate correctly within the ATC system.

This will suddenly confront the drone makers with a lot, but not all, of the regulation and cost of manned aircraft, so drones will be less cost effective, but probably still worthwhile.

It's the same as manned flight; back in 1900 you didn't have to get your manned flying machine FAA certified and your pilots qualified to work within the air traffic control environment.

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Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

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Trust the UK?

In order for the UK to be "a world-leading trusted domain for data protection" we need to close GCHQ; I don't think anyone interested in the protection of their data is going to trust a country whose government has so much capability, both technically and legally, for accessing data.

And if it's cock-up rather than conspiracy that you're wanting to avoid, then choose a "trusted domain for data protection" based on its past performance rather than its ability to create well-meaning sound-bytes.

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

" what happens to all your lovely data if there is a power failure when it is still trying to write to the disk?"

Probably similar to a conventional HDD which can also cache writes for performance; although some SSDs use a set of capacitors on the circuit board to provide enough juice to complete the cached writes; so a sort of built-in UPS.

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Is your cloud server in the same bit barn as your DR site?

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Re: Eh?

"Do you pay some money for AWS and then start asking exactly where they host things and trying to figure out if there are shared datacentres? No, you trust them."

Trust but verify.

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Chinese 'Sogou Explorer' browser sends URLs to parts unknown

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Re: The researchers seemed surprised.

5-eyes?

The forces of freedom don't need to spy on your browser; they've already made your ISP do it for them, and you're paying the ISP's bill plus 20% VAT to cover the Government's costs.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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"But wouldn't it be easier to simply switch it off or to a different radio station?"

In the hope they were playing "Fire Brigade" by The Move?

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: Solution in search of a problem

"crash-notification tech doesn't have to be wearable. If it was any use it would already be fitted to cars"

Quite a few manufacturers already have this as part of the on-board services; linked to the air-bag deployment.

I think the idea of smart helmets is a good one though; a helmet offers enough space to mount the sensors and the "smartness". The fire-fighter helmet is the most obvious application, but probably using something like Wi-Fi to link back to a fire truck or mobile control centre or Thunderbird 1.

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It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

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Re: Who the heck is Steve Bong? I never heard of him before!

If only there were an easy way to find out information like this; perhaps some kind of machine that could find things on the Internet? Eureka; I've invented the Find Machine! Call Steve Bong!

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Long passwords are easy

...as long as you stick to words, and use more than one.

I used a similar scheme to the one you describe, and then I read this (posted by another El Reg forum user a few months ago):

http://xkcd.com/936/

I'm not ashamed to say I was embarrassed by this revelation, and have started to apply the principles to my passwords. Unfortunately a lot of sites insist on relatively short passwords.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: "a battery life of up to two days"

Why not charge as you move using Seiko Kinetic or Citizen Eco-Drive?

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: "US Secret Service had been in touch after initial waffle"

The article doesn't say what flavour ice cream they had on their waffle.

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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#LohanDonkey is Trending

That'll consume your bandwidth faster than a journalist can consume a free drink...

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Twice as keen on Africa compared to The Middle East?

"particularly looking to Africa, The Middle East and Africa."

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Cherry Keys

Interesting to see that many of these keyboards are using Cherry mechanical keys.

They look a bit pricey though, however there is a benefit to using quality components and I can testify to the longevity of the Cherry keys; my 16 year old son is a keen FPS player and his weapon of choice is an ancient Cherry keyboard that is older than he is (my wife stopped using it about five years ago because it is beige and it took up too much desk space, she's had two keyboards since then).

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Too Late Now

If he hadn't told the story, then it wouldn't have been a story at all; the only thing about this picture that makes it stand out from a million other monkey pictures is that it was taken by the monkey.

He should shut up and ride the publicity, not whine about what people owe him. In this case the monkey is the one looking smart.

And where does the US Copyright Office get the authority to deny a hard-working simian his rights to his artistic creation? Specist bastards! Someone get that monkey a lawyer!

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Reinventing the flat tyre

"or may not fire when they "should" (?anyone got a good term for this -- ironically, I can't think of one!?)."

I think the legal term is DUI

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

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I, for one, welcome our flat-pack robotic overlords!

etc.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Thin end of the wedgie?

As much as I'm in favour of locking up criminals like this, I'm not sure that having cloud storage monitored is a good thing.

In this case the T&Cs say Microsoft can do this, so it's optional to use or not use their service based on knowing this; but politicians will be quick to extend this and make it mandatory for all cloud storage providers to monitor their users; after all, they only have to say the words, and then it's SEP to implement. And what about feature creep? Maybe your bank statements and financial data could also stand a quick scan, in case you're money laundering?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: DON'T PANIC

"there's no need for middle aged programmers to be waving Java manuals in their kids faces or telling little Johnny that he's useless because he can't compile a Linux kernel."

Yes there is!

Grab your pitchforks and light up those torches!!!

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Re: The problems with bitcoin, as seen by governments

1. You can't regulate it. You cannot block a bitcoin transaction. The only thing you can regulate are things like exchanges and the businesses accepting bitcoin. If more and more people start to use only bitcoin for their entire transaction and not exchanging their coins for fiat currency there will be less and less to regulate.

"In China, buying bitcoins with yuan is subject to restrictions, and bitcoin exchanges are not allowed to hold bank accounts."

3. You can't seize bitcoin. You can't freeze their wallet. If they have bitcoins, they can continue to buy things. Freezing a bank account to dry up resources for people not behaving exactly like the puppets the government would like them to be gain greater freedom, which is of course unwanted.

"In October 2013 the US FBI shut down the Silk Road online black market and seized 144,000 bitcoins worth US$28.5 million at the time."

