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

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Follow the Money (business as usual)

Not a big secret why BT isn't keen on having all those I(nternet)Things talking to each other all the time: there's no way consumers are going to pay for the extra bandwidth which will be needed to support that level of blathering. Neither are the makers of the IThings, or those people who crave the data stream being generated by them.

So why should BT, or any other network provider pick up that bill?

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: foss

The discussion is about the claim that in "Open Source all bugs are shallow". Is this claim valid, or not?

This case has shown that that claim is not valid. Nobody has found this defect, even though this particular library is widely used.

Whether other claims made by different parties are valid or not is not the issue here.

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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If it is your own server, you can give yourself permission to test it. Even in the UK.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: I don't get it..

Only problem is, nobody is actually examining Open Source for such errors.

Apart from the alphabet soup agencies, the malware writers, and the companies that make money finding defects, that is. The only people who do have an interest in finding exploitable defects.

Clearly, while the reasoning behind the "many eyes" idea appears to be reasonable, in practice it does NOT work. A bit of economic theory will tell you immediately why this is so, and also why the bad guys are the most likely people to find these defects.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Is there...

Bad pixels, hot pixels and cosmic ray hits do show up on almost every picture astronomers (both amateur and professional) take of the sky. First thing they do is to get rid of them by various means, like sigma clipping, bad pixel mapping and dark frame subtraction.

And the best bit is, you can actually check this for yourself. 500 euro's for a digital camera and a tracking mount should do the trick. The processing software can be found on the net for free.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Free Speech is brilliant

How else would you have found out which companies to shun or support, which point of view to support or oppose, and which country or state to avoid?

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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Re: Interesting, but

People have been looking at this possibility: http://www.jannalevin.com/books_universe.html

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: No, it's not.

Everybody here is forgetting that certain communities think that their faith is better than all other ones. Leaders/figureheads/spokespersons or whatnot of those communities must therefore uphold those faiths. You cannot lead a Protestant community and not be a Protestant. Not because of the rules, but because you are a Protestant because you believe there is no better faith.

Same reasoning goes for political parties. The political leader of the Liberals must be a Liberal. It would be unlogical if he's a Social-Democrat, a Communist or a Conservative.

Mozilla also has that kind of community. Maybe not by choice, it could well be accidental. But then, they were happy to use the community, and this is the price they pay.

Free Speech is protecting your right to say what you think is the best faith, political party and whatnot, and to keep the State of your back. And there is a different rule that makes sure that people can create communities that have particular faiths, and keep the State of their backs too.

But there is no rule that forces communities to accept people in that particular community with a faith that differs from theirs.

In soccer terms, people would be fully in their right to ditch the president if he insisted that they would become a gardening club.

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No, it's not.

Mozilla is positioning itself as some kind of community. Having the same ideals as that community is part of the deal if you are the figurehead of that community.

It's the same if you are the figurehead of a Protestant community, then you cannot be a Roman-Catholic. And if you are the President of a Soccer Club, you better love Soccer above other sports.

Regarding Free Speech, people want him to put his money where his mouth is. That is obviously a consequence of Free Speech, people know where you stand in the debate, and they expect you to live up to it. Or be branded as being hypocritical, and not worth listening to.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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This is clearly a techie site

Who else would think it is relevant what kind of processor is powering the device? As if some crime show is better on a quadcore processor compared to a duocore. Maybe the crime is solved twice as fast with twice the number of cores?

Or the content that is going to be streamed is so goddamn awful that the processor being quadcore is indeed the sole good feature of said device.

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

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The PC needs to adjust. Mature technology always moves at glacial speeds, simply because it works good enough and money is better spend on different things.

Essentially, the PC is mature, and XP is its OS. Its fine for what it needs to do: show some reasonable UI to control other mature stuff that won't be replaced for ages either. People wanting fancy need to buy something else.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

Current thinking is that the CEO is one of the key factors in the success of a product. That's why they need to make large amounts of money.

This is a side effect of that mode of thinking.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Or...

You're kidding. Man for instance have been walking into lamp posts while looking at an attractive member of the interesting sex since the invention of the lamp post.

Hey, there's a thought. An app that is capable of pointing out an attractive member of the interesting sex is walking by while you are looking at some boring letters.

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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We want Manga.

In Japan, more likely to be some local comic heroes and heroines that are going to be made real. And they even might be able to fly, or at least make those spectacular jumps that are so easy on paper.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Evolution in action?

If hiding, or faking, pain for a computer becomes important enough, then people will be able to deceive them too. Maybe by having a program running on their side of the Skype connection that will alter their looks, or by practising. For the Italian Soccer team mentioned earlier, it will become part of their training routine

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Seriously how often *do* people replace their TV's?

Yep.

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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IT angle?

Let the USA know that other countries have their own three-quarter wits and we don't particularly care about your half-wits. There are already plenty of them on the telly anyway.

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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Zanzibar, the movie

According to the article, the keepers cannot find the iPod and so the keepers are ASSUMING it has been tossed in the moat.

Clearly, the monkeys are clever enough to outwit the keepers. It is only a matter of time before they have figured out how to play movies. In particular the one mentioned in the title. After that....

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: So...

These magazines are produced, printed and distributed. A magazine that is not distributed cannot be seen by a minor. A magazine that is printed, well, you get the gist.

I propose arresting all parties involved. Including the owners, and the people financing them.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Re: How near a miss

The sun rotates around its axis in about 26 days. 9/26 means the storm was ejected around 120 degrees away from the line earth-sun, which is on the other side of the sun.

