* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

NASA delivers CREAM-y load to ISS to improve cosmic ray detection

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Re: Scientists and Acyonyms

The Bureau of Acronyms wishes you would mention them by their preferred name, BOA.

HP Inc vows: We're not walking away from Continuum

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@Teiwaz - 'why sell 1 when they can sell you 2'

I think for Apple the equation would be rather different, since Macs are only about 5% of PC sales worldwide, but sells at least 10 iPhones for every Mac.

If they made it so you could install a 'macOS GUI/API' app on your iPhone, and sold a Lighting to HDMI & USB dongle so you could connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse, you'd basically have a Mac. Think of how useful something like this would be for "casual" PC users, who basically use them for browsing, email, light gaming, viewing/editing Office type documents once in a while (think college students writing papers) and hardly running any commercial applications beyond a tax or home accounting type software. You probably need a beefier CPU if you want to do 4K video editing, but many people's needs would be taken care of by this.

Sure, they'd lose a lot of Mac sales those who currently own an iPhone and a Mac, because they might decide they don't need to replace that Mac now that the iPhone can perform the role. But I think they'd gain a lot more in iPhone sales because of this capability than they'd lose Mac sales, and end up with more Mac users overall.

The one thing that makes this difficult is that the Mac uses an x86 CPU, and iPhone uses ARM. But that's not a real obstacle, they have supported fat binaries before and the millions of iPhone users who would adopt this would be a tempting market for every Mac software company. They could continue selling x86 Macs, and the iPhone would just be a "different" Mac. Sales of x86 Macs would drop, but they would not disappear as some will need a real laptop, high end performance or need x86 for running Windows.

Dunno how much RAM they'd need for this, probably 4GB at a minimum with 8GB desirable, but some phones already ship with that much so it could certainly be done if they decided they wanted to go this route.

Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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The "laws" are useless

What you forgot to mention is that Asimov's laws were somehow basic to the positronic brain they had. In the real world you have to program such laws, and nothing stops someone else from changing that programming - or if you have perfect DRM so the programming can't be changed, from building their own android with different programming. Does anyone really think the US, Russia, China etc. would be OK with an android that wasn't allowed to kill a human being? That would be the whole point of them paying for its development!

You can debate which laws are needed and how they are written, but it will still be lines of code, subject to the programmer's whim (or any security holes that let you give it your own code to run)

Sure, in theory it is a good idea to have some sort of as basic as possible "sanity check" code that any action taken by the android has to go through, to prevent you from telling Rosie your housemaid robot to kill your neighbor you hate. But that's more of a product level fix, and doesn't actually solve any real concerns.

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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You need to hold police accountable for how it is used

Make sure they are disciplined if they constantly "forget" to turn it on before making contact with a subject, or it mysteriously gets turned off after it was on during an incident. Make sure the back end people who are tasked with maintaining them insure they are kept in working order, they do spot checks to insure cops are complying with the rules for their use, and have appropriate funding to do this. And finally their civilian oversight needs to insure that if defense attorneys keep footage to defend their clients, police don't stonewall, or claim the footage was "lost".

There have been several incidents in the US this year where cops were recorded planting evidence on suspects. The reason? The camera model they are using is always recording, when you turn it 'on' it has a 30 second buffer that gets included (intended to capture the beginning of incidents if something occurs and the cop triggers it - or something else automatically triggers it like removal of gun or taser from the holster) Those cops apparently didn't listen when they were being trained, and got caught dirty!

hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

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Re: Do the linkin scrape

Yes Facebook is useless too, but has plenty of entertainment value. Linkedin doesn't even have that.

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Re: Do the linkin scrape

I treat it like Myspace, and just let my profile rot. I never had much information in it, and haven't updated it for years. I logged in a couple years ago for the first time in like 3-4 years and added a few people who had requested me to add them, and despite more people trying to add me since then I haven't bothered to come back. There's zero value in it for me. For all the complaining people here do about Facebook, I find that 100x more useful than Linkedin. It serves no purpose for me whatsoever.

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: @ A non e-mouse ... No-win

Google dumping them doesn't infringe on their right to free speech in any way whatsoever. They are still free to say what they want, they'll just have to get some other company's help to get their hateful message to their followers.

If you owned a bakery, and someone came in wanting one of those fancy cakes made that has a picture 'printed' on it, with a swastika and a picture of a lynched black man, would you consider a "massive PR gain" for your shop that you "did the right thing" and made them the cake? Or would you say "the first amendment supports your right to have such a cake made, but doesn't require me to be the one to make it for you" and tell them to find another bakery?

