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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

fearnothing

Re: Wow

Only if you're Republican/Tea Party.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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Re: What they must realize

The current objections with page 3 girls have less to do with the racy nature and more to do with the exploitative sexist attitude they promote. If you want to give an example of the UK being prudish, look at the recent announcement about supermarkets hiding magazines referring to sex on their covers.

The internet routes around damage [censorship] now because it can, but if everywhere censors, then there won't be an alternative route to choose. It's a moderately unlikely scenario in my opinion but not so far that we don't need to think about it and work to ensure it doesn't happen.

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What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

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I'm not a fan of vampire movies or horror in general, but this one looks like a scream.

... mine's the one with the plastic fake fangs in the pocket.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Pink crapfest

Quite. At the beginning of the last century, pink was for boy babies and blue for girls because pink was considered more manly. It's all socialisation. "Girls inherently prefer pink" is bullcrap.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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I'm just captivated by the imagery entailed by the phrase "committing an act of journalism".

Got a pen and notepad there I see? That's going equipped for journalism that is. What, you have a camerawoman and a sound guy too? Conspiracy to commit journalism right there! You recorded him on a DICTAPHONE?! Assault with a journalistic weapon!

I find you guilty on all charges. Sentence: everything you say gets reviewed for unflattering content concerning the plaintiff before being released to your conversational partners. This order will be eligible for review when you retire. No special dispensation when in bed with your wife. Sentence to be carried out immediately.

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Re: Fingers Crossed

My bank sorts transactions forwards for recent items, and backwards for older ones.

WTF?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Display pwned in 3.. 2.. 1..

We can also watch The Simpsons from 30 blocks away :)

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: It's the Internet

And as we know by now, the winner is Mr Rogers in a blood stained sweater.

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Re: Teledildonics

I sincerely hope it's a discrete box. I wouldn't want to get anyone else's sex toys along with my order!

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: DVD reborn

You are correct - see slide 28 of the presentation the article linked to. I already sent El Reg corrections dept an email.

IRT to topic: Can this get any more scary for those of us in infosec? I have enough nightmares as it is.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: "most important book"

All morality, the Bible or otherwise, starts with a set of basic assumptions and premises. These are not built in to the universe, they are simply the best choices we know of for a society comprised of individuals with freedom of thought and (to a certain extent) of action. Morality is NOT fundamental.

"TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY." - Death, as depicted by Terry Pratchett

And yet despite this I am a strong proponent of deontological ethics. Go figure.

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: So, where are the patches?

Was this group called WinAdmins Anonymous?

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

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Re: I have a VM Superhub...

I see your TalkTalk and raise you an AOL.

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Super-villains of C sought for WORLD CONQUEST plan

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I particularly liked one of the entries where the task was that you had been employed to write a program that did some kind of image processing, e.g. blur, de-noise, white balance, but you had to write the program to conceal information within the image. This is already ironic - you're being asked to do code steganography in order to produce image steganography. The winner decided to write an application that watermarked an image and then used the watermark data as executable code to hide further information in the image. How's that for giving your employer the finger(print)?

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Forging administrator cookies and crocking crypto ... for dummies

fearnothing

We also need to emphasise re-education of current programmers. Adding cryptography in to the understanding of a student is comparatively cheap and won't have a significant impact for years - maybe a decade or more. Adding it in to the hundreds of thousands of developers currently creating code that we will be using soon... that's a big challenge and will have the most immediate impact.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

fearnothing

It sounds like I'm not up to the point where you are in terms of competence, but I know enough to say that while control of aperture and shutter speed is useful, if even on the largest aperture you still require bright direct sunlight to get a decent high-speed shot, then you have problems. F-stop on the G5 only goes to 2.4 and add that to the fact that the lens is limited in size by the fact that it's a compact (if larger than average), it means my opportunities for good photos are much more restricted. I simply don't get enough light.

