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Goodyear blimps to be replaced by German Zeppelins

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Except for Helium

Back then, Helium was guarded as tight as nuclear materials these days. The US wasn't about to give Nazi Germany something that could be potentially used against the US in the future.

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DIY crimekit brings advanced malware to Mac OSX

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Weyland-Yutani

So I should expect Aliens to burst out of my Mac any minute now.

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RIM makes Bold move with OS 7

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Nice

Though I don't see LTE being supported. Where's the 4G connectivity?

Looks like Blackberry is actually putting nice stuff on their handsets these days. I hope these things are within a manageable price tag by the time I change Blackberries. The jump from 8300 to 9700 was very nice indeed.

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Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows

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They've got a shot

Keeping production inside the company means that the movie will actually have the game's storyline.

The other thing they really need is implementing a NO UWE BOLL zone at their studio. God that guy really hates gamers.

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Rackspace backtracks over toff-proof sign-up process

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Bobby O'Tables

is coming for you!

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Sony closes PC games site over security 'concern'

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Bad Luck Moment

I've been doing that with all new website logins, and those that I remember about. Unfortunately, my PSN account and the Twitter one weren't on my "sensitive" list. They shared the same password. That would explain the mystery twits sent under my account sending spam about "make more money!" about 2 weeks ago.

Now I still can't get to reset my password on the PSN. Damn!

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Farewell, Novell

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Agreed.

Novell was very, very pricey back in the early IPX days. Before the NT days, Novell was probably the only LAN option for PC networks running MS-DOS. Novell took advantage of this and had extortionate pricing for their licenses.

So naturally, Microsoft release Windows NT with cheap licensing, and everyone moved to NT. By the time Novell reacted, it was too late.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Polls

Given the poll results, I'm definitely adding both books to my reading list.

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Oh dear ...

I had forgotten about the whole "stuff buried zillions of years ago" bit. Yeah, that didn't make sense. The whole "it's in the US instead of Britain" was also done in the original movie, and the (in)famous radio broadcast by Orson Welles.

To be fair, there *was* an attempt at doing a War of the Worlds movie in its original 1890's setting and geographical locations. Unfortunately, this was made by The Asylum of "Transmorphers", "Snakes on a Train" and "Terminators" fame. According to those who watched it, the movie adapted all the boring parts of the book and extended them.

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Huh?

Either many of the ones answering the poll are reading obscure books, or I should turn in my sci-fi credentials, because the top two leading books (Use of Weapons, The Mote in God's Eye) are books that I have *never* *ever* *heard* *about*. I was half-expecting Neuromancer or Ender's Game to be in the top, neither of 'em have more than 4%. Granted, Ender's Game is already being made into a movie.

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You've seen the original War of the Worlds, right?

It was kind of an insult to the book. By the end of the movie, you could swear that the Martians were prayed to death!

Interestingly, the Spielberg remake was actually truer to the story, but ruined by changing the main character from "separated from wife during the first attacks" to "father of two stupid and incredibly annoying brats". Dakota Fanning's character is a jackass that adds nothing to the plot. And then they had to stick the stupid family plot at the expense of cutting out better stuff: the main character's brother's adventures are mostly shaved off and partially added to the main character's plot; they also fused the likeable drunken artillery soldier with the least likeable character: the despiseable vicar.

But all in all, it was kinda truer to the book.

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Not so dated

It is probably still far away from what we have, the Matrix was basically the Internet with a VR interface. They even had their "home location", as Case always appeared near the Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority, no matter where he was jacking in from. The only thing dated is the fact that it occurs a couple of decades after WW3 between the US and the *Soviet Union*. Orson Scott was able to sidestep on this simply making the "Warsaw Pact" the "NEW Warsaw Pact" in Ender's Game.

I would still like a Neuromancer movie, though some people might think it's a Matrix ripoff instead of the other way 'round.

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Amazon refudiates Apple 'app store' trademark suit

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@Sarah Bee

Noooo! Don't do it!

It seems that most of the complainers have no sense of humor.

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Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

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@DZ-Jay

"Consider that the address-book, e-mails, and browser history are also stored on the physical device."

You mean the iPhone doesn't support local data encryption on the address book, e-mails, browser history and such? Geeze, my BlackBerry does this. Hell, my previous 3.5 year old BB can do it as well, nobody can access that info unless it's unlocked...

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It's the American Way!

Unfortunately, it seems to be the only way to get a US Company to do something about their users.

McDonalds had to get sued for them to stop serving third-degree-burning coffee. (And the woman who won that lawsuit is now universally ridiculed.)

Comcast, I think, got sued because of their RST mangling, and the FCC threat made them finally back down on that.

A good bunch of class-action lawsuits have stopped companies from dumping toxic waste into rivers or soil.

Ford stopped making deathtrap Pintos until they got slammed with lawsuits.

