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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

Mr C

sign of the times

Is it just me that's nostalgic for the old days where we had 1 telephone and it was sitting at home connected to the wall through a cable.

The only way to share your pictures was to lug a album to the neighbors and show them. A "like" consisted of having a good time over a glass of coffee or beer.

aaaagh those were the times

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Mr C

i said "dont press the red button"

well guess what? my son pressed it.

Similarly, saying it "can't" be bend will only provoke people into trying to bend it.

The statement alone is a challenge in itself, and having some boneheads rising to the occasion is not a real big shocker is it? (i'm just glad it wasn't my son)

Actually, Apple got around to admitting it can be bend ("7 rare cases discovered") but the Apple employee in the store can not tell to anyone that they "can't be bend" or that its "just a rumour" because both obviously are false statements.

Now, if they manage to find a stash of vibranium, who knows what they will come up with..

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Mr C

while it may look cheesy

this is actually no small feat to pull off.

It took some good brainpower to make these moves happen (yes, arguably better spend elsewhere)

They don't say much about the tech beneath it, but it would be even more impressive if these bots could sense, communicate, coordinate and execute autonomously (as oppose to simply doing pre-programmed paths and rotations) - because what you then get is something thats actually useful in daily life.

still creepy to see

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

Mr C
Joke

blue aliens

Why do various images of blue indigenous aliens with long tails that they use to fornicate on mysteriously floating rocks in the sky come into my mind?

This is disturbing. Might have to do with that beer you mentioned just now

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80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

Mr C

Re: Another view...

some security analyst that must've been then :P

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Mr C

If you can't see it..

and this is surprising.. how?

playing devils advocate here (aka my boss)

"You listen here son, build the damn app, nevermind about security and all that (nevermind about documentation either but thats another story) -- if we ever get to the point where we need security it actually means the app has become successful, so we will do security *then* with the revenues generated from it"

My point, since security isn't a immediate money-generating-mechanism compared to, say, shiny buttons and flashy animations the money in the development process goes to the guy that draws stuff and much less to the extra time that a dev needs to be trained for (or to program) security features

This is a deeper rooted problem, namely money being a driving force and the ROI in security only becomes evident after a product has become viable.

Or, as the home-depot-security-tech-guy said to his friends "never-mind your credit-card, you better pay in cash"

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

Mr C

bit skeptical

I've been skeptical for a while now on the viability of drone delivery platforms, but lets *assume* they become viable in the near future (at least technically speaking) then the question becomes *what next*

There is no way multiple providers of such platforms (be it commercial companies, organizations or anything else) can have drones flying around simultaneously - not without them either crashing into each other or (if they are smart enough not to bump into other drones) hover around competing for airspace to get to their destination. Queue chaos for the former and congestion for the latter.

So then, i can think of 3 solutions for this problem:

1. either these companies start to develop some sort algorithm to allow drones from different manufacturers to talk to each other mid-flight to sort out mentioned problems (is anyone developing this now?)

2. there is some sort of airport-control-centre like setup in cities (too expensive)

3. or, more logically, a single company takes up control of all drones from all manufacturers through some sort of unified interface or communications protocol.

Any one of these solutions would take some good and hefty development to achieve, i'm glad NASA is enlisting here.

Still skeptical on how achievable a fleet of drones is, at least for the near future

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

Mr C

if i had a dog

i would let it crap on that lane and ... ooh nevermind

*shoves box of chocolate chips away*

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

Mr C

Is Standfords site carrying malware?

Related, yet unrelated, going to Stanford's link they put in the article prompts my AV to show me a "infection blocked" message.

Details tell me its a png image on that site that is the culprit.

Anyone else got this, or is it a false positive ?

Using Avast.

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NASA clears zero-G 3D printer for mission to SPAAAAACE

Mr C

They should make one BIG printer..

to print alot of baby 3D printers :P

Seriously, this is good stuff, and while some are moaning about its usefulness people should realize that its only a first step, the first of many i'm sure.

Once this thing works as expected NASA will be clever enough to make it so it can print using several materials, or even find a way to recycle what it builds so once the object becomes garbage it could be re-used in some way.

Move along!

