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European Parliament reports HACK ATTACK, turns off public Wi-Fi

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Re: I am gobsmacked!

Network <--//--> Secure

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Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

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Re: Hoist by her own Merkelard ..

[Citation needed], and you better not come up with "lawful interception", which we know exists - just tap the cleartext data stream at the friendly Siemens EWSD.

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Why the Murrican Surveillance State is like a Teenage Girl

However Obama administration officials turned down the offer out of concerns "that letting him leave would wrongly hand Snowden a win"

1) Never admit to wrongdoing

2) Everything is personal

3) DRAMA!!

4) Persistent complaints of "not enough money to survive" after interminable shopping sprees

...aaaand...

5) The ear on the phone at ANY time

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Re: Never underestimate a starving hacker.

Why U watch bad movies?

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Re: Did they all bug her seperatly...

You have malware passing each other in and out of Merkel's phone, HIGH-FIVING....

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A firm grasp of the obvious. Then leaving it out.

"If Russia & China are tapping Merkel's calls in Germany, they've gotta be doing the same to politicians in the US. The smartphones that members of Congress use to to call, tweet (and in some cases, sext)? They are no more secure than Merkel's"

Gee, you think? I always wondered how come so many representatives are ready to defend Israel to the last US marine or keep shtum at appropriate moments. Carrots in unlabeled envelopes, sure. But the stick goes a long way, too.

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

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Fox Mulder mystery venue

Anyone have ICBM coordinates?

Pretty sure Amazon's EC2 is right next door, too.

Nuke pic because appropriate, I would NEVER hurt a datacentre.

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DNA only holds for any amount of time if it has been well-packaged in a protective (no oxidizer, low-radioactivity, not too hot and probably needs chaperoning molecule magic, too) environment and duplicated to hell and back.

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Re: Good God, that's depressing

I find these places very becoming to meditation. It's as close to the mathematical substrate as you can currently get.

Additionally, the plasticky smell, never used kitchenettes and the often very affordable snack and drink dispensers are a plus!

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

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> Why do people think Samsung are so inventive?

Yep, those Gooks cannot into computers. We used to bomb them, no?

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Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

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But AI's got personality. Personality goes a long way.

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Re: Pink

Yeah. Once it hits "the chans" everything will dissolve into an orgasmic entropia of Rule 34.

Zebra vs. Airbus nose cone on the trading floor?

HELL YEAH!

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Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

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Re: A patent cooperative?

It's more like highly enriched uranium. At some point people might fight over it and it could fall into the wrong hands.

I fear in this world the appropriate use of long-ranged precision weaponry is still the best patent protection money can buy.

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Re: entire article

scared_doge.jpg

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Yes, I am available for consulting jobs

So much naysaying.

Next you will pontificating against altruism like Ayn Rand and segue into how it leads to National-Socialism/Communism.

IT'S GOING TO SUCCEED, I SAY.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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Re: Good Luck entering a US airport ever again.

It occurs to me in a flash...

that Radio Yerewan Jokes can now be applied to the Land of the Free.

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Make the eejets go crazy bronkers

The Fibbies just wanted to check that he hadn't actually assembled the weapons in an actual airport. Booth showed them the garage where he tests his designs, and they left satisfied that no laws had been broken.

Yep, gotta check that "laws are not being broken", even if the "crime" is victimless and investigation is a total waste of everybody's time (but luckily only of the taxpayer's money, of which he has plenty squirreled away as he is in arrears of 130 trillion for social security anyway, so why count). I'm sure there are no more government cronies to check on.

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Noisy qubits destroy data in order to save it

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No, it was a superposition of an up and down boojum, and then someone applied an operator on it.

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Comp Sci degrees were sold to many kids looking for a well paid job....

Goddamit. As a geek you can go Venetian on their ass. Poison their schedule, let them fall on their sword, garotte them with a line of a badly written declaration.

The possibilities are endless.

They are YOUR POTENTIAL VICTIMS.

Let's have fun.

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Re: Outsourcing?

"Now property is sky-rocketing again"

Re-welcome to the inflationary economy trying to inflate away its debts. As Greenspan used to say "There is some frothing in the market".

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Re: Outsourcing?

"The problem with software is that there's always someone somewhere else happy to do it for less."

This is not only a problem with software. But this is where "marketing" comes in. Play to your advantages.

Yes, the standard customer will be point-haired galore: lazy, arrogant, thinks he knows all about IT, will insist on a "fixed price" before specification while not even knowing what he wants, thinks it's a thing that can be solved by tomorrow evening anyway and will absolutely complain that you bill him for time spent reading books (so put everything under "hardcore coding, 1450 lines/hour").

