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Tesla's latest car crash: Its 'meritless' lawsuit against ex-Autopilot bod

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Self-regulating recall?

"... that suffer from a crappy parking brake that won't always release. The recall is voluntary."

Presumably only those vehicles that could get their parking brake to release could get to the service centre to take advantage of the recall?

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This story is no more

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Whoops...

Anyone else have a brainfart moment and read this as:-

...orbiting a red dwarf star in the constellation of Cletus.

Don't think I'd be wanting to visit somehow.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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The future?

So in the forthcoming blocker vs adslinger stakes, are we to end up with the internet version of Product Placement a la the movies where the ad is an integral part of the content and not served externally?

Gee, I hope not, as the whole Interwebs will end up looking like Farcebork.

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

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Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

The previous media release from Our Great Leader that stated:-

"direct brain interfaces that will eventually one day let you communicate using only your mind."

should have read:-

"direct brain interfaces that will eventually one day let us inject ads directly into your mind."

We regret any misunderstandings or inconvenience.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Easy...

1. Get gun

2. Point gun at foot

3. Pull trigger

4. Profit?

This rule brought to you by Gerryus Harveii and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Crazy talk in this day and age

I've been hounded from projects for attempting to do this.

Been there, done that.

One Project Mangler I talked to after my quote for a smallish project was being reviewed, was heard to say, "We don't need a testing phase as that would mean you hadn't analysed or written it correctly.".

I withdrew my interest shortly after that.

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nbn™ gets its wish: Australian ISPs' performance to be rated

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Doesn't go far enough

...that compel them to advertise typical internet speeds users will experience at peak times, rather than theoretical headline speeds.

How about a guaranteed minimum speed below which penalties apply to your ISP?

A few days ago, I went into my local ISP's store to get myself "upgraded" as my street has just become nbn-ready. I was offered an 'up-to-25Mbps' connection for my been-in-place-for-years HFC cabling. I asked why it was being downgraded and charged $10/month more, because I already get 'up to' 30Mbps[1]. In return, I got a lot of pseudo-techno-mumble from the PFY at the counter that seemed to totally ignore the question and instead revolve around 'We're just selling what they tell us to'. This was followed by 'The actual speed depends how many people in your street are using the Internet'.

WOW! I'd never thought of that.

</sarcasm>

He then suggested I could buy a Speed Upgrade to 100Mbps but seemed unable to explain how it could go faster if it was already maxxed out at 25.

YES!. Not happy, Jan!

[1] At 02:30 on alternate Wednesdays that coincide with the alignment of all major planets. Any random time that falls between about 16:30 and 22:30, it runs (HA!) at somewhere less than 4Mbps and occasionally just grinds to a .

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Flaw? What Flaw?

Am I the only LastPass user who wasn't notified by email that there was a problem?

I would have thought if there are problems that are bad enough to have LastPass say:

And we want to offer our users with a few steps they can take to further protect themselves from these types of client-side issues.

then why do I have to find out about it through El Reg? Is LastPass's email system not able to send out a warning? Oh, and it seems it isn't a problem, it's an issue. Pardon me.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Only partially finished the US's Kool-Aid

The UK managed to miss out/ignore/avoid the 2 main UAE airports and their associated airlines (Etihad & Emirates) that were on the USA's list, while totally ignoring Oman (Seeb/Muscat), Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and their associated airlines. So, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, no Gulf States seem to be involved.

It's all very strange. Mrs Magani and I plan to visit The Old Dart in the near-ish future, but getting there in comfort (and without crossing Trumpville) is getting more of hassle. Maybe we should return to the milieu of the '50s and '60s and take a long cruise to Tilbury or Southampton (P&O First Class, of course).

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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"...after several big brands pull YouTube ads"

YouTube has ads?

<Thinks> Maybe I should turn my adblockers off to see what I'm missing....

<Thinks again> On 2nd thoughts, maybe not.

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'Australia Card 2.0' is dead: Government ditches plan for one ID to rule them all

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Rights? What rights??

"He also said the government considers it a citizen's right to have ..."

Since when has any recent gummint had any regard to citizen's rights that don't happen to coincide with its own agenda? Uncle Malcolm and Uncle Bill don't seem very different in that respect, do they?

