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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Lately, while President Obamacare wallowed in his certainties...

"I remain very confident: this was North Korea"

While I assume that the NSA knows its shit (though it would lie mercilessly about anything), this sounds to me like having one foot out the door already. It's going to close soon, leaving people in the rain.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Antivaxers and Y2K deniers

One by-product of that was that they temporarily took down air travellers in Australia. The Altea reservation and departure system run by Amadeus, one of the largest computer travel reservation systems on the planet, couldn’t cope and crashed. For 48 minutes, passengers and staff at Qantas and Virgin Australia were thrown back into the 1990s world of manual check-in and delayed flights.

To be used the next time some snide arsehole come on to you and pretends the Y2K effort was all hype and smoke.

Then punch him in the face to set his clock straight.

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Re: Time lords in Paris

HOW UNCOUGH AND LOCKER-ROOMY

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Perspective

Yes, but about 15 people died because of a cartoon being published, didn't they?

So the cartoon leap out and bit them to death or what?

Also: Gun control, trollanon. "I don't dial 911, I just dial 357"

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So; Google supports needling, taunting and provoking Muslims.

I wonder who is behind this post?

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Let this be a lesson to all...

> Luther

A radical. Basically the ISIS guy of back then. Unkorked the demons of religious war. Couple of centuries of pro-cleaning came in his wake. Now can be admired on pictures and as statues.

Luther and even Calvin had no intention of fragmenting Christendom; on the contrary, each set out to reform a unified Christian Church. But the consequences of their revolution was to open Pandora's box. Whereas frictions and heresies had before been either stamped out or accommodated within the Church, now Christianity split apart in literally hundreds of different sects, some quite bizarre, each propounding different theologies, ethics, and prescriptions for social life. ... If reason cannot be used to frame an ethic, this means that Luther and Calvin had to, in essence, throw out natural law, and in doing so, they jettisoned the basic criteria developed over the centuries by which to criticize the despotic actions of the state. Indeed, Luther and Calvin, relying on isolated Biblical passages rather than on an integrated philosophic tradition, opined that the powers that be are ordained of God, and that therefore the king, no matter how tyrannical, is divinely appointed and must always be obeyed ... Thus, on a crucial question which had vexed scholastics for centuries: whether private property is natural or conventional, i.e. merely the product of positive law, Luther was characteristically anti-intellectual. He was not interested in such questions; therefore they were trivial: 'it is vain to mention these things; they cannot be acquired by thought, ...'. As Dr Gary North has commented, 'So much for 1500 years of debate'. All in all, Richard Tawney's assessment of Luther on these matters is perhaps not an overstatement: "Confronted with the complexities of foreign trade and financial organization, or with the subtleties of economic analysis, he [Luther] is like a savage introduced to a dynamo or a steam engine. He is too frightened and angry even to feel curiosity. Attempts to explain the mechanism merely enrage him; he can only repeat that there is a devil in it, and that good Christians will not meddle with the mystery of iniquity."

In: Murray N. Rothbard in "Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol 1" 137ff.

Such is lifethe human mind.

After what happened in France, Egyptian leader Sisi is critical of Muslims staying silent on the issue of the violence.

...he is presumably VERY critical of Muslims NOT staying silent on the issue of GOVERNMENTAL violence.

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Re: To paraphrase the villan from Speed.

Also, they sometimes accidentally the whole skyscraper.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Huawei dei dei!

Speaking of which -- The lingering, darkly ominous accusations against Huawai by various Animals of High Couleur are of the same QUALITY TRUTHFULNESS as the accusations against North Korea concerning hacking of an obscure part-japanese company, made by The President Who Was Robbed of His X-Mas Viewing Pleasure and His Extraordinary Three-Letter-Agency Circus.

Can we have some proof? Meanwhile, I will continue to check for NSA deposits in my CRISCO router.

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Goddamit!!

I won't go into stylistically dodgy formulation, but please:

Tetra uses 2w ----> Tetra uses 2W

25KHz ----> 25 kHz

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Antarctic boffins hope stratospheric gravity wave hunter returns to Earth

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The craft's six 30cm-apeture telescope inserts are helium-cooled to 1.5˚ K. The instruments on board SPIDER include six cameras

It's "aperture", and I feel there is some repetition in the phrasing.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Good Poodle!

