* Posts by Credas

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

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Re: $5M...

Yes, I can understand that's mildly annoying, but asking for $5 million shows him to be nothing more than a money grabbing twat.

To be fair, that's probably only $1,000 for him and $4.999m for the legal vultures really running this claim and looking forward to that third home in the Hamptons.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: Aussie Judges

If you read the judgement linked to in the article, the EFF didn't defend the action in Australia, therefore judgement was awarded to the plaintiff by default - it would have worked in exactly the same way in the US. This isn't a case of an Aussie judge making a stupid decision, it's just that if you don't defend a civil action then it's decided in the plaintiff's favour. It's also worth noting that the judge didn't include any batshit-crazy requirements to remove any references anywhere on the web, just things the defendant has direct control over.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

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I just really don't understand why chip & PIN is such a problem in the US. It's been universal in Europe (except for certain overseas visitors) for so long now that I can't even remember when exactly it was introduced, with very little fuss and bother. I'm certain Americans are bright enough to remember a 4 digit PIN, so why are their retail and banking industries so reluctant to use a technology that has been demonstrated to reduce fraud in Europe and elsewhere? Mystifying.

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Re: Confusing Article

The bit that confused me was the idea that #blacklivesmatter, apparently with no other threatening context, is interpreted as an subversive and anti-government. Am I to take it, then, that official US government policy is that #blacklivesdontmatter?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: Colour me surprised

Amber Rudd: Cheltenham Ladies' College, followed by History at Edinburgh.

Andrew Marr: Loretto School (an independent school in Musselburgh, East Lothian), followed by English at Cambridge.

And you're surprised that an interview between those two involved no coherent questioning and a total lack of understanding of encryption, secure messaging, and related subjects?

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The priest, the coder, the Bitcoin drug deals – and today's guilty verdicts

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Tor?

I know Tor is intended to conceal the user from other observers, but I had no idea it's capabilities extended to concealing any mention of it from a news item that actually mentioned it in the bye-line.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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@ tr1ck5t3r:

Your nurse has just been on the batphone to me - TAKE YOUR MEDS!

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: Wait! What? They have our MAC Addresses?

You can blame WebRTC for leaking your internal network IP address - isn't progress wonderful? Easy enough to disable in Firefox ("about:config”, set “media.peerconnection.enabled” to false) if you don't need it for peer-to-peer conferencing.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: See MS *does* love Linux

Seems so; it was the GWX fiasco that prompted me to push W10 into a dual-boot option that's only (rarely) used if there's no other way of doing something. Which means that "Unfortunately the only way to disable the promo blaster is as follows:" isn't really the case for me any more. :-)

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What a Flake: Congress mulls trashing privacy rules, letting ISPs go to town on your data

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As an outsider, I have to say it's staggering to witness the brazen obeisance of your supposed representatives in Congress towards Corporate interests. Just how broken is democracy for them to feel secure behaving in a way that disadvantages the electors so badly and so obviously?

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

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Re: Screw downvotes

If all prisons were miles out in the sticks then maybe jammers would be OK. But in Britain they're mostly surrounded by legitimately mobile-phone using neighbours, who probably wouldn't appreciate being returned to 20th century comms. IMSI catchers seem to be a more proportionate way of tackling the problem.

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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: Please do this TfL.

If a cabbie (of any sort) can't communicate with the passengers then what hope of you of getting to the correct destination.

Well, since you put in your exact destination when you book the ride then you've a pretty good chance. Even without that, I've always managed well enough in other countries where I didn't speak the language, as do non-English speaking passengers here. The tiny subset of English needed by a taxi driver doesn't really justify GCSE standard - fortunately for quite a few English-born taxi drivers as well.

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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You just know how this is going to go

The Predator is a bit heavier and has a similar speed to a WW1 Sopwith Camel that carried 4 small bombs for ground attack. Subsequent aircraft were heavier, and faster, and more expensive, and had a greater weapons payload, and now we have the F35. The Reaper is heavier, and faster, and more expensive, and has a greater weapons payload than the Predator...

Unfortunately it's far easier to add stuff and increase weight (and cost) than to follow William Bushnell Stout's maxim.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: This will impact others as well

The lack of a clear policy to not hose the company? I very much doubt you required any guidance on that.

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Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?!

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Re: had a good guffaw

With the web rammed with sites churning out quick industry press release cut & paste jobs as cheap ad-boosting clickbait, and mainstream outlets employing unremittingly positive "correspondents" like Rory Cellan-Jones as tech boosters, I reckon the tech industry gets an easier ride than just about any other.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Of course the Irish government knows full well that the only reason the likes of Apple and Dell placed their operations in Ireland was because of the extremely generous tax treatment they received, and if the EU Commission unpicks the Apple deal there could be a rush to the door. So it's €13bn now versus a continuing stream of cash from a host of other tax "minimisers".

