* Posts by JimmyPage

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Brink back the top bar !!!!!!!!

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Well done chaps !

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Brink back the top bar !!!!!!!!

Unless I'm missing something, a site redesign has lost the fixed bar with the El Reg icon to take us back to the front page.

Now, when reading and scrolling to the end, how can I return to the front page with a single click (and not hitting "back" in the browser) ??????

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Google - the worlds biggest toymaker ?

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Google - the worlds biggest toymaker ?

Because I sure as hell wouldn't trust anything of value to that bunch of jokers.

I guess we should have got the message when they started giving Android those bloody stupid release names ....

Just upgraded to Nougat, and have instantly lost the ability to screenshot by pressing the power button.

Even worse, it seems I now need to press power *and* volume down. Not so easy when you haven't both arms.

Everything I have tried to use from Google has failed when put to the test. Something I really suggest we all bear in mind when their cars hit the road.

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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So, Intel, where is the Linux version of the tool ????

****ing morons.

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: Not to put too fine a point on it...

But you DID out a fine point on it !!!

You should have stopped after 7 words.

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: There's a simple fix to this

There is.

Encrypt everything before it leaves your control.

Job done.

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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I suspect *anything* will be futile.

"Big data" is about comparing datasets ... and I *specifically* use the noun "sets" in that statement.

As long as there is a universal set - or one can be assembled - then ANYONE is visible by simple set operations.

So ad-block away. You can be pinpointed by removing the set of people who were served ads, from the universal set. (Yes that's a simplistic description, but it's possible).

I suspect the ad-slingers are rather late to this party. Certainly in the UK, political analysts have been aware of it for 30 years. If you really dig into the stats, June 8th outcome will be decided by a few thousand people.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Re: Don't they have road signs where you live? Does your car not have a speedo?

Who said anything about a speedo ?

I did have a dedicated SatNav (Garmin). Despite having lifetime maps (let's ignore the faff that you have to connect it to a PC, unlike a phone which automagically updates OTA) I gave up after a couple of lowered speed limits near me weren't changed for 3 years. That said, it still pisses all over the inbuilt Citroen Satnav I have which is a joke and a half.

Also, in the UK, not all speed limits are signed ...

There's some cognitive dissonance (or bullshit) in the arena of car apps and official policy - especially seeing as how we are told Google and Her Majestys Government have always been BFFs.

a) - Nothing in Google Maps to help the cause of speeding prevention

b) - Android Auto does not even provide an option that all calls should go to voicemail when driving, let alone make it mandatory.

If Google Maps was as wow as Google say it is (it isn't) I would also expect a (configurable) feature to warn a driver of approaching speed limit changes.

I stand by my previous assertion that all this frippery is just that. Frippery. If I was setting off on a trans-Sahara trek, I wouldn't choose anything made by Google.

All my exposure to Google over the past 10 years has done, is to increase my admiration for NASA engineers tenfold.

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Re: Android Auto - 50 shades of shit.

Tried your suggestion. Can't believe Google can even dream they are a serious company, by how shit my 3 minute experience was, although to be fair it wouldn't be hard to fix ...

1) Android Auto is inextricably linked to Google Maps. I know that because GM is disabled on my phone, yet AA found a way to launch it.

2) All my subsequent gripes are therefore with Google Maps ...

a) can't turn off voice prompts (make them softer, yes. But not "OFF").

b) still won't show speed limits.

3) I said "Play podcast" and got "I don't know how to play podcast".

4) I said "cancel", and have in-car dashcam footage of the phone responding "I don't know how to cancel".

I am 50 years old, and have broken and demolished so much new-fangled tech in my career, and Android Auto and Google Maps are just toys for now. I really wouldn't begin to dream of relying on them to use in a business environment.

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Re: that said, here's a challenge to Google - I *dare* you !!!!!!

assumptions ...

I don't use the Android Auto app, because it *insists* on dragging Google Maps into the party. And until Google Maps provides a speed limit display (like HERE does) it's dead to me.

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that said, here's a challenge to Google - I *dare* you !!!!!!

to fix the "OK Google" feature so that *if* it brings up the search screen AND does not receive any input (as if you may have accidentally triggered it) then it CLOSES THE F***ING search screen so that you can see whatever your phone was doing beforehand.

It may sound a trivial niggle, until you are driving, using your phone as a SatNav, and the search screen pops up. You're forced to touch the screen. Not the safest thing at 70mph.

Before there are loads of comments about "why not disable OK Google when you drive ?", I'd point out:

1) It can be useful to have access when driving

2) That's the *whole point* of OK Google anyway.

