* Posts by Steve Knox

1690 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: If the shoe was on the other foot.

Probably because there wouldn't be many small donors outed but only the personal information of a dozen or so billionaires and a few dozen energy, tobacco, gun maker, and defense corporations.

You'd be surprised. The greatest success* of the RNC in recent years has been to convince a large part of the poor and lower-middle class to consistently vote against their own best interests, to the point of even helping finance the bastards who regularly shaft them.

* Success as defined by the RNC's terms, that is.

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Re: Whew that was a close one

Dude's been dead for a while so will have take it up with his ancestors.

So contacting his spirit not enough of a challenge? Got to go back even further? Trying to prove your medium's actually a large?

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YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

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Reading this article 24 hours after watching Guru Larry's history of Driv3rGate

"..given cash on condition they produce a favorable review of the game, not show any bugs or glitches, and recommend that users click a link to the title's official website.."

*sigh*

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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"People will use it cautiously at first.."

Close, but...

The current autopilot incidents, and the entire history of human interaction with technology, belies your statement. It's really the opposite: people start out using technology like this incautiously, and as they figure out that it can't do everything, the survivors gradually become more cautious.

But then of course we breed a whole new generation of people who haven't yet learned to be careful, and build a whole new suite of technologies...

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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Not Likely

"Most will remain on for the two-year mission, and possibly beyond..."

Since the plan is to crash the probe into Jupiter at the end of the two-year mission, that's a very slight "possibly".

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Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

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Re: Adblocker Quibble

"Tracking Protection Lists" is the native IE advert blocker and it's not available on Edge yet.

Yes. That was my point. Opera was conducting an entirely fair test as well, showing how their browser with its better feature set could outperform Edge. In their test, each browser was rendering the same useful content-- Opera simply wasn't rendering the useless ad content.

As I have said in other discussions, when it comes down to it, it's about utility vs cost. Ads increase the cost of loading a web page, whilst providing no utility to the users.

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Adblocker Quibble

"This test turned on an ad blocker, which is off by default."

Okay, let's re-run the test with Edge's native ad blocker on as well...

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Stopped buying Oracle's kit? You've literally decimated its profit

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"[L]iterally decimated"

Net income was $8.9bn, down 10 per cent from last year.

You win this time...

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Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

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Re: Atlantis claims were obviously wrong

I'm sorry, but Scranton's future history was chronicled by Blish, not Smith:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_in_Flight#A_Life_for_the_Stars

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Holmes

What else was the target running?

Shurely running any other computationally intensive* software parallel with the decryption would fool this device?

* How intensive depends on many factors, and it may slow things down enough to piss off users. Hmm, maybe if you just allowed Microsoft's horrible search indexer service to run, you'd be immune to this type of attack...

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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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ActiveXObjec.join(_&_)}function k(a){var b={},d=(a

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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Coffee/keyboard

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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Black Helicopters

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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Happy

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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Megaphone

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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Meh

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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