The lesson is: if you want a US company to hear you, SUE THEM.

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End of the line for mechanical typewriters

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Then you have the 99% of forms that aren't fillable PDFs

Ah yes. I 'fixed' that problem myself, scanning the form, then placing the fillable PDF fields over the form. Now you just need to fill out the form, remove the background image from the original form ... and TADA! Everything prints in its place!

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Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen

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Missing the point.

Those of us who are running Linux on the PS3 didn't really care for the graphical interface at all. The real power in the PS3 is the CellBE processor, which has 8 SPEs for parallel calculations. Mostly useful for scientific purposes. For these things, the CellBE is much much faster than the shitty x86 processors we have in PCs.

I AM miffed by Sony's decision ... I can't buy games released after April 1, 2010 so I've been deprived of a lot of games. I can't update my firmware because I'll lose OtherOS. I can't buy a new PS3 and transfer all my data 'cause I will lose my trophies. I've been royally screwed, just because I happen to be a gamer *and* a Linux user.

The fail0verflow guys had to crack the low level bootloaders just to get Linux to run on the PS3. Of course, this means that they opened up everything; and while they didn't get the apploader keys themselves, they did open up the door so that other people (homebrewers and pirates) could do it. It would not have happened if Sony hadn't killed OtherOS!

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Nintendo confirms Wii 'successor'

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The new Wii

Should they just call it the Wiii?

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Obama to pop down to Endeavour launch

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Wrong prez!

Bush killed the Shuttle. It was under his administration that NASA went backwards and decided to replace the Shuttle with a beefed-up Apollo launched by a not-quite-Saturn-V rocket.

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IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears

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NAT breaks stuff

Having everyone behind NAT is worse. Basically all Mexican cable ISPs have implemented NAT, and it's HELL. Even those who aren't tech-savvy have realized that cable ISPs over here are shit, and they don't even know why!

IPv6 works. The reason we currently need to do some wonky stuff is because we are using tunnelbrokers instead of native IPv6. I've already tested a Vista box, it does work with IPv6 out of the box if you have a DHCPv6 server, which ISPs would obviously have. Once your ISP supports IPv6, you'll get IPv6 if you've got an IPv6-ready OS.

And will the PS3/Xbox360/Wii support IPv6? Of course! That's what FW updates are for!

Non-browser apps? Most of 'em support IPv6 as well!

The one thing that will push everyone to IPv6 will be when some of the big sites (YouTube, Facebook) go IPv6-only. Then you'll have everyone deploying IPv6 en masse!!!

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Long live IPv6! DEATH TO NAT!

NAT, while functional for residential networks, is one of the worst boneheaded ideas to get implemented by greedy ISPs. Most of the "cable ISPs" in Mexico are pimping their users, as they have ALWAYS used NAT, and serve only 10.0.0.0/8 addys to them. Want a real IP? That's an extra $300/mo matey!

One of the best things about IPv6 is that NAT is not supported, and will *never* be supported at all. The RFCs have seen to that. Fortunately, some content providers have been starting to provide AAAA registers for their sites; if the big ones start going IPv6 only, a lot of users will start demanding their ISPs for a switchover. Go!

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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

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HD-DVD?

Superior HD-DVD? I thought only Toshiba thought that. 2-layer Blu-Ray already had more storage capacity; a 16-layer BD would probably be capable of even 8k video. HD-DVD was the VHS of the latest format wars from a technical standpoint. Unlike other battles, the superior tech prevailed this time.

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Sony ships 50m PS3s

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Sampling...

Close minds think alike. You'll find that PS3 owners will generally know more PS3 owners than 360 owners, and vice-versa. I know about half and half ... a good bunch overlap on PS3 and 360 ownership, a few have only PS3, even less have 360s. All of them still have PS2s, and some of 'em are still using the PS2!

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Android, Steve Jobs, and Apple's '90%' tablet share

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@jonathanb

hehe ... you sparked a flame! Probably people took offense on Windows being "premium" ;)

Well, you're kinda right, except Windows isn't quite "premium" even though it's expensive. Commercial UNIX, Mainframe stuff is the one that still owns the "premium" market:

Linux (mass market)

Windows Server (SMBs, expensive OS but shit performance, used at orgs where CEO/CTOs have been misguided)

Commercial UNIX like Solaris, HP/UX, AIX (premium market)

AS/400 (premium market)

Mainframe z/OS, Tandem NonStop et al (VERY premium market!)

Of course, a good bunch of Commercial UNIX installs are usually legacy platforms, and are being substituted by Linux boxes. But the exotic stuff like OS/400 and Mainframe isn't going to move that easily....

