* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Media Center

I have looked several times at Pi as a media center and have discarded it every time. Sure, if you shell for the various extra licenses from the foundation Pi shop it can just about do HD media playback. None the less, media is and will remain its secondary function.

This board however, comes to M2M land from the other direction - from multimedia. I would expect it to do the job of "drop in replacement" for the 4 Debian based media center boxes I have around the house (a hodge-podge of ultra-small factor AMD E series and recycled thin clients). So if there will a half decent case for it, I will probably buy 3 of these without batting an eye lid. They will pay back compared to a PC (even a thin client) running MythTV/XbMC in 2-3 years time just from electricity power costs. Add to that the fanless/cool nature of the beast and the fact that it does not take any living room shelf space and it definitely starts to be quite appealing.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Not really newsworthy

While keeping that data is a reality in britain, querying it without due cause is an automatic sacking for gross misconduct in public office.

One of the reasons Britain is in such a dire privacy state despite the fact that the police and HMRC databases can be described as omnishambles is exactly this - that record access is not enforced (neither administratively, nor technically).

If you compare that to the average Shengen country, there in theory even the lowly registrar has access to the database. However he cannot access records outside the scope of his day to day duties and trying to do so will raise an automatic alert accompanied by a visit from the applicable police department. One of the reasons why SI3 is still in the works is exactly this - for the next revision the Germans have tightened up the reqs on that even further so nobody can implement them at present (without many man-centuries of extensive development). It is also the reason why Britain can never be in Shengen as the culture of "do not stick your nose where it does not belong" is not something you will find amidst the powers that be who have access to your data and RIPA entitlement to snoop.

Your friend should have pressed the point and filed a complaint with the IPC there and then. One swallow spring does not make, but we still have to try.

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Uber XXXs itself out of South Korea

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An expected development

It was only a matter of time.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Try the russian version

It is known as сырник.

1. Separate the yolk from the rest of the eggs. Mix the "outer" mix - flour, etc with the yolk only. This makes it nice and sticky while runny enough to envelop the cheese.

2. Instead of trying to fry the cheese whole mix feta cheese, cottage cheese and the remainder of the eggs (without the yolks). This makes the inside set nearly instantaneously when thrown into the deep frier so it never runs out. Some places also add sugar to the feta+cottage cheese mix. This is a matter of taste and if you are doing a post-pub super-cholesterol hit you may want to skip on that.

Rest is same as in the Czech version. By the way there is also a Ukrainian, Belorussian and several Russian versions :)

Anyone after that telling me that slavs differ signficantly culturally from country to country can go and discuss should try discussing with a Bulgarian and Serb is the traditional Balkan slavic cheesecake Banitsa or Gibanitsa).

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

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Re: Proof of government stupidity!

It is a proof of government stupidity.

They did not cancel any VA and Federal employee cover there and then. As they should have for non-compliance.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: interesting

Discovery That is USA.

Not in other countries (Germany included) if memory serves me right - there the court usually appoints a mutually aggreable 3rd party to perform expert analysis.

Also, even in USA you are supposed to put on the table reasonable grounds for suspicion to trigger the discovery phase. It will be interesting to see what will be given in court for that part.

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Re: interesting

He is alleging copy of the SCSI subsystem. That is easy to prove without code by behaviour only. Linux SCSI subsystem as it is now was influenced by a multi-year pissing contest between Helwig himself + Linus on one side and Jörg Schilling on the other side. It does not behave in a way which is similar to any other SCSI system out there in existence. BSD, Solaris, Irix, AIX and Windows all behave differently and have distinct behaviour quirks which allow you to identify the underlying code by behaviour alone.

So if ESXi behaves in a manner which is identical to Linux that is sufficient ground for major suspicion. In addition to that there are various quirks, bugs which are not bugs but features, etc across the board. So, if ESXi replicates at least some of them that would be sufficient to ask the lawyers to prepare a subpoena.

All in all, it is an illustration of the old adage: "In how many places do you terminate a SCSI cable? In three - one end, the other end and terminate a black goat with a silver knife at new moon in the middle. Then it may work".

