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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

fajensen

Re: I always see these strange stories from Australia

To (mis)quote Sir Humphrey: "The ruling party always gets elected!"

Politicians globally - it's the same in Denmark, the weasels change, their policies Never! - only represent the segments of the electorate who can do something for (or to) their career. Normal people can vote once every five years, while people representing Murdoch can publish that "Sheep Shagging Feast" in Amsterdam - and they got the receipts too.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

fajensen

Re: Love it

You think solar cells will be cheap once the oil is gone? Everybody will need lots of them by that time, the chemicals and raw materials to make them rely on fossils, aand good luck getting your savings back from the banks. Nuclear works the same way, only worse: it takes a lot of fossils to chew up a mountain to extract the uranium!

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

fajensen

Re: @Stuart Longland

"you seem to want something for free "

Herpes is free too. Doesn't make anyone want more of it; People like Oracle and Adobe would find a way to push it on anybody the instant there was a business to be made from it!

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

fajensen

Re: Fat dogs with huge jaws should also work

Most dogs (especially retrievers) will eat the cat crap; it's like a uniquely flavoured protein snack or something for them.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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£500 quid AND running "Fallout, New Vegas"!

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

fajensen

Re: One ticket to Mars, please.

And now we suddenly remember the end of "Screamers"!?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114367/

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MIT boffins build 36 core processor with data-traffic smarts

fajensen

Re: NUMA

You can get half way there: http://shop.adapteva.com/ - 16 cores, 119 USD.

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

fajensen

Re: "a mix of straight questions and of a simulated environment "

It's fortunate that civil, mechanical and electrical engineers can't get away working like that.

It's the same, they just use LinkedIn for their homework instead. The number of LinkedIn-questions that could be resolved merely by opening and reading a basic text on the subject concerned, is quite astonishing. It is no wonder that buildings collapse regularly in India and Pakistan.

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US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

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Re: Wind Power tech secrets, really?

So what? Even though they fully know this - it is well documented that one has to have 51% Chinese ownership of the company, IP has to be supplied and there is exchange controls blocking the loot from ever leaving China - The western businesses go to China regardless.

Massive stupidity, Massive fraud, Corruption all the way ... what is it?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

fajensen

Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Maybe they redeem this (a little) if they can sell an "Explosive Head-shot Jar-Jar-Binks action figure"?

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

fajensen

Re: Re. AI

We have not worked out how synapses work yet, so it will be a bit hard and it might take a while to build working, "brain like", hardware.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Joke

Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

It's the current state of the state too ....

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

fajensen

Re: Business as usual

Chances are a fair (and increasing) chunk of those still running XP are more likely to be clueless about IT and security,

No. We are still running XP because there exist a lot of fossil software for accounting, PLC programming, translation of CAD into CNC-instructions and whatnot that will never be upgraded and is not supported because the fees are just not worth it. It will eventually get thrown out when the equipment it serves data to is worn out. The lesson is that the world does not run according to the sales projections / needs of software companies.

The truly clueless have computers which are already running every scam- and mal-ware in existence, so there cannot be many MIPS left over for any new initiatives in that field.

If I wrote malware, I would go for Linux/MAC - there is much that can be done as just the standard user account. Far too many Linux/MAC people firmly believe that one has to crack "root" to "own" their machine - therefore they feel safe and allowed to be smug - I would like to see someone put a dent in that smugness.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

fajensen

Re: Same in the U.S.

Honestly I'm shocked that it is possible to do so in the UK or other countries in Europe.

Because we do not care. The majority here never use voice mail for anything; It just never caught on. Almost everyone use a mobile as their main phone so they can always see the missed calls and they use SMS instead of voice.

For me it's a stupid misfeature and I would like to switch it off: People let the phone ring till it get to the voicemail (this happens easily because the "ring counter" starts well before the "bell" in the other end rings), then they hang up - often leaving 3-4 seconds of scratchy sounds - and then the person they dialled gets hounded by SMS's from the voicemail service for quite a while and one cannot ignore it entirely because about 1% of the callers still leave a voice message and then expect you to act on it instead of just sending an SMS, like normal people do.

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Bloody Telenor.SE always want the PIN - It is a pain in the ass because I have run out of storage area for PIN numbers so I cannot use their voice mail.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

fajensen

Re: To be perfectly frank...

