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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

Kugrian Re:Why cloud? (79 comments)

Hiring a company that already knows how to do this stuff is probably a hell of a lot cheaper in the short run than funding a new one.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

Kugrian Re:Different Markets (639 comments)

Plus Apple's been selling hardware for over 35 years. Google's experience has been web apps, and that's been for less than 15 years.

about 2 years ago
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BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay

Kugrian Re:Will it work? (162 comments)

The average user won't care. They'll continue getting their music from youtube, games from steam and TV from iplayer or 4od. Most pirates won't care much either. TPB became a virus fest when it became popular.

more than 2 years ago
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BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay

Kugrian Re:Fucking morons. (162 comments)

Overpriced - yep. Censored - yep, like every other ISP. Incompetent - not as an ISP. Great uptime, decent enough speed, plus you get to use their wifi hotspots which are located in pretty much every street. If you don't mind paying they are one of the best ISPs around.

more than 2 years ago
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Where's HAL 9000?

Kugrian Re:It's not just specialization, there is also fea (269 comments)

Maybe we just don't need it? Our closest apps to AI are Siri and whatever the Android voice app is. All they do is retrieve information. Same as a google search. Nearly everyone under 30 (and quite a few over that) grew up with computers and most know how to use them. True turing AI at this point would only really benefit people who don't know how to find information themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

Kugrian Re:I've noticed this too (601 comments)

Lost your password? We can either email it to you, or send it to all your IM accounts as a message.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion

Kugrian Re:Hilarity (434 comments)

[quote]2. At least they told their users in a prompt manner. [/quote]
The hack happened 5 days ago, and this is the first statement even confirming it happened. That's a long time on the internet.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

Kugrian Re:Good. Why be limited by outdated media? (488 comments)

I brought a dvd/cd drive 4 or 5 years ago. I only ever use it about once a year when I get new hardware and need to install drivers (which I then update from the 'net). I'm sure at some point hardware will come with a usb install instead of an optical disc, but atm it's going the way of the floppy drive.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

Kugrian Re:I haven't burned a CD in years... (488 comments)

If you've got old hardware, install an older version. If you've got a computer without a cd drive, install an os that can boot from floppies.

more than 2 years ago
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Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?

Kugrian Re:Oblig. Fun Theory (227 comments)

How many people went up and down the stairs several times and messed up the traffic?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Kugrian Re:Just don't need one. (618 comments)

Same. My 'dumbphone' also has a torch, FM radio and a few games, but I wouldn't miss them if it didn't. The most attractive feature is the week+ long battery life.

more than 3 years ago
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London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day

Kugrian Re:Categories (280 comments)

People creating a public disturbance by flipping off CCTV cameras.

more than 3 years ago
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Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

Kugrian Re:not so chatty bot (257 comments)

I managed to have a short chat.

Hi kugs !
kugs - hello
[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] Welcome, kugs. Type "help" if you need it.
kugs - how are you
[ Af:0 At:8 Sp:0] I'm pretty good. And you?
kugs - I'm pretty tired
[ Af:0 At:9 Sp:0] Glad to hear you are in good health. Sadly, it is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. How long do you have left?
kugs - how long do I have until I go to sleep?
kugs - I didn't understand what you meant.
kugs - hello?

I wasn't fooled.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Strikes Gold and Water On the Moon

Kugrian Wouldn't mining the moon be a bad idea? (421 comments)

This is a great discovery, but what are we going to do with it? The obvious thing is to mine it out, but wouldn't lightening the mass of the moon have a (probably quite bad) effect on it's tidal effects to the earth?

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Bay Down; Police Raids Across Europe

Kugrian Re:What ? (325 comments)

Instead of dupes, ./ are now reporting the future. The extra load on the servers from people checking if it's up or not will take it down.

more than 3 years ago

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Encrypted CCTV protects the innocent

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  about 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "3VR, a San Francisco based surveillance technology company has come up with a method of scrambling the images of anyone in CCTV film who is not a suspect. The technology uses 3VR's recently patented face-recognition algorithms to home in on known faces in crowds. An image-scrambling algorithm then blurs the faces and bodies of those who are not of interest and encrypts the blur pattern so that no one but the operator of the technology can unscramble it."
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World Digital Library Launches April 21st

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "On April 21st, UNESCO and partners will launch the World Digital Library, a Web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. The site will provide unrestricted free public access to manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs from 20 countries. A demonstration of the site from late 2006 can be found here(PDF)."
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US Nuclear sub crashes into US Navy vessel

