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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Dispersion. (The difference in arrival time of different frequencies indicates the distance travelled.)

I'm not a radio astronomer, but an AMS faq suggests meteor pulses are much longer (milliseconds to seconds) and easy to recognise.

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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I don't object to El Reg including a headline picture with its articles. But some of them really do make the site look tacky. The door and lock on this article are a case in point.

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The Invisible Library – a playful, timey wimey, spook adventure tale

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Re: I was thinking more of

Corwin?

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Surely you mean "Thus, the landlord refuses to renew the lease because there is always someone else with more money willing to pay the higher amount"

Ignoring housing benefit, you can't hand over more money to a landlord than you earn.

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Pastebin: The remote backdoor server for the cheap and lazy

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Re: Uhm.

According to the article, the problem isn't Wordpress, it's the "popular RevSlider plugin". Blaming Wordpress for its plugins would be like blaming Microsoft for all the crappy software that runs...on...Windows—

Oh.

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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@h4rm0ny

"As for gender disparity, it starts in the schools. Young girls are culturally encouraged from a very early age to go toward non-scientific and non-engineering roles. It is not much fun to be the only girl in your Physics class (well, one of three iirc)"

Suggestions?

I explain programming's about empathising - you have to imagine yourself as the computer and think what you would do. Although maybe imagining yourself as a computer is not such a big turn on.

We might get more female programmers dragged in from the design side. IIRC my A-level art class had two boys (one of whom was never there and the other of whom probably went on to become a girl...) But you do need some maths for graphics.

And I love physics with passion, but it was also the most boring science at school. I only stayed on to A-level because of pop sci books about Quantum Mechanics. But I can't see a way around the fact it's about ramps and ballistics and inverse square laws.

(Oh and my art teachers were all men and my maths and physics teachers were all women. This didn't stop the gratuitous gender imbalance in either.)

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: About bloody time

Actually, maintaining a separate, standards-compliant browser would be good - particularly since Opera threw in the towel and agreed to use Google's fork of webkit.

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Re: Government

I'd like my plane not to crash (so current regulation a success), my medicine not to kill me (more regulation needed unless big pharma starts releasing all the data they collect on drug trials) and my power plants not to blow up or pollute my air (regulation, again, probably okay). And, although you don't mention them, I'd also like the banks not to destroy the economy (more regulation needed)

And the tax, well... Oh, I'm wasting my time, aren't I?

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Re: Investment, investment, investment

State control of R&D used to be, "What a spiffing club this is. I say, you look like an upstanding chap. You're not gay? Good. Here, have some dosh and go produce us some Science."

Modern notions of accountability are rather more like rats fighting in a sack.

Now, Jeeves, my coat, if you'd please.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Apple gets the pip

Not an Apple fan. But presumably one of the reasons to buy pricey Cupertino merchandise is to be certain the employees are working in good conditions. And there's no one else who offers these guarantees.

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Chrome devs hatch plan to mark all HTTP traffic insecure

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Re: Time to buy stock in VeriSign/Symantec

"Considering the EFF is launching an entirely free, automated CA in 2015"

I think that has to be up and running before the Chrome devs turn this on.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

"There's nothing to gain by delaying."

Well, we could wait for the other countries to do the "years of developing" and then install a more polished solution at a cheaper price...

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Hinge: An app that scours Facebook friends for dates banks $12m

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What's the divorce rate?

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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Re: Pretty good for public sector IT

"If you really want to simplify the benefits system, just give everyone a minimum income of £100 a week."

The basic state pension is currently £113.10/week. So pensioners are straight away losing £681.2 per year.

Personal Independence payments can go up to £138.05 a week.

The only people who are better off are those on JSA or Tax Credits. But even they may get Housing Benefit of up to £250/week, council tax benefit and no doubt other top ups.

I'm in favour of a minimum income/basic income/civil income. But if it's set at a single flat rate it would disadvantage a lot of people or cost a helluva lot more than we're paying now.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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"There are more than 9,600 state and local sales tax jurisdictions across the nation."

America is fucked.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Degrees

"Celsius is just as unscientific really. Do you cook your dinner at 463K?"

When you can add a constant offset to a temperature in Celsius to get one in Kelvin, I'll agree.

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: @Ole

"Also check out the CanvasFingerprintBlock plugin for Chrome."

And for $other_browser?

Ole's point was "in the end it's going to come down to users protecting themselves." So I provided an example of something I believed a user couldn't protect themselves against, even if they knew about it. (Which most wouldn''t.) That there's a fix for that one problem on one browser doesn't undermine my point. What about the font list or any of the other problems that will arise? As Ole concludes, it's down to browser authors and regulators and us pressuring them to fix it. But don't blame the users.

And FWIW I don't want every browser to look identical, I just want new values for each metric when I restart my browser, launch a private window, or press a button that says "reset now".

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@Ole

How can the user protect themselves against HTML canvas fingerprinting?

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Internet gossip has NOWT to do with data protection, EU Commish

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Re: Did I miss something?

AIUI, the article correctly describes the right you've got that is being labelled the "right to be forgotten". Read the ruling for yourself. The problem was Google was giving disproportionate prominence to old information.

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'Identity skills shortage' will be problematic for Verify ID. (So not the TECH FAILS, then?)

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Re: Centralisation?

"Why this overwhelming urge to centralise things?"

Deduplication. Or, in government speak, "efficiency savings".

But what you describe isn't actaully decentralised, it's just lots of centres. And do you really want IDs and password for every government department? Contrast it with something like OpenID where a single ID is decentralised (lots of ID providers) and doesn't necessitate multiple signs on. Although, if the system was well designed and genuinely "user-focused", then it would allow us paranoid citizen-users to have a different ID for every department, if we wanted.

