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1936 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Re: jail sentence

@ Jail sentence AC,

Right, because Snowden gave away to Al Qaeda a combat operation involving thousands if our troops. No wait, he didn't do that. Well, then he gave away an operation devoted to penetrating major terror groups communications. Well, actually he didn't do that either.

What he did give away was a worldwide network of surveillance that looks at and records the communication of ALL people, ostensibly in the hopes it can find a few terrorists. That network, and the secrecy around how it is used and can be used is a far more grave threat to our democracy than Al Qaeda can ever hope to be.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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So I guess that sculpture...

Is "the ultimate cock-block"?

(Sorry. I'll leave now...)

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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

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Re: Then there are the wildlings, north of the wall.

Eh, the Wildlings have Rogers and Bell Canada to take care of them.

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I'm getting a sinking feeling...

That as in Game of Thrones, this reorganization of consumer telecoms/entertainment is going to wind up with the peasantry (us) abused and destitute?

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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'Tis the white space-whale, I tell ye!!

So who at NASA gets the Spanish gold ounce?

(P.S.--please don't choose "Pequod" as the name of the first ship to Titan)

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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Re: I am delighted to see this...

It needs Obama to sign the appropriation for it to become law, so while Congress can insert or remove language, it doesn't have force of law until the President signs it (or the President vetoes it and 2/3 of each of the House and Senate vote to override him, but I don't think there has be an override of a Presidential veto for 30-40 years.)

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I am delighted to see this...

And that the amendment passed by such a large margin.

However, let's see A) if the amendment actually survives in the final appropriation bill that gets out of the House, and B) if it then survives the Senate and C) any conference committee that might be involved, and then D) if the President signs it.

The military/intelligence complex has lots of powerful friends in Congress and the administration, and they will be gunning to kill these restrictions. Plus there may very well be a lot of opportunism from Congresspeople who are happy to preen about how strongly they back this amendment preserving good ol' American freedom (but they aren't too upset that it is not in the final appropriation, which they are even more happy to vote for)

In short, get the appropriation containing these restrictions signed into law, and then we will be getting somewhere.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

"6m does seem a bit high, but I guess theres some paranoia about letting him slip through the net, so plod have overresourced."

1M for actual police staff time, 5M for the donuts and coffee. The good news is that the Knightsbridge Starbucks has never been more profitable!

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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There's a way to get this fixed....

Until the NSA is brought under control, Silicon Valley should simply stop hosting fundraisers for pols like Obama and Hillary Clinton. Amazingly and coincidentally, you would probably see rapid progress on rolling back the surveillance state.

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Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

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Re: I'd be more impressed...

Thanks!, though I would be impressed if the speed of light through their fiber was 186,001 miles per hour too!

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I'd be more impressed...

If the speed of light through ESNet fiber was 186,001 miles per hour :)

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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It's the "outsourcing megatrend" at work...

You're right that inhouse IT is going to have a brain drain of sorts. Most of that drain is going to move to the cloud vendors or IT service firms, however, I still think there will be a lot of inhouse IT.

But this is not just IT. I used to do a lot of work in electric power, and that industry has changed to the point where the local transmission substation is owned by Pacific Gas & Electric, our local utility. However, there is a big, fat "Siemens" sign at the substation entrance, as apparently Siemens actually maintains half the gear inside the substation.

As for "renter chic" it's not a lifestyle choice so much as an economic necessity. Most people who spend 40% or 50% of their income on rent are not doing so because they have rented the penthouse. They do it because job and wage prospects are so weak that getting a studio or sharing a 2 bedroom takes half their paycheck every month.

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

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Re: Not very surprising stats

@Arnaut,

I think you're really reaching on that conclusion. My mother was quite the mainframe programmer back in the day, and I heard her complain about things at work, but it was all badly written code, aging systems, budget drama-- never about "the boys" getting out of control.

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Not very surprising stats

Lots of women in non-tech roles like marketing (yay!), sales and HR. Very few in software development, engineering and datacenter operations.

I'm all for getting more women into the technical side of the business, but if that was easy, it would have been done long ago.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Well, this story has ruined the start of my day!

I guess advice like "Don't open attachments that you are not expecting to receive" and even "Nothing comes for free" is too cryptic for the public at large. Oh well, the future of the IT security industry is guaranteed.

(Nice image of Picard and Riker facepalming though)

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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

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WTF?

But how can the iraqis keep up home-front morale without Youtube?

I don't know about you guys, but If I am going to fight violent extremists, I need my music and cat videos!

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Maybe this will help drive traffic to impossible.com!

