* Posts by asdf

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EU parliament pushes for Dodd-Frank style conflict mineral laws

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Re: sigh

"In June 2008 Conde Nast Portfolio reported that numerous Washington, DC politicians over recent years had received mortgage financing at noncompetitive rates at Countrywide Financial because the corporation placed the officeholders in a program called "FOA's"--"Friends of Angelo", Countrywide's Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo. The politicians extended such favorable financing included the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Christopher Dodd (D-CT)"

Keep believing the banks weren't practicing the definition of regulatory capture starting at the top with the two main committee chairmen in Congress (Dodd, Frank) overseeing them. And yes it was bipartisan with plenty of GOP involved as well but with them at least you expect that.

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sigh

Yes politicians are the masters of 1984 type double speak (see "Patriot" act that tramples constitution) but the "Dodd Frank" law supposedly fixing everything takes the cake what with those two finance industry bought off asshats being about as responsible for the housing bubble collapse as any other person in government not named Greenspan.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: hmm

Yes individually each person can be a hoot but get them together in a group and at least half the time their individual personality disappears and pretty soon none of us are as dumb as all of us. I was more making fun of the herd than individuals.

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Re: hmm

Born and bred merkin who laughs at the general public nearly every day (beats crying I suppose). For some reason I never got into TMZ, Jersey Shore, or American Idol (see movie God Bless America) like a good number of my fellow country men.

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hmm

With so many idiots on the road the self driving cars can't come fast enough. I generally trust technology more than I do the general American public for oh about everything.

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Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

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captain obvious here

PCs obviously aren't dead but they sure as hell are a commodity now. No coincidence then that the company that is feasting is not from the first world.

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

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as if

No matter how you feel about the guy he was the one that wrote the book (along with Howard Dean) on using social networking in campaigning to reach the younger voters, so its not like he is some nub to Twitter. Sadly it seems to be a trend for quite some time that the POTUS are much better at campaigning than governing.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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scale is everything

And yet banks who through even more obvious fraud cost consumers orders of magnitude more face no injunctions against their business practices. Sounds fair.

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Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna

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yep

Not a chemical expert but at least in the semiconductor field Gallium is almost always followed by the word arsenide which makes it sound doubly fun to handle. (Edit: after looking at the MSDS it still doesn't have anything on HF or Silane, or my favorite Diborane).

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Just ONE MORE scumbag running a company.

The obvious reply is well start your own company and do x, as usual. Some truth to that but it doesn't change the fact that Jack Welch got the American public to actually believe executives have a legal obligation to the shareholders in the short term instead of to the company in the long term like is the truth. That is %90 of what's wrong in corporate America along with there almost never being real personal consequences for being a bad actor (see bank settlements today). I suppose starting your own company you can change that but more likely if you do actually succeed you will probably eventually be bought out or die and the cycle continues.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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why we use Russian stuff

Its virtually impossible to do any complex project today without it turning into a massively over budget super late delivered clusterfsck (see the F35 and virtually ever other aircraft developed in the last two decades). This is doubly true if Boeing is involved (see over billion dollars wasted on virtual border fence Boeing pork).

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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Re: Yes

Trolling obviously existed long before the internet as well. In fact the lord king of trolls (Andy Kaufman) died some years before the web was even created.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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wow

He is turning out to be more of a piece of work than his brother who could at least campaign. The way things are going both parties supposed nominees are a sure thing like Gary Hart was.

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Samsung boss commences complicated succession plans

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Re: Will history strike again?

Samsung I'd like to introduce you to Wang Laboratories.

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>On Friday, it was announced Lee Jae-yong had inherited the chairmanship of two charitable bodies and investment vehicles from his father: Samsung Life Public Welfare Foundation and the Samsung Foundation of Culture.

>"A key point in the succession process is controlling the foundations, because they hold stakes in key Samsung Group companies,"

>the foundations are a significant part of Samsung's shareholding structure that binds together its 74 businesses.

Corporate structuring Gangnam style.

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Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees

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actually

>Verizon's $90m fine will hardly make a dent in its pocketbook

Except being in the news cycle for a being a dishonest b*stard (some people actually need reminding) will cause a bigger goodwill hit than that. Their saving grace may be all their competitors were doing it as well. Never ceases to amaze me to see just how little Baby Boomer leadership (for example Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, born May 28, 1954) even pretends to care about business ethics. The Worst Generation for sure.

