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2595 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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That's just it, the computer only knows it's a flash drive because the flash drive says it's a flash drive. If it says it's a video adapter, cdrom drive, ethernet port, etc. that's what the computer 'believes' and it's quite possible something else might need an update. Ask yourself what your grandmother would do when presented with the following;

"Windows has found a security update for your WiFi adapter. Click OK to install WPA3 and make your network more secure" [OK]

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It only takes one

People will gladly pass it around and make copies if it includes the latest hit movie, probably named something like "Terminators VS Transformers 10: Tactical Take-down!", on it. Watch a free movie and infect all your friends. The sneaker-net is just as effective at spreading malware as it ever was.

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Korean vendor launches wearable RPi clone

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Re: What's great about it..

"Though not that cheap, when compared to a RPi B+, as you need the docking board for the Odroid-W to get the USB and ethernet"

It appears the board itself does have USB but it's unpopulated. My guess is that the physical connector was too large for their envisioned purpose and left it so the user can install one if they feel so inclined. A nice consideration IMHO as I've seen too many Daytona Beach type boards where it's tiny and low profile with a coastline packed with highrises.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Bacon is a vitamin [tm]

"And what's the point of that?"

I know lots of folks who like jerky.

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Re: What the hell is CrossFit?

It's a company that, like Zumba and others, lets you use their trademark for a fee certifies trainers who are then allowed to provide authenticated instruction. It also has some sort of sponsorship deal with Reebok.

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Twitter shares balloon on another quarter of ho-hum results

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Dope springs eternal in the human beast... or something like that.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: Looks much like an ITX board only much dearer

For similar or less money you can get any number of far more powerful computers/boards. Intel NUC, Asus VivoPC, etc. I suspect the reason things like the NUC board are frequently more expensive than the computer is because the big box discounters don't do bare boards. Given that most of those come with specs that easily outpace this one I think calling this "fat" is a bit of an overstatement especially when you consider they used the lightweight "G" variant of the atom instead of the "F" which has twice the memory bandwidth.

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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I wonder which is worse, a spacecraft full of lizards or a hovercraft full of eels.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Re: I'll c u a k...

One man's console is another man's keyboard, or at least my komputer tells me so.

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It's an unspecified glitch because pebcac wouldn't be understood by most media types.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Headline wrong?

The market is a zero sum game - one idiots losses are another idiots gains

Let me guess, everything you know about the stock market you learned from the movie Trading Places with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy and now you're confused about between the difference between the stock market and the futures market.

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Re: Could be . . .

You missed a bunch of amphibians there. In fact save the caecillians, which have scales, I think they all go about in bare skin.

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

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Re: Never mind the quality and length

Well if my calipers are correct the ratio of length to max diameter is about 15.771 so going with 7.257 linguini (40") long that makes the max diameter 0.460 linguini (2.536") which gives, assuming a circular section, a girth of 1.446 linguini (7.968"). For comparison a typical credit card is 0.3855 by 0.6123 linguini and a US note is 0.4735 by 1.114 linguini.

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"At a guess it came after a nasty vindaloo"

Here I was thinking a kebab. Oh, it's a meter long! Ouch!

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Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

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the spokesman described CalCloud as "revenue neutral"

Translation: "revenue neutral" == "it isn't in the budget and we haven't decided where the real money is going to come from but rest assured someone is going to get screwed". Any guesses on who?

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

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Re: when

The problem comes from defining climate. What is the time frame? A year, decade, century, millennium? Talking about the warmest whatever in the past five years doesn't mean a whole bunch if it takes a century or more of data to show a trend. Have a look at the Vostok Petit data and you'll notice some trends tend to be longer than others and an odd recurring interval that seems to take about 115k years. Which are hiccoughs and which are real changes and the causes is certainly open to debate regardless of what you consider beyond dispute.

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Re: when

... explain why they are giving money away to help people insulate homes, buy electric cars, install more fuel efficient boilers, etc?

Too easy, buying votes is one of the oldest ploys in the politician handbook.