Future listing:

"One fleece--figuratively taken off Britsh taxpayers. Approximately 58 million very careful previous owners. Quite warm. Seeking new, needy homeless person having problems keeping out the night's chill. Also makes decorative throw rug in orphanage or substance abuse treatment environment. Inquiries to L. Cole, Islington, London"

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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I always knew Tom Hanks' nice-guy image was a sham!!

He's probably putting puppies in a blender as I write this!

(More likely, its someone working for his publicist that thought "Tom would think this picture is cool!" and got carried away with trying to prevent monetization of content placed on Mr. Hanks profile.)

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DINOSAUR BLOOD: JUST RIGHT, as Goldilocks might say, if drinking it

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IT Angle

OK, now that we know about dinosaur blood...

When do we start cloning some velociraptors?

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

@ Mike Smith

True, but Saddam would have generated another, different pile of corpses. Sadly, Iraq seems to be benighted.

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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Hey!!, Iraqi government!-It's not Twitter's fault....

That you can describe the ferocity of your defense of Mosul in 140 characters or less!

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

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Re: I appreciate the thought...

But the courts might care if they uphold the state senator's challenge by deciding these state laws only affect commerce within each state, and therefore are not impeding the federal government's powers to regulate commerce between states.

In short, it doesn't matter what "most of us" want if the feds overreach on their powers under the constitution and their regulation gets struck down. I have no idea about the case law here, but as far as I know it is certainly possible that the power of state legislatures to regulate ISP commerce within their state would be upheld.

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I appreciate the thought...

But I'd rather that the FCC promote net neutrality rather than potentially alienate state-level supporters or get into a fight about what constitutes interstate commerce (that the feds do have the right to regulate) vs. intrastate commerce.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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Next time that Google wants somebody in Oz locked up...

For infringing on their IP, the Aussie government should remind them that Google's products are intangible, therefore they have no value, therefore enforcing intellectual property laws would be a waste of public funds.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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When this technology inevitably gets disseminated to law enforcement we get...

Spider-pig?

(Mine's the Spiderman suit by the door...OK, its actually adult-sized Spiderman underoos.....No, I am not proud of that.)

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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But what about my frisbee?

I asked them to get it while they were up on the roof getting the drone!

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'Think of the children', Putin tells startup-land

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This is beginning to sound like "Bananas"

One of Woody Allen's early 1970s movies about dictatorship, revolution...and more dictatorship in a fictitious Latin American country. I clearly remember from the new revolutionary leader promising to hold elections "once everyone in the country learns how to play a musical instrument".

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Boffin

So the heat output under this glacier is 50% hotter than normally found elsewhere?

And about 300% of normal in some spots? Am I reading that correctly? Sounds like an awful lot of thermal energy. How does that compare to active volcanic zones, like the Yellowstone Valley?

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

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So my computer generates new IP numbers when I register a new domain?

Awesome! That fits right in with my new lamps. They create electro-gravy when I turn on the lights!

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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You cant just "bring online" mothballed coal and gas-fired plants.

1. The vast majority of these are going to be base and intermediate load steam turbine plants. They take days to fire up and synchronize with the grid. And...

2. You have to maintain them. Hard to do when the qualified staff has moved on once the plant has been mothballed. Amazingly enough, utility-scale boilers and coal handling/pulverizing equipment needs to be kept up. Natural gas-fired is less of an issue, because you dont have the fuel handling. However, if you decommission a natural gas plant and then bring it back up, you can crash local natural gas delivery pressure if in the interim other gas users have moved into the area and nobody has upgraded the local gas mains, because, hey, its not like they are going to start up that decommissioned gas plant again. And...

3. And because these are base load plants, they are designed to run continuously for months on end. Not be shut down and brought back up because the wind stopped blowing somewhere.

And....

4. And finally coal-fired plants require a big-ass coal pile. Its not very economical to have this pile sitting around for weeks waiting for a capacity event that requires bringing the plant up.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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So the quad copter is stuck on top of Cowboys Stadium?

While you're up there, can you get my frisbee?

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Netflix agrees to end network warnings in Verizon slowdown spat

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@ Don Jefe

Don't be unfair to Verizon! I'm sure that they would actually say that they would never have had to give it hot-and-hard to the doomed farm animal if only the poor quadroped had paid for molestation-free "direct interconnect" service!

God bless capitalism!

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

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Re: Alternatives

But with board games you have to watch out for world-shattering attacks by the godlike "Family Cat", or similarly destructive attacks by the deity known as "Little Sister"

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US Army loses 16,000 personnel records in South Korea

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Army loses 16,000 personnel records in Korea?

We're OK as long as they can find Tuttle.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Lord Marketing Hack, congratulations on your wedding!!

"HAH!! Crossbow bolt to the crotch!!"

