* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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It's like a gerbil, only w/o the Richard Gere part.

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Re: The whole thing

but forking out $100 for a Battleship in World of Warships for example is beyond me

Well, gov't is forking out hundreds of your dollars for an F-35 that doesn't even really exist on your behalf, and you won't even be able to sit in its cockpit, ever.

So, where is the better deal?

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Based ony our e-mail contents, we have determined that the nearest Pokestop is in this undisclosed "special rendition" CIA site. Just go down this flight of stairs!

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Re: Where's teh carpet and lime?

uncovered what appeared to be human remains…

I find it inconceivable that there may still be humans in or around the Greater London Area. What will our tentacled brain-frying squamous overlord say if this gets out!

Icon because that's not a coat, that's me arranging my tentacles.

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"Too soon"

So, can we talk about the the Turkish Coup Attempt, then?

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

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It's the 21st century all right

Am I in a fucking movie by Mamoru Oshii?

Military coups in Turkey are/were of course a regional tradition (ABC is helpfully rolling out the résumé) and the sad part is that I don't even know who is the least bad guy here (is this the Chile feel? Why yes it is!)

Let the Turkish People decide, then!

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Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

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That bot looks suitably menacing

A bit like Max from Disney's "The Black Hole" but without the hovering magic and the scissorhands.

But is really cheaper than hiring a proper security guard who can at least pack some heat?

And why doesn't it have "cop bodycams" which would should the nasty kid running rings around it?

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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You know it's an A.O. article when

You scroll and things like this jump out: The moral of the story is that you can’t create wise regulation through rhetoric. When you choose metaphors, and sometimes this is unavoidable, they need to be grounded in reality. With progressive arts grads making internet policy, this has been ignored: the rhetoric is all.

There is no need to check the author's name.

But I actually agree this time.

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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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Reporting on this is now going into oversaturation...

... it's as if this were a presidential debate on prime crud TV on "What did you wear on the night Ambassador Stevens was blown sky high?"

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Re: Hilarious

What is that? Did we invade yet another foreign country based on "sexed-up" evidence??

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Re: In case Charles Stross reads this column

Which story was that? Unless you are talking tentacle sex?

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Go catch Pokemon in this, nerds: Our space neighborhood of 1.2m galaxies mapped in 3D

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Because "tweaking the gravity" is somehow better than taking a known working theory and postulating "new stuff", which, though unobserved, fits observations pretty well.

MOND is not even a theory, it's just taking Newton (a known wrong theory), then adding fudge factors to "account for" (not even explain) the rotational velocity of galaxies ONLY (does it apply to the solar system? apparently not). It may appeal to an engineer, but that's not what one is supposed to look for here.

fundamentally flawed

You don't seem to know what these words mean.

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Meditative Drone Tone

the size of baryonic acoustic oscillations (BAO) in galaxies as they expand out from the center of the universe

Unless that center lies literally somewhere along the fourth dimension (about 15 billion lightyears away, natch) there is something wrong here. Don't these BAOs appear as standing waves in the galaxy gas?

I like to think that somewhere in that large mapped volume, there is the perfect little italian village in which to pass one's vacation...

P.S. Here is Frank Wilczek talking about the energy content of the vacuum and reminiscing about Feynman.

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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Concealed Carry? No Longer!

THE PITCHFORKS ARE OUT AND THEY AIN'T GOING BACK.

High-falutin politically correct "liberal" (in the US-stlye) clowns of the nontrepreneur or the professional gov-supported cultural marxist sort have ignored the down-to-earth flyover country rubes for too long.

PAYBACK TIME! POPCORN!

SOME BABY IS GONNA GET THROWN OUT WITH THE BATHWATER

... BUT!!! YOU CAN'T MAKE OMELETTE WITHOUT BREAKING SOME EGGS as skilled bomberette Condi Rice once said (Yvy league, piano player, whiter than quite a few of the pretend-white metrosexuals around me at the time of the present tweeting. Ans she wasn't even holding forth with Mr. Hilter on the balcony of the Axis Café.)

