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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

corestore

Hah! That's what I said when I first heard about Glass.

Google aren't in the hardware business. It'll be 'Oakley - Powered by Google'.

Mike

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Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

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Re: Good effort...

Yeah within a foot or two of the drone, not of the operator!!

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Re: Good effort...

It was all shot on Red Dragon 6K, Canon 28-300mm zoom… didn't need the length, but did need a 'shoot everything' lens; you do NOT want to change lenses in that toxic atmosphere!

More story here: http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?111475-Dragonfire-Extreme-Cinematography

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corestore

Good effort...

…but I got a lot closer to a lot more lava, also in Vanuatu. Marum volcano, no drones :)

https://vimeo.com/84947481

https://vimeo.com/84951902

;-)

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Twitter plugs protected accounts bug to flush out stalkers

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

corestore

Re: Almost certainly a stupid question...

Apparently the Skunk Works think they've cracked it - and when the Skunk Works go public, that means they're pretty damn sure...

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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"West Virginia lawmaker says cryptocurrency mixed up in illegal activity"

Yeah, and greenbacks aren't??

Goddess give me strength!

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

corestore

I am NOT letting my wife see this. She has enough 'ideas' already!

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

corestore

Am I the only one who read "French youth faces court for illegal drone FIGHT"???

I was thinking this could be an Olympic sport one day...

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

corestore

Re: @corestore

Here's a good start:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1606920

Mike

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corestore

Balls...

My Apple dealer (no actual Apple Stores here in NZ) has stock for immediate delivery. Could nip down and walk out with one in an hour.

I'm turbocharging my 2009 Mac Pro instead; that's a REAL pro machine, and upgrading it is a much better value proposition… #Titan #12core #SSD #USB3 :-)

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

corestore

The elephant in the room is...

Yelp can only provide plaintiffs with the details *they chose to retain*.

If they don't keep logs, don't hold any identifying information, they can shrug their shoulders, turn over an empty envelope, and say 'hey we complied - we gave them all the information we have...'

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

corestore

Of course...

"RSA always acts in the best interest of its customers…"

Of course it does.

And if you want to find the customer, follow the money…

If someone else is paying for it, you're not the customer, you're the product being sold. Down the river in this case, it seems.

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AWS imposes national borders on Cloudland

corestore

Why does everyone want to break the internet?

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US mobile telcos: All right, ALL RIGHT, FCC! We'll redo phone unlock rules

corestore

And how is this relevant to anything in real life?

There are an abundance of very cheap unlocking services online; what the carriers do or don't do, do or don't agree to, is *irrelevant* to the real world; people unlock their phones without reference to the carriers all the time.

I bought a Galaxy Note from AT&T. Very cheap. I carefully omitted to sign the contract, never even put the AT&T SIM in it. An hour and $20 later I was home, the phone unlocked, and using my T-Mobile SIM in it. AT&T weren't happy, but conceded that, without a signed contract, I was in the right.

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

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Re: Is it legal...

That's certifiably insane.

The whole POINT is that the navigation device should be in your field of vision; you need to glance at it occasionally when you're using it! How in hell do you use a satnav that is positioned where you can't SEE it??

If you were literally correct it would mean satnavs are prohibited in CA, full stop - and never mind the poor bloody drivers, the car makers that build satnav into their cars would be on the hook big-time. That HAS to be bullshit, sorry.

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Re: Throw the book at her.

Then they can also convict everyone with an operational satnav; that's a data/video display in front of the drivers seat, is it not?

And they can bang up all the car manufacturers for conspiracy to supply at the same time.

*faceplam* why do people suspend all logic and rational thought just because it's bloody Glass??!!

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corestore

Re: Ban 'em, I say...

Try a full eyetap augmented reality system with realtime data, realtime HDR imaging, thermal imaging overlay etc. etc.

That's the way military pilots, and some civilian pilots - especially helo pilots - already fly. In a much more demanding task-loaded role than driving, even in CA.

I think there's a lot of promise in this tech.

Yeah some people will look at pron or cat pics and give it a bad name...

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corestore

Is it legal...

…to have a satnav screen on the dashboard?

Yes or no?

Is it legal to have a smartphone (which *can* also play pron videos) in use as a satnav on the dashboard?

Yes or no?

So exactly how in hell can it ever be illegal to use a head-mounted display as a satnav then? Just for starters… and satnav is one of the functions that works *best* on Glass at its present stage of development. It's a bloody satnav you can program with your voice and don't have to take your eyes off the road, or refocus, to use. It's the *safest* option IMHO.

