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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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A moral duty

To build a porn search engine

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HP admits to backdoors in storage products

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Complexity !

Complexity is irrelvant in passwords,what's important is length.

"hp magic backdoor password"

is a better password than

"hp43!@#!ohOH"

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

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The hybrids do about 11 laps per fuel stop

that's about 90 miles and takes just over half an hour

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First C compiler pops up on Github

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Or a PDP-11 emulator in javascript

http://pdp11.aiju.de/

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Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

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Moral of the story

You can't make money inventing things for poor people to use.

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First the NYT, now the Wall Street Journal: But are hacking attacks from China new?

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Re: Defense in Depth

Safe Browsing

Diagnostic page for articles.latimes.com

What is the current listing status for articles.latimes.com?

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 4 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 4288 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 336 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-02-04, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-02-03.

Malicious software is hosted on 3 domain(s), including ads.zitaholdings.com/, openx.org/, d1.rumbaypelo.com/.

1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including openx.org/.

This site was hosted on 7 network(s) including AS36408 (PANTHER), AS31133 (MF), AS6854 (SYNTERRA).

http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?client=Firefox&hl=en-US&site=http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/01/science/la-sci-living-crystals-20130202

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Stanford super runs million-core calculation

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This release makes it sound like Stanford engineered it

The 1,572,864 core computer is built by IBM and runs Linux.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Sequoia

I don't know what record they are claiming to have achieved with 1mill cores.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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Action to help Ministers and publishers understand the importance

of respect for intellectual research, anmely economics :

"If supply is infinite, price is zero"

No amount of wailing is going to change that

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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I thought the future was Twatter ?

Ideas running short

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A month to go on Cookie Law: Will Google Analytics get a free pass?

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I can't wait.

I've had some success via the Advertising Standards Authority http://www.proweb.co.uk/~matt/asa_pcworld_haha.gif

And via The Telephone Preference Service "can you hand me to your supervisor now, you've committed a criminal offence by phoning me"

I'm really looking forward to this cookie law being enforced, I'm going to be such a dick!

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Sky News admits two counts of computer hacking

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Re: Public interest defence

The Computer Misuse Act doesn't contain *any* defenses, let alone Public Interest.

The best you can do is say you didn't know you were unauthorised.

http://legislation.data.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/data.htm?wrap=true

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Scientists refine smart self-assembling building blocks

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32KB !

> can also only run 32KB of program code with around 2KB of memory.

pfft, kids today, in my day that was more than the program code, the memory, the OS and the screen RAM combined. And we liked it!

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Bring-your-own-mobe pilot for BlackBerry-shunning council bods

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These are people with access to RIPA

Making these phones a *very* attractive target.

One "sandbox" app across two platforms. Yeah, that sounds like an excellent idea.

Sandboxes, pfft, they work great on compromised devices.

Still, no less secure than whatever shitty Dell is going to be running at their homes.

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New steganography technique relies on letter shapes

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Is that how you get a degree these days ?

Still, they are better than some of the Comp-Sci graduates I've interviewed.

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Virtual server farm goes titsup TWICE in a month

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They don't promise 5 9's

They promise to compenstate you for the difference.

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Genetics and technology make Columbus Day a fraud

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pedantry

not Iain Banks, he uses Iain M. Banks for science fiction

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Judge cracks down on Bayesian stats dodginess in court

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1 in a million always dodgy to me

I've always thought the X in a million chances of a DNA match was one of the dodgiest statistics around.

DNA is not randomly distributed. So to say "picked at random from the popualtion there is a 1 in X chance of a match" is not the same as "the chance of DNA picked at random from the town in which you and your ancestors have lived in for over 1000 years is 1 in X".

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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That's all very well

But every job I've been self-qualified for and interested in says "Graduate ....."

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Three more charged in Anonymous hack spree probe

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get a grip

> which pass powerful database commands

hello, this is not the Daily Mail

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Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux

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> While Linux is supposed to be open source, Microsoft has claimed since 2007 that more than 235 of its patents are violated by the project.

Care to explain what "supposed to be" to is trying to say here ?

And what on earth does that have to do with the claim by Microsoft ?

v. sloppy Brid-Aine

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Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites

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So it's BROWSERS that are broken NOT TLS ?

Because TLS is used in other places than the web browser, in your Email connections for instance:

Received: from TX2EHSOBE001.bigfish.com (tx2ehsobe001.messaging.microsoft.com [65.55.88.11])

(using TLSv1 with cipher AES128-SHA (128/128 bits))

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Coders howl over Google's App Engine price hike (natch)

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bunch of whiners

$500 a month for hosting and no sysadmin to pay. Not an amazing deal but not ruinous either.

About the same as going to Rackspace.

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UK man faces five charges for repeated Facebook hacks

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Must have only use 6 proxies

n/t

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Coulson arrested

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P.A.C.E.

Be on the Lulzboat, 6am, knock & raid.

Bribe police officers, interfere with murder enquiries and terrorist investigations, turn up at the station at your leisure.

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Mac OS X Lion to include browser-only boot

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give it a month

and it will be broken open via a download rendering it not only useless but dangerous

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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generic name for obvious app

When I saw thew bullet points for what's new in iOS5 my first reaction was : "blimey, you've been living *without* those things for all this time, I thought your platform was supposed to be useful. I guess they had to spend a lot of time getting the phone to pretend to be a flute".

And the icon, the symbol for WiFi combined with the symbol for sync as used by 1990s Palm Pilot.

let me know when there's some *real* news, ta.

