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I know people will shout 'SQRL' or biometrics, but in the meantime is Snowden's take on passwords.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzGzB-yYKcc
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SQRL shows a lot of promise.  One of the primary guys that developed FIDO said that SQRL was the most well thought out authentication scheme he's ever seen, even including his own FIDO.  That said, it's very new and isn't really used anywhere yet and it remains to be seen if it will survive attempts to exploit unforeseen vulnerabilities.

In the meantime, I use 2FA anywhere I can and use KeePass to store my crazy-long passwords for sites (a different one for each site).  I also try to use the high ASCII characters on sites that support them.
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Mainly popular science and for the curious, and just for general excellent discussions I see two of my favourite BBC shows are traveling across the pond. Firstly, QI is being shown on BBC America - starting from series* 'J' for some reason. Secondly, I've mentioned the Infinite Monkey Cage podcast a few times and I see they are doing some live shows, details here: http://www.infinitemonkeycage.com/
Anyhoo. Highly recommended, give them a try, and if you don't like it you don't have to watch or download anymore episodes.

*series=seasons, I believe.
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Just a friendly reminder for those who 'enjoy' Black Mirror and/or anything Charlie Brooker.
Charlie Brooker's seasonal special is a mind-bending chiller of three interwoven stories brimming with near-future madness
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+David Pick Black Mirror isn't really binge-watchable due to each episode being standalone- they can be pretty much be viewed in any order. I agree with you in most parts, there was a lot of S2 where I was intrigued by it, and simultaneously not having a clue what was going on.

I am a huge fan of Charlie Brooker, though. A lot of his other stuff is more commentary, and general rants (like Lewis Black) and I find I agree with all of it! (If I get time I'll have a look for stuff on Youtube).
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I've just finished watching KH episode 101, and read the show notes. An excellent Port Forwarding tutorial, but can I just ask about security problems.
Does Port Forwarding just open a port to access a device in your LAN? Are we then just using the network's security to handle security from there e.g. password protecting the webcam etc.
Thanks.
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Yes. Port forwarding opens the device to the internet on that port. There are many ports, so you do have some security through obscurity, but I'm with you. Its a bit risky. Thats why I prefer to use vpns where possible.
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Not sure how long this page has been around, but I just saw it on +BBC Click and it looks interesting. Hey, if you haven't seen it before, it's news to you, right? Anyhoo, a random assortment of Google tips:
https://www.google.com/get/googletips/
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Everyone like space-news, right. Channel 4 have a pretty cool space series running at the moment, here: http://space.channel4.com/ The Living in Space episode was excellent, and they have a live lap of the planet on Sunday which sounds pretty exciting.
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I forgot my usual mention of Stargazing Live. It is mainly about the solar eclipse, but also has the great Buzz Aldrin, and great space stories.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8
Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain are at Jodrell Bank Observatory, and joined by special guests to bring you the latest news and the best views of the night sky.
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Seeing people other than Paul post on the Supersite is just weird.
http://winsupersite.com/windows/goodbye
Sixteen and a half years ago, I hopped on a plane in Phoenix and headed off to a Windows NT 5.0 Reviewer's Workshop in Seattle. Little did I know that this event would forever change my life: It led to the creation of what I thought would be a one-off web site first called the Windows NT 5.0 ...
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I'm pretty sure we all know everything that happened here, but it is a nice summary of the landing.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04pkvpq/the-sky-at-night-rosetta-a-sky-at-night-special
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https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/europeprivacy/

The example requests are quite interesting, I thought.
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MS seems to be doing a lot of interesting things at the moment. The OS; programs and services; quality devices and finally they realise their software should be everywhere. http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-makes-office-online-available-in-chrome-web-store-7000028408/#ftag=RSS0966a21
Summary: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
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I didn't want to list and critique EVERY single product Microsoft makes so the list was very general, but I would argue they are doing a lot of interesting things with their OSs. Windows 8 was a bold new direction of which the pros and cons have been discussed - a lot - elsewhere around the Internet. Their server products are getting better and better. However, Windows Phone (especially 8.1) from all accounts seems to be a lightweight, beautiful mobile OS, which was built for mobile devices.

As an aside, MS seem to be asking users both what they use computers for, and what they require and are finding neat solutions to deal with their needs. For example, in a previous version of Navision they added Dashboards tailored to job specific roles. So a manager would want sales reports, year on year figures, email etc. So open up NAV, and it would link with Exchange for your email, generate sales charts etc. Everything in one place.

They seemed to have followed on with Cortana where they asked PAs how they helped their bosses, and integrated this functionality. Similarly with smartphones, they built an OS with a live tiles, and hubs to keep all your information in one place. Maybe not all the parts were successful, but it seemed a logical and interesting concept. 

Finally, this seems in contrast to Steve Jobs' "“people don't know what they want until you show it to them" quote.
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