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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Origins of WW1

There will always be profiteurs from war. Politicians and others.

"On March 18, 1914, on the very brink of the coming disaster, Philip Snowden, disease-wracked, crippled socialist labor leader rose in Commons to make a speech. When he had done, he had rocked the British Empire with his disclosures. For two years a young Quaker socialist named Walton Newbold had been tracing with infinite pains the tortuous trail of the international arms makers. And Philip Snowden had in his possession the fruits of that long quest when he rose to speak. One by one he pointed out cabinet ministers, members of the House, and named high-ranking officials in army and navy circles, persons of royal position, who were large holders of shares in Vickers and Armstrong, in John Brown and Beardmore, shipbuilders.

The profits of Vickers and Armstrong had been enormous, and the most powerful persons in the state and the church and the nobility had bought into them to share in the profits. Vickers had among its directors two dukes, two marquesses, and family members of fifty earls, fifteen baronets, and five knights, twenty-one naval officers, two naval government architects, and many journalists. Armstrong had even more — sixty earls or their wives, fifteen baronets, twenty knights, and twenty military or naval architects and officers, while there were thirteen members of the House of Commons on the directorates of Vickers, Armstrong, or John Brown. "It would be impossible," said Snowden, "to throw a handful of pebbles anywhere upon the opposition benches without hitting members interested in these arms firms."

Ministers, officers, technical experts moved out of the government, out of the cabinet, the navy, the army, the war office, the admiralty, into the employ of the munitions manufacturers.

Snowden quoted Lord Welby, head of the Civil Service, who only a few weeks before had denounced the arms conspirators. "We are in the hands of an organization of crooks," said Lord Welby. "They are politicians, generals, manufacturers of armaments and journalists. All of them are anxious for unlimited expenditure, and go on inventing scares to terrify the public and to terrify the Ministers of the Crown.""

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This jock-level joke is now tired.

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Re: The best bit?

You heard it here first: Everyone misunderstood Roy. He was just an EVE player.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: why are you such a whiny little bitch?

I hear those sugar-free Haribo Bears are pretty effective at getting the tight-arsed ones' liquids flowing again.

Those buttons are being pushed. Never fondle people's religions.

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

I can't remember ever having written about Samsung, and the only Samsung product I have is a flat panel display. Bad troll, unsuccessful stabs in the dark and lazy writing. 0/10.

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple @knarf

By nobody you all include the Reg articles that explicitly mentioned this point?

Sure sounds like higher-brow readership in here.

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

Except OSX isn't based on BSD: it's based on Mach with some BSD-alike bits.

I think you mean mostly BSD bits with a smattering of Mach microkernel underneath

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Re: I love the smell of Flame Bait on a friday

I wonder why it always comes down to "stock"?

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

It's more like BSD Unix saved them, right?

And then 10'000 USD cannot be found to pay the electricity bills.

Does anyone even remember Steve's gamble on NeXT that resulted in utter failure, but also utterly cool black boxes sitting on graduate students's desks? Anyone want to write up a "30 years of NeXT" next? It's gonna be soon.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Re: Lawsuit

Why? it's just the Starfleet emblem being covered up by NASA again.

High resolution images will not show much more.

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Re: As a windows phone owner

It's windows. Think it through.

Because Redmond sure doesn't.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Re: let's just give them benefit of the doubt

But they are NOT decided on economics.

Because what you currently get isn't economics, it's just kicking the can down the road.

The game matrix says that "promise now, let them pay later" has high payoff.

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Re: I agree

This speech brought to you by John Cleese

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Re: the general public is largely in favor of the government

If HITLER had invaded and taken over ...

.... there would have been protests for WAGE INCREASES.

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Re: If there was any doubt

Sociopaths who consider you their personal golden retriever. Who is, moreover, slightly retarded.

Now go fetch that donut, or shall I sic the dogs in blue on you?

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Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

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Re: The quantum world is indescribable but real

It is just differently describable.

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Excited vacuum?

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Re: It was a triumph....

You monster.

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Re: OK, so what are they actually talking about?

It's just for weirding out cats.

Silly humans.

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Indeed. He uses it to teleport into the backroom of the "Ace of Spades" stripper saloon just down the road from his hog farm whenever he takes time off from being grumpy in the commentariat section.

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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Re: The lesson of the Target hack?

So much cussing!

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Kitchen design: Serious business!

Those sandboxing ideas are NOT WRONG (even if Java on th client makes as hash of it). Where have they gone? Do I need to run the browser in a disposable Virtual Machine?

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Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

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But even the judogis "made in Japan" ain't cheap. Pakistani products, however...

"by the weaker yen"

Not sure whether particularly relevant. The terminally debt-laden economy, natural catastrophes, radioactivity scares, rumors of conflict with The Former Colonies of China, Abenomics, and sundry other catastrophes are wont to depress the yen and thus foster "exports on the cheap". On the other hand, Japan is a resource-poor country, so either they are manufacutring abroad anyway or need to import relatively more expensive materials to be assembled locally in the first place.

So I don't see how the yen exchange rate helps in the non-service IT sector.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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Re: Google is keeping $9B+ worth of patents from this deal.

If IP lawyers were quoted on the stock market.... OH ORGASMIC!

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Where is muh growth? In that new super-CVN, haha!

You may have been living under the rocks for the last fifteen years. The US has been floundering due to a persistent infection of welfar-warfarism, which the doctor says is increasing and may well lead to arteries clogged by inflation a bit later.

