* Posts by lglethal

1600 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services

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Re: Clarification

Look im not going to get into the Copyright stuff in your Argument, but calling DRM unethical is a bit silly and completely false. You can agree with its use or not as you feel, but its just a solution to a Problem and its use has nothing to do with ethics or not.

DRM is a digital solution to a real world problem. Digital Theft. People stealing or illegally sharing something IS unethical. DRM is an attempt at a solution to this. Whether it is a good solution, the best solution or a waste of everyone time, is a matter of opinion. If you have an objection to it, there are sources out there, as you listed, which do without, and your welcome to use them.

I also think your comment that the DRM is still there even after the Copyright expires is a big Problem is clutching at straws a bit. Do you also object to the little fake barcodes that are attached to products at your local store? These are effectively DRM as well, in that they are there to try and prevent theft, and they remain with the product for it's lifetime as well. but I dont see anyone complaining about those?

DRM is a solution to a Problem. If you can suggest a better solution, there would be any number of companies that would jump at a better solution (and you would make a packet). So suggest a replacement to DRM that deters theft but allows the user to do what they want, or quit complaining that the current System is broken or just start buying your books/games from places which dont use DRM and help the market make the decision. Those are the Options on the table...

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More mobe malware creeps into Google Play – this time, ransomware

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Hmmm....

".. checks for location (it does not attack phones in the Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia)"

Hmmm thats not at all suspicious. I could certainly never conclude from that Information where the miscreants behind it come from, no, no, no...

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I'm deadly serious about megatunnels, vows Elon Musk

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I'm seeing pictures of Mr Burn's trap door for getting rid of annoying visitors/workers.

I think the good folks of Space X should start being worried if Elon asks them to stand in a specific spot...

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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Re: 67.8±0.9 kilometres per second per megaparsec

So what is that in the El Reg Measurement Soviet?

Is it the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum per megaparsec?

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

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Oh, the humanity!!!!

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Re: Political Minders

I'm just waiting for the Ministry of Truth to be founded and then we can all find out that we were always at war with Eastasia, and Eurasia has always been our friend, and anyone who says differently is a thoughtcriminal.

Trump is a Double Plus Good leader, I tell ya!

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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Re: Nothing new here

You forgot the screaming, tears, people running around like headless chickens, anfd the complete lack of achieving desired results...

Or maybe thats just my Office...

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Kaspersky cybercrime investigator cuffed in Russian treason probe

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Re: Choose your enemies carefully

Not sure where you get Sweden, Australia or the UK from? None of those countries have Courts where a person can be tried completely out of sight of the media, where it is not even possible to find out what crime that person is accused of commiting. Only the US and Russia are that dodgy...

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UN staff demand ouster of controversial WIPO boss Francis Gurry

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What is it with Patent Organisations around the World and their bloody leaders???

The European Patent Office has Battistelli acting like a complete d%&k and needing to be removed by the EU. With the EU naturally failing to do that.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation has Gurry acting like a complete d%&k and needing to be removed by the UN. With the UN naturally failing to do that.

The US Patent Office is broken (although that cant be blamed on the guy at the top this time), and needs for the US Government to sort it out. With the US Government naturally failing to do that.

I'm seeing a pattern here, and I dont like it very much!

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Well the majority of Apple's money is already sitting in Ireland, so the head Office might as well be too!

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Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

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Re: Useful tip.

It's on my block list! As soon as an Email mentions Western Union or Money Gram it goes straight to my Deleted Emails Folder and I never see it.

No risk involved as no one I care to know would use those dodgy Services!

PS Only 8 years of "dodgy activities"? Western Union have been the "go to guys for dodgy" since at least the early 90's!

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A fine is nice...

but the only thing that would actually change Western Union's behaviour would be threatening (and actually meaning it) to take away their licence to act as a financial institution and trade in the US. The loss of being able to trade in the world's largest economy, (and you would imagine Europe would follow suit pretty quickly) would destroy Western Union in a heartbeat. That IS a threat they might actually listen to...

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Mozilla wants infosec activism to be the next green movement

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Whilst it's a nice idea...

