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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Re: Aye, was down at 1130ish last night when I got in.

Time for morse.

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Re: Bet its

...lots of cables involved? Yup, physical layer disruption.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: What the UK can bring to the table.

Yes. The could all meet at the Deep-Fried Mars Bar, then stay there.

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The crank, it turns!

TESLA TACHYON GENERATORS NAOW!

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Re: 2040?

I support this logic!

ANYTHING to keep the duo terribile of the Indian subcontinent to exchange nukes over the latest rape & holy place burndown events.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: Obvious?

Not to Microsoft. Nothing is blindingly obvious to those guys, they have practically patented serial foot mangling.

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Re: This is nonsense of the highest order.

> Might cause problems with the EU

Why?

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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

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Who is RAMBUS?

Not a single comment.

Crickets chirping far away.

In the distance, lawyers laughing.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

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Re: a 10^15 dollar

At what point does 1.7 quadrillion (about $243,000), per year, have any relationship to the real world?

NOW!!

I guess these are not always different quadrillions sloshing around in there, indeed they are quite like the same going around like fat cows in circles, though I would wager that Bernanke's 65 billion dollar per month of QEn are in there SOMEWHERE.

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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Re: Close

But also: barbouze = "secret service dude"

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Re: and the problems is...?

> fair game on them

ONLY IN AMURRICA.

Otherwise it is "surveillance of the employee" in this here socialist country, which ain't allowed AFAIK.

But this is France, and a lot of very bizarre things have been going on since the pape was invited to Avignon.

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I have to say...

...I am getting crackage fatique and my eyes are starting to bleed.

I guess the correct french translation is "Une attaque 'barbouze au milieu'".

This will probably be followed by a visit of Victor le Nettoyeur.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: Lawyers paradox

EPIC STD!

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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Re: Linux wasn't using RDRAND directly

the XOR instruction hasn't been modified to recognise when it is working with RDRAND output

Excellent trolling, the same people who unlock the backward compatibility on XBOXONE must fall for this.

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Re: Nature

Of course. Just take an alpha emitter for example and clock the number of decays detected. Intel's implementation uses a "a self-oscillating digital circuit with feedback", fed into some verification and AES magic.

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I say we take off and look again at Lavarand. It is the only way to be sure.

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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

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But, but... muh genius self-destroying selfie idea.

The firm added that it would suffer great or irreparable injury if Brown was allowed to keep leaking its confidential data.

And nothing of value would be lost.

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NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs

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Not a triumph

Please, no use of "kind of lame" around this here comment section.

> the only people running MSL ARE real scientists

Aren't they more akin to engineers though? In actuality, I would not want to have a honest-to-god scientist running space programs, quite apart from the fact that he/she should be doing Science!.

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Excellent!

The way this is going, they will soon discover the mysteriously lifeless body of a redshirt. Then the fun begins.

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TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain

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Re: P=Partner, not Parent.

The Fed Must Inflate

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Re: Good on Australia

...and then you got shipped to Australia.

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WTF is... NFV: All your basestations are belong to us

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Re: TL;DR me if you like, but this is important

Yes, yes but:

Telcos spent years building robust networks in a highly regulated domain. In exchange for the pain and complexity, they got to have virtual monopolies on their services,

I think that's ass (the animal) backwards. This is a highly regulated domain because the Telcos and their suppliers like the cartelization and actively lobby for it. It is not a gift of monopoly by state for slavishly following regulation written by bureaucrats.

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IBM turns plastic bottles into life-saving 'ninja' MRSA, fungus fighters

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Re: Hope it's more expensive than anti-biotics

If there is no patent of cheap-to-have patent, Chinese Stalls will sell it to you as needed.

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Re: Biodegradable?

Good question - the body's cleanup mechanism, I reckon.

Now, the interesting part of this is: a good part a few percent at least of the body mass is bacteria and assorted hangers-on. Any side effects here?

Still, good work. Anyway is the research on phage theraphy coming btw?

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On the contrary.

This is the stuff worth NOT patenting.

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Re: I love science!

> big corporations and governments

Don't get fooled by legal status. These are ALL "government".

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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The world is now a Philip K. Dick novel

Only with more boredom, inanity and death.

