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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Listen to the same song on FLAC and MP3 - there's your answer

The two sound very different. FLAC is much netter. Anyone that doesn't hear this must be deaf.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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A sick video - why would anyone watch it?

I have to ask why a human being would want to see another beheaded. I would not click on the link simply because I never want to see such a disgusting inhuman act. As for the police, well I expect they were desperate for this not to become a sick tribute to the killers. Maybe they fumbled it, but I still can't understand why anyone would link to it - it is just too sick.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Going to call myself an expert here, and...

I import green beans and roast them myself. After many years of brewing too I think I have found the best way. Firstly, remember that coffee scalds at temperatures over 90 degrees C.

1. Buy an Aeropress - it makes the best single cup you can get

2. I use my beans within a week of roasting them, so if you buy them, use in a week

3. Don't grind too fine - a medium courseness gives best flavour

4. Use any ground within a day. If you buy ground then do yourself a favour and switch to beans

5. Use 80 degrees C hot water in an Aeropress, next add the milk, then top up, then microwave for 30 secs.

6. A burr grinder is better than the bladed ones as you can get consistent size ground

The thing about coffee is that it hits it's peak about 4 days after you roast the beans and fades after about a week. If you are keeping ground coffee in your fridge you will really notice the difference in taste after a few days.

Traditionally people seem to go for almost black coffee beans or "rich" roasts, but in my opinion the best roasts are the lighter ones with good beans, where you get more of the taste of the bean and less of the roast.

If you are thinking of roasting your own, do some reading and definitely have a go - it is a great hobby and I can think of nothing better than drinking my own coffee each morning - fresher than anything you can get in the shops - it tastes so much better fresh :)

P.S. Pennine tea and coffee sell decent beans at a reasonable price. Try the Monsoon Malibar!

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Pain is caused by faulty muscle memory

I speak as someone who was on Fentanyl patches, along with many other pain killing drugs. I read a book called "The hidden psycholgy of pain" by James Alexander, and I researched article on pain really being caused by faulty muscle memory.

After 6 months of working through it I ended taking any painkillers and rely now on exercise and occasional physio to get my muscles out of their chronic pain state,

I am in a hell of a lot less pain than I was whilst on painkillers, some days even pain free, and I am convinced that the only way to fix the problem is by accepting, even if told different by doctors, that *chronic* (not acute!) pain is caused by a combination of psychology, painkiller feedback and faulty muscle memory.

Exercise, however hard at first, is the only answer. It took me 6 months to work up my exercise regime to that of a semi-normal person, but I am now in a much, much better place both physically and mentally. At one point I wanted to die the pain was so bad and I had lost all hope.

I would implore anyone who's life is blighted by pain to think the unthinkable and try something different like I did. At one point that view would have made me extremely angry thought.

To anyone in bad chronic pain, you have my sympathy - I know what it is like.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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I'll stick with my floorstanders and WAV/FLAC

Crappy speakers with MP3 quality sound may do it for some people, but I like my banging bass and full definition floorstanders with my Marantz amp and proper quality audio.

I could never go back to MP3 after buying my stuff on WAV this last while.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Let's see if this triggers it

Gary Glitter,

Dirty Bomb,

Nuke in 10 minutes,

IPSEC,

VPN,

Banana.

I hate the USA (NSA spy machine),

Tiddums,

I'm a red commie bastard! (Not really but let's see).

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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They are handy - you can lift your phone on or off them with one hand. Think lying in bed listening to an audiobook and wanting to lift your phone to do something, or, having one on your desk and being able to lift off with one hand and not having to fanny about with it. Once you have one you will wonder why you didn't get it earlier ;)

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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It has hardly even started yet

People take time to change their infrastructure. I am damn sure the next router/switch/box I buy will NOT be US or UK based. I am going for german stuff and I will research it properly.

My buying decisions, and those of any sane others, have been altered for a tech lifetime. I will never believe again that I am not being spied on by a piece of US kit.

I don't think they can restore trust any time soon. I mean, why would you believe them if they said "Oh, it's ok, we don't have any NSA back doors in it this time!". You would be a fool to believe it.

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Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

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Awesome - can I have one please?

