* Posts by Robert Helpmann??

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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And the answer is...

I wonder how the US Coast Guards describe him. Presumably in terms that are not part of the official vocabulary.

Not to speak for the USCG as a whole, but I put your question to a blue-suiter. He said, "Wow! What a dummy! What a f*****g idiot!"

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: within the grasp of powerful crime gangs and government agents

The only difference between a criminal gang and the government in the US is ...

The Government's doing it to "protect" you

Yeah, that's why it's called protection money... no, er... taxes! That's what I meant. I can see how an IRS audit might go: "That's a really nice 401K you have there. It would be a real shame if something were to happen to it. Capisce?"

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

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So in theory...

...the same can be done for music and movies? Didn't think so.. Maybe the book authors need a MIPAA type organization?

That's the capacity in which Google is forcing itself upon authors. Organizations such as the MIPAA exist to reap profits from the work of others and only protect that work in as much as it benefits them. Google is new, innovative and much more efficient in this regard, seemingly protecting works from being used to profit those who originally produced them.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: My beard

The prof's response involved a lot of sputtering, a stumbled claim of anecdotal evidence, and a red face over my particularly smug smile.

That was my last psych class.

Why stop when you were having fun? You could have had many hours of entertainment at that particular professor's expense. If you had played it right, you could have gotten a study funded to completely undermine the professor's stated theory, just like the researchers in the article did (at least the funding part).

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: Just a point of clarification...

"Disfuction" - Doing to this proposal what you cannot do to a pregnant woman... Yep, I'm leaving now.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: WTF!

Apple drops support for one of their products on a rival platform? Next you will be telling me that they discontinued support for Safari on Windows systems.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Sweet, Cold Revenge

If revenge is a dish best served very cold, and revenge is also sweet....is revenge ice cream?

Only if you milk it for all it is worth, otherwise it is sorbet.

I ran into a similar situation at a previous job. I was asked to transfer archived emails archived on a machine for a coworker who had transferred out of state. The application and method I was given to do this displayed one of the emails in whichever folder was being processed. It happened to pull up one that made it very clear that my coworker was having an affair, that both parties were married, and that she would be working with her new love interest. All in two lines. I finished the transfer and said nothing about it to anyone at work.

As far as I am concerned, the whole thing was an onion ("None ya business" for those not familiar with the term) despite the way Big Brother and Big Business would want us to buy into.

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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Re: Dances With Smurfs

The sequel will be Little Big Smurf followed by The Return of Little Big Smurf.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Parts Sourcing

Since the original stipulation was that "the battery system would be a little hefty to start with", they should be sourced from used hoverboards. I am sure they will work as intended.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: Fundamental differences/Alien DNA

Unless MS ditches the registry and goes back to a config-file-based environment, I can't see a true integration occurring between the two.

FTFY. Once upon a time, that's how Microsoft rolled. Now, not so much. I would be much happier if all apps were self contained instead of being tied in to the registry, but that wish is based on sheer laziness on my part. This new ability, if it amounts to anything, would actually feed into that too as I recently have been given scripts to write in both Windows and Linux environments. Being able to do at least the initial draft of both on a single system would speed things up a bit for me.

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SANS man lists five security things you're not doing but should

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top 5 my arse

3) dont give all your users admin level on admin systems

Better stated by expanding to "Only give admin rights to those who have a specific need and then only give them what is absolutely called for and not a jot more. Give them admin accounts separate from their regular accounts. Audit user rights and group rights and memberships regularly and often, recursively if necessary, both for domains and individual machines."

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

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Re: Trust...

I read through their white paper and it raised some interesting points. Most importantly, in my view, is their emphasis on incorporating mobile devices into their security model. On the other hand, two of the three references in their paper were Wikipedia pages. Too, their model depends on the use of a certificate authority, which might point to a possible way for someone to compromise their system.

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Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

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Re: Huh?

Yes, the way the specs are presented is a bit misleading, but it very much looks like the external dimensions are given for length and diameter while the volume given is for the internal capacity. This is nothing new, though as the IT industry has been doing that for years in describing drive capacities in terms of unformatted vs usable space.

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George Bush naked selfie hacker Guccifer gets his day in US court

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Naked and Frightening

Guccifer is accused of is broadcasting a painted self-portrait by former President George W Bush while naked in a shower and bath

That alone should warrant the death penalty.

It's wrong! Just wrong... *sob*

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Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw

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Optional Uses

Sure, it's rated for snowman disposal, but how does it fare against zombies? Or zombie snowmen? Can it come with an flamethrower attachment, also proven effective against snowmen and zombies?

