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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: Andy's digitals ain't dandy

It's about marketability.

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880 KiB on the 3.5'' floppy

My first box of ten floppy was Nashuatec-branded....

It's like it was yesterday.

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

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Nyah Nyah.

This quarter's results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,

Currently studying Microsoft solution for large-scale deployment.

There is nothing there except licensing omnishambles, unclear and muddy technological contraptions, anecdotal evidence that "it worked for other companies", proprietary interfaces for no good reason, and extortion. And fear of Microsoft suddenly bringing unpalatable changes to "Improve their technologies".

It's like an expensive model train set, but you don't get to have model train - just a license ensemble which expires in 3-4 years.

But it's on because "everyone is already using Microsoft" and the numbers, though big, can be absorbed.

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Facebook: Need help click-farming? Check out our NEWSWIRE

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Just as planned

One particularly dismal future is FB Newswire highlighting a story that a multitude of journalists write about.

From the NYT "Russians disguised as Babushkas in Gdansk" to "Munich/New Hitler" WH proclamation to a bombing run in 15 minutes, stat!

The future is Stand On Zanzibar.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

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I am pretty neutral about this.

Net Neutrality always was a bizarre idea, like socializing prices to a scare resource. Looking at healtcare, this results in lousy service and long waiting queues.

Now, will Big Content fug things up or will there be better networks for appropriately moneyed customers? It could go either way.

Anyway, the next big crash is coming, we will see how the landscape looks after that.

Or not.

My time preference is currently rather low, so I shall opt for buying popcorn.

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: Apple would have thrown in a few bucks

Well, it's not like it is SITTING there.

Unless Apple really wants to see it nuked by the central bank's printing presses.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Packing Some Heat

But why would it go off?

The NAA .22 Long Rifle is the most popular Mini-Revolver ever produced. With the many current accessories, it is versatile for many applications and is the standard by which other Mini-Revolvers are judged.

Yes, I see.

As with every NAA Mini-Revolver, the hammer need not rest on an empty chamber. Using the original half-way notch cylinder, the hammer may rest safely and securely without chance of accidental discharge.

So that's ok. then.

On the other hand, some unfriendly molecules may leak onto the mucuous membrane.

Still, how DID she come up with that idea? Women these days...

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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

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That crack pipe sure is hot stuff, mon. We rollin'!!

"Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic"

Meanwhile, in the real world:

Tales FromThe Chinese Ponzi: An Orgy Of Borrowing, Building and Speculating Like Never Before

Much has been said here and elsewhere about not only China’s ghost cities – that final resting place where trillions in Chinese GDP “fixed investment” goes to quietly die but not before contributing to over half of China’s GDP – over the past five years, but also about the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble in the past several months now that the Beijing Politburo has drastically slowed down the pace of loan creation and the country has shocked its bond investors by admitting failure is an all too real possibility...

This Is Crazy! Current Leveraged Recap Binge Is Clone Of 2007 Mania

This eruption of late cycle bubble finance hardly needs comment. Below are highlights from a Bloomberg Story detailing the recent surge of leveraged recaps by the big LBO operators. These maneuvers amount to piling more debt on already heavily leveraged companies, but not to fund Capex or new products, technology or process improvements that might give these debt mules an outside chance of survival over time.

No, the freshly borrowed cash from a leveraged recap often does not even leave the closing conference room—it just gets recycled out as a dividend to the LBO sponsors who otherwise hold a tiny sliver of equity at the bottom of the capital structure. This is financial strip-mining pure and simple—-and is a by-product of the Fed’s insane repression of interest rates.

Rudolf Havenstein Draghi Speaks: Debt Default Is Our Aim; Hidden Wage Depreciation Is Our Means

I always thought that Mario Draghi was a complete dunce on fundamental economics, but he has now sealed the case in his own words. The reason the ECB is about ready to unleash its own version of QE, it seems, is that “moar inflation” would facilitate a creeping default on euroland’s massive public and private debts—-an albatross that ranges from 350% to 500% of GDP for most of its member states...

"Yo mon, you hear that rumble? Figure we have rolled onto train tracks? Have another toke.."

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Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

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Re: and in the near future

"You heard it here first :)"

No.

But is there a special meaning to "Nakamoto" or not?

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Re: This is America Man...