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Mostly correct

Yup, Apple's hoarding strategy will usually come back to bite its ass; it happened with Macs, it's happening with the iGadgets. However:

"Apple would be all but gone were it not for Microsoft releasing office for the Mac,"

IIRC, Office was *born* in the Mac. A lot of people in the Windows world suddenly got their Word 2.0 upgraded to "Word 6" ... what happened to the other versions? Oh, that's because "Word 6" was MS standarizing the version numbering on all platforms; Mac was already on 5.1 while Windows had only "version 2".

Hell, Word was the poor man's productivity app, we were all using Aldus PageMaker those days. A lot of "desktop software" was born in the Mac, and had Apple opened up in the late 80's-early 90's, we would all be using MacOS by now, and RISC-based PPC machines instead of the x86 garbage the PC industry got stuck with.

Oh well ... lost opportunites. And that was without control-freak Jobs in the helm; these days it is *less* probable for Apple to open itself up.

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Project Ceylon – Red Hat builds Java killer replacement

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JPA broke my Session Beans

I used to have a pretty nice CMP Session Bean framework in J2EE 1.4, which worked wonders for the stuff I do. Having methods start explicit transactions, commiting when the last method returns, or rolling back when certain Exceptions are thrown... that was pretty good for Business Logic. EJBs were also good if you wanted to have both a client UI and a Web frontend for your app; both would use the same server-side components.

Then Java EE 5 threw all that stuff away. CMP transactions seem to be no more, and Session Beans no longer support Local AND Remote methods. It seems that adding Hibernate was made at the expense of the already-established EJB framework. :(

Other than that ... EJBs are still good for stuff, even if they aren't as useful these days.

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Sony buries hatchet with GeoHot in PS3 modding case

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OtherOS

"Infact, there is absolutely nothing that's legal and wothwhile for a hacked PS3. There are some illegal emulators and illegal piracy, and that's it...."

... and running Linux. In fact, that "running Linux" bit is the one that pushed all those hackers into breaking the PS3's security model in the first place. Of course, the real pirates just waited until the legit hackers cracked open the thing, then just took the "last mile" effort to enable piracy on the PS3.

Really, Sony should simply re-enable OtherOS and be done with it. It isn't worth the never-ending uphill battle. Ironically, they had realized this when the PS3 launched; they gave all the stuff that other consoles are usually hacked for:

- Streaming

- No region locked games

- Linux

So yes ... up 'till April 1, 2010 the only reason to hack a PS3 was piracy. Not anymore.

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Steve Wozniak ready for return to Apple

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Change with the Other Steve

But that is the point. It could just be that Woz would probably ease down on the control freakery imposed by Jobs; Woz had always been more of the "open" school, while Jobs was responsible for the Apple closedness and the "oooh shiny" stupidity, like having the first Macs lacking a cooling fan.

Maybe Woz could be a much better successor to Jobs!

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The new killer app is … MMS

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Wrong operation

I think the one who made that statement did a boo-boo ... he actually meant "DIVIDE against all mobile phones", which is the standard method to get the % of something.

Bloke's got a point, going for iPhone apps is hitting at a veeery small market. But hitting for a generic Java app + specific Android and Blackberry apps will give you the same MMS-enabled ecosystem the author is talking about, without having to resort to "plain MMS".

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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My Performa

... outlives your TiVo. 16 or 17 year old Mac still working with its Quantum SCSI HDDs, back when Macs were user-serviceable!

My dad complains that he can't get stuff out of that Mac, but the real reason for that is because he threw away all the LocalTalk wiring, including the LocalTalk to LPT adapter we had. FAIL! Though I do wish we had bought an Ethernet adapter back then ... instead we hooked our PC to the LocalTalk network. Oh well...

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Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does

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Active Consoles

If you had read the actual article, you would see that they are counting *active* consoles, not *sold* consoles. Never mind if they are "sold" (shipped) or actually sold. Sadly, my PS3 is probably not in this count thanks to the OtherOS brouhaha. Or maybe it is ... because it still pings the PSN/Sony's servers every now and then.

MS numbers are definitely skewed, especially because those who bought RRoD replacements are counted.

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Depends on your friends

There are some out there buying PS3s. Most held off the PS3 until it became cheap enough to buy; I'm more used to people still sticking to their PS2's. The one I do find everywhere is the Wii.

But then the whole point is moot, as someone else pointed, our circle o'friends isn't quite the real universe.

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

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@AC

"And for those sniffy about style: most of us appreciate good design and attractive objects at home or work and expect to pay more for them."

At the expense of taxpayers, as well?

The irony is that this bloke is saying "stop sexing up IT" and then proceeds to sex up IT by telling 'em to buy Macs! Our own Mexican Congress decided to give iPads to our representatives ... it didn't go quite well among the people. You've got people rioting over increasing college tuition, what would you think will happen if HM Government starts doling out über-expensive Macs to Civil Servants?!?!

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Nice lock-in!

Talking bad about "sexing up IT" and offering Macs sounds like a really bad contradiction right there. Selling Macs to any organization IS "sexing up IT" and jacking up IT purchasing expenses at the very least!

