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Brit IT industry comes up for air after recession

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History shows insolvencies tend to spike in the wake of a recession as businesses spread themselves too finely and run out of cash.

Welcome to the definition of what a "recession" is about.

As to whether this one is over or whether there is "recovery" - I still bet on further redlining in the year ahead.

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DATA-SWAP SHOCK: A YES to bill that lets big biz, govt share user info

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Madame Feinstein (D-Surveillance) confides...

Every week we hear about the theft of personal information from retailers and trade secrets from innovative businesses

It's good to hear that businesses that are less than innovative and are not retailers remain off the shortlist of attack targets.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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So you called the hazmat team?

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Re: Anyone...

Robert the intern can do that....

the WHO declared it eradicated in 1980

Of course, it can be rebuilt from the DNA sequence.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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"My information could well be of use to you, Stalker"

Also remember to wipe or crush your HDD/SDD before handing in your PC at the recycling center.

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Uber kindly agrees not to price gouge during disasters

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Forcing people to be good: a winning proposition that seems logical to pols

State Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman said that the company had agreed to impose a cap on ride prices in the event of an emergency.

As economics teach us, this just means the service will disappear from the market in case of ... problematic circumstances.

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Silicon Valley royalty royally slammed for 'persistent, troubling deficit' of diversity

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The waaahambulance of the imperfect reality

"Diversifying the tech workforce will not only boost the bottom line, but also provide African-American, Latino and female students with success stories in a field largely devoid of role models,"

Procedure for standard liberal dream of endless neurotic fixing:

0) Select a domain à la mode: "tech sector", "biotech", "boardroom members" etc.

1) Apply arbitrary adjectives to persons working in that domain, at least one of which must be "female" and one "african", (sorry "african-american"). Bonus for shoehorning "differently abled" into this.

2) Declare that there exists a non-uniform distribution over the classes defined by above-stated adjectives of above-stated domain

3) Declare that this non-uniform distribution is somehow undesirable, bad or "non/sub-optimal"

4) Declare that this non-uniform distribution can - and should - be whitened by application of money, will or legislation

5) Declare that there exists money and manpower out there that can be legislatively allocated with no opportunity costs to the task of the aforementioned whitening

7) Declare that aforementioned whitening will relieve a "lack of role models"

8) Declare that aforementioned whitening will be "good for the bottom line"

9) At the end of the month, extract money from the economy to pay yourself for a job well done

10) Goto 0)

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Surprised no-one has posted this Aussie Gem.

My sides!!

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Not in the UK.

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Re: Gruesome

Moderation here is like Obama-ordered drone signature strikes...

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Re: Gruesome

Certainly an ingenious idea, my good fellow.

These days, you may get done for chemical warfare for this though.

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Jimmy Saville? Quite the mad cat, indeed.

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Re: Fat dogs with huge jaws should also work

It's bigger all the way up.

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Fat dogs with huge jaws should also work

know that these cats belonged to my neighbours who had nice turd-free gardens thanks to being cat owners

I am not knowledgeable in cat psychology, only knowing that the nasty buggers ferry around the crud that causes crazy cat lady syndrome, so is this some territorial behaviour?

Also, patent, patent!

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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The upgruntling

So he might have been disgruntled then got upgruntled by The Man into a national security threat?

Standard operating procedure.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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jake, please.

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Re: Conspicuous consumption at it's worst

I see no problem with that - that's what money is for after all.

If you make money, you can spend money. Sure, it may not be the wisest thing in someone's eyes, but YMMW.

The problem comes when money is cheap - i.e. when you can go to a bank and get freshly printed shite from a central bank. Because that is taxation of the hoi polloi via tricks. ANd once money stops being cheap, your project goes titsup and all the resources that went into it have been squandared.

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Re: Wait a minute...

Clearly a new approach to cheat the Skyscraper Index of Impending Doom

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Perfect

The setting for "Final Fantasy 2016: The ISIS within"

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Weirdly, last time I installed NoScript, I don't know what happened and I suddenly was on a webpage with some security tool "RECOMMENDED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN"

I got the fuck out as fast as possible.

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Gendarmes grab French Bitcoin exchange in €200k sting

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This is madness? No, this is France!

but doesn't outline what specific laws the exchange is accused of breaking

Anything which doesn't generate the appropriate amount of protection money for State breaks the law. That has been a local custom since the reign of Louis whomever. Tax collection in France is a permanent source of high and low comedy and recently things have been getting frankly desperate: everybody seems to be on the dole, companies are folding and people who can afford to are leaving. Nevertheless the well-remunerated bureaucracy waterhead insists on getting paid and bad-quality "social services" need more money. I hear it has come to the point where people who have paid off their house are looking at the business end of a new tax on "rent they are paying to themselves". Makes sense.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: The announcement is also factually incorrect @Voland's right hand

Given the way Russia's behaving right now, I can see the sense of it. Totally.

You mean, telling Kerry the Ketchup King that he is a totally fracking liar?

Have a bit of Armen Abazajian patent medicine against MSM indoc

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Re: Totally wrong type of rocket,

Never change a partially dead horse that you are about to flog.

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1961 wasn't 63 years ago.

Yeah, it feels more like yesterday.

Who said "The future is much like the present, only messier?"

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Re: The announcement is also factually incorrect

But...but! MUH CRIMEA!! MUH UKRAINE!!!11

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The President is in the spectator ranks!