... And that's before we even get to the point where supporting Hillary is basically treason and pining for Israel-supported neoconnery and war machinations in Europe and Asia (to the detriment of the hapeless Yuropeans, more or less Merkelated if not Emasculated by his Biggness Obama, and whatever Asian country can be dragooned into the Pivot to Asia freakshow). But that's just by the by!

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Re: this ain't over yet

I wonder what a landwar in Ireland looks like.....

Hmm... downvotes.

Not sure whether by Brits who want to invade again - this time for good, Yanks who remember Vietnam, US Irish who don't want to drown their ancestors'' island in Agent Orange, Yanks who know nothing, Brits pining for the Empire on which the Sun Never Sets, Scots getting a sour feeling when somebody mentions an invasion, or just P.U.T.I.N. downvoting everthing to give everyone a hard time?

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Re: this ain't over yet

I wonder what a landwar in Ireland looks like.....

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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Re: you pay 7 bucks for a coffee?

Excel is a swiss knife type tool every accountant knows on a level you would not master in years.

Yes, the blood stains and finger pieces in the accounting sector show that this is the case!

88% of spreadsheets have errors

Excel: A bad idea, implemented badly, used badly by herd mentality people who want to have nothing to do with "programming" and actually believe fitting complex dataflow logic into a harebrained 2D schema with hidden and impenetrable interrelations (and design faults galore) is ABSOLUTELY NOT PROGRAMMING.

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White hat hacker AI bots prepare for DARPA's DEF CON cyber brawl

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I didn't know that bugs come in "types".

You had BETTER look at the code itself. It's damned easier to find a problem if you have the code than finding the same problem if you don't. "Hacks" don't appear from nowhere (unless its' 1000 monkey hacking). The attacker will get the spec, then think a) about how the spec could fail or b) how the developer could fail in implementing the spec. Attacks via b) are best reduced by formal methods or code inspection.

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"cyber reasoning system"

In my times, these were called "expert systems".

What cyber marketing guru cyber invents these cyber word monstrosities?

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CloudFlare probes mystery interception of site traffic across India

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Oh yeah?

The Indian Government may have reason to target CloudFlare customers.

Governments always have reasons to target their citizens. Always.

It already begins with the fact that there is a "national debt" (debtless unborn life? You wish!).

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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I only have this (when The Zuck was 19):

Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems

via this blogpost

Logging Off by Anatoly Karlin

where we also get this nice text:

Finally, by rewiring so many first class brains from deep analytical mode to dopamine-seeking wisecrack mode – Charles Murray and even (ironically) N. N. Taleb himself might be in the early stages of that – social media might have ultimately retarded progress. This is not to even mention the considerable cognitive effort that has been expended directly to develop and maintain Facebook and its various clones and applications like Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc. as well as Twitter, Instagram, etc. It certainly pales besides the epochal misallocation of cognitive resources that is the modern financial sector, but it is probably quite considerable nonetheless.

Finally, it would be remiss in an extended critique of social media not to touch upon its increasingly cataclysmic political aspects.

In the past five years, social media have become ever more overt instruments of the globalist elites and their geopolitical and domestic agendas. Increasingly, they operate under the principle of “For my friends, everything; for my enemies, the law.” For instance, Russian nationalists who still maintain active Facebook accounts are far likelier to get hit with bans than their Ukrainian counterparts and other assorted color revolutionaries (see above). Ergo for Twitter, even though there has never been a Russian or Novorossiyan equivalent of the #banderakaratel campaign. This goes in tandem with support for pro-Western revolutionary forces across Eurasia, China, and the Islamic world. Ultimately, the major information companies are almost all US based, so it is only natural that they would seek to cater to American geopolitical interests. And needless to say, the Chinese and Russian governments use the tools they have at their disposal, such as domestic alternatives (Vkontakte, Sina Weibo, etc) and a policy of either banning foreign companies entirely (China) or making them keep their data on their own territory (Russia). It might be pointless to rail against this state of affairs, but it is outright dishonest to pretend that geopolitically, social media is some sort of global kumbaya circle.

