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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

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Re: Bah!

No, these are bots trying to "follow the price" of another bot that has a programming error as I understand it.

A possible experiment would be to take a bog-standard book and set its price outrageously high, then see bot-set prices rocket up to your price, just 10 cents less...

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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GM crops are more pesticide tolerant thus allowing farmers to spray more

Farmers want to spray LESS, not more. That's the whole point. Ideally, they would not spray at all as the plant kills of the pests all by itself. OTOH, GM crops may be herbicide tolerant to not be killed off with the weed killers, but that is another problem. Then there is tolerance against the usual viruses which tend to ruin your harvest.

Is this linked to usage of GM crops?

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Have fun

Pretty much the first article yields:

As the team reports in today's Science, they found that genes of the Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV) matched extremely well with hives with the disorder. "If you identify IAPV in a colony, the probability is over 96% that this is going to come from a CCD hive," says lead author Ian Lipkin of Columbia University in New York. The virus was found in only a single sample that was not identified as having CCD.

Time for Bayes!

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Re: Android app--how ironic

Cell Phones are Killing Bees

Do they sneak out at night an whack them over the head?

That bullshit idea (in an article from 2011) is utterly stupid and from the "GSM signals gave my kid cancer/autism due to all the digital hardness in there" sunday morning science idiot brigade. It also has been repeatedly buried. Get lost.

bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode

Clearly a real-world situation.

The impact has already been felt the world over, as the population of bees in the U.S. and the U.K. has decreased by almost half in the last thirty years – which coincides with the popularization and acceptance of cell phones as a personal device.

No it doesn't and that cretin who wrote that should be thrown out into the street and the "researchers" shot for asshattery.

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Re: Sharing resources between species

I'm sure all those poisons can't be doing us any good either in the long term, even if we aren't killed outright.

Only for fat-accumulating non-degradable ones.

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Azure gives AWS the blues again in Nasuni cloud storage poll

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Do I hear an axe grinding against a chip on the shoulder?

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Re: Stupid article based on one Cloud customer storage preference

Did you even read the article or are you posting in the wrong forum?

None of what you say makes sense i.r.t. to what was originally written which was about I/O speed.

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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Something is missing here!

I feel a whiff of aggression and forceful redrawing of maps which has not occurred in this world since the US single-handedly won WWII.

Why is the US not wading in to protect the people of X from being liberated by Y and rather make sure

☐ they democratically choose their independence

☐ something happens that has nothing at all to do with cleansing, ethnic or otherwise

☐ the rightful heir to the throne of the uniformed goons is a friend of Washington

and the people of X are given the freedoms they deserve?

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IBM trades cold comfort for hot air in Microsoft-AWS slugfest

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Re: It's all marketing bullshit.

Of course, of course. But so what?

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

well most intelligent users have switched off all updates ages ago, using a better browser and good malware / AV protection...

A suicide pact note found on an Internet?

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SAP crypto offers customers choice of remote code execution or denial of service

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Re: Again?

Mayn reasons are possible:

1) Prima Donna programmers

2) Assertions, Bounds-checking, Lint, Fuzz Testing or even proprer programming languages have not been heard of

3) Dunning Kruger effect (the one on the bad side)

4) "You have USD 1000 to implement this in 2 days, it's just simple compression"

5) Freshmen devs with no guiding hand

6) Rank incompetence everywhere

7) Licensing code or using FLOSS? That's so unmanly!

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WikiLeaks, er, leaks the Bundestag Inquiry into NSA naughtiness

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Re: "Siemens doing business with Russian Intelligence"

any business with Russian Intelligence is against the most recent trade embargo

This kind of statement reaches new levels of retardation.

Anyway, dear American: Why don't you take your trade embargo and stick it where the sun don't shine. Please take the wife of Kagan with you. If you absolutely must defend Ukraine against the naughtiness of federalism and keep it safe for nazi-aligned oligarchs by way of forceful NATO integration, why don't you reimburse the EU for damages and consequences?

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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Re: May's patches have been released?

In my book, that makes it time to install April's patches.

I am now texting you about this update policy on your server screen from a Pakistani Internet café.

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Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

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Idiotic gimmickry: Real in America. Economics: Unreal in America

It's not the meat....

