* Posts by theblackhand

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: 50 days in a year?

I suddenly feel much older....

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: "Other countries are bounding ahead"

My understanding from the article was that:

- the government would provide funding for services that benefited the whole of the country (examples given of news and children's TV but not necessarily limited to that)

- further services would then need to be provided by a subscription service

- the current DVB-T hardware does not have uniform hardware support for hardware necessary to support a subscription model

- DVB-T2/HEVC is a EU standard and moving to this would allow the introduction of hardware to support subscriptions as a standard in addition to supporting 4K

Personally I believe the BBC needs to change and has needed to for some time - not so much through the current, apparent political conflict but more due to the changing nature of their audience and competing services.

Younger audiences (16-24) watch significantly less TV content than older audiences across all UK channels and have been for some time as this is beginning to affect the older demographics as well (i.e. 25-34).

Combined with BT/Sky's competition of new series and sporting events, the BBC stands to become left behind unless the change how they deliver and charge for their content.

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RC4 crypto: Get RID of it already, say boffins

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Quick overview of WLAN security options

So, we now have the following WLAN protocols that are unsuitable for WLAN connectivity where there is an expectation of security:

Open

WEP PSK

WEP Enterprise

WPA with TKIP and PSK

Suitable for restricting access to a WLAN network and making decrypting captured information difficult in less than one month (maybe longer):

WPA with TKIP Enterprise

WPA with AES and PSK

WPA2 (includes AES and CCMP) PSK

Secure to the extent WLAN allows (assuming sensible key lifetimes):

WPA with AES Enterprise - should still be OK, should strongly consider migrating to WPA2

WPA2 (includes AES and CCMP) Enterprise

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...

And fire. Bankers, lawyers, celebs, politicians, their respective genitals and fire.

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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

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How about:

2013-2014: US$3.4b

2014-2014: US$2.9b

Growth: around -15%

I don't see anything that will stop the decline - as capacities increase, research costs increase and sales remain reasonably flat.

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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Re: 15.8 billion!?

I suspect you could get one and a bit failed NHS IT projects for that amount.

What do you mean that wasn't the answer you were after?

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Re: sleight of hand

Based on information available from Snowden and other sources, telco's in the UK/US/Canada/Australia/NZ were more than happy to work with governments to install the technology to capture information flowing across the telco networks without having to go to extraordinary lengths to install equipment covertly.

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Re: How is this 'Hacking'?

The suspicion is that people are getting into these locations with buckets (or similar containers), cutting these cables and collecting what falls out to take home and analyse looking for state/industry secrets to profit from.

P.S. please great flying spaghetti monster, tell me I don't have to use the joke icon for this....

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

While these things are always open to interpretation/different points of view:

- IMHO smart phones and HD video killed the FlipVideo market. I suspect FlipVideo was a disaster for Cisco as there was little of real value in the IP

- while Linksys may have provided a useful change of direction for Cisco by increasing the use of open source software, Linksys and their open source violations meant there was a lot of pain involved. Couple that with a consumer market that was in a race to the bottom for home network gear and I suspect this was another expensive mistake as the likely target was improving set top boxes which hasn't been one of Cisco's star performers in recent years.

So the previous owners of FlipVideo/Linksys are probably happy - the employees that didn't get a share of the acquisition pie would be less so.

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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

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Directory scans aren't needed for HTTP as on the client side the path is determined by the webpage or on the server side the path is determined by the web server config or webpage - you aren't doing a remote directory retrieval or the other overhead introduced by CIFS/SAMBA.

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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

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Re: Exponentially? NP-complete?

Correct - scarestories are only BS-complete

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: The channel is talking itself into a panic - Stop it!

Greece is about to fall over heralding a new global recession.

The Windows 10 previews are just a cover for MS re-releasing Windows 3 .x as senior management believe that if they cycle back to that, they will get another 10-15 years of success.

My dog just relieved itself on your floor.