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Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger

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and it will be as broken as Google is

... or Amazons refinement filters

I have a document with "unGoogleable" queries which seems to be growing exponentially. Thus reinforcing my assertion (which I get paid for) that the internet is drowning in shit.

Also applies to the spooks, by the way. Good luck finding anything of value in there ....

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Re: Android Auto app

I'm hoping that all motor manufacturers give up on their attempts to "innovate" in car IT, and just make cars which have a space for the owners tablet/smartphone of choice to fit.

I have a Citroen - not even a year old. The Sat Nav is shit. The audio functions are shit. And the clowns wanted £299 *plus* £30/month to provide me with what I already have in the shape of HERE maps, and a 4G connection.

The *only* saving grace is I didn't pay extra for them.

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Re: but an incoming call takes over the screen

But with Windows Phone, once the call has ended, the previous display comes back. As does Android - or certainly if you're using the Drivemode app.

I've just tried the ACs setup and get the same result. Once the Google Search Screen pops up, it won't go away. Saying "Thank you" cancels the search but leaves the screen up, so if you were to be relying on your satnav, you'd need to touch the screen which can be interesting at 70mph.

Just a thought, AC, but maybe look at Macros ? See if you can setup a macro to close the search screen from a voice command.

As we are seeing with Alexa, OK Google, SIri, and Cortana, voice control is starting to be big. Not because it's gimmicky, but because people like my boss - who is getting on for 70 - won't give up their iShiny until they're dead ...

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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So, at what point do the 33%

suddenly decide - as one - that they are worth 50% more than IBM are paying them ?

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The evolution of ransomware: How a nuisance turned into a business menace

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Re: Or use Linux?

One day - it may be tomorrow, it may be 10 years hence, but one day, there will be a wail of dismay from people who thought "just use Linux" was a cure-all for everything.

It may be *harder* to develop malware for Linux, but by no means impossible. But it's a hell of a lot easier when no one is looking for it because they've checked out of computer security basics.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Whoa - bullshit detect

Let's catch that opening line again ...

Nearly one-fifth of mobile phones ... are fake

1) Define "fake" ?

2) Am I expected to believe that 1 in 5 -m 20% - of phones in the Carphone Warehouse were knocked up in a factor in someones backyard ? That 20% of CPU sales are to unknown manufacturers ?

Or (more likely) is this some use of the word "fake" with which I have previously been unacquainted ?

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

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So it is unlikely that a first tamper on its own will result in an offender being recalled

Except that the tags have been proven to be faulty ... so after the first faulty reading and letter, you get a second faulty reading (because the tags are faulty, like) and then jail.

Hopefully the compensation the victims get for unlawful imprisonment will come from G4S profits, not the public purse ?

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: you can buy a new TomTom or Garmin for half that price

Why ?

For the past 3 years I have happily used a smartphone for SatNav. My 2 Garmins (I had a stolen one returned by the police after I bought a second) sit in a drawer .....

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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RE:and will have to apply to join and suffer the time and requirements that takes

you are making the mistake of assuming that the lie of the land 2 years hence will be the same as now.

Once A50 is triggered, the EU could - if they so wished - completely rewrite their rules on how nations join. If these rewritten rules pave the way for an easy Scottish entry to the EU - with the Euro as currency - there is nothing the UK can do about it.

It will be interesting to see what direction the EU takes post-A50 once it has lost the UKs vote. I really hope they agree to increase visas for Indians.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Ah, Shrodingers advert ...

you know, when it's for something bad (like ISIS) then

"oh, advertising doesn't affect peoples behaviour|"

but when it's for something you want to make money from ..

"people respond to adverts"

Remember how cigarette companies tried to claim - for decades - that cigarette advertising was only intended to encourage people to switch brands ....

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Google borks its Drive Windows app – after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public

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Seems the new paradigm ...

How much modern software would you trust to take into battle ?

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Laplink

for me the only newsworthy part of the story was the realisation that Laplink (yellow cables anyone) are still going ...

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This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

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Re: Shurely Siri, Alexa, OK Google

OK Google (which I have a lot of experience with) is shit. Or rather it's still at the gimmick stage. YOu might impress a few pissed up "tech" "journalists" with it on a boozy exhibition stand. But plug your phone into your power socket, and try and use it handsfree when driving, and you realise how far we are from the goal.

You have to put up with only "Google" apps being baked into it (naturally). Then you might be able to launch an app by voice, but that's it - you can't control the app. So even though I can launch HERE maps (because Google Maps are shit as a satnav) that's it. I can't actually start it navigating without additional finger input. At which point Mr. Plod pulls me over, and fines me £2,000.

