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Colbert report reveals VMware's AirWatch integration plan

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VMWare caused me to move to VirtualBox

I hate Oracle products with a passion, but I got tired of having to track down kernel patches for VMWare. VirtualBox integrates with DKMS on Debian and Just Works (except for the latest version that *horribly* broke USB sound devices)

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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FAIL

Browses to https://www.netflix.com/openconnect...

"You need to enable cookies on your web browser."

Fuck you, NetFlix.

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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

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That would suck. Not only is Twitch a lot less a**hole-ish than Gootube, the streaming is one of the few that works with Firefox on Linux, unlike crap like LiveStream and the rest of that crowd.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Being 'So Polite' while they throw you in jail

> for daring to step off the kerb, sorry sidewalk when there was no moving traffic in sight...

That's because most Americans are too stupid here to actually look before they cross the road. You would not believe how many people in Orlando die that way. It's even worse because they've started turning off road lights at night because they can't afford the electricity.

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Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.

Ugh. Shitty American chocolate:

There's PGPR (polyglycerol polyricinoleate) which is why KitKat bars taste/feel like motor oil.

Then there's butyric acid in Hershey's bars. It is present in, and is the main distinctive smell of, human vomit. It's why they have that faint taste of vomit and the rubbery feel.

People give me that stuff and wonder why I trash it instantly. "But I thought you *liked* chocolate!?" I do... that's not chocolate.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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This isn't NASA's budget

This is Congress' budget. NASA just gets whatever Congress scraps off the plate and has just about zero say in it. I don't see why they're pounding NASA about it.

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

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Now we know

Why Tyrannosaurus went "nnnnnn..... GRAWWWWW!" all the time and had such a bad disposition!

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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Clever...

Damn nice summary. I regret that I have only one life upvote to give...

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Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

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"refuses to admit that it was at fault"

Just like with the music CD rootkit.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Agreed

Many years ago, I put some casters on the end of 1x1s, then bolted the 1x1s to the desk so it raised it a full 8-1/2" - It's a Radio Shack computer desk, which tells you just how old it is, but it's basically a box with 2 sides missing, 3 boards supporting the top board.

Now I work 12 hours a day at the keyboard without ever having wrist/arm pain, while 4 of my friends have serious carpal-tunnel issues, one so bad he had to quit coding.

When I worked in the office, I insisted on having a lift for the keyboard. Fortunately they had these hydraulic things which I simply jammed in the full-up position.

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Re: Body language

Who told him bright baby blue was a good color for spectacles? At least the other woman's white glasses are a bit less LOOK AT ME and coordinated with the rest of her outfit.

I assume the boat rudder behind the ear houses the battery and is intended to counterweight the camera? It's ugly as sin.

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Re: Withholding wages has been going on for millenia

I guess it's not the Jesus phone after all...

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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STFU bitches, In the US, you don't get a firewall/router

For example, I have a Motorola "SURFboard" which is a basic DOCSIS cable modem. It's got a coax connector for the cable, an Ethernet connector, and the connector for the wall wart.

It's got a basic http page listing the diagnostic logs, another for the current status, channels configured, and signal levels, a reboot button, a page for extremely basic DHCP that doesn't really work, and a page listing the open source copyrights.

That's it.

You want a hub/router/firewall/wifi, you trot over to NewEgg or "Best" Buy and shell out some cash.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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Re: "An entrant named team 'yo'"

And their mortal enemies " 'sup"

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Complete non-news

It's sad that this and a story on the BBC are the only two I've seen about this here in America.

It's not in the local paper here in Orlando, 90 miles from Kennedy Space Center, nor is it on CNN or Fox.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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This happens to me as well on Time Warner/Brighthouse.

I get 1.5mb/sec capped normally. You can see the straight-line limit on xosview. It's pretty obvious it's capped. Bit-torrent is capped to the point of unusability, something like 0.25mb/sec.

