* Posts by Law

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: I've made a few tweaks to the copy so the intended audience will understand

But will there be hella noms, lots of dranks and the best beats?

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Re: @Updraft102 FN+F5

Fn+F5 reduced brightness on my asus too... so guess similar to the Dell layout.

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"this sounds like a cure"

Sometimes the cure is far worse than the condition.... don't do it man!!

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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Re: IT snobbery

"I have zero qualifications in computing yet earn my living from it."

Up voted you because of course you're correct, but I think you're the exception, not the rule. The norm is my auntie in law, who's been teaching gchq ict for decades (mostly word processing, but now the other stuff). She can't even secure her own WiFi router, never mind explain how it's different to 4g, or even ethernet. She also forwards cool messages like this on Facebook : "don't accept friend requests from anon1234, he's a hacker and has a computer connected to your account. Once you accept his friend request he'll take over your computer and empty your bank account. Forward to all your friends." :(

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Re: Teaching IT doesn't have enough money

"What I want, what business wants, is for schools and universities to build a solid foundation on which I can add business specific skills and training."

I don't see that reflected in job advertisements.

I know most of it driven by HR departments not understanding how it all works, or agencies... But all jobs seem to run similar to this now:

"Graduate level post: You will be a full stack web developer, 10 years embedded c experience required. Some C# and Java knowledge essential. Mobile development experience desirable. You will be a thought leader and agile evangelist, with experience of teaching others the benefits of XP and scrum. Conference speaking a bonus. £18k + 12 days holiday + bank holidays."

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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Re: Curious to know

"How do you patch a Windows system so that it's safe to click on a .doc file, and how do you open it without clicking on it."

An older lecturer at university when I was a student refused to use any gui based email or word processing software, this was around win 95 / 98. His reasoning was it was much hard to "catch a cold" using command line based email... he had a point.

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

"Now it strikes me that if there were a central fund - maybe a subscription or akin to a TV licence - that publishers could tap into based on page impressions we could get around reader apathy"

Wouldn't work - the good / small guys would get next to nothing, while the big guys start using any dirty tricks possible to game the system in their favor. I'm happy paying subscriptions (which I do)... I won't ever pay the TV license again though, I use none of the BBC content, yet they get the majority of it.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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In the office I need my earphones on... there's nothing playing on them, just to cut out the talking/calls of other people. It also discourages people from talking to me for just "being there" because they'd need me to remove my earphones to acknowledge them.

Occasionally I'll need to play music through them to cope though. I'm lucky in that I can code with music playing or not, but it's the distractions and interruptions from people that slow me down, takes me ages to get back to what I was working on.

I have all my email notifications turned off these days too, I just check it 3 times a day now (morning, post-lunch and before leaving the office.

At home I work without earphones on, but I'll occasionally have music playing in another room just so I've got some noise.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: @SuccessCase

"Basically if you like your Apple juice sour, Reg is the place to order it."

Good to know I'm in the right place! :)

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: Wasn't "But we had to have SMB for our internal shares on the network" the NHS problem?

"Surely a familar scenario for many remote workers?"

No - our VPN has security checks in place that won't let you connect fully until you've:

a - got the recent antivirus definitions

b - fully patched

c - had a recent scan

In the past, if you'd not logged in for more than a week it'd require you to go on site to get the updates... these days you get to update without being fully connected over vpn, so no trip required.

As a dev, I've mostly got control over the machine, but there are several group policies I don't have control over. Certain services are blocked, ports as well, and I can't disable security features like virus checker, or the software deployment software.

Being a remote worker isn't an excuse, or necessarily any riskier than on-site staff. Unsurprisingly we've not had any WannaCry infections in the multinational organisation of 10k people, with many remote workers.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Will it let you remove apps like groove music? It's neither essential or wanted, yet, I can't uninstall this crap and many other nonessential uwp apps.

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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

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Re: ET Atari games

I quite like Elementary - and just like "Everyone" parodies Anonymous, the game thing was a parody of ET being landfilled by Atari.

Atari: Game Over is the documentary - it's on Netflix - watched that too. Made me feel bad for Warshaw (who designed/wrote the game) - he was extremely good at his job, but basically agreed to an impossible deadline and destroyed his development career in the process.

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Possibly listening to

"I'm the bits you hated, eye all pixelated - yeaaah"

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: A nuisance, an imposition but not the end of the world

You could leave your normal sim at home and use a payg for travel in the US. That way, they don't get the 2fa codes.

Or, use the payg sim for the codes instead, just leave it at home. If you need a code, leave the phone with a friend and say only forward them to my number if I request it personally from you via a phone call.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: Sales

"trick children into gambling"

Not to mention tricking children and parents into handing all their info over to advertisers for a "free" game...

