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From Russia with no love: Prez Putin dubs Ed Snowden 'unwanted gift'

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He he he he

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sweating-towel-guy

...and, giving the Prez of the Diposition Matrix the peace prize "hasty and ill-conceived"? Falling-down-stairs retarded while Orwell looks on, rather.

Oh well, Kissinger got one, too.

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Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

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Not Java then, more like Dalvik VM.

Although .jar files are also .zip files, so there may be some as yet to be discovered sideeffects on a JVM, too.

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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Re: No, No,Thrice No

You seem to be complaining about Security clampdowns (that have not been taken in discussion with management), not about IT as such.

Maybe the fault is with management, not with IT? Maybe one wanted to prevent the fail train to stop at the door of IT while the other people where not taking responsibilites and were out golfing?

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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It still wants its shrubbery.

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Unmasked: Euro ISPs raided in downloads strangle probe

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Re: wtf

Now take a deep breath, put down Ayn Rand for a second and think about what is happening here.

A) Something happens, there is a backdrop, which El Reg does not explain.

B) Cogent: Upgrade your interconnects! (This presumably means more money to Cogent)

C) ISP: No, we won't (They leave their customers with sucky service but need to pay less to Cogent)

D) Cogent: Then we will have to drop traffic, idiots!!

E) I don't know what...

F) ATLAS SHRUGS!!!111!!

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Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

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I wonder whether the performance stats and benchmarks on the Xeon Phi are a bit dodgy, too, like those mobile x86-vs-ARM stats of recently?

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Amazon button leaked user traffic

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Re: Why do people install these things?

More to the point, what does Amazon think it is doing?

Report back to Alexa or anywhere else? WHY!

This should cost at least a 20000 grand of fine.

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Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

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Re: Skimpy article

This is El Reg, a free-factor zone! Enter at your own risk!

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Re: +1 for dodgy electrical wiring.

Yeah. but did you mistake the fuse boards for an iPhone?

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Where does the energy for plasma generation come from?

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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Re: Comets and bean-counters

But these are all interpretations with perfect hindsight.

When looking into the future, things are not at all clear and clear-cut.

Several engineers will queue at the door and say that there is a problem with this and that.

Sure there is. But what do? Maybe make a bad call. Maybe launch the Shuttle. Maybe leave it on pad. Maybe fix this nagging problem with the foam coming off. Maybe not. Maybe the risk analysis is good and you will just be unlucky.

If things go wrong, finger-pointing and the blame game will start. Then the prepared engineer has a copy of his "letter to management" in the drawer that he wrote two years ago...

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Re: Theory

Bullshit. Are you implying your Graupner model stuff LiPo shit is the the same as the one in planes? Next you will be telling me that avionics is built on Windows.

> disinclined to do too many safety studies

Evil capitalists p0wning you? More like consumers want these, and it works quite well (people are not blowing up right and left and even state regulators don't complain too much) so it's on the market. Or are you seriously implying that you prefer to carry a Vietnam-era lead-acid backpack for your laptop?

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Re: Meanwhile a shadowy international financier with an accent shorts Boeing stock *again*

Mr Goldfinger, I presume?

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Sysadmin Day free give away

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Re: @ Trevor legalese, participation in the Netherlands

Crazy bureaucratic shite.

> €454

Probably not updated for inflation since the war of 1914.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Glenn Greenwald on Security and Liberty

Glen Greenwald: The latest effort to distract attention from the NSA revelations is more absurd than most

The oft-repeated claim that Snowden's intent is to harm the US is completely negated by the reality that he has all sorts of documents that could quickly and seriously harm the US if disclosed, yet he has published none of those. When he gave us the documents he provided, he repeatedly insisted that we exercise rigorous journalistic judgment in deciding which documents should be published in the public interest and which ones should be concealed on the ground that the harm of publication outweighs the public value. If his intent were to harm the US, he could have sold all the documents he had for a great deal of money, or indiscriminately published them, or passed them to a foreign adversary. He did none of that.

