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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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Not in America

On the rare occasions I use a web browser without AdBlock plus, I often see adverts for a hosting company proudly saying they aren't in the US. I can only see this growing: "We have nothing in America. No servers and no offices."

Of course, all it will mean is that the American government will have to just rely on the NSA for more of it's dirty work :-(

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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And how many of these copyright extensions benefit the creators rather than some undying corporate entity?

This.

I have friends who are musicians or artists. They rely on copyright for their living. These are the people that I want copyright to protect. The corporates just use their muscle to screw as much money as possible out of everyone. This shouldn't be surprising - it's what companies exist to do: Make money.

Again, though, it's complicated. Corporates often take risks with new artists, and so want some reward for their risk taking. It's when corporates get lazy and would rather earn money from old work, rather than invest in new work that things get bad.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: WHEN I AM PRIME MINISTER...

GCHQ (the NSA, et al) have two broad functions. Firstly, to devise ways to protect the interests of their home nation. The (secret) invention of public key cryptography at GCHQ, and the NSA involvement to improve DES. These are good things and should carry on - especially if they make this stuff more public.

Their second function is keeping an eye on ne'er-do-wells. Again, this is all good stuff.

The problems arise when the spooks assume *everyone* is a ne'er-do-well, or when they interfere with the things that are supposed to be secure and actually make them less secure (so their snooping on everyone is made easier)

If GCHQ & the NSA are anything like any standard business (which they're probably not) these broad policy decision are made by senior managers trying to empire build and protect their own jobs/departments/budgets and not by the grafters at the bottom of the pile. It's these senior people who we need to get shot of.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: I would like to thank NASA...

They only thought the rover would last 90 days, so I suspect flash endurance wasn't a really a consideration.

But look at it like this: That flash card has been working in a challenging environment for 10 years. If my server SSDs survive that long here on planet Earth, I'll be more than happy.

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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

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Clarify existing rules

Maybe the PCI should clarify their existing rules. They are quite vague and subject to interpretation. Some people may say that's deliberate, but I couldn't possibly comment.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Sub-heads

The El Reg sub-head writer is on form this week. Although I do detect a bias towards a certain popular music song

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Researcher details how malware gives AV the slip

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Re: Virtual question

With VMware, it's not hard to detect: Just look at the BIOS vendor string. It mentions VMWare quite prominently. You can also look for VMware only drivers (e.g. VXNet). Another option, is to try the I/O interface that VMware tools uses to communicate with the VMWare hypervisor.

I suspect you can use similar tricks with other hypervisors.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Out the b*****ds

You're right, you shouldn't have to endure that kind of abuse. Salesmen in company outfit should be publicly shamed.

I didn't think this type of behaviour still existed.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Reading between the lines

My reading of the press release is that the rocket put the satellites into the orbit it was told to. However someone told the rocket the wrong obit.

Opps.

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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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So the crux of his argument is that Facebook transferred his data outside the EU. Surely for this to work, he has to show firstly that he had a reasonable expectation the data would be stored/processed in the EU, and then secondly, that the data was transferred outside the EU without his permission?

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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When I first heard about this story, I was siding with the photographer. Then I read a bit more about the story (e.g. The Torygraph), and realised that the photographer had NO input whatsoever into the set up.

The monkey stole the camera from him and took random pictures.

If the photographer had trained/encouraged the monkey to use the camera, then that would be different. But in this case, the photographer did nothing and got a lucky shot or two. (The Torygraph article says the monkey took hundres of pictures)

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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What's the market?

I think MS need to decide what market they are going after with their Surface products. Are they going after the tablet market (in which case, why does it need a keyboard or pen?) Or are they going after the laptop market (Why have a detachable keyboard)? Or somewhere in between (Ultrabook)?

It feels like MS are throwing different versions out to the market to see what will stick.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Ming-Chi Kuo's is assuming that Apple have only recently started work on the iWatch. It could be (and has been rumoured for years) that Apple have been working on an iWatch for a while. In which case, one problem they could have been working on is how to produce it.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Not the first time

This isn't the first time that a (security) patch from Microsoft (or anyone else) has caused serious problems.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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Follow the money...

