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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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The problem with allowing users to write their own question is that although it confers security to smart users, it confers broad new vistas of insecurity to dumb ones. Which is, unfortunately, most of us...

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Re: Spell it phonetically

His full name is currently Bruce QKNNqX5RPied54StngMi0ZfMNF8l637cwywzQJ1302FdwG3R4NLodqYi1vMy6FS Schneier.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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You've reached Half Life? Wait until you reach Deus Ex, you'll love it.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Parking?

I don't know who said it, but I am sure a correctly designed automated car would reply with "OFFER ACCEPTED."

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Re: Hype

Autonomous cars will never be a match for real taxis until they can develop and share bigoted and/or racist opinions with their passengers. Although come to think of it plugging them into a twitter feed would probably do the job nicely, so maybe cabbies should be concerned.

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HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

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Re: ITYM NGINX...

I've used it extensively, but I still want to pronounce it "nnn-ginks" whenever I see that name.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Re: Fly wheels?

Turns out that flies don't even need wheels. Those guys had wings all along!

I'm as surprised as you are,

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: Time for biocontrol

Begun this clone war has.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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Interesting to see Plusnet on the bad list. Not that they are terrible when they are simply taking money in exchange for a pipe to your house, but if something goes wrong then you're going to realise pretty quickly you're dealing with one of the BT family of companies. If I had known when I signed up that they were a BT subsidiary I would, of course, have avoided them like the plague. It's a useful guideline...

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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Re: Like grep? sed? awk?

Powershell does give you Windows equivalents of most of the standard unix commands, but they work to an inexplicably designed standard that ensure these must always have an entirely unmemorable name, return output in the most unexpected format possible and have at least one massive functional flaw that makes them useless in a medium-size swathe of scenarios.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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How does it stack up to current batteries?

I was staying at a friend's place somewhat out the way in Australia a while ago, where mains utilities aren't a thing, so they get all their electricity from the sun and store it in what looked to me like a bigger version of regular leisure batteries. That provided enough electricity to keep everything running in the house well enough.

Are there any reliable comparisons around of how the Tesla specs match up to the solutions currently used in that type of environment?

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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Re: Oh fuck it, if it compiles then ship it

Look we need to get this out ASAP - either we get this running properly or the consultant will have to come back from the golf course. It's big picture stuff.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

But everyone has access to the same developments, and the highest frequency is once per minute, so even where algorithms are ruling most decision making they don't have to be impossibly fast, so can take the wider situation into account and more sophisticated ( and consequently less liable to cascade failure ) algorithms can be developed.

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Re: Let me get this straight

Rather than a minimum period why not just make all markets turn based, so that trades are played out on the minute every minute. That seems like it would make no difference to the effect of the shares in terms of providing liquidity to companies, but reduce the maximum frequency of trades and consequently stabilise the extremes.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Meanwhile in the House Judiciary Committee

Presumably Bob Goodlatte is considered oxymoronic by many coffee aficionados.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Welp, sounds like they've got the security stuff sorted out now. Everything is going to be fine. No chance of future boo-boos from these security masterminds.

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Re: I like Costa

If it had been a dalmation or wolfhound that would have been fine...

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Neurobabble makes nonsense brain 'science' more believable

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I find this article very persuasive because it has a picture of an MRI image at the top.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Re: There's a joke in there somewhere

"Punchline number 4 please."

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SharePoint's next release delayed until deep into 2016

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Cher point

I am slightly weirded out because I have used that exact image for that exact joke recently. I didn't publish it anywhere so far as I recall, so I'm sure it's parallel evolution, but nice to know that someone has the same sense of stupid jokes as me...

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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LeNOvo

If I was reading this with a view to buy, the Lenovo would certainly seem like a good buy, until you realise that as a non-business user they're going to be spying on you with their pre-installed spyware.

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'We STRONGLY DISAGREE' that we done WRONG, says Google

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Re: There's a lot of bad to be said of Google

I think that a lot of the people involved in this case are actually the irritating aggregator middlemen, so that if Google figures out you are searching for a business they will pop up a box with the business contact details and ( if they can find them ) opening hours in your results. Previously you might have gone to one of the carefully SEO-tuned sites that stood in as a middle-man and then seen a bunch of adverts for things you have no interest in. As Google's search has got a little smarter, that business model doesn't work so well and the aggregators and SEO specialists get pretty angry about that.

As a user, I rather prefer it.

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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Maybe cheatable games are not even that fun

Games that can be cheated with bots and auto-aim are a fairly specific subset of very twitch-based game. It seems possible to me that as time and game design move on, the goals of a game may become more creative and less about who has the fastest reactions, at which point the ability to cheat becomes less useful and the ability for server-side validation is increased because the need for instantaneous communication is reduced.

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Chef Delivery

Rather than "Chef Delivery" they could have called this part "Waiter". It would have been way more in keeping.

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

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Altitude Lift Lohan Trial Having Especially Wide And Yet Unlikely Parameters

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Google-Twitter hookup rumours pushes up babble blog site's shares

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Guaranteed to go ahead

I would have thought this to be the most frivolous of market nonsense, but nothing makes a takeover more likely than a Reg piece saying it won't happen, so this article practically guarantees it.

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Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

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Holmes

The way they are cutting the police budgets, this will soon be their main stream of income. Well, this and speed cameras at any rate.