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Virgin Media, Readers - an apology

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upstream ?

100Mbps x 1m houses = 100,000 Gbps

Somehow I don't think they can supply that

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Foreign Office endorses 'free' Microsoft travel advice API

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Oh BBC, pot kettle

BBC News has learnt that the Government has spent tens of thousands of pounds developing iPhone applications.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10514367

"It seems many Government bodies have given in to the temptation to spend money on fashionable gimmicks at a time when they are meant to be cutting back on self-indulgent wastes of money", he told BBC News.

BBC News iPhone and iPad app launches in the UK

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10738882

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Debian 6: Have your Debian and eat your Ubuntu too

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Gnome / KDE are for lamers

Personally I use Rio from Plan9port, that's right. a WM you've never heard of.

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Government defends need for census

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Are you, your parents or your grandparents Jewish?

http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com/

You didn't think they administrated the deaths of 10m people with pencil and paper did you ?

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UK fraud losses soar to over £38bn

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Trickle down the back of your neck

He we don't call it fraud, we call it quantative easing.

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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Lunix

Getting Java running is hard enough!!

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Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power

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Porridge, with jam

A guy I kind of know was in prison (he was caught with guns an live hand grenades in his car !!). He kept running his business with a mobile and played Xbox all day. He said if it wasn't for the fact he couldn't have sex with his missus he would have been quite happy to stay inside.

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Facebook suspends personal data-sharing feature

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Sleeper

I might click OK this week when I have no juicy info.

Then a few months down the line I get tempted into the "link this account to your mobile so you can MMS right ot your news feed" feature and I forget I already gave Zynga permission to SMS spam me as and when.

Or better still "reply to this text to stop this sort of spam" [only 1.50 per message, two messages required]

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Sarko to use G8 presidency to promote net regulation

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bunch of ranters

> to see how we can regulate the virtual city **while still regarding the internet as an opportunity**

an opportunity for whom and for what ?

Commerce is already doing fine, no need to touch that

anyway, I hope morality is just a smokescreen.

"The bombs dropped on Hiroshima killed 200,000 people, so you can stuff your morality" - crass

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Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot

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Linux is a cleaning product on t'continent

Looks like kitchen roll

http://masalaforall.com/funnypic.asp?id=3362&hid=20&s=1&c=1&wp=1&ps=9

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Genes Reunited server storm dumps pile of emails on mailing list

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Email - damn stuff

I have to send bulk (solicited) email. Writing the code and pressing "send" is a nervous time, even when you think you've tested everything.

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PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug

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Loving the hate

PHP is disliked because it is a shit language. Simple as that.

It has no rigourl, arguments to functions are inconsistently ordered str_replace is it (in_this_string, replace_this, with_this) or (replace_this, with_this, in_this_string) ?

then, of course, there's this http://imgur.com/7unV7

PHP is popular because it has batteries included and back when I started using it, when it was called Personal Home Page, the alternatives were CGI (mostly Perl) or ASP (vbscript, jscript).

I continue to use it through gritted teeth because once I've coded it up my replacement for ongoing maintenance will be much cheaper than me.

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Stealing credit card details via NFC is easy/pointless

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Need an address for online ?

I don't think so chummy.

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LG kicks off work on quantum dot TV

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But what are they made from ?

Is it Chinese unobtanium again ?

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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Market Forces ?

This should be a golden opportunity, the campaigners should start a business offering porn free internet / porn by password internet.

They'll either make a mint or lose out from lack of demand.

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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With your eyes? How primitive

1) Decode streams

2) run FFT on output

3) make visualisation of output

4) presence of higher frequencies means better quality

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Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin

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We did this for lulz

The first year "Stars in Their Eyes" had an online poll they had nothing to stop multi-voting. So we whipped up an auto-voting script. Was funny hearing Matthew Kelly say "we've had an amazing response to our Internet voting".

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Virgin demands ISPs end broadband speed 'con'

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"10mb suitable for small households"

Is already a lie.

Average is also useless.

10mbps from 12am-12pm

0mbps from 12pm-12am

is avg 5mbps

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World's most advanced rootkit penetrates 64-bit Windows

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MBR writing is due to MS DRM my friends

A windows PC doesn't fill the MBR so "clever" apps have been using it as a private scratch space :

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/ucgi/~cjwatson/blosxom/debian/2010-08-28-windows-applications-making-grub2-unbootable.html

including but not limited to HP ProtectTools, PC Angel, Adobe Flexnet

http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/08/28/2112208/Some-Windows-Apps-Make-GRUB-2-Unbootable?from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+slashdot%2FeqWf+%28Slashdot%3A+Slashdot%29

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Coraid lands $25m funding whopper

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btw. Coraid uses Plan 9 From Bell Labs

I know they don't make much of it in the news but I know they do as they are very active in the Plan9 community, in fact they hosted last year's Plan 9 International Conference in Athens, GA. http://4e.iwp9.org/

Brantley is a nice guy, I wish them all the best.

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Google Nexus Two 'lands November 8'

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Two is Three

> City A.M. called it a second Google-branded phone.

oh the ignorance flows like Ukrainian aluminium runoff

The Nexus One was the SECOND Google banded phone. I might just replace my G1 with this, the *third* Google phone.

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Unisys hit by mainframe, services declines in Q3

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Painted into a corner

We don't have the way out after all.

http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-870805.html

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Facebook to encrypt user IDs to block 'inadvertent sharing'

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Non-identifiable .....

sending a hash of my username instead, thanks

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