That said, thanks for the tips about second hand kit. I like the sound of a 5D and lens for £750 :)

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I have a couple of main subjects; first one is indoor sports photography (I'm a fencer). The other is nature macros - insects, plants, birds. I also like doing landscapes from time to time. I'm currently using a Canon Powershot G5, which does very nicely with the macros, especially when there's a bit of sunshine, but the amount of light I get in is pretty poor, so any kind of fast movement will give me desperate trouble unless it's in bright daylight. Budget is £600-1000 initially, and of course I'd expect to add more lenses to that over time.

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So suppose that you have a customer who has the patience and determination to make something more of his photography than a tourist with a camera phone, but not the budget for the ones that make the pros wince - what options does this kind of hobbyist have?

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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Legally, this argument might be difficult to swing. Ethically though, the Samaritans are bang out of order, and THAT'S what most of the negative feeling is down to.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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Speaking as a bleeding-heart liberal, while I can't dispute the question of efficiency being good for the mean income of society, can you clarify what this policy does to protect the least fortunate against the sort of grinding poverty which sees them relying on 8p tins of baked beans and food banks?

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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Re: I don't know...

Could you provide me a lizard of all the species involved? I might froget otherwise.

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New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

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New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

So folks, the time has come for me to get a new laptop. My 2009 13" MBP is, while still reasonably operable, feeling the weight of its years and I have a nice job which enables me to afford shiny new gear. However, I am not a fanboi and so I am considering the possibility that non-fruity machines may suit my needs. I would like to hear your opinions (please keep the fighting below 110 decibels).

My requirements:

- It will be used primarily for leisure, mostly web browsing, netflix, music. Gaming is done on my desktop.

- I also write some code - mainly python and bash, and it would be useful to be able to run a VM or two.

- I value reliability, performance and build quality

- I have experienced the magic that is flash storage, and it is good.

- Reasonably portable. 15" machines would only be acceptable if comparatively light.

- I am exceptionally attached to the quality of the trackpad and useful related features like hot corners. I haven't yet encountered another manufacturer's offering that compares, though the HP elitebook is pretty nice.

- I am not opposed to Linux per se, but I run a home lab with several penguin-flavoured VMs which fulfill my need for the power and versatility; comfort is more important for this system.

My budget:

- Currently considering things around the £1,000 to £1,200 mark. Higher would be possible but I would have to wait another month or so.

Other concerns:

- I am currently working in Belgium so availability there is preferred. If there was a good offer in the UK I could ship it to family and collect when I visited, however.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

fearnothing

Re: noun too

Invite has two syllables. The trailing e is silent and does not constitute, or contribute to, a third syllable.

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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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Re: Nuclear

I misread this as "such as froze the Thames for several decades each winter"

Winter is coming.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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Re: Hey, original city names are tough...

Practically everything in the UK is named for its location or what it is, it's just that the language changed so it's not as obvious anymore.

Cambridge - bridge over the Cam.

Brentford - see above.

Anything ending "chester" - Roman town. Worcester - concatenation of Weogara, the local tribe, and chester.

Durham - modern form of Dunholm; Dun = hill, Holm = island or prominence in sea or river. Durham is built on a hill surrounded on 3 sides by a loop in the river.

The ending "ton" means town. Boston, Brighton, Luton, Southampton.

TL:DR - we've been using naming linked to local features for two thousand years and more. Let it be.

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

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Re: 10 years

Alternative theory: the big oil companies see which way the wind is blowing and have a bidding war over the fusion startups. I think it's unlikely they will just fall over no matter how much that would be emotionally satisfying for us not-obscenely-rich people.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: Arianespace

Or this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034314/

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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In future please give warnings on Daily Fail links? Now I have to scrub my browser history with bleach.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Scientists...pah

Physicists in general, obviously. This is just the electrical version of a physicist predicting the outcome of the Royal Ascot - provided that the horses are all perfectly spherical, perfectly elastic, and moving in a vacuum.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Technically, R2-D2 is an autonomous combat support system whereas Johnny 5 (prior to self modification) is a true combat robot because he comes with offensive weaponry.