The Elevator Pitch:

Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of the state’s water consumption, but 2 percent of the state’s economy. To spell it out a little more clearly: Under Jerry’s Brown water plan, it’s fine to use a gallon of subsidized water to grow a single almond in a desert, but if you take a shower that’s too long, prepare to be fined up to $500 per day. The fact that the growers, who remain a powerful interest group in California, happen to be exempt from water restrictions reminds us that water is not allocated according to any functional market system, but is allocated through political means by politicians and government agents.

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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a company with millions of dollars in funding and seeking to protect its intellectual property

"IP protection" for IoT shit is a no-no. I don't want crap black-box software hidden away in corners that I can't even reach and that have been transformed to festering boils of insecurity because of neglect by the company responsible. Open Source and standardize or just go die in a corner, crap peddler!

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Boffins brew 'Stop Light' that turns photons in fibre into memory

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So an optical mercury delay line?

Your physics says you don't

And old Einstein says you won't

And I'm boilin' up inside

Ain't no way I'm gonna be slow this time

Tie your Lightspeed down

Tie your Lightspeed down

Lock your photons out of doors

I don't need them whizzing 'round

Tie your Lightspeed down

Tie your Lightspeed down

We gonna be FTL tonight

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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That would mean those metals would be quite a bit less precious once mined.

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All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale

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The feel when ... the 90s happen again!

There are venerable systems in that line and frankly I commend the effort.

It's like you are really getting the Sun kit that you wanted in an earlier life.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: Looks more like...

...the acid would ruin your teeth.

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Re: Optional extras

cuy bono?

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Re: It's probably just...

Captain Kirk, sir! How did your beam from your pilot episode from the 60's to our sad-arse 21st century??

It brings tears of melancholy to my eyes.

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Re: dark matter

Just about 20 times more gas needed and you are there.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Paranormal activity? Just another natural resource ripe for exploitation!

The package will work exactly as designed 100 times in a row, but as soon as I click the ‘record’ button, it’s guaranteed to fail or freeze at some point

We should harness this meta-natural-law to effect better and more thorough testing of products!

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Rogue cybersecurity firm killed cancer testing lab, claims ex-employee

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I ♥ (Mukden, Gleiwitz, Golf of Tonkin, Smoking Mushroom) incidents

You realize that all the information about the Iranian nuclear program (that the Intelligence Community actually says was stopped in 2004 once the politicians have left the room) and that has been nonstop in WaPo/NYT as being the Most Immediate Threat Ever only comes from the "smoking laptop", sourced from the messianic terror organization MEK (recently invited to testify before congress how implementing regime change in Iran would weaken ISIS, I kid you not) by way of Israel.

These kind of events are a FEATURE not a bug.

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Almost EVERY SAP install hackable, researchers say

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Kull wahad!

create J2EE backdoors

Hold on, SAP is based on Java? And the 2003-ish enterprisy framework of J2EE (as opposed to JEE) from a time when Sun didn't exactly know how to even design such a thing? Say it ain't so!

"The big surprise is that SAP cyber security is falling through the cracks at most companies due to a responsibility gap between the SAP operations team and the IT security team,”

O'Really? You know the scenario:

1) CFO demands SAP

2) Ops say "We can't support this unless we get a big increase in manpower and clean up the existing shit & processes for a year or two"

3) Board gives go-ahead because what does Ops know, they don't have business sense, wrong priorities and are not team players anyway

4) Any outlays go to SAP "consultancy and configuration" no money left for any issues raised under 2)

5) Wild installation into a "hands-off" operating mode where a super-expensive eejit drops by twice per year to "tune the SAP install"

6) ????

7) "WHY DIDN'T OPS TELL US THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH SECURITY?"

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: Starbucks is surprisingly cheap...

But those cats came with double venti tall caramel cinnamon cocoa adjectives.

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Toxic ideas crawling out of greedy idiot's arses

There should be a prize for ideas that were bad in hindsight --- but would also have been bad in foresight for anyone with an IQ above 50.

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Hmm

gestapo were right wing as was the Nazis

The Secret State Police (aka. Geheime Staatspolizei) was a typical Omnipotent Government outfit - no wingery here, just action - and these have to be eliminated with extreme prejudice, and I mean literally by cracking heads including those of the suave politicians that propose them, and in the early days of their making. Alas, this never happens, because "terrorists" are those that act or refuse to obey.

