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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Robadob Audio Fingerprinting? (358 comments)

Given pirating audio will always be possible (just use a microphone), is it possible that their new audio format will simply involve steganography to add purcharser identification to tracks. This would allow them to better identify, and perhaps prosecute all pirates (until they find a way of stripping the audio fingerprint). It seems alot more plausible than them actually trying a funky new drm (after Apple were compelled to remove drm from itunes music).

about 2 months ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

Robadob Re:Dupe... (110 comments)

+ the actual google page has been around for atleast 6 months, it was posted to HN that long ago.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

Robadob Re:link (164 comments)

Doesn't seem to want to let me auth, US only?

about 7 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

Robadob Re:Inc CIA operatives (69 comments)

Additionally I would expect that malware authors find it easier to get around his ad filters than the major companies, perhaps he will next be arrested for distributing malware.

about 10 months ago
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LyX Joins the Google Summer of Code 2013

Robadob Re:Interface to online compilers (70 comments)

LyX can export directly to latex .tex code which should compile on online compilers. It may not be as convenient than a button to do it straight away but It should be possible to create a version of LyX without the LaTeX libs. I imagine to directly compile using an online service, LyX would need to host it themselves or come to an agreement with a company who provides the service.

about a year and a half ago
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LyX Joins the Google Summer of Code 2013

Robadob LYX is a good editor (70 comments)

I'm currently using LYX to write my dissertation report, it does a good job of hiding the latex for basic structures, and you can press ctrl+L at any time if you wish to insert raw latex. My only issue I've had using LYX actually lies with the listings package for latex which isn't LYXs fault. (The listings packages syntax highlighting functionality doesn't easily support the highlighting of the '' in XML syntax without various hacks which temperamental results at best). Although LYX could benefit from a dedicated editor for generating listings highlighting code for the latex preamble I suppose, however it would be a shame to do this without improving the listings package first.

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

Robadob Re:Taste the rainbow tables... (538 comments)

I would use longer passwords, but multiple sites like to limit passwords to arbitrary lengths like 14 and 16 (live.com and slashdot.org last time i checked). What reason is there to have any password length limit (other than arbitrary passwords of like 100kb of data) if they should be storing them as salted hashes?

about 2 years ago
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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer

Robadob Re:It was just $6.37 for the actual infringement (102 comments)

According to the nzherald article there was also a $120 deterrent fine per track. Still comes to an incredibly low overall fine which is a moderate success I suppose.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

Robadob Re:Not actually 70/30 (724 comments)

Why can't these app sales be handled like brick and mortar stores. Microsoft sets a price which they sell licenses to apple, then apple can do what they like with said licenses as purchased.

about 2 years ago
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The Coming Internet Video Crash

Robadob Re:um (419 comments)

And i'm fairly sure of the main UK broadband providers i've seen adverts for BT, Virgin Media, Talk Talk and PlusNet all advertising no limit (although its quite possible there are 'fair use' t&c's). Most providers just choose to traffic shape if you go over unreasonable daily limits (with virgin media this is during peak time).

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released

Robadob Link is broke (26 comments)

learn.adafruit.com/webide link is broke and goes to earn.adafruit.com/webide

more than 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Robadob Re:Slashdot has a limit to (497 comments)

On the topic of weird password requirements, my university has the weirdest password requirements i have come across to date (i'm assuming its due to some software they must use);

Note that passwords must follow these rules:
* must be 6, 7 or 8 characters in length
* must contain at least one numeric digit
* must NOT start with a numeric digit
* must contain only lower-case alphabetic letters and numeric digits (that is no punctuation characters).
* the first three characters of your password must not be identical
* the first three characters of your password must not equal sap or pass
* the first three characters of your password and login name must not be the same

more than 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Robadob Slashdot has a limit to (497 comments)

Slashdot has a password length limit, iirc its 20. The input field for setting a password has a max length of 20 however the login field doesn't. So when i last changed my password i was confused for a short while till i realised that i hadn't read the password guidelines. To be honest i find that ~50% of websites that i try to use long passwords on are limited to around 20.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Wins Again — ITC Rules They Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

Robadob Re:It's about money, not law (149 comments)

+1 Informative Used all my mod points earlier :(

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Robadob Re:Pointless (183 comments)

Oh damn, i wonder if McAfee is going to manage to bundle it with all newly bought pc's, same as them and norton try to do with their a/v products.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Robadob Re:Pointless (183 comments)

The article was a bit misleading, but from watching the video its just a facebook app which blocks print screens/copy paste of images you upload through it. Doubt it will take long for tools which bypass this, and chances are the photos will stay within mcaffee social share rather than the general facebook albums, which will prevent a large number of people from using it.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Robadob Pointless (183 comments)

So it prevents the person with McAfee Social Protection installed from saving images from Facebook? I don't get the purpose of this, unless they expect it to become government mandated to be installed on all computers.

more than 2 years ago

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Valve Software recruits hardware experts

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "Valve has posted an ad seeking applicants for the post of "industrial designer", the job description advert says that Valve is "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space".
The advert even goes on to suggest that the mouse and keyboard combination may need changing (Could this be the start of develop for the recently discovered controller patent)."

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iCloud social engineering allowed resetting of gizmodo editors devices.

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "Yesterday a hacker gained access to Mat Honans (An editor at gizmodo) apple iCloud account allowing him to reset his iPhone, iPad and Macbook. He was also able to gain access to google and twitter accounts by sending password recovery emails.

At the time this was believed to be down to a brute force attack, however today it has come out that the hacker used social engineering to convince apple customer support to allow him to bypass the security questions on the account."

