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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

foo_bar_baz

Re: IT angle...

You're a bit late. The .SCOT TLD was launched in July.

Examples:

yes.scot

bettertogether.scot

welcome.scot

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

foo_bar_baz

Psygnosis

Shadow of the Beast. Defining memories of my youth. Especially the music.

Amiga <3.

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Nude celeb pics wrongly blamed for DDOS at New Zealand's largest ISP

foo_bar_baz

Whose modems were they anyway

For this to be a significant issue, there must have been a large installed base of similarly vulnerable routers. Could the ISP itself be to blame for providing these to its customers, or are these commonly used modems bought by customers themselves?

Sydney Morning Herald says a few were provided by Spark but even those were "reconfigured" by the users.

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

foo_bar_baz

Re: how is oracle hurting with mysql?

You're right that people looking for a cheap/free database backend for their blog weren't going to splurge kilobucks per year on Oracle. These people represent new entrants into the DB customer base.

There are however the 10% you refer to, old Oracle customers who've started to use MySQL, Postgres or nosql in situations where Oracle's features and support aren't required. Every MySQL installation there is a direct loss to Oracle. When making the decision between 1) paying Oracle 2) paying for "free" DB support or 3) self support the choice is less and less the first one. It's in Oracle's interest to steer MySQL development away from "enterprisey" features to shore up their market share, or at least sell those features at a premium.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

foo_bar_baz

Re: Dyson deleted my comments

The tech looks promising. The 1990s called and want their website back, though. That hurt my eyes.

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foo_bar_baz

Re: the machine also comes with iOS and Android apps

It's inevitable.

Is there an Internet Rule for everything getting hacked?

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

foo_bar_baz

And meanwhile in the real world

It only works if the risk of getting caught is high. Police are so swamped they don't have the time to follow up every phone, bicycle or laptop theft.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

foo_bar_baz

Goodbye bureaucracy

Hello civil lawsuits.

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

foo_bar_baz

Re: Point of Order

The parent word terrestrial, and grandparent terra also refer to land generically as well as planet Earth.

eg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrae_on_Mars

So while you're right, I'd assert that "extraterrestrial" has come to mean specifically outside our planet only because the scope of human experience and by extension, thinking, is so narrow. If humans ever come to inhabit multiple planets I doubt we'd refer our Martian cousins as extraterrestrials. Extratellurians would be more appropriate.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

foo_bar_baz

I can't understand how this can even be legal. "You can't talk to the guy who'll try to refuse to end our business relationship, so we'll keep billing you and send the repo man for you." Fucking fucks.

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foo_bar_baz

@Six

This is how it works in northern European countries too. We have in common with Ireland the fact that we're pretty small, I guess that plays a part. The system has been set up to foster competition and protect the customer.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

foo_bar_baz
Coat

Re: Double standards

Manor of batshit craziness - is that where Hugh Hefner lives?

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

foo_bar_baz

Re: Has to be said..

They lost the drugs because they didn't loose them from above.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

foo_bar_baz

Re: definition requested

Not to be confused with "Glocked".

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foo_bar_baz

Re: (Up to) 10 years...

Hence the US prison population crisis.

"While rates of violent crimes has fallen by 25 percent over the last 20 years, prison population has tripled. Overall, the U.S. imprisons more people than any other nation. Second is China, with 1.5 million people in behind bars.

While there appears a public need to make sure people are punished for crimes, the financial cost to incarcerate are staggering. Morenoff estimates that it costs $25,000-$30,000 per year (in public money) to incarcerate each prisoner. That cost increases significantly with older prisoners and those who need medical care.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news126279826.html#jCp"

Also:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/08/economist-explains-8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate

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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

foo_bar_baz

Re: UKIP ranter I expect

You might have had a point, but it was lost somewhere in the midst of manic ranting and ugly ad hominems. Talk about pots and kettles. ^^

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

foo_bar_baz

"incapable of finding the undisclosed bugs"

Auditing someone else's codebase might not be such a quick and easy task, perhaps?

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

foo_bar_baz

Class of bugs

Codenomicon makes a fuzzing tool. It will find bugs human testers and reviewers won't often find. We hear about this bug because it's an open source library and Codenomicon test OSS and release the results, as a free service if you like.

