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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Merde!

Or the help desk has been moved to the Caliphate.

"Yes this is Aziz from ISIS, how can I scalp you?"

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Re: The Lord of the Rings Online MMO

What no script to BASE64 encode/decode on the fly?

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I fully applaud....

...this strenous effort to ban badness from the input of poor, innocent salters and hashers!

(Neuroticism is not a joke!)

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Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

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Re: Speculation on forums...

Probably another hit by Putin.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Offensively-and-dangerously-in-control of her sexuality [citation needed]

Seriously, what the hell? Not sure whether it isn't just histrionic personality disorder.?

Additionally, I do not think getting one's worldview challenged and feeling less exceptional is a bad thing, and nor is getting seriously offended from time to time. But it's more rewarding to experience this outside of Facebook and Instagram, though not necessarily Google.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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"100 women victimised"

> 2014

> "Oh my expensive bits!"

Really.... I can get excellent pics of ladies' anatomies for a few bucks in glorious hi-res. Why should I care about celebrity skin?

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: If you stop ranting...

A colleague used to go on and on about speed cameras not improving safety - I told him he should have 'sold' his theories to safety campaigners rather than moaning on about the government limiting his 'rights'

You cannot "sell" these theories to "safety campaigners" because they not not doing "safety campaigns" to be convinced that they are barking up the wrong tree. Then safety campaigns are forever and the people involved are an easy vote to buy simply by giving in to their demands. On the other hand, "not doing anything" is always a hard sell because it necessitates to convince politicians and people that may weigh in on the discussion that there is not really a problem in the first place. As these people are not in the safety campaign in the first place, they really are not interested in hearing about it. And then you get accused of not thinking of the children.

Plus you are not allowed to apply firearms to the safety campaigners either.

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Firearms in Britain?

Shurely some kind of mistake.

Firearm = AR-15, not some dual tube device to shoot fowl.

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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Yeah but Svn is so yesterday.

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Re: No garbage can for us

> wanking Mountain Dew obsessed Star Wars fanbois

Who they?

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Weekend reads: Colorless Tsukuru, Kool Korea and strange encounters with IKEA wardrobes

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Hong postures that the Korean PC video game industry pulled Korea out of a serious unemployment crisis, but at what personal cost to its citizens?

Woah there!

1) There are personal costs to any economic activity. In particular, getting older, losing limbs, generating lots of entropy that one is unable to deal with, getting the idea of having something called "government" etc.

2) The PC video game industry cannot do anything about an "unemployment crisis". Indeed, that industry is all about generating consumer goods. In this case, said consumer goods also demand that the consumer burn further time and money on using the good.

2.1) Resources thus used up and locked away won't go into building and accumulating capital goods of any sort.

2.2) Yes, one can argue to having a large repository of gaming software in companys' vaults is a "capital good" (doubtful) or that there is cross-subsidy of hardware development and graphics algorithms (that would fall under "industrial policy" then), but let's keep things simple.

2.3) So, the lack of capital goods (obsolete power plants, lack of advancement in medical science, clogged sewers, lack of skills in correctly designing plastic injection molding forms, abandoned rice paddies) will then turn out to be a serious problem in the immediate future. In particular, desired goods won't be produced and standards will go down.

2.4) Now, if the interpretation of the gaming industry "being a factor in the unemployment crisis" is correct, then its parallels to a government scheme that performs hidden taxation, the money of which is then spent on make-work schemes of dubious utility (including low-intensity wars), is readily apparent.

2.5) One could segue now into the moral corruption of monetary pumping/Keynesianism and how it would be to get rid of government economists with extreme prejudice, but I digress.

Also, I'm old enough to remember William Gibson writing about Japan being cool in er... Wired, September 2001. Just before the amazingly convenient high-rise airplane prang. NURSE!!!

But I will read the Murakami for sure.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Re: Most Apps are pointless

Memory footprint (web browsers are heavyweight and tend to get shut down when backgrounded, making them slow to access when you, say, want to check the weather [BBC Weather])

Yes. Whoever heard of someone having more than 640K on his mobile device?

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Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search

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Koch brothers optional

> A creepy tech

> Fears expressed about perverts

Can we please cut down on the usage of progressive tropes? This is supposed to be a tech-aligned webzine with discerning readers, not alternet.

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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Re: Dear Regina

That's the way it is writtenromanicized, not pronounced.

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Re: Dear Regina

Isn't it Japanese for "#1" (or "first")?

"Fukushima Haitch" etc.

So you would have "first P", "first MP" etc.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: Dust removal

Unless the plan was to waste that money, so now someone at NASA has had a 10 year egg on their face :)

How does that make any sense at all?