He carefully vetted every document he gave us, and then on top of that, asked that we only publish those which ought to be disclosed and would not cause gratuitous harm: the same analytical judgment that all media outlets and whistleblowers make all the time. The overwhelming majority of his disclosures were to blow the whistle on US government deceit and radical, hidden domestic surveillance.

My point in this interview was clear, one I've repeated over and over: had he wanted to harm the US government, he easily could have, but hasn't, as evidenced by the fact that - as I said - he has all sorts of documents that could inflict serious harm to the US government's programs. That demonstrates how irrational is the claim that his intent is to harm the US. His intent is to shine a light on these programs so they can be democratically debated. That's why none of the disclosures we've published can be remotely described as harming US national security: all they've harmed are the reputation and credibility of US officials who did these things and then lied about them.

For those who say that they wish there was more attention paid to the substance of the NSA stories than Snowden: here is the list of the NSA revelations we've published over the last month. Feel free to focus on them any time.

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Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

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Re: Hellish is a point of view

Right on, Xzorg! The weather is decidedly awful this spring. Yesterday the sun came and out and my lead pool was just about to boil when the next shower came in. I got my whole ass re-glassed!

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"Microsoft Azure"

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Re: Where the obligatory

That's "The Mun"

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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Re: let him do it

It's not really good

Fixed.

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Re: Fragmentation can be a good thing in this case

That's the problem with craptops: just barely compatible and with a slightly modified graphics/network/whatever chipset to stay within an energy envelope of shave off a few dollars per unit (Windows-only special sauce drivers thrown in, upgrades downloadable from the manufacturer's website using the manufacturer's special install program -- if titsup events don't occur, ain't it Fujitsu-Siemens?) ...

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Re: linux...

If you want a terminal, you know how to install it.

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Re: It is even worse than fragmentation

Each time I see the 300 distros listed on DistroWatch it makes me want to cry for all the wasted effort in creating a different variation of the same 4 basic distros.

Welcome to the planned economy mindset recovery clinic. How can we help you today?

Your "wasted effort" is another person's "learning experience". And until this sodden earth has been absorbed by the hivemind, that ain't gonna go away.

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Re: Mir, where did I hear that name before...

Russian engineering. Still holds together when shitty western tacticooled stuff dies on arse, no? Even if fungus grows in it. And even if breaks, can be repaired with duck tape, WD-40 and maybe compiler.

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Re: BULL!

> .a university student can create a better API/protocol than the entire X team did for decades

I can tell you that you sadly overestimate the skills of university students.

Unless you are a university student.

In that case, the Dunning-Krüger effect may apply.

I can agree that clean slate starting with the the new "what works/what doesn"t" laundry list gained since the 90's is probably a very god idea. Go Mir, show what you can do!

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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Re: Niggle

But not invariably faultless. The NeXT computer comes to mind. Nearly good and definitely lust-inciting... but too underpowered, too expensive and with cycles that were too long.

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"Collaboratation issues"

An interesting neologism...

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Re: Microsoft are going down the tubes

This tunnel to Stormfront opened by APERTURE SCIENCE for your CONTINUED ENJOYMENT.

APERTURE SCIENCE. TUNNELLING TODAY WHERE HOLES WILL BE TOMORROW!

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Re: The good news is...

Software becoming a closed box?

Sure, there is the ongoing patent lawyer cancer, but still...

You can have the source. It just won't be Windows. Does that hurt your feelings?

(Actually, you *can* have the Windows source if you put a bit of effort into it, I hear)

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Analyst: Tests showing Intel smartphones beating ARM were rigged

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Re: Compiler Matters, but it's a fair comparison

> it is important to give credit where it's due.

Which is where now?

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Correct, but isn't it sad that these things need to be pointed out nowadays?

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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

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Re: Not a bit surprised. Ask youself these questions about Windows privacy.

NOW LOOK HERE MY GOOD MAN.

I HAVE NEVER LOOKED AT THINGS THAT WAY.

AND NOW I AM LOOKING AT THINGS THAT WAY.

