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China launches quantum satellite to test spooky action at a distance

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Re: Can't be used for the instant transmission of data

Like all quantum mechanics, just when you feel you've grasped it, you realise it's not comprehensible.

Some people disagree

Why is "ResearchGate" infecting the search results? The main occupation of those guys seems to pretend to offer papers behind a wall of e-mail address collection and a forced "collaboration" tool. DIE, RESEARCHGATE.

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Goddammit

"Almost miraculously, any change to the first photon will be mirrored in the second. Just how that change propagates across space and time is not understood. It's also thought that whatever it is that lets entangled photons share information may take place faster than the speed of light."

That kind of explanation puts the explainer firmly in a "General Relativity" universe, where little things are tracing their wobbly spaghetti paths through spacetime and things only happen if other little things are exchanged (there must be "interaction"). In QM, the "state" of the "duplicated photon" is one (mathematical) thing not at all visible "in reality" and extracting a bit of information about that thing changes it - so that you know more about the next bit of information that you may extract from it.

Indeed, that changing of the thing "may" (indeed, does) not only take place "faster than the speed of light" (at the speed of thought, so to say) but across time, too (Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time).

Einstein himself described this as "spooky action at a distance (“pukhafte Fernwirkung").

That's "spukhafte Fernwirking" (like in "spook", ghostly). Einstein was never happy with QM and desperatly wanted "action". There ain't no such thing.

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Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Re: Interesting: the orginal, now-worthless paper describing the scheme is is paywalled..

IEEE is hardly a "nefarious institution" and the original paper is hardly "worthless".

As Google-Fu is less than overwhelming, I bring you this

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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If this "unfazed skeptic" stunt results in dead and/or possessed people, WHO exactly will be made responsible? Eh? Ever thought of that?

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Re: Oven doors opening?

If you had read Jacques Vallée, you would know that these sometimes have features of run-of-mill, garden-variety so-called "paranormal" events, insomuch that it is surmised that the "paranormal" stuff is just another form of the "UFO" stuff (thus the new classification of "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind", whereby reality-bending comes into play, too. Mix in in subsequent visitations by "Men in Black" and you know what's up... ).

Does this go further than busted human cognitive processing? Who knows... It's definitely not "aliens".

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Re: Ray Parker Jr.

Better call The Laundry.

It's not yet confirmed that this is related to the transdimensional monster "The Trump" trying to break through, but pundits are working on it.

Or else it's just a glitch in The Matrix. Though I hear these occur mainly in Devon.

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Nearly boring

The Space Shuttle is about a "missable" as first-generation soviet nuclear submarines...

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Cisco security crew uncovers bug in industrial control kit

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Warp Factor Stupid!

How is this a "bug"?

In addition to the default, documented SNMP community string of ‘public’ (read) and ‘private’ (read/write), an undocumented community string of ‘wheel’ (read/write) also exists, which enables attackers to make unauthorized device changes, such as modification of settings or conducting malicious firmware updates. It is possible that this community string allows access to other OIDs, however Talos tested specific use cases.

NOTABUG!

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Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

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Expeditionary measures are required!

Currently it is necessary to convict cybercriminals before attempting to collect their assets, although the cops believe that delays in this process can provide criminals with the room to hide their ill-gotten gains.

So you are guilty until proven guilty?

Is America coming where cops can empty your account if the dogs gets a suspicious sniff on?

Or maybe ... Ukraine?

James, who is Australian but has been in Ukraine for sixteen years, worked for an oligarch, and speaks perfect Russian, built one of the premier real estate agencies in Ukraine. This winter, he and his Ukrainian wife went on holiday; when they returned to Kyiv, they discovered that an employee with the backing of some government people had stolen their company. The employee had all the correct documentation and everything signed off by a judge; the only thing missing was the signature of the actual owner. But this is Ukraine, so the employee bribed a judge, the judge ruled in his favor, the employee paid a registrar and a notary, and he now owns the agency.

