* Posts by John Smith 19

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Making the major buyer of this stuff the most vulnerable then.

Which country would that be?

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Remember

It's not nice to mock the fat kid in class.

One day.....

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Foxconn to slurp Sharp for US$5.6 BEELLION

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Tend to associate Sharp with displays

How the world turns.

Once the US feared takeover by Japanese Corp.

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

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Materials wise getting there.

Still a long way to go.

OH well, maybe next decade?

<sigh>

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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"I am a f**king genius" as one of my co workers liked to proclaim regularly

And to prove it "upgraded" the software on the PC's running the night shift reporting functions.

Which prompted f**ked up that night reports.

No, he wasn't.

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Simple, yet subtle.

Very neat

And pretty worrying.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Is pulse operation a design "feature" of Tokamaks or just what you can do so far?

Enquiring minds.

If the exact details of the Stellarator path are critical to its function I'm not surprised it didn't work in the 1960's.

Wheather it's "better" will remain to be seen.

It's certainly cheaper than ITER.

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"And all this for the price of a couple of community catalyst catapults "

Or not even half a UK banks bonus budget.

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New AI chip from MIT gives Skynet a tenfold speed boost

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OMG processors mixed with memory. Chapel Hill NC 1977?

Whatever will they think of next?

Again.

Let's see if this this effort makes it out of the labs.

TBH I've no idea what this "deep learning" they speak of is.

Multi layer neural nets like real human brains have?

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Perhaps there is hope...

"You can’t perform keyword arbitrage, "

But what if you could?

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US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

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too bad it wasn't in place before the OPM had all it's files copied

Oh, it was.

I wonder if it spotted anything?

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Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'

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So was the DWP what it knows from the Committee

Or does it in fact have no idea how much overdue and/or over budget it's going to be?

BTW Due to the nature of government (Budget, Statutory Instruments etc) any government specific system should have flexibility built into it from day 1 because in government things always change.

IE scheduling rules in files, not hard coded into the software.

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13 CubeSats to ride mighty US lifter

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"Do they really know what this will be used for?"

In a word. No.

So far they've got 4 flights which are basically Orion shakedowns with maybe an asteroid meeting

the whole lot (including the preeeding CxP) programme currently probably tops $20Bn with 1 launch (that of the Ares 1x upgraded SRB + dummy 2nd stage) to show for it.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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Dilbert does not mock TMMM

That is exactly how a PHB would view the situation.

100% of the data

180deg away from the correct conclusion.

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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

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So De-dupe does not work well with most of Microsofts Enterprise products.

Meaning you'll fill it up faster than if Microsoft ware did support dedupe properly.

You can't imagine how surprised I am at that.

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Socat slams backdoor, sparks thrilling whodunit

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Interesting point.

A pretty big number.

Not obvious.

Privacy & security is tricky.

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Brit boffins get green light to edit human genome

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The "subtle" advantage of Sickle cell trait is enhanced Malerial resistance

Sickle cell is an interesting philosophical one for gene therapy as a radical interpretation (the sort of thing usually promoted by people who don't have it) is that it could be depriving people of African origin of their genetic heritage.

From my awareness of the symptoms I think most sufferers of the condition would say "F**k that, I've never been to Africa." Then again maybe some people might feel that life threatening (and often extremely painful) random blood clots are their birthright.

Now things get very murky if someone says "I'd like my sickle cell gene to be enhanced to give me the Malerial resistance without the random blood clots."

Another interesting one (courtesy of Vernor Vinge) would be if you could have the obsessive focus of autism on demand? Controllable by you and capable of being turned off.

I think most genetic diseases are just that. Defects that most people would want removed from their genome.

But such choices will come.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

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Re: Credibility. Does May have any left?

So what if she doesn't?

The group behind this will simply tell the next sock puppet the same story, which they will be either unable or unwilling to call "bu****it" on.

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So with *all * that time to prepare and the whole of the Home Office to help her out.

This is what she produces.

1 "sort of" terrorist

1 already known paedo buying it from a web site.

This is it.

This is the best she can come up with justify universal data collection of every email, txt and web site's meta data (where "meta data" includes a shedload of stuff like user passwords) visit in the UK

Lame.

