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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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For one thing, we call them "traffic circle"

For another, how American can it be if we can't shoot cattle?

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That sound you hear

Is every used-car dealer in America singing Hallelujah.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Indeed

I wondered whether "people Jobs" is the new Register replacement for "fanboi". Maybe if you look at it as reverse-Polish notation.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Wow

"The processors were still microcoded by the computer companies and thus did exactly what the designers wanted."

I guess that we should all be writing microcode then--no other sort of code seems to do exactly what the designer wants.

Several years ago. the comp.risks news group carried a link to a security study done on Multics. Many more security precautions were taken with Multics than ever made it over to at least the earlier Unixes; it was written, for one thing, in PL/1, which is not quite so libertarian as C. But the researchers found plenty of exploitable holes.

The other point to be made is that it really doesn't matter what kind of a lock you put on the door if the residents leave it open. One good, crappy superuser password and your security can be gone.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: So, how much energy was wasted...

Or--here's an innovative idea--you could use a bicycle for your commute, thereby saving the electricity or fossil fuel that would have gone into your commute. Meet you at the patent officde.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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IT

Are these apprentices coding and administering systems, or are they swapping boards and clearing paper jams. I have worked with many persons, young and not, who have held down IT jobs without a degree. Their work varied at least as much as the work of those with degrees.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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I am not an advocate for the C&C economy, but in the US such arguments tend to be read as saying that there is no place for government in the economy. What this often means here is that massive government investment during one period is forgotten quickly, and those who made a lot of money from the investment or its effects imagine they did it all themselves. In the 19th Century there were railroads, heavily subsidized west of the Mississippi at least. The New Deal built big dams on western rivers in the 1930s. By the 1950s people making money in and off defense factories with subsidized hydropower imagined that they were rugged Western individualists. The administrations of the 1950s and on built up the interstate highways system, and now anti-government dogma is at the point Congress has a hard time approving the funding that keeps it in repair--it's on a short-term agreement at the moment.

By the way, one of the first government pushes Over Here for railroad consolidation came from the US Army during WW II: all the lines with incompatible arrangements made it hard to move men and materials at the scale needed.

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Re: Command economies 'don't work'

The Soviet Union "enjoyed" a couple of situations that made for economic growth, namely devastating wars that left it with the need for a lot of rebuilding. It is true that they had some very good technologists at different times.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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there's a drama in here somewhere

"Waiting for Lyfty". Next stop, Broadway.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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" My understanding is the balance of probability is that the recent 3 deaths were in fact Israeli on Israeli violence."

I have to translate "balance of probability" as "what I'd like to believe.".

The Gaza attack, say what you will of it, was in response to rocketing, not the kidnap/murders.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Unfounded concerns

Well, cars and guns are pretty common in the US, so now and then ATM coercion does happen. I'm not sure the little fob thingies will make a difference.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Re: Use a Brick

Indeed physical approaches to physical security seem to be preferred in my neighborhood. Leave an iPhone in sight on the front seat, be out an iPhone and a window.

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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??

John Kerry ran for president while Edward M. Kennedy was still alive. No, he did not win, no he did not play a bad hand with the best of skill, but he won his party's nomination, something the previous secretary of state has not yet managed.

And in any case, he has the Dibertian managerial qualities of hair, height, and Harvard, right?

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

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Something's wrong here.

Isn't "curing the common cold" the usual absurd comparison to the space program?

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Re: SAP Source Code?

I assume that review of SAP source code will be used a punishment for those who demonstrate against the government, disparage Putin, etc.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Confused "bacon"

Going to California for smoked meats is like going to Florida for the Alpine experience. If you want good smoked meats and sausage, you need to go where the Germans settled: east and central Pennsylvania, maybe the Great Lakes. I admit that the southerners are often very good with ham.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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checkout

There is one drugstore within walking distance of the office that has no self-service checkout. I attribute this to the demanding ways of the White House and World Bank staff, who I imagine to be too self-important to fuss with punching buttons and bagging their own stuff. The drawback seems to be that the gents are all metrosexuals who wouldn't dream of buying shaving soap, but purchase canned cream or gels instead. So it's back to the self-service checkout today.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already

Frankfurt School? It's All About the Benjamins?

Frankly (or frankfurtly) I don't see what in particular the USSR and Maoist China (which had pretty much male & not especially diverse leadership) have to do with this. And when I compare Richard Nixon's domestic agendas with those of any Democratic candidate since about 1976, I'd say that the Socialism cancer is pretty thoroughly in remission.

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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites, punts 'user data' for sale

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Oh, no!

The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page is my go-to source for national security information! Things are in a bad way.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Not really Keatsian

You aren't silent upon your pique on Darien.

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Re: Well, if things don't work out

Or maybe Gnu Caledonia? Free as in free whisky?

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

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Heaven help you

Rock Creek Park is a national park in the middle of Washington, DC. Years ago there was bickering about coverage for cell phones, and think of the emergencies, and what if in a dead spot, etc. The upshot is that persons wander the bike and hiking trails, talking away on their cell phones. It all may have to do with emergencies; if so, they seem very calm.

