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Crooks target Target: 40 MILLION bank cards imperiled in cyber-heist

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Re: Insider Job?

It's called "cash", though with the "war on cash" by our administrative overlords (not averse to kicking in doors to verify 'provenance' if the sum reaches 4 digits), it has become a bit dangerous.

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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

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Re: Nonsense! LTO-6 now, upcoming LTO-7 and LTO-8

Obama will just outlaw them.

Problem solved.

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Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

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Complexity is now going through the roof

Goddammit!

I'm currently getting owned by systemd. WHY!

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Re: Heisenbug?

But Gnome 3.10 will collapse your stuff, so it's all good.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: So, it can be done....

These days: Genius == Able to do more with a computer than read Facebouque

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Pretty sure the next thing will be motherboards with various "pressure sensors" needed during "testing" that someone "forgot" to remove during the production run. And which just happen to be queryable from WebGL libraries.

Yeah.

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Re: So?

HERPERS DERPERS! YOU A GENIUS!

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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

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Analysts will analyze, film at 11

> Cisco ... you're missing the point.

What is the point?

> The financial markets look to Oracle as a bellwether of the health of the IT industry

The "financial markets" are made up of clowns that need to clown lest the music stops.

For me all this just means that in an bubble atmosphere of the worst sort anything can happen and random interpretations can be pulled out of random arses.

We also may have Oracle cannibalizing its own customer base for a last hurrah but this is yet another problem.

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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Re: Well, after I used the RAC's recovery service

Glad you didn't respond. Their services must seriously hurt.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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The fact that the Ada programming language has been named after a clearly oppressed member of the female side of humanity, cruelly exploited by patriarch Babbage and even today belittled as his "sidekick" and a "dilettante" is itself a sign of the oppression. In this case, males typically apply obfuscation to cover up subconscious guilt at the creation of a formulation and machinization of militaristic thought the use of which is the control of inherently chauvinistic killing machines. Do not be deceived!

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An unsolvable decision problem

Feminism is a self-satire of know-nothing princesses trying to cook up up an inedible mix of both victimization and juvenile omnipotence fantasies at the same time, porked up with freudian jargon and if need be random words of marxist cant.

As was the case of Sokal's hoax about postmodernist thinking, it is à priori undecidable whether anything coming from that corner is serious or not.

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Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

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Re: Young whippersnappers

The Japanese Kohai-Sempai system has its uses....

"Much to learn, grasshopper!"

On the other hand, it is even more unsettling when the young ones are even more conservative than oneself or are beholden to technical lore valid 15 years ago.

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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

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Re: Mostly Harmless

Yeah, the anal probing has seen a serious uptick around here the last fifteen centuries.

What is the Galactic Empire doing about that??

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

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Re: Eligibility

So say we all.

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Re: Pissing up the wall man

You wouldn't like cosmic urine rays ripping your DNA to smithereens.

Please be civil!

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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one lonely beer on five days each week

AUSTERITY HAS GONE TOO FAR!

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Resellers, distributors - your countdown to oblivion starts NOW

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Re: Profit and value-add...

An arbitrageur makes a profit (he wouldn't do it if he didn't think he has a better than even chance of making a profit), but doesn't actually add value.

Whether merchants, speculators and "arbitrageurs" provided a "valuable economic service" under the watchful eye of God has been extensively discussed during the middle ages.

The general consensus was yes....

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Don't listen to Snowden ... Intel: We've switched on CPU crypto for Hadoop

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Re: Bollocks, say I.

Belgium is NATO, right? Belgium is part of America! Everything is part of America.

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ALERT! Fling that FIERY HP Chromebook 11 charger back at Google

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Oh Rachael!

Do Androids start a fire while you sleep?

(No wait, it's a ChromeOS)

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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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Re: When all your eggs are in one azure coloured basket . .

Every imperial mothership has escape pods!

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Factories are too DULL for Google's robo-dreams: Behold the GATAMAMs

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Re: Optional

As long as they are STRONGER than the gaggle of politicians currently trying to open a PORTAL to HIMMLER'S BUBBLE UNIVERSE HOLIDAY RESORT, they can have all the fluffy cat stroking they want.

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Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

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mcvax!moskvax!kremvax!chernenko

In Putin's Russia, encryption uses you!

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Most

Life would by like a manly Perry Rhodan novel!

