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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Is "HyperCat" an acronym, if so what does it stand for?

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Will it get me 100 FPS in Crysis?

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Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

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This is not an attack or exploit. They used freely offered legitmate services to do computation.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

Thankfully Frank Herbert's logorrhoeic idiot son has not latched onto it yet.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Untimely

This proposal is old, is not news.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

"That electronics diagram was from 1963..."

Doubtless Apple is drawing up a patent application for this.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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How about if it used high power LEDs in the 10 watt range. It could blind other motorists, not just distract them.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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"...dedicated libraries intsafe.h and strsafe.h..."

Those'll be C or C++ header files, not libraries.

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'I found the whole idea of an alien very exciting until it demanded all of my weed'

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Ok fine but why is he cultivating the long hair Jesus look?

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Re: re: goat jam

"...rather the use of lables..."

surely you meant to say "...rather the use of labias..."!!

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

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It turns on GPS location without any UI indication, and it sends users' realtime location to NSA, GCHQ, CSIS and whatever ANZAC calls it's spies. Also sends your emails and text messages.

A small amount of code leverages existing caching mechanisms in Android to send the info when in range of a wifi hotspot for those users who have not agreed to provide their personal data via cellular networks.

Nothing to really worry about.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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complexity and obsequiousness

Vs. toadying.

WTH is wrong with brackets?

At least they save me from diverse tab settings.

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Re: I'm sure there's nothing at all retarded

Apple merely stealing a page from Microsoft's book: rename the APIs and make a new language.

And then some magical thinking... by the time the furor and Apple Tame Press and Apple Fanboies quiet down, the Ghost of Jobs will have offered inspiration for New Product.

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Don't drink the Koolaid

Plainly an openCL implementation.

Apple got no new physical shiny things, so rolls out shiny ephemeral things.

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Intel cutting prices, taking on all comers in fondleslab market grab

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I have two laptops, an HTPC, a gaming rig PC, and a Samsung S4. I scoffed at tablets for a long time.

Then I bought a tablet on a whim... since then I don't turn on the PCs and laptops very often.

Intel may well see much of it's retail x86 PC market simply dry up and blow away. If it fails to get market share in tablets (and I suppose cell phones) Intel may become the next fail - a la Microsoft in the server market.

Apple has started designing and fabbing it's own CPUs for a good reason.

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Congress divorces NIST and NSA

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Re: R.I.P. NIST outside of the US.

Yes, B, that's all true, but the USA can and does bring enormous pressure to bear on other countries to conform to USA crypto standards.

As well, what is good for the goose is good for the gander: Russia, China, UK, etc all have exactly the same interest as USA when it comes to influencing peoples & corp's choice of crypto. All the gov'ts want us using broken crypto - it is not solely a USA thing.

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Whereas Linux is most popular OS for internet and cluster servers, and

whereas the most popular role-based Linux security system is SELinux, and

whereas SELinux was written by and donated to Linux kernel by the NSA;

therefore how secure do you think the Internet is?

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Hang on...

Nope, they used explosives to blow the fire away from the oil. You can see wids of the procedure, and after the fire is out the oil gusher is still gushing.

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Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

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We should send some real drills - deep oil drilling tech - and drill some real holes.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Diminshing returns

It does whet my technolust, but I've an HD7970 that floats my boat nicely.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Different theory

Diego Garcia is nicely located to recieve the jet...

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Ubuntu?

Shorely you meant to say Slackware!

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: Devaluation of the K

Yes, yes, yes...

1024 is supposed to be a kibbi- and 1024^ a mebbi-, and 1024^3 a gibbi-.

Which ever gaggle of wankers came up with those prefixes should be made to speak pig latin for the rest of their natural lives.

Common usage is good enough for the OED: in computer context a kilo is 1024, mega is 1024^2 and so on.

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Re: 4K Streaming?

6D - you can go back in time, watch original release of great flicks of the past and do so in alternate universes while moving along a different vector!

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Re: WGAF

I want one in the 32 to 40 inch range for use as a computer monitor, but it has to be priced at $500USD or lower.

Qua 4K TV: I mostly am still watching upscaled DVD content on my HD TV. Bluray still does not have enough content, never mind 4K.

In any case, the reason for consumer apathy is not the tech. Such a low percentage of Hollywood movies are good movies that the future of HD and UHD is a steady stream of vapid action flicks with a very rare quality drama or sci-fi in the mix. Explosions look great at UHD and HD, but more pixels do not equate to dramatic tension, good plot, good dialog or good acting.

Given Hollywood's lack of interest in releasing re-mastered HD quality back-catalog movies, I see no future in UHD panels for TVs.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Lacie has never heard of networked storage?

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

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Not search and resue only

The spec is perfect for a robotic soldier. Bad idea.

Imagine Bush Junior with an army of these at his command. No Americans die, he could have laid waste all of central Asia and the Middle East and nobody in the USA would really know. Or imagine Obama ordering the robots to run down random people in cards in Yemen and Pakistan: "Intel said there was a high probability the people we just had dismembered might not like the USA".

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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"... built eight metres into the ground beneath IBM’s Zurich labs."

Get the ground penetrating missiles ready: obviously IBM is preparing to manufacture nukes!

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Get a life

These nostagia articles are just as irritating as classic rock stations. I remember most of these machines, they were crap at the time to anyone who looked at mini and mainframe tech. My then TI calculator was easier to program and use than a typical home computer of the day.

