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

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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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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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Re: 20 years old...

I want to hear more!

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Do you think spinning rust eats flash's dust? Join the hard drive daddies club

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Well, flash is getting where it should be, at least for the modest home requirements as opposed to the BIG DATA (as if! useless accumulation of stuff, am I right?) usage.

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Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

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Re: Sex or Murder?

Mr. Plinkett, is that you?

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But why? What's it with the sex craze these days? Isn't there anything on TV?

Obligatory "decibel peak"

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

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Lolita on my drive, oh my!

> 1980's porn has evolved

At least the women back then looked like women.

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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

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Sounds legit to me

Warning was given, sacking was given, apologies were given...

Meet you at the usual bar tonight, guys? We shall have a few drinks...

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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Re: Who would listen to Carl Icahn?

> Where is the SEC in all of this? Isn't the SEC supposed to protect the interests of shareholders against harmful individuals?

LOLNO. Is there a "harmful individual" detector that you can buy at Radio Shack?

The SEC is there make the smalltimers feel that there is someone to protect the interests of shareholders. The last 20 years of record should be proof enough of THAT.

Fact is:

1) YOU decide to become "shareholder"

2) You better protect your interests yourself.

Oh wait, the government decides that you become a shareholder via your pension scheme... SUCKS

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"Victimless crimes", "White whines" and the modern belief in control: The ontological inadequacy of modern statist thought, we read:

> should be illegal really

Buying or selling shares then bragging about it should be illegal?

How about NOT buying or selling shares then bragging about it? Similar level of danger.

Let's just outlaw the law of demand and supply, and the marginal value theorem at the same time. Hell, let's outlaw being rich.

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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A Tool's Tool Tooling Up

Yes Larry, you next Govnm't Contract WILL be extended.

Stop fellating us so much.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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WTF?

Uninformed opinion! They FEEL the same.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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Re: Excellent

Sounds like the Manga Woodblocks from distant Nihon had been delivered successfully at the Bard's door.

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'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

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You are being patched!

Which is just being stupid, drives up the cost of business and lengthens the dole queue. Or gives you "outsourcing" or "repetitive temp workers". Which the people who bemoan "unfair dismissals" then moan about.

It also means that the bureaucracy takes it upon itself to micromanage others' decisions. Certainly a formula for success.

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The man from Del Monte, he says... NO! .delmonte gTLD bid crushed, juiced

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Re: Pointless

The website will be at

delmonte.delmonte.delmonte

so that you get the message.

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Re: Why bother

> but they need to be organized properly to work

Why? How? Why by country? There is no need - and the old TLDs are quaint reminders of an earlier age when govnmts, curtain twitchers and money fiends didn't want to hook into everything you do, touch and think.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Will TSA tubesters ride with you?

Imagine the company tries to break even - then the movies "Speed: The Tube", "Snakes on a Tube" and "Tube 9/11" (possibly also "Sharktubo") come out.

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Facebook's No 2 banks $91m after BIG shares sale

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Lean In.

Fat Out.

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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

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Did we miss the Cloud?

So anyone seen anything?

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It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks

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Re: Old sysadmins don't need to learn new tricks.

Useless. You want the guy who KNOWS ABOUT THE DOMAIN, especially for Fortran. Of course, being bored enough to put a fork into his ballslearn about Fortran (which frankly has no redeeming feature left and is only kept because of the undead codebase) helps.

Yeah, ship in someone who learnt Fortran to check out that Finite Element Analyis code, I dare you..

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Re: If there's one thing Microsoft is good at...

In other words, they polish their turds so long until everyone has taken a good bite at it and declares it "the best" and "the market leader" while getting dysenteria.

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Re: Wow, it truly is amazing the mis-steps Microsoft is making.

At least in Word you can amuse yourself countless hours to get the layout just right, then you add a character ... and you need to start over again.

Seriously, the basic concepts of Word are pretty ass. WYSIWYG might work, if someone actually knew how to give the user actual control about what's he's trying to do.

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Werner Herzog's latest film warns drivers not to text while driving

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Re: Of Walking in Ice

Recently, Werner Herzog appeared as "executive producer" (I think that means he's gathering the money and opening doors) for The Act of Killing

Watching his "Aguirre" now (a movie project from 1972). 98% fresh on rottentomatoes

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Re: You didn't already know?

Though the naive and gullible view them as heroes, they are in fact just grandstanding criminals headed for a long prison stay.

Come on man. Even a long diatribe from Hitler himself (channeled via paranormal radio) about semitic races and the malfeasance of The Other Collectivism is not going to bring us out of our midsummer torpor. Be nice.

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Good show, gentle(wo){0,1}men

Clearly, the voting stats on this one are Politically Neutral Dog's post-fatty-nosh afternoon siesta dream.

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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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Headmaster

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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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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