* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Re: How can this possibly work?

If you have to do the normal unlock stuff to unlock it, what's the point of this? Is it to figure out if someone else is handling your phone after you already unlocked it? Unless you leave it laying around all the time, generally when someone else is handling your phone it is because you want them to look at something, it would be counterproductive if it decided to switch off because it figured that out.

Still think the idea is stupid, and even stupider if the normal methods of unlocking are still required. I thought the whole point was that this would bypass the need for stuff like passwords, fingerprints, etc. If not, then what good is it? (Not that it is going to be all that good at the other, either)

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Re: Great for accident situations!

How will the phone know the difference between being in a car crash and being dropped? The G force would be similar. If it is tracking your instantaneous speed that's a pretty small line between "rear ended another car while going 30 mph" and "slammed on my brakes at 30 mph to avoid hitting another car".

If I'm holding my phone in the passenger seat and the driver slams on the brakes, if I'm not holding the phone tightly enough it might fly forward and hit the windshield. Sure don't want it calling 911 because it thinks I was in an accident. The phone simply doesn't have enough information to do this reliably, and would waste the time of emergency services.

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How can this possibly work?

I am using my phone and it is sure I am me. I put it down for a minute and go the bathroom. Someone else picks it up. How can it recalculate a trust score based on stuff like typing speed etc. immediately after someone else has grabbed it. Unless they point the camera towards their face, how is it going to know it wasn't me picking it up again.

This is stupid, Google is just looking for an excuse to collect ever more invasive data on you. Glad I won't have to deal with this latest data grab!

Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

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Re: There are simple ways to recover from bricked phones

Why do you need to authenticate when charging? I think it would be better to authenticate anytime you want to make a USB connection, the sole exception being when you want to charge.

It could bypass asking for the password by either holding down the home button while connecting the cable (I already lay my thumb on the home button when connecting a charger in the dark, to act as a reference for where the port is) or the password screen could add a "charge only" button you could hit to bypass entering the password. In such a case it would disable all USB drivers, so the only thing the connection could do is provide power.

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There are simple ways to recover from bricked phones

You don't need to allow the random installation of updates from DFU mode. For instance, when a phone is connected to iTunes it can exchange keys with the iTunes install so it will recognize it - allowing you to install an update only on a phone it recognizes. There could be other methods like being on a secure wifi network it recognizes. One problem is that these aren't perfectly secure against the FBI (what if they take your computer or your wifi router)

However, since the keys are kept in the secure enclave, there's really no reason why a bricked phone can't still require you to type in your password/passcode. Even if the OS is fubar, the secure enclave won't be. I suspect they will adopt this, and iOS 10 will permit updates from DFU mode only if you enter the phone's password. Thus the FBI's strategy is gone, and could only work for phones they've saved from before that iOS update. Sure, some will claim a law could be passed that bans that, but that's going to create a lot of debate whether the government should have the power to tell companies how their software should work - to deliberately weaken it to make it easy for the government to get in. That would seriously damage the tech industry in the US, startups would incorporate in places with more freedom - even if they were still based in the US they'd not legally be US companies.

What they are hiring him for would go well beyond that. If I can come up with several simple solutions around this in the time it takes me to write a post, they'd don't need a world leading expert for this.

MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

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Re: "routinely report MITRE is responsive"

Part of that may be due to how less recognized outfits often hype meaningless bugs trying to get attention for themselves. If you have a bug that requires multiple steps of stupidity and simply leaks information that others have on you anyway, it isn't deserving of a CVE.

Sad that researchers coming up with real bugs are having problems because of this, but if MITRE is trying to be responsible about only assigning them for real vulnerabilities the issue is more that the people doing that aren't recognizing stuff too well. If they're unsure, they should write an article at the Register about the bug. If it turns out to be nothing, generally the commentards have picked it apart pretty conclusively in a matter of hours!

E-Ink goes full colour

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Anyone seen specs or estimated prices?

How quickly can they update? How does the price compare to an LCD screen?