Rehashing your youth is something you should do in private or in small groups.

Look forward not back.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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24x7 comms

What about when Mars is occluded by the sun?

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

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Stealthy attempt to fill the sky with satellite killers!

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: Problem with this idea...

I can't completely agree - Linux sysadmins generally take security stuff seriously, but I know lots of programmers working on linux boxes who do not.

As well, given distros like Ubuntu that are very easy to install for non-experts, and which pop up that "enter your password" dialog a lot, a trojan will probably succeed.

Back in 2007 the phalanx (phalanx2 ?) rootkit was used very successfully to penetrate a large percentage of thewestern world's linux academic research networks. Those networks were operated by people who understood something about *NIX safety and security... how well do you think the average joe Linux user will fare?

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Specifous

1. AFAIK people don't much die from malaria.

2. M$ under Gates tried and failed to take over the internet. This is just Gates' sour grapes.

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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I can erase that backup very easily with a hammer.

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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There is so much hot air at Apple HQ

...they could run it on wind power

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Re: And how does a developer make money from this?

AFAICT it should be possible. FF OS is a stripped down Linux distro, the screen is driven using OpenGL ES, and I think HTML5 has some kind of GL layer. So, yeah, a port should be possible.

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Irony

Roughly 25 years ago Marc Andreeson was crying to the rooftops that Netscape was going to reduce Windows to the status of a commodity hardware layer on top of which Navigator would provide all the user functionality.

Of course Bill Gates gave him a good kicking.

Now the Son of the Son of Navigator might just fulfill Marc's dream.

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

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Re: No auto destruct ?

LOL, they don't need no self destruct button.

Go and research pollution from Soviet era nuclear weapons facilities - the policy seems to have been to just dump the radioactive waste in the nearest river.

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Mellanox coughs nearly $130m for optical networkers to fight off Chipzilla

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Title is Optional

I like Infiniband, I like the speed and the built in management protocols. Much better than Ethernet.

I even use point to point SDR IB networking at home for NFS & SAMBA because 10Gb enet is such a rip-off price-wise.

So when I saw the graphic at the end of the article I was pretty excited because I thought it was showing miniPCI IB card. Too bad it's actually a cable-end.

Still, I look forward to when the supercomputer people start replacing their QDR IB gear with 100Gb+ gear... will be a good time to upgrade to used QDR cards with fibre cables, and get rid of the bulky CX4 copper I have now.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Snapshot of windows in my life

"...why undergo constant change and relearning?... ..."

MS does this for several reasons: (a) because it makes some money off training courses for new versions of Windows; (b) if the changes were visibly only evolutionary then people would be less likely to upgrade, so gotta make it look different; (c) renaming all the APIs or just obsoleting them every few years keeps the indie and 3rd party developers chained to the product because they never have time to do anything but relearn Windows programming.

All in all the intent is to maintain everyone's attention, to the greatest degree possible, on Windows. Now yer *NIX operating systems... well, until two years ago the common desktop metaphors had not changed in a decade or more, and once you know BASH, POSIX, or LIBC programming, well you know them. PERL I won't comment on, I'm having a nice day so far, want to keep it that way.

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Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.

+1 progman.exe!

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Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.

I've long considered Windows the premier gaming OS. For getting real work done I mostly use Linux. What I've heard about Win8 imposing some sort of DRM-like control over what games may be installed makes me very leery of the product.

Still, I have to admit that Microsoft makes a fine mouse. It's only real competition for mice is Logitech.

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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This should not be surprising. Turing certainly was capable of the calculations required to determine that a water/alcohol solution would work.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Is the hotline analog or is it IP based? If it's IP then the Chinese are probably listening in already.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Someone above said "Shit that works - works."

Quite right. I worked at a place a few years ago - their HR and payroll ran on a 32 bit x86 based VMS machine. It weighed about 60 pounds and it's uptime was more than 6 years.

Would you run a nuclear power plant on Windows? Mac OS 10? Even Linux? I would not: too many crashes or kernel panics for my nuke plant.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Obvious solution

Make all records for everything public. No more "freedom of Information" laws that actually obscure information. Make it such that all telco/ISP/govt records are public.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Alien

Or just maybe...

The universe is much bigger than we think...

There was as much matter as antimatter...

Local inhomogeneities in the matter/anti mix persisted through the expansionary (inflationary?) epoch...

We live in an expanded region with an abundance of matter...

There are other regions that have an abundance of antimatter...

Globally the universe is in balance qua matter & antimatter...

Where's my Nobel, heehee?

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

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Next up...

Wolves that shoot ultraviolet rays from their eyeballs!

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'Your infernal cable pipes come up from Hell, Virgin!'

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Facepalm

@ Andy Fletcher

"I'm literally angry with rage..."

Don't be that way. Be angry, or be enraged. Rage is just extreme anger. If you are enraged then you certainly are angry.

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Some of my co-workers are wont to say that a piece of software or hardware is "raging" them. Strangely the never claim to be "raged" when in that condition.

The correct words are "enraging" and "enraged".

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Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip

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I hope this tech quickly becomes a standard as cheap as gigabit ethernet - the process to fab it seems amenable.

Sadly I expect it will be withheld at the high end of the market, kept very expensive.

100Gb/s office and home networking would be game changing.

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