* Posts by Denarius

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: About friggin' time.

oh I dunno Dan. Most hardware and software these days is far duller than the old old stuff. I mean, the last 3 iterations of M$ apps and OS have provoked scorn or loathing. Yet Win95 was exciting for those who led sheltered lives. Now its all dull, linux included. Nothing like the first time I fired up a real multu-user, multitasking OS on my PC at home.

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Re: Not worth going then...to an A-Sexual event.

@MyBackDoor. So right. IT is getting duller every year. Never go to the shows either, but ElReg had a few pleasing snaps to give an eyeful. Now the unforeseen consequences. I mean, those out of work hungry models, they will get even more ghastly skinny. Odd how the age of Victorian prudery is back but not from the conservative types this time.

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Australia: even more empty than you imagine

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Re: Bumper Sticker?

<rant> Top end lush ? B**it except during Wet. 3 months of year if a good season. It has been known to skip for years, long before climate change became a routine incantation for a non-standard year. FNQld is as bad as Kimberly or worse from the erosion from the Carpentaria impact 500 years ago. Most of North Oz is hot, dry and has limited dry season water. Not much in way of hills to provide valleys to dam either. May be the Victoria River canyon on the road to Timber Creek, but that is magic dirt country so it cant be touched. Lived all around up there for decades, been there, done that.

As for rest of Oz, verdancy varies dramatically from month to month and bushfire. General rule is when it is green up top, its hot, dry, dusty and damned unpleasant in the south while the various central parts take turns in being drought struck for decades. Vice versa 6 months later with years when the lot is dry. About every 30 years or so we get enough rain to drop the worlds oceans measurably. eg 2011.

I strongly doubt everyone _wants_ to live in the high density hellholes of Sydney and Melbourne, but as the greens are now a front for CBD owners and speculators it wont change quickly. Those dubious sources partly fund the political arms of the local oligarchy, who create energy inefficient high density cities to feed the greenie dream/nightmare of a highly urbanised rabble as a terrified client base while providing rent seeking super profits (in all senses of the words) to the oligarchs. </rant>

So yes Oz is empty and more friendly to camels than humans. That's why it is a major carbon sink, not that the green client base want to know.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: At the size of a human hair...

cant resist: And mumbling "Fangs for the memories"

Will TopGear also get their teeth in this ? My coats the one with the shellfish smell

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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the ultimate

in nominative determinism ? Perhaps he should be a physicist ? Mines the one with Rogets in the pocket

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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

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of course

lovers of lousy alliterative headlines are legion on ElReg

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Guantánamo Diary, Lurid & Cute and The Door

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no hope

Book No1 might be a read, the other two sound like pulpers. Has the art of literature degraded to the point where nothing is what it is ? get thee to a taxidermist, symbolism lovers.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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Ah yes, aerobatics

Tigers are lovely for that. Slow and genteel compared to a Chipmunk or modern glider. Nowhere near the G loads in loops and very sedate going vertical to level. Only had the one flight but did enjoy it. Nice write up Sylvia

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Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office has NO PLAN, but awesome power

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what else would you expect ?

This "administration" has just suggested handing over core functions like the tax office to the firms that helped the GFC to be effective in financial destruction. Since government is to be an empty shell, except for the pollies super fund administration, why not have shell departments because there will be no physical government bodies left to have a digital agenda.

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HP reveals which execs have a chair once the splitting music stops

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Nominative determanism again ?

Bob Mao in China ?

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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And I thought

White House was already full of drones...

My coats the one with "Bee Keeping for politicians" in the pocket

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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bootnote blessings

A beer for the Editor. Very neat appropriation of Tims back of envelope valuations to argue the value of ElReg

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

@frobnicate

More the other way round. Parliaments were used by nobles to limit the absolute monarch. Parliaments more often existed by custom or culture. Not that kings did not wind up using the parliaments to control nobles. Our current political problems in the West are that parliaments are now funded by oligarchies and fed mis-information by spooks

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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Properly tested

on a known psychopath ?

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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About disappearing Hadean ?

so the earliest zircons showing early Earth was cool and wet don't count in this speculation ?

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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

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So cameras for sefie in HD ?

Back to film now Polaroid packs are available

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For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

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A really bad week ?

