705 posts • joined Friday 4th March 2011 04:56 GMT
"4 used from £3.46"
It might actually be noticeable. In my brief stint GPU mining bitcoins, back before they were hundreds a piece, I found it was enough to introduce a small but annoying lag in mouse movements. It also sucked up an extra 60 watts or so.
And it's a killer too, mostly of flies presumably.
But if I had a pet fly I would be very concerned.
Sounds like it could have been hilarious if they'd just set it to fill in random options be default.
This is why you should stick with opens source jet fighters.
Fuck off FDA! They're my genes, not yours.
There should be a loophole though. As far as I know it's still legal to do gene testing as long as you don't attempt to interpret the results. Just return the raw gene information. Then a separate outfit could tell you "for educational purposes only" what a given bunch of genes might indicate.
Re: Just when governments start closing tax havens down, along comes Bitlocker
Bitlocker is the hard drive encryption system that comes with professionals versions of Windows. What are you talking about?
Re: this doesn't make business sense
Unless the sudden increase in bitcoin value tips the balance in favour of "fuck those files, I can't afford to pay that much!".
I assume that's exactly it. Obviously they could have demanded even more money from the start, but they must have decided low hundreds struck the right balance being being a good amount of money and being low enough that people would pay. As long as there are more then four people willing to pay $400 for their data for every one willing to pay $1600, they come out ahead, and I would guess this is in fact the case.
What is this, I don't even
What possible legal or ethical justification can there be for this? This is the "cyberwar" equivalent of gunning down a bunch of unarmed villagers.
Re: "Port 1984 (El Reg presumes the port number is pure coincidence)"
I just looked it up, and apparently 1984 is the official port for Big Brother. No really. It's a network monitoring tool. I can't figure out if that has any connection to this though.
This kind of thing is why automatic updates scare me. Every update service is essentially a backdoor which you're just supposed to trust will only be used for benevolent purposes. Anything goes wrong (either with their security or their ethics) and a huge number of computers can be pwned all at once.
It may not be much, but at least they're doing something that could plausibly make a difference. It's better than Google, Yahoo and Microsoft who complain about the government not letting them reveal details of the snooping, but completely cooperate with it anyway.
Bitcoins can be divided into 1*10^8 pieces... in theory. But this isn't completely problem-free because just like no one wants to be paid with hundreds of pennies, nobody wants to be paid with thousands of "satoshi"s, as the smallest Bitcoin unit is known. Recent versions of the Bitcoin software automatically turn over such small change to the miners, which is somewhat controversial. I think the smallest unit it will keep by default is worth roughly a penny.
importance of friends and family
I believe the context is that his friends and family are offering to post bail so, they assert, he would not jump bail and cause them to lose their money.
I really fail to see how this is any worse than the malware companies routinely slip into software as part of various DRM schemes. It's long been suspected some of those could cause actual damage such as causing optical drives to fail.
Ryan said that essential police systems weren't affected by the infection
So why was this nonessential system worth paying criminals $750 to recover?
Damn, there goes my laser powered lizard kite project.
I'm curious how this interacts with the existing I2P network, if at all. On the one extreme, it could be totally separate, just borrowing the protocol, on the other it might actually relay traffic, which I2P nodes do by default, unlike Tor. Considering I2P has a smaller user base, this is going to give them a heck of a stress test if it catches on.
No thanks, for now at least.
They've been coming around in out neighborhood asking if we'd like to "upgrade to fiber for free", but a friend did it and their phone no longer works like it used to. I forget the exact details but I think they had to start dialing the area code even for local calls and other similar nuisances. Although consolidating infrastructure is obviously good for the telcos I'm gonna need more convincing that it's any good for us consumers.
That kind of problem has nothing to do with copper vs. fiber as such, but the bigger picture is that people know exactly what to expect with a traditional landline but any replacement will be, at least initially, will have alot more uncertainty. I guess that's where the FCC comes in, but I don't have a great deal of confidence they'll be able to sort it out either.
Re: brown recluse..
I don't think that's correct. It's just a particularly nasty (though not especially lethal) type of poison.
Re: Something to remember
So what you're saying is, Chrome is almost identical to Firefox, and Mozilla thinks they can compete by being even more the same? I can't see how that will help.
I strongly suspect the only reason Chrome has a high market share is because Google pushes it in your face all the time. People who don't know a browser from an OS see Google telling them to upgrade and figure Google's smart so lets just go with the one the recommend.
Mozilla can't do anything about that. What they can do (if they want to) is be the browser of choice for people who actually bother to make a conscious choice. That's what originally earned FF the market share it's now losing.
Re: Extended Support Release
That's fine as far as it goes. It reduces the frequency of pointless updates which is one part of the problem, but it only delays the more serious problem of ending up with a product that somehow manages to become more and more bloated while simultaneously cutting features.
Or they could spend a little time making Firefox fast and secure (again) instead of just playing dress-up.
Not that there's anything wrong with that tab design. It's cute. Might even draw your eye to the active one a little better, but it's pretty much the exact opposite of what's really important in a browser.
Do your job, damn it.
I don't know what the right standard to decide this is, but I don't think SCOTUS should be allowed to simply ignore obviously important cases like this. Especially since no other court can take the case.
Seriously though, the highest resolution "satellite" images Google uses are really aerial photographs. Presumably the aircraft taking pictures wasn't overhead at the time of the murder.
Re: "sophisticated attacks"
Yeah, how come nobody ever gets their databases stolen in amateurish attacks?
