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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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Joke

Lawyer named Kobayashi takes charge?

Next we will learn that actual name of MtGox owner is Kayser Söze.

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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

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Re: For a big outfit Akamai is doing better than feared

Also, that is a very nice example of play between corporate and open source, working exactly as intended. Many eyes etc. ... benefiting almost everyone (NSA excluded).

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Doomsday

... more like "failed fail switch". You need to improve it!

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Overcutting their artists...

So basically we only need new technology because old one has been so abused, it's mostly useless now. Even though it is equally capable. And I'm quite certain that promoters of new technology will abuse it the same, when price of the goods drops below certain level and someone comes up with "new new" to be sold to the masses.

Perhaps I should just stick to SACD - at least I know this is the technology that large labels do not care about, so hopefully they won't abuse it this much. Depressing.

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Re: Cuing the obligatory audiophile discussion regarding sample rates...

you just need to be more discerning in your choice of music labels. Not all music available out there is identical pop-crap from underside of big companies, and some (not all!) small companies can and do produce music well.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: I guess Apple needs to

Kind of explains why Apple customers think themself higher educated and more wealthy

There, fixed it for you. Because if you think you are wealthier than others, you are sucker. Apple knows it and will price its new ware accordingly, which is great news for me.

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Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

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Re: We need this, but not from Facebook.

I already pay (to website owner) to remove ads from some of the websites I like most. Would happily do the same for El Reg (if asked).

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ROBONAUT to find feet after Monday ISS supply mission

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uncanny valey

these "legs" look truly weird. For a good reason, of course. Still, watching them makes me feel uncomfortable.

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

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Re: This is nonsense...

Yes, I was wondering too how they could possibly have confirmed that data were leaked because of Heartbleed.

Theoretically it is possible to setup an IDS logging heartbeat packages, but then anyone analysing the logs would have to remove TLS decryption and this seems very tricky, even with access to private signing key of the server. I suppose impossible, if perfect forward secrecy was enabled.

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AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

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for some applications

... ARM in cloud just makes sense. As long as it is cheap to reflect (small) processing power, (small) power cost and (small) rack footprint. Alternatively, AWS could team with Parallella and bring massively parallel ARM cores to the cloud, for those customers who made enough progress in parallel programming. That would be interesting.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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500W

enough said

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

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One week late

Thunderbolt acting as 10Gbps Ethernet? I'm sure you meant to post this on April 1st

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: But what about the control frequency?

Spektrum, you say? Switch to JR DMSS or Futaba FASST already ...

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Further on in the LKML discussion

You should have probably linked to Linus' message instead of citing it (with bad formatting), because your intent is unclear and, as a result, it seems you were misunderstood. I guess what you wanted to do, was to post something similar to this, perhaps with a bit of irony. Didn't quite work, did it?

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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this is very impressive

We get more of rocket science than neural surgery here, and even though it is arguable how much of neural surgery this was, I'm very impressed. The view of (partially) exposed brain of a living human sent shivers down my spine.

I hope she pulls through with no complications and restored to full health.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Re: Some good points, but missed the mark a little.

And as you get older, stability starts looking really good as you collect responsibilities along the way.

There is also opposite side: as you grow older and acquire experience with age, dealing with challenges becomes easier and instability does not seem so threatening any more.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Re: XP I guess

I am quite sure that no matter what you attach to USB port, without OS support the worst it can do is pull too much current and shut itself down (and perhaps other devices on the same power bus). So yeah, OS is very much implicated into this. But I do agree that physical security of the port comes before it.

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Re: XP I guess

but who would update these when patches are released by OS vendor? Much cheaper to just install commodity OS (like Windows XP for example) on commodity hardware.

Oh, wait ... that's not a joke.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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WHERE

... is that petition, so I can sign up ?!

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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most expensive

El Reg never heard of Quadro K6000 or FirePro S10000 12GB, I guess?

On the other hand, 5760 cores is worth mentioning. FWIW, almost 18 months old S10000 is also dual GPU.

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Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

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Target

I hope this sueball breaks Target, it deserves to be made an example. To all those CEOs who think "outsourcing will take care of security".

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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right

so, if I happen to be opponent of gay marriage, it is OK for me to be discriminated against and prevented from taking up a role.

Did I get this right?

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Re: Are there any test results?

I see that old fallacy of "half Venturi shape" is still alive.

Go and read introduction chapter in Understanding Flight to see why this is mistaken.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Re: Taking on the Mantle

Releasing DX12 on Windows 7 would help to convince game developers that they should use it. But you have good point here that Microsoft will only be able to monetize DX12 if it was "unique selling point" of some newer Windows version (rather than 7).

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

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Re: Sure, why should you buy shares of a company with a 2.56bn net revenues...

Markets do not operate on absolute inputs. Predicted 1m loss would have been included in share price as soon as prediction is considered robust enough, so another news that the loss was "only" 0.8m is 0.2m relative improvement thus shares going up.

Think about it as if you lent your mate 10 quid (you bought publicly traded shares), then people start talking that he is in deep financial trouble (predicted 1m loss), then you learn that his predicament is actually not so bad (actual loss 0.8m) which improves your chances of recovering part of your money.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Re: Double extension?

Did you mean

Actual filename: Sucker_amdiwn<RtL>gpj.exe

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Zuck has a point

Actually, two. First, he needs people to trust "Facebook" brand, because otherwise how will he sell ads? Second, his company is built by engineers who try to make it secure, but if this goes against government ideas of "security" then it makes their work more difficult. And of course he wouldn't like their productivity wasted on something that cannot be sold.

