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Multi Jet Fusion: THAT's HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention

PleebSmash

coming soon

Another exciting and revolutionary innovation from HP... in 2 years. Maybe. Along with memristors.

I read the hype about this printer yesterday. It seems very capable and a real effort in making HP not just a leader in 3D printing but making the plasticky goods that come out of it useful. I want to be less skeptical than Simon but HP talks big (memristors, "The Machine") yet the company has been cleaved in two since. Tom's Hardware claims that "Those competitors are not so much the consumer-grade MakerBots of the world, but more like Stratasys; which is to say, this technology is aimed primarily at commercial applications." I'm eager to see more ceramic/metal/circuit/cellulose extrusion in the future so we can move beyond plastic, chocolate, and pizza printers.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

PleebSmash

Re: Another reason it might be pointless

They should have spent the $185-200 million on encrypting everything.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

PleebSmash
Mushroom

Re: Great steaming hairy...

What's pathetic is less this story and more the MPAA and North Atlantic Theater Organization.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

PleebSmash
Facepalm

This could have been avoided by renaming it "Al-Quida-Free Anti-Terror Network"

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

PleebSmash
Paris Hilton

Now an HP scanner - that can be sexy.

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Trollface

Re: Pretty arrogant

This would all be fixed with a covert smartglasses device, with the lens as the screen, rather than a corner screen that causes eye strain and gets you attacked.

As for romance, allow the distracted to fail. Let the few who can deliver cheesy lines dictated by their smartglasses succeed.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

PleebSmash
Pint

"Worst one-night stand EVER"

"Worst one-night stand EVER" - sez who?

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

PleebSmash
Mushroom

$$$

ICANN made its millions, now it's Google's turn to help out the owners of shiny new gTLDs. Nothing selfish about that, right?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

PleebSmash
Unhappy

Re: Great Scott!

2015: The year we sob in our terrestrial cars, clutching hoverboards made from spare lawn mower parts and swigging Pepsi Throwback.

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Vote for us: We're slinging cash at supercomputers!

PleebSmash
Boffin

20 Tflop

"Its latest, the 20 Tflop “Barcoo” machine, started pushing electrons in August of 2013 to feed its 70-node, 1,120-core Sandy Bridge iron."

So this sentence is describing two separate computers, then?

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

PleebSmash
Happy

the off-ice

Maybe it was an office for appearances only, like those empty patent troll offices down in Texas.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

PleebSmash

Re: "so that the car knows the human is not a reliable input.”

It's the quote that defines this article.

I assume the answer is something like #3, except the car passively attempts to reduce the risk of an accident by driving slower, and will attempt to go off-road (off-cliff?) if necessary. Keep in mind this is the 90% autonomous vehicle.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

PleebSmash
FAIL

Re: Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Ebola is barely transmissible compared to measles or the flu, and ISIS is a problem of the US's own making, surrounded by enemies (Assad, Iran, Turkey, Saudis, Kurds, "Iraq", US from the sky, etc.)

Whereas the NSA programs have barely slowed down, and will improve in reach as technology improves.

Good luck on developing that perspective.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

PleebSmash

Re: 2GB GPU to drive a 5k display?

Enlighten us? There's no such thing as 5K content unless you are downscaling from some uber-expensive 8K recording equipment. There is 4K video. So the 5K will be used for stuff that scales to any resolution, like browser windows or the desktop with icons. Are you saying 3-4 GB of VRAM is needed for 4K video content or... for gaming purposes on the iMac?

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Go

Re: Retina iMac

I like the 5K stunner because I hope Intel's trickle down theory of display resolutions comes true. (1366x768 plz go)

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

PleebSmash

checking in

"According to Zuck's spin doctors, people don't rely on the police, UN or even the Thunderbirds when disaster strikes. No, no, no. They flock to Facebook."

