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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

Robin Szemeti

Not just your current password ...

Don't forget, the retards are eBay do not just keep your current password in the db, they keep all your previous passwords too ... as anyone who has been faced with their "you can't use that password, beacause you have used it before" idiocy will know ... so potentially they have not just revealed your current password .. but your whole keyring.

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Raspberry Pi used as flight computer aboard black-sky balloon

Robin Szemeti

LiPo suction

The best energy/weight density of any current battery (current, geddit?) is probably LiPo

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Robin Szemeti
Coat

Amazing acheivment

Truly stunning ... I'm impressed.

Wait, not at the ballon altitude or the assembling of the various perpipherals. Frankly lofting a camera to 143,000 feet is not that much of an achievement compared to actually gettign hold of a Rapsberry Pi. It's the stuff of legends .. there are people who claim to know people who have seen one, but, when these leads are followed up, they turn out to be dead ends. Rarer than olympic guards and dodo eggs, the RaspberryPi is the stuff of dreams.

I'll get my coat, its the one with an Arduino in the pocket.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

The first two paragraphs

were quite well written. However, they were not so well written that it was necessary to repeat them again as paragrpahs 3 and 4 .. a bit too quick with the copy/paste methinks?

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Microsoft probes IE8 dll AWOL hell

Robin Szemeti
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I fail to see the problem

Let me get this right ...

You install some sort of random MS update and IE will no longer boot?

and the problem is?

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

Robin Szemeti
Coat

Making?

Making phones .. sure ..

Selling phones? Ah, there you may have a point ;)

I'll get my coat, its the one with a HTC in the pocket ...

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E. coli turns seaweed into ethanol

Robin Szemeti
Mushroom

errm

because whilst I believe in our ability to stop highly modified e-coli escaping out of a test tube and wrecking the place .. I do not believe we will do so well when the process is tried on an industrial scale.

Don't forget, they have had plastic-munching bacteria available for over a decade that could munch our polythene waste down no problem .. except no one think we would be able to convice them to only munch the stuff we no longer needed.

So sure, call me a doom-sayer ... but don't come crying to me when it all goes badly wrong.

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Robin Szemeti
Mushroom

So what happened?

Well the e-coli got out into the marine ecosystem and basically disgested all the seaweed it could find.

That sounds bad.

Yeah, that was bad enough, it reoved a valauble food source, killing off a lot of the larger fish and marine mammals.

But the smaller stuff survived right?

Well, no .. although the smaller stuff was nto dependent on seaweed directly, and was not attacked by the e-coli ... unfortunately it was unable to stand the high levels of water-borne ethanol ...

So the seas died.

Umm ...

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10 years ago today: Bill Gates kicks arse over security

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Pardon?

"and even a security leader, whose example other IT giants would do well to emulate."

Err, from where I sit, the landscape is pretty much unchanged. MS may well have improved its security, but so have "the others". The exodus to Linux continues, finally the CEOs who simply signed on Redmond's line for web services have woken up to the fact that there are more reliabel alternatives to IIS and as tablet computing pushes its way into offices and begins to replace the desktop, Redmonds grasp of control over the office is slipping.

As corporates make the move over to *nix based servers (which they are doing, in the droves) they are not doing it because they enjoy installing new software. Security is the driver and *nix still proves to be miles ahead of MS as it has for years and years.

My kids already prefer to use their smartphone or Kindle to access the web than the crusty old PC in the corner ... mostly because it is virus ridden and sprinkled in malware and adware.

I can only assume your "security leader" quote came from your advertising department ;)

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Banana war: Velvet Underground shoots holes in Apple bag

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Do they have written transfer?

Copyright rests with the creator of the work.

While the source of inspiration may have been an advert, Warhols treatment undoubtedly created a work in its own right.

Under US law, copyright rests with the creator of the work unless there is a written transfer. For all I know, Warhol may well have never transfered the copyright to Velvet Underground in writing, and hence their use of the image is under an implied license.

i predict, that unless they have a written assignment of copyright signed by Mr Warhol, they will lose.

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Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe

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Who's conning who?

So she's complaining that she needs paying out because someone revealed how old she is? That rather implies she was not telling people ... which is possibly fraudulent. What woudl be more interesting is if we can find some place where she claimed to be younger and bring about a class action from all the people who bough the movie thinking they were watching a 25yrs old, and it turns out she's older than that,

In reallity, it doesn't matter, but the craziness of someone suing for publishing a true fact ... well, it could only happen in America,

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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

Robin Szemeti

Sounds like Drobo

This "innovation" sounds exactly like Drobo, and no doubt a number of other NAS devices.

