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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Re: What? It isn't green?

The Green one was the one made of people, but the others (theoretically) weren't.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Good.

TBH, they tried to pull a Jobs with Sinofsky, plugging their ears to the zillion devs/beta testers who told them TIFKAM sucked. The difference is that they lacked the Jobs RDF, and that even Jobs knew better than to make Launchpad mandatory, or Gatekeeper, or having the iStuff apps use iCloud exclusively.

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Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?

"Personally I bloody hate OS X's UI, with the unified confuso-menu,"

Um... in fact, the ever-present menu bar is the original paradigm. That feature has been there since at least System 3, maybe even the first Mac there ever was. And all of those pre-date Windows. Sure, some of the later UI changes aren't nice, but they're still much better than the toy UI rammed into Win8.

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Real Solutions

The solution is not to use Classic Shell or Start8. It is to not buy Windows 8. At. All.

Vendor broke it, vendor should fix it. I wouldn't buy a car with the gearbox mounted on the roof, neither should I pay to fix something as stupid as that.

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Wrong joke.

"There are more Windows 8 users than Linux on desktop users combined. Deal with it."

THIS is the actual joke that should be put to sleep. It's not even funny, given that Android+Linux tablets probably outnumber Win8 installs, including Tablet versions.

(Not to mention that Linux servers still outnumber Windows Servers as well.)

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Choosy mothers chose JIF

So my memory *wasn't* off track! JIF immediately made me think about peanut butter, even though I haven't seen JIF since 2001...

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1.2 Gigabytes!

Um... isn't "jigabyte" the correct pronunciation? Of course, "jigawatt" for Gigawatt was popularized by "Doc" Brown at least a full decade before we started handling Gigabytes, so probably the pronunciation stuck from those days. Then there's the thing that I'm both an English and Spanish speaker, and Spanish pronunciation of "Gigabyte" uses the Spanish-J pronunciation of G as well.

I actually consider the hard-G usage in Giga- as the odd one.

That said, GIF is hard-G. JIF is Peanut Butter (or was it a cleaning product?)

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Sony's board debates breaking up with Spider-Man

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Re: Whatever...

I didn't enjoy the Spiderman movies either, but that's because I never even cared about Spiderman at all. Not quite sure why, but it was one of my least favorite superheroes. (I did however like the Spiderman Unlimited animated series. Too bad it ended in an unresolved cliffhanger.)

I also prefer the X-Men animated series; that one is probably responsible for bringing the X-Men into the mainstream audience. The movies were good, though they deviate from the main plot, agreed that 3 just went way off course.

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I don't like scrapyard investors

... but Loeb is right on one thing: the "Entertainment" arm of Sony that isn't "Playstation" is very much responsible of the evil karma attributed to Sony these days. Remember the rootkit fiasco? That was "Sony"-BMG, emphasis with BMG. Hollywood studios and recording industries are the ones that love sticking DRM and stupidity up consumer's butts, and they managed to infest the whole Sony hardware division. See the Playstation 3, originally pandering to the scientific and Linux community, then doing a 180 when a lame non-working "hack" was demonstrated by GeoHot.

Their Entertainment arm has poisoned Sony. Maybe they would be better off spinning out the thing, while still reaping from the Entertainment profits...

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

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Not a Ratner moment.

A Ratner moment would be Murdoch telling the truth that everyone but US Conservatards know: that Fox News is full of bull. Now that would be an awesome Ratner moment!

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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

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Fiat!

Where can I buy this Fiat Currency, and what's its top speed?

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Re: A non-merkin writes....

"Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande?"

I think you mean "Rio Bravo" ;)

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Meh.

The first paragraph sent my brain into full alert. But then the second one mentions "Dwolla". Meh. That's a US-only thing, and in fact it once was suspended from Mt. Gox for chargeback frauds.

The note is really more about "Dwolla curbstomped by DHS". Sure they're probably going after Mt. Gox, but they're basically stomping a US-only company.

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That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

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Re: Paypal and GWallet

Hm. Maybe I don't have much of these problems because there's no such thing as an overdraftable account in Mexico? Either your checks go through or bounce, no middle ground. Same thing with bankcard charges. CCs might get overdrafted, but that's usually by mistake, as payment processors and/or issuing banks sometimes lag in reflecting charges against your CC.

That said, I would never, ever link a savings account to PayPal. Or any other service.

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Also in this continent

There's a recent pay-by-text system in Mexico as well. Some banks are implementing it, though they don't directly link it to CCs or bank accounts, but creating a specific "mobile" account for funds transfer.

