* Posts by oolor

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Coming to Blackphone: An app store loaded with privacy tools

oolor
Mushroom

Re: if Blackphone gets big it'll give government flunkies an apoplexy

One? I want at least five.

It'll blow their minds literally, not figuratively.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

oolor

Re: This is part of the larger problem with the NSA's dual responsibility in the U.S.

>an enclosed pedestrian bridge.

Oh, Canada!

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

oolor
Windows

Re: I hate to burst your bubble but ...

@ thames:

I agree with your points, this seems to be what the research shows, have been following and live the vicinity.

To be more specific, the salmon runs are on a 4 year cycle for the sockeye, with a 10 year cycle overlapping, and a 2 year for the pinks which are the majority of the biomass of salmon. The peak years for any species can be a few times bigger to above an order of magnitude. It really can be quite insane.

I leave it as an exercise for the reader to insert their own pithy comments about the complexity of the biome involved here on my behalf, while I appreciate Worstall's spitballing nonetheless.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

oolor

Re: You have to wonder if DC really does view the NSA as an instrument of social control...

The sad part is they would have more power and be more likely to hold on to it if they did the right thing.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

oolor

Re: How do they know its not the other way round

Hey, don't blow our cover.

See next comment, not reply for explanation.

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oolor

Perhaps, but having children with many men can increase the chance that one of her children will be above average (momma will be taken care of in old age), further, sex with many men both during conception and during the child's life can help secure that child's future. It depends highly on the reality of the given situation, the western and/or monogamous culture is at best half the story of human sexuality and evolutionary pressures that may have delivered current conditions.

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oolor

Re: Additional explanation?

@frank ly:

Sure that may be part of it, but things are a lot more complicated.

@DragonLord:

The testosterone differences between men and women (and also fetal exposure) play a large part in this trait. Within men (and women) the conversion of sex hormone metabolites and how effectively they alter genetic expression and other hormones in the body partially determine innate ability. The expression of this through day to day life, well YMMV...

As Grikath points out (totally jacking Sapolsky) mating success is just as much cunning as being and looking stunning (though the triple threat never hurts chances). I will let his miss-estimation of women's throwing/beating with household objects beliefs stand as evidence of being daft as to why such situation persist in the first place.

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

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'A motivated, funded, skilled hacker will always get in' – Schneier

oolor
Holmes

Re: Everybody wants a free lunch

>So the choices we face seem to be "caught in the bottom of a dark pit surrounded by strange noises without the money to buy a ladder" or "in a wide open feild covered in gasoline with yankee politicians playing with matches at the edge of the feild."

So which one is the American cloud solution?

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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FAIL

Re: He who is not named...

He doesn't have the capacity to understand his actions in a group setting. His actions here don't exactly match up to the bog-standard troll. His Asperger's is a much better window into the manifestation of his posting behavior.

Most of his trolling is much easier to explain in the context of a person lacking social awareness trying to participate in the commentard style prevalent here getting into an argument that to him seems somewhat legitimate and not having the emotional intelligence to realize the escalation of his own actions beyond the acceptable. Most of us have done this before (and likely will again), and we don't have missing pieces of mental software critical to such faculties.

I too was annoyed and toyed with him - can only imagine the frustration of mods - but for all the nonsense, every once in a while he would knock out some brilliant little nuanced point that most would never attribute to him had he posted anon.

Maybe its too bad that all of the rest of us have no way to get through to people like him and find a way to bring him back from his little world. I seriously doubt that he was being either Machiavellian or sadistic:

https://www.facebook.com/james.eadon

I for one will wager that he would be more interesting to argue with in person over a game of chess than a vast majority of commentards or writers here. And he would probably win most of the time too (Vegas has oolor at even money against the best high school competitor from any random county in North America).

I think that should clear up your ignorance (non-pejorative, non-judgmental use for stylistic shock and metaphor purposes) on the matter and enlighten the fact that neither Eadon nor you happen to be the trolls the article is talking about.

>>>Yes, it is in jest; for some reason it seems more appropriate than the troll icon>>>

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

oolor

Re: funeral peelers

That'll liven up the party!

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

oolor

Re: Even their marketing shit is dumb

It is all fine and dandy that they try to lump in ENTERTAINMENT with people who actually design the thing we need or help us communicate with each other to show their point (yes, yes, I know it is in opposition to any semblance of reality, but it is cute - they are trying so hard!).

Back on earth, that ethereal money they have conjured up would either come from other money being spent on other services that MAY be more useful to humanity (even if only the employment created) or added debt. It is not like most people who engage in piracy are putting the money 'saved' into their rainy day fund.

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DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?

oolor

That was my first thought too.

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

oolor

So this is the place for the obligatory aping it joke!

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

oolor

Re: Too little, too late, and just so typical of a failed state.

Don't you mean undergruund?

