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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Re: Poor Design

Yup. The superconducting cooling fins didn't even reach the stratosphere. What sort of fucking design is THAT?

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Spasming out?

Sounds like someone pushed the hot buttons of a denytard here.

And who mentioned Occupywallstreet and Kyoto?

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Marvell stuck with $1.17 billion patent bill

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“Marvell’s decision to continue production despite this infringement action demonstrates Marvell’s apparent acceptance of the business and legal risks”

You got it, judge.

Business in America - It is risk-based.

If it isn't an "IRS audit" because you displeased some bureaucrat, it's "Intellectual Property" tripwires, "class action lawsuits" or NIMBY protesters out for a good time. Then unions wreck your shit.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Careful with axe of myths, Eugene!

In 1934 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created to regulate the airwaves and communications over wires – meaning it had to scrutinize the gigantic Bell telephone monopoly. Most telephone companies around the world at that time were state-owned monopolies, but Bell was a private giant, offering Americans the worst of all worlds: touchy-feely USSR-style customer service, and Robber Baron-era monopoly profits.

Not so fast with the presentation of Stuff that My Friendly Bureaucrat told me! Correct history is important for correct analysis. Think AT&T was unbridled capitalism and the FCC was created to fix that? Not so.

First, the FCC was the follower of the Federal Radio Commission, whose business was to regulate spectrum since the 20's, so creation of the FCC was not an idea that came out of nothingness.

Then, 1934 was the time of Mussolini-inspired state interventions all over the US. It was also the time of the neverending Great Depression. As today, these two things are very strongly linked, but that's for another time.

Big Phone was not to be shackled and controlled by the FCC. Big Phone had very good relations to Washington, D.C. Indeed, a bit early, Bell Illinois angled for a little bailout. As Murray Rothbard writes in "The Great Depression: The Hoover New Deal of 1932":

"If Hoover eagerly embraced the statism of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, he gave ground but grudgingly on one issue where he had championed the voluntary approach: direct relief. Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York led the way for state relief programs in the winter of 1931-1932, and he induced New York to establish the first state relief authority: the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, equipped with $25 million. Other states followed this lead, and Senators Costigan and LaFollette introduced a bill for a $500 million federal relief program. The bill was defeated, but, with depression deepening and a Presidential election approaching, the administration all but surrendered, passing the Emergency Relief and Construction Act of July, 1932 - the nation's first Federal relief legislation. Particularly influential in inducing Hoover's surrender was a plea for federal relief, at the beginning of June, by leading industrialists of Chicago. Having been refused further relief funds by the Illinois legislature, these Chicagoans turned to the federal government. They included the chief executives of Armour, Wilson, Cudahy, International Harvester, Santa Fe Railroad, Marshall Field, Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, Inland Steel, Bendix, U.S. Gypsum, A.B. Dick, Illinois Bell Telephone, and the First National Bank."

But let's get to the meat of the matter: Regulation. Is it meant to improve the consumers' lot and foster competition? Nope! It is meant to cement existing structures:

In Unnatural Monopoly: Critical Moments in the Development of the Bell System Monopoly by Adam D. Thierer [Cato Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1994 - yes I know ... KOCH BROTHERS!!], we read:

On regulation before the FCC:

Second, the initiation of extensive federal rate regulation is important because it propelled state regulatory commissions to follow suit by greatly extending the scope of their authority. By 1922, 40 of 48 states were regulating telephone rates (Noll 1991: 180), The public utility commissions at the state level immediately began to mimic federal policies established during World War I. Businesses and urban subscribers were charged more than rural customers to help extend service to distant locations. Likewise, long distance rates were averaged to ensure a company could not charge more for toll calls of the same distance. Robert Garnet (1985: 152) describes this state-based rate regulation: “Statewide rate averaging would eventually become a distinguishing feature of Bell System subscriber charges and would be embraced by regulators as a strategy for promoting the extension of telephone service to areas of marginal earnings potential.” And that is exactly what happened. By 1925 not only had virtually every state established strict rate regulation guidelines, but local telephone competition was either discouraged or explicitly prohibited within many of those jurisdictions. Third, by averaging rates geographically to artificially suppress rural rates, policymakers and regulators created a serious disincentive to local telephone competition. Few firms, after all, will seek to enter a market and offer service if they realize it is difficult, if not impossible, to undercut the subsidized service of the incumbent carrier.

Hence, universal service, the final element of AT&T’s strategy to eliminate competition, was in place thanks to the explicit actions of both federal and state legislators and regulators. Once AT&T’s motto was adopted as the nation’s de facto regulatory policy, no other firm was in a position to adequately extend service in accordance with the

new federal and state mandated social policy. The Bell monopoly was here to stay.

The FCC and Telephone Entitlement:

A few years later, this new unwritten law of the land was codified as the raison d’être of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the passage of the Communications Act of 1934. The commission was created, “for the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.”

