* Posts by Charles 9

6895 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

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Re: Less sensors - pure stateless client?

Also useless if your job regularly puts you in no-zones such as out in the boonies or inside Faraday cages. These require offline data.

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Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

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What the customer really really wants is a phone they can hold in their hand comfortably for long periods at a time without aching their wrists. Thus, the lighter the better. Battery life isn't a big concern as long as it can last a day under average use, and power users just bring battery packs and know where to find charging stations.

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Diskicide – the death of disk

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Re: I love that last graph

"It's inevitable that mechanical storage will be finished sooner or later, but that is likely to be due to some completely new technology which doesn't depend on etching a billion perfectly-formed semiconductor gates on a single piece of silicon."

What makes you think they won't find a way to do exactly as you describe much easier? Is there some physical limitation that precludes improving the process?

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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Re: Kick ass fake links

Not necessarily KickAss, but many so-called "torrent mirrors" were really just fronts to download malware. Same for sites touting exclusive downloads that required "agents".

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Re: Intern slave labour

I guess you do not view apprenticeships (internships are basically another form of apprenticeship) in a positive light, either.

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I'd read that number some time back, but the desire for males IS quite strong because of traditions (as noted, only a son can inherit the family name). CNN covered the story some time back.

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Re: Child?

You note an exception in urban overcrowding, but the Pope has a point, too. Why can't young people curb their instincts?

Anyway, once you get out to the provinces and more agrarian areas, the convention comes back into play.

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Re: Left and Right and Politics

"See all those people who are ill due to smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise; a small amount of money invested in a public education programme would greatly reduce these problems and increase national productivity."

As a comedian once said, "You can't fix stupid." Yet societal sensibilities demand we try to save what lives we are capable, else we be denounced as heartless. So how do you deal with the rejects of society who don't want to learn while maintaining society's good image?

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: VW's fines and costs...

"Will be following with much interest when the first one gets hijacked by pirates near some remote coast of Africa..."

Lookup "microreactors" and you'll see they won't have enough fuel to make stealing it worthwhile.

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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Did you know it's actually easier to type the loopback address in IPv6?

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How much simpler can you get?

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: Joke suit

If B12 is essential AND can only come from meat, where do herbivores get it?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Unfortunately, being rights, they can't be taken due to the constitutional prohibition on retroactive laws, which basically guarantees grandfathering. As long as the rights holders assert their rights, they can argue in court their rights can't be taken away without breaking Article I, Section 9.

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Top QLD sex shop cops Cryptowall lock; cops flop as state biz popped

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It wouldn't matter. This sounds like spear phishing as the infected e-mail looked convincingly like business correspondence (an application), which meant the only way to be sure is to see it, and since the mere seeing of it can trip the exploit...

And yes, HTML is becoming more and more necessary for e-mail as there are some things that just can't be conveyed easily through variable text that can appear any sort of way at the other end. Now, if e-mail clients were restricted to low-version HTML and no remote components, we can still enjoy most of the cake.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: Diesel A3

"New York (where I live) and California both have the most stringent stateside emissions regulations in the US."

And you wonder why "California Emissions" packages are so noteworthy over there. Because of the high pollution potential of Los Angeles (not just the high population but also a thermal inversion zone that prevents pollutants escaping the area), pollution standards are probably the strictest in the country: stricter even than federal standards which is why when California amends its pollution standards, car makers pay attention. New York has its tough standards due to New York City (which is both old and very dense, meaning lots of cars in a very small area).

I believe London has the same issue as New York and has similar kinds of restrictions.

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Why ?

"You need a reality realignment."

No, mine's aligned just fine. It's their stuff; their rules, no exception.

If you have to jump hoops to get to stuff, then you either jump or walk away. If this is the standard model of the Internet, then you can either suffer quietly or unplug. And if that means denying yourself access to the exclusive content found no other way...then your funeral.

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Re: Sorry el-reg

It's already here. The truly powerful run their own private networks separate from the Internet (Google, for example).

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Re: Swings and roundabouts

Still, it raises a conflict of interests since Ghostery's parent is also in the demographics business. Thus you wonder why its tracking features are opt-out...

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Boffins crowdsource web for TREE of LIFE. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

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Re: Genesis

"And on the eighth day, God created Beer."

- T-shirt.

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Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

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Re: Yawn

Then what do you propose as an alternative solution to DNS Hijacking, which has already been exploited in the wild by malware?

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Bible apps are EVIL says John McAfee as he phishes legal sysadmins in real time

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Re: Bible apps?

