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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

ForthIsNotDead

Re: Socialism in Software Development...

In other words: Your glib bullshit betrays a profound ignorance of what the difference is between "donations" and "reallocations"

Re-allocations, eh? Wow. Spoken like a true Marxist. You, comrade, are a credit to your kind. The duma will be proud of you.

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ForthIsNotDead

Socialism in Software Development...

The same thing always happens when you use a Socialist/Communist "model" to get your work done: You run out of other people's money.

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

ForthIsNotDead
FAIL

Erm...

"a few days ago the Li-Fi team announced it can transfer data at 1.1Gbps using light from micro LEDs over a distance of 10 metres, all while using less than 0.5W power – which is low enough for a solar panel to drive"

Or you could, you know, use a LAN cable...

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

ForthIsNotDead

INGSOC

Wow. They actually banned the word Bad.

They'll be eradicating the orgasm next.

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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

ForthIsNotDead

Wow

I worked in Turkey about six or seven years ago. Mostly in the Adana area, but went right up to the North and the border with Georgia, too. Did Erzerum and all those places. Lovely, friendly hospitable people. Beautiful, raw scenery, great weather.

Shame their government seems to have gone completely fucking bonkers.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

ForthIsNotDead

Quick...

...let's all 'phone the speaking clock and leave the 'phone off the hook! That'll teach 'em!

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

ForthIsNotDead

It's not that we don't trust *you*, IBM...

...the problem is, planet earth doesn't trust *your* government. As we know, your government permits the NSA to come to you and order you to hand over just whatever the hell it wants. Further more, we all know that the NSA has the legal powers to prevent you, IBM, from disclosing the fact that you have:

a) been approached by the NSA

b) actually handed over any data

In fact, the NSA could have requested data, and you may have indeed declined, and you would still be legally prevented from disclosing that fact.

And for all those reasons, dear, beloved, IBM, it's a "thanks, but no thanks".

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Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

ForthIsNotDead

Meh

"Apple suffered a rare outage last night which knocked iCloud, iTunes and several other fruity websites off the internet."

Oh.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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@csmac3144 Re: Twat

@csmac3144: You're right. On both counts! :-)

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ForthIsNotDead

Twat

I didn't bother to read the article. I don't even trust the guy to understand what he actually got wrong, he's that stupid. Just sayin'.

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

ForthIsNotDead
FAIL

Er, I'll pass...

It's a USA company, so thanks, but no thanks....

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

ForthIsNotDead

Spies

Given that Google is the public-facing arm of the NSA, I think their reluctance to deal with this issue is quite understandable. *They* probably see it as a *good thing*.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

ForthIsNotDead

Re: Would like to see this tried on a train

I wouldn't recommend that. Without something to secure the car to the roof of train it would almost certainly fall off. And even if you could secure it, you're going to be on a sticky wicket as soon as you encounter a tunnel of any kind.

I'd leave it if I were you.

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Winter in Aberdeen...

...might be a challenge. You go to work... In the dark. You go home... In the dark. It's no exaggeration, but in the depths of winter it can still be pitch black at 8:00am.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

ForthIsNotDead

I can see it now...

A camera on the vending machine will use face recognition matching your face with your facebook profile. Then it will say out loud "Hey Sarah! It's hot today, looks like you could use a coke!"

There'll be a picture of Sarah and her mates, (the picture having come from facebook) looking happy and carefree.

Sarah will say "Oh wow, that's so cool" and immediately start recording it with her Google glasses, and bleeting ^M ^M tweeting the fact that the Coke machine knew who she was. "It's so cool!".

She'll buy a coke. A cherry one. Because they're nice. She doesn't carry cash, because, you know, that's so, like, analogue, man. She only carries a credit card. She pays for the coke with her credit card.

The coke machine will say "Gee, thanks Sarah! You have a great day now!". It simultaneously updates her Facebook profile, posting a message on her wall (or whatever the fuck they're called) saying "Hi, I just bought a Cherry Coke at Edmontons on Vine Street and 3rd, 'cause Coke is IT!". It also simultaneously posts a "like" to the Coke corporation.