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Re: Bonkers!

Bonker reliability? Or maybe not?

So what happens if the ring is broken?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: what a rip-off

Actually not. You are tunneled back to your original GGSN. You _CAN_ be reassigned to a local serving GGSN, but you are not. This is done on purpose to justify high charges.

It is the same with voice. Theoretically - a roaming mobile is assigned a temporary number. A call to that mobile is routed to the temporary number instead. So if someone is calling you from the local country their operator in theory can get the temporary number via SS7 signalling from your operator and short-circuit the call. So the call is local instead of to your home country and back. It was in there in GSM 3GPP spec from the first release to support roaming. It is also indicative that it was never ever implemented by anyone as would have removed the technical justifications for half of the roaming rip-offs.

In any case - as far as "same as domestic packages" - they are making me laugh. All of the suspects - Voda, O2, 3, etc have a daily cap on roaming and will charge you above that. That cap depending on your package can be as low as 25MB. I would not call that "same as domestic consumption". Not even close.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Where to put it?

ailed launches from the UK?

Depending on the location - Central and south Eastern Europe and parts of Middle East or thereabouts. Out of all possible Eu locations Britain is one of the most useless.

There are reason you know why Russians are building their new facility all the way on the Pacific Ocean coast.

So if there is to be another (besides Kuru) Eu facility, Azores are probably the best location - lots of sea folllowed by Sahara desert Eastwards from there. If the facility is to be "100% British", then Ascencion island is the best choice. It has the right size of runway too and complies will all other criteria.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: Outsourcing to India - Payback

1. They would have done it even if we did not teach them. It is not that difficult.

2. They suck as scammers. I have seen scams of "your son is in an accident", "tech support", etc executed in Eastern Europe. India is nowhere near.

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Re: It had to come

Hehe... The older generation is sometimes better than the baby boomer onwards in that. I have a recording somewhere of my mom explaining a scammer exactly what to do with various body parts using docker vocabulary in 3 languages.

They tried to scam her (very professionally too) that I got myself in an accident and urgently needed some financial assistance. They knew I was abroad and in which country too and quite a bit of personal detail too. What they missed was that as a bilingual I would have been talking to her in her language, not my official native language. At that point she hit the record button, followed by "fire at will".

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Violence for comments

You are failing to see the difference between a comment and an expression of desire for physical violence of a sexual nature.

The latter does not qualify as a comment. It does not qualify for any protection with regards to freedom of speech either.

The only thing it should qualify as far as I am concerned is self-administration of the aforementioned threat by the issuer to himself. Recorded for posterity.

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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

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Excuse, 20th century called...

A global corporation that is not _YET_ using VOIP? You ought to be joking.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Re: Two words

Alternative two words: Builder trousers. Mine got a grand total of 6 pockets each with the ones on the thigh perfect for a phone - you can never bend it in one of those. You can also easily extract it from there in an emergency.

Yeah, I know - not fashionable.

You need to wear early 1980-es style elasticated jeans nowdays to be kewl - the type we had in secondary school. Also stick the phone in the front pocket to ensure that the elasticated pants keep it in the correct position so it bends. Once again - it is key to kewlness. And key to idiocy too.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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The old adage

A 5 kg bicycle needs 10 kg lock and chain

A 10 kg bicycle needs 5kg lock and chain

A 15kg bicycle needs no lock and no chain nowdays - that is heavier than the worst pseudo-mountain bike dual suspension piece of badly welded steel rubbish from Walmart (or Tesco on this side of the pond).

I am not going to even comment on the idea of a 20kg bicycle with a fixed transmission. They could have at least used Peugeout (in-hub) gears in the rear wheel. These are preferred for city/commuter use anyway because they are much less susceptible to rust.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Re: Moving on..

Which in my experience has been about 5 microseconds

Depends on the manufacturer and not only on the manufacturer.

Google themselves keep everything up to date - you can get 5.0.2 across the board.

