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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

> behaves like a monkey in heat

> throws random insult

> gets downvoted

"this site is nothing if not predictable"

I hope summer is over soon.

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

UGWONWOS: An "unidentified ground-wallowing object (not walrus or seal)"

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"One person told authorities it was making a strange noise."

The way things are going this just means the person calling hasn't heard that noise on TV yet. Not in the library of Skywalker Sounds.

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Ultimate Radio Deathmatch: US Navy missile-defence radar vs 4G mobile mast

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The radar and its associated weapons are sufficiently powerful that they can reach into space itself.

"Yes Admiral! We now have the weapons to fight WARS IN SPACE! Unfortunately our proud nation has not managed to build any spaceships as of yet, so we decided put the weapons onto a blue water hull instead. Looks nearly as good, but... you know."

"Intolerable! Get me one of those Japs on the phone!"

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Step into the BREACH: HTTPS encrypted web cracked in 30 seconds

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Re: "post cryptography?"

The fear of RSA brokenization has nothing to do with NP. You really just need fast factorization, which is not an NP-complete problem (it can be solved in polynomial time by the magically-well-guessing nondeterministic turing machines, so is in NP). You apparently need a quantum computer though (this being an exercise for the engineer), or a mystery polynomial-time algorithm that does factorization, if it exists (compare PRIMES is in P)

Now if you reduce NP-completeness or even NP-hardness to P, hell, you will be the master of the universe before sunset, and not in a metaphorical way either.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Smoking the Marxist bong!

"Workers who are paying the ultimate price of their jobs" (says someone called Ian Tonks, a Unite national officer)

Just being full of it. The one who pays is CSC. It's called wages.

"WORKERS TRAPPED IN SALARY CONTRACTS! TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE!!"

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Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

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> Windows Server currently has a 75% market share in the enterprise server market:

Oh, look here, random stats.

Sounds plausible, but...

http://slashdot.org/topic/datacenter/the-enterprise-datacenter-os-war-is-over/

Windows is now deployed on 75 percent of all new servers shipped, according to IDC’s May 2012 forecast. Linux is now deployed on 25 percent of all new servers shipped, and is also stuck there.

So we have those numbers on "servers shipped with OS" ... how many servers are shipped "without OS"? Quite a lot probably. How many of these will be running WIndows? Probably none.

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Hackers induce 'CATASTROPHIC FAILURE' in mock oil well

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Re: Which

> air gap

Dontcha mean a firewall?

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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You will probably find pot or a runaway dad. Than have the guy taken away in a black limousineblue van.

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People are like golden retrievers!

"Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house"

At that moment people should engage with their AR-15s.

Because if these guys happen to be cartel, then shit's gonna hit the fan. You better take down a few ASAP.

Do not forget to call 911. Apparently you can have "help", it's some sort of kool-aid.

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

This seems to be becoming standard. The obvious reason is to block spambots pumping the line full of shite. Reasonable.

If need be, tunnel out to your SMTP server at [random reasonably-priced physical or VM hoster].

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Re: Define: Server

"it's acting as an Internet server for which they require you to take out a commercial contract"

Acting as a bog-standard Internet node requires you to "take a commercial contract"?

Yeah right.

You are paying for an "Internet connection" (yeah look it up, where is the RFC describing Internet connections that have no services to the outrside?), not for a weird hose that spews content at you one-way.

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An expensive "Google TV via Fiber Optics", then.

No thanks, keep your cancer, Google.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Re: Welcome to the real world, kid.

It's like that scene in "Generation Kill" where the hapelss female pogue gets the male treatment, really.

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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Abysmally dumb.

Yes, carry preferences for some device around on your *other* device.

Very ingenious. Very genius bar. With the bar configured to "very low".

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Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

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Re: Security hacks

> The only security you are concerned about is job security.

I hope summer is over soon.

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Re: Objective-C runtime

> if the person doing the testing doesn't do a good job then things will slip through

Let me state in no uncertain terms that finding out whether an app is malicious or has "Manchurian Voltron" powers to rearrange themselves into a malicious configuration at a later time is actually an undecidable problem. Not to mention ill-defined.