And hopefully not like that PKD story, "The Man in the High Castle".

But you must note that the US had Goddard (ignored) and the Soviets had Korolev (sent to the gulag to mine coal until death until there was a sudden impressive need for expertise).

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Re: "Jade Rabbit" what a name !

Pass the mind bleach please.

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Thanks Obama!

Still when China set up their permanent moon base next year, plant a flag and claim it as a new territory, Mr. Obama can sit back and satisfied remembering the day he cut NASA funding.

Oh, so Obama cut back NASA and ate YOUR MOM's apple pie?

You can fault Obama for a lot but a cutter he ain't. He has the full power of the printing press behind him.

Proposed NASA Budget Cuts Spark Bitter Debate in Congress

A NASA authorization bill drafted by the Republican majority of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology proposes to slash NASA's funding to $16.6 billion for 2014 — $300 million less than it received in 2013, and $1.1 billion less than President Obama requested for NASA in 2014. The bill — which authorizes spending levels but provides no actual funding — would roll back NASA’s funding to a level $1.2 billion less than its 2012 budget. Democratic members of the committee spoke strongly against the proposed cuts, which Republicans say are necessary under the federal sequestration cuts prompted by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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Re: Communist nations 2, Capitalist nations 1

The commies are now the USA:

MUH SPENDIN'

MUH PENTAGON SPENDIN'

Holy shit, there was some laissez-faire under all that lard, I am sure....

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Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!

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She said that they encountered a "particularly rare" problem

There was a huge black swan blocking the entrance.

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Avago Technologies chomps up LSI for BEELLLIONS - in CASH

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Leveraged Buyout Tyme!

As is the custom, done on friday so that one can hit the funhouse early.

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Re: Tip of the iceberg

I thought the delivery companies were in the business of doing exactly that?

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Whatever happened to "Sod that, Imma changing muh job"?

No changing jobs anymore? Oh well.

"The union wants Amazon to use the collective bargaining agreements in the mail order and retail industry in the country as the basis for how it pays its workers. But the mega etailer insists that its employees are from the logistics sector and are paid above-average wages for that industry."

I can't comment about the "above-average wages" but for me they are definitely in the logistics sector. If they were retail or mail order one would see them or speak to them. No such thing occurs.

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Re: So that's why they're moving to Poland

Please explain where Amazon is in the dock about taxes.

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: Google

Or they are going for the True AI route under cover of contextual ad serving.

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Re: And then

> An excel spreadsheet full of macros comes in by email to the senior auditor.

The company sending it didn't read the specification.

Buh-bye, end of contract.

"The customer is always right."

"The customer wants non-Microsoft-locked-in stuff."

"DEAL WITH IT!"

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Re: €30 million @Chemist 09:18

Who cares about savings. You could save by cutting down the german administrative fervour. Has any comparative study been done on what savings that would bring?

But in this case, having more control, down to the actual source, over the system that you are working with daily instead of being beholden to a US-based guy throwing chairs and changing strategic direction on a whim who is also trying to shaft you to keep up with the stockmarket bubble? Worth every Pfennig.

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

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For those in the orbit of the current raging debates

There was some discussion about this on Prof (not boffin) Peter Woit's blog

2014 Milner Prizes

Last March an Oscar-style ceremony hosted by Morgan Freeman was held in Geneva (see here) to award the 2013 $3 million Milner Prize to Princeton string theorist Alexander Polyakov. Tomorrow an even more lavish ceremony designed to turn “Oscars of Science” into instant multi-millionaires will be held in Mountain View, California (see here). It will feature Kevin Spacey, Conan O’Brien and Glenn Close, one of whom will presumably award the 2014 $3 million Milner string theory Prize to either Polchinski, Green/Schwarz, or Strominger/Vafa.

Milner-Zuckerberg Prizes for Mathematics

At the Hollywood-style awards ceremony last night for $3 million string theory and biomedical research prizes, it was announced that Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg will now start funding something similar in mathematics, called the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. ... I’ve written extensively about the “Fundamental Physics Prize” and what I see as the worst problem with it (heavily rewarding and propping up a failed research program). While many physicists are privately unhappy about this prize and its effects, few prominent ones are willing to speak publicly with their name attached, since this kind of mouthing-off could turn out to be personally extremely expensive.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: It's called the 9/11 Rule:

The more so because "9/11" had nothing to do with "connecting dots", it had to do with FBI infighting (moles being shut down out of pure spite and bureaucratic put-downs at the right moment) and possibly shenanigans about covering up a long-running deal with a mobster hitman.