I assume they are slow, which is why they are targeting digital signage, but they still have to be cheaper than the alternatives. Otherwise you are giving away the ability to play videos in your signs for a pretty small savings in power.

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

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Dataless/stateless thin client

Like a web browser?

The reason thin clients didn't go anywhere is that we already effectively have that with any device that includes a full web browser. If it was significantly less expensive to make a computer that could only run a web browser versus one that can run other stuff, we'd do that, but anyone who looks at the load Firefox or Chrome puts on RAM and CPU knows there's not much savings to be had that way.

You can save a bit by avoiding Windows, which is what the Netbooks/Chromebooks are all about, but the problem there is they can't run anything phones and tablets can't so they have a mighty small niche to try to live in.

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Velvet Templeton

One look at the images Google showed and it was obvious Claudia Black was born to play her.

Guccifer fesses up to Clinton hacks

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Re: Following

How do you say nothing is sticking? Her unfavorables nearly as high as Trump's show that it is sticking. The time is kind of ripe for a third party to have a chance, since so many people dislike them both so intensely and would be willing to vote for almost anyone else.

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Hacking

In the press it does. It shows how uneducated the press and general public is that he's on record as only being able to "hack" that way yet somehow got into Clinton's private server. Pretty sure no one sets up their private server with 'security questions' to recover a forgotten password. Can't comment on the weak password though, maybe she used "HillaryforPresident" as her password :)

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Re: Lesser of two evils

His testimony claiming that Clinton's email server had been hacked by others was damning, sure, but he has yet to provide any proof. For that matter he never provided any proof he had access to Clinton's email. Showing a handful of emails sent/received by her doesn't mean anything, because you can get those from the people who sent/received them to/from her. If he actually got into her server he should have tens of thousands of her emails to hundreds of different recipients.

The FBI so far hasn't found any proof of anyone accessing Clinton's email server, despite several months of forensic investigation. Granted, without full network logs from an IDS system some information that could prove or disprove that conclusively won't have been saved. Still, it is hard to give credence to the idea that a taxi driver using social engineering to break into email accounts was able to not only break into Clinton's server but able to see traces of others being there that the FBI missed.

Based on the interviews he's given, he's clearly someone who enjoys the attention so he's got every incentive to make claims he can't back up. If Clinton loses the election then he fades from sight immediately because no one will care about her email server any longer, if he wins I'd expect him to keep popping up and making claims that he somehow will never quite manage to back up.

This guy was guessing passwords and using google to get information to answer security questions. That's great for breaking into someone Hotmail or AOL account, but that's not going to work on a private server nor on a government run server. It is strange that the only account he was able to breach that wasn't vulnerable to social engineering is Hillary's, the one he says he accessed but can't provide any proof of. Or it would be strange, if it wasn't so obvious he was lying.

Not making excuses for Hillary using a private server, that was stupid even if Powell and Rice had done it before her - she knew she was going to run for president and would be attacked for anything even remotely fishy. Using the same email address for personal and work stuff was stupid too. I have a private email server, and have two email addresses. One is for personal stuff, one is for work stuff. For that matter, she's rich, she could have afforded separate servers so there would be no mixing of personal and work emails.

Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Why should they care if it is used for porn?

It would still help adoption of VR overall, and their product in particular. They don't have to sell it, or even have to help those getting porn on it. Going to such lengths tells me it has nothing to do with porn, unless the CEO is one of those holier than thou religious types who thinks the world should live according to his morality (i.e. the Christian version of Sharia law)

The reason they are putting in DRM is simple - they can't compete with the other VR products. Back when Oculus was announced a million years ago, they had the market to themselves. But by announcing early and getting all that hype, they let others who didn't trumpet their vaporware quite so loudly catch up and surpass them.

They know if they let people play their stuff on competing cheaper products that beat them to market, they won't survive. So they're playing the DRM game, and now that's caused piracy to take root. Oculus is doomed at this point, the billions Facebook spent on them wasted.

Swiss CERT publishes reveals details of defence contractor hack

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"A stunning 23 GB of data"?

