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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

DragonLord

Re: Abstract Mathematics

isn't that what a decompiler's for?

It doesn't produce pretty code, but it does do what you just asked for.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: Production Line

Stupid developer here, but as we're talking about systems to control HARDWARE, wouldn't it have been better for the companies that built the hardware to make it so that you could remove the control component and plug in a new one for say £100,000 and around 1 day's down time? You know the good old fashioned modular approach. That way it wouldn't have mattered what the software industry did (even if microsoft went out of business) they could still just slot in a new module with an upto date os and drivers and application support. Hell they could also allow for changing AutoCAD formats. These are all lessons that the software industry has had to learn in order to keep stuff together.

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Re: Why lasers?

Number of moving parts.

A space based laser would only need 1 for the solar cells, everything else would be done by moving the whole satellite. If they're using solar navigation (i.e. solar sails) then they may not even need fuel to change orbital location.

Weight

Mirrors aren't any where near as light as the laser would be.

Cost

Linked to the 2 above.

Hardiness

Given that it's going to be trying to shoot space debris, a laser that can be protected/armoured to some extent is going to be easier to protect and make rugged than a collection of mirrors that need to be able to move around to focus sunlight at a specific spot.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: A test case perhaps?

Secondly it would immediately make a lot of on the road police communication illegal due to them needing to use a walkie talkie.

I seem to rememer there here was a case in the UK where the police were trying to convict a lorry driver for using a CB Radio while driving, and when the defence lawyer started the cross examination of the police officer that arrested the driver, he opened with a question like "And once you identified that the defendant was using a CB Radio how did you report this to home base?". At which point the judge interrupted and said that they were going to dismiss the case at that point as they didn't want to be setting the wrong precedent (I can't find the news article now)

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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Re: Surprise!

Did you see the words "SCADA" or "Air Gapped" as I've looked through the article and can find no mention of "Microsoft". Or were you talking about "McIntosh" who is actually one of the People that was interviewed for the article.

I believe that if you read up on the history of this article with out any prejudgement on why they've got these problems, you'll find that the problem really has nothing to do with microsoft, rather it's to do with custom PCB's with very old firmware controls that were originally installed in an environment where you needed to be fairly close (geographically) to the system in order to make changes to it while now you need to be fairly close (network connectedly) in order to make changes. This means that the security vulnerabilities, that were probably actually ease of use/access features at the time, leave the system wide open to anyone that can breach the outer defences and get onto the internal network.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Fibre or Copper?

The article said that the fibre was cut while thieves were looking for copper cable to nick.

Other commenters have mentioned that when they find there's no copper the thieves can go on a hacking spree.

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Re: Damn thieves

They tried that, the thieves left a message saying they needed to check anyway.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

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Re: Market Target?

I see this being useful in ad hoc production environments where you need to make a one off (or a few) of something and it matters more that you have it now than you have the potential for lots of them. (your Sales prototype is a good example) another example might be an artist that makes one off table ornaments (via someone that has enough money to afford the machine). Or custom mountings for circuitry (hobbyist). Finally as was mentioned somewhere else, with the metal versions, rapid prototyping and development for very small batch jobs where the cost to produce the final version using traditional methods is much higher (in time and/or money) than the cost of using a printer.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

DragonLord

Around where I live it's pretty hard to find a telephone box unless you want one of those dial a cab ones.

As for the 2 hours, does she work in central london?

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Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

DragonLord

Re: I'm not sure about this

Apart from the fact that if your session is at all linkable to your Google account then the search will still be linked to that. (e.g. you're using chrome)

Google is very very bad at letting people do stuff without recording it against their profile.

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

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Re: Incompetent parents win again...

The hotel's unless the hotel made it clear in the T's&C's that you had to sign when you signed in that all room service requests would be charged to the supplied credit card.

Given that AFAIK this is quite common in hotels, I suspect they've been bitten by that in the past and learnt from it.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Re: Weasel

Note that one of the complaints is that he's wanting to interview top execs who Apple claim wouldn't have had anything to do with ebooks. This is despite the fact that quite often the people at the top will have an informal conversation and then it will turn into something formal with the right people.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

DragonLord

Re: Seriously?

What company is that advert for so that I can avoid it in future?