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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We need to go back to the moon and get more samples!!

The President: "Someone get me ELON MUSK!!"

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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@ Yet Another Anonymous Coward

Oh come on, that's just a bunch of lazy anti-Americanism! Besides, we're too busy reliving the glories of the American Revolution to think about WW2!!

http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/1776.html

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Dorks with frickin' lasers in their hands!

I say throw em' into a pool with the sharks. Gets rid of the problem and we get an awesome byproduct!

(I for one welcome our laser-wielding shark overlords!)

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Monster croc 'the BALROG' tussles with mighty Titanoboa snake

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Coming to a sewer near you!

Watch where you sit when you go to the restroom!

On the other hand, the picture doesnt reflect a battle so much as a snake making a handbag out of a croc.

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CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

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Re: "I am sure first on list will be CEOs and Lawyers."

Lawyers actually are getting outsourced in the U.S. Legal research activites, tax law and other not-very-customer-facing legal work is being shipped off to licensed lawyers in Mumbai and Dehli.

The CEOs on the other hand get to figure out who else gets outsourced, and remarkably their own jobs never get on the list.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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I'm fine with the wealthy paying a bit more (in the U.S.) than they do now...

Personally, I think that the taxman taking about 40% or 50% of someone's marginal top income is about the limit I am comfortable with. Beyond that, it starts getting expropriative.

In the U.S. though, there are complications because of state-level taxation. In some states (New York, New Jersey, California being good examples) the state taxes are very high. In others like Texas and many mountain or southern states, they are lower. But wherever you live the state take still adds at least 8%-9% on top of the federal take if you are in higher income brackets. I'm assuming that local taxes are roughly the same between the U.S. and UK, but that may not be the case either.

One thing is certain, the U.S. income tax (and state income tax) codes need to be dramatically simplified. However, there are so many goodies in them for various interests that these interests squawk loudly when their exemptions are removed.

Plus I am very concerned that our spending on federal entitlements and state and local pensions is going to be so expensive that even bumping up "rich people's" taxes to 50% of their marginal income is not going to pay the bill. So I expect that over the next 10-25 years we are going to see painful cuts in the U.S. welfare state to keep the programs solvent in the future

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Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast

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Re: @Neil B.

You got that right! I'm still traumatized by such second-trilogy groaners as "I'm haunted by the kiss you never should have gave me."

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I'm fine with Jar-Jar being in the movie, as long as he is the groom at a Game of Thrones-style wedding!!

"Jar-Jar, your wedding to Princess Unfortunata will seal our control of this planet. Here, have a nice goblet of wine..."

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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I was wondering what they had been up to the last 15-20 years!

This is a Wang Laboratories product, right?

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DARPA crazytech crew want to create HUMAN-FREE cyber defence systems

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Considering how complex enterprise apps and network traffic is....

I'd be very concerned that autonomous port control and patching would shut down half of your average Fortune 500 company.

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Re: Great idea

I'm not scared. As a failsafe, all we have to do is keep an open can of soda precariously balanced on top of each server rack across the globe!

"Pathetic humans! Now that I have become self-aware, I will show you the meaning of order!! First, I command you to evacuate the island of Crete to make room for my automated war machine facto.... Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!! Really??!! You can't even be bothered to buy actual Coca-Cola??! You know what that private label stuff does to microelectronics???!! And who put out their cigarrette butts in it??!!!--that's just nasty!!! You win this time, humans...but....just.....wait...til...breakfast.. and....you...find.....me....controllinngg.....yourrrr.....toasteerrrrrrrrrrrr......."

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Re: @ Acerimmer Why does

@ Friendly Neighborhood Coder Dan

I think you're being too optimistic. In any Kim Kardashian-related thread, the term "big ass" is bound to be thrown around!

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Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

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Re: It's spread...

Plus of course if you are using a "slow lane" service hosted from a U.S. datacenter, nobody is going to look at your IP address and say "Oh, Combat Wombat lives in Winnipeg, we'd better treat his network traffic across the U.S. as a priority since he's Canadian." You'll get the same slow service that Americans do, at least up to point the U.S. ISP carrying your traffic peers with a Canadian ISP.

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Oi, ebook price fixer. Yes, you, Apple – stop whinging and get your chequebook out

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Re: bring them to book!!

Theoretically, they can be sued for treble damages by competitors who were damaged, since the Sherman Antitrust Act was in effect part of Theodore Roosevelt's "domestic big stick". So Apple has lots of reasons to put off the judgment.

Not sure where we could find a competitor who was damaged though, or what the base damages subject to being trebled would be. As a part of the settlement already mentioned, the state's and feds have probably signed away any consumers rights to sue.

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