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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

Thesheep
Holmes

Re: "Soon"

I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Assange did it in less than twenty.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

Thesheep
Holmes

The polluter pays...

Interesting approach.

So if I point out (or provide an index to) crap floating in a stream, I should pay, on the grounds that you might not have smelled it otherwise?

Or perhaps if I tell you who has broken the DPA, for example if I was the Office of the Information Commissioner, and you wouldn't have noticed otherwise, I should pay the fine?

To be clear, I'm not saying that Google shouldn't clear things up - but the analogy being used is pretty poor.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Thesheep
Coat

I'll get my toga virilis...

Latine loqui potest?

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

Thesheep

Interesting*

*by which I mean "wrong".

As always these composite indicators are determined by the choice of the input data. And as is often the case they have chosen things that are easy to measure... A great example (which explains, in part, why Cambridge does so well) is the presence of a University. And another is the academic ranking of its Computer Science degree. And another is the number of citations coming form the Computer Science department. Good news that only CompSci counts for innovation in IT.

There are some interesting network metrics, but it seems they are based on things like joint patents and company ownerships - neither of which reflects startup innovation (it takes years to be granted patents, and usually you get bought up after you have innovated things, not before).

It would also have been nice to know what time period the data reflected, not just when the report covered...

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

Thesheep

False needles

Unfortunately, given that the 'needles' that the NSA are searching for are vanishingly rare, most of what they will find are going to be false positives. Which is going to be worse than useless. And of course the NSA has no role or authority to catch criminals: they are tasked with security and intelligence.

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

Thesheep
Go

Re: "GCHQ has far fewer tentacles wrapped around the worlds communications"

So the Laundry turns out to be history, not fiction! Tentacles!

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

Thesheep
Big Brother

Don't be fooled

By the 'lone gunman' theory. There will be many, many more.

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Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

Thesheep

Re: Loophole?

Excellent, he can relocate all his profits there, where he can spend them on dust*.

*or cheese, if the Gromitarians are to be believed.

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Bitcopocalypse! Top crypto-currency can be HIJACKED, warn boffins

Thesheep

Re: Increasing difficulty of mining Bitcoin

But unless you can buy electricity with Bitcoins then the tipping point is also determined by the exchange rate. If fewer coins are produced but demand stays high then the rate should rise, delaying or preventing the tipping point. Other events, such as US authorities taking Bitcoins out of circulation, should also help...

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Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs

Thesheep

Not even saying sorry...

It would appear they think that the right response to printing lies, hacking phones etc is to attack anyone who says "perhaps you should say sorry?".

After all, if we disagree with you in any way whatsoever we must hate Britain and be as bad as Stalin and that German bloke.

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Thesheep

Re: The sad thing is..

Cylons. Bloody cylons.

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Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

Thesheep

As a shareholder

He probably isn't interested in turning the company around, just making money - any way he can.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

Thesheep

Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Even more pedantic note: 60 notes = £300. Unless they phase out the £5 note half way through...

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Thesheep
Paris Hilton

Interesting

If you don't think of the camera as a device for taking photographs, but instead think of it as a barcode scanner, then it starts to make sense. MyFitnessPal relies on entering calories, and the easiest way to do this is by scanning the barcodes on the packet. Doing that without having to find the phone seems a useful and convenient feature.

Also interesting is the price point Samsung have chosen. To me it seems high (twice the price of pebble). Presumably they've done their research though.

My final thought is that they seem to be visibly disagreeing with some of pebble's key design constraints: 7 day battery, small enough to be a watch (not a phone with a strap), waterproof...

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

Thesheep

Re: @jake

Wasn't an SX with a maths coprocessor the same thing as a DX?

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

Thesheep

Re: ROFL

I'm on a six digit pin for my iPhone... so not on mine.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

Thesheep
Facepalm

Hey need better copywriters...

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus

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Russian Zuckerberg to Snowden: 'Come work for книга лиц  VKontakte'

Thesheep
Mushroom

Re: What more could a guy want?

Russian Standard is both a vodka and a bank. I'm sure they could use a programmer/systems administrator...

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

Thesheep
Paris Hilton

The stars have spoken...

Clearly an event of this significance can only mean that today one was born who shall become King!