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Father of Pac-Man dies at 91

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I'll pass too, but I've got my kids playing pacman with me instead in honour of the man.

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Fitbit plans layoffs – report

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They should just make the pebble time 2, rebranded to fitbit but using the same pebble software I'd buy 2 (I had backed the kick-starter for 2 of them). I'm sure they'd get most pebble users to convert too.

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

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Good first step, but really we need collaboration between networks...

...maybe they could opensource the data...

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Re: No means no

As somebody already pointed out you get Prime Video for 5.99 on its own, so both Netflix and Prime Video cost £143.76 a year. So, as he originally said, it's cheaper than a license with change left over. :)

We were already Prime Members for the delivery side of things, wasn't happy they bumped up the original prime cost for video and music, but for the extra £2 a month I realised quickly that we used it a hell of a lot more as a family than we ever did any BBC programming / services, so kept it and cancelled the license.

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Re: Knocking on our doors?

We cancelled our license after realising we hadn't even plugged the aerial into the tv after upgrading it... it'd been years.

So I called them. They cancelled the direct debit, and I stated the reason for cancelling as we only use netflix and amazon prime, never iplayer or live tv...

A few months later we got license warning letters.. so I called them up, said we'd already told them why. They apologised, and set the maximum "don't harass" time they could on the address (was either 18 months or 36 - can't remember which). When they send another letter in however long it will be, we just ring and confirm the same again and they'll do it again.

Wasn't hard, never threatened, nobody has tried catching us out.

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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Re: If only someone....

We've got:

- NAS for central data point for all devices in the house (it's RAID, with time-machine-esc feature of rolling versions back)

- Changes to NAS data are automatically encrypted and backed up to cloud backup (amazon drive)

- Once every 3 months I physically plug in a 4TB HDD via usb3 into the back of the NAS for half a day, which triggers a full backup to the external disk. This is stored in a locked box in my locked desk cupboard in a very secure building (my office).

If the ransomware times it perfectly, they could kill my cloud and offline backup at the same time... but the chances are very small.

I get told this is overkill, they might be right, but it helps me sleep at night knowing I wouldn't lose it all in a fire, or ransomware attack (it'd be lost for sure, as I'd never pay the scumbags). Plus, it took like an hour to set up, and it all works fairly automatically - except the physical plugging in of the offline backup.

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Huawei Nova: A pleasant surprise in a 5-inch phone

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Re: Is this a joke?

I had the same reaction, not sure why you got voted down really.

There are more comparable mid-rangers to the iPhone 7 in size than this, but we can't have a phone review without the mention of an iPhone in there somewhere, it's the rules.

Out of interest, I compared the iPhone 7, the Nova and the Galaxy A3 (more like-for-like if we're talking dimensions rather than spec here).... it's also more affordable than the Nova, and closer in pixel density too. It has more screen protection too (unless gsmarena hasn't got all the details for the nova there - it's bare).

The point is, it's not even close to the first cheap android I can think of if people just want a smaller iPhone-esc size - there wasn't really any need to bring up iPhone once, never mind 7 bloody times.

See for yourself:

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?&idPhone2=8284&idPhone3=8064&idPhone1=7791

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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"If a restaurant served you a meal cooked with equipment that had only ever been cleaned with kitchen roll and served on plates with cutlery that had likewise never seen water you'd call the health inspectors!"

I generally don't allow people to eat out my arse... I also don't pressure hose down the kitchen or dining table every time we dirty them, I use kitchen towel / spray.

I'm fancy anyway, I use dry to wipe, then a single moist/fragranced (flushable wet wipes) to have a last clean.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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I work for a company that sells medical instruments internationally - the biggest driver for being secure, and having a strict quality process isn't the threat of fines, it's the threat of losing their certification - and therefore unable to sell instruments in various regions. To keep these certifications we have regular audits.

So rather than just giving these banks big fines when a breach happens - set up audits, make banks stick to minimum (but high) levels by setting data protection standards for user information and secure systems. Those standards should lay out minimum levels of protection (2fa, salted hash encryption for passwords etc) for accessing accounts through apps and storage of user data internally. If companies are audited and their mobile/websites/internal systems don't live up to these user protection standards then take away their ability to do business within the UK/EU.

If a company screws up, then it's not just a fine that'll be passed on to the victims of said bread (the customers) - it's the companies ability to make money that's put on the line.

I'm not in the finance industry - so no idea if they already do this... seems like they don't, since barclaycard also do the "first, third letter of your password" style of login. Not to mention the laughable verified by visa system.

