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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Ah, but what about Chromebooks? The future might be laptop + phone; but it might not be a Windows laptop.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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"...since it won't be the driverless car making the mistake..."

I'm a fan or driverless cars however I'm also a software dev so I know they will make mistakes. Some of those mistakes would be crazy silly things that no human would do in a million years. And the fact that, on aggregate, they will save plenty of lives will not stop the tabloids going on a crusade against them because of those mistakes.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: TalkTalk blocked my site

According to http://www.blocked.org.uk TalkTalk blocked my wordpress site. (Occasional mild profanity?)

Can every wordpress user check their site: lets build a case against them.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: Not sure about this

In which case the solar system should be teaming with life.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Gravity is a Conservative Force

Slingshot!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Not mourning

It's been remade already. For legal reasons, the remake was released as Farscape.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Showing off your saucy selfies

I take your reply as a mixture salacious desire and tongue-in-cheek humour, but a mass leak of naked selfies might be what's needed to get people to care.

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NAO slaps down Cabinet Office gov-IT savings claims AGAIN

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A "forecast" massively underestimates the true cost whereas an "original estimate" chronically and hysterically underestimates the true cost.

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LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs

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It's mark and sweep garbage collection on an entire codebase...

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: Wait - How are they planning to use this?

On the up side, if you're an exceptional programmer who's immune to stress then you're going to rake it in.

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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@graham

Graham wrote

Because, as is traditional with with religious lobbies and the Mary Whitehouse Brigade and so on, the objection is "We don't like it, so *you* shouldn't be allowed to see it, just in case it makes you do something bad..."

Actually, their argument tends to be, "We don't like it and we don't want our children seeing it (or liking it), and they might, if you don't censor it."

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

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We asked the department for a comment.

They answered a completely different question so we didn't think it worth publishing their answer.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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@Tom Wood

I don't care about "the why". I just know that what is cool now will be in high end stuff in a couple of years and in everything you buy a few years after that. :(

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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@Paul Crawford

"But, but, but if the terrorists and paedophiles know the data is only retained for six months then they will plan their actions a year in advance and then wait till the data is deleted..."

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Re: I don't suppose...

Well I heard Robert Preston on the radio arguing that even he would like to forget Robert Preston.

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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"There's not much risk, for example, that re-weighting sponsored posts that pop up in a user's feed will make someone with clinical depression feel worse."

Actually, all those ads are making people—depressed or otherwise—feel worse. We are manipulating the human mind into spending money on unnecessary shit in order to make a few people more wealthy.

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

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In the authors' opinion, "Given the planet’s proximity to its host star, it seems likely that GJ832c will be trapped in a spin-orbit resonance, though moderate orbital eccentricity may mean it is not necessarily trapped in a resonance that causes one side of the planet to perpetually face towards the Sun."

So, yes.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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Slow on the uptake

Okay, I finally get it. If this kind of device becomes common*, we'll have to rethink whole aspects of society and the rules by which society operates. Business models may crumble.

Next step: direct taps on the optic nerve.

* Don't blame me. If it were up to me the web would be text only and nobody would have a mobile phone. But it will be the great unwashed who decide whether or not to adopt HUD-tech.

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Zero-knowledge proof crypto scheme divines truths from nothing

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@Tempest8008

You don't have to count every ballot paper, just audit a few polling stations - each party gets to pick N stations, plus M randomly chosen. And auditing can be done centrally.

(Although it would require a 'none of the above' option before this ballot spoiler was satisfied.)

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

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It wasn't so much 'disruptive technology' as 'disruptive legalese'. And on that latter count, it failed.

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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*innocent face*

Initially you argue

"Congress could abolish copyright if enough people wanted it to. They clearly don't."

but then argue

"YouTube relies on safe harbour provisions written for another era.."

Well, presumably, Congress could abolish or rewrite those provisions, if enough people wanted them to. Clearly they don't. Or maybe senators feel they'll be better remunerated trying to repeal the ACA than trying to outlaw Youtube.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: Are recordings fungible ?

"If my neighbor and I both record the same program at 9pm on tuesday, does it matter which copy either of us watches ?"

Yes. And they are probably distinguishable and matchable to your equipment.

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Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?

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Actually, the first question to ask when planning backup is how much data loss can you afford? Can you live with loosing a week's worth? A day's? An hour's?

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Aren't incremental backups just deduplication happening at the application (and file) level rather than at the driver/hardware (and block) level?

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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Re: "See there's always a catch When you're livin' thru a blow back"

"We will now bring you the latest evolutions of Rihanna..."

Followed by a debate on why Assassin's Creed won't let you play a woman...

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but @Mark #255

My reading of it is that laches would only apply if they'd sat on their arse for several years before suing the 13th company. If they sue as soon as they become aware then it's no defence.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: A dev's p.o.v

I read that as "institutionalised sexism" (not thinking about women from the outset) rather than misogyny.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Good news! This is like testing the poll tax on Scotland.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Re: Fragmentation

And El Reg keep posting stories making that point.

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Named by whom?