In effect, every American was henceforth found to be entitled to the right to telephone service, specifically cheap telephone service. To carryout this difficult policy objective, the FCC was given sweeping powers. Beside its powers to regulate rates to ensure they were “just and reasonable,” the FCC was also given the power to restrict entry into the marketplace. Potential competitors were, and still are required to obtain from the FCC a “certificate of public convenience and necessity.” The intent of the licensing process was again to prevent “wasteful duplication” and “unneeded competition.” In reality, it served as a front to guard the interests of the regulated monopoly and the FCC’s social agenda. The overall hostility to competition by the FCC and the drafters of the legislation that gave birth to it is best illustrated by a 1988 Department of Commerce report on the development of the telecommunications industry. The report notes, “The chief focus of the Communications Act of 1934 was on the regulation of telecommunications, not necessarily its maximum development and promotion. [T]he drafters of the legislation saw the talents and resources of the industry presenting more of a challenge to the public interest than an opportunity for national progress” (164). Over time the FCC would come to see the Bell System simply as the implementor of its agenda. Consequently, it would continue to use its power in favor of AT&T when potential competitors threatened the firm’s hegemony. Their bureaucratic mismanagement of the radio spectrum (which was nationalized under the Radio Act of 1927) meant the most capable competitor of the era would never be given a chance to compete. Despite the fact that wireless technologies would be greatly developed in the near future, the possibility of serious wireless competition rising up to meet the Bell challenge in the first half of this century became less likely once government forces, instead of market forces, controlled how the spectrum was allocated. Just as the wireline technologies where subject to blatant political manipulation, the wireless spectrum became the tool of regulatory and special interests; competition was again dealt a severe blow.

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Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

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Larry don't care

He wanna get all the chickens onto the monetization conveyor belt, and Java on clients just ain't on the road to that kinda program.

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Re: Bah!

Freddy Mercury?

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Re: Lords of Kobol!

I say!

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Lords of Kobol!

I hope you came up with this yourself.

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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

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Re: Here's a bit of a change...

Don't make me mention ... OLIVER CROMWELL!

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Re: Here's a bit of a change...

This shall be remedied forthwith, I hope. It's like not making a joke about the holocaust.

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Texas Dellsaw massacre!

“You know, you learn in business school that you need the right CEO for different phases of a company. Clint Eastwood said famously in Magnum Force: 'A man's got to know his limitations'. MSD [Michael Dell seems] unaware of his.”

A strong statement. I don't see this at all. How exactly doesn't Michael Dell know his limitations?

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We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

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Definitely a few kernel fixes and probably a years or so until one knows the best way how this shall be used.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

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Re: The greys are coming

Only after the probing.

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Yahooligans! cower! as! COO! was! reportedly! SACKED! by! Mayer!

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Oh Marissa! "Sacked with benefits" - How can one say "no"?

It announced the move in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, and confirmed that de Castro would be given severance benefits.

I misread that as "would be given severe benefits".

What's wrong with me.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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The suspects were arrested before any preparations for an attack were put together.

Frankly, is this another "incite idiots to talk stupid, then arrest them under terrorist offences" kinda shit blue forces are pulling all over nowadays?

Also, should have used Truecrypt with hidden vaults.

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You must understand that quantum devices are of no fecking use against good old 3DES or any symmetric cipher.

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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So stop whining and become your own boss.

Capital has so much power

Derp.

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Amazon is not Italy.

I hear the working standards in some amazon warehouses are deplorable.

Yep, I heard that people are actually being forced to WORK there. It's frankly horrific,

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Unions are generally devices to give jobs to union leaders

John Carr, an IAM spokesperson, said Amazon had worked hard to ensure that staff didn't go for unionisation, in a statement carried by Delaware Online, Reuters and others.

And this is bad how?

"The workers at Amazon faced intense pressure from managers and anti-union consultants hired to suppress this organising drive,”

It didn't go my way. It must be a conspiracy!!

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Get with the program, gramps.

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THE NEST: THERMOSTATIC OVERLORDS!

I, for one, welcome them!

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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Nationalize it!

Why does Boeing even exist! It's not like they DO anything. How hard can it be to build planes with functioning batteries. My iPhone has one and it doesn't burn at all. Pretty clear that they knowingly cut corners and put lives in danger in search for excessive profit made on the back of exploited proletarians, quite a bit of which is anyway coming from taxpayers: subsidies and ruinously expensive contracts that the military-cretinous complex thinks it wants to gift itself. And now the bureaucrats and their immense oracles of deep knowledge have to be called in to check it AGAIN - for the Nth time. Does Boeing think these people are available on call? It's outrageous.

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Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

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Re: Using cheaper flash for servers

Feasible, though a test rig / lab experience seems to be called for. I am not sure the raid hardware knows about trim commands for instance.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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Re: Proving His Enemies Right

"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan."

Yeah, so what are you gonna do about it? Cruise around with yer faggot Carrier Battle Groups like a German Kaiser steaming around in front of Murocco?

I may remind you that it was the US that invented the plan to kill 250 million chinese as collateral damage by "bomb as you go" SAC sorties -- in case of a war with Russia, You can never be too sure.