You are just old and crufty ;-). Pay the PFY to fix it, they will be happy to learn all that new and shiny stuff.

IPv6 does not use DHCP, it uses "Stateless Auto-configuration", http://ipv6.com/articles/general/Stateless-Auto-Configuration.htm

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fajensen

Re: Bridging IPv4 to IPv6

Pah - If people are smart enough to turn IPv6 off on their own initiative, they can turn it back on also, when "further problems" emerge.

AFAIK - and it is some time ago - the reason migration was not so important was that "pure IPv6" would really cull routing tables in IPv6 routers (down to 8K, I think it was) and fix a bunch of hairy cases with IPv4. The hardware pushers liked that very much. People thought that "soon" there would be mostly IPv6 networks with IPv4 legacy nets as floating "islands" with NAT-boxes at the edges. They did not want to clutter up the shiny new gear with IPv4 cruft.

The IPv6 crowd also underestimated the desire for NAT in countries that like to spy on their people and filter their information, like China. A saw a lot of slides with "The Chinese comes on the Internet and use all the addresses". We are sort of the same deal as China: End-to-end encryption does not sit well with the desire to log everything for our "American Friends", so, no major telecom operator will provide it even though they have been running IPv6 in the backbone for years. Another reason is that someone probably booked their IPv4 addresses as an Asset - and borrowed against it - IPv6 coming in 64k adress blocks minimum will kill the value of those addresses and kill the "customer IP configuration business".

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fajensen

Re: Follow the Money (business as usual)

It's not that - telecoms have a keen understanding of QoS management already. It is much more likely that the huge address space of IPv6, no requirement for NAT and built-in end-to-end encryption will make spying and logging of internet traffic harder - which is where the drain in resources is!

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fajensen

Re: Security through transparency

That's what the firewall is there for

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

fajensen

Re: Could not have timed it better

Would be fascinated to learn how a debt of $17 trillion dollars, growing at $2.6 billion dollars a day translates to an ability to afford anything.

If you already know you are going bankrupt, the rational strategy is to maximise the debt because:

1) The stuff you buy now, on credit, will not be so readily available to the competition.

2) The competition are the people who are lending you the money, even while they watch you fritter it away, sometimes use it against them and runs a crooked shop. Fools & Their Money ....

3) Therefore, you will always be able to negotiate a settlement.

4) It is not really your problem that you eventually cannot pay a bunch of foreigners - it is the foreigners problems for lending to you in the first place.

5) Therefore, you don't need to care about a settlement; "Piss Off" will do nicely.

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

fajensen

Re: SLA

The problem is not that they are measured by SLAs, it's that the SLAs have not been defined correctly to meet the users requirements.

Who are "the users" of the SLA? The business itself and the layer of managers who's incentive structure is based on getting the right numbers for their performance reviews. These being all smart, goal-oriented people, will quickly learn the reward structure - consequently, more or less *whatever* SLA one comes up with, will be thoroughly gamed and soon lead to dysfunction*!

The fall-back is: Trust, honesty, good intentions, decentralization, group identity and intrinsic motivation.

But, one cannot do power-points and KPI's with that!

*) "Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations"

by Robert D. Austin

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

fajensen

Re: Antimatter antigravity

... and that would explain why there is so little antimatter around.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

fajensen

Re: Seems strange...

That is not what the NSA want to know. They want to know how to backdoor Huawei gear - and obviously it looks like it could be hard and might take a while - because otherwise the NSA would send it along with their warmest recommendations to their closest, most loyal allies, exactly like they did before with their back-doored crypto.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

fajensen

Re: IOS 7 issues

Ohh - and Skype's take on "push messaging" on IOS - to me this push stuff was something that died with the dot.bomb who invented it, but .... ooh No!

Bye, bye Skype!

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

fajensen

Re: Are there really all that many trolls?

I don't think it's exactly a new idea that the average internet troll is someone who feels insignificant and powerless.

But it is only an idea along with the "money cannot buy happiness"-quip. People spouting it are hoping in vain that there is some Karma working somewhere in the universe.

Well, there isn't:

People hate other races, genders, religions, professions, social classes e.t.c. *because they feel better than them*, the homophobes e.t.c really do see themselves as superior human beings especially compared to homos. By being such good people they feel that they *have actually earned the right* to punish, hurt and ridicule the lesser, worthless persons and it makes them happy to do "gods work".