I take a little bit of exception to the idea that the Internet was a friendlier, safer place back in the 90's. There were plenty of viruses and trojans abounding back in the day, and most of them were more destructive than what is around now. True the Virus writers werent trying to monetise and hold people and their data to ransom, they were just doing it to be d%cks and destory stuff, but it was still the wild west out there. The difference was back then you needed some computer skills to find your way around the Internet properly and so you were a bit more tech saavy at how to deal with the viruses, to stop them getting in in the first place and cleaning up the mess when they did get in. These days, you dont need any Computer skills to get on the Internet, so we see the problems affecting more people.

The Internet has always been a "dangerous" place, so maybe we should instead push for people to have to obtain a licence for the Internet (like you need for a car) with such simple tips as "No, that nice man offering you penis pills will not help you get a bigger erection!" and "No, you should not click on that attachment from someone you never heard of telling you, you've won a Million Dollars".

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ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to dodge totalitarian censorship

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Re: How long...

Ahh i believe that has already happened in the UK with the Investigatory Powers Act.

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Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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Re: In the interests of fairness...

Fairness on the Internet? You're havin a laugh!

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Sooo.... your response to being threatened by a bully is to roll over and let them beat you up and take your friends lunch money?

The sanctions were imposed AFTER Russia annexed Crimea and invaded, oh sorry, sent volunteers (with heavy weapons and tanks) to support the "separatists" in eastern Ukraine.

I hate to think which "small" nation bordering Russia would be next on the list if everyone just rolled over and let them get away with attacking whoever they wanted - Poland probably.

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Not a helpful response from CommandPoint

Saying just "3 Outages per year" tells us nothing.

If the other outages were for say 1 minute, then you could conclude the System was working well, prior to the NYE TITSUP (Total Inability to Support Usual Performance).

However, if the outages were each 5 hours long, then the System is obviously not up to scratch.

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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

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How much money spent campaigning???

Meg Whitman spent US$144m on TRYING to become the governor of California! WTF!!!

To put that in context, (according to Wikipedia), Australian Public Funding for ALL PoliticaL Parties for the 2013 Federal Election received A$58,1million, which is about US$45million at current exchange rates. So Meg spent US$100 million more then ALL of the political parties in Australia received to conduct their campaigns, just to be come governor of one frigging state!

If anyone needed an indicator of all that was wrong with American politics, there is a big bright red indicator right there...

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: And so?

This means what, exactly, in the 21st century?

that someone in Flight Scheduling at Finnish Airways has a sense of humour?

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Shadow Brokers spew Windows hack tools after exploit auction flop

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I hear the new US Cyber Chief Guiliani knows a bit about Computers and Websites. These codes will work on his Website at least, it aint obsolete there. I'm sure if you offered him a bulk deal he'd be all over it!

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Re: "Do the Ruskies have footage of Giuliani also paying prostitutes to piddle on each other?"

Considering all the sh&t that Trump did and said on the campaign trail, and of which there is actual evidence, which didnt seem to bother either Trump or his supporters one bit, I have to ask the question - would the dossier (assuming its real) have any sort of effect on Trump? He seems like he has no shame anyway, so blackmail of the prostitute variety wouldnt seem to have much of a hold over him. Hell it might even increase his Support with certain members of the electorate...

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: There are two sides to this argument

Both the Press Council and the Press Complaints Commision were voluntary bodies with no actual legal Framework to work in. In other words, these were voluntary commisions which the papers could pretty much ignore if they wanted.

What I have suggested is a public Body with an actual legal Framework and a bit of teeth to it. Ofcom is the public Body for television and if you want to broadcast in the UK you have to play by its rules, and take the fines it gives you or you get prevented from broadcasting. A similar Thing for the Paper Business should have been the first step after the News of the World scandals. Why it didnt happen, I can only imagine (the words vested interest come to mind)...

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Re: There are two sides to this argument

How about Ofcom for Publishers? By that, I mean a publically funded Body with the ability to apply fines and determine acceptability of content.

Rather than a privately funded (either by anti-media or pro media groups) Body which cant be trusted to act impartially (by definition) and which no matter what happens will be accused by one group or the other as being partisan.

It's not that hard to come up with this simple idea, but because it would leave an impartial arbiter which cant be influenced by either side, of course neither would want it...

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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

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£2.50 per person - that really going to encourage them to be better!