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Re: Enough

Let's go rather non-PC/non-SJW regarding this discussion with a valid point:

After Dallas, Time to Accept the Reality of Race

Here, for example, is Mark Dayton, the Governor of Minnesota, a former Senator from that state, a Democrat, and the living, breathing embodiment of the Midwestern Nice style—a style which, as I have opined before, may one day be the death of us all. He was holding a news conference Thursday, before the Dallas killings, about the Philando Castile shooting. Quote:

"Would this had happened if those passengers were white? I don’t think it would’ve. So I’m forced to confront, and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront, [that] this kind of racism exists."

[Minnesota Governor On Philando Castile’s Death: He’d Still Be Alive Had He Been White, ThinkProgress, July 7, 2016]

The Governor is surely right: If Philando Castile had been white, he would most likely not have been shot. Listen to the cop’s voice on the post-shooting video. He’s scared. Probably he was scared when he looked in and saw he’d pulled over a young black guy.

He was right to be scared: Young black guys are far more dangerous than any other kind of driver—more impulsive, more aggressive, more likely to be armed. Again, just look at the crime stats.

Cops live with those stats. They know them. They know to be scared of young black men.

Governor Dayton calls that “racism.” Use any word you like, Gov. But for a cop to be extra scared, extra nervous, and yes, extra error-prone when confronting a young black man is ordinary common sense and self-preservation.

You would be too if you were a cop…which of course you’re not. You’re a career politician.

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YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

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"social media aces"

Sounds like a painful infection, possibly "down there". Will antibiotics help?

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Teen thugs lure, rob Pokemon Go gamers

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Re: This manufactured Pokemon craze

You seem to be demeaning to Muslims and possibly TheEthnicityThatShallNotBeNamed?

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Hmm...

Police at the US State of Missouri's O’Fallon Police Department issued a statement warning that four individuals were arrested in a Black BMW with a handgun after they were reported lurking at locations where Pokemon were likely to appear.

Just Clintonistas phising for votes.

No wait, they are armed...

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: Apollo 11 AGC

I recommend reading

Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight for the full-fat context!

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Re: Run anywhere?

You mean programming a PDP-11 emulator, shirely?

(Might even be running on a RasPi ... or the emulator might be written in JavaScript for optimal browser experience ... )

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Re: Assembly Language?

It might have a generic C library on top, but to talk to the (custom) hardware like as not you will need assembler, and to write the lowest level c library functions.

This is 2016, not 1975 when "compilers" and "parser" where magic shit that had to live on tapes and function in 32KiB RAM.

Your statement just means you don't use the right DSL or can't be arsed to write one.

Any anyone who calls out for "tight code" in IoT nowadays is a few beers short of a sixpack. Unless the memory is expensive because it's radiation-hardened...

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Re: Run anywhere?

Java tends to be "run anywhere with _exactly_ the same version of JRE that the author used, on the same OS version, on the same hardware"

Well, that's obviously untrue otherwise the Apache project (or anyone else, for that matter) would never offer precompiled packages for download at all.

I don't know where you guys have been...

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You can "learn" assembly?

No you can't.

"Assembly" doesn't even exist as any "assembly" is completely chip (and might I say, board dependent) and using it is anyway similar to killing cockroaches by throwing lego bricks at them. While being gimp'd up.

But the assembler (the program) and the editor to write the code can fit into 15 KByte. That's a plus.

Anyone who expresses the desire to "learn" it is on a hiding to nowhere. You can just "do" it, and best print out the PDFs manuals first, because there will be much cursing and flipping through pages.

I also fail to see who would want to use this approach in 2016 even for the IoT unless stuff is being shat out so quickly that there isn't even enough time to wire up a proper compiler backend to generate the binary specific to said "Thing". Go figure.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Pokemon and Peekmon!

Someone downloaded a Pokestuff at work today but it was virus-laden. Cute!

The Rise of The Machines will not be performed by killbots managed by a Artificial Consciousness.

They will be cuddly pseudo-characters that casually kill you economically while they chatter in high-pitched voices.

A mixture between Agent Smith and Tribbles, maybe?

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Err, Hello?

"Look in the mirror, it's you!"

Well, duh! And it's only the beginning.

