* Posts by Pascal Monett

3558 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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"the fuel poor are effectively subsidising the fuel profligate."

Well, it's business as usual then, right ?

Right.

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Atomic clocks' tics tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms

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For a ho ?

About $50, I'd say.

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

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Honestly, you might want to replace those totals into their time frames for a proper comparison.

Hitler (as Führer) : 1934 - 1945, or 11 years

Stalin : 1925 - 1953, or 28 years

Mao : 1949 - 1976, or 27 years

So Hitler reigned the least, and his "genocide impact" is reduced further when you consider that his Final Solution was not actually implemented before 1942. Beyond that, his Final Solution did not only concern Jews (something that way too many people do not know). You must therefor include up to 1.5 million Romani people, nearly 2 million Poles and up to 3 million assorted other victims (Soviet prisoners of war, intellectuals, homosexuals, Jehova's witnesses and other undesirables). Not counting the almost 20 million people who did indirectly because of his politics of deliberate starvation of "undesirable races".

So Hitler's direct "genocide total" is actually much closer to 12.5 than 6, and that in a time span of, at most, 4 years.

If Stalin had had that kind of behavior, he would have killed 116.6 million people instead of your quoted 62, and Mao would have killed 112.5.

Mao may appear to have done a bit less, but one must not forget that the population of China has always dwarfed the population of the Soviet block by a ration of around 10 to 1. In that light, Mao was positively benign.

In the end, let us not forget that all of these numbers represent the lives of millions upon millions of innocent people sacrificed on the alter of ignorance.

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Too much red there, blood or otherwise.

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Well that's Texas for you. From what I've read, they've got all sorts of exceptions, especially to intelligence.

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

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"Along with these new enterprise features..."

Which will delight the evil scum who will rush to take them over and screw basic users out of their hardware with the promise to stop the malware or give a decrypt code in exchange for money.

The "enterprise features" have already been hijacked by malware to block a user from accessing his desktop and doing anything but restarting his machine.

I'm glad to know that Microsoft is giving yet more tools for evil hackers to push more misery on unsuspecting users. When the hardware is locked down without any means of loading an anti-virus from USB or digital media - not to mention the Internet itself, what is Microsoft going to do ? Refund ?

Don't think so.

And don't try to explain that this is "Pro" stuff and will not be sold to end users. I know plenty of people with Win 7 Professional on their home PCs.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: Feet to the fire, please

And all the Fortune 1000 companies will give "fair warning" to Microsoft that, if MS shreds IE, they will shred MS in court.

Will never happen, buddy.

Unfortunately.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Effin' A

My disk, my player, my time and none of anybody's business.

I will not ask for permission to enjoy something I have paid for. I certainly don't want some corporation to get a heads-up on the fact that I started watching some film.

I call that an invasion of my privacy. Your "license" stops at my door. After that, you have no legal right to know anything about me or what I'm doing.

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Re: that assumes that European courts have no jurisdiction of US companies

Um, sorry but what example do you have of a European court having jurisdiction over a US company, or even pretending it did ?

Has there been a judge in Europe deciding that Microsoft had to hand over all emails on its servers because it has a subsidiary in the judges country ?

I'm curious, please enlighten me.

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Philae's either screening Rosetta's calls or isn't home

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Hey ! This is the internet. Where's the fun in that ?

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US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over

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Interesting

A politician who is not yet bought up by Corporate America and actually has the balls to stand up to the money man.

Is this a sign that Google is nearing the end of its public welcome ? Or a sign that Google is going to start hiring ex-military types ?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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a heavyweight, lard-arsed, fat bastard of a program for searching Bing

Thank you for that, I'll be keeping it for reserving at appropriate times :).

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Apple: Those security holes we fixed last week? You're going to need to repatch

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Yeah, security is hard - not going to say the contrary on that.

But buffer overflows ? Really ?

Sheesh.

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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Ah, Science

Even when the news is bad, it's still good to have.

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Cloud music streams outpace CD sales for the first time, says recording industry ass. of America

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I'm sorry, did I get that right ?

Is RIAA actually saying that digital is saving their bacon now ?

So which level of Hell has frozen over ?

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Re: Physical access is not God Mode

Sorry, but it pretty much is.

With physical access I can take out the hard disk, put it on an external USB reader and have my way with anything that is not encrypted. And anything that is I can copy and do what I want with later while the user finds his disk back in his PC and is none the wiser.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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Hey, Dracula !

I know, kids have to have their fun.

But isn't it time you called this one back to its coffin ? Come on, it wasn't funny last millennia already.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Interesting, an official "slim" image for lightweight platforms

I wonder how long it will take for hackers to "adapt" it to PCs.

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

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Yeah, you're right. Giving up has always worked so well in the past.

How's the weather in Maryland these days ?

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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I don't really see the use of wasting power in converting ground solar power to microwaves and back on a satellite that has direct access to solar where it is.