According to Wikipedia, the name was coined in 2000. It's certainly been common currency for a good few years.

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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

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Re: @Don Jefe

Thanks for the replies Don. :) I see the difference now. But hopefully you can see why us ants overlook the subtly of it all: when you're 3mm long and living on the ground, the footprints look about the same.

I've been involved with enough "lets rebuild it from scratch" projects to be wary of them. Programmers certainly relish it. (I did in my youth...) But it's easy to underestimate how much work is involved and you've got to dodge second system syndrome. Clearly it can work (e.g. clang vs gcc) but judging that moment is a tricky. Ideally I'd start half the team developing the replacement while the other half continue on the existing system. But if I was taking over a team that needed to rebuild their system, the first thing I would sort out is the culture that allowed such a monstrosity to develop. And a University is the only place I've worked where the documentation was the most valuable thing. ;)

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@Don Jefe

Don, your comments on the Moto factory closure—which were reasonable enough for me to up vote—asked where we got our cynicism. Well, it's deal likes this. Broadcom will save $600m by closing the operation, and the rise in share price will reward an executive - either through shares they own or through performance related pay. Maybe it's an exception, but these cases turns up frequently in the headlines and it leaves us at the bottom feeling rather bitter when faced with closures.

As for the rest, I will tell my boss I need time to write documentation and see how he reacts. But even the best documentation is no substitute for experience; if nothing else, it takes time to read and absorb the paperwork.I'm afraid some of your value is stuck in our heads.

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'GODZILLA WORLD' of the DRAGON CONSTELLATION - scientists

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But if the environment disrupts life before it can get started, then D. radiodurans. will never be able to evolve. And with hurricane force winds scouring the ground under the terminator, life may be impossible, even there.

This is a necessary corollary to some wildly optimistic definitions of the habitable zone. At the same time, confining life to a star's habitable zone may be pessimistic - given that Jupiter's moons lay outside our habitable zone and yet are the most likely location for non-terrestrial life in our solar system.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

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I bet the researchers have thought about all these things. It would have been nice if the article reported their solutions.

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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Exceptions dear coward; exceptions...

Because any set of axioms can either be consistent but incomplete or complete but inconsistent. The law attempts to do both.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: armchair car

"Darwins' descent in to humans with wheels."

Chorton and the Wheelies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Ng7VMqet0

Whizzz!

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One of the reasons parcels need to be left with neighbours is it's expensive to pay someone to deliver them when people are at home. But a driverless car deliver as easily at 6am or 10pm as 2.43pm.

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High court finds Newzbin's 'ops' man liable for copyright infringement

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Re: Convicted on chat history?

<IANAL>I've made this point once already today. But, yeah, textual documents are taken as facts, on the balance of probabilities.</IANAL>

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

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@WraithCadmus

<IANAL>In a civil matter, the opposing side didn't challenge the veracity of emails and they were accepted as facts. I did store them with headers.

To a lawyer, documents are the gold standard of evidence; if you have a piece of paper saying "X", then X must be true. OTOH rigorous calculations performed from raw data, which in reality is far harder to fake, is looked upon rather dimly. That's my experience in one case. And yes I am bitter.</IANAL>

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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"This is why I won't touch kindles."

Nor will I; they're not worth a paedophilia rap. You did say kiddies, didn't you?

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Google's SPDY blamed for slowing HTTP 2.0 development

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Re: WWW cannot be saved

I just searched for exactly "spdy issues" and I'm none the wiser. A few routine bugs in people's implementations is all I found.

PS given the whine about encryption, do you work for the NSA or GCHQ?

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Need reminding how troubled Universal Credit is? MPA puts it in special 'reset' category

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Plus using it as an excuse to shrink the social security budget, thus alienating the people who would, um, benefit.

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Re: Almsot Kafka-esque

What's IDS got on Cameron?

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Shit. I suspect we now know which site, and I bank with them. However the good news is at least they are hashed... (See discussion above.)

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@Michael Heydon

"How does this system of making you enter the 3rd and 7th characters improve security..."

I always assumed this was protection against keyboard loggers since it stops them seeing the whole password. And even with screenshots, that would make life harder. However it also caused me to shorten my password ("what's the 12th character?") so reducing my overall security.

(And for those who don't have a Natwest account: both your PIN and your password are handled in this manner, and there is no other password.)

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

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Re: encrypting sensitive personal data

Yeah, but it's good marketing.

"They got your data. But don't panic: it was encrypted! *mumble* they may also *cough* have got the *cough* encryption key. *endmumble*"

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NASA finds cash for Kepler's K2 planet-spotting mission

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Can we bomb a few less people and do a bit more science.

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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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Re: So..

"Oh crap, they've just seen me upvote your comment..."

Yes, but I was nude and masturbating while doing it, so they'll never watch the video.

Yes, I really do need a coat. And some tissues, too. Thanks.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: It' s obvious really

Exactly. The absolute one time you want to hear a scientist say "more research is necessary" and they don't bloody say it.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Cue lots of comments shouting, "DON'T CHANGE MY UI!"

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