* Posts by lukewarmdog

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Requested Data

When re-doing secret questions for an online service as I'd clearly made my last lot so secure even I couldn't get them right.. one of them was "who was your favourite musician growing up?" or something along those lines. Maybe "what was your favourite band?".

You really don't want your headphones providing an answer to that question to some data slurper.

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

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Really torn by judgements like this. On the one hand we're told they're civil servants faking illness or a known drug pusher living abroad or it's a priest caught with child porn on his laptop and they just want to find more on his phone. All terrible people and legitimate targets of the courts.

And then on the other hand the police want to access their Facebook account. Why? What is that going to prove that will stand up in court? Why can't these people be caught via other police actions?

FBI agent: "Says here you posted you were going to the post office. Says right here, at 10:30 am you posted to someone called Ted123 that you were going to cash your disability check. Is that true John.Calzone69?"

Defendant: "No your honour, that wasn't me, must have been my son"

FBI agent: "Oh and was it also your son who posted these cat pictures to your Facebook?"

Defendant: "Yes, your honour, or my wife"

FBI agent: "You really expect the court to believe you allow other people to update your profile?"

Defendant: "Yes. I have no arms so I can't update it myself very easily"

I mean seriously.. what the hell is on your Facebook surely to God (if one exists, obviously) can not be used in a court of law to prove you cheated on your disability claim.

FBI: "says here you told John.Calzone69 that you were going for a walk round the block but your disability claim says you can't walk!"

Defendant: "My wife pushed me in a wheelchair, you already have the video and photographic evidence to prove this from the van you have parked over the road from my house"

Maybe I'm missing something, maybe all people do on Facebook is post incriminating evidence that is acceptable in a court of law but I don't really see it myself.

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Kremlin hackers suspected in assault on athletics governing body

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Re: Athletes confidential files not confidential

My thoughts exactly.

Client: "We have all this stuff we need to keep totally private"

Idiot: "We can just keep it on this Internet facing server"

Rather than trying to protect the unprotectable, stop sticking this stuff on the Internet. Or at least stop being surprised when it gets taken.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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reminds me of Morrisey singing "there is a light that never goes out".

In the IoT world this becomes "there is no light that hackers can't gain control of" or "there is no light because your app has become outdated and is no longer being maintained, visit Ikea to get a more up to date version."

Obviously not as catchy, I'll work on it.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: This is correlative not causative.

I dunno.. if I got shot, got cancer and got put on a cocktail of sensitive drugs, I think I'd need a pint to come to terms with all that.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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Claims

I often claim things are completely untrue because it suits me at the time.

Councils claiming they won't be affected is a nice soundbite but nothing more.

"to the best of our knowledge, this will not affect services" said somebody at the council who is purposefully kept in the dark so they can say that with a straight face.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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I think what saddens me with this story is not that we sent broken limbed mice out to space then killed them for the return journey.

Nope what saddens me is that somewhere there is a a process document that describes (probably with pictures) how to break the legs of mice and how to repair those breaks. The appendix is a list of the brave mice that suffered and died, reduced to a project number and individual ids.

I'm not sure what they're simulating here either. If I broke my leg and was waiting for it to heal, you can bet any money the space shuttle company would not let me travel and no amount of me waving a newspaper cutting that said mice did it first would get me anywhere.

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Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

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Unhappy

No, you're a jerk.

Let's hope nobody chokes on anything because I think the Heimlich maneuver would count as a "brilliant jerk".

For starters, "brilliant jerk" is not a category, secondly it's not the one they need to address.

Since when was "jerk" synonymous with sexist, racist, homophobic, misogynist etc. etc.

Seems to me they're leaving the door open for the current management to carry on being dicks.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Personally I think they're taking the wrong people to task entirely.

If you could get the heads of the advertising channels in one room and say you were going to bankrupt them with new online advertising taxes unless they started vetting where their adverts went then they'd do a cost analysis and become more careful with where their adverts went.