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Scientist seeks smartphone snappers to scrub satellite searches

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

Thesheep

500k for this year

...seems entirely plausible. Pebble are claiming 190k direct pre-orders (plus Kickstarter ones this equates to about 275k shipping in 2013 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android/posts/536005). They are also selling through BestBuy in the US.

5 million next year though? If a big company gets involved and spends big marketing dollars (and has a product in the right price range) then it's possible. Otherwise it's going to be tough.

Full disclosure: I have a Pebble, and I love it.

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

Thesheep

"providing precision improvement well above three orders of magnitude over the current RF techniques"

They're suggesting that the new measurement will be millimeter accurate and three orders of magnitude better than existing methods... surely the whole thing could be thrown out by the rover standing on a rock.

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Of mice, the NSA, GCHQ and data protection

Thesheep

But the NSA can't...

...use that exemption from oversight by UK authorities, such as the ICO, if they are breaching UK data law. In fact if they are collecting data in the UK (or possibly UK data held under safe harbour) then they may be acting as a data processor or controller. Parliament should call the head of the NSA to testify... And if they won't come voluntarily then it would be a great test of the mutual extradition treaty we allegedly have.

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

Thesheep
Holmes

Oh no he isn't...

The flight is filed to capacity with thirsty journos, but no Snowden: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/edward-snowden-booked-on-plane-from-moscow-to-havana-live-coverage

Does El Reg have someone on board?

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

Thesheep
Alert

NASA computers...

...still seem to be using a terrible greenscreen UI, with an annoying typewriter animation. Perhaps they could use some of their budget to buy something a bit less 1980s?

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Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

Thesheep

Kodacell

...it was all foretold. (Apart from the bits he got wrong)

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Spotting a Big Data faker as you set up Big Data for someone

Thesheep

Re: whats big?

Anyone who gives an answer to that question would clearly be a faker.

And I'd also kick out anyone who mentioned the 3 Vs.

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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

Thesheep
FAIL

Any thought gone into this article?

Or did you just reprint all the mashed up crap regurgitated by the vested interests of the Murdoch (and other) empires, nicely aided and abetted by their friends?

What happened to journalists looking to source facts? Other than an Index of Censorship press release where is your evidence for "300 years" of freedom.

For completeness sake you could at least have included the rest of their arguments, and added some ad-hominem attacks on Hugh Grant and a mention of Hitler...

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Thesheep
Facepalm

Re: I can think of few people

I can: the bungling, incompetent, thieving (stolen data), liars in the press. Oh, and the PCC.

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Googlification of Britain: Forget 'IT worker', we're all just 'digital' now

Thesheep
WTF?

Is this the 80s????

Digital? I mean, come on. Are there still pockets of analogue computers out there that I haven't noticed? Perhaps it's time for me to throw away the 8 track.

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Hey, software snobs: Hardware love can set your code free

Thesheep
IT Angle

The depressing state of coding...

...is that all you expert coders have never managed a piece of code that you couldn't have improved if you tried. At least that's what I'm taking from your comments. Unless you mean it's just other people who are writing useless code?

So if you assume the code is efficient, and the problem still can't run in a reasonable time, what other option do you have than 'throwing' hardware at it?

I remember doing data mining on a 386, and waiting hours. Along came a mighty 486 and a whole range of things that were un achievable could now be done...

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Big Data about to bottom out, says Gartner

Thesheep
Facepalm

The Gartner Hypecycle....

... Has now reached the trough of disillusion.

Seriously, it makes Magic Quadrants look sensible.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

Thesheep
Linux

Hacked

Is there no limit to what geeks will do?

http://scanlime.org/2012/11/hacking-my-vagina/

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IBM begs Britain's new top cops: C'mon, set up pre-crime units

Thesheep
Stop

This is not the software you're looking for...

Forget buying software - the best investment would be in people who can ask the right analytical questions. After that go out and use R, or one of the other open source data-mining tools, or go to one of the excellent specialised UK companies that produce stuff that is fit for purpose.

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FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam

Thesheep

Re: " conspiracy to illegally structure financial transactions to avoid reporting requirements"

It depends on if they think you did it deliberately. That would be the structuring part. The banks have a requirement to report transactions totalling over $10 000, even if you do them separately, but if you're smart enough to do it in a non-obvious way so that they don't notice then your dumb enough to go to jail.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Thesheep
Paris Hilton

So, who's the least effective?

