* Posts by Sampler

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How's your online bank security looking? The Dutch studied theirs and... yeah, not great

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Re: Put a finger...

https://youtu.be/tZeCrHPyK7I

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Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

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Android just isn't there when it comes to desktop. I put Remix on a spare laptop when el'Reg reviewed it before (in the link on this article) and it's a compromise, it was like, I can almost do what I normally do in windows, only it's a bit more wonky and not as many features/choices/options.

Forgivable for a young, free OS and apps that aren't designed with being on the desktop in mind, but, it's still that bit more annoying than using Windows, so why would I given the choice.

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You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

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Isn't that like any project

Replace the words Hadoop and Spark with any project you've ever done?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

Unfortunately the scope of the NCA 'guidelines' also covers just about every El Reg reader. Perhaps the NCA should extend their notes to 50-somethings with receding hairlines, who enjoy Margaux, reading the misfortunes of GDS and the occasional hour of playing Skyrim for the umpteenth time.

Ha, your on your own there, I don't have a receding hairline :-P

yet ...

It's not receding when there's none left...

(in my case)

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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So how long...

Did the sysadmin who didn't terminate his access get and how big was their fine for criminal negligence?

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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

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Re: How is this good?

Well, as long as Dodo ends up as dead as its namesake I'll be happy, big group of thundercunting twatbadgers the lot of 'em..

(though, obviously loss of small providers is bad too)

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Kings College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

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Better too soon then to pull out too late...

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Australia finally passes mandatory data breach reporting legislation

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I was reading this with growing concern

Until I got to the bit with "Small Businesses Exempt" - fantastic, that's my ass covered = )

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

"I disagree. He promised he'd keep 'America safe'. If a terrorist attack happens now, no matter what the reason, he'll have failed to keep one of his biggest and boldest campaign promises."

But that's my entire point, anything goes wrong and he points to the immigration ban not being inplace (even if it transpires they're from Jersey) - that's his level and the level he's playing to, everything else is alternative facts and fake news.

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

Ploy all along, I think he knew it wouldn't fly, that it'd get struck down, but now, it's not his fault, he's tried, he's done what he said he would on the campaign trail, and the elite have stopped him, the liberals are holding the nations safety back. It plays into his narrative perfectly.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: "a conspiracy needs two people"

Not according to The Offspring...

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Carbons not the only greenhouse gas

Just sayin'...

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: Bit Steep

@AC above, is that when the PSVR is working and not blacking out?

No one seems to mention the screen fucking close to your face which seems to be the main drawback with VR I've used, even when putting my prescription in to the config as I can't wear my specs under the VR specs, the screen's just too close and gives headache, google cardboard approach is awful too, tried a Samsung demo of their gear vr and even on the top end spec phone's they'd strapped in the dpi was still too low to not get blue motion blur around the pixels and everything being too blurry and high latency.

Total waste of time, as these aren't metrics you can fix with a Clarkson application of "moar powah" (well, maybe the pixeling & latency), and by fading out like 3DTV I mean the way the "buzz" has died down by the technology again, just like it does every cycle. I love all the comments about "in two years" when VR was being wheeled out when I was kid, and, I'm a kid no more, I've been waiting over two decades for what you're ascribing to the next two years, like 3D, the tech comes en vogue every now and again and then disappears because no one can fix the fundamental flaws they have.

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Bit Steep

How do they calculate a half a billion value for Zenimax if total Oculus revs have been a quarter of a billion (taking the upper estimation of 400,000 @ $600 a piece = $240million).

How have Zenimax lost out on so much if Oculus have been unable to generate half that before costs during the peak of VR interest (which appears to be on the wane now, going the way of 3D tv's/movies).

Can't imagine there's much more legs left in the industry, everyone interested in the gimmick have bought their toy.

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

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Fund managers

Please god none of my pension fund managers invest in this crap!