My commiserations on what must have been a truly awful week. Being a lowly tech in the trenches means the PHB and sales weasel class rarely go near us, sparing the IT staff the ungentle shower of lies and misrepresentation. Well done on a classy rant.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: the above problems point to one root cause

@Richard; last para is exactly the point of what Old Canberra town centers were, a few office blocks surrounded by housing suburbs. The office blocks also have a mall and a selection of cafes and baristas so basic daily needs are met. No high density concrete canyons, no need for incredible electricity, water and sewer capacity as required for the Stalinist concrete high density future slums that greenies love.

People tended to buy houses near where they worked so over time, whole suburbs tended to have maybe 3 significant employers co-located. Simplified bus route planning even.

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the above problems point to one root cause

in this time of mostly decent comms and sometimes tolerable cargo transport, why do CBDs exist ? Why are not all high density clerk stacking sites (aka offices) not outside residential areas instead of in center of them ? Old Canberra used to have this idea until the developer funded pollies took over. One could sanely cycle or walk to work. Even buses were not a bad idea. Maybe smaller Google buses might help as they would be mostly direct. None of these affect me as I live miles from any urbanisation so I'll keep my horse scaring internal combustion engine things.

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Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

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well done sir !

ever thought of consulting for Tony Budgie Smuggler ? You would wow him and Brandflakes. Even the USSA should consider your services

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Australia's IT industries were repeatedly humiliated in 2014

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Re: Attorney General George Brandis, etc

this government are not dangerous as such. Glove puppets are not a threat but tools of the delusional minds of those who fund them. The glove puppet contempt for citizens and ISPs shows with the Xmas Eve release of cost estimate requirements for mandatory snooping records. This from a government with a so called debt crisis that has reneged on a promise to chase corporate tax avoiders but instead cuts funding for the lowest end of town. Clearly the decisions are not being made by parliament.

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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

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so long as its

merely extend, not embrace. One would not want a SCO vs the universe legal show to start in about 5 years as to who owns what in source code trees. If genuine it may keep Microsoft very relevant to software for a long time. That would be tectonic as it looked until recently it was joining IBM in decline IMHO.

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Australia's future tech news headlines ... for 2016!

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One hopes that Cloud first is not the security disaster of the year

What's the betting some-one unknowledgeable, therefore an expert, will insist data of value to identity thieves will go into a cloud solution for a big department to save 20c. Since access will be hard for the experts, there will be little security, thus enabling most of the country to be Pawned. This will be used as the excuse for more ineffective holding of irrelevant emails and conversations in the unholy name of security. I can think of a prime candidate with a shiny new headkicker minister but since this is a police state I cant say which in case an arbitrary set of rulez is borken.

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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Re: What kind of drone was it?

so drone hit by native Oz creature. Yup, clearly a major political party drone. My coats the one with mud splashes around pockets

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Microsoft patch mashes Office forms and macros

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That picture

shouldn't it be on a Sony article ?

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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it is a start

for once, good move Microsoft. What took so long ? You were faster to claim linux fees, Oh wait

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Woz moves to Oz

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Re: Ah Tassie...

Happy to leave. No work, foul damp climate inbetween droughts on east coast, sacred swamps and dull scrub soaked in drizzle and rain on west coast. Full of old crap cramped buildings. At least Hobart still looks like Hobart, not another dreary glass box clone of every city elsewhere. Only place in Oz where one gets claustrophobia, in the open. Narrowness of valleys only matched by narrowness of minds. Booze and food better on mainland if one is not into whiskey. Bass Strait Islands excepted. Ah, cheeses made with good milk and care. I suppose Woz will join the hordes of economically displaced Sydneysiders looking for a place you can afford to live without being a banking or real estate thug or drug lord.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

dunno Harmony. Liquid hydrocarbons have a safe well established infrastructure in place, established stuffup/failure procedures and fixups. Hydrogen has to start from scratch and is hard to handle and transport in bulk. Liquid H2 is not nice to have around a hot environment, like Earth.

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Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags

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Well done headline

Good to see history remembered and punned on. Even better choice of image.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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this could be good to watch

deckchair and popcorn please !

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Does that incude the materialist religions ?

@Trev : just asking ?

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Huge ?

Nick, sources please. Crusades: run by the traders and money men (bankers) for the traders and bankers except for one. Inquisition: Depends on estimates. 25000 to 50,000. 50% of all accused were set free. Of those found guilty, penaties were light. They were harsh times. Secularcourts were worse. The Spanish Inquisition was also a case of an indebted king wasting those he owed money to.

