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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

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low blow

You leave a true Patriot like John alone. Who cares if he was such a privileged f__k up that he finished last in his military school class and ended being a crappy pilot who got shot down? Who cares if his grandfather due to incompetence was as responsible as anyone for the worse naval defeat the US had in WW2 (Battle of Savo Island)? That man is royalty and Keating 5 scandal aside we should worship the ground he walks on.

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Re: How on Earth did McCain choose Palin?

He did for the same reason why he didn't get elected. He is bat shit crazy and far too impulsive when he shouldn't be.

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you kids get off my lawn John yelled

Somebody must have forgotten to give old man McCain his daily meds. McCain is proof that if you torture and brain wash a POW long and hard enough you can make anybody not only crazy but all for war in every case no matter what as well. John's just mad the NSA didn't come up with more dirt to justify bombing Syria.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Re: That reminds me

Wow somebody would agree to work for a douche bag like you? They must have been desperate.

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Re: wasn't always this bad

Today layoffs are now part of many business models. But of course it all due to those ungrateful employees.

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wasn't always this bad

In the 1960s people did have more loyalty to their companies because the companies didn't do the new CEO once a year to lay off thousands to get his quick bonus and once crap hits fan he gets his golden parachute routine. People were laid off back then as a last resort. The difference I believe has been the sociopathic generation of the Baby Boomers (I got to get mine screw the grandkids) joining leadership ranks.

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Qatari sovereign wealth fund among BlackBerry rescue party

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Re: BB Security

>>"All communication for a telephone, voice,IM, and email is required to go through a local server And the local govt's always has a key. "

Err, no, it is not true at all, as far as we know. TFIFY.

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Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

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vested interest

Yeah the RIAA and ilk probably blame piracy for Netflix actually bringing content to the people under reasonable terms. At least now some of the companies that are members of these umbrella organizations have realized they are nothing but sue happy extortion units that do little to stop piracy but do piss off their good customers. The companies that have backed away from DRM are the smart ones in the long term. When DRM becomes even a little intrusive to the good legal customers (which it very often does if not done very carefully) the resentment will affect future sales. Goodwill matters in business.

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Privacy warriors haul NSA into court, demand swift end to mass call snooping

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Re: Can we haul GCHQ into court?

The muppet US SCOTUS can't hide behind the technicality that there is not public information anyone was spied on this time. What's more disgusting than the security apparatus building up a house of cards and cocoon of lies, was the judiciary going along with it all the way to the top. The Patriot Act a century from now will be looked at in the same light as Japanese American internment in WW2 and the Separate but Equal decision from more than 100 years ago is looked at today. The Baby Boomer generation legacy of fear and greed.

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Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

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forum fail

Wow a whole lot of ACs on that first page. Already easy to tell this forum is not worth browsing for long.

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Secrets of Apple's mysterious Arizona sapphire factory: Our expert whispers all

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Re: woot Arizona

Solar power sure is (especially with government subsidies). We had a company put solar panels on our house for free and they maintain them and we pay for the power. Cut our electrical bill by about a third (on a 20 year long contract on property with %2 max increase a year).

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woot Arizona

Yeah my new adopted state gets lots of bad press due to some of our bat s h * t crazy politicians but the state is beautiful and one of a kind. Its not all desert with only barrel cactus and tumble weed. Grand Canyon and also mountain beauty can be found in the northern part of the state. And the Phoenix area is one of the best cities in the country to get stuff done with all the semiconductor plants and such in the area.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: Old Manuals

>No, sadly it's only about cushy well paid careers and big fat pay checks for minimum effort.

Be careful painting with that broad brush. I have seen Baby Boomer coders that even after many decades weren't worth a shit and have also left nothing but a lifetime of spaghetti code behind every job they hopped after a few years.

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Forget 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' - how does its rival from EA stack up?

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> the devastating splash damage from their shells (tanks) making a mockery of supposed cover.

So realistic then. Funny how a bush or a six inch thick stone wall isn't much cover when a real tank has you zeroed in.

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Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

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hmm

I am surprised I haven't seen the usual the PC is not flat lining and being cannibalized by tablet crowd. They love telling you about some netbook they bought years ago as proof. I guess even they have given up at this point or finally gotten a tablet as a gift.

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

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Re: The Morris Worm and vulnerabilities in sendmail?

>and people minding your own business were not over everything looking for gender discrimination, rape culture and anti-feminism but this may just be my memory...)

And because of redneck fools like you and your ilk they had to start doing so.

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wow

It must really suck being semi famous and mostly known for of the one of the worst things you did in your life. Especially because the guy sounds fairly sharp (except for this incident of course). I would rather be an anonymous peon myself (hey mission accomplished).

