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3397 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects – report

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@Don Jefe

The diagram does not say removed/restored, it says added and removed.

This is because SSL is supposed to provide security on the Internet, where your data transits through semi random routing point you do not trust. That is the left part of the diagram. The right part of the diagram is Google's private infrastructure, where SSL is not needed. Google only recently realized that encryption is also necessary on its private infrastructure, but they are certainly not using SSL for this, but probably their own private encryption which may be both more powerful and simpler than SSL, because they can taylor it to their needs, and they don't need to wait for every browser out there to implement it, as they own both ends.

The central linking point between the two network is not where the NSA dastardly messes with SSL certificates because the protocol is broken; it is the point where Google removes the SSL (when going left to right) or adds the SSL (right to left) because it does not make sense to use SSL on the private infrastructure…

Just explaining, since, you know, you obviously can read diagrams but you apparently have trouble understanding the information.

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Facebook Zucks up $2bn sales, record profit - but stock fell. What gives?

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Re: Gravity always wins

Amazon is reinvesting its profits for growth, and is constantly looking for new business opportunities. Facebook on the other hand seems not to want to be more than a social network.

As an example, Amazon has a line of tablets which sell quite well. Facebook offered a phone, kind of, and it did not sell.

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP planet-wide

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Blue Sky of Death?

I like it. May the expression stick!

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Google's new broadband offer: 20-days of WiFi for a quid

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Must be the NSA

Google would lose money on the deal, so the NSA is paying for it in order to use it to spy on the international deals going on in Singapore…

And the barges are also controlled by the NSA, the Google thing is just a smokescreen!

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

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Sounds illogical to me

But hey, not an expert.

I would like to note, though, that even though people might claim a historical right to privacy, it is much harder to claim a historical right to anonymity. Before the internet, anonymity was strictly the domain of ROMANES EUNT DOMUS graffitis, anonymous letters, and possibly certain private clubs for the connoisseurs.

I'm old enough to remember the articles in the early noughties commenting how all this "newsgroup trolling" and general uncivility on the Web were due to this strange and novel anonymity enjoyed by Internet users.

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Dino-boffins discover 100-million-year-old BIRD TRACKS in Australia

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Mandatory XKCD

Dinosaurs are still living among us, for birds are dinosaurs.

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Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

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WTF?

Wait a minute

"Google got into fearful trouble by recording the location of WiFi transceivers without asking for their owners' permission"

No. Google got in trouble for recording the data that was going through the WiFi networks. Recording the location of the WiFi networks has not been a problem at all, as far as I can tell…

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Terminator

Nerf guns. Lots of them.

From where I sit right now, I can see seven of them.

EDIT: sorry, eight. One guy has two on his desk.

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Carl Icahn broadcasts his $150bn Apple shakedown effort to world+dog

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Re: Yup. Undervalued my backside.

Using your cash to buy back your shares already sends a bad signal to the investors. It means you have no clue what to do with the money. You are not planning to expand.

Apple makes very nice things, but there is a lot more that it can do. It has a kind-of cloud service that does not really live up to its name. It has a map service that is still playing catch-up. But Apple is not using its cash to try to make them better; it is paying a dividend instead. Google and Amazon would never do such a thing. As far as they are concerned, the sky is the limit and everything is invested for growth.

That is why using your cash to buy back your shares is a bad thing. Now, borrowing cash to buy back your shares is just plain stupid.

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Interesting

But isn't "sit" a stative verb? It is quite common to say "Are you sitting down?" What about "look", which is supposedly a stative verb, and the sentence "looking good today"?

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The importance of complexity

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Boffin

I've been asked to find the best way to distribute accounts on forms, considering each account needed to be signed off by a different set of people. I used the greedy algorithm, which was plenty good enough for the sizes involved. But it certainly was not optimal, and the problem is likely NP-hard. Did not bother to prove it though.

EDIT: it must be the subset cover problem, now that I think of it.

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

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Happy

Well obviously

They might edit other pages for money, but they are not going to edit their own wiki page, now are they?

That would just be too much!

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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Re: "This post best viewed in Netscape Navigator..."

Considering the Google products have kept working fine not only in Chrome, but also Safari, Firefox and Opera, I'd tend to think that this is a bug in IE rather than a bug in Google products.

