* Posts by Gene Cash

2095 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: I wonder when Microsoft is finally going to pull the plug.

> Intel aren't making low end chips because ARM do a much better job

This is how a formerly great company goes tits-up. They keep conceding the "low ground" until there isn't any more high ground. This is how "oh we're the mainframe people" IBM is now struggling to survive. This is how GM became the biggest bankruptcy ever.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Nice to see Sun lose one last time.

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Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

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So this is basically the Slow Mo Guys with a really big laser?

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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

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Re: Snowden isn't an academic by any means.

Yeah, I remember when I was a kid, 50 years ago, and you were supposed to go to the friendly neighborhood cop when you were in trouble and they were your best friend.

Now even the local paper does stories on how you can legally not talk to the cop that randomly stops you, what your (highly convoluted) rights are, and how it's in your best interest to get away as fast as possible.

Sad.

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Russia student coders win

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> missed MIT in 5th place

6th actually, and I'm not used to it being spelled out. And Harvard in 3rd.

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My alma mater, the University of Central Florida, scored 33rd. The highest US team, ahead of Stanford, Berkeley, and Rice.

Not a bad showing for the blokes from "Mousewitz"

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Tesla 3 orders fall by 12,200

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Re: 500,000 cars...

Yeah, Musk is almost as bad as meeting deadlines as I am... I don't expect 500,000 cars in 2018, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened in 2020.

Everyone said SpaceX had zero chance of recovering a booster on a barge, too...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: Any advice?

No, a larger phone (I have a Nexus 6P, up from a 1st gen 3G-only Moto G) doesn't make typing much easier as the keyboard is pretty much the same size. It just lets you actually see what you're typing into.

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Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

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Re: and the "Time to Market...?"

Yup. IBM pioneered the giant magnetoresistive effect back in the '80s that was a breakthrough for hard drives, and let you store megabytes on something smaller than a house brick.

If HP said it'd discovered this, I'd laugh... but IBM I believe, and I'm pretty sure they'll push it through to market if it's viable at all.

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Vostochny cosmodrome caught on Soyuz rocketcam

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Re: WHOOOAAAAA YEAH

> Too bad they didn't have camera tech like this back in the Saturn V days.

They did, but unfortunately it was film, and not a lot of the ejected pods were successfully recovered. Those that were, became stock space footage. For example, there's the interstage ring that comes off the Apollo 6 (IIRC) S-II and glows from the S-II exhaust. That's been used to death. There's also the S-IVB separation viewed from the S-II, showing the single engine and the 3 separation solid motor plumes.

The roll is because usually the guidance computer is not very bright, executing such-and-such programmed turn in (say) the X-Z plane, so it rolls so that the X-Z plane is where it wants to go.

(Except for the Shuttle, which rolled heads-down to place the wings under the least aerodynamic stress.)

On the Saturn V, there was a little window, where the guidance system viewed the light from a reference point outside the pad, and aligned those final 10ths of a degree.

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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Re: So long GoofyGoogle, and thanks for all the bots!

Well, that's why I've never bought a Samsung. I've had a couple Nexus and a couple Motorola devices that have been fairly well updated, and also don't have TouchWizz.

My problem is I usually root my devices, which means you say goodbye to updates anyway.

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Uncle Sam tells Verizon and worker unions to settle spat

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I thought it was pretty plain:

"In addition to employee benefits and pay, the unions have accused Verizon of failing to live up to its FiOS fiber network deployments and claiming that the company plans to offshore much of its customer support operation.

The CWA took things a step further late last week, claiming its members have evidence that Verizon wants to offshore even more of its customer support jobs than previously believed."

Verizon wants to pay them a pittance and offshore as many as it can. I guess the union gives a damn about fiber deployments because they're projects that would have used more local labor?

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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YouTube. About 75% of the vids play in HTML5 on Linux.

The rest seem to be "fragmented-mpeg" and Firefox just shits a brick.

Unfortunately I can't upgrade Firefox because I lose a lot of functionality.

