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1571 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Maybe we could get a consensus

The scientists keep saying that warming is causing extreme weather. But the warming paused 17 years ago. So, extreme weather is being caused by a change that isn't happening? What's up with that?

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Report: Google back in Europe's crosshairs over web domination claims

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ICOMP is Microsoft

This is skulduggery. Microsoft puppet groups will whine that people choose Google because it is good. Their own training materials and court documents show this. Google needs to be regulated to the point that it is not so good that it is everyone's first choice.

What if oatmeal vendors could get food regulators to ban bacon, or at least make it bitter? Bacon would then be less popular and oatmeal sales would soar. And pancakes.

This is not regulation for the benefit of the breakfaster. It is a war on bacon.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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I had thought of doing this some time ago

A natural first application: porn.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Welcome to 2012

Or 1968. We have known for a long time there are caves on the moon, mars and every other terrestrial body. RAH did a couple books on this. Come October we will see ice caves on Ceres. That will be more interesting.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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John Gilmore

John Gilmore famously said that the Internet is designed to route around damage, and censorship is damage. Here is an Internet user interpreting a network congestion point as damage and routing around the damage using a VPN. These stories have been around for years and ultimately someone will come up with a distributed VPN router that will eliminate this problem for everyone all at once. For now though, as we often have had to do while we wait for these cures to come online, you can fix it yourself manually as this fellow has done.

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: More ports is still the wrong answer

@Lost all faith...

Netflix is a third of prime time backbone traffic and absurdly redundant. In other cases where there is also huge redundant traffic like ad networks and YouTube yes, a cache server benefits all netizens and is the right thing to do from a technology standpoint. None other both has as much traffic and is as redundant as Netflix. The content is huge and static - you get the same movie as everybody else. This makes the argument strongest for doing this with Netflix.

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More ports is still the wrong answer

ISPs should just take the cache servers Netflix offers for free and they won't need the ports because an episode of 'Orange Is The New Black" will then be shipped across the Internet backbone to their network only once instead of hundreds of thousands of times. This will help prevent the redundant copies from clogging an already burdened network and improve service for all since those redundant copies are a huge share of all background traffic now and for strict engineering purposes are entirely unnecessary. It will also improve the available quality resolutions and latency to their customers.

Level 3 wants them to add ports because they get paid to carry that redundant traffic.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Leaks

As much as this classified data is leaking from the military industrial and espionage complex, they may as well arrange for hosting it on Archive.org directly.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Ah

That would be the Everett-Wheeeeeeler manifold universes hypothesis.

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Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

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Jets?

Amazon's Seattle offices are just a few blocks north of Google's. It's more of a stroll than a jet trip actually.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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86% Opportunity

At WPC they are making a big deal of their 86% opportunity: their software is NOT on 86% of the devices shipping today. Since the day they signed the DOS deal with IBM they have never had more market share to gain. Woohoo! New worlds to conquer for their new Alexander.

In other words they are standing on the dock with their floppy disk in their hand watching HMS Mobile Opportunity sail away.

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Re: No Thanks

You bought the wrong device. My Nexus 7s have even higher rez, go all day and all night. And they were cheap.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Try fermented chicken livers.

It is more tempting bait.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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No worries

The US supreme court is about to hold that software is not patentable subject matter. That will solve this whole problem.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Short timer

What the company really needs right now is a long series of short term visionaries to repurpose the whole organization, downsize confuse and demoralize the employees before being forcefully ejected, in turns. If Microsoft could work in some boardroom scandal shenanigans as well, that would be great. They've announced own-brand servers and storage, so that should just about do it for hardware partner support. Maybe they could attack software defined networking so as to enrage all three of the server room's Holy Trinity.

We haven't seen what Stephen Elop can do at the helm yet. That should be fabulous.

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Re: Installed office 2013 today

Thanks for taking one for the team.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Gartner

This is a serious pullback from Gartner's prior report. Remember that last year Gartner swore the PC would have a tiny sliver of growth. But then in January the dire news: down over 9 percent.

You may expect them to post a similar update six months hence. The macro issue of Windows 8, combined with an imminent release of Windows 9 is going to have consumers putting off their purchases until they see if the new one is also a stinker.

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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Neither

I'll take whatever Google comes up with.

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RM: Killing our PC unit hit our top line, but our bottom line is pert

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Quit the unprofitable business.

PCs aren't a profitable business.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Never launch

Thanks. I was looking for that. Each time we get a new president he retasks NASA. That is why this never works.

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Never launch

No chance this ever sees flight.

