* Posts by Gordon 10

2289 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Why oh Why

Did Lewis have to bias an otherwise interesting news piece with his particular perspective on climate change?

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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WTF?

2 chargers WTF?

Is it even legal to sell a non micro USB charger in the EU now? Or do they do "an apple" and provide an adapter?

Bag of Fail.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

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The real reason SpaceX got the gig

WhiteKitty

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Well...

In this particular respect David Davis is a Tory with some conscience around Civil liberties. There are a few others as well.

Infact there were 10 Tory MP's who voted against the last time, 20 odd labour and the whole of the SNP.

Plus the lords have kicked it into touch on numerous occasions inspite of a large Tory majority.

There's plenty of fight in the dog yet....

We need to write to our MP's saying we will track and remember how they voted on this issue when the next election comes round.

Donate money and time to Liberty, Privacy International, Big Brother Watch and any political party who comes out against it. Then tell your MP about that too.

It can be fought if we are passionate and articulate enough.

As techies we need to educate (but not lecture or hector) the rest of our society on why this is such a bad idea, something we do badly currently - because we know it so instinctively that we dont provide good examples to that the general public care about.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

Wait a cotton picking minute! Are you seriously suggesting the recent Dredd was worse than the Sylvester Stallone travesty? Are you mad? Whilst the 2nd one wasn't amazing (it were good though) it was Dredd and shoulders over the first.

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Interplanetary Internet about as useful as flying pigs says Vint Cerf

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In breaking news

British loon-in-chief David Cameron & Ofcom announce plans for the first spectrum auction in outerspace.

HMRC refused to be drawn on whether VAT is applicable in outer space.

Outraged as per usual at someone getting there first Verizon and Comcast announce their intentions to sue the UN for passing a resolution demanding Space Net Neutrality, whilst simultaneously allowing 50 random third parties to add a "space surcharge" to their customers bills.

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Re: If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.

gets my vote - they can staple it to the outside of the space elevator.

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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

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50% down votes from May-ites. 50% down votes from those who actually read the article and understood the 2 key factors :

1. It wasn't warrantless.

2. But it was cross border.

hence MS had to reject it on point 2 alone if it was to remain consistent with the US vs MS Ireland case.

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NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report

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Typical Weasel Words on both sides it seems.

1. Failure to implement last set of recommendations. Question were they relevant to this case?

2. We welcome recognition of our crash strategic investment program brought on by senior management panic strategic planning.

I suspect a pox on both their houses is called for.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Shut it you tedious old windbag

Its been shown time and time again that the unwashed masses are quite happy with the status quo warts and all. Otherwise how do you explain the total failure of linux on the desktop.

Most amusingly I expect all the Grauniad readers who bother to read his screeching will suck their teeth, tut and go back to Angry Birds or Garageband on their fruity device of choice.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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@big_D

WHATS WRONG WITH YOU?

You deserve your barren toast free existence. More hot buttery action for the rest of us.

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US Air Force reveals what's inside its top-secret space plane, this time

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Re: The X-37, again.

I think you are over estimating the US's capabilities if you think they can get an Orbit to Ground laser into an X-37b. They cant even get a shorter range Air to Air laser in a Jumbo.

Anything that fits into its cargo bay is going to be 1 use orbital denial.

It would be far simpler to weaponise a cubesat with a drive and a small explosive charge. Indeed I do wonder if this new ion drive can generate enough delta-v to engage Russian satellites in the time it is out of direct comms with Moscow.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Maybe he's not a hacker at all

Just merely a tester on a new Wing Commander game who accidently connected to the onboard systems when fighting the Kilrathi?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Roberts_(game_developer)

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Agreed. I think this story should read "The FBI claims Roberts claims"

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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And thus we have

The boon and the bane of the Linux world. There is a distro for everyone, even if the resources spent doing it could have been far better spent on listening to some end users, doing some documentation or removing the latest stupidity from the UX morons who gave us Unity/Yosemite/IOS 7/Win 8.

Not a dig at either Linux or Xubutu itself - just seemed an appropriate time for a random observation.

