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ZeniMax lobs sueball at Oculus, says space cowboy Carmack rustled its code

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Re: It really all comes down to whether Cormack is using rendering or ui...

In most US contracts anything you create in your own time while employed belongs to the company.

How do you think Apple gets all those child workers to assemble iPhones ?

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re: So ZeniMax is now claiming ownership of Carmacks mind?

Yes, anything you learn while working for ZeniMax means you can never work in that field/language/technology for anyone else. Good luck recruiting now guys.

The state of Ma was notorious for taking a very broad view of non-competes, even when they weren't in the contract. With the result that nobody ever wanted to hire anyone that had ever worked for a computer company in Ma - so nobody leaving the couple of famous local universities would ever work for a local software company - and instead got the first flight to Santa Cruz.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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"data protection laws protect all recordings"

All BT's billing data was wiped today by an update to DB2

We can't copy customer's data said IBM so we had no choice but to wipe the database

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Why is Hawking bloviating on AI this and that?

Surely you cannot be criticizing St Stephen of Fry ?

The patron saint of Apple Mac fanbois

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Oh good. A buggy - ie effectively insane - all powerful AI entity.

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Re: I like Elon.

If the Federal government accounting rules compliance REALLY adds $300M of cost to each launch then I suspect the US has bigger problems.

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Re: I like Elon.

>ULA are dicks and deserve every bit of this.

This was the same ULA that managed to get SeaLaunch effectively banned from operating out of Californian ports because it was a weapon, and then got American companies banned from launching on it because it used Russian rockets.

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1, The Russian stuff works

2, The Russian stuff is cheap

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Re: Something cultural within Sony

But Sony goes one better and introduces technology that isn't even compatible with themselves.

They refused to release minidisk as a computer data format ( 78Mb on a disk 1/4 the size of a floppy ) because of concerns from their movie studio that it would lead to piracy.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Re: Lack of customer service...

The Canadian ones do - they even say it in French as well

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Re: Lack of customer service...

>Border staff are not really "customer" facing

Yes they are, they are the first sign of British officialdom that a visitor meets.

Tourism brings in $20Bn/year, London is the most visited city in the world - you think you could afford a smile.

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Re: Lack of customer service...

You seem to be trying to apply logic and common sense to an official policy.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Hot damn!

Nice response though - "we will reset some important areas but we aren't too worried"

Other way around and it would have been an international cyber-terrorism incident and involved the server being taken down and put under armed guard while drone strikes were targeted on LEGOLand

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: Strategy

Exactly. The limited release models of VW's 1litre car costs $150K, I betting they manage to mass produce them for less than the cost of a Ferrari

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Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

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Re: I find this amusing...

Going to make business on the internet a bit tricky.

Of course the Eu could ask the Russian government to force all it's citizens and businesses to hand over all their SSL private keys, all their VOIP and VPN sessions etc to the Eu - and so the Americans.

And naturally this agreement would be reciprocal.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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Re: top tip: ubuntu is full of crap

Yes you can turn it off and it will be off-by-default in the next 14.10 release.

But this is an LTS release aimed at corporates, sp especially annoying to have it turned on

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Re: There is a skills shortage in this country

There is a shortage of skills in this country because those of us with any skills fsck-ed off to another country where we get 90K instead of 25k.

Go west - the coffee is better, the scenery is better, even the beer is getting better

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Have they asked their trading dept?

The same banks don't seem to ever complain about not being able to hire traders or hedge fund managers. Perhaps there is something different about the pay and conditions ?

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: Foot, meet (another) bullet...

Tricky to run an application on a cloud server if the data is encrypted in such a way that the cloud server doesn't have access to the keys.

In can be done - for a very small value of done - but it isn't easy

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Re: Not just a blow to Microsoft's attempts to assure non-US customers

>Then the USA (or their trained attack puppy the UK) will just grab the data.

>Nothing must stand in the way of USA jurisdiction.

