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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

unitron
Headmaster

Re: @ BlueGreen

"...when a big company is crashing secretly and its senior managers are shoring up its share price by lying through their teeth while they get their money the hell out..."

is pretty much the definition of insider trading. The insiders have information unavailable to the general public (the company is in bad shape financially and is lying about it to the public) and they are financially benefiting from that knowledge.

Something that "...would tip off the market and therefore the public and allow ordinary people to lose less money..." would be whistleblowing on that insider trading.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

unitron

So a TV with an HDMI input is considered ancient now?

Where does the time go?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

unitron
Windows

UBCD

Can't hurt to have a copy handy.

Windows user icon because, well, Windows.

(as in I've never had an excuse/reason to use it before)

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Black Helicopters

So the CIA...

...wants us to believe that their computers got hacked by Congressional staffers?

(because everyone knows Congressional staffers have the 'leet-est haxor skillz)

And they don't expect to be immediately fired for allowing such a breech?

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Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

unitron
Holmes

An actual DDOS?

Or just everybody trying to get through to get their bitcoins out?

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

unitron
Boffin

Re: For those who don't understand how this works in the US

And for those who want to understand how it really works in the US...

Back when the VCR was still fairly new and you got local analog channels over the air or via the local cable company, the law the National Association of Broadcasters originally tried to get passed was nicknamed "must-carry, must pay".

They wanted cable companies to be forced to carry whatever stations were on the air in that area, whether the customers were interested in them or not, and they wanted the cable companies to be forced to pay the stations for the privilege, which of course meant passing the costs to the cable customers.

The broadcasters, who get a monopoly on a certain frequency in a certain area, have no way to individually charge those who pick up those broadcasts traversing the publicly owned airwaves at and in their own homes on their own equipment, and I suspect they cry themselves to sleep every night because they haven't found a way around that yet.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

unitron
Paris Hilton

Re: meaning of the name

Are we sure the name isn't about the quality of video clip playback instead?

Paris, because...well, because Paris.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

unitron
Coat

How dare they?

Don't they know that this is Slashcott Week and we don't need any distractions or dilutions of public attention?

Mine's the one with the 4 digit UID label sewn into the collar.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

unitron
Linux

What a pleasant surprise...

...and nice break from watching Dice ignore the user base begging them not to destroy Slashdot.

Tux, because, well, open source or something...

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US Supreme Court to hear media barons versus TV upstart Aereo tout suite

unitron

Re: say wot ?

I'd say it's more like they're attacking Aereo to defend cable companies from cord cutters.

If you get your television over the air in the US, you don't have to pay the broadcast station anything.

The way Aereo has it set up, if you get them to get your television over the air for you, you don't have to pay the broadcast station anything. In effect, you've subcontracted out your antenna-ing.

But, because of the way cable does things, the broadcasters get to call it re-transmitting, and that means the cable companies have to pay them to carry them.

Which is a pretty good deal for the broadcasters--the cable companies bring them extra viewers and pay them to be allowed to do it.

(The broadcasters original idea would have been a law called "must-carry, must pay", where the cable companies had no leverage whatsoever.)

What the broadcasters really want, of course, is for the slice of publicly owned spectrum they're licensed to use to actually belong to them, preferably for free because of squatters' rights or something, and for the public to have to pay them to receive what they broadcast over the public's airwaves--they just haven't been able to come up with the technology to make that work.

Which icon is it you use for despicable rent seekers?

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

unitron
Boffin

Re: So is this gonna be Obamacom or what?

"We already had to give monopoly to Ma Bell, and look how that ended."

Yeah, we could have avoided the horror of the invention of the transistor if we'd kept them small.

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WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

unitron

Re: Tin hat time

I can so hear W (or maybe Will Ferrell) saying "...Axis of Evil, like a Hypotenuse of Hatred..."

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

unitron

95 actually an even number. Sort of.

"Microsoft normally get it right on the odd version (NT4 & win 95 being the exceptions)"

95 was the follow up to Windows 3pointwhatever riding on top of DOS, so it was really Windows 4.0 (not to be confused with Windows NT 4.0)

If you screw around with Regedit, you can probably find places where it's called 4.0

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

unitron

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but...

