* Posts by Steve Knox

1680 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Re: That's eminently reasonable

Many classical journals ... often allow the author to have a copy on his or her website...

That seems a reasonable concession to the person who created the work in the first place.

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Big Cable uses critics' own arguments to slam set-top box shake-up

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Set-top Boxes ARE Transmission's Edge

So is this American Football rules (line is out of bounds) or Rest-of-the-world Football rules (line is in-bounds) ?

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Typo?

“The future lies in methods of authentication without passwords, which consumers clearly favour, both in terms of convenience and enhanced security,” Lack commented.

s/b

“The future lies in methods of authentication without passwords, which consumers clearly favour, both in terms of convenience and enhanced security lack", he commented.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: It's not surprising.

Well, the reason for this part's pretty obvious:

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They've got to maintain IE4 compatibility, of course.

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Siri's maker finally unveils dev-tastic universal AI interface Viv

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Re: "an intelligent, conversational interface" to "distribute products"

I'm sure it'll be a great product, after all, it's on Apple ...

Please tell me that was sarcasm.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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"ultra low power x86"

There's the problem in a nutshell. Intel has never been able to develop satisfactory low power x86, let alone ultra low power. Their best efforts at low-power have produced exceptionally low performance as well.

This might have something to do with their penchant for trying to solve issues by increasing complexity (much like a certain software company they have close ties with, which coincidentally is also having trouble getting its software to run efficiently on smaller devices.) In the low-power world, complexity kills.

Don't get me wrong -- Intel's x86 team does some amazing engineering, but its core design philosophy is antithetical to the simple requirements of low-power systems.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: I'm not quite buying the "previous security researcher" story

Without any actual evidence, we will have to accept the scripted answer.

No. Without any actual evidence, "we don't know" is a better conclusion than accepting any answer, especially one from a party with an interest in controlling perception of the incident.

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Euro watchdogs give America's data-sharing Privacy Shield an 'F'

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To be fair,

The test was just one question:

"Will you share everything you find with our spies?"

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Poll's broken

Voted no, but the selectable reason for my no wasn't listed.

Same here. But according to the poll:

I have another reason (see comments): 0

So something's broken.

My reason? It's an unnecessary intrusion which will lead to bad statistics.

They don't need to know your specific distraction to be able to determine the cause in most crashes, and damaged caused is the only logical measure of liability.

Given the way these types of data collection need to be marketed, press releases will focus on the number (not percentage) of crashes deemed "caused" by texting while driving. Little to no context will be given, leading to an inaccurate picture of the actual prevalence.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

Real-life example: USB Attached scale & Printer. The ability to have a web/thin client application be able to weigh a package and generate a shipping label WITHOUT having to install specific drivers, without having to have the user click on anything every time it prints, etc. Right now you have to install the drivers, install the stand-alone software, which then has to use a web api to exchange information with the shipping company. This moves the API level so that the software and data can be stored on web server and nothing needs to be installed on the workstation other than a standard, reusable API layer which is restricted by device and destination.

Or you could just get an independent scale/printer with its own network attachment. You can still connect your PC to it over the network, but you don't need to waste energy powering your PC to use it.

There are already PC-independent solutions; don't invent half-dependent solutions and pretend they're better.

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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

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In an attempt to perfectly define the term 'irony'...

How about actually answering the questions, presidential candidate asks

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China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

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Re: No laughing matter

The question being whether Primus's original post title was meant to evoke that association, to deflect it, or was simply coincidental.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: 198,000

But surely the appeal of a Tesla is that its

- Exclusive New Technology

- Expensive Well-built

- Stylish

- Sold by the Steve Jobs of the electric auto industry

TFTFY

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

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"Snowden seems to me to be pure as a driven snow," he said.

Said the man who apparently knows neither Snowden nor snow.

And Snowden for president!? Get half a clue. If he's the man you believe him to be, he's smart enough to not want that position, either for himself or his country.

FFS, stop trying to canonize people who happen to have done one good thing.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: precedent

Apple for the moment has lost the loose loose proposition set up for them.

1. Learn to spell "lose".

2. Learn to spell "lose".

3. Lose-lose is hyphenated.

4. The public, especially Apple's demographic, will remember that Apple stood up to the FBI, and that the FBI backed down. They're not going to remember or care that the FBI broke into the phone some other way. People who will remember that have already been skeptical of any promise of end-to-end security (from Apple or others). Apple has lost nothing here.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: Yes very significant.

