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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

steward
FAIL

Achtung! Frau Merkel!

Pot. Kettle. Black.

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Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

steward
Boffin

They don't have a customer service number because *they call you*.

There's this thing called a "hypertext link" in their help section. You click on it, click on call me immediately, and get an immediate call. Most people have no problem finding it.

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Aaah, what's that smell, Nook? Yes, it's death: Barnes & Noble to jettison e-book biz

steward

AJ,

It's nice that you haven't spent any money on Project Gutenberg books on Nook.

I bought an edition of The Wealth of Nations, and discovered once I e-opened it that it was a Project Gutenberg book. It's illegal to sell those. I contacted Nook and asked for a refund, and they said it was not refundable under any circumstances. (And they said they had no intention of investigating the provenance of the person that marketed it to them, or of pulling the book.)

So, after having had a B&N membership card for over 20 years... I switched to Amazon. They have superior customer service; too bad that B&N forgot that customer service was important.

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Cisco: You think the internet is clogged with video now? Just wait until 2018

steward
Black Helicopters

5 million person-years per month?

"It would take an individual over 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2018."

Good. This will keep the NSA from spying on so many people; or, alternatively, provide 60 million new government jobs at NSA to watch all that video.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

steward
Holmes

Not that I particularly like being spied on, but...

Does anyone -really- believe that the US DOD's Advanced Research Products Agency hired BBN to put together a system to trade cat pictures? My fellow students at Rutgers in the 1980's certainly didn't believe the reason for ARPANET / NSFnet was so that we could chat easily from building to building or across the country - most of us assumed that everything we did was being stored by NSA or FBI.

The naïveté revealed by the general public in response to the Snowden revelations is astounding. This was a Defense project, not a Commerce or a National Foundation for the Arts project!

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

steward
Facepalm

I'm not sure...

whether or not this entire article is an out-of-season April Fool's joke.

Just look at the codenames, like "Circuit". This from the nation that gave the world Alan Turing?

Either British spying has gotten so incompetent that it's obvious to anyone they're spying... or the writers at Vulture Central are having a good belly laugh today!

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steward
Devil

Re: TRAITORS

@Luke 11:

"You make me want to be sick."

But you're not sick. Perhaps this reveals some secret sympathy with Vulture Central that you don't even want to admit to yourself - because if you really believed what you said, you would be sick.

Maybe a nice cuppa with a counselor or psychoanalyst could reveal what actually -does- make you sick, as opposed to what you think you wish you would be sick about.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Thumb Up

I find it amusing

that searching for "Platform 9 3/4" on the UK version of maps.google.com brings up London Kings Cross Station. Clicking through to thetrainline.com, the page actually mentions the Hogwart's Express!

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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

steward

It's time to make shareholders and top management responsible

The court should void all the stock and order the issuance of new stock issued to the members of the certified class.

After the current shareholders sue the top management and get 10 cents each, and top management gets to live in tent cities, that will change behavior. Nothing less than that will change things.

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

steward

The Google spokesman's comment is a bit disingenuous...

especially if one looks off the coastline at https://maps.google.com.ar/ - which shows "Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)".

If Google really conforms their maps to the country code being used, shouldn't those islands only show as Islas Malvinas?

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

steward
FAIL

I thought she died before 2011

"despite being a prime mover in what is widely regarded as the worst mistake in computing history"

Grace Hopper is responsible for the OpenSSL security leak? At this point, I think that is the worst mistake in computing history!

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

steward
Boffin

Yahoo and the new way it makes workers behave

I think this reflects the effect on thought patterns as well as productivity when you require workers to fight through traffic for an hour or more before beginning work, instead of just sitting down to a computer at home without getting one's brain all whipped up with road rage.

Somebody should do a sociological study on this data.

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

steward
Pirate

I think Hasbro should make an online version of Candy Land

and then sue Candy Crush Saga's developmers for trademark infringement. Their rights go all the way back to 1945....

http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_US/candyland/

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

steward
FAIL

Hypocrisy at its finest

First the "Pawn Stars" (cute name, right) fire Olivia Black because, gasp, she made some money earlier on a soft-pawn, er, soft-porn site... and now they're pimping for Microsoft.

This show shouldn't be ON the History Channel... it should BE history.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

steward
Paris Hilton

We -know- what drives new tech...