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IT freely, a true tale: One night a project saved my life

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Re: Priorities and empowerment

Work on the priority items and fuck the rest. If something more urgent comes along, make sure management are aware of it.

This applies even more to project management. Multiply the impact by the number of people on a given contract. Truly good advice.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: Urrmm...yeah, but....

So the solution to the whole problem would be for everyone to carry a phone that looked like a gun!

Yes! I mean... no. A much better solution is to carry around a whole bunch of robot parts that look just like cell phones and can self-assemble into a giant battle droid. For self protection, of course, because robots don't kill people. Yet.

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Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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Re: Ingenius scam.

And could you please point where exactly are they lobbying for autonomous vehicles to be operated on public roads without a qualified driver on board?

Since you asked nicely, here is the first example that Google (how apropos!) returned:

http://www.iii.org/issue-update/self-driving-cars-and-insurance

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Re: Ingenius scam.

First you complain about the myth of future cars and later end by stipulating the current situation? Nice.

Planes are not cars and licensing requirements are quite different between the two. The push by self-driving car makers is exactly as you would dispute: they want governments in various jurisdictions to work out the various liability issues so that autonomous vehicles can be turned loose on the roadways of the world. They are reportedly willing to accept liability for their cars' actions if that means they will be able to manufacture and sell them. As long as the risk is a known factor, they will be able to work it into their respective business models. This is not the world as we know it today, but it is conceivably the world of the very near future.

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Wait! Where did you get that USB? Super-stealthy trojan only drives stick

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Ingress and Egress

So how does a secure system do data ingress or egress of a nature too complex for human memory,like industrial control programs?

Two ways to deal with this issue come to mind. First, allow only a certain accounts (think in terms of service accounts) access to USB devices on the protected systems and only use known-good USB drives (registered devices) to be used by those accounts. This would apply to both the protected network and the network with internet access.

Second, there are these things called DVDs and CDs....

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Symantec warns of serious security holes – in Symantec security kit

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Re: Idiots

For being idiots or for being with Symantec?

Yes!

The XSS flaw is not surprising as it is a common issue for web sites and not Symantec's area of expertise. The question I would raise is why they would want their security management console to run in a browser (the most commonly targeted attack surface on workstations). Points off for saying all the other kids are doing it.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Re: ideas

Tux

Indestructible III

Frigidissimis

Gu Math Fuar

Dylan

Oswald Cobblepot

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

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Re: Negative Stereotyping

Santa from Exeter, I think you are right in your implication that the other things on the list have dire implications. I would argue that rice is one of the simplest things to make and has been for millennia. Turning it into a microwavable product indicates that people are willing to pay extra for an inferior product that gains them little in the way of time. It pretty much says they are too stupid or lazy or whatever to boil water.

I give you a thumbs up for being engaged on the subject. To the consumers who fuel these metrics, see icon.

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Negative Stereotyping

Significantly, we also get microwave-able rice.

Not exactly doing anyone's culinary reputation any good with this one.

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Boffins build laser that can twist its own light

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Re: Shark-safe laser deployment

You simply mix some old analog tech with new quantum-ish tech.

It is not "quantum-ish" as lasers depend on quantum effects to generate light. And water? What you meant to say was "propelled by rockets into a volcano." And yes, two lasers are better than one. Keep going with that plan.

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Who are the Victims?

The ad industry needs to get itself under control PDQ or face extinction.

Did anyone else read the following and have their head threaten to explode?

"It's important to note that while these popular sites are involved in the infection process they are, much like infected clients, victim of malvertising. The only 'crime' here is being popular and having high volumes of traffic going through their sites daily."

What a crock! The site owners should be held responsible for any and everything they allow to come from their site. If they sub out their advertising, it does not absolve them from responsibility, it is just a convenient way to speed the process along. If you pay for someone for a service and don't at least verify it is being done in a non-criminal fashion, you are still to blame for your negligence.

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

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Re: Apes

They're apes.

If you are you referring to our esteemed Members of the Parliament...

You have apes? You are so lucky! We just have leeches.

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Security market to exceed $170 billion by 2020, analysts say

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Re: Extrapolating that X will be worth Y by year Z

True, there are some natural limits on how large the pool of qualified security professionals can grow within a given time, but there does seem to be good growth in this area. Besides government contract positions, there are opportunities opening up in the automotive industry. I would also expect more in the area of IoT (AKA The World of Doodads) and mobile computing, but time will tell whether there be more positions in those areas or if they continue to be ignored by most manufacturers and consumers.