That's what was more worrying about this - it isn't the NSA or CIA grabbing the data, we know they are above the law. This was a low level judge in a local court. Suppose some judge in East Texas as a favour to a golf buddy decides that all your medical data is subject to a warrant from his friends in a local insurance company?

If it is hosted by a company that has a single US office, or possibly a single US citizen on the board then, it's free

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Re: inevitable

Why not - half the cabinet seem to live off shore in tax havens.

I don't see Britain invading Jersey or the Isle of Man

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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London leads the world in technology

Like Birmingham leads the world in shipbuilding

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

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Re: Not just protectionist

Sorry typo - should have been can't

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Re: Not just protectionist

Ironically not - you can buy a Tesla in another state over the web, register it in that state and bring it to NJ, you just can buy it from a showroom in the state

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Re: Wot IT shortage?

Or you are paying crap / offering crap work - and the people who are currently working at Google / Apple / Microsoft or doing high frequency trading systems at banks didn't queue up to apply ?

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Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

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Re: You missed one big bit

You also missed the bit where Elop got to keep, and forgot to declare, a bunch of share and bonus options at Microsoft - which were dependant on MSFT getting sales of its Windows Mobile product to some handset maker.

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UK bank heist-by-KVM gang sent down for 24 years after nicking £1.2m

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Re: £10 - really?

You can probably pick them up quite cheaply at your local bank, in fact they might pay you to take them away

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Hex codes are a good thing

I don't think it's that they are in hex that is the problem - it's that they are a million digits long. Which is a bit annoying if you have to manually configure lots of machines and remember if the printer is 2001:0db8:3c4d:0015:1234:4321:abcd:ef12 or 2001:0db8:3c4d:0015:1234:4321:abcd:ef12

I understand DNA bases and hold technical opinions about them - but I find it a lot easier to call my wife by her first name than shout out 3Billion base pairs to identify her.

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Re: Doesn't matter who "invented" it

And communism was invented by the British Library.

It doesn't mean it was a secret British plot to destabilise Russia, split Germany in two and keep all Britain's other enemies in Africa busy fighting each other - that would be a ridiculous conspiracy.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

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re: CLI being spoofed

>I'm entirely against CLI being spoofed

If you aren't going to allow it to be "spoofed" - then you will need a government agency to issue official CLIs and enforce their use. A phone version of the DVLC

And it's going to have to have international agreements so foreign calls are also correctly id-ed.

And it's going to have to deal with Skype, VOIP, conference calls web-sms gateways etc.

It's a little like having a law saying your reply-to email can't be "spoofed"

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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Delivery time

So does it take longer to get a replacement delivered than it takes the INS to get spares from its office 7miles away?

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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Re: Really?

Couldn't they just go down to HomeDepot and hire a couple of Mexicans with a van?

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: Which cliche works here....

So exactly the same as organisations like the BBC do when showing India/Pakistan maps in India/Pakistan or middle-east maps outside Israel

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

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Re: PWOAAARR!

Those are selected incidents of the story, you can follow all the sordid details on reddit or ycombinator. Including the more worrying detail that the wife of the founder who allegedly did the bullying but wasn't employed by the company - claimed to have access to all the customer records and private chat logs

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: Breaking News!!

>Most Americans are stupid.

Compared to a country that chooses it's leaders from the same heriditory class that went to a couple of boys-only schools and then studied politics at one university. Where not a single minister has any technical background and who fire science advisors if they fail to agree with the Daily Mail.

A country with a monarchy that is more of a meritocracy than the governing party !

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: IP Deathmatch

Story in NYT today.

The Wright brothers spent the decade after inventing the airplane suing every other maker of aircraft - claiming that their patents covered not only their solution to the problem but all others.

So flaps (which they didn't invent) were covered by their wing warping method (which nobody now uses)

They spent so much time in court and neglecting their business that they and their backers went bust and by the entry into WWI the US declared it had no usable aircraft designs and had to buy French ones.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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Re: Who Is Ripping Whom, RIAA?

