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2443 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

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First, how does this compare with AMD's hUMA? Is it the same thing? If it is, will they play nice together?

Second, cluster pool! When will the first suitcase cluster be built with these boards? Six node minimum to qualify. I'll take 3 days after Mother's Day so 14th May.

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MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

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Couldn't they ask the questions over the phone or in an email? Oh that's right, it's too hard to be intimidating over the phone.

Since we're summiting MtGox, what version of OpenSSL were they running?

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Well, they clearly couldn't go to Windows 8.2 and if they went to 8.1.1 there would be a version mismatch with Windows Phone which is slowly crawling toward 8.1. How could they go forward and say that they are making one Windows experience for all your devices if they are different versions of Windows? You and I know the numbers are arbitrary but imagine the confusion who gets an 8.2 RT tablet or 8.2 laptop and it's visually, more or less, the same as his 8.1 phone? If they skip 8.1 on the phone and hop directly to 8.2 people will wonder what happened to WP8.1 and if the NSA insisted on sneaking something into 8.2 that caused the code jump or worse.

They could take a page from 95 and call it 8.1 OSR2 or from the great 98 and call it 8.1 Second Edition. Meh, 8.1 SP1 would be fine but what I'd really like them to call it is Windows 8.1 Take 2.

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Oh no, it's more arsed than that

From the linked technet blog:

"For those users who are still using Windows 8 and Windows 2012 (and not Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2) you are unaffected and will continue to receive updates as normal."

So the only hosed folks are the ones who went through the painfully huge download like a relative of mine did on his painfully slow internet connection hoping his new Win 8 laptop would get better* under 8.1.

*It did, for small values of better which is why it's now running Win 7.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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If the FDIC and NCUSIF had to start paying out huge sums, the NSA might have a look after the Secret Service and FBI asked for their help. Even then given the average account balance runs around $6,000 and 56% have total savings under $25,000 someone draining a million accounts is only getting 6 to 25 billion dollars. Sure, it would sting and a million or so people would be hurting pretty badly for a while and yes it's a substantial fraction of the intelligence budget but it still wouldn't qualify as being in the national interest even though it's near the same scale as the auto company bailout during that financial hiccup you speak of.

Of course it could be targeted to the wealthiest million people or corporations but to move those kinds of assets it would likely take a state sponsor and, like Mount Rushmore, it would be pretty hard to hide overnight. Likewise, no, the FBI isn't going after the random shop lifter pocketing a pack of gum, a turkey or even a watermelon because it's not what they do either.

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Sure, they could be using 1.0.0 or GnuTLS, CyaSSL, PolarSSL or a bunch of others. Somehow since most all the packages comply with NSA Suite B and the NSA did do a bunch of work on SELinux I have to believe they know their stuff. If you read carefully I never said either way if they knew about it beforehand or not. My point was, and still is, that the NSA isn't in the "protect your bank account, communications to mom, instagram sessions and Google data slurps" because those functions aren't in the national interest no matter how important we think we are.

The NSA isn't going to prevent you from taking a shiv in the kidney in a dark alley but they might be able to do something about the incoming attack helicopter or guided missile frigate. I'll let the conspiracy experts argue about who knew what and when. Perhaps naive was the wrong word, I should have used vain or immodest.

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You tell me, only 26 U.S. Gov't servers were ever reported as vulnerable and best I can determine none of those were dealing with national security issues. The rest were either patched or not vulnerable in the first place. Of course they could all be like the desktops and running software a dozen years old, but that doesn't play to the story now does it?

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"One of the NSA's specific roles is to safeguard national communications and online security infrastructure"

That seems a bit naive. Nowhere do they claim to protect individual/corporate communications or individual/corporate online security and why would they? As far as the NSA is concerned everyone and everything that isn't the U.S. government is a potential threat to national security and that includes its own employees. After all it's a post-Snowden world and you can't trust anyone since tear-wrists ar' eevy-whirr!

