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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Reinventing the flat tyre

"or may not fire when they "should" (?anyone got a good term for this -- ironically, I can't think of one!?)."

I think the legal term is DUI

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

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I, for one, welcome our flat-pack robotic overlords!

etc.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Thin end of the wedgie?

As much as I'm in favour of locking up criminals like this, I'm not sure that having cloud storage monitored is a good thing.

In this case the T&Cs say Microsoft can do this, so it's optional to use or not use their service based on knowing this; but politicians will be quick to extend this and make it mandatory for all cloud storage providers to monitor their users; after all, they only have to say the words, and then it's SEP to implement. And what about feature creep? Maybe your bank statements and financial data could also stand a quick scan, in case you're money laundering?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: DON'T PANIC

"there's no need for middle aged programmers to be waving Java manuals in their kids faces or telling little Johnny that he's useless because he can't compile a Linux kernel."

Yes there is!

Grab your pitchforks and light up those torches!!!

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Re: The problems with bitcoin, as seen by governments

1. You can't regulate it. You cannot block a bitcoin transaction. The only thing you can regulate are things like exchanges and the businesses accepting bitcoin. If more and more people start to use only bitcoin for their entire transaction and not exchanging their coins for fiat currency there will be less and less to regulate.

"In China, buying bitcoins with yuan is subject to restrictions, and bitcoin exchanges are not allowed to hold bank accounts."

3. You can't seize bitcoin. You can't freeze their wallet. If they have bitcoins, they can continue to buy things. Freezing a bank account to dry up resources for people not behaving exactly like the puppets the government would like them to be gain greater freedom, which is of course unwanted.

"In October 2013 the US FBI shut down the Silk Road online black market and seized 144,000 bitcoins worth US$28.5 million at the time."

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

I'd agree with point 2) though; but in the end the existing financial institutions will end up trading in crypto-currency just like they do in anything else. As far as consumers are concerned, the lack of protection for transactions will probably scare the majority of them away. If hybrid systems, with consumer protection and support from retailers, are developed, then it will be by the existing players as they already have the infrastructure and marketing power.

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Re: Missing a vitial point

I think you're missing the point that anything the State says is subject to state snooping is subject to state snooping.

If the State decides that crypto-currency transactions are subject to some kind of regulation then they only need to ask you to declare them, like an Income tax return; yes, you can lie, but then if they catch you out they can fine you and/or send you to jail.

"Death and Taxes" applies even in the digital world.

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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

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Mordac

'nuff said.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Do you think they care?

But wouldn't the blueprints contain "whatever it is they are afraid of"?

Even if some of the technology is tainted, they can get around most of the problems by using off the shelf components to build systems and develop their own operating systems and applications based on open source software.

The only issues is cost, and both Russia and China will have economies of scale plus the benefit of driving their country's IT sectors through state funded R&D, and profits will stay in the country, and pay tax to them, rather than out of the country where they fund western governments.

In the past, it was isolationism that stunted Russia and China's technology industries, they can avoid this by allowing their technology industries to continue trading with the rest of the world.

We're not in the 1970s any more, these countries have highly developed technology infrastructure, from education through to design and even manufacturing.

Question: The West, Russia and China; which one of them can't put a man into space?

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Amazing!

680,000 suspects and only 220 convictions over the last decade (http://www.thewire.com/politics/2013/04/civilians-courts-vs-military-courts-terrorism/64489/).

These guys are way better at slacking than I am! It's like were being guarded by an army of Wallys.

On the other hand, maybe it's just too easy to get on the list? I demand a more exclusive terror watch list!

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Re: How useful is this?

But the problem is that this year's "$1000 dollars worth of kit and spend 30 minutes hacking it" gets repackaged into a box you can buy for $10 on eBay and only needs the time it takes to push a button; technology proliferation in the criminal community is fast because it's a money making business.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: The Human Spanner In The Works?

This was already done as the novel "Computer One":

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

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China: Our approved vendor list – Kaspersky, Symantec AREN'T on it

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Antitrust?

If ever a word fitted the situation perfectly...

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Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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This could be extremely dangerous!

e.g. your partner is away for a week and your Sexometer (tm) is registering you as 1.2 orgasms per day for that period.

Think of the rabbits!

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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

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I feel safer already

Not!

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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

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Bastard!

"It is clear to game players that his [Noriega's] character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy"

Because in real life they're a lot more evil!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Spadafora (Warning: makes unpleasant reading)

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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Bing Bong!

Isn't being "found" by Bing as good as being forgotten?

Anyway, I'm off down the library to get some old newspapers, that may have articles mentioning me, filed away in a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Just tell them you've sold your house

Up-voted; as always, the "way of the weasel" can overcome any obstacle!

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: FFS

"You should be able to sue them in small claims"

This is still your right, there's no law that says you can't do this; but proving that you have suffered an actual loss due to negligence is going to be pretty tough. And remember, they have lawyers on the payroll already, you'll have to pay for yours.

Like anything that's broken the decision is "do without", "fix it" or "replace it"; the "do without" is probably not a good option in this case so whichever is cheapest of the other alternatives for getting the required service. If you think they're doing a bad job then you need to write to your MP, and when there's enough political pressure they'll do something (might even be the right thing for once).

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Re: Still waiting on a grand unified theory

It's OK for spectators to criticize; they're flogging their GUTs out to find one!

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: I'm not surprised. (And there's some practical reasons too.)

