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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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Re: John Q. needs to realize that...

I'm here for reasoned debate. If you disagree, let's hear why

You are assuming the bureaucracy is there to look out for you.

You are wrong. They are there to look out for themselves and their paymasters who seize your funds to pay them. And they never retreat.

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Re: Ashcroft ... left encryption alone

Probably because he didn't know what that is.

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I raise you a sedition act

Things are going increasingly haywire in inside-the-Beltway and Neocon/Foreign politics, not to mention in economics where the point where the can kicking becomes ineffective seems past. Meanwhile "public forces" seem to be incresingly militarized, psychologically as well as gear-wise.

The prez is not on the side of liberty, not by a long shot (instead he is on the side of "the freedoms"). And so isn't the whole bipartisan clique. The next prez will hopefully not be Madame "We came, We saw, He died" Hillary (because LOL unelectable democrats) but the odds that there will be anything better on display are slim indeed.

The surveillance apparatus won't give up unless pitchforks come out and kebabs are removed from government buildings.

So no, I foresee a worsening.

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Re: John Q. needs to realize that...

Data collection serves two purposes, an ad driven revenue source for the likes of Google, and political control/repression capability for the likes of the 5 Eyes.

Conflating the two doesn't make much sense and leads to bad thinking.

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Re: Italy

Well, that's the country that sics dogs on people at airports to see whether they are illegally exporting gold.

More to the point, is anyone using that kind of service?

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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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Re: Not Neurons

Yeah yeah yeah.

> It might be modelling Perceptrons, which are actually useful for engineering.

They are not very interesting because they are just classifiers handily described in a single equation. This is not that.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: I don't get the complaints about Mien Kampf

Just download from the Internets and read ahead.

> People spend their time looking for 'the next Hitler', which is a woeful waste of time.

Freedumb politicians identify a new one EVERY FSCKING MONTH. It's a national sport, which is never a waste of time.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Also, newspeak

I think I remember the verb "to redact" started to be misused for "to censor" at the time Saddam was worse than Hitler and we Kicking his Ass and then got Mission Accomplished. Why has it moved into standard industry talk now?

Or is my Alzheimer showing?

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I want to go back

Why did Sun have to get bought by Oracle?

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Re: space time continuum stressed again

Chill out. It's just the US bombing again.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Trick Cyclists discover new syndrome to justify their existence

> going in for anti-Semitism directed against Jews with no connection to Israel

What

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Yes, and?

"Sometimes, she would spend several hours a day reading and writing messages, neglecting her social relationships and, sometimes, even meals and regular sleeping hours. She finally felt increasingly desperate because she could not fulfill all of the tasks, became increasingly afraid of what would happen to her if she did not, and finally, developed intense suicidal thoughts."

A standard day of the sysadmin-developer.

Really, what's so special?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: meanwhile in the real world

> Nescafe Gold

Horrible.

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Hey guys. We've got 1.2 BILLION stolen accounts here. Send us your passwords, 'cos safety

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Now if we could just get Gopnik Doge in there somehow...

Such engineering. Much social. Wow.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Well, Java was the first to sandbox stuff.

Yes .... Even if it turned out later that the sandbox was leaking all over the place. Imagine what would have happened if Microsoft had managed to push its own "optimized" version.

Anyway, these days interactive stuff is running as JavaScript in the browser (and what amazing stuff it is) and the whole application stack complete with MVC core is moving back from the server to the browser so I expect the attack surface to increase markedly there - unless people now know what they are doing. Hah.

Next sandbox: run the whole browser in its own VM.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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"Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, which also took place in the raids, added:"

What happens if Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, is wounded in the raid as instead of a 20 year old nerd a bunch of coloured persons enraged by the BIP are encountered (hypothetically)?

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Re: Short term memory loss

The Police aren't there to protect the tax payer

You don't quite understand that the police is there to make sure the tax payer pays.