So it's obvious that the first company to go after the customized teledildonics market will be the winner.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

steward
FAIL

And then there's Yahoo!Groups

For some strange region, they added a /neo to the URL, breaking many user shortcuts. As a list adminstrator, I've had to reassure group members and change the URL on our other social media outlets.

Personally, the new management strategy looks like this to me:

1. Get job to 'save' Yahoo! Don't forget the golden parachute.

2. Move everyone to the office so that they get commuting stress, decreasing productivity.

3. Change red to purple.

4. Annoy mail users into leaving Yahoo!

5. Annoy group users into leaving Yahoo!

6. Drive company bankrupt taking parachutes with them and leaving employees used to commuting which they'll need to do in their new jobs, should they be able to find one. If stockholder suits emerge, blame employees for anything that went wrong (that is, the successful implementation of the management plan.)

I don't see the happy ending of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" coming out here...

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Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

steward
Facepalm

Reminds me of an oldie but goodie from the dead tree era...

"I know some people feel that marriage as an institution is dying out, but I disagree and the point was driven home to me rather forcefully not long ago by a letter I received which said: 'Darling, I love you and I cannot live without you. Marry me, or I will kill myself.' Well, I was a little disturbed at that until I took another look at the envelope and saw that it was addressed to 'Occupant.' " - Tom Lehrer

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

steward
Pirate

Considering that bad management put them where they are today...

The logo should reflect management's response to Yahoo!s problem: a telecommuter run over in a traffic jam.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

steward
Headmaster

Re: No it doesn't

An AC writes: "the kind of prople who use the word "Leverage" as a verb."

You mean the kind of "prople" who write the Oxford English Dictionary? The OED has both noun and verb forms for "leverage".

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Blogger better be a billionaire, says 'open access' publisher lawsuit

steward
Boffin

Re: How scary

And if you believe that rape statistic from India, I have a bridge to sell you in NYC. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/india-tries-to-define-rape

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steward
Boffin

Re: How scary

A billion plus people who live in a country where the judiciary routinely takes 15 to 20 years to process a civil lawsuit. It's not xenophobic, it's practical. Well done sir, you are a shining light to ignoranumi everywhere.

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

steward
Pirate

This may be an interesting case of first US impression

"New York, Washington DC and California are all planning laws to ban the gun's manufacture."

Is a 3D printer really a "printer", or a mini-factory? If it is a printer, banning any use of the printer to 3D print anything could be construed as a violation of the US First Amendment relating to freedom of the press.

This could be fun...

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

steward
Go

Re: I'm obviously not a real ST fan...

Actually, TNG is closer to what Roddenberry's vision was than TOS was. He just didn't have the budget in TOS. One thing that Roddenberry sometimes referred to was that Star Trek was "Hornblower in Space"... and if you're at all familiar with C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower books, you'll see that Captain Picard is much closer to Hornblower in mannerisms than Captain Kirk ever was.

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steward
Boffin

Re: YOU try it !

You missed a few things:

1. the TNG series which you describe as "bland" ran SEVEN seasons.

2. DS9 ran SEVEN seasons.

3. Voyager ran SEVEN seasons.

4. Enterprise only ran four seasons, admittedly, but they were stuck between the rock and hard place of modern technology vs. a TOS library computer system that runs slower than Google.

Takei has *four million fans* on facebook; I'd think an Excelsior series with Captain Sulu would do much better than the JJ Abrams vision.

"ST doesn't do well internationally"????? Even in the lifetime of TOS, it was taken (illegally) and dubbed in Vietnamese and shown by the *North* Vietnamese government on state TV!

Let's suppose you do some research instead of supposing a James Bond movie.

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steward
FAIL

JJ Abrams and his crew - fanbois? Gotta be kidding!

The two JJ Abrams films seem to be based on the following premise:

"Terran system - the final frontier.

These are the orbits of the Starship Enterprise

Its continuing mission:

To stick as close to Earth as possible

To kill new life and protect old civilizations

To timidly avoid where no one has gone before!"

If Roddenberry hadn't been cremated, he'd be rolling in his grave...

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

steward
Black Helicopters

$cientology did manage...

to wipe out what was long the most famous anonymous remailer on the net, anon.penet.fi .

Don't discount their net-savvy. They were on top of things before the web existed.

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

steward
Boffin

Re: Pardon me

The most famous example of a US pardon without any prosecution is the pardon of Richard Nixon by Gerald R. Ford. It can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qC2b6ibOK0 .