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Playtime's over: Next NSA boss may be torn away from US cyber-war effort

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a word is missing

> There's a real shortage of competent bodies in the US government

TFIFY. You're welcome.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: VMS

>You are not really updated.

Didn't see the caveat about WDDM huh? My whole point is that is a modern addition and not part of Dave Cutlers work 20 years ago. He was extremely disappointed when he was overruled by management and the graphics drivers weren't required to be user space (largely the same management that thought embedding a web browser deep in a OS was a great idea). As for Linux vs Windows stability its sacrilege but today they are largely the same in my experience (Linux though still allows you to run any desktop environment you wish which is why I prefer). Microsoft has come a long ways because they have been pushed some by Mac OS and Linux and because they finally did learn their lesson about stability and security being as important as marketing and cozy OEM relationships (which they have been burning lately).

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Re: Emacs

If I want a heavy duty editor in a graphical environment (yes Emacs runs fine under curses but makes little sense from the terminal imho) I don't fart around with Emacs but go straight to Geany. Far easier to jump into and just as developer friendly.

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Re: VMS

> Open VMS lives on in the architecture of Windows NT

Except for a whole bunch of differences that mattered like putting graphics drivers in kernel space which has always been one of NT's Achilles heel (but also necessary for the gamers and partially alleviated with modern WDDM). I am not sure of the numbers but I think people would be amazed how many blue screens are due to poorly written 3rd party drivers (and hardware failures themselves of course) as opposed to poorly written Microsoft code (some there too though especially in past).

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Re: Emacs

Something to be said about being the last generation (probably) to use vi. Ridiculous to learn (unless you came from ed and the line editor world) but once you do you never have to worry about file editing in virtually any Unix ever again. Worse you find everything else to be less efficient.

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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

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Re: Chen, don't let me down.

So sayeth the Canuck. I wonder if you posted the same thing about Nortel in years past.

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hmm

Time to bring in the asset strippers and wind down BB. It has been a good run but with no future and incompetent management, continuing operations will just allow said worthless management to eat up what money is left in the bank.

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HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

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good thing

I have spent significant time with virtually every major Unix (and many many minor ones) in and out of shop except for HP-UX. Not being available for x86 these days has to be a mind share killer. Killing Itanium sooner than later and moving to x86 is probably five years overdue.

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IBM menaces Twitter IPO with patent infringement BOMBSHELL

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well

Software patents are wrong but at least you can't say Big Blue is nothing but a patent troll. I believe their R&D budget is still more than their legal dept budget which you can't say about a lot of companies.

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

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yep

Information asymmetry significance is always played down by a party until they are the wrong side of the equation.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.

> they were upgraded as the more powerful engine became available. I know it was a Pratt & Whitney

Yeah to me the most impressive part of the SR71 was the power plant. Hell that damn thing is mostly engine with a tiny bit of aircraft wrapped around them and the cockpit. The J58 was an engine the US government somehow in the late 1950s used the Area 51 alien ship to go ten years into the future to bring back. Just kidding but it was seriously ahead of its time. Hell early in the decade we could barely do Mach 1.

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Re: Remember battlecrusiers?

Speed is death in my neck of the woods. Oxycontin as well.

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Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.

The SR71 though may well have helped turn the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

"On October 13 and 15, Egyptian air defense radars detected an aircraft at an altitude of 25,000 metres (82,000 ft) and a speed of Mach 3, making it impossible to intercept either by fighter or SAM missiles. The aircraft proceeded to cross the whole of the canal zone, the naval ports of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Safaga), flew over the airbases and air defenses in the Nile delta, and finally disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea. The speed and altitude were those of the US SR-71 Blackbird, a long-range strategic-reconnaissance aircraft (yeah as if this sentence is necessary, what else could it be in 1973). According to Egyptian commanders, the intelligence provided by the reconnaissance flights helped the Israelis prepare for the Egyptian attack on October 14 and assisted it in conducting Operation Stouthearted Men"

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Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.

I always chuckle when I see the X-men flying one on TV. The US government only had a fleet of 20 and even they couldn't afford it (they are ridiculously expensive to build, maintain and fly) except during the money is no object Cold War.

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

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Re: To be fair...

Hope you are not talking about GCHQ. The Brits on here love ripping on evil America and blaming our stupid government (yes its pretty obvious to the whole world its broken) for everything but is there a bigger enabler to the US than the UK government? Spy on our people and we'll spy on yours, wink wink.

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Google barge erection hypegasm latest - What's in the box?