Sony and prior to that Sony Ericsson keeps them reasonably up-to date for a couple of years. There were some exemptions where an operator has refused updates (hello O2), but otherwise looking at my phones they are at 4.3 or thereabouts while shipping initially with 4.0 or 4.1

Samsung _ALSO_ keeps them up to date regardless what people say, however it does it only for the generic builds. If you have a phone or a tablet customized for an operator you are stuffed.

LG and HTC - do not know

Lenovo and prior to that Motorola as well as everybody else - you are stuffed.

You just need to factor this into what you want from the phone. Foregoing the operator penny is a good start - any updates will need an operator certification and they simply cannot be bothered to do it.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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No Pasaran

They are getting enough as it is. No pasaran.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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Light years ahead of competition

It is still light years ahead of the competition.

Compared to that the "last a whole day one one charge" can only make me laugh.

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Google's broadband-in-the-sky goes TITAN-ic

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20km is above jetstream

20km is above jetstream level. So it cannot hover. It has to go down to 12 km or thereabouts which means that it will enter the altitude range where it is obliged to comply with FAA (and other agencies reqs, have a flight plan and a transponder). So the idea of hover like a kestrel (into wind) is off the menu.

Otherwise, an LTE (or similar tech) network with antennas pointing downwards will work quite nicely at radio level. At higher layers it will get intresting - there are way too many places in the code in the mobiles, provisioning system, switching, etc which were written using the basic premise that a base-station does not move.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Twentieth? More like 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th altogether.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: are you sure ?

LCD is 'OK' but all the LCD sets have artefacts or other limits

Try a new Led backlit Tosh (make sure it is one of those with the Cell inside to do image processing). You may change your opinion - I did.

Imho the max size in inches is ~ distance in meters from the telly * 10. Anything above that and no magic image processing will prevent it from pixelating. So a smaller screen will actually look better as a result.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

No. The plotline is Puppet Masters. If in doubt, read Heinlein, you will find what you are looking for in there.

In the last paragraph a spaceship is being launched to Titan.

In any case - the membrane is an important part of the story, but not the most important. The most important is a source of energy and something which can participate in a redox reaction to produce enough of it. There is nothing in a methane atmosphere to do that. You are more likely to find life "not as we know it" in a place with let's say hydrogen chloride (the has, not the aqueous solution) than in a pure methane environment.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Live Long And Prosper

It is a prophetic testament to our state as a race that we need an alien as a consciousness and it takes an alien to remind us to Live Long and Prosper and what does it take to do that.

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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My exact thought

Fight fire with fire, err... bloatware with more bundled bloatware.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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How about a review for titles with proper gamepad support

Two titles off the top of my head:

1. Leo's Fortune

2. Galaxy on Fire HD

If those two play decently I may actually shell for this device (as it will be an effective pacifier).

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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Re: Well, I imagine that Churchill drank good stuff

I would not be so sure about that. In fact, I suspect a fake - it should have been perfectly preserved by its original alcohol quotinent.

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

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Re: Well gee... no crap.

If it is not them, it will be our Chinese friends to produce it. Just like this. Now, what were you saying about nefarious purposes in the "no-privacy" century once again?

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: And what now?

I can tell you what now:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Videokamera-Professional-Surveillance-Accessories-Investigator/dp/B00MLB4V92/

Now, tell me, "what are the civilian^Wlegitimate applications"

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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Re: Serious garden shed boffinry there.

The most interesting part is the thrust vectoring (if it works - I can see the belts and braces of using cold gas nozzles in case it does not). IMHO this is what sets this aside from VG and other hybrids.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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FFS... Objectification

This should have been nailed as false advertising.

Show me that it survives the steam rowenta treatment. I want to see that. Test results or it did not happen.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: That reminds me, I saw 2001 the other evening

Correction your honor. Sodding howler monkeys.

It is thankfully, 99% howling from the top of the tree (mostly for the benefit of your tribe) and 1% fighting.