On the other hand, 1.8 kilowatts are required to heat water ? Blimey. And they try to sell us that stuff to heat houses ?

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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Steam ? Not a problem.

Anyone who actually uses Steam knows that all you have to do to regain your library is reinstall Steam and logon with your password.

Steam is reliable. Steam does not care about your hard disk, your graphics card or your CPU. You can log on to your own account from any computer or tablet that can run Steam - as long as you have your password, you have access to all your games.

You can upgrade your PC, you can install Steam on a brand-new HDD, you can even copy your existing Steam directory on a different PC - the only thing that counts is that you log on with your ID and password.

If Steam is the only problem for someone, then it is no problem. Reformat your disk, reinstall the OS, install Steam and log on. Fuck those scumbags.

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Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

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Re: They're evil, not stupid

Um, we're talking about Microsoft, not Google.

Microsoft has demonstrated that it is stupidly evil. Microsoft has failed in practically everything it has tried outside of Windows and Office, but it has not been capable of gathering a micro percent of what Google has got on everyone while pretending to "Do No Evil".

So, as far as evil is concerned, Microsoft urgently needs to participate in Google seminars on "How To Become An Evil Genius", because one thing is certain : Microsoft has lost the crown in that area.

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This isn't the one-stop EU data protection you're looking for

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Typical politicos

Announce a broad, all-encompassing law, and then immediately start poking holes in it to take into account everything and the kitchen sink.

Instead of analyzing the issue thoroughly before providing a review of possibilities to be approved at national level in order to proceed with caution and not leave open the possibility of saddling a solution with a cargo of exceptions.

But I believe the latter requires actual work, whereas the former only needs lobbying.

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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Re: it encourages the raising of pigs for food

It does not encourage the raising of pigs. You can raise cows or chickens just as easily. There is no in-game bonus for raising pigs.

And, if you think about it, cows give meat and skins, chickens give meat and feathers, whereas pigs only give meat.

So, on a per-effort basis, there is no encouragement to raise pigs, it's quite the opposite.

But hey, they're in the game, that's for sure.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Cats

There is obviously nothing to say against cats.

And anyone who says otherwise will have their curtains shredded.

Can we have a cat icon ?

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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Re: safeguards could be put in place

Safeguards are in place, but total surveillance just runs roughshod over them.

But hey, as long as you can get your toaster back, everything's all right, right ?

Wrong.

What you don't understand is that dictatorships always thrive on surveillance. Fidel Castro held Cuba in his hands because every other citizen was an informer. Imagine what a newly-minted dictator would get with a country under 24/7 observation.

Creating the means to detect any dissent is logically followed by the desire to quell that dissent. And you know what they say about absolute power . . .

But it looks like you're going to just have to find out the hard way.

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Re: tell me what the fucking problem is

The fucking problem is not that state surveillance could keep criminals in check. London is the most watched city in the world and I don't recall reading that crime has vanished.

The problem is that, in a surveillance society, it is the watchers who decide what is a crime. It is their interpretation of events that counts. The problem is that what you think is legal, honest citizen behavior today could well be criminalized tomorrow and you'll only learn about it when the police lorry stops next to you and you're whisked off, never to reappear.

The right to privacy is what is keeping our society from becoming a civilization of oppressed individuals. It is your conviction that the police have to prove your wrongdoing before convicting you that gives you your peace of mind and ability to function as a valuable part of society.

With state surveillance, everyone becomes closed in, anyone who is taken is by default judged guilty, and people who think otherwise shut up for fear of being taken themselves.

Is that really the society you are defending ? If so, why are you not working for the NSA ? Maybe you are.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Every time I have read about Linus addressing mails to someone before, it was for his absolutely unacceptable attitude as far as professional communication is concerned.

It would appear that some of his fans here do not accept that, but it remains that he seriously needs to change his ways when addressing people who might have made mistakes or done something he considers as a mistake. If this publication is a step in that direction, then good for everyone, but nobody can deny that a step needs to be taken.

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Begging your pardon, but I do not where the withering attack on his intelligence is. Nor do I see any overt contempt of coding skills. Finally, there is no invitation to become a pizza deliverer.

I agree that it is something that Linus acknowledges an error, but he does so with a lot less flame and brimstone than he gives others, which tells me that if he had taken that approach to criticizing other people's contributions, we wouldn't even be reading this article.

Good show Linus, you've proven that you know how to behave civilly. Now do that with other people and you're golden.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: you tend to mentally compose yourself properly

That sentence presupposes that there is a mind to compose.

Given some of the tweets I have read, that does not always seem to be the case.

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Re: That's becoming less and less common over the years

Really ?

Care to source that ?

Personally, I would very much prefer that a prominent politician spend his time on his job rather than on Twitter.

Unfortunately, I do acknowledge that it would seem that, for many politicians today, they believe that maintaining their image is their job.

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@Graham

It certainly means that he didn't read it, and '"Apologist for the powered ruling elite" means that he thinks they run on batteries, apparently.