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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Re: Batteries

The pebble's display is always on, no bright screen, and no wrist flicking needed. It lasts all week too, and takes less than 30 minutes to charge.

Suits my needs, but not for everybody.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Re: UK is doomed!!!

"However the fact that police, schools, hospitals, councils, etc use Windows means the taxpayer will pay more of our tax on Microsoft."

Good news, some NHS laptops are getting an upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8.1 this month! Money well spent!

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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"Never give your real details to websites"

Done!!

Now... where's my road tax renewal... oh crap!

Ah well... at least now I have time to apply for that new job... bugger!!

This no real names on websites is hard!!

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

"I already have a job, with decent pay, that I enjoy. It's the rest of the country I worry about, I'm not from London but I had to move here because there's really nothing outside, even in non-tech."

Plenty of decent jobs here in the north west (of England) - tons going around Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, etc.

The main issues I'm facing here are house prices, roads and public transport.

There are now several companies that will hire you as a work from home dev (with a substantial salary) now if you are good - even big named companies based in the US.

Whether that'll be the case after 2019, we'll have to wait and see.

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Re: Extrapolating...

replicator: tea -type earlgrey -temp hot

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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Re: People have been saying this would happen for years

"By and large Samsung has handled the SNAFU in an exemplary manner and is moving on to the next product"

I was very surprised and impressed with how quickly they admitted the problem and issued a recall.

I think years of manufacturers claiming user error, holding it wrong, in the wrong pocket, or just "imagining it" has conditioned us to expect a battle with them if something does go wrong. Certainly having to fight them to be taken serious on a common issue has been my experience with Sony, Google (Nexus issues) and OnePlus in the recent past.

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

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Re: @ DrLifeCandy

"You may as well have just conceded I'm right."

I really haven't.

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@ DrLifeCandy

Seems hypocritical chastising people expressing they don't "get" a game.... when you post this weeks earlier:

"Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

8 days - DrLifecandy

Good.

Hopefully turns people off this rubbish."

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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That was my thought... clearly VB is considered retro enough to be cool again?!

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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According to the media we're all just "coders" now anyway... and "coding" is easy, so get on it kids!!

Personally I prefer being described as a Software Engineer... it fits what I do daily, and my mentality, which is to try and build/fix complex systems as simply and elegantly as possible - can given the time/resource constraints.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

:(

Lester was one of my favourite authors here. Genuinely saddened by this!!

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Third OnePlus flagship: £309

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Re: OS upgrades

I worry before every major upgrade with phones, have done since my iPhone 3g updated and included a bug that meant I couldn't unlock the phone or answer calls.

Had an update go wrong with HTC Desire and my Nokia winphone too.

I've got a oneplus two now, very happy with it. Had a oneplus one too, but I smashed the screen and it have cost only slightly less than a op2 to replace the screen on a op1.

Won't be upgrading to 3 for the simple reason my 2 works perfectly, and I don't really like all metal frames. Plus after the recent os upgrade it's solid now in performance too. If this died though I'd have no problems updating to a 3, oneplus seem to have sorted themselves out since the early oneplus one days.

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Re: Gives a whole new meaning...

Not cool... he's just trying to get back on his feet!!

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Re: User???

If think they're smart enough to enable 3rd party applications, download a dodgy all, and then dumb enough to grant his random apk admin rights to the TVs android OS... then they aren't the unwashed masses.

They're either one of two types of people... an idiot who thinks they're smart, or an idiot who thinks fellow pirates on a forum are smart enough to trust.

Fyi... I'm one of these people who enable 3rd party apps on their android streaming device... they're Amazon fire TV boxes, I installed kodi (used their stable build from their site) via adb, then disabled 3rd party option again to lock it all back down. My only issue is I can't lock down updates from Amazon to stop the ads creep that's been slowly ruining my experience over the last year and a half.

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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"Not sure about Unity"

Most people aren't!

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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Not good... TV may lose large clients for this

I know of some companies that use it as their main remote session manager for entire labs... not small companies either, and their work is highly confidential.

Guess this is why they're insisting it's not their fault.

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Compatibility before purity: Microsoft tweaks .NET Core again

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Re: Dogs breakfast

It doesn't bundle the ask toolbar with the installer...

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Sleep is used by many!

I use it at work all the time... if I've got several code windows open and documents across 3 monitors, I'll sleep the laptop, remove it from the dock, and take it home for the night... next morning just kick it off again and jump straight in.

Its even more useful when traveling, you just close the thing and pop it in the bag mid way through something... next free minute you can get it out again.