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Shocked Zynga investors get a penny per share

steward
FAIL

In their rush to make more money...

they killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. Slower servers caused by too many interstitials - themselves annoying - turned a *game* into a *job from hell*. They got greedy and destroyed themselves in the process. Maybe they should ask for a bailout like US bankers- they used essentially the same process.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

steward
Go

Lakehurst is waiting...

The hangars - and railroad tracks to offload freight - are still maintained at the former Lakehurst Naval Air Station, now Joint Base MDL, in New Jersey...

http://www.nlhs.com/hangars.htm

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

steward
Boffin

Re: More than a B5 Ripoff

One thing DS9 was not was "politically neutral". The station was embroiled in more political and politico-religious themes than all other ST TV series combined. A shaky alliance between the Federation and Bajor; Bajor nearly joining the Federation - and then not; the Circle; Kira's continual fights with the Provisional Government; the attempt at a religious takeover of the Bajoran Government; Bajor's temporary alliance with the Dominion, a terrorist bombing of a school on the station, assassinations - attempted and successful ; and even Kira's acceptance of a Starfleet commission as a Commander all have complex political overtones. With JMS' ideas about a station being "politically neutral", that's the whole difference right there. Most good science-fiction is political commentary in disguise - sometimes not so disguised; two TOS situations that stand out are the somewhat ridiculous episode "The Omega Glory", and Kirk's conversation with Scotty in "A Private Little War":

"Spock, ask Scotty how long it would take him to reproduce a hundred flintlocks."

"A hundred what?"

"A hundred ... serpents. Serpents for the Garden of Eden."

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US judge SLAMS both IBM and the SEC over bribery settlement

steward
Pirate

How to make finding the data more easy

If IBM fails to produce the data, issue a contempt arrest warrant for IBM Chairman/President/CEO Virginia M. Rometty. This really works.

In the US, child support payments are mostly taken out by wage garnishment. They are due periodically based on the order (usually weekly), except that if the person is paid on a different schedule, a company can wait for that. So if an employee is paid monthly, the company can send the money in monthly, not weekly.

Back before the dissolution of the Bell System, Bell Labs professional staff was paid monthly, while its non-professional staff - such as janitors - were paid bi-weekly. AT&T kept insisting that they could only pay everything monthly and that it would be impossible to obey the law to garnish the non-professional staff bi-weekly... until one collections department (at the time, usually collected by the county where the case was heard) had enough. AT&T was informed that if the money due was not paid immediately, and was not paid on the legal schedule after that, a warrant would issue in three days at 12 noon for the then AT&T president.

3 lawyers showed up at the county collections window at 11 AM with the money and signed assurances that AT&T would obey the law, which they did henceforth.

People like the one at http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ginni/ simply think that orange isn't their color, and will do anything to prevent that...

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

steward
Facepalm

On the slight chance that someone from Anon is bothering to follow this

When you use a text-to-speech program, sometimes you need to deliberately misspell words so that they are pronounced correctly.

Take "defaming", for instance, which text-to-speech often (and in the video) renders as "defamming".

Use "defaiming" instead, and you're likely to get a better result.

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steward
Boffin

Re: Probably...

There shouldn't be "proper channels" as regards the Interwebs, Ian - that's what that ITU thing was all about LAST week.

As for the posting of personal information, there is a proper way at least in the US: post it. It was approved by the US Federal Courts previously in posting the names and addresses of physicians who perform abortions, on a site called "The Nuremberg Files." See http://www.stanford.edu/class/cs181/handouts/14-NurembergFiles.pdf . Anonymous has no less rights than the WBC.

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steward
Boffin

Re: Probably...

If the WBC has the right to form a group to attack funerals, anyone else has a right to form a group to permanently defend those funerals. Sauce for the goose, eh?

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

steward
Mushroom

It's economic warfare by Ireland, the Netherlands, and Bermuda against US and UK...

So counter it with real warfare. Since there's probably more Irish in the US than Ireland, the US can conquer Ireland, and the UK can take the Netherlands and Bermuda.

Schmidt thinks offshore tax havens are capitalism. How can he possibly object to the response of nations protecting their wealth by hostile takeovers of those havens?

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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

steward
Facepalm

This will improve all government and business in the UK...

At least what's said about it on the Internet - because any negative remarks would be taken down on request of the butt-hurt party.

