* Posts by Kaltern

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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

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Re: It's only a matter of time

That's shocking use of the National Grid.

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I wonder if this tech could be adapted to simply charge all batteries in a room - remote controls, mice, vibrators.. you know the sorts of things.

And I wonder if the day will ever come when 240v can be somehow transmitted safely...

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: That has to score some sort of record...

I have to ask.. to which comment are you referring, as I see no fan boi comments anywhere...

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"Makers of certain consumer electronics should take note that it is possible to create an update that both extends the life of a device and improves its performance."

Oh Apple are fully aware of this.

They just CHOOSE to fuck over the consumer.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people here and around the world, it's too late to block all things Facebook.

Unless, since the beginning of Facebook's existence, you've dilligently blocked every IP, every domain, and never even seen the Like button, or Facebook login, ever, on any of your own personal devices, OR ever used another device that you gave any form of remotely personal information on a page that had a possibility of containing an FB-related element... you're never going to be able to clean the slate, or be hominem ignotum

You're forever a statistic, worth a few pence to Facebook, and a few quid to everyone else who buys data.

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

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Bit late.

Facebook already stepped over the privacy line the moment they realised just how much money personal information was worth - and made it easily available, and by ensuring it was difficult to stop users from locking everything down completely.

The whole concept of Facebook is a complete joke.

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Twitter API overhaul threatens to seriously shaft apps... again

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I'm fairly sure the only reason this is a thing is because 3rd party apps can bypass ads. Please correct me if I'm wrong of course.

It also doesn't help that Twitter's own apps are usless and badly designed.

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Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

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Star Semen Shoots Skyward Showing Surprisingly Satistfactory Space Sperm Sexual Suitability.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Humans should drink nothing but natural spring water, boiled and filtered through natural plant fibres for minimal contamination of anything, and only eat carrots and cabbage.

Enjoy your new, healthier lifestyle.

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UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

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The basic laws of physics is EXACTLY what I'm talking about - and once again, you've demostrated the typical human response to them. Laws of physics, which were discovered by a human. Since a human is not infallible, it stands to reason that the laws of physics are not 100% irrefutable. To decide we've done enough, no need to worry any more, is how a species dies out. To tell OTER PEOPLE that the laws of physics as we understand them right now, are never, ever going to be rewritten is hubris of the highest order.

The laws of physics work, they are understandable, but we DO NOT know everything yet. And I daresay we ever will. But to shut minds off to the possibility of learning more, and accepting we do NOT know everything is just going to doom everyone, eventually.

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Rockets were impossible once.

Mechanical flight - couldn't be done.

Supersonic speeds? Nope, not worth the time.

Where's the passion, the ability to see past current standards and limitations? Too many people still say 'it can't be done because I read a book once - or attended Universtity and a person next to a large blackboard told me it isn't possible, therefore it's a waste of my tax money.

Too many people deciding we've learned all there is to learn, no point wasting time finding anything else.. Laws of Thermodynamics? Established and unchangeable, and completely correct. Quantum thermodynamics? Yes.. we've heard of it. Einstein mumbled something about it once... no idea how it all WORKS though.. but it's ok, we don't need to.

Right?

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

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Great Job there Mr USA Pres. You're single handedly fucking up everything you touch and stifling the very future of human existence.

What's next? Cut funding to the DOE? Who needs that, just send all those kids to boot camp...

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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Well the solution's easy innit...

Just set up huge bonfires, strategically placed around the moon's surface. Add a few oxygen bottle for y'know, combustion, set them going... let the CO2 gather in the atmosphere.. plant a load of space-trees, and other various hardy plants.. they eat the CO2, produce oxygen... and that's the moon terraformed ready for the populace to move to.

Foolproof plan. I should be King of Earth.

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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I'm sure they'll find a nice laptop, ready with a friendly login screen.

'To search our database, please create a free FaceBook account. It'll only take a minute!'

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Shame.

Couldn't happen to a nicer group of humans.

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Seems to me people are looking for the absolute worst case here, and I don't beleive anything has ever been used against a normal citizen in such a way as being described.