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It's not hard:

function identity(x){ return x }

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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For everyone advancing proxies, VPNs etc...

The court will take as view as to what is proportionate and what the man on the Clapham Omnibus can do, not what a geek can do. The solution doesn't need to be perfectly watertight; the court will be satisfied if the circumvention is technically complicated or costly. Because we're not really arguing about a right to privacy, we're arguing about a right to obscurity. Mr Costeja González wasn't sufficiently obscure; Google delisting the results would have made him a bit more obscure.

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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There might also be a problem with packet loss - icebergs straying into the shipping lay. :P

But forget "...a slower more pleasant pace of life": in Victorian London there could be up to twelve postal deliveries a day.

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What's new are geographically dispersed companies. I was found by my current employer in one of those markets and he's not asked me to move across the pond and work with him in a noisy, air-conditioned office. We recruit from anywhere in the world and don't have to worry about immigration papers, paying cleaners or business rates. There are handicaps to this approach, but it's the kind of firm that couldn't have existed in the 1930s.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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All this surveillance, and they still want Facebook to notify them when they shut an account for terrorism.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Re: For once, I'm with the French...

I've not read Netflix's, but I have read others. And if there's a dispute, and they're in "English", then I have a chance of arguing with them. I have zero chance in Navajo.

Somehow, I'm reminded of the Vogons. "Whaddayamean you don't speak Navajo? Hundreds of thousands of you peanut-brained apes manage it, I'm sure you could have learnt to." And you know at the point you've learnt Navajo they'll switch to Sami.

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For once, I'm with the French...

T&C are bad enough, but they absolutely should be in the languages of the country a corporation is operating in. Imagine if we were directed to T&C in Navajo.

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Crypto protocols held back by legacy, says ENISA

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Re: Oh my ...

You've just demonstrated why regular devs should stay away from crypto.

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Re: Time to put up...

It's not possible: all the potential scape goats reside in India.

Not the coat, the parachute. Yeah, the golden one. Thanks!

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Re: Tiny compared to the savings

Is it better or worse than the other banks?

From the outside, Nationwide seems like the place to have your money. But I want a backup account somewhere else.

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: DVD reborn

"Oh wait, there aren't enough islands to go round."

We have nukes. And hazmat suits. What's the problem?

(Bonus: the EMP should delete all the malware.)

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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Re: Is it just me...

Yeah, Kim Kardashian gets everywhere.

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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

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It might work; but it might raise barriers. "Sorry, we can't use your software - it's not approved by our insurers..."

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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@dogged

*sigh* I forgot to use the 'Joke' icon and it seems there are some touchy MS devs.

The big, successful open source projects are bankrolled. Hobbyists play a part but there are a lot of academics and professional devs funded by businesses. Xamarin is doing that for Mono. But, in the long term, it's hard to see them competing against Microsoft. I hope they survive. But if they don't, and some future Microsoft CEO, scrabbling for revenue, decides to close the doors on public development, then there will be no funding to develop the code. Perhaps, in that situation, interested parties would fund a fork; who knows what the future holds? (Hey, Microsoft could go bust and leave Xamarin.) But while I don't think Microsoft are engaged in a deliberate E3, it could still end up looking like that in a decade's time.

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Re: Another tool in the kitbag

Yeah, embrace, extend... I wonder what comes next..?

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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WTF?

So sharing infrastructure is good - unless it's mobile phone masts, when it's bad. #Confused

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: Ouch!

I imagine most of the "heads" have moved on or retired. (And, if you read the article, the patch was issued yesterday.)

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: Here we go again.

@Trevor_pott

You're starter for ten: he came out in favour of minimum/citizens'/basic income (with extensive justification).

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Re: Here we go again.

Tell that to the horses.

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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I tend to agree. But if it was every CIO of the FTSE100...?

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BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

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If "careless employees find ways to circumvent [your security] controls" you thank them for acting as unpaid pen testers.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Wrong on so many levels

I disagree with point 3. javascript catching on was a historical anomaly and had nothing to do with whether or not it had classes.

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Re: Ooops

It can help if the language has one clear way of doing something. Perl, for example, has three ways of doing everything so every programmer does it differently or every team has a massive document saying thou shalt program this way which new programmers have to master. And there is a retraining cost if the approach a language uses to solve a problem is different to the standard one.

That said, I love programming with closures. And find I rarely need to stray into prototypes.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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"I'd like a citizen's basic income rather than means tested support"

*sound of my jaw hitting the flaw*

I'd love to hear your arguments, Tim.

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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This year's Halloween costume: Ian Duncan Smith.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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"...someone is still going to need to assemble all the pieces together...."

We've had assembly line robots for years. The topish google link (no affiliation) gushes about them:

"Assembly is an essential industrial task - one that robots are well-suited to perform. Not only do robots possess the precision, tirelessness, consistency, and speed necessary for work on an assembly line, but used robots are extremely affordable....Assembly line robots save workers from drudgery and repetitive movement injury/fatigue. With used robots working the assembly lines, companies can elevate their workers to more challenging positions. Robots provide a dependable, quick production force that works without wasting product or taking breaks. This saves money and time - generating even greater ROI....Today's assembly lines handle a variety of different products and short runs, requiring a lot of flexibility. Robots meet these challenges with vision technology and quick reprogramming capabilities."

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If robot factories becomes more efficient than human labour, then convergence will never happen. And I'd expect that would happen sooner than 2080 (some commentards have suggested we're already at that point).

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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@Re: sensible, usable alternative.

"MS Outlook, using Zarafa and Postfix as the back-end."

I read that as "using post-it notes as a back-end", which seemed a fair description.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Comets as coprolite..

That would be a truly brilliant way to discover alien life: scat ejected from the airlock and frozen for billions of years.

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