I've opted out from these things, as I would rather have my money safely resting in the bank, thank you very much.

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Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?

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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer

"Police latched onto Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old from New York, after he made the mistake of logging into an IRC chat server used by LulzSec without using the Tor anonymisation service - and just days after LulzSec had attacked the Feds."

Monumentally stupid move. That's like having your KGB spies show up with KGB badges outside the FBI. Really, doing something like that is a surefire way to get the Feds knocking on your door!

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

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Re: Only the second?

The thing with Windows ME is that it wasn't force-fed to users at all. Back then, you could still buy either 98SE or Win2000, so many people went for these versions. The ones hit by ME were the suckers that bought it, and damn were they hit hard by it!

Vista and 8 are both cases where the alternative is made either hard to get, or outright impossible to buy. Thus 8 is "the second" in that sense.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: Your underlying assumption

Yes, but it isn't the only thing that isn't being cut out from this pseudoinvestigation. Other mitigating factors that make the train time non-productive involves:

- Working in secure environments. Some resources might not be available outside the corporate network, and sometimes even with VPN access they are unavailable for security or legal reasons.

- Sometimes, internet access while on the move will be flakey. If your work needs constant internet access, you will suffer.

- If the trip is long enough, instead of working on the move, I'll revert to sleeping through. That'll end up being wasted time anyway.

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Very much agreed

The article itself lost me with the first mention of "model toy trains". I'm currently living the hell caused by a government actually axing intercity rail transportation: trying to get into or out of Mexico City is HELL. At certain times, even when you've left the city, there's a particular toll station that will be packed with lorries, and it will take 30 to 40 minutes just to get through the damn thing!

If we had even a not-so-high-speed train linking say, Mexico City with Querétaro, the 2.5-hour trip would cut down to little more than an hour. But noooo ... our government decided to hear the stupid car-centric gringos, and now we all suffer the consequences!

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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Re: the fat lady is warming up

If you have actually monkeyed with a Z10, you wouldn't be so sure of the S4 kicking the Z10's butt. The one thing that does sway people toward an S4 is that there are more apps on Android than BlackBerry. But that might change as well.

I'm sitting 'till the Q10 comes out, because I don't like keyboardless smartphones.

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Re: Maybe

MSN is still alive, though the client itself is no longer downloadable. But if you did have it updated, it'll still connect.

Agreed that being forced to Skype sucks; for me Skype is the thing for VoIP calls, not for messaging.

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Windows 8 did tank PC sales.

"No, it didn't, hasn't and won't.

Microsoft could have not bothered with Windows 8 and we'd be up to Windows 7 Service Pack 3 by now - it would have made no a single jot of difference:"

But it did. Sales for PCs show a steady decline, then a sharp downturn right after win8 came out. Mostly it happens at the point where all the remaining Win7 stock sold out, and everything was slapped with Windows 8. That was when PC sales went down the drain!

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Re: Colour me shocked

Eadon's right, dudes. Everyone knew that PC sales were declining for all the known reasons (current ones are good enough to chug along for years, tablets substitute casual use) but Windows 8 managed to make the sales decline steeper. Even IDC knows it.

MS really shot its foot this time.

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Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

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Hemp!

One of those things that used to be grown in the US, before DuPont got Marijuana banned because hemp-based paper was a danger to their wood-paper patents.

Now it is not only a good fuel, it's a good supercapacitor material as well. How long will we suffer for this boneheaded lobbyism?

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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

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Re: The problem with Sony is

They used to be different in the 80's. In fact, they were the ones that fought for time-shifting rights, getting us to tape TV shows as "fair use". It was only after they bought BMG and the studio stuff that the entertainment arm started infesting the rest with pointless DRM crap.

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Re: Vita vs Smartphone

I'd rather buy a Vita if the objective is gaming, because:

- I already own a smartphone,

- Phones suck at games for lack of controllers, and

- the Vita actually has real games, vs time-killers in the smartphone area.

One of the biggest misconceptions in the gaming industry is lumping up casual gaming with hardcore gaming. 7 years ago, many "experts" were announcing Nintendo as the undisputed winner of the console wars, as they outsold PS3 & xbox combined. Years later, most of those Wiis are now gathering dust, while the PS3s and 360s are still being played.

Same thing with the "social gaming" stuff, oh no they're the future! They'll take over Steam and the consoles! ... yet now Zynga's bleeding money because people are now bored of their games.

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Watch out, Nokia: Global mobile phone sales slowing

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Dump MS, Nokia!