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Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

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Re: I was quite impressed . .

...(introductory offer because I like your face).

Sounds like you are looking for a certain type of customer.

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Google overlord Eric Schmidt to run Pentagon advisory board

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Does not mean what you think it means

Q: Who says Chocolate Factory and State Department are too close?

A: No-one who read this article as it was all about the Department of Defense.

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Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

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Exchange Rate?

I cannot access my email with this right now so I cannot send this as a correction, but this is the second article I have read recently on this site that completely screws up the exchange rates when listing the cost of one thing or another. There are five sets of figures listed which use four different sets of conversions, some of which are... implausible. Take these two sets for the sake of comparison:

US$36,500 £33,334 A$49,671

US$37,500 £34,260 A$26,469

The numbers, as they say, speak for themselves.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Regenerative towing?

I have seen Tesla's towed...

What's a "towed"? Is it related to what the French call a "crap-owed"?

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

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Re: Spellchecking budget cut again?

I'll add my 2 cents (exchange rates may vary) as I cannot access email at this time:

$10m (£7.1m, A$13.7m) in an epic 15,000-strong withdrawal spree across 18 countries.

In December 2012 the group pulled some U$5m (£7.1m, A$6.8m)...

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Snapchat loses payroll information to phoul phisherpholk

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Re: Short sighted/half hearted

Snapchat could and should have offered 10 or even 15 years of insurance cover.

Exactly. The goal of identity theft is no longer a chance to create a few credit cards and run off with a quick profit. As with many investments, the value of someone's identity is likely to increase with time. Two or three years of identity theft protection is paltry compared to lifetime of potential - even likely - damage a breach of this nature can inflict.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Re: new project!

It is definitely a worthwhile endeavor. While I sometimes take my enthusiasm for cooking to extremes, I feel there is little more satisfying than sharing a meal in which every item served, both food and drink, I put together myself. Good luck with your first batch!

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Hackers aren't so interested in your credit card data these days. That's bad news

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Re: Maybe I should get myself ...

...a couple of spare identities...

Been up playing a marathon game of Paranoia?

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FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

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Roger, Roger 8

I think number 3 is off the table as Apple have no reason to push back if it is the case that they have come up with bulletproof phones. There are a few other ways to go with this. For example, the courts might compel Apple to provide the data but not the method to do so followed by Apple engineering that particular method away.

To steer the conversation in a slightly different direction, if smart phones are based on Unix (or Windows) at some level, wouldn't that imply they have multi-user capabilities? If this is indeed the case, why couldn't an admin account be used to gain access, reset passwords, et cetera? I am more familiar with corporate environments than consumer, but I do not see why a preexisting admin account could not be set up to be used in cases of this nature where the owner of the machine wants to access data on its own property. I am not seeking to address the very real privacy concerns with this, but could someone more familiar with smart phones weigh in?

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D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

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Re: Has to be a better way

Good point. Also, will the digital versions be simple image files or will they transcribe the text to create searchable documents? If so, then the only real need for high-quality scans would be for the illustrations as the use of digital text will work better than scans will. If not, they are less useful and therefor should have less uptake.

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LISA Pathfinder drops its gravity-wave-finding golden boxes

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Re: Major omission in the article

In all of the interviews I listened to concerning the confirmation of gravity waves, the boffins invariably pointed out that this was the beginning of an entire new method for exploring the universe. One visible light telescope wasn't considered "enough" nor were the first telescopes designed to detect radio waves or x-rays. Too, one major advantage of gravity wave detectors is they can "see" farther back in time than electromagnetic radiation will allow. This is a really good start, but it is just a start.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

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Re: 80-20 rule?

Helps if you are someone that can do the interesting bits I suppose...

This is what people really should be afraid of! Over time, technological advances have given more and more to people lower down the economic spectrum. While we still have food shortages, famine is a thing few citizens of industrialized nations have experience with. Spices that were once exotic import items are freely available and very cheap (how much does pepper cost?). Want to listen to music? You don't have to hire musicians to play for you as you can listen on the radio or through an internet connected device. Likewise TV and movies have brought the performing arts to the masses. Want a portrait? You most likely have a camera in your pocket as part of your phone. Want to have a sculpture made? 3D printing to the rescue! We are likely to have robot chauffeurs, butlers and maids available to us in the near future (or present in some cases).

