* Posts by PleebSmash

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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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fax

1. HGST helium drives add 2 platters to the count of 5, not 1. Although Seagate manages 6 without helium.

2. Who would sell a 7 TB drive? 6, 8, 10, 12... maybe 7.5.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Islands

#SellGreeceNow

Where's my island(s)? I want to tour them first before I decide to spend.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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simple is better

A car HUD should integrate with mapping and change the color of the road you need to follow, and include gradient color changes like yellow to red to indicate upcoming turns and lane changes.

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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Re: With friends like that

France needed Islamic enemies in order to pass new draconian surveillance bills this week...

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

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it's a speaker

Availability is determined by the audio in cable, not an app.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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insidious ejaculation

There's nothing spontaneous about this ejaculation.

It was intended to plant a mental seed in the lucky victims.

Giant glitter penis #prank gone sexual #2016. What happened next will surprise you.

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Facebook! exfiltrates! Yahoo! security! boss!

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welcome to Facebook

An NSA-blocking talent wasted on Yahoo!

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... and Facebook?

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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

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Re: Indeed.

From NSA to GCHQ. Brilliant move indeed.

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D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

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Re: Factor some public keys already. Geesh.

I don't think a quantum annealer can run Shor's algorithm

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The qubit count is up (better than double, it's 125% more) and the performance is supposedly better (colder, less noise), so I'd like to see some action with this. Let's see it do something that the classical computing naysayers can't. Let's see Google/Lockheed/NASA use it for more than just tests to see if it works at all.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: So for the price

"And I'd hardly call and I7 with 16gb RAM low end"

I'd hardly call "£325 for a bare-bones system" useful information.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: "It is not clear at this time how the ebook retailers will respond"

Orally?

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: gloabl? Come on.

Kat Hall is in on the conspiracy

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Re: Affordable?

"Wait for Skylake" club

or AMD's Zen

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BlackBerry on Android? It makes perfect sense

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relevant?

What compelling feature does Blackberry's code offer that can't be found on stock Android/iOS/WinPhone?

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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Re: De-indexing is not the same as removing

Canadian court says: linking is a crime!

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: @Dawson

Yeah, this century ya pleb

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@Dawson

Employers are going to avoid using cheaper and more efficient robots that don't require wages or benefits because they are thinking of the macroeconomic consequences? I don't think so.

Driving is just dead. It's too easy to automate driving compared to even putting a burger together by robohand. Driving will be followed by dexterous robots in agriculture, fast food, cheap retail, manufacturing, mining/mineral extraction, and even construction. Maybe you'll see 5-10 humans in those sectors whittled down to 1-2 humans and robot friends. Many scientists will be displaced by competition within their fields, automation of rote tasks, and even computers "doing science". Many doctors will be displaced by preventative medicine, telemedicine, tricorders, and robot surgery. Good for the patient, so long as the bill is paid.

People will build an economy for themselves... if they can find the land and starting capital needed to exploit technological advancements for themselves. Where's your plot of land? Where's your mineral rights and logging permits? What about your water supply?

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Re: Displaced workers

This is all hand-waving and finger-pointing on the Titanic. Robots and AI will displace all forms of manual labor and eventually intelligent work. Sure, you can join the legion of creative poets, novelists and artists. Just post that work of yours up on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Maybe you can scrape $25 a month from that if you are not a superstar.

Retraining/education is a myth too. Many existing jobs don't require a high school level education or vocational training. There will always be a large pool of people who are unable to attain significant skills and education, even if it was paid for by Obama. If there's no McDonald's jobs, and no driving jobs, what then?

Sex work could be a lucrative choice, until such time that you have to compete with sex bots. Lower your fees and prepare every hole for entry. Drug dealing is another good choice. However, cannabis legalization could cut your profits, and watch out for the violent competition and your poorer and increasingly underemployed clientele.

Robot and AI improvement will immediately benefit those with lots of capital. Without the need for laborers, most use of human workers will be charity rather than necessity. Without high taxes (which could be easily dodged), the rich will keep accumulating wealth and moving what they need offshore or even off-planet (getting a billion people to Mars may be hard, but a few dozen? Elysium here we come). Today's "income inequality" will look like a beautiful dream. The only way to salvage modern life is to substantially cheapen the cost of living through technology. Eliminate health care costs with regenerative medicine, eliminate energy costs with cheap solar. Eliminate calorie costs with an automated home garden. In the absence of a comprehensive welfare scheme to take care of the coming unemployment crisis, you should consider off-the-grid subsistence living. Put those increasing GMO crop yields to work for you.

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

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Re: reasonable

I said bendy OLED, not OLED. Aka thin, flat, not 220 lbs to ship.

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reasonable

84-inch 4K TV is anywhere from $8,000 to $25,000. A competing 84-inch touchscreen 4K TV from "Music Computing" is over $33,000.