"Photographing paper will simply mean being far more selective about what they target. Pre-searching if you like, so that 'metadata', who is meeting whom, who is on what committe, will become key."

So you mean that they'll have to go back to doing "real" spy work, using selective surveillance on only pre-identified targets, like in the old days, rather than just mass surveillance of everyone "because we can, and it's easier"?

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Lebenon?

I know there are some Olympic class stone throwers in the middle east, but this has to be a World (Solar System?) Record!

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Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

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Re: More predictions from tech 'analysts'

'anonymous internet blowhard'

I refute the allegations of my involvement, but I agree with AC #2!

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: Bloody Americans

WMD? Not at all; the National Spear Association campaigned for hunting rights, along with the right to bear arms (although the shirt hadn't been invented anyway), and there's no way the Clovis People are giving them up. Not until you prise the spear from their cold, dead hands!

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: Accessing data , and Chromebooks

"You create a Google Document. Where's the backup?"

Is it here? http://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Did anyone mention a curry?

I normally find it's the accompanying beverage that causes memory loss.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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I'm thinking of signing up for the premium service

For only five pounds a month I can unlock extra features on all their free Apps; no more wondering if they've synced my new data, I'll get a text message to confirm!

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: Analysts?

I take your point, but the video also shows the screen being jabbed with sharp metal objects, which is more a "Golden Delicious" and "Grimes Golden" comparison.

Looking at the performance of sapphire versus glass in other applications I would expect that the risks associated with using sapphire are more likely to come from things like the the bonding process or the availability and yield of the sapphire glass.

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Analysts?

"In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term."

As opposed to the "bending through a right-angle" test?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/08/iphone_6_teardown_vid/

I think the word "analyst" might indicate which orifice they pull these "predictions" from.

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

"And what good would that do me when I'm away from my desk?"

Using a random computer to access a secure asset or system is a bit like asking a random stranger to help you key in your PIN at an ATM; your systems may be squeaky clean but does your friend's/colleague's/internet café's computer have a key-logging trojan sitting there waiting for your credentials?

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Babcock the Canuck

"A bit Like Conan the Barbarian, but armed with a baseball bat."

Ice hockey stick, surely?

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Re: This might just be the most ironic bit of PR ever

Mr. Kettle: Hello Mr. Pot.

Mr. Pot: Hello Mr. Kettle; you're looking a bit black today!

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: This new stuff looks boring

You forgot to mention it should be a blue LED; red LEDs are so last millennium!

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Well, well.

Filters?

I think the Register's system inserts rude words into posts automatically; I definitely didn't write "cunt" here.

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So if you want your address engraving, it's OK if you live in Penistone but not if you live in Scunthorpe?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Democracy in action

It's good to see that the Mayor and Ikea went along with the people's choice on this; even if it was a humorous dig at the sponsor.

Reminds me of Sheffield's "Letsby Avenue":

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/27/letsby_avenue/

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: knock, knock, Ginger

In the North it's called "knock and run"; or "Parcelforce" as it's known today.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"the evidence we have shows very clearly that both those claims are likely to be wrong"

What evidence?

There's quite a bit of evidence that other stars have planets and there's quite a lot of evidence that the evolution of life is a naturally occurring process. So why wouldn't life occur elsewhere? We are only just getting started on the search for life on Mars, and there is no technique for detecting life at a distance, let alone life at a distance of light-years!

Detecting the signs of advanced civilisation, like radio waves, would be just as difficult; how much radio is emitted by our own planet? How detectable are we from tens or hundreds of light years?

It sounds like absence of evidence, not evidence of absence.

OK, the chances of life evolving to a stage where it's able to travel or communicate over interstellar distances seems very unlikely; but that's not what Aldrin is claiming is it?

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Apple patents "glass box"

Doesn't Snow White's coffin count as prior art?

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Engineering 101

If you use thin sheets of anything, then reinforcing ribs are a good option; many of the panels used in cars are basically steel sheets with ribs (formed by bending steel sheets) welded to make them more rigid. Check the underside of your bonnet (USA = hood) some time.

Thin sheets of aluminium (although sapphire != aluminium) are particularly flexible, that's why we can wrap turkeys and unwrap chocolate bars with our bare hands.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: Conspicuous consumption at it's worst

So how would tourists get to Dubai once the oil runs out? Electric Zeppelin?

(Sounds like a prog-rock band now that I think about it)

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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I'm cataleptic with mirth

(I apologise in advance)

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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Re: Different brand for ISIS?

Or maybe Payment Link Online?

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Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway

"Just like you saw CCCP on those old Soviet rockets rather than USSR because the words were different in the original language."

And there is no "S" in Cyrillic, they use "C", and the "P" is the Greek "rho"; so you're actually seeing "SSSR" (Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik).

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: New???

You definitely don't want something nasty in your cavity!

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

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Re: No cloud is still the best option

How private is a private cloud though? Even if you own the hardware, co-locating it in a data centre that's subject to US law, through ownership for example, may still leave your privates exposed.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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"at what point does a model aircraft become a UAV?"

When you're explaining to your friends in a way that makes it seem cooler?

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: Nostradamus

Nostradamus' predictions were of the form "something will happen somewhere, sometime in the future"; these days we'd call him an industry analyst.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Are electric cars really usefull?

"Where does the energy come from?"

If it's France then these suckers are nuclear powered!

No-one really thought out the whole hydrocarbon fuel deal either; especially the numerous wars we've had in order to secure supplies, so let's not pooh-pooh the idea of electric racing on the basis of pollution.

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