Software companies who are Codenomicon clients (or use other similar tools) will find bugs and patch them up on the quiet. Companies that don't do such testing probably won't find them. In neither case will we read about it on The Reg.

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Spammer sprung to run Russian national payment system

foo_bar_baz

More proof

Russia is an alien world that defies understanding.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

foo_bar_baz

Re: Things I would like to see

For me it was all in clicking a link with "Hemel Hempstead" and seeing "Leighton Buzzard" and "Crabtree". I love English place names.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

foo_bar_baz

Re: Mystic Meg

Mystic Meg clearly hasn't ever met Union Rep Ulrich.

I once worked for an international corp that was "rightsizing" its operations. Our German colleagues got handsome payoffs while everyone else got pretty much squat. Unions in Germany have clout. This will be interesting.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

foo_bar_baz

Re: This is very telling.

Do they hate the UI or piracy prevention mechanisms?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

foo_bar_baz

Black and White

The USSR kicked back the Germans, but that didn't make the USSR any less an evil empire than Nazi Germany was. Today's Russia is so close to fascism it makes me wonder if anyone in Russia sees the irony, or even thought about what a fascist is, other than a generic label for the evil enemy. Nationalism, militarism, corporatism, authoritarianism, nostalgic conservative social values, co-opting the church, cult of personality ... "we're just peacefully the rights of those speaking our language in neighbouring Sudentenl^H^H I mean Ukraine." Fucking idiots, it makes me wonder what Russians are taught for history in school.

The USA kicked back the Germans and helped rebuild parts of Europe (so they could keep selling US goods), but that doesn't make recent US policies any less questionabĺe. The US political system is a mockery of democracy, it's a country led by the nose by corporate interests with the sole intent to control and pillage not only the US but the rest of the world too. The best thing about the US is at least lip service is being paid to democracy and values, so it can be measured against that standard.

Now to the black and white part. Can you handle nuance? I don't hate Russians or Merkins, I just hate what their governments are doing in their name.

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foo_bar_baz

Re: American GPS stations

From the ria.ru article:

"The CIA and the Pentagon believe the stations would improve the accuracy of Russian ballistic missiles, the New York Times reported earlier this month."

I thought that would be a good thing, there's no MAD without the "MA" part.

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HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

foo_bar_baz

Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?

Xen is obsolete in the sense that KVM is replacing it pretty fast.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

foo_bar_baz

@Don Jefe

"There will be nothing worthwhile to sell from any climate research, ever."

You'll want to tell that to insurance companies, who are funding climate research.

"Three global initiatives between 1995 and 2009 have spurred 129 insurance firms from 29 countries to engage in activities ranging from supporting climate research to quantifying and disclosing climate risks. "

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foo_bar_baz

@Goat Jam

Any headline to bolster pre-existing opinions, without any thought applied, right?

"floating sea ice, not to be confused with land ice. Land ice at both poles and in glaciers around the world is sliding into the ocean at an accelerating rate. "

Source

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foo_bar_baz

Interesting

"All good ideas except we wont need then as Antarctic ice is actually INCREASING massively. Except for the one small part featured in the 'study'"

Link/source/quote please.

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

foo_bar_baz

Get with the program

Their current MO is blanket surveillance. Every phone, every account, every cloud service, every device anywhere is a potential target, and they want to have access.

https://www.schneier.com/essay-469.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/14/al-gore-nsa-surveillance-unamerican

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

foo_bar_baz
Alien

Awesome

"DAMA/LIBRA's 25 scintillators are made from thallium-doped sodium iodide in a five-by-five matrix, with two photomultipliers coupled to each crystal."

At this point I was poised to read about how they set up phase shift generators and ion drives, but alas no. No danger of creating a core breach or a temporal anomaly then, which is a relief.

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

foo_bar_baz
Holmes

Re: Of course...

Nokia no longer make phones. It's Microsoft.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

foo_bar_baz

Zero compression

Nice

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

foo_bar_baz

Real effect of computer games

We've seen a decline in violent crime as computer games have become more common.

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

foo_bar_baz

Re: what about Scotland?

Not much to choose from in the S* range by the looks of it: SF, SP, SQ etc.

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foo_bar_baz

Got there before me

Are any and all domains ending with "f" banned? Can I haz lazysundaymorningf.uk plz?