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

DragonLord

alternately you'll end up with a high value bitcoin and a low value alternative with a much larger capacity working together so that you end up with bitcoin being the equivalent of notes and the other currency being the equivalent of coins. Then have banks/exchanges being able to exchange against the 2. The only problem I currently have with the system is that there's no expiry mechanism in bitcoin so every bitcoin lost is gone forever. This IMO is the biggest thing that makes bitcoin unworkable into the future. Which is also one of the reasons for inflation in physical currency. If there was some way to version the coins so that they could be upgraded to a newer version every couple of years and eventually the old bit coins would no longer be accepted except in certain locations (same as old notes and coins) then this would work as a truly international currency.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

DragonLord

So basically, because the incumbent transmitter operator is price gouging people can't afford to put enough stations on digital to make consumers want a digital radio.

Simple fix, stop the price gouging.

After all, if it costs 16 times as much to run digital as FM then you'd be a fool to want to go digital.

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

DragonLord

Re: TL;DR

So what you're saying is that the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

In practice that leads to failed civilisations or totalitarian regimes as they need to put harsher and harsher constraints on the many to ensure that the few retain their privileges

In all practicality all this is going to do is make the kids work a little harder to get their porn fix and they'll do it the same way that the did at school... One kid will work it out and tell everyone else e.g. install this program (TOR) and away you go or change your DNS settings to this and it will work.

In general, kids are far more inventive than adults as they're not burdened with the knowledge of what they can't do.

So as the original poster said.

Won't someone think of the adults.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

DragonLord

extra judicial killings

Technically they are known as assassinations rather than murder as they are typically perpetrated by someone other than the person that wanted them dead.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

DragonLord

Re: Humanoid robots are fine for domestic use...

I think the point of a humanoid robot is that it needs to be of a similar size to a human so that it can be put into a situation where there are humans without needing to make massive changes that may not even be possible to accommodate it.

In an environment where you can cater for a robot what you suggested makes sense as, in theory, it should be cheaper to add an AI brain to a forklift than it is to provide this robot, or the industrial robots on a production line. If on the other hand what you really need is an extra person that can be pulled out of storage occasionally when you need x, y, or z done and then they can go back into storage, this would be ideal.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

DragonLord

Re: Scary

I think that this is a different system to the one they can operate by cards. The one they can operate by cards being the tracking, prioritising, and routing of planes on the ground and in the air. The system that crashed being the one that enables them to tell the other traffic control areas that they've got a plane entering their airspace.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

DragonLord

Re: Did the Patent "Industry"...

Na, the patent industry just pissed off enough of the little people that they started writing letters to their representative, and getting 10 or so letters a day on your desk all complaining about the same thing from different people kinda makes you sit up and take notice. If for no other reason than they have to reply to every letter, so it's a cost in time if not money.

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Darknet: It's not just for DRUGS. Ninja Banking Trojan uses it too

DragonLord

it could also be a planned way for the criminals to expand the use of i2p so that it ends up with a large enough network to matter.

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Carl Icahn: I don't want to fight with Tim... but I will

DragonLord

I'm guessing that the reason he's not investing in Microsoft is that he doesn't think they'll listen to him at all. Just wait for there to be a new CEO and I suspect he'll magically get some stocks and try to leverage those against the CEO.

Then again he may also be looking at the fact that Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, and more are large share holders in microsoft so they'll quickly point out any padded whining waffle he happens to spout to try and increase his share value short term.

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

DragonLord

Re: Is this real?

One thing you'll find is that those attributes that seem to be holding you back from relationships now will hold you in good stead in a few years time once everyone's finished maturing and people actually want long term relationships rather than the hottest guy on the block.

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DragonLord

Re: Interesting

I believe that this article is about they why they are feeling this way rather than whether it's actually expected. I suspect that you'd find that a large number of people feel the same way as the author.

On the other hand I agree with this: "It amazes me the dumb assumption that men have it easy because they are men. Or that women have it hard because they are women. It does reduce the sympathy I can have for the tale of woe." however I feel that it's not actually what the article was about.

To summarise the article - The author has been working all the hours she can to do well at her job, and then at home has been working all the hours she can to have a wonderful family and sacrificed her personal time to do this. She has just realised that she can't keep doing this even though she still feels that she has to and is walking the hard path to a good work life balance.

