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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

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I remember these, you could get them in Thief II. They were fun.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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How about a compromise?

Drop the leap seconds, but insert a leap minute whenever it drifts that far (should be every hundred years or so.) Considering almost all time zones are only accurate to the closest hour anyway, there's no real need to try and pin them precisely to solar time, approximate is good enough.

The only downside I see (which might be significant) is this would make it a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people, meaning we're even less prepared for it when it happens.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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I guess it depends on whether you interpret "tackling" as implying a successful action, or merely an attempt.

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CIA-funded spy data safe Palantir doubles in value in 18 months

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But can you talk to Sauron with it?

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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OK, from now on, I'll call you "An Ambulance".

It does seem like a somewhat questionable design decision. I'd say anything short of an unambiguous "call 9-1-1" or "dial 9-1-1" should be met with a request for confirmation. Maybe even then, given how iffy speech recognition can be.

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I have at least once heard 911 referred to as "nine-eleven", by someone who I guess you could call a country girl. So it may be that was common in some regions. I would think that post twin towers attack that usage has pretty much died out though.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: AN OUTRAGEOUS ERROR!!

You're not familiar with Kelvin-Hertz? It's a measure of how much a computer heats up per cycle. Although at 20 Kelvin-Hertz this design does seem fairly impractical.

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Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

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Re: lax domain name maintenance

I donno how much a .de domain costs, but in general anything other than fancy .word domains are cheap. About the price of... say five bottles of ketchup. Registering a domain for a few extra years just to make sure no one snags it while your promotional materials are still in circulation seems like a very reasonable precaution to me.

Ten years would probably be overkill, but at least it should expire no sooner than the ketchup in the bottle it's printed on.

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A sensible QR reader will sure the the URL first and ask if you want to go there or not. If yours doesn't do this, try a different one.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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What? It's right here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

And it wasn't hard to find at all, I just googled it.

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Re: Can It Really Do That?

I hear web camming can pay pretty well...

Or along more conventional lines, I suppose if you're planning to open certain types of business, internet access could be a factor in where you choose to locate. So in that way it could bring jobs to the city.

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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

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I think what they said is that it wasn't allowed because it wasn't necessary. Which might actually be close to the truth. I can't recall the exactly language or anything, but don't the new rules say something to the effect that traffic shaping necessary to ensure reliable service is OK? But if it wasn't really required, then it become suspect.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Square Underscore Square

Evidently you don't have the right font.

It should look like this.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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It all depends on how much they pay. I mean conventional same-day or next day delivery service isn't exactly cheap. It doesn't seem fair to just assume it won't be worth the price of gas.

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Alright. That does make more sense. Although I still don't understand why it was punctuated like that.

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This is beside the point, but I'm having a really hard time parsing this:

We have also received historical data – so far, however, the lander had not been able to contact us earlier.

The way I'm reading it, it almost gives the impression he expects it may be able to have contacted us earlier in the future... which surely can't be right. Best I can come up with is "According to the historical data we received so far, this was its first chance to contact us." Or something like that. Would that make any sense?

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Censorship Angle

So, if this had been place however many years ago that was, would it have stopped IWF from meddling with album art?

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Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

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Not in this case. Even under the mistaken interpretation that "Japanese fish" and "sex boffins" are separate, the Oxford comma wouldn't be used because there are less than three items in the list.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Re: All very well....

What gets dropped? Useless busywork. Do you know how long a typical child spends in school (in the US since that's that I'm familiar with)? Around eleven thousand hours. I don't know exactly what they're filling that with nowadays, but I know that 1000 hours is about how long you'd expect to spend training for an entry-level skilled labor job. So clearly they have time to teach reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, 'rograming and seven other skills which may or may not have an R near the begging at moderate to high level of competency. If that isn't happening it's because much of the time is being wasted.

Is that an over simplification? Hell yeah. But I think my point stands, there's plenty of room for improvement without bumping anything that matters.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: cultural marxism

I think efestnetz is referring to the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. Some regard this as a conspiracy theory, but it's not completely illogical. There is if nothing else a certain similarity between their views and those of the least likable branches of feminism. The type who would say "You think you're happy with that receptionist job, but you're actually being oppressed and just don't know it yet."

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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@ theodore

I like how The Register makes this comment fade off into the distance. So much better than actually seeing the end of it.

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I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

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better and simpler

No, that's what the report abuse feature if for. Blocking is for accounts you find annoying or offensive, not necessarily accounts that have done anything illegal or objectively wrong. If I were to start replying to @SundayGospel's tweets with "Wake up! God isn't real." I would fully expect to get blocked, and they can now easily recommend their religious friends do the same, which is fine by me. But it's not Twitter's job to intervene in something like that.

If people want to put themselves in a "filter bubble" as another comment put it, I say let 'em. It might even cut down on false abuse reports somewhat.

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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Cutting corners on security to make a buck? Surely not?!

It's worth remembering that he didn't actually work for the NSA. He worked for a company that worked for the NSA. While they doubtless assured the NSA they had top of line protections, ultimately any money spent on that is just overhead to them. Maybe it's not so surprising if their security wasn't up to par.

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Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

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Seems like the "Dark Web" label was slightly misleading (though he admitted as much at the start of the talk). Only the drugs part was actually on the on what people usually call the dark web. I could also quibbled with calling Tor a web browser, which isn't strictly true and was even less true back back when it was first invented.

But all-in-all it was very entertaining and maybe even a little insightful. Good show.