Convince the guy.

And if he really wants more crap for less dough .... hell, walk away, leaving your business card.

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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Re: This is soooo much bollocks...

Wasn't there a pizza exchange for 10'000 bitcoins once?

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Re: Well since the CIA runs the heroin trade..

Hmmm...... I am not fully unconvinced.

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The guy is loaded, load-ed!!

the FBI found a Bitcoin wallet worth around $US122 million on the laptop

But why translate it into USD? Just name the number of bitcoins.

After all, who would say the FBI found a Deutschmark wallet worth around $US122 million on the laptop? One would just say "...so and so many Deutschmark were found ...."

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Paranoia Agent

Sound like the plot of a Satoshi Kon movie to me.

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Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

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WOAH! Like a candle in the wind!

That animated gif is amazing. How exactly was it obtained (how does one get the solar wind schlieren) and from what orbit?

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Bad genes? US watchdog halts 23andMe's handy home DNA test kits

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The word you are looking for is "cartelization".

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The nanny state minding people's own business again?

Yep, can't have these folks draw bad conclusion by themselves or exhibit judgement. I mean, where would we be when world&dog could be relied upon to get non-government approved information or even (GASP!) a second opinion. Better let the appropriately regulated medical profession take the bad conclusion and send the patient ad patres by prescription of a fully inappropriate treatment.

Remember folks: too much information can hurt you, in particular knowing what the government is up to can result in serious reduction of life expectancy.

Now be a good boy and girl and stand in line for a dose of Obamacare, whereby WE decide what is insurance and how much you will get. What's that? No longer eligible for any insurance whatsoever? Tough luck, but remember: its for your own good.

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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Re: So utterly mind numbingly sick

--> Vidya: http://www.4chan.org/v/

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Lowest common denominator

HOLY SH*T I HAVE TO WORK, THAT'S EXPLOITATION, STOP THE PRESS, BLOW THE WHISTLE, WAAAHHHAAMBULANCE!

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New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

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Re: "diversity, empowerment, innovation, risk-taking and agility"

Clearly Mr. Snowden was in the audience.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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Re: What Is This About?

Time to re-watch "The Prisoner" then.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

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Re: Datacentre Question

The population don't seem to think so

What.

Look, I know where you are coming from. But this is not an East-vs-West question. Belarus would be better off with less Lukashenko (did he authorize mapping the Chernobyl exclusion zone on Belarus side yet?), but that is indeed not a matter of US foreign policy. Let me cite Ron Paul:

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the “Belarus Democracy Act” reauthorization. This title of this bill would have amused George Orwell, as it is in fact a US regime-change bill. ... I strongly object to the sanctions that this legislation imposes on Belarus. We must keep in mind that sanctions and blockades of foreign countries are considered acts of war. Do we need to continue war-like actions against yet another country? Can we afford it? I wish to emphasize that I take this position not because I am in support of the regime in Belarus, or anywhere else. I take this position because it is dangerous folly to be the nation that arrogates to itself the right to determine the leadership of the rest of the world. As we teeter closer to bankruptcy, it should be more obvious that we need to change our foreign policy to one of constructive engagement rather than hostile interventionism. And though it scarcely should need to be said, I must remind my colleagues today that we are the U.S. House of Representatives, and not some sort of world congress. We have no constitutional authority to intervene in the wholly domestic affairs of Belarus or any other sovereign nation.

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Re: Successful packet bidding strategies?

AFAIK it's not that complex. Router Alice just tells router Bob that it has this "extremely short route" to address (say) block 192.56.255.255, so Bob might consider to route all the packets to address block towards Alice instead of Eve once it receives that announcement. No "bidding" is involved as financial strategies have not yet penetrated this fabric.

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British visa website goes TITSUP... just before XMAS HOLIDAYS

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CHRISTMAS AND ITS HOLIDAYS ARE STILL A MONTH AWAY

Either this is an article from the future, or people are slacking off early.

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Google underwrites Firefox another year, even as Chrome outpaces it

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Re: Everything is justified because

You made a mistake ... and posted your doubts on El Reg.

Soon killer robots cunningly disguised as japanese schoolgirls will cause an "accident" to happen, which will be covered up by the local face-saving plods (immaculately uniformed btw.)

OH JAPAN, YOU SO CRAZY!

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BRAGGIE-GASM: Rotund DOTCOM copies MILEY CYRUS on XBOX DAY!