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

oolor
Devil

Actually, it is heavens and the earth, then the let there be light bit, then water. Given that even the authors were wise enough to script the heavens first, we can argue a simpler case with those of alternative interpretations of reality.

So clearly Genesis is wrong since we are now arguing between

water > sun > earth,

or

sun > earth > water,

or

sun > water > earth.

Discuss.

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oolor
Mushroom

Re: Panic!

@ Colin Brett:

Collider, oh please! Each of your cells is around 0.3%:

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

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

oolor
Devil

Re: Stalin and the Nazi glitterati

Not at all. Do you know how hard it is to purge those pics?

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

oolor

Re: I can get excellent pics of ladies' anatomies for a few bucks...

>You pay for fap fodder?

One has to capitalize the broadband cost. Not exactly the type of material to slurp off of WiFi.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

oolor

Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

@Diogenes:

Sound pretty cool. My only question is, why in the age of HTML5 would you not just do straight JavaScript from the beginning? The DOM interaction that many JS libraries abstract are actually the best learning opportunities. Single thread operations along with event handling can lead to some interesting logic practice.

Regardless, I hope you find time to incorporate plain JS into the curriculum (if you already are, awesome).

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

oolor
Black Helicopters

Re: So, not exactly pure intentions on the part of the hacker:

>probably partisan motive

Those damn meddling center-right conservatives who are tired of idiots ruining their party!

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Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

oolor

They are lucky electricity doesn't ban them... cause with Putin, it is pretty much Soviet Russia.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

oolor

Re: further on

That's right before the end!

It was a very interesting ruling. The part where they (Google) tried to claim that search and ads were unlinked and that it was a 'passive' site are definitely good for a laugh.

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Columbia U boffins HACK GOOGLE PLAY to check apps

oolor
Pint

Re: touchscreen scale

Please be seated sir, you deserve drinks.

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

oolor
Mushroom

Re: LDS

That is even more disturbing than the general idea of the website itself. Sadly, it seems your analysis can't be far off.

Good on whoever did it.

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

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Unicode ideogram list-site Emojipedia goes titsup. Wow. Did you just give us the finger?

oolor
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oolor is very angry that these ponces got 1F595 backwards. Those bastards need to stop looking in the mirror when they come up with these things. It seems like it will take another eon for them to make my handle an emoji.

One can dream...

>>>Not a thumbs up, the committee can sit on it>>>

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

oolor

Re: people do click on ads

The point of advertising is usually less getting a sale right away and more preventing ones competitors from having a message reach consumers. That a company can advertise is more a subconscious trigger about them being around for the long run. Ad clicking is not required for the ads to 'work'.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

oolor

Re: Brass ones

Not to mention it will solidify him as the manufacturer and charger of batteries. Methinks this is the real objective.

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oolor

And not a word about all are patents?

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

oolor

Re: new kid in town

Ya, but Pestilence gave him the same directions as Apathy, and neither has regrouped after Righteous Indignation was bucked from his steed.

He's kind of a prick to the skiddies, but a riot to rape and pillage with. OLD SCHOOL!

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

oolor

Re: So much to do, so little time

Re: AC

Well put. The problem seems to be that we are trying to construct something that has a high probability of being correct when in reality the problem is more akin to finding the least wrong answer. Though these two seem similar, they are actually opposites.

Re: Lee D

Very well put with the exception of the Blank Slate invocation. As phil dude points out, primates have a brain structure that is ready to soak up language, see Pinker:

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

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Regarding the problem of logic and neurons, they do not work in any way like electronics, there is no set on/off. Even the exact same neurotransmitter release does not always correspond to the same membrane potential actions. Nor do the same pathways being triggered lead to the same output in repeated trials.

Modelling neural networks as circuits works for understanding how the different areas of the brain work together. It tells us nothing of the 'computations' going on. The brain is better viewed as an evolving massively parallel feedback system than a computer. Like systems composed of humans, it is designed to work well in the face of repeated errors and limit the costs of those errors rather than work out some Pareto Optimized Ideal. Perhaps this is where the true power lies and not in trying to get a 'correct' answer.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

oolor
Headmaster

>This is effectively infinite.

Even though you have effectively enumerated what appears to be a finite number...

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

oolor
Mushroom

Re: Some kids will pick up logical thought ..

Hell, I have enough problem with the logic of technical people, bugger the kids...

How come no one has recommended teaching coding to people who do it for a living? Quite frankly that would be a good place to start. If anything we might need less programmers, not more. Competent management on the other hand remains the true bottleneck.

As for the interview, it was pretty tame, straight forward, and Linus presented a balance viewpoint on what could and could not be achieved by introducing coding to more children. The more I read other peoples' reactions compared to the context he says things in, the more I am beginning to think he is, if anything, too kind.

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

oolor

Re: Challenge

Surely you have been sucking from the hosepipe said Trabant. The leaded fuel by the sounds of it.

And nothing could be more aesthetic than a Trabant made from random panels of the three colours of one's country's flag.