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36 idiots running SAP under attack after flubbing 2010 patch

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Re: emperor's new clothes

I see you've never actually used OS/2, which was quite the battleship.

Novell Netware, OTOH, had such bad security holes, I found 3 "gets ya supervisor" during a weekend look through their API docs. Stuff was designed with holes in it.

EDIT: and I'll never forget when Drew Major came to our uni and syscon kept flashing "PLEASE WAIT" while pulling up the user list.

"How many users you have?"

"Oh about 3500 on this server"

"Whups, I put a bubble sort in there, that's why it's so low. Never expected that many"

Our Data Structures & Order Analysis instructor was there. The *look* on his face...

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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

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f'n retarded names

Why the hell do people give projects these common over-used names?

Ironically, you know how difficult that's going to make Googling for it? Finding anything on StackOverflow et al and differentiating it from the mass of posts about multitasking libraries will be an exercise in frustration.

It's like the idiots that named the open-source Visio knockoff "Dia" - it's a decent tool... shame about finding any info on it in the noise from "diagram"

You'd think Google, of all people, would be more brand-conscious.

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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

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Hahaha. I've personally seen stuff like this get missed by "upstream review and merge"

IMHO that process has become yet another Agile/DevOp tickbox that doesn't mean anything any more.

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Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law

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Re: They aren't unemployed

I don't know if that model works. It doesn't seem to, for the taxi companies here in Orlando.

They all have the same busted-ass app, just with different branding. This is an app that can't:

1. take your location from the phone GPS

2. take your location from the address you type in

3. take your location from selecting it in Google Maps

4. take your location from the GPS coordinates you type in

Instead it gives them a semi-random location near city hall, and you get blackballed for not being there when the taxi shows up. It's "spectacularly incompetent". This is from experimentation when we weren't in a rush to get home, so a friend and I tried 3 taxi companies, with an Android and an Apple phone.

The app company doesn't apparently give a shit. It's sold the apps and got the money.

The taxi company doesn't apparently give a shit. Their attitude is "OH COMPUTERS!"

Uber seems to work because it owns the entire stack and understands the technology.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Re: Ads

> 99% of websites have so little imagination that they can't think of other ways to fund their product

Not really. A lot of webcomics used to fund themselves with "buy a t-shirt/mug/cap with our funny thing on it" and discovered that you can only wear so many t-shirts proclaiming you have the sense of humor of a 6-year-old.

They created "Patreon" which is a bit where you can throw $1/$5/$10/whatever a month at your favorite webcomics artists.

It seems to be working from what I see.

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eBay buys AI biz Expertmaker for machine learning boost

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Convo at eBay HQ

Suit #1: The AI says he already bought a vacuum cleaner, he doesn't need any more

Suit #2: Nah, that can't be true! Send him more ads about vacuum cleaners!

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Landing just before the 30-minute mark...

Yeah, from the flare, it looked like just another crash explosion so the announcer sounds really disappointed, then things cleared and they're "holy crap, it's landed! in one piece!"

This is a new 1st stage. They haven't gotten around to test-firing the other recovered stage yet, as (I think) they're still taking it apart for engineering analysis.

I don't know if that's a bad thing ("oh crap, look at all the broken stuff") or not...

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

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So wait...

They support their own competitors, such as Yahoo & Google, but NOT their own? Am I reading this right?

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Comcast screws family

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"Comcast called the situation unique"

Where's the "lying sacks of shit" icon?

What's the bet some spotty but enterprising yoof has discovered how to make his cable box bill to a third party?

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'Toxic' WIPO catches flak as US congressmen call for Gurry's head

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Paging Ed Snowden

They're concerned about retaliation against whistleblowers? Seriously?

They should get out of their glass house before throwing stones.

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: The ones who've adopted Chip 'n Pin

Actually no. Target's the *only* vendor I've used with chip AND pin. Most are swipe & pin, and a couple are "stick it in the chip slot and wait a while"

And as for credit card signatures, I sign with an "X" and have not been challenged. Ever.

