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2785 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Or GCHQ spliced the wrong fibre (or botched the right one) for the Yanks

See title

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: L stands for ?

Licorice

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U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

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Digital Distro Deal

I think the digital distro of an act's music has it's own contract/rates/variant on physical media these days, so the artist(s) are probably backshafted by design there, too.

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Hmmmm

So, actually given the choice, only about half the number of your involuntary customers will buy U2 over a whole decade.

Is that what he's trying to say?

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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But how do the canvassers know

That they weren't themselves being trolled in the responses? Especially as they possibly looked for some fairly prolific ones and asked them to participate!

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: So it's OK, if the server is outside of the US?

I'd have thought something like 'If they're willing to gain illegal access (as in if a member of public tried that shit on) to a machine then what proof do they have that they didn't plant the evidence there to entrap the defendant?' would be an approach.

Which, I suspect, is none.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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Re: The facilities

Doubtless adapted from bomb-the-shit-out-of-the-country-then-rebuild-with-US-construction-companies-and-bleed-its-treasury-dry-then-fuck-off-and-give-them-a-world-bank-loan approach to foreign policy in "some areas" of the world

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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I'm guessing FAT/FAT32

Is a good part of it which is perhaps why Goglephones (Nexus, etc) don't have SD Card slots meaning they can use EXT3 or whatever internally as you can't get at it physically. Likely one reason why apple don't have memory slots, too.

Perhaps if the camera makers (and phone, too if everyone could play together) agreed with guys like Samsung and Sandisk to switch to EXT3 or something free for card filesystems going forward... dunno.

Pretty sure MAC and Linux devices would be able to access those just fine as-is. Maybe there's something in the card hardware specs that prevents this ?

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Knowing the difference

And encryption isn't even anonymity, either, it just means only the sender and recipient can access the content (with ease) - it doesn't follow that the metadata of Person A sent Person B an encrypted message was also obfuscated.

SSH != TOR

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Not to mention the small fact that

Criminals and terrorists will actually already be using encryption.

DUH.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

@lostallfaith - was thinking about this on the way back from lunch...

Seeing as tax is ostensibly emissions-based now, then when everyone has low emissions vehicles what are they gonna lie about the reason being for next?

It'd be a wonderful experiment (dream) for someone with Larry Ellison levels of cash to buy everyone a 0-emissions car in the UK just to shit the gov't up.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Okay, now I get it!

@Mark85

Tossing. Yup. That's exactly what he's doing.

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Or even worse than the shadowy kiddie fiddlers...?

We may be depriving a wealthy corp of some (theoretical/potential/unrealised) revenue by downloading their chod, only to delete it after consuming a small portion of it.

Won't someone think of the wallet-stuffers megacorps?

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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Re: Too late to edit but also...

I can register a thing in 3 months' time if I like - doesn't mean I didn't think of it yesterday.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: So what's the actual problem?

Maybe they're just sitting on it wrong

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: Errrr...

Apple Cultist ?

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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The Shat

He'll be flattered that you thought of him but he's not the one the call...

Ugly link follows...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Real-Album-Version/dp/B004FBW4ZO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1411392154&sr=1-1&keywords=shatner+real

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Warframe - big value for money by comparison?

£48 for Destiny - not that I feel it wasted, mind you, level 20 already, etc, but entertaining enough. Glad I didn't pay for the fat £85 version though! About 20-ish hours into it.

However I've clocked over 400 PS4 hours on Warframe - it's free. I still really like it even though it's become a bit of a grind now, and paid only around £15 into it for some of the things that need 'platinum' currency to acquire. Warframe doesn't really have much story as such, not in the sense of Destiny, but there's a great many ways to kill things and a lot of missions to do and many character classes ("Warframes" which are your battle platforms/suits) with a large variety of special abilities from defensive to offensive, plus hundreds of mods for your weapons/warframes/companion units.

Easily worth a download. If you like Warframe then you'll likely like Destiny (if you've not got it and wondering about the purchase) and they're different enough to be able to keep both going. Destiny is more immediately accessible as a game, Warframe is pretty hard on noobs till you get some rank into your gear which doesn't take too long.

Oh, and if you try WF, go with Mag or Volt for your starter 'frame, imho ;o)

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And air

Echoes from rifle shots and the Fallen's apparent ability to not need to breathe (maybe they don't though they must grunt somehow!) ;o)

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Flock?

I suspect the collective noun for 'Sheeple' would be 'Demographic'

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

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I spent most of last year having to deal with WP. Its guts look like it was coded by a 12-yr old.

Multisite backup and restore to another instance? Forget it, had to code my own.

By Xmas this year there will have been around 9 updates to WP (I'm reliably informed by the WP bunnies I previously worked with) - that is a nightmare for any admin of a large installation.