One thing we're not seeing with all this smartphone goodness is reliability. I often imagine how the Apollo missions wouldn't have gone if they had a smartphone guidance system ?

For most smartphone applications, we're between toy and tool.

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Re: Second, it's impossible to foresee the next big use case or form factor for mobile devices.

I disagree.

We're 10+ years from the iPhone, and there are already 60+ year olds still wedded to theirs.

After battery life, the next challenge is a smartphone that can *easily* be used with poorer eyesight and co-ordination.

And we are a loooong way from that.

Unless Apple, Google, Microsoft are all happy to see their well-heeled customer base drop off a cliff to be replaced by an equivalent number of able - but poor - youngsters ??????

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Re: Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

Yes. But then you'd have a Nokia 3310, not an iShiny.

Smartphones have invaded userspace, whether it was planned, or just happened; it's here. Whether you are just googling for the nearest Costa, or managing a deal while having lunch.

My wife has mobility and visual problems, and finds Google Maps invaluable for navigating the city centre.

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Re: Yeah, but in those days the average battery life on a phone was 7-10 days

Touche ! ->

But that's a very good point - psychologically.

I suspect somewhere, the tacit goal is to deliver a realistic 7-days battery life on one charge.

*Maybe* 5 days, given the average working week.

Personally I still think - for all their alleged smartness - the mobe manufacturers have missed a trick. There is surely a market for being able to buy a a matched-pair of mobes (you could even present them in a case like antique pistols) where you simply have one on charge, and one in use at any one time. Probably in a charging cradle which triggers the switch between active-mobe/charging-mobe.

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re: this is about extending battery life

Because that is the biggest challenge facing mobile makers.

We have as much processing power/memory/functionality in our devices as we need. Heck, we have waaay more than we need. But it doesn't mean a cent if you have to recharge during the day.

Without removable/exchangable batteries (presumably they need a trade off elsewhere) then I predict we will see a slew of features all aimed at extending battery life. Either better batteries (although that seems to have stalled), or ideas like this.

It's noteworthy that (Apple excepted) the industry move to a standard micro-USB connector has resulted in the emergence of a "universal charger" - when was the last time you were more than an office away from a phone charger ? (Anyone old enough to remember the dark Nokia days when you'd have an office of 10 people - all with Nokias - and no charger would fit another phone ?).

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

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TBH, I wouldn't even bother to try and hide malware ...

The amount of shite that network/operator supplied devices come with pre-installed (uninstallable and in some cases undisable-able) you could smuggle a forest of malware past the average user.

"What's this app for ?"

"What's that app for ?"

Oh look, there's an app with the operators logo. What's that for ?"

In years to come, one of the sever ages of man will be when he gets fed up of network/operator locks and cruft, and buys a plain unlocked phone as standard.

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Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

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RE:what's the world going to do with all this spare processing power

Piss on the bad guys chips and crack things like the Dharma ransomware ????

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

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Assange seems to have done a deal with the new administration

He can do a deal with Noddy, for all I care.

He will still be subject to UK law - which he egregiously (not a word I use often enough) flicked two fingers to by absconding.

The UK has no statute of limitations - he will have to do the time sometime.

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Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

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If only someone had foreseen this ...

Oh, they did. When it happened. Here, on El Reg.

Many commentards at the time highlighted that given such a massive breach, there was basically a red carpet for call scams such as this to fleece a few unwary victims.

Once again UK law is not fit for purpose, if it continues to insist that data breaches cost the victim "nothing".

Remember, in some cases, a data breach may lead to kidnap or murder.

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Solarwinds sends customers each others' complete client lists

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And in other news, an industrial size call centre

has been uncovered devoted to scamming Talk Talk customers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39177981

Some data breaches are so serious, there *has* to be restitution to the affected.

(We'll gloss over how I predicted this would happen back in Nov 2015 ...)

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

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And we're supposed to trust these muppets ?

as title ...

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RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

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Townshend’s actions cost the RAF almost a million pounds

Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC told the court martial that Townshend’s actions cost the RAF almost a million pounds

£207,000 on repairs to the aircraft, tail number ZZ333

£827,000 on chartered civilian aircraft to replace the rest of the RAF Voyager fleet for the 13 days they were all grounded as a safety precaution.

Er, maybe maths isn't my strongest suit, but how much coimpensation for :

injuring passengers and crew

and

Townshend’s co-pilot’s back was broken and he also suffered nerve damage and a ruptured disc

So, a clear statement of RAF priorities there ....

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Actually there is a tiny gem in there ...

The suggestion that OOO is actually connected to the users calendar.