Elop brought only grief to Nokia by dumping Symbian and tying them to the unsellable MS/WinPhone platform. The cursed ship has usually claimed the companies that have backed it, like Sendo and Palm. Why the hell did they take that path?!?!

It is probably still time to dump Elop and change course. Nokia should do it while there's still cash to do so...

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Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday

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Hehe

This game I came to know under the name of "Brickles 4.0"... and it was on a Mac+. Even though I know all the Atari Breakout story or "How Jobs cheated Woz out of the big prize", I had never seen the actual game 'till today. So it is Brickles daddy!

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Steam OS stats

"Looking at OS stats on Steam, Windows 8 64-bit in third place (behind Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit), so I think there are more people using it than you realise."

Windows 7 64-bit 54.18%

Windows 7 13.39%

Windows 8 64-bit 10.86%

Windows XP 32-bit 8.25%

Windows Vista 64-bit 4.45%

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Win8 might have a third place, but the two places above Win8 take 67.57% of the cake, vs. 11.65% for Win8. (I'm adding the measly 0.74% for Windows 8 32-bit.)

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Re: Astrobait

JDX already bit the bait, now just waiting for mmeier and the "AC" army to appear.

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And for the actual, corporate data

Our clients skidded all purchasing orders to a halt when Windows 8 came out. This is in spite of an XP to Windows 7 migration project going on corporate-wide in at least one of our clients. And I'd like to note, the project is still Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. Windows 8 is banned from corporate premises. Only one exception was made for a consultant who was hoodwinked into buying Win8. Said consultant has since switched back to Win7 because Win8 blows.

For the clients I'm talking about, this would be a "sample size" of at least 2500 users. Not one of them wants Windows 8. The real idiots are Sinofsky and whoever thought the Metro/Modern UI was a good idea to force upon Windows users.

On my side, I congratulate Microsoft, as they ended up making me switch to Mac, even though I hate Apple's wall garden policies and Jobs dick moves and control freakery that seem to still haunt the company, even 2 years after his death. At least Apple seems to be better at testing the waters on UI changes.

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@Simon Barker

The difference is, of course, that on OSX you're changing the UI paradigm to the one that MS originally ripped off anyway. Instead of a Start menu, you get Spotlight (search for apps), the Apple menu (for system-wide stuff) and the Dock.

Oh, and if you have to use Office, even with the latest 2011 version you still have MENUS. You know, the ones that MS excised in the Windows version. Yes, 2011 has the Ribbon, but it is less annoying as it doesn't take that much space as in Windows and you can bypass it mostly thanks to the menus.

Thanks to Windows 8, jumping to OS X is now less painful than jumping into the Fabulous Fred toy OS...

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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

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XML is bloated.

It does have its uses, but "XML Fever" has made XML find its way into stuff where it was never intended to be used.

Then there are those who now eschew XML ... and then instead come up with JSON. Gah!

All of these schemes are basically re-inventing ASN.1 anyway...

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Dell committee to Icahn: Show us the money

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So basically

They're calling Icahn's bluff? Whatever Icahn says, be very weary! The SS Ichan's Jolly Rodger is up!

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Re: Kiddie interface @jaywin

The difference being that the XP preschool UI was more of a skin makeover. You could keep it enabled and not suffer any changes between "Classic Mode" and "Luna UI".

OTOH, Metro/Modern forces you to use it (no disabling) and it changes how you do everything. So while XP didn't impact productivity, Metro/Modern does.

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Interesting

Actually, I'm betting they're giving "Blue"/Win8.1 as a SP because this allows them to backtrack on the issue without giving away the clusterfuck that Win8 is. When they rushed 7 as a Vista fix, anyone could see that Win7 passed Vista sales real fast, thus confirming what everyone knew: Vista was shit. If they sold Win8.1, the same thing would happen (assuming they'll demote Metro on the Desktop PC versions).

This way, the "fixed" Win8.1 version will silently overtake the kiddie toy UI version and MS can keep it all hush-hush.

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Kiddie interface

A preschoolish UI does not a secure system make. Did Microsoft Bob give Windows better security? No, it didn't. Neither does Metro.

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Re: “advance the bold vision” I call bull

"Ribbon has (by and large) won users over, but it took a long while - many staunch haters now actually like it."

Many staunch haters still cling on Office 2003. You might be talking about Office 2010, which partially "restored" menus in the form of the File menu. That one has got a less flamey reception, but the thing is that the Ribbon still sucks as a full menu substitution. Fortunately, I don't have to fight the Ribbon in the Mac. Using both menus and the Ribbon here, it does work; but notice that it is when combined with the menus that it ends up working.

