1761 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009
Re: Looking for Planet X?
That's why we can't find Planet X, because Daffy and Marvin blew it up back in the 1950s!!
Well, I'm glad there doesn't seem to be a Nemisis star...
Since from what I understand, Earth was due for another Nemisis-induced mass extinction in a few million years. I'd think that a smaller planet would also be a risk of upsetting the potential comments of the Oort cloud though.
Imagining Canadian porn...
Oh, you caught me just out of the shower! Well, my husband's not home, let's get to it, eh??
Re: Closed captions?
And does a French maid count at all towards meeting this quota??
Re: What about...
Well, someone has to keep the truckers company...
el Reg demonstrates WHY there are so few women in tech!
Obviously, the woman in the picture is celebrating her ground-breaking invention of the Tesla effect-powered monitor! What's a girl gotta do to get some credit 'round here??
She doesn't seem to have a Watson to "come here" in her moment of discovery, but no doubt she is yelling "Siri!!--NEAREST WINE BAR!!". Sadly, Siri isn't answering, because all that induced current has fried every mobile phone for 100 yards in all directions. Come to think of it, that probably explains what happened to Watson, who got a pacemaker last year...
Makes no sense as a Google Glass/advanced tech showroom
Why would they move it to Stockton if it were? Stockton isn't the end of the Earth, but its going to be hard to get lots of tech consumers to drive out there for a demonstration. Likewise makes no sense as an exec retreat for Google execs, who are now 80 miles away.
I'm voting for secret multi-media indoctrination center! Imagine being strapped into a chair "Clockwork Orange" style, while Larry Page voiceover keeps repeating "Google Glass is chic and stylish! Google+ is your friend!!"
Re: Oooh, for a second, I thought this was going to be another Lewis article!
The last guy paid me with Bitcoin, but now it seems to be missing...
Oooh, for a second, I thought this was going to be another Lewis article!
I've got the popcorn going anyway--extra butter. Who wants some??!
Someone check Bruce Willis' alibi!!
The guy gets away with it once, and now he thinks he has the right to push around every space-rock that comes along...
Its probably Tyler Durden's army of "space monkeys" behind the whole thing!
And in more Bitcoin-related oddity the 28 year-old CEO of a Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange was found dead last week. Cause of death is suspected suicide.
It's like a French version of "Tremors"!
I guess in this one, Val and Earl run a small coffee shop, where they spend a lot of time morosely discussing the pointlessness of existence.
The complaints about Bitcoin as the currency of choice for crooks are overwrought...
You can probably still get a lot more mileage out of a briefcase full of any major paper currency than even a fairly fat Bitcoin wallet. I have definite problems with Bitcoin, but they are around the security of the currency and it's holders investment, rather than who is using Bitcoins for what...
What I want to know is....
Who hacked these computers for the CIA? Was it some other alphabet agency? (I'm looking at you, Fort Meade!) Was this too hot for even the NSA, and was help surreptitiously received from the GCHQ or one of the other Five Eyes??
Classic bureaucratic thinking...
Before long, anyone outside the organization itself is viewed as an opponent of the organization...
"the chance of an Earth impact are one-in-ten-million."
But one-in-ten-million chances occur 9 times out of 10!!
Re: I believe that a well-implemented cybercurrency would be a good thing...
Well, Flexcoin is going out of business, so I assume they are bankrupt and the $610 k stolen was enough to wipe out the company's capital and render it financially insolvent. So between the poor security, lack of bank-style capital reserves and no deposit insurance, Flexcoin really was like a 19th century bank.
I believe that a well-implemented cybercurrency would be a good thing...
But this ain't it! How many more of these until there is a run on Bitcoin banks? Obviously the security of these Bitcoin banks has not been validated, but at least we now get a glimpse of what life was like in the Wild West.
I hereby uncharitably dub the venture "Shitcoin".
"Yet all raise the same fundamental questions about how we sustain both liberty and security..."
"So we've decided to ditch the liberty part. Vote Labour!! After all, we'll know how you filled your ballot out!!"
As a Bay Area resident, I am profoundly glad that statue was a hoax....
Its ten miles of bad road ugly, and the placement and orientation of the "1" would have inevitably ended with some poor local fraternity/sorority pledge having to felate the statue as a rush week prank.
The supreme irony would be...
If it came out in court that this case was built on NSA intercepts of Sprint exec's phones.
Take that, NSA flunkies!!
Well, it's true that a cab would be a horrible environment for secure POS...
Lots of well-off businesspeople swiping credit and debit cards, lots of partiers doing the same, and any crook can get into the back of the cab, and can probably fiddle with the POS terminal under the guise of "Just a sec. I'm having trouble getting this thing to take my card."
Plus cab companies are well-known for being pretty cheap, and that includes IT security.
Don't be so hard on Bill Gates
I'm not fully onboard with various biz decisions he's made, but I have to credit him for doing more with his wealth than most billionaires do. (Even if that means he has to heat his home by burning Mac OS documentation, instead of bundles of $100 bills)
I suppose the Aussie transport safety board forgot...
That books, purses, suitcases, magazines, pencils, etc. can all be made into projectiles during severe turbulence. In fact, I'm willing to bet that in the history of commercial air travel some poor guy got poked in the eye by a turbulence-propelled peanut!
Re: I blame Apple
This would never have happened to an Apple fanboi. Or if an iPad did slap him in the face he would have at least said "Please sir, may I have another!".
I wonder if I could win by sending in a few Cisco product sheets...
"Link all this together, and voila!! Now where's my money??"
