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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

~mico
Holmes

IrDA

Speed: 2.4 kbit/s to 1 Gbit/s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared_Data_Association

What did he invent again?

Can I please file a patent on wheel? Please?

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IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

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Coat

Re: Paris?

I'll take Hilton. The hotel, of course. Yes, this is my coat.

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Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

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Firewall

Don't use internet without it. And I don't mean software/firmware firewall, I mean a standalone box. Good luck sending those packets to bios.

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Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

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Joke

If used primarily for offline storage, however...

Then, FaceOff.

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Joke

A more appropriate name...

Given it's developed for Facebook, and is used for backup, I would call it FaceLift.

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

~mico

Re: Shivers...

It might yet live to see its makers land, pick it up and put in a Mars History Museum...

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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@GrahamT

Oh no, the scientists are quite positive there is no advanced/intelligent life in Solar system. including Earth

I believe, that a technical civilization of our or better level can indeed be detected from light-years distance. Unless, of course, their data compression techniques have made all emissions look like white noise, in which case the scientists will discover another "hot gas giant", "micropulsar" or some other weird astronomical creature.

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

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Holmes

ECM then.

Given that Amazon drone is autonomous, and chaser drone is likely RF-controlled, a nice burst of radio jamming on proximity would do the trick.

Of course, it can be avoided by smarter drone tech. There's one small problem though: you can do far more illegal stuff if you own a well-equipped drone, no need to chase Amazon drones carrying worthless iPhones.

redacted the rest of the post: I won't give you drone crooks any ideas :3

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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Trollface

Re: Update

The spacecraft is Trolling them.

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A steam punk VDU ?

~mico

Good one

I was thinking along the same lines, too.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

~mico
Coffee/keyboard

Thank you, sir!

Now i need a new keyboard.

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Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

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Mushroom

I wonder...

Do they have legal basis for their Cease&Desist letter? Is it illegal to merely express an idea nowadays? I think their USB driver needs rebooting...

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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

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Coat

lobbying spending

Is this how they call "bribery" now?

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

~mico

Re: Free from what, exactly?

@AlexV, the answer is both simple and complex.

Simple answer: Free from strict causality.

Complex answer: Not having free will simplifies lots of currently intractable physics paradoxes. Grandfather paradox of time travel? No problem, this was set to happen since Big Bang, and is not more paradoxical than that bang itself. Quantum entanglement? No problem, the tests carried on entangled particles were entangled as well, since the experimenters were pre-determined to carry out those exact measurements they did.

Having free will means we're (potentially) free from limitations imposed by our own laws and theorems we discovered: halting problem, Godel's incompleteness theorem, etc. Having it means also, that brain can never be replaced/simulated by a Turing machine, because it is a hypercomputer.

Also, there's an ethical distinction. Not having free will, a murderer will still stand trial and punishment (because his judges and executioners have no free will in the matter as well), but he shouldn't be considered any more guilty than the knife or gun he used.

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Headmaster

Re: He/his, she/her, they/their

I use "one's" in such cases. But that's only because English is not my native language.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

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Facepalm

Is it just me or...

... writing on curved surface would be awkward, and this is a Note series product?

I'd say, someone forgot to run it through usability study.

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Korean stealth-scraper plans will turn 450 metre tower INVISIBLE

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Coat

Airplanes and invisible tall buildings...

What could go wrong?

I'll pick my jump suit now

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Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

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Angel

Re: Raspberry Pi **badwagon**

And I thought Google "did no evil"!

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Boffin

It seems to me...

That the described patent only covers such shapes, that include rendering algorithms that perform part of the shape drawing. Now, unless they want to claim the patent also covers html with embedded javascript, regular vector images (like svg) shouldn't be covered either. The problem would be, perhaps, with autohinting algorithms, contained in some vector fonts (TTF), but I believe they both pre-date the patent in question and are covered by a bunch of separate patents.

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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Terminator

And so it began

You shoot a drone... it calls for backup... They automate the response, put a neural network to predict and prevent drone hunting... They call in the governator to play in the next movie.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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Angel

"We do not allow direct access"

xcopy *.* //nsa/indirect/access /S

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Botch Tuesday: Redmond frags video codec

~mico
Trollface

Yo dawgs, so we herd u liek bugfixez, so we put some bugs in yr bugfixez so that u can bugfix while u bugfix!

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

~mico
Happy

Re: generally the phone is put in a pocket with the screen facing outwards

I, for one, usually put the phone in the pocket with screen facing inwards. In this case, I can put other stuff in that pocket, like keys, not fearing for the screen being scratched. This article just gave another reason for it being the safe way.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Trollface

Re: iCloud Keychain

Now with NSA master key.

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~mico
Meh

Re: Really, Apple?

I am no longer so sure about what Apple can or can't change in consumer market. They killed Adobe Flash. They killed dumbphones. They messed up with firewire. Oh. I see your point :3

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~mico
Gimp

Dammit

The new MacPro is the first Mac I want to actually own... I've never felt so compelled to use the fanboi icon before.

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America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

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Thumb Up

Re: Yes, because...

...making criminals break yet another law will shurely stop them.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

~mico
Big Brother

Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"

With this always-on device with microphone and internet connection, they actually might. Literally.

And then report it to NSA.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

~mico
Big Brother

Power corrupts

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Lord Acton

Of course, I have nothing to worry about, since I've done nothing wrong... Yet what will I do, if what I did yesterday becomes "wrong" tomorrow?

