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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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> Surely we can easily predict when we need leap seconds, couldn't a non-connected machine be programmed to insert them at the right time?

You wish!

Slowdown however depends on many random effects - tides, air pressure, random displacements of masses within the earth's interior, continental drift etc. So it's not particularly deterministic.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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we're over austerity then

Remind me again when austerity occurred except in left-wingers' and NYT columnists' sloganeering?

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Re: yyhey'd have £60m tied up in a warehouse, doing nothing but waiting for launch day

As opposed to billions lying in off shore accounts doing nothing but waiting for a tax amnesty.

You really need to know the basic fact that that money is not "lying there". It's being used. Maybe to finance your job. It's just that someone has a claim on it.

And as long as the tax part hasn't been hoovered away, it's probably being used to produce stuff people want as opposed to stuff bureaucrats imagine people want (less the skim-off for bureaucrats' paycheck, of course)

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Layoffs at EMC's RSA security division

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Re: Good Riddance !

Really, Lockheed Martin itself is another factor in the downfall of "western civilization" along with the cancer of liberal presidents and their caring gender-equality sidekicks. Does its F-35 even fly?

F*CK THEM ALL.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: Oops

No.

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Re: Diatoms, its full of diatoms!

NANOTECHNOLOGHY from SPACE!

SCIENTISTS say "IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A DIATOM"

Page 3: PROOF of QUASI-BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING by NON-HUMAN ENTITIES.

Page 4: Worried housewives ask: "Does SPACE OBAMA know about this?"

Page 5: Carrier Strike Group DISPATCHED to LOW EARTH ORBIT: KERRY announces PROTECTION of FREEDOM against all SPACE DIATOMS. "This will not stand. Oh! The inhumanity!!".

PUTIN OUTED AS SPACE MONSTER SUPPORTER ON PAGE 12!! Jon Stewart: "Only elderly fat housewives root for DIATOMS and PUTIN. FAIL!"

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Re: ISS et al

Astronauts always shower down while still in the airlock, you know.

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Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

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You can't get certified against 27002 as it's just a collection of "best practices", not requirements (as is 27001)

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You mean "ISO 27001" (Requirements for the Information Security Management System).

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Re: hmm

There is only one way to save our city: Neo The Tea Party

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"trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"

And evidently Belgium.

Nazi flemish speakers, dependent and destitute Walloons, crumbling infrastructure, nepotism that would make the MIC blush, a large and unfriendly Muslim population, high taxes, mafiosi everywhere, weird killing sprees, dangerous child molesters, a dysfunctional government, rumors of violent secession soon, and danish pastry.

They got it all.

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I'm felling a bit Amdocs about all of this.

But as a US citizen, you should cherish the fact there will be a trunk line linking you not only to friendly people in Virginia, but also to friendly people abroad.

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Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

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Gud!

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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"We observed a lot of grim-faced buyers counting out thick wads of cash"

You phone is in the laundry.

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Don't laugh!

Under Jobs, your Cult Conviction wouldn't have been so lackadaisical

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Boffins: Earth will be habitable for only 1.75 BEEELLION more years

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Hurry up?!?!

Who can we bomb?

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

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Arr. Do you reckon it be fun and dances waiting a long time on a burning galleon? Even if he put on the course for Davy Jones' locker himself.

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Re: yawn...

Everyone who invested in Nokia made out with a lot of money because they were all investing when it was at rock bottom.

Implying it's not still at rock bottom (oh look a dead cat bounce). Now that they burned the mobile division down and will sell it, it's not going up quickly either.

Lawsuits are gonna fly. I can feel it.

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Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

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Re: No gratuitous use of "bitch?"

Arrrrr! Matey Zuck is taking the french way off this brigantine. Why enliven his departure with the mention of bung hole wenches and hornpipe players?

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Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Re: Caught on CCTV

Ewe online, I reckon.

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Go Go Gadget au Backdoor!

The last thing you see is the picture of a white fluffy cat while you download your own doom!

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

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Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

> How much in the world of medicine has its roots in military R&D do you think?