Almost enough to make me want to go to RSA
If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide. And since nothing can be hidden from the NSA, we must all be perfect!!
That's a very cool looking design...
But it looks like something from outer space that would invade Earth's oceans. I guess we need to call Rhianna and Liam Neeson to settle it's hash. (Yes, I watched "Battleship", but I swear that it was only on cable!)
Re: Shurely Shome Mishtake? (Moonraker)
Though as I recall, Drax did have the requisite weakness for gray nehru jackets, he was missing the all-important white persian feline accessory.
(No James Bond icon, so I have to go with unflappable British fearless-foe-of-evildoers from a previous era.)
I have no idea how you make a movie out of Minecraft
But then again, I was pretty surprised when the Pirates of the Caribbean movies started out so well.
Re: To my American friends.....
This is way over the top. Do terrorists and criminals really video-chat a lot? I'd think that would be a pretty bad idea, unless you were essentially using the video feed as confirmation that yes, you are speaking to me because you recognize me. Even then, I'd think that using some tradecraft code like "Abdul's falafel is cold today"/"Yes, my heart weeps at the thought" would be safer than spreading your picture on the internet so you can be ID'd more easily.
Otherwise, this seems creepy and excessive, especially since it seems that GCHQ can't tell what country the pictures are coming from, so they can be storing images of Brits, Americans, whoever.
"....it appears to be sometimes used for broadcasting pornography."
Oh Jeez. Here come the rationalizations about "We're doing it to stop evil pedos!"
Re: If IBM was smart...
Or Sherlock, which hopefully be a better match for Watson's machine intelligence!
I'm ok with this actually
First, I don't want potential evidence destroyed, especially if it can be used against the government
Second, this will only increase the political pressure to end this program
Third, it increases the resouce drain associated with this program
Re: Why all the fear?
I'm "getting my panties in a twist" because:
1) I'm a law abiding, tax-paying citizen of the U.S., but I have no idea if I might be getting surveilled because of my publicly stated beliefs that governments shouldn't be gathering communications data on law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.
2) Am I getting surveilled by other governments because I work in the economically and strategically vital tech sector and I handle confidential corporate customer, bid/contract and product data? Who knows?!!
3) If the U.S. government were to announce today that they've stopped gathering data on law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, could they be believed? Did they just outsource the surveillance to GCHQ or someone else?
4) And quite frankly, your contention that the government only ever grabs the guilty is niave. Trust me, they have few compunctions about leaning on someone they are pretty sure they can't convict to get to those they view as higher priority targets. They lean on the innocent to keep them from doing things that might be counter to government policy, but not illegal. They lean on the innocent to make a political point about how tough they are being from a regulatory or law-enforcement perspective.
5) And all these programs are highly classified, and can be very untargeted. The Guardian today just released a story about the GCHQ intercepting pictures from Yahoo! chats, but apparently the GCHQ can't separate these feeds by country of origin, and some of the pictures and video are sexually explicit. So technically, your daughter could be sexting her boyfriend or husband, and it could end up at GCHQ. And if the GCHQ can't separate these even by country, how can they claim that this program is looking for terrorists, hostile spies or organized crime?
Well, its a very balanced, measured story, which is good...
But that doesn't keep me from being depressed by the amount of control-freakery that various governments are involved in.
"Natural pine aerosols could prevent climate change"
So it might be doubly effective to go overboard on the pine-scented air freshener at home??? (And it will probably finish off any flying insects in your home as well!!)
That's one ugly sculpture!!
Maybe it's really supposed to be fanboi's head on a spike??
Re: I for one am sure!
"The Yellow Submarine"--perhaps a post-apocalyptic environmental anthem about how to escape global warming and sea level rise??
John, Paul, George and Ringo really were WAY ahead of their time!!
I for one am sure!
That any increase in cyclonic storms is due to the amount of hot air being generated by both sides in the AGW debate!!
Either a welcome change in focus, or sleight-of-hand to distract us from the FBIs NSA relationship
I'm afraid to find out which...
Well, Bitcoin is not ready for prime time...
There's no upside to this story for Bitcoin.
At least we found out it was a theft, and not someone doing a social attack/libel against Mt. Gox. A social attack that allowed someone to manipulate the currency by defaming Mt. Gox would have been even more destructive.
Re: Epic Fail
Considering the theft happened over years, those bitcoins have probably changed hands since they were first stolen.
Re: This is a disgrace.
See! you should have done what I did and put your savings into International Buggie Whip stock!
Ahhhhh, Easy Street at last!!!
Re: dum di-di dum dum
I think you just won the internet, at least as far as this subject goes.
The LOHAN team could be on to something here!
If nothing else, it makes a useful de-greaser!
Sad to say that I know a couple people who are worried about the plume...
People who are otherwise pretty reasonable.... I myself would be concerned about living near Fukushima, but the chances of even a worst-case meltdown genuinely impacting the West Coast is probably infinitesimal. The Pacific Ocean is pretty damn big and dilutes things pretty quckly.
Re: I wonder how well this service is going to work with data roaming
Yes, but I don't necessarily want to be tied to a WiFi hotspot. If WhatsApp had something that could work without a hotspot on a roaming basis, that could be compelling.
"Punch & Judy"?
So many other Britishisms would have worked!:
"Beans & Toast"
"Will & Kate"
"Scotch & Water"
"Wallace & Gromit"
"Charles & Di" (perhaps an unlucky name there)
I rather think that MS is right and they haven't inserted a back door in their code
But that doesn't mean I am SURE of that, or that they haven't been backdoored without their knowledge by some number of national SigInt agencies....
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