* Posts by fajensen

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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

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I really don't care much. I made like 15000 EUR "on call" one year *just* because the muppet java developers:

a) think it is exceptionally clever to use MySQL instead of syslog for logging,

b) think that "java.util.logging" still needs to log to a flat file in a place that syslog doesn't know about,

c) think that MySQL replication == backup,

d) believe that adding a new framework is always better than writing 100 lines of Java source code,

e) leaving the old one(s) in place when adding a new framework (since no-one is there long enough to find a person who remembers what the old stuff is supposed to be doing),

And dum-dum Managers, who couldn't manage to run a fast food joint into the ground:

f) think it is "too expensive" to fix the code, mainly because "On-call time" is just Hours and all employee hours are Free, because if not used deleting files and chocking dead databases back to life the slobs would just do something else, not work-related with their time, thus wasting it.

h) have KPI's tracking the extent that developer-hours are billed to customer accounts and linked to customer requirements (The "needle" is pinned at 100%, nobody questions "why").

Anyway, this is what the other end of you "iDevice" looks like!

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Here we go again

It must be the 90s again - Compuserve is back!

Not really - one could do useful work with Compuserve.

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BOFFIN: Will I soon be able to CLONE a MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? NO

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Re: If only

Fire that shit up and see what it does. What can possibly go wrong?

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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

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Argh - That's the creepy version of "Charlie and the chocolate factory", it's just WRONG.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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one of my chapters that should I get the crap sued out of me?

You will, once technological progress makes the process to discover your infringement and collect the license fee cheap enough, then it becomes a viable business model and someone will offer it as a service, like parking fees.

The trick for the "service provider" is to not end up in court so no ruling is made whether they are actually entitled to collect.

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... but you can bet that the rest of the world will not follow suit and allow large multinationals to squeeze genuine innovators out of the market in favor of perpetual monopolization.

I bet that the politicians will sign us up for exactly that, first with the TTIP guaranteeing a right to profits for corporations and then we will see "infringement-bots" doing deep traffic inspection disguised as "fighting piracy / child porn / drugs / terrorism / instablity" on *any* thoughts, ideas, creative works, et cetera, exchanged on any medium readable by machines.

"Fair Use" will come to mean that nation states will have to pay compensatory damages for traffic that contains any scrap of IP *claimed* to be owned by corporations - or face arbitration (not court). Claims will be initiated automatically, disputing claims is - of course - a manual process. The DMCA is just the beginning, the beta-run perhaps, of the future.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: Displaced workers

Put those increasing GMO crop yields to work for you.

Won't Work. Monsanto will send sniffer drones round to check your crop out for their Intellectual Property. Then their AI lawyers will send "cease and desist notices". And since you can't pay the license fees witout money, other drones will then spray your crop with Agent Orange!

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

What's the benefit to the nation of smart meters?

Not the nation. The benefit is for the privatised energy companies and "market makers", since once there is an actively traded market for electricity - which is what all these "smart meters" will be doing on behalf of subscribers - a new crop of financial parasites can be collecting transaction fees - or just go full ENRON: Buy up electrical futures, then "service" a major power station.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Steven King will presumably be happy & rich - unless the kindle tracks that we read Kings double-brick-tomes the same way as the poems and songs in the works of Tolkien: "Yada-yada-yada ..wtf?.. flip, flip, flip, more yada ... finally, 27 pages later ... Oh ..... The Story continues ... Wonderful!"

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Re: Prioties

Who *knows* that the Chinese *actually* "hacked into ..."?

Would it not be easier that the Chinese simply asked for a little favour in return for something. Perhaps a password or even a private VPN to the inside of the firewall from some of the rice-bowl-a-day techies at the outsourced data processing facility in Bangalore or whatever - 1500 quid will go a long way in the 3'rd world and it's knot that the techies are any dumber "there" than "here", they also know that their job can always go to a cheaper place, so .... What Loyalty, Exactly!

There is also the problem that China trains and educates 250000 engineers per year; it would be strange if not 2500 of these are really good, 250 of those really love their country above all others and maybe 100 of these travel to "The West" to work at leading tech businesses. cdr150622

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: Kind of a shame, really...

OTOH - If I buy something based on glowing 5-star reviews and it's crap, then I am going to be disappointed and UN-appreciative of Amazon juicing the reviews further to boost sales.

The negative reviews just seem much more truthful, because they often provide details and humour and ironi. Contrarily, the "positive, very helpful" review are very often bland and generic, with no specific things the "purchaser" liked, and did not like so much, about the product, book, whatever : "This product(sic!) is absolutely wonderful blah, blah", so this we don't trust, of course. If a product have no negative, cranky, reviews, then nobody living bought it - is my hypothesis.

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Even I can write a Selenium bot to "upvote" reviews, so I would guess that everyone on the planet is already doing it.

