* Posts by Daniel B.

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Yahoooo! - Activist! investor! leaps! overboard! jingling! with! cash!

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Re: Hey...

Who should get into MSFT is Icahn. He's an expert at destroying companies, which is probably what MS needs these days. If they're going to crash and burn, at least they should do so with "style"!

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Aereo streaming TV now bargaining chip in Time Warner Cable, CBS tiff

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Fix the laws

Just make it so that "must carry" stations can't charge if they carry commercials, or are forbidden from running such commercials in their Cable TV feed.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

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Re: The one time....

Sory it is 2013 and I can find a wifi hto spot somewhere around me, even in the middle of hadrians wall country I could find a wifi hot spot.

Sorry it's 2013, I have better grammar than you and I don't get WiFi coverage at our client's office. At all. And internet access is heavily restricted, services such as SkyDrive are blocked as they are bandwidth hogs and the internet link is better used for work stuff.

See? One size does not fit all! Curiously, this is the same problem MS is stumbling with on their TIFKAM approach...

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I can think of many people who would like this feature. Not techies, but the sort of people who realise they need backup of some sort.

Anyone thinking this feature is in any way a backup solution is really, really stupid. No, cloud storage is not a backup solution if it is synched to local storage; it only means that when you delete stuff by accident, your data destruction orgy is replicated on the cloud as well. Same thing goes for those who think RAID is a good backup solution. It isn't.

Backups store data in another media, and that media is usually not insta-synched with the changes in the main storage system. Because backups are used when you fuck up on the main storage system...

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: Only voters can change this, but...

But at least it does seem that Snowden's actions are slowly but surely firing up a debate on the surveillance state. That at least this senator is calling into question the current state of affairs is remarkable. It has turned things upside down, with the traditional conservatards supporting the administration keeping the PRISM snooping powers even if said administration is a "liberal" one.

And now we all know why the Patriot Act was extended; PRISM would've had to be dismantled otherwise. Hopefully we will actually see this change in the following years.

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ARM servers to gain boost from ARM, Oracle Java partnership

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Re: It is perverse ...

Java isn't that bad, bugs and Oracle bug galore nonwithstanding. It's much better than getting yourself locked down with .NET! That said, hardware acceleration for Java has existed previously with Jazelle and the later thing that isn't Java-specific on ARM, so it isn't like its something new.

Interestingly, the Java slammers are AC. Why so shy?

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Episode1 being taken over by a Dune...

It seems that Mother Nature deems Dune a far superior masterpiece than the Star Wars prequels, and I agree. I fear for what Disney might bring for the Ep7+ sequels. But then I remember...

I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.

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Re: Shai Hulud

THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED!

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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Re: yep

I'm guessing the BTC wallet has been confiscated. Maybe. But yes, there's a good chance that those 700k BTC are never, ever going to see daylight ever again. The real problem here is that BTC depends on the private key to "release" the goods ... so if the scammer doesn't give 'em up, those 700k are as good as gone.

Now, I wonder who would be so stupid to fall upon a scam like this. 7% per week return? That screams Ponzi anywhere, BTC or not!

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German students get hot 'n' heavy on Coffee Table of Doom

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HFT

If I were doing HFT systems, I'd be better off using FPGA/ASIC systems or even GPUs. x86 is garbage for heavy loads (or anything else, we should be using RISC) and in fact most HFTs are now doing FPGA these days. Indeed, overclocking an x86 craptel is kinda like putting aviation fuel in a VW Beetle. Sure it might reach 200 km/h in 3 seconds, but the engine's going to blow up in 15 seconds!

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SIM cracking

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SIM cracking

So, it seems that SIM cards in some places are using DES (oh please, who the hell uses DES for important stuff these days?) and whoever's stuck with those is going to get 0wned pretty soon now. Is there a way to know if one's own SIM is one of these?

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ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

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hehe

Some of Lewis Page's articles are fun and interesting to read. Others are indeed a bit anti-MMCC tilted; I still remember the ones where some green-energy initiative set up a power plant (hydro) to power up X houses, then Page counters that it could only power Y houses (which is about X/100) ... but he's fudging the numbers by jacking up per-house kWh usage as he includes heating requirements ... which is currently done with natural gas or propane. Sure, you might make a case if the question is going fully "green", but that wasn't the purpose for that power plant!

