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2766 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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"The biz, seeking to rebuild itself after losing half a billion dollars of BTC"

To be fair, they could probably just wait a year or so and the real-world value of the loss will probably have come down to pennies ;-)

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Biometrics...

"Sure IRIS was not perfect, BUT its much harder to fake at border control (i.e. you can't just stick a fake iris on your eyeball like you can a fake fingerprint)"

IRIS wasn't retina scanning though. You're correct, retinal scanning is very hard to fake given it's an image of the back of your eye, but also less user-friendly to use.

It's relatively trivial to fake an iris scan though - coloured contact lenses effectively have a fake iris on them. Commercial scanners are even fooled by a high quality photograph being held up to them.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: I wonder...

Yes but the maths of the scale doesn't change. The ARGUS system you refer captures about 15 square miles. Or 40km^2. That's 12.5 million satellites required to track across the whole globe.

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Re: I wonder...

"It would seem to me that if I had the ability to track a routine flight, clear on the other side of the planet, in near-as-makes-no-difference real time, I wouldn't exactly be letting on that I could do it."

That would be a rather stupendous amount of money wasted each day, to effectively be keeping real-time eyes on the entire surface of the earth, not to mention storing that data on the off-chance.

Earth is about half a billion km^2. At resolution of 1 pixel per m^2, that's 5 * 10^14 pixels. Say an 8 megapixel image is 4MB as an average (JPEG, probably useless for spotting objects of interest, but hey ho), 62.5m images, 250TB data. For a one-off snapshot.

That's a lot of data. And a lot of satellites. And a lot of bandwidth required to get it back down again.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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"When NT4 support no longer provided, how many people still using it?"

Gartner estimated that 20% of servers and 10% of desktops were running NT4 worldwide after it went out of support. Even today, there are blue chip firms that still have an NT4 estate.

http://www.serverwatch.com/news/article.php/3453131/Windows-NT-40-Support-Ends-Tomorrow.htm

Equally, when Windows 9x went out of support, it was estimate that approx 50-70 million devices were still running the OS. Even today, Windows 98 is still on 0.1% of devices.

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In all seriousness, how big a threat is it? Bearing in mind that NT4 had a significant userbase remaining when it was declared out of support (and still does), along with Win 98 on the consumer side of things.

Are there any stats on threats that exist on NT4 etc?

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: foss

"I LOVE the fact that ms arent effected."

You mean affected, but never mind. It's not like MS have ever been caught with their pants down (Code Red, nimda et al).

One bug doesn't negate the fact that security via obscurity is a bad thing.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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"The NSA has now said it knew nothing about the Heartbleed bug in a brief statement on Twitter."

Cool, that's that settled then.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: One Question

"If someone want to clue me in on the reasoning behind this decision I would love to hear an explanation that doesn't make my head explode at the stupidity of it."

I would guess because any new malware aimed at XP is going to require XP patches which won't be forthcoming.

I'd be surprised if any AV company is going to have a crack at providing an XP AV solution going forward.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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You're thinking of LogMeIn

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

"I suppose if he wanted to prove it he could stop taking his water/sugar pills and show the symptoms coming back..."

That wouldn't prove much though - even if it were attributable to placebo, it would probably stop "working". A (not very) scientific version would be to have a family member hold the drugs, and give decide at random whether to hand over the "real" homeopathic remedy vs a dummy one and record the level of symptoms.

This would be a single blind trial without a control though, and be open to the experimenter (the family member) knowing which remedy is in effect that week, and change their behaviour either consciously or unconsciously

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Re: Water music

Pretty much, in the same way that every breath you take contains some of Caesar's dying breath in it.

Google "Caesar's Last Breath"

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

"Everyone else If you are going to downvote, at least have the guts to explain your reasoning."

I didn't downvote, but here's the (very simple) argument. The "medical" profession *does* do research into alternative medicine - to paraphrase Dara O'Briain, they tested it all and the stuff that works *reliably*, they kept and called "medicine".

They also don't test if it's better than "nothing", they test if it's better than placebo. Placebo is a very powerful treatment in itself. One sugar pill can "cure" all manner of ailments and even stranger, *two* sugar pills are twice as effective.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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" It doesn’t currently have any UK distribution and this might be its downfall"

In the UK, certainly...

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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"has a couple of Ethernet ports: one for connecting the Playbar to the Sonos Bridge home router box."

In all seriousness, what's the other Ethernet port for?..