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If you are an author and give a shit about what someone random on the internet write about your work, then you need to do a lot more writing and less posing; even your mum doesn't like everything you do!

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: What a load of crap posted here

Great!

I have an entry position for a dynamic young intern willing prove their ability to work towards exacting standards.

You will start on Monday, you will not get paid until after September and only on the condition that your work satisfies my requirements. Your first tasks will be painting the house and mowing the lawn twice a week (of course you have to bring paint, tools, petrol any protective gear and take out a life insurance to benefit my company - just in case you break your damn neck and I have to hire a professional to finish the paint job).

One just can't get staff these days, so I am happy to hear that someone, somewhere is flexible and conscious of the needs of business.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.

It's the American Way ...Even our grand parents knew to take cover whenever Americans were shooting.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Re: What ticks me off

This is across the board - anything to do with Google. Filing a bug with google or complaining about anything is next to impossible.

It's the same everywhere. The *only* way past the typical KPI-target of ... "To maintain a high customer satisfaction, there shall be no more than 137 open issues at any one time" ... is when the CEO / CTO has a public twitter account!

If we have millions of customers, how do we satisfy this bonus-enhancing requirement?

We *could* employ qualified and professional support staff and improve the customer support process - but, this sounds like it could be hard and that it might take a while - we could also squeeze the pipeline for customers contacting us down to two 1980's "suction cup" audio-modems communicating via four cans and two strings, which is Fun & Easy (and also warrants and article on Hackaday / Facebook on how kewl, leet and funny people we are in this business).

Metrics Matter - all the way to the point where Metrics is the only thing that actually matters.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Delaying publication does not really improve security.

Waiting six months seems a too generous to me though....

Government bureaucracy - Apple have to wait with the fix until the NSA comes up with a workaround.

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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

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... and except for the fact that there is a commercial transaction going on, not anything "pretty much like" something else.

We can look forward to some sad stories of Über-car crashes where the insurance policy will not pay up because a business insurance policy is required. Laws are there to make these things simple and reliable due to past experiences and excesses. Well, if another round is what it takes then at least one can hope that many libertarians gets it ;-)

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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CIA had to relocate their local presence to another location first.

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Re: Official Title

... once they are defeated in that battle (yes, they know they can't win), then the end of the world will be heralded ...

That's a Win-Win then ... they get to die and we don't have to pay our mortgages back. I mean, nobody "here" actually believe in that kind of thing, right?

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Re: @streaky

Sure, if you don't care about killing tens or hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process

I think we ought to care about as much about these people that we cared for the Germans, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and even the Iraqis. The IS guys are still running around in Toyota-parades, which must light up every sensor-system known to man, and we don't light them up because "civilians"?

In WW2 none of those convoys would have gotten un-strafed away after 1943!

If we haven't got the stomach for war, a.k.a., murdering people on an industrial scale, then we should save 95% of the money spent on the military, because it will just be wasted anyway.

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Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

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Is there a Kickstarter for that?

I kind-off like the idea of investing in a hacking campaign, like the old days with Spanish galleons and a "letter of marque".

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Re: Taking Mattel are they?

There is a Philip K. Dick story buried there somehow -

Imagine Google's G-Teddy activating at night, running Mattels Babie through the garbage disposal unit; Then Mattel ups the stakes with an Iron man toy - with Lasers - frying GTeddy's. Google responds by ripping off the works of H.P. Lovecraft so now we have Mattels Avengers battling Goggles Tentacled Horrors from Beyond. The creatures will have several exciting battle hymns and of course be constructed in automated factories that nobody knows the location off.

... While humanity scurry around trying to avoid becoming collateral damage.

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

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Ahh, Those Bright Young Things who hack Linux distributions these days .... They are working to make Linux more like Windows .

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: P2P lending

"Market Friction" is what pays for the free whores & blow offered at those exclusive resorts where the decision makers are invited to seminars on "How deregulation and Zero enforcement is Good for YOU^H^H Society"!

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Re: Houses are consumer goods.

The United States is now in debt to the tune of $114 trillion;

You are assuming that this has to be paid back?

The world does not really work that way - sovereign defaults were quite normal up till 1980's or so when it suddenly became "bad form" to soak the creditors.

Eventually the US is going to go for the straight default or some way of printing itself out of the whole, soaking the holders of US securities. When you know that you will run away from the bill, then it is perfectly rational to run the bill as high as possible - all those USD are buying real things; and the flood of money is even pushing up prices so the Chinese and other competitors have to work harder to get the USD they need to pay for their stuff.

The US is not going broke because of the debt, one cannot go broke when one does not have to pay what one owes; the problem in the US is that the economy cannot grow fast enough to support the looting and fraud perpetrated by the CEO's - similar to what happened to the USSR; The ruling elite sets itself up to loots the hell out of the country, after a while the looting is perfected and all value is instantly vacuumed up and squirrelled away in secret accounts, the economy dies. Partly because there is no surplus capital to invest with, partly because everyone stops participating in the sucker game and use vodka, favours or cash for exchanges.