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: Vigilantism

> Those recruited will simply be providing information

I think you mean "noise".

That sound you heard is an army of on-line do-gooders jerking off.

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Pen-test trio crafts 'Datasploit' tool for easy social engineering

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WIll it prove to be a hit?

It just needs the script to farm out a "contract" to the Dark Web automatically, and off we go.

Datasploit is created with Python and is built on MongoDb, Django, Celery and RabbitMq

Was this done to attract the Web 3.0 crowd?

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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

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Oh jake please. Since the early 70s, really? When there was 32 KiB discrete element memory and frequency on the bus was measured in kHz?

"induced disturbance errors" must have been the high-falutin way of saying "there is crosstalk on the lines, somebody please get a soldering iron out". Not at all like "rowhammer" ... (does that name come from a vidya? I dunno)

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Re: Samepage Merging feature,

Why is it daft?

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Re: Well fuck

Anon because otherwise I'd be admitting I don't know something and that just wont do!

Come on now. There is more bullshit being created while you were writing than you can ever even know about.

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Feng Shui???

This sounds more akin to Wuxia Ninja Trickery, you know throwing special knifes that boomerang around in the bamboo forest etc. Technically unlikely. I am somehwat impressed.

Wouldn't ECC correct rowhammer bitflips in any case? I hope ECC is still prevalent on servers...

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Thank God ..

Meanwhile ... KILL RUSSIANS!

Mike Morell’s Kill-Russians Advice

Perhaps former CIA acting director Michael Morell’s shamefully provocative rhetoric toward Russia and Iran will prove too unhinged even for Hillary Clinton. It appears equally likely that it will succeed in earning him a senior job in a possible Clinton administration, so it behooves us to have a closer look at Morell’s record.

My initial reaction of disbelief and anger was the same as that of my VIPS colleague, Larry Johnson, and the points Larry made about Morell’s behavior in the Benghazi caper, Iran, Syria, needlessly baiting nuclear-armed Russia, and how to put a “scare” into Bashar al-Assad give ample support to Larry’s characterization of Morell’s comments as “reckless and vapid.” What follows is an attempt to round out the picture on the ambitious 57-year-old Morell

These people are all batshit crazy and in positions of power. Historically, there have been only very few solutions out of such conundrums.

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Re: "This was a lesson learned in how important it is to be prepared."

> And the USA call North Korea a rouge state

That would be a "rouge star" state...

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Re: Dr. Stangelove

"By Dawn's Early Light"

Fuck yeah, it had a guy with a totally McCain vibe in it.

I also fell in love with bomber girl...

And of course "The Day After" classic can be found on YouTube. 80's quality! Nuclear test stock footage! Could El Reg grab a picture from there instead of that weird stuff I see here which seems to have quickly shopped by a hippie on a trip?

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Re: Not so sure . .

Well, good luck sourcing replacement RAM from Korea or getting Microsoft support on the phone to "start to access electronic equipment".

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Good luck with this lawsuit

"Cheats" for one, "Performance Enhancers" for others.

Using the DMCA also sounds dicey, as these tools may subvert anti-cheating devices, but not anti-copying devices.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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> Turkey's role in blocking Russian naval access to the Eastern Med

That would mean war.

> Erdogan definitely seems to have more in common politically with Vlad Putin

I don't see this at all.

> than he does with Obama/Merkel/May/Hollande

That's for sure. He is actually able to think like a statesman. Unlike those guys who are beholden to chase ghostly liberal credentials, taking disastrous decisions and engaging in alliances that benefit no-one at home and burn down whole countries abroad.

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Re: Marketing Hack I guess Turkey's new "business model" is...

I don't see what "communists grabbing secrets" have to do with "Putin sympathizers". That seems to be just full-on ahistorical thinking, as we see in the retarded but well-trained (as in "trained to be a good doggie") NATO and US politicial hierarchy. We might as well go back to Tsarist times, when...