The purchase by credit card causes an automatic run of her ID against a known terrorist database. Her name is not on the database. She is not a terrorist.

However, it is noticed that she has an outstanding parking ticket from 6 months ago that she has not paid.

An alert is automatically routed to a patrol car in the area, along with her driving licence details, photograph, and pictures of her from her facebook account, for indentification purposes.

Since they have their phone ID, and she's in a Mall, it's relatively easy to track her location within the mall and the police officer spots her quite quickly. She's talking to some friends and tweeting furiously on her phone.

The officer approaches, and in a friendly manner (it's only a parking ticket, afterall, it's not like she's a terrorist or anything) says "Hi, Sarah, I'm Officer Jenkins from 3rd precint. I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm afraid I need to take you down-town to deal with an outstanding parki..."

Sarah hears "I need to take you downtown" and thinks "Shit! My parking ticket". Panic overtakes her. She runs for it.

Officer Jenkins stands for a moment in amazement, before giving chase. He shouts after her "Sarah! Stop! It's okay! It's just a parking ticket!".

An officer approaching from the other direction sees what's going on, and notes that the young woman is running towards him. Probably a theif - stolen someone's handbag or wallet. He draws his side-arm and shouts "Police! Stop!". He notices she has something in her hand. It might be a weapon. He fires one shot and hits Sarah in the chest. Sarah hits the ground.

Her iPhone smashes on the floor.

"Shit" says the officer.

Officer Jenkins arrives. "What the fuck man? What did you shoot her for? She's just a kid"

"I thought she had a weapon. She was running man. I told her to stop!"

"She's just a kid. Get an ambulance"

Officer Jenkins goes to help her while the other officer radios for an ambulance. And backup.

Sarah's friends arrive, and begin recording the incident with their smart phones, and uploading to facebook, YouTube, twitter et al. Hash tag #OMGSarahOwnedLOL.

Officer Jenkins kneels down next to Sarah. "Sarah, are you okay? Don't worry, we're gonna get you some help. You're gonna be fine."

"I... can't... breathe.... I... feel... cold...."

"It's okay Sarah, everything's gonna be fine. You hold on. You hear me? You hang in there. Sarah. Sarah!"

Sarah's eyes stare lifelessly into the void, as she draws her final breath.

"Oh no!" cries officer Jenkins. Tears welling up in his eyes, he begins mouth-to-mouth.

"Come on Sarah! Stay with me!"

How do we know this?

Because the entire incident was recorded, and uploaded by her Google glass.

Meanwhile, the dead girls' profile reads "I just bought a Cherry Coke at Edmonton's and 3rd, 'cause Coke is IT!".

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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SAP=[S]tops [A]ll [P]rogress

"Avon selected SAP technology on the back-end engine for its order entry solution. Avon did not use a SAP UI for the web front end."

Good. We do use the SAP GUI. If the year was 1970, it (the SAP GUI) would be awesome.

It is not 1970.

And it's shit.

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

ForthIsNotDead
Terminator

Transhumanists

The top people at Google are a transhumanist cult. Their God's are the machines they plan to invent to rule us.

http://www.infowars.com/eric-schmidt-google-ai-indistinguishable-from-humans-within-a-decade/

Eric Schmidt plans to swallow robots in the future: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/blog/2012/10/eric-schmidt-plans-to-swallow-robots.html

Eric Schmidt Will Soon Send Robots To Parties To Represent Him: http://www.webpronews.com/eric-schmidt-will-soon-send-robots-to-parties-to-represent-him-2012-10

I'd be cool with it if they wanted to use, say, nano-robots to swim through a persons body and actively kill cancer cells. But they don't. Their plan for our future is a lot more dystopian than utopian, I think.

I am genuinely scared of Google. They really genuinely put the shits up me.

Schmidt attended Bilderberg earlier this year.

Regarding Google's "Do no evil" mantra, I believe it has been widely mis-interpreted. It's actually an instruction from Google, to us. Google is watching you. And don't you forget it. Peons.

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

ForthIsNotDead

Meh.

Got my VPN - check

Got my Andrex tissues - check

I'll be fine.

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

ForthIsNotDead

Great article.