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DragonLord

Re: Blah

In many cases of discrimination the control really isn't yours (hence the term). and if you're part of a minority that suffers from Glass ceiling/Glass cliff syndrome you have a work place version of Poe's law going on, in that unless you're happy that there's no discrimination where you work, then you may look at someone else getting a promotion who (in your opinion, and maybe that of some others) is far less qualified for the job than you, and have no way of telling if it's because of something they can do that you can't that makes them a better candidate for the job, they're being promoted out of the way, or you've been discriminated against. Equally when you get a promotion you're never sure if it's because you were actually good at the job or because they needed someone of your minority and you fit the bill.

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DragonLord

And what was his diet and exercise regime like? When was lights out? did he do that every single day or (as I suspect) did he actually take quite a bit of time out and make up the studying on Sunday? Back in the early 20th century people tended to a) sleep longer b) need to deal with less things in a day compared to our information overload today c) walk most places. This was true well into the 70's too.

The other point to make is that this was in his 20's and 30's, when did he become a chartered engineer? I bet it was before or very early into his 30's, as again younger people are more able to burn the candle at both ends.

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DragonLord

Re: What does this have to do with anything?

"It would be harder for a man to do what she is doing also as women help each other out but won't help out a man in the same situation."

Only because the social expectations for men is that they must be the "bread winner", able to "shoulder their fair share of the load", "don't cry", etc.

Trust me, men have as many problems as women do in the work place, it's just that ours are much less obvious because we live with them. One of those problems is that we believe that we are expected to do it ourselves. If we just asked, for the most part people would be willing to help.

This is also part of the super_______ complex, where we take on a role and get used to it being our role and never stop to say "I can't do all of this", even when life gives us a massive hint like stress related illnesses.

When I was younger I promised myself that I'd do one thing every day that's just for me. Do you have any idea how hard it can be to keep that promise.

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Robo-drones learn to land by going bug-eyed

DragonLord

Re: "by the time you make contact you’re moving at almost zero speed"

True, however add a laser measure and you can calculate how wide the landing strip/space is which then means you can calculate how fast you need to be going when you hit it.

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

DragonLord

Privacy - being able to say something to someone else without anyone else listening in.

Anonymity - Being able to say something without anyone knowing who said it.

Surveillance - Monitoring what's been said by everyone

It seems to me that the RSA spokesman is confusing anonymity with privacy.

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NSA-friendly cyber-slurp law CISPA back on the table with new Senate bill

DragonLord

Re: Why CISPA?

Does this mean that they might be able to say to Google can we have a distinct list of ever to + from email address pair that has ever gone through your system and have google provide list without any fear of prosecution even though a right minded judge would never grant a warrant on that information.

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Microsoft sold out of Surface tablets in the UK... YEP, all 2,000 units

DragonLord

So basically, last time Microsoft went the traditional buy massive amounts of stock as we'll sell it all eventually (which works for their mice and keyboards) and ended up with useless product. This time they've been more careful and only bought as much as they thought they could sell to start with.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

DragonLord

The 5th wouldn't help as the SSL key is something you have not something you know. The 5th just stops them from asking for your password if they key is encrypted.

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Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

DragonLord

Re: Really

Because it's a Hard problem not a hard problem. The reason it's Hard is because of legacy support. Let's face it, when the IPad was launched it took a year or 2 to get apps that would auto scale between Iphone and Ipad, and you got a lot of duplicate apps along the way.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

DragonLord

If we drop the leap seconds then astronomical charts will slowly move out of sync as they are all predicated on a noon being noon. That means that the final backup for sea navigation will no longer be accurate.

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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

DragonLord

I think the trick is that money tends to pool in places where there's already money. Anyone can start to make this pool if they have enough money to dig the hole a little to start with. The problem is that they amount of money you need to make to start to have a pool is constantly going up with inflation. And because of the nature of inflation at the moment, it's closing on people that currently have small pools and forcing them to use those pools for routine expenses (such as replacement white goods, car maintainance, etc.) because their day today expenses are starting to lap at their toes.

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Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

DragonLord

Wouldn't having multiple customers on the books concurrently also sort out that problem?

