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Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report

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Re: Missing the point, surely?

Well, both those have been happening: Some people have been saying for a very long time, "these powers are dangerous to democracy", and, recently, lots of people have been shocked that the targets have included USA citizens and allies.

However, the problem with 0-days is that, not only do they allow the good guys to spy on the bad guys, they allow the bad guys to spy on the good guys. Of course, there is a lot of context-specific risk balancing. If the NSA find a 0-day in "the most popular encryption software used in North Korea, rarely used outside", then there could be a reasonable argument for keeping it hidden. Or, if the nature of the 0-day makes the NSA confident that it can detect when someone else discovers it, they could plan to reveal it at that time, and use it until then. Heartbleed is the opposite of both of these: the library is used almost everywhere, and it is (virtually?) impossible to tell if someone else discovered and used it.

Anyone who discovered Heartbleed and kept it hidden deliberately reduced everyone's security.

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What are USAans wasting their tax dollars on?

Isn't this an admission that the NSA is useless? Regardless of whether they think (or you agree) that their most important mission is protecting "friendly" communications or intercepting "enemy" communications, with their funding they should have found this bug. Why didn't they use the old, "neither confirm nor deny" to keep some semblance of competence?

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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I'll definitely be buying this...

next time I upgrade my pet bat's entertainment system.

Yes, the one with the oddly-quiet whistle in the pocket, please.

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Obligatory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Ignoble Award

He really wants to win one!

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION....

So how long do wookies live?

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: Pretty easy

I don't see much distinction between an overtly malicious app and deliberately selling the user a false sense of security. They are knowingly putting their customer in harms way.

Plus, considering Aslan's comment below, "Google Play only runs an automated check to see if an App is malicious", it is quite possible that it was a wannabe malicious app developer who found the auto-checks too difficult to get past, and took an easy route to the money. All the same intent is there.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: This will change

If you remember the 70's, then maybe you remember the British Rail Enquiry line where the main question was whether you would starve to death before the phone was answered?

It wasn't ALL good.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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So the internet does some good

and it's not just cat videos and porn?

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Re: So access to information

Maybe that's why. If you have one, carefully edited, book of ridiculous superstition, it looks believable. If you see thousands of conflicting superstitions...

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: Feedback

OK, Squander Two, you're getting closer to my point, but I'm not saying that doing anything in milliseconds is inherently economically unvaluable, just that an ultra-fast stock market does not benefit the wider society. A good stock market directs investments into activities the society finds most useful, but HFT happens so fast it is all about what my algorithm thinks your algorithm is about to do, not the economic data that changes on much slower timescales. The value of, say, a company that manufactures high-speed switches to society does not change in milliseconds. The HF Traders trying to grab the money as it goes past faster than anybody else, but, as a result, they are making the system more unstable. An audio system designer will build in high frequency cutoff, not stick in a UHF amplifier, however useful a UHF amplifier is in another circumstance.

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Feedback

Valuable economic activity takes place on slow timescales; days to build a car, months to grow a crop, decades to grow a tree. The stock markets fluctuate according to what people think other people will do, or, for HFT, what algorithms think other algorithms will do.

Take a high-quality audio system and stick a UHF amplifier into it. Turn the gain up. Does the music quality improve?

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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This is new?

So the Lego skeletons from a few years back are OK because they're smiling?

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Thank goodness it's lenses

The idea of a phone with 12 inches of steel sticking out the back is frightening!

"iPhone 6, This time, it's Personal"

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Asia's internet in peril as cable network breaks in TWO places

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Re: cut in two places?

"yank it loose at both ends" - Possibly. I'll let you know if I see any fishing boats with a thousand miles of cable trailing behind them, and a red-faced captain. But I might need to revert to other communications methods (see icon).

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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Re: FB & Google...

Not to mention uploading a picture of the rash etc. to a doctor.

There might also be benefits in distributing aid. Overcrowded refugee camps bring their own problems, but perhaps connectivity will allow more people to receive aid where they are.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Maybe they turned on the webcam remotely...

as therefore have a collection of videos of people enjoying porn to watch and classify?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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I like the way...

they always talk about "natural substances", but penicillin is perfectly natural, not that I'm suggesting eating mouldy bread is a guarantee for good health. Other natural things include lions, malaria and molten lava. I am not responsible for any injury that may occur when attempting to dilute a volcano.

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: The consumption myth

Next you'll tell me that someone's come up with the idea of packaging the tablet and keyboard together, in a hinged arrangement, so that the keyboard acts as a base to support the display at a convenient viewing angle…

Now, where did that patent application form go...

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: Memories

I didn't see that TW segment, but I recall first seeing the aquatic mice on a PG Tips tea card…

(old fart icon)

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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Did no-one else think of...

