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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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Joke

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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Black Helicopters

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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Re: why

I never thought it would find myself defending Steam or anything to do with it, but the split was actually 30/45/25 Valve/Bethesda/Modder (according to this blog post).

It's been a long time since I've been involved in their modding community (not since Morrowind was the hot item) but I'm really kind of disappointed in Bethesda for that. If Valve's 30% cut was a given, some obvious choices would be for Bethesda to take the same amount, or at most take half of what's left. I have no idea how they figured leaving the content creator with only 25% was fair. They claimed it was "industry standard", which is a poor excuse even if it's true.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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It's not a technological problem, it's a political one

The technological half is simple, give one key to the user and one the the feds. The political problem is for the government to make itself trustworthy enough that this solution is acceptable.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: Buffalo burghers

I've pretty sure I've seen things compared to the weight of a pound of butter more than once. Admittedly the average person probably has more experience with that than 50kg of calamari.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: $2000/kid?

But you're only considering in the hardware. Don't forget the super awesome educational software that never worked properly.

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

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FAIL

Oh good.

Another reason not to upgrade Firefox.

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Re: Aluminium?

Seems to have the charge value too, 70 mAh per gram, if I'm reading it right. I don't know how heavy it is so it's hard to say how that works out in volume, which might be the more important measure. But based on the AA I just weighed, and the post about energy density above, that sounds pretty good actually. An aluminum battery with the same weight as the alkaline AA I had in my office would give something like 1645 mAh.

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Re: It only works with green energy?

It's okay, this doesn't catch fire, remember?

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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Re: 100% False Positive rate

You know how most browsers have a Private Browsing or "Incognito" mode? What we need is to move those heavy-handed warning into an optional Paranoid mode. You could turn this on for banking etc. The rest of the time, a little red warning icon would suffice.

I've said it before, but what I find hugely irritating is that https sites with irregular certificates are treated as if they were more dangerous than plain http sites I visit all the time. Clearly that isn't actually the case, but browser makers apparently can't understand this.

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Re: Mozilla backtracking on new features

Yeah, but it took them much longer than a week to come around.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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I would think you could put some javascript on your site to check if they layout has been messed with (presumably to insert ads).

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This tool detects then ATTACKS evil twin access points

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Isn't changing a MAC address fairly easy?

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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Re: How to make spartan users happy

Actually if you try to download Chrome it kicks you into a well for some reason.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Ours aren't alot better. We've got one of the stupid things here in California for a few years (not Stockton, so mine didn't explode). I can't say it's caused any problems, but it still smells like a boondoggle. They promised we'd be able to track our usage online, which never happened. And the meter itself has a digital display and a button, which makes you think it would provide some info directly, but the display just cycles between a test-pattern (e.g. all 8s and misc indicators visible) and some meaningless ID number. And the button does absolutely nothing.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Did they include ALL the fractional cents? Or did they just round it up to 59?

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El Reg lays claws on RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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Re: I am a bear of very little brain...

The other end is a web service, rather than another RockBLOCK, so that at least explains how you receive the 340 byte messages without them getting cut off.

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

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Hmm

I wonder if the fix still leave open the possibility of using a file that is simultaneously a valid image file as well as something else. I know I've heard of tricks like that in the past. Although that might make it harder to convince the browser/OS to execute it.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Apple Open?

I stopped reading right there.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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I think it's the other way around

I don't think this works the way the article implies. My interpretation is that it's not for detecting when the phone leaves your person, but rather stopping the phone from auto-locking as long as someone is carrying it. (Presumably as indicated by slight motion.)

So the idea is you set it to lock after say 5-minutes, but it won't do so while it's in your pocket, only if you set it down for that long. I suppose that's moderately useful for certain threat models, but robbery clearly isn't one of them.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Animal made from ancient degraded DNA ...

Aren't they all?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Whoa

Not having ever heard of Weve before, I first thought it said they had employed Weev. That would have been more interesting.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: Step by step

I don't know about the general public, but for myself the fact that it was from Google didn't help matters. If Samsung, or some little company I'd never heard of had come out with a similar product it wouldn't have seemed so creepy.

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Fatally flawed RC4 should just die, shout angry securobods

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2^26 encryptions

Well I can sort of see how it might be possible to con a browser into sending the password 67 million times (though I expect it would take a while) but CipherSaber is probably still safe.

I admit I have a soft spot for the algorithm because it's so amazingly simple. But for heavy duty uses like browsers it does make sense to move on.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: The term "pirate" is a propaganda coup

I'm not so sure. Pirates are cool! The most famous torrent site even has "pirate" right in the name. Presumably this is why the MPAA et al are now trying to define it as just plain "theft".

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Bah!

I don't know, some of those mummy-induced illnesses can be exceptionally nasty.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

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That's the only explanation that makes sense. It's another scheme to force people into Google's utter failure of a social media empire.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Re: Hmm.... Interesting Case...

From what little we know about it, it's already clear that it has some mass surveillance aspects. It acts as a fake cell tower after all, so presumably any phone in the area would try to connect to it. It's possible (but in my view unlikely) that it's configured to record absolutely nothing besides connections from devices with specific IMEI numbers, but until they're willing to clarify these details I think it's quite right to treat it with suspicion.

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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...or information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender...

Hang on. They actually made it illegal to lie on the internet?

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Yeah, but it gets a little worse each time.

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Re: Antivirus collusion?

It's possible, especially since AV software is also frequently pre-installed on new PCs. But I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and guess that it's mainly about trying to strike balance between spotting threats and annoying the heck out of people. I mean if I were designing an anti-malware program it would flag Steam as "potentially unwanted", because I sure don't want DRM spyware on my computer. But I realize the average user doesn't see it that way. So basically they have to guess which malware is unexpected and invasive and which malware is there because the idiotuser tolerates it.

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Revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore pleads guilty to basically being a total cyber-scumbag

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Re: Revenge Porn or something else?

Revenge porn wasn't illegal yet when he did it, so they had to make something else up.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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I was kind of hoping this was something that really happened. But it's almost funnier that it didn't.

"What if there were bottomless men throwing ketchup?"

"What if there were nude children throwing mustard?"

You have to plan for everything.

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Tesla loses $100 million after Chinese problems

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Big numbers are funny. Coming up $100M short really bad. But their explanation of delays in delivering 1,400 cars sounds perfectly reasonable. And those cars have an MSRP of $70,000 which, sure enough works out to just about $100M.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Would you actually, really get in one?

I would, but only if it's equipped with a manual override.

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

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Can it find him in the one where he's in a world full of clones of himself and you can only tell which he is because the real Waldo has lost a shoe?

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