"...with a little Koine Greek, in modern variations of "Old Testament"."

I think that refers to the Septuagint, which when put together with the New Testament basically gives you your earliest combined Bible in a unified language. Thus it's AKA "Biblical" Greek: the language of tradition for the Greek Orthodox Church.

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And in any event, these do nothing for apps that can do "side business" with the apps they have to use anyway (like with the camera bit for, say, a barcode scanner or a chat app). Android M is unfortunately going the wrong direction with regards to this new permission model: simplifying rather than adding more specific permissions so that, say, the front camera is a different permission from the back camera.

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Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

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Re: Snakes

Kerckhoff's principle states that an encryption system must be able to withstand the enemy knowing the system. If the NSA have gamed the system such that they've left a back door, they've subverted the principle by hiding a backdoor in plain sight.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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And what kinds of extras will these tablets contain? Will they have things like GPSand Bluetooth for two things?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: Humax PVRs (Youview flavour)

"I've been told that home-recorded content also gets the "no skipping adverts" treatment. Clarification welcome."

I haven't seen this yet with cable-box recorders. With On-Demand, yes, you can't fast-forward. But with home boxes like Hauppauge recorders and anything that records to a standard, non-DRM format, you can always edit the commercials out later.

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Re: And so it begins.

"The adblockers simply have to let the website think it's loading all the crap, and silently replace the advertisement before it is rendered in the browser.

At the moment all the stuff is simply blocked, but it should not be too difficult to beat any adblockerblocker, Google and friends already lost this fight."

But one of the reasons for ad blockers is to conserve metered bandwidth. The only surefire way to fool the ad-blocker-blocker is to spend the bandwidth to download the ad, which is counterproductive.

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There's also the realization that the mere requesting of that information (not the actual retrieval, just the requesting) can fill demographics. So just enabling the ad can become an invasion of privacy.

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Re: I wonder if he has ever changed a TV channel

You will find that changing the channel doesn't help much these days, as the ad spots are commonly clustered together so that changing the channel to dodge an ad simply dumps you into another one.

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Re: And so it begins.

Which are in turn challenged by putting exception rules to the exception rules...or simply switching to an "untouchable" ad-blocker that sticks to unconditional rules and lives outside the ad men's reach.

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And so it begins.

The all-out war between ad-blockers, ad-blocker-blockers, ad-blocker-blocker-blockers, and so on until everything on the Internet slips behind either a mandatory adwall or a paywall, with full registration and credentials required just to get past them.

And of course, all the ad kings will station themselves in countries like China who will only be too glad to respond to complaints with one finger and two letters (the second being "U"). It'll be Take It or Leave It no matter where you go, meaning bend over or abandon the Internet. Meanwhile, the real world is still flooded with spam calls, junk mail, and radio and TV ads carefully timed so that no matter which channel or station you tune, the ads are still there.

Forget being the product instead of the customer. We're just gristle for the mill, and if we disappear, well, there are more where we came from. Take advantage of your fellow man before your fellow man takes advantage of you, and if you can't do that, too bad, game over, better luck next life...

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Obsolescence in PCs was always assured.

"Obviously, Skylake can manage this is software very easily but I'd rather not have a box under the telly with a stressed CPU so I'm going to wait for Kabylake next year which will do 10 bit HDR in hardware:(. "

Wanna bet by the time that happens some improvement in H.265 (or even a full-blown successor) will come along that your hardware will not be able to do? The tradeoff with a general-purpose processor is that it's not a consummate master of any specific tech, but it's flexible enough to be much more future-resistant.

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Re: Obsolescence in PCs was always assured.

"Seems to be some weird M$ <-> Intel tie up with the RealSense stuff."

Wanna bet Intel is licensing Kinect-related patents and tech from Microsoft? Meaning trying to do this on a non-MS OS constitutes Patent Infringement?

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Re: It's not about the processors

"Many people I know prefer to use laptops with 768p because the fonts look reasonably sized."

And for some reason raising the display zoom (telling the system to increase the size of everything: icons, fonts, etc.) doesn't help them?

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Re: Metrognome

SLI/Crossfire is by definition NOT mainstream.

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Though to be fair, the punnish initialism also applies because, after he's had his turn through your firm, the fallout will make you think a drum full of trinitrotoluene had gone off in the office.

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

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Re: Huh?

"is Radio Shack still going in the States?"

Essentially, no. Apart from a few sections of Sprint stores, all the Radio Shacks in the US ceased business about six months ago. Kind of a shame, though, as it makes it hard to buy electrical components in a hurry.

