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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Of course, connaisseurs of fine bandes dessinées know that the "take him out" scenario was put into a comic, written by Benoit Peeters and illustrated by Alan Goffin:

Le Théorème de Morcom

Christopher Morcom was Alan's first ... uh ... love interest.

Sadly, the Deadly Apple was replaced by a Deadly Car Accident.

Scans cannot be had on the Interwubs thought, this publication is too obscure.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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"Big numbers scare me"

Well, surplus is kicked up into the Mozilla Foundation which currently has ~130 million USD invested in financial instruments. There is no reason to drive around with the balls near the concrete, is there?

OTOH, why not find out and write it up?

Starting points:

Mozilla Corporation and Foundation

List of Mozilla products

Firefox estimated cost

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Someone must have been sleeping through the Summer of Surveillance.

But unless the technology industry supports consumer demands for consumer sovereignty, acknowledging that we actually own our own data...

You "own" no "own" data.

In the sphere of the so-called "civil society contract" (a blank contract which apparently one signs when conceived), you are a naked worm to be fingered, stopped, questioned, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered. As well as metadata-hoovered. Apparently people don't care too much. Don't tell me you "own" any data.

In the sphere of private contracts, Google may X-ray you as you use their services for "free". There are no "consumer demands" and there is no demand for "consumer sovereignity" (whatever that is) and hoping for a "scandal" to "fix" things is bonkers. What form would that scandal take? ("Single mom safeway shopping information leaked! Film at 11 - After Miley Cyrus' latest arsewiggle...") The good thing is, you can always refuse those services and there are some legal restrictions on data aggregations, with more in the pipe.

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2013: A Space Odyssey - a cosmological review of the year

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Re: Get the mass right

After deflection by Putin's Iron Fist, the poor meteor just had 10 tonnes left.

(It is "tonnes" not "tons")

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Do not forget the 0.2 milliJoule neutrinos drilling our southern pole

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Saucy Snapchat addicts EXPOSED: Exploit code to poke holes goes wild

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Re: Snapchat was how I found out I'm still innocent.

> 2013

> Still innocent

HOW!

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

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Miserly

USD $1 million is NOT "significant funds"

Pretty sure you can find more in the freezer of some Congressmen.

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Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge

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What the FUCK am I reading from the berobed one?

"Like the 911 Commission observed: the choice between liberty and security is a false one, as nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil," he wrote"

Barring the fact that anyone citing the 911 Omission Commission, handpicked by the powers in charge to STFU and get with the program is suspect, we may paraphrase:

"Fascists want more fascism and are eager to hang on to any moralpanictrain to reach their goals so we need more fascism to not let any moralpanictrain leave the station, which will undercut fascists."

RIGHT! THAT'S IT - EVERYONE GET OUT, LAST ONE CLOSE THE DOOR.

the choice between liberty and security is a false one

Yep, apparently it is not false in the sense of "decreasing liberty will not increase security" but false because "we need less liberty to have more security". It is thus decided. You can now use Benjamin Franklin as a generator drive.

I'm pretty sure that disgusting cockroach John "it's not torture if we do it" Yoo cannot be far behind with punditry and opinionating, leaving a trail of slime.

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BEASTED: Apple fined $666k in Taiwan for iPhone price meddling

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The seventh iSeal

" copped a festive shoeing ... US$666,700 "

Clearly a "beastly" shoeing, but then I heard that "6" is a lucky number in asian lands?

Well, our evangelicals will probably looking through Revelation NOW, looking for signs that Jobs is somehow connected to the Apocalypse of St John. Well done, Taiwan. Occupy Xtians!

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Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

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Downvotes? Are there optimists here tonight?

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Re: Skynet coming too?

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind...

...because it would suck too much!

That would be a saying by the Machine Pope then?

All hail His/Her Positronic Illumination! Praise Be!

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You forget the upcoming super-recession, just prior to a fat serving of NEW HITLER. It's gonna be hilarious.

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That naming!