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "Showing that it's not just the British and the French who have trouble seeing each other on the high seas, a US Nuclear submarine yesterday crashed into a US Navy heavy cruiser. The USS Hartford, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, was submurged as it crashed into the USS New Orleans in the strait of Hormuz, resulting in the spillage of 95,000 litres of diesel fuel. Both vessels were heading in the same direction when the collision occurred in the narrow strait and were subsequently heading to port for repairs. A spokesman for the 5th Fleet said that the USS Hartford suffered no damage to its nuclear propulsion system."
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Presidential helicopter schematics leaking via P2P

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "Internet security company Tiversa has discovered a security breach that led to the transfer of military information to an Iranian IP address. WPXI (a NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh) quoted the company's CEO, Bob Boback, who said Tiversa found a file containing the entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One. "What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., had a file-sharing program on one of their systems that also contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One." Tiversa makes products that monitor the sharing of files online. A representative for the company was not immediately available for comment. Boback believes that the files probably were transferred through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network such as LimeWire or BearShare, then compromised."
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Google Earth defaults to install of Chrome

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "When you want to install 3D map Google Earth, Google now pre-selects an option reading "Include Google Chrome, a new web browser for Windows." Following on the mix-up over Chromes launch TOS, the footnote reads "By installing, you agree to our Terms and Conditions, Google Earth's Privacy Policy and Google Chrome's Privacy Policy." whether the option is checked or not."
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First Ever Photo Tour of Defcon's Network Center

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kugrian writes "With over 9,000 hackers, freaks, fed and geeks attending Defcon 20, the temporary wireless network setup there is considered the most hostile on the planet. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers known as Goons, the basement Defcon Network Operations Center is secured by means of a chain-link fence and armed guard. The 20 megabit connection, which is twice as fast as Defcon 15, runs over a point-to-point wireless link to another hotel that has point-of-presence in their basement. Wired's Threat Level blog managed to secure the first ever photo tour of the Center showing Goons, hardware and sniffer dogs."
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Google's Open Source Balancing Act

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "Cnet has an interesting Q&A session with Chris DiBona. Once a Slashdot editor and now open source program manager at Google, DiBona describes (among other things) the balancing act of using and contributing back to open source projects."
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Office Open XML out of Microsoft's hands

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "A couple of weeks ago, ISO members voted to make Microsoft's Office Open XML format an official standard. The ISO has now taken official control of the format and has put it under the aegis of the same Joint Technical Committee responsible for the OpenDocument Format. Now no longer the sold arbiter of how OOXML develops, Microsoft may well find itself in the position of making ISO-mandated changes to Microsoft Office as a result of the ISO's deliberations."
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Domain-Name Squatter Demands Job at Google

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "A German network administrator who cyber-squatted at least eight Google-related domain names, has demanded a job at Google in exchange for handing over ownership of the domains. Sebastian Klein, 27, posted an open letter to Google in 10 languages on each of the sites saying that he would relinquish the domain addresses for free if he got a job offer in return. In a letter, he said "Hi Google, I would not like to keep these domains, earn also no money with it. I return it to you immediately free of charge. All I seek for is a job at Google.""
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Cyber-Squatter Demands Job at Google

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "A German network administrator who cyber-squatted at least eight Google-related domain names, has demanded a job at Google in exchange for handing over ownership of the domains. Sebastian Klein, 27, has posted an open letter to Google in 10 languages on each of the sites saying that he would relinquish the domain addresses for free if he got a job offer in return. In a letter, he said "Hi Google, I would not like to keep these domains, earn also no money with it. I return it to you immediately free of charge. All I seek for is a job at Google.""
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OS X is the new Windows 98

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "According to a Wired blog the Mac security vendor, Intego, reported on Wednesday that a Mac-focused Trojan is reportedly loose on the Internet costumed as an innocent video decoding file for use on pornographic websites. The Trojan which infects a computer after a user chooses to download a proprietary codec for the Quicktime player, hijacks the infected computer's DNS settings, allowing redirection from trusted sites (such as banks and Ebay) to fake websites that attempt to harvest user's logins and passwords."
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Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute. The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position."
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Will the IPod Will Soon Be Obsolete?

Kugrian Kugrian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kugrian writes "Wired reports, "The man who bet his professional life on the future success of rap music has finally come forward to offer his vision of the future of music business in an iPod age. Legendary producer and record label executive Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Slayer, Johnny Cash, Run DMC, Jay-Z) told The New York Times that the future is not iTunes serving á la carte songs to your iPod, but music labels offering every song on the planet, anywhere, via subscription.""
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