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Re: No-win

What are Nazis going to do, boycott Google Search and Android phones? It would be pretty hard for them to avoid Google, and even if they do the corporations behind the only real alternatives (Bing and iPhone) aren't going to be any friendlier to their vitriol.

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Re: Oh well...

Talk about an overreaction!

They'll find some small provider willing to host them, which will become a haven nazis, white supremacists and others of their ilk. Your worries will only come to fruition if large ISPs refuse to route their IP blocks, but considering the rest of the world doesn't even cut off North Korea I don't think that's too likely.

Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

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Re: Nothing to do with "being first choice"

You don't go to Google's home page when you do a search from Safari, it takes you right to the results page, so you won't see that ad. They do preferred placement for their own stuff in the search results, that's where they get most people.

Almost no one will see that ad, unless they have google.com as their home page.

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Re: Just goes to show ...

Users have a choice, it is easy to change the default search in Safari in Settings. But most people don't change the defaults on their tech - that's true for iPhone users, Android users, Windows users and so forth.

Heck, despite all the warnings about putting a password on your SSID, most people didn't when their router came with a default SSID of 'linksys' (etc.) and no password so router vendors had to solve the problem in software (and hardware, with that autoconfiguration button)

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DuckDuckGo is the only option if they want to protect privacy

Google is paying to be the default choice in Safari, not the only choice. Some iPhone users who care more about privacy (like me) have changed it to DuckDuckGo.

You suggest Apple should "leave the choice up to its users". There's a big difference between giving them a menu of search engines to choose from when first using Safari, and making the default the only one that doesn't collect personal info on you, DuckDuckGo. Almost no one would choose them because few regular people have ever heard of them... Everyone has heard of Google, most have probably heard of Bing, many may dimly remember Yahoo. Those are the only three 98% of people would choose, so giving them a choice isn't protecting their privacy.

It would be interesting to know what DuckDuckGo would pay Apple to become the default. They make their money from ads (based on one time search terms, no history) and affiliate relationships with retailers. I wonder how much less they make per search than Google because of the lack of personal data collection?

Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: Response time

Too bad Trump didn't have psychologists investigating his relationship with his father when he was younger. There could be a whole library of books based on how screwed up he is with his never satiated need for love and approval, and emotional development that stopped at the age of six. Fred Trump must have been a real piece of work.

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Re: all it needs now

Cook hasn't ever been a part of any of Trump's "councils" so he doesn't have anything to resign from.

Though he could troll Trump by joining, which would probably earn a positive tweet from Trump to counter the negative press these three resignations (with more to follow tomorrow, you can be sure) only to resign the next day.

US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: The clue is in the domain name

What do you mean "anything against the president is a crime"?

It is a crime if they are trying to harm the president. It is not a crime to hate the president, protest the president, say mean things about the president, or anything else connected with the president other than trying to harm him or his family.

I'll bet 95% of those who think the president should somehow be protected from criticism and protest did not hold that view when Obama was president.

If they investigate and find that some people were planning to destroy property or commit other crimes then that's a crime and they can be prosecuted. But being "against the president" is not and should never be a crime, even if Trump would make it a crime if he could.

If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Forcing the Underground

I would have to think Anglin's neighbors already know about him. He probably lives in a rural area where people keep to themselves. Since nazis also tend to be heavy armed militia nuts, he's probably not a neighbor you want to get into a fight with. You ignore him, and secretly hope to see a lot of black SUVs filled with guys wearing FBI or ATF jackets come to town someday.

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Considering how fast Microsoft's Tay was turned into a Nazi, I don't think we want to feed Daily Stormer content into Google Analytics!

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I do not understand why so many people seem to think "free speech" is being violated by this. Your right to free speech ends on my property line, or my servers in this case.

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@AC - "banning speech does little to stop the behavior"

A hosting provider refusing to host them is NOT banning speech. They have free speech, but no business is required to help them distribute their speech to the masses.

Let them find one that is willing to host them, and doesn't kick them out after they keep spewing hate despite the protests, and we get to watch with glee as their business falls apart once the 98% of their client base which is not sympathetic to the Daily Stormer's drivel flees!

WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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Re: Framed?

