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Banning Tor is bad form and impossible, says UK parliament tech group

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:40am

One in the eye for government plans to ban encryption


Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:39am
Lawyer: I 'haven't got a clue' where he's gone

Paul Ceglia – who was once alleged to have forged a contract to claim ownership of half of Facebook – has gone missing ahead of a planned fraud trial.…

Fine funding for SimpliVity: Firm flies high with $175m boost

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:22am
There’s just something about Cubes and Stacks

Hyperconverged startup SimpliVity has scored $175m in a D-funding round, valuing it at a billion-plus dollars and taking total funding to, we think, $276m. So what’s got the VCs salivating?…

Validation message continue

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:02am
All of a sudden, earlier this week I started to get Windows Validation Messages - to check that I am running a genuine version of Windows 7 (x64) that has been on my DELL laptop for over 2 years. What is causing this and how do I get rid of it? I have check that all updates have been done etc etc

Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:01am
Improve your automation

Sometimes you just need to do things fast. Being able to deploy new virtual machines rapidly is a necessity when you are prototyping proof of concepts, running virtual desktop deployments or when you just need to roll out new virtual machines in a lab environment.…

Galaxy S6 pre-orders smash records at 15 million

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:55am

And five million orders for the Galaxy S6 Edge


Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:29am
Learning to backstroke with TREWGrip’s new thingy

The TREWGrip keyboard is designed for butter-fingered mobile users who are keen to touch type as fluidly on their smartphones as they would on a desktop keyboard.…

HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:02am
It gave us Comic Sans, Clippy, a zillion jokes and might be CORTANA'S GRANDFATHER

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, is a day of infamy, for on that day in 1995 Microsoft gave the world Bob, the “social interface” for Windows 3.x and 95.…

iOS 8.2 shoves a non-deletable Apple Watch app onto your iPhone

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:01am

Update also brings Health improvements and FREAK fix


Gov departments still splashing BILLIONS on big-ticket IT projects

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 9:28am
Mad Frankie Maude's one-time Cabinet Office axemen fling cash around like confetti

Big Whitehall departments got the green light to splash more than a billion pounds on IT projects last year, data analysis by The Register can reveal.…

Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 9:11am
HughPickens.com writes: Experts and laymen have long assumed that people who died by suicide will ultimately do it even if temporarily deterred. Now Celia Watson Seupel reports at the NY Times that a growing body of evidence challenges this view, with many experts calling for a reconsideration of suicide-prevention strategies to stress "means restriction." Instead of treating individual risk, means restriction entails modifying the environment by removing the means by which people usually die by suicide. The world cannot be made suicide-proof, of course. But, these researchers argue, if the walkway over a bridge is fenced off, a struggling college freshman cannot throw herself over the side. If parents leave guns in a locked safe, a teenage son cannot shoot himself if he suddenly decides life is hopeless. Reducing the availability of highly lethal and commonly used suicide methods has been associated with declines in suicide rates of as much as 30%–50% in other countries (PDF). According to Cathy Barber, people trying to die by suicide tend to choose not the most effective method, but the one most at hand. Some methods have a case fatality rate as low as 1 or 2 percent," says Barber. "With a gun, it's closer to 85 or 90 percent. So it makes a difference what you're reaching for in these low-planned or unplanned suicide attempts." Ken Baldwin, who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in 1985 and lived, told reporters that he knew as soon as he had jumped that he had made a terrible mistake. "From the instant I saw my hand leave the railing, I knew I wanted to live. I was terrified out of my skull." Baldwin was lucky to survive the 220 foot plunge into frigid waters. Ms. Barber tells another story: On a friend's very first day as an emergency room physician, a patient was wheeled in, a young man who had shot himself in a suicide attempt. "He was begging the doctors to save him," she says. But they could not.

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 8:58am
Sci and Tech Committee slams gov inaction on biometrics grab

A panel of MPs has attacked the Tory-led coalition government for failing to clamp down on the collection of millions of Brits' mugshots, which have been stored on a police database without robust legal oversight.…

UK Gov SciTech advice bureau suggests keeping Tor alive to reduce street crime

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 8:32am
Embracing anonymity may be easier than fighting it

The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has issued a POSTnote titled “The darknet and online anonymity” in which it assesses the threats posed by anonymity technologies like Tor and concludes there's not much governments or law enforcement agencies can do about them.…

Apple Watch costs from £299 to a whopping £13,500, ships 24 April

L'Inq - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 7:01pm

Tim Cook also spills the beans on battery life


Apple Watch vs Moto 360

L'Inq - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 6:22pm

Which stylish smartwatch comes out on top?