These days 23 GB can be a whole lot of nothing. You can't tell whether a breach is serious by its size, but only by its content.

Goats boost solar power

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Re: The trouble with goats....

If goats will eat through a fence, how do they keep them contained anywhere?

Anyway, if that's a problem they can move them somewhere else with stuff to eat until the vines on the fence start growing back.

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Re: They Love to Climb

The fences must be pretty tall if they are shading solar panels. Other than that one breed of goat that climbs into trees, I highly doubt they are going to scale anything more than twice their height.

Want a better password? Pretend you eat kale. We won't tell anyone

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Passwords are irrelevant when resetting them is an insecure process

If they look at all the passwords they consider "strong enough" they should then look at their security questions / answers. Anyone who answered truthfully might as well be using "password1". I'll bet only a few percent (across all users, it will be a majority of Reg readers) understand this and make up answers for those as well.

I saw something highly disturbing recently from one of my credit cards. They are moving from the old system where you had a single security question and answer (but it was freeform, so you can put in whatever you want for both) to having five. That's more secure, right? Except that they present you with a menu of choices for the question - and a menu of choices for the answer! I've never seen anything so stupid before. Since they haven't "required" it yet I didn't do it, hoping someone will inform them of the error of their ways, but at some point they might require me to set those and lose my secure Q & A.

I don't know exactly how their security will work, but if all it takes is answering one or two of those questions correctly pretty much anyone can reset my password. That's not a terrible thing since they'd have to get access to my email as well to make use of that, but it sure is sad that a freaking BANK would be dumb enough to do something like this!

Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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Re: What do you use a phone for if not to make voice calls?

Why would suing Google or Microsoft change anything versus suing Apple and Samsung? Your logic makes no sense, unless you think Google and Microsoft have some sort of magic ability to change the laws if they're sued by a troll. Reality check: they do not.

Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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Re: We're past peak APPL

I never said they were invulnerable, and the iPad is a small percentage of Apple's overall sales. Most everyone in richer countries considers a smartphone a necessity, few feel that way about tablets.

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Re: We're past peak APPL

A lot of people said we hit peak Apple back in fall 2012, when the price dropped almost 45% in the following nine months. But then it gained it all back and last summer peaked over 30% higher than the 2012 peak. The drop from that new peak of 132 to its low of 90 a couple weeks back is almost identical to the previous 45% drop. Given its very low P/E versus the rest of the tech world there's plenty of room to grow - it is certainly possible it might peak even higher someday.

So far we've had exactly one quarter where iPhones sales dropped year over year. Assuming that holds true for this quarter and the next, all that says is that there was a ton of pent up demand for a larger iPhone that caused a big spike in sales for the 6 that they may never be able to match unless a similar "must have" feature is added. There's no indication that year over year sales drops will become a regular thing, more that they're leveling off at a pace a little slower than the red hot sales pace of the 6.

LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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There's no reason to use a strong password on linkedin

No one wants to "hack" your linked in profile. So you use the same password you use for all the sites you don't care about. A hacker who gets my linkedin password can visit my profile on a few online forums, shopping sites where you need a password to view order status, and the like. I'm not changing it, because I don't care if they get into those sites because they can't hurt me in any way.

I use different & better passwords on sites that matter, so that if one is compromised it is just that one. But I can't be bothered to use a different strong password on every site. And yeah, I know about password managers, but I can't be bothered with that for sites I don't care about.

Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

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What about ads?

If they are tossing out the ads that's great for readers but why would the publishers be interested? Or does it allow some ads, just (hopefully) not the annoying types? Or does Facebook insert its own ads, and give the publisher a cut?

What they really need is a system that prevents the type of stupid "articles" that are basically showing you one picture and paragraph per page. I guess some people are willing to sit through that, but between the annoyance and how slowly they load I avoid those like the plague. I suppose they might suck less if each one loaded quickly, but I'd still probably avoid them.

Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: So much pessimism?

You can think of a list of niche things, but modules for them would never be made unless the phone sold in iPhone, or at least Galaxy S, volumes.

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Re: So much pessimism?

