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Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time

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The Halting Problem in different guises.

Correct. Thus, basically, the tests CANNOT catch malicious apps (except the most feeble ones). They can catch badly written apps though.

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Re: Duh!

Errr... wrong thread?

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IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds

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Re: I wonder

That's because you confuse climate and weather.

And seriously, do you really believe you have found the one-liner killer argument against an army of PhDs who came up with the stuff you are saying there in the first place? Similar delusions can be found in religious cults...

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Ban, tax, fine. Index, regulate, stimulate. Fight, impose, control.

ban

Always these statist cuss words.

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Re: Only half the equation

If the paper price won't hold you back, the ink cartridge price will.

And we didn't even need a "paper sin tax" for that.

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Switch on, brown out, peace green.

Can I get my CANDUs now?

How about NOW?

NOW?

No...

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Re: Is that all?

Don't enumerate your devices, just take a look at your smart meter and tell us what it says.

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An afternoon with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer

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I don't know whether it was a Time Life book about "Spaceflight" (and another about "Energy") or the movie 2001 that did it. The books were mysterious because they had impressive illustrations - but I couldn't decipher the text. The movie was mysterious because they had impressive footage - but I couldn't decipher anything.

2001 was definitely responsible for the interest in IT.

Did I mention that Scott Aaronson's "Quantum Computing since Democritus" is out in book form?

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SQUEEEEE! Microsoft goes retro with pay-by-squawk NFC tech

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Re: "it works by having the *receiving* device transmit pseudorandom noise "

> parsing failure

Your real-world navigational capabilities need upgrading.

> But surely no one would be that stupid?

Yeah, key exchange exists for a reason, you know?

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Re: Got to hand it to Microsoft Research

I look for the inevitable downvotes from idiots who say "modems are prior art" because they don't understand the first thing about how patents are supposed to work or what they're for

Have a hearty downvote for:

1) Being whiney

2) Taking the psychological cop-out of calling others idiots before things even start

3) Thinking you are so superior on your gouty high horse

It's not hard to understand how patents are "supposed" to work (ha ha!) and what they are for. It's just very non-evident that they bring anything to the table except retard development of whole branches of industry for the benefit of a few - mainly lawyers and rent-seekers.

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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

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Re: I worked with someone who discovered a skimming device.

Ok, so he would get out his phone, THEN two guys get out of a car and beat him up. Great.

He should have knifed the mofos. Deeply. Eleganty. While laughing hysterically.

It would look good on surveillance camera.

Ah, hold on. This is the UK, knives are considered weapons of mass destruction. Oh well.

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The Halting Problem must already have been solved. Why didn't I hear of it?

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Re: Well, they are predictable

> Let's hope it's something other than a large, flat, black rectangular panel

My first thought was "it will be white, not black"

Then it occurred to me that Apple might make it black - if it looked like the monolith from 2001.

With content projected on its four visible surfaces.

From inside.

Suitable obeisance would have to paid by the unwashed masses if this was ever delivered to the living room.

You could probably download "Also Sprach Zarathustra" from iTunes for free as a gimmick.

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Re: Who the hell cares?

Jake, chill the hell out. This isn't the Waldorf & Stadler show.

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It must be the changing alpha constant

Let's see whether Google rolls out one of those special occassion "Google" logos for this next year.

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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Re: Cryptonomicon called.

Cryptonomicon NEVER gets old.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Nice OS you have there... shame if something happened to it...

I'm not sure if this is Bad Ballmer Steve's "The Operation", in which he promises to beat people up if they pay him the protection money, or whether it already is "The Other Operation", in which he promises not to beat people up if they don't pay him the protection money.

(This is of course a Flying Circus reference)

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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Re: @ Code Monkey

> If you want credible witnesses don't include people who lie for a living.

A peremtory statement if there ever was one. It also defeats itself.

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Re: Astonishingly lovely but just a little bit threatening to look at.

> Still just an amazing demonstration of what the Advanced Projects Division could do with a small team of clueful engineers.

And infinite money. Mainly infinite money.

Industrial policy, wealth transfer, hidden taxation of the bonobos.

Sure you get a sleek looking craft out of it for a "Cold War" that was more fearmongering to biggen the brass than anything else. But still... it's like the mafia boss gives you a little duck after having collected the protection money.

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Secrecy is good

Especially when you are a government fucking over the governees and disregarding any Elf and Safety because YOU CAN.

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In truth, Area 51 has not much to do with UFO lore. It was tacked on much later. One could as well talk about Black Oil, Däniken, the Bermuda Triangle, Gurus calling the Endtimes and other commercial ideas.

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Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

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Retarded. Where is the problem, again?

Sounds like some people feel that someone is being forced to work no dosh.

I don't see that.

Not all.

> Unpaid work, be it internships for young women or volunteer positions for older moms, is exploitive.

Oh noes, we can't have that!

Here is the idea though: If you are unskilled, working unpaid *can* be a plus. This concept goes right over the head of the social studies students.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: Some toy throwing going on here.