I am kind of skeptic on renewables and indeed, nukes seem to be a better option for our power-hungry needs but Page does seem to take 'em over the top.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Your theory is correct.. but not sure about slow

hehe. The badge-awarding system does seem to be running on a schedule; it took something like 2 or 4 days between me hitting the magic 2000 upvote number and actually getting awarded Silver. It's fun!

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Articles with no comments

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@DrewC

Hey, I actually like what El Reg uses for forum/commenting software. Definitely cleaner than the wretched hive that many "forums" use (I'm looking at you, CommunityServer!) and it has a unique feel to it. Maybe some linkage from related articles to related threads might help the forum usage? And probably adding some kind of tracking on "someone replied/commented on a thread I'm following"? I haven't used the forums much (besides article comments, that is) so I haven't really seen if these are actually implemented and I just haven't checked them out, though.

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Re: Oh look...

Fun fact: the comments section in the articles are already a thread in the forums, according to how the system treats comments.

Nah, I guess it is just Lewis going through an Orlowski phase. I do like some of his articles, though...

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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Re: @Captain

You need to roll a D20 first to make sure you hit, then roll D12 for the damage from the alchemist's fire flask.

I rolled two 20s! Critical Hit!

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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Re: EFF built "deep crack" hardware DES cracker for $250k in 1998.

Indeed, anyone using DES after Deep Crack is an idiot. I also agree that 3DES is probably broken as well, after all it is only 3 chained DES engines, and there is probably a shortcut to cracking that by our favourite 3-letter agencies...

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

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DES?

Oh please tell me those are 20th-century SIMs. Most people know DES is insecure, and the crypto community already suspected it since long before Deep Crack. Who would be so stupid to use that for anything sensitive?!?!

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Yes indeed

I think we call it PAM and has been available for quite some time.

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Indeed!

Yes, basically the only "Windows" that was actually a full blown OS was Windows NT. The Win 3.x stuff was running on top of DOS, 3.11 ran over 6.22 which oddly was incompatible with 3.1 and 6.2 (I had the latter versions of Windows and DOS). Basically DOS and Win3.x had some patchwork to run 32-bit stuff, but the OS was still DOS. It extended as well into Win9x, but DOS 7.0 was hidden away from most users' eyes so few non-tech people noticed it. It also had everything pancaked with Win9x layered over Win3.x layered over DOS. You could even see which layer blew up by looking at the error windows/messages:

  • Win9x style window: Win9x layer.
  • Win3.x style window: Usually a GPF or some GDI error. It meant the error comes from the 3.x layer.
  • BSOD: You hit something really low level, probably on the DOS layer. The whole screen was in text-only, DOS format.

The jump in Win2000 and WinXP to the NT kernel did wonders for Windows.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Re: Or

It may hasten the switch over from carrier supplied phones with subsidy to people buying their phones outright and not paying for it through the nose forever more in the form of a hiked up monthly charge.

That has always been the case in my country (Mexico), but mostly because most people here are on PAYG schemes. Probably the same reason why the iPhone isn't as hot as well; it's competing on full price, which it seems is the same as in Russia ($800+).

Few of us are on contracts, I am mostly because I actually use my phone to make calls and it is cheaper that way.

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Different countries, different markets

Indeed. That's why I was surprised that the iPhone wasn't a flop, given that during the first 4 years I had seen only three iPhones on the wild, vs. everyone carrying Blackberries, then switching to Android handsets. Even now, Blackberry still has a decent standing; last year it was somewhere around 30%. Nokia smartphones used to be the most used, but thanks to the Elopocalypse that is no longer the case.

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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Re: MSFT down 6% after hours

Now this is one company I'd like to see Icahn bring his claws into...

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Re: Has Redmond lost touch with consumers? YES!

Dear Mrs B, Can RICHTO/Vogon come out to play today? He's missing all the fun.

Oh, you had to chant the satanic spells and solve the Lament configuration, didn't you? He's come...

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Re: MiB?

Oh no, please no purism on the prefixes. Even my college math teacher has conceded that computer stuff will always be base-1024 because that's how computers count. Base-10 (and base 1000) are useful to us fleshy humans as it is what we're used to; base-1024 is useful for computery stuff as it is what computers are used to. 2^10, 2^20, 2^30 ... it is even metric even if it isn't base 10.