These people are not "pathetic" or "insufficient" - in other words - weaklings that can be safely ignored by us civilised and sophisticated folks because they will never amount to much. They do mean exactly what they say and they will do exactly what they threaten to do, should they ever assume any authority! They will not feel sorry for you in return, they will feel happy with you getting what you deserve!

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

fajensen

There is a patent for that (probably granted because this is quite easy to do, so lawyers can make some beer money from the inevitable dispute).

The patent is owned by Telenord: One configurer one or more base stations as needed, which one controls, so that they provide good coverage of the protected area. Mobile phones within coverage will then roam to one's base stations, when they do, issue a command via GSM to switch them off (there is a reason a mobile phone is called a "terminal" in GSM-speak, a mobile is really a dumb, passive, device)

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

fajensen

Re: As a PO Robot...

They certainly don't like having to say "sorry royal mail lost your faberge egg but as it wasn't tracked or insured all you can do is fill out this claim form a ...

The rotten Swedish mail bastards certainly would absolutely like to say precisely that, it would be the pinnacle of their career ... the stuff of mail-non-delivery legend, to be retold and embellished upon at every gathering of the evil minions.

As it is, I simply have to put track & trace on all packages sent because, if I do not do this, they will simply mail the package directly back to the sender address, this apparently being the easiest option or funny or something - leaving only a smeared stamp as "evidence" so you can't even see which sorting office did it - for when you fill out The Complaints Form!

My local office make their profit from what they can nick and customers having to send their mail twice!

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

fajensen

Re: Apple? More like sour grapes!

It's not the fight that Apple does not like. It's the risk that a judge decides that Apple is colluding with rip-off merchants and scummy people by providing the infrastructure they need to rip off people and provides incentives for this kind of business because Apple is taking a cut of the loot.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

fajensen

Re: hmm

Naifs, the dog eating his own vomit! Et cetera. People may buy - or reinstall - this game only to learn that EA have invented some other, equally un-working, DRM crapware to infest it with!

Corporate stupidity and top-level pig-headedness simply demands it!

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

fajensen

Linux MInt - probably, for now. But I think on the next PC I buy, it will be SteamOS.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

fajensen

Re: PC market not as bad as this REG article MSFT / INTC stock up today

MSFT stock went up a lot more when they god rid of Ballmer.

People "who are productive on PC's" are in the ppm-fraction of the potential customer base. The rest use tablets, android phones or cheap notebooks for whatever they need. That is why PC sales suck, "nobody" really need a PC

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fajensen

Re: Bah!

Exactly. We even have identified new market need for whips: to make the servarnt in front of the horseless carriage with the read flag run much faster!

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

fajensen

Re: Rol and I'll say it again....

The greatest gain will be the lack of civilian casualties due to your actions,

I bet that about five minutes into the first proper manned flight, someone on the plane was thinking: "All these people on the ground look like ants, I could soo squash them from up here"!

What does the robot operator see? Pixels. Not People. Once they docks his/her pay/time off or offer mandatory "operations training" for losing too many expensive* drone bodies, he/she will be lighting up those pixels either on principle or just for fun just exactly like in GTA.

If robot drivers are not evil to begin with, they soon will be - or they will be out of that career pretty soon, leaving the field to those "who can handle it". We can imagine what kind of character that will be.

*) Anything that goes into operating costs is Too Expensive in corp-rat land. We have to fill in request forms that cost more to fill out than the item requested - because our time to do paper work is for free, of course.

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fajensen

Re: IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

Libya is a good example of where neo-colonialism is going:

We didn't need land in Libya. The only requirement was that Libyan Oil be on sale in the world market rather than Ghadaffi wasting it all on his own people .... thus No Boots Need Apply!

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fajensen

Re: roger sillick IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

you still need boots on the ground to actually hold and passify an area.

... And when the aforementioned ground happens to be in a 3-rd world shit-hole inhabited by people that nobody cares enough about to bother with "collateral damage"? Then "Pacify" is Good Enough! ("Local Militias fighting everyone else - so they are not fighting you" serves the same purpose, but is a more "hands off" and less reliable approach).

Besides, Robots do not testify in military tribunals or post embarrassing pictures of their ear-collections!