As to why some people believe that climate change is both natural and man-made is another easily solved paradox. When you walk outside in Beijing and the smog is so thick you nearly have to chew the air then it's obvious that "climate change" is man-made. The "change" resulting from the typhoon rains leaving a meter of water in the street is equally obvious that it is natural. Nobody knows or really cares about the butterfly flapping its wings in Belize.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Shocking!

Bureaucrats and politicians screwing up a project they know absolutely fuck all of how it should work. I suppose you should expect as much on an IT project from a group of social science and foreign affairs majors. Funny nobody every questioned the ability of soldiers and lawyers to make up a budget but that's government for you.

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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Re: ... a mammoth 2,000 olfactory receptor genes, ..."

It also seems strange that A Beagle can sniff a rat in a field and go straight to it. Yet the rat, with a supposedly superior sense of smell, doesn't seem to notice the Beagle coming.

I'd wager the beagle can smell the trail of particles such as a hair, sloughed off skin cells, etc. left by the rat in addition to any airborne scents and it's not likely the rat happens to be the one with the downwind advantage. After all, the beagle is looking for a rat, the rat isn't necessarily looking for a beagle.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

Seems like they are about to switch the ESR base version from v24 to v31

It seems they already have.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: NSAIDS

For those who may not be aware, paracetamol is acetaminophen in North America.

Back pain is particularly difficult because it has so many different causes so there is no universal cure all pill to take. I've been lucky most of my back problems have been associated with muscle spasms and I've found a bit of torture massage, while painful, does wonders is short order and muscle relaxers also work reasonably well although it frequently tightens up again later. As for the various pain relievers they seem to relieve my wallet more than my pain.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

You mean unlike perhaps Google?

Wow, hypersensitive much? Who mentioned Google? Why does he have to mean it's unlike anyone? I took the comment that given how secretive Apple tends to be with everything that it is likely that there is much more to the story than Apple are telling.

Getting back on topic, we know a few things. It only works with a trusted computer and it can work over wireless (WiFi at least). What we don't know is if there is a computer sitting at Apple HQ that is implicitly trusted by all iOS devices.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: Doomed from the start

I think that's key, we're talking about just the DC/AC converter. Given the constraints it makes sense that it is the only thing being considered, wire in @ 2kVA - DC/AC converter - wire out @ 2kVA * .95+, that's it. They aren't interested in loads, breakers, switches etc. and it's likely they want to put it in something to make a complete package which may explain why liquid cooling is out. At least that's the way I read it since we're talking about a 1" thick box that's 6 5/16" square.

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Re: No they don't

Let's not forget we're only talking 2kVA so it's not a whole lot of amps at either 450 VDC or 230 VAC. I don't know how easy it will be getting it all to fit in a box that's 40 cu. in. which is about half the size of a Mac Mini.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

My that's a mighty big sense of entitlement you've got there. I see lots of similar people here in SoCal, their desire to be first is so great they dash through any opening that looks wide enough for their car so they can advance one more spot in the queue. I'm sure that had the rest of us known you were so important we would have gotten out of your way.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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The former is practically the current stop and Apple, Amazon, et al. are betting rather heavily on it.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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If the pic on uswitch is to be believed I have to ask, what's with the white twisted thong they but on both ends?

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: It's all about mitigation

D'oh, that's right. The firewall would have to filter 8.8.8.8 requests.

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Re: It's all about mitigation

Isn't this exactly what containers are supposed to be for? Give each service its own little sandbox to prevent corruption of the rest of the machine.

The thing I don't understand is that if they hard coded 8.8.8.8 as the DNS for finding humans.txt couldn't you just set the hosts file to redirect it as a temporary workaround?

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: What's the problem?

The problem with the typical "raid" warrant is that it is usually issued based on the word of a 'confidential informant' who may or may not have been high on meth at the time and may or may not be willing to give up anybody to make their day just a tad easier. As a result things often go wrong when police act on bad intelligence.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.

