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The new Yakuza offer you cannot refuse...
"You better pay up or our hacker will make your rice cooker EXPLODE!"
Your last sight is something resembling a gigantic burning penguin falling from the sky!
Re: Because *only* a nation state could run PHP scripts.
But PHP stands for "Persian Hacker Pro", nay?
Tizzy dat him Alka-Sam Cyber Fighters?
"“There is no doubt within the US government that Iran is behind these attacks,”
There is no doubt within the US govnm't of a lot of things that just ain't so. This may well be one of them.
Re: The (Gran) Torino Scale of Risk??
No, it has to do with Clint Eastwood and keeping immigrant asteroids off your grass.
> analog technology
It has nothing to do with "analog".
You could call it "bulk technology" or "undifferentiated chemical processing", but certainly not "analog".
Dividing technology into "analog and digital" is like dividing the world into "blue objects" and "green objects".
Re: Office for Linux?
> MS is not stupid, why should they release an Office for Linux and lose OS sales?
That's the kind of thinking that will wipe the Microsoft Festering Horror off the face of the market once and for all. Carry on, Ballmer. I can't wait.
The public purse must get really tight.
Pucker your anus!
Re: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-like worlds in Milky Way!!!
I hope you sanitized your telephone today.
Re: Theory is OK
You can invest a fraction of a cost into very-long-baseline interferometers that are able to resolve continents on those planets.
That would be rad.
These aren't the forties.
"Built by nation X" no longer has much meaning.
Except if you are ordering up a vertushka ["a dialless phone made to receive important calls, but unable to make any"] for your office and even then I wouldn't be so sure.
Re: Why are secret content networks ...
> floppies for working data which are destroyed each night
I wonder how long that can go on past 2013.
Did they get a container of floppies on e-bay for a few pennies??
Re: One could suppose that this is ...
That would be "open VHDL" but even that might not be enough to allay fears.
Chinese are crazy prepared. Twitch wrong and they will transit a packet with a special bitpattern that will make your hardware self-destroy.
Re: @JaitcH: When you die...
No-one cares turtle.
By the time you die you will be _happy_ that anyone still wants your stuff.
Better make the dosh way before.
Anyone not torrenting this?
Should be TYoD
Clearly it's some version of Kill Bill
With less Katana.
There were some cool engineers in that story, brewing up mustard gas to keep away crazed army bastards in the basement and restarting a boiling water reactor probably in a worse way than FukuMammaMia.
Additionally, sending useless beancounters into the wilderness instead of taking them into the survivor stronghold? Badass!
Re: Sci Am had a good article on this 35 years ago
Well, a have SciAm subscription (okay, I admit they sometimes write bad stuff but their illustrations are the best) but even then their online archive is just 1993 to present....
I AM WAY ABOVE FOURTEEN AND WHAT IS THIS?
Even the IEEE has better archives.
Re: This and many other reasons...
> It's a total mess of an OS from top to bottom.
YOUR POST SUCKS! Even your trolling is UNFIT FOR PURPOSE. GTFO.
> the device is already open at this point, so unlinking the device node makes no difference.
> major public sector IT project to fail have been written in the private sector
That's because the public sector doesn't "write", it just "specifies" then "subcontracts", and I would surmise that the seed of failure is already in that activity alone.
Re: "The temperature scale simply does not end at infinity,"
There seems to be no need to invoke THE QUANTUM. See SDoradus above.
Re: Sci Am had a good article on this 35 years ago
> assaulted at a series of parties
A SERIES of parties? How? Are there many parties doing rape in town at any given night? Do they pass drugged-up girls around? WTF??
Also looks like at this point in time the evidence will be so tainted / potentially shooped that it might well be thrown out. Unless someone fesses up.
> bad management
> dangerously close to bullying
This is the age where bad crap cannot be called out, you gotta be "careful", everyone shall have prizes, a call from the union is just a cough away and every office jerk was a cool tech genius from the instant he tried to fit a square peg into a round hole at the age of three.
As long as the criticism is not "your are $X" but "your are producing $X that needs to be fixed" you gotta say what you gotta say. Right the ship's course etc.