It's true though, just look at the social media response to the Fukushima tsunami. People "checked in" on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Retweeting the Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Disaster: "Twitter was an important social medium for distributing information to millions of people worldwide, including in Japan, with the Japanese government sharing emergency information, relief organizations sharing shelter information, and ordinary citizens posting news of their local situations."

A Social Network for Emergency Notifications: "Yeah, you know, when we first started, we actually had that in mind, because we really noticed things like Twitter, things like Facebook. During the whole Japan earthquake tsunami crisis, there was a lot-and there's also another social network in Japan called Mixi. They really were leveraging that for information sharing and posting status updates of 'I'm safe' or 'Do you know where my sister, daughter, whatever is?'"

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Julian Assange discovers Google's given MONEY to EFF

PleebSmash

Ouch! Criticism rejected!

Assange may have waffled on the EFF example, but he has a book and specific claims about Google and Eric Schmidt that can be scrutinized. The tone of this article is a little much.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

PleebSmash

Re: Hungarian notation

Shouldn't you be sporting a shiny vulture badge?

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

PleebSmash

hangouts

1 tablet per wall

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

PleebSmash
Pint

"Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal. The only thing America respects is power and power concedes nothing. I'm a reflection of the community. Only God can judge me. Let the Lord judge the criminals. Support me... If you don't understand me don't write about me. I was raised in this society so you can't expect me to be a perferct person cause Ima do what Ima do." - Keith Alexander

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

PleebSmash
Pirate

Death via internet, online contract killers and crime-as-a-service

Good luck finding reliable reviews for assassins on a Dark Wallet type Bitcoin marketplace. A++++ would kill again.

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

PleebSmash
Paris Hilton

Can't believe I've never read the corrupted word "sleb" before.

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You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

PleebSmash

We should tell the FCC to force the resulting company to follow net neutrality rules (insert your definition here) for 10 years. By 2024 there should be real competition, more fiber, and more mesh.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

PleebSmash

Re: Missing the point

To be fair to the author, whom I just bashed below, Wired reports that "Subversive ambitions aside, Wilson doesn’t hide the fact that the Ghost Gunner is also a money-making project. Unlike Defense Distributed’s 3D-printing projects in the past, Wilson says selling its own CNC mill offers his group a way to fund its activities."

The product isn't merely intended to advance a debate, and should be scrutinized.

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PleebSmash
Black Helicopters

this article is anti-hype hype

>This "news" comes to us because a man famous for pretending to make working guns from 3D-printed plastic is selling such machinery - which does rather prove that his 3D printed plastic guns were indeed rubbish, and that you should take everything he says with a large pinch of salt.

No. Cody Wilson is trying to push the envelope of what's available. A cheaper CNC mill for crafting lower receivers here, a successful demo of a plastic gun there. I don't think his followers are specifically looking to create weak plasticky weapons they can sneak through metal detectors. They just want the ability to reproduce 3D designs that happen to be weapons, without bothering with pesky rules and regs. If 3D printing advances to be able to fully print a metal gun cheaply, DD will push that technology.

>And there you have it - by spending thousands of dollars, learning some complicated skills and doing some machining, you have obtained a functioning semi- or even, potentially, fully-automatic** weapon and you didn't have to comply with any pesky gun controls. Wow! Big stuff, eh

Backers of Ghost Gunner are getting exactly what they pay for: a cheap general-purpose CNC mill well suited to creating lower receivers. 80 percent lowers already exist on the market, so there must be some existing interest in crafting lower receivers without serial numbers. It's irrelevant whether this is cheapest or easiest way to acquire AR-15s. What's relevant is the demand. If it doesn't exist, Cody Wilson doesn't get his DD funding blitz. Somehow I don't think many backers willing to lay down $1200 are going to be confused as to what they are purchasing.

>Well that may be, the argument goes, but there's more: if the people are armed the government can't oppress them.

I don't think the point is for one person to defend their home against SWAT with one AR-15 (DD are also working on other lower receiver designs). It's for swarms of people to advance on the government with weapons. Look at how much mainland China fears dissent without guns involved. Whether that fantasy can or will need to become true is another story.