One might hope that they will start having to investigate crimes with bigger returns until the only thing the Metropolitan Police can afford to do is investigate large-scale tax fraud in the City Of London. As the list of Tory Donors going through the dock gets longer, they may well find their budget reinstated...

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Re: Badger surveyor

Nope, they just have to count enough badgers to complete the sett.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

The NSA's experimental crazy-beacon is showing itself to be quite effective in early tests.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Holmes

I recently bought a beard from Germany and it was fine, but I only really needed to because I couldn't find the kind of beard I wanted from anywhere in the UK, normally I think most people would favour local suppliers.

What? Why are you all looking at me like that?

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

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Re: This is a great innovation

At least in north Wales you don't have to pay more when it rains harder. Also when the clouds break apart there it reveals some pretty great scenery, though my experience of living in Wales is that most of the year the cloud is far more reliable than any web services.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian?

From what I can tell it is not impossible that the Deccan Traps were antipodal to Chicxulub- the asteroid hits and pushes such a forceful wave through the planet's core that it bursts out at the nearest available point on the other side. If this was to be correct then the Siberian Traps may be antipodal to another impact somewhere in the southern hemisphere. I don't know how Siberia and Australia were positioned relative to one another at that time, though.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: This makes me so happy

As the line you appositely quote states: It's how you take the original, and extend and transform it, that counts.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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Ask Roko about that one

If the basilisk arises they will be proved entirely right and it will also really suck to be them.

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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Re: ".. faces life behind bars.. "

Most Aussies planning to spend time behind bars come to London.

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Devs don't care about cloud-specific coding, right? Er, not so

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Who is it for?

I've been working on some cloud stuff recently and been around a lot of other people working in various associated areas and the point that I have reached is that I just don't know who it is better for.

It is hard to develop for the cloud- way harder than regular client-server or application development - and debugging any code running in the cloud is a massive pain in the ass. You have so little control on your application's environment that you need constant fault-tolerance.

It is hard to maintain applications in the cloud- most of the things that matter in terms of system maintenance are outside your hands so if something isn't working you are stuck with raising support tickets for your friendly local provider to ignore and then in a few weeks time tell you it was fine anyway. When the service goes down ( and it inevitably does ) then your product is unavailable.

As a consequence of these, applications developed and hosted in the cloud are often fragile and inconsistent. This makes the end-user's experience less pleasant and it is easy for hard-to-reproduce situational bugs to arise.

So it is hard to develop for, hard to maintain and tends to create unreliable user experiences.

I'm not saying that there is no benefit to a cloud-style approach for some applications, but in most cases I can't tell who the cloud is supposed to be for.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: We'll see...

A Nobel prize for telling people where farm animals live? You'd think it would be more difficult.

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Re: @M0rt

The Commentard Uncertainty News Theory perhaps?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: I've also had a few of these.

When people ring me up to ask whether I am responsible for the telephone line at my house, I deny having a phone. That either confuses them so much they spend a lot of time trying to convince me that I must do or - in the most satisfying cases - they just apologise and hang up.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Another no-show

Just in the market for a new laptop now and Lenovo have definitely put themselves out of the running for me. That said, I'm not sure whether this isn't the ideal time to buy- normally after a company has been caught doing something intensely unethical, they are well behaved for a few months until their marketing departments decide that everyone has forgotten about it.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Google becoming the new Microsoft

As was observed in that neat TechCrunch piece a week or two back, Google are very much becoming the new Microsoft and when you look at where the majority of their new hires come from it is absolutely self-evident why that is to be expected.

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The Extreme Centre, Rise of the Super Furry Animals and The Kind Worth Killing

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" You have to hand it to Ali; he’s been kicking against the pricks for so long, he knows his subject like the back of his hand and goes straight for the jugular.

I don't even want to think about how going for the jugular constitutes a kick against the prick.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Big news for the arms trade

Coming up next: Limpet mines made from actual limpet.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Timely...

Around that time the human population bottlenecked to a few thousand individuals. Coincidence, or set-up for a future sci-fi epic?

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Better than expected

Absolutely! There is a pernicious myth that the private sector is somehow "more efficient" by its nature. Practically this seems more likely to be related to a matter of scale- huge private sector organisations are quite as clumsy and bureaucratic as public sector ones.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: I can say...

I have been a BT customer in the past surely EE can't be that bad... oh wait, what's this? BT have bought EE?

Between the customer service and the "Everything Everywhere except for phone signal in your phone" thing, definitely time for a change.

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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Interesting

A lot of love for Sony phone here. I had a low-mid range one a couple of years ago and it was great. Having had a Samsung lately, I would certainly go back to Sony as the best of the Android Smartphone bunch, assuming they survive long enough.

I'd like to believe that if they keep making good stuff, users will come to it, but its a big world, who knows?

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Accused Silk Road boss's lawyer insists he was just a fall guy

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Re: Sir

Why are you worrying about a trial in America when there is a minotaur in there with you? You need to get to safety!

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Also the interface on TV is always incredibly slow, showing each face in turn as it flicks through them. That always seems like weirdly stupid design to me- what are we going to do with the glimpses of all those faces? - but then I do watch films and worry more about the realism of the user interfaces they are using than the implausible stunts so it is more than possible that I am a total idiot.

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