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You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'

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Re: Assuming makes an ass out of you and some guy named 'Ming'

I imagine it's more like:

Following documentation: failure

Huh, wonder why, ah, it's not doing this right...

There we go, fixed my end: success

aaaaand ship..

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

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Re: bad economics

That's less Sony and more JB HiFi though - you can pick up Blu-ray movies online for a reasonable price.

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Re: Endless format upgrade treadmill

At what point were you expected to re-buy your dvd collection? I can't think of a single Blu-ray player that didn't also support DVD, so it was hardly an upgrade cycle, just an improvement opportunity for the new films you purchased.

I may have re-bought some movies I had on DVD in Blu-ray (ironically, Blade Runner being one) but, that was my choice, I wanted the higher quality image and sound, but the platform itself didn't force me, I could've put the old DVD in and it'd've worked just like it did.

Hell, they didn't even stop making DVD's, so it's not like the forced you across to the new platform.

What caused Blu-ray still birth was the format with HD-DVD, folk not knowing which to back and I'm sure those who backed the wrong horse felt more than a little burnt and not enough incentive.

VHS to DVD was a giant leap, no more rewinding, degradation was less of an issue (scratched discs vs degrading/chewed tapes), no more head cleaning, smaller device under the telly and a monumental shift in video and audio quality.

The change to blu-ray, it looks prettier, if you have all the shiny tech to go with it, the audio you're probably not going to notice if you're using your tv's built in audio.

If whoever made Blu-ray expected the same shift as DVD got, they didn't really understand their market.

I personally still prefer it over streaming services, especially with Australian internet, but, I can see why there on the wane and I'm not working in the industry, it's a little surprising this is a shock to Sony..

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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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Why

"However, the deleted files and folders impacted by this bug had metadata inconsistencies,"

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"So we quarantined and excluded them from the permanent deletion process until the metadata could be fixed."

Why? They have meta-data inconsistencies? Big freaking deal, they're going to be deleted, what matter does the metadata mean in relation to a file that no longer exists?

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Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables

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Re: Priorities

Thanks Lost all faith...

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Priorities

NTT reckons it still needs as much as a decade's work to be ready for commercial deployment
Why can't you start with that and save me wasting my time reading the whole thing?

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

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Cars

Wouldn't this be of more value in the huge batteries they're fitting to cars, wouldn't want to be around when one of those goes up (though, to be fair, wouldn't want to be around when a petrol tank went up either).

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Apple Pies

I mean, corporate spies, intentionally breaking the design fed up with Samsung still faffing around with the rounded corners lawsuit...

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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Roll the dice

I'm quite amazed how people who back these indegogo and kickstarter campaigns act like they've bought something.

You've not, you've paid to maybe have something, at some time, similar to what's being claimed.

You're backing an unbuilt, often at times even unprototyped, product, you're giving them the money to see if it's possible, it isn't always, and you should be prepared to never see that money again.

I mean, I've done this, it worked out with Elite:Dangerous, ended up being a fun game and not all that much of a wait. Explosms Joking Hazard rolled out quickly and wasn't a disappointment, even when playing with friends who've as yet unheard of Cyanide & Happiness. (their Season1 animated series also worked out well).

I've had not so great experiences too, my COBI bike light took forever to turn up and I'm only just now getting some launch promised features through app updates, and it's a little buggy, but hey, still like the idea and the discount over the retail price, I don't mind being a guinea pig, it's what I signed up for.

The Pine64 it probably my only "bad" experience, and only because by the time they'd shipped it I'd had a Pi3 for two months with made the device obsolete. Am I pissed? Not really, I handed over the money knowing full well I could not get anything back, so, the shiny paperweight on my desk isn't so bad.

And anyway, who the hell wants a bio-metric lock? A cheap one at that, few years back I used the fingerprint scanner on my HP tx2050ea tablet thingy (when tablets were laptops with swivelly screens) and thought it was ace, until it logged me into my girlfriends account as seemingly the hash it made of my thumbprint on that occasion was close enough to resemble my girlfriends stored hash (for the record, a casual glance of our thumbs would say they're nothing alike).

