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Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

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Ships full of Terrists! Pirates! Podophiples!!

...and last but not least the "Iranian ships with nukes" ... an Israeli Propaganda Pump Production if there ever was one.

I would say selectively dropping "under the Radar" would arrange "Western" governments quite nicely. Unless they ship their arms by way of planes (like recently the late Ghadaffi's weaponry to Syria's Al Qaeda franchise).

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Re: No surprise

Upvoted for "Veblen Good" (though not a fan of Veblen's ideas in general)

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China, an untapped land of opportunity for the West - EXCEPT IBM

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Re: "serves them right for stealing job's like they do"

There I was thinking the governments of emerging economies were responsible for the poor living and working conditions of their people, because they won't implement the necessary legislation to force decent working/living conditions. As it would have massive cost implications and thus slow down their economic growth, making them only able to compete on price fairly with other countries whos businesses have similar cost bases... when all along it was my fault for conforming to the capitalist ideals of buying at the best price/performance/functionality balance I could get.

> because they won't implement the necessary legislation to force decent working/living conditions

The bastards. Not pricing themselves out of the low-productivity labour marketplace so that they can enjoy the same fat-arse benefits that every member of European Commission enjoys here? Who do they think they are?

> making them only able to compete on price fairly with other countries whos businesses have similar cost bases

Whenever I hear "fairly" I know that utter ignorance is not far away.

> when all along it was my fault for conforming to the capitalist ideals of buying at the best price/performance/functionality balance I could get

And that is what you should do. Buying the same quality of materials abroad instead of making them in more expensive fashion locally frees you up for more interesting jobs. Of course, if you are dumb enough to insist on competing in market for low-priced shoes using local labour and reglementation horrors, well... good luck.

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Muh Jobs!!!

> stealing job's

First it's "jobs". And jobs cannot be stolen, except in the mind of The Entitled Ones Who Know Nothing About Economics But Want to Raise a Good Socialistic Scare (Lump Of Labor Fallacy)

No jobs? Government destroyed the private economy through money printing? The rest is at the government's teat or playing soldier?

Must be China.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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"with the necessary skills to decode and translate the messages being broadcast from the rock so that they can be exposed to the rest of us"

...for a slight fee.

Of course the decoding will demand ... careful interaction ... with young russian women lest the signal/noise ratio of the retrieval process suffer due to male spiritistic emissions.

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Oracle drops shedload of CRITICAL vuln-busting Java patches

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Re: Loopy

Flash?? I think that's another company's bailywick?

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Hold on - how?

I just download the 64 Linux zip file. Uncompress. Set symlink from PATH. Done...

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Re: Pfft

Clearly the second name will have to be "Manchester".

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Re: Let's think of the kids

[Joke about blowing away a President elided]

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"Despite Twenge's grim vision of future school playgrounds packed with Messiahs, Kings and Princesses"

Let a Game of Thrones begin!

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Android security relies on ZOMBIE CRYPTO, argues infosec pundit

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So how has this anything to do with Java?

A decisions to follow an outdated spec for no good reason (definitely not for reasons of "compatibility") is just stupidreeks of nudge-nudge-wink-wink. It has nothing to do with Java. It has even less to do with Java as Android is not running a JVM in the first place.

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

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Re: Let me save you some time and money.

Certain countries on the Mediterranean shall be included in this set, then.

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Re: Almost unsolvable problem.

Even if you have all the code, and reviewed all the code, you are still compiling it with a compiler in binary form.

In the real world, this is not actually seriously a problem. It can be defeated in theory....

Countering "Trusting Trust"

...and I actually don't think a compiler exists that has enough swiss army knife functionality to look out for a few dozens programs just to put backdoors into the crypto parts unseen. Ken Thomson's initial idea was to finagle the lowly "login" program, which sounds feasible. Finagling GPG etc. via that method sounds like it needs a AI module in the package.

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Twitter sets up BEELLION-DOLLAR credit line ahead of IPO

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Re: $10bn?

It's because cash in the decabillion range is very easy to come by today, considering the ongoing "quantiative easing" enema.