Thank you. Had never heard of this chap. Beautifully written and somewhat touching article. May he rest in peace. He made a contribution, and he was honoured today.

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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

ForthIsNotDead
Stop

Question:

Who funded the study?

I'll posit a guess:

1) The games industry

or 2) Some progressive communist organisation hell bent on the destruction of the family.

Not that I'm a pessimist or anything. Here's the bottom line: The thought of my young child scoring drug deals and murdering prostitutes (Grand Theft Auto) makes me physically shudder.

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SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

ForthIsNotDead

Owls are quiet...

...because, generally speaking, they tend not to have a couple of Rolls Royce jet turbine engines strapped to their undercarriage.

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

ForthIsNotDead

Meh

Quite sure all the manufacturers are/will be doing it. And you can gurantee that government is being allowed access to the data for "security purposes". They'll use that data to determine what kind of person you are and categorise you appropriately, so that they can prioritise who to round up when the hammer falls.

If they determine that you have files from wiki leaks, then you're obviously a dangerous terrorist. Put him on the list.

If you have hard core porn then you could be a potential rapist. Put him on the list.

If you have lots of TV shows, you're probably a pirate. On the list.

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Who wants 10TB of FREE cloud storage? Hands down if China is a deal breaker?

ForthIsNotDead

Sounds great

WOuld want to see the EULA though... Don't want photo's of my kids appearing on a bill-board somewhere - well, not without a large cheque first, anyway!

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

ForthIsNotDead

Kick them in the balls...

What IP address does the URL resolve to?

DoS anyone?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Fuck you very much LG

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

ForthIsNotDead

Oh dear

Seems like they are claiming 500 giga hashes per second, but they're only running at ~250. Lots of unhappy peeps on the company forums, and on their you tube pages:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFOcI8nK2xI

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Jolla's Android-aping Sailfish OS smartphones to land in November

ForthIsNotDead

Privacy

How much of my personal data is it going to send off to NSA/GCHQ/Finland?

That's what I want to know.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

ForthIsNotDead

Fuck the internet

I'm done with it.

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Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

ForthIsNotDead

Evil...

Transhumanist demons.

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Forrester to Facebook: you're SHALLOW and a BAD FRIEND

ForthIsNotDead

Cursor tracking

I can't see that cursor tracking is particulary interesting to advertisers - it doesn't mean you're *reading* or looking at the content under your mouse/cursor.

However, if you are building the largest multi-governmental spy grid that the planet has ever seen, then yes, I guess it would be very interesting indeed.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

ForthIsNotDead

How will it work in practice?

I use a number of plugins, such as flagfox, which displays the flag of the country in which the server I am connecting to is displayed (if it's a USA flag just close the tab - ha ha!).

I also use Ghostery. Will I have to explicitly give permission for my plugins to run with each page I load? Surely not?? Curious about this...

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

ForthIsNotDead

Transhumanist demons

Makes me shudder.

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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

ForthIsNotDead
Meh

Hmmm...

Seems like our great elected don't like the idea of GCHQ being able to read their emails whenever they like. Anyone that thinks there could be a change in the law for our benefit needs a reality check. If there is a benefit for us, it'll be a coincidence, rather than by design.

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

ForthIsNotDead

Communisim at work

See title.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

ForthIsNotDead

WTF?

See that GUI?

That's what you'd get if you asked Fischer-Price to design a GUI.

No. Just no.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

ForthIsNotDead

Erm...

1) Why did he feel the need to Twat the fact that his plain was late? Does he think that:

1a) His audience are actually hanging on to every tweet that he sends?

1b) Anyone in the fucking world actually cares that *his* flight is delayed?

2) Looks like the EJ employee missed his calling. To the Stasi.

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

ForthIsNotDead

Fuzz

<tinFoilHat>

If the Fuzz are asking people to upgrage their OS then I have to ask what's in the OS that is so appealing to the Police?

I smell a big NSA op in conjunction with the Fuzz.

</tinFoilHat>

My old Nokia 6310i looks more appealing every day. Back to simplicity.

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Tracking the history of magnetic tape: A game of noughts and crosses

ForthIsNotDead

Wow!

What a FANTASTIC article. This author really knows his stuff! Loved it!

