* Posts by John Smith 19

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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So who are the biggest users of VPN's?

People wanting remote access to "stuff."

And the people most likely to be running short code length connections?

Large businesses who got it running a long time ago and don't want to fix what's not broken.

Yes, I think quite a lot of people should be worrying.

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EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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"That's where most of the detainees from Guantanamo came from."

https://www.aclu.org/infographic/guantanamo-numbers

Specifically Items 17,18 and 19.

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"Governments should advertise to get information on potential terrorists."

The Americans tried this.

That's where most of the detainees from Guantanamo came from.

IIRC the reward for a "terrorist" was about 2 years average salary in the local currencies.

So if you knew a police officer and wanted 2 years pay what would you do? Keep your eyes open for suspicious behavior, or find someone you could frame for the money?

And no one will try to prove you innocent because by definition you wouldn't be there if you were, would you?

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"And.. , they don't encrypt.. non-existent communications with .. non-existent collaborators."

Don't forget that in addition to being radicalised without anyone knowing, and deciding to carry out a terrorist act they are in a position to carry out this attack while a)Not being in a job that requires extensive security clearance to attack their target or b) Passing security clearance.

But they can be found by a trawl of everyone's data because they do what exactly??? Some last message to an unrequited love where they just happen to explain their whole plan with enough key words to be flagged for immediate attention?

Sound like a very dumb plot of an episode of Spooks, does it not? You'd have to be dumb as a Home Secretary to believe this rubbish.

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And no, you can't educate them.. to the inevitable what's the whole bloody point of civilization?

I see

Yes, we have to destroy freedom and privacy in order to preserve freedom and privacy.

Alternatively you can go Mary Shaffers comment on 9/12/01

"Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world."

It is inevitable as long as Western governments continue to play into the Islamists hands.

Northern Ireland lasted 38 years. It seemed it would go on forever.

It didn't.

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NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

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Now lets see what version of Windows their core apps support.

Bet it's not Windows 10.

Still going to need to run with Admin privileges as well?

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Personally I'd liket to see it drifting through moutains with engines off

To watch birds of prey flying around it through the observation windows, completely oblivious to our presence.

Just a thought.

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"Yeah, that stuff that's rare,.. used for vital things like science and medicine."

Actually mostly found being bled off oil wells in Texas. And IIRC the US is selling it's entire strategic reserve (about 1 billion cubic metres) on the open market because they did not need that much for err strategic uses.

It''s been along time since I thought the only way you could get He was distilling air.

It's not.

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Top facial recognition algo joins the dots and sees pretend people

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WTF?

So is this a facial recognition algorithm or *the* SoA algorithm ?

Pretty clear why the FBI shut down its facial recog programme after decades if this is the top score, is it not?

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Storing semi text data in a tool designed to process numbers automatically.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

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"Maybe they should have just gone for an ARM-based SOC "

Given Intel is dropping Atom that will be the way it goes for V 2.0.

It's taken a long time but ARM have prevailed.

I wonder if MS realized Intel were going to do that or has the project been cooking so long.

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Aus spokesman "S'trewth mate, this has slipped us a crippler and no mistake."

But good to know the nukes aren't the only game in town.

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

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"Don't forget the naturally low ambient temperature of being in a cave..."

Actually it's more like the naturally constant temperature once you're about about 3m underground.

This simplifies your thermal management planning

But you've missed a real USP for the French.

It's not American owned.

No PATRIOT Act applies. Although no doubt "Le Organs" will want a look

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UK's mass-surveillance draft law grants spies incredible powers for no real reason – review

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"You really think your prattling would be of any interest to anyone?"

When the storage is this cheap it no longer matters. Nothing is too trivial to hoover up "just in case"

But you know this already, don't you?

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Re: Precision timing by the spin merchants.

Indeed.

Data fetishists need their running dogs.

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"Who killed Fusilier Lee Rigby?"

A couple of loons who should have been picked up by social services, not the police.

"Who blew up three underground trains and a bus?"

4 nobodies who seemed to think they were going to bring about an Islamic state by their actions.

The only people their actions benefited were the data fetishists and their never ending clamour to be able to spy on more data of more people for more time (ideally forever).

Who were they? Who cares ?