This is just some idiot cop and prosecutor deciding to make a name for themselves with a ludicrous prosecution. OF COURSE it's not illegal!

Mike

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

corestore

Everything is converging

Is this a tablet??

Or a touchscreen TV powered by Android?

Is it a distinction without a difference nowadays?

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Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

corestore

Great, fine...

Give the source a code review.

But don't neglect to review the sources of the libraries and compiler every whit as closely.

This was shown to be necessary long ago. And even then, don't trust too much:

http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

corestore

Re: What exactly is the problem here?

Well that was part of the *fear* with ID cards in the UK; create them, and you'll immediately see a demand for them to be presented in all kinds of situations. 'Identify yourself!' would become the new normal.

Of course, we seem to be headed in that direction anyway, despite the fact that the ID cards themselves got canned.

Heads I win, tails you lose...

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corestore

Re: I had full id but I was still denied...

Interesting and probably illegal; discrimination.

If you had had a foreign passport, foreign driving license etc etc you wouldn't have been *expected* to have a UK 'data footprint' of course, and there would have been no problem.

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corestore

Newquay

I've just read, and re-read, the stuff about Newquay.

Good grief.

OK it's an overused and cliché metaphor, but this time I think for once it's valid; the Stasi really would be proud.

I left the UK in 1998.

When and how did the British people spinelessly surrender to these kinds of authoritarian policies? Don't people see it?

I guess the old adage about boiling frogs applies...

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

corestore

Re: I don't get it...

*facepalm*

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corestore

I don't get it...

How did this alleged researcher obtain these numbers?

OK there was a security breach, but that wouldn't give access the passwords; **no-one** stores passwords in plaintext.

So what's the deal with the statistics?

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

corestore

Re: Went and ordered one

Sparse and 'functional' is GOOD - it's exactly what I want from a phone!

Plain vanilla stock Android is about the best there is; that's WHY I prefer Google devices.

It's all the interface cruft and 'features' that networks and third parties add to Android that make the experience sub-optimal. And of course they always seem to make them so you can't delete them unless you root the phone...

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

corestore

Re: Wouldn't be so sure on that...

Eddy Ito, actually no; don't assume :-)

Where I lived in NY, not far outside the city, most cop and fire channels were simple analogue channels.

Fire did have some use of digital for 'trunk' radio back to the dispatchers, but even that was unencrypted and could be picked up with any digital scanner.

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corestore

This is all going to look a bit silly...

In a few years, most of the time we'll be driving 'Toyota - powered by Google' and reading or dozing as the car takes care of the driving.

The rest of the time? Well, I'm currently experimenting with eyetap devices. With those, the ONLY way you see the road is through the 'monitors'! Definite advantages; think realtime HDR visual processing, realtime superimposition of thermal imager data at night.

Operating entirely by machine vision is nothing new either; military pilots, especially helicopter pilots, have been flying entirely by night vision goggles for many years. It's the realtime HDR with overlaid augmented reality data that's new and radical. Take a look at this prototype (watch the whole thing):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygcm0AQXX9k

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Re: Wouldn't be so sure on that...

You misunderstand.

By 'scanner' they mean a radio scanner capable of receiving, for instance, police frequencies.

The goal of the law was to set up a speed bump for bad guys listening on police radio transmissions; if they couldn't bust them for anything else hey could bust them for the scanner. Bit like prosecuting for 'going equipped' when you can't catch the burglar in the act.

The NY courts decided to extend the reach of the law by interpreting 'installed' in the most liberal manner possible, beyond all common sense meaning of the word!

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corestore

Re: For everyone saying 'good'..

Err why not do some bloody *research*?!

Don't assume.

People associated cellphone use with increased accidents.

They assumed it was due to drivers holding the phone in their hand and losing control, so they passed dumb laws saying you have to use a hands-free device.

Then once more research was done, it was found that it was nothing to do with holding the bloody phone; it was the mental distraction of being in a phone conversation.

Someone taking a *brief* handheld phone call is driving a LOT more safely than someone yacking for hours on a bluetooth headset, we now know this - but they still ticket the safer driver. Has the law ever been changed to reflect current research? Yeah, right...

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corestore

For everyone saying 'good'..

…. or 'ban them!'…

Exactly what is the difference between a satnav display on the dashboard, a satnav display on a HUD projection, and a satnav display on a head-mounted device?

Well, the latter two focus at infinity and you don't have to take your eyes off the road to use them. And Glass, IIRC, is almost entirely voice-controlled; there's a kind of touchpad on the frame but it's not normally used.

