* Posts by PleebSmash

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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

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evidata

NSA: We'll delete the evidence of our crimes, just as soon as you look away

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Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

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Google is increasing your privacy

autocomplete in search fields = send more data to Google or others

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Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

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Re: In bright Australian sunshine?

Readability in sunshine is one of the major benefits of e-ink. They will probably have a coating that reduces readability, but the technologies involved have advanced since Kindle 1.

But seriously, who will be the first to hack these?

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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FAIL

@Wonintranslation

You just won the Rotting Wooden Twig of Fail.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: Was it really a 'hack' though, John?

*downloading 400 GB intensifies*

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: lamar looks up

I notice a big Texan engaged in a drive-by downvote.

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lamar looks up

The incident has caught Congress' attention. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the US House of Representatives' Committee of Science, Space, and Technology, has issued a formal request for details of the case, saying the matter is of "great concern."

Mr. Anti-Science Science Chairman smells blood/meth in the water/air, prepares to pounce with budget-cutting axe.

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Moneybags Bloomberg whips out checkbook to gobble spoof website

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manipulate.market

The most courageous use of the new gTLDs yet.

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Google swears blind it doesn't give SEO advantage to new internet dot-words

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what words?

The address is meaningless and has been meaningless ever since search engines like Google got good enough to find quality content related to keywords. Now people don't even think about addresses. You do it right, you are using a search engine, an in-browser history search, or hyperlinks.

It's like giving an advantage to a certain IP range. How about nope.

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Dead device walking: Apple iPod Touch 6th generation

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Too bad we can't get a new square iPad nano, put a wristband on it, and wear it as a cheap Apple Watch

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Re: Surely...

iPhone = NSA tracking device

iPod touch = maybe not much of a tracking device especially if Internet access is turned off

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SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage

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Re: Hopefully...

Stay down, SourceDice scumbags.

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AMD CEO: We're jumping back into cost-cutting mode

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Sky still blue, above the ocean: Google still raking it in

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just a hobby

The "Other" segment itself doesn't look particularly lively, though. Its revenue of $1.70bn was up a respectable 6.8 per cent from the same period a year ago but down 2.6 per cent from Q1. It was the second sequential quarter in a row in which its revenue declined. As always, though, wondering how Google's technology business is performing is just a hobby

Compare that hobby with AMD's $942M.

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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

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we're all doomed!

Moore's law is over! Intel is still king of the hill!

It's hard to be surprised. Shifts to Si-Ge or nanotubes are expected to keep chips shrinking. Cheaper EUV is needed to make these nodes easier.

Forget about when we will shrink to 3 to 7 nm. The real questions are about 3D STACKED CHIPS THAT AREN'T TOO HOT. If we can do it with NAND, maybe we can do it with CPUs.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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It's less of a tracking device.

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Re: never?

It could be like the "island of stability". Very fast decay for most pentaquark/etc based compounds, with a mythical stable configuration yet to be found.

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never?

When are we going to see stable "atoms"/molecules/compounds made from unusual quark configurations?

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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tech wonder of Nashville

Yup, this is a BS Google scare.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Re: Improvements

"Pair bluetooth headphones with the watch and you can use it independently of the phones to listen to music you've download to the watch."

It's an iPod Nano!

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Dear El. Reg.,

El Reg, the official tech news rag of #TO2015™.

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Twitter's Vine creeps into HD-quality vid – but it's not really for YOU, chump

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Boffin

what is "HD"

Does Vine mean 1280x720 for iOS users? 1080p is "Full HD".

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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Re: Unbelieveable

"none of that laundry list fits into any recognised mental illness pattern"

"Looks to me like an old-fashioned psychopath"

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

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

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

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

Although no psychiatric or psychological organization has sanctioned a diagnosis titled "psychopathy", assessments of psychopathic characteristics are widely used in criminal justice settings in some nations, and may have important consequences for individuals.

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"hacking offence"

wot's that, some kind of "crime"?

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it's all true

>He avoided a stretch behind bars after the court heard the teen suffered from a mental illness at the time of the web assaults, had dropped out of school and shunned his family, but had later showed "complete and genuine remorse."'

It's a true defense. At least 2/4 to 3/4 of it anyway.

Getting cuffed at 16 probably helped too. He picked the right time to go black hat, and can expect a lucrative career in the cyber realm soon, making more money than you make.