There was however definitely a hint of smugness in Google's way to tell Microsoft they were not allowed to create a native YouTube app for Windows devices, and that Google would not bother to write one themselves for such a small market share.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual submarine car

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WTF?

Meh

Today I learned there is such a thing as Angry Bird perfume, so…

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Google's latest Brussels self-abuse proposal needs 'concrete tech'

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Almunia does not have time

He is trying to get this wrapped up before leaving. He'll probably try to resist a solution which makes meaningless the four years of work up to now. This is supposed to be his great achievement; starting litigation now would make it his great failure.

The politicians do not have this constraint…

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Re: robots.txt???

Google respects robots.txt, which means that it does index links to pages disallowed by the robots.txt, but never attempts to read what is in those pages. This is as far as I understand what robots.txt is supposed to do.

What Murdoch and co would like is an intermediate settings between "rank this super low because I don't know what's inside" and "read everything on this page, and put everything on Google news, ensuring that people never bother to go read it".

The robots.txt protocol is indeed a bit coarse, but I understand that the propositions from Google to the EU included some sort of mechanism to give websites more control over what data Google can grab and display.

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YouTube turns on dormant DRM, permits official downloads

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Devil

"It doesn't harm anyone's business interests"

Yeah right. Every time you watch these videos while being out and about makes you happy! And you are not paying anybody for this happiness.

Media corporations most certainly think that you should pay for this. They own the content, so they should be able to dictate exactly how and when you are allowed to watch it. If you want to watch it in any other way, there is a convenience fee for that.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Yes but at least in explorer

There is a "Rename" entry in the right-click menu. There might be a shortcut for it too.

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WTF?

Yes of course, *tap Return*

I use a Mac since 2008, but this has to be the most incomprehensible thing about the UI. The shortcut for opening a file or launching a program is Command-O, and for renaming it is Enter.

I can only conclude that there are people who rename their files more often than they open them.

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NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

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Just because they have money…

does not mean they have to use complicated methods only.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Why fire her anyway?

That was my reaction too. Even assuming there is something wrong with the cleavage, you can just ask her to dress differently…

On the matter of cultural diversity, let me say that I am very happy that television in most European countries do not treat women the way they are in Italy.

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

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Go

Clap clap clap

Woohoo!!1!

I wish I still lived in the US so I could subscribe to T-Mobile.

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Google to award bounties for fixing non-Google open source code

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Stingy b***

Did not even offer $3,141.59

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Re: MUST NOT BE NAMED

Who?

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Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE

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@John: Read against the sentence quoted. It amounts to "disk [is] same or better better than disk".

But that sentence is indeed the elephant in the room of the article. Even assuming prices of disk storage ever gets as cheap as tape storage, they have a long way to go before they are as reliable in the long-term.

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Bad for Bezos: Amazon's German workers threaten pre-Christmas strike

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Angel

Interesting explanation…

With all these loss-making factories, the German economy must be in shambles then!

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: But Wait!

You can hardly call this ASCII

ಠ_ಠ

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4th of October, 2013

To be honest, all proper coders know that logs files should be formatted as in log_2013_10_04_23_59_59.txt

And every reader of XKCD knows this too.

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Re: Hmmm...

My reaction was: AMEN, sister!

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Google gets closer to EU antitrust deal over search dominance 'abuse'

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Trollface

So Bing must also include in its results links to Google services?

Right? Right?

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Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

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I am slightly dumber

For having read the comments on that web site.

I can understand technical people discussing the advantages of iPhone vs Android, but I am constantly amazed by the fans who have no clue and defend their brand.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

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Paris Hilton

What about VAT?

I have heard that there is no VAT paid on services such as those offered by Google. But would this be not a proper way to make large companies out of the country pay for running a business in the country?

PH, because she probably knows more than me about these money matters…

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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Sigh

Now that Groklaw is gone, there is now only FOSS… They used to balance each other pretty well…

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NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!

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Fairly standard

I used to do military service in electronic warfare, i.e. listening to the radio. We were only allowed to "identify", but not listen to, civil communications in our country. Everything else was fair game, including baby listening devices and old wireless phones which were still using non-digital transmission. We had trigonometric detection of the place of emission, so we could know that it was coming from outside the country.