Anyone acquainted with the excellent japanese anime series "Patlabor" (Basically a cop show with comedy in which cops get to drive giant robots around Japan to catch other perps driving giant robots used in construction tasks for example) knows that "SCHAFT Enterprises" is the dark-side slimy megacorps which unleashes dark-side robotica onto the unsuspecting public, like the J-9 Griffon:

The Type J-9 Griffon is an experimental labor developed in secret by section chief Utsumi (aka Richard Won) for Schaft Enterprises Japan. The Griffon is a high end proof of concept labor that surpasses all labors during its introduction in 1999. The Griffon, nicknamed the "Black Labor" by non-Schaft employees, is highly agile and capable of performing near human movement, something that many other labors lack. In its original configuration, the Griffon becomes the first labor capable of unassisted flight, although the flight system is in its early stages and causes substantial damage after a crash landing. Its raw power allows it to disable labors entirely by hand. The Griffon, piloted by a young boy named Bud Renard Harchand, makes its debut by attacking the 1999 Tokyo International Labor Show. The Griffon easily defeats Shinohara's new AVS-98 Economy and proves a match for even the AV-98 Ingram, its primary target for combat data.

Really it's like Musk named his company "Weyland Yutani" then proceeded to shoot stuff into space.

Imma gonna get more popcorn!!

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Joke no more: Comedy virty currency Dogecoin gets real in big Xmas heist

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Wow so greenback. Much Yellen! Such inflation. Wow.

Well, the government would be doing something similar if ... oh wait ...

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Oh yeah?

1) Macbooks to expensive/complex for Joe Bloggs. What's funny about that?

2) The Googlers in Mountain View are not the target market for Chromebooks. What's funny about that?

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

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Attention deficit disorder and the Xbox generation

"Fast forward five years"

ITT: Young whippersnappers who think technologies are grown in seven days.

"Fast backward five years" and it's even only post-financial-crisis. Try fast forwarding from the mid-90s.

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Re: Windows is so great

Don't open the wounds about why in heaven and hearth Yurop is arsing around deep in the eurasian continent.

It's like it is 1840 again.

The reasons for the British invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in the late 1830s are many and varied. They mainly revolve around what one of the 'victims' of the event referred to as 'the Great Game'. This was the name given by Arthur Conolly to denote the shadow boxing between Russia and Britain for influence in Central Asia for much of the 19th Century.

Ok, install on!

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Paris Hilton

The mystery of the mystery posts.

What is their meaning? Did anon not take his meds?

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Re: Adjectives

Why so negative?

Enjoy life a beer lonely while pondering over the content of /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/em1 with nary a documentation in sight and google bringing up Oracle docs of all things!!

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“Nothing really exciting stands out” which is “just how I want it”

Excellent!

Stable as she goes.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

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Re: Liveblogging "At the Fedoras of Madness"

"Avahi is another Lenart Poetteing idea - like Pulse audio and systemd. These aren't bad ideas at all, but the implementation of each one has been a big headache. So submitting a bugzilla report that Lenart must address is a good way to slow/prevent the next 'Poetteing invention' from causing havoc."

Avahi... OUT!

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Liveblogging "At the Fedoras of Madness"

Oh man. Clearly the FAT DEATH has moved from the Java Enterprise "Community" to the lowly sysconfig world.

Not enough with DBus and NetworkManager, now I need to fight another bubbling servitor monstrosity from the nethermost abysses of integrated functionality, which should forever have been kept away from seeing the light of day:

The systemd fallacy

And this is the first thermos of coffee for today....

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So....

Tiling window manager revival when?

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Re: "a decent upgrade for Fedora fans"

Nah, surely it's supported for 12+ years, just like Windows XP, isn't it?

Of course not. Are you some kind of weird coelacanth?

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Don't remind me

Xlib and Xt Intrinsics ... it was regular torture porn back in the early 90s. Complete with the 5 kg manuals. I also remember a weirdish sorta/kinda "object-orientation in C" style. Then gcc crashed.