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Open source Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

ForthIsNotDead

Good.

Good. I'll happily pay an annual licence fee to CM touse their OS on my phone, as long as it's not spying, mining, and selling all of fucking data.

If it comes with absolutely NO Google software on whatsoever, so much the better. Sold.

If it comes with NO Facebook and Twitter, EVEN BETTER.

Even if it comes with FaceTwat and Twatsuck, as long as they're un-installable, I'm STILL sold.

Will be watching this with interest. I really hope they go to a paid subscription model. Why? Because if they give the OS away for free, then it means advertising - which means spying, mining, and selling my data on. I'd rather just pay for an OS for my phone the way I do for my PC.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

ForthIsNotDead

Meh.

Look at windows: There is no *real* reason to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Windows 7 is perfectly fine, thank you very much. It's reached a natural level of maturity whereby it fulfills 99% of people's requirements just fine.

Same with phones. They now do everything one could conceivably want to do with a hand-held phone. So why would want to replace my S3 with an S4 that does, er, exactly the same?

Slightly faster processor? Who cares. 80 gazillion mega pixel camera? Meh. That just fills up my SD card. I don't even print my photo's any more, FFS, so the current camera and screen resolution is just fine.

No. Windows 7 is the nail in the coffin of Windows 8. And it's the same with smart phones.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

ForthIsNotDead

On the contrary...

Do not ban such words, especially if they are/could be linked to child molesters. Rather, we should allow them.

The sites would make great dragnets/honey pots.

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

ForthIsNotDead

Just use YouTube...

...no need to pirate anything.

And anyway, the BPI are flogging a dead horse. A certain percentage of people will simply NOT pay for music. Whether or not they can *afford* to buy the music or not is actually irrelevant to them. It's just against their principles to pay for it, so they will simply steal it. It's just the new generashun of tape-to-tapers that would wait for their mates to buy an album so that they could tape it. It's the same thing. Live with it. I'm in a position where I can afford to buy new music, but mostly don't, because it's a load of shit. The last thing I paid for was just last week. ZZ Top's Tres Hombres, from 1974 (from Google play) which says a lot about the musak of today. Bought some John Mayer recently too. I can't be bothered risking a virus on my PC (or even searching around the web) for torrents. If I want it, I'll buy it. But not everyone will.

Lastly, in many cases, those that download via torrents, same as those that taped their mates' vinyl albums, would NOT have bought it anyway - because they are tight theives who don't care about the artist or the record company, and are quite happy to let their mate shell out *their* hard-earned, so no sale was actually lost.

Just live with it, and give us better music - especially those in the 30's to 50's age group... You know... The ones that actually *have* some disposable income to spend on (quality) music. Stop concentrating on fourteen year olds who have no money (and therefore every incentive to pirate music).

Oh, and lastly, can you stop making pop videos that look like porno's?

Okay, one last thing: Can you also stop changing the shot in your videos every 0.5 seconds? When I watch a modern pop video I think I'm about to have an epileptic fit. It might suit (broke) kids with the attention span of a knat, but *adults* (with an IQ above 75) prefer something with a bit more thought than strobing video shots and soft porn.

Thank you.

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Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

ForthIsNotDead

All warm and fuzzy...

...when I see a picture of a compact cassette. Happy memories of holding my little cassette recorder up to the telly speaker to record Shakin' Stevens on Top of the Pops and DEMANDING that the rest of the family remain SILENT throughout!

Ahhhhhh.....

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

ForthIsNotDead

Sod this...

You know, what with Google tracking my every move, and Facebook tracking my every move, and wanting to store my entire life's history for ever, and now GOVERNMENTS doing the same, I'm starting to form the opinion that "the Internet" just isn't worth bothering with.

I've been growing increasingly irked with "the internet" for about three years; it started with Phorm and all these other companies trying to build behavioural profiles on me based on my internet usage. I don't like it and don't want to participate in it. Inparticular, it's the *clandestine* way in which they go about it that I particularly object to.

