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IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower

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Seconded

In our loft, clad head to toe in motorcycle gear, 3 wasps nests, thousands of wasps, 2 cans of Right Guard. Got bonus points for not burning down the house and not passing out from the fumes and falling through the loft hatch.

Player 1 wins.

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Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open

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Headmaster

Eh?

"AVG's discovery is only the latest time that researchers have been able to"

'only the latest time' are you sure?

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Microsoft cries foul on Yahoo!-Google Japan deal

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Much as I despise MS

It's hard to imagine anyone being satisfied with a computer that can't handle common day to day tasks.

But MS has as much business in search as Google has in operating systems, both companies are leveraging their primary business profits to run extended billion dollar loss leaders in new markets, It's exactly the sort of thing I'd make illegal on pain of being first up against the wall when I rule the world.

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IE and Safari lets attackers steal user names and addresses

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Exactly the reason I've always turned Autocomplete off

When setting up computers, never bothered researching whether it was possible, just seemed like it would be an obvious/easy to exploit. Good to know I wasn't just being paranoid.

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Apple iPad – the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of 2010

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Why settle for a laptop?

For less money than that laptop you can get a much faster desktop with a bigger monitor which can do so much more.

Unless the form factor or some other feature unique to a laptop itself was what attracted you to it but from your own comment I'm sure that's not the case.

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Flaw could expose 'millions' of home routers

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Don't Panic Mr Mannering

A lot of routers will send the admin page if a device behind it requests the WAN IP, test from outside your network (from your 3G phone for example).

But If you're still getting the Admin page from outside then you need to log in and turn that shit off pronto, also have to wonder what you're getting out of this site besides the fear.

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US Army trials Iron Man super-trooper exoskeleton

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Terminator

1337

Of course the next logical step would be to remove the clumsy and prone to leakage meatbag, an endless queue of heavily caffeinated basement teens are ready and waiting to pwn America's enemy combatants just for the lolz

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Microsoft's past - the future to Android's iPhone victory

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FFS

There's very little to dissuade Joe public from jumping between iOS, Android, Blackberry, Palm or WinPo7, All their MP3's, MP4's, videos, email, contacts & calendars will just slide across, and at 99c a pop I doubt people are going to lose much sleep over sunk software costs.

The best situation for us (consumers), is for lots of competition, not a dominant player that sits on their arse and rots, been there, done that already.

I expected this would be fucking obvious to an IT readership.

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Beeb sends teaboy outside with iPhone

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FAIL

A perfect example of why

Getty Images does mad business.

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More iPhone 4 angst: fanbois howl over head sensor

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Needs Context

1.7 Million sold in 3 days.

Show me a forum thread stuffed with 170 angry people and I'll show you a product with a 0.01% defect rate.

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'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

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The man in the white suit

He say's no.

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Verizon iPhone due 'early 2011'

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Voice & Data

Until Verizon has a network that can support voice & data simultaniously I can't see it. Of course the 4G Network will be capable but coverage will be spotty and there's no 3G network to fall back on.

Lastly, I'd imagine branding to be a major sticking point, I can't see Apple ever allowing an iPhone out the door with someone elses logo plastered on it.

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Flash bursts onto Android

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Don't forget to also install

A flash blocker, for all those tasty flash ads you've been missing.

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HP and Yahoo! team up to print ads in your home

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Oh the Naivety!

For bollocks, I go away for the weekend and some scoundrel has turned £60 pounds worth of ink and a ream of paper into a stack of viagra adverts, how utterly shocking, I am dumbfounded that such a thing could happen in this day and age and so on.

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Many years ago I created an Applescript that printed an email if the subject contained a trigger word. I can't remember what that word is, which is a good indicator of just how often I've ever needed the capability*.

* standard internet solipsism, but for fucks sake, it's obvious gimmickry isn't it?

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Orange to 'dump unlimited data tariffs'

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This is actually a step forward

It means we're past the stage where the Telco's thought they had so much bandwidth they just advertised it as unlimited. Now we're at the stage where they'll compete on bandwidth packages.

It's just another step in the path towards dumb carrier status like the ISP's.

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Next-gen iPhone pegged with 320ppi display

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It's about the iPad

Very few people not armed with microscopes are going to notice the difference between 160 and 320 dpi on a 3" screen.

Almost everyone will notice how much better an iPhoneHD app looks running on an iPad, bigger buttons for sure, but they'll be as crisp as the native iPad apps rather than current 480x320 apps which are pixel doubled to drop the iPad display down to an apparent 80dpi.

Can't argue with IPS though, that's just pure win.

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Ballmer will not appear at Apple conference

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Don't you people recognise

Linkbait when you see it?

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

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Could I add my vote for

Sack the muppets responsible.

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What can Google's tablet deliver?

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Too many choices

If you're looking at an iPhone/iPad you know when it was released and when the next better one will be released, buy it when it's released and you'll have the top of the line product for a year.

Compare with the android market where a plethora of choices mean the top of the line phone/pad is debatable and is supplanted every month or two regardless.