Shit, I'm old.

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KDE installed!

Now if I only could get friendly with the mysterious DBus.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: Unjust conviction on many levels despite being 'right' at the time.

Well, quite a few of the nomenclatura were jewish (including Trotsky) while the Red Army strung up jews for being "for the capitalists", so what's the problem?

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Re: The man in the high castle

"The Man in the High Castle" is more exploration of PKD's question of "what is real" than anything else. Excellent reading, read at least once every few years.

"The Plot Against America" is still on my reading list.

Do not forget Robert Harris' "Fatherland", and also watch "It Happened Here".

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The man in the high castle

"many of us might not be free to enjoy the season"

Not into a gradle-to-grave welfare-warfare well-regimented state when you can drive your Volkswagen Mark IV at 160 kilometer pro stunde down to London in order to enjoy Weihnachten with the rest of the very anglo-aryan family?

Come on now!

You would probably still get Krugman talking up the economy on Deutschlandfunk, so there is no escaping that iffyness.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: Facebook

But in this case, there actually was content, though not for long.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: The unexpected consequence?

Excellent.

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Enter the clown with transferred embigenned relationship loyalty

"but the support doesn’t match the breadth and depth of HP’s support expertise"

Currently being rightsized, apparently, so there might be a match soon (unsure whether from top or bottoms).

"nor does it give our partners the added loyalty from an ongoing relationship built over time between HP and the customer" (shortened for sematic clarity)

So there is a relationship between HP and the customer, which somehow adds loyalty, which is then given to partners?

What the hell does that mean?

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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A nice reading complement

A psychological history of the NSA

During these wartime years, the NSA grew from 33,000 to 72,000 employees, and was fast developing into the massive bureaucratic spy organization it is today. Organized much like the American corporations of the era, the agency employed a top-down structure that emphasized company loyalty and blind compliance with superiors. The more it grew, the more resilient this structure became.

Peter Ludlow, a philosopher at Northwestern University, pointed to the sociologist Robert Jackall’s 1988 book, Moral Mazes, for a description of the rules that govern such bureaucracies: “(1) You never go around your boss. (2) You tell your boss what he wants to hear, even when your boss claims that he wants dissenting views. (3) If your boss wants something dropped, you drop it. (4) You are sensitive to your boss’s wishes so that you anticipate what he wants; you don’t force him, in other words, to act as a boss. (5) Your job is not to report something that your boss does not want reported, but rather to cover it up. You do your job and you keep your mouth shut.”

“The NSA is nothing if not a 1950s-style bureaucracy,” Ludlow told me. “The consequence of that is you’re almost guaranteed to do evil.”

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Where do you get the idea the NSA's job is to make sure US companies have tools to "not get slurped by evil commie or french or persian spies"?

Is that stated anywhere else on the internet, except in your comment in this thread?

I don't believe that's ever been the NSA's job.

Maybe. But if you want to make your comms somewhat secure (in the 80s or the 90s, say), who you gonna call? That's right, the friendly government bureau who knows about those things.

You want Internet wisdom? I call on ... JIMBO:

The Mission

Role in scientific research and development

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Re: A bit of perspective

A hard-working Reinhard Heydrich with a terminal to the NSA cloud in his office.

Yes, not nice.

This is also what most people don't get at all. From here to the end-of-fiesta the stepsize is only ε - it is not confortably large as the pundits and "business as usual" types of the MSM assert.

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Re: Truism

Simply saying they "[relied] upon NIST" is utterly inadequate, given that NIST provided no proof of the security...

Actually, RSA was using it even before NIST was done with approval, maybe even before the approval process was even started.

From the reuters article:

RSA adopted the algorithm even before NIST approved it. The NSA then cited the early use of Dual Elliptic Curve inside the government to argue successfully for NIST approval, according to an official familiar with the proceedings.

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Re: Truism

The Album of the soundtrack of the trailer...