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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

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Re: @fruitoftheloon

I believe the US also used census records in rounding up and imprisoning innocent Japanese people (many of them US citizens) around the same time. Better than being gassed, to be sure, but not exactly a pound moment in our history.

I'd like to think nothing similar could happen again, but you never know.

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Dodgy colon bug is a total pain in the butt for Skype users today

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Maybe Skype shouldn't be scrapping addresses you receive in the first place. If it just presented the text as sent, surely this couldn't happen. Even if it automatically turns addresses into links as a convenience, I find it unlikely it would fail that bad. I suspect it's actually trying to visit the addresses for goodness only knows what purpose.

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Android Bitcoin wallet Blockchain was briefly borked

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Somewhat sloppy explanation

It wasn't that "one lucky account holder" got sent 34 stray Bitcoins. It was that everyone who used the defective version of the app shared the same account, and as you can see it's been fairly active. So 34 BTC is the total amount that has passed through it. It's unlikely that one person was responsible for transferring all of it out.

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: “unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading”

You most certainly can get a tablet for a similar price (with no contract). There are advantages to the e-ink devices (battery life and better readability in daylight) but I don't think the price is really one of them.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Free*

It's clear that you can keep running Windows 10 indefinitely if you install within the first year, but what I wonder is whether it will be possible to reinstall after that year is up, should the need arise. If not, I'm not sure I'd want to put myself in that position, even if it turns out Window 10 is better than the current offerings.

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Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

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I think you mean MNG and APNG. In any case, I always suspected that the biggest reason they never caught on is because people couldn't agree on one or the other.

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Twitch.tv: Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

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It's set out to be provocative, and has provoked a reaction...

So why give them what they want? "Don't like it, don't buy it" (or don't watch it) seems like the ideal response in this case. Now they can say proudly call it "The game too controversial for Twitch".

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Sounds like it's really about that one specific game (Hatred) then and they just wanted to make it sound less political. It doesn't seem very useful as an actual rules clarification considering many PC games aren't actually rated by ESRB, and "adult" games almost never are.

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Mozilla signing vetted add-ons as thoughts turn to security

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First DRM, now they're trying to lock in control of who can make plug-ins. I wish I could say I'm surprised.

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Re: The UK model

I'm not sure I buy that theory of pedophilia, but I have had a similar hypothesis that because most people will first experience sex or porn as something illicit and forbidden (since they're underage for a few years yet after puberty) this may create a lasting association which is probably not healthy.

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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But just think how rich he'd be if he started mining bitcoin on that machine when it was brand new?

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Re: Orly?

It may have been. If they downsized images for bandwidth / formatting reasons the exif would likely get stripped out as a side effect. Or it may have been that they thought protecting their users' privacy was a good thing.

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Regarding the keywords

"Underage" is the only one of the keywords that should have been blocked. Though I suspect the reason it wasn't is simply that almost nobody was dumb enough to bluntly state they were "underage" in the first place.

Referring to young women as "girls" is very common. If that implies pedophilia... well we have a problem. "Young" is a perfectly valid term, which could easily be applied to anyone under 30. "Fresh" and "tiny" might be a bit suspect in this context, but they still don't prove anything illegal is going on.

Finally, "roses" which I had to look up, doesn't refer to underage girls at all; it means money. So I don't even see how it applies in this case. It could be used to disguise prostitution listings in personals ads, but if they're admitting to being "escorts" anyway, I don't see why they'd need to hide that money was involved.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

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Re: So in summary...

And it seems to rely heavily on JavaScript too.

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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

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Re: Mods on steam

Not to mention that Steam itself has spyware capabilities, so at best it'd be a lesser of two evils kind of trade.

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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So the idea is if you get malaria, presumably in addition to drugs intended you cure you, they give you viagra to stop it from spreading?

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Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

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Re: How does this effect Chromium

According to wikipedia's page on Chromium, the add-on restriction is one of the things Google inserts before turning Chromium into Chrome. So the other browsers based on it should be unaffected.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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All they did was offer a version where the little checkbox is off by default. In my experience DRM often taints a product's entire design, so that doesn't come close to resolving it.

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Boffins brew 'Stop Light' that turns photons in fibre into memory

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Delay Line Memory

Now there's a blast from the past.

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FCC wants to know if carriers can grab some of YOUR WiFi signal

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Wait, what?

If it's unlicensed, why does T-Mobile need to ask the FCC for permission? Or are they wanting to broadcast at a higher power than would be allowed for unlicensed use or something? If so that doesn't seem like a real good idea.

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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

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This story would be so much more exciting if you deleted " training program".

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: Is there ...

No, but there IS a Unicode character for it. ∵

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: Prajnaparamita

I agree. That's crazy.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Pornography and minors

I couldn't swear to it, but I'd except the relevant law has a "knowingly" in there somewhere, so they're probably okay.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: reg gaming desk to busy playing with themselves.

Regarding that one-sided legal agreement, I can see how Bethesda can claim ownership (or as they prefer to say, a perpetual irrevocable license) to content created with their toolkit, but a complete mod normally includes art files made with Photoshop, 3DStudio, a microphone and your own lungs, etc. I've always been unclear whether they claim to own (license) all that stuff just because it has been packaged with a mod at some point. And if they do claim that, I have serious doubts about how it could be legal.

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Re: Misjudged things?

To hear Bethesda tell it, it was Valve's idea to monetize mods, but Bethesda was significantly involved deciding how it would work, e.g. being uncurated.

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