It would seem the civil servants contempt for parliament has rubbed off on her.

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"Now, tell us how many innocent people are getting surveilled, "

You're not thinking like a data fetishist.

To these people there are no innocent people.

Only ones they haven't found something out about that can be used.

No that doesn't make sense to a normal person.

But these people are not normal.

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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

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Why send you're own drone when you can piggy back the feed from some else?

Of course the Israeli's will be p**sed.

Although unlike the American people they can probably do something about it.

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

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Childcatcher

a portmanteau bill for measures such as child protection, broadband,and

and damm thing we want to drop in there"

And remember if you don't support this bill you're probably a money laundering paedo terrorist

Signed

Ed "Royston" Vaizey.

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30 years on from Challenger, NASA remembers the fallen

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I would suggest it is the *second* worst space disaster in NASA's history.

You'd think after that there could never be another Shuttle accident.

Yet in 2003 they did it all over again.*

*Although in fact a study by The Aerospace Corp reckoned NASA would lose 3 of it's 4 Shuttles eventually.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Re: @ John Smith 19 Try it this way.

"Joseph Wambaugh"

True. I went from memory on that one.

The quote (IIRC) is from the film version of "The New Centurions."

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Try it this way. Top cop wants to make his life easier. Invokes "4 horseman of the infopocalypse"

But as Joseph Wambaum (who was a street cop) wrote.

"Police work is only easy in a police state."

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Re: Truer words have not been spoken

"With very few exceptions, AWS & Azure are more secure than on-premise machines at 90% of all companies."

Except that while the THE PATRIOT Act is still in place all your data belong to the USG on request.

No warrant required.

No probable cause required.

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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

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Wow. Editing full screen video on a thin client is difficult and slow

Seriously.

No one thought this would be a problem?

In other shocking new water is wet.

I don't think that most people should be surprised an awful lot of routine stuff can be done on a thin client and in an ideal world would be.

Including most of senior managements.

Getting senior management to accept that is of course another matter.

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Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

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WTF?

"..in the old days," "..optimised for reducing Mean Time Between Failure [MBTF]. "

From the head of MS Developer Studio.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

"..optimised for reducing Mean Time To Market" maybe

"..optimised for getting developers hooked on cheap tools that are inadequate for large scale development definitely

Yes, I think I'm starting to calibrate my DevOp BS detector quite well.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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*Still* not using encrypted drives?

In 2016.

Unimpressed.

But as others have noted this won't really change till senior people start going to jail.

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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

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"If Governments create legal loopholes, "

But they don't.

The "Advisors" they get from the big 5 UK accountancy firms do that when they are "revising" those laws.

I'd guess the same "advisors" advise on the chances of prosecutions of large tax dodgers avoiders being successful.

Surprise.

They don't think the chances of a successful prosecution are usually very high.

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BTW HMRC rules tend to be devised by people seconded *from* the big 5 Accountancy firms

Surprise.

The rules are complex.

And when they go back to the firms they advise their clients on the "latest" rules they have helped draft.

Can you say "conflict of interest"?

Senior HMRC officials were (and AFAIK still are) rated up for the "good" working relationship they have with "clients."*

*Because at this level they are not mere "tax payers."

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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Re: IDK. Maybe tools that show programmers why there cherished code idion is dumbass?

"Actually this sort of thing exists in Clang, it will say this is a better ways to do it, and can in some cases rewrite the source code for you. "

My point was that while making it easier to write the next generation of code is good most of the grief is being caused by problems in existing code, which really needs some tools to run over it to find (and maybe fix) issues.

We've seen issues with code that's been open source for twenty years and no one spotted a bug which was likely found by the NSA sometime in the mid 90's.

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IDK. Maybe tools that show programmers why there cherished code idion is dumbass?

So they might change it.

Or at least know when they are being a dumbass?

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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

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Meh

I'm sure Rolls Royce would rather the Chinese military had this info than the US government,

That said last time I checked Jet engine EMU's were running on things like Z80's and M68K's.

Not exactly cutting edge.

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Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

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"[Ed Vaizey's] super-slow broadband crawl-out."

