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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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Re: By name, you say?

This isn't GlaDOS territory though.

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Oz astronomical observatory survives firestorm

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“Please help spread the word to stay off the #SSO webcams"

TFW no firewall.

Literally.

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

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Re: ....I have always refused to accept the speed of light as the upper limit of speed.

"the foundations of special relativity look rather absurd -- they basically state, as an input assumption, that all observers will measure light travelling at the speed of light *regardless of their own speed*. So when we're travelling towards the Sun and travelling away from it, we measure exactly the same speed. Absurd."

Apparently not.

Mitch Feigenbaum thinks this is all a straightforward extension of Galilean thought... this is a paper I have yet to read though.

http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.1234

"We determine the Lorentz transformations and the kinematic content and dynamical framework of special relativity as purely an extension of Galileo's thoughts. No reference to light is ever required: The theories of relativity are logically independent of any properties of light. The thoughts of Galileo are fully realized in a system of Lorentz transformations with a parameter 1/c^2, some undetermined, universal constant of nature; and are realizable in no other. Isotropy of space plays a deep and pivotal role in all of this, since here three-dimensional space appears at first blush, and persists until the conclusion: Relativity can never correctly be fully developed in just one spatial dimension."

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Re: Is it possible...

"The things I tell you will not be wrong"

For those haven't seen it yet: Large-Scale Simulation, a bit old now.

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Re: Another dumb question from a layman

A simple guess s that there would seem to be a lot more mass (several percent of the observable mass) in the direction of the cluster. It's like waking up in your home and finding all the furniture stacked against the eastern wall. Something is going ON here. Maybe we are in a Spielberg horror movie.

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Re: Can't make sense of this article

But that is what randomness means (and there rather good definitions based on Kolmogorov complexity) - it is very very unlikely to yield anything beyond grayness.

That's why there are not many voices from the dead in white noise.

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Re: Quasar and a black hole

Well, the assumption is that a Quasar is powered by a black hole. So there.

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Re: Can't make sense of this article

Well, someone has already been editing the article:

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

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Re: Can't make sense of this article

It doesn't say anything about gravitationally bound or not.

Looks more like the expectation is that the universe's map should be greyish overall but now there is wrinkly black smudge in the corner. A fractal appears?

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Can't make sense of this article

73 quasars distributed over four billion light years is not particularly dense. As is commonly supposed, a quasar is a black holse swallowing up stuff in the center of forming galaxies. If you see 73, you are looking down the axis of rotation of those holes in 73 cases. Doesn't sound a particularly surprising surprise, there must be tens of thousands of galaxies over 4 billion lys

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Oracle patches Java 0-day, goes to Defcon 2

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Re: .NET has been officially killed by Microsoft

> poorly educated children who think C++ is hard

Either you are trolling soundly or one of the people who are limping around with both feet (and possibly their dick) blown off.

In any case, care to explain why C# exists?

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Kaspersky has this to say...

At Java 0day Mass Exploit Distribution

One of the best statements that I have seen in regards to the fairly impractical "just uninstall it" approach was presented by one of the handlers at the ISC Storm Center in today's issue of SANS NewsBites: "Editor's Note ([Mat] Honan): It seems each time a zero day exploit is found in software, be that Java or otherwise, the industry pundits recommend that people stop using that software. New vulnerabilities will always be discovered in the software we use. If our best defence to a threat is to cause a denial-of-service on ourselves then this in the long term is a no-win strategy for us as an industry. We need to be looking at better ways to defend our systems and data, one good place to start is the 20 Critical Security Controls http://www.sans.org/critical-security-controls/

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RICHTO, please stop posting as Anon, you are not doing yourself any favors.

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Cisco sued by East Carolina University

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Re: Hmm

Not a lawyer but, well... I would say odds aren't good.

Have a search for the Service Mark in question. Not the first guys who start tomorrows here...

The USPTO uses something called 'gate.exe'... and "Please logout when you are done to release system resources allocated for you."

But anyway so I went to that shop to buy some networking gear but wound up with an inscription to bumfuck U instead. What do?

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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Re: Can someone explain?

