* Posts by Schultz

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Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m

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... obviously better to give the money to banks...

Hey, someone should combine the two and create some quantum funds, hire physicists to model the markets using their magic quantum math skills...

Oh, that has been done?... Cf. Banking crisis, etc.

I guess if you hire smart scientists to mess with the money, they do mess. With the money. It starts tunneling into the strangest pockets.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Contrarian argument

Let's not forget history!

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I second master / minion

How to better fix a culturally loaded term than to substitute it with a flimsy cultural reference?

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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pursue... legislative... measures to achieve lawful access

Bravo,pursuing legislative measures is exactly what the security services should do to uphold the spirit and letter of a democratic state of law. By all means, have an open discussion in the legislative body about the correct balance between police powers and citizens rights. Feel free to pursue the full extent of the law to go after criminals. Just, please, don't try to cheat your way around the laws because you think you know better than the democratically elected representatives of your government.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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They show quantized conduction as expected for a single/few atom junction...

but the gate is 100 nm wide. Compare this to the scale of modern silicon gates before getting too excited about atomic-scale transistors!

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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The dilemma: anarchy or the police state?

To address that dilemma, democratic society need separation of powers with strong oversight by an independent justice system and through public scrutiny. There is a lot of room between anarchy and the police state, but the damage by moving close to either extreme may be terrible and quite irreversible.

We have this discussion, which is evidence that Australia is neither an anarchy nor a police state. But laws that establish powers keeping "providers [...] quiet about agencies' covert operations, enforced by jail time and massive fines" would remove public scrutiny and judicial oversight and might do some damage. Judge for yourself where the right balance should be.

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What if ... Bob reads and then burns the letter?

It's a matter of time until the dangerous act of Making Fire will be regulated. It's one of the oldest tool of terrorist!

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Prepare for...

The obligatory Copyright Class in High School, or make that Primary School, just to be safe. If the system can be simple enough to teach to kids in 1/2 hour (don't forget 'fair use' rules), I am all for it. If it takes a school year and the qualifier "always talk to the school lawyer before posting", then I think it's time to change the laws.

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Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

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Re: Flagship just too expensive ...

and the sub-flagship options I looked at recently just had very underwhelming screens. I am sad to veer from Samsung, I got a good 5 years out of my S3 with its beautifully crisp OLED display, and if it weren't for software obsolescence creeping up I would still give it my love. So it's time for a good hard look at the Chinese competition. Xiomi offers the MI8 SE with a well reviewed Samsung OLED screen for just under $300.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: (misleading stats)

Come on guys, it's a fishy graph. The only valid critique is that the eye is missing.

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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Re: How Competitive Game/ Sport Works and Why AI against Humans is bad

AI versus humans is not about sports, it's about a solution (AI) searching for a problem. Turns out, that a computer game is the perfect problem: there is a mathematically rigid set of rules governing the game and if a small, sluggish computer can evaluate the rules, then a big, fast computer can exploit them.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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I like the fact that Google asks for a flat fee...

This means that profits from successful and established developers keep the store open for small developers. If successful apps get a discount (and newcomers pay high fees), this creates a competitive disadvantage for newcomers.

However, looking at the bottom line of Google, they should significantly reduce their take. There should be room for competitor stores (Apple store on Android?), who offer vetted apps and build a reputation for easily found quality apps.

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"lesson... learned by Google is... to shut down the side load avenue"

I think that would come with legal risks: Android has a monopolistic position in many markets. Apple somehow got around this by reducing their market share to the lower double digits before thw regulators could catch up, but Google surely would be hit with the force of the law (and their near monopoly already makes them a punching bag in the EU).

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: "How to use a barometer to measure the height of a building."

Those little sensors you have in your phone actually do an excellent job. We did some quick-and-dirty soldering to track temperature and air pressure in the lab (https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/bst/products/all_products/bmp180) and could measure height differences of some 15 cm with a little bit of averaging.

Gotta love those integrated electronics and sensors!

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Contractually obliged to pay ...

So GB should not pay the EU -- and in return the EU should just cease paying pensions to UK citizens that had worked in the EU bureaucracy? There are some financial obligations that remain after the divorce, it's not just stuff made up to annoy the British.

