* Posts by Khaptain

2728 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

>do you really think there are many non-geeks reading a fairly focused web-site's extremely focused article on the minutiae of the smallest usable Linux?

As I mentioned above, people that already know linux don't come to El Reg for anything Linux related there are far too many dedicated forums for that.

>article on the minutiae of the smallest usable Linux?

This was certainely not an article about the smallest usable Linux. If you know Linux you would know fine well that Puppy, DSL etc are 50mb distributions that will run with an "extremely" small footprint and still provide a GUI.

Again as I mentioned above Trevor wrote a comment recently about how the level of El Regs readers has really fallen and that there appear to be more and more numpties that have spent their lives being spoonfed rather than actually learning anything about their trade... That appears to be the demographic here, the spoonfed X,Y,Z generations...

A minimum of 2 Gigs to run linux, FFS, only the Ubuntu/Neophyte crowd would believe that. But then again they also believe Unity = Linux...

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

I very much doubt that "extreme open sourcers" would ever come here to read such an article... this article if anything is for newcomers. I believe that there are far more dedicated and "enlightened" sites than this one. .

I read a comment recently, that Trevor Potts wrote, about the current ( new/newish) El Reg readers and I am now beginning to grasp what he meant...

I'll leave it to the "extreme open sourcers " wget/pipe/grep afficianados to find the article hidden amongst the latest copy of Inshore Anglers Monthly or alternatively to look back a few days on the El Reg site using their new Lightweight Desktop Power User Open Sourced Environment Browsing Application...

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

@Anon Coward,

First please do not surmise about me disliking for linux, I am currently running 4 desktops and 2 raspis.

>But "ManagementMemo.doc open in Abiword" looks pretty much the same in all desktops

Be carefull with what you are saying here. It actually negates what you are bout to say in th next line

>, and he's trying to show they differ from one another

Ok please explain whats different about these distros and I mean honestly different.. apart from the fact that "ManagementMemo.doc open in Abiword" will look the same in them all. Themes do not count as differences....

>"It's not trying to advertise to anybody"

If that's not advertising then what do you call it, it certaintely wasn't an in-depth review of the differences between extfs and fat32...

>but convey useful information to the already-convinced.

WTF is the point of relaying information to those that are already convinced... It's not liekk linux users do not know how to get to distrowatch.com

And you were warned that I was going to rant so why bother reading my comment.

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Bad marketing El Reg

<rant coming up, you are warned>

Please, please, please will everyone trying to push linux stop displaying "empty desktops" or worse still stop display Sysinfo......

If you want to push an OS at least show it doing things that people are familiar with or are likely to do.... Word Processing, a Browser pointing at a common site, contemporary games ( why not steam), Facebook, Twitter whatever the social media buzzthing is..

Honestly no-one is doing any favors advertising like this, it is a compelte turnoff... Ok as IT people we dont care about the bells and whistles as much as some of the other nitty gritty stuff but Joe Public needs to see and find what he cares about and none of what was portryed in this article filled in that job....

If the linux crowd want Linux to be more readilly adopted stop behaving as though everyone comes from the IT world...and I say that as someone that has been in IT for more than 25 years.... Stop pushing linux to people that already know what it is and already use it.....

</Rant over>

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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

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Availability

Sounds good but where did you get it from. I am running 4.3.26 and is states itself as being the most recent version available ?

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: Bah!

There is a certain amount of redundancy in Steve's comment

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Re: Quick thinking that man!

Yes, luckily he wasn't too ham-fisted with those and avoided up as barbecued chops...he didn't even squeal about the swine that butchered his balloon. At the of the day I am sure that he finished this adventurous little trot with a nice pint of the 'ol pig's ear'.

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Mistaken Identities

The pilots real name was Link HogThrob and that second balloon was piloted by Steve Miller.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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I would reply yet to all except which just hosting your servers in a known environment.

"virtual servers in a hosted environment in a Datacentre"

Whereas with all the others you have no idea at all which servers you are using, not where it is, nor who governs it...

The Cloud, in my book, is a complete abstraction of hardware and services within a dynamic and ephemeral infrastructure ( a cloudy place if ever I heard of one) over which you have absolutely no control nor knowledge nor need any.

The old mainframes were constant environments and you would know if they were down, whereas now the new "cloudy" servers might and can be constantly changing without you ever being aware. It's a self healing, replicating, evolving environment..

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: 35 Years ago

>Nothing else existed 35 years ago which could contend with what we discovered,

Richard I may hae expressd myself badly, when I said that the there was "nothing which could contend with what we discovered, " it was relating to the fact that kids these days already have Smartphones are used to having electronic devices, which I see as removing the "discovery" part from the equation.

