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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."

13 years ago.

Nobody even remembers how things were BEFORE.

Do YOU?

Really?

Yeah, things sucked with Clipper chips, then Janet Reno productions and bizarre unresolved mysteries (these were the days of the X-Files and John Doe #2 - not Nichols) and dead Iraqis that were "worth it" etc. etc. but it was nowhere near like today.

I think.

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> risky airstrikes

Not to mention totally illegal, and I mean Adolf-checking-out-Poland level illegal.

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Virtual brownfields: Microsoft's push to woo the VMware masses

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Re: Why, not How?

"In an enterprise you would normally user Hyper-V Server due to ... reduced attack surface ... compared to Windows Server.

Vogon, I have to tell you the bitter truth...

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Re: Hmm, upgrades?

It is a possibility but we need photographs of flying chairs first.

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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Re: My glasses, my glasses, I've lost my glasses

That's because there are only two ways of achieving that:

1) Beam the image directly into your eyes. Personal viewing. Very difficult indeed.

2) Fill the room with some kind of *stuff* which the image can reflect off (e.g. a huge plastic slab with nonlinear optical properties)

No magic "you are my only hope" holograms projected by your set-top box in reality, no Sir!

Oh, I forgot:

3) Write the image directly into your visual cortex. Yummy, but even tougher.

In the end, holograms will be good for visualization and Personal Computing, but not so much for entertainment. Even for the pr0nz. I am not sure about watching a bunch of people seemingly having a go on my sofa.

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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

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" And think about the implications of that: if we're alone in the Universe then the whole purpose in the universe is in us."

How the fuckety fuck does that even follow? Does the Universe have a purpose? It could be the equivalent of $DEITYs old tire dropped by some $OLYMPIC roadside for what we know (a reverse Roadside Picnic?)

These non-hivemind flesher Turing Machines are just so full of themselves. The future shurely lies with collective intelligences (i.e. insects), as Charlie Stross predicts.

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Re: surveillance was an unnecessary intrusion into American lives

On the use of passports in America:

J.D. Tuccille on How Our Right To Travel Became a Bureaucratic Ordeal

Anna is THE HOT, though.

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Re: Dear Mr Snowden

In addition, past whistleblowers, such as Daniel Ellsberg and even Bradley Manning, ran their mouths... and stayed to face the music. Snowden ran his mouth and bugged out for China, and then Russia. This makes him look bad.

Yes, and even back then it was not sad at all:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg#Trial_and_mistrial

I would not call the shit coming down on people nowadays "facing the music". Military detention, torture, "accidents" and whatnot? I can quite understand that one does not want to stay in GermanyUSA and may want to ask for some hospitality in countries that are not exactly beacons of liberalism but at least have the courage to show the US some inverse V sign.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Re: Pretty... but pointless

You misoverestimate the power of a parachute.

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Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

Next: Invention of the book considered retarded. Mesopotamians could do it in clay THOUSANDS OF YEARS EARLIER using ONLY A CHISEL.

> "F9-R control algorithms"

Yeah. Details, NOW!

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Booster tubes coming down are not particularly aerodynamic. You can deploy a parachute of course, but that will lose you any good control on the position of touchdown and will most probably lead to a crunch moment anyway.

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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> they dont want to be bothered with command line fluff

That's exactly the WRONG thinking right there.

That "command line fluff" is the toolbox that you actually need when it turns out the designer, in his godlike retardationforesightedness, was unsuprisingly unable to COPE WITH ALL EDGE CASES using his "row of buttons". Utter failure ensues. And there is no escape. YOUR PRODUCT FLIES OUT OF THE WINDOW.

Get. it?

"Press the button marked robot#2, press send and type the filename into the box and press ok."

ERROR. DRIVE C²:\ CANNOT BE ACCESSED. ILLEGAL CHARACTER. ABORT RETRY FAIL?

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!

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Re: Very glad that someone is at least thinking about this

Nicely put

> That won't change, so long as the numerous middle-bell consumers keep consuming.

And there would be no problem with that as long as "the other solution" keeps existing. Plush dwellers, button pushers and juveniles out for a good time can get their functional tool, while tinkerers and professionals get to have an inspectable, modifiable machinery. Unfortunately the creeping monetization of everything (including debt) and the quest of selling everything on which you can affix a price sticker (even if you actually cannot and do not own it in the first place) means that so-called "Intellectual Property" (aka. economic nonsense) will continue be a growing menace to the continued existence of the "the other solution".

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Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

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Re: umlaut

Get used to Unicode, old man.

The only no-no character should be the "/", and any sane person should agree.

If you want the Windows Cancer Of Special Cases, you know where to find it.