> He was kept in an open air cage for 10+ years

Apparently just for a short time, but then got the full Manning treatment. He was then accused of high treason, which is bemusing considering that a well-known american crook, liar and accomlished political entrepreneur who had ceded the eastern half of Europe to Stalin under cover of secret understandings and had recently kicked the golden bucket was himself a great admirer of Mussolini.

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Re: Makes me wonder...

But not too big for Barrett Light 50.

Oops, I will probably fall afoul some anti-terror law.

Joke alert, joke alert!! Okay! It was all a joke!

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Re: Can someone explain?

> idiotic ferocity to marginal acts

Because that's how state justifies its existence? You can go after the little man easily, it amuses the proles, makes the guys in uniform feel badass and the guys in robes feel useful, and the theater pleases their well-manicured, white-cat-stroking handlers. But big fish are big fish. You don't go after big fish.

Real problems are never solved, they just ....

Hey, Obama just appointed Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary! Well, whaddya know, talk about putting the fox into the henhouse.

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Inside the new climate row as Mystic Met Office goes cool on warming

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Re: Next scare? FUD that for a game of marketing men..

Currently we are at "rich people not being taxed enough"

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Re: An outrageous omission

"Portal Access Keys™ (PAKs™) are downloaded to a cellphone, pc, laptop or tablet to unlock a quantum portal that then allows data to be teleported from a quantum computer to a human or animal brain programming it for desired benefits."

I think they might be angering GlaDOS here. Not to mention the state's Data Protection Agencies and Public Health Safety Bureaucrats.

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> Tegra 4 "Wayne" gives me a very big nerdboner... Sod putting it in tablets or phones though, I want to see desktop SBC computers built around it.

Listen to this man!

The main question is, can it run Boinc Projects?

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White House rejects Death Star petition: '$850qn too pricey'

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Re: This

Will be a great surprise to the many left-leaning Americans who would consider that "deficits don't matter" and that debt is of no consequence because "we owe it to ourselves". Hopefully Krugman will write up a column exposing the fallacies in the White House's reasoning and we can get this government superprogram rolling.

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Nokia: Ship's now stable, all we need is passengers

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Re: Android didn't get to number one by people not standing it

> buy an iPhone because that is the aspirational handset to have.

puking_in_rainbow_colors.jpg

You may be right though.

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Robo-baby Diego-san shows creepy mimicry

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Re: Why am I having waking nightmares of these things....

Equip with appropriate ordinance to keep the plebs away!

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

The Broomhandle Mauser also used real clips. It was a (pre) WWI gun though. By the time of the Afrikakorps, there were Lugers and Walthers P38. Guess those broomhandles wouldn't have seen much desert except in Sergio Leone movies.

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Re: Suck my Glock..

> Federal Hydrashok

Why U buy fancy stuff? Standard ball not good enough?

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Re: 9mm?

> 5.7×28mm will only become a NATO standard round over the German arms industry's cold dead body.

Simpler to invade Belgium again.

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Re: I was in Iraq at the time this happened...

You mean it fell off a truck in Manchester or was it shipped back (hopefully billed to the occupying forces)

I like these cozy "industrial policy" deals pushed by our manufacturers and cronies.

Same with the containers of AKMs ordered by Petraeus. Quite a lot went missing. Arm the people etc.

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Deagle brand Deagle!

Every counterstriker is into it!

Me?

If I have to choose, H&K USP. Germans use it. Good enough.

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Largest ever spiral galaxy spotted - may give birth to dwarf baby

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Re: They haven't yet..

> Bacon fried in butter

We already went over this...

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That beautiful blue!

"Measured tip-to-tip across its spiral arms, the galaxy spans more than 522,000 light years, making the star system five times the size of the Milky Way."

That's a lot of empires, however if the "tip" is the extreme extension of the "arm" then the spiral itself is about as large as the Milky Way.

How about 6 million light years? Yes, we can: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_1101

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Happy now? Mobiles, cloud, big data now 'a growing security risk'

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Re: Gee, you think?

Yah jake you had lots of mobile devices back in '79. Lay off on those bath salts, will ya?

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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That feel when your JRE drops malware on Christmas

Kaspersky has this to say.