When I was a kid the most amazing thing that I had ever seen up until the 1st computers was electronic calculator... So it was absolutely amazing to discover computers... I do not believe that kids today can have that same feeling because they have always grown up around a lot of electronics...

Another example would be the internet, kids today don't really discover the web, it has always been around as far as they are concerned.. Whereas in my case it was amazing to see the 1st screen full of the "internet".....

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35 Years ago

>The idea behind the micro:bit is to recover some of the excitement around programming which came 35 years ago with the BBC Micro,

Nothing else existed 35 years ago which could contend with what we discovered, today they already have smartphones more powerfull than Pcs I first encountered. These devices will represent an interest to maybe 0.00001% percent of the user base.. And that 0.00001% will probably be above high school age....

>and to steer schools towards teaching children to be creators rather than mere users of computer technology.

There are far many more ways to be creative than learning programming...

I wonder what the true objectives are...are they really hoping to insource some of the work that is now done elsewhere on the planet....too late

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US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Re: This country is beginning to remind me of this..

Even though I have read 1984 I did not remember this peom, after having looked it up in the web I found a remark that synthesizes the meaning of the lines. I'm not in a very philosophical mood today so I was gratefull that someone made that resumé. it is as follows

"An example of how the regime warps and contaminates everything"

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Brilliant Idea

Why not just shutdown Facebook and Twitter, terrorism would then cease do exist.!! What, wait a minute, you mean the terrorists also knwo how to use Email, SMS, hand written letters and the telephone.....Shit quick shut them all down immediately.

Historically, I can't think of many occasions where shooting the messenger has resolved a situation., although I wouldn't like to be Edward Snowden for the moment..

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Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

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Re: Much fuss over nothing?

>Just put "Jon-Erik Hexum" into your search engine of choice

So he didn't apply the 1st rule of firearms etiquete : Always treat every firearm as though it is loaded.

The problem here though was not the gun, it was the meatbag behind it. If this guy had a kitchen knife he would have stabbed himself in the heart pretending to be a vampire, if he had a pack of cards he would probably be capable of slitting his jugular by pretending to whisk a card out of the back of his collar.....

Stupid is what stupid does..

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Re: Much fuss over nothing?

Ok this mugger was not unarmed but the point still stands that the Open Carrying guy got robbed because the mugger was aware that he was carrying...

http://koin.com/2014/10/07/man-practicing-open-carry-law-robbed-of-gun/

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Re: Much fuss over nothing?

All it takes to take the arms away from someone who is open carrying is a "brick"....from a distance of about 3 metres to the back of the head.... People do not have eyes in the back of their heads and therefore their guns are rendered useless.... They might as well not be carrying..

The point I was trying to make is that "open carrying" is not an efficient deterrent because the bad guys are aware of the situation, whereas with CC the bad guys are unaware of who/what the potential risks are ..

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Re: Much fuss over nothing?

As usual there is always more than one point of view.

When someone openly carries, the mugger has at least two choices.

1 : He goes and mugs someone somewhere else who is not protected.... In this situation the guy that open carries avoids the crime happening anywhere near him... If this is the case and everyone open carries then crime should go way down because the muggers would see that everyone is capable of defending themselves. ( Theoretically)

2 : The open carrier becomes a target. If the mugger is clever, he distracts the open carrier, clubs him over the back of the head and the mugger now has a Glock and an AK47 with which he can mug many more people that he could have empty handed. Not a great situation.....

3 : If someone in the vicinity is concealed carrying the mugger does not know this, the mugger unwarily begins doing his job and starts to mug someone, (obviously not the cc guy), the cc guy see the event and begins to chase or shoot the mugger...( Theoretically).. Hopefully the mugger gets scared and stops doing the naughty....

4 : In reality, most people who carry, concealed or not, are not actually prepared for any kind of shooting scenario, and especially not prepared to actually kill someone, which requires ignorance, in which case is likely to shoot the wrong person or requires a hell of lot of pure cold blood.

I think the CC is a good thing in the hands of those that know how to use a gun, can remain calm, analyse the situation and respond with lethal force only as a last resort... Shooting, and shooting precisely under stress, is far, far more difficult than people might imagine... An expert marksman can become a complete numpty when the adrenaline starts flowing.

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Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce

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Re: Here we go again...

"I think to many people think of the cloud as putting up an Apache web server on a virtual box in a third third party datacenter somewhere"

I think that most people here realize that the cloud is a little bit more complex than that basic definition.

I would take a vague stab more along the lines of "the global and dynamic abstraction of hardware, software and services".