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Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

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Re: You don't own the air above your ground

You just hit on one of my points. That means the mineral rights were previously sold. That isn't necessarily a government action but a transaction tendered in the past. This means the area has a history attached. When oil prospectors originally came, they negotiated mineral rights with the original landowners (or if the land was public, staked a claim with the government), which is why the conditions are noted in the deeds.

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Re: That "Thunderstorm" you just heard...

Last I checked, the guy used a shotgun loaded with birdshot which is meant to be shot up (as it's meant to hit birds on the wing). The shot comes down like sand or fine gravel, not really a threat to anyone.

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3D printer blueprints for TSA luggage-unlocking master keys leak online

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Re: Easy fix

The way I read all that, the firearm itself must be packed in a properly-locked, hard-sided case. HOWEVER, it says nothing about the SUITCASE that would contain the case that would contain said firearm.

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Re: Likely to have reverse engineered them?

Point is, WHO CARES if you know or not? By the time you find out, it's WAY too late.

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Re: I never

I wonder how much trouble you could get in for having a strategically placed rat trap - the kind with serrated teeth on it - in your bag."

You'd be detained tootsweet, I bet. Last I checked, mousetraps and other spring-loaded devices can only go into checked baggage unloaded.

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"My preferred method of checking in baggage is covered in shrinkwrap and tape. Most airports ive passed through offer this as a service...not sure about Merkin airports though."

Try that in America and you'll find the shrinkwrap removed and the tape cut. #1 caveat of passing through America is that your baggage, both checked and carry-on, is subject to arbitrary search.

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Re: Looks like the Thieves Support Assocation is going to get some competition.

Well it's not like I bought the locks primarily to deter thieves. I bought them to keep them from accidental opening. But since they insist on those TSA locks...

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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"Interestingly, and *not* contradicting your broader point, there are some social psychology experiments that demonstrate that the curve slopes upwards in some cases. IIRC, it is when the buyers have poor information about the quality of the available products, and so assume that a higher price means higher quality and thus a more desirable product. I recall reading somewhere that the cheapest bottle of wine sold restaurants is not the best seller, but the *second* cheapest sells best."

Maybe it's not so much poor information but stigma that does for the wine market. The cheapest wines are often derided as the "bum wine," the wine only drunk by desperate homeless individuals who beg on the streets just for that sweet (actually, incredibly nasty) nectar to take their pains away. In America, this is why people of any decent standing stay away from the Mogen David, the Wild Irish Rose, and the Thunderbird (well, that and the latter turns your mouth black).

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Re: (btw what is the opposite of an oxymoron ?...)

"(btw what is the opposite of an oxymoron ?...) "

I don't think there is one. Or rather, an oxymoron (a self-opposing phrase) is its own opposite (even its etymology is based on two opposing words). Much like a palindrome is a word that is its own mirror.

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Re: It's really simple

"Who sells .5 of an eBook? :)"

Someone who entices by selling their latest book by the chapter. I think one or two authors have shown that kind of audacity.

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Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

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"It also means there will be a lot more work required around taxes, as Uber will have to withhold and pay money for FICA/SS taxes, which will reduce driver's incomes."

Uncle Sam gets you either way. As a "contractor" or self-run business, you have to declare your earnings anyway as income and probably pay estimated taxes or risk an audit. Withholding simply helps to make sure his share's already collected.

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Cracktivists pop 11 MEELLION Ashley Madison passwords

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Re: Poor article

Given that MD5 is a one-way hashing algorithm, not an encryption algorithm, perhaps someone can enlighten us how figuring out a password to match the MD5 allows them to figure out the bcrypt-encoded password.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Technically, Sol (the Latin name for our Sun, as good a scientific name as any) is Main Sequence: towards the low end, but still Main Sequence. Dwarf stars are typically much tinier than any Main Sequence Star.

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The remote control from HELL: Driverless cars slam on brakes for LASER POINTER

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Re: $60 and a Pi?

"As most cameras use IR, you could make a road closed sign that is only visible to robo-cars. How long do you think would the occupants sit there with all the other traffic whizzing past?"

As they expect the "closed" sign to be smack in the middle of the road as a physical obstacle, why bother with the obfuscation at this point? An actual ROAD CLOSED sign will suffice AND has the added benefit of confounding human drivers.

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Re: Anti-spoofing

But given how cheap the jamming kit is, multiple jammers are well within the realm of feasibility, as is listening long enough to mimic a pulse code, which has to have a reset mechanism in case the pulse finds open road and no reliable return.

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