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Security researchers uncover three-year-old 'RUSSIAN SPYware'

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Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.

From the report:

Another interesting notion: The exact spelling, Uroburos, can even be found in a webcomic called Homestuck. In this interactive webcomic, the reader/player needs two codes to receive virtual magic objects (called juju). Those two codes are in fact uROBuROS and UrobUros. We can notice that the uppercase and lowercase character order matches the string found within the malware code.

"Not bad. Some pretty good stuff you got there!"

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Re: When did Eset become German?

It was The Other Annexion ... that John Kerry DIDN'T yap loudly about.

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Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

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Re: What no bio fuel?

If the investment throws off the ROI, why not.

If it's marginal, why would you?

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Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

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"MILLION-RETWEET goss and glamour"

Pretty sure my vocabulary is progressively retreating out the hipster influence sphericule, but I still do think that should be "gloss", not "goss".

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I do think that should be "Bieber", or do you mean "BuhBye-ber"?

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Re: Meh!

"To date Cleversafe has been awarded over 100 patents"

Certainly a formula for success.

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Re: broken RAID

Blaming Dell is covered by a patent, too?

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Boffins say dark matter found with X-ray

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That's not how it works.

Here we have a sterile neutrino population (definitely not interacting via electromagnetism and apparently not via weak force either) generally just sitting there like a heavy gas around galaxy cluster, but now slowly (i.e. with half-life times >> current age of the universe) decaying into a photon (the detected signal) and a standard neutrino (undetectable again).

It's only the decay signal you can observe. More clearly:

How can we see if this is the right model? Dark matter that has no interactions with the visible matter seems hopeless. Fortunately, sterile neutrino dark matter is expected to decay and produce a smoking-gun signal in the form of a monochromatic photon line. This is because, in order to be produced in the early universe, the sterile neutrino should mix slightly with the active ones. In that case, oscillations of the active neutrinos into sterile ones in the primordial plasma can populate the number density of sterile neutrinos, and by this mechanism it is possible to explain the observed relic density of dark matter. But the same mixing will make the sterile neutrino decay, as shown in the diagrams here. If the sterile neutrino is light enough and/or the mixing is small enough then its lifetime can be much longer than the age of the universe, and then it remains a viable dark matter candidate. The tree-level decay into 3 ordinary neutrinos is undetectable, but the 2-body loop decay into a photon and and a neutrino results in production of photons with the energy E=mDM/2. Such a monochromatic photon line can potentially be observed. In fact, in the simplest models sterile neutrino dark matter heavier than ~50 keV would produce a too large photon flux and is excluded. Thus the favored mass range for dark matter is between 1 and 50 keV. Then the photon line is predicted to fall into the X-ray domain that can be studied using X-ray satellites like XMM-Newton, Chandra, or Suzaku.

Also note that dark matter detectors assume that dark matter should interact at least via the weak force (they are "Weakly Interacting Massive Particles"). Same with the neutrino detectors. The electromagnetic force does not enter here.

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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Doing a slavic job on Steve Jobs?

And why is Steve always late?

Roll on, Dragan!

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Brit colo outfit Alphadex offline all weekend after attack

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Hosted in Crimea.

Time for the light brigade?

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RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

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Re: Ah yes, Colbert. Another unfunny guy.

"Trust me, that was funny."

Snort. It's only funny when you are less than 15 and haven't ever heard of Monty Python's Kissinger song. I have probably more books mentioning Kissinger on my immediate right than you have books on programming on C++.

I couldn't care less about Kissinger at this point in time. Taking out old skeletons to cover up the present? Standard progressive debating tactic.

What concerns me currently is the other war criminal (also an economic nincompoop and a political know-nothing relative to Kissinger) with a peace prize. He's currently droning from the White House.

Or, to KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE

Five years later, Obama’s commandants need a rewrite. Here’s what they should now look like and, barring surprises in the next three years, these, as written, will both be the virtual law of the land and constitute the Obama legacy.

- Thou shalt not torture (but thou shalt leave the door open to the future use of torture).

- Thou shalt detain forever.

- Thou shalt live by limitless secrecy.

- Thou shalt wage war everywhere and forever.

- Thou shalt not punish those who have done bad things in the name of the national security state.

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Ah yes, Colbert. Another unfunny guy.

Always trying to run the fine line of "it's not fascism when my progressive president does it".