In this modern warfare, the "boot on the ground" is more like a collateral, getting the buy-in from taxpayers, who all know some nice young person in the military but also know very little of what actually happens in their name on the sharp end of the war-business.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

fajensen

Re: Not so crazy

James Bond is a great buyer of alcohol, but he rarely manage to finish even one drink before he has to shoot, fight, stab, or run from teams of assassins! .. or shag something!!

Besides, Churchill would not have endured the WW2 effort and lasted until his 80'ies without drink!

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

fajensen

Re: Again?

Get with the times: RBS is a "Systemically Important" Bank, this means that it has large, unbreakable, cash-umbilical right to the treasury and is pretty much immune from prosecution too. The taxpayers supplies RBS with capital, it does not need customers at all, in fact customers is the main driver in operating costs! It simply makes sense to drive customers away as much as possible!!

Systemically-Important banks exists only for the sake of their own importance - exactly as it says on the tin!

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fajensen

Re: Resolved? I think not.

RBS ... Is that not the bank that is deliberately bankrupting its own customers and buying their assets on the cheap from the receivers?

Oh Yes, it is:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/12/ian-fraser-the-financial-terrorism-of-royal-bank-of-scotland.html

Good luck getting your money back, they probably snorted all of what the hookers left of it already

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

fajensen

Re: Brings back memories

Old WYSE graphic terminals, "high-ASCII" chars were magick. One could set the refresh frequency to Zero letting the smoke out. Dumping a binary by mistake to the victims terminal would usually do the trick.

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fajensen

Perhaps apple developers would all retire rich then?

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

fajensen

Whine, Whinge, Whine

All of the "insurmountable" problems were solved decades ago, with 1970's computers, and no GPS - with the AGM-86B. You have got to ask: What market can afford USD 100000 drones, that are sometimes lost, do not bother asking The Authorities, need short time change of pick-up location, and have a competitive advantage in Seller and Buyer never meeting?

That is right: The drugs business, with 5 kg of smack on board the cost of a customs-evading drone flight is like a postage stamp!

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

fajensen

Re: Bah!

I think that triggering the "Unload Magazine"-reflex conditioned into the airport cops will have at least some effect on the bystanders.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Aaand: If you want to get TeeVee, these days it is distributed via IP - which will need another box and a remote for that box (and the box requires a cable to the broadband modem) -> The Reason I do not have TV, I don't want another poxy box + zapper + cabling.

I want one TV, that displayeth moving pictures, one set of wireless speakers to handle the sound and one remote-app to rule them all!

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

fajensen

Any currency that can be used for "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging" has obviously a greater utility than standard money, which cannot without bringing trouble to the user.

So the former must be the more desirable currency and thus increase in value?

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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

fajensen

Re: what a nut job!

Would America be able to exist without being at war with someone? I think not. America is in deep trouble with the loss of a serious opposition to compete with. Now we have "Global War on Terror" a war against a concept, "War on Drugs" which is a war against a thing. The whole "war replacement therapy" is clearly not working

McCain is just trying to start something, anything, somewhere, involving people, so the Americans can stop ripping each other off while it lasts and perhaps become a great country again.

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fajensen

Re: How on Earth did McCain choose Palin?

Obama is the more effective evil so The Ruling Party decided to fix the election?

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

fajensen

Re: So fix it!

the Raspbery Pi should boot straight into BASIC or similar.

That can be fixed by: "init=/usr/bin/python" on the boot command.

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fajensen

Re: 6502/6809's rool btw... @ Jamie

In order to get the best out of the machines back then, it was necessary to know the instruction set very well.

And It was indeed possible by a single person to know that instruction set very well. The entire documentation for the Z80 instruction set was a slim book, from memory, about 80 pages. The complete hardware documentation was, again from memory, 250 pages. Fat, but one did not have to read the whole thing only the first part on IRQ's and the 1-2 peripheral's one would use.

Now, on a modern CPU, just the section on how to configure the memory controller is the size of those to books together and you have to read all that crap + the errata's to get that sucker to boot!

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Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

fajensen

Dissapointed

I read it as .... "Watch while we set NSA on FIRE", which is one solution to that particular problem

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

fajensen

Re: Microsoft really needs to address this

I think Microsoft is pushing The Cloud to YOU: The 3 GB is an encrypted disk image that will be added to The Cloud whenever your computer connects to the internet, the 500 MB is the code for the new start button (400 MB of that will be "ressources" a.k.a graphics).

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