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Need an army of killer zombies? Yours for just $25 per 1,000 PCs

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Re: So...

No, these would be UNCOMPROMISED machines, of course. Configure max lock on iptables and set SELinux to enforcing. Gnihihihi....

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So...

Anyone have a porcelain pig lying around so that a few thousand can be bought and one can check where they are / reinstall them remotely with Linux?

Btw, El Reg, can we have a less fugly Tux icon, please?

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US gov cash slash threatens manned trips to asteroids and Mars

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World + Dog complains: I need more greenbacks

> $85bn worth of cuts that would be painful to both sides

HAHAHA ... SNORT!!

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New class of industrial-scale super-phishing emails threatens biz

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A question of style: scare quotes

Dear El Reg,

I do think the "longline" adjective should be within quotes as it is a term used by proofpoint (but it's not), whereas "drive-by downloads" and "rootkits" should not be within quotes (but they are) as these are standard, accepted terms.

Yours faithfully etc..

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Queen of Tech City says she will decide what Tech City does soon now

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"TURING is such a visual magazine that it can't be viewed without welding goggles"

Yes but -- The partys! The hobnobbing! The glossy business/lifestyle mag articles! The Intellectual Property glow!

Feels like a hedge fund superstar!

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Storage glitch sends Curiosity into safe mode

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Re: windows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VxWorks

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No so autonomous now, are we?

Mission control still need to gingerly fix stuff remotely from behind the radiation shield offered by several kilometers of atmosphere ... and the hardened explorators are in no way capable of running interesting AIs either. Autonomous exploration and exploitation of the asteroid belt is still some way away!

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Re: Say WHAT, bro?

> helping to end the Great Depression

Been brainwashed by Krugman, buddy? It often helps to believe in the tooth fairy, indeed.

Seriously, the "Great Depression" was made great BECAUSE of Roosie. Played the Keynesian and Control Economist for about 10 years with no improvement in sight - normal, considering his earlier admiration for the command economy of Mussolini's Italy. Then WWII came and he didn't have to justify himself. For this to happen, he trolled Japanese and Germans relentlessly, hoping for a "first shot", which came to no-one's surprise. Popped his clogs just before his 4th term (fraudulently obtained, as much as the 3rd), after having secured the votes of the Poles, the country of whom he had already secretly sold to Stalin. Buried in a mausoleum prepared a bit earlier at taxpayer's expense.

A right dirtbag he was.

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Yeah but repealing this kind of B.S. is the one thing which made Roosevelt popular.

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VMware execs shake fists at Amazon Web Services cloud

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Angel

I remember an article in "The Economist" from 2004 or even maybe earlier where the point was that amazon is not a bookseller - but actually a software company that happens to also sell stuff..

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"That is no arrow. We just imagine the arrows because we fear them."

"VMware's situation sounds disturbingly like the plot of Werner Herzog's Aguirre"

Not so! VMware is not a rogue band of know-nothing brutes venturing into a vast, unknown, quasi-mystical space that they think they can conquer and dominate utterly with superior technology, mumblings from the priest and the will to power but which will instead silently absorb them and their little heinous minds by not giving them anything to hold on to, by disallowing any point of reference - moral, cultural temporal or geographical.

Quite unlike this and far more prosaic, VMware and its competitors are just trying to punt their wares. EC2 is not particulary absorbing...

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SpaceX: 'We have control, it's just a glitch' Musk tells world+dog

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Re: Don't sign up to a commercial provider..!!!

@MyBackDoor

He's just talking about the current New Mexico

Wait a minute...

Papers, please! Are you aware that as per Contact Regulation 415A, Extraterrestrial Tourists are NOT allowed to access the Internet during their stay EXCEPT to passively gather information?

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Re: I wonder...

You think Gordon Freeman works there?

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Re: contingency plans

"They have thought of and have contingency plans THAT WORK for every situation."

Yes. Note that in Russian Roulette, you are alive after all the trials until you are dead.

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Re: contingency plans

"SpaceX has the rather unenviable responsibility to report on every little thing"

"Unlike NASA or the Russians"

Do you really think that what you are saying makes any sense?

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MWC 2013: The Chinese are coming - and you ain't seen nothing yet

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Actually I AM a global warming denier.

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"If we insist on giving away intellectual property then the value built on top of it will go to more innovative companies that plan better, and produce goods that are every bit as good as the global brands but at a keener price."

I see the hidden message. Of course no-one is "giving away" "intellectual property" otherwise there would not not be weekly nukefests about ideas someone had while on the shitter. Systems may be opened up and not run like Alcatraz to attract third-party developers, partners and, yes, competitors.

If we insist on keeping our hallowed intellectual property then any potential value it has will just wither away while more innovative companies that plan better, and produce goods that are every bit as good as the global brands but at a keener price -- just build their own.

Apple's money bomb seems to belie this, but in reality this is just a temporary phenomenon with Apple unable to produce at acceptable cost out-of-Asia and targeting the relatively well-endowed locals, in other words, it repackages comparative advantages in production.

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Re: Fear not

Yeah right.

We will talk about this after the dollar collapse. See you in December.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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Re: Stopping crap

Not sure Eadon isn't just some crazy experiment in AI text generation. A bit Eliza, a bit Watson.

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Re: Great idea

That sounds like the movie "Dead Calm - IN SPAAAACCEEE!"

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Re: One way trip

But what if the superbug has developed ways and means to catapult itself from the surface then latch onto flybying spacecraft?

We might be doomed regardless!

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RSA roundup: Big trouble in not-so little China

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Who let the dogs out?

> Bill Clinton. Tony Blair. La Condi. Le Chertoff.

