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4743 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

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@Mike Green - Re: Security? How about letting US have a choice...

"One of the more useful applications of QR codes is the ability to store contact info."

Ok, fair enough, that was an application I'd not considered.

But why can't (or isn't) such a thing be done on a case-by-case basis: "This application needs your permission to write to your Contacts - Allow/ Disallow/ Allow Permanently"?

I'd be happier with a system like that rather than one that demands over-arching permissions as a condition for installation.

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Security? How about letting US have a choice...

I just tried to download a QR reader for my Moto-G. For some reason it said it needed access to my Contacts list!

WHY FFS???

Until *WE* get the choice of what data and personal information gets passed to Apps and the ability to say "You can have X and Y, but not Z" then there is *NO* real security.

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Need some college cash? Google offers $80K for students' doodles

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"The competition is limited to students in the US"

Great.

Meanwhile that prize could create a whole bloody *school* in some parts of the world...

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

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Trollface

@Christoph

FAKE!

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

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To the pedantic hair-splitters:

"In the UK a firm is said to have monopoly power if it has more than 25% of the market share. For example, Tesco @30% market share or Google 90% of search engine traffic."

http://www.economicshelp.org/microessays/markets/monopoly/

http://www.blacksacademy.net/content/3328.html

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Google bit barge ordered to set sail for safe waters

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If only...

... there was some sort of resource where they could look up this sort of information...

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Pirate

What about...

... iCandy?

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Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool

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Headmaster

"Chagrin"

"Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated."

Why were the customers annoyed or distressed? It wasn't them who had failed or been humiliated.

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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Holmes

"Most of what gets spat out of office printers is...

"...glanced at once (if at all) at the start of a boring meeting and then ignored until it's consigned to the recycling."

FTFY.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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@Vociferous - Re: Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.

It's worth it, I've recently got one and it's a very good budget smart phone.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Meh

What a wonderfully smug attitude.

... whose? I'll leave you to answer that for yourself...

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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To quote from "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue"...

The artist formerly known as Prince

On stage would posture and mince.

Then for a giggle

He changed his name to a squiggle

And hasn't been heard from since!

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Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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Ok, cab, take me to X shop...

... Oh you don't want to go there, Y shop is paying us more to get you to go there instead...

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Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

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Alien

And slowly, and surely drew their plans against us...

"...What do you mean you mixed up tifanary measurements and qatotery measurements...?"

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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

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@AC - Re: Class War UK

"In the UK politics is the new Class war with the Labour Party Demonising anyone who is successful."

Thank you for those words from the Tory Party spokesman who went on to demonise anyone who is unemployed by implicitly characterising them as not "Hard Working" and not "Honest" and suggesting that anyone on benefits is a workshy scrounger and parasite...

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Big Brother

So, of course...

... we're going to get full control over what data the Apps we install actually gets access to, aren't we?

"Our pissy little game needs access to your e-mail, your location, your contacts list, your photographs, your fingerprints, your blood group..."

"No, FUCK OFF!"

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Spam drops as legit biz dumps mass email ads: Only the dodgy remain

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@Stuart Castle - Re: Mass e-mail != Spam

"The problem there is that, in my experience, people do not read what they are signing"

Actually you make a good point there.

Whilst making an edit to my site, I once accidentally broke the link to the Terms and Conditions page from the checkout and it stayed that way for a couple of months.

Yet *everybody* when they ordered, ticked the box saying "I have read the Terms and Conditions" even though it was physically imposible for them to have done so...!

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Mass e-mail != Spam

As part of my business, I have an e-mail list.

This is 100% *OPT IN*,you either have to click the box at the checkout on my website or put your e-mail address in the "sign up" list or physically write it down on a piece of paper if you buy something from the stall I run at a market once a month.

*NOBODY* gets anything from me if they haven't asked for it.

So *WHY* do I see e-mail unsubscribes where someone has ticked the box "Spammy content"? FFS, the instructions to opt out are in the e-mail. You can click on a link and unsubscribe. You can visit our website and unsubscribe, hells teeth, you can phone up our office and unsubscribe, but only *after* you opted in in the first place!

So don't accuse me of spamming you when you asked me to send you e-mails!

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Re: So ...

Fortunately...!

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Hold on...

And, of course, there's a difference between someone *saying* they would pay more and actually *paying* more.

If the surveyors had then said "Ok, stick your hand in your pocket right now and pay", how many people would have said "Sure!" and how many would have said "Err, well..."?

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Re: In reality ..

"I could happily live with BBC4 only."

