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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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who's calling who authoritarian?

"[Snowden's] revelations about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government"

^^ seems to me he's undermining authoritarian government in Washington DC.

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Moneybags pour shower of gold on new mega-precise GPS system

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within an inch?

When I was surveying in ~2005, it was possible to obtain quarter-inch accuracy with GPS if there was a CORS station (basically another GPS at a known location, logging its deltas online) within several miles. This was high-end gear, of course.

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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fuck streaming

I've been talking to some friends about this crap, and we aren't impressed. The internet is unreliable, and for many of us, always will be. We want simple DRM-free downloads so we can watch movies uninterrupted, at full quality, now and in the future. That is all.

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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Re: rename Office 365 to office 420

I think that's right. 420 = police code for "smoking dope".

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Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial

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i.e. consumers are morons

My Android phone arrived with malware pre-installed. So did the Win8 machines I hooked up the other day. And that's just what the manufacturers and carriers install. ALL the app stores are full of sketchy stuff. Almost as bad as warez sites. If you don't know what you're doing you're screwed no matter what.

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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the problem with boats

...is the US Navy. They would have weeks to find him, then it's a simple matter of stopping the ship in international waters and taking Snowden off it. Shooting down a commercial airliner isn't an option... even our government isn't *quite* that despotic yet.

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Internet pioneer Vint Cerf predicts the future, fears Word-DOCALYPSE

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rasters

PNG and TIFF (caveat: use a standardized codec) are decent for long-term storage. Most of the public records I've seen are black-and-white TIFFs with CCITT G4 compression (like faxes). These are things like property deeds and engineering drawings, stamped and signed by a bunch of people then scanned. Everything else gets thrown away after a few years, especially the Word docs and CAD drawings. Pretty decent system.

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Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

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It'n Youtube, eh?

Downvoted by me and 930 others :)

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Domain registrar attacked, customer passwords reset

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I heard about it from name.com first, so that's good.

The passwords probably ARE one-way hashed - they should be - but weak passwords are still vulnerable to dictionary cracking. And a LOT of people use weak passwords. (Sheesh, you should see some of the admin pw's I've seen on EMR systems...)

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Now if only...

...Google could create a Youtube Android app that doesn't suck...

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Re: @Mark Shuttleworth: Comments Of An Ubuntu User

LOL. "Professional" = Excel macros

You want to have it all... Canonical and Redhat and SUSE haven't been able to deliver half of that between them in 10+ years. Security and Excel macros - that's a perfect example of two things which cannot coexist.

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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Re: Wait a minute

"New York has the kind of extra money laying around to play "whack-a-mole" with online pervs?"

Work zone speed traps

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: I don't want to use bloody Linux

Windows is a piece of shit, but it's not as fragmented as the Linux distros. It's like Obama vs Romney.

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Of course they'll use a builtin GPU in a console-like mass-produced PC. Either they'll convince a board maker to include a GPU with enough oomph, or design a custom board. Doesn't *have to be* proprietary or expensive (but chances are it will be, more or less)...

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

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UI "not the coolest but by far the most productive"

I hear that. Android and iOS... suck ass (hey, I'm sticking with the RIM jobs theme!)

Now bring back the QWERTY keyboard...

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: 486?

The 486 has a few MMU features the 386 lacks, notably page write-protect in kernel mode. That's probably the source of the complexity Linus was referring to. Could be the new instructions and builtin FPU too.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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QR codes are so 2011

However, anyone who still thinks they're cool is a prime victim.....

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: LOL, more misguided crap from idiotic writers

I use it. It's not too bad, because it doesn't have many users. If everyone comes over from Twitter and Facebook, G+ will be just as bad. It's already slipping.

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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

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html5 dev tools = browser & text editor

Adobe loves to make everything too complicated. People know to stay away.

P.S. html5 is NOT vapourware. It's a DRAFT standard, like every other relevant internet standard. Yeah, it's got issues, but if you're only supporting recent versions of Chrome/Safari/Firefox, it's probably the least crappy viable platform out there today (which isn't saying much...)

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One week left before US faces clamp down on piracy

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Go ahead

OMG, what'll we do if Comcast boots us off the internet? Wash the dishes, take out the trash... save $70 a month... stop ordering crap from Amazon... play music... do sports... maybe even write an OS...