"When is the single best point of time to eat bacon?"

...I'd say after it's been cooked rather than before.

At least for what we in the U.S. call bacon.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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Holmes

If he was that big a fan of them...

...why didn't he put a big chunk of his income into buying up their stock?

He could have been in a position to tell them to hire him.

No, seriously, there's some logic in there somewhere, I promise.

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FCC delays spectrum auction to 2015

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Flame

Are they serious?

The broadcasters were all given licenses to new frequency allocations.

Why should they get a single cent for the old ones that were only on loan to them in the first place?

It's not their property!!!!

Electromagnetic spectrum in the U.S. belongs to the people of the U.S. as a whole, and none of it should ever have been sold off, only long-term leased, in case a previously unforeseen more important use for a particular chunk of it came along later.

And of course this whole turn TV digital and move it from VHF to UHF was supposed to be for the purpose of freeing up VHF for the first responder.

Haven't heard anything about them getting any of it to use in a long time now.

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XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

unitron
FAIL

"making Microsoft migration simple"

Yeah, I've heard that one before.

From Microsoft.

Not a drop of truth in it.

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

unitron

Any discerning human...

Callie Beusman, down at Jezebel, declared: "Any discerning human will be quick to recognize that the building looks exactly like an enormous vagina."

...needs to have seen one to know what they look like, and in that part of the world they may not have.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

unitron
Flame

I don't care about the corners...

...I care about the daily crashes, and wish they'd come up with an easy way to roll back to whatever version I was running a few months ago before I foolishly gave into the nagging and let them "update" me.

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

unitron

"Blue Veils and Golden Sand"...

...makes me wonder how much influence she may have had on the sound for the U.S. TV series "The Twilight Zone".

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unitron

Sounds like Delia...

...would have made quite an interesting Companion.

Even had a name that would have worked well for it.

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unitron
Boffin

Excellent article, but...

...the author seems to go to a lot of trouble to keep the word "heterodyne" out of his explanation of how the wobulator works.

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New FCC supremo: Sort out your cell unlocking, mobe giants - OR ELSE

unitron
Holmes

Remember "slamming"? (It was a US thing)

I haven't heard anything about it in quite some time now, but at some point after the governement pried open the (landline) telephone system and competing long distance providers came into being, you could authorize the provider you wanted to be with to take your account away from whoever you were already with, and of course they came up with all sorts of ways to trick people into authorizing them to switch them over.

Why not let people who want to move from cell phone company A to company B at the end of their contract with company A authorize company B to force the unlocking (but not the relocking) of the phone?

A and B will both be big enough to have the political muscle to force each other to co-operate and behave, unlike individuals who have to descend through the eleventeen circles of CS hell just to talk to a human instead of a machine.

Sherlock, because Lucy Liu has given a whole new meaning to the phrase "Watson, come here, I want to see you".

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

unitron
Coffee/keyboard

Bastard On Friday, Hurrah!

Best line--

"Why? Did he someone show you a Windows Vista pamphlet?"

or

"Yes, but how's his paranoia coming?"

?

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

unitron

So can I use PayPal for the non-iTunes version and get it to automagically turn my US money into UK money?

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

unitron

Re: Twilight Under Two Suns

" Reply Icon

Twilight Under Two Suns

It could be worse. Just think about teenage vampires on Tatooine."

So basically we're going to be looking at "The Intergalactic Hunger for Blood Games in Sp-a-a-a-c-e (with lensflares)"?

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

unitron
Headmaster

hacker princess...

...is fairly straightforward, but "princess hacker" raises the question of how someone would go about hacking one.

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unitron
Pint

CEO

Chief Easychair Occupier.

Chips Enjoyment Officer

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

unitron

Re: Judge: "Automatic video recorder?"

Is the icon supposed to suggest a subtle tie-in to "she who must be obeyed"?

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Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl

unitron
Headmaster

The headline says laptop...

...the article talks about desktop.

