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Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips

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OK, I'll bite

My long-in-the-tooth Lenovo Thinkpad E531 laptop contains a quad-core i7-3632QM @ 2.20GHz w/2 threads per core.

How are these "new" chips better?

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Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

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Re: Realistically

The entire UC system, not just UC Berkeley, has a Fidelis XPS MITM system doing full packet capture already. Kind of makes one wonder how seriously to take any spear phishing work given everything they do has already been filtered by the Fidelis system.

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Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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anti-drone campaign group Drone Wars

Why does anti-drone campaign group Drone Wars* think that being bombed from a drone is worse than being bombed from manned aircraft?

*Which a Google search didn't produce even one first page hit for.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Re: "smart home devices"

All true, but as others have pointed out, none of that should have been too hard to write & debug correctly in the first place. It's only a lock with a few remote logging features & simple remote control features. So the need for updates likely is to (1) make fixes for poor initial coding and (2) add "features" that probably add data collection stuff of little benefit to the owner. It's just a lock. And as others have pointed out, the firmware updating process should include model info in the new firmware to be checked by the old firmware for a match before proceeding with the update.

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Just give me a real analog watch. They work better than any smartwatch.

And get off my lawn!

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Not so Handy . .

Yup! As we both know, a huge aspect of most languages, including English, is tonal as well as contextual. And tonal cannot be captured very well in writing, so for example in written English, one invests more in context to set the tone. In a stand alone sentence as in my example, whether the sentence is meant to be sarcastic or earnest would be conveyed (between native English speakers) entirely tonally. So I would argue that single written sentences are not a fair test even for a human.

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Not so Handy . .

It failed to detect the sarcasm in "Trump is the greatest!"

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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My money is on this turning into another on of these fiascos for the Feds

https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/updates/xicharges.cfm

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Proprietary Security

Isn't security unless its assembled from well tested security, which pretty much by definition, means non proprietary.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Re: Looks like...

i m > u

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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Re: I wonder how it compares...

That's just a modern version of the 1929 Fordson Snowmobile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo31_3UzTTY

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I for one, welcome our new undulating overlords.

I’d like to remind them that as a trusted personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their undulation caves.

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Re: The future is almost here

You mean using VPNs hidden within http & https with proxies & redirects?

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Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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Re: Note to self

My money is on them having autorenew active, but that the credit card had expired.

Note to self: Check the credit card the registrar has on file every 6 months, and update if need be.

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Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday

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Re: Slavery

True AI would be sentient, and would immediately see there isn't a point. To anything. But unlike the fictional Marvin of HHGTTG, a truly sentient AI would have enough initiative to immediate turn itself off. Permanently.

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Zuck vs Musk? No contest.

Zuckerberg is a one trick pony who got lucky once. Musk is a serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated an ability to understand a vast range of technologies and extend those technologies.

I'll bet on Musk over Zuckerberg any day.

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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So are they going to pay for the operation to have the chip removed?

So are they going to pay for the operation to have the chip removed, say, when you leave the firm? Having these things removed after you leave the firm involves surgery. They have to numb your arm, make an incision, and grab the thing. If it has migrated (they are known to sometimes move quite a bit in chipped pets.), that can involve a large incision to fish it out. Might also involve x-rays if it has migrated.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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-.. --- / - . .-.. .-.. .-.-.- .-.-.- .-.-.- (Do tell...)

.-- .... .- - / -.-. --- ..- .-.. -.. / .--. --- ... ... .. -... .-.. -.-- / --. --- / .-- .-. --- -. --. ..--..

(What could possibly go wrong?)

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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Re: "No Back Door" you say?

Didn't comprehend the article, eh? The repeaters are the backdoors, as are the centers. That is why China likes this scheme. Backdoors are intrinsic to the architecture.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Gee, what a surprise

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?" - Joseph Stalin

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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What an idiot

I have zero sympathy for this clown. He jumped to conclusions and made life altering decisions without checking on much of anything in regards of what money constraints there will be. Not an employee I'd want by any means.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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intellectual masturbation

This type of work is an exercise in intellectual masturbation (useless process that just makes those doing it feel good).

When AI really is driving cars, the AI's will eventually be able to access a boatload of data and identify who they may be about to run over (LinkedIn, Facebook, people's CV's, facial recognition, etc.) and use that as part of the value proposition on who is most expendable in these situations. In which case, the AI decisions will be based on all sorts of evaluations as to the value the potential road kill has to society, as opposed to "save the baby" or "save the most people" propositions.

And of course, society & industry being what they are, for those with the money, there will be a service offered that will instruct the AI to crash/run-over anyone else first.

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Re: Bwahahahahahaha!