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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marketplace.firefox.com ??

Mozilla could be making money from JS apps right now. Unfortunately the effort is behind schedule. Wow, they finally opened it up to the public... but so far no desktop apps or paid apps.

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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

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'Trivial and obvious'

The Apple patents in question, e.g. tap-to-zoom, are both trivial and obvious, while a patentable invention must be neither. This is sadly typical. Companies use dodgy patents to contrive artificial brand distinctions.

Perhaps the patent system could be saved, if all these lame "how you use it" patents were summarily invalidated, leaving only a few "ingenious mechanism" patents. But our Congress is incapable of fixing laws. So I'm in the anti-patent camp. I'm tired of living in a litigious society. I am an inventor at heart... but I decided not to waste my life inventing products that'll embroil me in legal proceedings and ultimately be shot down by bogus patents.

Could innovators compete without patents? Sure - on implementation, quality, efficiency, business practices, marketing, etc. Brilliant ideas are a TINY TINY factor in the success of a product.

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How to fix the broken internet economy: START HERE

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Re: Missing...

Yes there is: universal value tokens - i.e. digital money. If I could, I would happily give a few bucks for stuff I can download for free. But not if I have to screw around with PayPal, Apple, Amazon, Google... that isn't money, it's "funny money": non-fungible private currencies with exhorbitant transaction costs.

I don't know if digital money is *practical*. Even more than physical cash, it's prone to abuse by governments, banksters, drug/arms/slave traffickers, and other organized criminals. That includes Bitcoin.

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Seagate sucks hard disk biz from Samsung

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Sonofabitch

Just when I'd found a hard drive maker that hadn't gone the way of Seagate... grrrrr

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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Me me me

I look kinda Steve Jobs circa 1990, I know computers, I'm egotistical... the California account could be tough though :)

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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

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I heard that on NPR yesterday... that the drones were rushed into combat in 2001-02, video encryption was left out, and Iraqi insurgents have been intercepting it for years.

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Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

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Sounds like marketing bullshit to me.

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How Apple's Lion won't let you trash documents

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WTF?

Of course not! Apple doesn't give users a choice... I *assume* Lion comes with all new Macs, correct me if I'm wrong. Vista had to compete against XP. Plus, OSX upgrades are $29 so users figure "what the hell, it's worth a try" unless they've been burned before...

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Yeah! I like The Reg specifically because it's NOT Slashdot.

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Why modern music sounds rubbish

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I can attest to that

I saw The Who (well, the surviving half) a few years back and it was LOUD. 140db sounds about right... I think the standard example is "jet engine at 10 feet distance".

I've been into classical/traditional music for the last decade but I would LOVE IT if I could enjoy rock/metal concerts without clarity-destroying earplugs. I used to play that stuff... rehearsals were a pain in the ass. Blame the drums. It was barely tolerable at first when our drummer had a basic 5-piece set... but he expanded to about 7 drums and 7 cymbals, so we had to keep turning up the guitars, then the drummer wanted to be louder, and by that time he had mics for demo recording, so all he had to do was turn up the PA. And the two band members who couldn't be bothered with earplugs, they developed high-freq hearing loss and thought everything sounded fine. Jesus Fucking H. Christ.

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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

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True... but not as it should be

Open source will dominate those areas eventually. The laws ought to change too.

It's actually the regulatory/bureaucratic bullshit that drives me away from enterprise work, not the "boring" image.

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

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"Leave it" - yep

I'm happily running Fedora and XFCE here. Still have 10.10 on my netbook... that was a surprisingly good release after the disaster of 10.04 LTS.

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Misery at Acer: 'Breaking even this year is impossible'

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Netbook fanboi here :)

I've had my Asus netbook (running Linux) for a year and a half. Still good as new. One with a 1024x768 display and solid state disk would be tempting, though... certainly more so than a tablet/smartphone.

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AutoCAD LT arrives on the Mac

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Not true

On PCs, GenCADD was popular 20 years ago, until AutoDesk bought it out and killed it. And on high-end workstations there was CATIA, Intergraph, etc. Pretty amazing stuff compared to the crap that dominates now.