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"What leavers would like is a reasonable agreement that works for both sides"

Define 'reasonable'. What the Brexiteers want is not reasonable from the point of view of the EU. The EU rules and regulations were created through hard-won consensus between all member-states. You don't get to pick and choose the rules you like because that would break the EU. Breaking the EU is considered unreasonable by the remaining member states.

The EU offers a take it or leave it deal for members. There is the EEA and EFTA for those who want to opt out from the political union. Non-members get complicated trade agreements with limited benefits and obligations. Please stand in line over there and wait for your turn to negotiate a bilateral agreement.

I hope Britain can take their time to sort things out under EEA rules. Give them time to prepare proper Brexit or to change their minds.

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"Anyone who thinks that Brexitday+1 will run smoothly ..."

Come on Brits, I count on your famously stiff upper lip. Queue up, be patient, and remember that your blood, toils, tears and sweat will eventually build a better world. (I withhold judgement whether that better world will appear within or outside of the EU :).

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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

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Striatification

The hardware fix might require a rethinking of the processor architectures. Take the performance hit of non-speculative execution in one/several cores for safety-relevant processes. Separate those from the performance-optimized number-crunching cores. It's a kind of striatification, offering the hardware to perform the different jobs encountered in the wild.

That should solve the problem for intel, they can blame the programmers if the software doesn't use the hardware properly ;). Allow the programmers to set the flag for 'optimized' (i.e., speculative) execution at their own risk if they want the performance boost. Give it a catchy name to clarify that your hardware offers xy% performance boost for optificated software and watch the programmers scramble to release their new versions.

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Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Allies don't do that kind of thing...

You forgot to use the <irony> tag, it's not obvious to all readers otherwise.

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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More ways to spot the spoof

- Have the system track additional satellites, compare to the Galileo, Glonass, and BaiDu systems.

- Analyse signal strength, jitter, and noise of signals. That device in the trunk will become much more expensive if it has to properly simulate a GPS satellite including atmospheric ally induced noise.

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Re: Chilling

Climate change science has already proved that most people can't distinguish opinion and expertise.

Now how did this relate to GPS hacking again?

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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"Thats how these games are played."

@OP, are any of your claims actual facts, or do you just play the game of 'spot what I just made up' for your entertainment'? Hillary Clinton was I the limelight for decades, you can bet that countless hours of research went into finding any possible dirt on her in the run-up to the elections, so why do you claim there is (some handwaving now) some mysterious unknown juicy evil stuff on Hillary waiting to be discovered?

In dubio pro reo, so I'll assume the OP is not a paid shill for the GRU. Or (some handwaving again) is he?

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For democracy to work...

there should be a level playing file for all participants / parties. If one team cheats, they should be persecuted to protect the democratic process. This is not because you believe the right or wrong party won, but because you believe in democracy!

Some Russian operatives tried to cheat - go get them and try to make sure this won't happen again. This should be a no-brainer for anyone believing in the democratic process, right up there with the need to accept the outcome of a democratic election even if you don't personally like it.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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"decried as 'fake news' because it's written by well known climate 'deniers'"

I don't know why you make this claim about the cited article. The abstract seems to discuss the scientific consensus about climate warming (towards a new equilibrium that may be some 1.6 K warmer), as assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maybe the authors ruined their reputation previously, but in the cited work they seem to just summarize reviewed scientific results.

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

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Symptoms of misguided policies

I like the fact that the police in this case specifically targeted the bad guys with surveillance - and succeeded. But in the bigger picture, these efforts are futile, because the invisible hand of the market will balance supply and demand and the long war on drugs does not seem to make a difference on the demand side.

Time to fix the policy on drugs. The government should not start a war against its people if they want to enjoy their addiction, be it for alcohol (I am looking at you, average TheReg commentard), nicotine, equasy, or cocaine. The resources wasted on the fight against drugs would be more productive elsewhere.

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

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Re: Only 57%?

The toxicity of chemicals in the Chemical Safety Data Sheet (CSDS) is given as LD50 value (lethal dose causing 50% mortality). I assume the additional 7% die from natural causes.

The big question I didn't see addressed in the article is whether the 'predictive power' was evaluated based on chemicals that were part of the training data (making it more of a recognition AI) or whether the predictions were made for compounds that were not part of the training data.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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"it's the labelling of jars 'Kitchen Utensils' (...) that I don't understand."

