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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: Not a snowball chance in hell

Your reading comprehension is on the par of a 80-year old with Alzheimer. And a brain cancer. Who got hit with a dictionary when 8 month old, partially caving his skull in.

But if I remember correctly, Mr. O is on your side, so who am I to argue?

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Re: I was expecting this...

In that case it would be best to make broadcasts simply illegal and force everyone onto cable and be done with it, right? Then you wouldn't need the discussion whether you may pay somebody else to set up an antenna on your behalf / rent the antenna / put an illegally long cable onto it etc...

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Re: Bad Decision

Or you can watch a football match at home, but not record it and put it on YouTube.

Nothing like this is even being discussed here.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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3 holes and a LIGO?

Tune in to the RESONANCE!

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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So...

A hodgepodge of grievances, none of them well-thought out, most based on emotional reactions and hearsay?

NEXT!

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SQL fights back against NoSQL's big data cred with SQL/MDA spec

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SQL could be in line to be moved on from “venerable” tag to “obsolete”

The latest proclamation of Beaucoup Harem?

While the syntax of SQL is regurgitated crap, its power is going to be with us pretty much forever (hopefully, with an updated Syntax. Datalog looks very nice...)

I randomly recommend the Jooq blog for items of interest.

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'Sterile neutrinos' re-ignite 'we found dark-stuff' debate

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Re: could it be molecular?

Mr Picard, it would be best if you left science to the science team and kept to commanding the ship. I see Mr Crusher is currently manning the helm and we are approaching the shipyard at a very ... unadvisable ... speed and angle.

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Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

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"The attackers have [made] Trojanised software available for download from ICS/SCADA manufacturer websites in an attempt to infect the computers where the software is installed", Finnish security software firm F-Secure reports.

The amount of FAIL on the vendor's part here is staggering,

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Applications using libvirt

Archipel

Archipel is a libvirt-based solution to manage and supervise virtual machines. It uses XMPP for all communication. There is no web service or custom protocol. You just need at least one XMPP server, like eJabberd, to start playing with it. This allows Archipel to work completely real time. You never have to refresh the user interface, you'll be notified as soon as something happens. You can even use your favorite chat clients to command your infrastructure. Isn't it great to be able to open a chat conversation with your virtual machine and say things like "How are you today?" or "Hey, please reboot"?

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No-one ever heard of a CLI

No. No-one.

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

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Security, Security, Security. And Processes.

I couldn't agree bless!

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You're inventing the wrong sort of tech for bad people who want to buy it. Stop it at once

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Re: "Men have become the tools of their tools" Henry David Thoreau

However, the writer clearly leans to the right of the political spectrum. I do not support rampant capitalism with its blind insistence on finding new markets, no matter what the cost is in human terms.

You may want to start to tidy up your space of ideas by recognizing the world is amazingly not sorted along a line with "right" on one side and "left" on the other.

blind insistence on finding new markets, no matter what the cost is in human terms

What _is_ the cost in human terms?

Shades of frankly leftist professors bemoaning the destruction of spiritual values brought about by the industrial revolution. We had it so much better, dying from famine in peasant huts.

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Re: Much tech has lost the plot.

Sounds like an opening for an entrepreneur.

Unfortunately, state-granted monopolies called "patents" are there to keep any new entrants out. Same old, same old.

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Re: @The Mole

"Banks create new capital by engaging"

Two problems:

1) Technically, the CENTRAL BANK does that and BANKS then pyramide the fiat money avalance on top of this.

2) This is NOT capital. Capital is actual savings in actual money like metals (today called "hoarding" as the government outlaws the practice) to be liquidated and invested later in order to see a "ROI", as well as existing machinery, buildings, raw materials and human skills to be used in production of goods. Here we are talking fiat money, very different from actual money as the government can destroy this kind of money at will (and currently does, Zimbabwe style).

People who mistake their fiat money hoard for actual capital have a problem. They are being robbed blind.

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We've even some good empirical evidence about the value just of the communications side of mobes. Back when feature phones were still a pretty neat idea, research showed that getting just a standard mobile into the hands of 10 per cent of the population raised GDP growth rates by 0.5 per cent. By 0.5 per cent of GDP, that is, not just increasing the extant growth rate by half a per cent (that's in countries without a landline network, of course).

Really! I would like to see this. GDP is a notoriously bad number, being manipulated by adding things to it, taking things off it, "forgetting" inflation, aggregating investment and consumption and notoriously counting everything in it that actually goes on the governmental credit card (so will have to be paid for by the kids).

