* Posts by PleebSmash

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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Doesn't Facebook offer a Tor hidden service for access?

I'd say they are at least partially committed to free speech despite complying with local laws.

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Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband

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insert fiber into me

10/10 headline

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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This browser is also Chromium, so you will have to give up that third engine.

RIP Presto.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Windows 7 to Windows 10

Anyone taking the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

I'm thinking of doing it once it has been out in the wild for a couple of months.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Hell Officially Froze over for me on the 21st of January 2015...

I've been called a Google Glass apologist, but this is what the device should have been. Full lens display enabling augmented reality, not a corner display that causes eye strain. Go ahead, wear it while driving... the people who can afford the best of these products in 5 years will be among the first to adopt driverless cars as well.

If Intel makes smaller and more powerful "Quark" type chips, and more fashion designers get brought on board, it could be possible for one of these companies (Google, Microsoft, Sony, etc.) to make a smartglasses model that are indistinguishable from normal glasses (at least the ones with thicker frames) or sunglasses. Tiny cameras are Cold War technology... make it small enough, and every spectacle bearer could be a hidden glasshole. The self-contained nature of HoloLens (and whatever this marketing speak secondary GPU does) might enable less input lag than Oculus or a smartphone-tethered pair of glasses. So possible less AR/VR barfing.

In any case, professionals and niches are a good first target. Surgeons for Glass, NASA for HoloLens.

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NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

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encrypt everything

Encrypt everything, force them to pull a David Cameron.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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Re: "He's got a simple phone"

CyanogenMod is open source, right? Firefox OS?

In Snowden's case using a dumbphone or just not communicating much at all seems likely.

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What are you talking about, this is a balanced piece as far as Snowden related news goes. There's no anti-Snowden jibe, and you are allowed to decide for yourself if the timing of the iPhone talk is more than a coincidence. Reg is innocent.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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number of replies

Below thumbs up/down counts on http://forums.theregister.co.uk/my/posts/ I'd like to see the number of replies.

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in reply to

Can the "In reply to" alt text include either the name of the poster replied to, a snippet of the post, or both?

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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in the act

maybe Alabamians are just better at getting caught

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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mystery TNOs

They have to be pretty small and pretty far away from Neptune.

The many TNOs found since the 90s and 2000s are very small, Pluto-like, with very eccentric orbits and satellites in some cases. More recent finds are more like Ceres.

X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

However, despite finding thousands of new stars in its survey of the sky, WISE was unable to spot any object the size of Saturn or larger to a distance of 10,000 astronomical units (1.49597871 × 1015m, or 9.29558073 × 1011 miles) and nothing bigger than Jupiter out to 26,000 AU.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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Terminator

Zuck

One of the most menacing photos I've ever seen.

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Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

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WTF?

help

WTF are the red and orange bars in graph #1?

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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boom

That's considerably less soft than we were led to believe. Can't wait for the first successful recovery.

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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again and again

Tax dollars paid for the CIA to exonerate themselves.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Re: Pfft...

It's the "glocal" scale of it that impresses me. A dispute, scandal, or ban in so many countries and major cities, and still they manage to operate and achieve a $40 billion valuation. I'm already anticipating autonomous Uber with the drivers kicked to the curb like human trash. Taxi companies would have done that same thing in 10 years in a non-Uber world, but Uber could put itself into a monopoly position.

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Re: Pfft...

Got to admit, the Uber criminal enterprise effectively reroutes past all laws and regulations.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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ya right

In the off-chance that Cameron could somehow convince our Silicon Valley friendly Obama to back his stupid plan to weaken encryption, and somehow get the result passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, the tech community will go to war.

Make Cameron retire plz Brits so we don't have to laugh, cry and spit at this nonsense.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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I've never seen autocomplete enabled by default in my copy of Notepad++ and I've never used the feature. Does that happen in a new update?

I see it as just a feature to put it on par with say, Dreamweaver, Eclipse, etc.

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Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

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Re: Tizen's dead...

So Tizen runs HTML5 apps, but no compatibility with the Android apps found on the vast majority of Samsung smartphones.