And presently you will encounter what they already do in the American West: meatheads who get themselves lost, or merely footsore or otherwise fatigued, and call in for a rescue.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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not Latin

But how about "Helium Heads to Greater Heights"? Or is the expression "helium head" only an Americanism?

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Transport

I'm not sure this will ever catch on the way that sending one's Madeira around the cape once did.

And though I applaud the mix of beer and boffinry, it seems to me that the best way to send beer up to 28 thousand meters is in a suitably pressurized craft where the travelers may drink it. Yes, I know that it would be vastly more expensive...

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'Oh my god – Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet me'

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Re: aliens

Sir, I believe you just supplied it.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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thinking of proposing

I'm thinking of proposing that Amazon deliver said royalties by drone.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Wow

I want to see the buses catapulted off. Video preferred, Lego will do.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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It is unequivocal?

It might be undeniable, or attorneys might prefer to believe so.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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there are problems

Amazon can live without any given publisher longer than that publisher can live without Amazon; I know of one that tried not shipping to Amazon for some months after Amazon imposed its terms--"all the traffic will bear", as the railroad guy says in The Octopus. After drastically reduced sales, it had to climb down.

Even assuming that a few big publishers walked, then what? In cities large enough, the bookstores will be there. But this is a very big country, and many people live a long way from a town large enough to support a bookstore.The publishers will still be hurting.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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still

I always supposed that the expression referred to volume, not duration.

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

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Reassuring

""HyperCat has a strong security model; it's the same one the web uses,"

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

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On the Other Hand

"Chicago" was at least no worse a movie. Where will that museum go?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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definition requested

What does "clocked" mean? In the US slang of some years ago, it meant "struck", but that doesn't seem to be your meaning. "Accosted"?

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

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Maverick?

Judging from Wikipedia, McNealy seems to name his sons after automobiles or pickup trucks. I guess it's patriotic of him not to name them after foreign models.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Bravo!

Now can you take all the fans?

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Indeed

Slow uptake does seem to be a problem.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Jumped to the end

On the whole, I'd rather debug PHP written by the Gender Studies tenure committee than listen to coders discuss this.

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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

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Let's step it up

How about "Dork Social" for such as Usenet, Register forums, and so on?

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Sociology

I always had my doubts about sociology, but who can disrespect a discipline that manages to fit "Slut Discourse" into a paper title?

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: They missed one or two things....

There is something of a tradition in professional baseball of taking a bat to the water cooler to work off the frustration of striking out. When the I.o.T water cooler shows up, watch a baseball game or two for the proper technique.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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don't know

Aren't the James Bond films that start off with him strapped into such a device? It always ends badly for the villain, but most of us don't have the muscle or special effects crew to wrestle our way out.

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Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

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yes and no

Craigslist had a lot more to do with the hollowing-out of American journalism than anything Facebook or Google could do. The advertising has gone away, and the advertising paid for the journalism. The twenty-somethings would no sooner take out a classified ad--for a roommate, to sell a used car, etc.--than they would sign up for a land line.

Having said that, no, I suppose that Facebook isn't helping matters. (I don't use it, having once been waved off it by the offspring.)

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Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

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better still

How long before arsonists figure out how to upgrade the firmware?

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Wow

Next you'll tell me that not all Apple employees wear black turtlenecks.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Re: Nothing to do with Windows Support

Right, because we know how secure XP is.

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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hitting the fan

During the early development of the American M-1 tank, it was said that the fancy aiming assistance had locked onto the spinning exhaust fan of a lavatory, and that the main gun had permanently removed the fan, and I guess the room, as a threat. A lot of the bugs have been worked out of the M-1's electronics systems since then, but if you have to engage a lavatory, portable or not, it's probably a good weapon to use.

Airline toilets do inflict ground damage now and then, generally with "blue ice"--leaked liquids that have frozen into a lump at altitude, and which come loose when the airplane descends into warmer air before landing. Years ago, a house near the Denver airport suffered a blue ice impact, which holed a roof and a table.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Re: House numbers

A common US practice is to number outward, 100 per block, from a central point. In Washington, DC, that is the Capitol; in Denver it is (I think) Broadway and Exposition Sts. The applicability of Benford's law depends on how far this is carried. Within Washington, DC, the law does not apply. In Montgomery County, Maryland, which adjoins DC on the north, the numbering system continues, and for the north-south addresses Benford's law kicks in about the Beltway.

The US government has made a big push to convert the old rural route delivery services to a common pattern of the "numbering outward" type, which must be increasing the reach of Benford's law here.

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Quibbles

" Below is some real data collected by Benford himself in 1938 from a copy of Reader’s Digest."

No, below is a bar chart showing we know not what. The digits of numbers found in the text? The digits of the page numbers?

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Limited bit rate?

Indeed. The baby boomers grew up listening to music on transistor radios and crummy AM car radios. (And in oppressively loud concert halls, so that we are probably going deaf faster than any of our parents who didn't serve in the artillery.)

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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

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Hmm

I suggest a challenge for the students of IT: configure a reasonably balanced server on which the hardware will cost more than the Oracle licenses.

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