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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Surprising

Google seems to be jumping hoops with Europe about the monopoly issue, I'd have thought they would pay attention to this. I guess they really want this new privacy policy to stand…

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Google FAILS in attempt to nix Gmail data-mining lawsuit

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Well, actually…

Actually, it seems to me that Google's point is a good one.

If somebody sends an email, they are normally letting the recipient do whatever they want with the email, including forwarding it to third parties, publishing it in a newspaper, or indeed, letting Google read it.

I believe that in general, you make no assumption when sending a letter to someone that no one else has the right to read that letter. If the recipient decides to publish the letter, he publishes it.

In fact, only governments (ha!) seem able to restrict the right of the recipient to publish their letters. This is precisely the criticism that has been leveled at National Security letters and "super injunctions".

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

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Duh

I think they should read again the company's mission statement. Not the thing about evil; the one about making the world's information universally and easily accessible.

Not showing things that are on the web goes directly against everything Google does; it's understandable that they are not trying hard to shoot themselves in the foot.

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Good

Xkcd has already commented on YouTube comments.

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Apple ups revenue estimates in wake of nine million–phone weekend

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On the contrary!

Apple is usually famously tight-lipped; the fact that they go to the trouble of making this announcement today (only one month before earnings) shows they feel the need to prop up their stock price and reassure investors. (And it seems to have worked when you look at today's numbers)

But Apple would never have made such an announcement three years ago, when they were systematically beating all estimates every quarter…

Paraphrasing Thatcher, being successful is like being a lady; if you have to tell people you are one, you are not.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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But… but… That would mean that at the end of my life, UTC time will be a whole minute out of sync with the rotation of the earth!?

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

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Unhappy

Feeling sorry for them

Have felt that way for about three years now

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Hey, we have another source of money

…So let's kill your business by offering everything you do for free.

If I remember correctly, some countries actually have laws against this (e.g in France, you are not allowed to sell something at loss unless during designated sales periods).

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

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Unhappy

But then why does it look like junk?

I am looking for a new phone, but honestly, I would have preferred to buy an iPhone 5 rather than the new iPhone 5C.

Maybe I am too suspicious, but it feel as if the reason the iPhone 5 got replaced by the iPhone 5C is that otherwise, people would have bought the iPhone 5 instead of the 5S. Now, if you want an iPhone that looks good, you have to shell out for the 5S.

Maybe I'll go for the 4S instead…

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

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Boffin

The real number her is -8% revenue?

I bet that quite a few companies would be satisfied with -8% revenue, if it comes with a subscription model. Getting money constantly and predictably is far safer than always having to convince people to buy the next version of your product. Why do you think Adobe is doing this? Realistically, the features from five years ago would be enough for most people. They are far enough ahead on features that the biggest competitor for their new release is their own previous release.

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Everyone's waving their 5-inchers: BlackBerry outs new supersized Z30

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Go

GOOD!!

I got tired long ago already of the then-fashionable idea that pants pockets are not supposed to contain anything.

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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

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Headmaster

It is Wunderkind, not wünderkind

I'll let you off starting this German noun with a capital, but I really don't think we need a metal umlaut here.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Tinfoil haaaats!!1!

Seriously, I hope for the NSA that they have better means of gathering data than randomly grabbing 20 seconds of data from unsecured wifi networks while the car is passing in the street. I cannot possibly imagine how useful this data could be to anyone.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Doesn't matter much

They may all speak a different language, but they all read and write the same one…

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Re: No wonder

No way English is one of the top three hardest languages to learn. Finnish and Czech have got to be harder, without even mentioning Navajo and Swiss German which cannot be pronounced if you did not hear them in the womb.

Though English does have this particularity that, say, a word ending in -ough can be pronounced in seven different ways:

- tough (as staff)

- trough (as scoff)

- though (as low)

- thorough (as law)

- through (as brew)

- bough (as how)

- hiccough (as cup)

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: iPad Mini 2 - The screen on the current Mini is awful...

Apple clearly felt they had to go ahead with a poor resolution for the mini iPad, just to have an answer to the Nexus 7. Indeed, most of the presentation was comparing the two devices.

Now that they had one more year to work on it, they better announce a resolution that is a lot better than the first version. Whether they can do that within the same price is another question.

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