Actually, JDX, Mage's definition of "real AI" is the same as that of about 50% of the AI communtiy.

The other half believes in "functional AI" which includes DeepDream, Watson, Google's cars, etc.

"Functional AI" -- i.e, making a specialized program which can handle a single task or class of tasks as well or better than a human -- is easier to accomplish and so gets most of the press, but that doesn't make it any better or more real than "real AI".

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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

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Well, as it's Opera we're talking...

What Opera will do when users are able to block what they consider to be non-relevant in-app ads, at the network level using technologies like Shine, remains to be seen.

Any guesses?

The image of an amply endowed maiden waxing lyrical springs to mind...

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: Missing the point...

No you're missing the point. The barge video is not an operational priority.

It's PR/infotainment, which is less important than getting the actual functional engineering to work.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: " the electricity to do it in reasonable time"

"Forget the maths, do the physics."

Do you realize what you just said? Doing physics without math is like cooking without food.

"You're looking at charging:use ratios well below 1:1."

A charging:use ratio well below 1:1 would be very good. A use:charging ratio below 1:1 would not.

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Re: "much-vaulted"

Well, I believe they spelled "much-vaunted" incorrectly, but your phrasing is probably more accurate.

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Re: Well, it sounds good.

Yes, this is ARPA, which means that it's not so much announcements of new science as it is preparing us for the latest release of alien technology...

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At highway speeds, 500 miles is 6-7 hours. After that much driving you should be taking at least an hour break anyway.

Also, electric vehicles can be charged at home, which (for most of us, anyway) can't be said of petrol-powered ones.

It's a different rhythm, certainly, but in many ways more efficient.

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

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WTF?

"...supporting SSLv2 server-side was not generally considered a security problem because no client-side software was using it."

Supporting anything server-side which is not used by client-side software is a security problem. Why would you enable something which isn't needed?

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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No, just a failure of machine thinking.

However, The Register notes, Google's test operator made the judgement that the bus was probably going to give the car space to reverse. So a human factor was at play here, not just a failure of machine thinking.

The only thing the human did was not override autonomous mode.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Coffee/keyboard

If anyone manages to get an i7 system with the same power profile, let alone price, I'll eat several hats of varying size.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Re: Didn't Watergate teach politicians anything?

What crime?

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Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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RE: Really?

1) Fruits fall to ground.

2) Introduced rats scoff fruits and proliferate.

3) Trees grow older.

4) ?????

5) Profit!

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Re: There Used to Be

And who could forget 1996's "My Lovely Horse"?

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Kwangmyongsong

But the tune ends too soon for us all...

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EMC creates a Star Trek holodeck ... and uses it to simulate a data center

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Scale...?

What kind of hardware do you need to run this?

At what point do you need a datacenter to hold the machines running the simulation of your datacenter?

How do you simulate that datacenter?

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Well, there's your problem!

“When you’re assessing your process for generating randomness, you want to make sure nothing is broken and that it is performing consistently.”

Shurely you want your random number generator to perform inconsistently?

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me this is just lost in translation!

[A]n Apple staffer told her they would need a court order to hand over the password.

PLEASE tell me this is actually about resetting a password, not retrieving a password.

If Apple staff are actually able to retrieve users' passwords, then Apple security is hopelessly broken.

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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"government-grade security"

After considering the effectiveness of government in other areas, I see no contradiction here.

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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Re: Instead of artificial insemination?

Directly from the article:

You might ask why bother? After all, our sperm have been doing this for eons without mechanical assistance. But the technique could prove very useful for infertile couples, since 20 per cent of men have sperm that isn't very good at swimming, leading to some fertilization techniques to only have a 30 per cent success rate.

Or to directly answer your point, artificial insemination may seem more reliable, but that's because you (as you admit) don't know how reliable it is. I'm not judging you for this: I don't either. But that's the point of science: don't accept "seems" -- if you don't know, find out.

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

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Re: Time to update contract language?

"- Vendor certifies that the Equipment herein described, is free of hard-coded credentials and other access bypass mechanisms to the best of their knowledge, and has passed an independent security audit"

"...to the best of their knowledge..."

The contracts will be signed by sales droids.

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Philae's phinal phling: Germans made weekend spin-up attempt

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DLR boffins aren't optimistic: it's known that one of the the craft's two radios are broken and that the remaining radios aren't fully functional.