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Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

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The estimate for the fix . . .

Is as soon as the NSA is done rooting their servers.

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Revealed: Facebook Boss Zuckerberg's One Weird Trick When Hiring

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Admiring a sociopath only reinforces the sociopath's belief that he is right to be a sociopath.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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8TB of flash memory, impressive

My associate was really gung-ho about SSDs. He chided me when we chose our new laptops because I wanted the 500GB spinning rust while he took the 250GB SSD.

He was really happy about the speed of laptop - right until the drive failed and he lost everything on it.

Of course, there was backup of the most important stuff, so he didn't really lose anything more than a day's work on a certain project, but I shudder to imagine the impact of the failure of an 8TB drive.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Thanks for the info, Matt. That was quite an interesting read.

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Re: "you can generally trust your government to do what you voted them in to do"

Yeah, sure. Because Presidents always do what they promised they would.

I'll have a round of whatever it is you're taking.

Seriously, I've been following politics for the past 30 years. The conclusion that I have come to is that it doesn't matter who you vote for. In the best case, you get a politician that doesn't screw up the economy. In the worst case, well, you get Dubya.

The rest all depends on the economy, and the economy is every one of us. So, in the end, it's up to us to get out of a crisis, no matter what a government says.

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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"separate the safety-critical subsystems from infotainment components in cars"

Can that not be more securely done by putting them on different physical networks ?

Is that so hard ?

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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

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There's a lot wrong with that. It has been demonstrated over and over again that the public is just not aware of the importance of security measures. Making software updates for your kit is of no use if your customers never apply them.

Kit made to connect to a network must include security by default, because you cannot count on a customer to do it right. As far as security is concerned, the public must be considered as not being able to program their VCR (and yes, I know they probably don't have one anymore, but I think the comparison stands).

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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You can have my S3 when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

I have absolutely no need for a slimmer phone, nor do I want the latest fad. I don't spend my time on it, I spend my time developing on PC.

When 4G is actually available in places I go and worth it, I'll mull over the question of replacing this one. Until then, no battery replacement is a deal breaker as far as I'm concerned.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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"Sony isn't really Sony as much as it used to be"

Good. About time their rootkitting, awful, privacy-invading, PC-crashing hardware division burned to the ground. And putting Java into a bloody thing made for watching movies was the absolute worst idea anyone has ever had in the history of entertainment.

I will never buy another piece of Sony hardware again, period.

So I'm not at all unhappy that Sony keeps to films. That, at least, will not be rooted - for the time being.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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"a colourless, poisonous, liquid organic compound"

So, acid for blood then ?

If we set foot on that moon, we're screwed.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Or a sausage grinder !

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WANTED: A plan to DESTROY metadata, not just retain it

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Counterpoint :

The daughter that lives abroad now might come back at some point, either permanently or just visiting, and be happy to find that her account is still available and her brownie points still recorded. Of course, finding out that her account expired after a given period is not too much of a heartbreaker either.

The fact that her address is wrong is irrelevant - it shouldn't even be in there anyway. Are they going to mail her something ? Send goods via post ? Don't think so, so it is not pertinent data.

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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

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Why would a GOVERNMENT need a Cloud policy ?

The Cloud is something that might be useful for companies, internally or as a platform for services, or for individuals as a storage location available to them from anywhere.

Both of these entities have one thing in common : they have no need to compile data concerning an entire population on a daily basis. Not talking about state surveillance, just the boring stuff like tax returns and administrative filing. That is the kind of stuff governments do, and they're already doing it.

That means that the government already has its servers in place, its comm lines working and, hopefully, proper physical security about the premises. This data is being accrued most likely via the Internet already, and, if I refer to my own country, citizens can already access their own data via a secure portal.

What would be the advantage of moving to "the cloud" in this case ? Nil. What would be the disadvantage ? Probably too many to count, but the first one on my list would be putting citizen data into the hands of a 3rd party that is not answerable to the citizens.

I will not accept that move with my personal administrative data.

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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Re: Again!

Sorry, but that does not feel enough for me.

Personally, I think that any company that has not been diligent in the protection of my personal data should see its CEO go to jail and its board fined on their personal fortune.

If it impacts me personally, I see no reason why it should not impact them personally.

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Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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THAT !

It's the screensaver I want.

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'We have NO IDEA who put those ads on our TVs', Sammy simpers

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It's not everything we try to keep private, it's everything we have a right to keep private.

There is a big difference between the two.

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'Come on, everyone – block US govt staff ogling web smut at work'

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Thrust, urge, stiffen, orgy

I'm sure those terms were chosen exclusively because they fit the editorial line on the subject matter, eh ? (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

But more seriously, the day that anyone finds the way to "prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit web site" without impacting any other sort of material is the day we have finally found a functioning AI.

Won't happen tomorrow.

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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

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Goldman Sachs is a scientific institute now ?

Or do they think that their specific formulas for massaging numbers to demonstrate their wishful thinking qualifies as science ?

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