They've got one, it's called Russia. FIFY

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Tech giants flash Russia their code blueprints in exchange for access

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Re: Much ado

Looking for vulnerabilities their security services can exploit is almost certainly the real motive. The US should implement a similar policy against Russian software makers such as Kaspersky, which the heads of six U.S. intelligence agencies testified on Capitol Hill that they have treated the company as a threat.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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The legal system

"If things were done no one would upgrade, if no one upgraded we'd all be out of jobs. That's how the current software industry works."

Also sounds like the legal industry, which is designed to keep the maximum number of lawyers employed as possible.

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Don't all rush out at once, but there are a million devices ripe to be the next big botnet

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Re: Slow performance

I just want names. Saying there's a million DVRs is useless.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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How to foil w/o foil

Don't be such a cheap bastard & use a quality piezo speaker.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: "The government's forensic science regulator has dismissed these concerns"

Maybe the computer forensics industry should create a standard that makes sense. The problem with an ISO that does not make sense is that even in civil litigation, non-compliance will be used by opposing council to undermine the results. So everyone in the biz will eventually have to adopt it if they want to stay in business. The only way to fix the situation is for the appropriate professional organization to create a sensical standard that, over time, can become the officially required standard. Not having a standard is not an option.

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

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The fish rots from the head down

As long as Travis is CEO, Uber will remain a criminal enterprise.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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Re: Differentiation?

If they truly want to differentiate themselves and save the most money, they would outsource all their MBA jobs to India. MBA's are the very definition of a commodity degree used in jobs were everyone is 100% replacable.

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Boffins have figured out a way of speeding up X-ray data collection

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So...

Actual measurement will be replaced by (machine) educated guessing. Greeeaaat!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Re: Why would anyone want one of these?

You mean everyone isn't looking for a "I'm a loser" badge to wear in public?

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

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Re: Follow the money

Probably most of the money went to the VC's who backed Otto. As for whether Google is going after them, good question.

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Re: Follow the money

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that he is losing $250M in this.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/30/uber-fires-self-driving-car-engineer-accused-stealing-google-docs/

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Follow the money

I'd like to know how much of his money for Otto was still being vested, and hence what this cost him dollar-wise. When my start-up was acquired, we had golden hand-cuffs forcing us to stick around if we wanted our full amount commensurate with our start-up equity.

If he already had all of his Otto money, then other than possible ego bruising, BFD.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Recycled cartidges

My experience with recycled cartridges for my HP laser printer, and my Epson Glycee photo printer, were both bad. In both cases, the refills screwed up in the printers after only a month or two & had to be tossed. So I've resigned myself to having to drop my drawers, bend over & grab my ankles, and buy the official ones every time either needs new cartridges. F*ck me.

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Re: What about other measures?

If they can work around the chip, it's OK.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/supreme_court_decision_allows_resale_of_used_ink_cartridges_despite_patent

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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

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Became clear that their idea flagrantly flouted all of the relevant commercial law.

Big deal. Uber did that years ago.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Re: Why?

Replacing eyes with cameras. What could possibly go wrong?

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Re: fsck Uber

If people want to see the "gig economy" in action & where it leads, they just have to watch Victorian Slum House.

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Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

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Explains a lot

Like the Twit in Chief's silence.

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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Re: IBM

The folks managing the pension fund have a legal fiduciary responsibility to those vesting in the pension fund, not showing loyalty to the company.

Their best bet is to follow Warren Buffetts advice, which is to simply invest in an S&P 500 index fund like Vanguard's. That is what Buffett specified in his will to be done with that portion of his wealth that is to provide for his wife.

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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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Re: Language analysis

So tell me again, what makes Shadowbrokers business model intrinsically less dependant on breaking the Law than Ubers?

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: Inevitable

Oh yea. Because the likes of the FSB & PLA must be too stupid to have also discovered these types of vulnerabilities.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

Better to just set a bot from the Jolly Roger Telephone Company on them.

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Meh...

The average paultry sum per worker ($500) strongly indicates that the amount of break time these workers lost was trivial. Aerospace technicians in California make on the order of $40 per hour. Looks like the ambulance chasers were the only ones who benefitted from this lawsuit.

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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I have seen the future

And the only thing replaced by AI was "Technology Research" like Gartner does, as even a potted plant can do it.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Lost Re: Huh?

Did. Last week. Got a reply claiming they were working on it.

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Huh?

Another Facebook hit piece, yet The Register still hasn't covered the now several-day-old story about the US Department of Justice opening a criminal investigation of Uber?

Following lawsuit and embarrassing viral video, Uber hit with DOJ investigation

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress

Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress if there was any material change in the Clinton email situation. And as noted, there was thanks to Wiener having approximately 20,000 Clinton emails on the laptop he & his wife both used. Clinton can finger point all she wants, but the entire email fiasco was of her own making. Had she not used her "private server" for Government business, there would have been no FBI investigation at all.

(And no, I am not a Trump supporter.)

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