While there's plenty of room to blame Trump for stuff he's responsible for, I hardly think he's ever heard of this guy. Not before he was arrested, and still hasn't. A president would have to be a micromanager's micromanager to get involved in something like this.

UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Making profits doesn't mean dividends are paid. You can pile up cash, use cash for buying other companies (that's a capital expense and doesn't reduce reported profit) use it for buybacks, or use it for incentives (i.e. stock options)

Google makes billions of dollars, and has never paid a dividend, as just one example.

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A tax on sales is more regressive than a tax on profits

It wouldn't quite be the same thing as VAT, but we do have this exact same thing in the US except we collect the tax at time of purchase. I think you'd find many companies - and 100% of those in a high turnover low margin business like groceries - would simply tack the 22% tax on at the time of purchase. What do you think would happen to the price of an iPhone or Galaxy S, for instance?

Most of those reading this would not really be affected by a 22% tax added to their grocery bill, but those down near the bottom of the economic ladder sure would. You'd be taking a tax on profits, which is more progressive as the burden is shared between customers and owners, and replace it with a tax that would be paid by customers to a much larger degree.

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No, Microsoft started making gobs of profit by the late 80s when everyone was buying DOS licenses, then Windows, then Office, then Windows Server. Amazon is the only megacap stock that makes almost no profit, because its investors continue to assume that "someday" they'll start making tons of profit sufficient to support their elevated stock price.

GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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@AC - "hatred knows no politics"

Not quite true. No one denies these guys are right wing extremists, just like the BLM protestors who rioted last year were left wing extremists.

The problem isn't calling that out, but those on either side who try to equate the statements/actions of the extremists on one side with the mainstream on that side. When you see comments with terms like "racist" or "libtard" or other inflammatory language being used, you know that 1) this person lacks any functional reasoning ability and 2) they are the very extremists that allow extremists on the other side to hold up as an example "see, this is what everyone in his group is like!"

It would be nice if hate was apolitical, but that's not the reality. There are hate groups on the right like those who came to Charlottesville to protest removal of a statue, and there are also hate groups on the left. Just like there are terrorists who claim to speak for Islam, as well as terrorists who claim to speak for Christians. It is up to the organizations these people claim to speak for to clearly and repeatedly denounce and disown them. Not that this be heard by the extremists on the other side who will continue to falsely claim those hate groups / terrorists speak for the entire political party / religion, but it will help insure they are believed by fewer people.

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Do hosting providers even comb through their list of millions of domains to find ones that might be problematic? They might have a site showing ISIS videos, but unless they have a way for people to report them and act on the reports by having someone check them...

It won't matter in the long run, if nothing else some Nazis with a little money will buy a small hosting provider and offer a home to all their hate. There's no way to really be rid of it.

I think it is simultaneously hilarious, ironic and sad that the "doxxing" technique the right wing extremists have been using against various targets is being used against them. There's a Twitter feed where pictures from Charlottesville are being checked and Nazis named and shamed. I saw last night already one lost his job as a result. Hopefully more will follow. At least the KKK feared the consequences enough to wear hoods. These guys are so proud of their views they aren't, but in the days of facial recognition that's probably not a good idea. I wonder if the FBI set up shop there to take pictures of the crowd? Surely a few of those nutjobs are wanted, and could be arrested on the spot.

Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Four years of maintenance?

They could probably demo the tower and rebuild it from scratch in that time!

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Soldering them in is fine, if...

If they include an m.2 slot. Then it can come with a small but reasonable size to cover basic uses, and allow those who want more storage to install as many terabytes as they can afford and those who want more reliability can add a second one for mirroring.

m.2 slots take up very little space, there's very little argument that the room for it can't be spared.

This would even be a possible upsell for Intel - sell CPUs with say 256GB of NAND stacked on the package. The performance of that could be pretty impressive since it wouldn't be limited by interfaces like SATA or PCIe.

Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

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I received a notice

I bought ones coming from a company that was listed everywhere as being one of the trusted ones, and it wasn't fulfilled by a third party. Now I'm not sure if I should use these or not, but it is probably too late to get other ones in time unless I got to a store - and if buying a reputable brand from Amazon isn't good enough, how would I tell which ones to get at Walmart, for instance?

I think I'm going to go with my original plan - not looking at the sun through the glasses for more than a couple seconds at a time just in case, and being mostly interested in looking at the fully eclipsed sun without glasses. I've seen partials before - without glasses I might add - so that's not really something I care about. I want to see the full eclipse and see the corona and stars! You don't wear the glasses for that part anyway.

