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USBs drives banned by US military for second time

The US Air Force has reacted to the Wikileaks data loss by banning all removable media - USB sticks, writable CDs, writable DVDs, and portable hard drives - under pain of court martial and it now looks as if the...

Tags: bradley manning, hack, usb 3.0, wikileaks

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Google uses Chrome to push faster web vision

Google is once again using Chrome to drive small changes to web standards in its obsession with speeding up the user experience. This time Chrome has become the first browser to tweak the SSL/TLS protocol that underpins encrypted https connections...

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Washington, we have a problem - our IT stinks

Here’s a positive spin on the Wikileaks revelations. Far from being a disaster for the US Government, it could turn out to be a piece of radical penetration testing that tells the security admins they have a big job on...

Tags: data breach, wikileaks

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The fastest USB stick in the world uses SSD

It’s the size of a conventional USB stick, hugely expensive, but there’s a lot more going on under the hood of the LaCie FastKey than meets the eye.Is this drive actually a new type of drive altogether, part portable drive,...

Tags: ssd, usb 3.0

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BBC iPlayer measures 'net neutrality' with traffic lights

This is one way of fighting back against throttling of Internet applications such as the BBC’s loved-and-in-some-quarters-hated iPlayer - let consumers see that it is happening.According to BBC director of future media and technology, Erik Huggers, the corporation is developing...

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Warning, nothing on Twitter is only a joke

"Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!"That single frustrated tweet to a handful of friends after weather closed Robin Hood airport last...

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Perhaps eBooks are just a better way to borrow

An interesting column in The Economist reminds us that perhaps we’ve missed the point about eBooks. They are not a parallel way to own a book at all, but a gigantic lending system that might yet have huge merits if...

Tags: amazon kindle, barnes and noble nook, ebooks

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Blame the 'billing system' TalkTalk style

Behold, another example of the tendency of large companies with ample resources to blame the computer in the corner when things go wrong. After UK regulator Ofcom stepped in, broadband company TalkTalk has decided to blame “an error on a...

Tags: adsl, broadband, fine, ofcom, talktalk

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The Orange T-Mobile merger lacks key ingredients

‘Everything Everywhere’ is among the daftest names ever given to a UK company but the merger of Orange and T-Mobile is bearing small fruit for the mobile network’s user base. They can now share cell signals as long as they...

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China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer still has a lot to prove

As international battles of ego go, getting a supercomputer to the top of the prestigious Top 500 List can look like a benchmark way to measure a country’s computing prowess.According to chip maker Nvidia, China has now overtaken the US...

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