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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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A disquieting message in your chat applet

"Victor the Cleaner has been spotted taking the lift to your floor"

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Gnome Keyring..

KDE Keyring...

Eclipse secure password storage....

Same here. Unification would be nice though.

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

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Re: My British Buddy

Kazakhstan has more energy sources, so no.

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Careful with those Bushisms, Trevor.

A Finland-vs-Russia showdown on the american mainland?

Stranger things have happened.

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: Look, just give us Snowden

> possibly millions

Oh drama.

Can't be. He hasn't got a medal yet.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Israel bombed the ALLEGED project (alleged by Israel, that is) into dust.

Proof? Not so much.

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Re: It's all good

You better learn first what "ad hominem" is. I doesn't mean what you think it means.

And the "suggestion" is far from stupid. Indeed it is extremely trivial.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Bush'ed!

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Re: It's all good

Your Sieg Hailing is duly noted.

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Russia Nyet. But Sweden is "a close friend and partner". COUGH COUGH REUGGHH

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/07/obama-putin-talks-canceled-snowden

In a separate announcement, the White House said Obama will visit Sweden instead, travelling to Stockholm the day before the St Petersburg summit. "Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States," it said in a statement. "[It] plays a key leadership role on the international stage including in opening new trade and investment opportunities."

Speaking on Monday night, Obama said he was disappointed that Russia had allowed Swowden to stay instead of sending the former government contractor back to the US to face espionage charges.

In his first direct comments about Snowden since Russia's decision last week, the president said the situation reflected "underlying challenges" in dealing with Moscow. "There have been times where they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality," Obama said on NBC's Tonight Show.

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My contempt and hate of everything Obama is growing...

It's growing faster than the Ackermann function.

I will magnanimously include the rest of the political caste and their assorted sycophants in press and think tanks into this.

I hope some gigantic meteorite laden with cancer-causing chemicals but curiously exhibiting the form of an eagle coloured in blue, white and red flattens everything inside the Beltway.

Then we can plant beautiful trees on top.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Funny but wrong.

both the waveform of a dead cat and the waveform of a live cat

No, it's just a single "wavefunction", i.e. a complex-valued probability assignment to all considered states, in this case "DEAD" (dimension #1), and "ALIVE" (dimension #2), a so-called qbit.

Incidentally, this function can be described by a three-dimensional real-valued vector constrained to the unit sphere (the Bloch sphere). Thus there are actually only two real dimensions.

Totally uncalled for but linked to just because: Aperture Science Time: Schrödinger's Cat

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"

> not doing that again

But was it "Prometheus" or the "3D" that did it?

Imma drinking my black oil now, thanks.

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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The first rule of embarrassing the people in charge is that you never talk about embarrassing the people in charge.

There was a reason for the "court jester" psychological outlet in times past.

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As if.

90 years? Imperial Americana ain't gonna keep it together for that long.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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Re: But these are not CPUs?

But isn't that cheating? A CCD cell is way simpler than an SRAM cell for example.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

It’s not even a “prototype marketing” package its just something the graphic designer has created to look nice.

A closer look reveals that this is just good-looking 3D graphics someone whipped up on an iPhone during lunch hour.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

> Of course it is to erase the resistance!

Just send in Vader!

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Re: "May the best chip – or chips – win."

But these are not CPUs?

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: The Skylons are coming!

So say we all!

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Re: Can you get a refund if a Carrier is not fit for purpose ?

Isn't that "not building for us"?

What's happening to the F-35? I hear rumors of "F-35 a shit", "unfit" and "cancellation"...

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Re: Frakking Skylons

> schedule fairly regular trash collections...

Sounds like the mob will be barging into that line of business, then.

Why not?

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Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

Well, it's still pork. But at least it's tasty pork.

Make some sausages!

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Steelie Neelie finds phone calls are cheaper in Latvia than in Luxembourg

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"For example, a litre of milk can be bought for between €0.69 and €0.99 wherever they are in the EU"

Not in Luxembourg. It's ... uuh (checks bill) 1.28 EUR. The poor country is suffering from aggravated inflation and a housing bubble, both fuelled by an expanding foam of well-paid (but rarely in the office) civil servantry and Eurocracy. Not to mention bankistas.

I actually expected Nelly to come down hard on the inter-operator roaming fees, which are amazingly high in Luxembourg. UGGHHH.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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Re: almost as if some people have an emotional investment in the current model

" It was a bedrock foundation underlying all other assumptions and doing away with it was a threat to all of science."

It think you are retconning history quite a bit here.

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Re: Hah something Science can't explain

Because it's a Commie!

Where is gasplanetbag Rush Limbaugh?

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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

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TrollNomNom

I see what you did there.

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Kudos to El Reg for NOT stooping to calling threats "trolling" for once.

Shame on the earlier writers.

