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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

Whilst collisions are possible and indeed information theory tells us necessary for a mapping to a hash of a fixed tiny size, what you suggest is computationally unfeasible. It would be orders of magnitudes cheaper to lobby for "improved copyright protection"

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

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Bad analogy. It is more like the book is locked to your particular brand of reading glasses. The point is that a customer should retain the right to read that book in the future even if their glasses manufacturer goes bust or simply because I now prefer another brand.

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FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades

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Does this also cover goto fail implementations?

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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There are also exemptions for obviousness and prior art when applying for a patent, apparently.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range

>I still don't understand why they had enough time to turn the jet but not enough to radio a distress

There is a possibility that whatever incident also took out their radio or the pilots were overcome before they could take that sort of action.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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I sure hope the air crash investigators have the good sense to check the forums on el reg or they may end up looking in the wrong spot.

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China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud

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Irony cannot be lost on having your public broadcaster named CCTV.

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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Re: iOS 7

No. It is a string.

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Question for the cryptographers here. If I have two RNGs, one "good" and one compromised and I XOR them, does this result in another "good" RNG or is it slightly or wholly compromised by the input that is compromised? To me on the surface it would seem to still be "good" but I don't know why I think that.

Assuming for a minute that I am right here, surely the best available RNG would be basically an XOR across as many RNG streams as you can access?

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Obligatory

http://xkcd.com/221/

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Clearly this must have formed part of the Australian mainland during the cretaceous period. Probably killed off by the drop bears.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Yes but

Just for clarification, proper spelling doesn't mandate the use of a 'u' in between every instance of 'o' and 'r'.

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

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Were they from Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu per chance?

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Boffins build bendy screen using LEDs just THREE atoms thick

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Since when is an atom a unit of measurement of height? For a start, are you referring to the 32 pm helium atoms or the 200+ pm caesium atoms? Why stop at atoms? Protons are a lot smaller at 1.7 fm but I digress.

2D exists only as an abstract concept to help us to work with surface areas and planes. Just because something is abstract doesn't make it any less useful (see √-1 for example).

So small; yes

impressive; yes

Could be considered 2D for many purposes; of course but so can a piece of paper.

2D; nope

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> just three atoms tall, technically making them 2D rather than 3D objects

No. It makes them very short 3D objects unless they are either no atoms wide or no atoms deep.

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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I, for one, welcome our unmanned flying chemical blasting overlords.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Keep your perspective. Some of the sheep are quite placid.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: Other sites race to be first with dry headlines

Plus, el reg provides forums where other bitcoin exchange operators can check whether they are doing it right. All part of the service here.

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Re: 1000,000 of their own

Ten hundred thousand.

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Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox

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>accusing it of "intentional and systematic misuse and misappropriation of its users' property."

Surely intention is nearly impossible to prove in this case. Hopeless incompetency for sure. Negligence. Failing a duty of care. Failing to report such events to authorities (let's forget the question of which one for the moment). Lack of auditing. There would be all sorts of open and shut cases yet the plaintiff seems to be making it very hard on himself to score a victory.

IANAL etc...

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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That should not be necessary. Boeing has proven experience in the required battery powered self destruction mechanisms that underpin such technologies.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: All

429 million BTC

That's over 9000!!

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: @Eguro

Cool. Bonus vote

http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/keyfiles

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Re: Like most crime you can't stop a *really* determined criminal.

>But you can make them think it's too much trouble and go after easier prey

As the joke/adage/saying goes in at least one variant.

Don't try to outrun the lion/bear/[any Australian animal except some of the sheep]. Try to outrun the guy behind you.

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Re: @Eguro

Truecrypt already does this.

http://www.truecrkeyfiles/docs/keyfiles

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>"If you think passing a law making data localization a requirement in the EU or Brazil [...] stops the NSA from getting into those databases, think again."

That is excellent. hosting in the EU or Brazil is not going to make the job of our beloved acronyms any different so they are offering no opinion about where we host. Got it!

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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Re: Telefonica’s strategy

> rather than as a flamboyant extension of our personality?

You misspelt penis.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Re: Test-Driven Development

But Shirley you could use mocks to fake that response code? You wouldn't have to write the whole exploit, just a test that used a mock returning a valid certificate and an assertion on the error code or expected exception or however they flag it.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: This wasn't an SSL weakness as such

Copy paste should be picked up by CI or nightly builds.

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>How many SSL weaknesses are there...?

How many implementations of SSL are there?