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"There seems to be a mindset that more useless data is better data by many. "

Yes.

That's exactly what a data fetishist is.

In their view more data is always better data.

But the unstated objective is this.

"Give me 6 lines from an honest man and I'll find something with which to hang him."

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Meh

Let's see what it does to the $/lb price.

That's the only number that matters.

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UK.gov depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls

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How many billions did GCHQ get?

Oh wait, that National Security, which is of course completely out any one control

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Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

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1000 Petaflops = 1 billion ?

I think you'll find that's 1 x 10^18, which is a billion billion FLOPS

As for 2048 bits? this thing will variable length number formats like the ICL DAP?

Does sound impressive though.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Networking hardware vendors.

You are also an embedded software developer.

Please try to act more like the suppliers of infusion pumps and not say in car entertainment companies.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Even narrower than previous designs

Not quite sure why NASA keeps narrowing them as it makes moving around in a space suit a real PITA.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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" It was 1983 before it became mandatory to wear them in the front, "

In the UK? IIRC about 1/3 of all US drivers demand to assert their constitutional rights by not wearing them.

Which is why US airbags are loaded with more gas generating powder.

The explosive force of which has killed at least 1 7 YO child who was in the front passenger seat of a car that tripped by mistake. It's not good if you're a small women either.

So I guess self drive cars are quite attractive in America.

Or will this drive Ford into another bankruptcy and necessitate yet another USG bail out?

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I still think that we will move to some sort of subscription based package;

"ou'll pay based upon what type of vehicle you want to use, when you tend to use it, the locations, and how long you want to wait for a car. Those that don't want to wait pay more; if you can wait half an hour, you'll pay less."

The only time I thought this had a real shot at working was the home/office/home commute. It's the most common journey and I could see you could justify a 1 person vehicle tightly tailored to your personal environment IE cup holder, decent radio, jacket hanger etc.

I figured they'd be delivered by 1 driver in a train that would drop off the end vehicle and self park ready for its driver of the day. After the driver parks it it's then collected, washed and cleaned (or used by shoppers to come from their shopping) before dropping it (or one just like it) back in time for the drive home (and recollection).

But the rest of the time I don't think people want something that anonymous. They want their vehicle, their way, in their colors, parked where they left it.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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As above, while you make your way to your nearest bomb shelter.

Nawwwww.

You missed the key part.

No trace of Outlook.

MS knows as long as they control the email and calendering in a firm they got any company by the hairiest parts.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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"Ranting about the "Daily Heil" does not make you look reasonable or rational."

Why be reasonable or rational when you're "TAKING BACK CONTROL" as the brexit camp blathered on at every opportunity, Mr AC.

And then when they'd dropped the UK in the s**t scuttled off like scared schoolboys to hide in the wardrobe.

After all as DB Gove put "we've had enough experts," haven't we?

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Anyway, I thought that currently around 50% of immigration into the UK is from non-EU countries.

It is.

But managing that would have actually involved confronting real issues of race and labor and might have involved (gasp) loss of Tory support.

CMD decided to take the popular option.

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Looks like "Red Ken" Livinstone had it right so far.

"It'll take years and you won't get what you want."

It is taking years and so far the voters have not got the immigrant hords (at least that's what Daily Heil and the Daily Depress liked to call them) stopped as promised.

I think I can paraphrase the report as "To regain what the UK loses in trade to the EU will a)Take a stupid increase in business with the rest of the world or b)Pay entry fees and accept EU regulations, almost certainly including the free movement of EU citizens, exactly what a lot of people who voted for exit did not want.

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"Yes but it would most likely only apply to those companies who trade with the EU,"

Wrong.

Business don't joint trading markets, countries do.

Did you not realize this when you presumably voted?

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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" DOD cronies have to be present and housed and entertained"

Not forgetting "proprietary BAE Systems design,"

So you'll be getting the BAE Systems price, not the price from the other dozen (or more ) mfgs round the world who can make SS109.

MoD procurement.

23 000 staff with a collect IQ of what?

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Lab-grown black hole proves Stephen Hawking's radiation claims – physicist

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Very neat piece of lateral thinking

Obviously the question (as with all analouges) is the analogy accurate enough that the explanation of the behavior matches that of the real thing.