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CONSUMER SOCIETY CONSUMING ITSELF IN APOCALYPTIC HEDONISM

THE WORLD BURNS WHILE KRUGMAN AND STUDENTS FOR MARX AND KEYNES EXHORT PEOPLE TO SPEND MORE, SOCIALISTICALLY, AND FASTER IN ORDER TO SAVE IT!

FILM AT 11.

IF WE SURVIVE TILL THEN!

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The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

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Re: £2000

Go back to snapping selfies.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Re: Day One updates

1) Launch day must be one month before X-Mas so that the kinks get ironed out and word-of-mouth is passed around by "first responders"

2) And definitely no later than competitor's products

3) This is a hard deadline and the whole product schedule was probably conceived by a management board planning poker round that set the release date one whole year too early anyway

4) Inevitableness results

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Massive avoidance

> There's more to Windows 8 than a start button and tifkam

Really.

> massively reduced 8.1 install footprint

> massive performance increases compared to Win 7

SOLID STUFF! THE THING WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. 100% OF RESEARCHING CUSTOMERS WHO LOOKED AT THINGS AGREE: MASSIVELY NOT THE SAME SH*T AS SOMEWHAT EARLIER!

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Guess which major US telco ISN'T cracking down on premium SMS spam?

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Re: Charging for SMS is THE scam

In a sense, yes ... on the other hand, nobody forces you to SMS and you not have a god-given right to use side channels for free or for a valuation that you happen to deem appropriate.

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Poor Intel TV dies on vine, its fancy pop-up shops turned into cafes, cinemas

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Re: I hate it when technology providers...

"Weird Al" Yankovic - It's All About The Pentiums

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You will be serviced!

The stores will be a community hub in the mornings, transform into a technology showcase in the afternoons and then become an entertainment hot spot in the evenings ... In the mornings, Intel will offer free coffee. On Friday evenings it will screen free movies. And it plans to invite speakers from the stores' local communities to give talks on a variety of topics

Exactly what we need to while away the next five years of the depression. As long as there is an acceptable burger outlet nearby..

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

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Deal with it!

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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

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Re: Evidently what they need ...

PATENT IT!

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Re: Enough with the capitalization

Don't fret. It's likle one of those girly fads - it will burn itself out eventually.

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

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Re: Cold fusion, anyone?

I don't know who anyone with an IQ above 50 can consider that an "astute observation".

Man, I hate it when these articles are linked from Youtube and other sewers of the Internet.

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It's a Wile E. Coyote world

I may be dense

You are correct, sir!

If you are randomly hit bit a 7.62 bullet, someone may be spraying you with a MG-42.

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Re: Who to truly believe

The trolling is strong in this thread. Let's up it a bit by citing a well-known research paper. In "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", Alan D. Sokal (Department of Physics, New York University) writes:

There are many natural scientists, and especially physicists, who continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social and cultural criticism can have anything to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Still less are they receptive to the idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt in the light of such criticism. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being and indeed of humanity as a whole; that these properties are encoded in ``eternal'' physical laws; and that human beings can obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge of these laws by hewing to the ``objective'' procedures and epistemological strictures prescribed by the (so-called) scientific method.

But deep conceptual shifts within twentieth-century science have undermined this Cartesian-Newtonian metaphysics; revisionist studies in the history and philosophy of science have cast further doubt on its credibility; and, most recently, feminist and poststructuralist critiques have demystified the substantive content of mainstream Western scientific practice, revealing the ideology of domination concealed behind the façade of ``objectivity''. It has thus become increasingly apparent that physical ``reality'', no less than social ``reality'', is at bottom a social and linguistic construct; that scientific ``knowledge", far from being objective, reflects and encodes the dominant ideologies and power relations of the culture that produced it; that the truth claims of science are inherently theory-laden and self-referential; and consequently, that the discourse of the scientific community, for all its undeniable value, cannot assert a privileged epistemological status with respect to counter-hegemonic narratives emanating from dissident or marginalized communities. These themes can be traced, despite some differences of emphasis, in Aronowitz's analysis of the cultural fabric that produced quantum mechanics; in Ross' discussion of oppositional discourses in post-quantum science; in Irigaray's and Hayles' exegeses of gender encoding in fluid mechanics6; and in Harding's comprehensive critique of the gender ideology underlying the natural sciences in general and physics in particular.

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Twitter fires up stronger, anti-snooping encryption for its millions of twits

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People minding your own business.

If they had only focused on the criminals and terrorists then it wouldn't have been so bad.

But they did!

It just turns that the "criminal and terrorist" turns out to be YOU.

No state-sponsored surprises here, of course.

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