When will users of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, etc. learn? They are NOT the customer of these companies. They are assets to be used and sold. These companies want as much out of you as possible so they can sell more targeted (i.e. more expensive) adverts.

The real customers are the advertisers: The people with the money.

Once users start paying for their accounts, *then* they (might) have a reason to complain about their information being sold to all and sundry. But as Facebook proudly states on their home page "Free and always will be." the chances of that are close to zero.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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@ J.G.Harston Re: Resets?

I use a password manager to generate passwords and I couldn't understand why the Inland Revenue wouldn't accept my new password: It was complaining it was too weak.

After reducing the length and removing symbols the Inland Revenue finally accepted the password.

The Inland Revenue was rejecting my passwords because they were too strong, not because it was too weak!

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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It's a great system at work that allows valid evidence to be ignored.

Isn't the point here that the lawyer wants to check that the evidence is valid? After all, it's not as if evidence has ever been made up...

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Because vigilantes are never wrong...

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

If IPv6 had been designed by engineers (rather than by theoreticians)

I wonder if it was more because it was designed by committee, rather than a few engineers pouring over code and packet dumps....

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

On the privacy front, I can agree with you. Baking the device's MAC address into the IPv6 address isn't good for privacy.

As to security, if only they'd implemented something like IPSec natively into IPv6.... (Hint, they did...)

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Maybe not untrue

The story is that mobile coverage is better than ever. That may be true, but what many of us complain about, though, is that it's still not good enough.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: let me guess...

Affirmative action/quotas to increase minority representation is, IMHO, just as bad as the discrimination that it's trying to counter.

For a long time I was of the opinion that "let the best person win" was the answer. Then it was pointed out to me that small details can skew who even applies for your jobs. For example, do you only advertise jobs in Guardian (Often seen as politically left-leaning)?

Then there's the general company attitude. Are people looked over for promotion because "they're not one of us" e.g. non white, heterosexual. (Look up the Macpherson report into the Met. Police)

What can the tech sector do to shake off it's image as the preserve of white males? I don't know. I hope someone cleverer than me has some answers. Diversity is good and should be embraced.

Disclaimer: I'm a white heterosexual male.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Whilst not exactly small in stature myself (ex No 8 forward) I pale into insignificance when compared to our friends (meh) in the US.

The BMI stats claim I'm obese. I went on a trip to America and discovered the real meaning of obese.

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: Gartner says...

So the real source of anger about Gartner is that industry players pay attention to what Gartner says.

The only times I've seen Gartner's magic quadrants is in vendor marketing material. Does anyone actually make purchasing decisions based on these reports & analysis? Or are they just used by marketing bods?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Product to Service

Microsoft loses out in this situation inherently, because they don't have any popular products or services that Windows acts as a subsidy for.

Office? Exchange?

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Missing a vitial point

These alternative payment systems are popular because they are quick, cheap, and convenient

And not subject to state snooping.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Considering the political situation in the area, I think there is very definitely a public interest in knowing about arms export licenses to Iran in 2008.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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I understand the need for revising HTTP, but I'm going to miss the plain text protocol.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

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I can sympathise with the third pary tools which are broken by the Oracle update. But the spec (and JDK compilers) have always enforced the superclass constructor must be the first call. The third party tools are broken by generating incorrect Java byte code and should be fixed.

Of course we then get into the whole realm of what's the true specification: What's written or what's implemented?

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Theory & Practise

In theory, this sounds like a good idea.

In practise, we all know what a pig's ear the government IT contractors will make of it and the massive scope creep that will inevitably occur. (And the silk purse the contractors will make themselves in the process)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

The Word document is just the infection route. Once the payload is in the Registry, no file is needed as the payload is run directly from the Registry.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Impressive and I'd expected it to be *much* colder

My thoughts exactly. We've recorded lower temperatures on the third rock from the Sun (~-90C). So it's interesting that this object, receiving a tenth of the solar radiation, is warmer.

Oh, and a nice cold beer for the boffins involved.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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Holmes

I am so confused here, I just don't know who to hate the most: OFCOM or the operators.

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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

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Press release?