It always struck me as odd that when you created an OOO appointment in Outlook it didn't automatically set OOO replies too.

If it had, it might avoid the classic OOO fail where you email someone whose OOO has been left on a week after they got back.

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Blighty floods with techies' tears as Capita boss Parker quits

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Re: such a diverse range of businesses

Clearly you are a youngster, otherwise you'd know this is the SOP of western capitalism.

1) Start a business. Do well, become successful

2) Acquire other business you believe are related to your core business (1)

3) Go to (2). Rinse and repeat until

4) you "discover" that trying to align several differing business models, cycles and markets costs you more as a conglomerate than it would if the business units were discrete so:

5) Divest yourself of the superfluous business to concentrate on your "core business"

6) Goto 1

This is all the better if it can be achieved with tankerloads of taxpayers money ...(see Rolls Royce, GEC, British Aerospace, British Leyland, British Telecom ....)

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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The one reason I took up Linux ..

I had been running Dapper Drake as a bit of a toe-dip, and Edge was released. For some reason it borked my soundcard.

I called my brother (linux guru) and he said: "Don't worry, I'll SSH in." Great I said. Let me know when you're done.

"Oh, no need for that" he said "just carry on doing whatever".

I did, a a few minutes later the webpage I was on started playing. My brother had manged to recompile the driver, and load it without me even logging out, let alone reboot.

Try THAT on Windows !!!!!!!

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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...nope ...

still don't want one.

still wont have one.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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RE: I've said it before (and now I'm going to say it again)

The corollary to that, is that if your business relies on selling something "special" at an inflated price that could be as easily achieved by a smartphone and software,then you my friend are doomed.

(Does anyone remember that company that got all upset when it turned out you could get an iPad to do what their $5,000 box'o'tricks did ????)

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

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re: Fixing entirely the wrong problem.

Depends on (a) what the problem is, and (b) what the *real* point of the fix is.

So for (a): just whip up a mediasyteria campaign about <insert bogey man>. Be it child abuse. Child porn. Drugs. Cyber bullying. Whatever.

then (b): draft some laws which are promoted as "the answer". Not too many questions from the supine press, and if you did (a) right, you will get any criticism silenced with a "friend of the paedos" type slur.

NOTE: In Tory2017, you plan (b) *before* working on (a).

All this will be enthusiastically cheered on by the masses who forgot the fairytale about the wicked Queen who was tricked into devising her own worst punishment.

"Ah but" say the tabloid readers "that's only for criminals" - also forgetting a criminal is only what the (Tory) government says a criminal is.

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re:what about those who live near a prison?

Who cares ?

I get it *you* do, but - as you are finding out - unless you actually matter (i.e. can directly affect the chances of the next Tory general election victory) you can fuck off with your whinging.

I expect a slew of downvotes, but in 2017, it's just calling it as it

Is the comment on what the government cares what you think.---->

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Like automobiles ? Diesel ? Petrol ?

Are we seeing desktop development mirroring auto technology, where the car is the same, just the power plant varies ?

It's been a while since we've had any suggestions for a new commentard icon. So may I propose a "thoughtful beard/chin stroking" icon. As in "interesting ..."

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

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Stop using PDFs ?

And any other fancy formats ?

Could you carry on using SHA-1 with bog-standard ASCII documents, like a .TXT ?

I'd like to see two of those identical in length, with the same SHA-1, where one could be a acceptable version of another.

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Ex-employees sued for £15m over data slurpage ordered to pay up just £2

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Were the real lawyers on holiday ?

It's UK law 101 that you need to demonstrate a financial loss before launching into the courts. (To be exact you need to be able to translate any loss you are claiming for into money. And no, your time doesn't count).

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re:Upvoted coz

"Vlad The Emailer"

first time I have heard that one

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: "LG TV"

It's the closest way to get iPlayer on the TV. If it fails, I have:

TiVo;

Chromecast;

Firestick;

Cast tablet to TV

Laptop.

Which is why paying for any "smart" feature is a mugs game, The sooner the ̶T̶V̶ panel manufacturers realise that, the better.

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They ****ed something up

sometime last week. My LG TV (has an iPlayer app) has - for the past year or so - faithfully built up a history of iPlayer progs I have watched. And remembered where I was, if I paused part way.

As of Saturday - no. All gone.

But in a clue as to what they have fucked with, I did get asked the question about a TV license.

Again.

4th time in a month.

So I can have a good guess at what activity has SNAFUd things.

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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Ouroboros

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Re: Cheers Tory voters - United kingdom = worst kingdom

depends ...

|C.S. Lewis had a view:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

So it's a question of Labour tyranny, or Tory Tyranny ?

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