In the new mobile business it's only Apple and HP (since aquiring Palm), that can offer this to consumers, everyone else is on an upgrade treadmill with Android and (assuming it gets finished), WMP7S.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/your-money/27shortcuts.html

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

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Massive savings

"Prices include VAT. At current exchange rates, the £429 iPad is priced at the equivalent of a sales tax less $536, so you may still be better off buying in the US - it costs $499 plus sales tax"

Which would be $543.29 (New York City). a saving of minus $7.29, and I guess you'll also get to save a further minus £50 in import duties when you fail at petty smuggling.

Want one, can't afford it, hopefully later in the year I'll have more cash to be easily parted with.

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Operator gang gunning for iTunes

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LOL at the last twitch

Soon they'll realise they have the exact same business model as the gas, water and electric supply 'industries'.

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Pinhead Mac Trojan sticks it to fanbois

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Comically

Mostly Hackintosh owners, seeing as iPhoto isn't included in Retail OS X.

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Jobsian email axes early-iPhone support

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The Mother of all non Issues

Anyone with a 2G is well out of contract and can just get the new one as a free upgrade in June.

Which is what I'll be doing, assuming it holds out a few more months, WiFi's dead, and there's a band of dead pixels on it's 3 year old screen, Battery is still good though.

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Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

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The thing is

If I were El Jobso and I'd had to endure another company's buggy shitty code making my products look bad for an entire decade, I'd bury the wankers the first chance I got as well.

You would have to be retarded to trust that company to not screw you over again no matter what they promise.

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Wide-eyed kiddies in Scarface school play shocker

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I just want to say

That was Awesome, more of this sort of thing please

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Royal Navy starts work on new, pointless frigates

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Happy

Great names though

Very Cultured.

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Apple uncloaks deep details of its 11 iPad apps

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Nope

Fairplay DRM onboard.

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Apple unleashes four dozen free Snow Leopard fixes

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Yes but moot point

They mean their users could restore a Mac Pro Image to a G5, which is going to work about as well as restoring a Mac Pro image to a Hackintosh, which is to say, not at all.

Jubtastic1

Sent from my HakMac

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MSI tells 97,000 customers to 'Read The F***ing Manual'

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+1 for Alternative 3 ref

Awesome Hoax

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Virgin Media to demo 200Mb/s broadband tomorrow

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Upstream?

Does it have useful upstream bandwidth? is it going to be throttled/shaped/capped? anything on contention ratios?

In short, is there any point to it besides winning the big number pissing contest?

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Vodafone ships Mariposa-infected HTC Magic

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Infected like a USB Stick

Just another Autorun file on a USB Mass Storage mount, absolutely no device OS interaction whatsoever.

Only a loon would claim a USB Stick is "riddled with bots"

It's also only one phone, So personally I would have gone with the "Vodaphone sells ex-demo phone as new, comes with malware" angle, but I'm just crazy like that.

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US unveils planet-hugging London embassy

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lol at the moat

Half Moat and earthwork embankments, it's a 21st Century castle.

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Researcher spies new Adobe code execution bug

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Lets Get Loaded

"The Adobe Download Manager is an ActiveX script that is invoked when people install or update Reader or Flash using Internet Explorer"

Adobe, ActiveX, Reader, Flash and Exploder all in the same sentence, what are the odds?

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Putting an iPad through the Motions

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Not Impressive, unbelievable.

And totally at odds with the product margins Apple reports at each quarterly earnings call.

Still, gets iSuppli's name in the press eh?

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Google's Nexus One sales still sluggish

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100 Million Dollars?

Did the marketing droid pull a Dr Evil pose when he demanded that budget?

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Brits take iTablet moniker for 12in iPad rival

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WTF?

Depends on your definition of tablet

But that looks to me like a thick heavy laptop with the screen installed backwards, It's no surprise that guy's holding it with two hands in that press shot.

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H.264 video codec stays royalty-free for HTML5 testers

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Mozilla Is missing the big picture

Which is that like it or not the world is moving to H264, day by day more flash content is being translated, no one that matters is announcing any Ogg Theora content.

IE users aren't going to switch to a browser that 'won't play' video on ideological grounds, they're just going to stick with IE or download chrome instead. Stop worrying about what's going to happen in five years time and concentrate on making sure you don't become a rounding error in the interval.

If FF is dominant in 5 years time, and it could be, then they'll have a lot more sway for dealing with any licensing situation, threatening to disconnect billions of users from video sites makes for really bad, really public PR.

You've got five years, make them count.

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Does Apple patent claim show iPad with built-in camera?

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Absolutely

No other company in the world ever thought of making this years product better than last years, a clearly evil, greedy concept that was totally unknown in the mobile space before Apple invented it.

</ridicule>

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Deserves it's own post I think

I'm guessing someone somewhere got a P45 for that no comment.

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Apple vs the iPad Bedwetters

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An awful lot of hate

From the IT industry for a device that's going to allow the majority of our customers to finally use a computer as effortlessly as they use their TV.

It's not a big iPod, it's the tip of an iceberg.

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Virgin Media battles privacy campaigners on P2P monitoring

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I predict

A strong correlation between expensive data packages and file-sharing.