Don't really think going after the heads of the social media platforms is going to achieve anything at all.

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Facebook, Instagram: No, you can't auto-slurp our profiles (cough, cough, border officials)

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I think the problem here is the "we depend" bit of Ozers speech.

If you "need" to communicate about the most important issues in our lives, stop doing it on a third party platform that censors you, that sells your personal information to advertisers, that can track your activists and shares your information with various Government agencies.

By all means use social media to link to a post on your own website but do not depend on social media to help you out because the second it doesn't you become very, very unimportant. Plus whereas before a group of activists might have come together in a bookshop and the local police would have needed actual surveillance, now Facebook knows who all your friends are and what you're saying to each other. It's a stupid place to do politics.

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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Devil

Poor FBI, can't do right for doing wrong.

I mean they could have just demanded the data and hidden the demand behind a gagging order.

Instead they craft a perfectly good warrant, get a judge to sign off on it and do it all out in the open.

You gotta give them some props for trying.

It does amuse me that they seem to think getting an American judge to sign off on something gives them global reach. They could have reached out to Interpol and then onwards to local law enforcement but nope. Bless.

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

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Thing is, if watching American cop shows has taught me anything, which it has, you'd be better off WITH a social media account (not suspicious) than without one (impossible to verify who you are otherwise, "yes I know we have his passport and driving licence and his whole family vouches for him but..HE HAS NO FACEBOOK").

Just make it a really good fake profile.

There are, definitely, people who post about their terrorist activities who are terrorists but can you imagine James Bond having anything but a great itinerary, pictures of the grandkids in his wallet, exactly the right number of sunglasses?

You'd want to wave him through.

After that he'd get the girl, kill the baddies, save the entire planet and still be back in time for breakfast.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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Not sure why your browser has to be the place that all this happens in.

Take it out of the browser and stick it in apps. DRM the app of your choice, leave the browser alone.

A web browser should do what it says, browse the web. If you've got a film you want me to watch for a price you should be delivering that in a different way.

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Chances are, if you can see tinfoil up in a cell, that person has a phone and you should search the cell.

You could surely make a positive out of this cockup.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Joke

bear arms

My bear arms will beat your puny human arms in any hand to hand combat situation.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Question re the IoT devices.. do they fail open or closed?

If you were cooking a delicious roast dinner for the in-laws in an attempt to impress and had set it all up from work so that it would be ready when you got home.. would you get home to a cooked dinner or just a freezing cold flat?

Same with lightbulbs, if they were on would they remain on?

Wonder if any internet connected burglars noticed and figured it would be a great time to go on a bit of a spree knowing a whole bunch of security systems were suddenly not working. And whether the insurance would still pay up in that situation.

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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What this really does..

Surely if you just promote Amazon over all else, you solved the problem demonstrated here.

Great for Amazon, great for Googles income streams as people pay to be higher than Amazon for the same search term.

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Re: Home taping ISN'T killing music

Oh god if only home taping was killing simon cowell, I'd do a lot more of it.

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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

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I wonder

How many of those clicks that made him money were from people who wanted to buy some insurance they'd just just received, unsolicited or whether instead all those clicks were for the illegal services he was helping to promote.

Also good he has got jail and lost the money but I'd really like his payment sources to be traced back, legitimate businesses given a bollocking and things like the online pharmacies closed down.

Also a note on over the counter codeine and the fact it's mixed with paracetamol. Cold water extraction is so simple that anyone with even half a mind to get the codeine out will find how to do it as the first hit on google.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Surely you'd just hire a translator to work for you in your studio?

That way you're not sending out multi-million (your currency here) DVDs around the world.

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Re: Priorities

I'm not sure it should have turned into an enjoyable hobby.

I stopped smoking with patches, I didn't start getting into different coloured ones, maybe try new shapes. I completely agree with anything that gets people to stop but vaping seems to be an excuse to never have to actually stop, in which case you're being ruled by your need for nicotine.