"IF YOU WANT TO THROW PRONOUNS AROUND WILLY-NILLY, YOU REALLY HAVE NO-ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF"

Somehow I find this statement politically uplifting.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: yeah, well

It'll happen very quickly _after_ the first city gets levelled.

That was the idea in "Rendezvous with Rama" where Italy gets righteously flattened from above.

But isn't there a risk that some automatic nuke launch system will be triggered, at which point the next asteroid is the least of our worries? Are these things off hairtrigger autoresponse? I am not sure...

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Re: yeah, well

If the causal connection can't be established, then how can we know with any certainty that the big bang occurred?

I don't even know that YOUR MOM occurred, so what are you on about?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Fake

Grinding: The Aiki Way!

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Considering how clothing much many builders wear in the summer, she's quite well covered up really.

That is because THOSE TORSOS are basically sun-dried shrapnelled leather hide covered under a matting of MANLY FUR!

Not the case hear.

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

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C - the leech theraphy of coding. It will never go away!

Let the witch doctors speak!

C is good, very good.

It doesn't even have Modules, FFS.

Can you suggest a language that A: solves all the possible programmer errors that are possible in C while running on the bare metal and not inside of a virtual machine

"I want to have FTL travel, meanwhile I will defend my Zimmer Frame equivalent of coding for no particular reason!".

21st century: Programming applications "to the bare metal" and other retardations of the conservative or ignorants.

You can write bullet proof code in assembler, you just need to know what you're doing.

You also need a very large team, lots of time and lots of money in that case. Nope, you won't get them.

C does not have the exclusive license on bad or insecure code.

"WIth that kind of plus, we can only win."

Code which needs to run particularly quickly and efficiently may require the use of a lower-level language, even if a higher-level language would make the coding easier

Surprising generalities from Jimbo's Bag Of Trivia!

Seriously, WTF? I anything being tought in schools today?

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Madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome

Color me pessimistic but...

"Too busy coding"

"Writing in C"

Those are not good words.

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

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Re: Is it just me...

"It's the Octocats. There are OCTOCATS EVERYWHERE!!"

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In fairness, I have been for some time in this business and I *have* seen the case where a superior went completely off-base, dishing out the complete harassment menu. Then the guy's wife called up and accused her. When the lady tried to get a hearing at the posh office level the old boys network just closed ranks and she was basically shunted to the basement and things were being sat on until she resigned.

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PWOAAARR!

Julie Horvath ... had her code pulled by a staff member

...but was the code any good?

when she refused to sleep with him, and after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders

While I do understand the sleeping bit, I do not understand why her code would be pulled "after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders".

It sounds like a weird conflation of the Monty Python "job interview" and a standard Benny Hill production.

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WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case

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A “complex multiplier"

Yeah, those numbers from ℂ are a well-kept secret.

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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GOOD!

A rollback to 1953 or so.

Can the Americans now go and look after their own problems before this gets really out of hand?

And please take the stupid NATO general secretary with ya. Time for a visit to the Fletcher Memorial Home.

Amateur Hour in Ukraine

President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia as a great power- and certainly not as an equal.

Recently, Sen. John McCain, the voice of America’s ignorant right, sneered that Russia was merely “a gas station masquerading as a country.” Gas stations do not produce the likes of Tolstoy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, or the very smart Vlad Putin. They do, however, produce puny intellects like McCain.

The US and NATO are now trying to impose a second Brest-Litowsk on Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia can not return to being a world power. Stalin undid Brest-Litowsk. Vlad Putin is determined that the punitive eastern version of the “Versailles Treaty” will not be again imposed on Mother Russia. Pity the poor Ukrainians caught between the crushing millstones of East and West.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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THAT'S NOTHING

"Our" politicians believe that UKRAINE IS OURS ("we’re going to lose eastern Ukraine", Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN)) and that WHAT'S GOOD FOR ISRAEL IS GOOD FOR THE US (no citations needed) and "our" economists (as well as the Fed Chairman) believe that PRINTING MONEY UPS GDP AND THERE WILL BE FULL EMPLOYMENT BY 2016. This is what Yellen actually said!

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, agreed with Lefkowitz that such campaigns are a challenge, but suggested that they could be overcome with sufficient public pushback, as was done with smoking and its link to cancer.