My very own destructoid robot giraffe - how cool is that?!

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

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Sorry but this is nonsense

The most you could hope for is a very limited set of data. What happens to net neutrality if everyone starts multicasting 500 channels? It's so, so wasteful compared to DB. If we keep heading this direction it saturates the wrong type of area with the wrong type of data.

We need to keep broadcast and unicast totally separate.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

So, the CIA set a honey trap in Sweden, with the only intention to get him to the USA to put him behind bars for 100+ years, and that's his fault?

The man did the world a service, showing the USA for just what they are. Warmongering cowboys who think they can do as they like all over the world with impunity,

Just look at how they tortured Bradley Manning, before throwing him in the clink for a stupid amount of time,

History will look back at theses years and see an imploding America that liked to kill innocent civilians either for sport or as revenge for terrorism in it's own country. They are nearly as bad as Isreal. People like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden will shine through as heroes, prepared to make a sick country face it's conscience.

I really hope we can forge a new world with those animals not in it. And no, I am not a Muslim, I hate religion. "Answer for his crimes" ffs - totally made up honey trap from the CIA.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: Bible Thumpers Rejoice

But, wouldn't this have disturbed the dinosaur fossils that God put there on the 7th day? I'm getting really worried now and I think this article might need to be brought to the attention of my congressman!

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Is it THE END OF BIG DATA? Quarta Horribilis for high-end storage

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Re: I think it's 'quartarius'

I hear it's not as messy as the Queens anus horriblus...

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Wonkey eye - will I still see 3D?

I have fumed silently for years every time I hear 3D mentioned, steaming in anger because people like me with a wonkey eye (lazy eye) can't see in 3D - we just get a mess that leads us to regurgitate our cornflakes.

But in this case I am wondering, if it tracks my other eye (with a slight squint) will it maybe work this time? Or am I looking at another clean up and £100 down the shitter?

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Sluggish Cisco damping Ethernet market, say kit-counters

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Or maybe they don't want spied on

Could it not be possible that before buying any big piece of network kit many people are looking elsewhere than the usual suspects (that get reported on for these results) so they can get a router/switch that has not been modified by the NSA?

I know if I was buying a big fuvk off switch I would be seeing who else could provide it. Personally I would go for the chinese, as they are less likely to swoop in with guns and lift the people I sold the switch to.

On a smaller scale, I certainly refuse to buy anything that has "made in Murica (fuck yea!)" on it.

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Re: Great Thinking

Much as I loath Milton Friedman, the main reasons for falling wages is the constant devaluation of the dollar versus other currencies which hides the falling wages. This has been a fed policy since nearly Nixons time. Increased productivity was not replaced with better wages, just more unemployment and jobs that used to be done by humans now automated. Oh, and the capital leeches at the top syphoning off more and more of the wealth for doing nothing - rent capitalists.

I recommend "Currency Wars" and "The second machine age" - the two books together spell out why we are in this wage spiral of decline.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Sexist article

I think the whole nature of this article is likely to cause offence to women who read The Register. It just increases the view that women are there for the entertainment of men. I say this as a man.

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'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70

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Top Bloke

Colin was a superb human being with an infectious child like curiosity and wonder about space. This is such a sad loss and I wish he had another 20 years to see the fruits of his labour.

His team's Mars robot was a true quality moment of UK success and in no small part due to Colin and his dreams.

Great guy,

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Smart consumers

They realised quickly what total shite Sky 'Broadband' is. Other consumers take note.

I made the mistake of picking them about 4 years ago. Like the many others that complained bitterly on the forums I was inflicted with a year of woe. I would pick up the phone sometimes and there would just be a dead tone. Other times we would go weeks with intermitent phone and no broadband. When you got through to educationally sub normal apology drones on the phone it was obvious they couldn't work a toaster, never mind understand what this new broadband thing was.

And the standard excuse was "Oh, BT Openreach are sending an engineer round to look at it - it's out of our control". So basically BT has a sly way of making sure other services are uncompetitive.

So, I gave up and went back to BT. Since then all has worked, which beats it breaking down at least once a week.

