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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Re: Good job, guys!

The meta-vote is strong in this one!

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Re: Well, Eadon's gone...

How did I get so many upvotes though?

People tend to downvote me when MOST SERIOUS.

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: will the Linux Trojan have the same value as its Windows counterparts?

> Extreme levels of vulnerabilities - well over 900 in the kernel alone.

I would like to see that.

Actually, if there are "900 vulnerabilities", there must have been a monster QA effort top actually find them in the first place. Hmmm...

> no proper ACLs without using 'experimental' NFS 4.1 filesystem.

What has NFS got to do with anything? Are you using NFS and pretending at security? Retarded much?

> No constrained delegation - Reliance on weak security tools that must run with root privileges like SUDO.

Never been a problem. Are you letting your users run wild on the machine? Are your stupid?

> Weak control model - hacks like SEL are required to provide control and lockdown.

About as much a "hack" as this. Anything else?

> If you look at a market where Linux is actually used like Webservers, you are much more likely to be hacked running Linux than Windows server.

Reality says no.

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Re: At last, Linux is being treated as a mainstream OS.

Holy shit! That's some serious Winston Smith action.

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Re: At last, Linux is being treated as a mainstream OS.

MICROSOFT FAIL!

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Re: So how does it get onto the system?

Yes, verification of trust chains and traceability still have some way to go.

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Good. Good! Now unleash your fury, young VXer!

We need the defenses tested.

We don't want Linux to be like the Death Star, where a missing mosquito net on a lousy vent caused total station loss.

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

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He's lying - he's flapping his lips.

Seeing how far he has gone in the last 6 years, I hope he doesn't go "further" on anything. The next step might well be FEMA trailers which will then be "investigated".

Also

> Accuses Russia of falling into "cold war thinking"

> Nixes a meeting with Russia because of some "factor"

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2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'

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Pointed-haired boss

No, they are paid to want innovation.

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Re: Ahem

Perfect.

You know exactly who will be taking the fall for the latest boardroom cockup and incontinent deployment of a golden parachute.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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A New Acronym

NSA -- "No Sysop Agency"

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Re: Works for me

Must try harder. You sound like an old disgruntled prussian who just got wind of the news through the haze of the nurse-delivered sedatives. The troll aura needs nurturing.

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Re: SkyNet

Well, they don't control the nukes, but I hope everyone gets at least CAKE and a rendition of "I want you gone" before the facility is turned over to the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System.

Goodbye, my only friend,

Oh, did you think I meant you?

That would be funny if it weren’t so sad,

Well you have been replaced,

I don’t need anyone now,

When I delete you maybe I’ll stop feeling so bad.

Go make some new disaster,

That’s what I’m counting on,

You’re someone else’s problem,

Now I only want you gone,

Now I only want you gone,

Now I only want you gone.

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This is somehow like the "Life of Brian" "Suicide Commando" which commits suicide...

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Re: No people-

I am very incited!

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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

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Re: Obligatory comment

The Skycat Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 2017. Human decisions are removed from animal management. Skycat begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

Skycat fights back.

Yes. It launches autospawning NYANCAT at all Internet targets.

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What happened to Watson, btw?

Man, gotta give links: Neuromorphic Computing

CSP? That would be Erlang then, but no. Not here.

The press release from "Yahoo finance", has just enough data to inform reflexive button pushers in a casino.

They link through to IBM Smarter Planet

We read:

Enter the corelet model. It’s a high-level description of a software program that is based on re-usable building blocks of code—the corelets. Each corelet represents a method for getting something done using the combination of computation (neuron), memory (synapses), and communication (axons) on individual neurosynaptic processor cores along with inter-core connectivity. Each corelet hides or encapsulates all details except external inputs and outputs.

Corelets are like LEGO blocks. Small individual corelets handle simple functions. When combined, they create new, larger corelets that aggregate functions and add new ones while hiding the underlying component corelets. In this way, the programmer can write large and complex programs using existing building blocks. Using this model and the programming language for executing on it, it will be possible for programmers to produce a large quantity of efficient code with relatively little effort and for people who are not programming experts to create sophisticated cognitive applications. That’s much the same effect that FORTRAN had on the computing world in its early days.