Please not. I have had it with the progressive social engineering experiments. They always end in tears and unintended consequences.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Re: Or Ethernet

> God only knows what he said when he saw SCSI

Well, the Mac had the usual SCSI Centronics port IIRC.

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Re: Or Ethernet

That doesn't make any sense at all. Ethernet for ages used thick coaxial cable and thin coaxial cable and it worked very well unless the terminating impedance fell off. There were even cheap coaxial Ethernet kits coming in something like pringle boxes that you could order up to connect your cheap Taiwan-made PCs together. It took a bit for Ethernet to be moved to UTP cabling and that was done not because of pluggability by the unwashed masses but because administrators liked the star topology. Although the university departments suddenly needed large cable ducts running along corridors...

Course, the coax was killed dead once one needed a medium able to survive high bandwidth while not locking up due to contention.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Re: The Red Planet

The wavelength would be similar to voltage in a wire, with the amount of photons being equivalent to amperage.

Quantum mechanics says no.

5 photons at wavelength X are not the same as 1 photon at wavelength X/5.

The former keep you warm. The latter excites your chlorophilll molecule.

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

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Never underestimate the use of a good lobbyist to procure excellent wines and company.

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Re: Built out of modular components?

Is that game still in development?

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

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Re: Credit cards? Yes, I’ve heard of them.

Not for long, my friend. Not for long. Hold still, this won't hurt a bit...

The International War on Cash

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Fiddling while Chrome burns!

Yes, this is a William Gibson reference.

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Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

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Re: is it just me...

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Too young to remember The Great Moderation of the Volker Fed?

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Re: Marrissa has worked pretty hard

Jesus Christ Don, are you an elder professional writer writing from a luxurious and well-maintained mountain resort, possibly with a well-stacked gun rack on your right and a half-empty whiskey glass on your right?

I may not agree with everything you write but it is always good reading.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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There are no atheists in the IT foxholes.

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Re: Piffle

Firstly - way to go inventing a new word

Not at all. IIRC, in that "Hitler hiding in a resort in Folkstone" Monty Python skit, the words were "I am not a racialist ... ABER ..."

@Don Jefe:

I don't want this to come off wrong, but I think 'the Jews' may have history's worst case of Inerphalangeal Arthrodesis (fused knuckles) and it results in a pointing finger always extended outward. I realize and group of people is going to be comprised of all sorts, but people have hated the Jews since before Romulus and Remus found a hill with good drainage to set their tent on.

Unfortunately you are Not Entirely Wrong and I also laughed. When one pretends to be "part of" some ethno-religious cult of not entirely clean pedigree it is of some use to reflect on oneself. I hear I am am partly Jewish, so I may Abraham forgive me!

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Re: "Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic"

Conflation of Israel and Jews is not particularly consequential in this circumstance, but is very harmful in others.

You may want to tell that to the Israeli government and legislature who like to conflate the two, forcefully if need be.

State. Religion.

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

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Re: All those in Ukraine cheering for Russia...

That day will not come if our colleagues in the warrooms of crazy have their day.

The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War

Following a 13-year rampage that began in stricken Afghanistan well after Osama bin Laden had fled, then destroyed Iraq beneath a false flag, then invented a “nuclear rogue” in Iran, dispatched Libya to a Hobbesian anarchy and backed jihadists in Syria, the US finally has a new cold war to supplement its worldwide campaign of murder and terror by drone.

A NATO Membership Action Plan or MAP – straight from the war room of Strangelove – is General Breedlove’s gift to the new dictatorship in Ukraine. “Rapid Trident” will put US troops on Ukraine’s Russian border and “Sea Breeze” will put US warships within sight of Russian ports. At the same time, NATO war games throughout eastern Europe are designed to intimidate Russia. Imagine the response if this madness was reversed and happened on America’s borders. Cue General “Buck” Turgidson.

WWIII breaking out with a Presidential Nobel Peace Prize Winner in charge whose prize acceptance speech was an unapologetic statement of his right to bomb anyone, anywhere?

The Goddess of History has a very snarky attitude.

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Re: "Jews need to register in Russian-controlled Ukraine" and other shite.

"False flag propaganda. Who'd a thunk it?"

Exactly! But what will stick in the mind of our compatriots? The initial headline. Corrected a day later on page 4.