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

I'd agree with point 2) though; but in the end the existing financial institutions will end up trading in crypto-currency just like they do in anything else. As far as consumers are concerned, the lack of protection for transactions will probably scare the majority of them away. If hybrid systems, with consumer protection and support from retailers, are developed, then it will be by the existing players as they already have the infrastructure and marketing power.

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Re: Missing a vitial point

I think you're missing the point that anything the State says is subject to state snooping is subject to state snooping.

If the State decides that crypto-currency transactions are subject to some kind of regulation then they only need to ask you to declare them, like an Income tax return; yes, you can lie, but then if they catch you out they can fine you and/or send you to jail.

"Death and Taxes" applies even in the digital world.

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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

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Mordac

'nuff said.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Do you think they care?

But wouldn't the blueprints contain "whatever it is they are afraid of"?

Even if some of the technology is tainted, they can get around most of the problems by using off the shelf components to build systems and develop their own operating systems and applications based on open source software.

The only issues is cost, and both Russia and China will have economies of scale plus the benefit of driving their country's IT sectors through state funded R&D, and profits will stay in the country, and pay tax to them, rather than out of the country where they fund western governments.

In the past, it was isolationism that stunted Russia and China's technology industries, they can avoid this by allowing their technology industries to continue trading with the rest of the world.

We're not in the 1970s any more, these countries have highly developed technology infrastructure, from education through to design and even manufacturing.

Question: The West, Russia and China; which one of them can't put a man into space?

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Amazing!

680,000 suspects and only 220 convictions over the last decade (http://www.thewire.com/politics/2013/04/civilians-courts-vs-military-courts-terrorism/64489/).

These guys are way better at slacking than I am! It's like were being guarded by an army of Wallys.

On the other hand, maybe it's just too easy to get on the list? I demand a more exclusive terror watch list!

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Re: How useful is this?

But the problem is that this year's "$1000 dollars worth of kit and spend 30 minutes hacking it" gets repackaged into a box you can buy for $10 on eBay and only needs the time it takes to push a button; technology proliferation in the criminal community is fast because it's a money making business.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: The Human Spanner In The Works?

This was already done as the novel "Computer One":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_One

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China: Our approved vendor list – Kaspersky, Symantec AREN'T on it

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Antitrust?

If ever a word fitted the situation perfectly...

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Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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This could be extremely dangerous!

e.g. your partner is away for a week and your Sexometer (tm) is registering you as 1.2 orgasms per day for that period.

Think of the rabbits!

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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

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I feel safer already

Not!

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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

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Bastard!

"It is clear to game players that his [Noriega's] character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy"

Because in real life they're a lot more evil!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Spadafora (Warning: makes unpleasant reading)

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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Bing Bong!

Isn't being "found" by Bing as good as being forgotten?

Anyway, I'm off down the library to get some old newspapers, that may have articles mentioning me, filed away in a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Just tell them you've sold your house

Up-voted; as always, the "way of the weasel" can overcome any obstacle!

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: FFS

"You should be able to sue them in small claims"

This is still your right, there's no law that says you can't do this; but proving that you have suffered an actual loss due to negligence is going to be pretty tough. And remember, they have lawyers on the payroll already, you'll have to pay for yours.

Like anything that's broken the decision is "do without", "fix it" or "replace it"; the "do without" is probably not a good option in this case so whichever is cheapest of the other alternatives for getting the required service. If you think they're doing a bad job then you need to write to your MP, and when there's enough political pressure they'll do something (might even be the right thing for once).

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Re: Still waiting on a grand unified theory

It's OK for spectators to criticize; they're flogging their GUTs out to find one!

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: I'm not surprised. (And there's some practical reasons too.)

"Photographing paper will simply mean being far more selective about what they target. Pre-searching if you like, so that 'metadata', who is meeting whom, who is on what committe, will become key."

So you mean that they'll have to go back to doing "real" spy work, using selective surveillance on only pre-identified targets, like in the old days, rather than just mass surveillance of everyone "because we can, and it's easier"?

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Lebenon?

I know there are some Olympic class stone throwers in the middle east, but this has to be a World (Solar System?) Record!

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Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

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Re: More predictions from tech 'analysts'

'anonymous internet blowhard'

I refute the allegations of my involvement, but I agree with AC #2!

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: Bloody Americans

WMD? Not at all; the National Spear Association campaigned for hunting rights, along with the right to bear arms (although the shirt hadn't been invented anyway), and there's no way the Clovis People are giving them up. Not until you prise the spear from their cold, dead hands!

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: Accessing data , and Chromebooks

"You create a Google Document. Where's the backup?"

Is it here? http://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Did anyone mention a curry?

I normally find it's the accompanying beverage that causes memory loss.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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I'm thinking of signing up for the premium service

For only five pounds a month I can unlock extra features on all their free Apps; no more wondering if they've synced my new data, I'll get a text message to confirm!

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: Analysts?

I take your point, but the video also shows the screen being jabbed with sharp metal objects, which is more a "Golden Delicious" and "Grimes Golden" comparison.

Looking at the performance of sapphire versus glass in other applications I would expect that the risks associated with using sapphire are more likely to come from things like the the bonding process or the availability and yield of the sapphire glass.

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Analysts?

"In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term."

As opposed to the "bending through a right-angle" test?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/08/iphone_6_teardown_vid/

I think the word "analyst" might indicate which orifice they pull these "predictions" from.

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

"And what good would that do me when I'm away from my desk?"

Using a random computer to access a secure asset or system is a bit like asking a random stranger to help you key in your PIN at an ATM; your systems may be squeaky clean but does your friend's/colleague's/internet café's computer have a key-logging trojan sitting there waiting for your credentials?

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Babcock the Canuck

"A bit Like Conan the Barbarian, but armed with a baseball bat."

Ice hockey stick, surely?

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