Oh wait, it's Matt Bryant. Never mind.

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Oh yeah?

I haven't heard any confirmation that Erdogan's old pal Gulen was actually involved in anything, except the rantings of a quite obviously mentally unstable "president" of Turkey.

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Hillary's HITLER DETECTOR still hasn't twigged. The wench must be busy....

we have not seen an indication [the coup] will affect our business

I'm totally sure Erdogan's coup won't affect business. Totally.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: Going for the 'DownVoted' World Record!

Earlier we were talking about Kornbluth novels like "The Space Merchants".....

ZUCKER ZUCK ZUCK ZUCKER ZUCK!!

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: Won't work

SETI Institute waited to be told by some commentard.

So done!

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: for the 'drones can't cause problems' crowd.

That's where the wing is accelerating like a bat out of hell pushed by solid rocket boosters and is also made of rather flimsy carbon material meant to withstand a blowtorch...

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Passport to Magonia? First, you have to pass the TSA!

Maybe "apparent drone" is the Foo Fighter of the two-oh-tenners?

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Re: ...when the drone flew alongside it.

1) Put a jet engine into it

2) Dress up as flying Pokemon

3) ???

4) GO!

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Re: MALWARE ALERT!

Explain more...

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Swiss firm still wants to eat up Pi flogger Premier Farnell

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Sounds ominous

while engaging with engineers earlier in the design cycle

Earlier than after a marketdroid announcement has been issued??

Yeah, I know that soundbite has been generated by the "PubCannounce Salespitcher" web-based application which serializes standard marketing cant soundbites into a phrase that's nearly-grammatically-correct, but still.

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Dota 2 forums fall under hackers' spell, 1.9m accounts teleported out

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Re: STOP THIS FORTHWITH! MD5 isn't "cracked"

> Md5 shouldn't be used as a password because it's too short

Just what

For some people even tl;dr is too long.

This civilization is doomed. And good riddance.

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STOP THIS FORTHWITH! MD5 isn't "cracked"

MD5 is not worse than anything else for hashing passwords, as long as you add a large salt to prevent rainbow table attacks:

Two real reasons for not using MD5 for hashing the salted passwords is: 1) it's too fast 2) public relations as said here: Why do people still use/recommend MD5 if it is cracked since 1996?

Your correct statement about MD5 being too fast and unsalted aside (because that also goes for the SHA family) I would still stay away from MD5 for a non-technical reason: Public Relations. It's a drag to have to convince your boss or client of what you explain. And tons of technical guys (whose opinions are valued by the same people you are trying to convince) are also deluded. After all, there is plenty of 'proof' on the internet that support their conviction that MD5 should not be used because it was broken in 2004.

For the details, see also this excellent answer:

How to securely hash passwords?

Yep, read it!

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Soylent adds coffee

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Re: Legal position is interesting

The German title is

"Eine Handvoll Venus und ehrbare Kaufleute"

(A fistful of Venus and honorable merchants)

which made me laugh.

On a tangent, HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR FECKLE FREEZER YET? You know who owns an Ajax Freezer? Fairies own Ajax Freezers! You know who owns a Triplecold Freezer? Commies own Triplecold Freezers! Every freezer but a brand-new Feckle Freezer stinks! I'm warning you! Get out and buy a Feckle Freezer right away! Hurry up! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry, hurry, hurry, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle...

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That will never be enough coffee for me

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Clinton outphished by Trump

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”This is a contentious election"

Is this like describing a nuclear meltdown as a little core excursion?

Choosing between the Neocon/Oligarch-anointed Queen of Chaos and Monkeywrench Boy:

Hillary as the Not-Trump Candidate

MICHAEL HUDSON: Well, if the election is between the most unpopular woman candidate in America and the most unpopular male candidate, the winner is going to be whoever can make the election fought over the other person. Trump will win if he can make the election all about Hillary, and Hillary will win if she can make the election all about Trump. It looks like she’s able to do this, because Trump is even more narcissistic than she is.