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

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Re: Reg: Suggestion - use "The Sun" or "Sol"

So, I see I wasn't the only one that read "Sun" and assumed Sun Microsystems. Sadly gone down the Oracle's belly, though if you watch closely, there's a Sun/Oracle logo to be seen in Iron Man 3...

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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We already do insect as food

In a large part of Mexico, you can buy a bag of fried "chapulines" (I think you call 'em either crickets or grasshoppers), and they're eaten mostly in the same way as potato chips.

I have to say, they *are* tasty. So it's just a matter of which insects are in the menu ... I would never, ever eat other kinds of bug (i.e. cockroach. Gross!!)

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Amazon launches own currency

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That's not how fractional reserve banking works, though.

"(riddle me this: how can a bank take in $10 in deposits, then issue $80 in loans, and call that legitimate? Where did that extra $70 come from?)"

Actually it works by taking in $100 in deposits, then issuing $80 in loans. So they remain only with $20 cash, which will work as long as account holders don't do a withdrawal stampede. Theoretically.

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Oooh, the Linden Dollar

How has Second Life been doing lately? I had the misfortune of losing my account as the CC that LL was charging expired and I didn't get the notices 'till a month later, so the account was closed. Whoops!

Though by the time I "left", most of the money making businesses were in fact *losing* money, and most of the dudes who went into the Second Life Investing thing ended up with crashed stock or Ponzi'd out (see: "Luke Connell" and the "World Stock Exchange".)

'Twas the unscrupulous investor's paradise: no regulation, no laws, high risk!

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PS3 uses real money

While you can pre-load USD (or EUR, GBP, JPY, whatever your local currency is) on your wallet, you can simply put in your CC details and you'll get charged when you buy stuff.

The Points thingy is with Microsoft, not sure if Nintendo uses the same point thingy with the Wii.

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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

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Agreed on that

But they aren't the only overzealous laws concerning language. Spain also spends a lot ruining movies by dubbing them with wonky translations, and like the French they call computers "sorting machines" and (computer) files "index cards" among other weird things, just to avoid using any words resembling English. (Even the French think that the word "ordinateur" is wrong, but they refuse to use "computer".)

That said, the same guy is recommending a Hadopi shootdown. That's got to give him some good karma, as it would mean France would stick it to the MAFIAA.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

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Hipster posters?

I'd think that any smidge of hipster culture would get mass down votes. Especially if it involves Hipsters defending Apple and/or Jobs.

Arrogance, one of the Hipster hallmarks, is something mostly downvoted here as well!

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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Re: Concert spending @Gerhard Mack

If you're in Spain, I can feel your pain. The only thing worse than Mexican Spanish-dubbed movies are Spaniard-dubbed movies. Not only do they sound awful, they start calling computers "sorting machines", files turn into "index cards" and they change most swearing to something to do about gilled chickens. Gah!

Also, to those who aren't aware of how stuff goes down in Spain: *everything* is dubbed. EVERYTHING. EVERYWHERE. I know people who were there in student exchange programs who would save up for a short UK trip just to watch the current movies instead of suffering the "gallego dub edition"!

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Icahn, SAM to give MickeyD the boot if they take over Dell

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Re: Please stop

I know El Reg doesn't want to call him Vulture Investor, so I propose another term:

Scrapyard Investor.

As in, they take your company to the scrapyard and sell it all for scrap value, even if the company's good. Someone should lock Icahn inside a room full of former TWA employees...

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Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry go to WAR... in the Pentagon

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Heh

Interesting. BlackBerry has been the only one to get the approval for sensitive stuff, wonder who Apple and Samsung fare on this? Especially as they lack the FIPS 140-2 certification which is usually required for this.

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

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It looks awesome

We need more of this. It's cool enough to inspire more people into space exploration.

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PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

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Re: It's a solution looking for a problem

I'm currently carrying not one, not two, but *four* token/keyfobs. I have to say, VASCO and RSA know how to make 'em strong. Except for the Challenge/Response calculator-style token, which does need to have some extra care. Other than that, I can carry 'em everywhere.

Tokens done right should be easy to carry, and they're usually part of your keyring. There it is, sitting near your Nirvana keyring. Ready to use if you need it, and easy to spot if you've lost it; that's when you have to report it stolen & replace it.

Granted, all these tokens are for e-banking solutions, but that's kind of PayPal's point, isn't it? Stronger authentication for stuff that deals with money.

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