Which reminds me that in my tender youth, I went on a sailing expedition where you got told what's what. That's a learning experience.
Re: "Poorly timed"
I would think the PRC might mean to get in a word sideways about a preemptive attack on one of its client states....
Is there ever a *poor* timing?
Pretty rich that the US g'mnt speaks of "poor timing". WHO is using Nork's periodic antics for aggressive "need to do something" soundbites whenever it throws a tantrum? Presidents, senators and State Department doofuses are indulging a collective of infighting communist kleptocrats craving for attention. Good job.
Re: Watching Hollywood movies much?
> People like you
You seem to know me quite well, Matty. Gb2 your pretend tech skills.
> Iron Dome will be sold abroad as well
Hahaha. To whom? Jordan?
> Hamas and co deliberately keep their people poor
Kinda like the guys in charge in the Ghetto deliberately kept their people poor?
Cut and run with Windows fun!
No need to worry.
All the blather about cutting military budget is just retarded posturing.
On Monday, the Pentagon issued a statement warning that a failure to avoid the cuts would put the jobs of 800,000 civilian employees at risk.
But the proposed cuts to defense budgets are, frankly, puny. The harshest scenario for defense cuts would only put budgets back at about the 2007 level, and they aren’t even really “cuts” to defense spending; they are reductions in the rate of growth of defense spending.
Illustrating how these cries are more scare stories than anything else is Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s less publicized predictions, according to the Associated Press, that “workers…will not face layoffs immediately” and that “he does not believe the Pentagon’s day-to-day operations would change dramatically.”
Re: Libre/Open Office?
> MS Office UI was better 10 years ago than what Open/Liubre Office has today.
Turn that FUD valve!
> The establishment of Trustworthy Computing changed how Microsoft and the entire computer industry thinks about security and privacy
Implying they weren't playing desperate catch-up then, being the typhoid Mary of the whole of the industry. Serious problems remain today.
One should also not forget that "Trustworthy Computing" was in a good part about protecting the content providers from the end user, not the end user from security problems.
Trendlabs, clear as mud.
This malware may arrive as either a file downloaded from certain malicious sites or as a file dropped by other malware.
Woah now, someone with Hollywood cyberspace sense must have written this.
What does it all mean?
Do you even pagan?
I sure hope you celebrated The Aramaean One's Birthday in front of Stonehenge!
No, for that you already need upward-balooning momentum, a nice suit and a few files on company dirt that you could "forget in the bus".
Open up your box and you will find....
> Also corporation may not want the processor to be produced by Chinese or Korean fabs;
Fact: Intel has fabrication plants in China [Dalian], also Israel [Qiryat Gat], so I don't see where there is a problem. All their Assembly Test Facilities are in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Re: So what do you say to Microsoft
> ARM is good at doing very little tasks
What the...? What is a "little task"? Running a web request?
Anyway, I would imagine this depends on the whole system, not on the ISA.
Re: Surely this level of competition is good?
To go even further down the memory lane, Intel's other attempt at a new ISA was the i860. Readers of the grey-haired persuasion will remember articles in Byte [yes, the paper edition] and this chip appearing on boards, possibly alongside an i486 or used on the graphics add-on for the NeXT cube.
Dr Wiebke Ebeling of Australia’s Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics told The Australian that even at our distance – 30,000 light years from the centre – the fields would be so strong that “every single atom in your body would start vibrating and generating such heat you’d melt in an instant.”
How is that even possible? That would be worse than sitting in an NMR scanner. Stars, planets and gas giants with their conductive cores would burst like oversized eggs in a microwave oven. Think of the currents needed to generate those fields. I suspect the energy density of space would tear reality itself apart!
I'm sure something has been lost in translation.
In order to pass the Bridge of Eternal Peril, you must first answer this question...
"Which would hurt less: a global carbon price of $US20 now, or a $US100 carbon price in 2020?"
Inflation means that USD 100 in 2020 will be actually worth far less than USD 20 NOW. It might even be worth nothing at all.
On the other hand, if you have USD 20 now you could actually invest it and hope that it grows to a lot more (in whatever denomination) by 2020 (though seeing the serial sabotage of any growth prospect by the Keynesians in charge, I wonder how that would be possible). That investment might yield the unexpected result of actually reducing carbon dioxide emissions!