Because the pessimism is justified. Assuming it actually reaches market at all, it will quickly sink without a trace. You can't make individual modules in low quantities cheaper than an integrated phone that would be produced in higher quantities. Especially now that you can buy quality Android phones for under $200.

There are so many Android phones out there you can get pretty much anything you want. If there were rapid improvements in technology to where you might say "boy I sure wish I could upgrade the camera in my two year old phone" then maybe it would have a future, but the improvements are very small year to year these days and have been for several years already.

It is a fantasy to think someone is going to create say a DSLR camera module for this, if they do it will cost a fortune because they'll be lucky to sell a thousand of them.

This is the epitome of what Google's dorky PhD engineers would come up with - something only a dorky engineer could ever love or want.

There will be serious problems with the pieces staying together when dropped, or they'll be difficult to pull apart/put together, or there will be strange errors because the pins don't fit together perfectly. Look at how many people drop their phones and see the battery and/or back cover go flying. Those are a lot easier to make sturdy than something with a bunch of delicate electrical connections between modules!

Something will go wrong, there will be a lot of bad publicity and initial promises from Google to fix it, and then it will sink from sight. Though again, that's if it ever comes to market at all. The fact it was announced three years ago and it still is at least a year away from reaching the hands of consumers tells me it is more likely than not this gets pushed back further and further until it sinks without a trace when sanity prevails somewhere at Google that this is something with such a tiny potential audience there will never be a thriving market for modules that they promise.

India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Re: Meanwhile, in Mongolia

The global warming effect of 8 million carcasses is nil. CO2 only matters to the extent that are you digging up carbon that had been sequestered underground for millions of years and are releasing it into the atmosphere today. We could burn down all the forests and kill all the animals and the effect on global warming would be a rounding error compared to the release of who knows how many years of stored carbon in the century or so we've been actively burning fossil fuels.

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Re: Isn't it obvious?

Perhaps because he disagrees with more than because they doubt his credentials. If the others in the forum have served in the military as he did, what makes them more of an expert than him? More years in the service? Different branch? Having worked in the MoD?

I find on a lot of forums where so-called "experts" are discussing things, the disagreements are often petty personal conflicts. There is one such forum I participate in regularly, and anytime I post in a thread where a certain other guy is reading/posting, he will go after my statements. Doesn't matter what I've said, even if it is something clearly indisputable, he simply decided at some point that he doesn't like me. There are a few others he goes after as well. We'd complain to the moderators, but unfortunately he IS one!

Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

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Re: Wow, first Canada has worse internet now the UK has worse cellular

I wasn't saying that US broadband/cellular were better than everywhere, just better than the UK and Canada in at least some respects which I've learned to my surprise in the past few days.

As for getting billed for incoming calls, since almost all cellular plans have a crazy number of minutes or unlimited minutes, that no longer matters. I'd much rather have incoming calls charged against my minutes than pay 40 cents per MMS, that's for damn sure!

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Wow, first Canada has worse internet now the UK has worse cellular

Maybe us yanks aren't so bad off as we think!

Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

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Re: SEO - The lottery that you can't win

It was a solved problem (or closer to solved) before it became worth something to be ranked higher. Now it is a problem that even with of all Google's resources they can't do a good job with, which is why I am with you in often finding better results trying alternate search engines that the SEOs aren't trying to game.

Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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@MonkeyCee - imbecile breeding program in the UK

Isn't that what the titled class is for?

Photoplethysmography up

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@Cynical Observer

Sure, you'd want an alarm sooner, and it would be foolish not to have a carbon monoxide detector in your house, but not everywhere you go (such as your car) has such a detector in place. Better to be alerted in the last minute, than not at all.

Well, that's providing the optical sensor can detect carbon monoxide since there seems to be some skepticism. I don't know enough to say one way or another.

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Re: Why?

I suppose it would be useful as an alarm in case you had restricted oxygen due to a carbon monoxide getting into the passenger cabin of your car, because you won't know it until you lose consciousness. But yeah, it isn't like its useful for workouts in the way tracking heart rate is.

