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Orwell chap snaps in Amazon paperback claptrap yap rap

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Re: Lower Prices

That sounds suspiciously like "antitrust should be used in ways I approve of".

The publishers seems to be unable to get their act together? Let them fester.

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What I don't understand is that amazon seems to roll out Good Blair (in opposition to Bad Blair) to explain the stance of its opponents in this legal opera buffa. Or am I completely confused?

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Big Brother

deleted the titles

Did you mean "undownloaded"?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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The last machine on my desk with no MMU was an Amiga 2000

Since malware relies on having access to the whole computer in order to do harm when the code is executed, malware on such a machine will be defeated, because even if it manages to get into the machine as a bona fide piece of code, as soon as it runs, it will find it has no direct access to anything except an area of RAM. It can’t mess with the operating system because it will run in user mode. It can’t mess with the mass storage because only kernel processes can reach the physical addresses of peripherals.

It seem the author has totally bypassed any knowledge about how modern computer systems or even malware actually works and is making things up as he writes? It's like listening to a neocon explaining the political situation in the Middle East and how we need to smash in some doors lest people get uppity etc.

I recommend taking up a good old Tanenbaum explaining principles of Operating Systems. Then to start studying practical examples of how security is being bypassed by various means in case the system is not kept at minimal levels of complexity with a strictly enforced and mathematically describable security policy with no bugs in the code underlying it. These systems are very rare, very restricted in functionality and the hoi polloi doesn't want them.

The combination of kernel and user register sets in the CPU with hardware memory management and a small amount of hard-wired logic that no software of any kind could circumvent, meant that with a competent operating system, these machines were essentially bomb proof.

Bomb proof my arse: Morris worm says no. Oh you mean it needs to run VMS? Right.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: @ the man who feel to earth

Sounds like a remake of that movie with Louis de Funès The Gazebo where he tries to get rid of a very hard-to-get-rid-of body.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Ok, that does it.

I'm TIRED of this MUTHAFUCKIN' SH*T on this MUTHAFUCKIN' CLOUD!!

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Re: Meh....

It's not about "privacy".

"Privacy" refers to contracting between you and the provider handling your data.

"Safe harbour" refers to contracting between the provider handling your data and the provider handling the platform that holds your data.

Or in other words: in how many salesforce accounts does personal information about your actually reside, all with the requisite privacy guarantees promised in good faith. Do you know?

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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The talk of the remunerated state employee for whom money grows on trees.

The reverse of that position is: if you cannot sell the goods at the price needed to pay your high-salaried employees (and pay your high taxes to boot and throw off a profit for, you know, "justification of existence"), then you are rolling towards the "cessation of activities" terminal activity node.

Cheap stuff from India? Yes we can.

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

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Re: We should finally invest in defence

The trouble is - it's ruinously expensive.

Frankly, this is always trotted out as gospel truth. Citation needed.

Even Amazon does it these days: Link at the top here

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Re: Read History

Superiority by Arthur C. Clarke.

Written at the time when electronic valves where a thing.

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Re: A holy quarrel, perhpas?

"IS AMANFROMMARS1 ACTUALLY THE INCARNATION OF GENUX-B?"

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Re: Yottabyte, my arse!

And old reference on my disk

However, based on blueprints of the facility obtained by FORBES – and published here for the first time — experts estimate that the storage capacity of the data center is lower than has previously been reported given the technology currently available and the square footage that the center has allocated for its servers.

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Even that reduced number struck Internet infrastructure expert Paul Vixie as high given the space allocated for data in the facility. He came up with a lower estimation. Assuming larger 13 square feet racks would be used, factoring in space between the racks, and assuming a lower amount of data storage per rack, he came up with an estimate of less than 3 exabytes of data capacity for the facility. That would only allow for 24-hour recordings of what every one of Philadelphia’s 1.5 million residents was up to for a year. (But who would want to watch that?) Still, he says that’s a lot of data pointing to a 2009 article about Google planning multiple data centers for a single exabyte of info.

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Re: A holy quarrel, perhpas?

Thumbs up for remembering that gem of utter psychosis and paranoia.

Sweat made Stafford’s forehead slick with moisture. “Do you know what would cause a Genux-B to conclude that we’re under attack? A million separate factors, all possible known data weighed, compared, analyzed—and then the absolute gestalt. In this case, the gestalt of an imminent attacking enemy. No one thing would have raised the threshold; it was quantitative. A shelter-building program in Asiatic Russia, unusual movements of cargo ships around Cuba, concentrations of rocket freight unloadings in Red Canada…”

“No one,” the man at the controls of the flapple said placidly, “no nation or group of persons either on Terra or Luna or Domed Mars is attacking anybody. You can see why we’ve got to get you over there fast. You have to make it absolutely certain that no orders emanate from Genux-B to SAC. We want Genux-B sealed off so it can’t talk to anybody in a position of authority and it can’t hear anybody besides us. What we do after that we’ll worry about then. ‘But the evil of the day—’ ”

“You assert that in spite of everything available to it, Genux-B can’t distinguish an attack on us?” Stafford demanded. “With its manifold data-collecting sweepers?” He thought of something then, that terrified him in a kind of hopeless, retrospective way. “What about our attack on France in ‘82 and then on little Israel in ‘89?”

“No one was attacking us then either,” the man nearest Stafford said, as he retrieved the tape and again placed it within his briefcase. His voice, somber and morose, was the only sound; no one else stirred or spoke. “Same then as now. Only this time a group of us stopped Genux-B before it could commit us. We pray we’ve aborted a pointless, needless war.”

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Re: Yottabyte, my arse!

It can only be on tape.