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House passes, Obama disses 55,000 visas for educated immigrants

steward
FAIL

@Refrigerated: Re: @Nicho: Bullshit

"why not keep marrying your cousins?"

When you have to resort to ad hominems, most people on the 'net know you have no argument at all. Give it up already.

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steward
Mushroom

@Refrigerated: Ever hear of loopholes?

I'm tangentially associated with a project (tangentially because in testing I found so many errors in three days that my employer switched me to other projects) which was outsourced to a company of four people - which hires H1-B employees from India knowing nothing of the processes to conduct the JADs, JSDs, PM work, and programming... which resulted in a "modern Java server-based system" operating not as well as the "clunky Bull mainframe COBOL system" it replaced. Although I've not seen the code, I suspect they managed to write Java spaghetti code, because they get all the maintenance contracts (no one else can figure out their code.)

Oh, and on salary: the work is being done in NJ, for the state government of NJ. However, the company is incorporated in WV, and the loophole is that prevailing wage can be the state of incorporation - much lower in WV than in NJ, which is the only way this company can be 'competitive' bringing in workers under H1-B.

The reason people can't be found in NJ? New Jerseyans can't SURVIVE on West Virginia wages. The cost of living is too high in NJ for WV wages.

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Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

steward
FAIL

I don't know about Blighty, but here in the colonies...

In the US, there's a law that declares emails older than 180 days to be "abandoned" - which means law enforcement can access them without a signed warrant on probable cause.

Using GMail as a storage service exposes your documents to unwarranted seizure. Storage services like Dropbox still can't be legally accessed by law enforcement without a warrant.

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

steward
Mushroom

I think they need to get out of the ivory tower...

Take US 206 south to I-295 south, take that over to I-195 East, then take NJ State Hwy 138 over to NJ State Hwy 35, take a turn into Belmar, NJ, and view the scenic destruction.

Then they can come up with an explanation for it that fits reality into their theories.

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Ten technology FAILS

steward
Facepalm

Bob...

A lot of screwy-looking boxes.

I think it's called Windows 8 now.

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Federal advisors urge Congress to look into China's cyber attacks

steward
Holmes

They condemned it...

But didn't actually *deny* it.

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More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

steward
FAIL

Re: I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but...

MIAA? What's that?

Do you mean RIAA, or MPAA? How much research did you put into your opinion when you can't even get the abbreviations correct?

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

steward
Boffin

Re: Cheers

Actually, Left and Right came - not from the British Parliament - but from the seating of the National Assembly in the First French Republic (1789 until Napoleon declared himself Emperor.) They really don't have application outside of a small period of French history. But it's easy for people to be lazy.

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steward
Mushroom

Re: Cheers

Are you an American, perlcat? If not, you can be forgiven for being ignorant of the Republican-supported US Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. If so... you're just a hypocrite.

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

steward
Facepalm

If there were a similar page about guys...

I wonder what the video ratings would be for what can be seen of HRH Henry Charles Albert David?

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Cloud engineering could SAVE HUMANITY, suggests boffin

steward
Facepalm

Prior art

Heat, by Arthur Herzog ( ISBN-13: 978-0595271498, check your favorite online book seller.)

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

steward
Boffin

Reliable cloud...

like "military intelligence" or "jumbo shrimp"?

The reason I like Dropbox is that it's *fairly* reliable, with a copy in the cloud - and a copy on the hard drive in my netbook, a copy on the hard drive in my tower, and a copy in the RAM in my iPad.

But it's not nearly the size and cost to hold everything. Check the throttling on Carbonite - and the real cost - before announcing the cloud has come to destroy HDD makers.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

steward
Black Helicopters

Re: Best outcome. @Doug10

Exactly. There's no reason the Swedish delegation couldn't request Ecuador to allow the Swedish legal attache to visit the Ecuadorian Embassy to ask questions. There was no reason for extradition.... unless the US has promised some favorable credits, trade allowances, military equipment, whatever, to Sweden to extradite for *questioning* and then flip him to the US.

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steward
Meh

Re: And aren't you a good soldier

Actually he's a lousy soldier, assuming he is one. The US PR campaign about the US military is completely unlike what he posted. If the US managed to get the UK to get el Reg to cough up his real identity, and he was a soldier, I wouldn't be surprised to see him facing a court for conduct unbecoming.

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