Mind you, the Vogons come with offensive weaponry too, but in the other meaning of the word.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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I've decided to stop downvoting Jake, no matter what he says, he's just an attention whore. Posting this in the hope that others will follow suit.

As for BOFH, absolutely right. When people realise that you can do something they want, you'll never get any sleep.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

fearnothing

This question was solved a long time ago.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Nubile young women lusting...

Just a suggestion... add it. Other publications do. You could feature "Tech babe of the week", who works in IT and has a nice (server) rack. Include photos and a short bio.

I would call you a dinosaur, but dinosaurs are cool. Go back to The Sun and stop alienating our female commentard fellows.

As for the OP, I work weekends, and it can be very dull. Thumbs up for making it slightly less so for me!

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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Re: So how do current versions get installed?

From a network security analyst's perspective, an infection event only has to get past the equipment and notice of an analyst one time. Updates have to evade detections every time they are run. Hiding update activity makes it harder for people like me to pick up on the few that slip through the AV net.

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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

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"We hope to break the mold of unconditional trust in a platform. Users should question the tools they use, they should go even further to understand the underlying mechanisms that interlock to grant them security,"

That's absurd. Users don't have time to learn the kind of in-depth computing knowledge required to understand security properly, that's why we have security professionals. If your builder or estate agent put in the time required to learn that degree of detail, you wouldn't have a car or a house.

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XSS marks the spot: PayPal portal peril plugged

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Re: "There's no evidence that any of these attacks actually occurred."

Remember that places of this size will have IDS/IPS, reverse proxy and web app firewall logs which would most likely detect such activity. The logs that theoretical attackers may have had access to would not have been the only means of verifying an attack.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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FBI report is here if anyone's interested. Some very interesting stuff in there.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Kaboom?

These silly earthlings...

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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I thought that conservatives were supposed to want smaller government, not more intrusion? Oh, less oversight of their increased power counts as smaller government? Well, colour me surprised.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Re: Can't we all just...

Two downvotes? Maybe they'll learn someday. Have an up, my friend. This was one of the most sensible and reasonable posts I've seen in ages.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

The offence is the act of watching something as it is being broadcast, not the ability to do so.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Been there with my own Dad.

No she wasn't browsing Pron sites, she is 92 for heavens sake.

I used to work for Apple tech support. Please believe me when I say that you should never assume this.

Beer because I need more alcohol as a buffer between me and those memories.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

fearnothing

Re: How?

Perhaps they were referring to the in-ear earphones of the type sold with iPods? They all have a fine mesh metal grille over the speaker.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: An AK 47

That's taking the rock, paper, scissors concept a little far don't you think?

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Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

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Kudos on the Queen reference, sub-ed. I know you have to do something to stave off the boredom of YASS[1].

[1] Yet Another Storage Story

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

fearnothing

On the other hand, when you need something from them, it's not such a terrible idea. I fix my neighbour's computer problems (they're relatively simple ones) and she agrees to look after my cats while I'm away. She also invites me round for tea while the footie's on and makes sarcastic comments about the players when they cock up. Winner all round.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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If anyone is interested in the topic, I can HIGHLY recommend the book "The Most Human Human". Fascinating book, well written and really enlightening. And Jonathan Richards 1 is absolutely right, language-based jokes are highly effective at identifying humans. Want to convince an expert on the other side of a computer screen that you're flesh and blood? Make up a pun based on something he said.

Also, celebrity judges? Not exactly lifting my opinion of celebrities here if the example output is anything to go by.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: What is that? A linux computer for ants?

Why am I the first person to upvote this? Maybe the others are all kids who can't read good.

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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Did anyone else think the music was just a bit silly and overdone? I thought I'd somehow started up Medieval II: Total War.

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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Re: Hyon Song-wol is ...

Or maybe pining for the fjords?

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