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: You've all missed the best part

Even if the problem is solved for Apple, there are a lot of Android phones running a lot of different versions of Android with different vendor customizations. You going to throw them to the wolves?

Cars to run ... on Android

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Having "no" security is actually a good thing

Or could be. It forces you to have the smarts only interface with the convenience features like the stereo, so the worst that can happen is someone can unlock your car and steal what's inside - which is already so easy to do in most cars being able to do it electronically isn't really reducing security.

In reality they don't always properly firewall between the infotainment and critical systems, but that's a FAR easier problem to solve than having a completely secure user-facing infotainment/convenience system. As Windows, Android, iOS and on and on demonstrate, security is a goal not a state, there will always be many many undiscovered bugs in any complex system. If the worst that happens with a bug is they can steal your Facebook password you may not care too much, if they can cause you to accelerate before you enter a tight curve you will care because it could cost you your life.

If you put in a new platform that the floggers (i.e. Google in this case) claims is secure, then the temptation to interface it with safety critical CAN bus features like braking, acceleration, steering (in steer by wire cars) increases exponentially. After all, Google will assure automakers, Android is very secure and we release patches when exploits are found, so it is safe to interface with every aspect of the car.

So yes, having Android is much worse for a car's security than having the current infotainment systems that do not have any security at all.

World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: "SIM free" ?

What the hell are people doing with their phones that they can't get through a day on battery? I don't talk on my phone nearly as much as I used to (thanks to Lync/Skype meetings replacing the need to dial in to conference calls, and text/email displacing some social calls) so maybe that's the difference, but I'm using it probably two hours a day for apps/browsing - mostly while I'm watching TV so I'm kind of absent minded doing both.

I charge it every other day, occasionally I get three days out of a charge, with an iPhone 6S plus. I am in disbelief that anyone would seriously suggest trying to sell people TWO phones, so one can be charging. I hope that was in jest. Otherwise, this person clearly needs 1) a phone with a swappable battery or 2) to add a "battery case" to the phone that gives it an extra 5000 mAh of battery life. If you still can't get by with that, you need to buy a better phone, because battery life isn't your problem but your phone's shitty battery consumption.

There is no market for people having two phones so one can be charging while the other is in use, nor should there ever be.

Inside Project Loon – Google's megaplan to build a global internet

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"Doesn't give Google much of a payback"?

Driving traffic to their search engine so they can shift ads to them and collect data on them to sell is their entire business model. They wouldn't be doing this if they didn't think it was going to pay for itself eventually.

Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

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Now that they're going up against Apple and Google

Suddenly they aren't the tech industry's darling anymore. Is anyone surprised by that? I guess these investors were!

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Droidy McDroidface

Or maybe Phoney McPhoneface

Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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Sure this may have been "common wisdom"

But until it was mathematically proven, it wasn't something the paranoid were going to want to rely upon for security.

Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

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Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Its because if you try to voice search you have to say it four times before it gets it right, but the stats count all the times you searched for "bib breasted women" and "hot milks"

Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

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Still a lot slower than DRAM

I could see using a smaller amount of DRAM and paging from a phase change backing store, thereby saving power. The performance cost would only be noticeable if you were switching apps constantly, or expecting them all to stay active with a lot of wired memory even when they weren't in the foreground.

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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They are nothing alike

Modifying a few genes in an existing organism is NOTHING like introducing an entirely new organism that has its own behavior. You might as well try advocating for banning the import of iPhones into Australia based on the cane toad experience.

When Monsanto created RoundUp ready crops by splicing in a gene that allowing putting pesticides on a corn plant without killing it they weren't doing anything they couldn't have done naturally. They could have grown a bunch of plants, put just enough RoundUp on them to kill 99% of them, saved the seeds from the survivors and lather rinse repeat until you end up with plants able to survive enough RoundUp to kill the weeds. It would just take a lot longer to get there that way - a decade or two, perhaps. In fact this is already happening in nature with weeds becoming more and more resistant to RoundUp through this exact same process!

