* Posts by duncan campbell

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Let's go live now to Magic Leap and... Ah, still making millions from made-up tech

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I've no real idea how much of their burn is given to bsing themselves, but their target it real enough. If you look at MS's HoloLens and the demos of MagicLeap the difference is obvious and simple: ML is tracking head and/or eye focus, as well as merging some real-time surface/shape recog into their presentation. So there needs to be an eyetracking sensor and a forward looking sensor to recognize the display environment. Verrry snazzy sw needed to merge sensory inputs in rt. Must be a bitch gettin' them to work together. Now if you could put a sqid alongside the temple/optic nerve (NMR) you could _see_ what they are looking at, as well as where, but then you might not need that silly looking lens affair ...

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Or wearin' Plaid. Used to be banned over there in POMEdom ;-(

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Message from the Priest King

When I was 13 or so, I read the entire series. Within the wierld of Gor, the sex made sense. By the time I was 17 (yes, I re-read books), I couldn't get past the sex: it was just too alien to everything I'd learned about women in the mean time. Spoiled an otherwise good bit of shlock-fi.

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Re: Dries Buytaert is a joke

I read Dries stuff. To be short, if he programs with the same logic he writes English with he's

got political skills that far outweigh his reasoning. I'd recommend that anyone with technical/intellectual ambitions to steer _far_the_fk_ away.

Reg Lectures serve up Net Terrors, Rare Earths, and Ancient Tech

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"Rare Earth"

The reason the Chinese control the rare-earth market has nothing to do with shortage: most placer metal ops produce these. The Chinese, however, have a TRADITIONAL, FUNCTIONING extraction industry because they used RARE EARTHs FOR Pottery glazes and colors.

Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Putin's fullofit on this one.

There was an internet feed into Russia thru Finland before

their Universities wired up, but it was exclusive to the

Kreml and KGB.

It was their big Universities that drove Russia's internet:

it became apparent that a hard knowledge of physics

could be directly leveraged into the symbol-space of the

Internet. It took more than a decade for the Kreml to

re-exert it's traditional POV.


Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

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All "intelligence" is natural

And I seriously doubt we are in the same game as the enhanced intelligence we are evolving. Are the eukaryotic organisms (cells) of which we composed aware of Shakespeare's sonnets?

Fubar (anonymous cus I dig the masque)

US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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They could put her head on a stake

And it would make no difference;

it's not the well they've poisoned,

it's the water table.


Sperm donors nicer than average, Swede study finds

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Clearly surveys of this sort do not distinguish altruism and egotism.

People not made from desire are a bit like salt with no food, or something

like that...

Open-sourcers suggest Linux secure boot block workarounds

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Smudge@mcr and the https comment following have it: there is no

way you can trust MS, or any certificate vendor for that matter.

The fact is this is nothing more than a mechanism for MS to render

the hardware base that Linux and the BSDs rest on obsolete by

design: the UEFI is nothing more than a "Built In Obsolescence"

function. It does not even appear to effectively solve the problem,

and is certainly not as secure as, say a dip switch.

Android 'stands on Microsoft's shoulders', says MS lawyer

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more bald-assed lies

from a pack of thieves.

Brussels acts to ensure arrival of new, unknown legal highs

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My Theory on Dinosaurs ...

is that we need to respin the entire Drug industry. To do this you introduce quality guarantee as the law's criterion by requiring the seller to guarantee quality

and testing.

So you could sell, without much fear of prosecution, things like cannabis, beer,

or even opium because there's real medical studies, as well as long human

experience with these. That and identifying them is quite easy so adulteration


Heroin would rather more difficult, but not impossible, for the seller to warrant.

And such an approach would make experimental lab drugs a serious offense

to sell simply because there's no valid study of the effects of the specific

chemicals involved. If you can't point to good evidence of something's

relative harmlessness, perhaps you should get banged up for flogging it.

Microsoft gets five bucks for every HTC Android phone

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head hacker

I spose the real question is whether or not M$ bot Skippy to make puppies or 狗肉 .


Pink Floyd guitarist pays McKinnon's health bills

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The Fragile State

Concerns about the UFO-hunting hacker's fragile mental state?

How's about the fragile state of British Sovereignty?

Anyways, good for Gilmour.

Always knew there was a reason to actually buy some albums.

Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

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Would it be "rape"

If it were not Julian Assange?