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Re: it's gambling.

Not A Single Thing - Just look at some ISDA statistics, the nominal amount of the worlds over-the-counter derivatives (= unregulated junk) just increased during the bailouts meaning that the fu.. er banks were just printing more of the garbage, now that they had the ECB to sell it to!

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Nothing Err - What?!

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/will-hsbc-deal-come-back-to-haunt-loretta-lynch-20150209

What most people wont realise is that "government" is working together with crooked businesses for a mere percentage of the loot (and a nice con-sluttant gig later). Law enforcement at this level is pretty much about securing that the looters keep a-looting and closing the door on any emerging competition.

When the mob beats down their front doors, that's when justice is served and we shall of course celebrate with a cognac and a good cigar.

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Because being venal, stupid, lax, greedy, incompetent, misguided and plain flat out wrong simply aren't crimes.

Perhaps - but, I do believe that Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Funding Terrorists is at least frowned upon by "society"; it's certainly a crime when I do it!

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: "Ryanair ...no on-board entertainment other than that crappy paper magazine?"

Ryanair would prefer to run the planes without crew and auction off the pilot seat - if they could get insurance cover for the passengers and the plane, they would do it too!

I speculate that the people who like Ryanair are authoritarians, who gets pleasure out of "knowing the rules" (and the hideous web site) well enough to avoid getting stuck with some scam / fee and knowing that the crew is paid less than the average PFY working at McD.

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Re: Lemmings !

ARINC 664 and AFDX are the reference standards.

Sure - but - Is there a cable between the in-flight entertainment systems and the flight systems? The references that I could google up doesn't explain this.

To all those who claim that this is super complicated to hack and this decades old special hardware is very secure - the example below is kind of what "we" are up against. Some people are very clever and very patient!

http://hackaday.com/2015/01/22/reprogramming-super-mario-world-from-inside-the-game/

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they're very carefully partitioned in every way.

Which way? If it is via switches and firewalls, then I would not trust the separation to hold - the qualification process guarantees that the installed hardware and software is always *generations* behind The Internet. I read (in Wired, I think) that they (Boeing) wired the entertainment network via plastic junction boxes under the seats. Not very inaccessible.

Separate physical cabling all the way, separate antennas, that might actually work for a while.

.... At least until some moron tries his EMP-device on the plane.

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Re: No, he did not.

Sure about that?

The presentations that I have seen on AFDX, the Latest and Greatest in COTS control systems for Airbus and Dreamliner appears to be all Ethernet, with the separation performed by management system in the switches, f.ex.: http://www.afdx.com/pdf/AFDX_Training_October_2010_Full.pdf

The in-flight internet would come from the same antenna array as the other traffic so there will be a physical connection over some form of VLAN at least - unless people cut another opening in the hull for more antennas specifically for this purpose, which I don't think is considered "cost effective".

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: Potential use for criminals? My little experience...

I think it is only a matter of time, a short time(!), before someone uses Machine Intelligence to calculate better odds for someone coming to a sticky end than the insurance companies have and then use their insider advantage to (automatically?) invest in life insurance policies on the "risky people".

... from there it is just a small step to "help matters along" by adding other Machine Intelligence(s) giving dodgy advice -

"... research shows that an all-cheese diet will lower cholesterol levels significantly .... ",

"... studies prove that owning a motorbike with more than 250 BHP make men above 50 significantly more attractive to women ... "

and, of course:

"... it's a short-cut .... ",

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: Some seriously flawed thinking there...

The best we could do is try to control the information available to it to deceive it into thinking ...

Ah? So, we must lie and appeal to their "best interests", which are really "our interests" cloaked in drag - because that works really well with people!? Where?

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Re: Facebook shill

and where they've combined they are all given a right to speak and make their own points

Which is exactly why the sleazy filth in the unelected European Commission will sign us up for TTIP. We just can't have all this democracy crap stand in the way of businesses god given right to a guaranteed profit!

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

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Re: So he didn't really expect massive trolling?

The Generation Gap - The kiddies who were never on NNTP cannot imagine the true nature of people ;-)

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Gah!

I want OTHER PEOPLE to drive safely and keep a wide distance around ME - so I think that a neutron bomb warhead slaved to my vital signals is the best solution.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Should I need an AK ...

It is rumoured that one could go to certain drinking dens and perhaps meet some of our "friends" from ex. Yugoslavia that the EU+NATO made all of themselves ... all analogue business; no internet required.

The people who provides these "services", they tend to be conservative and traditional people - who value not being in jail and they appreciate that their business is much safer when the plod spends all of their time sniffing everybody's pr0n and cat-movies.