I'm not really sure how it differs from LVM, RAID etc ... most of this has, as you say, been done before ... although I will bet good money that M$ has obtained patents for this "new" idea ...

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Robin Szemeti
Facepalm

But the big question is ...

Will the control panel app for this feature slide partially out of view a few seconds after you open it, and are just reading the info from the screen?

No? Then why do you think its a good idea to have this "feature" on your website huh? Bored of your articles hopping about on the page when I am trying to read them.

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Boffins glue self-righting ROBO-VELOCIRAPTOR tail to car

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Damn resizing ads

keep moving the stuff I'm trying to read while I am reading it.

time to find a new tech news site that doesnt actively try to annoy its readers

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

Robin Szemeti
Coat

The Italian horses mouth?

Let me guess ..your hack, err, sorry, *journalist* got the information from a talking horse ... it whispered in his ear ... it was able to do this, and your journo was able to detect the horse was Italian because it's head was detached and lying in the bed next to him?

I'll get my coat, its the one with the lump of Parmesan in the pocket.

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Blocking Twitter, Facebook during riots not such a hot idea - MPs

Robin Szemeti

Unwritten subtext

No, of course we wont tunr it off, feel free to post as much incriminating evidence as you like. We'll be coming round your house a few months later to pick you up.

Much easier that way. Allows us to balance our workload. Carry on tweeting.

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Nearest supernova since 1986 blasts boffin off her chair

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GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

How much

So after all that, and they were failry tricky questions, I would say putting you in the top 1% of the IQ spectrum .. they offer:

Salary £25,446 (GC10) £31,152 (GC9)

err ... dood, you just screened them for being bright, and you think they are dumb enough to work for those salaries? get a grip.

I'll take a nice contract on £10K a month thanks.

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San Diego woman strips to bikini to look for her chihuahua

Robin Szemeti
Happy

It could have been worse

She could have been looking for her pussy! ...

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NetApp's £1m challenge won by precisely no one

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Or, alternatively ...

They said:

The kit, software and services is unclaimed because potential customers thought the offer was just not believable.

Translation:

We can't even give the stuff away :(

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Japanese take World Solar Challenge

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Hardly surprising, given the standard of construction

I did manage to look over the Tokai teams site and they place great emphasis on weight reduction of the bodywork and chassis. If it is built like anything else from Japan, I suspect it is a neat and elegant structure.

I had previously seen some pics of other cars, that frankly, looked like rolling scrap-heaps under the sleak bodywork. tens of metres of cable loosely coiled in void spaces, very basic chassis, badly welded suspension subframes, etc etc .. frabnkly, the standard of construction was far worse than you see at any amateur motorsport meeting.

If the Japanese team had applied their usual construction and attention to detail to the project, then it is hardly surprising they won, as from what I saw, the competetiors were poorly built and needlessly overweight.

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Anonymous Twitter alternative developed for rioters

Robin Szemeti
Big Brother

Funniest thing I heard eva!

So let me get this right ... in order to receive the Top Secret messages from your fellow anarchists .. all you need to do is subscribe your mobile (which is linked to you by the account you signed in from) to this server ... and send the server your location information on a regular basis ... then by subscribing to the channel "#burnWallstreet" you can escape from The Man by getting Top Secret warnings ...

Errr ... so you identify yourself to the server, allow it to map your position, and then indicate your intentions by channel subscription ...

Sounds great! ... I am sure the authorities will love this, saves all that photgraphing and CCTV etc, this is much better! the sheeple simply sign in and carry a GPS tracker! .. should make rounding htem up for mass extermination later soooo simples!! Simply capturing the network traffic into/out of that box should be easy .. job done!

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Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Marketing fail

Massive geek and tech-head marketing fail.

I failed to see the unique features demonstrated, either the graphical camera + patterns feature, or the "its open source" angle. No snazzy video content of the cobination of live vid and patterns, no access to anyting like the source.

MilkyMist seems to be nothing more than the usual Windows/whatever music to pattern algoritm, in a box. The alternative would seem to be a laptop with a VGA output, which will allow you to play videos. have a GUI, store stuff etc as well. The only vaguely unique thing about it seems to be that it can (apparrently) mix up incoming video into the display ... if it can, they failed to demo it in there videos. I watched each one hoping to catch a glimpse of

The one unique selling point, and they fail to even show it in action ... lame.

