* Posts by emmanuel goldstein

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Lab-grown black hole proves Stephen Hawking's radiation claims – physicist

emmanuel goldstein

Yo! sub-editor!

But in 1974, Stephen Hawking and Jacob Berkenstein dispelled that idea

That would be Jacob Bekenstein, you berk.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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The perfect story: bacon, lasers and sex.

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Peter Gabriel-backed music startup goes titsup, takes £500k of your money with it

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I would have invested if Lily Cole was involved.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Repeating history

I think he meant that from the point of view of an immigrant from central Europe in the 30s and 40s, Britain was indeed a relatively civilised place. The horrors you mention were dreadful and wicked but were either too distant in time or space so as to render them not really germane to a discussion about European union today.

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We need to start again

I'm voting "Leave" to try and hasten the end of the EU in its current trajectory of failure. Like a badly constructed building, sometimes it's better to pull the thing down and start again. Brexit could bring a timely opportunity for Europe (including the U.K.) to build a union that actually works.

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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DOH!

I'm waiting for the story about the person who strays into the zone because, er, their GPS doesn't seem to be working properly.

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Only if it's AC/DC

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Rock on

Surround yourself with very loud music whilst running encryption calculations. AC/DC seems appropriate.

sorry, this joke has already been made.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Things will get tricky for indoor cannabis gardeners. It will be trivial for smart meters to detect the 12 hour on, 12 hour off light cycle required for flowering. For the grows not stealing their power, that is.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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I bought a dog from a blacksmith. We got home, and he made a bolt for the door.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Re: Surely...

Freeman or James?

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: Very Sloppy Headline Writing

@Richard Jones 1

You're not thinking deeply enough about this issue. What happens when a less benign government rises to power? Imagine how the Nazis would have rubbed their hands with glee given access to this kind of information. It would have made rounding-up "undesirables" so much more efficient. It's not good enough to blithely sit-back and pretend it doesn't matter. It does.

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina buys a Huawei superdupercomputer

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I wonder how long the superdupercomputer will last before it succumbs to some well-meaning but inept "engineer". Last time I was in Cairo, not even the traffic lights worked..

It's a wonderful country with huge charm but a less than stellar record when it comes to looking after stuff.

King Tut's mask and superglue, anybody?

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Re: Congratulations etc.

Even if someone of his calibre did, for some unfathomable reason, choose to live here in Blighty, they'd be so shackled by poor infrastructure, red tape (health and safety alone would be enough), bloated and second-rate local governance and a general lack of imagination that I'd be extremely surprised if they were able to produce a usable rocket, let alone a reusable one!

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Re: The idiom demands...

I like it. A sort of binary DOG/CAT weapon. Keep the two components separate and it's relatively safe to transport and store. Once combined though.....

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The idiom demands...

The next step is to coral a gigantic number of pigeons to drop the cats among.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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The FEDS were fishing for a legal precedent, that is all. The notion that the US lacks the technical ability to crack any mass-prodiced device wide-open is laughable (and scary).

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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i have a windows 7 pc and have had no nags to upgrade to 10. i run Windows Update regularly. why are they ignoring me? (i'm glad they are!)

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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That big orange tank has a height of 64.6 metres and a radius of 4.2 metres, for a volume of 1.4304 Olympic-sized swimming pools. More than enough, even allowing for it being subdivided into two tanks - one for the liquid oxygen and one for the liquid hydrogen.

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'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note

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Re: One way to scupper ransomware

is to make the effort to maintain a basic knowledge of OS security.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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"Putting the cart ahead of the horse", as you put it, is no bad thing when it comes to possible existential threats. It is surely worth at least coming up with a feasible plan, especially in this case, where AI power could very well explode suddenly, unexpectedly and exponentially.

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Turkish hacker pleads guilty to $55m maniac global ATM heist

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Re: In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organisation used laptops and the internet.

I totally agree with the tone of the OP's comment. And, let's not forget, there is activity going on *inside* the banking sector, and financial markets in general, that is just as deserving of some lengthy prison time.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Don't forget...