On the other hand, that would be some interesting specs to match at least in part. Different combinations tied to prize money could lead to some interesting solutions.

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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...

I see what you did there Mr. Chirgwin.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

oolor
Coat

Re: desalination

>We want to create an artificial river nile in the middle of Australia or Africa.

I see. Where I erred was trying to stay within the realm of reason.

>>>Last time I was just getting my coat. Now I need my damn brain medicine. It's in one of these pockets... somewhere. >>>

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oolor
Coat

Re: desalination

Nope, cheap:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/02/water_vs_energy_analysis/

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

oolor
Alien

Re: If your that paranoid about this, don't buy a "smart" TV.

What fun is that? A big part of paranoia is pretending YOU'RE important enough that someone cares about YOU.

As for the internet, simple, VGA cable from laptop/netbook. I would hope such a setup is as isolated as the computer, but not at all surprised if shown otherwise.

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oolor

>The only way you can be sure the microphone is disconnected involves wire cutters.

Or you could just take the back panel of the TV off and detach any hardware you don't need. One could do this for the control buttons (great if you have kids you want to keep away from the TV), or the IR receiver if you are a true tin-foiler. Not to mention, it is an excellent opportunity to check for suspicious 'extras' that may have found their way there during transit.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

oolor

Re: Prior art??

http://patents.stackexchange.com/about

Surely some of the posters here have knowledge or research skills that could help kill or minimize such patents. I confess that it is beyond my capacity. The wikipedia-holes along the way prevent timely contributions.

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Yeah, suck it, Foxconn. 'Pegatron' 'nabs' '15%' of 'iPhone 6' 'production'

oolor

Re: Indeed

That is the problem that people on the plant don't think...

As a non-fanantic I certainly think it is an excellent brand.

Some of us were Apple fans back in the first Steve Jobs run and are just a bit sore that the promised mirage always appears but is never reached. As for their supposed health BS coming up, I have an excellent solution that is cheaper and involves fruit.

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

oolor

>However, there have been some reports of more recent sightings over Kansas and Texas

This is believed to be a B-2 successor/big brother. There also appears to have been a laser test of significant magnitude. The tie-in to Crimea/Ukraine would be that this 'unveiling' and 'light show' was a warning that though the US doesn't want a war, it could certainly win it.

>so what's the point in keeping its existance secret from the public when the rest of the world's military know about it?

Keeps the other side guessing as to the true capabilities. The deterrent value may be greater than its battlefield worth. Revealing it quietly is sure to get China and Russia's rapt attention.

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Evidence-based Tweets will SAVE the WORLD - and your waistline

oolor
Holmes

Re: One Word

I concur.

I have but one quibble: I always thought ¡Bong! was a Bolivian beak booster.

I cannot fathom how others missed the slickness of this one, unless they are all joining the act.

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JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss

oolor

Really a silly state of affairs, while my belief is no person should be allowed to marry for their own good, I also believe it is that individual's mistake to make and everyone else should butt out. How the pendulum swinging the other way to the extreme is right I know not. It certainly seems to be rightthink... I think.

On a lighter note, paste this into console of browser to fix teaser:

var FTFY = document.getElementsByClassName("standfirst")[0];

FTFY.textContent = "document.getElementsByClassName(\"standfirst\")[0].textContent = \"Say hello to Andreas Gal\";";

// and yes, don't forget to hit run

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

oolor

Re: "untraceable"

@MacGyver:

Because then they would have traced the hacker. They know what packets went from that location to where. Likely there is much more than they are letting on. Remember that this is the collection agency for the government tax monies, it is the biggest cash/personal info flow in the country. Electronic intelligence likely came from the very top.

@Tom 38:

I'd take that bet that they log every byte.

@taxman:

I think you should get +10 for the wry comment, and an extra 100 oolor points for the accidentally subject-matter appropriate handle.

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

oolor

Re: iphone?

>...the wallpaper appears to move behind them.

This is kind of a different league though, the background move tied to the gyro is a lot simpler than tracking eye movement. Particularly so if only one axis is used.

This (the background move a la iOS) is actually an easy trick to replicate in the browser. A couple lines of JS to tie the gyro to a CSS transition function on the background position(or use two layers for the icon so the effect is only on it - or whatever other object) and voila!

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

oolor

This actually makes sense. Though the government isn't exactly the bastion of good security practices either. They seem to mistake the ability to see all info in transit for actually doing something about human practices within the organization orders of magnitude beyond the private world. Plus ca change...

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

oolor

Re: how many (and which) numbers where taken?

>Because one of the other 3 or 4 letter agencies bought them on an exchange.

Doubtful. They don't need to buy this type of stuff to figure out where the data went. Unlike businesses which lack access to infrastructure to investigate, they already gather the type of info needed to track it down:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/mounties-chasing-viable-lead-in-cras-heartbleed-breach/article18002731/

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