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Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

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Re: Kharma...

>So a year out of date then....

For an article published three months ago?

>Firstly those percentage numbers are estimates based on no hard data

No data like your wild claims? Really give us an impartial link AC Microsoft sale drone.

>US accountancy laws are very strict. They are not allowed to mislead or lie unless than fancy prison time.

Really the laws require precisely breaking how exactly how much each division makes and how that is calculated? How then do companies (including Microsoft) fold divisions inside the company so they don't have to show how much they are losing (see Intel and mobile chips recently). The bottom line yes, but how you get there can be fudged quite a bit by creatively classifying where certain revenue comes from (see inflated Win8 license sales that were in reality downgraded to Win7).

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Re: Kharma...

Repeat a lie enough times and hope some clueless person with purchasing decisions calls your sales people is the strategy I guess.

Here are the numbers:

Cloud Provider, 2014 Market Share

AWS, 28 percent

Microsoft, 10 percent

IBM, 7 percent

Google, 5 percent

Salesforce, 4 percent

Rackspace, 3 percent

https://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2015/02/03/aws-leads-market.aspx

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Even Uncle Sam admits: US patent law is whack

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Re: The FTC is lazy and dysfunctional

Patent law is broke in the IT realm but you get away without an down vote from me because yes the FTC is garbage (cable companies aren't common carrier like a decade ago at least, dafuq?). Almost as much as the FCC allowing a few megacorps to buy all the media including news.

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Re: wat?

And you prove my point as the billable hours doesn't have to be just for the lawyers. Overly broad, poorly worded patents create opportunities for everyone but small entrepreneurs (you know who invent or facilitate much of the stuff that changes the world) oh and the general public.

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Re: Intelligent Design

That is what they have devolved into along as a jobs program for lawyers but originally the founders intended for patents to encourage innovation and people building on each other's ideas. Yeah that didn't last.

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yeah

At least on paper the EU doesn't allow industry to patent math (software) or even genes in your body right now unlike the USPTO.

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wat?

The USPTO is one of the most efficient mechanisms ever created for creating the only thing that matters to law makers, billable hours. When you let the lawyers write the laws you are pretty much guaranteed to get a patent office FUBAR.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Re: SystemD - A Necessary Evil

> Other than that, the adoption rate speaks for itself,

You mean the adoption rate of people moving to PC-BSD? The adoption rate in Linux is simply because once systemd became a dependency for udev distros had little choice but to include it.

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FOSS to the rescue

Sad to see Linux go the way it has but the BSD folks have been saying for a long time Linux only pretending to be Unix was going to be very problematic eventually. Luckily the choice of FOSS means I don't have to use systemd and Linux and was able to move to a more pure Unix, PC-BSD (FreeBSD flavor basically, and an OpenBSD mem stick for banking) fairly easily at least at home (long live the spirit of POSIX if not the implementations). Sadly work is moving more and from vendor Unix to Linux but at I will only have to be a user and only having to use the CLI I can type ksh and pretend I am on a real Unix box.

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Re: systemd? Do not want.

Steam is a hot mess on Linux anyway. Half the games aren't available and the performance still doesn't come close to matching Windows for the vast majority of them. You would probably be able to get nearly as many to run using the windows client under wine on BSD probably with better performance than the linux native. If you plan on doing any serious steam gaming you are still going to have a windows boot partition sadly.

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hmm

Trolling aside you do know systemd is Linux standardizing itself on one giant clusterfsck Windows like design right? This whole article is how one of the biggest distros Ubuntu has now joined the darkside. systemd will actually get rid of much of what you are criticizing (which many people find a strength actually). The way things are going pretty much the only difference soon between the distros will be the artwork and branding. Panic not you won't be forced to use the scary CLI anytime soon.

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Re: "now that it's well into Debian, Ubuntu really has no choice"

>... I just read up on that. What the hell is he thinking?

He is thinking in order for his employer Red Hat to be able to make even more money on the backs of other people's hard work they need to be able to get around the GPL by using an IPC mechanism that is nearly as efficient (or efficient enough) as using GPL kernel code but without the requirement of having to GPL their own code. The rest of the valid concerns you raise they couldn't give a crap about.