I'll now move to the back of the class and take of my cynic's hat. Thank you.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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You want WHAT?

...John Kelly, has said that such checks should be mandatory and travelers should also be forced to provide passwords and banking records.

The US of A officials have 2 chances of getting my banking details. None and Buckleys.

In the immortal words of John McInroe, "YOU CANNOT BE SIRIUS!".

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

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Re: It's not a new scam

I suppose you are all too young to remember carbon paper.

I remember it OK, but I find it doesn't work very well in an ink jet printer.

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Re: This just reinforces the stereotype

No mention of hoop snakes?

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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

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Brilliant!

The legal method of banning them was to require them to be licensed and then not issue any licences.

That is certainly worthy of Sir Humphrey.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: Once upon a time...

What is the airspeed velocity of a fully laden swallow?

HA! I'm not stupid enough to fall for that one! I know your tricky English-type humour. The answer to your question is based on continents, is it not? I will ask you if this is a Pacific or Atlantic Swallow!!

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China proposes new world order for cyberspace regulation

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The Great Firewall will remain, then?

It also says “No country should use ICT to interfere in other countries' internal affairs or leverage its advantage to undermine the security of other countries' ICT product and service supply chain.”

So, no telling the heroic people of the Middle Kingdom that the ruling party's story about the Tiananmen Massacre as a western media beat-up, was not true.

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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Re: Craignez l'aigle

They are training a very large species of eagle to attack drones.

Sticking one's finger into a rotating propeller or rotor can be a little painful, especially if it's running flat out.

How long will it take a raptor to figure out that sticking either a beak (near its eyes) or a talon (near its feet) into the same prop/rotor isn't a way to lasting happiness, despite what its handler wants it to do.

Fortunately, penguins are never going to intercept drones.

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It's the act, not the platform

If you are taking photos from a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft, the CAA, FAA, ASA, and all the other aviation-based TLAs have no jurisdiction over that, so why are drones any different? It's the act of taking the photo that's the issue here, not the platform on which the camera is mounted. The same situation arises if someone has a telephoto lens from a neighbouring apartment building or on a hillside.

Shirley, there are rules covering privacy already.

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

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Re: Cows/Cowes, IOW?

...would she be called Isla White-Ferry?

Boom! (And according to some traditionalists) Tish!

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Android Things?

...I can ask my IoT toaster if my IoT cats bowl needs filling as I tell my IoT kettle to stick a brew on.

If my (albeit limited) exposure to the IoT is anything to go by, at this point it will toast the cat, fill the cat's bowl with boiling tea, order you a gross of Teas-made from Amazon for drone delivery and ask you to ensure the Amazon Landing Pad is in place.

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We have Zero stock

And I can't touch a PiZero for less than $20 here in the USA.

Ditto here in Oz, only the minimum cost seems to be around AU$35, as they insist on including 2 adaptors that are certainly not worth the extra $25.

I'd love to try out the Zero W, but I'm not holding my breath. All major RasPi suppliers (RS, Element14, etc) here have Zero stock of the Zero (maybe that's where they got their name?) and it's been that way since Christmas when I started looking.

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Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

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Chemtrails!

That is all.

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nbn™ puts the acid on Australia's ISPs to speed up its NBN

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The Need For Speed

Secondly, Morrow is giving RSPs notice that they'll need to explain themselves to consumers.

Can we start by ditching the mantra from resellers / ISPs of speeds "Up to xxx MBps/Mbps". Mostly this has as much in common with reality as a fairy story. I dare say that once in a blue moon, my cable performance hits the 'Up to...' performance that I pay for.

Any complaint is met by things like "Beyond our control", "You must be downloading from overseas", "Someone else must be using your resources". Any references I make towards the fact that their contention ratio might be a bit high are met with a "No comment", or "I don't know what you mean".

How about having a minimum guaranteed speed instead of a mythical maximum one that's rarely met?

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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As long as we don't hear...

Elon, we have a problem...

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Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'!

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Impressive!

I was blown away by the hitherto unknown (well, to me) ability to have your Apple Wearable carry out exercise for you.

(In the accompanying graphic, the Apple wearable's face contains the text: "Hey Siri start a 30 minute run in the park".)