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

foo_bar_baz

Departmental purposes

Got to love these non-denial denials.

"Yes we gather information, but we don't use it for legitimate purposes."

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

foo_bar_baz

@Morten Bjoernsvik

"Why not use it to subsidies a really dead cheap Iphone/Galaxy killer"

Because Nokia is no longer in the phone business. If you now see a "Nokia" phone it's really Microsoft.

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

foo_bar_baz

Re: Disclosure

That coincidence has my bat-sense tingling as well. I'm not sure what you're implying with your last sentence, though.

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foo_bar_baz

Disclosure

Quote:

"The OpenSSL development team was alerted by Google on 1 April, and separately a Finnish infosec biz discovered the same bug, but would not say if they tipped anyone off about the coding error."

This article says they alerted the local CERT, who in turn notified OpenSSL a few days after Mehta. There's even a timeline about how the news broke.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

foo_bar_baz

Re: Our planz for the V2 hafe been stollen!

And you are saying it was a cakewalk?

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

foo_bar_baz

Sigh of relief

This is great news for us Europeans who have had to suffer from nutty dictators' peen-extending excercises for ages. It has been looking like it might start again, as olympics and sports in general weren't doing it for the Russians. We now need to pretend to compete and lose, and make as if we are impressed while Putin engages in this latest sand castle building competition. Just drag it out as long as possible.

Might also pretend to start our own project that will surely catch their attention, one that Russians will win for sure, like building a long railway line or drinking the most vodka. Anything that they can feel good about that doesn't involve making like Attila the Hun on Europe.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

foo_bar_baz

On a tangent

One thing is true: Lego heroes (police etc) all have grim and sour expressions, the only ones with smiles seem to be crims. What does that teach my kids?

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

foo_bar_baz

Repeat of 2012 judgement?

http://digilaw.edwardswildman.com/blog.aspx?entry=3932

Or same case?

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

foo_bar_baz

Re: @AC "two days ago, (whatever that means Elreg)" was: real sysadmins ...

If he thinks the same way as I, the word was sheeple. Not the last sentence but telling enough.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

foo_bar_baz

Re: Huh?

It's what new top of the range "pocket computer fashion accessories with telephony" have been priced for the last ten years. Your Galaxy One cost £475 - £515 when it came out.

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So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

foo_bar_baz

Honest question re. public Internet backbone

What is Andrew O. going on about with regard to the degredation of the public Internet backbone? Can someone explain with examples?

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foo_bar_baz

Re: Roaming

Please stop with the "unelected" stupidity.

Ministers are not elected. Neither are civil servants. They still run the show in every democracy. The legislators are elected.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

foo_bar_baz

This is how it's done, boys and gals

Successful marketing ploy is successful.

1) Attempt to publish book with nekkid lady cover on Apple Store

2) Go public feigning indignation, stir up some controversy

3) Change cover, perhaps to traffic sign style "The Censored Book"

4) Profit

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

foo_bar_baz

Re: It was only a matter of time...

@smackbean

This is the one good thing that has come out of the crisis. Russia has shown itself for what it really is. The same kind of antics we hear about in their domestic sphere now extend to their international actions.

It almost makes me laugh (I'm too terrified) when the Russian nationalists in Krim excuse their actions by saying Kiev was taken over by ... wait for it ... nationalists. Their view of history is a tiny bit skewed, ignoring that many of the Russians now living as minorities in the ex-Soviet states are the result of Stalin's russification effort: sending entire populations to Siberia and transplanting Russians in their place. But history is history. I actually hope they get their way, provided the secession happens peacefully and isn't too much of a repeat of that one time someone decided all Germans must live in one country. It must be great to live in Russia, may their dreams come true.

If/when and however painfully the Russian minority issue is eventually resolved in Ukraine and a bunch of other places (it's not just Krim, see South Ossetia, Abhkazia and other Russian majority enclaves), the people there will have a much stronger sense of national identity, one largely defined by being non-Russian. Way to go, Putin.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

foo_bar_baz

Re: Anonymised data - why the problem

It's not anonymised. It's "pseudonymized". Experience has shown that such data is vulnerable to inference attacks. You can take "cleaned up" data and either process it or combine it with other data sources to infer the missing parts.

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