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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: This is whats wrong with music today...

Signing? Why would they sign an act up when they can invent or reinvent one to order?

That's why every major pop song now is about how much the singer loves some unnamed girl, and why mainstream rap consists almost entirely of men singing about how drugs, money and hos while slinging around as much offensive language as they can. These things are made to meet what committees determine are the optimum marketability criteria. As is the stars carefully cultivated public image.

Those bodyguards that escort Bieber aren't just for his protection, as could be witnessed when he got into that fight with the photographer. They are there to stop the still-immature star from doing something embarrassing. They are his handlers, employed by the studio.

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Re: no market

.. union with the people who are big Elton fans and have to buy every album with his name on it.

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Re: A good whine

And the little tag thing will still snap off five minutes after you get it out the box.

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Want a free Bosch steam iron? You'll have to TALK TO THE DEAD

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Re: @mage

And still emitting toxic levels of smug as he gives away the billions of dollars he made through underhanded and at times outright illegal business tactics.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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If the NSA knew about this bug, they are deliberately leaving innocent internet users exposed to malicious actors.

If the NSA didn't know about this bug... what are they getting so much money for?

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Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

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Re: Useful with a gaming rig?

Deionised water is no good. It's too reactive - it soon dissolves traces of everything it's in contact with. Copper turns into copper oxide or hydroxide. Electrolytes leech from capacitors. It doesn't stay deionised for long. Then things short. Just ask anyone running long-term watercooling about the corrosion issues - and those algae that somehow appear as if by magic or spontaneous generation.

You get three choices of violent for immersion:

- Mineral oil. Cheap. Works nicely. But some reactivity issues. Nowhere near as bad as deionised water, still enough to seriously shorten capacito lifespan.

- Silicone oil. Much like mineral oil. But less reactive, won't damage components nearly so much. Downside is viscosity - takes quite a pump to keep it circulating.

- Perflurocarbon. Ideal in every possible way but one. Thin, completely nonreactive, won't damage components. Slight flaw, though: The price. Crazy. It can be a tousand dollars for a one liter bottle, or thereabouts.

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Re: Useful with a gaming rig?

Looks like another perflurocarbon. Non-toxic. Perfectly safe and no measure than water. Also insanely expensive - if you want to use it in your gaming rig, budget an extra grand or two for the coolant.

Mineral and silicone oils work as a low-cost alternative. Except for the slow degredation of capacitors.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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And they would all fail. No filesystem for portable media can be practical in Windows cannot read it out of the box, and Microsoft certainty isn't going to act in support of a rival to their own patented technology.

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Re: is it doable?

Malware makers are getting better than that. I recently received a file on Skype - something like image_2039847rcs.jpg.

Harmless jpeg? Not quite. Because what you can't see is the unicode text direction control character inserted before the 'rcs' that makes everything following it display in right-to-left order. The real filename is image_2039847(UNI-WEIRD)gpj.scr. Windows screensaver, executable.

The obvious partial solution would be for MS to release a patch that makes Explorer ignore unicode direction control characters in filenames, and refuse to load any executable that has one.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: Doubtless, 5 of the 7 5.25" bays are empty...

Or a battery charger!

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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Fix the interface first.

Thunderbolt is really awkward for linux right now. From the OS perspective, it's a documented standard - but one which Apple ignores. So many functions have to be implemented twice, including such basics as device connect detection: Once for Apple hardware, once for everyone else.

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China's Bitcoin exchanges begin pulling down the shutters

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Incoming contradiction.

Half the bitcoin enthusiasts are going to see this as yet another death blow, driving the currency further away from legitimate use and back to the shady underground of drug dealers and other illicit transactions.

The other half are going to point out that the whole idea of bitcoin is that it subverts government control and manipulation, and legal actions to suppress it were expected from the beginning. That a superpower like China would feel sufficiently threatened to start interfering in such a manner is just further evidence that it is a serious payment system and no longer just a crypto-anarchists' toy. They will also point out that, while the 'conventional' finance system can be ordered to stop serving exchanges, bitcoin transactions themselves are effectively impossible to regulate.

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: It's about time

The lottery enforcement approach: Admit that millions of people routinely break the law, and it's not practical to prosecute more than a fraction of a percent of them. So, grab a handful at random and hit them with life-destroyingly-excessive sentences in the hope that these will serve as highly visible examples and scare the others off.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: Perhaps

I actually wouldn't put it past Putin. It'd have to be bloodless for PR purposes, but if he could wrangle things so there was a point when no non-Russian astronauts were on board... easily done. Just need to get them to disconnect any cables permitting remote service access to station systems, and that shouldn't be too hard as the station itsself has only very limited computing capability.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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Re: Gah!