Indeed, performing a bit of tax evasion will certainly work towards that goal, reducing government spending on wars and hindering crap like Olympic Games and schemes to reduce CO2 emissions.
Finally, how do I spend USD 20 per tonne of CO2, pray tell? Who takes the 20 USD and what do I get for it? This seems to be an exchange. Will the government give me USD 20 if I continue to drive my old car for a bit longer, as opposed to promising me rebates and tax deductions if I scrap it now and buy a new one I don't need in order to "kickstart the economy" (actually destroying the second hand market)? Somehow I doubt it.
Watching Hollywood movies much?
Somehow I doubt that what the worlds is needs a bunch of leet, ideologically motivated haxxxor teens.
As for the Iron Dome, the only thing that can be said is DERP:
Even experts who believe Iron Dome performed impressively question whether it could cope with a better-armed adversary capable of firing missiles from military launchers, not holes in the ground and cobbled-together launchers in the backs of trucks as is the case in Gaza.
Most of the rockets fired from Gaza are crude, relatively slow and cost only a few hundred dollars. “The rockets being launched [by Hamas] are pretty substandard munitions,” said George Stejic, president of Tesla Laboratories, Inc., which has commissioned an investigation into Iron Dome’s effectiveness. “Israel has every reason to overexaggerate the efficiency of Dome, just as we did with Patriots during Desert Storm,” he said.
Richard Lloyd, the missile-system expert conducting the investigation for Tesla, said his preliminary findings echoed Prof. Postol’s doubts. There are few demonstrable examples of incoming rockets intercepted by Iron Dome and showing the sort of telltale damage that would be obvious if they have been blasted by the spray of rod-like pellets from an Iron Dome’s warhead, he said.
So what's the cost of this theater?
The sting is that one of the Palestinian rockets costs only a few hundred shekels, while one Iron Dome missile costs 315,000 shekels. During the four days [in March 2012], 17.6 million shekels’ worth of missiles was spent by the Israeli side. This is apart from the very high price tag of the batteries themselves.
It's good that the US is paying.
Anyone who has read Greg Egan's "Quarantine" knows what's what. Here is the start, and I suppose one has to read it in a "hardboiled" voice
Only the most paranoid clients phone me in my sleep.
Of course, nobody wants a sensitive call electronically decoded and flashed up on the screen of an ordinary videophone; even if the room isn't bugged, radio-frequency spillage from the unscrambled signal can be picked up a block away. Most people, though, are content with the usual solution: a neural modification enabling the brain to perform the decoding itself, passing the results directly to the visual and auditory centres. The mod I use, CypherClerk (NeuroComm, $5,999), also provides a virtual larynx option, for complete two-way security.
However. Even the brain leaks faint electric and magnetic fields. A superconducting detector planted on the scalp, no bigger than a flake of dandruff, can eavesdrop on the neural data flow involved in an act of ersatz perception, and translate it almost instantaneously into the corresponding images and sounds.
Hence The Night Switchboard (Axon, $17,999). The nano-machines which carry out this modification can take up to six weeks to map the user's idiosyncratic schemata — the rules by which meanings are encoded in neural connections — but once that's done, the intermediary language of the senses can be bypassed completely. What the caller wants you to know, you know, without any need to hallucinate a talking head spelling it out, and the electromagnetic signature at skull level is, for all practical purposes, inscrutable. The only catch is, in the conscious state, most people find it disorienting — and at worst traumatic — to have information crystallizing in their heads without the conventional preliminaries. So, you have to be asleep to take the call.
No dreams; I simply wake, knowing:
Yet another job to spy on the someone's wife...
> allows malware to be dropped onto Windows PCs running the vulnerable software
Sure it isn't simply a TIFKAM install?
"They don’t have any sense of reason or shame that we can appeal to, and they have no incentive to be accommodating. We’re not their customers. In fact they make their money from selling us, not selling to us, so they have an excellent motive not to help us."
Sounds exactly like that tax thing if you replace "selling" by "serving".
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