Nice turn of phrase.

Scheme is still s**t.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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It's called "Disney",

Although interestingly Disney have never tried to do one on the South African honey Badger.

Sounds cute.

Isn't.

Although the honey Badger does answer the question "What would a weasel on crystal meth look like?"

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Brit boffins brew nanotech self-cleaning glass

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Odd I seem to recall Pilkington doing this a few years ago using Titanium Oxide

This is certainly novel.

Is it better?

I'm not sure.

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Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

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Tech stocks beat the market

Sadly in size of fall

IIRC the VC game is 5-10 loosers are OK provided you get one huge winner.

I'm not sure any VC is getting that in tech stocks.

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

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"given enough power, given enough beam quality, given enough altitude,"

in a package small enough to fit on a drone that isn't the size of REL's Skylon

Good luck with that.

A note on mirrors.

Conventional polished surfaces can do broadband reflectivity in the 70-90% range.

Fabry Perot multilayer mirrors can achieve 99% reflectivity in a narrow bandwidth IE specific colour and can (in principal) be made in large sheets.

Narrow bandwidth light is what lasers generate.

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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FAIL

In all seriousness what will the UKG *really* be using for it's voice calls?

Because it surely can't be this PoS.

I note that the Joint Speech Research Unit (part of the GPO IIRC but bound to have links to GCHQ) was doing voice over 2400bps in the 1950s

I would not underestimate their technical skills.

However what they are applied to is down to their PHB's.

It's the difference between British soldiers and the MoD.

One group is highly professional and focused, and the other group tells them what to do.

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"You think the Russians care about a US or UK subpoena? Keep thinking only your countries Intel agencies will have access to any back door."

Indeed.

It's not the details of the backdoor that matter.

It is the fact that a government mandated exists at all.

And once enough back ground knowledge exist finding it won't be that hard.

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@a_yank_lurker

"It seems like they all want slurp all communications without considering that 99.99..9% is absolutely not germain to terrorist or criminal activity "

Oh dear. : (

This has nothing to do with the story they tell their political "masters" to get funding.

Data fetishists collect data because they believe more is always better.

It's not a policy, it's a disease.

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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"We just hope nothing compromises the ME at the heart of Intel Authenticate."

Let me see.

Embedded processor and instruction set that bypasses (and therefore cannot be removed by) all operating systems

With built in connectivity to the outside world.

Can you say grand target?

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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“Facebook M” starts listening in to all your conversations

F**k right off right there.

I loath the idea of government agencies doing this.

The notion I should allow it for a for-profit American corporation (money making and government access through THE PATRIOT Act) makes me want to vomit.

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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Putting a muzzle on the US government

Interesting idea.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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"vulnerability by design," I do believe she gets it.

And they are part of the G8, as opposed to the Netherlands, who isn't.

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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BrownEye's marketing moto

"We are everywhere."

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What do Angolan rebels, ISIS widows, Metallica and a photographer have in common?

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"devout anti-Communist" ..human rights violations on a massive scale are likely around the corner

Too right.

The Formosas running Nicaragua as their personal property.

Noriega of Panama. Less a "Cold warrior" and more a "Booty warrior" by some accounts.

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Re: Different economics

"Intel cannot get the profit margin it expects (of over 50%) in any area where it has real competition. Fabbing chips for other companies will be unlikely to produce returns over 10%. IOT chips are unlikely to give returns of over 20% due to the competition from ARM based chips."

Interesting.

On this basis Intel's problem is neither it's technology nor it's products.

It is Intel's sense of entitlement. There expectation they can charge that kind of markup in areas where there are substantial competitors already in place.

Intel's core skills are making chips. They make the best Intel processors on the planet. Logically they should leverage that and start making the best ARM chips on the planet.

But until they get over themselves that's not likely to happen.

What's clear is sometime in the next decade we'll be down to the 1 atom FET and at that point everyone's technology will be on a level playing field.

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Telecity shuffles off London stockmarket

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Note THE PATRIOT Act now applies to anyone using them.

All your data is now available for the USG's inspection.

Your permission is not required and your awareness will not be allowed.

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