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Flippin' tosser: Sun's magnetic field poised to SWIVEL on it - NASA

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Re: Wake up - it's here!

[Citation Needed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_magnetic_field#Future

At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker; the present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10–15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years; geomagnetic intensity has declined almost continuously from a maximum 35% above the modern value achieved approximately 2,000 years ago. The rate of decrease and the current strength are within the normal range of variation, as shown by the record of past magnetic fields recorded in rocks (figure on right).

The nature of Earth's magnetic field is one of heteroscedastic fluctuation. An instantaneous measurement of it, or several measurements of it across the span of decades or centuries, are not sufficient to extrapolate an overall trend in the field strength. It has gone up and down in the past for no apparent reason. Also, noting the local intensity of the dipole field (or its fluctuation) is insufficient to characterize Earth's magnetic field as a whole, as it is not strictly a dipole field. The dipole component of Earth's field can diminish even while the total magnetic field remains the same or increases.

The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate—10 km per year at the beginning of the 20th century, up to 40 km per year in 2003,[33] and since then has only accelerated.[34]

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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"Not being considered for public sector work in Queensand is bad news for Big Blue, as the State grows quickly thanks to an attractive climate, enviable lifestyle and low taxes."

No, no, no.

1) It's "Queensland"

2) It's "the state", not "the State". The latter designates that entitiy that is just the current mobster outfit nominally in charge. You know, the guys who are "here to help you".

3) "low taxes". Soon to be less low, especially if the kraken sub 2) continues to grow.

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CSC enslaves Infochimps to create army of big data monkeymen

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Life imitates art!

When CSC begins to insert the Infochimps DNA into its global staff of 90,000 employees ... powerful things are bound to happen

Someone clearly is channeling Cave Johnson.

Those of you helping us test the repulsion gel today, just follow the blue line on the floor. Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news: bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

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Re: @ Jolyon Smith - 'this is simply unacceptable'

> I call this pebkac

It isn't. It is bad design.

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Re: They are held in memory

Additionally, there is black magic to interdict the copying of banknotes. And possible child porn and back issues of "Insipre".

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That sound...

Lawyers powering up!

OMG! We are doomed. And all for the price of a gigabyte RAM.

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Re: 'this is simply unacceptable'

If a reliable analogue (or simple digital) photocopier fouled up due to small typeface and poor resolution, it would be reasonably obvious on the copy.

This Xerox product seems more like a scanner, OCR, random editor, and printer.

THIS.

Anyone who doesn't get that point?

It's like the government giving you the "unvarnished truth". But then you look closer, underneath the retouched crisp type and....

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Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft blats biz babble account hijacking bug

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Katzenyammer

WHY!

..or rather... HOW could this pass security requirements checks?

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

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Re: Johnnie Thicko I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

Another amusing point to make about those insisting all government projects are doomed to failure and overruns is that, if that were true, nothing would work, hospitals would simply close, roads would never get built, and taxes never collected. A bit like Greece, I suppose.

Which rather proves the point, I suppose.

The advantage of govnmt projects is that, if they need more money, they get more money instead of the ministry being wound up and its assets being distributed among the shareholders (in this case, the taxpayers). Economic calculation goes from impossible to irrelevant.

Which means ~ 200% GDP debt craters and crumbling bridges. Oh and a 3 trillion dollar bill for a landwar in asia in the mail.

The objectives of public administration cannot be measured in money terms and cannot be checked by accountancy methods. Take a nation-wide police system like the F.B.I. There is no yardstick available that could establish whether the expenses incurred by one of its regional or local branches were not excessive. The expenditures of a police station are not reimbursed by its successful management and do not vary in proportion to the success attained. If the head of the whole bureau were to leave his subordinate station chiefs a free hand with regard to money expenditure, the result would be a large increase in costs as every one of them would be zealous to improve the service of his branch as much as possible. It would become impossible for the top executive to keep the expenditures within the appropriations allocated by the representatives of the people or within any limits whatever. It is not because of punctiliousness that the administrative regulations fix how much can be spent by each local office for cleaning the premises, for furniture repairs, and for lighting and heating. Within a business concern such things can be left without hesitation to the discretion of the responsible local manager. He will not spend more than necessary because it is, as it were, his money; if he wastes the concern’s money, he jeopardizes the branch’s profit and thereby indirectly hurts his own interests. But it is another matter with the local chief of a government agency. In spending more money he can, very often at least, improve the result of his conduct of affairs. Thrift must be imposed on him by regimentation. (Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises, 1944)

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Re: I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

It's all about Itaniums, baby!

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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Psaho

Laureline had a far better outfit back in the 70s....

No Barbie she.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Re: inevitable

Please take your impracticable metalless Ninja fantasies elsewhere.

Speaking of which, why not use poison-tipped ceramic shuriken made from DVD coasters?

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Re: Why go to all this trouble...