Of course that assumes it isn't going to be cloudy. No point in driving a few hours Monday morning if that's the going to happen, so we're kind of playing it by ear. At least if I don't get to see the eclipse I've been refunded for the glasses. I wonder who is eating the cost, Amazon or the manufacturer? I think I know the answer to that one...I forsee a future article about companies suing Amazon appearing on El Reg later this year!

Hopefully we won't read about a lot of emergency room visits the next day from people who have seriously damaged their vision, and all this worry is over nothing.

Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: >error 49912345

The code will be 499, not 49912345. That's the extended code that will not be in the canoniclal <xxx><space><text> error code section. It would be in a following line (marked as a comment) or at the end of the text if being in the following line is not possible for some reason.

So error < 500 would still work just fine.

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Can't we just reserve 499 for extensions?

Make that a code for an extended error, where old implementations that only look for three digit codes will not get the full information, where those that do will see something like "499 extended error 49912345 actual error text" and drop the first part.

Trying to deprecate existing errors, even ones included in jest, is just going to cause confusion. Especially when haven't run out yet.

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Re: Regarding 'legacy' apps

So long as Noscript and uBlock Origin are supported, I'm fine. There are a couple other extensions I use, but nothing I couldn't live without. Thanks for letting us know, I think those two are the 'dealbreakers' for most of us, so knowing they will be around makes me no longer worry about Firefox 57.

Hopefully MenuWizard or something with similar functionality that lets me remove a bunch of the useless clutter from some of the menus is still there, but I can deal if the new API isn't powerful enough for something like that.

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Any way to tell?

Sure would be nice if the "about:addons" screen would flag ones that are going to be axed so we can look for alternatives. This isn't being handled very well if the user has no warning until the new version just disables them.

Sneaky devs could abuse shared libraries to slurp smartphone data

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Re: Have I gone senile?

I was thinking the same thing. The way shared libraries work, including on Linux upon which Android is based, the text and other read only data is shared, but writeable data (both initialized and uninitialized) is private, with each process having its own pages for that data.

Thus I'm unclear on how a process is able to use shared library data to communicate to another process. Does Android provide some special support, or maybe Linux does via a method I'm not aware of? If the latter, maybe Android should just disable that, it would seem to have little value compared to the security risk.

Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Re: Interesting...

Ancient bacteria and viruses are getting released anyway, as glaciers that have been around for a very long time are melting, as well as permafrost.

There's probably not a source of oxygen, so the life down there is probably extremophiles like those found in deep sea vents.

Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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@gerdesj - "citation needed"

Since I guess you need help using Google, here's one story. Since you already seem to be making the case that North Korea is incapable of being a big player in cyberware, you'll probably view the World Economic Forum as an invalid source (I chose one that wasn't the US government or media) but if you want to go down that rathole you can do your searching for a citation from an organization that meets your approval.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/05/who-are-the-cyberwar-superpowers/

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Re: This is getting really tiresome

North Korea has one of the best offensive cyberwarfare groups in the world, and has for a couple decades, and they are orders of magnitude poorer than Russia.

It all depends on where you want to invest your money. The USSR tried to keep up with the US in weapons technology but ran out of money. Putin learned that lesson, and learned the lesson of asymmetric warfare in Afghanistan (that the US should have learned from) Hackers who hit the power grids, water purification and so forth could do more short term damage to the US than a barrage of nukes, and would not provoke a barrage of nukes in response (well you never know what president cheeto might want to do, fortunately the military would almost certainly refuse such an order from him since it finally becoming clear just how mentally unstable he is trying to outcrazy Kim Jung Un)

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: The "leave me alone and I'll fix it" scenario

Oh yes, I billed for every hour plus threw in a few more for the annoyance of missing a night out with my friends!

Because of the go live that weekend I knew there was a chance they'd call me, or I wouldn't have brought the laptop along. At least they waited until the third day of the three day weekend to break something :)

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The "leave me alone and I'll fix it" scenario

I've done this a few times, where I knew that explaining what I figured out would 1) take too long and 2) have people wanting me to prove some logical leaps I made.

The most memorable was back in 2000 when I was consulting on a SAP migration for a Fortune 500 company most everyone will have heard of. It was being migrated from Texas to Toronto, and it had just been brought live over Labor Day weekend - getting downtime for this was almost impossible so it had to succeed. It was as super complicated process that involved among other things a courier on a private jet taking the past week's redo logs from Texas to Toronto. I wasn't involved in this part of the process, so I was taking some much needed vacation.