That's to remind the users to Put It Back Where It Belongs after use. Nifty, isn't it?

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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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"as intelligent as your average socialist"

Now who would that be? I would not consider myself average (who does), but having grown up in a 'social market democracy' and being a proponent of government controlled redistribution (progressive taxes, welfare) and socially responsible regulation you can probably throw me into that pool.

Maybe, next time, check your prejudice against real people you know. Or if you don't know anybody that would fit the bill, go out and meet some - encountering new ideas won't shrink your intelligence even if those ideas are connected to socialism.

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Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

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"Union rights =/= worker's rights"

While the above statement is logically true, a quick look into the history books tells us that worker unionization is strongly correlated to worker's rights. Before unionization, workers had almost no power to influence their own working conditions and this correlation is still very strong today.

So in the big picture of things, union rights == worker's rights.

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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WTF?

"... the Darknet invites criminals into our homes ..."

How does that work exactly? Did I miss the invite?

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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LeeD: "I work on the basis of: - I don't *want* to do that, it's not my core job. ..."

So then you do the dishes and bring out the garbage, ...

That's the deal I try to get when I hear this particular argument..

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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"Placement and styling is important" ...

if the content requires it. Sometimes you just want the text, which explains the great success of the good old printed book. Sometimes you want sound, or moving pictures, or VR. Just find the right medium for your job and accept that others may prefer a different medium / file format.

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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

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"Zuckerberg - The clues in the name"

Now how would you address that issue? Maybe hire IBM to create a database (don't forget to create a sensibly graded system for those of mixed ancestry), make them wear a star so they can be recognized, ...? Of course the same critique applies to the OP with his 5 beautiful upvotes. Your racist comments disgust me.

Now wheres the Grammar Nazi when you need him.

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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"OK I understand that people didn't like it when it was introduced, ..."

It was a shitty user interface when it was introduced and it will still be a shitty user interface in a thousand years.

(1) It eats up lots of screen space.

(2) It doesn't allow you to remove functions you don't need.

(3) All the stuff you don't need clutter the interface and make it hard to quickly find the stuff you actually need.

(4) The ribbon layout changes when you resize the window, making it even harder to find the stuff you need.

The useful part of the old menu system was that you could remove the 90% stuff you would not need. The result was a single, concise menu bar with everything you regularly use, easily accessible by a single mouse motion. They broke it. I still don't understand why.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Romania: RON and LEU

Right, they officially dropped 4 zeros and then, to confuse the innocent tourists, they continued to give prices in thousands of Ron. Pleasant surprise, when you pull the big bill to pay the totally overpriced soft drink, just to receive 90% back as your change. Or not, because as a stupid tourist you totally deserve to overpay.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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"Cold fusion "didn't work" because they announced too early"

You are right for all the wrong reasons: cold fusion was demonstrated in 2005 using the pyroelectric effect to accelerate deuterium atoms into a deuterium target (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyroelectric_fusion). Unfortunately, this concept doesn't seem suited to generate meaningful amounts of fusion energy.

As for the rest of the cold fusion claims, they seem to have moved from the scientific fraud stage (delusional chemists having trouble with nuclear physics measurements) to the financial fraud stage (delusional chemists collecting M$ to build cold fusion power plants). Come back when one of those demonstrator power plants produces any meaningful quantity of power. Until then, I'll continue to laugh at your cold fusion.

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Re: There's a reason these things don't work.

"Next on the chopping block (hopefully): spooky action at a distance."

It's not spooky, it's just a manifestation of the wave nature of matter. You presumably have no trouble believing your eyes when you see a diffraction pattern (get a laser pointer if your teacher never showed it to you). What you see is the transversal wave interference. Your spooky action is based on the longitudinal wave properties (along the propagation direction). No magic, just very long and regular particle waves doing their thing.

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: Windows Schrödinger edition

It really feels like they bring the quantum uncertainty alive. I updated my computer over lunch yesterday and afterwards some recently edited files were just gone. It was subtle enough to make me doubt my sanity.

Fortunately, the backed up versions were fine, lost about an hour there (on top of waiting through the bl**dy slow update procedure).

Oh, and I don't run Avast, but some locally mandated Ahn V3 thingy. Don't get me started on that one.