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"Jews need to register in Russian-controlled Ukraine" and other shite.

2014.

In "western media", you get either the Rihanna arsewiggle or your 15 minutes of Putin hate. Or an Obamacare success story.

Every. Single. Day.

Additionally, the chocolate rations have gone up from to 10 grammes dailygovernment bond interest rate has gone down to 0.6% p.a. Things are decidedly looking up!

Or let me just cite Justin Raimondo, who is better at pamphleteering than I am:

Why The Warfare State Demonizes Ramshackle Russia: To Stay In Business

Putin’s open hostility to Bush’s hegemonist pretensions provoked an ever-escalating blast of fury from the neoconservatives, who idolized the thieving oligarchs the Russian leader had jailed or banished, elevating a bevy of unmitigated scoundrels and outright criminals to the status of “political prisoners” and “dissidents.” In a sane world, someone who has cornered a lucrative market with the invaluable assistance of the Chechen Mafia is hardly a Gandhi-like figure, but the neocons aren’t choosy about their heroes.

This was the opening shot of a major War Party production, with all the familiar scenery and dialogue rolled out in a curious sort of historical drama that, nevertheless, is set in the present. Vladimir Putin plays the part of Stalin, who has been mysteriously reincarnated along with the alleged resurgence of Soviet-style authoritarianism, which Russia is supposedly “backsliding” into. The “backsliding” theme song is played over and over until the mantra becomes imprinted in the public mind.

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Which brings us to the latest development in the new cold war: the Snowden-haters are joining up with the Russophobes to construct a grand conspiracy theory that “explains” Snowden’s actions as an operation carried out by the Russian security services from the very beginning. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-NSA) made the accusation on the Sunday talk show circuit in an interview with regime lickspittle “journalist” David Gregory. Snowden “had help,” Rogers averred, and Diane Feinstein, sitting next to him, nodded in agreement. Snowden came out and mocked this absurd idea in an interview with the New Yorker, asking “Then why did I go to Hong Kong?” The conspiracy theorists are peddling the lie that Snowden stayed a night at the Russian consulate in Hong Kong – without bothering to show any evidence.

But who needs evidence when you’re constructing a “narrative” with no relation to truth?

Hey, let's not forget that Putin saved El Presidente's face when after he had painted himself into a corner over bombing Syria to smithereens (and make no mistake, those airstrikes were going to be infrastructure-flattening serious). Over what looks like a Turkey-engineered false flag attack, too. Woops, that story is already down the memory hole, isn't it?

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Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors

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To imagine

There is someone at the Chocolate Factory tasking with RAMMING SCREWDRIVERS DOWN USB PORTS.

The horror, the horror!

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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 @Rick Giles

But I served my time using GCOS on advanced military systems in the days before time, and I'm not afraid of the command line, I just can't be bothered with such a counter intuitive, user unfriendly approach these days.

Holy JFK at the Grassy Knoll, you operated operationally back in your youth and consider today's command line "counter intuitive and unfriendly"???? WHAT!

Well, let's just consider what it means when

"I want to do X"

1) Find out whether doing X is possible

2) Find out how to do X

3) Do X

4) Verify that X is done

5) Verify side-effects of doing X

6) Possible integrate "Do X" into an automation scenario,

Command line:

1) Generally Supported (apropos and man are your friend, I haven't been friendly with the GNU info ever)

2) Somewhat Supported, you may have to use Google

3) Generally Supported but may demand workarounds or Perl/Bash/Python/Tcl etc.

4) Generally Supported.

5) Somewhat Supported

6) Supported if you know Perl/Bash/Python/Tcl etc.

GUI:

1) Somewhat Supported (the "Help" may help, but generally does not)

2) Unsupported, you may have to use Google and even then will get screenshots and bad path descriptions that changed at last release

3) Supported if some good soul foresaw you might be "doing X", Unsupported otherwise.

4) See 3)

5) See 3)

6) Mostly Unsupported.

Personally, I believe the future is in a merging of these approaches - Graphics on the Command Line, if you will, but only as needed, and without all the crap clutter of modern windowing systems.

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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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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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STARVING ARTISTS!

And Mickey Mouse CANNOT BUY CHEMO FOR ITS CANCER!

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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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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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