Big brother icon, because, well...

Not AC, because no use...

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

~mico
FAIL

Re: Is it really surprising....

...that Israel in some skewed mind is more rogue than Syria, Iran, Sudan, North Korea and other rogue states in a very, very long list? Is it really their naivete, or maybe, just maybe, a manifestation of a much deeper, older feeling, one they are ashamed to admit?

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Mushroom

A pity...

Hawking's neurodegenerative disease seems to be progressing, impairing his judgement.

To all the haters in the comments: well, haters gonna hate, but the fact remains: Israel is the only liberal democratic state in the Middle East, and apparently, will remain such for a long time. As to palestinian people - my heart goes out to them, but my mind understands, that their decisions in the course of history were the reason for their suffering, and still are. They decided to massacre Jews before Israel was established, they tried to fight Israel after it was established, and they literally exploded in the face of any peace treaty offered to them. And before you try to claim that terrorists are the minority and don't represent palestinian people - check who won the elections in Gaza.

In case you're too lazy to check the statistics - at the height of 2nd intifada, circa 2001, over 90% palestinians supported suicide bombings. Those are the same people, who danced on the roofs at September 11th, and the same people who were throwing candies and celebrating London Subway bombings. Their suffering is their choice, they can stop any time they want and peace will ensue.

Now downvote me.

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

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Coffee/keyboard

@Simon Ward

I should never drink coke while reading comments.

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Internet freedom groups urge W3C to keep DRM out of HTML

~mico
FAIL

Re: Do they realize what they just said?

There is no possible way to implement DRM in open source software. Hence, EME will either prevent OSS browsers from competing on the Web, or will force them using a non-free plugin for EME content.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Mushroom

So...

1) send streams of two entangled photons (let's say, polarization-entangled)

2) separate them by, say, 1,000,000km (Earth and Mars)

3) Measure (or not measure) the photons on Earth

4) let martian photons pass a 2-slit experiment, with slits covered by polarization filters

5) non-measured photons will produce interference pattern, measured photons will not.

6) ?????

7) FTL communication

Prooflink http://www.davidjarvis.ca/entanglement/spookiness.shtml (figure 6.5) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_eraser_experiment

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Super-fast super-massive black hole spins at nearly light-speed

~mico
Boffin

Hmm, such a massive thing rotating so fast? Closed timelike curves anyone?

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Squillions of bytes in one cup of DNA

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Alert

At least you can copy&paste it...

(with laser tweezers)

a pity we don't have the laser shark icon...

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Asteroid-mining 'FireFlys' will be ready for action by 2015, vows space firm

~mico
Boffin

Re: Didn't I read this story before

Can't get much beyond asteroid belt without fusion reactors. Kuiper belt is already too cold and too dark for solar power, and I don't know how much fissionables you can find there (if any).

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

~mico

First they* tell us, that to reach the speed of light, the ship will need infinite energy.

Now they* tell us, that when you get near the speed of light, your ship will be irradiated by... infinite energy of universe's background radiation, Doppler-shifted to visible, then x-ray, and then some.

So, you'll just need an effective solar panel to provide that infinite energy? Will the infinities conveniently cancel out at light-speed?

___________

* boffins

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

~mico
Boffin

Re: A fractal appears

If a fractal indeed appears, it will be a scary discovery. I'm no Ph.D., but I think it may hint at some underlying properties of spacetime itself, namely, it not being 3-dimensional, perhaps even of non-integer dimension.

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~mico

Space is big.

You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.

(c) Douglas Adams

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Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry

~mico
Trollface

Re: none of the traffic is visible to any of its staff

The. Lamest. Excuse. Ever.*

_____________

* except the same excuse by Google about GMail contents

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

~mico
Holmes

Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

I've got my first PC a bit late, in 1995, so it indeed could only properly work in 800x600 in its windows 3.11, and choosing the maximal supported resolution of 1024x768 slowed it to a crawl. That said, professional machines could easily handle 1280x1024 even then.

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

~mico
Holmes

What if it was painted black? After all, it's the embodiment of evil.

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NASA confirms ice at poles of Mercury

~mico
Boffin

Re: No air

Well, water + volts = hydrogen + oxygen, so voila, problem solved.

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

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Alert

Re: What's in it for the AIs?

Unless it fails to solve the fusion reactor problem and needs lots of energy to function. Then it might just look down on all these crawling lifeforms and decide that biofuel is the best solution for now.

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

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Boffin

Re: the "gravity" of the situation

If all the asteroid belt were to land on Earth, it would change Earth mass by over... 0.1%? Calm down, breathe deep and don't worry just yet.

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Trollface

Great idea!

They should hide their entire phone, or better yet, their entire company behind such window, until someone needs it

(hint: never).

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Stars spotted dancing superfast tango around black hole handbag

~mico
Angel

Re: Spaghetti of gas

We found Him, blessed be his Meatballs, r'Amen!

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US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

~mico
Black Helicopters

Re: Feeling guilty?

> One wonders what the military is so fearful of exposing?

UFOs, naturally. Alien conspiracies. Romney plans on new airplane windows systems.

Wait, what was that noise?

looks up

Oops, should've posted this as AC.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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Coffee/keyboard

Hahaha, oh, wow...

Apple, so protective over its design patents... now it owes me a keyboard.

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