As for the left-wing/right-wing thing (ultimately a sterile exercise as one has to look at the actions, real or proposed, through the smokescreen of politically vapid promised of "better times" instead of using tired old labels arranged on a 1-dimensional strip by the masters of thought control) we read in War Revisionism, Fascism, and the CIA:

As you will recall from history, both Germany and Italy respectively became unified nations in the latter part of the 19th century. The ideas of Marx and communism constituted an international movement advocating violence and force to eliminate private property and capitalism. Another international movement was socialism which also attacked property and individualism yet many socialists stated that socialism could be established through democracy rather than force by expanding the number of eligible voters. After World War I, communism became a severe threat to take over Italy. Mussolini was a dedicated socialist and journalist who supported fascism as a national rather than an international movement to fight international communism and socialism. He advocated force and war as the method to combat the violence of communism. There was no racism connected to fascism in Italy. (....)

One of the 20th century’s most astute intellectuals in political theory was Erik von Kuehenelt-Leddihn who agrees completely with me and Jonah Goldberg on placing fascism on the left. He covers this in his book entitled Leftism Revisited. In chapter four of that book entitled “Right and Left”, he points out that in Germany after World War I the National Socialist (or Nazis) were, seated on the far right of the Reichstag or Assembly because on the left side of the assembly were the internationalists who were the communists and the socialists. The conservatives and monarchists were national movements and were seated on the right. Since Nazism or fascism was a national movement in Germany rather than international, they were seated on the right with the conservatives. He explains this is how fascism became to be placed on the right rather than the left in political dialogue.

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

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Re: Reality has a strong non-libertarian bias...

the current system is invaluable for all the niche cultures/language communities that do not have a global footprint

blue color is blue, ok?

per-territory sales make up a very large amount of the budget of a Polish film, for example

Color me surprised (not really).

"Geoblocking" seems to be all about interdicting customers that you don't have in the first place. If it were circumvented/interdicted, would all of yuropean culture meltd own into a soggy heap of fast food culture? A likely story.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Re: "Hello, could I speak to Mr. Semtex please?"

The fertilizer will keep them off the lawn.

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Re: I'm confused

Yes and well, it's not a real problem, really:

Lost Horizons by G.F.R. Ellis and T. Rothman

...it demands some careful reading though (which I haven't managed yet)

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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Re: Oops

What's wrong with a standard piece-of-metal key, then?

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Interestingly IOActive got slapped with a patent infringement nastygram back in 2007 though I would like to have seen that kind of bullshit manoeuver challenged in court. "I have exclusive permission to build crap according to this patent and I assert it and demand treble damages for filfull infringement". That would be 0.3 USD, then?

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You will find that whistleblowing may be construed as "terrorist activity" in the New World Order.

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Now Smartflash wants $1.6bn for its iTunes patents. Apple: You'll get nothing and like it!

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A pox on both of their houses

I hope the very bodies of management and legal departments break out in fleshy necrotic pustules hideous to look at which after ten days give birth to crawling hordes of insects that will feast on their very flesh till only quivering decaying remains are left in puddles on the floors of their overheated office palaces.

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

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Re: Our Happiest Google+ users?

They have been spotted on a bad-quality, entropy-laden VHS videotape recovered from Fox Mulder's room...

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Where does the "El Reg Tombstone" icon come from? Has it been hurled through a time portal opened by the newly-awakened LHC (first collisions today, actually)? Is it a lowly easter egg? A nice attention from the Moderatrix? What is going on?

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: So what now?

KNEEL before the CANCER that is MURDOCH!

MWAHAHA!

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Nasty Dyre malware bests white hat sandboxes

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Re: More to the point

Could be used by malware to run underneath the OS

Nothing of particular practical applicability ever came of that, mind.

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High school students' record-setting pulsar STUMPS BOFFINS

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Next: Getting kids do some ISIS hunting via a carefully obfuscated drone control "science project".

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Re: How to tell?

I imagine it could not be impossible though unlikely, but in that case some third companion would have to carry the linear momentum away. One would like to check for a companion leaving the scene faster than speedy gonzales...

