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India government: 'net should not be censored

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'net should not be censored

And people should have the right to confidential communications on their Blackberry.

Oh, wait...

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

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BS alternatives

G.fast, reaches high speeds on <250m loops. Not much good for those of us 5km+ from the exchange, unless you think that using this for the copper section of FTTN will somehow magically increase the pitiful provisioning to the node that seems planned.

HFC is just FTTN strung on poles, how long are the copper sections from node to house and how does that copper used to connect dwellings compare to ancient telephone pairs?

FTTH has always been the only sane solution with any prospect of satisfying today's requirements for all users (not just city dwellers), let alone tomorrows.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Re: 64,000

So, not true then?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factoid

"...The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact"..."

(It is not a bit of trivia)

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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The vehicle was pushed to its limits...

And then a bit more, apparently.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Replace the middleman

Amazon should start their own publishing house and offer authors 50%. Job done!

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Hopefully

Tree Avoidance, Real-Time

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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Re: Doesn't matter who tracks and stores it

Not 'launching', 'continuing'.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Not Complete non-news

Since when do we celebrate 45 years of/since something?

Usual periods for celebration.commemoration are 50 years and each century after the event.

With a special exception of 10 year intervals for marriage.

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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An attack within a feint

They are likely working for the Government as part of the research for how to make us believe all the bullshit that the politicians would like to tell us.

I haven't forgotten this - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/29/science_and_maths_knowledge_makes_you_sceptical/

Now the psych boys have to show that they can make us believe this bit of "It's OK" crap.

The actual outrageous deed could have been anything at all for this purpose.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Slow learners?

@Craig and AC, Did you miss this bit? - "The company has said that it plans to use Material Design to deliver A unified look and feel across ALL of its products, including phones, the Chrome browser, and even web applications like Gmail."

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Slow learners?

Can one UI ever really work well in different situations, or is Google having a 'Metro' moment?

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Not the first group of lazy bastards...

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/frozen-head-of-animation-says-animating-women-is-really-really-difficult-89467.html

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

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Typical Youtube

Not enough attention to the audio. It's about time that Youtube imposed some kind of standards or at least ratings. Even just running a sound compression / normalisation pass over bad audio would make it at least audible if not comprehensible.

Obviously this is not a good thing to do to music, just for speech, but then music video's are *usually* not guilty of poor sound quality, barring live performance recordings.

After 5 minutes I was wondering if I could be bothered struggling with it for another 90 minutes or so.

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

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Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

The linked article does say that baseboard management controllers provide out-of-band monitoring etc, so the problem is really people not keeping their management network separate or firewalled. Then the protocol can safely be horribly flawed, if no miscreant can access it.

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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

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These will be fondly remembered as the good days...

Now that everybody knows US networking kit comes with NSA-ware, whether the manufacturer is complicit or not.

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CONFIRMED: NBN Co has NO blackspot fix plan

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Joke

those without broadband must ... be the priority for NBN Co

"...that commitment seems like it has repeatedly been watered down."

It's pretty much homeopathic by now.

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

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4 Billion pages...

Let's hope that they didn't use 32-bit unsigned index values or they may find themselves more way-back than they planned!

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

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Re: @Gray -- Sorry to spoil the fun, but ...

I know that the FCC was in fact considering encryption on amateur radio, but I don't know how it panned out. Here is a Bruce Perens post on it in 2013 06 26 - FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

Strike that, I just found the answer, "No" - http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-dismisses-encryption-petition

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NBN Co must wait until mid-2015 for fast cable modems

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HFC is the way to go eh?

The last time I looked, all that stuff was strung between power poles above ground. Maybe they didn't get the ITU's report on protecting ITC assets against climate change, that advised - "Place telecommunication cables underground where technically and economically feasible, ensuring that they are appropriately protected against water ingress." - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/30/itu_says_it_industry_must_become_resilient_in_face_of_climate_change/

Still 'economically feasible' kills it, can't go spending money on future assets.

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TELEPOCALYPSE as Australian carriers shed jobs with horrible speed

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Oops!

