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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’

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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'

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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'

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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

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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

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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.

...

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

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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?

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Trollface

All squares are rectangles

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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

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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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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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PleebSmash

Re: Chuck

They'd swell.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Trollface

made for youtube

Someone will take a knife to their "sapphire glass" iPhone 6.

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Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

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win sans bling

Is there anything in Windows 8.1-with-Bing that can't be changed by the user? The El Channel article says that only the hardware maker can't change Bing as the default IE search engine, but that there are other differences. If not, one could presumably save some coin on the new breed of netbook.

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Facepalm

Re: Do they really need to waste helium on this?

We've had this discussion before. It uses very little helium per drive, and may be recoverable (they spent 7 years developing a seal that would keep the helium in). It's not an iota of performance that is gained, it's more like 20% less power consumption. I'm not sure why you think SSDs need helium for manufacture; the point of the helium HDD is to reduce the friction caused by the spinning parts found in hard DISK drives.

Maybe someone needs to come up with a 1 children's balloon = X helium-filled HDDs figure so we don't get this alarmist talk about helium on every helium drive story. Helium-filled drives are not going to affect the "crisis" (which is more of a free market issue).

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PleebSmash

Re: Wanna know....

The read head needs a cushion of gas to glide over the platter. A vacuum doesn't qualify and would cause the head to crash into the platter. Helium is less dense than air, leading to less friction, heat, power, but a gas is still needed.

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PleebSmash

But HGST is also using shingles.. to get to 10 TB...

A lot of people have complained about Seagate reliability. And WD reliability. And SSD reliability. Where's the evidence that shingles is the culprit?

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PleebSmash

Re: Meh. Call me when the 10Tb SSD ships in consumer bulk.

Don't most SSDs today hit 450 MB/s for sequential writes? Are you talking about an SSD that was in the 100-300 MB/s range?

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Re: Helium 6

I somehow doubt the customers will associate their knowledge of helium isotopes with reliability concerns regarding these drives.

10 TB !!!

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HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Re: Back to the drawing board

Why would they call it HAMR? That's terrible.

That said, we can always fall back on TAMR

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

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Re: Selling nearly $300 CPU into tablet market?

If it's a 2 in 1 you can argue it's enough of a laptop to command a laptop's price, with the convenience of turning into a tablet. That was the Metro dream after all. We'll see if consumers take the bait.

These chips have a 4.5 Watt TDP and really low idle frequencies. They may end up landing into some ultrabooks. I guess they might have less performance than some of the U/Y chips that were being used in ultrabooks, I haven't checked.

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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octogenarian fondling

Just give them a Tesco Hudl

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Meh

Wikipedia:humor redirects here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_climbing_the_Reichstag_dressed_as_Spider-Man

From my seconds of Google-based research, it looks like this is a "humorous" 2006-era joke policy that Jimbo referenced, perhaps in an attempt to add some levity to the debate. Or you could say that Jimbo is cheapening the Wikiplebians even Führer!

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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

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the hyperlapse

I wonder how this compares to the technique that Microsoft demonstrated. I didn't see a lot of intentional head/arm movement in the video.

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Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

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the latest and greatest

It's NUNUC!

Seems like a good size/profile for SteamOS.

No thanks to Intel for naming a chip "Braswell".

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

PleebSmash
Alien

There's only one way to defeat latency

neutrinos

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

PleebSmash

Re: Video... not more video....

This is El Reg Weekend Edition, a noble experiment in journalism history.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

PleebSmash
Mushroom

This is a conspiracy to discredit legitimate use of FoI requests

You heard it here first.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

PleebSmash

Re: What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?

Internet Extruder

Trident Blink

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

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Re: Please enable Javascript to use this feature

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Childcatcher

It looks like you're...

Clippy with boobs.

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Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

PleebSmash
WTF?

eh?

So, why are 4.5 billion qubits needed for Shor-2048?

There's this bit in the paper:

"For a logical error rate pL ≤ 10^-18, d ≥ 32 is required [73]. Therefore, a logical cell requires V = (5d/4)^3 = 40^3 cluster cells. To perform a logical CNOT gate requires a cluster volume 2 × 2 in cross section and two logical cells in temporal depth."

