* Posts by asdf

4795 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more

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>What's wrong with a falling population?

Sounds great on paper but not when humans in general rely on younger people to take care of older people. Very hard on a culture to have the majority of its people not working for any reason. Ask the Arabs what with many of them having populations mostly under 20.

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Re: A victim of a pandering book written 100 years ago

>Falling populations in Japan and Korea (South Korea's birth rate is even lower) are not for all good reasons, the magnetism of big cities, unrealistic expectations, huge emphasis on vanity in pop. culture), but the polities in these countries choose not to replace and wipe out the existing populations, which is already happening in many places in Europe (sure, only localities for now).

Perhaps true but both those closed asian cultures do little to encourage permanent immigration which is one quick way to counteract low native birth rate. Its one of the main reasons why the US does have a healthly growth rate (also due to recent immigrants still having decent birth rates once they get here).

>What happens when the population crosses 10,000 million and continues to soar?

>What happens to the natural world?

I am optimistic technology will give us the breathing room until most of the world reaches that point where it quits having 17 kids each for agri work. We grow so much food now we even are stupid enough to convert it very inefficiently to fuel. At some point technology will also allow us to find other places to colonize.

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Re: A victim of a pandering book written 100 years ago

Technically one could argue what the Japanese did was far beyond even what most Keynesians would preach and lot of their issues were created in the 1980s with the mother of all bubbles and their culture not being flexible enough to take the medicine they needed (also their closed culture is why they have a population problem as well). I am actually not a huge fan of his theories either but the big danger especially in a rather red state like my own tends to be under investment in public infrastructure such as schools not deficit spending. In general I don't buy the Ron Paul privatize everything kool-aid. His vision leads to Somalia or the wasteland in Mad Max.

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Re: What imbeciles

Also amazingly is how some folks think spying on our own population with little oversight is a good idea or weakening global cyber security to do so is an even better idea.

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Re: A victim of a pandering book written 100 years ago

Well compare most of their quality of life measurements to some of the more Friedman like success stories and outside the %1ers they hold up fine. What's killing them for the future even more than the debt is negative growth in population.

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Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory

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Re: Shareholder value again....

> It's rather obvious they don't give a crap about anything or anyone but themselves.

Isn't that the definition of modern capitalism? What are you some dirty commie?

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that doesn't fit the narrative.

So sounds like then the kind of company you asset strip at the end to return value to the shareholders as opposed to letting management muddle on losing what little value is left giving themselves bonuses and trying whatever sticks to the wall. Goddamn activist shareholders.

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$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls

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f__k AT&T

AT&T only still exists because they were the only US carrier initially willing to whore themselves to Apple (because AT&T were already on the ropes) and damn if it didn't work. Rather be lucky than good is not only the company model but their business plan as well including here.

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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

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actually

As much as I hate Uber and the "sharing" economy (ie no benefits including even being called an employee for workers) this may actually be lucrative eventually. Remember the only real value add Yahoo has done in a very long time for their share holders was buying stakes in the right Chinese companies.

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Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

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Re: "not browse untrusted websites"

Not to mention unless you run some plugins, or use a proxy or futz with the hosts file even web sites you may trust often bring in content from servers that may or may not be a bit dodgy.

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Re: A patch? sure, and pigs might fly

>In present times I t's a brave handset maker than tells The Big G to shove it.

Unless its the biggest company in the world and coincidentally the only one you know actually making money off handsets. Nothing commoditizes a phone quite like Android.

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Derelict TrueCrypt Russia portal 'is command hub for Ukraine spying op'

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Re: When the developer...

especially when for many use cases you can just use GPG which is also open source still maintained and according to Snowden still safe. On the other hand on a side rant Android whole phone encryption is total garbage. Its slow as hell and is often a total bitch to get to work at all on older handsets (if it works its security is ok I believe as far as is known).

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Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

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Re: Honestly?

Yeah can't say the same. 3.5k down votes if remember right but honestly most of them where early on when I mostly just trolled the Euros. Think at one time I was at about 50/50.

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Re: Honestly?

Well then they double suck because extortion tends to be pretty lucrative as long as you are actually scary and don't get arrested. And totally off topic (and on a topic hardly anyone is reading) I am going to take a min and pat myself on the back for 10k total upvotes lol. Now where is my gold icon?