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Re: For better of for worse?

Concrete5 FTW (www.concrete5.org)

Seriously. Never looked at anything else since I discovered that.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

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FTFY

iPhone owners must be so proud of Apple's latest and greatest features innovation.

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And we all thought that NFC was

Not For Crapple devices under any circumstances. Like larger screens.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Just remembered these two cyber-tools...

The Frontline Morale Destroyer aka Warbeast (Death Machine 1995 with Brad Dourif, Rachel Weisz)

M.A.R.K. 13 (Hardware 1990)

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Re: Morris Dancers.

Indeed, do not underestimate their gaily-garbed bell-jingling and stick-clacking jaunty ways...

In fact if there'd been an aled-up Morris Troupe (collective noun?) in the pub in Shaun of the Dead the outcome would have been far different.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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So. Pronography.

Does that mean if I watch porn I'm a pornographer? Where's my Aston Martin and tacky Pools winner's mansion then? If I watch BBC news, perhaps I'm George Alagiah or a foreign correspondent.

I'm off to watch Alien to see if I turn out to be Ridley Scott...

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Boffins propose security shim for Android

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Re: It's the humans, stupid, and boy, are they stupid

Not in 4.4.2 sadly, Google removed something that made it happen

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

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Re: Nominative determinism or in-joke. You decide.

Not to mention that the whole thing sounds like a cyber Ender's Game

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Or maybe...

Not giving up your PIN Sir? Jail for you, then.

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TracBeam sues Apple over location

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Re: A US patent doesn't seem to be worth the paper it's printed on anymore

I'll see your 'mobile device' and raise you....

"In a public lavatory"

Drafting a C&D to George Michael as I click Submit...

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: and there was me

Maybe they're going to become a CA

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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I'd rather have user-defined system-wide granular app permissions

As per subject

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Headmaster

Never mind Twaddler

I'm too busy with my mind's red pen correcting the English in that article.

3/10 poor effort.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Short term memory loss

IIRC, prior to said holiday (with David Geffen in Italy?) he had exactly the opposite stance

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Ummmm

Presumably he is not the subject of a court order that was served on him to not provide such access?

Unless his name's SKY or Mr British Telecom, etc

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Re: Left out

Or even

"Nah, playing Destiny"

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Re: Left out

Left out the best response:

"Meh"

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OMFG 9th September!!!!!

Destiny for PS4!

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Apple, Samsung call off all patent spats outside United States

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I am right remembering

That USA is apple's main market?

Perhaps the droid/other market share abroad has grown so large that it's not worth funding the litigation (won't someone think of the lawyers??). Plus 'abroad' doesn't have the USPTO and all 'specialness' that entails... (They ditched all the non-domestic battles they didn't think likely to win without that particular 'specialness', perhaps)

A possible sign of El Reg's "Peak Apple" ? Surely someone didn't just simply sit down and do maths of all the lawyers' bills vs revenue/potential gains, that's would be too, well, sensible and non-thermo-nukuler.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: Soooooo...

Perhaps start sending them to judges, coppers and politicians

Expect most of them will likely delete them as duplicates...

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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear

Unless you've not checked your email/IM/SocialMeeja within the last X hours...

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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Or maybe

Add 5% to all their car exports cos the Yanks will still want Mercs, Porches, Audis and BMWs.

Fund the program from that and make the Yanks pay for for their own countersurveillance

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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AC - Apple Cultist

It's maybe more likely that many people held off buying a tablet until they were higher-powered (as they are now) and that such a demographic of people, being more circumspect and probably thrifty couldn't see the point in spaffing a wedge more cash on an iThing when a droidThing does the same and cheaper, lighter, waterproofier (in the case of stuff like the Z2, at least).

Chances are they already have a droidPhone too (statistically) so logically a tablet would also be a droid so they could have familiar apps. Then they start using the internet on it as a tab is way more handy for webbyness than a phone.

So the stats increase.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Vote them out...

In favour of whom, exactly?

There's one that can be trusted more?

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Re: Not Good

I don't have so much of a problem with the data sharing to be honest. There's a certain sense in it like motor insurance/tax/licensing/mot'ing already does.

It's the fucking data collection that needs reigning right in.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Brass?

That'd Nukuler, surely ;o)

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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You might have missed

The US offering newly be-rubbled countries 'rebuilding' aid provided, naturally, by US construction corps who go in, milk all the money out of the country and then bugger off leaving them newly be-skinted as well as be-rubbled. Then they have to go to the IMF or World Bank (or whichever it is this month) and beg for money on terms dictated by powerful western nations (to not point fingers any further).

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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The problem is

It lumps one into that demographic...

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Re: top tip

That's cos you can get a NEW PC for $450...

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