That's still half a trillion LTO6 tapes. How large is that cube?

I can only imaginge NSA has some very special compression algorithms or this is the target number for end of the decade.

Could that much data have even been pumped into Utah over fibre up to now?

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

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Re: Found one

> makes it one lovely hunk o'space shit.

SUPER SPACE DINOSAURS!

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Mandatory on the ingress route at the USPTO, too.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: Problems Yesterday

On the Internet, nobody knows whether you are the guy with painful BGP problems.

Nobody.

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

The Tragedy of the Euro

Where is "The tragedy of the IPv6"?

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

Well, I guess it was a second systems effect.

And large companies high on dotcom steroids sniffing upgrade blood.

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Re: Sadly

Dead Packets' Society!

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Re: PDP

I would have guessed a spelling error of PHP

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: Er

Well, a bit older than a "girl"

Anyway, go back to watching anime.

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Dynamical systems = Can be described by Lagrangians

Dynamic systems = Lots of crap happens

Maybe?

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Your Lie Groups are showing!

Boffins eat tori. Cops eat doughnuts.

Apart from that, nice math doing. Theorems are so far away from the vagaries of MUH OFFICE LIFE and COMPUTER SAYS NO.

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Do you want a boot virus with that?

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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0% semitic??

Do I smell ... anti-semitism??

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Hilarious

People click on ads?

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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Re: The 512 BGP Routes problem, presumably?

Just like Y2K with less preparedness?

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Must be another dirty trick by P.U.T.I.N.

Now at least I know why my browser startup took so long.

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Fifteen countries KO'd in malware one-two punch

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Re: The antivirus, they do nothing

Modern antivirus software keels over faster than an Iraqi Army facing ISIS

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Putin's unground lair?

...but actually the Feral Underground Cats Commune Internet Hacking Association (FUCCIHA)

Talking of which, is Brennan still in the job? Does he have to personally molest Obama's cat on the White House lawn in front of cameras for something to happen??

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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World going to hell in a handbasket. But then!

First good news I hear today.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Re: Put OpenGL ES onto Windows Phone

No.

Why?

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MTTID: "Maybe this time it's different"

Microsoft growing out of the behaviour proper to an badly brought-up underage male left loose on a chatboard? We can only hope.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Can't we all get along or Imma just gonna download.

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

The popularity of the paperback means that most of the money is made from selling volume, whereas it used to be that people would put down money for a good book.

This is utter bollock because it is only valid in a world in which people are force to buy cheap paperbacks AND NOTHING ELSE, like in a fantasy world made up by Marx-slingers.

In the real world, you can get hardcover first editions if you have confidence in the author shelling out $$$ for immediate gratification, and you can get books in hardcover-only which are very, very expensive.

To see where this might lead, duckduckgo "japanese romance ebooks": three dollars worth of useless mush written in less than two weeks.

There must be a market for this and that market does not exist because excellent authors are forced into paperbacks and need to write crap in a hurry. It's the standard fare of train station bookshops and airport shops.

Also, supply and demand.

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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

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Re: "the vase majority"

You seem to be jaded about this?

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Do you want an Eagle with your Freedoms?

"US-created Cyber Patriot programme."

Everyone abandon thread!

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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Re: Press 1 for English, 2 if you are in a fatal accident...

"This is the wrong number. You may want to dial 357."

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Re: Think of the children ...

Did that actually happen in the land of "Zero Tolerance"?

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> pop star Justin Bieber

> SWAT team drives up

> "target was confused by the sudden commotion and the sight of HKs and tried to move"

"Pop star" suddenly acquires a different meaning.

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Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

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Re: eh?

> which negates some of the advantages.

Not really

> At least it's easy to check the results of the factorisation with a classical computer.

Because this.

We also have "quantum error correction" which actually makes sure that the calculation stays on track and the problem of information loss is considered solved. No, I haven't though about this at all.

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Re: re: Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

This is a country slightly to the west of continental Yurop. Of course there is.

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Re: @Fibbles Noooooooooooooooooooooooo

You know what to do:

How to stop cats pissing on your car, The best cat video ever! - Craig Turner

There are videos on how to terminally get rid of cats; this is not one of them.

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: It aint the State we need to be worried about.

For that we need the State to step up to the plate and protect its citizens

That's some big honking stone under which you have been living for the last twenty years, mate.

Have a military MRE, because that's all you gonna get from state. That and rampant inflation.

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But this is not really a problem, is it?

> Increases in Real incomes for 99% of the US population stopped during the Reagan era

What is the Federal Reserve.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Not Neurons

You also mentioned learning, I think?

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Re: Not Neurons

Always amazing how random commentards have already invented everything, thought everything through and found something not worthy by scanning through an El Reg article in 30 seconds. Probably while not having reached the first course on differential equations yet.

Well, you eejits have proved you can actually read, so feel free to read some more.

As for using the word "synapse", it has been standard procedure to use it for the connection element since, like, 1943 (A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity). Yes, a real synapse is far more complex than anything implement yet. So what?

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Re: Nothing like neurons

25000 rat neurons flew a flight simulator

For some limited amount of "fly".

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Re: Only called Neurons

Indeed, and for the brain stuff, you wanna go to: Blue Brain Project.

What is intelligence exactly? If someone gives me a spec, I'll have a slow AI running on my server once I implement it.

Clearly this question does not make sense, except when the acceptable answer would be that it is the capability to solve problems better than initially expected.

Exactly ultimately how is this different from Transputers? Other than simpler elements and more of them using smaller geometry?

It is the number that counts. Upgrading by a few orders of magnitude allows you to run more interesting experiments.

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