But don't worry, Chomsky is also a bit confused in his anarcho-syndicalist ways as he pines for factories run by democratically-run worker commitees. History shows where that kind of operation ends.

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Re: Really

He looks like he's from Nigeria, rather.

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Re: Bhatt missed a trick.

Frankly, this world could do with more death threats.

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Car hackers build kit to protect you and your motor from fiery death

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Re: Simple Solution

> This consists of a diode inserted in the command feed

I hope not literally otherwise some salesman was having a good laugh.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Does anyone care?

Copyright still at mickey-mouse levels instead of 10 years after publication?

Yeah fuck that.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Arbeitsbeschaffungsmassnahme fur NEETs

The British children of today – who have rarely heard the chirping of a dial-up connection – have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six, new Ofcom research has claimed.

Pfffhha hahaha

This research brought to you by overpaid trick cyclists just out of "social science" studies.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Re: Huge arctic fox

LOL 419

"Hold Security is already capitalizing on the panic"

The biggest problem, as Forbes's Kashmir Hill and The Wall Street Journal's Danny Yadron have noted, is that Hold Security is already capitalizing on the panic, charging a $120-per-year subscription to anyone who wants to check if their name and password are on the list. Hold says it's just trying to recoup expenses, but there's something unseemly about stoking fears of cybercrime and then asking concerned citizens to pay up. It also gives Hold a clear incentive to lie to reporters about how large and significant the finding is.

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Re: Has Einstein been proved wrong? Iranian nuke next week? President in charge?

Yup, a roach motel is easy to maintain.

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Has Einstein been proved wrong? Iranian nuke next week? President in charge?

Will Redmond be able to resist?

Should this not be the headline?

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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News from the multiverse?

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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I saw that trick in a movie with CIndy Crawford.

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Ecuador follows Bitcoin ban with digi-currency proposal

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FAIL

Completely missing the point

The digital currency will be backed by the assets of the Central Bank of Ecuador.

Of which there are none. This is just code for "we will issue some more when we need it", thus as any "Central Bank backed currency" it can be had in heaps as large as you want, inflated away, used to pay off the state's debt for peanuts etc.

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Facebook wants Linux networking as good as FreeBSD

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Git Gud!

flame-proof-suit tested against Linus Torvalds' periodic outbursts

But they are not undirected. You just need to be good.

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Two years on, Curiosity's still in the same crater

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Re: Boredom

> The sooner we get real people onto Mars

Expecting this to happen anytime soon or result in more than "meh" from the based generation. Unless someone suicides while on tour or gets horribly mangled by radiation/incontinent airlocks/lithobraking.

> the sooner we start to really learn things about the planet.

Implying those robots are unsuitable to "learn things about the planet". At least they can stay longer than 48 hours.

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Re: Unexpected behaviour

[Shot heard, somewhat muffled in a thin martian atmosphere]

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

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...and judging from what I have seen so far, a lot of code teams containing interns in senior positions would become liabilities overnight.

I'm all for it.

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Re: get that man to Gitmo

Dan Geer always has food for thought.

Have a gander:

Polarization (PDF) In: IEEE Security & Privacy, 2014-01.

Resolved: the Internet Is No Place for Critical Infrastructure In: ACM Queue, 2013-04

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Re: Remember

ITT: One voter who thinks Bush Junior had a plan.

Come on, he even need to be told there was a connection between Neocons and Israel. Never reading a US broadsheet, how shrub can you get?

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I don't see where the problem is.

If you built new software from the old, it becomes new software. If you import the old warts, you become responsible for maintaining and fixing them.

Unless you open source your new product (hopefully not under a Microsoft "open" *cough* license).

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Re: Remember

Thats would akin to saying Bush Junior had a plan.

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High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

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Nice

So, anyone remember the good old times when the now-lamented Mr. Saddam was rumored to buy up PS/2 en masse to create reality-bending weapons of mass destruction?

I want to go back.

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