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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Good thing there's no way to get around Google UK demoting these search results...

Ah.

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: Security is Job One at Microsoft

They didn't need to drop "do no evil", because their motto was actually "don't be evil". Which was still a pretty stupid motto.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: HR managed involved was led out of the building in handcuffs

Far more likely, it's bollocks.

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Facebook investors yell at CEO: Get the Zuck out of our boardroom!

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Re: Good practice

The Zuck is the founder, and creator of the business and the chairman of their board. It's still his company, he wasn't hired by the board, he made it.

When he's sold out 72% of the shares it's long since ceased to be his business, whether he founded it or not. It's precisely this sort of conflict, reinforced by the fundamentally corrupt use of different voting- and non-voting share classes to enable him to retain control, that makes it essential for shareholders as a whole to be represented by an independent chairman.

TL;DR version: you shouldn't expect to sell the company and continue to run it however you want.

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Good practice

In parts of the world where corporate gods are less revered, it's actually considered to be bad corporate governance for the roles of chairman and CEO to be combined - the CEO is meant to be the hired help running the company on behalf of the shareholders, the chairman represents those shareholders.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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It depends what you want. If you want a specialised A-to-Z style road map then Streetmap is definitely the one to go for. For general purpose mapping, including satellite overlays, then Google Maps is better. Personally I think it would be a bit daft if a road map was presented as part of a general search in preference to a general purpose one, unless the user had specified that in the search term.

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FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

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I love the smell of management bullshit in the morning...

Actually, no I don't, but if I did then this article would leave me contented for a week.

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Is UPS really that clueless?

Obviously not. Personally I very much doubt that any freight companies (particularly large ones like UPS) rely on "the Internet" as their source of information on manufacturers' production plans.

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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

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Re: Heard this one before??

I don't think anyone who's done business with Qualcomm will be surprised by these allegations.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

Also doesn't the Beeb need to actually stop outsourcing, build quality in house production teams & writers to have good content? Like they used to have when they were x10 better than USA garbage. Funny Netflix, Sky, Amazon etc are growing their own production teams and facilities?

Well, yes, but they were forced by the government to do precisely what they have done, because the poor little independent production companies were effectively shut out of bidding for BBC work. Very few people seem to notice how many of the BBC's major programmes now end with a "Produced by xxxx" tag, right up until there's a GBBO/C4 moment affecting their favourite programme.

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Well done Ofcom

Brilliant idea forcing every little (globally speaking) local company to create their own streaming platform. Whoever came up with that one should be forced to watch the clunky low-res ITV Player for a few hours a day, followed by playing a few rounds of will-Channel 4's-player-actually-restart-the-programme-after-the-ad-break. Sky et all must have been pissing themselves.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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Re: Why the surprise?

Totally agree; roughly one person in six understanding the jargon of home router/access point interfaces sounds about right - surprisingly high if anything. And also with this from the article:

it feels as if routers haven’t been designed with your average consumer in mind. Usability is generally poor, and changing something as simple as a Wi-Fi password can require you to go through multiple pages and acronyms.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Has anybody ever found anything useful in the text spewed out in a BSOD? Genuinely curious.

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

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There are two sides to this argument

The mass media in general (not pointing at El Reg here) have in the past shown themselves to be prepared to publish inaccurate, vexatious and harmful articles about individuals, safe in the knowledge that only corporations and very wealthy individuals had the resources to bring a defamation action. It's this behaviour that fuelled the demand for regulation.

Naturally publishers have a deep-seated antipathy to anything that smacks of government regulation of the press, along the lines of Ofcom for broadcasters. That's why they were offered the alternative of self-regulation through "independent" industry-led bodies. If publishers aren't prepared to sign up to any form of regulation, even the carrot of fairly toothless industry-led ones, then they can hardly be surprised that a stick is being put in place as a backstop.

If you have a better idea of how to constrain the likes of Murdoch and Dacre from treating individuals like crap then I'd love to hear it before rushing off to sign a "leave things as they are" petition.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: DAB+

Hey, great idea - let's follow the TV model and obsolete our radios every few years as well. Did you have a date in mind for sunsetting that old school DAB+?

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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I'm a little bit surprised that the Irish government...

Bit of a lack of understanding of the Irish constitution there?

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Generous reward

I'll offer a generous reward for the sender of a pic of the damned thing burning in a pool of petrol. Seasonal chestnuts optional.