TOR is also used by people who are unfortunate enough to live in countries governed by repressive and generally unpleasant regimes (the U.K. for instance) that want to restrict access. By blocking TOR traffic, website operators are facilitating this and I think they should think twice before doing so.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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Re: Robustness required

With all due respect, RTFA.

A 100Kg probe is not likely to be carrying anything alive, so chat about "Highest survived g force" is not relevant.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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So fucking what?

Shock horror - man watches porn in hotel room.

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Net narks phishing AlphaBay drug logins in clever redirect attack

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Re: SOUNDS LAME

Hidden services are accessed through a .onion address.

AlphaBay's address is pwoah7foa6au2pul.onion

The phishing site is accessed over the public internet using the URL pwoah7foa6au2pul.me.pn

See the difference. Duh!

I can't be bothered to explain how the secret greeting phrase protocol combats phishing. Trust me, it works.

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SOUNDS LAME

The HTTP site is cleverly assembled to mimic the login page for Tor and includes a CAPTCHA.

I don't really understand how a site accessed over HTTP could possibly be mistaken for a Tor hidden service.

And...

AlphaBay has an effective anti-phishing counter-measure: all accounts feature a greeting phrase (defined by the user on account set-up) which only the real site displays.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Boffin

Seeing the very beginning

What's *really* extremely cool about this discovery is that gravitational waves will allow us to observe the opaque early universe (pre recombination). Until now we can only observe back to about 400,000 years after the big bang (post recombination). We will, in theory, be able to observe the singularity itself.

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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IN OTHER NEWS

Wolf advises sheep on security.

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AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at 88

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What is death?

Nietzsche put it best:

"The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species."

Vale Marvin Minsky. He argued that free will is a delusion. I have to agree.

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GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

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Re: Bring your own holdall

but don't get locked inside it.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: Of course there is the possibility...

Maybe it was just Kim Jong Un falling out of bed.

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

emmanuel goldstein

Re: ALL YOUR x86 ARE BELONG TO US

nice (fictional) example of this in episode 3 (I think, maybe 4) of "Deutschland 83".

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ALL YOUR x86 ARE BELONG TO US

I'm off to buy a typewriter. Happy New Year.

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From alchemy to brain-hacking: How to be better, forever

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Fascinating lecture, thank you for posting the video.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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The Result:

Literally pissed-up hipsters.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Boffin

"Physics makes a bit of a comeback as blaster bolts now carry real weight"

Don't really understand that - aren't they energy weapons?. Please can someone explain.

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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Re: Dosage Xanax

he's only an order of magnitude out. mg not ug.

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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Re: Material which "may elicit fear, horror or panic in children"

So... no more bare-chested pictures of Putin then. Please.

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Re: vodka only

They all taste rank but I had some mushroom chocolate in Ibiza this summer which was delicious. it was scored (no pun intended) into squares which made adjusting the intensity easier too.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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"Private Eye" has the Curse of Gnome, maybe there is also a Curse of Vulture?

Don't worry D*****, been there, done that, and it's not as bad as you may be thinking it's going to be.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Re: "Your abacus is not affected.."

it's the beads on the abacus. maybe this outlook f*ck-up is Microsoft trying to stop its users communicating how f*cked-up it is.

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Gun nut

i think it's meant to be backwards. i'm guessing you pull the spent mag out and then rotate your hand as you bring the full one up into the receiver. maybe a commentard with experience of these matters can confirm?

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the irony is this prop will probably be bought by some real-world coke baron. by a third party, obviously.

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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and that bloke with the orange in his gob!

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Lone wolves could be behind multi-million dollar Cryptowall ransomware racket

emmanuel goldstein

Re: How many lone wolves do there have to be...

read the most helpful customer reviews. basically, when it comes to wolves, three is always better than one

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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how did the drone's owner justify having it hover over someone's property?

I would shoot down a drone spying on my family. Oh. no I wouldn't because we're generally not allowed access to firearms in the u.k.

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

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It seems statistically unlikely that we should somehow be in the first 8% of all possible Earthlike planets.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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The yoga.com helpdesk always bent over backwards for their clients.

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Lydia's first skype with her Australian in-laws was not a success.

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