At a moments notice, or at least the flick of a switch or two, clickety click from a nasty BOFHS domain HQ and it can all disappear......... ( Ok that's a bit exaggerated but it was intended to add to the idea this there is a very ephemeral notion to the "Cloud")

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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>fabled Year of Linux On The Desktop?<

What yet another one... "How many Years of the Linux Desktop" will we endure before everyone just gives up on this exhausted cerebral flatulence..

( I have 4 pcs running Linux so no need to think I am a MS Fanboi, I like systems that do the job I need to get done, not the flavour of the day that the tech media would like me to use...)

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

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Poke my ass, just do it ....

Which do you prefer, sharp sticks or hard boots.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: Even if..

>And anyway, the European Arrest Warrant is equally valid in France, so he would still end up in Sweden.

It's also valid in Blighty......if they decide to remain in the EU..

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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Ironic that the "Cloud Computing conference" didn't use the cloud....

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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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Re: I would be jealous of him.

He probably doesn't fuck her either.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: "more adverts"

I gave up TV 14 years ago and I am perfectly sure that it has done me more good than harm...

Google didn't invent anything new here, as you have always been the product....

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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

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TPB + Google

Since the Swedish courts decided that TPBs owners were liable, it only stands the Google be found liable for the same thing, albeit by the German courts..

Brings back some nostaliga, Dead Kennedys anyone "Uber Alles, Uber Alles California"

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Broken or badly configured

Reading from El Reg's article I understood 2 things.

1 : It's the protocole PPTP that is a problem more than the client/serveur.

2 : The clients are badly configured rather than broken which means that they could easilly be updated.

Neither of these look to be to difficult to repair but it definately requires action to be taken... I was glad to see that our system was not on that list.

Is there really a VPN solution called "Hide my Ass", I don't find their name very "inspiring"...

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"

Please don't use the word "Crapware" without first giving an indication of what you are talking about, please elaborate on the so called Crapware, do you have real world examples or smply those that you have heard about...

No-one is putting down "Linux Users", what is being put down is that attitude of Jake.... Jake does not represent "Linux Users" as a whole, case in point I use Linux on 4 of my home systems but my primary work machine remains a windows machine. ( not including a couple of RASPIs).

"Beards" is a relatively timid slant.. I am sure that most "Linux Users" are intelligent enought to simply brush their beards and forget the whimsical nature of the jest.

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Re: Looks suspiciously familiar

Have to agree with Michael, I am running two versions of Cinammon and neither of them look like W10, unless of course you mean that both OSes have a menu.... Like almost all versions of anything UI based currently in operation..

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Re: QOTW right here!

I'll wager a bet that that juvenile stoat was not covered in cinnamon either. If it had been, it would have been more of a cough than a spit.

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"

@Jake

@Jake

You managed to use "Slackware" and "No muss, no fuss. It just works." in the same comment..

Try proving that by giving a Slackware ISO to a newbie and allowing him to install by himself with "No muss, no fuss." Please make a video of his facial reactions after he inserts the ISO and reboots the PC...

Nothing nicer that the following for a newbie:

"If you need to pass extra parameters to the kernel"

"please select your Keymap"

"Partition the disk".

As a reminder Jake, the thread is about the upcoming Windows 10 release not about yet another example of why people hate Linux Beards for being prudish.

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I can only presume that Microsoft will release an RTM that probably has less features than the PGP (Pleb Guineau Pig) version..

ie you get to test the Enterprise Version and they get the cut down Home Version that doesn't have the advanced, difficult to debug, release on time applications...

Pure supposition on my behalf because otherwise I have no idea how they will manage to pull of a Ready for the Unwashed version in only one month.

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Are you saying that you are surprised to finds bugs on Beta software ?

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"Personally I'm pleased I run no Windows boxen. Allows me to do something constructive with my life... :-)"

So you consider trolling Microsoft OS threads as something constructive ? Why would you even be remotely interested in reading a Windows 10 thread?

By the way, WTF is a "puter mechanic.."

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: Mellow bunch, these Norwegians

I had to look up what a "mohel" was....

Here is the Wiki

A mohel (Hebrew: מוֹהֵל‎ [moˈhel], Ashkenazi pronunciation [ˈmɔɪ.əl], plural: מוֹהֲלִים mohalim [mo.haˈlim], Aramaic: מוֹהֲלָא‎ mohala, "circumciser") is a Jewish person trained in the practice of brit milah, the "covenant of circumcision."

Now all they need is a machete....

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The great unwashed

The article fails to state why the Norwegians are particularly vulnerable to Chlamydia. ( Outside of the not fact that they do wear condoms).

Are they particulary "unwashed" in the nether regions, or are they just "overly friendly" with each other..

