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Pirate island attracts more than 100 startup tenants

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Andrew Ryan's dream lives on

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McAfee founder raided in Belize by gang-busting police

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SWAT + dog execution

There was this one case in the US where an idiot cop thought the cracking sound of a door (which was being RAMMED down) was a gunshot sound went on and shot a teenager kid who has stolen a PS3. Er, shot and KILLED the kid... and while you might argue that a SixAxis control looks like a gun, you'd expect a cop to say "drop your weapon" wouldn't you?

Oh, and when the dead kid's dog went on to attack the cop, he shot said dog dead as well. So there you go.

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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

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Hotmail

They almost killed the brand back in 2005. Of course, someone realized that Hotmail had much more brand recognition than "live mail" so they left it with a midway name change: Windows Live Hotmail.

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The Neverending Name Change

Oh yeah, we also still call it MSN Messenger. Though they did a worse job with their Spaces thingy, which at some point ended up being called:

"MSN Live Spaces" and the URL for my space would be something like "http://myself.live.spaces.msn.com" huh?

BTW, now that they're killing "Live", can they pleeease allow us to put nicknames on our MSN Messenger accounts? Currently we're forced into having our full real name put as the handle, instead of a nickname.

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Car Rental

The last time I rented a car, they used the click-clack machine to make an "open voucher". This is, they clack the card, then use the phone method to pre-authorize a charge (about $700 USD) and store the voucher.

When I brought back the car 3 days later, they again use the phone to turn the "preauthorized" charge into an actual charge for the real amount (which was $100). Then the amount and auth code is put on the click-clacked voucher along with the amount.

So the system is sometimes used with the same lifecycle as the electronic POS, but done by phone.

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Re: Not everywhere

Even the credit cards? A lot of bankcards over here don't have embossed numbers (Mexico) but most of the credit cards do have the embossed numbers.

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Apple claims Aussie 3G is so good it's 4G

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Re: Ill buy that

You got it backwards. In Aussie, the carriers aren't calling non-4G shit 4G; Apple is trying to push the same BS done in the US and Mexico that HSPA+ is "4G". Them using this argument shows off how the ITU shouldn't have backed down on their hard stance, and that carriers selling HSPA+ as 4G are liars.

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

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Manos

I'm guessing that Manos: The Hands of Fate didn't win the #1 spot basically because nobody has seen it.

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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

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Heading straight down, more likely.

Elop's decision to act as MS mole and ram WP7 on Nokia seems to have turned a slow profit descent into a nosedive. If shareholders were smart, they would be voting for Elop to get sacked and put up someone who can either ressurrect Symbian (with Belle) or push out an Android stopgap while they get their shit together.

Switching to WinMo killed Palm, it seems that the same is happening to Nokia so they should get rid of it while they still can pull themselves out of that mess.

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RIP wind power: Minister blows away plans for more turbines

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oooh

PWRs are indeed old, but not as old as BWRs. Which is what Fukushima had. Um... you can read that on Wikipedia.

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Reading failure

Prof. Stephen Thomas is talking about LWRs. That's only one type of reactor. PWR? Thorium? Pebble-bed? CANDU? Those have safeguards against LOCA.

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MI5 stinks up website with dead SSL certificate

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Someone made a doo-doo

If the cert is valid since 25 March, 2012 ... someone didn't do their job. You should be replacing the cert as soon as you get the new one (and it's valid) instead of waiting 'till the very last moment.

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Hacker jailed for 32 months for attack on abortion-provider site

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1) Anti-abortionists are by default conservatives, in the sense that they do not tolerate any kind of abortion at all. Those who think about it as a human-rights issue have more leeway; support for first-trimester abortion exists among this people.

2) Something I realized after posting. Yes, anyone can claim 'I am anonymous! hahaha!!' but most of the big cases have usually been related on either anti-corporativism (attacks against RIAA/MPAA or the DDoSers from India, ACS:Law) or anti-conservatives (Tea Party, BNP, Fox News) so it does seem weird to see someone with opposing views to claim that. In fact, it would be interesting to see what the collective Anonymous thinks about that. They're not too keen on their image being used for random stuff.

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Conservatards

I thought the Anonymous bunch were free from these kind of idiots. I actually like how they've gone against racists (BNP), wannabe fascists, islamophobes and more recently ultrarightwinger trolls in Mexico, but this is something I'd see more as a rightwingnutter action.

FAIL.

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Valve seeks geek to design 'platform hardware'

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Valve hardware

It won't have a power cord. It won't need it, because it will be powerd by Steam!