That's easy.

Deduct the cost of actual wars, and I would guess about minus 3-4 trillion USD.

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Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

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Re: Confused

NEVER! These are HUGE BUGS that warrant a full VERSION INCREASE!

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Re: Surprise!

Why would you want to compile such a list?

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Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

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Re: OFAC report has some of these details

As if the NSA could be arsed to even *look* at lawfully obtainable data.

Hold on, why do the Feds need those kind of fishing expeditions in the first place?

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Re: chris lively

Matty, Matty.

It's pretty retarded to newspeak the meaning of "sheeple" into "those who DISTRUST the well-intentioned government".

Now get off your mall scooter and take a deep breath. What's the matter? Fearing that the market of Itaniums will crash even more when the NSA is put on a leash?

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Re: How is this a surprise?

Well, I got a writing from my bank start of the year telling me that they were now "Patriot Act Compliant".

The bank is not even US based.

Like feeling Vader's dick in you. BIATCH!

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Anal Ooze

I will refrain from talking about beaver juice! At all.

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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

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Big Brother

Then as today

False flag attacks - a trusted tool in international politics. Mix with the sound and fury of the pliant mainstream media, and pretend there is necessity to "do something" immediately while climbing on the high horse of your glorious civilization and off you go.

As seen by Hergé:

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Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

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There is a problem with that idea

Because I have no memories at all of perceiving the world as moving slower when I was a kid.

There should be if that idea was true. Unless they are Orwellistically rearranged, too.

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IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

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The title still is no longer required.

Good!

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Securo-boffins link HIRED GUN hackers to Aurora, Bit9 megahacks

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Re: Chinese Hacking Group?

Thirded. Could be real Chinamen, but might as well be standard Kerrybait.

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NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH

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Re: Dodgy

But in that case, where on the dodgyness level does that leave the NSA infodumping their stuff into Israel's lap.

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Good point. Also, it's <300 dead. The > 1000 comes from the US and they are the only ones with that kind of inpho.

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Re: Crock of shit

Technically, they should be using AKMs. Or even AK74.

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Facebook reveals plan to WIRE THE PLANET

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Meanwhile, lawfare

Israeli NGO (more like QUANGO, amIrite) threatens to sue Facebook for hosting Iranian ministers

Legal Action Center on Monday threatened to sue Facebook if it does not immediately and permanently take down a social media site recently provided to “15 ministers of Iran.”

A letter from Shurat Hadin to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and general counsel Colin Stretch noted that the state and government of Iran are under “numerous sanctions by the United States government.”

Next, Shurat Hadin said that various laws, presidential executive orders and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury make it illegal “to export or supply goods, technology or services” to Iran or its government.

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Re: This is the best they can come up with?

Matt Bryant in his impersonation of a particularly twisted version of Eadon. Doesn't see the forest, doesn't see the trees.

Bryant. I mean brilliant.

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Clearly the EVIL enterprise from an alternate timeline.

I suppose pointy beards and dark blue uniforms with lots of scouts' logos as well as well-maintained leather boots were mandatory? Oh, and the women have to wear revealing yet martial outfits for some reason.

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

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Re: Two part PIN?

Or YubiKey and PIN

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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

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Yah no, that's a very 80-ish approach.

You SHOULD put your data into a database. That's what they are *for*.

Unless you want to reinvent the wheel. Backup, synchronization, access logic, indexing, typing, structure, portability etc. etc. etc.

> the file system as a DB (as in, each record was in a text file)

Ultimately, you have to develop all your management layer again and transactions are a no-no.

> or all the data was in an XML file and loaded into memory

Horrible solution at freshmen level.

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'Liberator' 3D printed gun enters London's V&A Museum

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Fargo II: Plastic gun extravaganza

Some dude above said: (Random Hollywood Story storypoints elided) That's a pretty positive list for a crim.

Must be one of those crims who also tweet about their actions.

I know that knives are pretty much considered banned and hard to acquire in the UK but this is just beyond stupid. JUST KNIFE YOUR MARK like a real Yakuza. Or are you some kind of mall scooter monster?