Re: I'm no expert in criminal behaviour
But they may type in Children + naturist / nudist / naked
But would blocking that be appropriate? Nudism is not child abuse, and neither are naked pictures of children per se illegal anywhere that I'm aware of. And what if they weren't even looking for pictures, just trying to find information on family friendly naturist resorts or something?
Re: So, if Duck Duck Go doesn't do similar
Indeed. Presumably that's what they meant by blocking "pathways" to illegal content. That's the most alarming part of all this.
Bitcoin accounts (known as addresses) only have numbers. No name or other identifying information is attached. On the other hand a full record of every transaction is publicly available and they will as you say probably want to sell them for standard currency sooner or later. They will no doubt try a few tricks to confuse the trail, but it's still worth investigating.
I wish I could share your enthusiasm for all those kids being rescued. But that's only one side of the story. The other side is never told by the government, and rarely told by the media. Using this story as a starting point, lets to to look a little past the emotive surface description at the scant facts provided and what you can infer from them.
1. The pictures in question were being sold as supposedly legal nudist videos. (We're not talking hardcore porn. Probably what they call "Level 1" in the UK.)
2. The producers were in Germany, Romania and Ukraine. (The people arrested were not producers, just customers.)
3. Police said the children were "rescued from child exploitation" but did not give more details. (Police have no evidence the children were actually being abused.)
4. Three-hundred eighty-five children were rescued. (385 children are terrified right now, after being taken from their homes and placed in foster care, or at best with extended family. Even if it turns out this was necessary, it's hardly a cause for celebration.)
Re: Good example of the way words can be twisted
Yes. Though apparently it will alert the sender if you use the standard screenshot feature. But anything sneaker than that and it offers no countermeasures at all.
Re: Child facing child pornography charges?
Actually, yes criminal. The law isn't "what I want it to mean" but "what smart people wrote down".
Not saying you're wrong (on the first part), but do you have any kind of citation for the claim that sharing nude pictures of an adult, which you received lawfully, and without intent to cause is a distress (but without permission) is a crime in Canada? I'm also gonna need at least two citations for the assertion that lawmakers are smart, that's what you call an extraordinary claim.
Re: I really don’t understand?????
You are aware that you can't really trade in a £10 note for ten pounds of gold* anymore right? Modern government-backed currency isn't specifically tied to anything real either. Bitcoin only has value because people agree it does. This is true. The difference between that in say pounds is that the agreement is reached by consensus instead of authority. That can either be a strength or a weakness, depending on your perspective.
*Silver actually, hence pound sterling.
Re: Help me here
so is it possible for two miners to be working on the same solution, and therefore the one who comes second has wasted their electricity and cpu cycles?
Yes. In fact that always happens. Bitcoin mining is competitive. Each block has only one winner (although people can and do pool their efforts and then split the prize if they win).
In simplest terms, the coins you get by "mining" are payment for helping to operate the Bitcoin network, validating transactions and updating the shared ledger specifically. The hashes are an arbitrary challenge by which people compete for that privilege. This is intended to keep any one person from easily seizing control of the network.
But I agree with Francis Irving, if Bitcoin intrigues you at all, you really should read all the technical details, it's interesting stuff.
What Google should do (if they really cared about our privacy, etc) is "accidentally" publish that report using reversibly censored PDFs.
Re: More ASSnonymous off to the pokey
Seems unlikely. Given that Anonymous Indonesia was trying to defend their national honor (or something) I can't imagine their government being in a huge hurry to punish or extradite them.
Re: Backups ?
You certainly can backup your local wallet. But if GBL works like every other bitcoin exchange I'm aware of, then in order to use it you have the send the coins to thier wallet. It's like a bank, you put in 2 bitcoins, and sure enough they tell you your balance is now 2 BTC... but it's only as good as their word.
Re: Chinese Bitcoins ..
It's not completely unheard of for major players like MtGox to reject bitcoins known to be stolen, but nothing like that is built into the blockchain or bitcoin network itself. Such a feature would of course be a double-edged sword, especially since it's not exactly clear who would be wielding it.
Less DRM and people are complaining about this?
I don't think anyone is disagreeing that what he is accused of is creepy and wrong. The questions at hand are whether it should be illegal (not the same thing!), whether it actually was illegal under existing law, whether that law it unconstitutionally broad, and—during one part of the comment thread—whether what he did warranted the use of physical violence.
If anyone actually said taking upskirt pictures is OK, I must have missed it, and I most definitely don't share that opinion.
I seem to recall hearing the tentacle metaphor applied more than once to IE itself, IE4 specifically. So perhaps it's Apple who will suffer a spaghetti breakfast in a later episode.
The only way encryption will go mainstream is if it becomes a standard feature of products people would use anyway. (This has somewhat happened with web browsers, despite HTTP being far form perfect.) So standards groups at least theoretically have a valuable role to play. But really, it's up to the software makers. Ideally someone already established (like Mozilla, perhaps) would add it to an existing product.
But the important thing is it must be very slick. Whatever it is has to be so good people would use it even if it didn't provide encryption. Because sadly most people just don't seem to care that much about privacy. But if were just a bonus, I don't think anyone will turn there nose up at it.
107K (-103.15°C) is too hot for ice? Uh, oh. I better readjust me refrigerator.
It's strictly meant to stem malicious downloads from the open internet.
First of all, putting your apps in their story costs money. Currently just $5, but they can obviously increase that any time. Plus there are no doubt rules about what type of add-ons are permitted. Again, these probably aren't strict right now, but I expect ad blockers will be the first casualties.
Re: I just visited the .onion link...
It's is kinda funny though, whether it's the FBI or not.
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?