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'Software-defined anything' is NONSENSE. Don't bother pitching it

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Childcatcher

I don't know, I've always thought the meaning-defined-word was quite useful.

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Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

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Re: Why should 64 bit drive demand?

I know for several thousand dollars they'll be happy to tell you why.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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"What's wrong with this picture?"

It's that if an individual tried to offshore a few bucks the IRS would be harassing everyone they know in the quagmire that is the US tax code. Why can't I be a multinational conglomerate?

$DIETY help the US expat who marries a non USian abroad.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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Between missing persons and online dating, this could be huge. I wonder how it will handle large changes in body type since most infants have a bit of extra fat and it would be hard to tell whether they went on to be the super-lean bodybuilder type or just ballooned for one reason or another.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: The fat lady has sung

"Now make a convincing case that we should care whether the rock cares, or whether we should care about whether we care."

I would but I don't care to.

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Re: The fat lady has sung

"Once again, the great culling begins."

Yup. One more mass extinction and if it includes humans don't think this great big rock we currently occupy will shed even a single tear. I'm pretty well convinced we're but termites on this rock and when we go the only irony in our small opinion will be that the rock won't care and will go about with whatever the grand plan of the rock was because we're only important to and trying to save ourselves. The rock doesn't care.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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So he slaughtered bees in the pursuit of... a pain metric, for what, to prove the folly of bees? How many beers did he drink and who dared him because monkeys are smarter than this?

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Why permit the secrecy

"... is it not arguable that these licences should be frand?"

If it isn't, it's certainly arguable that the end user should be able to know what patents they are using.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Should have told protesters where to go

There's no doubt there is someone out there with a hit list based on contributions for or against whatever cause. Heck it's easy when all they have to do is compare today's headline with the database, both conveniently hosted at the LA Times for simple one stop sniping.

Meanwhile as both sides square off with boycotts at 10 paces everyone else just sees a bunch of extremists with nothing constructive to offer and rightly ignores the whole thing.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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At 500 watts it needs to be asked, when do we start seeing GPU mainboards with a PCIe like slot for the low power peripherals, you know like the CPU, memory, etc?

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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I don't get it. Why do people need another limited utility device that has a microphone and barcode scanner? Couldn't this all just be done with a single smartphone app instead of getting a "Dash"? Personally, the Dash looks like something that will accidentally get lost under the sofa, behind the fridge, "Dad! The sink dispose-all is making funny noises again!", etc.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: I've had an idea

Yep, this is the kind of thing that has everyone pull their hair out. Come up with a new material 'X' that has similar uses material 'U' & 'V' only stronger, faster, lighter, betterer and everyone and their cousin is coming up with crap like 'X' in a computer, 'X' in a phone, 'X' in a mobile device, 'X' enclosure for a pile of camel dung, etc. Can we at least state the obvious things like using new material 'X' as a replacement for materials 'U' & 'V' are in fact obvious and not patentable?

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Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

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Re: Slight difference?

They had to use an "e" so everyone would know Apple wasn't the internet. Besides, if they used "i" it would look too much like the on/off button. It all makes sense if you can Handel the logic.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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How dare they retweet a tweet that's been retweeted 40,000 times! Who do they think they are? Apple?

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Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

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Re: US, don't trust 'em

I haven't trusted 'em since the '60s and I was born here.

It never ceases to amaze me what politicians will do to grab a few extra votes in Florida.

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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

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FTFY

"... explicit written permission from customers or NSA/GCHQ"

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: This is clearly a techie site

Would it matter to you that since we know it also runs an Adreno 320 that the list of processors is narrowed to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), S4 Prime (MPQ8064) or one of the 600 series. We could go into a quite detailed analysis trying to figure out which exactly however most of the fun is lost given that Qualcomm has come out and said it runs a Snapdragon 600.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: XP will only be insecure if connected

I must admit that this was also my first thought. I can't imagine a benefit to having a cnc machine such as a lathe connected to the internet even if it is through an XP PC. Another alternative would be connect the XP boxes with serial lines to a central file server (running your favorite *nix or *nix-a-like?) to retrieve the CAM files and let them sit disconnected most of the time.