You can hear the scream "finally someone who wants it!"

People don't laugh about the 2001 Internet bubble and the 2008 housing bubble. They won't laugh about this bubble, which might be even bigger.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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Re: This is a feature of all corporations

GODDAMMIT. DID YOU ATTEND MAINSTREAM ECONOMICS CLASSES AGAIN?

First, who cares what Wall Street wants? And then...

"...they require stock price growth. And you don't get that unless you have a government that prints money"

"A growing economy consists of prices falling, not rising"

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Re: Meh

Cats in a row? Happens whenever You Tube.

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Re: And....

1990 is still a bit early. Text-only Internets were all the rage back then...

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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These companies are not there to please your sorry arse. They would not even exist without "greed" and "profiteering". As for "lack of foresight", it is difficult to be had in this here century of permanent uncertainty regarding what our "leaders" will be cooking up in new reglementation tomorrow.

If you want a kumbaya company running 0 profit you can set it up yourself. It might be a bit difficult to find investment partners, especially in the era of negative interest rates and it will probably die pretty quickly because it won't have any financial wiggling room, but it will have an immense feel-good factor associated to it. Not to mention long hair.

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"shareholder return is the only thing that matters - investment is contra this"

Yeah. Not quite sure about this "business" thing, are you? Especially about capital-intensive ones?

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

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Re: FOSS is in use across the Military. Hate to break it to you Larry.

> Everywhere the Military can save a buck, especially since the Sequester started

Taking political theater seriously, I see.

Does anyone detect "saving"? Nope, nada. No such thing.

The impact of sequestration: Defense spending climbs 17%

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Oracle whoring for a place a the tax-disbursement trough. Film at 11.

So basically a "send the taxpayer money to us because why not" argument with no content whatsoever except the typical FUD one has been fed by Microsoft for 15 years now?

Yep, get in line Oracle. There should be something for you this october.

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Facebook throws servers on their back in HOT TUBS of OIL

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Re: Overclocking

The Hindenberg Effect - Is that the one where you think you are just over the mountain, and then it all goes downhill, literally?

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Re: Frank Frankovsky

Probably for Franken Beinstein, but it's just a guess.

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As long as they don't use the old-school "transformer oil" Polychlorinated biphenyl, which gives you lots of interesting mutations and dioxin on transformer burndown, this could be of some interest.

Recyclers also do not seem to get that these "oils" are not to be fed to livestock....

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Luxembourgeois data protection watchdog probes Microsoft in Skype PRISM complaint

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"1, avenue du Rock’n’Roll"

That's because they are situated on a brownfield area next to something that can only be described as a sound-generating venue

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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A web search turned up the suspicious user agent string in a post on a Russian forum three years ago, Heffner wrote, which means somebody has known about it for a while.

All your D-Link base are belong to us.

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D-Link and G-String level security

Why though?

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Wikileaks FAILS to start Twitter bitchfight with Guardian hack

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FAIL

In dire need of bigging it up.

Look at me! ME!!

Demerit points for Wikieaks. Twittering is not having the inside story of anything, and why present oneself unbidden as the mouthpiece of Mr. Snowden all of a sudden?

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Boffins build BEELLION-YEAR storage medium

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Re: Storage of storage

I agree. Tungsten is too useful. Sounds like a buried bunker on the Moon is the correct place to use.

You can paint the moon's surface with a big arrow telling everyone where the heechee prayer fans can be found. You can also set up a primer to read all the stuff.

It will even be useful for random space explorers who happen to drop by a slightly radioactive ball of slag.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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I see

A rant in the spirit of Neal Stephenson's "In the Beginning ... Was the Command Line"? Great minds think alike etc.

While I see nothing wrong with Microsoft putting software houses selling add-ons out of business, I agree that the whole concept of a fickle WYSIWG editor mixing presentation and content into a mash that is then spiced with document-wide or paragraph-wide configurations via undiscoverable means is in dire need of being "taken care of".