It's bad now but it's only going to get worse.

I'll give you a tenner for the lot - you can't say fairer than that...

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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Re: To be expected - keep watching though

But surely once Scottish Government IT were free of their English oppressors they would rise up and create new, mighty IT systems?

Or have I been watching too many SNP election advertisements that I recorded to pass the time? What do you mean sad?

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'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

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Re: This obsession with growth...

Exactly - I speak as an Oracle hater (you want HOW MUCH more for your licences and support this year?), but they are still making a lot of money

Yes, cloud is eating into some of their sales (and will continue to), but almost US$11b/year gives you a few ways to address that when your margins are sohealthy.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Now it becomes clear.

In Al Qaeda's defence (how often do you hear that....), they were only hiding your remote control to thwart Mossad's attempts at hiding your remote control.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Re: Asked and answered

The ending had not been maintained for some time and a decision was made to close it for free users.

It is still available for customers paying for premium access to stories.

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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

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The threat comes in the form of the telecoms quad-play - broadband/mobile/TV/Internet

In 2014, Ofcom gives BT a estimated market share of 31% of broadband and EE say they have a 33% market share. BT's relationship with OpenReach helps for providing backhaul bandwidth to mobile towers and BT are starting to invest more in TV to improve content provision.

This is largely theoretical, but any precedent set allowing BT/EE will likely be countered by the two main competitors in triple/quad play: Vodafone and Sky

Now for pure speculation:

If it does go ahead, I would expect Vodafone take Virgin and Sky to take O2/3 leaving anyone outside these large players (virtual MNO's, ITV, BBC) in an uncomfortable place.

As for consumers? They will probably benefit from more content (whether they want it or not) but it will come at a higher cost.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: i bet....

I'll take your bet...

Corporate e-mail pretty much comes down to three conflicting features:

- cost. Cloud services offer per user costs that scales nicely with the business versus on-premises solutions.

- security/control. Cloud services rely on international treaties/contracts between parties vs having it in-house under your control.

- functionality. Do you want Google's search capabilities vs Microsoft's calendaring. Or maybe IBM's retro feel of this is how crap e-mail was in the 90's?

Having used e-mail systems from all the major player's in large (20,000+ seat) environments and having seen the differences Google Mail maybe a good fit for UK government

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: My God:

The snakes are also NOT riding on the backs of laser-equipped sharks OR taking drugs and driving dangerously.

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Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

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Re:Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

And if you remove the middle men who have been endlessly looping the same content through different channels, will you end up with any content at all?

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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Re: Did the insurance company require an audit of the insured network?

If there was an industry-wide regulation that covered storage and transport of health details then "adequate" would be defined as meeting those requirements.

i.e.

While it may not be mandatory, encrypting your data provides “safe harbor.” If your data is somehow breached or lost, provided it was properly encrypted, it will not be considered a breach of unsecured protected health information. To protect yourself and your data, make sure protected health information is encrypted in any possible location.

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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Re: We didn't need that many TLDs afterall.

FIFA is the 1000 lb leech stuck to the side of football while ICANN are the monkeys on the typewriters of Internet regulation.

The monkeys are locked in the room and their hygiene is poor, hence the smell...

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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Or combine the two systems to make 802.11acdc

That would really rock!

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Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index

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Re: Forecasts

Here's the 2010-2015 predictions to judge by:

http://www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/public/sep11/nowell_01_0911.pdf

2010: 20EB/month

2011: 28EB/month

2012: 38EB/month

2013: 50EB/month

2014: 63EB/month

2015: 81EB/month

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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Re: LG

In defence of the overpaid rebranding consultancies - the good ideas get rejected by the client and so they are utterly dependent on the account manager taking the client out for an all you can drink business meeting where said account manager has to come up with some "brilliant" idea while smashed out of their skull on booze and coke.

I would however question why said account manager almost solely depends on toilets for their inspiration. i.e. the ideas all resemble crap.