If you google "health risks from vaping" there's usually a new study each month explaining what they are. I'll accept some are probably written by the tobacco industries PR guys but google "health risks from not vaping" and there aren't any. If you're going to stop smoking you should also stop vaping, not find your favourite flavour and build a better way of consuming it.

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You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

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Black Helicopters

My local co-op already has all this, it's called local staff. They face up, they shelf stack, they tell me where they moved stuff that used to be in aisle 1, agree with me that it was stupid to put the eggs with the bread but they have a new manager so what can you do. They'll man a till when the store is busy and I'll often see them in one of the cafe's in the area grabbing lunch or whatever.

We really don't need a fancy robot or shopping tracking devices, all my items get scanned at the till along with my loyalty card, there's already a database of what I buy and I already get coupons for my regular purchases or things they think I might like since I previously bought some other thing.

I'm all for technology but I'm also all for being able to browse a store without an insane need for my date intruding on me.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Entirely! Different! Things!

Google Search Results - gravity wave

noun Physics

noun: gravity wave; plural noun: gravity waves

1. another term for gravitational wave.

2. a wave propagated on a liquid surface or in a fluid through the effects of gravity.

-1 Internets for Google.

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Pen and paper?

"forcing the service's control room to log all emergency calls by pen and paper."

Surely a few mobile phones with a sharing app on them would be a million times better as a solution?

If you had to Facebook an ambulance driver to get to a cardiac arrest victim pronto it would be infinitely better than this. This isn't a cafe, they're not taking your order. How is it acceptable that your backup to computer failure is find a pen, fill in a form.. Mind boggles.

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Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

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So confused

As the first post points out, the reason I have TiVo is to skip ads.

Secondly this doesn't help really because there's not just me who watches the TV. Until they can figure out whether it's me or the dog who are they targetting? And obviously when they do figure out which one of us it is, how are they going to get the dog to buy its own stuff?

Personally I feel the best question, at the point of sale, is just to ask "is there any point showing you adverts?" and if I say "no" then save your money, don't try and show me them.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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answer machine

I've always just let the machine screen the calls. It has the added benefit of recording actually useful messages. I'm all for BT blocking spam calls but I'm not sure about this unique technological breakthrough stuff, can't they just employ a guy to go through whocallsme and block the numbers people flag up as spam? I know their aim is to stop even the first call getting through and also to stop spammers hiding their number or number hopping I just don't have any faith they can do this.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Changing the name

It has been suggested a few times that you should be able to rename your device.

At the moment the TV/radio only has to not say Siri, Alexa Ok Google.

If you couldn't say ANY name without someone complaining their Olaf had been comparing home and car insurance then we'd be in bigger trouble.

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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

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My money's on Senator Quid, he's worth 100 Pence.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Re: Good news about Uber!!

Where I live there are taxi ranks. I'd head for one of those if you can't phone a local private hire.

The rest applies to any drivers so I'm ignoring it. You shouldn't be paying double what Uber are charging, shop around, it's perfectly fine to ask how much your fare will be before you get in.

All the black cabs I've seen in the UK now accept cards, with the rise of card payment devices that you can pair with a standard phone I wouldn't be surprised to see private hire cars accept them if they don't already. Otherwise just ask to stop at a cash machine on the way to your destination.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Rebooting

So I turned my wifes PC off and on again after staring at it for the requisite amount of time and realising it wasn't going to fix itself and all the things I'd just tried hadn't worked.

Fine after a first reboot.

Couple of days later same thing on my own machine. My machine is a bit more annoying as it's a floor down from the router so not as easy to keep an eye on whether connectivity has returned or not. Again, after checking all the cables were fine I just ended up rebooting and was fine.

The previous article to this says that rebooting doesn't always work but my experience from this was that it did the trick on those two machines.

