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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

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Fiddling while Chrome burns!

Yes, this is a William Gibson reference.

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: Why in the hell are any of us stupid enough...

I don't have the luxury to put that on the print output.

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Re: but but but

FIRED FOR CRINGING IN FRONT OF A CALL FROM HIGHER UP!

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Re: Why in the hell are any of us stupid enough...

Talking of which, does anyone think that writing a Prolog program to compute different Microsoft licensing scenarios is a good idea?

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: Krugmanshima

If you don't have political oversight of the economy, you have no mechanism to prevent the rich from oppressing the poor and you end up with a backward society, probably based on warring clans. History shows it hasn't worked well.

This is delusion and please show me when in history this happened. In reality, you wouldn't even KNOW what to fix and nudge to reach some vaguely stated "best situation", or "fixing" things will just make things worse.

big brained economists and lawyers

LOLNO. These things don't exist, and there is a reason for that. The people you see are full of shithubris and self-importance and the ones who actually can make reasonably humble judgements just don't rise to the top of the political shark tank. Plus, the ones who "can" mostly are not interested in the cocktail circuit.

Meanwhile, "big-brained economists" make their judgments (the consequences of which you can see daily at the local labor office) and things are getting worse... and very much worse.

But here’s the thing. Prime Minister Abe has not been laughed out of the G-7 for being the economic dunce that he actually is. Indeed, his fellow dimwit at the IMF, Christine Legarde, has actually praised him for his perspicacity and courage. Given this kind of leadership in the global monetary system it might be wondered how the VXX remains pinned down at nearly all-time lows. The answer apparently is that the tables at our monetary Jonestown are now getting packed end-to-end.

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Re: Waste heat

Well, in that Neal Stephenson story, the submerged RTG was boiling the water, which tended to attract pirates, which then had to be fended off with an electromagnetic gatling gun.

Other than that... you will probably attract tropical fish. And this will then seamlessly morph into the situation where you have to widen Earth's orbit to get rid of all the HEAT!

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Re: We're Doomed

Why? Are you alluding to Aaron Schwartz here?

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Re: Security risks

This idea is racist to custards!

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Re: what about getting hit by a freak wave...

who cares if everything at the bottom of the food change gets nuked

Planetary engineering sure has come of age!

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Re: @boltar

A nuclear reactor sitting on a platform is a sitting duck for any halfwit terrorist with a grudge not to mention the elements.

Terrorist plows into a large floating concrete platform. Terrorist sinks.

Elements plow into large floating concrete platform. Elements pass.

The stupid "it won't work because a) terrorists b) mother nature" is really getting on my wick. With that kind of attitude, not using fire after the last ice age might have looked like the safe option.

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So what do you think?

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Re: Containment Solution?

I'm specifically thinking about the possibility of cod and chips from the local chip shop being a bit cheaper, because they'll get the cod already cooked.

Please explain how you expect this to happen.

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Re: Security risks

What if a well organised terrorist group attacks from sea and steals the delicious enriched uranium?

These platforms are easy to defend.

And the way things are going AI-wise, you will just buy a container of Aperture Science Turrets and put them at strategic points. Problem solved.

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Re: Godzuki...

SPIRIT OF BRUNEL

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Re: Krugmanshima

It might be made too obvious that political interference in engineering is inadvisable.

Next you will be saying that political meddling in the economy is unwise.

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Re: .. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?

Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home

Hmmm....

Fukushima 2.25 -- The Humanitarian Crisis

The miniscule risks outlined by all these studies do not justify the continued harm and devastation perpetrated upon the Fukushima refugees. Except for the small, highly contaminated areas adjacent to the reactors which should stay off-limits until remediated, the risk of cancer and death from the increased use of coal and gas since the disaster has provided much more risk to the population of the Tohoku region, and to Japan as a whole, than any radiation effects from Fukushima.

Simply stopping smoking, which is rampant in Japan, would more than erase any risk from Fukushima, even for those who do not smoke.

This is cold comfort to the families of the elderly who died unnecessarily because of the forcible evacuation from hospitals and care homes during the accident, something admitted by the government. Since all radiation effects decrease dramatically with age, these people were in no health danger from the radiation at all and died pointlessly.

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Re: I'm no MIT...

like my fish with two eyes and a tail

"Anomalocarida, beasts with rotated heads and dangerous finned mutants! EDIACARIDAE!! Protect the world from the encroachment. HELP US STOP THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION!"

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even greater Green opposition

GOOD!

TROLL THEM UNTIL THEY BLEED!

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Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

> For every reason except planning consent

Run those other reasons by me again, I forget. Some commentard let rip on those but never bothered to go into details...

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Re: Funny

Well, why weren't you at Ballmer's Meeting?

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

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Re: What happened to contrast?

Have you heard about the new rules on Legionella compliance?

I don't have that font, where can I download? Thx.

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What's wrong with Jabba the Hutt refusing to adhere to the "mobile computing" craze?

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"For the older olds, the retina display is already here."

Have you actually seen the way your order is fulfilled in the shop? You might change your mind if you had.

Tell us more, good sir.

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

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Re: Too good to be true...

This IS the age of Quantitative Self-Easing, after all.

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Re: What I want to know ..

Do transcendental meditation in a GoogleBox cozily embedded in the GoogleSpace, with colored balls in attendance.

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ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated

When we come back: RESEARCHERS CONFIRM THAT THE HALTING PROBLEM HAS BEEN SOLVED BY A TURING MACHINE!