All the Democrats have to do is goad him, as they did with the Afghan parents of the American soldier who died. Trump should have bounced the ball back into Hillary’s court and said, “Wait a minute. The soldier died in a war that you voted for Hillary. A war that you want to continue to escalate.” Instead, he talked about himself.

And at least Hillary is coached enough so that when he attacks her, she bounces the ball back and makes him the issue. She doesn’t try to defend herself. So people are beginning to think, wait a minute, here’s a personality of Mr. Trump who doesn’t even know the first thing about political strategy. You don’t let the other person win by making you the issue. You make them the issue. In an economy where people are angry, you want to steer their anger toward the other candidate.

So in this election, unlike earlier elections, it’s not about whose positive program is better. Neither have a positive program. Neither have really any policy that they’re announcing. It’s about whose policy is worse. Who’s the lesser evil? It’s almost an inside out election.

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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Yes, and...?

So is this a "Standard Sociological Justice Model" null result?

“Without a workforce that more closely mirrors the population, we are missing opportunities, including not understanding and designing for our own customers.”

I really hate dogmatic bullshit.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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While this is going on...

Assange Strongly Implies DNC Staffer Was Murdered for Being Wikileaks Source

It's like we are in the deepest thicket of Bush Junior's second campaign again.

Now with added spice of "War with Russia Possible Any Minute Now, so vote Hillary". Great stuff, I have ordered a bunker full of popcorn.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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Re: ALIENS!

You have so missed the point. Astronomers don't believe there is a Dyson Sphere, and they know that their colleagues don't believe so, either.

Then suddenly there is a Dyson Sphere and everyone will be shitting bricks while placing a call to the POTofthefreeworld.

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Re: ALIENS!

This is now a "narrative"?

Go back to the US-internal political bickering, please.

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Re: A plain old peculiar

I think it was a "plain old peculiar" somebody might have noticed by now.

Looks like this kind of approach is classed under "explaining away" or "under-carpetting". This was well explained in Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (which does not quite match how things happen, which is actually rather meta-meta).

I particularly like this "First of all, the object in question may be a genuine "one off", or it may prove to be a member of a new or existing class of variable.". So it's peculiar because ... it's peculiar. Move along, nothing to see here.

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Re: What about a nebula drifting through ?

For the nebula, you would look at nearby stars (next to the "dimming cat" in space & on the pixel array) to see whether they exhibit similar effects.

A quick eyeballing of the paper reveals that npo such effects are being observed

Somebody may be cleaning up the neighborhood ...

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: Explain this to me...

Well, Microsoft doesn't run embassies in Belgrade, you know...

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Re: RE: This is refreshing to hear.

Linux is just a system that works based off 60's tech. Nothing exceptional here.

Nice but...

The really good stuff is yet to be designed

> you think are there to run your systems are there to allow you to manage the failures of the system

How do you know what I think?

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SHOW THEM ONLINE!.jpg

Nice writeup!

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This is refreshing to hear.

But know this that Linux is stil at the lowest steps of OS Godhead.

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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

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One of Strider’s targets hit by Strider...

It must be comnforting to know that you have then, indeed, been hit by Strider, not a roving band of anonymous orcs.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Cortana in furs!

Well, you are treated ... with disdain! So be grateful! Here are some vouchers to attend a Microsoft course on SharePoint and an exclusive presentation of the upcoming roadmap, more interesting than a trip through Khazad-dum while being waylaid by one-armed bandits.

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Re: What the fuck do we expect from this joke company?

I buy an OS, I want an OS.

Not a sales-and-addy platform that knows best...

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Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

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Re: Maybe I'm being naive (again!)

> . and you know this how?

Because Fred Brooks used the word in a lecture in 1994 (I was there!)

But Manara was there first, comicwise.

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