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Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean

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ERROR in article te

Digital Ocean not only has backup, it has FREE backup. I like the price of free.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Video

Any chance of getting onboard video next time?

And what about a jump fro space by a lego action figure with a cam on?

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Shuttleworth: Firmware is the universal Trojan

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Re: He's right... and wrong!

I dispute this. I used to write BIOS/Firmware code and there is no reason why the handoff cannot take place in a different manner. The firmware could also be open sourced, what there is of it, and kept to a minimum.

I understand the things that take place on this boundary (within my own area of expertise anyway) and there was never any real discussion of these issues. Had there been then we could have either (a) Made the BIOS/Firmware open (since it is supposed to be minimal anyway) and/or cut back on what BIOS did. Typically I was writing in assembler/C for the firmware and you could put all sorts of back doors in there if you wanted. I bet there are loads of them in POS machines (as has been proved).

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He;s right - but MS etc won't give up the money from NSA

There is no way that the NSA will let this one slip by. They will just increase the secret billions they give Microsoft etc to keep this working for them. Kill every fledgling company that makes a board that boots to kernel, buy it out etc. BIOS and firmware are too tasty for America to let go of them.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I wrote Maxidos & Procopy

Thanks Tony for bringing back such fantastic memories. I wrote for the CPC and it was a time of wonder. I remember the first time I finished writing my own version of the firmware, along with disk routines to make copying software. I was 15 and up until 3am nearly every night for months on end.

This device gave me thousands of hours of fun and ultimately paid me through university with royalties.

Brilliant memories :)

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Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

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The Title

Kelly, best I've seen in ages and they are pretty good normally ;) hehehe

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: Steelie Neelie still not optional

Maybe so, but 3 are way ahead of the game with what they are offering. I have been with them 12 years and post the walled garden fiasco (2003?) they have been unbeatable, with a far better offer. Their data always works well too.

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Re: 3 are great...

"The problem for 4G in conventional use cases is that well managed 3G is plenty good enough"

Exactly. I can watch iPlayer on 3's 3g with no issues and everything else works great - why do I even want 4g?

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

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Oil will run out first

We have already passed peak-oil production, and when that goes it will have a hell of a lot more impact than these metals. You could probably make very, very little of a gadget without oil products.

But we all have our heads in the sand about the oil running out ;)

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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I tried Linux

But it just isn't in the same ball park as Windows 7 for a power users OS. Everything from RAID, to installing AMD video drivers with multiple screens, to just about anything you can think of, was a total pain in the ass. I spent about a month of my life trying to live in Ubuntu.

BUT.... I use Ubuntu VM's for developing on. Works fine when you are using Linux for something specific (I also run both my servers off Ubuntu Server.)

Windows 8 just drives me nuts - I had it 1.5 weeks and it completely strangled my productivity - even after I worked out all the hidden secret ways you could do the stuff that you used to be able to do easily. Total shite and useless for work.

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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

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Sound idea

Failover for your mobile - it's just common sense.

I think it will happen as it will be popular and likely to attract votes. The EU is desperate to start doing stuff for people that they will appreciate, to counteract the current feeling of malaise of most EU Joe Publics.

I think this one will fly.

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Sceptic-bait E-Cat COLD FUSION generator goes on sale for $US1.5m

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It's a pyramid scheme

The "personell" will keep filling it with stuff that produces more output power than input power, people go "WoW" and as more people buy them, the money rolls in. Once they hit a certain amount and it has been syphoned off, they fold the company. When nobody comes a calling to "maintain" the magic box, it will stop outputting more power than goes in.

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US and Japanese chip firms team up on MRAM project

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What about Reads?

It only says it writes 10x faster.

Also, what if I swipe magnet nearby, or there is one on the mobo?

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: Uh ... computer says no.

It's square wave you need - makes pulse width the identifiable factor for difference between one and zero on an inversion (usually it's a double inversion actually, though you can do funny stuff and get double tones by making asymetric wave halves)

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I used to write Tape Loaders and...

I used to write (in z80/6502 assembly language) tape loaders in the 80's and it is possible to read a magnet or transducer in 1 and 0's, then in assembly language make judgements on the sound frequency.