“At least with Hilary Clinton I know what I’m dealing with. Trump is mentally unstable."

Delusion comes in many forms. Clinton was the gal responsible for foreign policy. How did that work out? It's just that they got Ghaffi sodomoized with a knife than cackled about it on TV. Called Putin a new Hitler. Wants to go up against China and penetrate Ukraine. Great stuff. I guess only a loss of a few US cities will make Murricanians wake up?

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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"It's in the pipe, five by five"

Ah, a saying from when Colonial Marines ladies were artfully piloting dropships from orbit into harm's way, not even removing the Ray Bans (having overly confident mariens and some unhinged civvies meant to do "consulting" in the cargo hold).

Those were the times, when America was Great...

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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I have been at the Battlestar Galactica prop hangar and these Vipers looked very impressive.

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There are going to be quite a few built (>3000).

Woah there is crystal ball rolling around here. Someone may have lost it?

As a country we literially make more money by buying these than not. We'd make money even if we immediately put the jets through a car crusher after taking delivery.

Complete failure of basic economic knowledge detected.

Where will the taxpayer-sourced economic oomph come from for this EXACTLY? Don't say we will print money or go into debt (which are just other ways of saying "my children will pay for this"). What kind of economic activity will have to be NOT implemented to get this crap into the air?

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The last pirate expedition of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

Plus, what are carriers good for?

Carriers won't go up against anyone who can rip a largish hole into their hull.

So. They are nice for implementing Liberal Whitey's "Responsibility To Protect" against erstwhile sandland dicatorial friends who have been reinvented as enemies for domestic political reasons ... but that epoch of history is receding fast.

They might be used to do police operations to keep the Colored Hordesdiversity-bringing people of the sun at bay, which is a new period that's indubitably coming over the horizon (while the US wants us to fight the Russians for them, thank you suckers, but that's another discussion), but for that you don't need F-35s. You need floating container structures with helopads.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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A first!

It is this the Obamoroid or the Dalekama?

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Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

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Three executive employees from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have agreed to take a ten per cent salary cut for four months following the mistake.

DAFUCK? Clearly we are now entering Political Kevlar Vest Zone!

The black hole acts as a “thermostat” and stops the galaxy growing, Prof McNamara said. The gas is too excited to clump together and form stars. If the galaxy grows too fast, the black hole swallows up more matter and releases more energy to fire up the hot plasma to prevent more matter being formed.

I don't think I understand this. Something lost in translation?

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Always scroll immediately to the parting shot in these articles.

Especially if the author is a media analyst or something generally writing about copyright issues.

YADDA YADDA SCROLL!

We probably need a whole new intelligentsia: one less eager to reduce humans to programmable robots, or uncomplaining deterministic rats.

Woah, is this a complaint from the 30s or what? I don't think that this is anwhere near of what is being said or implied.

Baby, bathwater. OUT!

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

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Re: Die Java Die

I don't think they are, Java is *incredibly* unpopular with a lot of the programming community, at least in part because of the overly verbose syntax and bloat

The advantage is that you are not forced to use "Java" on the JVM.

You can use Clojure for example (YAHA modern LISP, i LOVE IT), Groovy (the only language I currently use on the JVM) or quite a few others.

Although I am looking at Haskell at the moment. A typed functional language? Fuck yes, this is the pr0nz. Not on the JVM though.

In the same way, JavaScript has no right to even exist (I think Lovecraft wrote about that language in "the thing on the doorstep"), but one can have ClojureScript running on JavaScript engines for example to easy the pain, so it's ok.

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"Oracle is committed to Java and has a very well defined proposal for the next version of the Java EE specification – Java EE 8 – that will support developers as they seek to build new applications that are designed using micro-services on large-scale distributed computing and container-based environments on the Cloud"

I wouldn't even use Java for this. The Erlang Virtual Machine and the Elixir language seem more appropriate to this use case.

While this new interface would use some parts of Java EE, it would be approximately 80 to 90 per cent proprietary.