It also seems that people here are cynical beyond what's considered 'understandable'. Law enforcement are interested in catching an establlished crook, not try to pin something on someone who is unlikely to have been a suspect - no matter how many episodes of 'Law and Order' you may watch.

I'm not saying it doesn't happen - it has done for centuries unfortunately, however the idea that Bomb Maker Mike could be caught because someone else's mobile phone caught a partial shot of him near the bridge that recently blew up would not be evidence in itself that he planted it - it would just give the police a credible suspect to work with. It isn't going to result in the immediate arrest and imprisonment of a potentially innocent man.

Your phone is not going to land you in prison. Unless you're stupid enough to do a crime while recording it...

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Let's be fair, the only real issue most people have with privacy is the fact data is used to make money. It isn't really about the police investigators, who wish to use every possible method to catch a crook. Why should it really matter if my phone just happened to be taking a picture at exactly the same time a woman was raped, and my picture inadvertantly snapped the perp's face or clothing, and via data stored by Google about my poossible whereabouts, the police are able to see this picture and use it to catch them - without me needing to know anything about it?

People should be more concerned about the fact advertisers know virtually everything about what you wear, how you smell, what you do, where you go and what you eat - and THAT information you give out willingly, on a daily basis.

We're not really in a dystopian society. We just feel like we are sometimes because we're told we are by the media. Regardless of how carefuly people are - you can lose your wallet, or give the wrong people personal information - and have your ID theived. This isn't new, nor is it a result of CCTV. It's human negligence, and human greed. Orwell's vision of the future is a not-so-nice thing. But we're not there, and if we ever get there, it's highly likely we allowed it.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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A car hit a pedestrian.

There is insufficient evidence to support the theory that the self-driving software or mechanics failed in some way.

If there was a human behind the wheel, and no automation, unless witnesses and/or irrefutable proof is supplied that the driver made an error, or drove recklessly, then the driver MUST be presumed innocent. If the car is found to have suffered a fault, and the driver could not have known about it before the accident, such as a sudden loss in brakes or wheel traction, the driver again cannot be blamed.

As much as I detest Uber, and the concept of self-driving vehicles given todays technical limitations, there is absolutely no proof 'it' was responsible. Remember, it isn't the CAR that we're questioning - it is the SOFTWARE that's driving the car. And as mentioned above, if it was the CAR that failed - then it would have failed in the same way for a human driver.

If, however, there is irrefutable proof that the SOFTWARE was clearly to blame, then I would suggest ALL self-driving vehicles be removed from the roads immediately until it can be proven to as safe a point as possible, that these errors have been erased.

And in all cases of software error, insurance companies should be able to claim from the company that wrote the software in the first place.

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Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

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Sigh.

How long is it going to be before these 'manufacturers' realise that 100% self driving/flying vehicles are simply NOT going to happen any time soon? It almost seems to me that these guys are playing a 'me too' PR game, somehow believing they're going to be left out of some juicy profiteering.

Level 5 self-driving automobility is nothing more than a pipedream. The only way it could ever work is if every single vehicle on the road was also automated, and linked to the same network. And even then, they just cannot work reliably in urban settings, as has been shown countless times. Roads would need to be 100% pedestrian free, and only 4+ wheeled vehicles need apply.

This is all happening far too soon. Pushing tech that isn't ready is simply going to cause more problems that it might have solved. Come back when every vehicle on the road is electric, and all self-driving system developers are co-operating with each other.

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Oh Currys. Their sales tactics are horrendous. I mean, I remember buying a laptop for a father-in-law, and being asked if I wanted to have a 'recovery option' for something like £50. I asked why did I need a recovery on a new laptop. The reply? 'Oh, we would need to recover the operating system for you to be able to use it for the first time, otherwise it won't work when you turn it on'.

Experts, you know.

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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The great man might be gone, but his voice lives on... I wonder if it would be possible to hook up his modulator to something that would allow it to recite some of his lectures... in a science museum or suchlike.