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

Mr C
Paris Hilton

this sounds like a "you won a $1M dollar, just sign here" deal

if its too good to be true it probably is.

Agree with the "start of a b movie" comment above :P

but no loss from getting a bucket with ice to cool down some

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

Mr C

..paved with good intentions..

Hindsight is always so bloody 20/20 isn't it?

I mean, its nice to learn to control organisms, starting with moths, for *good* lifesaving intentions, but how long before someone uses it in a bad way? In a way we cannot conceive of now? Say controlling something other than moths?

This "we can save lifes" pretext is like a get-out-of-jail-free card gone bad

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

Mr C

Re: Americans

That's funny that you should mention that

We just had a good hard laugh about the exact same thing here at the office.

Trying to hold a country accountable is one thing, but then going after old statues (with historical relevance) or a entire countries' domain name - seriously? Who do they think they are?

If they would win this case the implication of the kind of precedence that this would set would be staggering.

Imagine being able to hold an entire country ransom because in some way or another it has caused you harm (and i can think of many types of harm, sky's the limit)

There's already talk about creating a "2nd internet" from countries that don't want to be held hostage to the whims of the US or any other country that currently has the power over top-level domains, and if anything gets the blood pumping it would be a case like this.

In the end this will benefit no-one except those 9 individuals and a army of lawyers.

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

Mr C

keys to my castle(s)

am i the only one feeling uneasy about handing the key to various apps/websites to 1 single company?

i haven't decided if its a good or bad idea, something akin to having all my cash in 1 place (where i can keep an eye on it) or spread out all over the place (where a loss doesn't have such a big impact)

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Mr C

" were perfectly comfortable with the televisions they currently use"

pretty much this

HD is already in a very good spot, so much so that it becomes hard to justify the price between a good 'regular' HD set and the cheapest 4K one.

Unless they come down in price 4K isn't going to go anywhere

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Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

Mr C

not our fault but here's some cash anyway??

So its not their fault but they're willing to shell out for it anyway?

Surely this company deserves a reward!

I wish my boss would give me money each time he "didn't screw up" - i could really use that nice car i saw the other day

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

Mr C

damn hollywood

i was bracing myself for a earthshattering explosion, even turned down the speakers and subwoofer in case i'd wake up the dog.

After all, in the movies (which is almost a perfect reflection of reality) they have bigg-ass explosions.

..poof.. realitycheck

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

Mr C

people running in the streets

Thats why people were running in streets, with tears in their eyes holding up pictures pushing them into random pedestrians' faces yelling DO YOU LIKE IT, DO YOU, WELL DO YOU??!

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

Mr C

Re: kids sizes

@Matt : batteries man, batteries! Never a phone :P

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Mr C

kids sizes

how about i put my mobile phone battery down my kids pants? with all the running they're doing i'm sure ill never be out of a fully charged battery EVER.

Heck, i'd even feed them some chocolate for some added bonus :P

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

Mr C

My wife liked it

I tested it on my wife and read it out (after explaining some stuff about technology) and she laughed about it.

Guess some still do have a sense of humor

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Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'

Mr C

well very few products are competely new designs?

i'm trying to think of popular consumer products that are 'new' in the sense that no-one has ever done something similar before -- almost every device i think of already existed in some form or another before it became popular with the masses.

When we see something become popular its usually a case of 'the right idea at the right time' - The most obvious example of this being most of Apple's more recent products - none of which were unique, they were just (arguably) better done and had that something extra that made them appealing to the broader audience and survived the push into popularity.

Also true for software, for example Angry Birds wasn't the first of its kind by any means, its just another clone.

So, that someone thought up of a google-glass-like product does not surprise me at all, after all VR headsets have been around for a long time, maybe Google is just the first to make something that will be accepted by consumers?

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

Mr C

"hide all future posts from this source"

best FB invention ever.

Too bad most people don't know where to find it

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

Mr C
Meh

of all the non-IT stories on this site..

..i like this one the least.

At least other non IT stories on this site have things like bulls being milked, playmobil, warm flesh, vibrating things or a combination of the aforementioned in them, increasing their "hey come take a look at this"-factor.

This story *is* good for some horrormovie script tho

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

Mr C

"Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I've found them. Repeat, I've found them."

rip

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

Mr C

method of control?