Am I being a grumpy old git, or does this article largely sound like a copy 'n' paste job from a press release?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Watching TV

I remember as a kid, sat at home with the parents actually watching TV.

Nowadays, I have a TV on just as background noise. I rarely sit down and devote 100% of my attention at the screen.

Why? I don't think there's only one reason. It's probably a mixture of things: YouTube/et al (Watched a couple of great videos on Graham's number last night), lots of repeats, too many "celebrity" shows, general dumbing down of content.

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Re: Screw +1 and +24

Not sure if you've noticed, but the +1 & +24 channels are compressed even more than the original channels, so use less bandwidth.

(This doesn't mean I disagree with getting rid of them, though!)

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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CPU

If they have a proven secure Microkernel, I assume they've proved that their hardware (including CPU) are all secure too.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Shock horror!

A company offers an unlimited product, then has to back-track when it finds some people are using so much of the unlimited product it's affecting all it's other customers.

Don't these companies ever learn by their mistakes? If you offer an unlimited service/product, some customers will try and use as much as possible of it.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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Re: On Mars, on time, on budget.

You don't mention the type on landing on Mars ;-)

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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They also refuse to use indicators, as the constant flashing of the bulbs reduces the life of the bulb and indicator unit.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Incorrect

The study was testing the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain, NOT painkillers in general.

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It always amazes me how people put up with crap office chairs (and hence employers get away with supplying crap office chairs!)

Standard office chairs are terrible and just encourage bad posture. I always fight to have a good office chair. As geeks, we may want to have the latest computer/monitor/software, but the first thing we should fight for is decent office furniture: Desk and chair. They'll make you a more efficient employee way more than the latest tech.

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All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

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Re: 4G?

Even decent 2G GSM coverage would do!

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Where to put the intelligence

If memory serves, when they were designing the early mobile phone networks, they put a lot of the control of cell handover into the mobile phone itself. This was because working out which cell was best for the handset was hard for the network to figure out, whereas the handset could tell much easier.

It seems like they're coming across the same problem with spectrum sharing: It's hard for the network to know what's best for the handset at it's current location.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Re: Certs aren't all bad

@Hans 1 Certifications are for incompetents looking for a salary increase/new job, so they have a place.

It depends on how the tests are structured. If they're multiple guess^H choice, then the "knowledge" gained probably isn't that great. If the exams are practicals, then you *have* to know your stuff.

Jay 2 mentioned the RedHat exams, and I've heard that the Cisco CCIE exams are tough practical exams too. Those are the qualifications that are worth something.

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Microsoft exams are far too much "tell us how Microsoft views the world"

All vendor courses and exams I've been on have been like this. I've generally been fortunate and had honest trainers who say "The vendor says X, but in the real world it's Y."

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In test for SQL certifications we ask you to actually create an SQL query

Really? It's taken them this long to come up with this ground breaking idea?

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

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Didn't Facebook try to get everyone to use its service for messaging by giving all users an email address? How well did this take off with its end users...?

Hint: It didn't. They dropped the service a while ago.

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Cisco relaunches Developer Network

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Support, support, support

The number 1 problem with Cisco's DevNet is support.

The developer forums are like a barren wasteland with people asking questions and no-one providing answers. No Cisco employees hang out there and few other people are able to answer questions. (Contrast this to the main support forums with plenty of helpful people and Cisco employees)

You can log a support call with Cisco: Providing you pony up $2,000 for the entry level developer support. When you do manage to pry the credit card out of the boss's hand and log a support call, they're not fast at getting back to you. It feels like the support engineers know no more than the customer.

Their API documentation isn't bad - except for the documents that require over 2GB of free RAM to open.

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Kill queues for fast data centres: MIT boffins

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Re: There is a reason that competent USENET programmers ...

"Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

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Opinion

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Felipe Costa

Pressure to perform for stock market bearing down on disties
Columns of coins in the cloud

Michael Cote

Anything that simple to use has got to be complex to set up
Internet of Things

Gavin Clarke

This time, Larry's Oracle is going after the networking giants

Features

No email? No CRM? No Daily Mail iPad edition? You need a plan
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Failure to crack next-gen semiconductors threatens to set back humanity
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club