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Oddly enough, I have hardly any media on my own system, it's all out there... in the cloud... Means I don't need to use anything more than a 16Gb SD card... which might have enough room for a few games perhaps....

(BTW El REG Ed's... Where's my silver badge? :P )

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RPI.. so much potential.. so little time to actually do something with it!

I'm using my current RPI3 as a Kodi box as I get very tired with trying to battle with Plex on any other format... the built in 'Smart' TV version is slow and terrbile, Chromecast and Fire Stick versions just hitch and judder during playback... but the RPI handles it like a champ. Now I want to build a little media centre box around it with LED displays...buttons... other..things...

Curse working 40 hour weeks.. never have enough time for the fun things! And now I need to buy another RPI... no idea what for yet but...

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Department of Work and Pensions internal docs reveal troubled history of Universal Credit

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UC is, ultimately, an attempt to streamline the welfare payments in such a way that sanctions and reviews are far easier and quicker to apply. It doesn't actually HELP those in need in any way whatsoever.

Those 'in charge' have no interest in how this affects those who claim, because all they're interested in is, ultimately, the welfare figures, and keeping them as low as possible, thus looking good to those that vote.

And besides, as any good Conservative knows, anyone who claims on welfare doesn't deserve it anyway, and should be shot immediately for being unproductive.*

*this is a joke. For those who are unable to understand sarcasm.

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Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

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I'm trying to figure out just exactly what Russia/Putin's angle actually is? With all the various 'things' being attritubed to 'them', what is the ultimate purpose?

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Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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I'll take mine without the Hakenkreuz please.

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At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

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So reading between the lines, this just looks like another underhanded way of sneaking in a way to control what's said online without too many pesky legal comebacks?

May will be making notes...

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Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

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Ohh the true beginning of the Second American Civil War: The Communications Caper.

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Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

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Moon is hollow, massive ocean discovered beneath surface.

Although, can you imagine the tidal effect from the Earth?

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Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

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Re: Nope

You do that, while the rest of the world moves on.

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

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Scaremongering...

...scaremongering everywhere!

Too many people believe too much crap on the internet.

* Assistants are not clever.

* They are not self-aware.

* They do not make decisions.

* They are not listening to every word you speak and sending them to SPECTRE

If every conversation was recorded and sent back for analysis, that would be a SHIT load of data, which would be nigh on impossible to shift through with any degree of accuracy.

Of course, there might be hidden keywords we know nothing about.. Jihad...Allah...Liberal...

Bottom line though, these devices are just voice activated internet data grabbers. They won't help you in a crisis, they won't ask if you're ok, and they won't call 999/911 if they think you're not.

Because they can't think.

Terrible article, El Reg. Must be a REALLY slow news day.

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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Re: Anyone from the

Because you don't need to? Because most of you have never killed a man, and despite your bravado and claiming the 2A, many of you would either simply not be able to do it, or would miss... or would do it and suffer long term mental effects.

And if you're invaded by Un ... well, you should join up and get trained properly.

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Ahem...

I am a little surprised by the number of downvotes (not that I feel wounded...)...

I just wanted to clarify I was using very basic figures, based on the supposed membership of the NRA, and I am of course fully aware just how many firearms could be in the posession of US citizens.

I am also 100% against firearm ownership and I would be much happier knowing that the right to own a gun was permanently abolished.

I suspect some people skimmed my post, and automatically thought I was somehow supporting gun rights. I don't.

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Banning 5 million legal firearms is almost impossible. As much as I completely agree that the NRA need to be reigned in, the call to ban the constitutional right is not going to be an easy one, mainly because a large number of those 5 million NRA members will simply not give up their right to own something they clearly need to survive off of the harsh US wilderness...

It would need to be a slow reduction. Banning of sale of automatic weapons.. then banning of ownership... then semis... then large calibre... if it works for that long, only then can they ban the remaining weapons.

It'll take decades.

Some people have suggested banning ammo.. but those who really like their guns will have boxes upon boxes stored away, ready for days like that....

Or the Apocolypse...