Given today's news, for the first time ever I believe Project Ara has a better chance of success than Tizen.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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Holmes

Google may be "WalMart"

But GoDaddy is scum.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Trollface

Vous êtes Andrew Orlowski.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: Paging Dr. Evil, paging Dr. Evil...

"The descending layers included terrorists, organized criminal actors, sophisticated worldwide hackers and botnets, “hack-tivists,” weirdos, bullies, pedophiles, and creeps, he said."

Hey, leave El Reg alone!

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So: Will we get net neutrality? El Reg decodes FCC boss Tom Wheeler

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Re: eat this

(2011) Wireline Costs And Caps: A Few Facts

"2 cents to 5 cents per gigabyte. The actual bandwidth cost to a large carrier like Time Warner or AT&T, depending on how you do the accounting. $1/month/customer. Going Down: Bandwidth usage growth per customer. The rate has been about 30% per year, with the rate slightly falling the last few years. The growth in average usage is actually going down slightly, per Cisco VNI and the MINTS data of Professor Andrew Odlyzko. Going Down: Capital investment required. Going Up: Profit Margins. Prices for broadband have generally been going up in the U.S. since 2007 while costs drop."

CISCO: The Zettabyte Era - Trends and Analysis

"Global IP traffic has increased fivefold over the past 5 years, and will increase threefold over thenext 5years. Overall, IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21 percent from 2013 to 2018."

Wikipedia: "On September 12, 2014, Google announced that development on VP10 had begun and that after the release of VP10 they plan to have an 18 month gap between releases of video standards." and "HEVC is said to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality."

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eat this

If the average broadband was faster and uncapped, with more competitors in each market, there wouldn't be a need for net neutrality rules. Multiple players have sold 1 Gbps for $60-70 a month (not just GORGLE), and that should be capable of handling multiple 8K streams. Or even more video once successors to H.265 and VP9 have appeared. There's no excuse for peddling 5-50 Mbps at $30 a month and caps and throttling when fixed bandwidth costs have fallen exponentially. Prioritization my arse. Get 1-10 Gbps if you need more oomph. Prioritization is practically a security risk anyway. Everything should be encrypted, in which case you can't or won't prioritize.

Who knows if Wheeler's 25/3 broadband proposal would do any good. Greedy rural ISPs can just drop the word broadband from their advertising. "Git yer 1 MEGAbit MEGA Internet Access!"

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Google's plan to become your phone company

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dual SIM?

One Google SIM for cities, another for prepaid wireless on the road?

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The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get you off Wi-Fi

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Re: how-fi

The words that caught my attention were "multiplayer games". That implies a pretty stable connection.

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how-fi

No device upgrades, existing hardware? Wouldn't this eat into power consumption and have shorter range than routers? Doesn't this overlap with Bluetooth and 802.11s? Etc.

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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

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biggest NSA reporting error

Probably the idea that the Utah Data Center would store 5 zettabytes or even yottabytes of data based on a guess by William Binney and some study. Orders of magnitude of wrong.

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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Give them a Lumia.

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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

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no question

Intel will delay Skylake to bolster Broadwell. I don't like it, but even I would do it.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: 1 teraflops, 10 watts

This is one half of a teraflop as we know it. NVIDIA's slick marketing got them a slick headline. It's also called "Erista" not "Arista".

NVIDIA CES 2015 Press Conference Liveblog

"11:12PM EST - Confirmed that it's Erista

11:12PM EST - NVIDIA is proclaiming it a 1 TFLOPS GPU, though this is at FP16 as opposed to the more normal FP32 metric for TFLOPS"

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1 teraflops, 10 watts

100 GFLOPS/W? Isn't that leaps and bounds ahead of all CPUs and GPUs out there?

Apparently Quadro K6000 is capable of "5.2TFLOPs/sec for single precision (FP32)" consuming 225 W. So about 23 GFLOPS/W. Double precision for the K6000 card would be 1/3 of that (7.7 GFLOPS/W). November 2014's Green500 #1 most efficient supercomputer achieved 5.27 GFLOPS/W.