Holocaust ? WTF ? Couple of your intellectual company behind that. No names because one is a secular saint despite his rampant racism, obvious in his book and the other would invoke Godwins Law, the response of the intellectually dishonest all too often. And no, I distrust the mad old men in Rome

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Re: How is the Bible still legal in Blighty

@Nick. What were you reading ? Sampson suicided to kill his mutilators. Story told as history, not example. Stories addressed to a group of disparate tribes 1700 or so years ago stumbling toward becoming a nation. So you want to abolish all history books then in case some-one gets naughty ideas ? As for the imprecatory psalms, all one can ask if you ever lose it yourself ? Some of those old songs are just that, people having a rant. After your wife and daughters have been raped and sons killed one might feel a bit annoyed. Those psalms are a bit like ElReg at times, except for some reason, too many critics seem to think early Iron Age stories are meant as doctrine. BTW, what people did Elijah bring genocide on ? The book I read indicated it was a small group of Israelites with a penchant for $deities with a taste for killing babies as well as risking animal to human disease transmission.

As for later posters ranting about religion, I point out the most enthusiastic killers have been variations of scientific atheism. Last century mostly, unlike stories from a less warlike time 2700 years ago. But I agree, banning the Bible would be useful. For one, it wont affect the professional religious who in in the West are mostly atheists insisting it is all lies any way, and once banned, people might even read it, not about it, thus getting it wrong. Or are you suggesting that any supernaturalism _only_ should be banned. Hmm, some religions have followers who might actually do something about that.

Finally I cynically point out that as practising christians are 2% or less, it may be other groups that complained. Feminists for instance, not usually noted for their devotion to old holy books. Assorted "Think of the Children" groups. Singling out a very small powerless minority suggests that catch all word vilification. Oh wait, that only applies to non-christians.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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I like that phrase

"portable idiot lanterns" is new to me. Very apt without the Debian. Synonym for fondleslab. Something for next years Oxford English ?

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Re: I'm sure their real customers are keen to sling ads at kids

why not, junk food vendors do

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Re: Silicon Snake Oil

are you suggesting experts in education can read ? Shame on you for such a 19th century attitude !

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Wonderful, just great

some-one else shares my loathing of Xmas and its tedious, irritating cultural relics. Well done Simon. Most enjoyable, especially "truffle wombles". What is the origin of that pejorative ? I think I have met a few. Enough truffles grown locally, rhapsodised about by wannabe food critics/snobs.

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Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

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Phone makers too ?

Colour me unsurprised. Aren't we all product or suspected crims now, instead of customers and citizens ?

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Oh I dunno

Had fun with a recent insurance survey on my experience with their latest cold call, which was dropped on me despite being on Do Not Call register. When I responded "no" to the obligatory "Tell the staff if you do not want this called recorded" question sales droid hung up. Apparently the script says drop call. It will make no difference, but it was fun to tell them their cold call script writers logic needs work, aside from their history of not paying claims. Except for the occasional opportunity for messing with sales weasels heads, agree surveys are a waste of time, especially political party/pressure group ones.

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Odd

After 15 years of being told we techs were a high expense, had too expensive conditions, wanted costly training to do work with new kit and software etc it became easy to think IT techs were unwanted while the number of managers, release managers, change control and finance refusers continued to grow. So suddenly there is a place for local staff that actually do IT? No wonder I discourage kids from IT. The bulldust causes breathing difficulties. While the managerial classes continue to think of themselves as minor deities and depreciate technical skills it will only get worse in the IT coalface.

A digression: The way admin timewasting rules are invented to micromanage staff suggests to me the PHB group don't have enough to do and feel inadequate. So Northcote Parkinsons famous dictum comes into play. "Work expands to fill time available"

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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I hope this does not mean

more bot army C&C domains appearing quickly. More spam sources likewise. Have I missed other appropriate fears ? Or, are deckchairs and popcorn appropriate if one is in cloud and hosting businesses ?

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Serious question here

Lomax, please read post before fuming. I did not compare you assorted mass murderers. I compared your manner to that of half educated self-righteous juniors who were their own worst enemy. BTW, shouldn't you use troll icon more ? Enough, I tire of this, there is real work to do sinking carbon into soil which is probably more than you will ever do until buried. Sylviculture for those who have completed high school. On second thoughts, you will be probably chose to be cremated, thus demonstrating you don't believe your own doctrine either.