The ugly fallout on the KiB, MiB, GiB stuff is that now OSX is saddled with the base-1000 units and thus is lying to me whenever I ask how big a file is. At least the underlying OS does still count real bytes, albeit with the -iB suffix.

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Re: MiB?

Looks like it was a typo, they turned it back into MB.

Good thing, I suspect the -bibyte stuff is being pushed by HDD manufacturers as that way they can keep on lying about HDD capacities. Sadly, OS X now uses funnybyte units, so I have to resort to df -h to know the true capacity of filesystems these days...

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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Re: Corporate Land Grab anyone?

Unfortunately, we have our own governments to blame on this. Stupid import restrictions are the ones that impose said restrictions against Amazon, not the other way round.

I used to be able to buy US games via Amazon (thus avoiding the horrible Spaniard-dubbed abominations they sell here) but the Mexican Government made it so that all packages with said games were blocked at the border, or have to pay a stupid amount of taxes. Thus Amazon called it quits and no longer sells US games outside the US.

If it wasn't for Steam and other game distributors that do allow me to buy the English versions of games online, I would've given up on PC/Mac games at all by now!

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@Grave

yeah except its called "amazonas" in those countries. sounds more like an extortion racket by a corrupt third world government

Yes, it's called Amazonas in both Spanish and Portuguese, but that doesn't mean you don't have a right to the English name, especially as it is the most used language on the 'net. Should the Russian Federation give up their right to .ru and be left only with the Cyrillic alphabet version of their ccTLD? Is Wales less entitled to .wales than .cymru? Should Mexico City have no rights to "Mexico City" because it's called "Ciudad de México" in Spanish?

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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Wait

... they're disabling an emergency beacon? Really?

Given its function, it seems to be the kind of stuff you really want to have if the airplane ever crashes! Wouldn't it be better to fit a non-flamey version of the beacon instead of leaving the airplane beaconless?!?!

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Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

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I think it's already true

Isn't that what those HFT trading bots basically do? They game the market to both give them more profit *and* screw over the other trading bots. And they're prone to being 0wned by fake news, as seen with the fake news about Obama being shot at.

It's kinda like BattleBots, but instead of bots trying to trash each other, these ones are trying to bankrupt each other.

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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Re: The plot of this sounds suspiciously like that of 'Lifeforce'.

That particular movie was based on a novel called 'The Space Vampires'. But then the novel itself could be someone doing a Dracula and Quartermass crossover...

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Submarine cable capacity doubled with flick of switch

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So slow

Anyone remember the talk back in 2000-2001 about how the backbone networks & stuff had overbuilt and that we couldn't possibly use up all that bandwidth? All that dark fiber from telcos because it didn't have any use? I remember mentioning that the only reason they didn't really get used was because most of us were still stuck with dialup. And it seems I was proven right; as soon as broadband went ubiquitous, now all those "overcapacity" broadband stuff went saturated. And even now, I'm not sure if that dark fiber has been lit up, or if it remains dead in the water.

With these upgrades, we should be able to crank up backbone bandwidth worldwide, and telcos should stop trying to ram data caps against us...

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Re: Oh No!

With those phat pipes, practically all Asians are going to be LPBs!

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

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Good thing spacesuits don't recycle liquids

I'd rather not drink suspicious water if I were to have other fluids inside the suit...

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Re: Best El Reg headline EVAR.

I still remember the subheader for this article.

Crab Shack mock cock cop attack shock. Tee-hee....

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The last paragraph

A sexting app that self-destructs the sent pics after being watched. Why is EPIC asking for a review of this app? Hopefully it is to ensure if the pics are truly destroyed. Such an app should be pretty popular given that teens have been charged with child porn charges and put on the Sex Offender Registry for sexting!

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Re: Incredible..

I do know the meaning of ABEND, but I relate that more with mainframes than Novell.

Oh, I did manage a NetWare server & network ... and I was a teen back then! Stuck to NetWare 3, as upgrading to NetWare 4 was oh so very expensive! Even back then we knew that someone was eventually going to eat Novell's lunch, but back then we were thinking of Apple as System 7 already had file sharing for free. NT wasn't there yet, and OS/2 was ... ok, in some commercials. But I never got to see OS/2 in all its glory.

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Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

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But then...

