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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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@trafalgar

"Isn't this just a big waste of tax payers money? There must be smarter and cheaper ways to catch the bad guys."

What actually makes you think this is the object of this exercise?

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Rifkind on Channel 4 news

"Malcolm Rifkind on Channel 4 News got himself worked up into a stew about how should he know what the codeword DISHFIRE means and how is he responsible for what a foreign alphabet agency hoovers up British texts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ-TCjnVvNc"

Oh yes I saw this.

Very combative. Very defensive. You'd never guess he was supposed to be scrutinizing the security services.

You can tell he's a lawyer.

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Yet another reason *not* to have a "smart" phone.

Title says it all.

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So once again the advertising companies s**t over your privacy

Angry birds --> Mildly amusing game

Angry birds + advertising code ---> 24/7/365 spy tool.

Google spies on people for it's customers who are also advertising companies.

Are we seeing a pattern here?

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

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another organisation that thinks *our* data is somehow *their* data.

What is about these data fetishists that make them need such regular hitting with a clue stick?

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Lack of a good radioistope heater perhaps?

SOP on space probe where things can get a bit nippy are little tiny heat sources, usually (IIRC) of Pu.

Their only purpose is to generate the very small amounts of heat needed to keep various critical hardware just warm enough from failing.

It's a small, carefully engineered and very niche product with a few suppliers world wide.

And I don't think any of them are in China.

Mine's the one with the "NeverFail (TM)" perpetual hand warmer in the side pocket and the Geiger counter in the other.

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Re: Necessary?

"Did anyone else feel like an utter fool, reading this obviously made-up slush – and yet forcing back tears that threaten to well up any moment now?"

I think they may have gotten the idea from old Readers Digest "I am Michael's Gall Bladder etc."

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Internet giants, US gov agree to loosen secrecy of private info slurps

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TL:DR. Don't use US Internet businesses or telcos while THE PATRIOT Act is in force

This is a tiny improvement on telling people how much they are still being spied upon.

WTF does the President want? The Nobel Peace prize?

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Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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"I am Jonny cab."

Yay, the future is here.

Although like all cab ETA's "Be there in 5 minuted" turned out to be a bit optimistic.

Seriously it never gets tired what BS the USPTO will dish out a patent to.

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Teeny, tiny state machine could BREATHE NEW LIFE into Moore's Law

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The impressive bit seems to be "bottom up"

IE Self assembly. True nanotechnology, rather than a catch-all name for shrinking photolighography

So no XUV patterning needed.

That is impressive.

Thumbs up for cleverness.

Architecture wise it seems to be more of a PLA approach to logic.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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@Graham Marsden

""Except that, with a subscription model, BBC4 would probably be first against the wall. "Too niche, too boring, nobody wants to watch a documentary about XYZ, we'll never sell it to other broadcasters, no, get rid of it and let's have more Britain's Got Big Brother Coming Dancing Strictly Through a Hole in a Wall on Ice..."

You forgot all those Scandinavian crime dramas.

Who watches them?

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Re: Oh?

"Do they assume that everyone currently compelled would suddenly subsribe?"

No.

OTOH if you don't you don't get to watch either.

Just like other subscription services.

You don't want it you don't get it.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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3 little words. THE PATRIOT Act

Anything of this company is US based and the USG will root your data.

After all.

Encrypted email users --> Something to hide -->Now we get the good stuff.

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

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The usual problem is getting "A proper top."

That is a system that can be "built out" from.

That's tricky.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

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"because new technologies make it easy and cheap."

That's the real and only justification.

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

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Re: and can only be about damaging investment into the UK.

"You genuinely believe that Amazon and Google will pass up on millions of pounds of profits "

In the UK I think you'll find that's billions of £ of profits.

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Sony pumps cash into gene-wrangling joint venture

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Great the NHS have been looking for a customer to sell your data to.

Looks like they found one.

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Spies spy: CrowdStrike report says cyberspooks are EVERYWHERE

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"watering hole style-attacks that assault targets by infecting the websites "

El Reg, please take note.