After this message...

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Re: "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MEGA-FAIL IS DISCOVERED ?"

ANNOUNCE ON APRIL 1ST FOR THE LULZ!

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Re: Open Source Funding...

There is a better way to fund software development. It's where developers work for real money, and sell their products.

That's beside the point. That business model exists and it delivers shite, too, though it may manage to created more polished products.

One could also have megacorpses like Larry's dump a few kilobucks on the provider of the SSL functionality of what turns out to be a fat part of his product lineup, judging by the patch hurl released yesterday,

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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Well, THAT show is currently still ongoing. For example in lovely Italy.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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"Warfighters"? Faggot (in the nongay sense) detected!

Poor communications, weak management and a lack of communications with government agencies is leaving many large enterprises vulnerable to targeted cyberattacks, according to former US Homeland Security boss Tom Ridge.

This coming from a full-on eejit who survives by spending the evenings on the cocktail circuit and who then goes on to compare people who have to actually work for their money (yeah, this is still done in the century of "Quantitative Easing Infinity" - isn't that amazing!) with a sector of the "economy" that extracts money -- by hook or by crook -- from the people who have to perform said meaningful economic activity and that then doesn't manage to secure anything, much less manages to prevent anything, doesn't know how much it costs, couldn't add the figures if it knew, and generally produces only a diarrhea of "papers" and "laws" exhorting and forcing other people to do what it thinks is good for them (and assumes that all of that has zero cost anyway).

Yes it is that bad.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Clearly an Anonymous Cowardesse. Or else, cheap bait.

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

Probably NSFW

OP starts off with:

I considered name changing for this, but, fuck it. We have a dedicated post-sex cleanup area on the bedside table. A box of tissues, a small bin, and a beaker of clean water for temporary cleaning/dunking while the bathroom is occupied by me. Apparently our penis beaker is strange and not the done thing. Does everyone else just lay there in a sticky post coital glow until morning? Really?

And someone answers:

Have never heard of this. And used to be quite the harlot, so really think I would have seen in, if it were a common thing. But maybe my tastes just run to the unwashed...?

My cow-orkers caught me while eye-bulging... I would rather be caught on 4chan, but I LOLLED!

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Re: Information of value

mums?

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

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"And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat"

I love the smell of fractional reserve banking in the morning.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Our planz for the V2 hafe been stollen!

But Frau Merkel schläft jetzt. HERGOTT!

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New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING

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It hasn't even begun.

something is on the move

I predicted this would happen!

After "Chelyabinsk out of nowhere" and "Moon Impact on 9/11", the heavenly signs are quickening.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: Fair dues...

An don't forget the unicorn oil, made from freshly pressed young unicorns.

But Apple sure seems hot on getting its percentage of the Quantitative Easing money tsunami,

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Confused?

And still they come.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Socialism in Software Development...

I haven't seen Stallman running around, putting guns to people's head and demanding moneytaxescontributions.

OTOH, I have seen lots of people running off with BSD and GNU work, unwilling to put up a single cent or contribute any code whatsoever.

In other words: Your glib bullshit betrays a profound ignorance of what the difference is between "donations" and "reallocations"

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Focus

if 'everyone' does it how does anyone get accused?

Listen buster, we are not putting a sizeable percentage of the population in jail for loong stretches because they took a puff or two so that you can go about muddying the waters!

Your papers, PLEASE!

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Re: software should be updated to use the new version, 1.0.1g.

I don't even know why they use the lettering in the first place.

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Re: Dodgy website admins

From the BSD license:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY [COPYRIGHT HOLDER] ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL [COPYRIGHT HOLDER] BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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Re: Is this news?

accept the technical debt of falling back to the comfort of SQL

IT marketing has jumped the shark.

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it does have a complicated set of data relationships – "one to one relationships and one to many relationships and many to many relationships," explained Butcher

In the 21st century, texts with more than 140 characters are tl;dr and N-to_n relationships are "complicated".

Its database is needed to reflect these many relationships [The key is in the name, chaps.—Ed.

No, Ed, the "relational" does not come from these "relationships", it comes from the fact that one expresses the relationship between "attributes" using a "relation" (aka a "table") -- as opposed to a set of pointers as was the custom up to Codd.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Makes sense

Put simply, space science fits largely in the "guns" category of "guns or butter".

Correct. Space Keynesiansim brings you a bit farther than War Keynesianism, but it's not a panacea - just allocation of productive capital from the taxpayer to projects the government finds good and from there into the pockets of contractors.

Seeing how 30 billion dollar somehow went AWOL in Sochi, and Russia still being a illiberal basket case economically, I'm not even sure how to feel about all of this.

And now a message from our sponsors:

MOON annexation by RUSSIA will be like a NEW MUNICH! Roll back the NEW HITLER!! Act now! HILLARY 2017!!!

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Check the news. Communism has been dead as dead since 1989 or so.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Also, outside of the Linux Kernel Mailing list, has anyone ever seen a code review actually catch a problem? I sure as hell haven't.

You could be a sushi chef for all we know, so your lack of relevant encounters might find an easy explanation.

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Re: The real problem is C

ban C

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In favour of...?

Oh, please.

2014, and there are still "C fast and C furious" public dangers being deposited on my information highway due to morbidly retarded curricula combined with the attitude of the unstoppable coding matador.

And use the fucking static code checkers. Use them.

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Re: Given the choices:

I am pretty sure I have hit the "donate" button rather more often than $MYBOSS.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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