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Re: Wait a minute @ AC 17:43

Exactly right Hud. AC 17:43 like most others of his ilk is looking to have his cake and eat it too. Most of the too good to be true offshore opportunities are gone and the long term costs of doing so are finally come home to roost so they are looking for the next best thing. You can smell the Tea Bagger right wing crazy just below the surface of the post as well.

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Dying HealthCare.gov bagged JUST SIX registrations on first day

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politics aside

The tech "surge" and bringing in experts at the 11th hour to save the day makes me think everything won't be rosy by the end of November. Sounds like someone in the administration needs to read The Mythical Man Month. You know that new fangled book describing this exact kind of situation that is older than the majority of readers on here.

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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Re: As if I needed yet another reason...

> I have bricked one HTC phone and have no intention of even trying to do it again

Wow it takes a special kind of incompetence to brick an HTC. You are probably best off sticking with Apple.

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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

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>"Salesforce has a preference for buying "the shittiest SSDs money can buy,"

I was wondering who OCZ's last major customer was.

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

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Re: What a dick!

> An entrepreneur might start a business, through hard work and at risk to himself, and end up providing livelihoods for hundreds of families, as well as his own.

Or he might be a trust fund baby who makes a living off the interest or far worse like that Max factor heir who drugged and raped and filmed women for years before he ran to Mexico and used his money to buy safety for awhile.

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NASDAQ exchange stumbles AGAIN after 'human error' snafu

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of course

What could possible be wrong with an exchange Bernie Madoff help set up?

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Look everyone

Not to step on your rant but you do know with Wine, VMWare or Virtual Box your host OS is not the be all end all any more right? If you absolutely have to have MS Office it has ran on Wine for a long time now and ever longer with VMWare. Wine will even play a majority of Windows games well these day (PlayOnLinux for the win). Actually for its market share the *nix app ecosystem is surprisingly good. It not a real big surprise that many commercial apps are not available for LInux for the same reason the WP app store sucks. Developers pay close attention to market share when going to the effort to develop or port an app.

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Re: Xbox one inspired??

>Let's say KDE is bloated because it refuses to be stuck in 1999.

So you need bloaty to be modern because bloat is the future, ah ok. I think you need to also put Win98 in a VM and see what DE in 1999 really looked like. Even LXDE from five years ago is far more modern and functional.

>some people don't understand you don't have to install EVERYTHING like a check box monkey.

Yes yes of course. Still I find the phrase bare bones KDE to be rather amusing. To each his own. Lot of people swear by KDE even through its FUBAR phase. At least the devs listened to the users eventually unlike the clueless Gnome people as of late.

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Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT

Sorry misspoke its a thin wrapper as well as a periodic snapshot of Debian testing so its more reliable but not a true rolling release distro.

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Re: I think...

> Keep the old stuff functional, why throw out cash for new equipment

How dare you heretic the Apple folks would respond. Don't you know you have to refresh your bling every few years or you can't be in the hipster club? I am with you though. I have a 2007 Mac Pro desktop that even though Apple doesn't want to support anymore Mint Linux does just great on it. It doesn't hurt Mint is better than Mac OS for what I use it for anyway. Windows is for running in a VM only.

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Re: I think...

Yeah decided flaming Theo's baby is not constructive (even if not fit for purpose on the desktop). Its probably still a very good base router OS (haven't checked in a while).

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Re: Look everyone

He might have had a point in 1995 when you had to worry about entering refresh timings for your CRT in XFree86 config text files before you even got a working GUI (praying you didn't trash your monitor) or having to spend a weekend crossing your fingers that you could compile in a device driver that worked with your modem before you then spent hours getting PPP working but those days are long gone. Seriously these days on any decent distro you can just delete the xterm icons if you feel like it.

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Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT

>Seems like you have to go clear back to Debian for that.

Or just run LMDE which is basically a thin mint wrapper on top of Debian.

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Re: Xbox one inspired??

>Then KDE should be the market killer for Mint!

I assume you mean Cinnamon as of course there is a Mint KDE (and Mate and XFCE) version as well. [Holy War Alert:] That said KDE has always been bloated and often times the snappiness of the DE along with the ease of workflows needed to get shit done with it are of more value to many than a bazillion unused features or an entire software ecosystem pretending to be a DE. But at least with *nix each can have his own.

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Re: Interesting to see the separation from Gnome

Careful you might find yourself asking how the hell you could ever put up with your old DE (especially if its Unity).

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Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

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Re: Hmm

Granted ET is no Big Rigs Over the Road Racing (the true worst game ever which looks more like a failing undergrad student project than a real game) but Big Rigs didn't fill up a landfill in the New Mexico desert. I agree its a symptom instead of the disease but even at the time me and my 10yo friends were like W T F?! when ET came out.

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