"...Its acquisition strategy, the company said, has resulted in duplication, leading M2 to begin a consultation process to identify the roles that will get made redundant...."

Not "a process to identify roles that ARE redundant"

Accidentally told the truth there!

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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Re: Microsoft Linux

Don't forget Choherent which avoided '...IX' naming entirely. I mad several production systems for TNT using that! - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coherent_%28operating_system%29

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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

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Eh?

"...revenues up by 16 per cent in dollar terms (10 per cent in UK pounds after adjusting for exchange rates)..."

How does changing the units change the percentage increase?

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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Think bigger

My money is on This Product

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Windows 8.1 Update: The Reboot

...Oh, wait...

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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

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I'm hopeful

I'm hopeful that the demands of the readers for realistic saturated colour comic (graphic novel!) pages might finally get someone to throw serious money into developing decent colour e-ink displays.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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Never mind the hair

I'm impressed that they predicted that that 19 year old would be wearing a beret!

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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Not very impressive...

for a bastardised, 2009 vintage, originally optical, interface capable of 10gbps even then in prototype (over 30 metres of plastic optical fibre) with 100gbps promised - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightpeak

Come back with the original and I'll consider it.

If Intel hadn't done a cheaper shonky copper interconnect (promptly taken up as Thunderbolt by Apple, so we know who to blame), I wonder if we would all have a single optical + power interconnect for everything by now (like the Japanese have, but less pricey)?

Losers!

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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even more exclusion?

"...could potentially lead to effective exclusion or discrimination against foreign service suppliers that are directly offering network services, or dependent on them”

Like Australians not being able to see content on Hulu or BBC web sites when they are supposedly promoting globalisation (so long as they can squeeze more cash from us). It's not like we don't buy a ton of their TV content in the first place, what's so hard about a bit of licencing?

I really think that a lot of overseas web sites don't remotely deserve being allowed to use "www.".

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

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That was on the cards

since September 2013 - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bridle/6/78/28b

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Scientist, Siri

Apple

September 2013 – Present (8 months)Cheltenham, UK

Working on improving Siri, Apple's automatic person assistant

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Joint Managing Director

Novauris Technologies Ltd

April 2002 – September 2013 (11 years 6 months)

CTO

Developing core speech recognition technology for voice search

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Joint Managing DIrector

Dragon Systems UK R&D Ltd

1992 – 2001 (9 years)

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Who names these things?

Bra Swell, eh? More for the implanted than embedded market then.

I do hope they aren't making inflated claims just to keep abreast of the competition.

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

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Make Lemonade

Re-do the validation, then change your advertising to proclaim "Security audited by the FTC". Not many of their competitors could claim that! :-)

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Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

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As IBM predicted long ago...

3D packaging, LOTS of interconnects, then a lot of heat to dissipate.

Here we are finally at the 'Hairy, smoking Golf-ball'.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Code ripped from projects

"She also claimed to have experienced harassment from a male colleague whom she alleges ripped her code from projects after she turned down his romantic advances."

Maybe it wasn't that the male colleague did the wrong thing AFTER being turned down, Perhaps he allowed her sub-standard code in in hopes of favorable consideration and when it didn't eventuate, he applied the standards that he should have applied in the first place.

We don't know, but it may not be the way it is presented.

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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

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Car Standards?

Like how all the world drives on the same side of the road and we don't need two separate builds of vehicles which allows them to charge some people more for essentially the same thing? Yeah, right.

I have lived through a couple of major currency changes and everybody managed fine despite rip-offs and con-men. I am certain that I can handle a change to the side of the road I drive on, as could everybody else while we actually standardised car manufacture.

Lots of work for signage, signals and road marking guys and doubtless a brief period of crashes and even deaths, but we could easily put this ridiculous state of affairs behind us once and for all.

The fact that there is neither the gumption or will to do so tells you a bit about what chance standards have vs real world inertia.