Upvoted for nasty citation.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: UAV's : bigger threat to planes than carry-on kit?

Isn't that what cruise missiles were invented for?

What? No. These are not meant to intercept flying targets. Initially it was a stealthy, ground-hugging transporter for nuclear warheads - you know, go deep into Soviet territory for some action, possibly underneath radar (Risks of first-strike weapon? You bet! But it was mainly to keep the air force and its bombers, which had become a bit too obsolete, relevant).

When production became "cheap enough" in th early 90's, they got fitted with conventional warheads as needed. ("Needed" meaning: a politician needed to blow his load to show "resolve" but did not want to take the ugly decision to put "boots on the ground"; upon which there was much rejoicing ~~yeaaahhh~~)

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Re: UAV's : bigger threat to planes than carry-on kit?

It might be difficult to actually pull off.

Large airliners are fast and have messy air movements all around them.

An accident, being random, is far more likely.

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Re: Typical

This is no way to talk about duly elected politicians!

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Re: @corestore

A written constitution?

We want to prevent "obsolescence due to changing circumstances", sir.

There is a cattle truck waiting for you, sir. Yes, the circumstances changed. Again. Sorry about that.

What's that you are showing me here? A musquet? How utterly quaint.

Right, take him away boys.

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Ask Admiral Adama!

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Re: 1985??

I thought that went out in the 19th century at the latest.

Yep, thereafter you had to rack up serious killcounts of natives. It all went professional and competitive, so I stopped watching.

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Commodity handles! Glued on, perchance?

The tethers hadn't failed, but the handles on the barrels had been torn off and left forlornly swinging on the leashes

Survival pods for some values of survival. 0/10, would not survive with.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

Well I guess if or when the apocalypse comes, I'll be the one getting my hands on the shotgun and the tins of baked beans

So how is your DayZ survival training going?

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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Re: Wondering Where The Methane Comes From?!

Methan is to Titan like bacon is to Burger King?

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Why not drones

The other future is that the aircraft carrier won't be there any longer when the drones return. Missiles FTW!

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So which miscreants wrote the CosmicDuke info-slurping nasty?

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It sounded like a good idea down in marketing

Entry onto a target system (referred to as exploit files in the rest of this document) start with a malicious Flash object embedded into a PDF file. When the file is launched, the object exploits the known CVE-2011-0611

Why put Flash into PDFs?

Are there actually strippers that rip out such "customer experience enhancing" crap before PDFs are opened?

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

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Lawfare in action

Nothing new here.

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Hacked Israel Defence Force Twitter account spruiks nuke leak fears

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"combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension"

Cue incineration of random civilians across the occupied territories and maybe an air strike or two on Assad's forces to shown them. Followed by fist-waving at Iran and strong condemnation of the UN non-condemnation of the terrorist attacks against our Tweets.

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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1) Freshly deskooled lawyer type unburdened by any knowledge discovers the tech sector.

2) Source code is very valuable right? I hear "hackers" are sharing this illegally on the Interwebs.

3) ???

4) RETARDATION, aided and abetted by the usual cloudy bendover.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

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Re: Important Distinction

In that world, there needs to be a sane way of providing day to day ongoing development for compatibility, integration, and features that don't amount to a bill for 50~60% of the original purchase cost in upgrade fees and consulting time every 18~24 months.

You may notice that this demand is COMPLETELY orthogonal to "SaaS" approaches. Vendors that provide this for on-premise solutions and/or "in-house SaaS" sure have the edge here.

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I don't know about this

Is it time already to make prospects think harder about whether they want to snuggle up to this slightly unclean ladysexual partner of unspecified gender?

The vast majority of our customers will not see an increase in the cost of Office 365

As they are actually perfoming this, the vast majority of their customers WILL see an increase. Evidently.

"I believe its still good value for clients"

Sure you do Tim. Sure you do.

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BAE retracts hedge fund hack allegation

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"spook users. And the markets."

Frankly, the "markets" (i.e. useful idiots chasing after paper money and putting valuations pulled out of their behinds on other paper) needs a good spooking.

But no need to hasten it with rapidly combusting materials; the laws of the MARKET (the one with no scare quotes, coming from system theory) will reassart itself like a stellar magnetic field snapping back into place soon enough.

It is going to hurt.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: True bug location.

AFAIK, wildcard interpretation in "CMD.EXE" (BARF!) is left to the called program.

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Re: Dear glod...

HUSH!

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Re: Security scan?

Of course .. is also a match to .* so it then recursed up to /home and then down in to all other user's directories!

What system does that??

Thankfully I was sane enough to do this as myself, not root, so no damage was done. But it taught me a valuable lesson!

Yep, generally used filesystems in 2014 are STILL just databases with no transaction support. This is bad.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: they're a spy agency

I _expect_ them to be

You know, this is the Internet. You can still freely google the history of the 20th century. May be an eye opener.

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Terminate with extremist prejudice.

Disgusting. Beyond redemption, a cancer for any attempt to return to a semblance of a liberal society. Only deep cleaning will ever put us on the tracks of sanity again.

Frankly, the fact that only Snowden ragequit out of that festering bureaucratic freakshow of self-justifying career mummies says it all.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

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Re: and the SP also promise that running your home will be secure

What good is having the finest automation of humanity if you cannot put it to some good use?

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