You are trying to persuade people to not use what they would probably use (a laptop) and take a bit of a leap of faith ... which they may do IF the piece of cheese was tasty enough ... and you don't even show the unique thing it can do??? FAIL.

A classic example of why engineers shoudl be kept well away from marketing anything!

In desperation, and following up the nerdy "han I hack on it" angle, I followed the "developer" link on their page ... its supposed to be "open source" so one of the kewl things would be getting into the code and building other projects on top of the hardware platform ... its got some useful IO and with open source of the hardware design, you could have some fun ... and even just the board layouts woudl be fun to look at in KiCAD ... I wanted to see easy access to tools I could use, and documentation, to modify the unit, that would make it an interesting tech toy.

There are secions in the Wiki for Milky mist, almost all seem to be blank, no pages, no downloads, no source code, so nerdy FAIL

I did vaguely look at the NanoNote, being such as low-volume unit, my primary concern was "will it be compatible with anything" ... you really need to feel comfortable thats its going to be something other than an interesting curiosity, and that the designers really understand how compatibility is key. The web page for the "B*n" NanoNote, and indeed even the name itself contains some UTF8 character not rendered on any of my various Linux boxes or my XP boxes, clearly compatibilty didn't even cross their minds when deiciding on the name, so it leaves me little confidence the device itself will be compatible with anything.

Again a marketing fail. Do these guys even have a marketing guy on the team? If so he needs quietly taking out the back and shooting!

Nice try, and technically, an interestign challenge exectuted very nicely ... amazing what a team of just a few people can achieve. But, sorry, you really need to work on the marketing BIG TIME.

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Robin Szemeti
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No no ...

You are selling to geeks here. Standards and compatibility are key.

The correct answer was "the standard defines a 5 pin XLR, if you have a 3 pin connector on your equipment, you will be able to use MilkyMist one with a simple adaptor"

Secondly, DMX 512 uses EIA-485, a balanced signalling protocol ... since you have chosen to implement it with an unbalanced connector, you can't really transform from 3 to 5 pin with a "simple passive adaptor" ... if you had used 5 pin, balanced signals you can go to 3 pin, unbalanced (and non standard) fairly easily, but you need an active adaptor to provide a standards compliant interface.

Sorry, bad and wrong design decision. Follow the standards and then let users break them if they want to, not the other way around.

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Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper

Robin Szemeti
WTF?

FTTC? 40mbs? .. and then what?

Pardon me for not getting it, but why to people keep saying how the economy will be helped/boosted by "super fast broadband" ... for example the local town (failed) bid for a Enterprise Zone that would have inlcuded "super fast broadband" to businesses in the area.

Why? so they can porn-surf in HD while businesses in zones without the benefit have to watch in 640x480? Just how much broadband do you need for a company making widgets? "well, the widget machines ran at 400 widgets and hour, providing the young lads could climb in and re-grease them without getting squished" ... "but, now we have moved to an enterprise zone, with the superfast broadband for Mr Fletcher up in t'office, we run em at 450 widgets an hour" ??

Just how much more business could I expect to do with a doubling of broadband speed? I suppose the page-load times on my gmail account would reduce, giving me an extra 8 seconds of useful time to re-deploy? ...

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'Angry Bird in the Sky' spotted by astronomers

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Nope ... not even a beak

Color me stupid, but even with the "highlighted" snap kindly provided by someone, I cannot get any hint of chicken.

Nice piccy though ... but the people who name these things must be whacked out on lens cleaner.

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New GPL licence touted as saviour of Linux, Android

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

more FUD from the FSF

The pile-of-poo that is the GPLV3 did not take off. Almost no one went for it, except for a few zealots, and the rest of the world has been quite happy with the tried-and-trusted GPLV2 ever since.

This seems to have stuck in the throat of the FSF who just can't accept peoples free choice that the GPLV3 sucks and they would rther keep using the old one.

For an orgniisation that promotes freedom, this seems to be a very odd standpoint.

There are a LOT of things I dont like about the V3 of the GPL and find the FUD spread around by the FSF about how "dangerous" V2 is to be somewhat offensive .. V3 has been around for a good while now, no one likes it .. end of story.

If Mr Stallman and his mates would just accept that the entire world does not have to conform to their exceedingly narrow view of freedom, it would be a good start.

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NATO site hacked

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Passwords stolen?

I'm seriously hoping they mean "salted SHA1 hashes of the passwords, which will not allow the attackers to recover your actual password" rather than "Passwords" .... surely NASA will not have been dumb enough to actually store plain passwords?

