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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

Martin H Watson

Yet everyone is happy for their phone provider to know where they are or the phone won't work. Odd.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

Martin H Watson

Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS

I think it's ok if it's for your own use, whatever that means.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Martin H Watson

I have a large collection of secretly photographed 'NO PHOTOGRAPHY' signs from all over the world. My favourite is from the souvenirs shop at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. You are welcome to snap the former crossing point, but not the gift shop!

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Martin H Watson

Complex password, simple user Id

We read so much about the importance of complex passwords. However I wonder how many times user IDs such as John.Smith, jsmith, user2, training, sysadmin and administrator are used. Making user IDs more complex but still meaningful will help increase security. Especially for sysadmins. I've long advocated this, but it is rarely mentioned.

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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

Martin H Watson

I'd like to say this is 'Horrid' but it sounds too much like a grocer's in Knightsbridge.

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Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

Martin H Watson

I read that as iconic silver screen at first.

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

Martin H Watson

Try an FOI request first!

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Martin H Watson

I even get spam sent to the unique address I use for my very well-known ISP. They denied any wrong doing. And it happens with at least two other unique addresses. The latter two I blackholed so it's a pointless exercise for them.

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

Martin H Watson

Every law we have could be replaced with good manners. Theft, murder, speeding, fraud, aggressive replies on forums etc are all bad manners.

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Re: Noise cancelling headphones

People talk in a different and more assertive manner on the phone as a replacement for mannerisms and body language. Also, people inadvertently speak louder if they are struggling to hear the other person, typically due to engine nose.

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Re: "The bill would still allow passengers to use mobile devices for texting"

And people who don't turn OFF the keyboard bleeps!

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

Martin H Watson

My clothes don't smell after sitting next to a smoker in the Pub any more. Leave them alone.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

Martin H Watson

Find out what cul-de-sac actually means...

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Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

Martin H Watson

Whenever I see someone blue toothing on a train, I start talking very loudly to whoever is sitting next to me about how silly they look. It never lasts long...

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Martin H Watson

Web sites that insist on a mobile number when I actually don't have one really bug me. Nearly as much as free Wi-Fi that wants to send a code to my non existent mobile. Or perhaps I'm using free Wi-Fi because my mobile has died.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

Martin H Watson

Prodigal means wasteful, not one who returns. Or was he both?

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

Martin H Watson

scanners

If the cameras are as rubbish as their bar code scanners then they'll probably think I'm Darth Vader.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

Martin H Watson

log the cat in....

Then let it play with the mouse.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

Martin H Watson

free in flight Wi-Fi...

On Norwegian last month from Split to London was wonderful.

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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

Martin H Watson

Dare I say...

...that I hope the villains get Shopped?

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Google's new broadband offer: 20-days of WiFi for a quid

Martin H Watson

Just back from a holiday in Croatia's second city, Split. I couldn't believe how many free hotspots there are in a country only twenty years out of a civil war.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

Martin H Watson

Re: Should I send this to our IT dept?

Helldesk? That says it all.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Martin H Watson

Vinyl smells nicer than MP3s.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

Martin H Watson

Re: don't blame the public, the sign gives permission to drive on the taxiway

Taxing Aircraft? Are they the tiring ones or the ones who work for the revenue?

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Nokia quiz: Do you know what a phablet is?

Martin H Watson

Hear hear! Some of these made-up words are so crass. Tablerone is much better.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

Martin H Watson

Re: "Dual Purpose Grenades"

Country music is about home life and western music is about the great outdoors.

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Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

Martin H Watson

auction off his own seat? Bottom Rats?

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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Martin H Watson

The way ahead has to favour those companies with a web link asking you when you'd like THEM to call you.

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Martin H Watson

I'd rather talk to a friendly idiot who can't help me, than a robot.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

Martin H Watson

Re: re: but the initials?...

Last year a shop in Surbiton got round this with a window display using square rings and the text "Lodno 0212"

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Martin H Watson

Re: Been there, done that. In 1985.

bluegrass cello! Excellent!

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

Martin H Watson

It is in the loft next to my 512kb Amstrad, but I do still have mine

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Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

Martin H Watson

Re: Homonym hell

Not so smart... you mean homophone.

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

Martin H Watson

I don't do anything financial or confidential on my tablet. I'm delighted with the free Wi-Fi I can get standing inside or outside my bank chain or local brewery pubs.

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

Martin H Watson

Re: I'm totally fed up with swearing ...

Khaptain, I'm quite prepared for it here On El Reg but look at current comments On CNN after a report on a 'friend'who have away a GI's dog while he was on active service. The comments are pitiful, whoever was in the right. If aliens landed and saw how we use the web they'd leave for another 10,000 years.

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Martin H Watson

Re: What the fork?

I think you mean synonyms. A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning.

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Martin H Watson

I'm totally fed up with swearing ...

I'm sick of reading posts that start OMG or WTF or dude or Jeez. While I accept that it does the service of giving me an advance warning that the subsequent content will be semi-literate, I can still live without it.

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Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your FACEBOOK password

Martin H Watson

Has John Leydon left...

...the Sex Pistols then? I bet I'm the 12th to ask today.

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

Martin H Watson

The terrible word 'phablet'

‘Phablet’ surely must be one of the worst literary contrivances of all time, supposedly meaning a tablet-sized phone. Surely 'Tablerone' is far better. I relish the thought of seeing idiots on trains and buses putting a Tablerone in their ear.

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White House 'wants Feds to draw up cyber-defences' for power plants

Martin H Watson

Die Hard 4.0

All you need is a roll-up keyboard that plugs into whatever you want to hack. Oh, and Bruce Willis aka John McLaine.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

Martin H Watson

Hold on a mo...

...you don't get sprigs of asparagus, they're tips...

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Martin H Watson

a decent sprig of asparagus

I was expecting it to be an electric eel at the very least. A decent sprig of asparagus???

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Martin H Watson

they can call you back

I think after 5 minuets of being on hold to any company, a message should kick in offering you the chance to leave your details so that they can call you back.

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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While standing on Box Hill...

...just what did people have to send messages about anyway? Most of them seemed to have painted them on the road the night before.

Anyway, I'm still aiming to be the last man standing without a mobile phone.

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Martin H Watson

When I worked for a subsidiary of BT...

...they had a server called Big Balls.

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Blighty laid bare as historic aerial snaps archive goes online

Martin H Watson

In a hundred years time...

...our descendants will be waiting keenly for the release of 2012 StretView images, only to find that they were all scrapped for data protection reasons. Please don't let that happen.

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Japan still in love with the fax

Martin H Watson

and bring back TELEX next

I USED TO LOVE SENDING TELEXES. I COULD TYPE IN CAPITALS AND NOBODY TOLD ME TO STOP SHOUTING.

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New London Bus API arrived at approximately ... 15.00

Martin H Watson

ROUTINELY??

London buses are tracked by GPS, so shelters routinely have three-line screens ??? ROUTINELY?? They are the excception rather than standard and they are being removed. I don't have a fone-dle, I want bus stop displays.

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Google Maps adds aircraft, tricycles and skiers to cover all bases

Martin H Watson

I'm wondering...

I'd be happy just knowing why Google maps thinks the New King's Road, Chelsea is 'A308 motorway'.

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Britain has 10 million twits, tweets Twitter

Martin H Watson

I don’t use Twitter

I don’t use Twitter as I find it impossible to summarise my complex sophisticated thoughts into meaningful sentences of less than 140 charac

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