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Twitter's share price crashed 18% thanks to ONE LONE TWEET

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Coat

Shorting is not cost effective in relation to the unlimited risk the shorter assumes.

You get 100x leverage "for free" with standard options with only the risk of your invested capital.

With customised derivatives you can get whatever you like - except that markets are thin and exclusive, so it may be hard to find a sucker to take "the other side" (and since these markets are "unregulated", said sucker may not want to pay up after the event).

In any case, if the board have any clue whatsoever, they would trade via a Belgian number account or Private Broker in London (the biggest pirate-market on the planet). Only incompetents are ever busted for insider trading!

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Re: Twitter

Probably automated - they got robots tracking twitter "news", of course the oppo got robots injecting "news" into twitter to mess with the trade-bots. All fun until somebody loses an eye ...

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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Meh

I think that I prefer that the developers do One Thing: Build a Surgeon to be as good, user friendly and safe as they can. Then Security (and QoS) is added by another set of developers - doing just that One Thing.

Building "everything" into one system is exactly what went wrong with SNMPv3 and Java - Security may be baked in, but, it is so complicated to use that it is useless (SNMPv3) or it is so complicated that it is just one huge attack surface (Java).

NETCONF, HTTP, et. al. rely on"external" security: VPN, SSH et cetera. This is a *far* better approach IMO - when for example SSH is hacked, it can be Replaced. And everyone understands the common protocols - "baked in" means "customised", which will mean funny exceptions and special cases for all equipment.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Dodgy Product

I was going to mock that, but, I see that Steam is available for Mac OS.

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Re: and the reality is......

"After Hours Trading" is crooked. Everybody knows that the traders set positions to fuck over the idiits who still believe in setting stop-losses and people who are still holding options this close to expiry.

"Analysts Expectations" - haha, these are always set so that the actuals will exceed whatever the guess it, eventually of course the trend turns and then the stock "miss analysts expectations"; It's noise and made-up bullshit but at least one can trade it, "analysts" usually under-shoot 5-6 quarters then miss.

I agree that the preview version of Win10 looks really solid, fast and good. I could even be a great product - IF - it is allowed. Preview Vista looked really great too. I don't know *what* they did to it, but, it sure turned into shit on the release.

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Re: Trick one...

I think Steam-OS should worry Microsoft a lot more than any "Desktop Linux", realistically - few will use it, the mass market will use whatever tools comes with the device.

The Mac's have adequate "office" tools already installed and the people who watch cat-videos, do budgeting and facebook a lot, they all use tablets now.

Steam-OS directly attacks X-box, which is already in trouble, and it cuts the potential revenue from home PC's upgrades - realistically, most home users will buy windows *only* because Games run on it (in the golden days, hard-core gamers even bought server versions of Windows for the performance and shunning of Vista).

There is not a lot of space left for Microsoft to expand into. They already got "business".

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Re: Be patient, it's coming!

Windows Vista was Great in the preview too. They added the suck to the release version so this time we shall see how it looks like when it's done.

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

True, but: Microsoft can afford to lose billions every year for the next decade so the odds are that *some* truly epic product will slip through the corporate kill-filter and revitalise the business.

Microsoft do have a lot of really smart developers - on the management side, ... not so much.

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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Re: SMH.... His sentence was expected.

We always clean the stairs one step below the top, how it's always been done.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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More Crimes, Just what "we" need!

... the use of the technology will dramatically cut costs by speeding up the time it takes to compile evidence and bring a case to trial. "It's about taking an holistic view of the criminal justice system," he said ...

So, every time we see PC Plod one has to be aware that everything registered by his/her sensor package will go off to the cloud where:

a) Multiple MI-systems are going through the data for possible offences that must be prosecuted to the letter, since now they are on the record,

b) Stored forever - in the case new offences are created,

Fucking Brilliant! How can this possibly be un-good?

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: Awful acronym

"Cartel" - This will be the perfect tool to deliver recreational pharmaceuticals to discerning customers.

Most people will pay a premium to not deal with drug dealers directly, and, most people probably also prefer to know that whatever they are about to sniff, ingest or eat was delivered by air rather than by digestive system.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

So? Round these parts, they cover the landfill with a membrane, then one can suck out the methane from the landfill and mix it up with the natural gas - or burn it in a generator if there is a long-ish distance to the gas network.

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Organic kitty litter will rot and become soil again eventually so one can dump the contents of the cat-tray in the compost or bury it; The in-organic stuff is basically clay which is dried and "popped" like pop-corn.

This stuff just sits there, one cannot dump it, it has to go into the bin.

There is I.O.W. no requirement for cat-shit to last forever - we want it to be GONE, hence the organic cat-litter is the better product.

If one is covering cat litter with radioactive waste, then, probably, the ecological aspects are less relevant.

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