An then the article says:

unregulated sharing of designs online

Oh shit, something is unregulated. You know what else is not regulated? Underground dinner parties in New York

Meanwhile, in the real world:

Building a VSS Vintorez in the USA

Hell yeah. Hey wait, these guys are building the weapons while not even HAVING the design? Women and children will surely DIE!

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Memory muddle muddies Intel's Exascale ambitions

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Re: I don't know why this is a problem..

Yes!

Plus -> cores as near the memory as possible. Back to the active memories of the early 90s, please!

On a tangent, the IEEE Computer issue of August 2013 has a focus on "Next Generation Memory". As IEEE still cannot be arsed to provide open access to the hallowed Intellectual Property (steady revenue stream FTW), one has to go down to the Uni Library:

The Nonvolatile Memory Transformation of Client Storage

Refactor, Reduce, Recycle: Restructuring the I/O Stack for the Future of Storage

How Persistent Memory Will Change Software Systems. There is also a YouTube video on this, but I can't watch it because "An error occurred; please try again later"

And Intel sold XScale? Oh well. More x86 then. Based on the marketing section's idea that one can "leverage" existing x86 software for completely new infrastructure, I suppose.

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Re: I don't know why this is a problem..

Exascale does not just mean "ARM based vector processor".... for specialized applications.

You will need to defend the Spinnaker somewhat more. Or why not tell Intel that their XScale already puts them where they want to be?

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I suppose he thinks more along the lines of MISC

Time to break my INMOS T404 out of its lucite cube?

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Re: You're holding it wrong.

The time to the singularity is not aeons, but a few Friedman units.

Barring a nucular war or two, of course.

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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"fair broker with businesses and responsible steward of tax dollars"

Meanwhile in Afghanistan:

Thanks to the magic of American national security politics, a number of young men who grew up in Nepal have found their way west, over northern India and across the breadth of Pakistan, to work at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, destroying million-dollar trucks bought by American taxpayers. [JOBS!] They wield blowtorches and wear fireproof suits in the crushing heat, and — according to reporting by Ernesto Londoño at The Washington Post — it takes about 12 hours to demolish each of the vehicles. The trucks need to be cut into pieces small enough to be fed into industrial metal shredders, which grind the parts down into tiny bits of scrap that are sold locally for a few cents per pound. In May, about 11 million pounds [HOW MUCH??] of this scrap were apparently sold; by now it is probably more. The contractors who buy it call it “gold dust.”

The reason it takes so much time and effort to break down the trucks is because they were designed to be indestructible. They are Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which everyone just calls MRAPs. In the early years of the Iraq war, one brave soldier confronted the visiting defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to ask why troops were salvaging scrap metal out of junkyards to bolt onto soft-skinned Humvees as “hillbilly armor.” By about 2007 we finally started supplying MRAPs to the battlefield.

Their prodigious armoring and smart V-shaped hulls were designed to deflect blasts from roadside bombs and more. If you have ever ridden in one, it feels roughly as if you’ve put a steering wheel and some seat belts inside a bank vault and taken it out for a spin. Those are the million-dollar vehicles that third-country contractors at Kandahar are now shredding, by the thousands, into gold dust for the Afghan scrap market.

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Microsoft reissues September patches after user complaints

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The Microsoft reorganization

It begins!

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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Re: I did busniess with Huawei 10 years ago.

That's the funny thing about rumors. You never know whether it's FUD and propaganda or maybe someone releasing his paranoia about The Protocol Of the Elders of Huawei, or whether someone knows something.

In the end it's down to "put up or shut up".

How about it, "government"? With all the spying, there should be something concrete.

Seeing how even a reasonable dossier about the Syrian events is apparently vastly beyond the moral and intellectual capabilities of the 21st century army of bureaucrats and their assorted fakers, leeches and sycophants, I'm not holding my breath (Indeed, the only valid stuff so far is from Human Rights Watch).

Meanwhile, time for some Open Source Routers.

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