Must be nice to have a paid job hanging around in WoW looking for terrists. Any info on the mean age of WOW SPY GROUP?

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Developer CEO 'liable for copyright infringement' over unlawful tool

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A regional court in Hamburg said it was an infringement of German copyright laws to circumvent the technological protection measure.

Hmmm.... the state-enforced handing out of exclusive rights at duplication morphs into state-enforced interdiction of applying certain manipulations meant to circumvent share denial.

I love the smell of cancerous legislative creep in the afternoon.

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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

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I am donating heavily...

vs.

I bought Microsoft shares - up over 30% so far this year!

I am not sure you actually realize how shares work, Monsieur mmeier. Or is it RICHTO?

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Re: I'm making it simpler in my business...

> near zero companies

Where is my laughing elf icon?

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Re: We are making it simpler

"..and allowed for the fact that individual CPUs are getting more powerful..."

Yes.

[John Cleese Pause]

It is absolutely justifiable to make customers pay for the faster CPUs they enjoy, because, after all, these other companies' (i.e. Intel's) work is not being Microsoft-taxed by default! The customer paid for hardware out of his own pocket! Without giving Microsoft a cut!! This is irresponsible, akin to refusing to pay VAT or income tax, which goes to the support of widows, children and roads. What is the world coming to when QUALITY work by Redmond is no longer appreciated and people start to dispute adequate remuneration! Microsoft could decide to just withhold its products, leaving you die slowly in the basement with an unsupported NT kernel and a festering IIS, so be grateful!

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: Intentions

No worries.

Government will "clarify" your intentions for you. In order to protect the children. And dolphins.

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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

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"These restrictions, if proven, may lead to higher consumer prices or the unavailability of products through certain online sales channels."

MAY and CERTAIN channels, and is this with or without EURO inflation?

Sounds very vague, I hope this is not about cheap alarm clocks nor going to cost another gadzillion EUR, nor result in 10 pence off and a large payout for lawyers and yurocrats.

I hope that so far, all the expenses are born by the companies allegedly accused of alleged collusion. I also hope that those costs will not be passed on to end customers so that I can sleep easy because I hope that I shall be spared another intempestive action against "gougers" and "speculators" down the line.

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ICANN posts guidelines to avoid gTLD mix-ups

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Re: FFS

its implementation is a massive screwup that has to be abandoned, taking Icann with it

Obamacare 2, then?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: So why aren't terrorists...

> morally bankrupt crusader

Yeah well no. They may be quite a few things, but the morally bankrupt side is "us", with our liberal interventionists always ready to shoot and cry.

We also dirty bombed quite a few cities AFAIK. Just pray that God doesn't exist or there will be hell to pay.

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Re: This should be the standard punishment...

GENTLEMEN!

WE ARE NOW ENTERING THE DAILY MAIL!

PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED BUT STAY VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES!

OCCASIONAL SQUALLS OF $IDEOLOGY ARE TO BE EXPECTED.

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Re: sigh / The Hot Car

It would also need Samuel Jackson for some blaxploitation.

"That fucking car is GONNA BURN YOUR ASS, Nigger!"

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Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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I like that.

It's the same attitude that made the SS put Stylishly Drawn Skulls on their uniforms.

"We are badass, and don't you forget it. Peon!"

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Microsoft: dead as disco

Microsoft is looking at the future while being utterly incapable of running two production lines of a consumer-grade OS, one for the old bum doing his work on the PC and one for the rest of the population that wants to play around with cat videos and show off their mating prowess (no, the delta between "Standard", "Pro", "Ultra" and "Extra Retarded" does not count).

They are toast.

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

I am not ready for a post-productivity input paradigm. I am too old and set in my ways to make the jump. Touch is a consumptive design method. I can't think of myself as "just another consumer." So I'll keep keyboards and precision pointers around. I'll use old tech if I have to. I'll even exit IT and look for a new career as a writer.

You are irrelevant and these machines are not for you, in the same ways as automotive car programming tools cannot be found in the standard home.

"BUT I AM A TECHIE"

Yeah so what.

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

It will also dump your usage history to the NSA silo once connectivity is back and you won't worry about it.

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Re: Fallacious argument

The problem with this argument is...

