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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla is proof positive that people over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas.

Everyone in Silicon valley knows Vinny hasn't had an original thought in at least 20.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: VR Glasses

Yep, those Oculus glasses were interesting for about a day. As worthless at tits on a bull after that.

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Re: 3D

Just about every Samsung TV I've looked at lately supports 3D. But while it's listed in the specs, it's not a big bullet on the features list in the store or online short description. Don't know if that's true generally.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re Notas Badoff: Sense of proportion

Easy - they could have deleted the tweet that violated their TOS. But then they'd be responsible for the diarrhea in their toilet content of their site.

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To Russia, with love: Greek court now says Bitcoin fraud suspect could be tried at home

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What's the going "price" of justice in Greece these days?

And do they take cash or only bitcoin?

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

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Re: Russian snoops snoop on Kaspersky says Israeli snoops ..

Claiming "Kaspersky is possibly the only one not yet so compromised" when the two major countries with it codified into their laws that all software sold within their borders be turned over the the security services are Russia & China, is simply ludicrous. What would be shocking would be if Russian & Chinese AV makers were not compromised by their respective governments.

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Re: in 2015, Kaspersky [...] was infected by the [American] Duqu 2.0 spyware

Nice pivot attempt. You must be a Russian troll. Duqu is Israeli, not American.

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In current affairs news: Teen boffin with lots of potential crafts electric honeycombs out of oil

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Re: Mpemba

Known more widely as Pathological Science.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: 260 working days per year

Clearly not "France", "Italy" or "Spain", as the number is non-zero.

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Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

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Re: SourceFource

Do you live under a rock? A lot of people rely on Sourceforge, for good or bad. Portable Apps is but one example.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Uber is a criminal organization

Uber is an organized crime organization that meets all of the necessary criteria to be prosecuted by the DOJ under RICO. And under RICO, the money behind Uber can be prosecuted as well. If the DOJ would do that, VC's would be a little more reluctant about funding companies whose business models are based around criminal behavior.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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Re: Next step.

I just put a lot of ice in my pocket along with the phone.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: scaling up is the answer?

"Keep in mind, that the thermal efficiency of a power plant might be 20-25%."

Er, no.

The efficiency of a modern coal fired power plant is about 33%.

The efficiency of a modern natural gas fired power plant is about 60%.

The reasons to move away from fossil fuels for electricity isn't efficiency, as typical solar panels are a bit under 20% efficient. The reasons to move away from fossil fuels are (1) consumption of a limited resource that has other uses and (2) collateral damage to the environment due to the extraction from the ground & the effluents from the power plants like CO2, mercury & ash (in the case of coal), etc.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

What will they do?

Stop working for an organized crime organization?

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Peak Code Monkey

Anyone can write code. My company hires people who have demonstrated they know how to think, and have the skills to do so. That generally has resulted in hiring people with Physics, Math, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering degrees. CS? Not so much, as anyone with those other degrees can, if they don't already know, learn to code very well in a matter of weeks. But teaching a CS grad about math or science? That could take years.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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2030?

That will only give Musk and the SpaceX welcoming party half a dozen years to prepare for the arriving NASA folks.

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Do what we say, not what we do.

The above is apparently Equifax's motto on security.

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The architecture for sharing tokens across blockchains promises traction

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Re: Is anyone hearing the words of Frank Herbert?

You mean if a court can order the seizure your bank account, it's not really your wealth, is it?

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Like fingerprints

Cops in the US can force you to unlock your phone without a warrant if it can be unlocked using biometrics. But Apple has now made it so they can just hold it up to your face, alive or dead (with eyes open). Great...

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

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RICO

Uber is a criminal organization. It and it's VC's should be prosecuted under the RICO Act ( Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). Plain & simple.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Missed this

Ayyadurai attorney Charles Harder is the same attorney who gained fame and fortune by suing media outlets large and small on behalf of Hulk Hogan, Melania Trump and other clients unhappy with their press clippings. He's the attorney who sued Gawker Media out of business.

As part of the financial settlements that accompanied the $135 million sale of Gawker Media’s assets to Univision in August 2016, Ayyadurai received $750,000 to drop his lawsuit against Gawker.

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Just A Reminder

If you really cared about your data, you'd not store it in the cloud.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: Dual accounts?

I have two Facebook accounts that I can't access, because Facebook decided I didn't exist & so wanted to "verify" me by texting a code to my cell phone. And since the accounts were opened years before using old cell numbers I didn't have access to at the time of Facebooks sudden need to "verify" me, there was no way to "verify" me according to them. (Email apparently was insufficient.) Once stuck in Facebooks logically flawed "verification" quagmire, Facebook has no mechanism to proceed since Facebook has zero customer service. This has happened to me twice over the years. My final solution is to simply point out to all of my friends & relatives that I've owned my own domain since the early 90's, and they can go there to see what I'm up to or to contact me.

I know quite a few people in the same boat as me. So it's easy to see how Facebook could have more accounts than people.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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What's the write speed?

I bought a SanDisk 256GB Ultra CZ48 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ48-256G-U46) drive that when being written to slowed down after the first couple of GB to about 1-2MB/sec, so a 20GB movie took hours to write to it. 400GB at an equally bad speed is worse than no storage at all.

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Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

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Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms

So, is this why Bender's dream is to kill all humans?

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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That word

"So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken." - Google Mayor Carmine DePasto (Animal House, 1978)

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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

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Re: Maybe just change your name?

Or change their name to "The Good Uber".

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Boffins bust AI with corrupted training data

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Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

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Re: Self-important little pricks

"As for ethical guidelines, normally any university has an ethical review board which is required to pass all research projects."

Er, no. Don't know where you live, but that's not the case in the US for anything except a relatively narrow range of areas, such as biomedical research using humans or some types of animals (mainly mammals), or GMO stuff that will be allowed to grow outdoors, and maybe one or two other narrow niches. I know, I'm a US University researcher working on the border between the Physical and Biomedical Sciences. Our work has zero "ethical review" because the animals we work with are gene insertion viruses for optogenetics, cell cultures, worms & zebra fish, and/or our projects are developing chips & software. None of which ever are "ethically reviewed". The closest that we come to that is checking boxes on grant applications saying we are not using human subjects nor certain classes of animals.

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Re: "malicious"

Yet another person whose "cause" is so important & righteous that they are above knowing & following the rules they agreed to. i.e. Another "the ends justify the means".

One has to wonder where these guys will set up a new node violating the same rules.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: Finally I'm the 1%

I use Firefox and the Ghostery plugin for it. It does a bang up job blocking ads and such, just like on a desktop.

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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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