Apple just cannot find out that such maliciousness exists in general.

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Re: Now in the real world ..

'aple thnks charger iz putr lol'

Apple users talk like Dolan Duck?

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Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

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Re: I have one comment.

No need for tickets, you are Marshmallow.

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Re: I have one comment.

The SWAT team is under way. We have complete records.

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Re: Slight correction

Spoken with the voice of Sir Bedivere:

How come you know so much about volcanism?

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

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Re: The line between trolling and threatening...

It's as fine as Vallis Marineris.

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Re: Bomb Threats

Lots of johnny-come-lately internoobs who try to force-redefine what "trolling" is about, I see.

Yes, that is YOU, NomNomNom and Gav

The first rule of trolling is: If you notice it's trolling, then it isn't trolling.

troll /v.,n./

[From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.

Some people claim that the troll is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial.

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Turned me into a Newt..echnology

From the Hallowed Halls of the Troll TowersEl Reg Editing Room:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/10/openvms_death_notice/

The architect of RSX-11M and VMS was Dave Cutler, who planned a portable, object-oriented successor, Mica, running on hardware codenamed Prism. When DEC wasn't interested, he and some of his team decamped to Microsoft, where they were given the project of reviving the moribund OS/2 3 project after the IBM-Microsoft split. While OS/2 2 was the Intel 386 version, OS/2 3 was to be portable to non-x86 processors. Cutler drew upon his previous Prism and Mica work to bring Microsoft's OS/2 3 to the Intel i860 CPU, a RISC/VLIW chip Intel had hoped might be a successor to the x86 line.

There were two versions of the chip – the basic i860XR, codenamed the N10, and the enhanced i86XP, codenamed N11. Microsoft built its own i860 workstations for the development effort, based around the i860XTR and consequently nick-named the "N-Ten". The initials of these – NT – is where the eventual name for Cutler's finished OS: Windows NT.

Don't know whether true....

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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I'm good with ArmA III

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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So why not go for the new SUBSCRIPTION TURD? Cheaper, faster, smoother!

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FIle in the same drawer as "the recession will be over ANY MINUTE NOW"

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"Ambergris" used be sellable at premium prices, man.

It is also as illegal as child pr0nz in the US, for all the wrong reasons.

This Microsoft stuff is not like that at all.

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Re: Why is this still considered newsworthy?

FREE BRADLEY MANNING!

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THEY DESERVE EVERYTHING THEY GET.

Just recovering from the extremely painful experience of installing an overpriced, manualless, you-pay-for-the-download, DVD-less, language-locked, "Office Home" on this here MacBook that forces you to go to their badly designed, impossible-to-navigate webpage and register for an "account" that you don't want, need nor trust.

BURN, MICROSOFT!

BURN.

BURN.......

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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DON'T LISTEN TO THIS.

THIS IS NOTHING NEW.

THERE ARE COOKIES IN THE KITCHEN!

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Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

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Re: >>Basically the banks stockpile Aluminum

>>Pure capitalism breeds this kind of thing.

This industrial dance has been choreographed by Goldman to exploit pricing regulations set up by an overseas commodities exchange

1) Goldman Sachs

2) Pricing Regulations

Pure capitalism? Yeah right. You must be a fan of the fat baseball-cap wearing filmmaking nincompoop.

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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That was MIT Media Lab, though.

Yeah, what happened to that?

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Damn Scott, get yourself an Assange outfitsuit and tie.

This is 2013, we are truly out of the Internet bubble now. No t-shirts!

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Re: Crazy price point

Parallella, eh? Sounds interesting. Come a long way from the Transputer eval boards, yes we have.

I want a few.

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MIT clears itself of responsibility for Aaron Swartz's prosecution

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Re: What goes around...

Over the top.

0/10 would not troll with.

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Re: Let's have your name, AC

Yes I know...

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Re: Godwin's law be damned

Possibly a lot better. If you go down that path, the European War of 1914 would have been over really quickly or grind to a halt, it would have stayed on the continent, there would not have a Russian revolution, the UK would not have been pauperized etc. etc.