I'm in ur fridge, eating ur foodz.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: Hope they're using a good hash

The old MD5 algorithm has some weaknesses known now that do make it possible to create a hash collision, though not easy. That's why they should be abandoned in favor of something like SHA1 (Or, for the really concerned, SHA256).

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

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Euro-law?

How does this compare with the European allocation? If they don't match there are going to be issues - hardware is made for a global market now, and with a lot of things being imported by retailers the 'euro-firmware-US-firmware' approach is already unreliable enough. I can imagine Europeans taking their phones to the US and finding they don't connect to some access points, because their phone firmware is configured not to use those 'license only' bands.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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That's because the big ad-providers refuse to serve infringing sites already. So they have to take whatever advertisements they can get - generally that means scammers and other people who are willing to be associated with sites of dubious legality.

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That's probably the next step.

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Re: 'Evidenced and verified'

You're thinking of the normal police. The CoLP are a law unto themselves.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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The DRM bit makes sense.

So we've a situation where users have a legal right to do X, but doing X is only technologically possible by breaking DRM, which cannot be done legally - thus making their legal right impossible to exercise. Or, viewed from the other side, a provider of media cannot prevent their customers from doing certain things via contract, but can impose a DRM scheme that has the same effect via another means.

Makes perfect sense to me. The US has had a similar situation for years with their DMCA exceptions. It's legally untidy, yes. But it makes sense.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: I can't see ...

Civil war? With the Senate effectively powerless for a generation and the emperor dead, there's no central government any more. Any number of empire underlings try to make their bid for power, while our heroes join a movement of republic loyalists searching for a famous former-senator-now-in-hiding who might still have the influence and legacy to serve as a rallying point and inspire the rest of the galaxy.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: The politicos said that grumble flick websites should require a credit card

As an added bonus, it'd kill off the enthusiast/hobbyist sites that can't afford the cost of handling credit cards and the associated certifications.

Or they could just re-host overseas. That works too.

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Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

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Pricing.

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Sigh

There was little bitching about XP. As I recall, it was widely regarded as about time Microsoft finally abandoned the atrocity that was 9x.

This bitching is more like that that followed Vista: A lot of people complaining about a new interface that seemed to be change for change's sake, and grumbling that the new version provided little if any benefit over the previous.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Double extension?

That's very 2000s. The trick these days is to use a unicode right-to-left control character:

Actual filename: Sucker_amdiwn<RtL>exe.gpj

Windows* displays: sucker_amdiwnexe.jpg

*I don't know if this works on OSX or linux.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Vanity Names !

If they were cheap, no-one would want one.

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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

My preferred IM choice is Retroshare now, but not many use it.

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What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

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Could they hasten production if they disassembled the plentiful supply of Surface RTs and salvaged components?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: The kiss of death

The standard way is to remind people of the vast wealth to be made. That worked in the dot-com boom, but these days people are able to see through the lie and realise that for every Zuckerburg there are a million code monkeys slaving away and getting paid peanuts.

I can't be the only IT worker still getting annoyed by the parents demanding to know why I'm not a millionaire yet.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: Why not just replace the last-end compression?

Compatibility. If you did that, the JPEG wouldn't open in an unmodified browser or viewer, which means it'd be effectively unuseable on the internet. New formats like that are always in a chicken-and-egg situation: No-one can use them until all major browsers support them, and there's no reason for the browser developers to support a format no-one uses. See JPEG2000 - an intended successor to JPEG which has been stuck in this situation for years, complicated further by being patent-encumbered in a way which makes it legally very difficulty for open-source software to support it anyway.

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Re: What about a GIF squasher too?

Animated PNG is superior in just about every way. Smaller files and, unlike GIF, it can handle more than 256 colors.

Not that it gets much use. Microsoft refuses to include support in IE. They dragged their feet for years about supporting non-animated PNG. It's company policy never to support any open standard unless it has become to popular as to leave no option. Apple is no better.

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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One of the purposes of a corporation is to do away with personal responsibility. This can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on circumstances. Where law enforcement goes, it's really just bad.

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US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

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Re: Sprint have missed a trick here...

This wasn't for the NSA. It was for the conventional police - the ones who (usually) get warrants first.

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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Re: IWF are a bit out of date...

Run a webserver and check the logs. Most of the traffic on mine consists of vulnerability scanners hunting for something they can break into. Wordpress features often. Right now, most of them are after /cgi-bin/rtpd.cgi - trying to hack cameras.