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

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Gatso

The doppler calculations were easier than a Gatso one, no? Thought that Gatso guns used frequencies in the 10's of GHz range (24 rang a bell) yet were dealing with speeds as low as 30mph?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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It was bound to be Facebook or Google though, let's face it.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: VLC Media Player

Just as well they already mentioned that?

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: Multiverse? So 1990's, THIS universe is someone's simulation

"Hello!!!! here's one and we're in it."

Cogito ergo sum. That thought experiment isn't new, it's essentially what Descartes answered when he posited the same question - "how do I know I exist? How do I know it's not all a dream?". The conclusion was that he didn't, but he knows that something or someone has to be doing thinking and so it doesn't matter. Somewhere, in some form, he exists.

There are no clues to whether reality is real or fake.

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iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way

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Stop it

Please tell Apple to stuck adding more *^%&ing useless apps that can't be removed. I'm sure people love using iBooks, Newstand and Passbook (just 3 I can think of) but mine are shoved in a folder marked "crap" that I never go in, and takes up screen real estate.

Was also a lot happier when there was just an "ipod" app instead of 3 separate Video, Music and Podcast apps.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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"Emailed zip files no longer serve a business purpose IMHO."

* Zip preserves file/folder structure for multiple attachments

* Most blue-chip tech companies will have insanely small mailbox sizes (25 *Meg* isn't unheard of)

* Business docs (.doc, .ppt, .xls) compress incredibly well (3:1, or even 10:1 if no pics are involved)

* Zip has (albeit fairly weak) encryption

Just 4 purposes without putting much thought into it.

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Kudos

Congrats on reporting this story accurately, and not translating it into "scientist to use lasers to blow up space debris!" article that mainstream journalists have...

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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General stock

Genuine question. At any given time how many iPhones would sit in the distribution change?

Consider:

Every Apple shop in the world probably has 50-100 in stock.

Every mobile shop probably has 10-20 in stock.

Every mobile company and Apple will have a warehouse for online orders, with, 100s or 1000s?

Add in the supply chain warehouses

I'm guessing in the millions even assuming it was flowing? Presumably the real problem is the stock isn't flowing.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Arrghgghghghg MAAPLIIIIIIIIIIIN

" I went in for screen wipes yesterday"

What, had you run out of bog roll and spit? What's wrong with you!!

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Re: Maplin...

"Plus of course there's the additional lure there of the damn meatballs"

They have those in Maplin too. They're the ones asking you every 15 seconds if you need any help and lying to you about product features.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

"If he's got $400M in the first place why does he not have the lifestyle to go with it?"

Because it's not real money. Regardless of bitcoin's "worth", good luck getting that sort of value out of the system to reflect in the real world without the value of it plummeting.

Besides, he amassed $400M by creating the first few bitcoins when it was relatively computationally easy to generate them. They were worth naff-all when *he created them.

*Assuming it's him. Story I read said he didn't deny or confirm, just didn't want to talk about it. Presumably because many many people have already asked in the past "ohh, you have the same name as this guy, is it you?"

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: How MS could really help

Thanks Tannin - I've done an SP3 slip-stream on XP in the past, for some reason I thought Win 7 didn't let you do that.

The stand-alone installer though, thanks! 1.9GB ISO covers all architectures and 32/64 bit (have had one had to do a 32-bit version due to old drivers). I assumed it wouldn't exist, given the number of updates it makes you go through before offering that in Windows Update.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842 is the link.

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How MS could really help

I've installed Win 7 on two relatives machines from some re-claimed licences (machines that have since moved to Win 8 or decommissioned) and have got at least two more to go. If MS wanted to really help they could make installing an up-to-date version of Win 7 a 1-2 hour process instead of the 1-2 day process it currently is. At last count, it takes 8-10 update cycles to bring it up to full patch, 4 of which occur before SP1 even presents itself as an option, and many of them take a few force checks of Windows Update before it thinks there are any new ones to offer.

Does anyone know of a reasonably quicker way to do this?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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Incredible

It's moments like this that remind me of the advance of technology. I shudder to think what I spent on a machine to play Q3 at a decent frame-rate.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Not sure what to think

"I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement?"

Doesn't matter in this instance. The settlement made clear *he* couldn't tell anyone the terms, including his daughter. Her post was apparently evidence that he had blabbed about it.