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Re: I'm not an electrician

For Curiosity, we read beyond the paywall:

The control software onboard the spacecraft consists of about 3 MLOC. Most of this code is written in C, with a small portion (mostly for surface navigation) in C++. The code executes on a radiation hardened CPU. The CPU is a version of an IBM PowerPC 750, called RAD750, which is designed for use in space. It has 4 Gbytes of flash memory, 128 Mbytes of RAM, and runs at a clock-speed of 133 MHz. About 75 percent of the code is autogenerated from other formalisms, such as state-machine descriptions and XML files. The remainder was handwritten specifically for this mission, in many cases building on heritage code from earlier Mars missions.

But also....

....Second, we introduced a flight software developer certification course, focused in part on software risk and defensive coding techniques. Every software developer is required to complete this course and pass the exams before they can touch flight software. The course covers the coding standard’s rationale, as well as general background on computer science principles and the basic structure of spacecraft control software. Some of this material is also presented to more senior managers at JPL to secure a common knowledge base regarding the challenges of mission-critical software development (although in the latter case, the material is presented without the pressure of an exam at the end).

Excellent! Glorious Freedom from the web craze.

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Re: Wrong rover, but...

2fast2furious ..... on MAAARRSSS!

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Re: I'm not an electrician

"computer systems are powered by a powered by a radiation-hardened"

What does this really mean?

That the writer is a vinyl record fan.

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Re: I would like to thank NASA...

> ...for making my point about reliance on SSDs when the user can't replace them.

Why don't you go JPL and sell radiation-hardened memory drums?

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Let's see...

> Both make you look a dickhead if you use it when doing the shopping.

I'm sure people said exactly the same thing about mobiles once. And further back about framed lenses that you could put on your nose.

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Re: Let's see...

But now you CAN check out 6502 assembly code at will while running down the street pursuing Sarah Connor a would-be Jihadi who disengaged from British society.

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: Looking at the over clocking...

But these new, Xeon-derived parts seem to have a better (or, at least, *different*) coupling between the CPU die and the heatspreader:

http://www.ocdrift.com/intel-core-i7-5960x-de-lidded-haswell-e-uses-soldered-thermal-interface-material-tim/

Could have added a warning about "high-impact CPU gore".

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Re: Cheesburgers and "The Cloud" !

> I can buy quite a few for $999

No you can't. $999 doesn't buy you a whole lot of oomph.

A "c3.xlarge" (8 vCPUs, not sure what the actual throughput is) instance at Amazon EC2 is currently 0.2571 USD/h at spot pricing at the Virigina datacenter (but you must be prepared to see the rug pulled out from under your computation).

This gives you only 162 days of computing power.

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I'm into this!!

Run BOINC like a motherfucker with enough energy throughput to singlehandedly blow our politicians' lightbulb-deprecating planet-saving progressive energy-saving green project singlehandedly out of the water?

Yes, but should I get a Xeon Phi instead?

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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The mic was accidentally hot

The Cardinal liked to wield the time-tested instrument of plausible deniability.

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Re: Everyone got something to hide

Seeing how John Brennan and The Clapper are still anywhere NEAR any levers of responsibility whatsoever instead of in a well-furnished retirement home in Diego Garcia, a LOT of politicians have a LOT to hide and a LOT to fear.

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Re: or... this is why

the world should be moving onto a "system" where nobody is given any power, and that we work as a collective to maintain our own society and communities.

Leave this vague shit to insect communities and Marxists.

Perfectly possible to implement today, but good luck convincing the power wielders to give up their powers.

And stop reading post-humanist techno-enabled crap, too

P.S.

In "a short history of permafail" (or thereabouts), a renowned pamphleteer writes:

Heavily influenced by Jakob Boehme was the mystical English communist, Gerrard Winstanley, founder of the Digger sect during the English Civil War. Son of a textile merchant who had failed in the cloth business and then had sunk to the status of agricultural laborer, Winstanley, in early 1649, had a mystical vision of the ideal communist world of the future. Originally, according to this vision, a version of God had created the universe; but the spirit of "selfishness," the Devil itself, had entered into man and brought about private property and a market economy.

At first, Winstanley believed that little or no coercion would be necessary for establishing and maintaining his communist society. Soon, however, he realized, in the completed draft of his utopia, that all wage labor and all commerce would have to be prohibited on the penalty of death. Winstanley was quite willing to go this far with his program. Everyone was to contribute to, and take from, the common storehouse, and the death penalty was to be levied on all use of money, and on any buying or selling. The "sin" of idleness would of course be combated by forced labor for the benefit of the communist community.

This all-encompassing stress on the executioner makes particularly grisly the declaration of Winstanley that "all punishments that are to be inflicted … are only such as to make the offender … to live in the community of the righteous law of love one with another." Education in "love" was to be insured by free and compulsory schooling conducted by the state, mainly in useful crafts rather than in liberal arts, as well as by "ministers" elected by the public to preach secular sermons upholding the new system.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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these business models are often skewed by massive subsidies

That is a problem.

My experience is that these kinds of business models distort the expectations and value judgements of customers

That is not a problem.