The article only mentioned nanomotors, which makes me wonder how such a device can be controlled.

I cannot imagine someone on the outside 'steering' it or anything.

At those sizes (3 micrometers x 300 nanometers) i doubt they can fit any kind of control-mechanism in using current technology.

Anyways, enough of my rambles, i think i am going to watch Innerspace with Dennis Quaid to get an idea of the future :P

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

Mr C

glad to see those minds put to good use

Glad to see that the human brainpower of those scientists was put to good use.

Now all we need to do is hope that the result is used for something positive and constructive, and that it will be available to those that are in need of it.

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

Mr C

whack-a-samsung-hammer

So a ban now will basically get Apple a nice rubber hammer to whack any Samsung phone on the head with?

If Apple thinks any Samsung phone needs to go away then all they need to do is argue it is like theirs and use this case as precedent?

I'm sure something here isn't right

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

Mr C

looking forward to a nice yellow and purple with blue dots homeprinted gun.

On a more serious note, this is pretty cool.

If this became affordable it might be a good breakthrough

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

Mr C

lovehandles

im still waiting for something i can stick in my waist, will eat up fat that i have in abundance, and create a induction field that charges my phone when its in my pocket.

gogo gadget!

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

Mr C

nice comment

Having opened the video, and scrolled though the user comments, one comment jumped out "Copy Other System"

that made me get some napkins and clean my desk.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

Mr C

wait.. what

so, uuh, lemme get this straight, they're thinking of using sperm as a vector to deliver *someting somewhere*?

I don't think i want to ever get sick and be injected with some of that.

In other news, males are being milked for all they're worth

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

Mr C

Re: Yep!

We've done work using very similar concepts about 15 years ago, instead of wifi using sound.

Although the video doesn't mention it i know that this will only work if the receivers have been positioned with accuracy and exact position in relation to each other, with a decent calibration cycle before before you can get any sort of usable accuracy.

Meaning that this technology will only be useful in predetermined areas / setups, in rooms where technicians had time to work and set it up correctly.

NCIS-style-walk-in-the-room-press-a-button-and-see-through-walls isn't going to happen from this any time soon.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

Mr C

From Nasa to Darpa?

Aren't they both state agencies? Why would one agency spend tax dollars to develop something so that they can win a tax-dollars-sponsored price?

Hmm now that i re-read my question i start to think that Nasa would like to have another agencies money - provided they win of course, in the process they end up with something that can be used in future missions, so its a win-win situation for them either way.

Not bad Nasa.

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Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service

Mr C

something like 'hot or not' then?

but without the votes possibly.

i foresee the kids having endless hours of either making fun of- or drooling over pictures in cozy little student get-togethers in Starbucks.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

Mr C

I'll buy you a beer

mr Levison, if you have are in the neighborhood drop by and i'll buy you a beer for your heroic acts, because they are just that, heroic.

This should be made into a movie and you should get some sort of price for this.

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Oracle defends Larry Ellison's whopping package

Mr C

hey, its his company

someone tell me why is this news?

did someone seriously expect him to get 'a bit' of compensation?

How do you measure the worth of a man, i mean he *is* a celebrity and it *is* his company, isn't it?

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

Mr C

tube transistor vs solid state

this could very well be the breakthrough similar in importance as the breakthrough from tube to solid state transistors.

It would lift us in a new era of semiconductors, which is a bad name but only for lack of a better one.

If they can make this work technology we cant think of now will become reality.

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Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Mr C

Re: This article mocks higher megapixels

Right, i expected to find someone in here who would mention Nokia.

AFIAK thats the real bar that other companies have to reach for.

Its so much better, bit bulky though, but i don't think anyone can claim they did something revolutionary without being compared to Nokia's sensor.

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Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

Mr C

choose between talking or watching a boatrace..

no really, if i was him (or at least have his bankaccount) i wouldn't give it a second thought either.

I'd choose boats, chicks, and fresh sea air over a packed and smelly theater room any day of the week, wouldn't you?

the boats go (and will be replaced by, say, formula one cars), but the customers will keep paying regardless :P

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

Mr C

baby steps guys, dont rush it

These kinds of things are bound to happen.