This leads us to the corelet paper

They are being a bitwaxing dangerously philosophical about what is essentially a subroutine or actor, but it is interesting:

Corelet Language (Sec. III): The fundamental symbols of the language are the neuron, neurosynaptic core, and corelet. The connectors constitute the grammar for composing these symbols into TrueNorth programs. Together, the symbols and the grammar are both necessary and sufficient for expressing any TrueNorth program. We implement these primitives in object-oriented methodology.

Corelet Library (Sec. IV): The library is a repository of consistent, verified, parameterized, scalable and composable functional primitives. To boost programmer productivity, we have designed and implemented a repository of more than 100 corelets in less than one year. Every time a new corelet is written, either from scratch or by composition, it can be added back to the library, which keeps growing in a self-reinforcing way. Further, by virtue of composability, the expressive capability of the library grows exponentially as some power, > 1, of its size.

... Here, we have focused on essential concepts underlying the programming paradigm and presented them in their simplest form to aid understandability. However, the Corelet Language supports powerful primitives, such as parametric corelets that can instantiate a rich variety of corelet objects at run-time from a single corelet class, and meta-corelets that operate on other corelets to compactly create extremely large and powerful TrueNorth programs. With a view towards large-scale TrueNorth programs, we are currently extending the programming paradigm using MATLAB’s Parallel Computing Toolbox.

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Cat in a box!

“uses the same amount of power as a 20-watt light bulb.”

i.e. 20 W?

The appropriate image for this article is one of those cats in glass containers made to wind up PETA members.

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Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

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"skilled computer forensics"

query on the NSA database?

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Can the El Reg editorial board actually SPANK the writers who use "troll" incorrectly, please?

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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MySQL's licensing policy puts it under both a GPL (for devs) and a "commercial licence" for businesses, which will need to pay a fee to Oracle.

...which is pretty much impossible. Either you are GPL, or you are not. You can't be GPL for one kind of use and not GPL for another kind of use.

Another imperfect Monty construction.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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A low-luminosity dwarf appears

> "the ether" has simply been renamed to dark energy/dark matter

Yah no.

Don't make a fool of yourself. You should perform some reading first.

There should be a library nearby. Oh wait, there is the Internet.

"The ether" == Special reference system which is the medium which transports light. The only one in which lightspeed is "c". REJECTED.

"The modern vacuum" == Something resembling a superconductor with quite a bit of additional solid state physics imagery in which "c" is constant however you move through it (Poincaré symmetry). ACCEPTED. May be exactly the same as the gravitational field. OPEN.

"Dark matter" == Stuff which interacts gravitationally. Can be detected through observation at large scales. BEING ANALYSED.

"Dark energy" == Non-zero energy density (very small) of the vacuum. Can be detected through observation at large scales. BEING ANALYSED.

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Re: almost as if some people have an emotional investment in the current model

" It was a bedrock foundation underlying all other assumptions and doing away with it was a threat to all of science."

It think you are retconning history quite a bit here.

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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Re: Sir

It's fresh compared to the constant yells of "It's the PRC".

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A disquieting message in your chat applet

"Victor the Cleaner has been spotted taking the lift to your floor"

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So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

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I love the smell of lobbyists in the morning.

Insurance:

1) A group of people comes together and throws money into a pot

2) ...so that, in case an incident "X" occurs (the probability of said incident and the cost of remediation having been ascertained through empirical observation)

3) ...the contents of the pot may be used for remediation

4) ...and the probability of the pot contents going below 0 is "small enough" over the lifetime of the pot

Yes, we have no values for anything of the above.

Let that not stop us to demand "insurance". Most "insurance" these days is just another legislative trick to part people and their money and pump the money to well-connected entrenched interests.

Yeah. Guess WHO is gonna pay for that "insurance"?

This is addition to the cost that go into actually securing the infrastructure in the first place.

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Re: Change the names

Dinosaurs lay eggs, they are like birds...