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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But if the AI were to achieve superintelligence, which Bostrom believes is inevitable once it reaches human-level intelligence

First off, there are problems of what it means to "achieve superintelligence". In what? What does it mean? It does not mean that NP-hard problems drop magically away: approximation, errors, bounded rationality, quick-and-dirtyness and arbitrary dumbass attacks will be an inherent feature of AI, even if it is not limited by a short-term memory of ~7 items. There is also a hard limit on being "maximally intelligent", which would be fastest learning algorithm possible, and it is very closely linked to the untractability of finding maximally compressed representations (see here).

and be totally focussed on making paperclips, it could end up converting all known matter into making paperclips. What to us appears entirely maniacal behaviour makes perfect sense to the AI, its only goal is to make paperclips.

No it couldn't. First, what is described here is a factory that is, by its very definition, NOT intelligent. Looks like a bait-and-swtch-to-grey-goo scheme. Now being intelligent does not mean being suddenly able to command energy and material processes of the environment to perform crazy feats (even if Frank Herbert though so in "Destination: Void"). Doing "philosophy" does not mean having a license to veer off into crazy & unhinged territory.

He also reckons the probability that we are all living in a Matrix-esque computer simulation is quite high.

What the fuck do I even read? This is a discussion that is even lower bog-tier than the unprovable "multiverse" grappling-at-funding activities so beloved by sadass physicists out there. DERP! Extend and solve your Quantum Field Theories properly, you lazy f*cks, there is megaton of works to do!

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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

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Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

I could literally feel myself becoming schizophrenic

Holy damn.

I do not recommend House of Leaves in that case. While Reynolds' novels are just, well, novels, of variable levels of acceptability, for some reason HoL made me float the idea of visiting a shrink presto. The day after finishing, a pipe accident flooded my appartment with raw sewage. Coincidence? More like Jungian synchronicity. I do not fully trust this level of reality anymore.

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Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

the books were inconsistent and shredded your mind, you could actually feel your mind becoming schizo as the 'story' unfolded

But you don't say whether that is good or bad.

Galactic North, for one, is worth a read and re-read. Diamond Dogs is not shabby but has several problems, one of which is that Reynolds doesn't know his prime numbers too well, which is actually shocking and like putting "deleted scenes" back into a horror story. I quite liked "Terminal World" and most of "Revelation Space" (it's like a bunch of story goodies from various movies arriving in a big truck) but "Redemption Ark" was a step too far trying to pull bigger and more gothic stuff out of the hat. But then there is "Pushing Ice", which is (nearly) very good.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: neutronium hull...?

It will just curl up into a golf ball...

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government funds won't stop flowing

Frankly, I think the "government funds" are just drip-drip-dripping and under constant menace and are nowhere NEAR any amount of money (not to mention infrastructure and skills to-be-built before you can get traction for your money) to get anything to Mars soon. WIth a paltry few automated probes in the Solar System, JPL/NASA seems exhausted already.

There are countries to bomb, there is "healthcare" to provide and there are F-35s to finance. Not to mention 120 trillion plus of outstanding debt to service.

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Re: How to fix your Mars mission in 2 easy steps

Throw away the ascientific EmDrive, then we will talk.

(It's gonna work ... after 15y+ of no results past measurement errors? Yep, ANY minute now...)

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Re: Not really equivalent

So, even for a lowly trip to Mars, we need to be in the Protector stage of our lifecycle.

We need more research into sweet potatoes, thallium and viruses!

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

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Ah yes.

Remember in 2003, right after Iraq had been bombed to hell and DU-ed somewhat fiercly? One of the first planes to arrive carried that lady from the Intellectual Property enforcement squad? (See here and also here). Those were the times. I wonder if ISIS would allow camcording of Amurrican movies or allow Monsanto to determine which kind of grain may not be used? I guess snuff movies are copyrighted?

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Unfriended: Odious screen-teens get theirs in this flat horror

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The original Blair Witch wasn't that good either

Laura joins their Skype call, starts sending them messages, photos and videos and, ultimately, forces them to be suicidal.

This is taking malware to a whole new level. Maybe if Laura were an AI excellent in psychology it might actually work?

It also sounds a bit like Serial Experiments: Lain

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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Re: I find this kind of PR R&D manipulative and creepy...

The same people posting on Reg forums. Maybe they exchange telly time for this?

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