The rub as I see it is that if we can all live like royalty, what will then give life meaning? What will provide the drive to do and then do more? What will motivate those who lack the creative genius to produce works that others will appreciate? Obviously, there will be conflicts around the technologies of the future just as there are for those of today but, setting that aside for a moment, I argue we should be figuring out what we will want when we all can have have it all.

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

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And afterwards you have...

a town to rebuild. Brilliant!

First, yes, it would be brilliant, especially if lit at night, but perhaps not in the manner you meant, Herr GrumpenKraut. Second, it sounds like a win all around. The local townsfolk gain both excitement from the spectacle and exercise from running around dealing with the conflagration. The firefighters would be better able to justify their positions and their yearly budgets, perhaps with an increase for next FY. The constabulary would likewise be able to get in on the act by filling out reports, gathering evidence, intruding into the lives of all around and failing entirely to catch the arsonist(s). News services would have something with which to fill their daily cycles. The public at large would have entertainment available they might have otherwise done without. Insurance companies and hardware stores would similarly be stimulated, passing the benefits of which to the economy as a whole. What's not to like?

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China 'evacuates' 9,000 around monster radio 'scope

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Re: how many bottles of wine fit in a double decker bus

"if you fill it with wine, every one of the world's seven billion people could get a share of about five bottles".

Around 26,250,000,000 liters which comes to about 10,488 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 15,331,403,620* Bulgarian funbags (unless I misplaced a decimal or made a rounding error or was distracted by poodles).

* A whole lot of fun indeed!

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re: Seriously long-term storage

In 13.8 billion (13,800,000,000) years, it's a pretty certain bet that the entities reading data from such long term storage will not only not understand the file formats, but won't understand our language

Perhaps it would be better to opt for something more akin to HD-Rosetta as analog information may be encoded along side digital. Alas, it is estimated to last a paltry 10,000 years as a storage medium, but a similar approach in different media might be worth considering.

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What would happen if Earth fell into a black hole?

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What exactly do you criticize?

In the article? Given that it is presented in layman's terms (good deal, too, as I am not the best with physics), it should perhaps mention time dilation as a reason that no-one would notice a black hole popping up next to Earth. If we are going to indulge ourselves by using that as a scenario, we might better first discuss the black hole's motivation in doing so.

This article is posted under the Science section. It would have been better to place it directly in Forums or Bootnotes as it does not even pretend to be news... wait a minute... I just went outside to have a look and no black hole, at least none that I noticed.

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Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

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Emphasis Added

Released documents were not highly classified and Brennan said he did not violate his security responsibilities by using the account.

It is not whether they are highly classified, but whether they are classified at all that is important. "Spillage" is a word no-one who has a clearance wants to have mentioned in conjunction with their name.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Air F**king Gap

...decent IT always comes second in a care environment.

Not even second. It takes a back seat to more than one effort (basic care, patient confidentiality, et cetera) even though it should be an integral part of the process. The biggest issue I would imagine hospital administrators see is that of liability (sad but true in my opinion). With any luck, this will be the wake-up call that encourages changes in many similar environments. If not this, then we will eventually see a story involving patient's implants and life support systems being hacked resulting in loss of life.

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Backdoors are bad, Euro security wonks ENISA tell governments

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Re: With the evidence before your eyes, does your brain accept and mine the trail before you ‽ .

AMFM: "...steganography is the encryption that hides in plain sight text."

No, steganography is by definition not encryption, though they can be used for similar purposes. Encryption is the process whereby a meaningful set of data is rendered into a seemingly meaningless jumble, but which can be retrieved by reversing the process. Steganography is the process by which information is hidden within a larger set. I can understand your apparent confusion on the subject as I am not sure which process you applied to your post.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Re: Par frying chips

Frying potatoes twice with a complete cool down in between produces better texture in the finished product as the starches will set after the first heating but will not turn gluey when reheated. It also makes it quicker for restaurants to get food to table. I am not sure what might be going on with the milk there, but I will have to give it a try if only for the novelty.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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Re: Dirty bomb

It's called "off site storage." I look forward to the day the Nork's glorious leader calls for one of his favorite movies to be recovered after it is accidentally deleted.

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Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier

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Re: Snooping

... encrypted "not databases" ... could be sent for analysis by third party clouds ... whilst still keeping both the data and the results of the analysis encrypted at all times.

But by doing this, wouldn't it open the door to data capture and eventual decryption? It seems to me that such an approach would be putting a large amount of trust in encryption alone instead of a more layered approach of encryption, access controls, et cetera. How ironic it would be if too much reliance was placed something intended to increase security and thereby allowed unauthorized access*.

*Not that anything of this nature has ever happened before.

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