* Posts by Brewster's Angle Grinder

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Re: Spawn...

"Imagine the offspring..."

Small and fluffy?

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Watermarking assembly

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Pirate

"Plus, as noted, some pirates are determined to cover their tracks..."

Good business sense: if your sources get nicked, they won't be able to leak to you again. I'm sure the pirates could teach the big corporates a few things about customer care.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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T'An Suthai-Telestre.

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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A step closer to Dune-style shield technology.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Re: Well...

Only a surprise for the boys.

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Re: Cute...

@Nathenharvey

So that's the entire upper management of most companies with more than 50 employees.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Re: Who are the aliens anyway?

That's one of the many reasons for liking Forbidden Planet: the humans arrive in a flying saucer.

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Pinterest, Yammer scramble to patch login thievery headaches

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"Updates are for nerds."

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

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Bugs happen

"Going into reverse ferret mode and stripping out technology that evidently wasn't ready for prime time is a little embarrassing for Mozilla even though this is the responsible action to take in the circumstances."

So they dig the right thing and you're gonna slag them off anyway. Nice.

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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Black Mirror

A new plan. Every time anybody needs public money, we put their whole story on a website and take a vote on whether or not we pay for it. So a kickstarter for welfare, medical services and wars. It's the only way democracy can work.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: No inclusion of the effects of dark matter and dark energy

It's a truly awful paper. But no problem in the maths jumps out. Of course, that could be because the presentation of the equations is so shockingly bad.

And the idea of a CMB reflection signature is novel.

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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I can't confirm this because the current edition of the Concise OED doesn't say whether a verb is transitive or intransitive. The Fucking OED.

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Re: An environmental catastrophe

Now think about all the wasted power used to run the comments section on El Reg...

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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Re: When I were a lad

Yeah, Godzilla's fallout must be monumental scat.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk @Gruezi

The Ofcom report says

she had been very drunk and that she had not been 'at the best point in her life'

Perhaps becoming pregnant caused her to change her lifestyle. She certainly cared enough to complain.

I can't be bothered to dive into the report to unearth the delay between the recording of the footage and the transmission of the programme. But if it was more than eighteen months then I would view that an issue. All of us have done silly things in the past and there's no need for them to remain in the public domain in perpetuity. For the same reason, I think it raises an issue about how long this footage can remain available.

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk

TV programmes can be transmitted many months after the material is filmed. And being "very drunk" is occasionally how pregnancies start.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Meh

Well, it made a change from giving it all to Capita or Serco. Now, because the government can't manage a project, standard operating procedure will resume. *sigh*

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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I imagine it's been stripped by the solar wind - much as happened to the hydrogen (water).

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Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

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Re: Henry VI part II, Act IV Sc 2 line 77

It was over 5 years. But it's still ~50 prime ministers* working flat out all for that time. Or maybe they used some of the 170 civil servants who are paid over £150K a year?

* I didn't adjust for inflation because we haven't had any...

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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@Mine's a Guinness

This is also Google's business model. Except they didn't criminalise people (opting to keep your data instead).

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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Re: Fortran!

Unfortunately. And so is Cobol.

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Pub O'clock probe finds thousands of repeated 512-bit RSA keys

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Re: time for software liabilty...

Set up a brand. Set up an OEM. Contract the OEM to make and sell devices for the brand. If the OEM screws up, feed them to the wolves, and set up new manufacturer using the OEM's talent. What works for taxes, works for liability.

And for those who didn't go that route, there'd be a lot of litigation.

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: Get it right

Globular cluster?

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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@Voland's right hand

You couldn't be more perfectly named for that quip.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: Simply fascinating...

For physics, that's not a good sign.

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String slash.

Ross, you should really team up with Peter Woit.

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Boffins say Mars had ocean covering 20 per cent of planet

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Re: @Ian Michael Gumby

"Core still hot and rotating."

Probably factually correct, but why? Earth has four times the surface area but its dynamo has lasted 9 times as long. Come up with a model to convince me that make sense. And, while you're at it, explain why the Earth-sized Venus lacks one? (Venus, too, has lost all its water, BTW.)

My impression is that some critical process got started on Earth that didn't happen on either Mars or Venus, and that that means our dynamo will run a lot longer. It could be that Mars cooled down too quickly for this process to start. It could be that subduction of water is important and that Earth mopped up so many comets that Venus didn't get enough. It could be that the moon has a role: the core must experience tides forces which generate heat.

But I don't buy the simplistic arguments on offer here.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

So why has Earth's magnetosphere lasted 4GY longer than Mars?

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: "can you recommend an OS that has no security vulnerabilities?"

My spectrum is the same. And it's so light and small that I've bolted it to the side of my glasses for the complete "speccy" look.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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@Dan55

Wait, are you saying "plaintext" isn't an encryption algorithm?

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Black Helicopters

It's more an admission that their spies aren't capable of doing what the US and British are doing. Good spies don't need no stinking backdoors - at least not if they're proper hardworking British spies from Britain rather than lazy benefit scrounging spies coming over here to steal our secrets and use the NHS for free!