#sz -be /to/the/rescue

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Oh well

Just a little too late, I've already got an Odroid U3 on the way. I would have liked a direct SATA connection.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Rehabilitation

@cyborg

Let me sum up. It's true that free speech allows you to say anything, with a few exceptions, that you wish whether they be opinion, fact or fiction. It's equally true that someone else can't be forced to provide you with an income, job, etc. In effect this is what branding is. Coca Cola would probably like it if you didn't buy Pepsi products and only purchased Coke products and the reverse is also likely true. If a driver suddenly realizes they are in the wrong lane and cuts me off which forces me to jack on the binders they shouldn't really be surprised to find me giving them the finger and/or using the horn now should they. OkCupid is basically flipping off Mozilla because they hired Eich - it's Ok,Stupid, but nonetheless ok. In the end, the government really doesn't care and the Constitution doesn't come into play.

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Re: Rehabilitation

Perhaps Eich wishes he was AC also and even though he's apparently a conservative he would agree that he too is a target.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Re: Beat me to it! (1.4.)

Glad to see it's April 1st.

But the linked paper was apparently published March 20. I'm really beginning to wonder about the fun of April 1st. I mean as reality gets stranger than the pranks I'm beginning to wonder if I should actually expect to run into a pokemon on Charleston Rd.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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You missed the bit about Apple suing Boeing for making an Android phone.

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'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

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Re: @ Eddy Ito - So, one question

No worries Andrej, most people don't get it right but kudos for knowing the traditional spelling. There's no need for a fail flag or to get butt hurt over someone down voting but have a couple of up votes on me to even out the score.

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So, one question

Was it Pinterest that was hacked or was it another lesson that folks shouldn't use 'password', '123456', etc. for their password?

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Just wow

I wonder how much the weight difference is. The chunk they took out looked pretty thick and was probably fairly heavy. I imagine this has relieved quite a bit of stress on her neck as well as her brain. I hope all works out well and that she never has to endure a repeat procedure in another area.

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

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Re: There's no paradox

The paradox was artificially created by the losing lawyer (LL) in conflating freedom of speech with freedom of the press. Both are protected by the First Amendment and this ruling neither imparts nor extends any freedom of speech by corporate entities because it doesn't address the topic at all. What LL knows is that the vast majority of folks have never actually read the First Amendment, let alone the Constitution, and recognized that he can score some publicity points and induce a knee jerk response from folks who equate the First Amendment with free speech and nothing else.

What is really going on is the judge correctly understands the difference between positive rights, which don't exist except by fiat, and negative rights, which are what the Bill of Rights guarantees. Simply put, freedom of speech is a negative right in that no one is required to do anything. It becomes a positive right when someone is forced to listen when they would rather watch a football game or provide a medium for the speech. It's not a positive right because that would inevitably infringe the Fourth Amendment rights of another. Note here that I assume that businesses are property and forcibly requiring a business to provide a positive right is no different from forcing its owners and denying them Fourth Amendment protections.

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If the judge didn't dismiss it, I could see this opening a whole other can of worms. Could the lawsuits where "[evil search engine] ranks my website last or not at all and thereby suppresses my freedom of speech" be far behind? Or have we already done those?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Prior Art

WTF patent office? Not only should they not get a patent, but they should receive a fine for attempting it, and the mouth-breather that gave them the patent should be fired.

Ok, breathe, relax, ...7, 8, 9, 10. Good. This is only a patent application at this time, no patent has been granted, there is no reason to work up your blood pressure. There is a chance, granted very small, that this won't stick when thrown against the wall and it will be just a good laugh at Apple's blatant attempt at ripping off one of their app developers. Don't get me wrong, they'll still rip off the dev by incorporating the functionality into the iPhone and dump the app because it duplicates system functionality or whatever that particular hurdle is.