The guy's practically a war criminal - I don't understand how they could put him up for the same prize they once gave to Henry Kissinger

or his rather more endearing darling Obama for that matter.

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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For those interested in IEEE Software's take on this (Jan-Feb 2014 issue):

Bespoke Infrastructures (PDF)

"In the 1920s, the Ford Motor Company embarked on an ill-fated attempt to establish an industrial town in an Amazon rainforest as a way to secure a cultivated rubber supply for its cars’ wheels. At the time, it already owned ore mines, forests, and a steel foundry to produce the raw materials for its cars; today, it buys from external suppliers, even for its cars’ electronic control units. How do these two phases of the automotive industry’s history relate to the way we currently develop and adopt infrastructure in our profession?"

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Re: Filed under hobbies and interests ..

I, for one, welcome our latex-clad reg writers.

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There is no such thing as a free lunch

Three months of IT involvement into the project the strategy document was handed to the business sponsor of the project for sign off upon which he was told “Don’t bother, one of the grads put it together weeks ago”.

And you know exactly that horrendous amounts of bitchmoan will land on CIO's desk about "it isn't working / it's a catastrophe / where is the source code / arrrgh the results are all wrong" until the hotwired piece of junk from the bright light just out of uni is replaced with something a bit more production-ready. Sure he/she did what he/she could, but let's be realistic here.

Suffering and entropy are what this universe is about. That and progressive automation. And self-delusion.

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Re: Not sure where you work...

That and automated test cases made by a separate team of test fiends wired to a "programmer, you are fired" light once a settable number of failures occur in the daily test run.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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I need a reference on this.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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what's the guy supposed to do, not tell even his family why there's another 80 grand in the bank?

SUCK IT!

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Re: Not sure what to think

you can't show the outside world the cost of treating employees unfairly

Unfortunately, NOTHING says that anyone was being treated unfairly in the first place.

We just know the school weighted the odds and thought that defending the case would cost probably more than 80K.

These 80K are coming from where and and who would not be getting adequate educaschion because of this, btw?

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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger's DARKEST FEARS revealed

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put in it's 10-K?

No!

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: Perfectly safe?

Reactors 3 housed about 40 MOX tubes (Mixsture of oxides of U-238 and Pu-239). There was some concern about how this metallurgic material would be behave in case of a meltdown and whether things might become hot enough to release Pu vapors. Nothing happened though.

an image about the gamma aerial surveying of the Pacific and Arctic oceans, such as I had pointed to

I do not think that such an image exists, or would make much sense.

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Re: ha ha ha

This is actually true.

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Re: Lewis Page: Active spreading of ignorance

You are not helping, Mister Peler.

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Re: Perfectly safe?

AFAIK, the plutonium and uranium are still more or less where they were in the first place.

Only the volatile elements resulting from nucleus splittings went AWOL.

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Yeah, I live within a few hours of the mess should the #4 building collapse (which is still possible and which is still packed with nuclear fuel rods).

So what would the effects be, exactly?

Metal rods falling all over themselves??

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Re: Facts-

> It's not fear mongering, it's insurance companies covering their a$$.

Riiight.

> Panicked group of "concerned citizens" take to the bullhorn.

> They declare being somehow mortally endangered by orgones/coffeine/aspartame/morgellons/toothpaste detergent/wifi hotspot/radioactive cesium/aether waves/HAARP/fluorine in the water/aspirine/chemtrails/microwaves/hot coffee (The latest things is apparently these super-magnetic toy balls which are "harmful to children", the producer is being shut down via governmental lawfare)

> Parliamentarians sheep up and declare to be "take their concerns seriously"

> Labeling legislation is passed

> "It's the insurance companies"

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Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

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Clearly we are in a movie, and Terry Gilliam is directing it.

And we are not even at the intermission yet.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Jeeceeaitchcue: "We do what we must because we can!"

Hopefully they got an eyeful of more scat session than they bargained for.

Although Yahoo!'s instant messaging service uses SSL to encrypt passwords when logging in, it does not prevent network eavesdroppers from intercepting, decoding and storing text messages and live webcam feeds between contacts.

Well, this lack of security is, well, completely unexpected from the likes of wazoo. SSL is a pretty new invention, you can't expect rollout to happen overnight, can you?

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Stilwell in Burma!

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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

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How about in your MCU?

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unless there was a "deal"

Mesmerized by Clippy!

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SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

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Austrian business cycle theory, my dear!

which explains why the stock/property markets keep booming even when the rest of us are skint

That is not that.

