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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Easy

Unfortunately that combo still needs a bit of a good polish.

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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they are scoping an upgrade to Windows!

Government fail ain't news.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Re: Gluten-Free comment

Only now these kind of hoaxes start real wars.

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CNN, BBC

[satire]

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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First case of actual NSA file being used?

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Murdoch?

I think discussion like he's trying to start here should be left to grown ups.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Just a bit of cognitive dissonance. This IS 2014, you should be used to it by now, it's practically a civilizational scourge. Or are you never watching the news?

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A friendlier opening for Neuromancer

"The sky above the port was the color of a Windows screen, after patch Tuesday".

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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Re: Unless you're a crim...

It's easy to detect crims: It's the ones who worry!

The rest are taking their described daily dose of SOMA. 0.4g every morning. And take care boys and girls: Only read websites approved by the psychopathic mavens of interior and foreign policy!

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Re: To steal politely from Wil Wheaton..

The cat.

The cat actually controls you.

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In other considerations...

yum update via https when?

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Re: Well, but in this case HTTPS wouldn't help

So run your own CA.

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Re: SSL is a good thing

> If only it didn't cost so much for hosts.

Oh, I thought CPU-wise. You mean the certificate.

Well, you can implement certificate-less SSL.

Or you can get a certificate at Gandi for EUR 12/year ... though they may revoke it at the drop of a hat ... they are french after all, never sure whether they are serving the State or the Customer.

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Re: Missing information

> so much crap was suid root for no good reason.

When was that? Sounds like a tall tale of Middle Earth.

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Supervalu supermarket stores stung by sneaky sales system scammers

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Indeed, sounds like something coming out of a ...difficult... shareholder meeting

Maybe M. Lieberman is a shareholder?

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Yeah

Segue into a randomly tacked-on and entirely believable Hollywood slasher scenario aka. "OMG STALKERS! Will nobody think of the CHILDREN"...?

Credibility lowered by serious amount.

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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There are no roman camps on mars though.

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Re: If that 'boulder' is a pyramid

La vie siliceuse!

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Say WHAT?!?

When the only thing you can sell is footage of goals, everything looks like Intellectual Property.

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Will nobody think of the NETS??

illegal videos of balls hitting the back of nets

HOLY SHIT! We must DO SOMETHING!!

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Orwell chap snaps in Amazon paperback claptrap yap rap

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Re: Lower Prices

That sounds suspiciously like "antitrust should be used in ways I approve of".

The publishers seems to be unable to get their act together? Let them fester.

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What I don't understand is that amazon seems to roll out Good Blair (in opposition to Bad Blair) to explain the stance of its opponents in this legal opera buffa. Or am I completely confused?

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Big Brother

deleted the titles

Did you mean "undownloaded"?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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The last machine on my desk with no MMU was an Amiga 2000

Since malware relies on having access to the whole computer in order to do harm when the code is executed, malware on such a machine will be defeated, because even if it manages to get into the machine as a bona fide piece of code, as soon as it runs, it will find it has no direct access to anything except an area of RAM. It can’t mess with the operating system because it will run in user mode. It can’t mess with the mass storage because only kernel processes can reach the physical addresses of peripherals.

It seem the author has totally bypassed any knowledge about how modern computer systems or even malware actually works and is making things up as he writes? It's like listening to a neocon explaining the political situation in the Middle East and how we need to smash in some doors lest people get uppity etc.

I recommend taking up a good old Tanenbaum explaining principles of Operating Systems. Then to start studying practical examples of how security is being bypassed by various means in case the system is not kept at minimal levels of complexity with a strictly enforced and mathematically describable security policy with no bugs in the code underlying it. These systems are very rare, very restricted in functionality and the hoi polloi doesn't want them.

The combination of kernel and user register sets in the CPU with hardware memory management and a small amount of hard-wired logic that no software of any kind could circumvent, meant that with a competent operating system, these machines were essentially bomb proof.

Bomb proof my arse: Morris worm says no. Oh you mean it needs to run VMS? Right.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: @ the man who feel to earth

Sounds like a remake of that movie with Louis de Funès The Gazebo where he tries to get rid of a very hard-to-get-rid-of body.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Mushroom

Ok, that does it.

I'm TIRED of this MUTHAFUCKIN' SH*T on this MUTHAFUCKIN' CLOUD!!

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Re: Meh....

It's not about "privacy".

"Privacy" refers to contracting between you and the provider handling your data.

"Safe harbour" refers to contracting between the provider handling your data and the provider handling the platform that holds your data.

Or in other words: in how many salesforce accounts does personal information about your actually reside, all with the requisite privacy guarantees promised in good faith. Do you know?

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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The talk of the remunerated state employee for whom money grows on trees.