I think both are valid points, and both might be interpreted as standing on the side of (ads target) consumer. Of course, everyone is a cynic now and nobody would interpret it this way - but that does not matter. The point still stands.

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Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: Violin restrings its instrument

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+1

for OMD reference :)

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X-IO to heat up ISE storage bricks with iSCSI access

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"two triple disk RAID 6 failures"

I'd like to learn more about this. And also how ISE achieve failure rate of 0.1%

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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No at all. It would be amusing if they started from closed platform, such as iPhone. Try to reverse engineer that.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Zuckerberg

wont happen.

I hope.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Re: Crysis

I agree with Steven - it's not about games, it's about engines.

Yes you are right that availability of engine is not a guarantee that any games will get ported, but who cares about todays' games, when tomorrow ones are being created? In three years time, the games you are playing now will have little relevance, on any platform.

Viability of Linux as a gaming platform is not about whether you can play BF4 or Crysis 3 on it. It is about AAA titles that are (or will be soon) in the pipeline, running on engines that are available now (or will be soon).

And no, 2014 is not going to be "year of Linux gaming". Steam is playing long strategy here and it will take longer than 1 year to gain the necessary momentum. You can make it 2016 - because development cycle of AAA title is more likely 2 years rather than 6 months.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: Yup.

I recently switched home setup from 1920x1280 (27") to 2560x1600 (30"), this was nice upgrade.

Not tempted by 4K since I'm using Windows quite a lot, and its screen scaling is apparently not very good. It would be a choice between tiny letters and/or icons and/or poor scaling across plethora of programs, and I am not keen to spend over a grand to test it.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: Windows 9?

... but who is to say that Windows 9 will be significantly better?

Microsoft are between rock and hard place, and they need to make some hard choices to retain their position on desktop and in the server farm. Not all of them will be to the liking of customers, I think this we can take for granted. So, what will these choices be?

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Re: Yota phone

You do save battery life, if OLED is only occasionally on.

Frankly, Android seems odd choice for mobile phone with e-ink screen. I would think that "dumb" user interface would be better, since there would be less to interact with (e-ink screens are not very good at "interaction", as in "bit slow").

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Minty

I replaced WinXP on very old Toshiba M300 with mint 13, and couldn't be happier. Well, for the thing's I'm using it which is reading, bit of email and ssh :) I also replaced HDD with Transcend PATA SDD - odd beast, but it does bring "second youth" to an old machine.

It would be a shame if this old 32bit machine was to be never upgraded to a newer version, though.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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"due to abuse of a bug"

Proper technical term is "exploitation of a bug". I mean, it is not as if this bug was designed to be there in the first place, right ?!

On the second thought, since the whole "system" appears to have been written in PHP .... some might say it was designed to be buggy :/

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Re: Good article

... but he also expects things to improve in 10 years time. Perhaps he's an optimist.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: But seriously folks ..

hash functions should be banned too, after all they make a foundation of all crypto currencies!

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Re: Lobbyism anyone?

... not for cash though - the campaign money was wired through legal bank accounts!

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: verify it's not a fake flash...

I used it once to verify card I bought was original, it's quite simple to do. Just run, wait, and then check the result. You have to know how to read it, though.

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Re: I'd love to get a couple.

SD card, or microSD, would be very unlikely to actually boost performance.

These cards have very good sequential read speeds, decent sequential writes, but random writes are nowhere close to modern SSD (even cheapest ones). You would be lucky to get more than 2 MB/s , and that can only boost your blood pressure.

Sorry to be such a wet blanket. Mine is with SSDs in the pocket.

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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just read the code libsecurity_ssl

.... and it's serious WTF . Original author obviously never heard of "else if" and somehow came up with the idea that label "fail:" makes perfect sense when also used for cleanup on success.

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Red Hat kicks Piston out of Red Hat Summit, then performs $13,000 U-turn

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Re: Congrats to RedHat for putting this right

OK thanks.

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Congrats to RedHat for putting this right

... and for humility admitting they made a mistake.

Also, as someone with interest in KVM I would hate if customers were given a reason to perceive OpenStack as a toy rather than serious platform. Childish behaviour of the core maintainer would surely make it look so.

Hope Piston will put this sorry episode behind. Here is small suggestion to help fix relationship.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: Backward compatability ?

That is exactly the point everyone should raise now at Cabinet Office Standards Hub.

If Microsoft cannot guarantee that documents saved in its own formats will be accessible in 50 years time by software available at the time and running on modern operating systems at the time, then such formats are clearly not suitable. And obviously they cannot deliver such guarantee because such formats would have to be both open and implementable.

While OpenXML is (kind of) open, the fact that it is not actually implemented correctly by Microsoft own software, and the fact that its specification is extremely large and complex, serves to demonstrate the point that likely it is not implementable. Ergo, not suitable for government documents.

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Intel, Sun vet births fast, inexpensive 3D chip-stacking breakthrough

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Shame there is no latency figure anywhere. On the top picture there is visible time shift between Tx and Rx , I wonder what it is. Asking because in some applications, latency is the killer (e.g. if we were to ever get stacked MRAM chips with latencies no more than low tens nanoseconds ... yum)

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Paris Hilton

More likely there would be a sealed envelope with password written inside, hidden in a safe. To be accessed only in case of emergency. That's why mention of "seal being broken", I guess.

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VMware hyper-converge means WE don't NEED no STEENKIN' OS...

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Congratulations

You just reinvented Miranda OS

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Get with the times

Let's face it, software is now a necessary part of daily life and as such should be freely available to anyone.

It would be nice, if it was true. I am happy to support software I've written and get paid for that, but if everyone wanted to just use my software for free, I would be forced to find another profession.

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