I hate to break it to you, but Microsoft has had the manga wallpaper for a while.
... when did el Reg remove the "badgers" icon?
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A contract can be a subsidy, depending on how it was awarded. Nationality restrictions can be justified for the SpaceX launch contracts (classified payloads), but nationality restrictions on rail cars would fall into the "subsidy" camp.
18 USC §922(o):
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun.
(2) This subsection does not apply with respect to—
(A) a transfer to or by, or possession by or under the authority of, the United States or any department or agency thereof or a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or
(B) any lawful transfer or lawful possession of a machinegun that was lawfully possessed before the date this subsection takes effect.
It would be legal for the security guards to possess automatic weapons under §922(o)(2)(B) provided that they were lawfully possessed by a private citizen before 19 May 1986, provided that they are employees of the owner or lessee of the data center and not contractors (Virginia Code §18.2-291). But since weapons in that category are a) extremely expensive and b) would not provide any additional utility for that job beyond, say, Mossberg 500s, it's about as likely as the guards being issued Bugatti Veyrons for vehicular patrol.
Private security companies are subject to the same rules as any other non-government actor, so I rather doubt those were actually automatic.
Does this mean that Google Fiber will be expanding to Chiron Beta Prime soon?
Those countries may be starting to think about VoIP encryption, but VoIP bans are generally intended to protect the profits of the state- or crony-owned telephone company. It's hard to skim off the top without something to skim.
Better cap disclosure would definitely be nice. In duration, at least as prominent as the advertised download speed. A 300 GB/mo cap on service advertised at 50 Mb/s is 13 hours 20 minutes of use per month, for example.
Better grab a SCORPION STARE device and run like hell, because you're not supposed to actually implement Charlie Stross's books.
Next we'll be having PDFs that wake the Sleeper in the Pyramid... oh, wait. That would be the PeopleSoft HRMS schema documentation. So never mind then.
Ooh, backlit display... primary complaint with the X-09 addressed.
Kaba Mas likes 50-25-50, and if you don't remember that, don't worry; some asshole will tape it to the back of the ATM.
Back in the prime of C-band antennas, there were plenty of people who liked to watch all those feeds (editing, backhaul, whatever). I don't know how old the story you refer to is, but I'd guess that somebody, who may or may not have been affiliated with the agency, was watching the feed in an unofficial capacity and passed on the information to CIA's public affairs office.
(Did the clipping services monitor those feeds as well? If so, the pre-broadcast feed could have been obtained that way.)
Since there's no icon for "I guess this comment makes me an old fart", it's black helicopters.
Ellis BillingtonLarry Ellison owns a private island and a megayacht. How is it possible that he's not a Bond villain?
What could possibly go wrong with that? I hope someone has Prof. Quatermass on speed-dial.
"The reason is that they bought a server and software when server 2003 was the windows Server OS of choice."
I'm sure a substantial percentage of those servers were actually installed when 2008R2 was the Windows server OS of choice.
UnionPay could take the opportunity to expand.
I'd be shocked if location-based settings aren't in FISHBOWL. http://www.nsa.gov/ia/programs/mobility_program/ but I don't know how much of that project was published before the patent's filing date.
Icon because it's the only solution for software patents.
Are you including the CALs? And the cost of your employees' time spent making sure that a sufficient number are purchased?
a) is the main solution; specifically, fixing §123 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth).
b) would only affect agreements made in Australia; the US/UK vendors that Australians buy from wouldn't be affected.
Direct regulation of prices would probably end up like a government IT project.
During the periods when Uber is using surge pricing, you'll note that you can't actually find a taxi (e.g. in NYC when it's raining). The choice isn't between surge pricing and normal pricing; it's between surge pricing and not being able to get a ride at all (unless you get really lucky).
These ADCs must not be very reliable, then.
Eskimo Nell would use a .454 Casull.
Tata's incompetent workers doesn't implicate Indian IT in general, just like CACI's or HP's don't implicate US IT in general. When the customer is happy to keep paying for people whose only job qualification is a pulse, why spend the extra money to hire people who know what they're doing?
Rents are rising because that's exactly what the city government wants. If they eliminated rent control and allowed housing to actually be built, prices would fall, but that would annoy the rich people who can afford to buy the Board of Supervisors.
The Stuart Highway didn't have a speed limit until 2007, when the Labour government instituted the current 130 km/h one to raise revenue. The Country Liberals promised to ditch the speed limit if returned to office, and this is the start of actually fulfilling that promise.
Where's the lashing out? Or even vaguely implying that Amazon doing what they did is even slightly objectionable? I don't see it in the linked post at all.
I'm sure the "occasional stuff" your customers refer to is completely low-importance, like filing taxes or something of that nature.
Perhaps if the English got over their strange notion that secret nuclear bunkers should be noted as such on road signs.
"(Addendum: Going forward, SOE (X Division) OOAC recommends a blanket ban on all procurement specifications that involve supernatural equine entities (SEEs). For reference, see EQUESTRIAN RED SIRLOIN. This keeps coming up like a bad penny at least once every couple of decades, and it’s got to stop.)"
(http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/09/equoid for those who haven't read that story yet)
First it's Threshold, then Foothold, and finally Stranglehold?
Absent our continued propping-up of certain Floridian families (who were allegedly more important to President Clinton than spending time with his mistress), the US would be buying much of its sugar from Brazil, not Australia. Also, a good amount of sugar currently being bought in Canada would be bought in the US instead—those sugar quotas and tariffs have been causing the US to hemorrhage food-production jobs.