So W(hich)TF are they talking about here?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

unitron

Just wait a few years...

...and you'll find yourself awaking regularly at bladder o'clock.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

unitron

"Fun Fact - Some of the Air force(British/American/Japanese/German etc.) actually made it out of WW2 alive!"

Otherwise you wouldn't be reading my comment.

Although to be picky it was, at the time, the Army Air Corps my dad was in.

"And who's to say that reincarnation means you move straight into your next body/form anyway? If you believe in reincarnation surely you can beleive in going into a state of purgatory/heaven aswell?"

Not to mention the possibility that his "soul" stopped off in some kid who was born as a fighter pilot was dying and died as Jobs was being born, and didn't have a life glamorous enough (fighter pilot being a tough act to follow) to have made much of an impression on ol' Steve.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

unitron
Headmaster

An inconvenient FACT

FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft)

WTF is copyright theft?

It's not like we're talking about bearer bonds here, you can't transfer possession of a copyright by stealing a piece of paper.

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Streaming TV Aereo's enemies lob sueball into Supreme Court

unitron

The other El Reg article...

...has this right near the end:

"But of course, this being the litigious US, don't expect broadcasters and TV stations to roll over and simply accept this new form of competition. "

So how did my comment (on the subject of competition) in reply to that article wind up attached to this one?

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unitron
Headmaster

What competition?!?

How can anyone call Aereo competition for the broadcasters?

If Firestone makes such wonderful tires that nobody buys Goodyear tires anymore, that's being beat by the competition, but there's no way Aereo's success, no matter how splendid, puts the broadcasters out of business, because without broadcasts Aereo has no business.

(I keep hoping broadcasters will figure out that without viewers they don't have a business either, and quit trying to jerk us around every chance they get, but I ain't holding my breath)

If you put up your own antenna to pick up broadcasts, they don't get paid anything except what they sell ads for, and if Aereo acts as your antenna they get the same amount of money, none, and the same number of viewers, whoever's in front of your TV, and anyone who wants Aereo so they can fast forward through commercials or otherwise timeshift would, if forced to use their own antenna instead, have that antenna feeding a DVR anyway, so all we're talking about here is how far away from the TV the DVR is.

The part the broadcasters are doing their best not to mention is that they get to send their signal over airwaves owned by the public, which means they can't charge the guy with the antenna in or on his house anything, but if same said guy subcontracts to a cable TV company to serve as his antenna, they can charge the cable company money to "re-transmit" their signal (and of course the cable company passes those costs on to the subscriber just like they do for the per subscriber costs for the non-broadcast channels, like CNN).

It's only because the cable company is using only one antenna to feed my house and the house next door and the one across the street, etc., that they can get away with calling it re-transmission instead of amplified reception.

Aereo figured out how to provide not just antenna service, the way the cable company does, but "individualized" antenna service, so the broadcasters don't get any more money than if Aereo's customers all used their own in/on home antennas.

If they were getting retransmission money out of Aereo customers the way they do out of cable customers, they'd think Aereo was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I think they call that rent-seeking.

And, of course, hypocrisy.

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

unitron
Holmes

Re: Yay! The Bastard updated!

"Seems like he just torpedoed the Boss simply because he could, rather than for any practical reason."

The most practical reason of all, my dear Watson--to keep in practice.

One never knows when one will need to exercise that particular skill at a moment's notice.

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

unitron

Re: Two issues..

But practically all of that cable and telco infrastructure runs over or under "right of way", which is often public land, just like the road it's next to.

And it's only because the public allowed this that the companies who installed the infrastruture had a money-making opportunity in the first place.

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unitron

Re: Two issues..

"As for the person who has no choice but cable ATM, hasn't there been competition from an alternate cable provider or a FTTP provider?"

Of course not.

(I'm assuming that ATM, in this context, means "at the moment")

At least not in a bunch of places.

When someplace that doesn't offer the density to attrract a cable company decides to start their own, the established company that's been ignoring them pops up and says they were going to serve that area "real soon now" and bribes the state legislature to prevent municipally owned cable companies.