1. The Master's furniture line in Terror of the Autons

2. The mattresses on the Vogon spaceship in H2GT2G

I think I'll stay standing.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Re: Bleach?

I think the "recycled paper" is about 50% trimmings from commercial print jobs, and 50% water. Based on observation of the guy holding a hose on the bales of offcuts.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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Who has time to watch it all?

Use motion detection to capture the activity of interest.

Then your guard just has to go through the motions…

OK, I'm going. No, I'm leaving.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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Telnet traffic?

Really? So they were going after the low-hanging fruit. Who uses the telnet protocol when ssh is available?

The telnet program, OTOH, is a useful http/smtp client.

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Hunted sysadmins?

The full works, with horses, dogs, horns and fancy clothes?

Just call me Reynard.

I'll get my coat, scatter some aniseed, cross the ploughed field, wade upstream and leave by a low-hanging branch...

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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"discreet, measured, controlled ways"

I see…

"Is it secret?"

"Check!"

"Is it big?"

"Check!"

"Do we have control?"

"Check!"

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: Star Wars is a remake of The Dambusters!

So Episode I was National Velvet, and VII will be Bridge Over the River Kwai?

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Think drone delivery is hot air? A BREWERY just proved you wrong

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Terminator

Next Terminator sequel...

Skynet upgrades with ethanol fuel cells and deploys drones to break in to off-licenses, vandalise downtown and drop empty beer bottles on cowering meatbags.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Check the small print...

Sounds like the first detection was before the cutoff date, so the confirmation date shouldn't matter. Does Ladbrokes invalidate bets if there's a delay in getting the photo-finish result?

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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So Pi = 2.0140314

I must remember that.

Obligatory xkcd

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: At least those other publications…

Why is "the internet" a proper noun? It isn't one organisation, person or place, any more than the sea is.

I prefer "the internet" without capitalisation, but feel free to capitalise as you prefer in your sentences.

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Coffee cup holder, someone's got to mention the coffee cup holder! Re: www = internet

Insert rewrite of old users-are-idiots joke here...

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Do they also expel all cookery students?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Ap Liu Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

A whole street of various tech shops, with a tech street market down the middle.

If your wallet survives that, the Golden Computer Shopping Centre is just a short walk the other side of the main road (if you reach Fuk Wing Street, you've gone too far).

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: Well done El Reg

In face, email me more than one... I can guarantee that my opinions become more interesting in a linear relationship with my beer intake... up to a certain value, when they cease altogether.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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I hope the British Government is giving its full support, where else could they get enough hot air?

OK, I'm going...

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Born in the wrong decade

So the beard I had in the 80's at Uni would be cool now? Damn!

But I suspect that I'd still find a way to be uncool.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: positive feedback mechanisms?

What about the warming climate reducing the extent of boreal forests, thus reducing the cooling effect of organic aerosols?

Help, help, we're all going to burn...

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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That's just what THEY want you to think!

Now, where's my tinfoil-hat icon...

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South Korea green lights Stuxnet-like code weapons to nark NORKS

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Opportunity for Nork...

1. Fire nuclear weapon

2. Announce it was unauthorised

3. "Discover" malware in weapons system that caused the misfire

4. Blame S. Korea

???

Profit!

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: domain name explosion

It's not only a win for the registrars, it's useful for criminals too. Now, was I paying my groceries at sales@tesco.com or sales@tesco.london - I know, it was sales@tesco.fraud

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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Re: Number Crunch Saga

So you're offering Eddie a training course on becoming optimistic?

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China's censors censor press censorship report

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Barbara has been refused a Chinese visa.

Sir Runcible, I doubt Beijing is worried about what foreign press says about them, but they do have a tight hold on the local press.

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HK press is reporting the report, not the censorship

Not too bad here yet:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426666/beijing-blamed-hong-kongs-press-freedom-declines

But no mention of China censoring the report.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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Does it deliver pizza?

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

@Havin_it: The difference is the neurone interface and closing the feedback loop. I would rate this alongside Cochlear implants, but the others are mere mechanical attachments compared to these.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Accessory opportunity

Market a highly visible clip that covers the lens to Google Glass wearers with prescription lenses. Cinema can verify they aren't pirating the film, everyone's happy.

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Re: group that was collecting video of members of congress and judges singing happy birthday

Was Marilyn Monroe a member?

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

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Improve quantum-based secure communications systems?

Doesn't it break them instead? The whole point of quantum crypto is that observing the communication breaks it, but this says you can make a weak measurement and not change the state. Or am I missing something?

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

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Re: The install package will (of course), be three times that of a vanilla install (@ Ian Emery)

Well, TWO written languages, Traditional (used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other places) and Simplified (used in the Mainland). And dozens of input methods, PinYin being the most popular phonetic one on the Mainland, but shape-based methods, such are Cangjie and CKC are also popular. There's also the handwriting-input methods.

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