As far as I'm concerned that's probably a win-win for Glass and similar devices.

Why be so hasty to ban and ticket before the evidence is actually in as to whether or not they are a help or a hindrance to safe driving???

What do we want? Evidence-based policy! When do we want it? After peer review!

Surprised at the Luddite reactions here.

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corestore

Wouldn't be so sure on that...

In NY, it's illegal to have a radio scanner 'installed' in your car.

NY courts have ruled that simply having a portable scanner sitting on the seat next to you counts as 'installed'.

Never underestimate the potential stupidity of the law.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

corestore

And, absent the KEY, how exactly do you distinguish well-encrypted data from random noise?

Or, more briefly, whoosh!

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First, I'm a hacker too: bring it on.

Second, if this guy is any kind of a hacker they can do what they like with his hard drive; all they'll get is well-encrypted random noise.

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Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search

corestore

Someone should write a book about it…

"The Mythical Man-Month" might be a good title...

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Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

corestore

Heh

Oh you want to connect to my computer to fix my problems??

OK… fire up your TN3270 client…

Wha…?? (In a strong Indian accent)

<click>

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

corestore

Re: If I wanted to read tittle-tattle like this... @AC

I refer the honourable gentleman to the reply I gave some moments ago:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1971902

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corestore

If I wanted to read tittle-tattle like this...

… I would subscribe to the National Enquirer.

Really, Reg? Really?

I didn't expect you to stoop to this.

And no I'm not a Job fanboy.

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Smile for the cops! Sexy Snapchat selfies' self-destruct scrubbed by search warrants

corestore

So….

Would be fairly trivial to allow each user to set up a crypto key, so Snapchat themselves could never have access to the plaintext pics…

If you're privacy-minded, the best defence against enforced disclosure is not having the data. My previous ISP in New York (bway.net) used to make a *point* of not keeping logs of which IP address was assigned to which user at any given time, so any request or demand for information was met with a shrug and a 'sorry, we don't keep that data'. AnonDSL was what they called the service.

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Ex-Valve engineers raise begging bowl for 3D holographic-like goggles

corestore

Jeri is involved? It's going to be fun!

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London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

corestore

Point taken but...

Don't over-egg the pudding.

A request is a request.

A demand is a demand.

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

corestore

Bzzzzzz

"One can be certain that engineers from every other phone manufacturer are already delighting in the insights offered."

I'm going to give you a caution there.

Everyone knows how litigious this business can be.

If it could ever be shown that engineers had in fact read such a contraband manual, LG & Google would OWN the manufacturer involved, and all their products, in court.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

corestore

I have an M82A1. A lot of fun.

I won't give houseroom to any iDevice - unless it's hacked, cracked, jailbroken, and unlocked.

Or shot up...

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

corestore

Clarity would be good.

Do you mean a 100% chance of identifying a user with 95% probability?

Or a 95% chance of identifying a user with 100% probability?

The latter stands up in court, for instance - nailed.

The former is a statistic and doesn't.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

corestore

JJ? It's Jim Jannard on line one… he says he's going to make you an offer you can't refuse...

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

corestore

How in hell do you go about banning phones on grounds of *size*?

You can't legislate that!

"The National Trading Standards Board has also asked British retailers to stop selling the tiny telephones. It also points out that such small devices are "electrically unsafe meaning they could cause fires and injure consumers through electrocution."

I call undiluted BS. What, phones smaller than a certain size can't be made safe?

Cretins.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

corestore

Unlike 99% of you, I've actually been inside GCHQ and destroyed hard drives.

Trust me, those guys are clinically paranoid.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

corestore

Re: Yeah, good luck.

Seconded.

Fact is, I'm tempted to arrange a Shanghai stopover just to give it a whirl... just back from two weeks riding Shinkansen in Japan and ready to take things to the next level.

They have a prototype maglev in Japan - the Chuo Shinkansen - which runs up to 550kph. The first section of the line completed has been used as a test track and is being opened to paying passengers as a funride this year, apparently; the full line between Tokyo and Nagoya won't open until 2027. So it's back to Japan for me later this year :-)

Mike

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Euro GPS Galileo gets ready for nuclear missile use

corestore

OK… so how is that new key distributed?

Do you have marines in a cave in Afghanistan saying 'bugger, we can't navigate today; the mail hasn't been delivered'?

I can believe they use some kind of session or rotating key system, but there must be an underlying algorithm to generate and verify it...

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