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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

~mico
Facepalm

virus-proof

Traditionally, *nix servers were susceptible to worms, and Windows PCs - to viruses. The main difference is the former are "alive", and search and attack vulnerable systems autonomously, while the latter are "dead" and require user interaction in order to spread. This latest malware doesn't change the tradition: it's a worm.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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Holmes

Non-obviousness

A patent must provide a solution, that is

1. working (solving a specific problem)

2. innovative (this problem hasn't been solved this way before)

3. non-obvious (not immediately applied by any specialist encountering this problem)

Clearly, we've got multiple failures in the third point here, that causes most of the patent wars and grievances over the past years. It doesn't mean the system is totally broken, it means it's not supervised properly. Hint: hire better experts to work at patent offices. Reject obvious/overbroad patents.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

~mico

Cheaters!

Using this should get them banned from this server... wait... oh shi~

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

~mico
Boffin

Re: @James 47

The wiki article specifically states that non-US made chips can be free from this restriction and be marketed as such. And this shield is made in Russia, with components probably sourced in China.

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Mushroom

Re: I've just read the patent's abstract

Yeah, me too. Looks like "smartlinking" to me. Have seen it in some text editors highlighting e-mails since at least '98. Have seen it in most IDEs since about the same time, it's called "syntax highlighting/completion". Can I now patent a wheel please?

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

~mico
Boffin

Cracked

It may be just me, but that crack (not the mazda one - the one going across the bottom left corner of the picture) looks awfully straight to me. They should just dust one of the corners to find the martian concrete company logo.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Pirate

Next on offer: free movies for the blind!

Also expect 50% discounts for one-eyed pirates and up to 20% for short-sighted, color-blind and 10% for those suffering from photosensitivity.

Cheating and pirate viewing will be prevented by DRM chips in glasses and obligatory curtains in viewing room. Contact lenses will be considered DMCA-infringing and their production and sale will be prohibited. Same goes for binoculars.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

~mico
Facepalm

Re: There's one thing I do not understand.

Obviously, the endpoint ISP should prioritize the service that his clients use, that's why they pay for the internet access, after all. Oh the ISP doesn't have the capacity? So when it offered its users 100 mb/s, it lied? And now seeks compensations for that? How refreshing.

I am aware of data caps, they are part of the package for the service provider, both server-side (e.g. my 5$/mo included 100mb/s bandwidth, but 1tb monthly cap (which will obviously be exhausted after just several minutes of maximal load), and client-side (my mobile service has 1gb cap)). If I pay for more, I fully expect it will be available effectively, not on paper. Neither end-users nor service providers should accept overallocation, especially not codification of this fraudulent practice under laws and regulations. If it means more granular tariffs, that include QoS - so be it, but a service provider shouldn't be expected to get into separate agreements with all the planet's endpoint ISPs.

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~mico
WTF?

There's one thing I do not understand.

Every service provider (be it me with my VPS for $5/mo or CNN with its clusters or even Google with its private cables and data centers that span continents) have to pay for bandwidth. Smaller services buy it per Tb and per mbit/s, larger services... too.

What's changed?

Will this new set of rules require service providers to pay twice (to their ISP and to their endpoint user's ISP)? Theoretically, it should be up to my ISP to make sure the bandwidth I pay for is accessible to my clients, not up to me. And clients pay to their ISPs to have access to the Internet, not to their "favorite servers". The proper solution to net neutrality should be a mechanism for ISPs to re-distribute their incomes so that used bandwidths sum up, not new ingenious ways to extract money and make the already uneven playground totally inaccessible.

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

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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

~mico
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

~mico

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

~mico
Joke

If used primarily for offline storage, however...

Then, FaceOff.

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~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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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~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
Angel

Re: Raspberry Pi **badwagon**

And I thought Google "did no evil"!

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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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~mico
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

~mico
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

~mico
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.*

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* except the same excuse by Google about GMail contents

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