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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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True randomness

Couldn't we just use Trump's tweets?

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Professor Chaos

As Butters so safely tells us, there is a huge difference between chaos and randomness. (Hint: it's the ability to get better predictions by having more granular data.)

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: Meh

Kind of my first thought too, but what if the physical access to install the malware happens at the factory or the shipping depot, places where the NSA have been known to place people...

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VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have

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Java Microcode edition?

"I would be taking blind stabs at trying to detail what inter-process communication I wanted to allow and not allow"

Encapsulation and APIs? A bit slow, but might do what you want.

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Facebook offers to crack open data for eggheads to find out how badly it's screwed democracy

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Democracy

If anyone can use Facebook to alter elections then we neither deserve nor want democracy.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Oh noes

That sounds scary, can I give up more of my privacy with a side order of rights so that you can pretend to keep me safe?

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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CLOUD???

I wish they'd called this the SUDO Act. Secure Unseen Documents Overseas Act.

FBI: Give me the data.

MS: No.

FBI: SUDO give me the data.

MS: Here you go.

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Re: What Does This Mean in Practice?

"Just like they should have done 4 shagging years ago."

Indeed, however they don't give a damn about this data, what they want is the ability to tell American (owned) companies to pony up any data they have without having to go through unfriendly foreign courts.

This could cause a few ripples in the banking world. It may even mean companies leaving America as their nominal country in order to avoid this law.

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Re: Voting is a public duty

The fuck it is, it's a right. And a way for those in real power to give the little people the appearance of having a say in their lives. It's a sham.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Machine machinations monetise moribund musings.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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"I don't agree with it now because it's bad optics"

He was correct. Enabling the sharing of ideas is way more important than human life. I believe that's the principle of the first amendment and why various US wars were fought.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Re: Rule Britannia!

"Sounds like someone is still bitter about how democracy works... "

You mean like how all laws have to be signed by an unelected head of state? Or how they pass through an unelected chamber for modification? Or how no government has had more than 50% of the popular vote in decades but they all claim a mandate? Or how less than half the MPs got a majority of the vote (fact check that one, I was on a roll)? Or how our fundamental rights have been demolished by a voter-minority government with a massive parliamentary majority (Blair)?

Bitter? 3 of and 5 packets of nuts before I get off this dangleberry of a planet.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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You're supposed to...

... think OF the children, not LIKE the children.

Also, is it just me or is thinking of the children in a discussion about pr0n somewhat disconcerting?

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Re: Soporific effect

@DougS "Sitting in front of the computer isn't a problem, so I'm forced to go online and post while buzzed until the wee hours when I'd normally go to bed!"

Are you Donald Trump?

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Vote them out

We can't vote them out since we never voted them in in the first place - when was the last time a government got 50% of the vote let alone a majority of the electorate? Tyranny of the minority enhanced by gerrymandering and an unelected second chamber and head of state. Vote? Don't make me laugh.

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Protect the children

If the government don't want the kids to see explicit material then they should stop producing legislation that fucks the public in the ass on a regular basis.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Everyone got their money back, right?

Seems like he's being punished for not this. That's not how justice works. But he plead guilty so that's that.

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Netflix could pwn 2020s IT security – they need only reach out and take

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Re: Can we stop claiming nobody uses bare metal servers?

"Schrödinger's datacentre"

If a server falls over in the woods, does it make a sound?

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Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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Re: No safe level of anything

@Terry 6,

I was simply meaning that there is no magic number. All things being equal, an increase in fruit and veg intake is generally beneficial to your health. However, back in the real world, parent being stressed about ensuring their kids have to have their "5-a-day" may lead to all kinds of unwelcome outcomes such as:

* ironically malnutrition as poor parents spend more on fresh fruit and veg and don't have enough for a balanced diet;

* obesity as parents ply well fed kids with various fruit juices and salads with calorific dressings;

* children being taken away from parents who don't adhere to this magic "5-a-day"

* eating disorders as children are forced to eat food they don't like/want

* food shaming at schools

* increased divorce rates as the pressure of adhering to 5-a-day causes parents to fight and busy parents also have less time together as they have to take longer preparing food.

And that's just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are many more - but we haven't really looked into any of them, just as we haven't been given any scientific basis for why the number 5 was chosen.

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Re: No safe level of anything

"1 of the 5 a day"

Even a sensible person like you has fallen fallen for this pseudoscientific, policy based evidence nonsense. There is no 5 a day health benefit. It's simply the government taking what seems like a sensible idea and running with it without evidence which will ultimately lead to unintended consequences that could be worse than what they were trying to solve. Like taking fat out of foods leading to producers filling it with sugar which created the diabetes and obesity epidemic we see today.

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Brit spooks slammed over 'gentlemen's agreement' with telcos to get mass comms data

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"This is clearly unacceptable."

It was actually illegal. But don't expect anyone to go to jail or even get fired. We're all about looking forward these days.

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BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Subsidy

"Radio is relatively cheap"

£670m is not cheap. In fact it's more than Channel 4 spend and three times Channel 5's annual programming budget. It's even more than the BBC spend on BBC2!

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Subsidy

Why are TV viewers, who are poorer than BBC radio listeners, forced to subsidise them?

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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"Crime"

Theresa May's definition of a crime and my definition are quite far apart. That's why we have courts and juries.

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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WTF?

"promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited"

There are non-harmful stereotypes that you can promote based on race or gender? Please list them.

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Videos create terrorists

Shouldn't the security services be looking at this computer given that it has seen hundreds of pro-terrorism videos?

If the computer can look and not get turned shouldn't we trust the people just as much?

In the free marketplace of ideas we need computers to determine what us humans can and can't handle.

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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Election fraud?