See title.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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@ Vic

That's where Recording Equipment and an email of the resulting tapes to the CEO of the Purchasing Company are very effective.

You probably still wont get the contract, but at least the dirty scroat will be out of a job sharpish! And who knows you might actually gte the contract as, the purchasing Company might be terrified of the publicity, that leaving themselves open for not selecting the whistleblowing firm might attract...

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: They still have a couple of loyal customers here and there

Just curious (based on your comment), but are there a large number of loyal Chinese Nokia customers?

Was Nokia ever big in China? If so, then I can see what you mean, but if it was only ever big in the West then brand loyalty wont make such a big difference when the only planned market is China.

As I have no data either way, I will watch what happens in the future with polite interest.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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How on Earth did the Supremes come up with that interpretation???

My lay reading of that judgement is that the Supremes said, its ok to collect the data, but you cant look at it!

But since there is no point in collecting the data in the first place if you're not allowed to look at it, why would the data need to be collected? So effectively, the judges were daring the intelligence agencies to collect and use the data, and if they got caught using it, the judges could simply deny they ever gave them premission to look at it.

Gobsmacking really. Thank diety for the ECHR!

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Ad blockers on Android

Anyone have any suggestions for adblockers/javascript blockers on Android?

NoScript (my number 1 add-on on desktop) isnt yet available on firefox mobile version, and i havent found any others that work on any mobile browser (chrome, firefox, opera).

Suggestions?

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Netflix US Twitter account hacked

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Re: SMS isn't really "secure" for 2FA

Yes it can be done. And your right relatively trivially. But it does takes effort from the attacker. And lets face it, most script kiddies are unwilling to take that effort or accept the risk associated with doing something which ups your crime from simply "unathourised access of an electrical device" to "fraud" (completely with a long stay in the chokey if your caught).

Whilst SMS based 2FA is not going to stop a Nation state or a dedicated hacker, those parties are unlikely to be interested in taking over your twitter account. So SMS 2FA is good enough for some Tasks...

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Energy firm points to hackers after Kiev power outage

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Re: A serious threat.

I follow the much cheaper Option. If the power goes here, I head to the Pub. Even if the Pub has no power, they can still sell bottles of various tipples, and drinking enough of those will do the job of keeping me warm! :P

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Simple solution...

Could the hackers please expose Prince Phillip's browsing habits as the very first set of data that gets released? Follow that up with the other royals. I imagine Lizzie might begin regretting signing off on the Charter at that point.

Considering she is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter, and you cant trust the UK government to do it right, maybe it's about time she stood up and did her job!

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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And here was me thinking Santa had threatened his Elves for some reason. Elves are green right? So he probably wouldnt even need to add colouring to make his Soylent green...

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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We can all hope...

...that this follows the AI house model from the Simpsons, and does to the Zuck (successfully) what the Pierce Brosnan AI tried to do to Homer (unsuccessfully)!

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Re: not that it's relevant to you right pondians

If we're going to shill for our ISP's I'll join in here - Kabel Deutschland are terrific. Fast and efficient, with good customer service. Although I did just read that they got bought out by Vodafone, so I expect that quality to drop over the comnig years...

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Talk Talk had 8 complaints?

Wait... Talk Talk still has customers?

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

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Whats really insane in this situation...

According to the BBC, the cost of the Permit that Über are refusing to pay for is $150 for 10 autonomous cars. With, if i remember correctly, $50 for each additional 10 cars.

$150. Über are picking a fight over this in order to save $150. In a Company spending billions of Dollars a year. $150.

F$%king insanity!

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Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

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The old, "remember, someone, somewhere else has it worse then you, so you cant have it too bad, can you?" speech.

Anyone who pulls that sort of stunt needs to be taken out back and given a good whack with the clue by four...

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Whilst I sympathise with Edward's position, I didnt actually read anything in this article that makes me think we need to completely throw away the current System. It certainly needs refining. The fact that earning money costs you your other benefits is (and has been for a while) a problem. I experienced the same when trying to work whilst attending uni. It was extremely annoying that my uni benefits were eaten into because of me trying to earn a few more dollars to help pay my fees. In the end, it meant I gave up working during uni because I didnt earn any extra and I had significantly less study time.