Old fart myself, but such "rules" are best thrown back into the face of the guy who comes up with them.

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Fedora 19 brings integration with Google Drive and other NSA services

Yes... good... downloading now.

I wonder when Mr. Snowden will tell us where the backdoor-in-plain-sight has been finagled into Linux? Come on Ed, spit it out...

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Re: "Not only is the release just a week away"

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/Schedule

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Re: A new keyboard...

There is nothing wrong with KDE.

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Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea

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Re: Cue the conspiracy theorists:-

You can also link it into the current NSA leaking, because UNIX = computers, innit?

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Re: Briefly pedantic.

Falling angels working for Maxwell??

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Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

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Re: Magnetic field

Well yes, there is the electromagnetic field tensor ... but it's all the same. Isn't it?

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Re: Magnetic field

> Whereas this scenario is closer to a transformer where the wires stay in the same place

It's only marginally closer though. In this case, the whole spool and battery disappear down an evil finger from the universe's future, leaving a place in place that is not accepting magnetic field lines really quickly. That magnetic field is orphaned!

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Re: Magnetic field

For a complete description you will probably have to go to Quantum Field Theory (and even then there will be doubts)... but:

1) The magnetic field has energy associated with it. That must go somewhere. Think of a normal spool-and-battery setup on your tabletop, if you open the circuit you get a solid spark as the magnetic field breaks down and induces a high voltage in the conductor.

2) The magnetic field is definitely a "thing" that can act in and of itself. This is why light exists: A changing magnetic field induces a changing electric field which induces a changing magnetic field etc. No charges are anywhere in this picture. The vacuum is not vacuumish, but actually (superconducting) stuff bearing fields (in a sense it is the gravitational field)

3) It is true that magnetic fields and electric fields can be mutated into each other depending on the observer (i.e. Lorentz transformations allow you to take different viewpoints of the same physical setup). In particular, the magnetic field generated by a current and seen by a moving test charge (a still charge does not see the magnetic field, of course) can be interpreted as the electric field generated by the distribution of the current's charges in the rest frame of said moving test charge after a suitable Lorentz transformation. It's geometrical, like rotating a cube and then describing what what faces you see.

4) Now I won't either understand nor do the calculations but I am pretty certain that the idea that the magnetic field is "expelled" in the rest frame of an observer hovering above the neutron star is as valid as (and completely matches) the view of any other rest frame that sees more (or less) of the magnetic forces and more (or less) of the uneven distribution of charges created by the original currents in the neutron star.

5) Sadly, there don't seem to be any magnetic charges in the vacuum (only in solids), this would make it even clearer that B is as hardcore as E.

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The subheading 'As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced' clearly goes too far.

Let's leave out the duplicate "suddenly" and more correctly state:

'As if millions of magnetic field lines cried out in stress and were suddenly expelled'

Those magnetic field test charges around the neutron star sure must feel whoozy as the generator formed by the massive fermionic tower exponentially disappears underneath them. I think the lab equivalent would be to drop the electromagnet into a superconducting liquid.

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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

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Re: 'Jury still out'... since when?

It must be some kind of Beaten Wife Syndrome.

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Don't feed the troll!

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Re: Remember when?

> XKCD is an instant "avoid" for some

This not be 4chan, dawg!

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MoD and tech, arms giants start super-duper cyber fight club

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Re: Lethal Software?

Taxpayer's Money.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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Luckily the Asteroid was not named "Rasd-Codurersa Diziet Embless Sma da' Marenhide" or there would be headspinning.

Although I always thought of her looking as Maetel... where is there no Asteroid Maetel, huh?

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US workforce expands as more job seekers seek jobs

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"delivering some good news: over the past three months, despite government job cuts, private-sector employers added enough jobs to keep pace with population growth"

Really! Government job cuts! Private hirings! Oh miracle. Unfortunately....

America's Jobs Disaster

The impressive Michael Mandel of BusinessWeek recently (October 2009) crunched the numbers for job growth over the last 10 years, and the results, shall we say, don't look good.

He calls it a "lost decade for jobs" in the United States. I call it a disaster. Consider his graph depicting the percent change in private-sector job growth over time. ....

We find a traditional pattern for private-sector job growth that, although volatile (following the business cycle), remains within a 20–30 percent band for the 30-year period starting in 1971. However, this period is followed by an ominous decline in the 2000s, which approaches zero job growth by May of 2009. What's going on?

Mandel doesn't say, although he points out that the real story is somewhat worse than the data suggest. Throughout the 2000s, there was significant growth in public sector jobs, doubling that of the private sector in absolute terms. Mandel adds that, of the private-sector jobs created during this time period, most were in the "HealthEdGov" sector, meaning that these jobs — technically private — would not have existed without government spending.