So the real story here is the power efficiency of Arista/Erista/X1, even if it's mainly for graphics performance, mobiles, and tasks like vehicular vision rather than supercomputing. If they could combine X1's power efficiency with 1/3 FP64, you could build a 33 MW exaflop supercomputer (not really though). Some cards out there also do 1/2 FP64.

Edit: According to Anandtech it is 1024 GFLOPS of FP16 operations, 512 GFLOPS of FP32. I don't see 10W anywhere, but I see what looks like 64 "single precision GFLOPS/W normalized" on page 1. Feel free to crack the code.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: cheap fun BAC readers too inaccurate

Cheaper might be time release alcohol-filled nanoparticles. Sprinkle them in a drink, wait HH:MM, go from 0 to 0.3 BAC in seconds.

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cheap fun BAC readers too inaccurate

Can't wait until you can put a microgram of nanobots in your drink and get real time BAC streamed to your smartphone (or Dick Tracy watch, or Google Beer Goggles).

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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****speak

These new private chat services are a dime a dozen. And that's a good thing. More targets, more fragmentation, less centralization. When the dust settles, maybe one of them will "prove" to be secure. And it will probably be PGP with a fluffy wrapper

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SEXY GOLD FireFOXY LADY hits Japan in transparent kimono today

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specs

If it can run on the slowest Indian hardware, it will scream on 4 cores, right?

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Facebook

Information overload. Big Data = big pile o' garbage. In the States, many overlapping intelligence agencies. Given the volume of data the NSA and GCHQ must be swallowing up, it's easier to collect it all and investigate an incident retroactively than stop an attack. These agencies would be in the market for a good AI. In the meantime, they will continue to swallow up everything they can like the vampire squids they are and whine about increased use of encryption while pouring millions into quantum computing research in order to break it.

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Re: How much tracking of crims was being done before?

Sorry, releasing those figures would destroy our ability to secure the public. But we can reveal that we are targeting somewhere between 0 and 999 billion criminals.

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Re: Give us something to measure by

Sorry, we can't reveal sensitive operational details, but we can reveal that we are currently conducting 0-999,999,999 operations.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Re: And with a normal book?

Kindle Paperwhite?

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IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

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Re: But really..

There are plenty of jurisdictions that look amenable to file sharing. At a glance I'd say Canada or Spain. isohunt.to is supposedly hosted in Australia. As for the TPB itself, it was a mix of magnet links and some torrents. Is a pure magnet site illegal? If the law says that "facilitating copyright infringement" is a crime, maybe.

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Re: torrent

What's the problem here? When TPB went mostly magnet only, they massively reduced the resources needed to run the site and said it would make it easy to run TPB clones.

http://torrentfreak.com/download-a-copy-of-the-pirate-bay-its-only-90-mb-120209/

Using this script, “allisfine” managed to copy the title, id, file size, seeds, leechers and magnet links of 1,643,194 torrents. Comments were not copied to keep the files as small as possible, and the end result is a full copy of all magnet links (magnet) on The Pirate Bay in a 90 megabytes file, 164 megabytes unzipped. There is some confusion as to whether the 1,643,194 torrents are indeed a full copy of the site, as The Pirate Bay itself lists 4,199,832 torrents in the footer link on its site. However, the latter stats apply to the number of torrents that are available on several public trackers, The Pirate Bay itself only hosts a fraction of those.

Update: Here’s a copy of 17 million torrents from Bitsnoop.com, pretty much the same format but nicely categorized. It’s only 535 MB.

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Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

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B.C.

Benedict Cumberbatch needs to play a character that isn't an eccentric, genius, or eccentric genius.

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

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Re: Now is the time

If you outlaw hacking (Turner hasn't done anything illegal) then only outlaws will hack. And they won't publicize their findings at conferences.

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Black Helicopters

err

William Turner was never convicted of a crime, he just wanted to hack ankle monitors...

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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dear Reg

Will you be continuing to post stories quoting the leaked material, assuming Kim Jong-un greenlights further leaks?

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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price mistakes

Almost all price mistakes like this I've seen result in cancelled orders. It's an exaggeration for any of these retailers to say they could go bankrupt.

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