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Re: Simple Solution

I'd say $1 per incorrect/invalid complaint should put a stop to this stupidity. Should work well in a country used to malicious litigation.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Don't mind if I do...

It would seem that Rentokill R&D have been drinking too much of their company's Kool-Aid.

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Booming Android ad revenue shows it’s no longer the poor cousin

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Free as in... Oh, what's that over there...

I have little time for ad-powered 'free' Android apps. I'll try a free app if I think it has potential for me, and if I like it, I'll pay for it (Most Android apps are a only cup of coffee or two).

If I don't buy it, I'll ditch it. If it has no ad-free version, it will probably get ditched anyway.

End result: More screen real estate restored and no blinkin' lights to distract me.

Android - powered by Penguins!

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: Everything old is new again

@FlossyThePig

Perhaps:

- You never look at the certificate;

- You only own cars less than four years old;

- You no longer own a car.

or perhaps I live in a country that isn't the UK?

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Re: Everything old is new again

In the bad old days of cowboy car dealers in the late '60s, I traded my Austin 1800 (yes, I know...) in with 45,000 miles on the clock. About a month later, I saw it parked in the city, and just out of curiosity, went across to have a look at how the new owner was keeping it. The odometer now read 19,000 miles.

(They had removed my spare key, though.)

Wouldn't happen these days, would it....

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Errors in Australia's Centrelink debt recovery system were inevitable

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It's not an error

The Human Services Minister, Alan Tudge, says that sending a letter to a non-debtor is not an error.

In that case, the minister won't mind if every non-debtor recipient of a C/Link letter sends him an invoice for waste of time and mental cruelty, will he?

Where are ambulance-chasing class-action, no-win no-fee lawyers when you need them...

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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Re: Bye Felicia

The two most-discussed concerns this past year were about diversity of viewpoints we see (filter bubbles) and accuracy of information (fake news).

One of the things as yet seemingly not noticed by FB is the number of fake ads that keep popping up. One that's prevalent at the moment is for Ray-Bans at $24. That can't be fake, can it? The URL says it *should* link to 'traralgonmarathon.org.au'. Needless to say, it doesn't. Another instance points at 'kincaidfurniture.com'

Others that seem to be rife are obituaries for 'celebrities'. Here are a couple from the last week or so:-

"Tom Jones, 76 Farewell to Tom Jones whose career spanned six decades..."

URL points at 'montecarlolive.com'

"It's Over For Hogan 'I can't believe it's actually gone' said Paul's wife..."

URL points to 'yourbasicchoice.com'

As I'm not heavily into Russian Roulette, I haven't bothered to click on these to find out where they go, but the little pop-up at the bottom of the screen when I mouse-over the 'ad', leads me to believe it ain't what it appears.

How about cleaning up your own act before changing the world, FarceBook?

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Re: Simultaneously is and isn't bollocks

Ahh! but if you observe it, you won't know how fast its going.

Is that for African or European Bollocks?

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Re: Bah!

... and takes 10 minutes to become even vaguely usable in the morning.

I resemble that remark!

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Don't accept it, act on it

I'm in the very fortunate position that there is no possibility of having to visit the Land of the Free for work purposes, and I'm really sure that wild horses wouldn't have a chance of getting me to visit for pleasure, given their current position.

Canada? Now there's a country worth visiting, if only to talk with expat 'murricans who've seen the light.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Language?

@Jonathan Richards 1

If the criteria really did have to do with countries with a history of terrorism, then the Irish nations would be on the list too, wouldn't they?

If we're looking at countries with a history of terrorism, then in recent years it's not only the Irish, but a large (predominantly Muslim) country in Arabia whose name escapes me but is believed to have business links with a certain Mr P. OTUS as well as being the origin of a high percentage of very bad airline pilots in 2001.

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Re: Banking passwords!

According to my bank's T&Cs:-

Password, PIN, Telecode and Security Device Code security

To help protect your password, PIN, Telecode and Security Device Code (“security passwords”), you must

* Not disclose your security passwords to anyone including a family member or friend ...