There is no problem with the argument. You are off mass shell.

If you give an infant a fondleslap that says

COMMODORE BASIC V7.0 122365 BYTES FREE<br>

(C)1985 COMMODORE ELECTRONICS, LTD.<br>

(C)1977 MICROSOFT CORP.<br>

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED<br>

and then just dumbly blinks at it, it will throw into the corner.

That's what "intuitive" means. You can use without opening the manual. In this case, you can even use it by just relying on a little bit of hard-coded knowledge in the eye-hand-brain system. That's pretty good.

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The feel when...

That Kids Can't Use Computers... article is fscking epic stuff. I now feel both old and sad.

Stop fixing things for your kids. You spend hours of your time potty-training them when they’re in their infancy, because being able to use the toilet is pretty much an essential skill in modern society. You need to do the same with technology. Buy them a computer by all means, but if it goes wrong, get them to fix it. Buy them a smartphone, give them £10 of app store credit a year and let them learn why in-app-purchases are a bad idea. When we teach kids to ride a bike, at some point we have to take the training wheels off. Here’s an idea. When they hit eleven, give them a plaintext file with ten-thousand WPA2 keys and tell them that the real one is in there somewhere. See how quickly they discover Python or Bash then.

Yes.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

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Re: What is a bank?

Correct, though you need to add "ledger".

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Re: Excel and finance pros

there's a ton of things you can do with Excel (or any other decent spreadsheet) to make a visual check of the data easy on the eyes, convert whatever you get in to the $format you need to feed it to your own setup and make pretty graphs for the higher-ups who are not interested in how things work

The ONLY thing that that abortion (which used to be a so-so and half-arsed idea to make PCs useful back in the early 90s) is good at is shooting yourself in the foot. And I do hope the medication for the FSCKING UTTER IDIOTS OF EPIC POINTYHEAR UNIVERSITY who don't realize this is computed by their docs in Excel.

88% of spreadsheets have errors: Research: Bad math rampant in family budgets and Harvard studies

Close to 90% of spreadsheet documents contain errors, a 2008 analysis of multiple studies suggests. “Spreadsheets, even after careful development, contain errors in 1% or more of all formula cells,” writes Ray Panko , a professor of IT management at the University of Hawaii and an authority on bad spreadsheet practices. “In large spreadsheets with thousands of formulas, there will be dozens of undetected errors.”

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Re: Planning? We've heard of it...

> Even debugging Java code that's two years old makes me cry.

But why?

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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Re: Microsoft

That's right.

I'm being forced to run Win8.1 + Office stack it in VirtualBox just to generate interchangeable PowerPoint presentations with the useless marketing glitz $MUHCOMPANY demands.

I'm trying not to be saddened about the money splurge for an otherwise useless license key that might have been better spent supporting Open Software of dying children in Somalia, but one has to say MS does have a winner in the Open Document Format shenanigan.

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"MICROSOFT PLS GO"

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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

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Re: entrenched industry...

Do you have the slightest idea how absurd it would be to try to physically fling huge quantities of metal back and forth across the world for no reason other than getting a fuzzy-wuzzy feeling about the good old days?

"Metal transport will be needed" fallacy.

That was what banks and cheques were intially about, you know: You store your goods in the bank, then draw a cheque on those goods. End of story. "Getting a loan" actually meant getting access right to the stuff stored in the bank. Sometimes rumors would say that the bank was loaning out a bit more than it was sitting on, bank runs occurred, bank went titsup instead of being bailed out by the state. Excellent. (I will elide the discussion of 100% reserve banking, which to me is just a discussion about having a risky product in the market the risk of which should be on the bank)

There is also a funny description of interbank settlement in Hong-Kong in the 1930's in Neal Stepehenson's CRYPTONOMICON. Recommended.

"because somebody can always dig some more of the crap up"

Yes, so what? In an economy, people perform economic activities shocker. So the money supply increases slowly, making people selling shovels richer.

Currently a bureaucrat can always print more of the crap up, taxing you unawares via money inflation (the concomitant price increases are then blamed on greedy capitalists, speculators and - in past times - Jews) while enriching the people who get to the new money first. Win-Lose situation. You lose. They win.

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