Now stay quiet in that little question of Microsoft data to be exfiled from Ireland.

Also, if you continue to follow our lead on Ukraine, there will be a nice doggie treat for you at the end. Or not.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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This guy is from Microsoft.

Microsoft makes a living from billing customers to do the tests for them.

End of discussion.

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Correct. Also, unlike what this clown on stage believes, it is not about testing, even if they are called unit tests. It's about specifications.

Course, I would like my specifications to be Dijkstra-airtight and not depend on random examples to be verified against, but you get the Zimmer frames that you can in this "industry". Better than nothing, until Lamport's TLA+ or similar things get acceptance.

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Let's hack it and let the customer work it out

Meijer also managed to include a jab or two at Microsoft, his former employer

AHAHHAHAH!!

GTFO.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: *!@*!!

Thumbs down? Sounds like targets for pieces of metal measuring 5.56mm in diameter are dropping by?

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Re: *!@*!!

SCIENCE! For the good of all of us.

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Pastebin: The remote backdoor server for the cheap and lazy

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You wascabby wabbit

Please explain exactly why you use Pastebin for this instead of proper tooling.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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The last time this happened, the Amadeus airline booking system , Hadoop and Linux servers around the world struck trouble, probably because they weren't set up to cope with the extra second.

Rather because nobody can be bothered to check the assumption, read the specs, think things through (true?) then test before shitting code into production.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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Bureaucratic ultra-pork lovers in "can't perform" moment. Film at 11.

"Coburn's dossier notes that the DHS bagged $61bn"

Fuck me, those luxury mansion pools must be VAST.

Considering that the Department of Heimland Sicherheit was created by Bush as a super-bureaucracy layer on top of the bureaucracy layers of the TLAs that had utterly failed prior to 9/11 with the sole justificiation of doling out the dollars rolling off the printing presses after the post-Greenspan-Bubble pop, I would say: "Mission Accomplished".

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Re: It's for kids!

Well one of you can spot a joke.

"Verily, my retardation was all an act!"

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Re: Aarrr!

But does HMRC pursuit ships able to do the Kessel Run in less than 20 parsecs?

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Re: Just like real life then?

single-handedly unbalencing trade routes

What, like imposing sanctions against nominal partners when you feel like it and things like Merry Kerry visiting Saudi Brutalia just before the oil price drops?

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: FOOKING BIG ALIEN LEG AT THE BOTTOM LEFT

It's just a shrimp.

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Looks like one of the two Turin Shrouds

...luckily without Jesus.

Bacterial mats on my dead planet? Its more likely than you think!

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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"I have very high confidence in that attribution."

Unfortunately the à priori probability of a govt official being right or actually telling the truth is so low right now that its multiplicative factor drags the gentleman's high confidence straight into the shitter.

Especially when the FBI is involved as these are they guys bragging about discovering terrorist plots that they themselves incited.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Web UI design excellence now where the rubber hits the road

Luckily we went to the Moon a bit earlier.

"Yeah Neil, can you switch to camera #2 ... why did you hit Abort? OMG!!"

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Buffer overflow reported in UEFI EDK1

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But... Muh QUALITY Programming!!

Please tell me this bullshit would have been spotted by an intern working for free to get company brownie points, pumping the code through Sonar one bored afternoon.

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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"S3 keys", huh?

Well, you CAN buy a keyfob for AWS access.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: Is the DARPA Car Race Grand Challenge still alive?

Woah, 3 thumbs down. I wonder why? Guess the general level of interest in interesting IT has gone down the toilet and has finally arrived in the web circle of hell, populated by zombies emitting noises like "Hurrr AJAX WIDGET Durrrr". Oh well.

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Re: I hope it is heat tolerant

MIL-SPEC TEGRA.

Designed by Miles Bennett Dyson.

Now in your Caliphate-cleaning Cyberdyne T101.

The future. It happens while you read.