AND I DON'T LIKE IT ONE BIT!

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LOL

NSA Even Spied on Google Maps Searches, Documents Suggest

I'm eagerly awaiting a new "Big Brother" icon with CoolShades shopped in.

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Re: Remember...

> The Luxembourg spook squad has been proven to be well out of control

What I hear from the street, that's only "medium rare" stuff. Typical entitled bureaucracy shenanigans. Unrequired spying on about 30 "persons of interest". Tarring ops. Plus making money on the side by selling service vehicles at discount prices. Still, there will be new elections (will anything change? RUH..ROH!)

Oh yeah, there is also a false-flag terror thing that's been disinterred, from the 80's.

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@Andy Prough

Standard AES is vulnerable to the new supercomputers because they can do brute force attacks so much faster.

They need to be much much more faster unless there is some computational shortcut and/or additional information reducing the problem (there may be: AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack; Faster than simply brute-forcing).

But still:

How secure is AES against brute force attacks?

As shown above, even with a supercomputer (50 PetaFLOPS, which is the wrong kind of oomph, but let it rest for now), it would take 1 billion billion years to crack the 128-bit AES key using brute force attack. This is more than the age of the universe (13.75 billion years). If one were to assume that a computing system existed that could recover a DES key in a second, it would still take that same machine approximately 149 trillion years to crack a 128-bit AES key.

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Re: Nominating Eadon

> You mean the VMS security model that Cutler took from DEC to MS?

WHO CARES!

IMPLEMENT IT NAOW.

I have to confess I gave up in SELinux. I have had the item "learn about SELinux" on my agenda for the last 10 years or so but I never find the actual time. And I'm not sure how it will help me.

Tears of distress...

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> Standard AES encryption doesn't stand a chance

I don't believe that for an instant. You can't decrypt everything all the time.

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It's virtually pointless

Xbox kid

"The great thing about being at NSA is not slurping everyone's traffic, its is making everyone suspect that I do"

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Re: Remember...

Upcoming EU regulation (already watered down by USUK intervention) have something to say about this. But I'm not sure anyone knows exactly what.

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Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

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14 Reasons To Fire Your IT Staff

Reason 6: An administrator offers virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions without understanding Remote Desktop Services (RDS). RDS is a cheaper, denser, simpler version of VDI that's also nearly two decades old. RDS doesn't work for every application -- but it does work for most.

Could links to entitled pomposity blogposts be specially marked? "Not Safe For Rage" for example?

Greg Shields is a senior partner and principal technologist with Concentrated Technology. ... Greg has been a multiple recipient of both the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and VMware vExpert award.

I bet he did. I bet he did...

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: Well, yeah.

Checklists gave Hitler the key to Europe!

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If you want to nitpick ... the numbering is off.

Numbering should be machine-generated.

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Google brings Blink-powered Chrome to Windows and Mac OS X

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So Google got this Blink on track between April and June?

Do they have The Red Flash as project manager??

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'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

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Re: Uh, nope!

Rumors. Clippy is just doing honest, gainful work in the underground library bunker of the Laundry.

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Google Groups blunder exposes THOUSANDS of Japanese govt emails

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Re: So what did they say to each other? Talk about tea ceremonies?

You must maintain face, grasshopper!

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So what did they say to each other? Talk about tea ceremonies?

“Our security awareness was weak”

Followed by ritual sepukku...

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Re: But - transparency is supposed to be good

You know what Hillary Klingon has to say to that. Just check her comments when the story of State Department sniffing broke.

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

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Re: phuzz

"Because a human pilot can face an infinite number of possible scenarios, assess each one, and make a decision on the spot."

Utter crock. No wait, it's Matt Bryant. Talking whatever.

Could you dig out any commentary of yours on chess computers before Big Blue, Matt? Just want to check.

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> refer to that process as testing

In this case, statistical testing.

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Not a bad idea...

The teddy can become the next prezident?

A warmer, cuddlier president for the all of us.

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