This was developed one stage further by DJL software in the 80's and they were able to detect double tones in the headers that threw tape copying, but I digress.

The point is that, as far as I understand, the BIOS is written in C or assembly language, operates at bare metal level, BUT... and this is a BIG but, it doesn't have access to a microphone without a driver layer. If it did have access to the microphone and a universal driver could be written in assembler, then it *could* poll and listen for audible tones, which then would form the basis for data pulses. In tape systems a one or a zero is represented by an inflection in polarity with a pulse width judged by measuring the edges.

I think it is highly unlikely given that so many systems and driver levels are uninitiated until the OS boots, by which time, surely, some way of identifying a non-compliant BIOS would kick in. Or would it?

I just I was back writing embedded stuff or games in assembler.

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Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

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You should have thought of that!

And me, and everyone else.

I'm just imagining blocks of these in 1TB SSD format - oh man :)

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Steam OS for games, Google Docs / something else for the office work

Windows is dead. Win 8 is the head shot nobody else could have fired but the beast itself. Baller resigns in time to catch a balloon into space whilst the good ship MS sets sail for the bottom of the ocean.

People that know can see this and are already planning ahead.

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Re: Just an idea

You really think employers value someone who doesn't realise Win 8 is a headshot for MS? They will hit the bottom soon after the good ship Nokia.

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Re: "Worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7" - Why?

Dropbox would probably have been about 1% of the cost of what you have paid, and infinitely more ubiquitous.

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"Worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7" - Why?

Your final line seems to be there to save you from the wroth of MS as far as I can see.

Just *why* is it a viable or worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7? You spent the whole article priving why this isn't the case, then have this one sentence right at the end.

Very puzzled. As a programmer working on three screens, having had the dubious "pleasure" of Windows 8 and going back to Windows 7, I cannot see what the impetus would be to change. All it does is hide things and slow my work down considerably over a "desktop" OS like Win 7 or Ubuntu.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Past lives

"How do you explain that?"

What? That you can't spell? That you hate train stations?

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Why can't I register for this?

All I see is an email reminder form - where can I register for it? Or is the email reminder the registration too?

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

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Will it be cheap as chips like the Nexus 4?

The Nexus 4 was a total steal (I am a proud owner). If they do the same this time and sell it below cost I will be getting a Nexus 5 (LG G2) as well.

Hopefully it doesn't have the stupid buttons on the back though.

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Actifio and the curious affair of the AIX copy reduction tech

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wtf is AIX?

Never heard of it.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

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Re: Mandatory

No they don't. The controls just overlay and you have a nice 16:9 experience without stupid black bands top and bottom.

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Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

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Re: I'd love to see is the

Or somebody farts and the vibrations wipes out hundreds of dead people...

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April fools?

It's only September?

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Re: Let the invasion begin!

I totally agree. This is a superb use of time and I really think this can lead somewhere. I can't think of the application just yet, but there is bound to be one.

I'm off to download it and see what it looks like!

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

Everyone that audits the Kernel?? lol

Look, there is now way on earth the hundreds of thousands of lines of C code (some of it still really, really rough) have been security audited. Maybe most of it now is, before it goes in, but make the change subtle enough and I still think you could get a back door in.

There is stuff in the kernel that has been there for donkeys years and people hardly even know how it works (like the early boot up process to set ring levels).

I hate to admit it, but I am pretty sure the NSA already have multiple back doors.

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There is a very easy way to check: just plot or interpolate to expression the output of this supposed random generator.

I used to write random number generators and test them, way-back-when, and the first thing I would do was plot it - human brain is very good at seeing patterns. I was amazed how difficult it really is to create a random number (it's impossible, basically - but you can get closer by degrees and there are now good mathematical models for it - if they aren't NSA'd too that is ;)

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: He's right.

Yes, but if they are undescoverable then they must be clearly documented. If there was a proper manual, API, feature documentation etc then it wouldn't be such a huge issue. But most of it is an undocumented nightmare - in this day and age I believe this sort of practice deserves to be *very* heavily vilified.

Suggesting killing them is a bit OTT, but heavy vilification and disapproval are required.

How can you write for shit like this if you have to almost reverse engineer how each one works?

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