But despite this, I'm not convinced that we need to completely change the social contract to fix this. Fix the regulations currently in place, and the main problems go away. Reduce the red tape and Edward could do some work without needing a contract, such that he would be much happier.

The Expression, throwing the Baby out with the bath water, springs to mind.

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FYI! – Your! hacked! Yahoo! account! is! worth! $0.0003!

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"Yahoo!'s value will never recover"

How hard is it to recover from Utterly Worthless to just plain Worthless? Or is this more of an attempt at recovery from Disgustingly Toxic to Utterly Worthless?

It's so hard to differentiate between Levels at the bottom of the pit...

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You can't trust news on Facebook – and (once again) you can't trust its web ad metrics

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How hard can it actually be for Facebook to make up plausible looking numbers? It's not like there is anyway (outside of Facebook) for sellers to actually check the figures...

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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It's actually not that hard to design a new plane. We did it in groups of 6 4th year Aerospace Engineering students over the course of a year at my old uni. Most of the hard work is already done and exists in the FAA and JAR Standards. Everything like the size and strength of gusts you have to design for, etc is all laid out for you. You just have to design to meet the Standards.

That being said, since this is a drone and not an aircraft, FB probably decided they didnt need to meet all of the safety factors that are laid out in the FAA regulations. And look what happens when you dont follow the rules... ;)

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

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Re: Cable Management

I think the pair of black cables poking out the backend are a bit of a giveaway that this is just the demonstrator. Unless of course they've found some convenient power sockets located on Mars?

4 years out from Launch, demonstrators dont tend to look like flight hardware, they're just there to show that they can do the main task the funding is for...

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Re: Why not just dollar value? @ Gritzwally

I'm not going to claim to know anything about Hawaiian tax arrangements, but with the Aus GST and British VAT, if you buy raw materials to turn into a salable product you get to claim back the tax you paid.

So if you buy raw materials worth $1 and 10% of that is tax (so 10c) and you then sell the final product for $10, $1 of that would be tax, and 90c would go to the government since you claim back the 10c from your raw materials.

You might want to suggest your mum goes and talks to a tax accountant if she is not claiming anything back... Sounds like she's doing it wrong...

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Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

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Re: Actual question

Well since I'm very happy with MalwareBytes on my PC, I will definitely give it a go on Android. Cheers for that suggestion! And I think I'll take the chance to get rid of AVG. Alas fair AVG, you once were good, but now your a stinking pile of Adware...

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Actual question

While I consider myself relatively computer literate, when it comes to Android, its basically a black box to me. So my question for you esteemed commentards - What are the best ways to protect your phone? Are there trusted sites from which i can scan my phone to check for any malware? Whilst I'm currently using AVG (which I'm beginning to consider to be an adware product in its own right, due to the number of ads I get begging me to upgrade it to the paid version!) and have the latest Version of Android im probably protected, but are there any othe programs I should be looking at? On a PC you never rely on just a single product for safety as they rarely catch them all, but on Android, what to do, what to do?

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Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

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Re: Disney is depicable

No-one (or Place) can be THAT happy without having some very dark secrets buried in the Basement...

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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Hey SAP isnt that bad! :P

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Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

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But he's learned his lesson...

Yep next time he will take more care not to get caught!

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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

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Re: Actually curious...

To continue my previous question, since the vast majority of answers from you knowledgable Folks is Cost - What costs are actually involved? I can think of the labour costs of getting the engineers to implement the various strategies, but what else? I dont work in IT, but it sounded from the article that it would not require updating kit or anything like that to implement these strategies, so I was just wondering what the costs would be?

And wouldnt this be offset by the cost of reduced data being passed along to your Backbone Providers? Or am I talking bollocks there? ;)

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Actually curious...

I'm actually curious, is there a reason that ISP's havent already implemented These "easy" solutions mentioned in the article? I know the obvious answer is going to be laziness, but lets be honest thats rarely the case. Usually it comes down to one of either:

- too expensive,

- too difficult to implement,

- too specialist for your Standard IT guy to implement,

- too time consuming to implement,

- conflicts with other Equipment,

- or a belief that it wont have any actual effect.

So what is the reason why ISP's havent implemented These Solutions on mass, so far? There HAS too be a reason...

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