Since Marx wrote his crappy blockbuster with an open end, we have been conditioned to think as "the customer" as a mindless automaton debased by predatory attacks of vast, ancient, cold powers, terribly ancient and vastly superior to him, that lay dreaming when the Earth was young etc. FUCKER SHOULD MAKE HIS CHOICES.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Re: Financial IT spending

Unless they really have to the banks would rather not change their systems because of the risk.

And risk is "high" because....

1) We are currently running very fragile, very-high risk, undocumented shite that no-one knows how to manage properly anymore (possibly written by overpaid primadonnas that rode their Ferraris into the sunset some time ago)

2) We are NOT going to pay for the skills (if they can even be bought) to build stuff from scratch.

PAINTED INTO A CORNER LOL!

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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> Andrew

> a political bent for libertarianism

MUAH

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Re: Tunnel vision

Be grateful it wasn't uranium cubes.

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There is no need to gaza the whole comment section just to root out a few commentards.

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Russia-based hackers prime suspects in JPMorgan mega-breach

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Ceterum censeo NATO has to do something

"I find it odd that someone who was actually able to break into a bank is not using it for making immediate profit."

How to blow an American Mind!

"Two possibilities here: the first is that there are missing pieces in the puzzle (ie, we are not being told everything) and second is that these were indeed politically motivated hackers"

WE ARE NOT BEING TOLD EVERYTHING? BUT I WATCH CNN AND WOLF BLITZKRIEG AROUND THE CLOCK!!

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JP Morgan runs everything on Fed "Money", not Linux.

Troll/10.

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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

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That's cool! #RussiansInMyKitchen @Guardian

So while we continue the accelerating spiral into WWIII, everyone can check out if his latest #Narcissism and #ObnoxiousStupidity receives the interest it so obviously demands.

The future - it's like Brave New World without Alpha and Beta castes.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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The branch-off into frankly bizarre constructions has gone too far.

Sounds like a mashup of the anarcho-collectivist commune that King Arthur encountered while searching for the Holy Grail, and the Castle of Anthrax.

Not sure whether viable.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Denial and progress

I'm pretty sure it wasn't about that, I was some kind of grumpy remark though.

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Longest feminist push ever

Miss Sadlooks with the Dr. Dre shit has been on the front page for 3 days now.

Amazing.

Practically reaching MH17 levels right there.

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Ouch... right in the VIDEO GAME: Lizard Squad attacks XBox, Twitch

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Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz

It's "LULZ" not "LOLz"

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: DIsagreement is optional and fattening

ITT: Three people believe in Star Trek science.

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DIsagreement is optional and fattening

In the same way, there’s no simple way to tell if the world we see around us is an illusion, a collective hallucination or the real 3D deal.

This is retarded. There is nothing more real than the real, so by definition this is the real, whether you find a complex mathematical mapping of some lower-dimensional space onto a "pseudo" 4-D space or not and declare that lower-dimensional space to be "the real thing".

Btw. here is a discussion of the announcement from a couple of years back:

Testing the Holographic Principle

where we also read:

But some experts on the holographic principle think the experiment is completely off-target. “There is no relationship between the argument [Hogan] is making and the holographic principle,” Bousso says. “None whatsoever. Zero.” The problem lies not in Hogan’s interpretation of the uncertainty relationship, but rather in “the first step of his analysis,” Bousso contends.

Bousso notes that a premise of special relativity called Lorentz invariance says the rules of physics should be the same for all observers, regardless of how they are moving relative to one another. The holographic principle maintains Lorentz invariance, Bousso says. But Hogan’s uncertainty formula does not, he argues: An observer standing in the lab and another zipping past would not agree on how much an interferometer’s beam splitter jitters. So Hogan’s uncertainty relationship cannot follow from the holographic principle, Bousso argues.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

This.

People are just too fucking stupid to use C. ESPECIALLY the ones who take pride in bumming every single "drop of performance" out of some crap loop that isn't even used in a supercomputer matrix multiplication.

Declarative and Functional programming should have been taken up big in the early 90s so that it would now be pervasive, but even back then academia was still forecefully studying how to write "for" loop properly and was actually teaching this to students.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: I don't get it

Delivering nukes undetected is not the goal of nukes though.

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Re: Whales

They will be shredded in this thing's wake.

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Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

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Re: Why?

It could be Hackers for Xtian Values, but then again...

also claimed to have taken down the Vatican City's website

Nah.

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‪‪Email list hack flap at 'sleep with a stranger' site Couchsurfing‬

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Ok. But now...

...did they really use CouchDB?

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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MARX OS, patched with MAO

> their employer

The proletariat?

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Re: Good luck with that

This will yield an "sin COS 'OS tan'" in half an internet minute, I'm sure.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Re: Twice as keen on Africa compared to The Middle East?

Well, the Middle East is a gaping wound that is only widening and Europe is crapping over itself pretending to be money-rich, energy-rich and oh so progressive but there are still a few chances left for Africa. So that double keenness is understandable.

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