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Juniper ELIMINATES 300 jobs, braces wallet for US gov shutdown blow

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Dumb and Dumber or Juniper??

Jittery Juniper Networks is axing hundreds of workers amid concerns the US government shutdown could hamper its stateside federal business.

WTF am I reading?

What "government shutdown"?

All the contracts (billions upon billions) were pushed out the front doors in September, this also in order to burn off any excess inventory of dollars before the end of the "fiscal year" (end of September) lest one gets accused of "not spending enough".

Quantitative Farting of 70 billion USD per month is continuing apace, AFAIK.

The "deal" after the "shutdown theater for retards and naive clowns" is that there won't be a debt ceiling UNTIL FEBRUARY. Get your contract ON!

One day after the "deal" passed, USD 300 x 10⁹ (that's 0.3 TREEELLLION DOLLAR) had been borrowed and spent (talk about a precocious ejaculation of fiat money). I am sure a few Juniper routers can pass through that kind of opening.

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Long time ago? Galaxy far, far away? You ain't seen nothing yet

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Re: Wow

El Reg forgets to mention that this is an "artist's impression".

Really, at that distance, getting more than a reddish blob would demand a few thousand km² of telescope.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Red Ring of FAIL!

I sure won't buy any of that quickly-designed crud, that's for sure.

"If in doubt or otherwise challenged, use more glue!"

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Re: Yes yes...

> wake up and look around you....

Wake up.

No Apple.

Only Linux.

Go back to sleep, twas just a nightmare.

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

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hpwned!

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This is an outrage!

God is not restricted to your puny low-orders-of-P-only computing, heathen!

That product does not even do BQP!

(No God-botherer or Cause-of-Today icon? Irate prof, then)

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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"If feels like a slap in the face"

Slap on the arse, more like?

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Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

But wouldn't that be child pr0nz?

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Lone sysadmin fingered for $462 MEEELLION Wall Street CRASH

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Play with fire, get burnt. T'was the sysadmin!!

Really, in that environment, they should make sure the stuff's quality is commensurate with the losses. To all evidence, this means "interplanetary robot / nuke plant" - level quality. Of course, this is not possible. No-one is gonna pay for that so procedures have holes, code is shoddy if not simply of unclear design written by overpaid Prima Donnas and, really, the environment is one of those which are hard to design for, hard to predict and not necessarily amenable to modeling, ergo a lot of "testing" will happen while in production.

DO NOT BE SURPRISED!

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NSA-friendly cyber-slurp law CISPA back on the table with new Senate bill

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That old hag really leaves out no occasion.

"Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)"

Better To Not Protest the NSA Than To Hold Hands With Libertarians, Says Progressive Scribbler

Writing at Salon, "New York based journalist and consultant to progressive causes" Tom Watson objects to the anti-surveillance Stop Watching Us rally, scheduled for October 26 in Washington, D.C., because it commits the unforgivable sin of reaching across partisan lines. The fatal flaw of this gathering, says this breathless correspondent, is that it includes (gasp) libertarians! Much better to keep objections to the NSA and intrusive snoopiness as a private club for those who, he insists, really care about privacy. "The path to NSA reform so clearly lies inside the Democrats’ big tent," he writes, "and runs through its liberal wing."

... Democrats? Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Your Cell Phone) took to the pages of USA Today to defend NSA surveillance as recently as yesterday. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Your Email In Box) called Edward Snowden a "traitor" for revealing the NSA's excesses. And President Obama, who is, in fact, a Democrat, loves him some NSA surveillance.

So, of course do Republicans. Rep. John Boehner (R-Orange) shares Reid's sentiments about Snowden. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-The Inquisition) digs the NSA, and so does Sen. John McCain (R-Get Off My Lawn).

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Re: boffins?

SCIENCE!!

We are doing it!

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Why am I not surprised ...

I thought that's the keyword for the unnamed library.

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Welcome to the club. The couch is over there.

I fear what a "vulvagressive" encounter could do. It sounds dangerous.

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Re: Surprise!

Why is it that when we see the word "exploit" or the phrase "security problems/issues", the article is always about Microsoft.

People need to give themselves a shake and stop using MS products!

I'm pretty sure I have seen this posting a few times in the past in Apple or Android or Linux threads.