The one remaining radios?

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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Re: reminded of ...

similar to...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashian_scale

(rating celestial bodies based on dorsal mass distribution)

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Kiwi judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to USA

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Re: Fair Trial

In all of these cases the US seems to be acting in a draconian and empirical manner.

So their actions are entirely based on observable facts? No worries,then!

Perhaps you meant imperial or imperious?

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Re: Huh, Wha'?

Ooh, good. That means that, since Donald Trump's speeches are broadcast in the UK, we can put out an arrest warrant for hate speech, and ask the US for extradition? No?

YES. DO IT NOW. TAKE HIM, PLEASE.

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Facebook arrives at commonsense 'real names' policy

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Re: 70's

No, the 70's. 70 AD to 79 AD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE9fN79Q0-Y

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France says 'non' to Wi-Fi and Tor restrictions after terror attack

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Re: comments on ending comment

The term "cheese eating surrender monkeys" originated from an episode of "The Simpsons," a popular comedy show in the US. How fitting. Its easy to lob insults from 1000's of miles away.

Yes, it did originate there. And it was satire there as well as here. How interesting that you missed that point both times.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

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Re: These is no such thing as a "Defeat Device"

"rather sensibly manages the engine performance and emissions in a manner most befitting the task at hand."

Since the emissions are supposed to be under the limit even when "the driver puts his foot down on the open road", when "the engine management software delivers at the expense of pushing out lots and lots of nasty emissions" it is by definition not sensibly managing emissions.

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Chinese cyber chief plays down censorship concerns

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"my house"

So he owns and resides in all of China?

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Lock up your top-of-racks, says Cisco, there's a bug in the USB code

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Re: This is not just a security problem

"unknown error"

This one always gets me. Is an unknown error better or worse than a known error?

On the one hand, how does the software know there's an error if the error's unknown?

On the other hand, if the error's known, why didn't the developer fix it before shipping the software?

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WTF?

"There are no workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability."

They shipped a product with a USB port and no way to disable the USB port in hardware, firmware, or software?

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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European Patent Office fires up lawyers over claims of cosy love-in with Microsoft

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Re: Are you kidding me?!

"The US patent system is significantly cheaper and more efficient. Just let that sink in."

The USPTO is a rubber stamping machine.

Yes, but it's a very cheap and efficient rubber stamping machine.

They use the well known "award the patent and let the courts sort them out" approach.

Do you know a cheaper and/or more efficient method? Perhaps you should patent it.

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: You're fired

So you allow people to bring their own devices*, and then sack them for treating their own devices as their own?

* And by "allow people to bring their own devices", I of course mean "force people to use their own devices for company work because your company is too cheap to provide them with resources adequate to the work it requires of them."

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HTTPSohopeless: 26,000 Telstra Cisco boxen open to device hijacking

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Re: Is there a workaround or isn't there?

Because if one of the biggest names on the Internet is selling eternally-vulnerable unpatchable hardware, what does that say of every other supplier on the market?

Absolutely nothing.

You're making two mistakes here; you're assuming that current company size is positively correlated with current product quality*, and presuming that, because a member of a set demonstrates a particular quality, all other members of that set must demonstrate the same quality**.

* For simple counterexamples, consider the cases of Wal-Mart and McDonalds.

** If these companies were people, and their industry were their race, that would make you a racist. But they're not, and it isn't, so you're not.

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

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Re: Let's get real

It doesn't specify who gets to claim what or if you have to land on it to claim it.

I suppose I can't blame you entirely for getting that entirely wrong, because the original article didn't bother linking to the proposed act properly. Instead they link to a NASA page which contains an overview of the previous space acts.

For reference, here's the actual act we're talking about: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2262/text, straight from the horse's mouth.

And here's the relevant section which has got all your knickers in a twist:

Ҥ 51303. Asteroid resource and space resource rights

“A United States citizen engaged in commercial recovery of an asteroid resource or a space resource under this chapter shall be entitled to any asteroid resource or space resource obtained, including to possess, own, transport, use, and sell the asteroid resource or space resource obtained in accordance with applicable law, including the international obligations of the United States.”.

Notice two key points: "...entitletd to any asteroid or space resource obtained..." and "... in accordance with applicable law, including the international obligations of the United States."

So 1) they have to obtain the resource before claiming ownership of it, and 2) this does not supersede any international law.

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