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

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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

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Re: touchscreen scale

Please be seated sir, you deserve drinks.

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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And not a word about all are patents?

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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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

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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'

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>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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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>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

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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'

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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

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>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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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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Re: Was it a MITM or what?

>I also find the term 'removed' a bit strange, because to me, that means that they disappeared from the source. Maybe I'm being a bit too literal, but I find it strange.

Allow me to translate for you.

Our 4-letter security agencies are finding out who did this. Whoever took the numbers better leave them the fuck alone.

Now if you excuse, me I need to file my taxes, perhaps paper will suffice.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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Re: Occam's Razor

1. Leak trivial email, blame nefarious evil-doers, get free press.

2. Viewers visit your new News site to see why you are being hacked.

5. Profit!!!

At least his business plans are more complete than 99% of IT related businesses.

FTFY - now it is in typical internet business plan mode. WTF is that gibberish for number 2 though? It seems to be more of a !!! than the usual ???

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Re: what to expect....

>running a copy of Borland Turbo Pascal on DOS 5.0. :-/

Ah, a Real Programmer. That explains why the government cannot find anything (think veterans records in the States).

If only...

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: apology to Groucho

Your in luck, he wouldn't have it!

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Re: "Kristoffer received...

>Hacking the security is much more fun.

I see you have been around children this age. My not quite 2.5 year old nephew knows all the alphanumeric characters and is trying to type in passwords. Calculators, microwaves, and washing machines face the same barrage of button mashing (as characters are loudly announced). It's like an elegant form of a million monkeys on a million typewriters in a natural pseudorandom sort of way to go about brute forcing quality tests, but there you have it.

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Re: NSA Recruitment guy

>... well he should really get used to the idea of visiting his son behind bars from age 16 and beyond.

Nonsense. They couldn't keep that kid in custody NOW for 5 minutes before he gave them the slip.

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Forget black hats – the best hackers are going grey and getting legit

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Re: A report from the Rand Corporation ..

Who cares, it is ten years behind the trend.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: An e-mail client?

The first thing I thought was Notepad++. I haven't updated it since downloading it a while ago. The only reason I updated from using Notepad was find and replace.

Also, NoScript and FlashGot are excellent add-ons for Firefox, that can help with protection and video 'borrowing'.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: re: What chocolate

@ Ed_UK:

Try the 90%. Break the squares into 4 and let it melt slowly on your tongue. Goes really nice with a strong black coffee of reasonable source. Or a joint. Or both. The 99% is a little overkill, best saved for when paired with something or grated onto another treat as part of the recipe. I can actually fool my niece and nephew with the 90% instead of feeding them the confection crap that is a 'chocolate' bar.

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Soon-to-be Facebook intern wins UK Cyber Security Challenge

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>What makes you think that?

That grin on his face and gleam in his eye. I have seen that look somewhere before... Oh, right, the mirror.

In case my previous comments have been confusing, I am not the guy in the pic nor do I think he is evil. Not you, is it AC?

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@Mark 85:

From the sounds of it, the kid has his head on right and is not the adrenalin type. That guy at the left in the pic, he, I would keep an eye on, but the kid and glasses beside him I would hire them just on that pic and knowing they were around at the end of the competition.

@ Anonymous Blowhard:

There is no maybe about it. But some follow-up studies should be done just in case...

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Facebook security chief: We're not encrypting everything between our data centers just yet

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Re: It's not spying if it's information-gathering

Misdirection. There is no way FB can ever grow into its valuation. At least not with the current maths. Give as much time as possible for insiders to cash out.

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Oracle takes an arrow to the EPS: It's that darned strong dollar... again

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Oracle claims it never goes down on you

How do you upvote the headline?

Not much of a surprise though.

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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Re: Ah, but...

>I have a degree in Physics and a Post Grad in Business and run a successful Sales and Marketing department. Having an analytical and inquiring mind are not mutually exclusive to being a good communicator and networker. In fact, I think they are most complimentary!

The higher level one works at, the more important the effective communication of ideas. The best leaders are those who get everyone together and harness the differences rather than play them off each other. I would go further and say the mind component is necessary, but not sufficient to be a good communicator.

For every geek or bully-type engineer/techie there are 10 well adjusted ones you don't hear about. While we're being honest, lets admit that more than half of engineers/techies are barely fit for their work much like the general population. No wonder the delusions of greatness are so common.

The reality is for many bright people, the specialization early in education coupled with their own propensity to pick up certain subjects faster allows them to get 'skills' that would take most people much longer to acquire. When you look engineer/tech types after several years in the workplace, most of these early achievers have greatly increased their speaking and writing skills as they have had much practice through the course of their work.

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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Re: 1011111011110010100101001010011011110001010011001010110...

You missed a 1.

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Re: age-appropriate

My 2 1/3 year old nephew is already trying to type the password into the computer. Tablets are more of an infant or senile device. That is, entry level. Thus, the faithful are correct, but for the wrong reason. As per usual.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Re: Over a hundred billion in the bank

Anyone else find it crazy that a marketing company with over $100billion in spare cash finds it terribly hard to spend much of it on research and innovations. Then when they finally do something, its to measure how much their customers are sweating.

FTFY

They do have to calibrate whether their marketing telling you to sweat is working well.

On a serious note, Apple is definitely putting money into this whole data-scrape-you movement. Although if such sensors are really part of the plan, I have doubts as to how well this works out. In general, tracking of meta data gathered during performance of tasks or exercise is notoriously noisy (the human factor). This makes it difficult to gain insight by looking at the numbers and invites grasping for explanations for why those numbers vary from some ideal or average.

This is not to say that there won't be a large market for that kind of stuff, just that it'll peak and only the diehards will be left like many a diet or exercise fad. I think it will be a question of whether they make a little money off of it (not really adding to the bottom line) or perhaps get a surprise hit (unlikely, I think).

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Reporters without Borders confirms, yes, lots of nations are spying on their citizens

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>At least I hope that's what you were doing

Read some of Mr. Pott's previous forum posts, it shouldn't take too long to be thoroughly convinced of the cynicism.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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>Apple is improving the app not the data

They are inventing the app. Patent application to follow. The data is still a mirage like a desert road.

Wondering how they will leave a gaping hole for the black helicopters to fly through>>>

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...

> provide for my religion

But will you really have time to decompress between "not-torture" "interrogations" to enjoy your pyrrhic victory?

El Reg needs a 4-B's icon >>>>

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Re: "Canadian Mounted"

>Oh, that is his horse

Moose. And we ride bareback.

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