Of course, all this China-vs-US talk is just so much mercantilist blather. This is companies we are talking about, at least nominally.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Running with the wolves, eh?

"Any intelligent adult, adolescent, child, chimpanzee, monkey, dog, or rodent with even a modicum of curiosity, would approach, investigate and closely examine a bowl-shaped structure which appears just a few feet in front of them"

Sounds like he wants us to wake up the Inhibitor device.

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Re: Backfiring Logic

The problem with your anti-conspiracy rant is that you do not define what you mean by conspiracy?

Federal Reserve created in secret to ensure riskless profits for well-placed bankers? Yes.

Close-knit group engineering the entry of the US in WWI? Yes.

Finagling of evidence to get the hoi polloi into war lust for Afghanistan and Iraq? Yes.

A high number of politicians/visible persons are sociopaths and consider you their golden retriever? Yes.

FDR angling for a first strike by Japan and fully in the know about where and when? Probably yes.

JFK killed by a cabal able to influence random events / travel backward in time? Probably no.

Source of 2001 anthrax attacks not really the guy who conventiently died at the end? Maybe.

UFOs exist but are left unacknowledged because what you gonna do about it? Maybe.

World Trade Center dynamited from inside using nanoparticles? No.

UFOs exist and control politicans. No.

Elvis alive and living on Mars? No.

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Re: If you look carefully....

Mayans, don't you know.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Throw them a bone!

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Re: The higher they climb -

Yes, about that

Disquieting news next to your breakfast cereal

After last week´s decision by HSBC to halt its policy of not honoring large withdrawal requests by depositors comes news of the Russian bank “My Bank” implementing its own run-protection measure.

“My Bank”, one of Russia´s top 200 lenders by assets, has introduced “a complete ban on cash withdrawals until next week.” In my discussion of HSBC´s similar policy here, I note that limiting redemption requests has been a measure to help fractional-reserve banks remain solvent since, well, the advent of fractional-reserve banking.

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Re: It's an elaborate hoax

This is not Battlestar Galactica.

But in IT and suicidal thoughts?

I know the feel.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Re: Polish cryptographers!!

To be true, Poland is a country that grows, shrinks, disappears, then reappears, then is forcefully visited by funky Trotsky and his Red Army, then stabilizes, then disappears in a double-sided hostile takeover, then is sold for by FDR to jovial Russians for a presidential election win, then reappears in modified form shifted to the left on the map, then unsovietizes only to be europized later.

It is hard to honour national heroes while doing this kind of electric boogaloo.

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"I look forward to them telling the story of how the Americans cracked the Enigma code."

Wasn't there a submarine movie about this?

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Re: Says it all really

Those who are asking for a reduction are in bed with the Huns!

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Blighty's tech sector hasn't had it so good for TEN YEARS - report

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Re: Meh....

"driving growth" is a nonsensical juxtaposition of words created by tea-leaf readers and martini swilllers.

There is "growth" in a very specific sector if there is interest in buying the stuff offered in that very specific sector.

Nothing can "drive growth" except the government pumping in free money like some sort of farmer pumping in growth hormone because he is hellbent on seeing larger hams.

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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

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Re: make fun of Karl Marx all you want

LOLNO.

It was fantasy then, it is fantasy now.

Additionally, it was never finished. Died before the final writeup. Such a drag.

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The Grapes of Wrath!

"monopoly capitalism"

That would be "monopsony capitalism". Here we have the situation where exploitative companies are BUYING labor and cruelly raped creativity at ARTIFICIALLY LOW prices, as opposed to SELLING trinkets (to which we are all entitled) at ARTIFICIALLY HIGH prices while orphaned children and widows starve and are worked to death in the terrible sweatshops of ManchesterMountain View.

"Monopoly capitalism", with the adducted threat of violence and property destruction, would be a thing of the UNIONS.

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Trojan-laden FileZilla clone slurps data, sends it to the UNKNOWN

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"two extra malicious DLL libraries"

Endorsed by Dr. Evil himself.

More interestingly, don't people check the signatures? Gotta admit that the way code nerds implement this simple software surety often leaves SOMETHING to be desired. Like for it to be actually there....

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Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

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Sure smells like apple innovation in here

Yet another patent granted with no working product in sight, no new ideas, no restriction to a working implementation.

Just telling the world "I own the stuff you haven't even made yet".

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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This is in fact being done.

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Re: Just monitoring you purchases

It was mandatory reading at school. We had a whole box.

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Re: A new kind of scratch monkey

Taking rendezvous with doctor Sigmund...

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A new kind of scratch monkey

But the question is how logical is it that she's the only one who was monitored, how likely is it that she was the German person the NSA was watching?

I misread that as "mounted", I hope I am not the only one.

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Re: Why don't the NSA just put out their own App?

But 'twas all legal! Ingsoc has all the paperwork to prove it.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Unbelievable

If you are done, I can invite you to have a visit with my local mayor...

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And maybe Stephen Fry for the tour description. For the LULZ.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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This reactionary drive will get you nowhere!

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Re: Space != reliability

How exactly will beancounter mannage improve a space expedition?

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Re: Necessary?

It's not even kawaii enough to be a good copy of a Japanese Chibi Moe Spacerobot (with or without schoolgirl attendance).

Come on , China, get a grip!

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Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

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Thou shalt have no currency along the truly papery one!

Yep, state doesn't like much competition.

This was all just a matter of time.

"We define what money laundering is, and you did it."

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