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Is the DARPA Car Race Grand Challenge still alive?

Would be a good occasion to hack something up.

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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FLOG THEM!

Must be one of Lord Blair's recommendations.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Roads are not theme parks

I've no idea what this is doing in the Reg.

Not producing orgasm, evidently.

El Reg: A staid webzine for the discerning public.

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Re: Someday soon all cars will be like this (or worse).

Well, you sure WILL need a special license for it and cops can show up announced to check your garage for "non-licensed items". Also, sin taxes on any unconventional improvements.

After this festive season, a little bit of Sci-Fi reading, 1979 style: Lipidleggin'

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Re: An ideal car for the French market

There are things still made in France?

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Re: 'drive like a christian'???

That's the people who have a "JESUS SAVES" sticker on the bumper. Seen those.

But even in the world of Higher Sanity (tm), go to Portugal, drive like a mofo playing chicken with trucks, but at least the rosary hanging off the rear-view mirror gives you assurance.

Apart from that, what was so bad about the PS/1 except its eye-popping price (which was expected since you bought the IBM sticker actually, not the machine underneath). Ok, nobody would have wanted an 80286 if he had known what that was...

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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"Would send a message to the Norks"

Always that schoolyard bully canned marketo-quote. Right up there with "all options on the table" (except the genital ones I suppose) and "at the time of our choosing".

One could simply pick up the phone instead.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Rather it went Silent Hill.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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aiding and abetting

Yeppers, it's argumentation from 2001 again. Should we, shouldn't we etc. etc. etc.

I would find myself in the dock for aiding and abetting theft.

[Citation needed]

It's out, and there was time to fix it. Deal with it.

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Re: 0 Day Exploit

Of which there is none at the company's end.

"BEST EFFORT" is the best you can get.

As Dan Geer says in "Inviting More Heartbleed" -- "The only two products not covered by product liability today are religion and software, and we don’t think software is going to or should escape for much longer."

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Re: 90 days?

remember 4-5 years back, when they said they would put security at the core of Windows and all dev processes ?

I have the same problem: Time flies.

It was in January 2002 after a string a "access all areas" events IIRC.

The trustworthy computing group was disbanded this September.

As to the rejects claiming "OH NO 90 DAYS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR ANYBODY."

... what you gonna do when a 0-day hits the street and it's not 90 DAYS but 90 MINUTES. Huh? What you gonna do, PUNKS?

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Have you applied leeches and vented the phlegm?

"We encourage customers to keep their anti-virus software up to date, install all available Security Updates and enable the firewall on their computer."

Recommendation to do the obnoxious, perform the borderline dangerous and enable the frankly useless.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Ach so!

Yep, I noticed Office 365 was not exactly responsive on Friday, presenting you with a white page, although it was labeled as being "up" by isitdownrightnow, though with ~150ms response time.

Luckily the office looked like someone had fired a neutron bomb a kilometer above the city.

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Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

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Sony: Not so tough after having had its Playstation Network diddled

> needlessly taking database space

You know that "database space" is about a 1/1000 of a standard harddisk these days, right?

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

This explains finnish coding.

Humanity living on Snowball Earth would reach the Singularity in no time.

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The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

Sad to say, the code quality of tasks outsourced to the sunny southern lands is often at the same level of awkwardness.

Step it up, guys.

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Woah

That dog sure is being wagged by both of its tails.

Pat Buchanan asked whether "war was in the cards for 2015". By the farty sounds, one in Europe, a continuing one in Afghanistan (wait, we won that one yesterday, right?), a renewed one in the Caliphate, an couple of "interventions" in the Lybia/Mali region, one in Korea, .....

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: What a team!

Apparently no-one likes the Japanese.

Much ship industry loss, innit?

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: "But anything could fail at any moment. It's like you have an aging parent, "

Sounds like someone needs to work on separating life and work...

You seem to be either at school or otherwise rather young?

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Re: "Was wear levelling and trim support around 10 years ago?"

wrapped in gold-foil (for radiation resistance).

That's not how "radiation resistance" works, ops guy.

I hear in the east, they try to wrap things in vodka. Doesn't work either.

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