It would also be 80 to 90 per cent stillborn. I hope everybody knows about / remembers the unusuable horror of the Sun-issued J2EE (Java 2 enterprise edition) super-heavy spec. "Enterprise" Java became viable (though still unnecessarily baroque at times) when the JEE specification and its free implementations became available (and then there is/was Spring as a competitor). Proprietary complex stuff that one can not play around with, open up, modify or drop on the floor as needed in 2016+? HAH!!!

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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“the culture they exist in is still very much rooted in misogyny and inequality”.

I'm not for misogyny but the only time inequality won't exist is when everything has been nuked to smithereens.

Meanwhile, life goes on!

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: And people wonder why Trump is hanging within 5% of Hillary's vote

Hillary should be leading Trump by double digits

That would be if Hillary had anything to offer except more neocon bullshit and populist "liberal" rhetoric. (Hell, she's the chosen candiate for Project For A New American Century II, this should make anyone's hair stand on end)

Trump should be DESTROYING Hillary like a B-52 area bombardment with bunker busters and added napalm. Only Ameridumb mental zombification and the MSM's control of the Goodthink narrative served with fat amounts of Computer Graphics and Duckspeak keeps the Trump barbarian out of the entirely rotten, maggot-infested and pestiferous Rome of the establishment.

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Re: How about...

Quite so!

In any case, they certainly can be found in a data center in Utah. To be printed out and slipped elegantly across a waxed desk should the need ever arise, accompanied by a small cough and raised eyebrows, as is the Imperial City's custom.

(One should also prosecute the cleaning lady for not adequately dusting around the server, the gardener for not appropriately cutting the greens visible from the server room windows etc.)

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

> Are you aware that the stuff was classified after it was sent ?

That doesn't mean anything.

Andrew P. Napolitano (aka. "The Judge") writes in Hillary Clinton’s False Hopes

Also this past weekend, Gen. Michael Hayden, formerly director of the CIA and of the National Security Agency, stated on CNN that it is a near certainty that the Russian government and others had access to Clinton’s non-secure server and all it contained.

Lawyers familiar with the terminology of state secrets will refrain from using the word "classified" to describe the emails that contained state secrets, even though Clinton repeatedly does that. The word "classified" is not a legal term; rather, it is derived from the verb "to classify," and it means that the classification process has been completed.

Since nothing is marked "classified" – the legal markings are "confidential," "secret" and "top secret" – Clinton has been materially misleading the public and the FBI when she claims that she never sent or received anything "marked classified."

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Re: Wrong type of privilege

A LAW FOR US, A LAW FOR THEM!

AND NEVER THE TWO SHALL MEET!

Yeah, where has the "vast right-wing conspiracy" to do the the Clintons in (as imagined by the Clintons) gone? Well. it has merged with the Clintons into a new, more powerful conspiracy! OM NOM NOM!!

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Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

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It would be a world first!

Unfortunately the probability of success is epsilon.

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Microsoft: Give us better staff

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Re: Supply and demand meet at a place called "price".

But as in all capitalistic adventures, you need INCOMPRESSIBLE TIME to build the chain of production first. It's a 21st century delusion that you can throw money at something and it gets done (another reason why Keynesian policies fail except when the idea is to throw warcrap at someone else)

The skilled personnel will be there in 10 years. And then the next bandwagen will have arrived anyway.

"Use them like toilet paper" seems to be rational action right now.

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Re: As a recent cs grad

"project management via prince 2 and other methodologies"

I have seen the result of this.

"Project managers" who can't project their own arse out of the loo. "project management" is not something that comes by "education". It comes by having been immersed in a technical and organisational culture for a long time.

"Prince 2" is just a label on a garden shed with nothing inside.

we had a "partnership" with slurp and they made it very clear that non whites, females and other "minorities" would get first selection irrespective of talent

Suicide by PC? YES WE CAN!

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Re: It's not like Microsoft is the prime reason for shit basics and security problems

Make the UK Great Again!

Ok, going overboard here. Trump is unhinged on economics. But as I read elsewhere "he may be the last off-ramp from the Repubocrats endless wars of choice". As the next wars of choice will be with Russia and China and Madame Clinton will not think twice about triggering these for politicial brownie points, that off-ramp better be taken!

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