I have found no evidence that Sweden has ever prosecuted any of

it's own for rape over a broken condom.

And those things DO break.

Anyways, my honest advice is to always take it lyin' down with yer hands

behind yer head, after you get a signed release. *Anything* else can,

and will, be respun into rape given suitable malice, and that includes goin' down.

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This wouldn't be "rape"

in most of the wierld. And quite honestly it is a hideous insult

to anyone who has actually been raped.

So the question is would this normally be considered rape in Sweden ? ...

Somehow I doubt it.

Canada? The computer vendor says no

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is a technological and social dinosaur still living off a reputation gained by

men is sold out in the '50s.

No sooprise

Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Head Hacker

Boobs like Gates don't get that the essential word in the phrase

"computer literacy" is the second one.

No puttin' that cat back in the bag.

Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

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Jobs Halo


I haven't bot any Apple stuff since the first time he left, at Sculley's urging,

but I hope he gets well and doesn't croak before I buy an iWUTZIt.


Pirate Bay mouthpiece disses Assange's legal wrangles

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BrokeP Don't know history

The reaction of the "Powers that B" to Julian, and the public response to that

treatment, is of more significance to the rights and liberty of the individual

than *anything* WikiLeaks has got to say.


WikiLeaks: Intel strong-armed Russian apparatchiks

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So what's in these things?

"What assurance may have been agreed upon to ensure that reverse engineering won't occur at that state-run demolition site wasn't explained. "

Could be really snazzy new stuff or it could be just a box with a digital once-off pad

in it. In the latter case who cares what the Russians find after the job is done?


How I used Space Shuttle tech to insulate the living room

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30-odd years ago

while traveling in Yurp I came to wonder why people hadn't thot

to put insulation in their buildings, despite the advent of such

materials as silica gel.

Now I know it takes two generations for the heat to sink in.


DHS airport spooks stalk star hacker

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Same Bunch

of Luddites who prevented sender authentication crypto being used from the

get-go in email and hence the original sinners in the Spam Mail industry.

Second rater's all around.


OpenSSL updated to kill code-execution bug

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Seems to me

there was some reticence in the OpenBSD project to the

implementation of process threads for just such reasons....


Google's 'copied Java code' disowned by Apache

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A Rose

by any other name

I'm not a big java fan, its a little too much like c re-written by Grace Hopper for my

tastes. Be that as it may, who gives a @$# what Gewgle calls their VM? Just rename

it to ASDF, put the whole damn thing under a BSD license, and to hell with Oracle.


Twitter joke appeal adjourned

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Time for some Human Sacrafices

of 'crats wasting public taxes on this kind of shit.


We need some Public Hangings of these Un-Civil servants

to straighten out their attempts to implement Divine Right

by cause of National Security.


Moms stand firm against antenna madness

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Will that be Agent White with your Cheeri-os?

"Consistent evidence is found between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency(ELF) magnetic fields".

Yup. Mostly it's the defoliants they spray on the power lines ROW.

And if you stand out in the Sun too long you'll die of sunburn *before*

the melanoma sets in.


Wikileaks publishes secret CIA memo

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Before you speak, Tit-us

Know that in Sparta everyone, even a King's messenger, is held accountable for the words of his voice.

This is Sparta.


Assange denies 'sexual assault' allegations

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Thesis, smesis

It's called "work experience".


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More stupid threats from the cracker-jack crowd here.

Fact is the security wonks at the CIA *started* a blood feud

back when they were using dirty trix on the Soviets in 'Ghan.

The kind that makes the Hatfields and McCoys look like a pissin'

match in a kindergarten.

Things like bombs wrapped in kiddie toys with Russian lettering

seem to be part of the issue...

The message should have been clear when that Pashtu Hashashin

parked his ass across from the CIA headquarters and whacked

some of the "brains" involved. But nooo. We had to go to war

to protect these assholes.


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Welcome to the Cannibal Society, Julian

He should expect his taxes to be audited as well as never getting laid again.

The newspapers will talk to him about details of his private life and he will

hear voices telling him all sorts of weird shit. And when the ground pork

tastes like monkey seasoned with ambergris, he'll need to practice a

shit-eater's grin and tell 'em "it's all just meat".


Nothing succeeds like XSS

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I've used Noscript for sometime now. It's intentionally obtrusive and quite effective.


Murdoch hacks grumble over outsourced IT failures

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Couldn't happen to better folks...