These markets are booming because the money is easy (fuelled by newly printed money for bailouts, quantiative easing or to keep interest rates low, pyramiding through the fractional reserve banking system). The rest of us are "skint" because easy money fuels investments in things people do not really want nor need - generally high capital goods like skyscrapers and overpriced housing and cars, buildings full of cloud computing etc, which will lay fallow when the bubble bursts.

The fact that government keeps printing money, keeps people out of work with regulation and generally blows half of tax revenue on warfare (with a very large industrial tree feeding into it) and employs a fat percentage of the (overpaid) workforce at taxpayer's expense does not help at all.

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You need to build additional pylons!

Still waiting for the basic capital infrastructure and materials knowledge.

Hasten slowly.

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Make cyberwar a no-no equal to nukes, bio, and chemical attacks, says RSA headman

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A mixed blessing

You know that the first thing that will happen is that someone will heed the cry "cyberwar" and ram his thing into the breach to bring "FREEHDUMS" to other people by basically blowing large swathes of a foreign country to smithereens from on high.

Then the guy will go home and collect the votes.

Meanwhile, the croaking begins.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: Were people really stupid enough to use MtGox as a bitcoin wallet

Yes but at least with a bank account if the bank goes bust the first 50K or whatever is covered by the state.

It's not covered by the state, it's covered by everyone through inflation (i.e. a tax). While the people who got rich through fractional reserve banking ... stay rich.

Or it could be that like in Cyprus, your money suddenly is just gone by decree. Works too.

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Re: Only confirms what I have said all along

No, but any metal that doesn't rust away immediately, is not radioactive and overly toxic and is solid at room temperature will do. The rarer, the "more expensive".

This is a pretty old trick and not hard to grasp.

In a Robinson Crusoe + Friday scenario, fish for milliday transaction or coconuts are fine too.

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Re: Disregard that, I Mt. Gox

Who is Gox and why do you mount him?

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The web age has arrived! Fasten your seatbelts!

“transaction malleability”

Fuzzy transactions, then?

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Re: Were people really stupid enough to use MtGox as a bitcoin wallet

You can say the same thing about a bank.

A banking account with a positive amount is just a very risky loan given to the bank...

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Re: Only confirms what I have said all along

Unfortunately, joules are hard to transport, hoard or even exchange.

So it's not money nor currency.

You need a solid commodity for that.

Now, if the LHC produced stable microscopic black holes with charge....

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Not worth a Doge Continental!

It's a like honest-to-god fractional banking system!

Even without the "unlimited fiat money via the printing pressdatabase updates and 'free market operations'" territory.

Just add staid marble columns at the entrance.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Re: Pronouciation

Like the german Kaiser did: HU! A! WEI!

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Re: Thoroughly discredited.

MTHR = Mean Time to Heat Ray

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Finally save

and prevents your harmful electromagnetic waves that cause health problems, such as endocrine malfunctioning, reproductive malfunctioning, cataract and brain tumour

As is the local custom, someone mistook microwaves for hard gamma rays.

then the phone you’ve so carefully "cleaned" and to which you'd attached the well "rubbed" sticker would stop working

UNLESS you applied it homeopathically.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Re: Wow

Dunno it doesn't work me LOL.

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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What, me worried??

If I were a central banker...

... I'd be worried now.

You clearly have no idea what central banking is about.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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You want interchangeable documents ... are you a bearded fatwa thrower??

the open source zealots

Am I really reading an article by Orlo?

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: Message from US to EU:

1) "You can't do anything against us, lube up"

2) "If you want to do anything against us, deep down it's just about filty lucre anyway, so don't"

That guy sure is a piece of work. A mix of narcisissm, american exceptionalism, belief in the omnipotent state and hypocrisy. And a desire to keep going on the useless talking heads roundabout.

But he's right. There *will* be lubing up. EU behaviour on subjects as diverse as FATCA and Ukraine says so.

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Moon flashes Earth after getting pounding from MASSIVE meteorite

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Yeah

Big boom on Moon on 9/11...

Surprise meteor over Russia just when everybody is looking at another space rock...

I think someone up there is trolling and I'm not sure what to think about it.

Next a Jupiter's moon will be gone missing.

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

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Re: Intriguing.

Yeah it's easier to do the experiments based on what the government's left and right hand are doing.

Fully uncorrelated.

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