An evil bizarro leprechaun version of Eadon?

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Re: Hmmm

NO SUCH APP!

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Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?

Next you will us that one has to put the period in front of terminating parenthesis?

But no (or yes?)

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: Harsh... but fair?

For some reason, I get the vision of a Laundry operation on Wokingham, with BOFH rappling down to erase SSDs in the name of GREEN ALICE MANILA or something.

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Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

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Re: Gravitational waves?

IF there are gravitational waves, their propagation peed through space must be instantaneous, and will modify the "nothing travels faster than light" rule.

This has been done to death on alt.space.discussion in the early nineties.

Yeah, checking for stable orbits in Einstein gravity is so beyond those dumb physicists.

Do the math. I'm sure it will work out.. What's that? Can't into 4-D tensors? Then why are you posting?

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Re: Impressive work

Yes, one would have probably want to whump an asteroid-mass black hole around the ring. Using electrostatics...

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Re: Limits of doubt

Not detected and there may be weird / unelegant / unlikely gravities with no gravity waves indeed.

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Re: Impressive work

It always seemed obvious that a GW detector near a big particle accelerator should be picking up feint but repetitive pulses when the accelerator was running.

LOL what?

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As for the "why must they combine" (from the press release When galaxies merge, their resident central black holes are doomed to meet. They first waltz together then enter a desperate embrace and merge.), this seems to come from models that predict merger via interaction with the dust and gas of the surrounding disks (first slow down via interaction with gas and dust, then get rid of momentum via gravitational waves, if I understand correctly

I found this for example: Massive Black Hole binaries in gas-rich galaxy mergers; multiple regimes of orbital decay and interplay with gas inflows.

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Well, you just don't get a serious (and detectable) "wave" without at least two mightily density things doing a complex dance with mightily high acceleration. So it's good to have a few million-solar-masses black holes merging or in near orbit.

See This Wikipedia Entry:

A more dramatic example of radiated gravitational energy is represented by two solar mass neutron stars orbiting at a distance from each other of 1.89×108 m (only 0.63 light-seconds apart). [The Sun is 8 light minutes from the Earth.] Plugging their masses into the above equation shows that the gravitational radiation from them would be 1.38×1028 watts, which is about 100 times more than the Sun's electromagnetic radiation.

Mathematically, this is hairy because the solutions to the equations are nonlinear (adding two solutions does not yield a solution), so numerical approximations are needed.

It is also evidently not easy to depict. The first part of the video doesn't show a black hole; it shows a black ball. In the second part, the third space dimension seems to have been dropped so these should be "circles" (but what is the "time" of that plane? This is not a Newtonian space that allows constant-time planes).

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Hmmm...

This industrialization-era smog rightfully belongs to the UK!!

I read about this in William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's "The Difference Engine"...

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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Why is that broad so often in the press lately? PR effort?

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Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

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Re: 4.3 has a hidden dialog

Weak troll is weak.

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Re: Shuttleworth, F.U. and your socialistic pandering!

There is a Republican "process"? Hah! Did you use an electron microscope to detect it under all the fascistic and crony-capitalistic lard?

Then one has to read old know-nothing lady things like:

"With the Tea Party recently throwing a political tantrum that brought about a shut down of the US government and nearly dragged the world into a vigorously erupting financial volcano"

This has to be read in a high-pitched clownesque voice I reckon.

As if the Tea Party had run this. As if the "shut down" had not been 100% political theater (all the contracts had already been passed in September, civil servants will get back pay, military and NSA kept on working), as if a "financial volcano" would have erupted if Uncle Sam would have been unable to get a new credit card to binge on, as if the current solution is not just kicking the can 3 months down the road, making the putative volcano even bigger. Seems like the only hope is to nuke the dollar through renewed money printing so that no-one notices that his T-bills are worth nothing. No volcano and happy US.

The current deal says that the debt limit has been lifted. LIFTED mtill february. Once that was announced, the US spend (i.e. borrowed) 300 billion USD OVERNIGHT. OVERNIGHT!

Game over man, game over.

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Shuttleworth, F.U. and your socialistic pandering!

“the Open Source Tea Party”

Not everything is wrong with the Tea Party and quite a lot of open sources should be into this.

Mir must be like Obamacare then: Heavy, mainly a political statement and ultimately pointless. Not to mention that you cannot put a price on it.