I've been on the 'net for 35 years, have spent more than half my life in "Cyberia",

and have worked with numerous multi-national, physically dispersed teams.

It is possible to establish the same kinds of working relationships on the 'net as

one does in person, but it takes 10 times as long and takes 3 times the effort.

Hope that @$$#0!3 Merduck enjoys his Spam raw.


Ex-Sun boss punts Apple-Microsoft-world 'tried to sue me' missive

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I think it's about time to dump some rotenone on the pool

and free up some ecological space in the biz.


US faces critical lack of (mad) computer scientists

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Ask Al Turing why there's a shortage of _good_ hacks willing to work for the

housecats who occupy the security establishment.

Oh, wait, they didn't like him.


Cell phones don't fry brains, boffins say

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non ionizing radiation

Has long been known to denature DNA via COOKING....

...which is not particularly carcinogenic.

The rubbish about cellphones was encouraged to disguise the

fact that they spray REALLY POISONOUS SHIT on the power-line

right of ways to keep the weeds down.


Tech-savvy UK kids = (over)confident writers

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Paris Hilton

But what kids meant by "writing" is a bit amorphous.

"and the words of the Prophets are written on the subway walls."

.. Paris, 'cuz she's one of 'em.


Vampires not good role models for Catholics, declares Vatican

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Microsoft counters Windows 7 upgrade hack advice

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Bring out Yer Dead

PC that is. And mail it to Redmond, collect.

Since Mr. Ligman has been so kind as to clarify the hardware ownership

question, it's about time for Micro Soft to stand up to it's Green World

obligations and start re-processing it's spent, and clearly unrepairable,



Microsoft uncorks Outlook, world goes .pst

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In a Word, NO

bilgepipe asks:

"Don't they already have this documented already, so they can, like, make Outlook work?"


UK population to abandon Midlands

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Title Required (?King?)

Like most Canadians I am motivated to live/work where there are people I like

and to hell with scenery: more rocks, lakes an' trees we got...

From that point of view I'd prob'ly *prefer* to live in the Midlands: the comment

about the local crazy talking you to death instead of trying to stab you brought

me back to a wet November night 30 odd years ago in Doncaster. Nobody

there wanted to prove they were "men" by having a go at the "Yank"... Not

something I can say for some other parts there.


SpinVox: The Inside Story

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"... an investigation into the company's much-vaunted intellectual property holdings indicates that it holds no machine translation patents."

If they did have any working AI translation tech. they would be very ill advised to expose

them to the Patent Crowd.


Behind Microsoft's IE-free, Windows-for-Europe ploy

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Windows without a browser?

You can get a _good_ space-heater for about the same price as the Windose

license, never mind the hardware.

I guess Microsoft has concluded from studying preskoolers that bopping NPCs

is real neat so long as u never get a taste of the real thingl ;-)


Great Australian Firewall may be optional

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I wonder

If the thing might be able to function as a usable firewall. I mean, past all the crap, this

thing looks like a Chinese aircraft carrier with mickey mouse ears and nose painted on it...

Looks to me as if the Kingdom of Oz got itself a new moat by claiming to be digging a

"pool for the kiddies" and now they've got to explain why there's crocs in the moat.


Hulu recognizes Blighty existence

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More Manifestly Destined


They're still claiming Canadia is part of the US. Imperialist swine.


US air traffic faces 'serious harm' from cyber attackers

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There's already been a major, successful, attack on the integrity of the US ATS: on Sept 11, 2001.


Linux chief calls for FAT-free Microsoft diet

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I'd like to suggest

that most of Micky-Soft's tech falls into the realm of poor reinventions,

and that FAT is nothing special in this regard.


Germans announce: Revenge is inefficient

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Took How Long to figure that out?


The prof also says that, at least in Germany, "anyone who prefers to act according to the Old Testament motto of 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth' has on average less friends – and is clearly less than satisfied with his or her life."


People who live by that old testament sh*t have, on average, less teeth, eyes, AND brains.


There's gold in green: profiting from climate change

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Accounting Solution

That's what the "Carbon Market" is. An accounting solution to a real problem:

"Hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze, cold comfort for change."

NASA chief: ISS tests for super plasma space drive

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Head Hacker

I see someone mentioned Orion. We'd have had a ship back from Proxima C.

by now if there'd been any pols with balls...