I'd rather have them use Linux on standard PCs.

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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

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Wrong comparison

If Microsoft were selling actual windows, you know, those square thingies you have in your house or flat, then you would have a case against Microsoft.

I could make an OS and call it Bagel; but unlike 'bagel store', I would actually have a shot at trademarking that. Just look at "BlackBerry" as an example of trademarking a generic word for something that isn't quite the thing referred to by the word.

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Microsoft spends $7.5m on IP addresses

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2604 /24s

according to my calculations, that would be about 2604 class C subnets.

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BlackBerry users get free remote wipe, backup and location

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Missing the point, dude?

"iPhone has done this for how long?"

Dunno, but BlackBerry has been doing this for longer. In fact, it has always been one of its key features. The catch was that it was only available if you had a BES, but it is now being rolled out for free.

Oh wait, there was that other "family BES" thingy that also had Remote Wipe a couple of years ago. It seems that BB Protect is simply extending on this!

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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@Lomax

... and Plutonium can't fly by itself, can it?

It's all explained, right there, in page 2 I believe. It also explaines why the ugly stuff was able to "fly" from Chernobyl; I don't see flying graphite outside Fukushima No. 1, do you?

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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

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Ansible?

The one thing that could greatly benefit from this is interplanetary communications. Want to send data to/from Mars? Send the message *back in time* for the exact amount of time it takes for the message to reach Mars. It will be instant communication!

Of course, someone listening in between would then have the awkward situation of hearing transmissions that have not been transmitted yet... mind-boggling paradox theories result!

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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FAIL

At least the COICA crap bill came out from a couple of very dumb representatives. This turd is coming out of the White House!

I live in a country where selling pirated stuff now means that the Policia Federal will crack down with assaut rifles upon you and basically treat you as a terrorist. Looks like the US is following our Third-World methods...

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Disney torpedoes Yellow Submarine

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Remake?

I thought True Grit was YAFCM (Yet Another F**king Cowboy Movie) which was also some kind of Oscar-baiting movie. Haven't seen it.

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

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About a week

Not sure about the number of days, but IIRC it was about a week or less; that is assuming they can keep the flow of coolant so that the core is maintained underwater, and that the core is actually cooling down.

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Goatse

You know they've screwed up when the Goatse logo looks much better than the "official" logo!

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

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Didn't read the article?

Lewis is basically stating what I've already known for days. Most people don't seem to know about the containment chamber or even think that the Fukushima reactors are still running! From an unbiased POV, the reactors have proven that even being 40 years old and lacking the CANDU or Pebble-bed levels of safety, the protection features are still good enough to actually avoid another Chernobyl!

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Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway

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Containment chamber intact

The containment chamber's intact, and radiation levels have gone down. As long as the containment chamber is intact, there won't be any severe contamination outside; the lack of containment chambers in Chernobyl was what made that one go so ugly.

So it isn't quite the end of the world...

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

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Re: not always

Oh, looks like physicists have read "Thrice upon a time" ...

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iPhone and BlackBerry brought down in hacker competition

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So...

Adding the WebKit browser to the BB OS actually made it *less* secure?

Geeze, looks like RIM is trading security for "shiny!" now. :(

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Sprint eyes T-Mobile acquisition

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Shit tech

Probably Sprint is eyeing on getting rid of their shit tech and switch to the GSM branch like the rest of the world. Then again, they do have Nextel...

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How languages can live together without killing each other

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It is mostly political...

The real reason behind those languages being still in use is because of political reasons. Spanish is called Spanish (Español) everywhere *except* in Spain. Also, only Castellans will call themselves Spaniards (Españoles) as well; Asturians are Asturians, Gallegos are Gallegos (and oh dear, the jokes on the "Gallego idiot" are infinite!); Catalans are Catalans and Basques are Basques. Those with their own languages use them as a differentiator stating "we ain't Spaniards!".

I still remember one friend searching info on the Barcelona University and got slammed with that university's Catalan-only website. Ow!

That said, it does seem to be the same case for Welsh, anyone remember those super-duper-long towns which were named that way just to fuck with English-speaking people?

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IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare

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Re: Bad neighbourhoods

"Incidentally, the bad guys seem to be very adept at getting blocks of IPv4 in /24, /23 or even /22 chunks. Once they have destroyed the reputation of these blocks (often permanently) they move on. I wonder how much of the IPv4 address space is currently widely blacklisted?"

They FUBAR'd the netblock where I have my main SMTP server. Some lists let me whitelist my addy, but SORBS has a jackass reputation for netblocking without any whitelisting option. Jackasses!

I would presume that under IPv6 it will simply be a matter of blocking whole /64 blocks to prevent the zillion IP roulette o' spamming servers. Whitelisting would help for those who actually run respectable servers...

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