A near miss indeed.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Big Data is a scam.

They et al. do not know anything about you. And why should they? As long as the advertisers believe the Big Data talk, They et al. make money.

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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"emotional connection"?

Hate is an emotion too.

Just saying.

Anyways, if he manages to get the multiple form factor right, he could be onto something. But then, with Linux he's only targetting the Linux crowd, which is tiny.

Currently Microsoft is the sole company that would have a killer system if they managed to pull this off in a reasonable amount of time. But they failed with W8, and I do not see them trying it again anytime soon.

Apple might be working towards this goal, but if they are doing it it will be incremental.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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Follow the money

Surely the Web could be more useful, if people were willing to pay for it. VC's are looking for the money, and they found it at the server end.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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If you want to have multiple UI's, a moused desktop one and a touch tablet one, you still need a single API and a single app. That app reconfigures itself based on being in a desktop or a tablet state.

Next.

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NASA to programmers: Save the Earth and fatten your wallet

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Indeed. And compared to the amount of money going to be made from mining asteroids, they could as well give you an ice cream instead.

Couldn't find anything in the article about the rights. Will NASA demand that the rights on the code be transferred to them?

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

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Re: Well, I'm glad there doesn't seem to be a Nemisis star...

The extinctions are still there, but not being caused by Planet X. Only reasonable thing to do is to assume the next one will happen, but for a currently unknown reason.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Still have the Psion 5, the Ericsson 5mx rebrand and the Revo. And the Netbook too. Pity that one can only do WEP.

Apart from that iPad has firmly taken over the role the Psion's used to have.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Put the user id and passwords in your will.

And then, every time you must update your passwords, you will have to update your will too. For a fee.

NSA and their ilk wanting to pass a law that gives the government access to all wills before death in 3...2...1..

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MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

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It's very human to monitor yourself and count your calories or footsteps," he told me.

"That's bollocks," I replied. "It's actually very human to avoid monitoring yourself. Unless you're in training or on a diet, or an eco-nutter measuring your carbon footprint, you don't. And it's more fun not to."

"It is," he said.

"It isn't," I replied.

That's brilliant. Best example of tech disconnect in the last decade.

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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A downside of presenting fake news is that everybody will believe that the entiere site is a fake. Including the ads that pay for the site.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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I've seen a lot worse: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoetnet/2802207351/?rb=1

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them?

And 10 euro bills that cost 9 euro's, and proper summers too.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Ballmet is effing brilliant.

Hehehe. Microsoft has pulled one on Google.

Google will have to keep working on Androids lower levels, Microsoft was already making money on the patents, and now Microsoft will replace the high end Googly bits with the stuff that is on WP too.

Essentially, Microsoft is still reaping the benefits of owning a closed source OS, but with somebody else paying for the stuff OEM's won't buy from Microsoft anymore.

If Ballmer planned this, he's brilliant. If he planted Elop in Nokia to make this work, he's out of this world.

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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If crime levels are falling, then it is because Global Warming is actually Global Cooling. Correlation is after all correlation.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Two words

Don't go on holiday in the UK then. The weather is miserable anyway. Clouds everywhere.

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Two words

Free WiFi.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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My fridge doesn't think its cool, and both my microwave and my stove do not think its hot.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: Yawn

That one is a spoof, I'm afraid.

Besides, Jezus is famous for being the *only* son. So there can be at most one CEO like Jezus, and everybody else is an imposter. I propose a walking-over-water, multiplying-bread-and-fishes, turning-water-into-wine and a raising-the-dead competition.

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Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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Why not code your own FlaBi?

Sounds like a good project for those British kids who must learn how to program.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Seeing is believing

And with luck it will come with Flappy Bird pre-installed, instead of Snake. That should give it instant market share.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Electronic warfare in 10, 9, 8, 7, ....

There is surely some way for criminals to saturate their local wifi environment, so that there won't be enough bandwidth for the cops to download data quickly enough.

Or listening for thoses Glasses' MAC address being broadcast. Should be a good way to check for the undercover ones too.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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That market existed very early in the life of smartphones. At that time when almost nobody had one. So it is not a big market.

That early market was walled-in too, BTW. Starting with Symbian 9.1.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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iTunes. Have you heard of it?

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Re: "unmodified Androids provided they were connected to a computer."

No. I am not using Android.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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MMmm. Only those people who cared about their image and what their friends said before FB will care now. Because they haven't changed, and neither have their friends.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Re: @John

"So why did this nonsense happen in the first place? In my opinion it's the company culture. Departments which don't necessarily co-exist or try to extend or improve on each other but instead actually compete within the company hierarchy. Right up to a point where one department would have no problems at all with screwing the other over. Even though, in the end, it would most likely hurt the company as a whole.

A mindset which, as far as I know, can absolutely be traced back to Gates himself."

Nokians will feel right at home then

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NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

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This is a big problem for LinkedIn too

Apparently it is possible to create bogus identities. LinkedIn must now insist on people identifying themselves properly, like with public key encryption (yes, I know this is a form of more consistent lying).

And if you are telling that you work for a company, that company must sign for that too.

It is still possible to create bogus identities and even bogus companies, if people are determined enough. But the days of accepting complete strangers, however interesting they could be, are now surely over.

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

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Models (theories) and their outcomes are never evidence. Measurements are evidence.

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...

No harm done, but try better next time. Practice, after all, makes perfect.

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

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Re: Allô ?

"The Belgians do perfectly well with nonante."

The Wallons, maybe. The Flemish would say "negentig".

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