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Re: Let's have your name, AC

Behave yourself, Andy!

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Institutions do their Institution thing, no surprises here.

Net neutrality, MIT neutrality, Dog Neutrality.

It's difficult, you can't judge!

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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You have to say

'I think the choice of "cowed" in this context reveals atrocious gender bias...'

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Not sure whether trolling...

Trolling has always been synonymous with online abuse and bullying

[Citation needed]

Meanwhile the Urban Dictionary doesn't agree with you.

Neither does the Hacker's dictionary.

In other words, you are making stuff up and are trying to redefine words. Being the cancer of the Internet.

normal decent society just won't tolerate the kind abuse that used to be the norm online

Yeah. "We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write 'fuck' on their airplanes ... because it is ... obscene."

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: A solution looking for a problem

In truth, if there weren't "solutions looking for problems" thrown on the market on a daily basis, we would still be hunting wooly mammoth.

Well, "Collateral Debt Obligations" sold to retarded state organizations excepted, I guess.

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Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo

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Re: Madness

No-one may call himself THE ORACLE and escape my GODLY WRATH!

First-rung angels, begin maddening sequence!

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

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Re: can't resist

Well, maybe so.

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Re: AMD vs Intel

Cyrix pushed the envelope too hard and released chips that overheated and had flaws. That is what did them in.

Are you making shit up while your troll?

At Wakypedia, we read:

In August 1997 .... Cyrix merged with National Semiconductor (who also already held an Intel cross-license). This provided Cyrix with an extra marketing arm and access to National Semiconductor fabrication plants ... Cyrix eventually switched all their production over to National's plant. The merger improved Cyrix's financial base and gave them much better access to development facilities. ...

The last Cyrix-badged microprocessor was the Cyrix MII-433GP which ran at 300 MHz (100x3) and performed faster than an AMD K6/2-300 on FPU calculations (as benched with Dr. Hardware). However, this chip was regularly pitted against actual 433 MHz processors from other manufacturers. Arguably this made the comparison unfair, even though it was directly invited by Cyrix's own marketing.

National Semiconductor distanced itself from the CPU market, and without direction, the Cyrix engineers left one by one. By the time National Semiconductor sold Cyrix to VIA Technologies, the design team was no more and the market for the MII had disappeared. VIA used the Cyrix name on a chip designed by Centaur Technology, since VIA believed Cyrix had better name recognition than Centaur, or possibly even VIA.

Cyrix's failure is described by Glenn Henry CEO of Centaur Technology as "Cyrix had a good product, but they got bought by a 'big smokestack' company and they got bloated. When Via bought Cyrix, they had 400, and we had 60, and we were turning out more product."

National Semiconductor retained the MediaGX design for a few more years, renaming it the Geode and hoping to sell it as an integrated processor. They sold the Geode to AMD in 2003.

In June 2006, AMD unveiled the world's lowest-power x86-compatible processor that consumes only 0.9 watts of power. This processor is based on the Geode core, demonstrating that Cyrix's architectural ingenuity still survives.

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Re: can't resist

Why buy ARM when you can license?

Did they even have the money to get a controlling interest of overvalued stock in?

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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

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Re: @ Irongut - Keith Vaz

Or as the Presidential Hopeful John McCain would sing "Bomb, bomb ... bomb, bomb, bomb .... "

What's that? Can't imitate singing politicians either?

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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Re: It gets better/worse

Yep. Sounds like we have ourselves a little politician here.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Matt in: "Hastings alive minutes before he died!"

Matt, you need to work on your logic.

> Hastings driving way too fast and out-of-control

Yes. That's more or a less the point, see? Stay with us here, this is not Sun's ZFS that fires up your hindbrain into a dissing fit.

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

The only reasonable explanation is suicide. Possible if he was depressed. But in these times, one may be on a disposition matrix presto, so...

“I’ve seen military vehicles explode, but never quite like that. Look, here’s a reporter who brought down a general. He’s sending out emails saying he’s being watched. It’s four in the morning and his car explodes? Come on, you have to be naïve not to at least consider it wasn’t an accident.”

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