I'll agree that DD's efforts are redundant considering the already strong opposition to gun control legislation in America. This is just one more way to give the government the finger.

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PleebSmash

Re: Oh dear gawd

https://ghostgunner.net/

"By miniaturizing the build envelope to just large enough to mill common firearm receivers, we were able to improve rigidity, reduce material cost and simultaneously relax some design limits, allowing us to sell an inexpensive machine with more than enough accuracy to manufacture firearms."

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

PleebSmash

Re: "Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

And yet, Facebook has backed down in part on their policy in response to pressure. I guess not participating isn't the only solution, huh?

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PleebSmash

They haven't stopped people from being anonymous on Facebook. Whatever they are doing to enforce the policy is ineffective. Instead, they are angering users and creating bad press.

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PleebSmash

Plenty of people get away with having a "fake name" account on Facebook (and the names are full of memes, trust me). Drag queens, domestic abuse survivors and others actually have compelling reasons to hide their true identities.

I'll join this burgeoning chorus in condemning Zuck. He doesn't want what's good for users or society. He's looking out for the advertisers, his real customers. He doesn't want that 140 dollars per user figure to shrink. This setback for the policy is in response to bad PR, and the policy is not going away. It's just getting more selective enforcement.

"According to Cox's statement, Facebook has never required people to use their legal name, merely the name they are known under."

Get out of here with your BS intact policy. How do you determine the name someone is known under? You put them under the microscope and kill their anonymity in pursuit of the targeted ad impression dollar.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

PleebSmash
FAIL

Even after he's announced his plans to retire, Holder tirelessly defends the interests of the U.S. police state. Truly an inspiration to us all.

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Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge

PleebSmash

The next step: swapping the bright yellow jacket for camo.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

PleebSmash

Wouldn't a WiFi-enabled café work just as well?

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

PleebSmash
Paris Hilton

#rare

#BENTIPHONE420 #BASEDGOD #RARE

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

PleebSmash
Pint

Re: 500 trucks a year?

500 carriages a second

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

PleebSmash
Trollface

problem, FIB?

Having trouble divining by zeroes and ones?

Finding it hard to catch terrorists? Maybe you should order up a few more entrapment cases to keep America safe from the domestic terror "threat".

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

PleebSmash
Trollface

eheheheh

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-nfl-surface-ipads-2014-9

Microsoft will cleanse sport of iPads with its billions.

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

PleebSmash
Flame

QoS

If you want low latency, get a plan that advertises low latency. If you want high bandwidth, get a high bandwidth plan. There's your tiered Internet right there. Have a plan for whatever combination of lower latency, higher throughput, and more connections you want. ToS/QoS data can handle the rest.

Are comedians arguing against QoS so the Huawei boss can't bring home the bacon with his shiny equipment? No, it looks to me they are talking about rival sources of the same type getting a speed bump/decline, because they paid or didn't pay somebody, or because ISPs are selling more content (Comcast merging Time Warner).

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

"A best-effort network or service does not support quality of service. An alternative to complex QoS control mechanisms is to provide high quality communication over a best-effort network by over-provisioning the capacity so that it is sufficient for the expected peak traffic load. The resulting absence of network congestion eliminates the need for QoS mechanisms.

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The Abilene network study was the basis for the testimony of Gary Bachula to the US Senate Commerce Committee's hearing on Network Neutrality in early 2006. He expressed the opinion that adding more bandwidth was more effective than any of the various schemes for accomplishing QoS they examined."

Either way you go on QoS, Huawei can still make money (by selling switches and other network equipment). I thought Huawei was good at turning out cheap kit?

"That's needed, said Ding, because bandwidth would have to catch up with anticipated demand. Even 20 Mbit/s downstream was barely enough for one channel of 4K TV, he told us. 'For 8K, we have found you need 115 Mbit/s.'"