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The more entertaining one would be if it is 2015, not 2024

I am just waiting for the moment when they will decide that they had enough sabre rattling on behalf of the USA and Airstrip One side and detach their part of the space station (which carries most of life support, escape pods, etc) from the rest _BEFORE_ 2024. The way things going my bet is on the 12th of April 2015.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

Sure - you can.

The vile thing here is that as a result of the vagaries of Windows OEM licensing Joe Average Luser CANNOT do that. Microsoft (and the OEMs) have removed this option from him (unless he pays for Windows twice). This is the bane of the Windows malwaresystem (or as they called it OEM ecosystem) and it is a pity none of the muppets in FTC and EC can be made to get of their arse and enforce some consumer rights here.

IMHO, as far as Windows monopoly goes, there should be no need for remedies, no need for anything except one thing - I as an end-luser must be able to get a FULL, CLEAN, NO 3rd-party MALWARE build directly from Microsoft when I show my OEM license number. It can even be locked down to my pre-registered hardware identity or have a requirement for "boot once to register" with the manufacturer's build. Presently - I cannot.

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Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

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Re: This:

They were.

The current generation of viruses and exploits is a major technological step backwards compared to some of the 90-es nasties. During the 90-es virus polymorphism was a given and the early rootkits were geared towards Linux and Unix systems and designed to hide from people with sysadmin skills. I remember having to fend-off attacks with rootkits for Linux using in-place kernel patching, invisible modules, knock-to-open, etc in 1996. Similarly, I remember dealing with polymorphic beasties 4 years prior when 1G or RAM with 384 used for a RAMDISK was a top-end machine.

Both were light years ahead of what is the state of the art now.

BackOrifice and the discovery that you can nail a population of unpatched Windows systems with significantly less effort undid the technological advances in both viruses and rootkits. Polymorphism is gone, advanced hiding techniques were dropped as unnecessary and show up only in the most advanced RATs and targeted attacks, etc.

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AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

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Re: Just one small problem....

What 700? I paid 260 for both of mine. Granted, both were A4.

A couple of days later the rust and the 4G of RAM it shipped with (even 2G for one of them) went into the spare parts bin. In went 16G and a hybrid. Result - machines which run circles around pretty much anything with Intel inside for ~ 350 each.

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Interesting

Quote: Not every die is created equal: the silicon's characteristics change ever so slightly, prompting AMD to tune its cores.

Is it me, or this means bye-bye per model benchmark? So two CPUs from the same batch and especially from different batches can now have up to a few percent performance difference. Interesting...

As usually congrats on stellar work to AMD which will unfortunately be marketed as "inferior" and "consumer" by imbeciles in computer marketing for purposes of market positioning. Sad. My laptops are all APU - they came deliberately crippled by HP with insufficient RAM and slow drives so they look "inferior" to their Intel offering. Amazon, Crucial and 15 mins with a screwdriver a day later fixed that.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Several reasons

Quite a few things - auth, setting the actual access perms to the user accessing the share, etc. The actual file access and serving runs with the user perms most of the time though. So it is still better than having most of it in-kernel at elevated privs as in that... other... OS.

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MIcorosft contributing security fixes to Samba

World has truly gone mad.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Doubly unusable if he moved the document

If he started the document under LibreOffice (which I suspect he did) it was doubly unusable. It is somewhat specific to Office for Mac X (dunno what MSFT did when they ported it). I have had to throw out and rewrite from scratch multiple documents because of this. The scenario is: a document that once in its lifecycle has passed through LibreOffice, gets to a genius with Office for Mac who does a tracked change on it. Merry hell ensues with 100% or so probability. The same scenario just with lower (5-10%) probability can also play with Office for Mac and Offie for Windows. The document from now on is a mess on anythying - Office for Windows, Office for Mac or LibreOffice.

Still, the platform-to-platform breakage in tracking is nothing compared to breakage in references, citations and indexed tables.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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Playing with oxytocin receptors?

Why I am having the feeling that this will end up like Heroin which was originally invented as a "cure" for morphine addiction...

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Re: Thermal monitoring?

Yes and no.

All Nvidia from 6xxx onwards have a temperature sensor onboard. Some more than one. So yes they do have thermal monitoring.