Everyone know to only store hashes, I mean, its not rocket-science is it?

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T-Platforms CPU-GPU hybrid hits 1.3 petaflops at Moscow State

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Firefox 'Do Not Track' header wins first convert

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This is *so* not going to happen

"Hey, guys ... quick convene a board meeting, Mozilla has this new feature that will enable us to stop tracking millions of users .. .why, if we implement this in our advert/spam back end .. we could lose ..w ell, millions of dollars in revenue ... lets start work immediately!" ..

You *reall* think they are going to implement it on the ad-farms .. and even if they say they do, you really think they will?

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I floated a site into the cloud, and it didn't rain down in chunks...

Robin Szemeti

Java?

Some time since I've seen much serious web development done in Java, but iy must be useful to someone I suppose.

The CDN is much more useful, if you have a static site, you can deploy it directly to the CDN with no other messing about. Once its onthe Cloudfront CDN, you can pretty much just leave AWS to get on with it.

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London's Olympic clock claps out

Robin Szemeti
Coat

There is nothing wrong with the clock

It's working perfectly, correctly showing the remaining time to the start of the games. Its just that it is counting down to the actual start time, not the planned start time ... the two events may not be coincident ;)

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Google opens curtain on 'manual' search penalties

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Wish it hadn't foundem

I personally detest these vertical search engines like Foundem, I truly wish services like google had a "keep this crap off my screen" button to eliminate these lepers of the internet from my results.

If I am searching for "rubber thong polish" I generally want to find links to sites that sell rubber thong polish, not some ugly looking site that has a bunch of outdated links to poor quality sites that paid the site operator to list them for certain keywords, usually unrelated to what I was actually searching for.

Normally I would wish them a slow, painful death, however, in this case I will settle for wishing them a quick painful death.

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No Jobs, Schmidt deleted: Microsoft can't fail, can it?

Robin Szemeti
Gates Horns

What they don't say is ..

exactly what resources will be need to run Windows on ARM. What has prevented Windows running on ARM in the past has not been the lack of tableets or anyting else, it has been resources and processing. Windows on ARM will not be running on your embedded fridge controller anytime soon, I suspect they will start with high-end iPAd type devices and it will struggle with anything less than a 1ghz processor and 2Gb of ram.

What was chenged for Windows to run on ARM? simple, ARM devices have finally got big and fasty enough to run the bloatware the MS traditionally ships. I wait patiently to see how responsive it is compared to the competition ...

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Google charges feds $25 a head for user surveillance

Robin Szemeti

How many?

$6.7 million / $25 a head = 268000 people in the USA are wiretapped?

geez ... land of the free?

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Facebook set to unveil 'Gmail killer'

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

Good grief!

If MS wasn't bad enough with its data leaks and exploits, allowing FB to sift through your emails is just crazy.

I cannot think of a more frightening combination (OK, I can, but it involves mating a goat with a venemous snake, so not really likely to happen)

You might as well paste your password on the bottom of all your mails ... like it or not FB will be sharing meta data from your mails with every marketeer on the planet.

No Thanks.

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PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

Robin Szemeti
Paris Hilton

Why did you do that?

Why stand the heli bottle vertical? there is no liquid in it ... it would have worked just as well lying down, without the risk of it falling over. its never a good idea to stand gas cylinders upright unless they are chained to somethign solid ... otherwise, when they fall over, they either break someones leg, ig you are lucky .. or snap their valve assembly off and leave the scene like a large gas powered torpedo.

Lie it down next time chaps, paris prefers it lying down, so should you.

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PARIS launch go for 23 Oct

Robin Szemeti

Do not ...

get too frisky with the old "ooh look I've breathed a load of helium and talk in a funny voice" trick.

Firstly, a one off is fine, but ... do it too many times in a short space of time, and you don't get any oxygen into your bloodstream .. but the weird thing about breathing helium is .. it doesn't make you feel out of breath or anything ... you just start getting light headed and then pass out and bang your head on the workshop bench on the way down.

Not that I would know, as obviously I would not have done that ....

also, do not have a few too many beers and use helium to fill bin-bags .. and then let them off skywards with great long length of bog-roll tied to them .. which you set alight as they are about 100 foot up ... and watch them disappear .. flaming, into the night sky ... as the police will take a dim view of that sort of thing.

Not that I have done that either .. oh no.

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Microsoft adopts invisible mobile pitch

Robin Szemeti
Gates Horns

And how will it give you your life back?

