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Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

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They will have an open, fair and transparent procurement.

Then hand it to a (newly acquired) subsidiary of BAe.

Same as always

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

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WTF?

2 questions

WTF is it and WTF does it do.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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"recognise patterns in data without a human"

So going for the holy grail of counter terrorism, studying every persons personal comms map and sptting the terrorists.

What an utter load of b**lcks.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: IT angle?

Simple 600Hp+ engines without an EMU in site.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: MI5 disinformation.

"Why not name the company or at least publish the transcript ?"

Named as "Facebook."

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Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

"Imagine if they had said the only people who could have prevented the murder were BT and than BT should in future listen in to all of our telephone calls."

Patience, citizen, patience.

We can't implement a freedom crime free society overnight.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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As always observation >> climate model simulation.

Thumbs up for a more detailed database to chew on.

One question unanswered. Does it uplink the results or is it recovered and data dumped periodically?

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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Note their comment about the *whole* stack

IE decisions made about what data is sent (number of retries, level of error correction, if any, applied at this stack level) can have serious IE non linear effects on throughput.

Keep in mind that sacrificing guaranteed access to the medium to radically increase apparent bandwidth (for those actually using the medium) was a key feature of the original Ethernet protocol.

I agree though that a battery powered light switch is (conceptually) stupid.

That said there are (industrial) radio switches powered by the act of pressing them. That starts to sound sort of reasonable.

But I'm not that big a fan of the idea to begin with.

Mine's the one with Vernor Vinges' "A Deepness in the Sky," which is the only novel I'm aware of that looks at this idea even slightly.

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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"Vodaphone...""..has denied the GCHQ had direct access to its network"

As for it's subsidiaries.

Not so sure.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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Re: In defense of data slurping

"f X is a mobile phone use, and all calls to and from X and all base stations connected to are logged, when X turns up dead those logs can be examined and may help reveal clues as to the murderer or the reason."

Do the words "presumption of innocence" mean anything to you at all?

This "logging" fig leaf was used by the NSA. "Oh, we don't listen to the calls, we just have our software scan them for key words"

And then we store all of them just in case.

You really trust your government, don't you.

Which means you're either being paid by them or very stupid.

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Re: If only they could put it to good use...

"I suspect very little intelligence is ever gathered from mass data surveillance - "

Then you'd be wrong if you thought that was its goal.

It collects huge quantities of information on the real threat

a)People not the NSA b)People who are the NSA who might protest.

To a data fetishist the worst crime is of course being prevented from collecting more data.

It sounds like a mental illness.

It is.

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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If people are worried about it's security can't they just down load the source & build their own?

It 's open source, right?

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SMS pwnage on MEELLIONS of flawed SIM cards, popular 4G modems

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As usual the question is how many of those 4 line up anywhere?

And of course how many providers let a raw digital data stream onto their SIM cards?

I have no idea.

And choosing a train derailment. That's more like an intelligence or terrorist thing (kill 200 to hide a murder).

This is good work. I think it's clear some organisations would like to pretend this does not exist, which is reckless stupidity.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Has no one considered the possibilty of a *terrific* new TV series?

Hilarious opportunities for culture clashes galore.

It's a "professionals" style bomber jacket.

RIP Lewis

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Re: Apple tricked a small company out of their IP, it's that simple.

Noes! Surely not.

They wouldn't do something like that

They are good.

Stephen Fry says so.

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

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My onging question when a new one of these turns up is...

Any closer to Muon catalysed nuclear fusion?

In this case probably not.

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Slapnav: Looking for KINKY dark matter? Switch on the GPS!

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Note the GPS were *not* the most accurate design.

They were the most accurate design you could pack in a satellite small enough you could build 38 of and put in a 1000Km orbit, along with a chunk of TTL logic for the code generating.

However they are available and they have a nice big back catalogue of data to chomp through.

Clever idea. Let's see what happens.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Hold up "Manager" at 500-650 pd ??

That sort of money's for obeying orders, not giving them.

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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

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"live and die by their security." Except in America, where THE PATRIOT makes it BS

Enough with this "cloud" b**locks.

It's a network of servers permitting application and data migrationwithin the network.

Now try and migrate to another cloud.

I wonder if Maude even know how many data centres the UK Govt has?

I'd suggest a hell of a lot more than it needs give bureaucratic empire building over decades.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: Do I care enough to comment???

"that and the willingness of a seeming majority of Americans to sell their Freedoms in return for Security... something which I believe one of your early Presidents commented on as undesirable??"

Yes, but he was a wanted terrorist (at least by the British at the time).

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Start with the obvious. Repeal the THE PATRIOT Act,

And enough with the annoying-as-f**k backronyms?

ON the basis of the comments of the original sponsor it sounds like more "security theatre," this time to give the appearance of reducing surveillance without actually doing it.

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Pharmacist caught spying on friends' med records fined £1,000

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It's a start

But they have to go much higher.

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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The UK. 400 ISP's. 399 running over BT Open Reach cables.

<profanity filter off>

You are still BT's bitches.

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OfCom? You are f**king kidding me.

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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Historically the magnetic bits have been *very* hard to beat.

This is pretty impressive.

Thumbs up.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Just getting these trains running at normal network speeds is a *big* step forward

Otherwise you have to run it at ungodly hours.

IIRC one of the big issues with the UK rail infrastructure is that when BR was chopped up the replacement infrastructure company lost the temperature records for large parts of the network.