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Intel told to PUT A SOC IN IT: Fill our kit with chips, says Panasonic

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HM

That 64bit Tetra K1 at 15nm, and 8GB of Samsung's 3D RAM stacked on top, and 128GB of fast attached SSD on top of that, please.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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John J. Legere's influence

Trash talking CEOs might become the new "thing". I'm all for it. IT could use more sauce.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

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There is a lot more of this going on than you think

Many other vendors are doing the same thing. This is not to excuse Cisco. It is just to point out that these multibillion dollar corporations take the same shortcuts as the greasy neckbeard at your local mom & pop IT shop. Paying the "big vendor converged infrastructure" premium is not going to protect you from this.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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The scale of it

250 different -types- of botnet comprises only 25% of the malicious activity Microsoft is tracking. And one botnet of one type can consist of tens of millions of machines. How many Windows boxes are compromised? All of them?

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You WON'T spend as much on IT in 2014 as we thought - Gartner

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There is a sea change going on

Between virtualization on the server side and new mobile devices on the client side, the upheaval is going to be huge.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Charging ports are vulnerable

They can be broken, corroded, shorted. Wireless is a nice option to have. Can't say how many Android tabs my kids have gone through on this issue.

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Re: Interesting phone but not original

Availability. For as well as you can get them they might as well have called that the Oppo Can't Find 7.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Thanks for the memories

We will hold on to them here so you don't misplace them.

Best wishes.

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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battery?

The battery on these things must be amazing.

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Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

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Watts

Hopefully they can get the watts down on these.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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China

China already went with home grown processors in their current number one supercomputer. Presumably for energy efficiency reasons. It is not a stretch to think Russia might do so too.

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some get free

Others worry.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Ought to sell hundreds

I hope they make millions of them again.

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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Re: TMo Prepaid rocks

Thankfully I have other solutions for those issues, so they are not a problem for me. If I want to send you a 4 hour 1080p video I am perfectly capable of hosting it and emailing you a player.

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TMo Prepaid rocks

Talk and text all you want. 2 GB of LTE data and unlimited 3G data for a price I can afford and NO Overages! No surprises, ever. T-Mobile has no problem with I don't trust any carrier enough to let them fondle my phone before I get it - I want it straight from the OEM unlocked and un fooled around with.

I called their customer support line yesterday to tell them thanks for not being a herd of jerks. No issue, no problem, no concern, no question. Just "thanks for being so awesome!"

Having dealt with many carriers over the last 20 years I have had none better. Not even close. "Uncarrier" indeed.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

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Mr. Cable

He's not going to do anything.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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Re: Liquid Methane More Likely

At this temperature and level of pressure I believe Methane would boil off where water was a liquid.

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Sorry

Energy transfer is not fast enough to melt water in this case.

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Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

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Payday for Woz finally?

He deserves a big win.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Brass ones

This is how you "jump start" the electric car. I think this is going to accelerate adoption.

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FCC boss threatens to BRING WRATH DOWN on states that limit broadband competition

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Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman and chief cable industry lobbyist

That PDF you quote broadband competition from has a statistical quirk: it is by census tract. So if one home has Comcast available, one has TWC available, and nobody else has any Internet whatsoever, that counts as "two or more competing broadband providers" for the entire census tract. It has other problems as well. Please be responsible and read the terms and conditions before spreading the misinformation that has been attached to this survey. Read it first at least.

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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

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What the?

Leave it to HP to think out of the box and come out with a Chromebox that is expensive.

But wait. These might be interesting with Linux on.

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Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

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Those 10" runs

When PCI3 was coming out I did a paper on how this was it, the physics of the copper ain't got no more at the run length needed for the industry standard PC. I was called seven kinds of fool of course. It is usually unwise to predict the end of anything in tech.

Hopefully this repeater business won't add so much latency that I'm proven right.

Form factors are changing though, with nodes going in at 1/2 to 1/4th the standard width. Or starting with a clean sheet. Maybe we will see some cool gpgpu designs without the repeater.

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Google makes malware microscope Mac mod

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Here you go

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/d2f3f04e-6ccf-11df-91c8-00144feab49a.html#axzz33zQUrZ00

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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

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A different question

Lenovo has been just barely treading water for a decade. Yet somehow they have enough cash to buy both IBM's x86 server business and Motorola Mobility from Google at the same time. Is it just me, or is there some magic accounting going on?

The combined price of the two is more than 12 years of Lenovo's profits at the current rate.

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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We all have the ARM device

We have ARM devices and know they work well. The Intel devices are an unknown quantity, and that makes Intel's road an uphill climb here. Obviously many were disappointed by previous generations of their product - but it was only recently that the premium ARM devices became passable. They are not so far behind. If they can get some units in people's hands this problem will go away. Benchmark arguments aren't going to do it.

Fortunately it looks like they have some killer reference designs in the pipeline. If they don't skimp on display quality, and do what they must on pricing they they should be OK.

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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The new gear looks cool.

Can't wait to see how this performs on a laptop.

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OK, execs. You want Apple kit. And Windows Phone, too? Really?

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Platform fragmentation

If you are buying the phones what difference does that make? You can buy them all the same, or as different as you like.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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Re: clonezilla

This is what I was going to say. Of course for file backups an online service like Backblaze is nice.

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