And in places where cable is already franchised and strung on the telephone poles or buried in the right of way, even if there were a second company with the money and desire to duplicate that infrastructure, you can be sure the incumbent company will grease as many local palms as necessary to get it legally prevented.

Even if you just want cable for cable TV, you most likely have only one choice.

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unitron

Re: PARTY!

"The simplest and probably best system (except never tried on a large scale) is approval voting. You mark every candidate who you'd be willing to see holding office. You can vote for one, or all-but-one, or anything inbetween."

I have an improvement on that.

You get to vote for a candidate and that gets them a +1.

Leaving their checkbox blank gets them a 0.

Voting against them gets them a -1.

No one without a positive result (not just "less negative than everybody else on the ballot") gets elected.

If no one gets above zero, you have a second election where none of the original candidates are eligible.

Most of the time I vote it's to vote against someone, this eliminates the part where I have to hold my nose in the voting booth.

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unitron
Boffin

Re: PARTY!

" Killing the fairness doctrines was also responsible for commercials being 10x louder than the show you were watching. That practice was prohibited prior to that."

Actually it's compression that's responsible and that was going on prior to the end of the fairness doctrine and even before the enactment of the fairness doctrine.

"There are plenty of other official political parties. Just none of them qualify for state or federal campaign dollars and the networks don't allow them into debates."

Now that part you got right.

It used to be that The League of Women Voters ran the debates.

Then the 2 major parties formed their own "debate commission", i.e., mechanism for maintaining a monopoly on the debates.

Boffin icon because there's not one specific to "I spent a lot of years in broadcasting".

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

unitron
Joke

Re: You mean...

" You mean...

Those nude photos of Lewis Page I downloaded aren't REAL??"

I'd say count your blessings that they aren't.

Can't resist a straight line.

Would have worked better visually with the icon over on the left like it's supposed to be.

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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

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Coat

Most wired drivers?

When I saw the headline I thought it referred to caffeine and amphetamines.

Mine's the one with the bottle of No-Doz pills in the pocket and bottle of Mountain Dew with which to wash them down.

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Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

unitron
Coat

Gently used?

Does that mean the Zimmerman's are out of luck?

Mine's the one with neither an IPad nor a Surface in the pocket.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

unitron

Henry Ford?

Or King Gillette?

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

unitron
Headmaster

" *Bootnote: All right, all right. Here we are looking at the universe and an author can get pedantry over one poorly-phrased sentence. I've corrected it. RC. ® "

Shouldn't that be "get pedantic"?

Pedantic icon, natch.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

unitron
Coat

Re: Or Possibly...

There's an absolutely classic, epic even, episode of BOFH in that scenario somewhere.

I do hope Simon's being taking copious notes as this incident has played out.

Mine's the one with the Guardian's original purchase price invoices to be forwarded to GCHQ for re-imbursement in the pocket.

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Palestinian Facebook flaw-finder getting $10,000 payday in online appeal

unitron
Big Brother

Did they know he was Palestinian...

...when he first submitted the bug?

If not, then it's co-incidental.

If so, then maybe it's still co-incidental, but I'd be a little less likely to automatically assume that it was.

BB, 'cause there's no tinfoil hat icon.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

unitron

Re: browses the web and reads books all day...

Perhaps you are thinking of the way carmakers avoided laying people off (I don't remember exactly how it worked, if it was reduced pay but no actual work required, or what), even though it cost them money, so that when it was time to start producing a new model they had a trained workforce ready to hit the ground running, and ultimately spent less than if they had to start from scratch.

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

unitron
Alien

"...go to Mars and never, ever come back..."

Can we please get Donald Trump on that ship?

And then nuke the whole planet from orbit?

You know, just to be sure.

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US taxmen told to hush up shadowy drug squad unit laundering NSA intel

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Top 10

"

Re: Top 10

Can't tell when that was originally created, but one scandal is conspicuously missing: IRS profiling based on political viewpoint."

Oddly enough, the Internal Revenue Service is not part of the Department of Justice, but for some strange reason is found underneath the Department of the Treasury on the org chart, giving Holder no direct control of it.

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