However, they do not have hardware thermal throttle - all temperature control and frequency control is by the driver only. It is one of the first things I do with nvidia on a linux platform - install the proprietary driver and cut-n-paste 4 lines of magic incantations into xorg.conf to enable dynamic frequencies and more sane thermal mode.

So coming back to the thermal monitoring - you can (and will) successfully fry an nvidia by overclocking it and increaing the critical temperature (both available as parameters).

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Psst, hackers. Just go for the known vulnerabilities

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The biggest vulnerability

It is called PEBKAC

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: don't break compatibility since forever

Seconded - you do not compile a kernel nowdays unless you are a developer. I developed and maintained some patches versus one of the architectures for 3 years and even if you are doing it day to day trying to keep up versus head and have a stable shipping version at the same time is utter nightmare.

As you - I would love to see the old even/odd system from days past back if not for any other reason, because you could submit fixes and improvements versus the stable and the maintainers considered it normal to port them themselves to the "odd" one. That is gone - you submit versus latest and greatest and anyone with ideas about seeing a backport versus one of the long term stables (3.2, 3.4, etc) can leave all hope entering here.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Problem is inherent to closed source

This has nothing to do with closed source.

The system in place was designed to subvert regardless of closeness or openness. You can configure the proxy in firefox and it will work with firefox same as it does with IE, Chrome, etc. The approach is not new, there are appliances like this for corporate use.

This is just a lame, badly done single user implementation of the same appliance. While it can do what it says on the tin (content inspection, parental control or as in this case ad injection) it is inherently bad idea because it puts the crypto out of the hands of the user. While this may be acceptable in some corporate environments, for end user use it definitely is not.

While at it, there is an important caveat here. NONE of the SSL/TLS would have been broken if there were user certificates in use as well as server certificates. I love listening to people who have no effing clue how TLS works complaining that it is inherently broken. Well, if it is done properly (both sides authenticating each other as they should) it is not. Neither in general, nor in this case because the handshake would have failed with the server not recognizing the user certificate or mismatching certificate to user/pass or whatever other credentials are in use.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

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Re: Bad earth.

@Chris G

It was a standard practice on the continent up to the 90-es to have _NO_ _EARTH_ in apartment blocks. If you dig an old socket from 80-es or earlier with the original packaging you can see that indicates that you are _SUPPOSED_ to cross connect earth and neutral. This is also the standard of wiring in old apartment blocks which have only 2 core cable. This funnily enough works - if everything is wired this way. The problem starts when someone upgrades the system and leaves the ground disconnected so it can float and end up being offset from neutral.

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Re: Bad earth.

It is enough to have one of those on a coax network for the life of the admin to become a bundle of fun as it leaks onto the coax. I nearly killed myself a couple of times during the couple of years when I had to maintain a coax based LAN in an educational institution in the mid-90-es.

The problem was not so much in the electrocution (as one would expect). The network repeaters were located in old no longer used "cubby" offices along the central core of the building - one on each floor, on a shelf near the risers. So far so good, right? Not if there is a window right behind your back. The kick which 90-200V leaking onto the ground of the coax gives you is just the right size to try to do a sommersault back through the window behind you. After a near miss and a couple of days of swearing and trying to find the culprit I just grounded the coax ground across a 10kOhm resistor on each strand and that was the end of it.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: UK

That is light years ahead of our best beloved humanity graduates.

It means he _KNOWS_ when to ask his minions. This is a considerable achievement compared to knowing what the Daily Mail thinks on the issue and forming an opinion based on that.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Consequences

Ask US geological survey.

If it did not have some suspicions that the big slide model of Cumbre Viejo has merit, it would not have spent several fairly fat wads of taxpayers greenbacks to establish and run a set of early warning ground stations on La Palma. In addition to local earthquake data, they supply back to USA data on any ground moves (detected by constantly monitoring GPS coordinates of the station).

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Use the source, Luke

WD drives firmware was hacked recently without source access.

Decompiling mmu-less arm linux (most common CPU on newer drives) is not that hard.

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