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wait wut?

Usually when you have piss poor results the CEO gets shown the door and the chairmen of the board gives the BS thanking statement. No wonder investors are bailing on them.

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US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

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Re: The pen is mightier than the sword.

GPS too.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Re: 2016

Even if he can't win the nomination he may very well push some fringe candidate into getting nominated or even perhaps one of the front runners will screw up and try to out crazy him in the heat of the moment which we will hear clips of endlessly in the general election. Remember you can tell the voters over and over again you are not a witch or that they are not part of the %47 but it doesn't mean you won't get your ass handed to you at election time.

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Re: 2016

And who says a 2 party system can't result in a fair democracy? Southpark nailed it (as they often do) with voting for either the douchebag or the turd sandwich.

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Re: time to step in

Except he qualified as a sharp shooter. I am not saying the Warren commission or whatever is completely right. I am just saying if you look at his bio its pretty easy to see how he could be a pawn that got lucky and took down the king.

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citizens of human nature

Jon Stewart, John Oliver who cares where you are from? Its all how skillful can you make the disingenuous look like the ass hats they are.

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Re: Oops...

Nobody in the developed world does fever swamps like the US. Its rare to find the golden combination of a large amount of poorly balanced home schooling and anti-intellectualism accepted as a political movement in the western world.

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Re: But here's the problem

Nor do they even care about protecting secrets what with the Chinese now downloading nearly every security clearance application going back a decade. Snowden is just the canary in the coal mine of US government IT fail.

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Re: Please don't come home, Ed Snowden, please don't come home...

>And we want the rest of the world to follow our path to glory and heaven?

No remember due to that American exceptionalism pure arrogance bullshit we don't think they can.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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Re: The politicians may love them, but ...

>These calls are pretty much useless to convince undecided people to vote for a candidate anyway,

Perhaps but they sure helped W Bush win the nomination in 2000 when a push poll robo blast (more than likely Karl Rove's handiwork) in South Carolina asked voters if they believed McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock (ie his adopted daughter from Bangladesh). They are great for slander.

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Re: It is about time

Yes I was almost feeling pedantic enough to bring up the sun but figured had to at least keep to man made energy generation. As for jazz fusion at least its not that noise that sounds like grade schoolers warming up Avant-garde (shudder).

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Re: It is about time

>We were supposed to have fusion in the 1970s.

You mean controlled fusion power generation. We have had fusion since the early 1950s (obviously). Still where they hell is my Jetson's car and the Jetson's two day a week one hour a day work schedule?

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Re: hmm

>I'd heard that memristor from HP/Hynix was a done deal

You know pump and dump is illegal right? (why the AC huh) If that was the case they probably wouldn't have hung their The Machine crew out to look like ass hats with nothing to show recently. Of course knowing HP dysfunction maybe they just really hate those guys.

>It might be 50% slower than conventional RAM

That is also the best case scenario speed wise i have heard for memristor tech as well.

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hmm

I wonder what HP's excuse will be now why The Machine will still be vaporware in 2020. Can't blame their memristor misadventures now. Still enough kicking that nearly dead horse, congrats to Intel and Micron if they can bring this to market. The market will reward them I am sure.

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Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

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Re: AMD

Amazon is the king of it. Its amazing how much stuff you can sell if you sell it below cost.

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the brave new economy

Like that old joke Twitter is making a small fortune. Out of the large one put in by its investors. The investors keep buying the dream. Who needs physical products?

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: Window 10 - Better That Expected?

>Interesting to see all the negative comments on Windows 10 which is reminiscent of the millennium bugs scare

Interesting to me on Microsoft articles is always all the ACs and one day old accounts. Actually not so much.

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Re: hmm

>Apple is a much more mature unix

Yes the POSIX parts are great what tends to be the problem is Apple's non POSIX eye candy bloat.

>The Linux world has pretty much been sitting on it's ass.

If anything Red Hat with the cataclysmic systemd changes that are rapidly changing everything (I wish they were sitting on their ass) is turning Linux into Windows lite. Now the desktop/laptop seems to be all that matters in that ecosystem.

>RPM vs. installing on a Mac is a huge difference.

RPM eh? That's the whole Linux world eh? You haven't looked in 10 years have you? That said not only Linux (and *BSD) but even Windows will support your Mac hardware with security updates longer than Apple will.