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Apple finally deploys Mac Flashback Trojan terminator

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Smells like Steve Jobs

Given that Jobs hated Java's guts during his last years, this smells like Apple's version of Pearl Harbor. Delay the fix, then get OSX infected, then push out the fix and say that Java will be disabled "for your protection" in a very Norsefire way. Hm...

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um...

Java is mostly secure, though the recent vuln cracks have been quite shameful. It wouldn't have bit OSX at all if they had patched up the vuln earlier.

JavaScript, however, is a craptastic attack vector and should die a horrible death. Agreed on that!

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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Green Lantern

No, not the one that actually got made.

I refer to the one that didn't make it... the one with Jack Black. Which would've been the kind of movie you'd see Jack Black in.

Also, any of the Seuss books that hasn't been made a movie ... starring Mike Myers.

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Re: Titanic II

Too late, The Asylum already did that one. It involves a *literal* Titanic II, which gets smashed by an iceberg traveling at supersonic speeds.

No, I didn't pull that script out of my ass, I actually watched it. They ripped off not only Titanic, but also Poseidon (the crappy remake that is) and The Abyss...

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Laptop computers are crap

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Screen Size

I guess that the true problem is all this widescreen craze that has infested the recent batch of laptops. Now you got wide-ass screens that are too short to read stuff. Somehow laptop mfgs think everyone uses laptops to watch 16:9 movies instead of actually working. This is worse on netbooks, where some stuff won't even show up thanks to the height restriction.

Also, there's something weird with Vista and win7, I swear that I can't make the letters small enough anymore. I've seen XP on the same screens and it's noticeable, so much that win7 looks like a Fischer Price "my first PC" baby UI compared even to XP's candy theme.

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Boeing plans super-secure Android smartphone for top echelons

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Oh well

At least they aren't trying to push iCrap to the military. Though the NSA seems to be smart enough to know that putting iThingys as "secure" smartphones is a bad idea.

Though if the feds REALLY want secure smartphones, why don't they simply get the Sectera Edge? Come on dudes!

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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

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Dumping

That can be done if someone charges dumping violations (selling at a loss). If Apple/other e-tailers haven't done so, that isn't the DoJ's problem.

Or maybe most if not all books aren't being sold like that.

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

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Madden?

Seriously, when will people stop buying DLC packaged as "new games"? FIFA 12! FIFA 13! MADDEN 12! MADDEN 13! WITH NEW PLAYER SWAPS!

Miffed that BioShock Infinite is so low on both lists. At least Resident Evil 6 seems to be up there in the top spots.

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Publishers fork out $52m in Apple ebook pricing settlement

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Re: What is Apple (supposedly) guilty of?

"If Apple had acted to control the prices Amazon charges then the DoJ would have case."

They did, by colluding with publishers and by their "most favoured nation" clause.

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RIM: BlackBerry sales to US gov still on the rise

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Bad if they are.

A device using a 4-digit PIN to "secure" any kind of crypto key? Not unless there's something else protecting stuff. Androids have got FIPS 140-2 according to this article, I'd think that those handsets are closer to certification.

I wouldn't bet on an iPhone as a secure device. If I were the US Government, I'd use the Sectera Edge instead; they developed a truly secure smartphone. This already came to light when Obama got elected.

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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

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Re: LOAD"*",8,1

First used to fire up Test Drive, the day my dad bought the 1541-II disk drive.

I never really knew what LOAD "*",8,1 meant though. I did save stuff with SAVE "BLAH",8 and load 'em in a similar manner though. :)

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Hacktivist 'Hardcore Charlie' claims China military hack

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Doubt on the Hispanic.

Given the Spaniglish words on that, I doubt it was an actual Hispanic d00d. It reads more like stereotypical stuff more than what someone who was actually from Mexico would write, at least. ("Puñeta" gives it away. The only time I've heard that in the last 2 years referring to a person has been while watching Machete.)

Maybe he's channeling Cheech & Chong?

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Aliens Blu-ray disc set

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Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Apple's stock price swells above stuttering Google

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Oh that dream sounds nice, but it wouldn't really work like that given that Jobs was for all the ugly things we hate Hollywood for (inane copyright extensions, DRM, "IP protection", stupid patents) so it would be more like the Rise of the Empire.

Of course, Jobs is no more, Cook might just stray away from that nonsense. Time will tell..

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Samsung forging ARM server chips?

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Go for it!

The sooner we get out of the garbage x86 arch, the better!

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

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The author hasn't really checked out IPv6.

link-local and other types of address remove the need for NAT, which used to be "I need private addys to connect to my junk w/o being ISP dependant".

The mandatory 64-bit host segment removes the need for NAT in consumer networks, as you have 2^64 IP addys to use from your ISP, and it'll work automagically.