40 ^ 3 = 64,000

64,000 x 2048 = 131,072,000

131,072,000 x 8 = 1,048,576,000

Maybe "d" actually equals 52? (((5*52)/4)^3)*2048*8 = 4,499,456,000

...and that's where I stop making stuff up.

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Awooga: August Patch Tuesday incoming – with two remote-code exec bugs in IE, Windows

PleebSmash
Megaphone

patch tuesday?

But it's Update Tuesday!

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

PleebSmash
Alien

Re: At last

If this works, maybe the "2G" version of the EmDrive will work as well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EmDrive

http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/80-ton-lifter-possible-in-6-years-interview-with-emdrive-inventor

"BTE-Dan: You describe a 2nd generation of EmDrive which uses a superconducting microwave cavity where 1kW of input power is capable of lifting 3 tons of mass. Of course if this worked it would be mind blowing. When do you think a prototype of a 2nd generation EmDrive could be built given adequate funding of a development project?

Roger: A prototype 2G thruster, giving 3kN for 1kW microwave input could be available in 3 years. A large prototype 2G thruster giving 800kN [80 metric ton-force] for an 80kW input would take 6 years."

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

PleebSmash

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/27/google_kansas_fiber_prereg/

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The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

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read all about it

Dueling reporting: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/laser_beams_set_to_replace_fibreoptic_cables/

http://tinyurl.com/kwuflh3

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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mai three dee pee dee waifu

wwwwwwwww

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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Pirate

Glass Eye of the Pirate: Cams on the High Seas

What's better than an HDcam? A 720p cam recorded from somebody's wobbling head, complete with breathing.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

PleebSmash

Re: Human rights are non-negotiable

Looks like the EU is choosing to negotiate. I wonder how the US will undermine this newly forged framework.

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Supercomputing speed growth hits 'historical low' in new TOP500 list

PleebSmash

All is normal. Big 100 petafloppers will appear in 1-3 years. China could replace all the Knights Corner coprocessors in Tianhe-2 with Knights Landing and achieve (maybe) 100 petaflops in 2015.

As for the aggregate PFLOPS and #500 position stagnation, is it really the end of the world?

http://www.hpcwire.com/2014/06/23/breaking-detailed-results-top-500-fastest-supercomputers-list/

"When examined as a whole, we're falling off except at the highest end...but what does this mean for end user applications? Is high end computing getting smarter in terms of efficiency and software to where, for real-world applications, FLOPS no longer matter so much? Many argue that's the case...and some will await the new HPCG benchmark and forgo Linpack altogether in favor of a more practical benchmark. That hasn't had an impact yet on this summer's list but over time it will be interesting to watch... Of course, keep in mind that a tapering off of GPU or other accelerated systems doesn't exactly mean that there is an overall slowdown. This is one segment of the HPC arena-there are many, many machines from academia and enterprise, that do not choose to run the HPL benchmark. Even if there are 20% of these machines missing from the list, the effect on that list would be felt in such a graphic. We asked Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research about the accelerator graphic above and he echoed this, noting that 'Change in share in the Top 500 doesn't necessarily reflect market trends.'"

Look out for:

OpenPower

ARM64

Knights Landing

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Trollface

BTFO yet again

El Reg tells it how it is, startlet complains.

A sampling of #wi$hes so you don't have to #gothere yourself:

"I wish I could find someone #who could #help me #plan my #wedding. I'm on disability and have a very limited income so I need things as inexpensive as possible. I'm also a BBW bride."

"I wish I could genuinely #help #somebody with their #startup #company rather than just give them money."

"I wish I could find a cheapish small one bedroomed cottage/studio in rural Norfolk to rent in exchange for creating a beautiful garden and redecorating inside and out. #accommodation"

"A female penpal that is quirky, slightly eccentric, has a love of life, doesn't mind strange random conversations and loves chocolate chip cookies. #things"

"someone could give my daughter a leg-up in the media world - she's just graduated from Greenwich Uni with a 2.1 in Film Studies. She'd be into an internship type thingy - she speaks Spanish and English #creative"

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