I doubt cheap Chinese chips these days are much better, but then, they probably use the same locking mechanism as most padlocks and can be overcome with a coke can.

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It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

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Tor height x width

Tor's height and width is unlikely to be the machines either, as it starts the browser as a window and warns against going fullscreen, so, technically, even if it's reported, it's fairly useless and standardised.

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

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Re: Chain of custody

To those responding about this case, the other items found on his personal network storage and mobile, I wasn't talking in regards to this specific case, I should've been clearer in that last paragraph, I'm talking about Best Buys practice in general.

If no other evidence is found, only data stashed away on the machine that's been through Best Buy, through untold number of hands before being returned, then, how do we know it's the owners data and not an employee who wants $500 finders fee, has a grudge against the owner or is just in it "for the lols" as they're a twisted individual? (or other reasons I can't think of right now)

It doesn't seem to be a very reliable method to me, as much as I think any kiddy fiddler should be removed from being able to harm a child, there's got to be better ways to track them down. (like trawling the adult section of backpage for instance).

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Chain of custody

If the PC has been out of his control, even admittedly as far as handed over to bestbuy, how can they prove it's him? The machine has had ample opportunity to be tampered with, given the IT environments I've worked in, I'm sure it wasn't secured very well, left on the side in a room all techs have access to (so not even the whistle blowing tech necessarily has to be the one who put the images on there).

Not saying it's the case (he sounds guilty af and hope he gets nailed for it), but, if it's standard practice for Best Buy to be handing things over to the Feds, I'm not sure how it adds up.

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PlayStation 4 probs: Gamers struggle with PSVR headset blackouts

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Re: Heat

my gut's not buying heat, if it's not long post boot, similar timing and application independent then it's not heat.

Heat would be application dependent, as an intensive game would generate more heat. Post boot is another factor, if it were heat the issue would repeat during play, but he claims it drops not long post boot, returns, and that's it.

I'd say something that starts at boot and is taking a while to initialise, once initialised it's restarting the video feed, causing the break.

But that's just my gut.

I don't own a PS4 or Pro, does it have any inbuilt screen recording (for the facebook share button I heard they added to the controller) - that could be a culprit as it would interfere with rendering (and possibly need network authentication, which would account for the delay as it awaits a response from servers about the legitimacy of the login credentials for facebook or whatever it's sharing to)

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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How would this even work?

I mean, software on a pc, once reformatted? Same thing for a phone - ok technical, but easy circumventable (and not even getting into proxies/vpns) but then, game consoles with browsers and their ilk?

It doesn't seem feasible from a device point of view. ISP level I could understand a list being maintained (and, again, easily overcome, or should that be, over cum)

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Backpage.com kills adult section, claims government censorship

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Wouldn't it be better to keep them?

I mean, if "80%-100%" of children that the charity are dealing with were advertised on there, it seems to be a good place for cops to monitor and intervene?

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

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Beeb says it's the triple-screen-laptop that's gone

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38565913

Which is a quite a lift, I imagine it has quite a heft to it (similar to that ridiculous $9k laptop that looks bigger than my PC tower with a curved monitor glued to it)

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Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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Who shit in your cereal?

What's wrong with fun and fantasy, letting folks dream of what could be

(before they file for bankruptcy on their obviously stupid flight of fancy)

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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Re: That's a lot to ask

most people probably won't sign up for it at any rate - I can't think of a single public wifi I've connected to in Sydney that's actually worked once I've connected (and those are in the small minority, Events on George St connects but won't issue an IP, Starbucks next door issues an IP but won't redirect you to the login page and won't progress to the internet outside until you've been through it in a kafka style loop and the list goes on..).

