* Posts by ~mico

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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Coat

So, a mysterious failure...

...right after sending some mysterious photos of mysterious round objects on Pluto.

( http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27824-bestever-images-of-pluto-reveal-baffling-pepperoni-slices.html )

Not suspicious at all, really, i'll just take my coat with neurolizer in the inside pocket.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Angel

Demo impact level:

GODLIKE!

This must have been the security company's best demonstration ever.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Facepalm

Tablets are not suitable for work...

If the only tablet you've ever tried to work on, is iPad.

What, do you honestly believe all other tablets are poor man's copies of the awesome apple-flavored fondleslab? Some fanboi.

At least don't generalize. Some tablets out there, while not being close to a laptop in terms of productivity, are actually an usable alternative. hint: Android.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Re: The suspense is killing me!

It was an avocado adequate for an advocate!

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Teradata's Aster shows how the flowers of fraud bloom

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Boffin

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Our brains are hardwired to seek patterns and try to predict trends and developments. When they succeed, especially if the task was difficult, we feel pleasure of the accomplishment. That's why we like music with complex, hard to predict, but nonetheless predictable rhythm. Same goes for images.

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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Gimp

Re: How much!!?

Both Delphi and Lazarus were, and still are, good for server-side development. True, most great libraries were 3rd-party (indy internet controls, were they called?), but the language/compiler supported 3rd-party memory management, full threading support and full OS API access, so, writing heavy-load servers in them was possible.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Boffin

Re: Reverse the Polarity

IF you make the beam rotate while it circles and IF the calculations on general relativity are correct, it might produce a reactionless gravity-like thrust along its major axis, due to unbalanced frame dragging in rotating spinning torus. This impulse drive is the closest you can get to star trek technology. If it works.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitoelectromagnetism#Higher-order_effects

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Holmes

@gnasher729 Re: Instant Karma

Obviously, I am using (and will continue using) "rounded corners" as an euphemism for all attempts to patent something painfully obvious, and then use it to prevent healthy competition. It is, indeed, a way of "cutting corners" in business, litigating instead of out-competing by creating a better product.

For the record, Samsung phones never looked anything like iPhones: square buttons, clearly visible Samsung logo, and, above all, usability and utility.

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Trollface

Instant Karma

Payback time, lol. For all the corners Apple rounded.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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>In fairness to the judge

The letter of the law is the Constitution. Sticking to some other arguments or secret laws instead of Fourth Amendment is his decision, not obligation. Or is there some secret amendment to the Constitution by now?

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Pint

Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

kudos for mentioning LG, I was actually considering it to become my first smartphone, but got Samsung blackjack instead. But of course, first touchscreen smartphones were by Microsoft/Compaq and Palm/Sony.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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!'

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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'

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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

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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

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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'

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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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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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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

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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

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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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