If I use VPN, it more than doubles to almost 4mb/sec for everything. Youtube, NetFlix, http, bit-torrent, etc.

I can't see how it can go through another "uncongested route" as it still has to make it out of my ISP.

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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FAIL

wearable robots

Can everyone jump on the "wearable" bandwagon now please? Are we missing anyone? Is that everybody?

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Days since IBM last reported revenue growth: About 810

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Re: Rober Cringely

Or you can just go to cringely.com and buy the damn thing. It's a "good read" and Bob has long been a sharp observer of the industry.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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WTF?

"Not all of the banks agreed to take part"

Wait? What? Which ones? How do you say "no" to the FBI when they're checking on computer security?

"We're the FBI. We want to see if you've been hacked." "No."

How does that work?

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Re: I need an explanation..

Yes... obviously someone gave the Librarian lots of bananas.

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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

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Lawsuits in Motion

God, I'm glad to see them dying slowly and painfully.

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

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Re: Confused on the motivation...

The USAF tracking range is still from the '50s, since Congress won't give funds to keep it running, much less upgrade it.

A bloke has to drive around in a truck to all the sites to reconfigure them between launches. This is why it sometimes takes 2 or 3 days of nothing happening between launches despite the manifest being stacked to overflow.

There was a fire recently in one of the radars. NOBODY, including a billion-dollar top-priority spysat could launch FOR A WEEK-AND-A-HALF until they tracked down '50s-vintage parts for it.

And STILL neither Congress nor the USAF will fund upgrades to at least bring it into this century.

That's just one example of the idiocy at the Cape and the sort of thing Musk wants to run away from as fast as possible.

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What! is! the! point! of! Yahoo?! To! sell! more! and! more! ads! says! CEO! Mayer!

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What? I thought that killing off telecommuting would double Yahoo's profit margin!

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SHARE your big data scientist. They're too costly and rare to keep a whole one – HP exec

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For HP

$40K/year is expensive.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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I saw the launch at the Titusville "Space View park" pier. Normally I just watch from my back yard in Orlando.

You could easily see the VAB across the water, and I even heard the launch. The rumble & crackle seemed to last forever.

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Chow rocket blasts off for ISS: Awww, freeze-dried ice cream AGAIN

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Re: "private space company"

No. "USA" (United Space Alliance) is the consortium of the same defense companies (Boeing & Lockheed) that used to build the Space Shuttle and other kit for NASA and now launches rockets for them and the USAF under a no-bid single supplier contract.

They are a large employer here in Florida on the Space Coast.

Orbital is the one that air-launches the Pegasus launcher by slinging it under an L-1011 ex-airliner.

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SpaceX is persona non-grata

NASA TV has no problem showing hours of Antares sitting on the pad, but they won't mention SpaceX at all, even if it's a launch to ISS.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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And that's cuttin' me own throat!

So what does Amazon get out of this? Certainly they're cheaper than everyone else in France, but they're eating the shipping charges.

Is this just a big "FU" to the French and nothing else? Not that Amazon being a dick for the pleasure of being a dick is news anymore.

On one hand, I see the point of the French law, and I agree it's a good thing to protect local independent shops. On the other hand, I see the complete incompetence of my own local independent shops and wonder if they deserve the protection. And on the gripping hand, I like books and think it's a crime that books like Clark's "Ignition!" can go "out of print" and not at least have a digital version available. (There's a PDF available, but it's a pirate scan, and I think he deserves some sort of residual.)

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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OK, now, how about actually funding NASA, you twats!

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Infected Chinese inventory scanners ships off logistics intel

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FAIL

"unnamed accused Chinese manufacturer"

That's useless then.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Couldn't agree more

The Xbox is great. It's Xbox Live that sucks donkey balls. They're the blokes that charged (successfully!) an expired credit card for a subscription that I'd canceled 6 months earlier (and fortunately still had the cancellation email)

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Verizon points more fingers at Netflix: It's YOUR pals slowing data

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Does anyone believe a word Verizon says? I trust them about as far as I can throw an Abrams tank.