The situation is troubling, to say the least. From May 1999 to May 2009, private-sector employment increased by only 1.1 percent — the lowest rate of job growth since the 1930s. This reflects structural problems within the US labor force that have increased in severity during this decade....

No it's not gonna be fixed by the end of the year.

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HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action

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"Industrial action" announced

Will HP bods actually do their job?

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> pay freeze for 3 years

Be lucky that there is no "austerity". Managing to keep pay at bubble levels is actually amazing.

> performance

May I ask how it is measured?

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

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> Astronomer wins

Why?

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Re: The laws of physics do NOT change in different places.

And as it is Friday, for those who want to have fun with numbers: Alpha and Electro-weak Coupling

It is shown that the fine structure constant alpha has the same value that "characterises" a relation, denoted by alpha_137(29*137), between a representation of the cyclic group of order 29*137 and the induced representation for the cyclic subgroup of order 137. The value of this characteristic is alpha_137(29*137) = 0.007297352532... . The complementary characteristic alpha_29(29*137)=0.034280626357... for the cyclic subgroup of order 29 is shown to represent the gauge theory electro-weak coupling quantity g^2/(4 pi). Kinematic aspects of the representation geometry are discussed and a generalized version of the Weinberg electro-weak mixing angle is introduced.

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Re: The laws of physics do NOT change in different places.

Actually alpha is variable. It depends on the energy of the interaction. This is an experimental fact.

Interestingly, the description of the strong force does not have an equivalent of alpha, I hear. It is "self-contained". That's the way it should be. There may be big holes in the electromagnetic force.

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Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'

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Re: It probably is novel.

But now they are patenting getting others to work for THEM. That's got to be novel.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: Encrypted email

Aren't they in your Ericsson Switch?

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Quality improvement etc.

And they STILL manage to lose mail, have mail not delivered, bounced, addressed wrongly, disappear up the arse of the Postal Service and whatnot.

Working on the important things, are we?

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Whitehall's ball-breaking efficiency tsar quits for a quiet life in Oz

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Sounds impressive.

His last words must have been "I won't be back!"

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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That guy

Smells like an operator team working from the basement of #FedBuilding.

Don't give me the "true-blood-red-state/blue-state-fascist-patri0t-hacker" bullshit.

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IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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Re: Well Now

Especially when you are in a bit of a hurry to get that movie on screen.

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I think Oh is written without the "h". I have done ... hmmm... .extensive research.

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> They're going to throw the book at him.

Probably the Kama Sutra?

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Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO

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Graphics without error bars?

Dammit guys!

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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A classic on advertising:

The Tunnel Under The World -- By FREDERIK POHL

Took me some time to find it...

No, not the usual commercials, Burckhardt realized. He had been exposed to the captive-audience commercials so long that they hardly registered on the outer ear any more, but what was coming from the recorded program in the basement of the building caught his attention. It wasn't merely that the brands were mostly unfamiliar; it was a difference in pattern.

There were jingles with an insistent, bouncy rhythm, about soft drinks he had never tasted. There was a rapid patter dialogue between what sounded like two ten-year-old boys about a candy bar, followed by an authoritative bass rumble: "Go right out and get a DELICIOUS Choco-Bite and eat your TANGY Choco-Bite all up. That's Choco-Bite!" There was a sobbing female whine: "I wish I had a Feckle Freezer! I'd do anything for a Feckle Freezer!" Burckhardt reached his floor and left the elevator in the middle of the last one. It left him a little uneasy. The commercials were not for familiar brands; there was no feeling of use and custom to them.

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Re: Wow! is that an animated gif?

Not been on the Internets lately, right?

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Re: hax0r...

I think there was an X-Files episode about that.

Pretty good too.

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Tell me your secrets, window.

"Your iPhone just told me the stuff you usually buy at Tesco is now ONLY 2.99 BUT FOR A LIMITED TIME! Go and GET IT! Or do you want me to tell your iWatch to bug you every 15 minutes? Faggot!"

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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: First amendment?

Yes.

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Re: What they SHOULD be doing??

"Is getting the Chocolate Factory to give them the names of the users that..."

PAPIER! SCHNELL!

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Faking drivers' licenses? Illegal.

Snooping, Killing, Maiming, Lying, Economy Destroyin'? Legal if the Prez does it.

Frack off, Nanny Statists. I think people can decide by themselves if they want your "illegal" drugs or dodge an unconsttutional "surprise overwatch road checkpoint" by faked id.

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