Hey Mac, in case you were wondering Georgie boy is retired so the unemployed monkey is far less dangerous at this point than the current monkey in charge. You see, I dislike both the red and blue teams but it's plainly evident that you're rabid blue and any challenge to your hero can't go undefended. You seem to think I could give a shit about which elitist corporate sock puppet was in charge, Bloomberg-Huffington-KOS news flash (not a Fox news flash because you wouldn't pay attention) - I don't.

Nice try changing the broad term "executive action" to the more restricted "signing statement" in order to confuse the issue though. Why don't you ask your hero why he is so merciless? For the red and blue teams keeping score Obama 61, GWB 200, Clinton 459, Reagan 406. Even the CICs who didn't do a full two terms managed better GWHB 77, Carter 566, Ford 409 and Nixon 926. I guess that Dukakis commercial way back in the day really got to your boy Barack. LOL.

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Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.

Yes but considering Obama's predilection for executive actions in so many other instances where he probably shouldn't, passing the buck in this instance does seem a bit pusillanimous.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Interesting problem. The infiltrators wouldn't actually need to do much with the malware and could easily just pilfer a very small fraction of a cent off every share traded to turn a rather impressive profit. Even a single hundredth of a cent for a month would be a few million dollars and if you skim a penny you're talking real money rather quickly.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: SF (San Jose) to LA (Pasadena) nonstop??

Nope, no laws against having a Double-double animal style in Cali that I know of.

Then again you could catch a flight from San Francisco to Long Beach for under a hundred bucks some days of the week and be there in a bit over an hour.

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What it is about Ford and the letters E and F? It seems to have started with the E-series vans and the F-series pickups now I'd wager most of their model names start with either an E or an F.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Negativity?

Let me help you out with the interesting bits. They announced iOS(next), OS X(next), SDK for (next), yet another new programming language, i flavored X10 and the next magical and revolutionary is in the works. Did I miss anything?

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Re: The real world versus fiction

FYI, "our security services being all powerful" and "all powerful bad guys" is a distinction without a difference given that power corrupts and all that.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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Re: Digital Sex

Clearly it means that fingers were involved.

Cunnifingus?

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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If it's anything like the a C720 with the Celeron 2955U then it shouldn't be too difficult. It seems the Ubuntu flavors are well covered as is Arch. Minor tweaking to the patches that get the touchpad and sleep/resume may be necessary for other distributions. Also, there is a custom spin of Bodhi that has all the needed patches already applied and there is a beta of Elementary Freya (formerly Isis) spun for the C720 as well that I've seen. Unfortunately I don't have the links to hand but it's pretty easy to find with DDG or most other search engines of your choice. On the one I picked up I dropped a 64GB SSD in it and installed Elementary Luna and I understand it's been well received as a replacement for my aunt's Eee netbook which she thought was a delight.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Rollable touchscreen

The problem will be the rest of the device unless it all fits in the 'sticks' at the edge of the scroll.

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

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Isn't it like this in nearly every industry? It wasn't too long ago I was in getting some travel vaccinations and while waiting in the exam room I could hear the snake-oil/pharma reps talking to the doc in the hallway as the nurse had left the door ajar. They were pushing some new prescription drug that could work miracles and here are some samples and literature for the lobby. It was rather clear that the female rep was the hunter and the male was the farmer for this stop and I couldn't help but wonder if that was their natural bent or if they changed up the script.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Boring

@Pedigree-Pete

I expect a new release next year as MS seems to be keeping with the 3 year major cycle. Vista went live late '06 followed by 7 in mid '09 and most recently W8 in October 2012. It seems reasonable to expect that sometime in the second half of next year that W9 will be splashing across desktabs everywhere well before X-mas '15. Either way there's probably time to get knocked-up and calve before we start seeing a preview edition if there are any. Will it be better than W8.x? As always the answer will be, yes and no. Many rumors to follow, undoubtedly.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: Isn't it great...

what is the plural of Linux?