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

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Children smell fear.

Like attack trained dogs.

Something prospective candidates should be aware of.

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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Re: That file had a .js suffix.

"And then we learn ALL the ISPs are just as vulnerable in different ways, leading to a sadistic choice: bend over or stay off the Internet, which is becoming less of an option by the day?"

No.

That's round one.

Let's face it the days of having the same ISP for life are over.

So if people start making the point that their privacy matters and that good privacy protecting ISP's are rewarded (by new customers).

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That file had a .js suffix.

Oh look I think someone's been doing embedded systems programming in Javascript.

I'm guessing some fresh clueless graduate at some coding sweatshop in a 3rd s**thole.

What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

The only way this starts to get fixed is if people start switching ISP's as a result.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Re: So instead of "We'll do you proud."

Bottom line.

ISP bought by "big 5" --> Turns to s**t.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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" Firearms Education and Safety Council "?

Is that not the organisation that one of Aaron Eckhart's friends in "Thank you for smoking" works for?

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@Don Jefe

"From an accounting perspective that's a really dumb thing to do, "

And sadly for a lot of senior managers that's the only perspective they actually have.

Multiply that by the above average tendency of hiring and promoting psychopathic personalities ("So what if there were better candidates. I got you to fire them or drove them out") and you have the current business climate of self congraulatory CxO types who (literally) see nothing wrong in the idea that their profits should not be taxed anywhere.

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"We're special. Please don't make us pay the tax we deserve to pay."

I despise whiny ass corporate b**ches.

And I think I always will.

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Display tech based on EYEBALLS could reduce teens' mobe-fiddling

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Wow. One of those IP tech companies George Osborne wants to see more of

Yet sadly ARM seems to be the only that's got a global reputation.

So far.

Thumbs up.

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Boffin benchmark battle after D-Wave quantum kit crawls in test

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So *what* class of problems does it give a 10x speedup to?

Otherwise it's the classic computer mfg problem.

performance << design spec

Identify faults.

Fix faults

Issue upgrades/ workrounds

Obviously the usual suspects of digital slowness are not going to be much use, but I'll presume their tech has a bunch of speed sapping pathologies of its own.

IOW D-Wave better get their collective finger out.

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Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

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Simples.

Sorry. I read the abstract, but if you read like a Russian meercat what can you expect.

On a slightly more serious note this is not v0.1 tech.

It's v 0.01 tech.

The idea is fascinating but frankly I'd expect a bit more of a library search for IDK "organic conductors" perhaps?

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

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About time someone started looking at this.

Title says it all.

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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If those fumes are carcinogenic as well you've got the set.

of really nasty ways to die.

Yay. Go Team Boeing.

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"vaporised eletrolyte"

Oh good.

I thought it was just toxic fumes.

But actually it's toxic and corrosive.

So it's likely to eat through the structure as well as my lungs.

Mightily impressive.

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Looks like you need a "swamp cooler" *unless* the humidity is sky high.

In which case even that won't work.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

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At last the Huan can have a mobile that won't be spied on by Google or the NSA,

Just their own government instead.

government lead comms --> Governemtn supplied backdoors.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Re: Contact lens made of glass aren't very comfortable

"Nor can they be worn 24x7 like extended wear contacts made of plastic since they don't allow enough oxygen to the cornea."

All true.

But all irrelevant.

Perhaps you should read the article first.

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Re: "an antenna thinner than a human hair."

"So what? The average PCB track is about a third of the thickness of a human hair!"

I think not.

Last time I checked the average human hair is 2 thou or 50 micrometres wide.

The usual width for a PCB data track is 75 micrometres.

Dropping standard PCB widths that far would cause a massive amount of trouble in the PCB industry.

Yes it's an anorak.

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Re: Okay, but...

"Its commendable that people are trying to develop blood-glucose readers that don't involve extracting your own blood, though."

It's tougher than it looks.

I came across an old "Elektor" magazine from the 70's (among a pile of Dutch magazines) which talked about a huge clumpy thing that you kissed because the blood vessels were thinnest in the lips.