Now shut up, admire how PRC finances the US government and go brownnose the progessive Hillary-Obama duo. Maybe you can get a fine job in their "Pivot to Asia" program.

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: Ice Ice Baby

No.

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How commentards do science: word analysis on a writeup by El Reg

Are you jesuiting and scarequoting around like that when your doctor tells you to stop drinking, too?

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ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

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Re: This is why

> We need to change the law to create an offence of "ideologically supporting terrorism"

We need to change the law to allow law-and-order commenters that are a bit cuckcoo to be handed over to the tender mercies of LA police officers who can then leisurely taser-torture them and beat them to death on camera.

Now, wait. It think it is already changed...

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"We don't know why the attacks are coming."

Evidently they are coming for the LULZ

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AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

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Re: graphics? buy a graphics card

Your wifebeater, sir!

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Re: A load of marketing hot air

I hope your are not actually in charge of procurement.

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Recompliation ain't never gonna push your code to the GPUs, mon.

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ASSAULT CORSE: Eager Walking Dead heads get a second series

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Nobody touches my Clementine!

Keep your hair short.

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: re: Random tours

REGULATIONS!

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Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems

it may achieve a quicker resolution overall

It sure got Jews out of Vienna quickly, back in the day.

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You heard it here first: Cartelization works!!

Cab licenses and permits help enforce standards of service. In general, cabs needs to be clean and well-maintained, drivers fit, properly licensed and trained, and fares assessed fairly and clearly posted. Service should be prompt, swift, and direct within reason and non-discriminatory.

ITT: People who actually believe that "licenses" and "permits" enforce "standards" (well, they DO enforce high prices and enable taxation).

Brands and customer discernement should "enforce" things nicely, thank you very much.

And sometimes I would like to exchange a cheap unregulated ride that is dirty for an mind-blowingly expensive one that is clean but has a grumpy driver complaining about how I want to only go 5 miles to boot.

People downvoting this are probably also the first that cry about "discrimination" when an indian takes their lousy job.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

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But, but ... MUH PAY GRADE!

You can do it yourself, now.

Stand up. Then sit down again.

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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Why are the MASONIC lodges with connection to the TELECOMMUNICATIONS industry?

A baffled person demands to know!

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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"built for creativity on an epic scale"

(Creativity not included. Must be bought separately.)

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Hackers slurp credit card details from US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus

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Black Helicopters

Okay.

I feel an NSA charm offensive ripening ...

Sources in the information security industry are telling El Reg that the Target breach involved installing malware on point-of-sale systems, a theory that's consistent with media statements by Target chief exec Gregg Steinhafel over the weekend.

Will the quick-to-call-for-the-gallows-crowd tone down this time, please?

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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Re: It can be enlightening

It's tiresome how The Big H is always the worstest guy though. Sure he is bad and he had unhinged state employees clustering around him and enabling him, but ....

Picture a black-and-white photo showing Churchill, Roosie and Hitler at Berchtesgaden discussing the next step in the so far successful war against Stalin.

It wouldn't have happened because Churchill was an irredeemable hater of all things german (even before WWI), but otherwise - not out of place at all. Just a little twist to history.

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Re: Worse, Dan Brown ?

The good thing is you can justify BOTH as an impulse buy.

Depending on your bus ride, either one or the other will get you thrown off at the next brownred light.

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Re: Comic Book Version??

"The Iron Dream" .... believe it or not, there are WORSE books out there.

Are you sure you are on the level?

Seriously, how much stylish cover can you take?

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Zion is a mainframe, isn't it?

"Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion"

> 2013

> Reading ancient tsarist secret service crud.

People have no taste.

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> anti-Semitic diatribe

Oh, COME ON!

Don't tell me you haven't actually read it? It's better than Dan Brown!

Of course, "The Iron Dream", one of Hitler's lesser known novels, is even better. Recommended by the The Other Socialist Party of Amerika!

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Meta search engines may infringe database rights: EU Court of Justice

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Keep your cars then.

Next: Moaning that people won't come to your site demeans your intellectual property.

Sure, it would be nice to have a REST interface and get pay 0.01 EUROCENT per query...

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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Re: Obsession with cost engineering

You are assuming free markets with perfect information, which don't exist.

I assume no such thing. Well, okay, I assume somewhat free markets otherwise the plan is to buddy up to some politician for some protectionism, quotas, regulations or creation of a "free trade 'zone'". But for that you need to be a big fish.

All of what you say is included in the statement "there is no such thing as a fair price"; you have to find the market and the correct price for that market (or the market has to find you). Yes, taking risks is part of the package.

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Re: Obsession with cost engineering

sales people that can get a fair price for the product

Sorry, fair prices don't exist.

The above means either that there are simply no customers for that particular product (demand is filled by cheaper products that are good enough) or that one cannot compete with other providers because the production costs are simply too high (demand is filled by equally good or even better products that are cheaper).

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An rousing story of unbridled capitalism!

...but 30 years already? This is bad.

Did anyone ever find any documentation about that machine in real life in continental Yurop?

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