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

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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building "productivity" software for all

MS Office on Linux? That *would* be a sign of the apocalypse. Dogs and cats frolicking together in the streets!

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Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

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Relevant

http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2743

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: Did it ever cross anyone's mind in Redmond...

They probably did, and just as assuredly No-IP told 'em to FRO. Just like when you call a bank and tell them their ATM has a skimmer on it. They laugh and hang up.

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European Space Agency demos MARS LANDINGS BY DRONE

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Project Morpheus &ALHAT

NASA is doing the same thing, but is a bit more serious about it. They're developing a guidance system to do a vertical landing into an area with a ton of rocks, automatically, without landing on any of the rocks. That's called "Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology"

Morpheus was the first NASA project to use liquid methane as rocket fuel, instead of kerosene/liquid hydrogen/etc.

It crashed once, but they put it back together and kept going, because Congress doesn't really know about it.

http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/

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Vid shows how to easily hack 'anti-spy' webmail (sorry, ProtonMail)

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"Roth had notified them about the hole via Twitter"

I guess that's why he's a security researcher and not a security professional.

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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They were saying the last time the probe's engines fired was before some of the team members were even born.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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"security researchers have discovered a weakness in Wi-Fi/mesh networked lightbulbs"

Now there's a line straight out of a cheap '90s "cyberpunk" novel.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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They fixed a metric assload of security holes in KitKat 4.4.3 running on my Moto G, including ones that used to let me turn the cell data & GPS on/off via code. It became difficult to tell my Raspberry Pi to open the garage door when I get within 70 meters of home.

That's ok, my phone's rooted so I just made my app a "system" app, but that's now harder to do in KitKat too.

I guess security is now sorta-kinda on Google's radar.

And I hear 4.4.4 is coming to the Moto G in a couple months, so I'm glad I don't have to throw it away and buy a new phone.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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Toxic hellstew

C'mon El Reg! Get it right... best phrase I've heard all year.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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TomTom vs. Garmin

While the Garmin might be a better product, the company is a complete bag of dicks. TomTom actually lives up to the "lifetime" maps, and seems to understand you shouldn't charge $60 for a map update CD.

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Hacked Israel Defence Force Twitter account spruiks nuke leak fears

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OK now THAT'S FUNNY

And far better than "they better get this flight going soon or I'm gonna blow up Heathrow"

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Crypto thwarts TINY MINORITY of Feds' snooping efforts

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Are there that many non-computer-type people using effective crypto?

It looks like it saved 9 out of 41 folks, so that's what... 22%? It's a minority but not a tiny one.

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Your Android phone is a SNITCH: Wi-Fi bug makes you easy to track

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This article was awesome for introducing me to wigle, and the links to the interesting articles by Chainfire in the blog post. It's fascinating to see it's the wi-fi hardware itself doing this, and not the software.

Jesus Christ, nobody with a Linksys *ever* changes their default name, do they??

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: And if I actually USE Linux..........

One of the problems with Linux is it's probably a hell of a lot harder to insert spyware, if you're any sort of a halfway decent admin.

If you look at the Windows processes list, you have no idea what half that shit is. They could probably run xkeyscore.exe and I sure as hell wouldn't find it.

However, on my Linux box I know what every single process in pstree is doing and why it is there. I also know what's going on in the network activity bar of xosview and the netstat listing. Anything reporting back to NSA HQ would have to be pretty subtle.

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Keith McMahon, tech analyst, dies at 50

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Re: Damm.

Unless you're in the US, where the doctors are completely and totally incompetent at anything more complex than a broken bone or a couple of stitches.

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NASA pulls FLYING SAUCER out of Pacific ocean

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Re: Have they found the lander yet?

FYI, the "high resolution video recorders" onboard were 4 GoPro cameras.

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