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Google+ succumbs to Facebook game envy

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Bah

There goes the best thing about G+... no Farmville etc. Well, that's probably the main "shortcoming" preventing my non-geek "friends" from abandoning Facebook.

But, who really cares? Enough with these social network articles already! :)

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LinkedIn smashes through dire economy with HUGE sales jump

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Ouroborosian statistics

"we saw record levels of members, unique visitors, and page views..."

Thanks to all the hype surrounding the IPO. Those are the most meaningless statistics for a site that depends on *active* members who nevertheless are too busy to piss away their time there.

"...while revenue growth further accelerated"

Thanks to advertisers lured in by the jump in traffic.

So is LinkedIn doomed? Not necessarily. I thought it was obnoxious (especially since the IPO announcement) until I signed up on Monster and Dice, briefly. And with CareerBuild I didn't even get that far (yep, it still exists.. WTF?)

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Schmaltz-powered Chrome overtakes morally superior Firefox

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Not according to my stats

I have AWStats running on a site used by non-geeks, so this isn't distorted by NoScript etc. Right now it's a pretty even split between Firefox, Safari, and IE8 (less and less, mercifully!). I get a few Chrome users on my blog site.

I suggested Chrome to some friends/family/clients last year, and used it myself for a while, but we're all back to Firefox now... we like to be the ones in control!

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Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

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Re: Multi-devices

So iOS gamedev is like developing for a console with fixed hardware specs, while Android is more like PC gamedev, which requires a lot of effort at hardware support. I'm no fan of Apple, but I can see why indie game developers are focusing on iDevices. This was all predicted a year or two ago, too.

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Dongling P2P downloaders 2nd-biggest mobe data users

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Paying the wrong people, too

WTF indeed! Something is seriously wrong with these people if they'd rather give money to cellular carriers (those bastards!) than to their favorite musicians.

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OS X Lion paves way for "Retina Display" monitors

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Wow

204dpi according to Wikipedia. Impressive, especially for a 10-year old product. Must've cost a fortune then, of course (even by Apple's standards! :)

Why Apple had to invent a special case for "x2" resolutions is beyond me. Every other OS has a few different icon sizes for use at different DPIs, adjustable according to user preferences.

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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

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"less-lethal"

Full metal jacket rounds are less lethal than hollow points, statistically speaking... isn't that good enough? :)

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict

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So...

I guess Android is the only half-decent option for a smartphone, eh?

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MacBook batteries susceptible to hack attacks

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Security through obscurity

in other words.

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Oracle buys Ksplice

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Who needs it?

If you're running a virtualized cluster, do you really need this kludge to patch a running kernel?

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

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facsimilie copyrights

There is some value in facsimilie reproductions... but it's mostly in paper, printing, binding, etc. Scans are a dime a dozen.

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curation/indexing

Registries of Deeds do the same thing, and they don't charge money to access the scans. (Except in very corrupt areas...)

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Go ahead and spy on customers, says judge

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Probably...

But who cares? Then they're screwed.

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Google turns off sidelined Labs section altogether

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shrug

I for one would appreciate it if Google actually polished up its core services and got rid of the neglected ones... like maybe Groups, Reader, and definitely Buzz.

Labs is basically a place to *advertise* new ideas, but most people don't even look at it. There's plenty of innovation happening *outside* Google, though.

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Google Go strikes back with C++ bake-off

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Qualitative differences

Reminds me of the old adages about lying with statistics. It's hardly surprising to see this stuff coming out of Google, a company built on fuzzy statistics. These papers are also a reminder that computer scientists aren't necessarily great coders.

What struck me about Hundt's paper was the clarity, brevity, and relatively good performance of Scala, apparently with less implementation/optimization effort than all 3 other languages. The Go code looked cryptic by comparison. I'm not switching languages because of this, but I do keep an eye out for C/Python alternatives. Scala just keeps looking better and better. Now if only it allowed inline assembly... :)

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'Robots can save America', says Obama

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hmmm....

At least those secretaries knew how to write properly, and the file clerks kept things organized. Now we leave all that to managers who lack the time or patience to do it right. Same thing's happening in engineering, where drafters and other helpers (i.e. young engineers) are being replaced by software.

It's ironic how automation has undone labor specialization. I suspect that we've already passed the point of diminishing returns in a lot of areas.

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