So with that experience to base on using the public wifi, add a massive list of information to pump in and you'll get no one being arsed

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That's a lot to ask

name, address, phone number, employer, drivers' license number and date of birth

I mean, most hotspots are happy for a name and email address, that can easily be bogus, but who's going to put all that in just to get on free bus wifi, by the time you're done you'll be off the other end!

Also, drivers licence? Erm, why do you think I'm a #buswanker?

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Hangouts hangs up on third party apps

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Re: The Google giveth...

Jokes on them, I'm bald...

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

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Re: I treat this as an admission that the FBI violated his rights

I think it'd be hard to class a dark web site as entrapment.

A standard site, with ads pointing to it and a high google PR so it even comes in on unrelated searches, sure, something you could possibly come across unintentionally and with models aged 17 years and eleven months who all look older than they're, all getting you on a technicality.

But the dark web? Something you have to go hunting for, generally only able to access with referrals from other members, dealing in a very specific niche that's very raison d'être is why it's off the normal web - I'd find that a hard logical argument to support.

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School Teacher

So a School Teacher who had illicit child images is walking free when they found a massive stash of these images on his computer, that no one is refuting are there or that he didn't freely acquire them of his on volition?

This is why I hate legal technicalities, I mean, I understand it's to stop the like of the FBI from being even bigger dicks and ignoring their own laws which inevitably will lead to false accusations and innocents arrested, but this, this still seems wrong to me.

Though I'm sure they'll be the follow up lawsuit of wrongful whatever so he can claims millions off the Feds, so long as he can dodge mob mentality long enough to live to see the payout..

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

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@ Lee D

I can't even get "OK Google" to function, though I admit my accent is a little screwed (I'm from Yorkshire, so it's quite deep, but was mainly raised by my Irish nan, so picked up talking at speed, which is fine if you're a high pitched Irish person, but not if you're low pitched Yorkshiremen).

I've similarly had colleagues baffled in disbelief - one colleague in particular who apparently uses it for everything, even dictating text messages in his thick rural Aussie twang (I've emigrated to Sydney) which it gets perfectly, so he brings over his phone to me and says "All you need to say is OK Google" - which it immediately pops up with it's little animated listening screen.

So we cancel it off, wait a good time for it to reset, and I say "OK Google" and..nothing, I try four times, nothing, he's like "But you're saying OK Google clear enough, I can tell that" and sure enough, it pops up ready to search (the I can tell that is a dig as he often jokes he can't make out what I say).

If the future goes to being all voice activated, I shall be left in the past - and given the aforementioned issues and I can generally type faster than I talk, I'm not all that bothered..

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Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

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Re: Who to believe?

He's evidently incompetent if he believes a company that makes money from selling ads shouldn't be fudging its numbers higher, I mean, that's just standard industry practice, what is this loon playing at?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Sampler - Something not mentioned strongly enough

@AC

Wake up, morning poop

Mid-morning drop off around ten/ten thirty

Post lunch space maker

Mid afternoon excursion

Early evening home welcomer

Pre-sleep drop off

A pattern I've more or less followed most of my life, maybe I need more fibre..

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Something not mentioned strongly enough

And, this may either be me, or the two week period, but I did Australia's version, Aussielent, and oh my god is it tediously boring.

Every meal, yeah, vanilla again...

I tried adding a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder, I tried adding a spoon of metamucil (berry flavour), I tried adding a spoon of each, but ultimately, it's so fricking boring having the same gloop every day.

My reasoning was I was lactose intolerant (they do a vegan version) and finding a handy lunch that they hadn't snuck dairy in somewhere is troublesome (believe me, it's in everything) and was a little on the cash strapped side so about $4 a meal is pretty good, you're not going to beat that in Sydney, especially being nutritionally sound and all bases covered.

I ordered a months worth, quite easily the worst month of my life as I felt so down about how miserable and plain every meal was, maybe I'm too much of a foody and look forward to the variety of snacks I can cram in my cake hole, but we didn't get along.