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: A Question

Accoording to Matthew Green it takes a lot of time to generate the keys. So a server will reuse the key; specifically, "Apache mod_ssl by default will generate a single export-grade RSA key when the server starts up, and will simply re-use that key for the lifetime of that server....[which means] you can obtain that RSA key once, factor it, and break every session you can get your 'man in the middle' mitts on until the server goes down."

This point should've been in the article.

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IBM sued for talking up semiconductor business it couldn't give away

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Re: @Brewster's Angle Grinder

@Tom13 You made my comment look much astute than it was. ;) Thanks.

I would guess the market expect IBM to be less profitable in the future.

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@seven of five Neither of us are quite there.

If I'm honest, I was arguing the case, "I bought for $x and now have to sell for $x-ε", while I think you were arguing, "I bought for $x, was hoping to sell for $x+δ but now have to sell for $x" whereas the reality is probably, "I bought for $x, had convinced myself I could sell for $x+δ and now have to sell for $x+δ-ε"

Both of our arguments have merit. Value that never was has not come into being. And real value has gone to somebody who wasn't suckered by management.

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"...erasing more than $18bn of market value in two days..."

Hey, I'm no economist, but I'm sure that "value" went somewhere. IBM didn't just have a KLF moment.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Which begs the question

"I also grew up in the UK and was taught the correct meaning of "begging the question" at school; it is basically circular reasoning."

*sigh*

The OED lists both definitions, noting that the meaning 'invite the obvious question' is by far the commonest use and has been in print for a hundred years. Neither meaning trumps the other; we are watching language mutate. Of course, avoiding the phrase reduces the attack surface of your prose and decrements its cliché count. But it was perfectly clear what she meant.

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So I can correct you?

"It's not like a word such as "whale" where it has a definition independent of common meaning and if someone calls a shark a whale you can correct them"

*cough* whale shark *cough*

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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You need a picture at the top.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: Tax is due somewhere, surely?

And if someone lays on their couch because earning a living is "hard work" is that tax avoidance? Or what about anyone who opts for an income less than they could earn in another position?

I'm sure there are some higher rate payers who can't be arsed to squeeze the maximum out of their assets. I wouldn't be bothered, if I was that rich. But people with vaults worth of money seem to always want more - most of them already have more money than they can sensibly use anyway. And they'll do the the "hard work" because 60% of £2E6 is still another £1.2E6 and that's all they care about. And we don't know how hard we can push these people because the tax system leaks badly at the top and because we haven't fully costed the negative externalities they cause (e.g. London house prices or configuring our economy to service them rather than manufacture goods).

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: Death by Alien Cockup ...

"...native pathogens..."

Most pathogens are species specific. Even flu, can struggle to jump the species barrier. More likely it would be a commensal or symbiont that turns out to adore squishy apes. "Yes, our thought processes are implemented via battling prions. Is that a problem?"

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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The more time they spend dealing with paperwork, the less time they have to spend spying on us.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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It's worse than that. Busy people can't abide a "layabout" (thinker, dreamer, poet...) It seems unfair to them that somebody should get something for doing nothing (or for raising sprogs). IIRC Aristotle criticised Plato's Republic along the same lines so this debate has got form.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Can none of you appreciate the irony? In the absence of a terrorist, GCHQ would have been classified as terrorists - provided we could've shown they were terrorists. Which we couldn't. But because of a terrorist, we can now show they are terrorists so they're not in fact terrorists. Or something like that.

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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@BobWheeler I thought facial recognition worked by looking at the separation of eyes and other features that shouldn't be affected by the age of the photo. But according to Wikipedia, some systems do perform a crude statistical comparison with a reference image, and that would be affected by aging. So I guess it depends what system the police are using.

But either way, Facebook is a handy public database of names and recent photos. They might even arrest a few genuine cat buglers. (Yeah, mine's the one with the moggy in the pocket: his canine accomplice is holding my canary hostage at an undisclosed kennel.)

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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@Brandom 2

Your answer.

Celestial distances don't depend on Alpha Orionis so it's not an issue. However Delta Cephei, which is important for the distance scale, is known to be 887±26 lightyears (272±8 in sensible units (Pc)). About 3%.

I'm sure, if Betelgeuse was important, we'd've turned space telescope on it and got a decent measurement. Finite resources.

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Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug

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Re: All I can say is ....

That's a very generous assessment of the developers' mental age. :/

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: They CANNOT be the only copies

"and they were encrypted to GCHQ approved standards"

Yeah, "plaintext". (Or rot13, if you have a warrant from a judge.)

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Re: We have a winner

"..[The PC] remains the best tool for an awful lot of jobs."

I suspect you mean, "monitor, keyboard and mouse remain the best tool for an awful lot of jobs."

It's becoming irrelevant where the CPUs are: it could be they're in your mobile phone wirelessly connected to a dock, it could be they're on the other end of a network connection or it could be they're in a box on, or under, your desk. If you want to convince me there's a future for the PC you need to convince me the box on the desk is better placed that the box in your pocket or the box in the datacentre. (And remember, cheapest normally wins out over best engineered or most usable.)

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Where's a libertarian when you want one?

Yeah, the marketing worshipping Land of the Free™ could do with some competition in its broadband market.

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