The publicity looks to be a little bit boring, we need Remy Gaillard to spice things up a little.. ( NSFW - depending on how PC your company is)

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Microsoft says Oculus Rift distorts world, grinds corrective lenses

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Comparison

The MSR lens appears to bring detail and a lot of pixilation...

The normal lens keeps everything blurry.

I am not sure that I would like either, but to be fair, one would really need to test these first hand... 2 small images on El Reg could only be considered as derisory...

I still wonder who will be buying into Oculus, will it just be the hard core gamers or are there other valid use cases ?

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Android's sun sets on Eclipse

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I have been learning/using Android Studio for the past week or so and I am actually quite happy to return to using a dedicated tool. Android Studio has some nice features which are agreeable to have , for example : automatic library imports, easy to setup emulators... One point to make, there are other Emulators which can be used, I believe that most popular, and also the one I now use, is GenyMotion which I find to be much faster than the inbuilt one... ymmv..

For the moment things are looking good, hopefully they will remain that way.

I have and still enjoy using Eclipse and will continue to do so for Web projects.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: lightning? bah.

"electro-stormage hitting something not in contact with the earth? riddle me this ... how often do airliners get struck? pretty danged rare."

Well, according to Scientific American, aircraft are actually hit quite often, at least once a year..

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23:44

There no need to ask.....

Unfortunately it was just after the phrase "speed - 1 km per second" which was said in such a very cool manner...

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Personally, I wouldn't like to looking down the wrong end of a .308 hunting rifle. It would only take one more beer before the challenge becomes a vocation.

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Now do the UberLawyer

If you want to see the laws getting changed very, very quickly, Uber just needs to make an app called UberCunt.

UberCunt will put you directly into the hands of a Cunt, a cheap freeloading lawyer... A la "Better Call Saul", they won't garauntee the quality but they can garauntee that he will be a cunt.

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: TLDR - Urgent

I don't know how tough the Greeks are but one thing I do know is that the Scots are much more careful with their fionances..... cough cough what debt cough cough 1.9Billion cough cough peanuts cough cough

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TLDR - Urgent

Please change that terrible image, I can't tell if it's supposed to be a very short techno kilt, or a very digital Spartan garment.....

Ahhhhh, my eyes, my eyes, I can't undo that nasty image. Electronics in the testicular region are never a good thing...

( The Author must be some kind if closet Goatse fan)

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Second agent takes plea deal in Silk Road misconduct case

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Plea deal or not

Just allow the man to occuy the cell next to Ulbricht for the next 25 years without bail..... He deserves nothing more really.

Ulbricht was on the wrong side of the law from the beginning - so he got sent to jail for a long time when he got caught.

The agent on the other hand, used his "cops" badge as a means to levy something illegally.. He should get sent to jail for even longer...otherwise Justce stands fro nothing....

He deserves just as much as Ulbricht.....The courts made an example of Ulbricht, the same level of punishement should be given to the Agent.. both were profiting from the same crime after all.

Or do Agents have some kind of Deity status that allows them to walk free when commiting serious crime?

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US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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Re: Continent vs country

@Anhilator

Page 6 of that report definitely cites the "United States" as the greatest generator of C2 traffic.

Although on page 7 things become a little bit more confusing

"While nations around the world are represented in the top 10 global offenders list,

the regions generating the highest levels of C2 traffic are Europe and the United

States. An average of 20 percent of the C2s we tracked were based in North America

with a nearly equal amount launching from the Ukraine and Russia combined.

Western Europe1 and the United Kingdom contributed another 12 percent of C2

traffic. Latin America was the source of only 2 percent of the overall C2 traffic."

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Who owns the botnets

Whether or not they are in the US or elsewhere is not half as important as is "who is controlling/governing these botnets".

Some suggestions

The NSA playing havoc with the world.

The Mafia etc

The Chinese/Russian/Bulgarians/Syrians.

The Farc Rebels

The British ( they are a bunch of sneaky bastards) ?

The Mossad or Shin Bet ?

The Illumunati ? ( ooooohhhhhh, I can hear than damned music in the background, I think it was one of those Apple Garageband tunes))

So many possibilities ....so many stories

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: Vulture

Tim did you really need a mike for an audience of 8....

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Vulture

Is that a vulture on the shelf in the top left hand corner ?

And no-one looks cool with a telephone clipped to their belt. Or at least I think it is a telephone, probably a Blackberry but I could be wrong.. ( Or is it a beeper)

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Obligatory xkcd

"http://xkcd.com/1338/"

So there are about 5 kilos of human for every kilo of goat. ... Was there a hidden steganography message that I didn't see or is the image some form of charade ?

There is a relevance to this article somewhere but unfortunately I still don't get it

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Careful

Be careful folks, he only needs to be right once..... Ironically though he won't be around to gloat if he does manage to get it right

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