Tough choice, but if you had to, which would you say was worst:

* ASA

* ICO

* PCC

* OfCom

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Gartner spells out magic behind quadrants

Thesheep

Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

*its* fingers on autocorrect

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Thesheep
Coat

Any sufficiently advanced technology...

...is indistinguishable from it's Magic Quadrant

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'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

Thesheep
Thumb Down

iOS 6 doesn't cost £500

> and folk with other handsets since upgraded to iOS 6

These people (also surveyed) didn't spend £500 on a new handset. They downloaded a free OS upgrade. They got the new maps app. They may (or may not) have an issue with it. The crossbreaks in the survey would let us know.

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Facebook, Twitter, ordered not to spoil MURDER trial

Thesheep
Alert

Clash of rights

So which is more important for individuals, the right of freedom of speech or the right to a fair trial? The US Constitution vs Magna Carta. There is a way out, but it requires the release of someone who may (or may not) be a murderer - and the right to life is thereby weakened (Declaration of Independence).

Not a great choice really...

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ICO tries to justify hefty NHS data breach fines

Thesheep
Holmes

Re: Public vs. Private

>Do you really think that what you say makes any sense at all?

Well actually yes, and I'm going to dignify your answer by assuming you do too.

Firstly: if they're using your data for commercial gain then they (and their shareholders) are benefiting from that - if they misuse or lose data then they should pay a corresponding fine. But in the world of the ICO they don't.

Secondly: institutions like the NHS tend to hold data because they need it for your benefit (directly: you really want them to know what you've been prescribed. Indirectly: it's really useful to you if hospital supply chains work effectively). They aren't doing it to make cash. We need to find a way of helping them handle data properly instead of slapping large and irrelevant fines on them.

Simple question then: can you find a case of a company being on the receiving end of this type of fine from the ICO?

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Thesheep
WTF?

Re: Public vs. Private

Actually, when you think about it, it should be the other way around. If I choose to give my data to the private company it is (presumably) because I have been assured by them that they will treat my data properly. They have entered into an explicit contract with me to do so. Then they go and screw it up. *That* is a direct abuse of my contract with them. And we all know that companies are taking the data for explicit commercial gain, rather than (for example) trying to make people better.

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Thesheep
FAIL

Public vs Private

It seems our ICO is great at punishing public bodies, but can't seem to take the same line with private companies - when was the last time you heard of a private company being fined like this? The only one I can think of was a law firm that was already insolvent by the time they got around to fining it. Easy targets?

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Don't bother with Big Data – listen to customers instead

Thesheep
WTF?

Re: Anecdote doesn't beat evidence

And how can listening tell you more than what "happened"? Do you have a magical device that will let you listen to the future?

Data can be used to make robust, accurate predictions, and evidence shows that this kind of prediction outperforms "experts" who have "listened".

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Thesheep
FAIL

Anecdote doesn't beat evidence

And how do you effectively listen across your entire organisation? A thousand clones standing in all your outlets?

That's why you use data, to get evidence of what's happening.

Beware the exec who won't listen to data. He's operating on gut instinct and anecdote....

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Telefonica chooses stable of young ones to make it money in London

Thesheep

Kodacell Lite (TM)

Could it be that a fading industrial giant whose business model is collapsing is trying to follow in the footsteps of el Doctorow?

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Graham: ICO will blow £3m on IT services

Thesheep
FAIL

Public sector has more personal data than private sector?

Seriously? Does he have any idea? My phone company knows exactly where I am and exactly who I've called, for how long, over the last few years. My bank knows pretty much every financial transaction I've made, going back tens of years. Target know if I'm pregnant (I'm not).

My Council? It just about knows where I live. But it's not sure.

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HTC One X Android smartphone

Thesheep
Coat

Re: Specs

>And you are going to use this "power" for what exactly?

For good, obviously.

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NJ lab claims plasma fusion breakthrough

Thesheep
Mushroom

Excellent - Fusion is only 20 years away!

Again.

As it has been for my entire life.

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Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe

Thesheep
FAIL

Government says...

"The government has said smart metering will help to slash unnecessary energy use, reduce emissions and cut consumers' energy bills, and that a fairy dies every time someone disagrees."

At the level of detail they provide they will not give consumers any useful information. Great for power generators. Useless for domestic consumers.

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