How can social media impact elections? I assumed the users were all too young to vote.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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Re: Nice precedent for our corrupt police

If you have nothing to hide

Says Anonymous Coward.

What are you, some kind of stool pigeon?

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Nice precedent for our corrupt police

So plod can hold you indefinitely by lying to a judge that you have swallowed a packet that might be drugs and haven't pooped yet? That will never be misused.

Stopping this kind of police abuse of power is what the judiciary is supposed to be for.

Icon, because of course...

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It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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Creeps?

People doing this are creeps, but bringing back dead people for Star Wars or adverts is technologically brilliant?

I feel some moral judgements are being made here.

On a more serious note, the ability to create material that would otherwise be illegal for therapeutic purposes is one of a number of socially beneficial uses for this technology.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Leak?

That's one way to get the FBI off your back.

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Anonymous information

ANY details that you provide (continuously/regularly) will easily identify you, eventually. Even a single datum, when combined with all the publicly available info, may be enough to nail you.

Still, as Bush, Obama, Blair, Cameron, May and maybe Trump would say, "if you've done nothing wrong..."

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Re: 'edge' Lord,....

"Can we think of any real life cases where social media threats have been carried out?"

Didn't that one guy blow up Robin Hood Airport?

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May channeling Trump

We're gonna build a big, beautiful firewall, and Facebook are gonna pay for it.

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T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

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Headmaster

Re: That is not a Wallet

Online is the only place your crypto assets exist.

If you mean the secure key then fair enough.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Something must be done about the extremists

They are an existential threat to our nation and have no respect for our traditions or our rights. They hide in plain sight and attack us when we least expect it. They use the media for propaganda and try to stoke up fear in the public to try to achieve their goals. They attack the public because they are soft targets, especially at places where they are vulnerable like airports. They use seemingly moderate people to push their agenda and pretend they're not as bad as they are painted or that they're not all like that and anyone who paints with a broad brush is a cynic or a bigot. The moderates try to use the police to silence voices of dissent claiming hate crimes or sexism. They want the impossible and are willing to use any means necessary to try to get it. When you get rid of one group of extremists another pops up in its place who are at least as bad as the last lot. It's enough to make you abandon the tory/labour duopoly and vote green.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

"I don't have the option of disabling the updates"

Sure you do. Whitelist all the IP addresses you want ot use on the firewall and Microsoft can't get at your machine.

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Osama bin Laden or the TLAs?

Just remember folks, they attacked us for our freedoms.

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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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WTF?

SWIFT is good???

Some of these cryptos allow more TPS than PayPal, they settle in seconds, cost fractions of a penny and have complete visibility. They also come pre-mined so use no more electricity than a dozen idle servers.

Cryptos are not a panacea and blockchain is not the correct solution to every problem, but to even remotely consider that the current international banking system is close to good enough then you're not talking to anyone trading outside Europe.

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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@Robert, You forgot Kill Lists!

And killing US citizens without judicial oversight.

And expansion of the surveillance state.

And use of the Espionage Act to silence whistleblowers.

And not punishing war criminals.

But...

Record numbers on food stamps are at least partly to do with an expansion of the program.

ISIS was created as a fallout from Bush and Blair's Iraq War (the clue is in the second 'I')

Tax rates for high earners and corporations are slashed by loopholes (21% for corporations)

Medical insurance costs have been increasing exponentially for a long time, Obamacare actually puts a cap on it in a like-for-like comparison of coverage.

Net illegal immigration was negative under Obama!

Gun-related homicides have been on a steep decline since the mid-90's, is there some reason you focussed on inner-city? Is it because you care for the ethnic minorities living there?

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Big Brother

Anonymous Fried Chicken

Bitcoin is useful if you don't want anyone to know you're buying KFC.

But then so is cash...

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'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

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Hate Speech ...

... ultimately protects the groups that need it least (e.g. white Christian heterosexual males).

The same free speech that allowed people to speak out in favor of equal rights for the disgusting, perverted (at the time) gays is the same free speech that allows people to now call gays disgusting and perverted. You can't have your cake and eat it. Unless it's a gay wedding cake, but that's a whole other argument.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Re: CBP is committed to preserving the civil rights and civil liberties of those

@Brenda McViking

> are you a former nazi?

Is that because they are only willing to allow in current nazis?

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Big Brother

Re: Goosey, gossey gander....

"the CBP argues that it doesn't apply to non-citizens at airports"

They claim jurisdiction up to 100 miles from ANY border. This covers approx. 200m Americans.

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-governments-100-mile-border-zone-map

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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Mushroom

Re: Boom time over?

Or how about the Ministry of Defence being for, well, defence?

Seems that our budgets have risen since we decided that securing BPs supernormal profits at the expense of the locals rather than just having the ability to blow the crap out of anyone that pokes their heads beyond the borders of France or Norway.

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Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

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Terminator

Re: What would be the result

Best PLAY would usually win. Position is huge in poker, acting last is a major advantage. Starting hands are important too, but you rarely win a hand pre-flop.

If two identical strategies came up against each other then it would be the luck of the draw, but you'd still see very few showdowns.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

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Not everyone streams 4k

"crappy" != crappy

I want everyone to have gigabyte speeds, but over 8 megabits is good enough for most people.

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Feck off you fecking feckers.

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Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

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Mushroom

Stadium Building

"The UK and Qatar will also form a joint squadron to provide aerial security during the 2022 football World Cup, which the Gulf state is hosting."

Probably to round up/kill the slave workers trying to escape. Our facial recognition, having been perfected at the Notting Hill Carnival should be able to match the confiscated passport photos to the civilians in the crosshairs.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Gimp

Re: The mind boggles.

He should have been using a Mac where no-one can get access to your files unless they can log in as root. Hang on...

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