I've used an early surface pro for work, had this issue and others related to WiFi... like just claiming no networks available, despite the laptop and android phones being connected fine. Only disabling and enabling the wireless device in device manager, or a reboot will help. For the cost and pathetic support, I'm surprised they're still able to sell any.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: My only issue with vaping

I wouldn't say vaping is harmless - it's still nicotine, and that's an additive substance - kids pointlessly getting hooked on anything isn't harmless.

I wasn't attacking vaping, I was saying the vaping shops I've seen recently open up are literally next door to two secondary schools (they don't seem to like highstreets or rows of shops not next to schools), and with the close one open I've suddenly seen kids walking around using them. Those are observations and they might be coincidence, but I doubt it. But more than that, I don't see why it takes 4 massive signs outside a shop already plastered with branding to pull in business. No other shop needs that level of advertising and this is the largest corner plot with 2 sides of huge window displays and signage, the other 5 shops in that row either have a small billboard or nothing and have been there for decades. That isn't about helping people, that's about profit, and we both know when companies want profit they'll sell to anybody one way or another.

On me missing the big picture - I'm really not. My mums been a smoker since she was 9, my entire family (mum, dad, aunties and uncles, brothers and sisters - everyone!) growing up were smokers and most of them will be until they die (that's happening with cancer and emphysema mainly so far, for over a decade). My mum's actually terminal with smoking related illness too, using nebulisers etc to breathe, but still smoking. I don't smoke, I've seen what it does even growing up, and wasn't stupid enough to start (or cool enough, for smokers who wanted to feel good about themselves).

I get why people can't or don't want to stop - I get vaping is a good alternative - I wish I'd been in a house with strawberry smelling steam growing up instead of clouds of choking smoke, yellow walls and smelly clothes. In that way, it's good for the kids... I just think they need to think about who they're targeting as an industry, it's about trying to help or even stop the addiction for people already hooked, not just swapping addictions (albeit less harmful) for a new generation, helped into it by greedy companies.

"Think of the children" isn't always a bad thing, somebody has to, may as well be the parents, yeah?

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My only issue with vaping

... so my only gripe with vaping is the advertising. An old antiques so closed near me recently, it's been replaced by a vaping shop... a mile down the road the same franchise opened another. The only thing in common is theirproximity to secondary schools. They've got 2 massive boards outside on the pavement, there are "sails" outside too...and it's all fun cool branding in he window too... designed to look fun and appealing. It's next door to a school and next to a kids shoe shop. Not long after opening we've noticed more teenagers walking around vaping. They shouldn't make it hard for adults and smokers to get on these things, they will help people already hooked... but they should get on top of the advertising part of it. retailers are sending mixed messages, if it's just about getting off the cigs, why target kids and make the shops look like a cross between Alton towers and Game. More to the point, why are they allowed to be so over the top with branding and advertising to kids. That's the bit that's winding me up, and the only thing they should really be making difficult for the companies .

These are the guys, but in the uk...

http://www.totallywicked-eliquid.com

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

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Re: I always want salt on my hash

It would help if they didn't redirect you to the play store app when tapping on email links from their notifications.

I absolutely hate the assumption you'd rather install an app that's going to scrape your contacts and phone number than just loading the damn page. Arses!

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White hats bake TeslaCrypt master key into universal decryptor

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Re: Simply cashing out?

Pretty sure law enforcement doesn't just say "it's all in the past, all is forgiven!! No no - keep your ill gotten gains, we're good now!"

Well... not unless you're a politician or business tycoon anyway.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: and after disabling UEFI...

"Only heard of one machine with a driver problem under linux lately and that was where the bios/uefi had a bug so a quick update and sorted."

I've got an recent Asus transformer (t100ha) that won't run Linux.... Yet.

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Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

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Re: Issues

Parental controls on fire TV are just as big a joke.

As a parent I have 3 options for limiting kids on the device:

1 - Dont limit, just full access to all purchases and all age ratings

2 - limit purchases, but still give full access to all prime content and paid for content is mixed in (but requires pin)

3 - require a pin for everything. Even kids TV.

I sent them countless suggestions a year ago, kids only mode ala Netflix, at the very least add a 4th option to require pin for anything rated 12 and over.

After a year of "improvements" what do we get instead? They add banners at the top (for bloody shows like Vikings and walking dead). They add in trailers at the start of some videos now too. Oh, and they banned firestarter this month... So the solution I had found to at least steer kids away from mature content (auto load into Netflix on boot) now doesn't work.

They've taken a very slick and promising product, made it less family friendly, more annoying, and more expensive.

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Net scum lock ancient Androids, force users to buy iTunes gift cards

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A grandfather clock?! LUXURY!!

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