Almost as if the only reason people bother spending extra on the larger packages is so that they can download more stuff, more often.

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Apple's Tablet won't save Big Dumb Media

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Disagreed

Is traditional print slowly killing itself by giving it away for free online? yes.

Did they have much of a choice? no.

Consider that when the Music industry ignored the web they basically lost a shedload of money as their stuff was shared online for free, but when someone* finally put together an ass saving solution for them, all that nasty sharing meant the demand was still there for their stuff, which was nice.

Print was in a far worse situation, if they ignored the web people wouldn't pirate their stuff, people would simply read something else, exactly like they did when there was a problem and the paper didn't hit the stands, worse though, as the alternatives*** they googled into were almost certainly going to be free. So even assuming someone** finally figured out a way to monetize their content there was a good chance no bugger would want it anymore.

Print couldn't ignore the Net, they've been competing with free from day 1, praying that someone** will work this getting paid shit out before it all goes titsup.

* Apple

** [s]Google[/s] Apple

*** Like this fine website for instance.

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German dentists develop 'painless' plasma tooth-blaster

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Nothing works anymore

"apparently killed 99.99 per cent of the tooth-rotting invaders."

So it missed a bit eh?

Every time I see an advert for a cleaning/medication product these days I notice there's always one bit of flu left clinging to the back of your throat, one dodgy green blob left untouched under the rim of your toilet etc.

I'm pretty sure that when I was a lad the products were better and cleaned up all the scum*

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* This comment created in a nut free environment, comment can not be guaranteed to be free of nuts

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Apple trawling networks for tablet subsidies?

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pft!

"When Apple launched the iPhone, it decided to go it alone, believing that punters would pay top dollar for the Apple product. It is one of the few mistakes Steve Jobs made"

Curious, because what I remember is long lines round the block at launch followed by 6 months of supply issues.

Apple releasing the phone like that was about setting the table with the networks, showing them how fucking lucky they were that Apple was allowing them to sell their überfone.

To Recap: No Network Subsidy, but Apple takes a cut from the Network subscription plan. Apple handles user details and phone registration. Apple handles all extra revenue services such as music & ringtones, Apple defines design and operation of device. Apple maintains and updates phone firmware, Network must include unlimited data with all iPhone plans. Network must heavily advertise device. Network must provide support for users of device. Network must never make direct eye contact with Apple.

This is also why it took so long for MMS, it was never technically hard to implement, it was simply another kick in the balls for the networks so they knew their place in the relationship.

It's coming up for 3 years since Apple went it alone and now they still have all of the above but now the network buys the phone up front, and all it cost Apple was adding MMS lol.

Oh, the tablet, it's going to be initially strong in the education market then branch out from there as specialist apps become available. You shouldn't read anything into any subsidies other than as an indication of Apple's stronger negotiating position.

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Apple's 'latest creation' debuts January 27

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Reading my ever reliable tea leaves I can tell you...

It's designed for students, who are increasingly being tempted from Apple laptops by more portable netbooks, Students of course represent future purchasers and while they may not be able to personally afford Apple kit right now, they're damn good at getting it gifted to them all the same.

That's the target market, pretty much everyone else is going to be non plussed and start the doomage, but in a years time it'll be clear Apple just made/stole/defined another computing platform.

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False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges

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FAIL

This is a guess

1) Guy gets paid to run the city CCTV network.

2) Maintenance on the aging system is costing way more than anticipated.

3) Decides to fake some of the backwater broken cameras with old recorded feeds.

4) Profit!

5) Police CCTV viewers eventually notice.

6) Jailarity ensues.

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Next-gen iPhone rumored for April

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Jebus

Reserving a core for the OS and core apps (phone messaging, GPS), is not only a farking brilliant idea for a dual core phone, but would also be totally awesome on a desktop OS, I have 8 cores here, I'd happily lock one out if it meant I'd never see a GUI freeze, under any circumstances.

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Prysm pitches ultra-green laser telly tech

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yeah but no but yeah

Assuming there's some overlap in the mechanics of this with DLP projectors and laser projectors (which is exactly what this sounds like), you're unlikely to get a single unit anywhere near as thin as an LCD, of course the screen and laser gubbins don't have to be connected so it could just be a small box projecting (lasing?) onto a fixed screen, wall or 2" steel slab with attached secret agent.

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Browsers could host a (simple) database

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I remember reading about this

Back in 2007: http://webkit.org/blog/126/webkit-does-html5-client-side-database-storage/

I think there are iPhone webapps that have been doing this (sans trumpeting), for a long time.

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Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’

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calm down dear

Actually, chrome is built upon webkit, largely maintained by Apple, and I'm 99.99% sure they're very happy google picked it instead of Firefox's Gecko.

You can't steal Linux, or any open source code, that's the whole point, anyone can take the code, reuse or extend it and everyone else gets to see the changes* and incorporate them if wanted.

Google is just another corporation, they have an agenda, sometimes it aligns with we the punters, sometimes against us, you really don't have to use them (yet), if you don't want to though.

*ish, depends on the licence

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