I thought this was the RSA conference, not the Fletcher Memorial Home? How are those Middle Eastern Birth Pangs coming, Condi?

> Dr. Hugh Thompson

Clearly PROFESSOR GENKI.

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SpaceX rocket reaches orbit but Dragon fails to spit fire

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Re: I see the AC snipers are out in force today.

Also random downvotes and deletions by moderators. Bizarre.

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Re: Give them a break!

Good man!

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Re: Give them a break!

That's because you could use it to kill germans.

"Ask a Russian engineer to design you a shoe, and he'll give you something that looks like the box the shoe came in. Ask him to design something that will slaughter Germans, and he turns into Thomas fucking Edison."

But seriously, a great drink to The Chief Designer. No vodka here? Fracking UK.

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Re: Give them a break!

This bazza man is in process engineering, I see.

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You are having a bad day and will not go to space today

"cut its webcast of the mission"

presumably replaced by elevator music and the unflattering picture of the dragon capsule on a flatbed tow truck.

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Enterprising 'early adapter' tries to hawk Google Glass on eBay

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> So that scruffy looking bespectacled guy with glasses you saw a few years back talking to himself wasn't a mentally ill geek, but a time traveller wearing Google glass.

I think I saw that idea "Serial Experiments: LAIN" back in the 90s'

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Tech bazaar Aria puts £10K bounty on heads of DDoS varmints

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Re: Any armchair slueth will tell you

> the real investigation

AS IF!

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Under what authority?

Problem, Officer?

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Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

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Re: 'medical bills of an astronomical "amount in excess of $600.00,"'

> I've had a CT scan for less than £20

You have NOT had a CT scan for less than £20.

Somebody paid so you could have a CT scan for less than £20, let's be precise here.

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Re: 'medical bills of an astronomical "amount in excess of $600.00,"'

Comes from cartelizing the medical profession.

"pain, suffering, scarring, disability, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of the usual activities of daily life"

Just the usual ISTUFF withdrawal syndrom. I prescribe Xanax.

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Sinkholes reveal more Chinese-hacked biz - and piggybacking crims

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SCP-899: "The Building"

"The Building is a nondescript multi-storey block in the suburbs of Shanghai"

Has anyone tried to enter that building? What happens if one does?

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CloudFlare's Railgun protocol gets buy-in from web giants

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Re: Or, you could, y'know, design you [sic] pages right?

> By the way, does anyone really use XSLT?

An excellent question. Would a webdesigner even understand XSLT?

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Didcha know

That today is the 20th anniversary of the government overkill visited upon the Branch Davidians?

Let's drink to Madame Janet and Herr Clinton, with a little shot of Führerbier!

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Re: So...

One is enough:

OBEY!

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Re: "vandalism of government property"

Arrested for resisting arrest.

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Re: Cabin Fever

So it will be like Frank Herberts "Destination: Void" (not one of his best ones), where the crew is being constantly stressed out by a ship designed to fail on them with deadly consequences.

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Re: The reason for an older couple....

COMFY IN SPACE!

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Re: Round trip?...doubt i could fit the entire house of parliment in the capsule.

But no need for radiation shielding means you can increase the volume!!

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Trollface

Just spike them with a bit of horse.

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25% of Groupon share value WIPED OUT after rates slashed

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Re: WTF...

There is no page three, I am disappoint!

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Re: Bet you wish

rd232, you fail harder than r2d2

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Anonymous leaks 'Bank of America secrets' in spy revenge hack

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Re: Israeli carelessness

> It's a good job they aren't keeping our telco and other records.

Gnihihi!

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Super-fast super-massive black hole spins at nearly light-speed

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Re: WTF radiation?

>> First is that em-radiation is a duality - can be thought of as a particle or a wave. Particles are subject to gravity but waves are not. Therefore it is possible for radiation to escape (as a wave) but no THING escapes.

That's just fully wrong. For starters it assumes that one knows how to combine Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity. NOPE. Then is assumes that "particles" are "things" but "waves" (which should properly be called "fields", unless there is ANOTHER confusion) are not. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.

> For a more accurate description you might like to find an advanced astrophysics textbook!

For any accurate description, you will have to await development in theoretical physics.

Meanwhile, hand-waving and finagling indicates that there is "Hawking radiation" which rests upon the idea you can have a quantum state in which a matter/antimatter pair (of whatever, just keep the sum of quantum numbers zero) is being "produced" at the edge at the event horizon (i.e. checking for particles has a non-zero probability of coming back positive) but one of the particles "disappears over the horizon" (finagle, wink, wink), while the other is observed laters far away from it. As the interpretation "the black hole emitted a particle" fits the observed history, one can take that.

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That Ergosphere is gonna whip the wheels off Hawking's chair!

But the interesting question is, the Black Hole not being solid stuff but rather a spacetime edge, what exactly is "rotating at speed X" here? Is the maximum speed attained when the inner event horizon is as larger as the outer one? Will rotating any faster than c cause bad things to happen? MATH NAOW!

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Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'

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It was a Prozac story about Apple.

Or maybe a Soma story?

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APT1, that scary cyber-Cold War gang: Not even China's best

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Remember when Hillary Clinton wanted the VISA card numbers of UN member snaffled? Nobody gave a f*ck.

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Hey, software snobs: Hardware love can set your code free

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Just a minute

"This may seem like an obvious choice and, yes, we are talking about NoSQL solutions like (but absolutely not exclusively) Hadoop and MapReduce."

Hold on! NoSQL is for people who want to have fast, possibly distributed databases and either don't need a proper relational scheme or can absorb a temporary relaxation of consistency in exchange for decentralization. Hadoop and MapReduce are about distributing computational tasks over a large matrix of machines. Not the same thing at all. Or what??

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