One plus point though, again, not mentioned in the article, was the reduction in the requirement of pooping. I guess an obvious thing when you think about it, less mass in, less mass out, but it wasn't something that I had thought about before going in. I usually poop around six times a day and I was down to may one every two days and even that sitting was a smaller, yellower dropping - so a fair bit of time saved throughout the day, even if I optimistically peg each motion at five minutes, that's still half hour back in my day and not running the risk of violent explosion, a two second warning that turns me from man to novelty garden fountain that I pray I'm in the house or office as being caught short outdoors is the stuff of nightmares if I'd accidentally consumed dairy.

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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Terminator

So if I wear a Zuck mask

I can wonder freely into his home, as the door will unlock itself for me?

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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Brexit

Will they have to reposition the birds covering the UK ones they split?

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: I wonder if there's an opportunity

angry Mob, I like what you did there = )

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I wonder if there's an opportunity

To be an IT Security consultant to criminals, advice on things like tor, encrypted phones etc.. ways of not having the inconvenience of not being able to use modern technology to save time and effort without having your collar felt (then, presumably many other areas you'd prefer weren't felt, thoroughly inspected or becoming intimately familiar with other inmates..)

I wonder how dicey that would be, if you claim you're just offering advice on secure communication channels for business clients, what they've used them for is unknown to you and the burden is for the court to prove you were willing and compliant in crimes then committed.

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Quite possibly at the same screening with you Simon (George Street?) and I enjoyed it quite a lot - saying something given I really disliked the last one (and the three before that), it really is a way to show both how to do a modern Star Wars movie AND how to do a prequel properly.

There's still some pacing issues with it but my only real gripe is it denigrates the first movie.

The long running geek meme of why would the Death Star have an exhaust port, design flaw etc.. is what's been used to create the central storyline here, only, it's not a design flaw, it needs to vent gas into space, so it needs an exhaust port, but it's a tiny exhaust port - they remark on how impossible a shot it is and how the guy using targeting computers fails, impacting on the side, this builds up for Luke using The Force(TM) to shoot his guided missiles (given they make a ninety degree turn) and what an astounding achievement this is, he managed to defeat the enemy against the near impossible odds.

Now, now he just got lucky, made the shot set up by Hannibal. So, like the prequels and the awful sequel, it carries on the tradition of ruining the original movies that bit more.

They need to move away, there's a big and rich universe to set all kinds of stories in, they don't have to carry on flogging the dead horse of the originals and ruining our memory of them with each blow.

The Peter Cushing special effects though are remarkable, I guess we're not far away from seeing any actor from any period appearing in films to come, that could really be something, finally, the Arnie vs Stallone fight scene we've always wanted, back in their '80's looking bodies, and not the spitting image muppets they've aged into..

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EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

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Re: How often is Samsung going to be allowed to grass its way out of bother?

As long as other idiots keep colluding with them?

I mean, one you might not know or let slide, but by this point? Snitches get stitches, not invited back for the next gig...

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Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

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Re: 25 years seems a bit steep

Nobody was hurt? But, what about the money? What about the money AC? Remember, it's only fair when the banks do it, not us!

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Re: ferkin Fitbit

Least you didn't get the really expensive wifi scales, that only support B protocol, because so many peoples wifi supports B these days.

Even after I picked up a supporting hotspot for just the scales, it wouldn't configure through my smartphone over bluetooth and I had to use an older phone (so, presumably an old bluetooth implementation now dropped in newer devices).

Then my partner got over their fitbit infatuation and they've been sat down the side of the sink for two year...

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Re: WTF

TomTom Runner II owner here, lasts about a week just doing step/sleep tracking and a fair few hours with the GPS turned on tracking swimming, running & cycling (most I've had it on was about four hours and used maybe half the battery?). All the smarts I need in a watch, use cases may vary.

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