As for "how am I meant to patch this when I can't get online?" - this is no different to those times when your network card driver would go kaput and you'd need to download a new / updated one. The good old days were just as bad and it hasn't always been Microsoft's fault.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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You've not Operated until you've tried the extreme version:

Push It - Salt n Pepa

Wiggle It - 2 In a Room

Agadoo - Black Lace

Baby Got Back - Sir Mixalot

Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Body Movin' - Beastie Boys

Never Tear Us Apart - Inxs

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Brexflation hits Lenovo's Phab2

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Meh

Like all the "unfair" re-pricings that have been mentioned on this site recently, if nobody buys any more of the whatever it is being highlighted this week, sellers will be forced down the DFS permanent sale route and all will go back to being well with this part of the world.

With regards to the Phab2, the most cursory of searches brings up an article (android police) that says it's not a very good phone running an OS that isn't consumer ready. I'd put it to the readership therefore that the number of people affected by this price imbalance is going to be minimal because there's better things to slip into a loved one's stocking this Chrimbo.

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Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Proving Intent

As long as you put "not to be used to hack Russian Infrastructure" in the read_me / EULA, you'll be fine.

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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

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Guessing from the downvotes he has managed to get himself a phone.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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The list is missing some very key points

13. database backups have to be done outside of office hours because everyone knows you can't back up databases whilst people are using them.

14. there are several databases that need backing up.

15. the actual switching over of user accounts following the backup has to be done outside office hours. Probably a weekend. You can't remote in to do this so the building will need to be open. This now involves at least a caretaker opening up for you and turning off the alarms. If you can get the caretaker to say they're not available, a senior member of staff may have to be inconvenienced. Won't work if your building is already 24/7 but worth a shot.

16. the risk matrix says doing this just before Xmas would be a bad idea, earliest point it can be done is the new year.

17. because of the size of the databases (you can pretend to discover this after you've been absolutely forced to do the work) means you need to order some new kit. At the very least some large external drives, possibly also some (additional) cloud storage, maybe even software. And if you really want to postpone the work, an industrial espionage proof top of the range secure laptop for backup storage and transportation. Also a fireproof safe to keep the laptop in. And one of those biometric eye-scanners to lock the room the safe containing the laptop is in.

18. in the unlikely event you get all that (because your boss is even more bloody minded than you are) or if you are forced to go ahead without all that kit (more likely) then do the work. Insist on overtime at the very minimum. And then, come Monday, make sure the system isn't ready and working. Prep a room as full of cables and flashing lights on important looking boxes as you can. Explain there's a hitch/problem/issue. You can keep this up for a while I'm sure. Once you've run out excuses then it's a question of time. Might be an hour.. might be a couple, the spinner / bar / countdown timer / other thing that might provide an idea of when it will be ready has stopped. Might be stuck on a large file or maybe the bandwidth is flooded.When there's absolutely nothing else you can do and you're being told to phone Microsoft/God/IT Support somewhere, make sure your support is in a time zone that isn't awake for several hours yet. That support may need to escalate several times. You can easily wait days for Canadian support to move from T1 to T3. If you're in Canada, make sure everyone knows your support is in Australia.

19. Always, always.. make sure you can put your own preferred system back on incredibly easily, after all the mess is because of management, you're the good guy in all of this.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Prior use

The phrase was used in the books, HBO should take George to the cleaners, get him to pay them for turning his books into films.

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Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

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hack them first

If we accept that these devices are eminently hackable and that at some point they're going to be used for bad things, can't the good guys hack and disable them for the greater good?

We've seen some big DDOS taking out chunks of the Internet very simply. As people add more crap, the chunk size and duration of the DDOS is just going to increase.

Not sure if I feel it's unethical to bork everyones wifi camera / printer / dongle / etc. but then I think about the greater good. And then I think.. who cares if people can't play wow over Xmas, who cares about all the poor lolcat videos that won't get watched. It would even be a bonus if Trump couldn't tweet and / or I couldn't read about his tweets over the festive period.

And in some ways maybe THAT is the greater good, with no Internet, people can socialise, read books, play out in the snow on that new bike they got for Xmas. And then I think about having to socialise with my in-laws and I'm back to needing the Internet to protect me over the holidays.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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"I'm not going to get anything like that location if I do it myself"

Why not?