Note: maybe this isn't 100% accurate. Lets just agree on high 90's...

Note 2: maybe overpaid rebranding consultancies don't require defending...

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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If Google can't be trusted to baby sit my children who can?

This is a serious question - I would like to go for a beer.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: coming from ireland, Re:David_H

You were lucky - we were allowed to plough the fire breaks (quiet roads....) but were never allowed to carry out an unsupervised burn off.

There's something about a burn off that is very satisfying... Or it could be the barely suppressed arsonist in me....

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All hail Mad Frankie Maude, noble Lord of Cabinet Office Axemen

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Re: Thank god

Are you sure we need the tags? I think I need a sponge to catch the drips...

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: @ Sysconfig: Is the reason for the Gigabit....

My guess is that they are offering gigabit because:

a) the fibre they are using supports it

b) they can easily get cost effective equipment that supports gigabit and reduces the need to roll out an upgrade in a few years

c) they can manage bandwidth usage via configuration

I don't believe there would be any significant cost or scalability difference between fast ethernet and gigabit ethernet at this point in time. Contention will be handled at the interconnect points with other ISP's rather than at the customer or local exchange level (assuming local exchange traffic is less than 10GbE or a multiple of that.

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Telstra builds trans-continental land bridge for data

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If I have my maths right...

Light through fibre is usually around 2/3 the speed of light in a vacuum - around 204,000 km/s versus 299,792 km/s). That gives a best case of 54ms for a round-trip between London and NYC and 38ms for Sydney to Perth.

I'd expect NYC-London to be slightly higher (although it is now possible to send traffic without repeaters, I would still expect them to be in use on current circuits and the distance is the direct route versus the actual cable distance) while the Sydney-Perth route is probably accurate based on the distance between the two cities via the A1 highway.

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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RE:Autonomy and the City

The Autonomy management team, bankers, accountants, auditors are all likely to have contributed to the original value of around US$5.7 billion (which was over valued based on HP's write down to around $3.3 billion) - but HP and their advisor's seem to be the ones that bumped that figure up to US$11 billion.

To pay double the market rate suggests HP had a plan so cunning they could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel. Or that HP's board were thick as two short planks. Possibly both....

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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Re: How to tell?

From http://forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/general/note-4-variants-camera-sensor-t2901512

"If anyone is interested in checking/verifying the sensor then open the dialer app and type the following number *#34971539#, choose ISP Ver Check. "

Samsung sensor:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2966981&d=1412983672

Sony sensor:

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/10/14/aju9evu7.jpg

I don't have a Note 4 to check this with.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Re: just want to say I consider my Lumia 735...

Here are the IDC figures for 2014 global phone shipments - 10% looks pretty optimistic:

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25282214

OS Shipments (millions) Revenue (millions)

Android 1,060 (82.3%) 255,102 (60.9%)

iOS 178 (13.8%) 116,540 (33.8%)

Windows phone 35 ( 2.7%) 7,782 ( 4.2%)

Other 14 ( 1.1%) 3,480 ( 1.1%)

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

I remember when Blackberry realised that they needed Android compatibility to save the Playbook and avoid relying on developers recompiling apps for the Playbook.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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The only real question that matters is....

Price

If Intel can provide a solution that is price competitive with ARM/MIPS based solutions, they may succeed. History has shown that they show all of these wonderful features, charge a premium and service providers choose a cheaper option.

There will be hundreds of millions of these devices deployed and the US$5+ difference in cost between running a Intel x86 and a ARM/MIPS CPU that provides all of the required functionality soon mounts up.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Malice?

From other reports, the issue appears to have been a problem with the application (not the hardware or OS) hence multiple affected aircraft.

One thing I am unclear on is the need to return to the terminal for Wifi access - I would hazard a guess that they had backup hardware but needed to re-sync the information but that is speculation rather than inside knowledge.

Hopefully there will be a public report for what went wrong.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: On/Off switch?