Interviewer: An excerpt from Carl French's latest film. Carl, we're all a little mystified by your claim that your new film stars Marilyn Monroe.

Carl French: It does, yes.

Interviewer: Who died over ten years ago?

Carl French: Uh, that's correct.

Interviewer: Are you lying?

Carl French: No, no, it's just that she'e very much in the public eye at the moment.

Interviewer: Does she have a big part?

Carl French: She is the star of the film.

Interviewer: And dead.

Carl French: Well, we dug her up and gave her a screen test, a mere formality in her case, and...

Interviewer: Can she still act?

Carl French: Well... well, she-she's still has this-this enormous, ah-ah, kinda indefinable, uh...no.

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Snowden? Maybe not. Probably not.

Note that contrary to the article, Reuters did not say or imply that the bribery info came from Snowden:

Undisclosed until now was that RSA received $10 million in a deal that set the NSA formula as the preferred, or default, method for number generation in the BSafe software, according to two sources familiar with the contract. Although that sum might seem paltry, it represented more than a third of the revenue that the relevant division at RSA had taken in during the entire previous year, securities filings show.

It is "sources familiar with the contract", which is someone else.

Check it out again

We also read:

RSA adopted the algorithm even before NIST approved it. The NSA then cited the early use of Dual Elliptic Curve inside the government to argue successfully for NIST approval, according to an official familiar with the proceedings.

Aha.

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Because their job is (was?) ALSO to make sure US companies had the tools to net get slurped by evil commie or french or persian spies. Hence the stadardization effort for DES and later AES, accompanied by efforts to persuade people to make the key maybe not too long.

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HP: This Xmas, get the SACK... and not the one filled with presents

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Re: If HP Execs didn't make $19 BILLION dollar cock-ups on a regular basis...

A very small violin plays for the megastructure that cannibalizes itself to put more lard on the head.

One can only hope that "activist shareholders" will soon deploy their shark fins for a wakeup call.

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Re: Morals

To be honest, sometimes you have to get rid of people to keep the ship afloat at all, even though it may be a "damned if you do - damned if you don't" problem. Been there, done that. On the other hand, there was zero "middle management" in our case.

In a sane economic climate, this shouldn't be much of a problem.

Unfortunately this short recession is far from over.

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We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

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Well no. They would not be FORCED to pay up when a mysterious call from a stranger arrives.

On the other hand, they could put money & time into assurance efforts. No more half-arsed coding during the weekend for Internet-facing software by C++11 hackers freshly out of uni, but bill accordingly.

Or it could come down to: insurance.

Good processes? Low premiums. Shite processes? High premiums. Fly-by-night? No insurance (but maybe the customer is indeed happy with that).

It would be like high-reliability engineering, really.

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Not the same guy, guv!

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Re: "companies would most likely rather employ full-time vulnerability researchers"

Yeah, I am puzzled about this too.

Is being employed no longer considered a good thing?

Kujawa reckons a kitemark scheme for federally approved industry seal for software testing would offer an alternative means of weeding out security bugs from the software ecosystem.

Yeah, FIPS approved and everything. 100% security tested SEAL OF GOVNMTAL APPROVAL.

The real world just doesn't work that way.

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Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

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Re: NATO = UN Agency?!

Of course. Did you think it was the US "protection" outfit of Yurop?

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MUH PROTECTION!

Can anyone in the taxfeeding heaven tell me what this is about except people having too much time on their hands while their taxpayer-provided paycheck arrives unbidden in their mailbox?

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Feuding fanbois in a flap over piracy haven in new iOS 7 jailbreak tool

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Re: Ethical

Hush!

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Coat

What!

access a local alternative app store called Taig

Hosted in Ireland?

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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

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Your correspondent has just re-watched Donnie Brasco and so cannot help but think sitting behind a keyboard and logging on to a web site rather lowers the bar for “undercover” work.

Quite so. But these are the times of remote-control operators being "traumatized" behind their screens while they blow up wedding parties in Yemen. Pass out the purple cyber hearts!

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