Different hardware from different manufacturers, working in different manners.

You can avoid a lot of problems by thinking and planning, but, as so perfectly demonstrated here, there is always the unexpected.

Before we boldly go where no man has gone before we first need to take baby steps.

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

Mr C

Re: Boring

" surely anyone travelling on an internation flight in the last few years has been fingerprinted in some way."

Well at a airport they're not hiding what they're doing, you just *know* that info is going to go into a government database, 'for your own safety' .

But its different on a mobile device, where, besides the manufacturers word, you can't effectively control who gets that information, when, how often, how it will be used and most importantly you might never know about it.

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Mr C

rules (and promises and claims) are meant to be broken

"Why is a fingerprint sensor on an iPhone such a violation of privacy when laptops have featured them for years and no one even blinked? Giving our fingerprints to Wintel PCs and various border control for years but Apple = NSA? This is crazy."

uhm idunno maybe because

1. i dont carry my laptop in my pocket and take it with me whereever i go?

2. i never actually used the fingerprint thingy on my laptop? nice gadget, but no thanks

Actually, aside from this, i rules are meant to be broken. So now they might claim that fingerprints dont ever go to the cloud, but who's to say they won't go back on their word later?

I've heard plenty of times claims being made which where then brushed aside the first opportunity there was profit in it for someone.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

Mr C

bad taste

".. by saying he was glad Jobs was gone because the Apple boss had exerted a "malign influence" on computing with his closed systems..."

I have no love for apple but i'm not wishing anyone i dislike dead.

Someone saying that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you know..

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Mr C

i like it

after thinking about how there's keyboards that get projected on your desk, others that get rolled out, others that fold out, i couldn't really think why this would be so newsworthy.

But then it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a keyboard as fist page in every notepad, agenda, schoolbooks, etc.

I know how we're supposed to be living in a paperless office (or world for that matter) but in my office we still write stuff down using pens while we have a computer screen staring at us, so we're not in a paperless-era yet.

Not saying this is how they're going to use that tech, but it would have advantages

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

Mr C

Re: The "Streisand Effect"

"You must be new around here."

close to 8 years, would that register as new?

Honestly, never happened to read one of El-Reg's articles where they used that phrase.

English is not my native tongue and i don't live in a English-speaking nation and my interest in Ms Barbara isn't, you know, high enough to warrant keeping tabs on her so that malibu-debacle just went straight past me.

But my goal of learning something new each day has been accomplished, thanks to El-Reg!!

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Mr C

The "Streisand Effect"

Was looking forward to discover what this means but it was not mentioned anywhere else in the article, leaving me with the burning question "what is it"

"The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."

And the article was.. uhm.. i think something about the NSA and T-shirts?? i couldn't focus on that, my mind was preoccupied with that other burning question

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Beat the UK's incoming smut filter: Pre-censor your grumble flicks

Mr C
Happy

they deserve the 'happy ending of the year award'

because, afaik porn movies always end happily, so that site must be a spring of happiness :D :D

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Mr C

Re: long lost art of efficient programming

I remember this application which was popular in the 80ies-90ies, "Norton Commander" or NC for short.

A kind of file explorer back in the DOS days based on a character GUI.

I remember everyone using it, but over time it grew and grew and got bloated until it didn't fit on a floppy any more.

Then someone walked in with something called "Volkov Commander" -VC for short

Now, this was a 100% rip-off from the original, except that it was written by some Ukrainian dude (if memory server), and in the Ukraine back in those days they didn't have the PCs we had here in the west, so that poor guy on his crappy machine decided to write his own version that worked on machines with low specs.

I have never forgotten, and each time something like this comes up i remember VC!

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Mr C

long lost art of efficient programming

I enjoyed reading the paper, its nicely written, and it has a nice debugger if you're into that kind of thing.

Loved the part where it says "Calling NORMALIZE would have fixed this, but there wasn't space for the call" which just shows how tight everything was back then.

Today you'll be hard-pressed to find people that are adept at designing efficient algorithms of any kind.

"Install more memory" seems to be the mantra by which many designers live these days.

"Get a faster CPU" or "Get a bigger HD" also is exceedingly popular.

I miss the old days

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