There appears to be multiple ad networks redirecting to Blackhole sites, amplifying the mass exploitation problem. We have seen ads from legitimate sites, especially in the UK, Brazil, and Russia, redirecting to domains hosting the current Blackhole implementation delivering the Java 0day. These sites include weather sites, news sites, and of course, adult sites. A few obfuscated files are being delivered to victim systems with names like Stretch.jar, Edit.jar, UTTER-OFFEND.JAR, and more. The first appearance of the exploit's prevention in our KSN community seemed to be January 6th. But as we dig back further, we find related samples from mid-December. So, we have been preventing this 0day in particular for quite some time. At this point, it seems that the first instance of the particular 0day jar file contents ITW is 7550ce423b2981ad5d3aaa5691832aa6. Filenames for the class files remain the same until recently. It would be interesting to see an earlier instance.

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Re: Does it work on Linux?

Good question.

I wonder what went wrong NOW? Shurely the Java sandbox must be one of those things that have no obvious errors, as opposed to obviously no errors.

I also wonder what will happen if that "Native Code Running in the Browser" thing takes off. That's gonna be Clouseau-level.

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No, we have all migrated to .NET

HEUHEUHEUHEUUHEUUHURRRR

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Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk

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Re: Ye gods

WHY!

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Re: Umm.. am I missing something?

"am I missing something"

Yep, you are probably not living in the real world.

"I'd like to announce that 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, and 2.3.15 have been released. These releases contain two extremely critical security fixes so please update IMMEDIATELY."

This actually means the patches are actually in 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, and 2.3.15, actually.

"tell everyone the problem is there for them to exploit to boot"

Uh... yeah. Release an open-source update but not tell anyone that it's about this little fix to cover up THIS ACCESS ALL AREAS MULTIPASS. Yeah, those sysops will leisurely update laters, no need to tell them to hurry. Bad guys can't into grep, I'm sure.

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Hunt is on for Jupiter-sized HIDDEN planets stuffed between star's belts

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The War on Terror connects cultures!

Fomalhaut?

This being arabic, I would think it should be correctly written as "fom al-haut" (which means what?)

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

You seem to have a lot of answers.

Unfortunately they come with a massive fruit loop.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: it makes me feel somewhat sad

> I immediately think of gleeful hackers rubbing their hands together.

I immediately think of reaching the '05 maybe even the '95

PowerShell? Webservers? FTP? (Anyone still uses FTP??) Sigh~~

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: note *canned* sodas

Also, the benzoate preservative reacts with the phosphoric acid in Da Coke, which will GIVE YOU LEUKEMIA.

Coke, Mandrake. Children's Coke Cans.

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Re: Sweet Poison

The expanding Earth hypothesis is serious!

I saw it in New Scientist!11!

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Re: Workplace coffee sucks. Always.

Listen to this man!

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Re: Sweet Poison

Please no more stuff from neurotics.

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> Depressed all day, every day

> No Coke or Diet Coke

> Drink unsweetened coffee as if caffeine is the key to being one of the Chosen Ones when the rapture comes

> "Cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk"

My Face When

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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The new Yakuza offer you cannot refuse...

"You better pay up or our hacker will make your rice cooker EXPLODE!"

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: 2036?

Your last sight is something resembling a gigantic burning penguin falling from the sky!

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Re: The (Gran) Torino Scale of Risk??

No, it has to do with Clint Eastwood and keeping immigrant asteroids off your grass.

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US gov blames Iran for cyberattacks on American banks

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Re: Because *only* a nation state could run PHP scripts.

But PHP stands for "Persian Hacker Pro", nay?

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Tizzy dat him Alka-Sam Cyber Fighters?

"“There is no doubt within the US government that Iran is behind these attacks,”

There is no doubt within the US govnm't of a lot of things that just ain't so. This may well be one of them.

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Silly Rabbit! Like Trix, color e-readers are for kids

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> analog technology

It has nothing to do with "analog".

You could call it "bulk technology" or "undifferentiated chemical processing", but certainly not "analog".

Dividing technology into "analog and digital" is like dividing the world into "blue objects" and "green objects".

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