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It's not their party

...The International Telecommunications Union has communed with the auto industry and agreed “to host a dialogue of senior executives of vehicle manufacturers to identify the activities needed to consider future steps to realize the potential of fully autonomous driving.”...

I hope (but do not expect) that the executives will be asked why actually making autonomous cars has been the province of Search companies, military research groups and (rumour) a phone manufacturer rather than the auto industry.

Why should telecom's consult the people with little apparent practical experience in planning future development and defining standards? In the real world human-driven cars do a remarkably reliable job of working together without car to car walkie-talkies and communications other than observation and the occasional gesture.

Shouldn't it be the auto industry consulting with the people who have achieved autonomous driving to see what communications might benefit the development in the future. It sounds to me like a power grab for a facet of autonomous cars we would be better off without.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

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Obviously

We wouldn't have a problem if we had stuck with FTTH Fibre To The Home, since people don't usually live in the basement.

As it is, this FTTP is simply FTTN with a basement fibre-to-copper node.

Too bad if people in apartments in the city get what people in homes out in the suburbs are having foisted on them.

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Sony can't wait to flash you its enormous disc ... a 1TB Blu-ray spinner

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The way it reads

'Archival' has been redefined as 'write a huge amount and assume it will still be there when you want it' rather than 'be assured of being able to read whatever you write at some point in the future'.

I know which I prefer - http://www.mdisc.com/

Maybe they should talk?

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

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The bleedin' obvious reason...

That there are plenty of campaigns for employing women in fields dominated by men and as near as not nothing promoting the employment of men in women dominated fields is the huge saving in salaries to be made. Actually insist that employers pay equally and fine them 10 times their annual difference when they are caught not doing so and I reckon the campaigns will stop overnight.

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Re: Missed the point?

"Sitting and staring at a screen for 10 hours trying to find the misplaced period in your code is as far from cool as you can get."

That's why they need women! Believe me they notice a misplaced period.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled

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Overlooking the obvious

Well, I suppose one three-armed alien is noteworthy.

I think that a whole planet full is much better though.

On the gripping hand....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moties#Moties

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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

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my mileage has differed

Then again, I backed Australian projects and didn't suffer non-delivery or high shipping fees.

I can readily believe that both high shipping costs and non-delivery (probably due to more enthusiasm and optimism than business sense) are fairly regular occurrences.

I'm a bit too lazy, but I did also wonder how the number of backers per country worked out as a percentage of population.

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Just to correct any wrong impressions

Those figures don't really reflect the national enthusiasms for Kickstarter, lets see what the average donation per backer is -

U.K. $170.6

U.S. $176.5

Canada $207.8

Germany $221.4

Australia $290.31

Admittedly Antarctica wins at $337 per backer, but maybe there's not much else to spend their wages on.

That's news, when you tell people something new instead of just parroting a web page.

And yes, there could be places with even higher figures, I haven't looked at places not singled out for their 'high donations'.

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Aargh

The return of the Buffalo Hat, the awful memories!

I shan't suffer alone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeTR8n7eTU

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Re: Video

Not for me either, none of their JW-Player stuff does, presumably because I use AdBlock.

I too wish they'd just use the Youtube address and skip their ad-shovelling.

This is mainly an IT News site, do they really assume that their audience is too dumb to get around it?

Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2AbPcaU73o

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Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

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Almost news

Photochemical degradation of the retina by the light from the Blue LED used in 'White' LEDs from 2010.

http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/2010/11/light-and-human-health-led-risks-highlighted.html

A form of Actinism basically - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinism

Just updated to take account of white LED backlights in LCD screens.

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

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Goto considered harmful

Still with that old BS? I'll believe it when they make CPUs, GPUs and micro's of all stripes that don't have a 'Jump' or 'Unconditional Branch' instruction.

I have seen the compiler outputs for code in various languages written to carefully avoid 'Goto'-like commands and they still produce machine code with jumps and/or unconditional branches.

What's the difference?

It seems that it's more down to the programmers inability to code correctly when Goto is available and that surely argues for better code verification tools rather than crippling a language for everyone because of some peoples difficulties.

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