However, about 4 bullet points later, we get to:-

* Notify <$bank> immediately if you become aware that your security passwords records have been lost or stolen, or known or used by someone else;

Does this mean that I can cheerfully give The Man my banking PINs Customer Reference Number, password/s etc, etc with a clear conscious, get my bags, walk out into The Land of the Free / Home of The Brave, then promptly ring <$bank> to tell them what's just happened, hoping that they'll immediately change the logon details?

I think not. How's Guantanamo at this time of year? Isn't waterboarding something fun you do in the surf?

I have visited across the Pacific on a number of occasions - the natural beauty of the USA is just remarkable, but I suspect I've had my last visit to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, The Big Island, etc until the management changes.

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Australia wants to jail infosec researchers for pointing out dodgy data

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Re: Hmmm

...an effective means of getting simple ideas into the heads of simple people.

Anyone tried this with Senator Brandis?

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Hmmm

Seems like a new take on 'Shoot The Messenger'.

If it wasn't so serious. it'd be funny.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Downward spiral?

Meanwhile, IBM is heading toward its 20th consecutive quarter of declining revenue.

Earlier in an IBM boardroom...

"Guess what? I've found a way to reduce staff numbers without actually firing anyone!"

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FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

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Not a canard

Cisco insists this isn't a recall; rather it's a proactive replacement.

If it looks like a duck and swims like a duck and sounds like a duck, it's probably a recall regardless of Cisco's spin doctoring.

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AI vuln-hunter bots have seen things you people wouldn't believe

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Have seen things you people wouldn't believe

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion?

C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate??

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Turnbull transforms tech right off his agenda

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Missing Pork Products

“We've invested $590 million since 2009 in clean coal technology research and demonstration and yet we do not have one modern high-efficiency low-emissions coal-fired power station, let alone one with carbon capture and storage.”

In other words, we're having a bit of trouble finding the pig we're going to put lipstick on.

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

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Visage

Do AI poker players have a particular poker face screen?

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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Trust? Who, me?

...and we become more trusting.

Speak for yourself. As I get older, I just become more cynical and pessimistic.

However, I do see that happening to this demographic as I seem to be the go-to IT guy for all my wife's friends and relations (Hay, he's retired - how busy can he be?). Trying to get the idea across to my 86-year-old brother-in-law that the local telco has no interest about the nasty virus on his PC can sometimes lead to pulling out what little of my hair remains. Ditto with the ubiquitous nearly-incomprehensible Indian-accented Microsoft 'helper'.

I try to get the message through that there are people out there that mean them harm, even if it's only from a financial point of view.

Oh, you got an email from your second cousin saying they're stranded in Ulan Bator / Timbuktu / Istanbul and want you to send $$$ via Western Union and you pressed 'Reply' to check if it was really them and it came back saying 'Yes'? <long sigh>....

Us Olde Phartes who can remember where we were when JFK caught a bullet and watched Armstrong walk on the moon when we were at work on a smuggled-in B/W 12" TV grew up in a far more trusting world. Here in the Greater Antipodes, no one locked the front door unless we we were going on holidays, and we didn't need to see an ID card when someone came to the front door, but I digress.

As the headline suggests, talk to your Granny. It'll make her day, even if she isn't necessarily following the IT side of the conversation, as you've actually taken the trouble to talk to her. That means a lot these days.

Must go now - a 94-year-old relative needs her PC shifting to her new retirement village so she can keep up with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids spread across the globe via Skype and Facebook. YAY!

Icon: We also remember Jimmy Edwards.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Attention - Kellyanne Conway

...went rogue and started posting facts about climate change.

I guess the Trump team will just dismissively classify these as 'alternative facts'

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China's Great Firewall to crack down on unofficial VPNs – state-approved net connections only

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Life Reflects Art

...without pesky internet users getting information from the outside world.

Like the fact that the Tiananmen Massacre was a Western media scam according to Chinese search engine Baidu.

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

George Orwell, 1984

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Guess I got it wrong

"Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties.

Oops. Here's me thinking that it was Apple that was the one who used "exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties". How silly of me.

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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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Ironic...

...that the person who wants to share everyone else's details, wants total privacy for himself, and will use whatever $$$ clout he can to purchase it.

I love Kauai and its very laid-back atmosphere. I hope the Hawaiians give him the middle finger.

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