No technical system is going to help with that. Unless you get all the stupid out of the system and give everything to AIs.

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Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

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Re: "May" means nothing

Remember that if you have got the money, Intel will adapt its stuff for you, which is, and I cite, "Intel's answer to easily configurable, custom-built ARM-compatible chips".

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Re: Pat Gelsinger

"Maybe Google can't afford to let that go unanswered and want to fab their own silicon in the US too."

Mercantilist preening as driver for entering a lower level of the application stack doesn't sound like a formula for big success.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: What if you Miss.

It will be strongly attenuated by the atmosphere and the rest will just continue on its way along the path with zero proper time and slowly spread out.

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Re: Evil Auditor Re incoming cruise missiles

What, like Iraq, where the Allies sorted the major insurgency and put a balanced political system in power, only for the Shia to get greedy and stuff it all up? ... Anbar Awakening took care of the worst of the problems (that and kicking Moqtada Sadr's arse twice).

Woah this is beyond retarded. Or else someone gets his news exclusively from Amurrica Fuck Year Raha-Rah Tacticool Operations mags.

Probably thinks we should bomb Syria for freedom and stuff. Coz the rebels are all cuddly mockracy-loving Sunni and will pile into evil guy Bashar and kick some arse. Yeah.

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> A good alien invasion would really do wonders for Earth though.

Indeed. Earth would finally take on its final "cheese" form, like the Moon.

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Re: Reflective Shell ?

So why is the mirrored bumper still hot despite being a highly reflective surface?

Apart from bog-standard heat transfer from the rest of the vehicle.

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Re: Ask The Physicist

When in doubt, choose X-Ray.

It handily beats phased plasma rifles in the 40 watt range.

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Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

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Re: nanny mozilla strikes again

> and I often don't have the time to drop everything and upgrade Java

You better get your lazy arse in gear and employ half an hour to do something productive, then.

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Yeah, so why does it also all of the following too:

1) have unrestricted accesses the Internet

2) run applets via the Java plugin

3) is not being change-managed and/or rolled back every evening to a defined state

4) has no further security measures

5) is running windows

Failure does not come from sticker printing.

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UK.gov chucks another £260m at MOOC-based cyber security training

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"At a time of general austerity and cost cutting"

"Ah, yes. Let the peons think this is so. Then we can bake in glory in peace." (Exit a mysterious robed figure heading for the NYT economic opinions column)

Krugman and British Austerity

[Although Krugman] asserts that British policies have simply been to "slash spending," he neglects that Britain ignored the advice of free-market supporters by increasing tax rates significantly, such as raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 50 percent, the capital-gains-tax rate to 28 percent, and the value-added-tax rate to 20 percent. More damaging to his view, as can be seen on tables 25 and 27 of this Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) document, British spending has experienced no significant cuts and still represents a sharp increase compared to prerecession levels.

Although British spending as a percent of GDP fell mildly from 51.1 percent in 2009 to 49.8 percent in 2011, this level still signifies a massive increase in spending from 2007 levels of 43.9 percent of GDP. Similarly, although the British deficit as a percent of GDP fell from 11 percent in 2009 to 9.4 percent in 2011, this deficit still amounts to a huge surge compared to the 2007 level of only 2.8 percent and, with the exception of this recession, exceeds all other deficits in Britain since World War II.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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Re: Ominous.

> republicans are driven by libertarian fervor

I don't think the words you use have the meaning that you think they have.

Republicans are big-state conservatives, they just to tax & spend for as much as democrats, or at least do not manage to do otherwise. This is called "bipartisan consensus": spending other people's money to mind other people's business, while doing some welfare on the side. If one can squeeze it in, grill some sandpeople for fun & profit.

Libertarians are something completely different.

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Re: Put up or shut up

Aren't you saying that we actually MUST hear from Bezos again?

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Just add crystals for healing

So what is "magnetic resonance"? Sounds appropriately Guru Level for Apple.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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For the LULZ

Pretty sure

sudo rm -rf/*

would just yield an error message.

Sadly

sudo rm -rofl /

is also a no-no, but would be very nice to have.

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