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conspiracy ?

never ascribe to conspiracy something that is more easily explained by stupidity as some wit put it. So how do you explain the dissident climate scientists like Hansens ex-boss who dare to doubt ? BTW, appeals to authority are also remind me of an Einstein response over the dozens of prewar German scientists who disbelieved general relativity (officially). "It only needed one to be right"

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Re: Science, bitches?

Lomax, Lomax, yep, beg the question and ad-hominem attack. We are so convinced now. Your own knowledge was delightfully shown by your alleged examples. One of which proved my point. An exercise for the reader to figure out which. :-) Oh, I also note that unsupportable claims are made, such as medieval warm period being only European local or more laughably, it did not exist. So climate science has little to do with meteorology ? That explains why one may be useful and the other is great for travel junkies in academia. As said before, history is not science. A discipline, yes. You can't rerun historical events with controlled changes. And so it is with historical weather. There may be explanations, one or two of which might be right. It still ain't science. BTW, the academics fixated on Aristotle wanted to suppress heliocentric model, even though it goes back to ancient Greeks. Church management only got involved as the two were closely linked at time while Galileo was good at alienating friends. Nothing has changed, science advances one funeral at a time.

Your hysterical dislike of common humanity is illuminating. Ever sought counselling for self-loathing? Finally, if you had done _any_ actual reading instead of inhaling cultural myths, you would have noticed that the Biblical Flood taught humans nothing. Once changes start costing money, human rational self interest will respond. It's the lack of rational self-interest in warmist claims and goals that encourages my disbelief. As I told my kids years ago, don't emote, I can't hear you. Persuade me.

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Re: Science, bitches?

the cool courageous AC. Maybe you should RTFA again. Thicker ice than assumed in models. Right ? An admission of insufficient data. All good and fairly written up. Given that a plausible explanation of the counter-intuitive increasing sea ice while Antarctic ice cap appears to be melting has been made, this article reports something that might, just might, reduce uncertainties in modelling, which is needed.

The validity of what is jokingly called climate science is still open to ridicule until it makes predictions that match reality over a decent time interval, say, 1500 years. This time frame is chosen because it seems to be the medium term climate variability in last 4000 years. Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods with cold spells in between. Given that Viking farms in Greenland are still mostly under ice we could have more warming to go through, even if the Russian meteorologists are right and the next cooling phase is near.

As for CO2 emission panic, I do not believe it for a simple reason. Greenies clearly don't believe their propaganda either. Nearly all their nostrums increase CO2 releases and don't help energy production much, if at all. Greenism has increased CO2 emissions, such as Germany burning more brown coal in old plants because their CO2 free nuclear plants terrify them, instead of the coal fumes. Same for Japan with its LPG imports. The CO2 reducing poster child, China, is investing in thorium and other advanced nuclear but this gets little press. If the warmists were serious, all conferences would be by video link, not expensive air trips to luxury resorts, old coal plants would be scrapped and twice as efficient new supercritical coal or gas plants built while some way of making cheap liquid transport fuels was worked out or decent batteries that can charge in 5 minutes or less and drive a 30 tonne truck for 500 km.

Mines the coat with the heat resisting hood and scorch marks

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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not unexpected

The same people own the US gov as all the other private companies spying. So they are just sharing the code to improve their intrusion on us all. And doing it very cleverly by making it look like niceness. But the code is still used to analyse, track and spy, as if search companies do not do enough of that already.

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Huawei's and ZTE's SDN embrace: soft power in vendor-land

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until it is approved by the NSA

the local OZ glove puppets and their equally supine tools, the assorted spook agencies will recommend against using either companies products until approved by their owners, the powers that rule Merkin Land. In the meantime, watching the feeble brains of the pollies warbling about how great free trade agreements are while simultaneously spouting FUD about Chinese made telco kit will be briefly entertaining. Especially if TalkBull continues his "No problems with offshore data storage" spiel. I am sure the PLA tiger teams will love to help analyse Oz metadata for terrorists. All for free except our pollies will insist we pay again for being spied on.

I used to think this talk was tin hat stuff, but now I feel reality has copied paranoid conspiracy fantasies.

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

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so the point of cloud is ?

I thought that was one of the marketing weasels main selling points, how the Cloud is robust and fault tolerant. CEO must be yank trained; he customer is always wrong.

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