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: Got money to build a wall and reduce corp mates tax bills

Getting out of bed most days is a bad move by Trump.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Frothy foam finishes Friday fantastically.

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UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

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Oh, it's that really good Antivirus thing that says they stop everything bad coming on to computers, so clearly must stop these nefarious cyber-thingys.

(Panda Antivirus gets generally low marks for missing malware, and being a bloated piece of poo.)

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Most 'important people' in councils across the country have no clue what cyber attacks really are. These are the people who think a good, up to date copy of Panda on every machine that they remember to put it on is more than enough, and is of course, cheap.

They likely blame those young whippersnappers with those fancy I-Phone things. Never done a hard day's work in their life, you know...

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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It's ok, the only-a-year-late HomePod will save them. I mean, those really hip ads, specially handcrafted by the finest advertising minds in the business, specifically targeteting their core audience of kids with rich parents, are bound to work.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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We're absolutely right. Until we're wrong.

Oh look, science people have once again had to admit they're wrong about things.

Now I absolutely respect science. And I respect that some things are more certain than others. However, I am still surprised when people adamantly refuse to accept that some things may be wrong, even after millennia of being shown otherwise.

Now, while I understand how peer review, scientific method and confirmation bias are all part of today's better way of sciencing. However, it's clearly evident that more and more scientists and other folks of reknown are always quick to belittle and outright deny the possibility of something being wrong. I wonder how much scoffing of the calculations for Andromeda's size is already happening, and how many are trying desperately to refute the proof?

It's small wonder us humans have come to an evolutionary stand still, when all that seems to matter is how much money we have, and how people cannot possibly be wrong.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Dreamland

Most of the target voters, of which there are many...

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Fidonet

Ahh Fidonet.. please come back, all is forgiven... at least you had time to contemplate your responses before you polled for the evening...

In fact life was almost easier on 56k....

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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I'm just waiting for Trump to be 'persuaded' to pass a bill saying 'Only Nationally Approved encryption may be used on all civilian electronic devices. Ameri-lock® will be the standard encryption system in the US to be used on all smartphone - and other lockable devices capable of storing data. Other forms of encryption are now deemed illegal, and will result in harsh penalties to users and hardware developers if found using them.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Money

The only reason it's being changed is the sugar tax. That's it. And replacing it with Aspartame. Because you know, FDA approved and all.

Of course, alcohol doesn't seem to be affected... being made of sugar... nothing to do with loss of tax revenue... only someone cynical would think such things...

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I believe it does have 6 sensors, high-definition optics and amazing depth perception, coupled with the best CPU around right now, with at least 6 cores.

Your head.

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UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

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I suspect those tutting and shaking their heads in flaky disapproval are not completely aware of all the facts - because all the facts of a court case are not generally given on a tech site.

It's entirely probable that the closing remarks given by Judge Greene reflected the circumstances of the young guy's fall into criminality. Presumably he was coereced into doing what he was told, or the other two had something over the guy which acted as an...incentive to continue doing naughty things.

Generally speaking, judges don't witter on in a sympathetic manner if they didn't have reasoning.

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Google boffins tease custom AI math-chip TPU2 stats: 45 TFLOPS, 16GB HBM, benchmarks

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Why does this suddenly remind me of Cyberdyne...?

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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The amount of rain up here in Scottishland would suggest speeds faster than everything...

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: Still haven't graduated from lithium

Might be a few pesky side effects to deal with first...

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Re: Oh not biometrics again

Reading before understanding - a common issue here sadly.

I stated we DON'T need NSA-level security. So your killer tagline at the end of your post was sadly wasted on those able to do more than skim through for keywords to throw scorn at.

Next, Biometrics could very simply be changed in EXACTLY the same way we change regular passwords. Send an email asking to be changed, re-scan fingerprint. I fail to see how this is an issue.

And stating that biometrics are only usable till compromised, is pretty much a strawman argument - in that ALL security is useful till compromised.

I think you are mistaking my suggestion for simple password replacement, for high security biometric eyeball scanning to get into NASA's secret Area 52, where they develop and test new security systems*.

* this may or may not be true...

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