If they used this "natural" method to create RoundUp resistant crops, they'd end up with some other traits that might be less desirable, since they would select on just that one but others would happen as well. Maybe they'd have corn that didn't taste as good, or survived drought less well, or the stalks would have a substance in them that made crop rotation less successful - they'd be relying on random mutations after all. By splicing in a specific gene they were able to change the one thing they wanted without getting any "bonus" traits to come along for the ride.

Which do you think would have the greater chance for "cane toad" like problems, natural seeds that had acquired their desired traits through random mutations via selective breeding, meaning they not only had the desired traits but acquired a lot of other traits as well (whether those are desirable or undesirable) or GM seeds where a single trait was spliced in but everything else was left alone and unchanged?

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@d3vy

Regardless of what they're doing with the GM seeds to avoid their reuse, nearby farmers sometimes end up with the special properties of the GM seeds getting bred into their seeds.

There was a famous case in Canada where a farmer who lived next to a farmer using Monsanto GM seeds that were RoundUp (herbicide) resistant blew onto his field or managed to pass that trait to some of his normal seeds. He noticed this and collected those seeds and bred them through traditional methods, and Monsanto sued. Their argument was that it wasn't that he accidentally got the RoundUp resistance trait in a few of his plants, but that he specifically collected the seeds that had acquired that trait and bred for it to get their patented capability for free.

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It is a double edged sword

I recently saw a documentary on PBS (in the US) that was based on a story originally written by a 16 year old female budding journalist in India, whose father had committed suicide because he couldn't pay back what he'd borrowed to buy GM seeds. She wanted to answer these very questions of why they were using these expensive seeds when there were more and more who lost their farms and committed suicide every year.

The reason they are buying the GM seeds is because they are improving yields. That's great, except the larger supply is driving down the price they can get for their crop, so they feel they have no choice but to use them because traditional seeds make less money now. The problem is that they cost a lot more, and while they are more resistant to drought and pests there is only so much they can do. If you have good season you can make money, maybe more than you used to be able to. If you have bad weather you may not be able to pay back the loan you took out for your crops, and if you can't you might lose your land. Some might be able to survive one bad season, but sometimes you have several bad seasons in a row.

This is really something the government would need to regulate in India. Not to ban GM crops, but to fund development of "public domain" GM crops that have the yield benefit but have seeds that can be reused. That would require a government with a lot of backbone to fight big agribusiness, and likely pressure from the US created by all the lobbying money Monsanto spends buying US politicians. This is the kind of thing that secret sections in trade deals like the TPP seek to make illegal, and are the reason why they keep them secret so they can be passed before people realize what they've given up.

New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Efficiency = watts per square meter.

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Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

In the long run watts per dollar is the most important metric, but showing a way to do 34% at all is a lot more important than you make it out to be. This is a science problem, figuring out a way to manufacture it efficiently is an engineering problem. Ball's in their court now.

Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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Re: Will the rollup silently include KB3035583 and (unwanted) telemetry?

Well we can always download the rollup, and then wait for reports on whether it screws us. Or try it first in a VM that can be easily rolled back.

The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: 80% will be on Windows 10 by end of 2018??

I forgot all about that prediction. Thanks for the reminder and the laugh!

Nokia offers up 10 Gbps HFC demo

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Re: "Symmetrical"

OK thanks, I'm interested to see it! Everyone always complains about the state of broadband in the US, and obviously it isn't without its problems (particularly cost in areas with low competition) and some countries are a lot better off but mostly those that have density on another level compared to the US. It is hardly shocking that Singapore is much better off when you compare its density with that of the US or anywhere in the US for that matter other than maybe Manhattan and SF.

Canada, of course, is on a whole other level of low density even compared to the US, especially outside the cities and more than 50 miles north of the border. Probably comparable to the Australian outback in a lot of ways - another country that seems to have broadband issues, at least if the number of Reg articles written around people complaining about the state of Australian broadband is anything to go by.

5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Donald Trump?

At the intersection, take a yuuuuge right turn, your destination is on your left. And let me tell you, it is a terrific destination, the best there is!

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