This means that the alert will show up before we actually execute the app. That is, the OS would show us the alert and we have to click Open to run it? (or nepO?)

If anyone gets a sdrawkcab message and clicks OK, they're asking for it. I'd be more worried on a trojan that wouldn't ask for permission...

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Phobos Lab

Dark. Scary. Even more as I was playing alone at my dad's home office, at night, in the dark. Having my dad suddenly appear behind the PC scared the shit out of me!

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Re: Descent @diodesign

Oh yes, I can't forget that game. I had the Mac version, which had a special CD soundtrack. Sadly, I lost that CD and the soundtrack's forever lost. :(

Yes, the maps were dizzytastic but hell, it was truly the first game that had 360 degree 3D. I'd think it would do wonders as an Ender's Game training sim: truly good Descent players understood that there's no up or down!

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Half-Life

Indeed, Unreal didn't really appeal to me, and IIRC it was buggy as hell when it came out. I already had Quake2 in my wish list, so I bought that instead. I did get to play Unreal at a friend's house, but we both agreed that it wasn't just there for us, and of course the multiplayer sucked.

Half-Life, however, was a much better experience. I didn't get to play it 'till 2000 though, and it was still an awesome game by then. Definitely kicked Unreal's socks, both in single player and multi. Hell, it spawned Counter-Strike which spun off into its own game! The other mod I've seen evolve into a full-blown game is Team Fortress.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Acer

My last Acer laptop is a huge (dis)incentive for not buying another Acer lappy ever. And that was two years ago.

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Re: but mid/low end systems won't be able to cut it.

How can angry birds and jewel drop etc tax any remotely modern machine?

They're talking about real games, not the stuff you play while riding the subway.

TBH, I do like some of the casual games like Plants vs. Zombies, but the rumors of casual gaming displacing hardcore gaming are way too exaggerated. There's no way the Call of Battlefield Halo crowd are going to switch to Candy Crush for all their gaming needs.

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US public sector shuns public clouds

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Not surprised

Really, the US Government (or any country's government) shouldn't be trusting in any kind of private cloud solution and/or colocation. They have the money to host it themselves, and they should be hosting it themselves. It's their responsibility!

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: Windows struggles in Boot Camp

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Re: Why would you want to use Windows 8 on a Macbook Air?

Also if it is so worthless why has the author of this article gone to the hassle of installing in on a Macbook?

You'll notice that the author installed Windows 7. The 8.1 preview was mostly to test if it could be installed as well, but the main test was on Windows 7.

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Unmasked: Euro ISPs raided in downloads strangle probe

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Re: wtf

not being funny here but they are the isp's own networks and right or wrong they can do what the fuck they like with them. Am I the only one that understands capitalism

But you don't understand peering agreements, it seems. Once you enter one, you're legally obligated by contract to honor whatever you agreed to. In peering agreements, it is to free-flow the packet deliveries.

Not sure what kind of tree hugging liberal world you think we all live in, it's all about money.

I smell a conservatard.

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Evidence

The raids are to gather evidence that the Cogent-to-enduser streams are being throttled, while the ISP-to-enduser streams aren't. If there's a significant difference, Cogent has a case.

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Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

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Ow.

One report said she was in the bath (steamy bathroom?).

That would make it less of a "dangerous charger used!" and more of a Darwin Awards winner.

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Security bods boycott DEF CON over closed door for feds

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They've clarified they aren't banning feds.

In fact, they were asked about this stance by an actual Fed who mentioned he mostly goes on his dime and not in official status. So the clarification is aimed at these people as well.

Indeed, the DEFCON conference has usually been a nice neutral ground for hackers and Feds (insert your favorite three-letter agency here), and it will be quite different if absolutely no Feds are there!

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Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

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Re: Oh please... this is a 10+ year old rehash of AOL era technology

Not quite that. In fact as the IETF and IAB dudes have pointed out, it won't work as advertised. DNS resolution can indeed search for TLDs ... but the first thing it'll do when presented with a dotless query is to search for $DOTLESS_FQDN.my.default.search.domain.com and return that if it finds it. If you really want to search for a TLD on DNS, the correct way to do this is by appending a dot on the search. So for http://search to work, you'd actually need to type http://search./ for it to work unambiguously!

AOL had its closed wall garden to implement keywords, the overall internet is not the same.

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