Except that, with a subscription model, BBC4 would probably be first against the wall. "Too niche, too boring, nobody wants to watch a documentary about XYZ, we'll never sell it to other broadcasters, no, get rid of it and let's have more Britain's Got Big Brother Coming Dancing Strictly Through a Hole in a Wall on Ice..."

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Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty

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But...

... surely this autopilot isn't inflatable?

No, and don't call me Shirley!

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Can I trademark...

... iCandy?

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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@Andrew Orlowski

"where there are two, consumers can and will switch"

Riiiiiight.

That's why everyone is now on the best energy tariff and with the best bank current account and buys petrol from the cheapest garage around and has the most sensible mobile phone tariff and why you never see online businesses saying "here are our new terms and conditions, agree to them or close your account" and people sticking with them because they can't be bothered to switch or don't realise there's a better option or think (often quiet rightly) that the other options are equally as bad...

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

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Holmes

"For the last time, we're NOT a security risk"...

Well, they would say that...

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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"Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet..."

Yes, they do, and other aircraft manufacturers have privately admitted that, had the Comet not suffered the problems it did, those problems would most likely have occurred in their aircraft.

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Long Lost Twin...

... so is that Telos or Mondas...?

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You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

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" You can cancel your evaluation at any time"

"We're just hoping you forget so we can keep charging you month after month" they added sotto voce...

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Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

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"It's not remotely possible...

"...to provide any product "for life" that has recurring costs associated with it."

See icon for details...

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Time to...

... put some Iron Maiden on to play...

Two minutes to Midnight!

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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Joke

Ow...

... that slap on the wrist *really* hurt, you know...

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

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Re: You're holding it wrong.....

No, you're just *reading* it wrong!

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Open source project gives cars the Ikea treatment

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WTF?

Flat pack...?

So you'll end up with bits that don't quite fit properly, holes that don't line up and, when you've finished, you have a bag full of miscellaneous screws, bolts and other fittings which don't appear to be part of what you've just been building...

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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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Alert

Phase IV

The time to worry is when all the signals from those tags form one massive Super Swarm and is found to be heading towards the research laboratory!

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Facebook lets Russian search czar Yandex suck on its public 'firehose'

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WTF?

All your data...

... are belong to them....

(What is Russian for "Bitch"?)

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Re: Great...

@Psyx - Have a look at the Tweets posted here: http://tompride.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/threats-of-death-and-violence-after-channel-4-programme-benefits-street/comment-page-3/

Now they may not be *personally* addressing the people there, but this isn't a joke about blowing up an airport either.

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Great...

... so now how about all the people who have been tweeting about the people on the "Benefits Street" TV programme, calling for them to be locked up, spayed or even gassed (to mention but a few of the delightful comments levelled at them)...?

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

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They really need...

Beowulf Shaeffer to go and have a look.

(Well, that and the Quantum II Hyperdrive Shunt!)

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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

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Holmes

"Time to change..."?

See icon for details...

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

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Happy

The sound you hear...

... is an enhanced cattle prod being charged up in Mission Control...

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

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Re: Ofcom , 118 , 192 ... I can handle all that crap. Just ban NON geographic numbers. PLEASE.

@Karl H

Don't forget to http://saynoto0870.com/ :-)

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Roobarb

Whilst Custard the cat falls off the fence laughing... :-)

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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@AC "contacts are rubbish at night with a high index"

Really? I have an *extremely* high index (-10 right, -11 left!) yet I have no trouble at night using RGP lenses.

I've considered laser treatment etc, but since nobody can promise me that it would make my eyesight perfect, I'll stick to the contacts.

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Look at this mess...

... would cleaning up your solar system once in a while be too much to ask...?

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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

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"corrections and clarifications"

"However, these provisions could see the control editors have over how and where they appear in their print publications or online platforms being taken away from them."

So we might see an end to them printing a story with huge lurid front page headlines, then, when it's shown to be false, publishing a correction in a tiny font at the bottom of page 27...

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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@Ragarath " the alien Time Team come a looking on planet Wastikia 12c"

But will one of them say "'Ere, Xplyxtic, come and 'ave a look at this...!"

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Boffins build sticky-limbed lizard-bots to tend spacecraft

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They need three of these...

... called Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Boffin

"Certain death"...

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." - Elbert Hubbard

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: Still working

Alas the on/off switch on my FX-81 died a long while ago, but I still have an FX-350 by my side here and an FX-570 in the other room which are kept working by dint of leaving the power switch "on" and just using the AC button to switch it on and letting the auto time-out to switch it off.

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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Sharks on Twitter...

@bigwhite1975 just when they thought it was safe to go back in the water lol! #feedingfrenzy!

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