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

DragonLord

Proof of ownership hack (superglue the chip in a hard to remove location on valuable property and make a note of the unique numbers)

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DragonLord

It also means that he doesn't have to remember to change his phone every time he changes location. Esp. the car as I assume he has a phone holder/charger in the car

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

DragonLord

Re: 10k over the standard car ?

However, if like most people, you don't tend to have lump sums of money very often, the cheaper running costs will typically be more welcome than the lower initial cost (assuming you could afford both)

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Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

DragonLord

Because their lawyers are probably point out that they have a public policy of vetting all apps before they appear in their stores, they are also doing the billing for the apps. As such in a court of law they are probably liable if the court finds that the bill has been run up using illegal tricks or techniques (i.e. cons, confidence tricks, and fraud).

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

DragonLord

Any one that's operating out of Antigua and selling US owned copyright stuff.

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

DragonLord

" power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" You've misquoted lord Acton. The actual quote is

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Source

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

DragonLord

Re: Jail

Wouldn't the 3 month/inaccurate claim kinda make the ban superfluous after the 3rd one anyway? After all a year is only 12 months, and it's almost certain that they're going to fire off more than 1 at the same time.

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WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

DragonLord

From what I understand from the article, the problem is that the thieves were tipped off by the boyfriend. As such (in the same way as self inflicted arson isn't covered) the insurance company is claiming that she knew of the theft before hand and is trying insurance fraud - where she ends up with more than she started with because she gets the original gold back.

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

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Re: Go girl ......

@anonymous angry guy.

What do you know about her life beyond this article? My guess would be nothing. Yet like so many other people you are willing to demonise her life choices without even considering why she may have made them or why they may seem to be the best ones she can make. Is the naked human body really so abominable that we can't accept that some people may think that using it is the best way for them to make money? And who knows, maybe she's a single Mum and she sees this as the best way to make enough money to pay the bills and give her enough time in the day to bring up her son correctly. So, if for working 2-3 hours a day (after her son's supposed to be in bed), she earns enough to pay all the bills and have enough left over for some luxuries. Doesn't that make it a no brainier, after all, what other job can you think of where you can work from home and earn that sort of money with very little in the way of qualifications?

And then people come along and pick on her, bullying her through her business channel and try to drive her off air? Who are the selfish people? The ones trying to force her into their ideal of a work life balance or the one who's trying to make ends meet with the skills and abilities she has while bringing up a child at home?

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

DragonLord

From what I understand, the server provision is there so that when you start maxing out the line for large stretches of time they can point the finger and say "No" get off our fiber.

And to answer the point in the article about internet access being treated like a utility. Are you really sure you want to be doing that? After all, you don't get electricity, gas, or water (in new homes in the UK at least) at a flat rate. If you use more than anyone else on the street, you pay more than anyone else on the street. Alternately you could keep the status quo as it is where you buy a certain level of service at a flat rate and they can fiddle with their side to make sure that everyone gets a fair service.

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Wikileaker Bradley Manning's court martial verdict expected today

DragonLord

Re: The only true justice...

So, revealing to the world that the US covers up war crimes committed (on camera) by the soldiers in the field - Shooting unarmed civilians from a helicopter while telling command that they were armed and aiming at them. Shooting unarmed Journalists. etc. isn't something to justify this?

What in your mind would justify this sort of leak then?

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

DragonLord

Re: À propos...

Because they are honest enough to know that they can't keep something like secret forever, so if there's a legal basis for it they no longer have to hide it.

It's a very clever bit of arse covering if I say so myself.

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Boffins build telescopic contact lenses to battle blindness

DragonLord

Re: Glad to see (sort of)...

You're not supposed to wear contact lenses underwater unless you've got water tight goggles or mask and it's not going to leak. Something to do with bacteria getting under the lens and not being cleared away when you blink.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

DragonLord

Re: Robert Grant - They are not alone in promoting nonsense

My point was that religions are human constructs that have no bearing on if there are any gods or not. I personally believe that there are gods, but that's separate from my belief of religion. On that basis, proving that religions are inconsistent further proves that they are created by humans rather than gods. In religion you could think of the gods as the mafia enforcers, so if you don't do what the boss says the enforcers will get you, but if you're good and do what the boss says, they will bring you nice stuff.

Equally I think that there are gods as without them where did the energy for the universe come from without violating the known laws of physics. I think that science will be able to answer pretty much every question about the universe except that one.

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