Both far short of the gigabit/s that Google and others can apparently provide from $70-200/month at a profit. And that's with almost no 4K content out there, low adoption of 4K, and 8K far into the future. Cisco has guesstimated that global traffic is going to triple over 5 years or so. I'll bet that rate begins to slow down soon. If 4K content rolls out slower than H.265 capable equipment, 1080p and lower streams can shrink in size!

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

PleebSmash
Pint

Congrats

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Orbiter_Mission#Payload

Here's what they got for $74 million

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

PleebSmash
Trollface

All squares are rectangles

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

PleebSmash

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/22/oculus_boss_true_virtual_reality_is_a_decade_or_two_away/

Here are the full comments by Brendan Iribe:

"We will be able to put it on a pair of glasses, have face-to-face communications, we may be able to have a conference like this where we're all sitting at home or in the office, and your brain will think you're there," he told delegates at the Imagination Summit 2014 at Stanford University on Wednesday. "To do that is going to require another few decades of work – we're at the very beginning; we call this Day Zero. The dream of sunglass VR where we all believe we're there is still a decade or two away."

No suggestion of a direct electrical connection to the brain, just a smaller and faster product... and a pretty conservative timeline given what Google Glass could fit in a frame in 2012.

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PleebSmash
Terminator

"In May this year, Oculus boss Brendan Iribe confessed that true virtual reality - making the brain think it's somewhere it isn't - was at least a decade away."

What does that even mean? Matrix-style spike in the neck?

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

PleebSmash

Re: What are your predictions?

52% no according to YouGov

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

PleebSmash

Re: Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

Check out that correction at the bottom... classic

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

PleebSmash
Thumb Up

the glory

"competition glory for Edinburgh, Scotland, and the UK as a whole."

"for Edinburgh, Scotland, and the UK as a whole."

"and the UK as a whole."

TIME WILL TELL

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

PleebSmash
Big Brother

Re: OH RLY?

Some food for thought. Wikipedia: "The Southern Cross Cable, operated by Bermuda company Southern Cross Cables Limited, is a trans-Pacific network of telecommunications cables commissioned in 2000. The company is owned by Spark New Zealand (50.01%), SingTel (39.99%) and Verizon Business (10.00%)."

It's a joint venture by telecoms to shift bits internationally. There have already been allegations that they know mass surveillance is occurring and want to get paid for it. We know that global network traffic will triple over a 5-year period. So there will always be demand for bits to flow through the cables, and for the cables to be upgraded.

There's no incentive for Southern Cross to tell the truth. They may be legally obligated not to disclose the truth. They (and the stakeholders) will lose no business if allegations by Greenwald/Snowden/Assange/Dotcom (G-SAD) are confirmed to be true. Southern Cross's response is a curiosity to marvel at, but not something to be taken seriously. Read the words, desalinate the entire Pacific ocean.

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PleebSmash
Mushroom

sharknado attacks southern cross cable

Wikipedia: Southern Cross Cable

"In 2013 the New Zealand Herald reported that the owners of the Southern Cross cable had asked the NSA to pay them for mass surveillance of New Zealand internet activity through the cable. In May 2014, John Minto, vice-president of the New Zealand Mana Party, alleged that the the NSA was carrying out mass surveillance on all meta-data and content that went out of New Zealand through the cable."

Perhaps they've noticed more than they've let on.

"After successful trials of 40G technology the first 400G of a planned 800G upgrade has been completed in February 2012, with the remaining 400G completed in December 2012."

Was the cable active during upgrades? That could be a great time to tap in. Of course, they may just be lying about not knowing.

The slides on Greenwald's story don't mention that the tap occurred underwater, only that "cable access program achieves Phase 1". What information has Greenwald redacted?

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

PleebSmash

Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

PleebSmash

radio

I read that one or more of these phones has FM radio, but I didn't hear anything about AM radio. Has Google encouraged a cricket-listening device or not?

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