The amount of blood needed seems to have gone down but no one seems to be able to crack the blood glucose measurement at a reasonable price/speed/nafness factor. I thought it'd be a something you could clip on the earlobe and read from the blood optically.

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Not quite as impressive as this.

As reported by el Reg.

Google is taking OTS tech and stitching it together. ETH have developed a whole new process for this.

The problem with the OTS tech is it's frankly too damm big. It wastes volume and mass on thick substrates that this application does not need.

AIUI this thing will sit "unobtrusively" on your eyeball all day as an early warning/monitoring system. Anything else makes it as cumbersome as present solutions.

My bet is that chip will add significant weight and you will feel it hanging off whatever 'ball it's laid on.

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

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WTF?

"Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"

WTF is he talking about?

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: @Psyx

"Clan with a big 'C', or a little one?"

If you mean the Boyz n Hoodz,* popular in some part of the Southern states that would be with a K.

I meant nothing more sinister than a large extended family, possibly living in the same (large) house.

*With apologies to John Singleton.

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@Psyx

"If you genuinely believe that, you Sir are a moron."

Yes I believe you are talking to the clan intellectual.

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@Billy Catriger

<long rant snipped >

This is what happens when you roll out rural broadband.

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Usual NSA BS

"Targetted surveillance" Blah Blah.

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Riverbed: We don't want your steenkin' $3.1 BEELLION

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Riverbed

or bottom feeder?

I know. I'm gone.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: So much for science as a rational undertaking...

"They are as prone to making decisions based on ego, pride, prejudice and vanity as the rest of us are...."

Yes science is also done by human beings.

Non scientists thinking it isn't doesn't make it so.

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Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

"Well, for one, you've got pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other. Pakistan has supposedly been developing *battlefield* nuclear weapons. Not strategic ICBMs, not tactical missiles, but battlefield nuclear artillery, that would be under the command of junior officers."

I hate to worry you but such things were available to the US since about the late 1950's.

I'd expect the Russians to have developed them as well as they would certainly have the capability to do so.

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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

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Doesn't it depend what you mean *by* "net neutrality" ?

The question has been is broadband (or cable TV provided equivalent) "common carrier" like a phone line or postal service, or not.

If it is then everything gets a chance to use the service, regardless of content. Flipside is the carriers are not responsible for any content sent down the system.

But it seems the FCC have been treating the broadband suppliers as being responsible.

so broadband <> common carrier <> neutrality required.

OTOH you also see Google backing this idea of neutrality, yet their network (which most people don't seem to realize even exists) seems to either carry or generate 40% of all internet traffic.

Why is this concept so f**king difficult to grasp?

infrastructure --> big investment --> high barriers to entry --> prone to monopoly (or at least oligopoly) --> ways to extort monetise captive market.

Let's see if the appeal clears things up.

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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

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In a fair world people would be *pay* you for that data. In our world they simply take it.

And let's be clear about this.

It's our f**king data, not Apples, Googles, Microsofts or any other sh**bags.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

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Probably the most expensive 60g anyone will ever buy..

Just saying.

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Boffins hampered by the ampere hanker for a quantum answer

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Impressive

The trouble is 1 electron = 1.6 x 10^-19 Coulombs

So roughly you need to count on the order of 6.25 x 10^18 electrons.

Even at 1 GHz that's 6.25 x 10^9 seconds or 199 years.

So probably going to mass produce this device. 1000 of them should knock it down to well below one year.

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Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

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"They never had senior management or shareholders, it was just a small operation with under 150 clients (most lifetime) and less than $1k/month in actual recurring income. They only had a total of 3 hosting servers, one of which (the biggest) was used just for the lifetime clients. It never got off the ground enough and was never something that was intended to be a scam. There just wasn't enough recurring income/profit to pay for the expenses."

Ever wondered why people hire accountants?

A competent accountant could have told them it was not going to work (or at least not on the scale of their operation or the fact most of the customers had that deal) before it got that far and they might still be in business.

Lifetime support + recurring costs (which may rise) --> perpetual motion machine.

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