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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IT Angle

Re: error in title...

And there's another number floating around: 32 million current, former and prospective federal employees potentially compromised.

Archuleta couldn't handle the mess.

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Hacked Hacking Team team – like everyone in security – read The Register

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here's your thread

If you work for Hacking Team, reply right here.

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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let $185,000 bloom

"Let a thousand flowers bloom," Postel was keen on reciting, meaning that it was not the job of those running the internet's infrastructure to decide in which direction it should grow, only that it should grow unencumbered and in its own way.

Sadly, Postel died in October 1998 and the company that took over his role, ICANN, did not adhere to the same philosophy. It has taken ICANN 17 years to reach the point that Postel and many internet originators wanted to reach within one year. But we are finally there.

Yes, I'm sure Postel wanted to see ICANN grabbing hundreds of millions of dollars in this sudden organic growth of the Internet's infrastructure (totally not a TLD/domain extortion racket).

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

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so much for open wi-fi

So what, hotels, conference centers, planes etc. will be signing deals to offer Microsoft's pay-to-access Wi-Fi routers now? Like GoGo inflight interwebz but in more locations? I guess MS saw some high margins and decided to bust into the inconvenience market.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Maybe they will find

"I cannot wait to see the real close-up images."

You can wait 1 week I say

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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Go

Re: 'Real' vampires etc

The ride never ends.

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Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone

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Re: Is it only me

Even worse, it doesn't have QWERTY.

I guess the predictive software makes up for it.

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Pint

a six-core flip phone

What a world!

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Re: Errrr ...

It's a mecha

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: USPTO

Isn't this like Zune "squirting"?

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Why buy a dedicated e-Reader ?

These e-ink readers are also cheap enough that their strong points and low price point are enough to make you want to get one. You can go cheaper than Paperwhite, and the features from the newer Kindle models seem to trickle down yearly.

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Re: Why buy a dedicated e-Reader ?

Battery life and readability in sunlight (and the Paperwhite's reflection of light off the e-ink is supposedly better for your eyes at night than a tablet display).

Why buy a YotaPhone?

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more storage could be used

More storage would be great for the pure e-readers. 250 KB to 1 MB of text per file is a starting point, but throw in some pictures (generally in PDFs, or perhaps the comic book formats mentioned), and the size per file can climb to 25 to 100 MB. I don't expect many non-comic books to be that big, but some can be (cookbooks for instance).

It's time to double storage to 8 GB at least, and maybe to 16 GB+ to coincide with a switch to color e-ink in a few years.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: But *can* we create a wooly mammoth?

We will eventually create human children without a proper human womb to grow them in.

As for the learnt behavior, you can try to teach them with robots or sock puppets, or let them start from scratch. Will they have any non-Russian predators?

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Re: Wrangel Island

"Whether or not we should re-introduce an elephant species in its more-or-less original environment? Well, we're talking about the siberian tundra and taiga."

Pleistocene Park: Return of the Mammoth's Ecosystem

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Re: Let 'em loose in Russia

You don't say?

Pleistocene Park: Return of the Mammoth's Ecosystem

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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fad/marketing intern

End of days? Nah.

El Reg was doing some pretty serious reporting on Second Life 8-9 years ago. What happened with that?

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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

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Re: Disgusting

It is very hard for the Tribunal to remember the names of two organizations.

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Re: All governments do this

We hear this meme over and over again, as if it should be accepted.

Is Amnesty International a foreign government? No.

Was it even suspected of a crime? No.

Now we are supposed to accept that the NSA/GCHQ can spy on foreign governments and every citizen of every other government on the world. And when they can't legally spy on their own citizens, they just swap info like it's baseball cards.

How about no. At the very least, try to defund these activities.

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costing lives, confusing lives

The claim that people will die because of this snooping is believable compared to the tripe the US and UK governments regularly roll out.

However one factor may lower the body count: because of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal's little "accident" 10 days ago, the corrected record may reach less people. Some probably tuned out when they heard it was an Egyptian and a South African organization being spied on.

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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Re: Tasteless

Make fun of the random bot killing while you can, MrDamage.

You are a meatbag that will soon be obsolete.

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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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Re: Helium

There is no helium in the Toshiba drive.

HGST's helium drives come with 5 year warranties.

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Re: Helium

The warranty is 5 years for HGST Helium drives.

This Toshiba drive is not a helium drive.

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