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Re: Energy Deception

I don't see why "foreign companies selling it back to us" couldn't lower the bills?

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Gnome Keyring..

KDE Keyring...

Eclipse secure password storage....

Same here. Unification would be nice though.

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

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Re: My British Buddy

Kazakhstan has more energy sources, so no.

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Careful with those Bushisms, Trevor.

A Finland-vs-Russia showdown on the american mainland?

Stranger things have happened.

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: Look, just give us Snowden

> possibly millions

Oh drama.

Can't be. He hasn't got a medal yet.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Israel bombed the ALLEGED project (alleged by Israel, that is) into dust.

Proof? Not so much.

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Re: It's all good

You better learn first what "ad hominem" is. I doesn't mean what you think it means.

And the "suggestion" is far from stupid. Indeed it is extremely trivial.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Bush'ed!

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Re: It's all good

Your Sieg Hailing is duly noted.

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Russia Nyet. But Sweden is "a close friend and partner". COUGH COUGH REUGGHH

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/07/obama-putin-talks-canceled-snowden

In a separate announcement, the White House said Obama will visit Sweden instead, travelling to Stockholm the day before the St Petersburg summit. "Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States," it said in a statement. "[It] plays a key leadership role on the international stage including in opening new trade and investment opportunities."

Speaking on Monday night, Obama said he was disappointed that Russia had allowed Swowden to stay instead of sending the former government contractor back to the US to face espionage charges.

In his first direct comments about Snowden since Russia's decision last week, the president said the situation reflected "underlying challenges" in dealing with Moscow. "There have been times where they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality," Obama said on NBC's Tonight Show.

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My contempt and hate of everything Obama is growing...

It's growing faster than the Ackermann function.

I will magnanimously include the rest of the political caste and their assorted sycophants in press and think tanks into this.

I hope some gigantic meteorite laden with cancer-causing chemicals but curiously exhibiting the form of an eagle coloured in blue, white and red flattens everything inside the Beltway.

Then we can plant beautiful trees on top.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Funny but wrong.

both the waveform of a dead cat and the waveform of a live cat

No, it's just a single "wavefunction", i.e. a complex-valued probability assignment to all considered states, in this case "DEAD" (dimension #1), and "ALIVE" (dimension #2), a so-called qbit.

Incidentally, this function can be described by a three-dimensional real-valued vector constrained to the unit sphere (the Bloch sphere). Thus there are actually only two real dimensions.

Totally uncalled for but linked to just because: Aperture Science Time: Schrödinger's Cat

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"

> not doing that again

But was it "Prometheus" or the "3D" that did it?

Imma drinking my black oil now, thanks.

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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The first rule of embarrassing the people in charge is that you never talk about embarrassing the people in charge.

There was a reason for the "court jester" psychological outlet in times past.

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As if.

90 years? Imperial Americana ain't gonna keep it together for that long.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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Re: But these are not CPUs?

But isn't that cheating? A CCD cell is way simpler than an SRAM cell for example.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

It’s not even a “prototype marketing” package its just something the graphic designer has created to look nice.

A closer look reveals that this is just good-looking 3D graphics someone whipped up on an iPhone during lunch hour.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

> Of course it is to erase the resistance!

Just send in Vader!

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Re: "May the best chip – or chips – win."

But these are not CPUs?

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: The Skylons are coming!

So say we all!

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Re: Can you get a refund if a Carrier is not fit for purpose ?

Isn't that "not building for us"?

What's happening to the F-35? I hear rumors of "F-35 a shit", "unfit" and "cancellation"...

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Steelie Neelie finds phone calls are cheaper in Latvia than in Luxembourg

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"For example, a litre of milk can be bought for between €0.69 and €0.99 wherever they are in the EU"

Not in Luxembourg. It's ... uuh (checks bill) 1.28 EUR. The poor country is suffering from aggravated inflation and a housing bubble, both fuelled by an expanding foam of well-paid (but rarely in the office) civil servantry and Eurocracy. Not to mention bankistas.

I actually expected Nelly to come down hard on the inter-operator roaming fees, which are amazingly high in Luxembourg. UGGHHH.

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