The only thing you don't have with IPv6 is the "hide my public IP address", which is mostly security theater. The real protection you have with "NAT" is actually the fact that all NAT implementing devices will also have firewall rules by default that block outside traffic from the inside.

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You fail at IPv6.

By definition, end-users will get a 64-bit host segment with IPv6, which means you will always have at least a 2^64 address range, eliminating the need for NAT in most consumer markets. Consumer routers can simply implement the same firewall rules they do today, but they'll get a load off their back on preserving state for NATted connections.

Local connectivity can be done with link-local addresses or the site-local ones if you really need to subnet the local IPv6 addys.

And contrary to what this article's poster said, you *can* set up static addresses on IPv6.

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Security guards brawl over world's biggest Apple Store

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Um... @Just Thinking

You didn't quite read the article, did you?

- Mall A puts up banners in its own property

- Mall B sends "security" goons to Mall A's banners

- Mall A's security lines up to protect banners

- Mall B's goons don't give a shit and tear down the banners, all gangster-style.

No tearing down for security reasons, this was squarely lawlessness showing up. I do wonder why the hell didn't Parkland Mall call the cops?

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

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Yet Another Stupid Patent

IMVU

Wii/Mii

Second Life

All of these allow you to do these avatars, and the patenty stuff e ven looks like something ripped off from the Wii's Mii. This is getting stupid!

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

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Cracking that passphrase will make the cracker insane!

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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

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Wonder how this'll work over here. Most bankcards (debit, that is) don't even bother putting our name on the card. Whenever I swipe one of those, I end up being called "EL CLIENTE". Oooh!!

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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not just small towns

Get into a specialist niche market, you'll find that even in a big sprawling megacity, the IT industry is extremely well connected. That dude who was a code monkey at your previous employer? He might be the one offering you a good job 3 years from now!

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Nokia threatens to elbow Apple's rival nano-SIM off a cliff

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Boffin

The only ones that would benefit from SIMless handsets are the operators. Try using your Sprint phone on Verizon? Mexico's Iusacell? Can't? That's because unlike the SIM-toting handsets, the phone itself has all the identity stuff and thus can be thoroughly gimped by the operator.

I ditched Iusacell because they went down the CDMA SIMless route. SIMless phones are for me a relic of the 20th century.

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Solar power towers overpower PV panels by 20X

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Yanks beat y'all on that

The US beat schools on that, given that DST begins at the beginning of March instead of "right after Spring", so maybe that's why schools are teaching the stuff like that. DST before the equinox does sound daft, doesn't it?

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

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Wot?

So this is what they threw out Mubarak for? I thought they were fighting for freedom, not for more stupid restrictions!

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Spain donates Enigma gear that kick-started Brit code-breaking

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Re: almost puzzled

I had the idea that it was more like the Poles cracked it (by brute force, but they did crack it), then built the bombes, then realized they were going to get 0wned when the Germans beefed up the Enigma scramblers and sent all their research to the Brits right before they got themselves 0wned.

Then GCHQ built up on this (enter: Knox), but the really damn good speed up was thanks to one Alan Turing who designed the bombes that didn't depend on the repeating day-key.

Oh yes, I've read a lot on this.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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Re: Fantastic

Meh. The account @LiamStacey9 seems to have been axed already. So it isn't visible except by the youtube link.

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'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

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going backwards?

So x86 will plague the mobile market as well? Grim future you have there, prophet! I expect ARM to take over the x86 market, not the other way round!

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US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV

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Drop the channels!

That's what Cable TV has done here in Mexico when TV Azteca upped the price. Don't know if it will work though. But given the content of channels 7 and 13 ... TV quality actually goes UP without those channels.

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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Re: Please include...

I already submitted Pootie Tang, which I hope doesn't cause brain damage on our reviewers.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

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An HP Jornada

The one time I had one "assigned" by my employer, was because we got a handful of Jornadas from one of those boxes.

But hey, that one had useful stuff like:

- a SCSI PCI card

- internal SCSI cable

- DDS4 DAT drive

- a Palm Tungsten

some other stuff, but those are the ones that we actually used.

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Shiny stuff isn't IT

So it should come out of the Sales or HR budget. "Looking good" isn't IT-related.

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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

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Alien

He'll probably call it BARSOON.

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Senator demands Congressional vote on ACTA

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Now, if only someone could use this heat to get the world governments to cut back copyright down to 50 years.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The Doom Generation

Someone made my brain recall this. I was fooled into believing this was either a Natural Born Killers type of movie, some corny reference to the Doom videogame or something like that. It isn't. The whole thing turns boring 20? 25? Minutes in and nevr really recovers.

In fact, the ending *improves* the movie because at least something happens!

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