The reverse of that position is: if you cannot sell the goods at the price needed to pay your high-salaried employees (and pay your high taxes to boot and throw off a profit for, you know, "justification of existence"), then you are rolling towards the "cessation of activities" terminal activity node.

Cheap stuff from India? Yes we can.

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

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Re: We should finally invest in defence

The trouble is - it's ruinously expensive.

Frankly, this is always trotted out as gospel truth. Citation needed.

Even Amazon does it these days: Link at the top here

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Re: Read History

Superiority by Arthur C. Clarke.

Written at the time when electronic valves where a thing.

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Re: A holy quarrel, perhpas?

"IS AMANFROMMARS1 ACTUALLY THE INCARNATION OF GENUX-B?"

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Re: Yottabyte, my arse!

And old reference on my disk

However, based on blueprints of the facility obtained by FORBES – and published here for the first time — experts estimate that the storage capacity of the data center is lower than has previously been reported given the technology currently available and the square footage that the center has allocated for its servers.

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Even that reduced number struck Internet infrastructure expert Paul Vixie as high given the space allocated for data in the facility. He came up with a lower estimation. Assuming larger 13 square feet racks would be used, factoring in space between the racks, and assuming a lower amount of data storage per rack, he came up with an estimate of less than 3 exabytes of data capacity for the facility. That would only allow for 24-hour recordings of what every one of Philadelphia’s 1.5 million residents was up to for a year. (But who would want to watch that?) Still, he says that’s a lot of data pointing to a 2009 article about Google planning multiple data centers for a single exabyte of info.

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Re: A holy quarrel, perhpas?

Thumbs up for remembering that gem of utter psychosis and paranoia.

Sweat made Stafford’s forehead slick with moisture. “Do you know what would cause a Genux-B to conclude that we’re under attack? A million separate factors, all possible known data weighed, compared, analyzed—and then the absolute gestalt. In this case, the gestalt of an imminent attacking enemy. No one thing would have raised the threshold; it was quantitative. A shelter-building program in Asiatic Russia, unusual movements of cargo ships around Cuba, concentrations of rocket freight unloadings in Red Canada…”

“No one,” the man at the controls of the flapple said placidly, “no nation or group of persons either on Terra or Luna or Domed Mars is attacking anybody. You can see why we’ve got to get you over there fast. You have to make it absolutely certain that no orders emanate from Genux-B to SAC. We want Genux-B sealed off so it can’t talk to anybody in a position of authority and it can’t hear anybody besides us. What we do after that we’ll worry about then. ‘But the evil of the day—’ ”

“You assert that in spite of everything available to it, Genux-B can’t distinguish an attack on us?” Stafford demanded. “With its manifold data-collecting sweepers?” He thought of something then, that terrified him in a kind of hopeless, retrospective way. “What about our attack on France in ‘82 and then on little Israel in ‘89?”

“No one was attacking us then either,” the man nearest Stafford said, as he retrieved the tape and again placed it within his briefcase. His voice, somber and morose, was the only sound; no one else stirred or spoke. “Same then as now. Only this time a group of us stopped Genux-B before it could commit us. We pray we’ve aborted a pointless, needless war.”

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Re: Yottabyte, my arse!

It can only be on tape.

That's still half a trillion LTO6 tapes. How large is that cube?

I can only imaginge NSA has some very special compression algorithms or this is the target number for end of the decade.

Could that much data have even been pumped into Utah over fibre up to now?

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

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Re: Found one

> makes it one lovely hunk o'space shit.

SUPER SPACE DINOSAURS!

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Mandatory on the ingress route at the USPTO, too.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: Problems Yesterday

On the Internet, nobody knows whether you are the guy with painful BGP problems.

Nobody.

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

The Tragedy of the Euro

Where is "The tragedy of the IPv6"?

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

Well, I guess it was a second systems effect.

And large companies high on dotcom steroids sniffing upgrade blood.

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Re: Sadly

Dead Packets' Society!

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Re: PDP

I would have guessed a spelling error of PHP

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: Er

Well, a bit older than a "girl"

Anyway, go back to watching anime.

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Dynamical systems = Can be described by Lagrangians

Dynamic systems = Lots of crap happens

Maybe?

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Your Lie Groups are showing!

Boffins eat tori. Cops eat doughnuts.

Apart from that, nice math doing. Theorems are so far away from the vagaries of MUH OFFICE LIFE and COMPUTER SAYS NO.

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Do you want a boot virus with that?

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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0% semitic??

Do I smell ... anti-semitism??

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Hilarious

People click on ads?

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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Re: The 512 BGP Routes problem, presumably?

Just like Y2K with less preparedness?

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Must be another dirty trick by P.U.T.I.N.

Now at least I know why my browser startup took so long.

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Fifteen countries KO'd in malware one-two punch

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Re: The antivirus, they do nothing

Modern antivirus software keels over faster than an Iraqi Army facing ISIS

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