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

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When you aren't paying for the 14000 Xeon cores nor the electricity to keep them powered, the economies are different...

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

>Local storage, how very noughties

You maybe right in a few years, but right now 4G data plans just don't cut it for synching video.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: $30 billion eh?

^ do you do copyright math too?

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Re: What good does bricking a stolen phone do?

Unless the bricked phone also somehow permanently damages its battery and screen the bricked phone will just be ripped apart and sold as parts.

I'm all for providing users with methods to brick their own devices but this bill doesn't seem to have really thought through the problem.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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Re: My instant erase procedure

1. Thermite

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Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all

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Obligatory

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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Re: Overly aggressive throttling?

> Network ain't gonna resize itself just when you pay.

Then perhaps it is best to not sell based on the maximum possible speed you might get in the middle of the night for 90 seconds and rather sell based on the range of speeds you can expect?

The problem these companies have (and I have no experience with Verizon but I doubt they are any better or worse than most) is that through the sales cycle they are quite happy for you to believe you will get 24Mb/s on your ADSL2 connection when they can't even saturate a link which is only running at 33% of that speed during peak times.

If you want to offer a 10Mb service, then you need to provision to deliver 10Mb. If you only provision for 4Mb on account that historical trends show that you can get away with it, then you better be good at JIT provisioning.

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Re: Confirms my experience with Comcast choking Netflix (I never get >1Mb/sec any more).

But some data are more equal than others.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: He coded it in a couple of days.

It was finished in about 30 mins. The rest of the time was waiting for the android emulator to finish loading.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Re: I have a dream...

I have a dream that one day phone manufacturers will stop ruining perfectly good phones by not including sd card slots.

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Re: Ha!

> QuickTime anyone?

I would rather real player

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>"Linux shares much the same traits." -- You spelled Windows wrong.

You spelt spelt wrong. ;p

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

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Re: pointless

I agree. I am hoping that someone designs some sort of roll up screen that can be a 4-5 inch phone but extend into a small tablet by pulling one of the sides out

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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Re: Seriously?

No! I won't have that! It was a PowerShell script

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Nintendo may have missed a trick here. Consoles are effectively sold on the printer- ink / disposable razor business model. They lose money upfront and become profitable by taking a large licencing fee on each game and peripheral.

If Amazon play their cards right they could create a gaming ecosystem and using some sort of loss leader device and then get out of hardware side once a few other manufacturers are on board, or even do what Google do with nexus and keep the volumes low enough to not hurt profits and annoy partners but high enough to be able to set a benchmark.

Casual gaming has never been a bigger market but it is mostly now done with iPhones/pads and their android equivalents rather than Wii/ gameboy/ds or whatever they get named these days.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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Re: V2V vs. on-board sensors

It's also possible to "hack" the brake lights so they don't come on when you slow down. You have to weigh up the probabilities against the consequences and decide whether the safety features made possible by short range v2v conversations which may be beneficial where something happens out of line of sight (like just beyond the crest of a hill or a blind corner)

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Re: Privacy? Easy.

IMHO, the responses to my comment have been a reaction to the collection of data. That is a fair enough reaction to have, but I don't think it addresses the challenge I put out there.

The argument that an ID is unnecessary is wrong. I am not saying that a persistent ID is mandatory, nor that that ID needs to be linked in any way to your identity, but if your car one moment receives a message that an oncoming car has veered into your lane, loses that signal as you go down a hill and then you get another message saying an oncoming car is not in your lane, is it the same car? Being able to trace and then forget other cars for the "session" is important even if the ID number is randomly generated at each engine startup.

These "listening posts" as argued are no more invasive than a suggestion that the state could put out cameras with numberplate recognition software that works out the vehicles speed (either by radar or by listening to these "anonymous" messages and then taking a picture). Both need to be regulated to ensure a good balance between privacy and safety.

I am simply pointing out that from a privacy perspective, your car is already traceable with a camera and the CPU power of a Pi using off the shelf software. How do you think Google maps blurs the plates if it can't locate them with very simplistic pattern recognition?

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Re: Privacy? Easy.

Or a 64 bit ID should be enough for a few million years of all cars switching IDs every second.

It is already mandated by law that all cars have number plates which can be used to track you. There are brake lights that show your intent to slow down. There are indicators on all non Audi cars that are legally mandated to indicate intended direction changes.

There is no premise of privacy with the sort of data needed by this system. As long as it goes peer to peer in a short range rather than over some cloud, what is the complaint?

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