The temperature exposure pattern to the steel in the rail (and making sure the steel is the right grade to begin with) have major effects on rail life and replacement frequency.

It's a pretty amazing train and I just hope the follow up remedial work is as effective.

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

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George Turners "Beloved Son" would also be a candidate for this.

The idea of the crew of a returning starship finding that while they had all come home they "Weren't from round here" anymore.

Glum.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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"His description of how, after every incident, a variety of civil servants would crawl out of the woodwork, bearing measures that were variously - insane, fascist or both......"

Data fetishists at work.

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NASA floats million-dollar airship prize for 20-20-20 vision

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Interesting idea.

Prizes have worked for NASA before including the Lunar Lander Challenge and the new Spacesuit glove.

Station keeping with an airship should be better than a balloon, which is needed for long term static observations.

But lift falls with air density and at 20Km that's about 1/8 that of Sea Level.

I hope this produces results but it's not going to be easy.

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I am POLICE SERGEANT L. TORVALDS! Stop or I'll SHOOT

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Surprised *anyone* else noticed it.

Yes it's an anorak.

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Lenovo completes Motorola purchase for $2.9bn – $10bn less than Google paid for it

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In businesmans foreplay someone *always* gets screwed.

The question is who?

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Do you *really* need the wavelength precision of a laser?

Other options include intense arc lamps, but all systems will need substantial power systems.

There is a reason why people use rockets and drive them with combustion driven turbo pumps.

They generate huge power levels in compact systems.

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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So another bad default configuration by distro suppliers?

Looks that way.

I sometime wonder if a distro shipped with pretty much all features on all packages set to minimal allowed functions how many users would notice.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Sniffing cell towers and GPS. Good. Passing that information to someone else.

F**k right off.

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Read that as...

"a one-click utility that can automatically disable Internet Explorer."

But I can do that already.

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Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

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Sweet

If you're a large scale credit card details thief.

Not so sweet if you're the victim.

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

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It's *our* data, not theirs

What is so f**king hard to understand?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Pants way to do a hoverboard..

Now a layer of flagellum motors driven by an ATP supply would be clever.

Probably a bit limited in its maximum altitude to no more than a Km however.

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In dot we trust: If you keep to this 124-page security rulebook, you can own yourname.trust

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Re: The rest of the story

"r a .trust simply by meeting all the rules... you must ALSO pay the NCCGroup more than $100,000 USD/year to monitor your organization to see that you are complying with their requirements."

How interesting.

You've registered this name specifically to make the world aware of this.

How very public spirited of you.

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PARC Alto source code released by computer history museum

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Still need the microcode for the chips and the detailed specs.

Alto was a microcoded processor. So without the microcode you can't map the executables to the Alto opcodes.

BTW Is "Bravo" word processor the core for MS Windows?

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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The problem is not this generation but the *next* generation

Bottom line, their internal needs were simply not going to cover their costs. Acting as an outsourced supplier to other companies should have covered their costs but it didn't.

The gorilla in the room is that in a few generations time we will be down to a 1 atom wide transistor.

And at that point everyone is f**ked.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Or you could use a small asteroid.

That will buy you a couple of metres of solid rock to sit inside of.

That way it does not matter how long it takes to get there.

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Subject data access request

"I wonder what would happen, if in a few years time, I were to demand that the insurance company were to give me a copy of all the information that it has on me. This would have to include anything obtained from the GP records."

Good question.

Does the FOI Act apply to private companies.

My guess is not.

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Bad news, fandroids: He who controls the IPC tool, controls the DROID

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The problem is what *sort* of device is a smart phone?

Seriously. is it a microwave oven (when was the last time you saw a software update for a microwave? or a real computer?

Historically phone companies did not issue SW updates for phones because they did not need to. They were analogue and had no processor.

Now if you want to offer a computer with built in mobile phone capability they should accept they have to support it like a computer OS.

And of course you get the issues of 3rd party software.

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To quote the piece. "featured a proof of concept rootkit for the Binder component"

So yes I'd say if that's what's available in the open literature I think we can take it as read that others have spotted what looks like a rather juicy "watering hole" to allow an attacker to hit any apps data stream within an Android device.

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New exploit tool just released.

"Grinder"

But seriously. this is where that "no update" policy most mobile operators will bite.

Or is part of the planned obsolescence? "Oh dear finding a gaping security hole in your phones' OS is our way of saying you need a new phone."

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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TL:DR version. US company + THE PATRIOT Act --> NO expecation of privacy.

File for future reference until its repealed, not amended.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Wishing it were true, but doubtful...

"see the failure of the X-33 programme - great concept, but they couldn't build it). "

Wrong. It succeeded brilliantly.

LM wanted to kill any serious attempt at SSTO to protect their investment in the EELV programme.

It worked perfectly.

it was the worst option to carry out the programmes stated goal.

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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so he's actually built a model you can make predictions on?

Which raises the question if one wanted to compete with Google or Facebook what would work?

Sounds quite intriguing actually as I've often wondered if there was theory behind these 2 sided markets (I didn't even know what they were called).

Keep in mind any software IDE is also one of these. Delphi, Eclipse, MS Developer Studio (in alphabetical order) etc.

So yes, quite clever stuff.

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Jake, when it comes to technology, is meaningless.

Amusing, but not terribly creative.

Needs work.

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"The kingdom of Merkia ?"

Bad choice.

From there tis but a short step to Merkin Supremacy

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