If so a very neat hack.

Phonon entanglement. Whatever next?

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Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

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So will Intel try to leverage this and get ARM to back down on servers?

That sounds quite paranoid.

Now.

But then Microsoft's licensing of it's OS dependent on the number of processors bought, not on how many ran it, seemed unbelievable at the time as well.

Although that turned out to be exactly what was happening.

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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

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Nice strategy summation

The ARM of storage?

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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The biggest historical problems with airships seem to be that :-

You missed another one

No flight simulators for airships, making all flight training on the job. :(

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Microsoft’s stealth scripting engine arrives on Android

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"Slow to expose their functionality"

Indeed

That would show how little there is to their applications.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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It just goes to show that secrets shared don't remain secrets.

"I hope the TLA bods that keep trying to get backdoors inserted into everything are reading this "

They are

"(and learn from the lesson)."

They won't.

Be clear. It's the management spookocrats who want back doors in everything so they don't have to have probable cause, or in fact any cause to strip mine your hard drive for "national security"

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Unless this is a deliberate mistake?

That's just a mad delusional conspiracy theory that no one should take seriously

Never ascribe to a plan what simple incompetence can adequately explain.

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NASA test foiled by rocket shaking power cord loose from camera

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Astonishingly detailed patterns

Hopefully this kit will be available for other engines as well.

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: Thank you Mr. Cameron. you did it all for your career inside the Conservative Party.

Indeed.

He saved the Tory party from splitting down it's most famous fault line and stemming the defections to UKIP.

By splitting Europe down it's fault line.

No doubt many in the Party will applaud his act of "bravery."

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" maybe brexiteer idiots should at least try to get a fact right every now and again, "

" who knows if they had done that in the first instance we wouldn't be in this mess right now."

But then they might have lost.

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"a dodgy 3rd world country that you think is about to be taken over by communist rebels"

Or in the UK case by a bunch of ex PSB's who seem to want to revive the British Empire.

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"But it is academia after all, where the politics are most vicious because the stakes are so low."

IIRC roughly 2008-2015 the UK put £5.5Bn in the Science & Research pot for the EU.

They got out £8.8Bn out.

But hey maybe the UK Govt will increase that chunk of it's Science & Research budget 60% to compensate.

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Video surveillance recorders riddled with zero-days

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And the vendor doesn't seem to have anyone who can *test* their code either.

Shouldn't a "find hard coded logins" test be fairly straight forward to do ?

This should put people off buying them, which is the only effective way to discipline companies.

But it looks like this will be another great product for the Internet of S**t

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The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

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I also recall "The Programmers Apprentice" project out of stanford IIRC.

The developers said it was buggy and clumsy but it showed (sort of) what could be done.

What I never understood was if that was the case why didn't they run a copy of it through itself and have the system make itself better ?

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

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Interesting excercise if you use multiple comparison sites.

For gas (for example) British Gas has never come out cheaper AFAIK.

They may not agree on the "winner" but all agree on the loser.

The theory of the report demonstrates a fair grasp of ways to make the market "fairer."

Sadly it fails to realize the UK energy market is an oligopoly run by a group of companies whose default corporate behavior is psychopathic.

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Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself

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So "Core war" the next generation basically?

Only with real programs instead of programs whose only purpose is to fight each other.

Intriguing.

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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The truth that dare not speak its name.....

SAP.

It's a very large software system written by Germans. Failure to follow implementation instructions will have consequences.

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Oh dear, a system to change the *whole* business will be done as just a S/W change out.

What can go wrong?

I presume the Aus govt will take the view that its a A$Bn so only the very big boys can tender, despite it being more like A$150m a year.

They'd better make sure they've really well mapped that database Schema. WTF is a "204" database anyway? IIRC IBM are known for mainframe IDBMS and DB/2 for the big apps.

The fail is strong in this one....

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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but how about *really* bright LED torches with a strobe mode?

Actually the real way to deal with such aircraft was demonstrated by the SAS in the Western Desert in WWII.

Blow them up on the ground.

Not very sporting.

But very effective.

It's a bomber jacket of course.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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cthulhu-for-president/

Indeed.

If you're going to go for it you want to go with #1.

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