Once bendy OLED prices fall, so will the prices of these giant fondlewalls.

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Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed

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Re: Sorry Leezzzeee

It's a speech that would have made sense about 2 years ago to the day, just before the Snowden leaks. But the U.S. blew its chance to paint Huawei as cyber-PLA-evil and now Huawei is raking in the billions on cheap kit. Too little, too late.

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Re: What a dummy

Revenue nearing $50 billion, and most of its revenue is in overseas markets. Sure thing, Condi.

Bleating about Huawei will distract from other cyber-spying revenue killers, right?

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Everything old is new again: Man mugged in New York, only this time for his Bitcoins

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Pirate

holy shit

wow

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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@Graham

Considering the low barrier to entry for getting a Nobel Peace Prize, it's the least they should do.

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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Re: Just how did Snowden get all this info?

Snowden is "drip leaking" nothing. That's all the work of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and other journalists.

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Sorry we called you a fatty, say Kiwi spies to Kim 'Slim Jim' Dotcom

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Re: Assets

Kim Dotcom will drop 100 kilos and make Mega hotcakes by selling his Mega weight loss secrets.

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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what's next?

Funny we learned about the FBI Cessnas after the FBI drones.

Next comes the drones with Stingray, then Predators with Hellfire, then swarms of locust drones (in the thousands, up from 30).

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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Re: Centi-Chicken

Just grow millipedes and fry those. They taste just like chicken.

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Au gummint, opposition: site blocks just FINE

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"The Australian government has declined to resist calls"

Hmm...

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Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index

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"high-definition video"

Reminder that "high-definition video" is a minimum of 1280x720 by definition. H.265 and future standards lower bandwidth needed for each video resolution. If people don't care about 4K streaming, the zettabyte rush will slow down.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Animation

> Nonsense. Computers don't make animation easier. A modern Pixar film requires more animators than an old hand-drawn Disney effort, not less.

A modern Dreamworks/Disney/Pixar film is a blockbuster. More budget, more animators, more chest hair on Shrek.

They are also doing much more on computers than traditional animators could have ever attempted. You can't ray trace in near real-time by hand. But eventually, there will be diminishing returns as the animation will look good enough to match any style you need for your story/vision.

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diminishing returns

A well-versed YouTube uploader can do a lot with no budget, and a lot more with a high-end camera or better animation software. GPUs are improving much faster than CPUs, and will reap the benefits of Moore's law right to the "end" at 1 to 5 nanometeres in 2020-2025, before cores start being stacked and we get Moore decades.

For comparison, Big Hero 6 used a cluster with somewhere between 500 teraflops to 2 petaflops of performance, 589+ TB of RAM, 690+ TB of storage, and used their Hyperion software to create diverse, realistic feeling background crowds with loads of ray tracing. It's not Earth-shatteringly difficult to obtain 128 GB of RAM, a couple dozen terabytes of storage, and a few teraflops of performance now, and although there may be a similar gap between what hardware Disney/Pixar and amateurs can buy in 10 or 20 years, the capability gap will shrink. The software will get better to the point where Disney will sing "Let It Go" as it lays off extra animators. Such improvements will trickle down to the lone animator.

Computer animation will allow for small filmmakers to create expansive greenscreen worlds (decent CG is well within the reach of TV shows now), and eventually, virtual actors, perhaps based on famous dead ones. You can expect speech synthesis to advance too. Input an actor's filmography, press "Go". Personality rights may become as big of a battle as copyright in this scenario.

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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too cold, no life

If there's life, my jaw will drop.

If there's eukaryotes, my jaw will disintegrate into a cloud of stardust.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Ken Ham: "God is Great"

Islamist: "Allāhu Akbar"

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Re: God give me strength

It's important to keep these people in the news.

We all need a reminder of the dangers of magical thinking.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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that's a nice hat

She got to keep her hat and head since Brits can't be arsed to overthrow the monarchy.

Now your beloved ruler gets made to regurgitate phrases such as "social cohesion" and "tackling extremism" as David "I'm a real human" Cameron fondles your collective privates.

Feels bad Clegg :/

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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Re: I would rather learn Gaelic

⚣🍀⚢

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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Re: A revelation

It's crazy!

Here's an experiment: load El Reg. Then disable Adblock/NoScript/Flashblock/whatever and try again.

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Bank-heist malware's servers phone home to Russian spookhaus

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where's the $

"Kaspersky says the financial damage could tip $900 million due to a series of $10 million transactions that are difficult to track."

Phone the DEA?

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Re: Euurgh...

Everybody's a toy!

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Candy-cane optimism tastes sweet in Disney’s Tomorrowland

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christians beware

"evil Hugh Laurie’s monologuing about what a waste of space humanity is rings a little too true"

So he reprises his role as Dr. Gregory House then.

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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Re: They are getting bigger......

close

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