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23 posts • joined 8 Jan 2010

How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

Quando

Re: Dear Prof.

Because the total number of disturbances in the river that extend its length will depend on the 'original' length that the river covered.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: How about a better frame rate?

BBC white paper - http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/publications/whitepaper209 - agrees with you. Would love to have seen these tests, but while marketing rules then resolution increases are easier to sell...

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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FAIL

Re: @BongoJoe

They kept is so quiet el Reg did an article on it:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/04/google_recaptcha_street_view/

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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The article is spot on.

Had the horror of a Samsung 'smart' TV and apps - thought it couldn't get worse until I got a View21 HD Recorder - interface on that is so *very* slow, full of bugs and silliness that anyone with a clue would have spotted before release. Already had to do a factory reset and wipe the hard drive of recordings after about 3 weeks of use when it hard crashed.

Only TV recorder I've used that was any good was PlayTV on the PS3 - and that is just SD and single channel recording, but the interface was built by game developers and is slick - rapid response, no crap just does what it should. Paired with a blue tooth remote it's great. [Why are TVs still using IR remotes? They suck compared to bluetooth and the batteries in the PS3 one last for ever with tons of use] iPlayer on PS3 is a mess though - have to get the trad controller out for some operations.

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Apple squeaks over revenue estimates, misses earnings target

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Re: Number of shares

One is revenue, the other is profit. So looks like their margin might have dropped a % or 2 this quarter.

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Übertroll firm bags DRM patent for 3D printing

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3D printing should lead to less people fixing things - the cost of replacing an item will tend towards the price of raw feedstock and a bit of energy. Will eventually always be cheaper to print a new one than fix the old one.

For a while 3D printers will help those who fix things by printing out a new spare part for the larger item, but before long they'll be able to just print a whole large item. Fun times ahead.

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Symantec source code leak becomes torrent

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Re: Comparison

Nice numbers but the norton (cr)app will have graphic assets in it, as they never could bear to use the OS defaults, so 80-90% of that size will be that. Or a mass of signatures baked into the code? Either way: data not code. Kernels are pure.

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Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

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Skippy: the evidence often indicates that they do form it.

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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

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That prices is lower than keen amateur photographers will spend on a DSLR + lens. The priceless part is the clear sky in Greece - no hope here in south London. And patience. Lots of patience.

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Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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He can just publish it...

If the platform needs it then he can use the same vectors as a virus would use to infect the platform to publish+run an anti-virus scanner/cleaner.

On a more sensible note: an AV scanner basically needs to be integrated at the OS level on a platform where all apps are sandboxed, so he'd need Apple support to develop and release it, and who is to say that an internal team at Apple, or one of Kaspersky's, don't already have AV software running in the OS on all devices?

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

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Re: Wind

Your day night difference is out by 1000 - the difference is about 13-25 GW not TW.

But your 0.3% calculation is correct.

http://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/Electricity/Data/Realtime/Demand/Demand8.htm

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Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

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Pint

You can improve the graphics more with the beer addon.

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Shoppers love fondling iPads to fill out sex health survey

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Easy - get a £59/annum developer licence to cover the whole organisation building the software. Build code using the free tools provided, test, run on up to 100 devices.

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

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UK price

£89 for the new smaller Kindle - www.amazon.co.uk for a pre-order. That's for a wifi only version (doesn't appear to be a 3G one).

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Sneaky tracking code (finally) purged from Microsoft sites

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Probably just cut+paste sample code

The iPhone one is probably just everyone using the same sample code (http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#samplecode/Reachability/Introduction/Intro.html) for their 'is the internet' reachable tests - the sample uses www.apple.com as the target URL to test for WAN access . I know I've just cut+pasted that into apps where I needed to know network status, and I suspect it would trigger a hotel wifi re-direct page when it runs.

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Spotify's music manager makeover - does it work?

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On bundle pricing

A flat rate volume pricing model works for me - if I decide I'm going to make Spotify my primary music player/library/purchase place then paying them £50 to get 50p/track works - given the time taken to hunt around all the other stores trying to find a 'bargain' price on something I think I'll take the slightly higher (but probably average out to 0 difference over the long term) price per track and simplicity.

I get so fed up with myself for spending minutes/hours trying to save a few £ on something when I should know my time is my most valuable thing - I'll never get more of that. My target rate of time spent hunting to reduce the price on something I'm going to buy vs the money saved is 5-10 times my effective hourly salary depending on my mood - problem is I tend to forget that until I'm far too far into saving £5 on a £100 item....

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Google Docs

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Is this a title?

Why do you need cursor keys with a touch screen? If you have a physical keyboard then sure, but with an onscreen keyboard?

I'm not an Android user but GoodReader on iOS devices has full read access to the google docs so there is obviously some API for getting to them - maybe writing isn't exposed yet though.

Editing a spreadsheet google doc on iOS using the Google app/web browser was a painful experience and from the screenshot in this article it looks to be the same on Android - things can only get better yeah?

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Casio goes superfast with compact megazoom

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hi-res sensor

Hi-res enables shooting wide and cropping down later and still being able to get solid A4 size prints.

As long as the sensor is up to handling the resolution without going too noisy.

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Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?

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Coffee/keyboard

#include <requiredtitle>

"inspired by the medieval equivalent of a 419 scam"

Phrase of the year so far.

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Sony punts pair of trendoid cameras

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Sensor on the nano not worth taking stills with

I suspect the sensor on the nano is a video optimised chip - probably doesn't have much (if any) resolution beyond 640x480 and the Apple marketing people are not going to try and sell anyone a 0.3MP still image are they?

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Samsung e-book reader range doubles in a day

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So that's why they have audio output....

"The readers will have a text-to-speech facility too." - it finally makes sense to me now why these e-book readers have audio output. And I guess once you have text-to-speech an MP3 player is a small extra software module.

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RSA crypto defiled again, with factoring of 768-bit keys

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So how long to factor it using a botnet?

If "Using a single-core 2.2GHz AMD Opteron with 2GB RAM, sieving would have taken about 1,500 years" then a 10,000 machine botnet takes 54 days or so. So a 70,000 machine network is a week, assuming they are all just single core and are running 24x7 [big assumption I know - I'd expect faster machines on average, but not running 24/7].

Alternatively how much would it cost to rent that much CPU time on Amazon's cloud?

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