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Pirates used to use compromised servers all the time. That was many years ago though - it's got out of common use now, as the rise of p2p technologies an improved home broadband speeds rendered compromised servers much less important.

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Sort of. Bitcoin transactions are public, but the identities behind the accounts are not, and it's trivial to create a new account. That means it is possible to identify people, but takes a little detective work.

eg: You buy a file from some dodgy internet guy. All anyone sees is that address A paid address B. Who are those addresses? Not obvious. But an investigator could keep tracing, and determine that address B in turn paid address C, and address C paid address D... and that address D got a lot of payments, so it's probably important. A little asking-around finds that D is the holding pool for an exchange that buys and sells bitcoins for dollars, and they can then confirm that C was one of their incoming disposeable addresses, and that the person who sent them bitcoins via C from B was doing so in exchange for dollars at a known paypal address.

There's a lot of information you can get hold of, especially if you know enough about data mining and crawling to gather up a pool or known addresses to use as reference points.

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Re: What exactly is a "pseudo-photograph"?

Nice idea, but after a while someone who looks very much like a trader in child abuse images will get off with it because the jury couldn't be convinced completly about intent - and the resulting media outrage would leave any politician with hopes of reelection no choice but to close this 'loophole' and bring strict liability back.

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Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves

They can spell it fine. They just refuse to use those European diphthongs.

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Re: Unintended consequences.

Which is why if I ever happen across some, I'm not going to report it. I don't want every hard drive in the household seized as part of an investigation. The witch-hunters have shot themselves in the foot here: Stories of overzealous prosecutions and trial-by-media are now well-known enough that even the innocent are afraid of them.

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CarelessDotData: 'The state is not going to do dastardly things' with your privates

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Conspiracy theories.

I'm expecting some people to argue that the NSA/CIA/GCHQ/Other 'got to' the writer and pressured him into helping with some character assassination. A month ago, I'd have dismissed these as paranoid ramblings. After all the recent revelations though, about the NSA's policy of manipulating online debate and deliberately spreading stories attacking those they believe hostile to US interests? I'd consider such accusations entirely plausible.

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Fed chairwoman casts doubt on Bitcoin regulation in the US

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Re: Not what Manchin wants to hear

Oh, we know exactly where they are. We just don't know who controls them. They'll need laundering before they can be spent by trickling them slowly through intermediate services.

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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Re: legal intercept ?

The best solution is encryption. Let them intercept. You'd still need the operator's server for billing and key management, but the mesh can handle the bulky traffic.

Make sure to pad the bitrate or use a CBR codec though - it's possible though tricky to reconstruct a good guess as to the words uttered just by the bitrate fluctuation after compression.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: My thing is this...

It comes up. Two men renting a single-bed hotel room would be rather suspicious. Catering, transport and photography contractors for a same-sex wedding would quite quickly realise there may be gay involvement somewhere. Even just going to a restraunt, the staff might well notice the holding of hands and longing gazes, and ask the couple to leave.

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Re: Too much energy wasted

The religious lobby in the US has been pushing what they call 'covenant marriage' - a voluntary agreement couples can enter into on marriage which makes divorce legally near-impossible, and always very expensive, baring exceptional circumstances like domestic abuse or abandonment. They are currently a little disapointed that few couples are aware they have this option, and even fewer are taking it. It's the 'burning bridges' form of romance.

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Re: As I read it.

The hippocratic oath has a few variations. Actually, a couple of Christian medical schools do ask graduates to swear obedience to God above all else.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)

Christianity and Islam inheritated the same. But 'shalt not kill' is a mistranslation. It actually says 'you should not murder' or 'you shall not kill unlawfully.' It still allows for exceptions where the killing is authorised by appropriate law, and later sections of the texts describe many of those exceptions.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: A++?

A somewhat poor quote, as other non-TV but still official novels establish that others had done so too. Scotty in particular, by realising that the computer used a simplified almost-realistic model for disrupter/shield interaction and calculating an attack that would cause this model to glitch - though he admitted it couldn't have worked outside of a simulation. After that stunt, he was strongly urged to switch career track from command to engineering. Other tricks included invoking an obscure Romulan custom to challenge their captain to a 1-on-1 duel, thus buying enough time to achieve the primary rescue and escape objectives, even if at the likely cost of the commanding officer's life.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

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Opt out?

Opt out is fine, if you wish to declare your porn viewership to everyone who shares your house. Children, spouse, visiting girlfriend. Not to mention the many over-eighteens who still live with parents - with the cost of living what it is, many people are doing that well into their twenties.

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