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

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Re: What is the alternative?

What kind of airhead votes down Richard's comment?

Yeah, put a socket into your ribcage, see how it goes.

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Re: Old ways are often the best ...

Seeing how a Senator who was hunting with him got a faceful of shot then an earful of insults, it might be more dangerous for them to attempt that.

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You couldn't make it up

Dick Chaney [sic] was fitted with a new defibrillator by Dr. Jonathan Reiner

His cold Nazi heart maintained by German Doktors? Ach ja!

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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Re: 'Nyan Nyan' pronounced vaguely like 'Nyah Nyah'?

Are you 10 years old?

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Micron tears away cloak to reveal its Gen3 Hybrid Memory Cube

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Ok, is anyone paying attention to politics?

"harder to create than bipartisan Congressional comity"

Pfff..... you just need to set the subject to "personal enrichment", "pumping money to cronies and spendthrift lobbyists" or "controlling the populace by hook and by crook" and you can have a signed declaration within 5 minutes.

The rest is banana-republic level theater.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Looks like the nuke boys are looking for new jobs (remember the CIA wanting to go into copyright enforcement at the end of the cold war)? Well, they may have a case in this case: With need for nuclear weapons questioned, builders find a new target – errant asteroids.

Course there are still several thousand warheads ready to give all of humanity a really bad 6 hours day whenever somebody accidentally farts at the wrong frequency in an underground control room, but hey, you don't get to have an aggressive primate brain without having to take on some risks, right?

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Re: Thursday

Yes. Yes it does.

But what if it's iron-nickel? That would really be a kick in the teeth. Even still-standing boiling water reactors won't save us then.

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My kind of Keynesian!

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Title is basically incorrect

Excellent service, 10/10.

Would decrypt again.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

You are only allowed to "yawn" if the same expedience can be reached than with a standard Linux upgrade.

But at least you get epic foreplay in this case. You should be ready to blow the load on WinWord once the desktop comes up.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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I support this!

Next: Legislation that makes it illegal to demand payment for state services you have already paid for with taxes.

Should be a winner!

But seriously, it makes sense. Why not integrate a digital signature-based chain of ownership in the mobile though? One could check immediately if a prior owner has no properly signed the "check-out".

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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IBM emits salespersons, Apple emits genius carbon.

It's not serious. Clearly just a PR message destined to greenster hipsters not averse to buying an iPhone.

Not having a complete accounting of the CO_2 (and other emissions) of all the materials and labor going into the SS Apple over its whole lifetime including decomissioning? You don't have it? Can't be done? Stop talking in superlatives then. And relying on "green sources" in California? FAIL.

Seriously, the best that will ever be built? Is that Captain America's lair?

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

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Re: Narcissism

Yeah... remember the Beach Ball Alien in Dark Star?

IT PREVAILED! Nearly.

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Obstacles that have been strategically deployed in nursing homes since times immemorial to lighten the ranks.

Add the ever-on TV to dull the will and confuse.

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Mainly impressive if it gives you the finger.

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Extreme ultraviolet litho: Extremely late and can't even save Moore's Law

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Dropping off the exponential?

The doctor says this is nothing to worry about - it happens everywhere.

Just do the best you can.

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: I can't figure this guy out ...

"More to the point, why would ANY human trust him?"

Maybe you should switch the subtitling of your life to the one for the for the "hearing impaired".

Are your implying there are AIs on the loose?

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[[Freedom Intensifies]]

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Sphincters audibly clench at TLAs

Snowden is pure win.

“If that was compromised, NSA would have set the table on fire from slamming it so many times in denouncing the damage it had caused."

Muah!

I do hope quite a few of the brats in the control complex and their congressional shills (always a step away from dying via fat overload or sheer stupidity or both) get blood pressure so high that their ears bleed. "Discussion welcoming" Obama can bleed too.

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NSA boss Alexander and deputy to take a hike next year

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If they want to take a hike...

...don't they first have to make sure that the National Parks aren't closed because LOL DEBT CEILING REACHED AGAIN?

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METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

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Re: Greenpeace doom mongering

"So women might be from Venus. They destroyed that one and moved to the next one too."

This totally explains why Venus is now covered in maxed-out credit cards.

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