Meanwhile a Specsavers voucher for the tool who didn't understand the meaning of line of sight at all times.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Re: A step in the right direction

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but in my day ham radio was nothing to do with some apocalyptic "OMG all the infrastructure's failed we're all that's left!" scenario. Neither was it about the availability of an alternative communications medium - we did have telephones even in those days, honest. It was all about making a tenuous connection, against the odds, probably transiently, with some like-minded stranger far, far away.

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Netgear: Nothing to see here, please disperse. Just another really bad router security hole

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Re: Too F***ing Late...!

Until the recent Emergency Patch for the R7000, the previous few FW releases broke more than they fixed... So, because this was such a serious vunerability, I installed it. After I done this, every time I went into the WAN Setup page in the web-GUI - I had to power-cycle the router.

Two nice things about the R7000:

1) The hardware's very powerful for the price - even if it does look like some demented Steampunk dinosaur with four massive black spines sticking out of its back, and a line of flashing lights that wouldn't disgrace a Cylon Centurion.

2) It's easy to replace the crap Netgear firmware with much more capable Tomato firmware. Which I did as soon as I got mine, and no problems since with regular updates.

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Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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What good will this "relaxation" do?

I would imagine that 10E-(a large number) of websites don't use cookies at all. Those that do fall into the category of ad-supported, or extracting-the-money-to-run-the-site-from-you-some-other-way. Is there really any point in requiring anything more than a simple declaration somewhere on the site that cookies are used to serve ads?

From my own experience, users either don't give a f*** or are using adblockers anyway.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Says more about young Chinese men than the women

The most obvious thing that struck me about the S- group is that the pictures were deliberately posed and shot to look dramatic and challenging. The same women wearing natural-looking makeup and posed demurely would probably have been put in S+. ISTM that if this "research" proves anything it's that young Chinese men find women they believe to be assertive threatening, and that they're daft and inexperienced enough to think they can infer personality from appearance.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Fine ending

Needless to say, this latest shot from the government could prove hard to swallow for Prenda's former ringleaders.

Another fine money shot at the end of a Reg article. And also something this loathsome pair might have to get used to if they're sent down for that long list of crimes.

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Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

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Re: Listen, and understand !

Google controls Evernote? Thanks, I had no idea!

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Swap one for an infrared laser that'll punch through clouds

Or even a radar altimeter, which have worked perfectly well in military aircraft for decades. As have weight-on-wheels switches for that matter, even during rough ground operations. You have to wonder how much military aviation experience the designers of this thing have.

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Data use rules set to be loosened under new EU e-Privacy laws - report

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Re: Yay for lobbyists

because servers can't query client settings.

No, but the clients can send HTTP headers, as the Do Not Track feature does, which could be used to signal acceptance. Actually, perhaps the EU is thinking of using DNT as the mechanism for signifying consent, in an arse-about-face way. This all feels like a face-saving exercise to get rid of the pointless cookie consent banners their ill-thought out regulation caused in the first place.

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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"Instead of fixing the issue, PwC lawyered up"

And this unhelpful behaviour comes as a surprise to anyone, because?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: Surely a common router/firmware incompatibility?

Certainly fine here, on both W10 and Ubuntu through an AP/router running DD-WRT connected to a Plusnet modem. Looks like a W10/ISP router interaction issue - neither of which would exactly be surprising as the source of the problem.

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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

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Not exactly biting the hand

Couldn't this kind of press release cut & paste article at least be labelled "sponsored" or something?

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Open source Roundcube webmail can be attacked ... by sending it an e-mail

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Re: Many eyes....

You could at least have the good grace to use the troll icon, as you usually do when you cut & paste this witless comment.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Consumer Watchdog?

Recent? Started up in 1985 actually.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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Quite - TalkTalk lost hardly any customers as a proportion of their customer base, despite it being very easy to switch broadband suppliers.

The gung-ho talk about class action lawsuits also illustrates how little you can rely on survey responses, since the scope of these in the UK is very, very limited and wouldn't apply to this kind of incident. Do they think lawyers are just showing restraint in not having brought any actions to date?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Netflix aren't going to walk

If it happens this is going to end up being 5% of their Canadian, not global, revenues, and that's not going to make Netflix walk away from the Canadian market. They hardly put up a fight when they got landed with paying VAT in the UK.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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"on the UK island of Jersey"

Oh dear, you're lucky the inhabitants of that Crown Dependency are so laid back, and separated from the UK by a fair amount of sea...

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Seriously however, a lot of these problems would go away if people just spent a minute thinking, instead of indulging in knee-jerk reactions.

Since they have to either be using third party app stores already against every recommendation from reputable publications, or follow a list of instructions to enable installation from unknown sources (which in turn triggers dire warnings from the OS), I would say that anybody infected by this has to have spent considerably more than a minute thinking about it. Crap decision making certainly, but they are thinking about it.

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