Easy,

because it will be crashed for 90% of the time, with the battery flat for the next 10%

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Jailbreaker alert: Apple TV runs iOS

Robin Szemeti
Jobs Horns

Now way Jose!

Sorry, but Stevo has already shown himself to be unsuitable to be in charge of anything important.

It was bad enough when he suddenly took a jobsonian dislike to various apps on the iPhone/iPad and pulled them, or simply refused to allow them on in ht efirst place, for no other reason than "it wasnt to Stevo's liking" ...

And you want to let him loose with the same megolomanical power with your TV? .. "hey what happened to those scenes from the movie?" "sorry, Stevo doesnt approve of <insert his latest dislike here>" ... "hey, the news ... what happened to the item about <blah>" .. "sorry, Stevo doesn't support <whatever> so the item was pulled" etc.

Frankly, letting Steve Jobs loose with any sort fo control over what appears on the nations TV streams is about as terrifying as it gets. Maybe he missed the boat for a lead role in Orwells 1984, but he's catching up fast!

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Google Instant – more searches, less thought

Robin Szemeti
Coat

For maximum amusement

Try typing "is it wrong" into Google, and behold the suggested awesomeness of the auto-completion ... which i presume is (rather worryingly) based on popular searches ..

I'll get my coat [% insert auto-completed phrase here %]

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Vital PARIS supplies jet in from US

Robin Szemeti

but these are bigger!

@jasonw these straws go up to 10.5" long and .492" diameter!!

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Robin Szemeti
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Already waxed?

I wouldn't rate your chances of gettign the PVA to stick very well. To work, PVA needs to penetrate the substrate, a waxed straw is designed to keep the moisture (and thus the glue) out. You would have done better with unwaxed ones.

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Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

Robin Szemeti
Coat

Actually ... its very useful data

By correlating the density of open wifi networks with population density .. Google should be able to produce a map showing where to find the highest numbers of idiots ...

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Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

Robin Szemeti
Joke

Standard Aussie joke ..

Immigration official: "Good morning Sir, before entering Australia, I have to ask you some questions"

Tourist: "sure ... go ahead"

Immigration official: "Do you have a criminal record?"

Tourist: "I'm awfully sorry but I don't ... I didn't reallise it was still compulsory ..."

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Matrix actor site stages defacement spat

Robin Szemeti
Gates Horns

Frontpage!

Its running Frontpage ... need I say more?

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ZigBee searches for a new home

Robin Szemeti
FAIL

I just dont get this

Why put your Zigbee transceiver in the SIM? Sure, a zigbee enabled phone might be useful ... but why the SIM?

I suppose with the possibility of adding Zigbee to older phones simply by popping in the new SIM and installing new software on the phone, a suitable user interface could be created, but will phone manufacturers do that? or would they prefer to sell you a new phone?

You dont have to be a marketing genius to work that one out. If Zigbee is going to make its way onto phones, it will be by dedicted phone hardware, if Zigbee SIMS do start to appear I think it unlikely that older phones will get firmware upgrades to suit.

Also, dont forget the telecoms market is highly cost sensitive, a more expensive SIM is hardly likely to be snapped up with glee by the providers as a universal offering.

Sorry, sounds like a dead duck to me.

I can see Zigbee enabled handsets catching on right after Zigbee enabled smart appliances .... like .. not real soon now.

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Muso turfed off train for 'suspicious' set list

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Protecting his privacy?

Interesting that they were so concerned to ask him to step off the train to "protect his privacy" ...

If they were so concerend about his privacy they should not have been reading over his shoulder in the first place. Makes me seriously worried about travelling on trains at all .. what if im on my way to a meeting and the green-jacketed plastic plod decide they want to see whats on my laptop and I decline? Will I be thrown off? can they even ask to examine my laptop? what abut PACE etc?

Sounds like its time to buy a boat and get out of here ...

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Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

Robin Szemeti
Jobs Horns

who wants one of those?

Here, buy this crappy phone and we'll let you know later what we will allow you to run on it?

No thanks. You can stuff that one where the squirrel keeps it's nuts.

This just puts me RIGHT off the iPhone and the rest of the Apple crap ... how long before you can only run Apple approved software on your laptop? oh wait ... ah yes, the iPad .. .the great sanitary-towel come notebook. Remind me not to get one.

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Microsoft fluffs Feds with secure cloud

Robin Szemeti
Gates Horns

Syntax Error:

Error #232412 at line 1. Statement contains "Microsoft" and "secure" without required parameter "jokeLevel" or "jokeLevel" is zero.

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