Not this metal shit again.

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What iz it that makes you afraid of Ökonomie, sire? Please, the couch is there.

"Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollars, entrepreneurs would enter the market in droves and the price would drop to a few bucks."

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Re: Someone who has *no* failed to maintain his weapon.

> If he'd have used a Remington .223 or the NATO equivalent the 5.56

Yah no.

Next up: Lapua Magnum.

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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A Scanner Darkly

The Fourth Amendment was Mortally Wounded by the Drug War Long Before National Security Tried to Kill It

Lucy Steigerwald, July 26, 2013

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs and tested the waters with a DC bill that made no-knock raids legal on private homes. Some years later, Ronald Reagan stepped up that war, and unlike Nixon, most of the powers that Reagan claimed — and the Supreme Court frequently confirmed — were not ever taken away. The cop, court, and Constitutional drug war mess needs more detail than there is space here (check out Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop, as well as Antiwar’s interview with him for more of that history) but really, once upon a time, when terrorism wasn’t keeping the paranoid up at night, a bunch of people decided that enemy number one was drugs. And no violation was too serious, no quarter was to be given in this fight. Sound familiar?

The effects of that decision to go to “war” can now be seen in the prison-industrial complex, militarized police and their mission creep, and our comatose Fourth Amendment.

Here are just a few figures: in 2012 87 percent of state and federal law enforcement wiretaps were over narcotics, with stats from the past decade showing similar numbers. ”Sneak and peak” warrants — legalized by the PATRIOT Act — between 2009 and 2010 were used for narcotics investigations 76 percent of the time. And what is the NYPD’s contentious “stop and frisk” policy if not a massive violation of the privacy of (mostly black and Hispanic) New Yorkers?

Previously at Antiwar I critiqued libertarian John Stossel’s bizarre refusal to admit that the NSA spying is dangerous. But Stossel did indeed have a point within the madness –the drug war started it. Not only are terror-fighting tools used to investigate drug crimes much of the time, but many privacy protections were already chipped away by the drug war decades before 9/11...

Recently Rand Paul pestered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for clarification about their use of domestic drones. The FBI responded with a few details including that drones have been used for “eight criminal cases and two national security cases” since 2006. The most notable thing mentioned in their report is that the FBI did not see fit to get a search warrant for their drone use, since the targets of their investigations didn’t have an expectation of privacy. This isn’t particularly surprising, more a depressing confirmation of what we would already have suspected...

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Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

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Make the Neocon Post readable again!

Frack the beltway consensus and imperial goodthink.

Fire those fracking AIPACing neocon reactionaries pumping out war drivel on the front page and in the commentary sections. In particular Robert Kagan and Charles Krauthammer

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery, continued.

Are people getting dumber? Yes they are!

But critics of Post's approach say it would be better to convince people to eat less meat

This isn't meat.

"We have a situation where 1.4 billion people in the world are overweight and obese

Signs of progress and fructose.

and at the same time one billion people worldwide go to bed hungry

Signs of bad distribution, government intervention (going from subsidies in rich countries to export orientation in poor ones) and missing capital-intensive infrastructure (rampant collectivism, banditism, statism and other ills).

Professor Tara Garnett of Oxford University's Food Policy Research Network told the BBC

He should know.

That's just weird and unacceptable

Is it?

The solutions don't just lie with producing more food but changing the systems of supply and access and affordability, so not just more food but better food gets to the people who need it.

Being part of the central planning problem, I see.

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

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MUST ... NOT .... POST ... URL TO THE MANGA ABOUT THE EXPERIMENTAL BIDET FROM HELL....

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

No. That just means the price is right for the target group.

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ProfitBricks budget cloud in SECURITY FAIL

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery.

White found that the 6.3 CentOS image had apparently been built on a public internet-facing computer.

"The fact that the equivalent of a trusted 'gold master' OS image was originally built on a public-facing box is unfathomable to me," White said via email. "Imagine if you put a naked Windows XP/WIn 7 box on the internet and *then* ran Windows update, over the course of two days. Would you trust that build to hold your sensitive data?"

1) "Building" the CentOS image on a public-facing box is a problem? How much public-facing is it?

2) "Building" the CentOS image is the same as leaving a naked, unpatched Windows XP on the Internet?

3) The fact that a "build" was performed lets one conclude anything about the OS on said public-facing box and its security lockdown or lack thereof?

RETARDED. SECURITY "RESEARCHER" FAIL.

Kenneth White

Who he?

after it revamped its prices to undercut Amazon Web Services

This business plan is made of fail and pain

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Bad timing: New HTML5 trickery lets hackers silently spy on browsers

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Re: Inevitable?

> Just turn off js

This is 2013. Turning off JavaScript is going to make VERY LARGE chunks of meaningful stuff disappear. And it's not going to get better.

Just try, oh I dunno... this

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