> IP law has provisions to allow reverse engineering

I don't think there are "laws" as such, but there were lengthy lawsuits creating precedence that you may (generally) not prohibit the reverse engineering of APIs (exceptions apply, please consult your lawyer etc)

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Cute!

Sounds like the kids of the post-MS era are now finding their way to the Reg Forums.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Re: Nice idea, could do with tweaking

it's uncanny!

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Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

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Mr. Moon-Watcher, I presume?

Your really need to work on using the indefinite articles like "a"...

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NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

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"American parts; russian parts - all made in Taiwan."

Before exploring the galaxy one step at a time... one should maybe start by not getting the gyroscopes from the company "recommended" by Senator XY.

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Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

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Apple, a well-known grifter, not a gifter.

Next up: A patent on interactive web-based wedding gift lists managed on mobile devices.

The should be high monetary damages for even submitting such shite to the patent office.

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PC market hits the ropes, but Lenovo's still standing

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Re: Where did people get the idea that only Lenovo offer Win7?

Why would you want to "prove that a dislike is rational"? Nobody has got to prove anything. Are you implying that disliking Windows 8 is non-politically correct, racist, possibly antisemitic?

Dislike of Windows 8: There ought to be a law against it!

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GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

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Pretty bad trolling, or a guy who doesn't understand that github is not git or Linux.

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... beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

DDoS attacks are frequently used by hackers as a way of probing vulnerabilities in a site

Some probe. "probing" is more like "flattening" in this case.

I want the dox of those guys. And a shotgun.

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'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

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Re: WTF!?

It would either cost millions, or it would save millions, depending on how the weatherwane of the casino was turning.

"PHEW---WE HAD DOWNTIME!"

We need an icon with a crazy monkey.

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Re: What do you mean...?

The cloud is based on Larry's stuff...

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Re: Are you watching Cameron

I never watch Cameron!

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Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

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Re: Huh?

> [a-z]{2}[0-9]{4}.myfoscam.org

Should at least be [some md5 hash].myfoscam.org

LE DESPAIR!

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Patent, not Copyright.

A Copyright about something along those lines is held by the estate of Aldous Huxley.

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Re: Huh?

1) both the camera and the family's wireless network are firewalled and password protected

2) babycam p0wned

One of the above is not true.

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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> custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support

kitting = "putting next to cat's pictures on facebook", I am sure?

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Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

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Re: Currencies need...

Currencies are not "backed by armies".

They are either backed by commodities (gold, silver, coconuts) or else, in the case of fiat money, by some vague idea that the currency will be acceptable going forward and the the guys "in charge" decide to not print too much of it. Which of course never happens.

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

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Pumping the price, are they?

Isn't there a law against that?

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NASA plots Chelyabinsk plume

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Ahhh Motherland!

Be grateful that it isn't radioactive, seeing how it comes out of Russia and all that.

These graphics are really great, how long does studio guy work on these?

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Facebook keeps company with misery say boffins

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I don't like myself but I don't use Facebook. What does it all mean?

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

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Re: Compression

> Actually, to increase entropy on a bit of data one would decompress it.

That sounds like Monty Python's Troupe attacking the Castle of Louis de Lombard.

Just no.

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Re: Compression

> If it's a pseudo-random number generator, then its output isn't random!

Imagine that ... I KNOW THAT. And the good thing is ... it doesn't matter.

> We won't need quantum computers to break encryption because we'll have cheap CUDA and Adapteva machines to try out absolute gobs of keys.

The former are needed for RSA breakage. Your classical parallel processing ain't useful for that. And here we are talking about symmetric crypto.

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Re: Compression

> Compression has been part of the attacks on HTTPS

On the PROTOCOL. Jeez...

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Re: @Destroy

> So the seed is in the first four bytes?

Yes, but you don't care about that - because you just want to randomize before encryption. Regeneration of the PRNG stream is of no use to the attacker.

Indeed, I remember some 3DES stream cypher doing exactly that. A long time ago.

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Re: Compression

Or you could just XOR your text exhibiting the correlations with a good PRNG, with the seed the first 4 byte. Then everything hinges on the goodness of the PRNG but assuming it is pretty good, any correlations left will be epsilon-.ific. Actually, isn't that being done anyway?

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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Re: Shock and horror

> American government require a court order to read you emails

I think you unbellyfeel the current usuksoc situation. Oldthinkers are SO pre-nineeleven.

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DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates

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2001 called, it wants its panic back

I remember of "helpful librarians" getting up and shredding CDs in the library in a panic (no backups made either) to thwart the evil terrorists using the dangerous datasets.

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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"when the lure of app stores and all manner of tightly controlled development encroaches on Linux from all sides"

The only thing that encroaches on Linux are the cancers of "IP" litigation: passive-aggressive muttering about "patents" and "I own everything" copyright wankjobs like Daryl's SCO. Ok, you also have the hegemonistic/opportunistic Marshmallow Man that is Oracle.

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