I don't have anything to hide from any Government, they're all physcopathic criminals as far as I'm concerned, as I informed them on my last ballot paper. If they decided to investigate my online habits I'm sure they'd find that I lead a very boring life indeed and soon move on to other more interesting people, I'm sure. I just object to the notion that I'm potentially guilty of something that I haven't been caught doing yet, or maybe in the future. Who knows... Maybe government will introduce *retrospective* laws, such that they can prosecute you today for something you did/said online two years ago? Why not? If they have the data on hand then they just need to mine it in a particular way to produce a list of, say, the top one million worst offenders, and prosecute them.

I'd say if you're a politician, or a local councillor, or a high-ranking policeman, you are by far more at risk of falling foul of the tryrannical style of government which is fast forming all over the world. Particularly if you find yourself on the opposite side of the fence to your government, say, an opposition MP or something. Do you watch the odd porn movie? That's in a database somewhere (and I don't mean the porn company operator's database).

Perhaps you have a particular fetish, maybe anal, or shemales; something that you have never actually physically engaged in, but are curious about, and so you've watched a few videos online. They know that too. Or, at least, the data is there, waiting to be mined, for when you get a bit too big for your boots. Then they will bring your world crashing down. They don't have to lock you up in jail, there's nothing illegal about watching porn, afterall. They just have to make a call to a "friendly" newspaper editor (who's penchant for, perhaps, teenage boys will be well known, since a newspaper editor would be, by definition, a person of significant interest).

I am only really just coming to realise it - it's only just beginning to dawn on me, that that nagging kind of uneasy feeling I sometimes get when using the internet, as to whether someone is watching me or not, or, if the website I am reading "alternative" news on the war in Syria from is going to land me in trouble later on down the line after being stopped - is actually a message from my subconcious - telling me to quit using the internet. My internet usage is alreadly probably a tenth of what it was three or four years ago. I'm just getting tired of it all.

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Philips' smart lights left in the dark by dumb security

ForthIsNotDead
WTF?

Er...

...nobody appears to have commented on the fact that an internet connected light bulb is a totally shit idea, as useless as the internet connected fridge.

Why FFS do I want an internet connected light bulb?

Anybody?

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Facebook to gobble voice-recog outfit, not so chatty on price tag

ForthIsNotDead
Black Helicopters

Skynet

This isn't going to be used for voice *recognition*. It's going to be used for voice *tagging*. Android and Apple platforms already have voice *recognition*, so there's no particular requirement there. No, this is about voice *tagging*.

You'll be required to speak into your phone to "train" the system to recognise certain commands like "send custard pie to Chris Jones". Yeah yeah, very clever. But that's *not* what it's there for. It's actually just learning what *you* sound like. It will then associate that voice with your FB account.

Once enough voice profiles are in the hands of FB, it will be a simple matter to periodically enable the microphone on your mobile (cos Joe Punter will just mindlessly accept the "FB App needs access to your microphone" permission when he installs the app (what other choice does he have)) and determine who is in a room. This will be correlated with GPS and Network SSID data to determine your physical location:

9:15pm, Monday, April 9th 2015: John, Chris and Debra are at Peter's house!

Quite possibly the last link in the chain to the total surveillance net that is Facebook.

So glad I don't have a FB account.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

ForthIsNotDead

FFS...

The way IT media is banging on about this device you'd think Google invented the bloody concept. They're WAY late to the party. These things have been around for ages.

See http://www.rikomagic.co.uk/ (I'm not affiliated to them in any way - just getting pissed off with all this Google worship).

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

ForthIsNotDead
Stop

Does it pass the pub test?

It's simple. Before embarking into an epic rant, you just ask yourself "If I said this to someone in the pub would I get my face smashed in?".

If the answer is yes, go for a walk around the block.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

ForthIsNotDead

It's VMS.

It's as simple as that.

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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

ForthIsNotDead

Well...

...for those idiots that refuse to belive that FB is nothing more than a huge government intelligence drag-net and propaganda machine - show them this article.

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Microsoft: Half of all organizations will use 'Facebook-like' tools

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Thumb Up

Re: Yammer-schammer

Perfectly put in every way. I have absolutely nothing to add. In fact, it was so good, I'm going to +1 it, then I'm going to share it on Facebook and Google+, then I'm going to Tweet it.

That's how good it was!

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