The RIAA are in court at the moment with lots of 50/60s artists who they haven't been paying.

Their claim was that any change in lineup invalidates the original deal with the band and all the musicians had to renegotiate/reregister their royalties - meanwhile the RIAA banked the money.

One famous musicians was having to license his old recordings for ads to raise the money to sue the IRAA to get the royalties for the same recording being played on the radio.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Re: Fixing an airborne aircraft

But they are in a much better situation than you. They just have to go to the taxpayer/government and say that they need $M extra this year to plan for a change in operating system in 10years time.

Any reasonable elected official would agree to closing a few hospitals so that the taxman could have an easy transition - everybody loves the IRS afteral.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux

Yes it does make you wonder how anybody managed to run a city before the ribbon(tm)

If only they had the cell update animation of Excel in the 90 then Germany could have managed to build a decent infrastructure and manufacturing base

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Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux

But it was long term cost. A govt thinking beyond the next quarter was what was so amazing.

The guy in charge said at the time, (IIRC they were skipping migrating off W2K?) - it will cost more than this upgrade, you would be amazed how cheap the quote fro MSFT gets when you have an alternative, but having control over the upgrades 10-20 years in the future will save us more.

Now how many countries are spending $100M on extending XP support?

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Re: If you want Poles of excellence ....

Thats unfair - so many of our MPs are prepared to get up off the backsides to discover why people want to be on the boards of Tobacco companies, defence companies and lots of other companies recieving contracts from their departments

Some are so dilligent in their undercover research that you almost never see them in westminster

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: @TRT

>, there's about 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater already.

But that's natural organic free-range uranium

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Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

>That's because floating power nuke plants are a daft idea

For every reason except planning consent

Cost/time to get permission to open a reactor in San Francisco vs permission from feds to moor one 12miles offshore

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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>"A burglar may be a career criminal, but the court does not reveal to the jury this fact

But it might take it into account when issuing a shotgun license to someone with 20 convictions for armed robbery vs a gamekeeper on a scottish grouse moor.

The question here is, was there a link between the "don't you try and hire any of our people" and "nice product you've got there - shame if it violates any our patents" emails from Jobs.

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But the point here is if a concerned neighbour comes upto you and says - "that wiring looks a little a little worn it could cause a fire, you should get it looked at" you might reasonably make a different conclusion than if a Mafia boss comes into your restaurant with three goons and says "that wiring ....be a shame if the place burned down - you should sell to me now".

Steve Jobs wasn't calling the boss of Palm with friendly business advice - it was a threat, anybody who had dealt with Jobs knew it was a threat, the jury should know it was a threat.

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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No you wouldn't. The crypto routines are implemented form a set of standard published algorithms. It is relatively easy to prove that encrypting string X with key Y in truecrypt produces the same output as anyone else's AES

There might be mistakes, there might be bugs which leave memory around and help you guess the keys, there might even be backdoors (if you are truly paranoid) in the original design of the algorithms that the NSA and Bruce put in there and the worlds cryptographers haven't spotted.

But backdoors in the code that allow an NSA passwd to decrypt anything are going to be in the keyhandling. The big concern fro truecrypt users was that on windows you need to run a signed driver which you can't (easily) build yourself - so you have no idea if what you were running was what they claimed.

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EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

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Won't somebody think of the agents?

Soon after this is implemented all the criminals in the USA will be caught - how could it fail with continual automatic CCTV identification of all 51Million bad guys - and then what will happen to all the FBI agents?

Will they all be reduced to collecting used cans in shopping carts - along with all the police officers?

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Ha ha ha ha ha ha

In this city the average price of all homes is now >$880K so it's not difficult to retire with a "net worth of $1M" - it doesn't mean you are throwing $100 bills out of your Bentley

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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Re: Foot, meet bullet

No worse - it says we are changing our system to stop rat droppings in future.

That's what worries people.

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