So on Labor Day I was doing some boating/drinking with some friends but had brought my laptop on the trip (to the condo, not the boat) 'just in case'. In the middle of the afternoon I get a call from the guy in charge of the project, but cell service on the lake isn't that great so I just ignored it at the time, figuring it was probably some question that could wait or someone else could answer. When we got back that evening and I was walking up from the dock he called again and was in a panic - apparently all hell had broken loose and SAP was down and the DB corrupted.

Once I called into the bridge and dialed in my laptop (good thing my friend's condo had a phone line) I learned none of the filesystems containing the DB could be mounted (this was before Oracle commonly used raw volumes) and everyone was running around like chickens with their heads cut off because thousands of users were going to come in tomorrow morning and expect to use the system. While my friends went out to the bars and had a good time I stayed behind and began trying to troubleshoot with the others.

After some back and forth for a while I eventually got an idea and did a little digging, and figured out what had happened. Its been so long I actually don't remember the details of what the problem was, something to do with the pairing relationships between the primary copies BCV copies (there were like 4 copies of each volume) on the Symmetrix scrambled the Veritas disk group information so none of the volumes could be imported. The upshot was that the data was still there, nothing had been lost.

I told everyone on the call (there were probably at least 50 by this point) that I knew what happened and I could fix it, I just needed some time to concentrate. Cue a half dozen people wanting me to explain it, and me insisting that it would be easier for me to just try to fix it, and promising that what I did wouldn't change any data on the drives so if it didn't work we'd be no worse off I just had to make sure no one else was going to touch the storage in the meantime. There were like 500 primary volumes, so it would take forever to fix by hand, but luckily I was able to determine exactly how it got messed, and I able to write a script to reverse the process. Once I ran that I was able to import all the disk groups and mount the filesystems, and shared the good news. The Basis lead then checked things out, verified all was good, started it up and everything worked. All those users were able to login the next day, none the wiser.

They wanted me to explain further but it was like 2am by this point and my friends were back so it was too noisy, so I just told them I'd explain it in a couple days but told them what NOT to do that created the situation in the first place so there wouldn't be a repeat! I wrote about five pages to include in the RCA as to what happened and how I fixed it, spent countless hours in meetings explaining it, and but I think only about three people really understood it...

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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@AC - Google hiring "the cream of the crop"

If Google had no competition in hiring, that might be the case (or rather, they might wish it was the case but no one can be even remotely that precise in measuring the 'best' people for hiring) But it is not the case, there are many companies in Silicon Valley alone that also try to hire the best.

Besides, the cream of the crop for sprinters are better than one in a million, not 10 in 1500. The guy that finishes last in the Olympics 100m finals is still the 10th fastest on Earth, assuming 10 people compete. Google almost certainly does not employ any of the top 10 programmers on Earth (assuming it was possible to measure that) because he (or she!) probably employs himself.

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Re: "why Blacks are such fast runners?"

Or it could be that it was more useful to be a fast runner for humans in Africa than it was for the humans who migrated north. While we all came from Africa if you go back a hundred thousand years or so, to the extent that fast running was more important for survival and having more children (i.e. higher social status) in Africa versus Europe/Asia/Americas the ones who left Africa would stop selecting for it as much. We selected for other traits, like lighter skin to allow getting sufficient vitamin D from the sun, digesting milk when we started keeping cattle, and so forth.

At any rate, the difference in speed is pretty small on average as well in the elite category. But when the difference between winning and losing is measured in hundredths of a second, it doesn't take much difference for blacks to be overrepresented in the ranks of elite sprinters.

Which is similar to the difference between men and women that Damore was pointing out. Yes, there's a difference, but it isn't large enough to account for the wide disparity in men and women working in tech. Especially since there is nearly a 50/50 mix in other countries like India and China. The difference in the US is obviously not genetic, unless someone wants to make a case that the difference between men and women in suitability for tech jobs exists only in Caucasians.

Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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Re: What about computers at rest?

It takes a lot more energy to damage electronics that are powered off. If a powered off computer is permanently damaged on the trip to Mars, your astronauts are probably dead. I'd worry more about NAND, since it needs to preserve state, but error correction would presumably handle it. Probably you're going to mirror everything anyway, so that should account for the (perhaps unlikely?) case where a single energetic particle is traveling at just the right angle to upset more bits in the same word than ECC can correct.

Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth

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Re: and this is why I'm wary of public USB chargers!

Maybe this is what iOS does when you get the dialog with the choice to 'Trust' the computer. Though I'm not sure I wouldn't trust the writers of the USB spec not to screw up so that even if Android 7 and iOS are being careful that they don't potentially get screwed by the hardware itself in some manner. USB specs were designed with convenience in mind, not security.

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Re: and this is why I'm wary of public USB chargers!

A better solution would be for iOS and Android to implement a "charging mode" where you are required to take some additional action when plugging into a USB port for the phone to allow it to do anything but charge. Like having to hit 'ok' to a prompt to permit a data connection, hold down a button when connecting the cable, that sort of thing. Otherwise, the data pins should be electrically disconnected in the phone to prevent any sort of mischief.

Unfortunately this attack is so rare (maybe has never happened except when researchers did it?) it isn't worth their while to address, I guess.

HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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If there's no crew on the ship to see the drone

There's also no crew on the ship to be killed if it carried a grenade or plastic explosive.

Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Re: Encryption

You're complaining about a system that's nearly 20 years old no longer working anymore? Next you'll tell me you have problems browsing the modern web with the version of IE installed on your Windows 98 PC...

What's your point, caller? Oracle fiddles with major database release cycle numbers

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Re: Semantic Versioning

Given that a simple increment of the fourth decimal version could have 13K fixes along with new features, they were nowhere near a versioning system "that immediately identifies the risk and effort of an upgrade cycle", so the yearly versioning is indeed an improvement over what they had before.

Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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@Destroy All Monsters

https://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/arthur-murderchicago.png

Chicago's murder rate is still lower than it was, though it has risen a lot and may hit a new record if it keeps increasing at the recent rate. Even if keeps rising and becomes higher that doesn't change the fact that nationwide it has dropped massively since the peak in the early 90s. That some places see much bigger declines than average and others see much smaller declines - or even increases - is not unexpected. You won't get exactly the same percentage drop everywhere in the country.

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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This is where the race to the bottom will finish

A good reason to be using Firefox on Linux like me. With the masses using Chrome on Windows, that's going to be what the inevitable malware advertising targets. uBlock Origin is great, I don't have to see the crap. I used to whitelist some sites like the Reg, but one by one they all sold out to ridiculous ads that zoom over the whole page, have LOUD audio, and other crap so I just gave up and blocked everyone. Even if someone finds a way by uBlock Origin, if they are trying to stick malware in my browser/OS they are unlikely to target Firefox and definitely won't try to target Linux.

I used to see all sorts of crap on my iPhone until Apple added support for ad blocking in iOS. It is amazing the difference I see when visiting a site linked via Facebook (i.e. using the Facebook app's built in browser that the iOS adblocking doesn't affect) versus what I see in Safari using the "open in Safari" option - which I ALWAYS use now!

Yeah, I still see some ads in Safari, but all the worst ones are removed, and the page scrolls smoothly instead of bogging down due to the sheer volume of shit trying to load on the page. Most importantly, I don't get randomly forced redirected to a page that I "won" something - this happens so often I can't believe that the ad network (probably Google, they own most of the advertising on the whole web) doesn't know their advertisers are doing this. They are willingly looking the other way.

If they're willing to look the other way when a page forcibly redirects you to a different site where you CANNOT go back to the page you were on because it keeps redirecting you, there's not much further to go before they are trying to hack your browser/OS so they can force their ads on you all the time. Web advertising is in a race to the bottom, and Google is complicit in this because they're afraid if they try to stop it the advertisers will simply strike a deal with a different ad network and Google's stock price will crash once they no longer demonstrate growth.

It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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Re: Why I love Apple

Sorry, the claim that iPhone performance goes to shit in only two years is utter bullshit. I used an iPhone 5 for three years and it was at least as fast the day I sold it to a friend for her daughter to use as the day I got it. And her daughter is still using it (I see them regularly)

Maybe the early products like the 3gs that didn't have enough memory were pushed too far by the updates, but that's no longer true. With iOS 11 the oldest supported phone is the 5S which has 1GB RAM.

Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

DougS Silver badge

Watch them claim this as a "win for deregulation"

Showing pie charts or something with x% of the country having access to broadband speeds when Obama left office and after only one year of Trump that percentage has gone way up. The drooling masses will lap it up as more "proof" that their orange hero has made America great for them!

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