Retrain or wear your watch on the other arm?

Or I'm sure Apple will sell you a second watch for your needs....

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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The Black Hand's Law

Not every law is real and some are just made up on the spot....

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: cat /proc/cpuinfo

It looks like the issue is caused by Intel's use of inclusive caches, so 80% of desktops are Intel:

From "The Spy in the Sandbox – Practical Cache Attacks in Javascript"

"The Intel cache micro-architecture is inclusive – all elements in the L1 cache must also exist in the L2 and L3 caches. Conversely, if a memory element is evicted from the L3 cache, it is also immediately evicted from the L2 and L1 cache. It should be noted that the AMD cache

micro-architecture is exclusive, and thus the attacks described in this report are not immediately applicable to that platform."

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Re: And Another Thing

Re:VM's

But isn't the attack based on correlating web browser activity with the L3 CPU cache timings?

If the L3 CPU cache information can be inferred from a user process (from what I understand, you issue an instruction to evict a L3 cache line and read it as it is reloaded and infer what is happening based on timing memory accesses), virtualisation may make the attack more difficult due to additional activity but wouldn't defeat the attack.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Re: Have Royal Mail learnt nothing?

Doh!

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Have Royal Mail learnt nothing?

They should have got a respected US author to write the preliminary report and then got a German writer for the final report. The final report will show that the sub-postmasters were guilty as they had a clear documentation trail that they provided to the investigators.

When the preliminary writer questions the findings of the final report, Royal Mail mumble something about laws preventing the release of the preliminary report and wait for the whole thing to blow over. No one will remember this following the success of the Qatar World Cup....

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Need speed? Then PCIe it is – server power without the politics

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Re: Going to be slow regardless

On a similar note:

Latency Numbers Every Programmer Should Know

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~rcs/research/interactive_latency.html

Some of the details are a little out (i.e main memory access is now lower than 100ns - mid-70's looks more accurate) and memory access across QPI links is around 300ns (+- 20ns).

Main issue with QPI scaling (and any switch based scaling) is that latency quickly jumps as you chain switches to add more cores/PCIe lanes

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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Re: WHY?

You'll never fail to complete a £10 million project, better make it £100 million.

You'll still save the taxpayer £77 million....

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Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

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Adobe

While both Adobe Reader and Flash are common, surely they provide to little challenge to include in a hacking competition?

Maybe use PC's without Adobe products and the teams can use PC's with Adobe products to quickly discover 2-3 flaws as a warm up? Keeps the costs down for the competition and maybe stops the constant dribble of Abode patches....

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Staingate?

Can't Apple just suggest turning on the browser parental controls to stop the cause of this issue?

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Nvidia tears wraps off GeForce Titan X (again) and $10,000 GPU brain for DIY self-driving cars

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Re: hmmm

- suspect there will be some memory magic and you won't be able to use the full 12GB, based on the lesser Maxwell's you should get around 10.5GB full speed. Still lots...

- heat is likely related to die size. It is a very big die (harder to cool when everything is busy) and hard to produce flawless dies (due to the number of dies from each wafer) so likely to suffer some leakage.

- Memory bandwidth is bus width x speed - they haven't changed from the GTX Titan Black and based on size/heat, a larger bus would have been a step to far on 28nm process.

- Linpack I can't guess at. Sufficient? :)

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Patch Flash now: Google Project Zero, Intel and pals school Adobe on security 101

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Re: Ah... patch Flash you say? Hahaha.

"Why someone decided for Flash to be an integral component of a website to upload files boggles the mind. Seeing how we are the customer in this case I requested for them to provide us with an alternative solution."

Can I put money on the alternative requiring Java?

Pessimistic? No, my glass is completely empty. Your round?

Because it's Friday....

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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Re: Why is this not a reality TV show ?

The success of reality TV shows is inversely proportional to the intelligence of the contestants.

i.e. I'm a celebrity, make me eat animal genitals (or whatever it is called....)

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