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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Re: 1st phone in 4+ years

Still holding out on an ancient S3. Even better, I replaced the cracked screen with the one from the broken S3 my wife discarded several years ago (the kids dug that up from under the sofa). That took a screwdriver and mere 20 minutes. A factory reset magically removed all lags and the only real limitation is the small internal memory. So I don't try to run 4 different browsers, 5 mapping apps, and all the Facebook clones.

Every now and then I look at the shiny things around me and decide there is still time. The only pressing reason I see for an update would be to run games (that's what got me the cracked screen - thanks, kids).

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Cute conversion: 40,000 Kelvin (~ 39,727 degrees Celcius)

Does anybody believe that those 40000 K were estimated to within 1 K precision? I believe the proper conversion should be: 40,000 Kelvin (~ 40 000 degrees Celcius). Or use proper engineering units to give proper significant digits: 40 kC.

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Rule number 6

Make your better half write down her login passwords in that old calendar. Or, better yet, incorporate them into your password manager. Because you will be held responsible if she can't recover that hotel booking.

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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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Re: Obvious answer..

Buy the 90% discounted ink, or some other 10% of the HP cost ink, or spend a few dollar for ink and refill yourself.

If you let your printer phone home to HP to protect you from dangerous ink cartridges, well, then you are a hopeless case.

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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"life in prison should mean life in prison"

Unless you want to be dispassionate about it and consider:

- the cost of imprisonment\

- the decreasing deterrent effect of 'unimaginably' long sentences

- the fact that a decade or two is a very long time and the person coming out of jail is probably a different person than that going in (think back 10 years in your own life ... and you didn't have your life disrupted by prison)

- second chances in life

I'd say some scientists should look at the statistics and inform the judiciary about sensible prison terms. Maybe they already did that in Denmark?

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ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

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Lightweight encryption

I would expect that lightweight encryption could be very useful. Security is proportional to the cost of breaking in. It's not a binary function of unhackable versus hackable; your secure front door will just force the intruders to go through the windows or the walls.

To maximize its effectiveness, lightweight encryption should be indistinguishable from heavyweight encryption. If the bad actor cannot predict the resources required to break in, it will raise his cost.

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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

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"there was real anger out there..."

Indeed, and a good part of real anger was foment es by fake news. The brilliant strategy of C.A. et al. was to figure out how to serve personalized 'news' that were tailored to fit a person's existing misconceptions.

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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The problem ... and the solution

The fundamental problem of the music industry is easy to see: Once upon a time, there was great technological innovation, allowing every human to spend months' worth of their income into technological devices that would reproduce sounds and music with unprecedented fidelity. Everybody loved it and the industry supplying the music grew and grew and some of the workers in this industry became immensely rich. But the amazing technology got ever better and cheaper, so that every human could listen to music wherever and whenever they wanted, could record their own sounds and music whenever they wanted and share those. Unnecessary to say, it all got a bit boring after a while and humankind decided to spend their hard earned income elsewhere. The End.

The solution: Get over it.

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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Re: True randomness, but ....

Thanks for the answer ... I guess I'll have to read the full article to understand which assumptions remain :).

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True randomness, but ....

as any claim for random number generation, this one is based on underlying assumptions about physical reality and our understanding thereof. You can always postulate hidden variables that would destroy the randomness (when we eventually understand and predict those hidden variables).

Alternatively, you can trust our current understanding of physics and build much simpler quantum detection devices. Avalanche amplification of tunneling events (cf. http://iank.org/trng.html or similar) is a sensible approach. The devil, of course, is in the details of the implementation.

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Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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"For those that (for one reason or another) can't migrate to a 64-bit version of Windows"

So that reason would be the Microsoft licensing restriction when upgrading earlier Windows versions? Or is there another reason we should be aware of?

Anyways, the problem seems to be based in some lazy programmer choices. At least they are open about it.

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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

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Re: Will no one think of the printers?

Everybody thinks about printers:

http://mobile.gmarket.co.kr/Search/Search?topKeyword=Ink%20cartridge

https://m.aliexpress.com/wholesale/Ink-cartridge.html?keywords=Ink-cartridge

Local rules and regulations may apply... So check with your federal trade commission before ordering.

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