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Miniature car maker drops massive malware

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Interesting - work has started blocking ads

As an experiment 2 months ago, I unblocked El Reg, intending to throw a snit-fit if I ran into obnoxious ads. Amazingly, I have not. They've all been well behaved.

However, as of 01-May, work has started blocking ads, resulting in boxes saying:

Access to this site is not permitted by the Acceptable Use Policy.

This website has been explicitly blocked for possible reasons outlined below.

URL: http://s0.2mdn.net/ads/richmedia/studio/pv2/42625698/20160419020221151/index.html?e=69&renderingType=2&leftOffset=0&topOffset=0&c=2fNxt5XYM4&;t=1

URL Categories: Web Ads

Reputation: Minimal Risk

Media Type:

Code: Global URL Domain BlockList

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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"troubling problems persist in the project's security"

Actually, go ahead and sell it straight to China. It'll set 'em back 10 years.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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Considering NASA struggled to get Curiosity to Mars, and it only weighs 1 ton, that's pretty impressive.

Note that this is quite an upgrade of the Merlin, and probably includes the supercooled fuel and other tweaks.

Also notice these prices are with recovered boosters, but the payload quoted is where the boosters are NOT recovered. Musk had an earlier tweet where he said recovery cost something like 15% of payload, but it's been deleted.

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If you work on Seagate's performance drives, time to find another job

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Re: A death and decline so easily forseen...

> smart enough to adapt to a new field

I'm an engineer, but I sure as hell couldn't go from writing Java to designing hard drive motors. I'm sure that road is equally difficult both directions. I *might* help design a SSD controller, but I can't see a company paying me big bucks for my amateur-hour efforts.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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Er no.

The IMU was confused about the body rate, at a time when the star trackers were offline.

Since it wasn't corrected about the false 22 deg/hr roll, it spun up the reaction wheels, so it really started spinning at 22deg/hr in the opposite direction.

It switched to safe mode, started trying to acquire the sun, then started firing thrusters. However, the center-of-mass calc hadn't compensated for the optical bench extending, so it all went to shit after that. It spun fast enough that the optical bench & solar arrays flung off.

Nature "simplified" the story enough that it's wrong. Are they going to have spinning tape reels for their computers next?

http://spaceflight101.com/h-iia-astro-h/hitomi-failure-chain/

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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

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Egads, that first graph... can you say "razor thin margins"?

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India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

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Re: I'm no rocket scientist

Solids are a *LOT* cheaper. Only problem is they go BOOM w/o any warning at all. Doesn't happen often but when it does, it's A Bad Day for all involved.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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Re: What a week for SpaceX

Yeah, but Musk has been fighting towards both goals for DECADES.

I've been following his fight against ULA for 4 or 5 years now. A lot of my friends in the space business don't understand why I champion SpaceX. They get pissed at the lack of jobs & money, and don't understand cost coming down is a GOOD thing.

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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And people wonder why Sun went to crap, with people like this running it...

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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

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Re: Business is business eh?

That's the secret to "being an excellent technology provider"

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First rocket finally departs Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome

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Not something America could do

This would be the equivalent of building another Kennedy Space Center. NASA & Congress would never be able to get their shit together long enough to get it done. They couldn't even manage to launch Shuttles at Vandenberg.

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Re: Putin angry about corruption...

Well in this case, it's corruption getting in the way of things *HE* wants done.

First rule of corruption: don't step on the boss' toes.

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Boffins believe buggy Binder embiggens Android attack surface

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Does this include what the Google API calls "intents"? That would be bad, because most of what goes on in Android is triggered by sending "intent" messages back and forth between OS & app, and between apps.

That's had lots of problems in itself, because there are intents that aren't supposed to be used by anything other than the app itself, and these were easy to accidentally publish as public. By using these you can have DOS or priv escalation in an app.