Nuts to think you can't tell your own family, but equally nuts that you can't show the outside world the cost of treating employees unfairly - settlements like these should be printed in full-page ads to deter companies from being dicks, and act as an advert to employees who don't realise they're being mistreated in a legal sense

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"

"Obviously cash should be banned and only traceable credit cards and bank transfers should be allowed"

Ah, but pretty sure credit cards are used to divvy up the substances that rolled up notes subsequently hoover up

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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Re: And on the subject of cooling....

"I could build one for less"

No you couldn't, that's my point and has been shown on many write-ups elsewhere.

This is just one example: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/buy-new-mac-pro-build-answer-might-surprise/

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Re: And on the subject of cooling....

"People daft enough to pay that much for a glorified PC will buy them for home use"

Find a same-spec PC for the same price or lower then.

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European Space Agency: PLATO will seek out 'ADVANCED LIFE forms'... 'SLIME'

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Relative distance?

"1.5 million kilometres from Earth, as seen from the Sun"

1.5million kilometres from Earth as seen from anywhere surely?

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Boffins: You'll see, TWITTERNET! We'll get the TRUTH out of you...

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Re: A rule of thumb

if ( ( case (tweet) == "upper" ) or ( spelling_mistakes_count (tweet) == "rife" ) ) then false

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Ugly design and expensive

The shape lends itself to a single central heatsink through the centre, meaning all that kit has just one fan cooling it. Hate how it looks if you like, but the layout is so simple it's difficult to see how it wasn't thought of before.

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Re: But can it run WIndows?

As per the article, no (or at least not yet)

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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I doubt that, especially in an office environment.

From a FreeNAS perspective, I wouldn't get too excited about it. I used it for about 3 years and promptly stopped using it 2 months after a RAID 5 member failed and FreeNAS didn't think to generate any form of alert, either via email or even through the GUI until you dig into status screens a bit further. As far as I could tell, it doesn't support this feature, which I'd consider pretty critical to a NAS's duties.

Try it - pull a disk out of your array and see what sort of response you get. That's now my first test on any NAS device.

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Coffee/keyboard

"That said, you need to ensure that the door is re-latched properly or you could be in for a very, very long wait while the array re-builds. Go on, ask me how I know this."

*Chortle* thanks for the morning coffee spill :-)

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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Interesting concept, though already explored in Black Mirror?

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

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Re: This ought to be unnecessary

That's the equivalent of refusing any sort of antivirus because you have a good firewall.

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Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

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Re: So El Reg...

No. Curiosity is travelling about 6 miles in a year - it would be showered in debris by now if it were even remotely in range.

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"While Mars gets a lot more tiny parking-lot dings due to its thin atmosphere, this one would have easily mde it through Earth's atmosphere."

We don't know what size it was to begin with, only the crater impact size, but it'll certainly be a lot smaller than 30m, probably on the scale of 1m or less.

By comparison, it takes 20m objects to get through our atmosphere, as demonstrated in Chelyabinsk last year, and even that one didn't really create a crater.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Re: A bit puzzled...

"Can't you remember ceefax?"

I can, and I can remember the excruciating agony of waiting to cycle to the correct page - and that was only for 5 or 6 pages. Imagine the wait-times to cycle through 4.5m wikipedia articles!

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Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

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Re: "businesses that are heavily invested in InfoPath"

It's the component you tick to not install when setting up a new Office installation.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Re: Hmm...

"I find it a little disturbing that people make jokes about such a tragic incident "

I find it even odder that a news site would invite comments on such a story?

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

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"Not American boffins, obviously"

In fairness, the Yanks launched a similar detector, but it was entirely temperature based

If $temp<3 then $beer=true

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Re: Outdated snark

"f***ing close to water..." :-)

Agreed though, the range of US microbreweries is astonishing these days, and not hard to find in the right bar.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Re: Polish cryptographers!!

"The initial work was done by guys from Poland"

And there's a memorial to them at Bletchley.

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Already happening

I've been to Bletchley twice now, once about 2 years ago and then again last October.. The difference was quite telling, in that it's now more public-friendly (shorter tours, eletronic "tour guide" iPod Touchs with video clips narrated by Jonathan Foyle and some "re-enactments").

I preferred the older version, which was a lot more rustic and feeling like you were exploring the old site, instead of what is becoming a tourist attraction built on the old site. But I know what is more likely to attract people to visit, so I can understand the motives.

The computing museum though, is very much a SPB style shed outfit, which I enjoyed immensely.

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