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Re: "now that it's well into Debian, Ubuntu really has no choice"

>The matter is simple: systemd has infiltrated

The udev dependency is all it ever needed and Poettering made sure that happened early on. Next up in the Red Hat agenda to own GNU\Linux, kdbus.

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Re: systemd? Do not want.

>Mate + Compiz = best DE ever

Lumina + Compton is assured to be systemd free for years to come (still a bit rough to use but getting better all the time) so that's what I use but Mate being based on gtk2 only should be able to be ported to other better *nix for quite some time to come as well.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Answer: The hosts file.

>If you're not blocking ads at the router level, you're doing it wrong!

I also do so using privoxy on my router (for unrooted devices on my network) but it would tax many weenie or older routers out there especially if you start adding rules. If your router doesn't have at least 64 meg memory (be surprised how many don't) you are going to see performance issues.

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ad blocking doesn't rely on the browser

If you can set a browser to use a localhost proxy you have ad blocking. Long live Privoxy.

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Marsbarbrain @codejunky - Hmm

As amusing a joke as it was (why I gave an upvote, edit: except on second reading realize you are being serious and regret the upvote) you seem to be showing your blind spot to good or evil being able to be decided clearly irrespective of the speaker or one's point of view.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: A company finally sees the light on DRM?

Well really the only major (getting to be a bit of stretch to even say that today) hardware maker that hasn't seen the light and will never see the light is Sony who just happen to be a large media company as well.

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don't believe the hype

> Kopi Luwak coffee

Of which there is 50x more sold than can possibly be produced. Basically unless you are in Asia with contacts there is virtually zero chance that Kopi Luwak you are buying is the real thing which is good because they way they make it today (in third world) takes inhumane treatment of animals to another level.

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Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

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>to have a virtual machine for the web that's programmable in simple opcodes

And even today its a giant security hole/malware vector which SUN's original garbage implementation (that lives on) aside points to how hard it is to build a VM that can safely run unknown hostile code off the tubes with no risk to the host.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: I'll take MacOS any day because it's certified UNIX

Yeah but you can tell they are slowly replacing the BSD user land parts whenever they can, launchd for example (but at least it isn't systemd, the name gives it all away). All you have to do is run Freebsd on a Mac to see quite big differences even if you stay only in the CLI on both. MacPorts can bridge the difference enough though I guess.

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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Re: Man up

DMCA is also US only which along with some other short bus laws and customs should provide a strong incentive for IT security companies to locate overseas away from the land of the "free".

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the public can never know how greedy and incompetent we are

Warrant canaries (which this isn't but reminds me of) say a lot more about the state of our political and legal systems than our tech industry.

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to all those with access to the purse strings or product decisions

Sadly most of the people making the decisions aren't on here (they are lapping up the latest Gartner paid for by suppliers garbage but I digress) but any that are be careful to note who the vendor is and black list them if at all possible. Its not the kind of company you want to be doing business with anyway especially for something as vital as SCADA

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New Tizen phone leaked: Remember it's not all just Android and iOS

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getting into Duke Nukem territory now

>Samsung push may be more for non-phone devices, but it's coming

It's been coming since 2010 (when it was Meego). You would think it came by now.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Yeah but no

No source available, no install on my machines (doesn't say in article but come on its Microsoft). Also if source was released it would soon be available (after some porting) for *BSD, Solaris and other *nix as well.

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The world's first proper Bitcoin exchange will be live in a month

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Re: "Built by Wall Street professionals,"

Aaaand It’s gone.... I am sorry but this line is for bank members only. Classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DT7bX-B1Mg

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makes sense

NY wanted in on that action. Wall St. isn't quite as much the golden goose for tax receipts like it was in the good old days.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Re: Idiot Register

Because all companies are hardware companies eh?

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: @asdf There is...

>US guvmint acknowledges American citizen's right to privacy,

How except in rhetoric? The SCOTUS has whittled the fourth amendment down to a completely literal reading now where the only thing protected is actual paper letters in your own home (better own the property too) and even then they have added lots of loopholes.

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Re: Republican Moron.

>summary execution of US citizens by "law enforcement"

How 1990s, now such things are done by intelligence services. Less oversight that way. Bipartisanship is not dead when it comes to trampling the peon's rights (Patriot act, forgoing due process, ignoring fourth amendment, etc).

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