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

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Oh my Grandma, that's a big DB you have.

The better to own you with, my dear.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Re: Sold their souls?

The founders probably "sold their souls" long ago. Don't forget they previously had two rounds of VC funding after kickstarter; the first for ~$16M and the second for ~$75M. It's likely the founders no longer held a controlling stake in the company and the 8 or so venture firms decided that a 20X return was adequate for them to move on and try their luck at another ground floor investment.

On the FB side, all I can think is 'what the hell?' Either this is the most brilliant move by Zuck and Co. or the worst attempt at trying to stay relevant in the headlines.

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AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

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Re: Follow the money

Certainly for most folks who run 'the norm', a single 1080p, 60 Hz, 32 bit color monitor, there is a limit to how much "more" is actually used unless good chunks can be handed to the GPU. As you say, "an interactive video/game with more physics..." along with high end solid modelling pretty much defines the current limited realm for desktop hardware since the really high end stuff like FEA/CFD and rendering is increasingly done on clusters.

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Could be interesting

If they can keep it under the power limit and get full Linpack TFLOPS from the cards, one of those ultra workstations with 4 cards could potentially win the next SCC event by itself. If I'm not mistaken the last event saw the winning cluster around 8.5 TFLOPS.

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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WTF?

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Method and apparatus for encapsulating services for transportation over metallic physical mediums

How does this shit pass? Seriously, isn't that the literal description of the internet? Maybe I should patent encapsulating services and vioce in packets for transportation over radio interfaces and go after every cell phone company.

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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One more step

Is he collecting statistical data on the vehicles? It may be worth noting which cars are less likely to have texting drivers and whether those cars have bluetooth as standard. Just curious because my wife occasionally uses the bluetooth connection in the car to dictate texts and notes and it does a reasonable job speachifying (it's really not speaking) incoming texts although many are in Chinese and it can make some rather funny mispronunciations.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

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Re: No surprise

Huh, what? We Americans have space craft? Well I suppose there is that Musk guy with his startup and that Virgin thing but neither has been making regular manned flights. Hardly a comparison.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Well-

Can we make it an international effort so the rest of us can sign? I think it would be better to go through the IETF rather than working through they myriad bureaucracies of the UN and member states.

We got along just fine without the various flavors of :), ;(, :P and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when I was a kid... rods to the hogshead and all that.

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Google slashes cloud storage to $0.026 per GB. Your move, Amazon

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Re: Winners?

Monopolies and cartels only happen when the entry barriers are too high for new companies. It doesn't matter whether the barriers are because economies of scale favor large entities, government regulations creating legal obstacles, capital equipment cost or any number of other problems including Louie who would "hate for anything to happen to a nice business such as this".

Capitalism, for all its flaws, has nothing to do with it. China's Great Leap Forward in which the state made itself the monopoly in most every aspect of production had little to do with capitalism.

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IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

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HAH!

That's why I have my computer to send computer generated tweets at pseudo-random intervals. The next tweet you see from me at midnight saying I'm headed down to Cafe Du Monde for a light lunch know that I could be asleep and it's really 2 am where I am. Oh and that re-tweet everyone thought so timely and interesting, Ha! I was probably gettin' my funk on to some heavy Die Walküre or Die Fledermaus bombin' down die 5, bitches!

Of course the SoCal under location might give it away. Nah! That could easily be short for South Caledonia.

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Not to worry given Google has a non-extant tax avoidance scheme footprint.

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Intel details four new 'enthusiast' processors for Haswell, Broadwell

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Re: Secret thermocouple compound

Precisely my thoughts. I'm personally hoping for an E3-1220L V4 that clocks in the 1.0 - 1.5 GHz range and gets under 10 W TDP but I'd settle for the equivalent i-core around 13 W.

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