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Google peered through Glass during solar race

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Google Agents. Are you listening, Neo?

Researching solar power, are they?

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Easily picked CD-ROM drive locks let Mexican banditos nick ATM cash

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This sounds like someone's own money is on the line.

Amazing.

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Re: Space "Scientists"

But we have Space Obama to save us; he's better than Hope Corgi. All will be well.

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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

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Re: Teletype

Somewhere in here

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What do you think?

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Pretty sure these guys are guilty of developing in Erlang, too.

For another film of some interest, the esteemed commentariat may avail themselves to a review of Particle Fever.

Thus concludeth my contribution.

Oh no, wait..

1) Do we get to see an IBM 5100?

2) Those convex glass tubes with glowing text carets... I am getting flashbacks... NURSE!!!

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

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Lawfare

You know where this is going.

Soon, comments about certain countries of the Middle East will be squelched and you won't even be able to call a certain president Magic Negro because it is offensive to LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN or SOMEONE.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

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Re: Solar systems ain't easy

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7347/full/nature10092.html

Since 1995, more than 500 exoplanets have been detected using different techniques of which 12 were detected with gravitational microlensing. Most of these are gravitationally bound to their host stars. There is some evidence of free-floating planetary-mass objects in young star-forming regions but these objects are limited to massive objects of 3 to 15 Jupiter masses with large uncertainties in photometric mass estimates and their abundance. Here, we report the discovery of a population of unbound or distant Jupiter-mass objects, which are almost twice as common as main-sequence stars, based on two years of gravitational microlensing survey observations towards the Galactic Bulge. These planetary-mass objects have no host stars that can be detected within about ten astronomical units by gravitational microlensing. However, a comparison with constraints from direct imaging suggests that most of these planetary-mass objects are not bound to any host star. An abrupt change in the mass function at about one Jupiter mass favours the idea that their formation process is different from that of stars and brown dwarfs. They may have formed in proto-planetary disks and subsequently scattered into unbound or very distant orbits.

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Re: Dyson Sphere

> "Blah blah science. Blah blah math."

Your really want to introduce your daughter to Portal. And feed her potatoes

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Re: Nah..

Designed by Puppeteer Ballmer. It wouldn't fly.

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Re: @Awil Onmearse (Imagine)

Not bad. Something practically out of a Philip K. Dick "collected stories".

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: Oh joy!

> You know that after all the rounds of discussion and testing, they won't allow you delete your 'cookies'?

Been living under many stones, lately?

Or member of the "business as usual" brigade?

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Re: more to point

> To comply with local laws of course.

What? You don't want to know about paedophile terrorist pro-gun abusive husbands in your neighborhood who are likely to avoid thermally isolating their house and are against single mothers and the homeless as they demand austerity and demolition of needed quangos and state tentacles?

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Re: re:That might be true, but the literate technology users are the trend setters

The standard belief is also that Hoover was laissez-faire and the "New Deal" helped to improve the economy. So what.

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Office wage slaves face extinction at hands of ROBOTS - if bosses listen to Gartner

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Re: Translation:

It's not about third world countries though.

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Re: Consistency, above all

A rather neat GIS solution in two weeks.

So how long did it take to ascertain the "lousy architecture"? One afternoon?

Come off the larval stage; "rather neat solutions in two weeks" are the stuff of nerd dreams only.

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Re: Variety is the spice of life

You definitely need a Project Dominatrix to herd that kind of bag of cats. And quite possibly people willing to do the Death March for the Good Cause. It might work, but especially in the medial sector you may suddenly get all kind of interference from the ministerial level or the medical profession. Spine will be needed, indeed.

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Re: hold on a moment

£100/hour consultant is pretty ok; that price gives you a lovely know-something dude; not the best.

Anyway, what you would do is take out a "maintenance contract", possibly one with performance goals, something like an insurance. Should be cheaper.

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Re: Consistency, above all

This has the trimming of a well thought out project.

You can't tell without having seen the requirements and the dossier trying to fulfill them.

In the meanwhile, as I am full of negativity, This Image applies.

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