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>The culture of send it out bugs and all still remains

I am hardly some MS fanboi (check my post history lol) but they do to tend to spend more on software Q&A than probably anyone else. They unlike Apple have to support a ton more different combinations of hardware and software and in the last half decade or so have done a better job. I have definitely seen more of Mac OS shitting itself on my home computer than I have seen blue screens on my Win7 computers at work (but have yet to make FreeBSD shit the bed on my Mac which is why its my daily driver). That said that was Win7. Probably premature to defend Win10 as it may end up being a tire fire on release.

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Re: Meh!

Yeah nothing beats an EA game on release day where you end up downloading a patch nearly the size of the whole game to fix only some of the show stoppers. That is if their servers haven't already face planted for the first week. At least someone has set the bar very low for Microsoft.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: Tightwads

>we already know WM is faster and the battery lasts longer too

funny how that works when there a few apps for users to leave open to drain the battery.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: Hmmm @Mage

>Microsoft were moving away from COM (thank god).

Only in rhetoric. You will still find a lot more COM in their product code bases than you will find managed code even in newly developed code for Win 8 and Win 10.

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Re: Ballmer Worst CEO Ever

He was bad but probably not even top 25 material. Read about what that ass hat Rod Johnson did in a single year at JCPenny.

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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

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>The Sparc community

long way to say Oracle

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: American

>If Saturn ignites and becomes a sun

Too bad it's Jupiter that has the Monoliths. For the record not all Americans are slaves to nationalism. Pluto is not even close to the most interesting TNO in this American's opinion (Sedna on the other hand and not because it was discovered by another American either).

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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Re: The International Surface Temperature Initiative

You are wasting your breath. Its has become a religious argument at this point. The eggheads lost because they thought they only had to deal in facts and not also in emotions. Sadly that is not so with the general public.

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LOL I can cut and paste this comment at least 3x a month here.

Long live El Reg the amateur climate science blog that does IT on the side as a hobby.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Re: Sea sick boffins

Probably more likely bamboo rafts and as you say probably someone fishing near shore blown out to sea. Still very hard to say. Even the world map looked much different 50,000 years ago. Open ocean navigation for hundreds of miles or more is still something I can almost guarantee man was not doing before the start of the Holocene and probably even mostly this side of it.

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Re: Sea sick boffins

Looking the only caveats might be Australia being settled 50k years ago. But even then the distance was a few dozen miles not hundreds. Its actually pretty mind blowing to know that ocean levels were up to 150m lower 50k years ago, and things today we think of as islands today were joined together back then. The Philippines may also have been settled as early as 4000 BC but the distance was not more than a few hundred kilometers from Borneo.

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Re: Sea sick boffins

>Also your comment about 2500BC might imply that you think people where less intelligent then than now

Not implying that at all but that their technology such as material science was obviously a lot more primitive (we and many other other generations built on their innovations). I have to go look but I am pretty sure they haven't proved any decently long open ocean journeys before about 2500BC by anyone.

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Re: "...displaced them with a thoroughness..."

except I am sure you are aware that all humans share a staggering amount of the same DNA sequences due to recent bottlenecks and being the nature of life itself we even have a lot of the same DNA earth worms do.

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Re: Sea sick boffins

Not an expert myself but considering even with technology from the last 50 years we were still losing boats as sea you might underestimate how foreboding the North (and South) Atlantic can be to primitive boat building. Even the Polynesians who were forced by their own population pressures out to sea (granted Pacific bigger with less land but still) got into the game very late by the time standards we are talking (2500 BC and more recent).

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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can't resist

http://www.pcbsd.org/

Not only will it make your Mac more secure but it will support your Mac hardware long after Apple has abandoned you (and is also future proofed from the great Red Hat hairball as well).

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Ballmer is the gift that keeps on giving.

>The latest writedown left Redmond with a net loss of $3.20bn for the three months ending on June 30. It was only the second time it has been forced to report a quarterly loss in its 29 years as a public company. The last time was in 2012, following another botched acquisition.

ie The Ballmer (idiot) tax. Best to get it out of the way now I suppose and move on. Everyone (besides Yahoo's shareholders) is just glad JoJo the circus monkey didn't buy Yahoo as well.

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