With no touts, when you phone up you will get the tickets that they are no longer getting.

A lot of what is wrong with ticketing is a fan problem. Anyone who pays $1000 for a ticket that is $180 face value is the problem, not part of it, all of it.

Anyone who thinks $180 for a ticket is acceptable.. also the problem.

I'd like to see fake concerts set up, honeypots to bankrupt touts.

I'd also like to see venues insisting that only the original purchaser can use the ticket. If you can't go, you return the ticket to the venue for resale.

Having said all that.. I'm sure the law will do something to help the problem. Maybe. Can't hurt I guess, secondary ticketing needs to stop being a thing.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Shouting at clouds

You say that like it's a bad thing.

I'm with them, screw those selfie people with their own sticks. If god had meant us to take selfies, he'd have given us extending arms. Therefore they're an affront to God and should burn in heck. And another thing, where are my slippers.

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Boffins find Galaxy making killer radiation, rule out Samsung phone as source

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Alien TV

It's clearly the ad-break for the popular alien soap "come slime with me" and everyone has just put the kettle on and taken to "Geddit - the front page of the Universe" to speculate on when Winter will come and just what the hell that even actually is.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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IT Angle

Cameras already exist, drones already exist, how was it possible to get this so wrong? Sellotape, blu tac, a couple of screws.. anything would have done really..

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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the exchange rate

Since this article, the pound has gone up against the dollar.

Can you check again if the companies are going to revise their prices to reflect this please.

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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FAIL

Surely the saving doesn't kick in until you've paid for the tv you need to plug the thing into in the first place?

Stupid idea cos my tv already has radio and music channels and I also have Amazon Prime with more music as a side effect of getting free shipping on the records I buy.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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The whole thing is pretty stupid. May as well ask the person applying to write an essay and analyse that, you don't need to access Facebook. Maybe I should pitch that to Admiral.

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America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

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america uber alles

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith snagged a photo-op with Obama. Joe later referred to him as Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.

That's what taking too many drugs does to you. You end up thinking there's a free world..

http://ijr.com/2016/10/724753-aerosmith-frontmen-post-pic-with-obama-that-sparks-drama-within-the-band/

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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Is a Skype call transcript admissible evidence? To avoid the admittedly piddly fine Skype could just make something up as there's no other record of the conversation. I find myself agreeing with Skype here, some people in Belgium used their software to have a conversation, they can't carry liability for the download and use of that software. Belgium should block it from working if theyre unhappy with it.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Re: Christ almighty, WTF

Closely followed by a redundant arrary of IT management..

This isn't a small business, they can easily afford a system architect to design them something that HP (or whoever) can then provide. There's no way there should be a single box marked "all the software" in the network diagram.

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‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

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"The ddos attack has dropped, we'd best to replace some bulbs"

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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The thing with the talking toaster was that it did not know anything about anyone. It was only self-aware, not aware of customer desires. The self driving car or self-replenishing fridge don't need to be plugged into the Facebook database or your gmail, they don't need to know why you use so much whipped cream, just that you do, don't need to know why you're driving it across town, just that you are going somewhere. What happens when you add ethics is that the car decides your lifestyle is impure and at best refuses to take you to the cream party and at worse murders you for the greater good. Meantime the fridge orders a condolence cake for your wife and kids.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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This won't really work until everyone has better cars.

It's going to be a lot easier for the on-board computers to stay a distance of x away from the car in-front/behind/at both sides when they can talk to the computers in all those other cars. Until then the AI is expected to keep you safe whilst surrounded by unpredictable human driven cars. That's too tall an order in my opinion. If I crash my car into yours we blame each other and our insurance sorts it out. If my AI car crashes into you, it's all over the media, the manufacture goes out of business, prices skyrocket, blame is allocated to the AI.. autopilot is the worst thing to offer drivers as history has shown.

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