I also know Google doesn't conform to their own API, as I've been passed intents that are missing required chunks, or have other problems.

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T-Mobile US gobbles up another 2.2m customers

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"Be a little nicer than Verizon or AT&T"

It's true, but that's not a very high bar. It's like "be more competent than Dido Harding" or "be less of an asshole than Adolf Hitler"

I've been a customer of all three companies, and I'm sticking with T-Mobile.

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LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

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Interesting. I have the opposite feeling. I have an LG fridge & microwave that are stellar and have taken a beating and still look good.

I think Samsung and I think of proprietary TouchPiz and dealing with bloatware and the "premium" bend-over-for-it Apple-style experience which I definitely do NOT want.

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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"disk drive spindle motor maker"

Damn, I'd thought I'd seen niche products, but that's worse than my usual joke about buggy whips. At least buggy whips can be used for other things...

I hope that's not all they make... "oh yeah we're diversified! we make the head steppers too!" [facepalm]

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Europe's Earth-watching sat rides Soyuz to orbit

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Re: Every time I see a rocket lauch

> Well, Europe doesn't quite have the all-or-nothing kind of sanctions that the US likes to go for...

Yup, and it's really hurting the US. The Europeans are developing "ITAR-free" hardware guaranteed to be free of American made parts. This means they can deal with the Chinese or Indians without problems. It also means Europe bones up on things it's weak at making, like large deployable antennas.

As an American citizen, I didn't know US satellites can't be launched by the Indians at ISRO. WTF?

"ITAR-free sells"

http://spacenews.com/u-s-itar-satellite-export-regimes-effects-still-strong-in-europe/

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Apparently snaps are insecure as hell

If you install them using X11, they can do anything they want:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/developer-claims-that-canonical-s-new-snap-format-isn-t-secure-on-ubuntu-desktop-503287.shtml

And here's a sample exploit:

http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/42320.html

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Re: how much?

Hah. Have you priced an MH-65 rescue chopper lately? They're US$9M. Plus maintenance, which usually makes the purchase price look cheap. Helicopters are gold-plated to start with. And how much to have 2 or 3 of them on standby, with trained Coasties ready 24x7x365.25?

Then there's the chance of having one go down in bad weather trying to rescue this guy, along with risking USCG lives.

So I hope they make good on the prison and $40K.

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If Android’s wings are clipped, other Google platforms may gain

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"good luck getting help from Google with that one"

Has Google EVER provided ANY customer support to ANYONE?

I know everyone dropped Google Checkout because there was no way to get a live body to look at issues with your site's storefront. Since this killed sales because you can't make any if your store is broken, even Paypal looked better.

I also know I've submitted changes to Maps (like incorrect street names, incorrect one-way directions, closed businesses, etc) with photo and other evidence, and been basically ignored.

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Clinton's $1m troll fight

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Fighting trolls?

I think she needs to realize who her biggest problem is. No one's a bigger troll than Trump, and that's why I'm wearing my "President Trump" pin these days.

I want to see him troll Congress for 4 years. That'll be epic. Hopefully they'll spend so much time fighting each other, they won't get anything done.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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So waitaminnit... the FBI paid hackers, the kind 'o blokes it usually slaps in jail, over a million bucks?

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Key word is "threatened"

If they thought they actually had a legal leg to stand on, they'd be in court faster than a Trump supporter could say "Thanks, Obama!"

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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

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> Micron and Intel should be able to match XPoint chip volume production to demand; meaning no over-supply

Actually meaning no sales, since it'll be expensive as hell, so people will buy something else.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: Staff looking themselves up

> I was wondering why this is a problem.

Actually the most obvious answer is that your info is entangled with other people's info, some of which may be none of your business.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Self Testing

> If the state wants things tested, then it should commission the tests

Actually, there's a new furor in the US over "why didn't the state emissions tests - where they test cars on the road - catch the VW problem?"

OTOH, I can't throw stones, as Florida has no road-worthiness testing at all. They stopped a couple decades or so ago.

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