What I'd want to see from a hypothetical trade treaty that wasn't just a giveaway to the MAFIAA: ditch the Jones Act, Buy America Act, and Fly America Act; eliminate the aforementioned sugar supports; give states the choice between allowing gambling and banning it (not, say, allowing a state-run lottery but no private-sector gaming); freedom of movement; and maybe even burying FACTA. Sadly, to get these things, we'd apparently need to actually exercise the option of ejecting the entire House and one-third of the Senate in an even-year election, which never seems to happen no matter how crappy our representation in DC is.
Getting work based on friend$hip with politicians works just great. You get twice as much money as a private-sector organization would pay for similar work, then come the overruns. By the time you've finished, the government has paid ten times and you've delivered maybe half. As long as you don't do anything that causes your facility security clearance to be pulled (such as inviting a delegation from the Russian embassy over to the data center for a weed-fueled orgy), you can keep lowballing bids and billing the government $150/hr for people who aren't even worth minimum wage until the cows come home.
Oh, wait... maybe you were thinking about how it doesn't work at all for the taxpayer? Nobody signing the cheques gives a flying frak about them; they're just wallets on legs.
And yet the Japanese courier companies have no trouble offering one- or two-hour windows that don't stop when the banks do.
Perhaps UK train lines should work on offerings more directly related to their business. Like, y'know, actually having trains 365 days a year, rather than sleeping in until noon and cutting frequency on Sundays.
My coat's the one with a Thuraya handset in the pocket.
It's not that difficult to remove Norton software with the right equipment.
The DIY solution: KMnO4 + Fe2O3 + Al (with a strip of Mg for the fuse)
Or let the pros from 36th Civil Engineering Squadron do it their way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_xt-0fLhKI
Icon added in case you're not sure which solution I endorse.
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.
Regarding RSA's competence or lack thereof, I'll just leave this link here.
If HP did shut down, could Agilent get their name back?
My coat's the one with a 48GX in the pockets.
I'm sure a certain Patriarch is on the way to Harrods as we speak to put in his order. His photographers can airbrush it out in post, just like the watch.
SMTP only broadcasts passwords in the clear if the system administrators can't find their own asses with both hands in a small, well-lit room. Sadly, this description probably applies to the contractors they're using. (CSC? HP? Almost certainly a company whose core competency involves procurement lawyers, not technology.)
I haven't noticed any reduction in drivers with permanently-attached phones, on either coast or in between. I did see an idiot make an illegal turn with a marked police car right behind—I couldn't see whether the driver needed their phone to be removed from the ear and inserted somewhere else, but I can certainly guess.
The only surprise here is that the malware authors bothered to learn LISP; they must feel a need to diversify their product lines. (Or perhaps it's a targeted attack?)
The nice thing about being a cop is apparently that you can decide to become an accessory to a felony without risking jail. Yay Massachusetts.
Free is speech, not beer. We do have to be fair to Windows, so let's overengineer a ROFLscale Asterisk PBX for comparison's sake.
First, a Digium-supported Asterisk installation at $11k for a three-year term. Since that's a five-server support agreement, we'll make this a three-system cluster just because we can. And since we're doing the support-contract route, that's three entitlements for RHEL at $800/ea/year ($7200 for three years). Buy the hardware; tart up some R720s with crazy RAM and call that $6k each. Add a nice switch (heck, add two!), firewall, and we're still at $35kish. I'll call that a draw based on the infamous parity exchange-rate concept; if you disagree, throw in training for your PBX guy and some one-on-one time with Digium's people until the prices balance out.
Oh, wait a second... we didn't buy Windows. That'll cost you $2k for those three machines (Windows Server 2012 Standard). Whoops, now the Windows software alone is more expensive than the Linux hardware and software.
My coat? It's an OpenBSD fireman's jacket.
If you're happy with 8GB of RAM, the 13" Air has substantially longer battery life in addition to being cheaper and lighter. As in, you can take a weekend trip without the charger. I certainly wouldn't do 4GB, RAM compression or no; why risk needing a forklift upgrade on a $1500+ computer?
(Also, dropping down to 8GB RAM allows in the competition: Dell XPS 13, Sony Vaio Pro 13, etc. But dammit, I want to be able to have a million VMs open locally.)
 Counterargument: don't buy one of the soldered-on-RAM computers. While my wallet would support this course of action, my L5-S1 just wants the thin-and-light.
LTE has actually made it worse. UMTS/HSPA isn't much of a problem, especially now that T-Mobile has been upgrading its network to support non-AWS-capable devices. And I've seen SIM cards for sale at Wally World and CVS, so the idea does appear to be catching on.
Other than because the attackers didn't think that they would make enough BTC to justify a Linux port? Probably nothing. But I do reserve the right to snark about businesses that don't have offline backups.
I'd expect a developer machine to come with 16GB of RAM. And what's with the non-5000 graphics? Half the point of Haswell is that the iGPU is now available in a non-sucking version.
NetApp has a nice vCenter plugin that handles snapshots on the filer. It does require some extra licenses that you may not already have purchased to use all the features (notably, single-file restore).
My choice of the icon should be obvious to anyone who's dealt with NetApp or Brocade licensing. Especially Brocade. Bugger port-based licensing with a bloody spear.