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AMD Realizes That Bulldozer Has 800 Million Less T

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "It has come to light that AMD PR had originally reported that the new Bulldozer processor's transistor count was 2 billion. AMD PR are now asking reviewers to correct this count to 1.2 billion from the original amount they provided ~3 months ago."
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European e.coli superbug was bioengineered

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "This particular e.coli variation is a member of the O104 strain, and O104 strains are almost never (normally) resistant to antibiotics. In order for them to acquire this resistance, they must be repeatedly exposed to antibiotics in order to provide the "mutation pressure" that nudges them toward complete drug immunity.

So if you're curious about the origins of such a strain, you can essentially reverse engineer the genetic code of the e.coli and determine fairly accurately which antibiotics it was exposed to during its development. This step has now been done (see below), and when you look at the genetic decoding of this O104 strain now threatening food consumers across the EU, a fascinating picture emerges of how it must have come into existence."

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Man forced to pay for child fraudulently concived

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "The 57-year-old man had stored his sperm at a world famous fertility clinic after being told drug treatment for arthritis could make him infertile.
But two months after they separated, he says his former wife, 51, forged his signature and used her £25,000 divorce settlement to give birth to a son and daughter through IVF at the Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge.
When she fell into debt caring for the youngsters, a judge ordered him to pay her £100,000 to help bring them up.
When asked about her actions, his ex-wife said: "I don't believe I have done anything wrong. It was getting later and later for me and I wanted to have a child. ""

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British MP calls for pornography 'opt-in'

Robadob Robadob writes  |  about 4 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "Internet providers should create an "opt-in" system to prevent children gaining access to pornography, a Conservative MP has said.

Claire Perry wants age-checks to be attached to all such material to reduce exposure to it.

The mother-of-three, who has prompted a Commons debate on the issue, said internet firms should "share the responsibility" of protecting children."

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Is Facebook about to unveil an e-mail service?

Robadob Robadob writes  |  about 4 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "Multiple sources are reporting today that Facebook is set to unveil an e-mail service, one that will be instantly available to all 500 million members of the social networking giant.
If every current member signs up for an account, Facebook would leap into the top spot for email providers, surpassing Microsoft, who has 361 million users of Hotmail and Live. Yahoo is in second with 273 million, followed by Google's Gmail at 193 million.

The company has invited the press to a "significant" announcement on Monday, where it will unveil an alelged "Gmail killer."

An analyst with Gartner said this: "There is a huge opportunity for these guys to fundamentally change the nature of e-mail."

The analyst says the Facebook system could likely prioritize emails based on closeness to the sender, or make email exchanges into a conversation between a number of users, turning the "dinosaur" that is email into a social service."

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BBC to create Internet Protocol TV standard

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "The BBC has been given the go-ahead for a project which could kick-start demand for internet TV.

Project Canvas is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk to develop a so-called Internet Protocol Television standard.

The BBC Trust — the corporation's governing body — made its decision after extensive consultation.

The trust's Diane Coyle said the partnership "will deliver significant public value for licence fee payers".

The trust will review the BBC's involvement against the conditions of its approval, 12 months after Canvas launches to consumers.

The service will see a range of set-top boxes available to access on-demand TV services such as iPlayer and ITVplayer.

Project director Richard Halton said he was "delighted" by the trust's decision.

"This brings the benefits of next-generation TV to all consumers, including those who choose not to subscribe to pay-TV," he said.

"We look forward to rising to that challenge."

Conditions

The trust gave the BBC a provisional go-ahead to become involved in the project last December.

It was decided that Canvas would have a series of positive impacts, including furthering the growth of on-demand TV.

"People with a broadband connection will be able to access a wide range of on-demand content including BBC iPlayer, free of charge, through their TV sets," said Ms Coyle.

"We have however applied a number of conditions to the BBC's involvement in the venture in recognition of the potential impacts on the market if Canvas is successful."

The trust has imposed several conditions on the BBC, including:

        * Viewers must be able to watch BBC programmes without a subscription.
        * The BBC must report on whether accessibility features, such as audio description, have been incorporated in the system.
        * The Trust will review the signposting of content and parental controls at a later date.
        * Technical specifications must be published within 20 working days of the Trust's approval, to allow broadcasters and set-top box manufacturers to adapt to the Canvas standard.
        * The final core specifications must be published no later than eight months before set-top boxes are launched.
        * Other broadcasters and content providers must have access to the platform.
        * A Trust review, 12 months after its launch, will assess the effects Canvas has on the partner's incentives to syndicate their content to other platforms.
        * The BBC will need further approval if costs exceed those projected by more than 20% in any one year."

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North Korea develops 'super drink'

Robadob Robadob writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Robadob (1800074) writes "North Korea has developed a "super drink" that, it says, can multiply brain cells and stop skin ageing.

The secretive state's official news agency, KCNA, says the drink contains 60 kinds of "microelements" extracted from more than 30 species of plants.

It attracted "much interest from Chinese, German and other businessmen" at a trade fair in Pyongyang last month, the agency reports.

It was developed by a joint venture fruit juice company.
'No side-effect'

KCNA says: "It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells.

"It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral haemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time.

"It, much higher than quality cosmetics in anti-oxidation capacity, is efficacious for different skin diseases, including allergic dermatitis. It also makes skin fair.

"The drink has no side-effect."

The agency quotes a company manager, Jong Song Ho, as saying the drink has "proved efficacious among workers of such industrial establishments as thermal power station and smeltery and at medical institutions".

Last month fusion, this month 'super drink', next month who knows?"

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