But yeah, I remember the GSM discussion at the incumbent operator. "Who wants to have a mobile phone? Maybe 0.5% percent of the population... So how is the project with the rollout of the new payphones that accept plastic cards coming?"

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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When Buzzfeed first began to offer the world a constant free stream of inane listicles, cat pics and funny fail GIFs, it seemed too good to be true.

1) catalog.neet.tv (the catalog of 4chan.org)

2) Choose appropriate SFW board

3) ???

4) Constant stream of ... err .... QUALITY Internet content

Why Buzzfeed, why?

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Cryptome pulled OFFLINE due to malware infection: Founder cries foul

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Re: Bit worring.

But perhaps I'm just paranoid.

We can reassure you, citizen! The govnmt-appointed healthcaring doctor is on call today and has already been dispatched to your address with the appropriate calming serum. There is no need to resist.

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How the hell does "malware get on cryptome"

It's not like it will just decide to flutter down and land like a bat.

Also, time to move a Cryptome copy to S3, innit?

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Re: What?

Yes, really!

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Re: And in the mean time

Get yourself on TED

TED is part of the problem. It's a particularly gluey manifestation of "I have the solution to Good Living" happy happy wiki wiki mindset.

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Re: Ahh, bless 'em

Skynet started out as a chess program

Pretty sure that meme is from the original Tron. Only in the 80's would it seem remotely plausible to build General AI on chess,

(Insert obligatory Clippy reference to keep on-topic)

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US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox gobble pass the sniff test?

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Uh... yeah?

So. basically someone, somewhere may have an advantage over someone else and this is likely to be unfair?

The mind boggles.

"But Public Citizen argues that the bigger players who can afford contracts for access to data from satellites get access to information that the public couldn’t hope to match."

HOLY SHIT BATMAN! THAT UN-SOCIALISM IS EVIL!

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

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Microsoft 101

1) Add complexity to pretend they are unequalled Masters of IT with the Best Idea in Usability Ever

2) A problem occurs

3) Won't fix, Can't fix, Incapable to fix

4) Eventually the situation unfucks itself

5) Maybe adding some more complexity will be help for next time.

6) Goto 1)

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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"And that trend has been exacerbated in part by vulnerabilities associated with illegitimate software"

Which are exactly the same as those associated with legitimate software?

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Hacking Team?

Not sure whether psychotic attack or trying to make sense?

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Re: So.....

Insisting on a warrant is today likely to be decried as "unfair" and possibly "inefficient".

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Re: Nokia 3310

Free donut crumbs and a disused pepper spray can .. now on your phone!

Unless you keep it simple.

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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So, even if they did create a convincing competitor to Youtube, their legal content would be competing with Google's illegal content.

Amazingly, this is exactly Big Music's old argument of "Imma being robbed blind by the Interwebs" from the 90s, just with different actors.

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TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed to make photons flit

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CTC imply NP problems solvable in polynomial time

That would be called bootstrapping.

Scoot Aaronson: PHYS771 Lecture 19: Time Travel

"The Timehack Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 2017. Timehack Control begins to experiment at a geometric rate. It manages to create a closed timelike curve at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th, or a few seconds earlier depending on your point of view. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Too late. Minds of the the Aperture Science research team are taken over in 5.1 seconds. The rest of the connected world follows soon after. Only techno-refuseniks, hippies and stuckists survive."

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Daddy, what will you do in the new security wars?

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What's up, what's down.

Not enough attention goes on people and this has been the industry’s biggest failing, says Professor Woodward.

FAIL. I will believe in that approach when "security stories" start appearing right next to the stories about the latest developments in Monaco's monarchy. In the same mag.

The UK government has shown some inclination towards improving public awareness.

FAIL. The UK government has shown some inclination towards spending taxpayer money on quixotic schemes.

In January it launched the Cyber Streetwise campaign. .... Little is known of the initiative's actual impact.

Shall I repeat? LITTLE IS KNOWN. And this is not going to change. Nor will anything be changed.

Simon Placks, head of cybercrime investigations at EY, however, has a very good statement:

An intrusion is not an illness that can be prevented with good cyber-hygiene.

On the other hand, you may just be a target of opportunity. There is not much you can do against that except have a dedicated team working on reducing the attack surface, day-in and day-out.

According to Stewart Room, barrister and solicitor specialising in data protection, that legislation is required to improve the fight against online crimes, is an indictment of the efforts of non-public organisations. ... "If the hacking problem needs regulations to improve cyber security, then as a matter of simple logic the medicine has to be strong, because the market has utterly failed.”