There isn't. Like 'fish' it is both singular and plural. Similarly, Linuxes, like fishes, can also be correct and I suspect that Linuxen would also pass in most circles. I'm against the latinized plural form, Linuces, simply because too many non-Latin words are hashed by people wishing to appear to be "learned folk".

Anyway getting back to the article, isn't this news along the lines of the Pope is a Catholic who would shit bare - or something like that?

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'Green' Apple: We've smudged a bit off our carbon footprint

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It depends on what you mean by income. Apple, for FY 2013, had an operating income of $49B which gave them a net income of $37B. Those numbers actually bracket the GDP of Nepal which is roughly $47B. Of course since Nepal gets most of its energy from renewable sources like wood, agricultural waste and dung and is poised to tap vast hydro-power reserves it actually puts Apple to shame.

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

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Re: Typical China... stolen names and cheap knockoff's

If someone else somewhere is using it first, registering a copycat trademark is an attempt at fraud, which is a criminal offence.

Because it really is a regional issue. You run into a serious problem if it turns out one guy living someplace like Tuvalu has been knocking out Tesla electric golf carts since the late '80s. Who should lose the brand or should they both be allowed to use it with some basic geographic restrictions? What happens when our Tuvaluan Tesla decides he has improved to the point where he can make electric cars and wants to go international? Since our scenario has the Tuvaluan with the trademark first, albeit unbeknownst to most outside of Tuvalu, is Musk's company guilty of fraud? Does that change if Musk had actually been to Tuvalu and been for a ride in one of the Tesla electric golf carts and why?

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Re: Typical China... stolen names and cheap knockoff's

I suppose people like Musk could have thought ahead and gotten the Chinese trademark when he started the company in 2003 and avoided the problem. Is the cost of a Chinese trademark so high that they couldn't afford it? Someone managed to grab it and sit on if for a long time.

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DATA-SWAP SHOCK: A YES to bill that lets big biz, govt share user info

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Big Brother

Translation

“Cyber attacks present the greatest threat to our national and economic security today, and the magnitude of the threat is growing... the government and private sector need to share information about attacks they are facing and how best to defend against them.”

Danger!! You're not safe anywhere! The terrorists of Eastasia and Eurasia are going to collapse your nations economy if we don't do something now! But do not worry, as a member of the Inner Party it's my duty to see that Big Brother is here to protect all of you here in Oceania.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: An excellent system

All it needs is an atom and/or twitter feed along with a web server so we can be notified of the new videos. I mean this is way more entertaining than anything on tv.

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How to make $7,000 a month and benefits: Be a teen tech INTERN

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Re: Syntax error

So they are spending 12 to 15 grand for an intern to code his but off for the summer and he gets to hand any potential IP over to Z8g. It isn't like they are going to pay a patent attorney less if the kid happens to strike gold. Besides, the poor kid is only getting tuition for the next semester plus maybe some beer money depending on where he goes to school.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

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Re: take off

I don't think you'd need cliffs to jump off as a shallow hill or sand dune was probably adequate. If it was an expert glider it wouldn't need much forward velocity to get aloft. Given an onshore breeze as the air over the sand heats and rises it may be a gently sloping beech was enough so the bird could literally stand tall and fall forward onto its wings with a day's soaring ahead of it.

Given its size it probably wouldn't have much competition from its own kind so it may not have had to make long distance voyages over open ocean. It may have be enough to make a living in the littoral zone given it could likely cover the distance between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL in a day. The added benefit besides a short swim to a gentle slope would be the increased probability of running into a potential mate and the downside obviously running into an adversary (assuming they were territorial).

All in all, while it might have been the coolest thing since the iced mocha venti carmel caffe macchiato I'm kind of glad they are gone. Not because I'd be worried they'd swoop me away as I'm fairly certain I'd outweigh most if not all of them but I'd never hear the end of it should something happen to Mrs. Ito's kitteh. Besides, if they hadn't vanished a long time ago they would certainly have gone the way of the dodo because humans aren't kind to potentially tasty meals that can't out-breed us.

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