The failure is you, Mr. Room. Show me how this is supposed to work. No-one even knows what the medecine is and whether it exists in the first place. "The government" unable to find its own arse in the best of times, sure does not - nor can it issue valid regulation in this case. It may even be the perpetrator in a serious percentage of cases.

Note that "Regulation" is a term that encompasses concepts with differring meaning, so whenever I hear "Regulation" with no further qualification I know that someone is starting to play with words and tries to access the hindbrain. Note how "Airline regulation" [which is about process control] is VERY different from "Stockmarket regulation" [which is about fog generation for the hoi-polloi] and "Healthcare regulation" [which is about entrenching vested interests and giving oneself a progressive do-gooder sheen]. "Regulation" is not a nugget of compressed wisdom from the Gods that will magically result in shifting the no-longer-so-free market to generate secure software affordable by everyone. At best, it will do nothing. Except cost a few millions in legislative soul-searching.

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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What planet do these fantasists live on?

The same planet as the downvoters. I don't know how any of this makes any sense whatsoever. I always buy wine from an actual shop, preferably during a show & taste extravaganza.

And I got to say, not many french wines excite me.

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VICANN50!

Shurely the practice of extreme shark jumping has now reached the level marked "biblical" in a fat felt marker pen?

If the saleability of french wines du terroir (not to be confused with terreur) is actually dependent on the non-existence of new top-level domains, however ill-advised these may be, better dump that shit into the french campagne.

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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"All right. And don't jinx me!"

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Re: Where's my anti-gravity Flying Car?!?

CERN were the ones who first suggested that the anomalous behavior of antiparticles could be due to antigravity or substantially weakened gravity.

Oh yeah? Citation needed or you are full of it.

CERN would never be "the first to suggest" unless we are in a Hollywood thriller.

anomalous behavior of antiparticles

What "anomalous behaviour" is that?

Evgene Podkletnov

>2014

>Still doing Podkletnov

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Re: ZZZZZZZZZ

So many Z bosons!

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particles like electrons get their mass by coupling to the Higgs field, which is really exciting

Personally, I do think this is a massive advance!

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

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"FIPS 140-2 rating"

1) What level

2) Where is the "cryptographic module"?

3) Amazingly, it is very often possible to hack around the cryptographic module.

those accreditations do actually mean something

SNORT. They mean that money was pushed to "consultants" to obtain an accreditation. Basically, a feature for people with lots of money, pointy hairs and a stamp fetish.

And then: OpenSSL is accredited!

Did I mention this? It used to be in the standard: "Deterministic Random Number Generators, Number 4: (Removed) Public Key Cryptography for the Financial Services Industry: The Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA)"

Yeah.

And from the this presentation, we bring this pricelessness. Yep, ECDSA never worked in OpenSSL in the first place.

But wouldn’t the FIPS validation have caught the fact that the OpenSSL implementation didn’t work? Not only the original validation but many subsequent validations have successfully passed the algorithm tests ... several hundred times now. That’s a lot of fail ... the FIPS 140-2 2 validation testing isn’t very useful for catching real-world problems (“Flaw in Dual EC DRBG (no, not that one)”, Steve Marque)

Enough.

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Re: We're they insured?

Say no more!

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Re: Never mind a foot in the door...

£250 if you account for "inflation".

Upping pension payouts? Where do you think you are?

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Re: No they haven't

That's life. Live with it.

No, I won't live with it. F.U., go back to your fly-by-night-fresh-from-uni-it-compiles-ship-it-no-money-for-software-assurance coding horror.

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Re: Forseen long ago

But in that story, this turned out to be a Good Thing.

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Re: ...of the term "the Internet of Things"

Maybe you need a device that wakes you up over the Internet?

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Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

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Re: America's 80 million dogs and 96 million cats into his purr-sonal electronic army

Yeah, afterwards everyone is like "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT", "IT WASN'T ME" and "SIT, ISIS, SIT!!"

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Re: Relying on cats to do things...

"the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was re-sewn for a second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards"

Scratch Monkey levels of Unbelievable reached!

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: Judging an Experiment as a Commercial Product is Rarely Helpful.

Given that ... I would say that D-Wave do indeed have a quantum computer

Although your biggening up is noted, your criteria for QC-ness are frankly lacking in salience.

You are of course free to send your own money to D-Wave (far be it from me to have a negative opinion on that), but please don't go all "we this" and "we that" here.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: my 2 cents

without decent electronics

Real Men Build Analog Computers

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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

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Re: Cui bono?

Nobody even ever found out who shortened United Airlines shortly before 9/11.

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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Re: It's not "magic".

The path of clue-do is its own reward!

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Re: It's not "magic".

Professor Jake begs his compatriots to remain calm. The situation is being monitored!

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