Sometimes it seems like the only distro that actually does what end users want is Mint, and even they are fragmenting all over the place with their Mates and their Cinnamons.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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How does it compare

Against the new MacBook?

Ok so the new MB doesn't have touch, but I suspect that they are both aimed at much the same market, albeit the Apple one at a much higher spending demographic ;)

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Apple Watch rationing caused by the MOON GOAT, not quality

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Re: Deep within Apple HQ

Errr remind me which poor results they are again?

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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals

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I'm confuzzled

Which bit of BT owns the dark fibre? OpenReach or someone else?

I wonder if they segregate their dark fibre between the stuff that's used for exchange connectivity versus more generic backbone type stuff.

Either way I suspect they are using it to throttle demand to keep prices high.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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correction Christophe

That what's the feebs are saying he did. From his tweet its sounds like they have muddled the work of 5 years into the events of 1 flight. He has presumably other ways of testing his hacking ie against simulated systems running the same code base.

It always pays to assume The Man has an interest in bigging up the case in these scenarios.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Longer Term Impact

That's a good question for Tim. Why hasn't QE driven inflation?

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Re: And the Perpetrators

a fair comment. That ain't really economics though. People tend to focus more on the bailout and less on the proper apportionment of responsibility though.

If people and media had been less hesterical about the size of the bailouts and more focussed on ensuring those who made dubious business decision were held to account we might have had a once in a lifetime opportunity to stop the sort of executive weaselling that we have seemed to imported from the states.

Note however that weaselling behaviour is in part cultural not economic it's got so the consequences of weaseling out of something is nearly always lesser than the consequences of taking responsibly for your actions.

Until the media and the public are willing to admit people can make genuine mistakes and forgive them for it the situation is not going to change.

Personally I blame Clinton he underlined the rot. Contrast that with Paddy PantsAshdown who admitted an affair and his popularity went up.

Until we have lower tolerance for weaseling and higher tolerance for those making a mistake and admitting it nothing is going to change. We have the worst of both worlds at the moment, maximum weaseling and maximum hysteria from the press and public.

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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I can only hope

There is grounds to challenge on the basis of the human rights act. That would really piss them off.

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Close Encounter

The poor thing has the same look on its face as abductee's do just before they are probed. Which ironically is just what happened after the photo was taken.

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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crying with laughter here

top notch BOFH. Best for ages.

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EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

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Re: "independent of institutional or political interests"

Im confused. Is the bacon tied to Satan's back and he's doing ski jumps? Do pigs even go to hell? Or just those ones growing human livers? And given Satan is a master of fire can he cook a mean bacon sandwich? Which sauce is available in Hell HP or Heinz?

Enquiring minds need to know.

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'Right to be forgotten' festers as ICO and Google come to blows

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I have some *slight* sympathy for Google here

You just know that 3/4's of the requests it gets are probably from Narcissistic loons regretting something they say or did online. Im not entirely convinced the correct balance has been struck between protecting the vulnerable (ie those who had a legal run in but were not guilty, or have paid their dues to society, those libelled or slandered etc) vs those people who have not had enough self control to avoid doing something dumb on t'interwebs.

And whilst I would defend anyones right to act dumb even on the internet (gawd knows I've done it on occasion and should know better), Im not that comfortable with the thought of letting people not take responsibility for their actions, manning up and moving on.

Having said all that its Google who have had it their way for so long its hard to feel much sympathy, although it does also seem to be a barrier to entry for anyone else in the search market.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Abolish the Left Hand Access Lane

They should do away with the access lanes up that left hand side. They give cyclists a false sense of entitlement that they somehow have a "right" to wander up the side of lorries and buses without stopping to think they are risking life and limb.

As a daily cyclist I always try to remember to waltz up the side that's safest but the lane markings are very alluring and it only takes a split second decision to get it wrong.

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Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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Re: How about the part that matters?

Im sorry how is powerloss protection even a high priority if 99% of the uses are laptop drives?

I think you are confusing an enterprise requirement with a consumer one.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Maybe

One of them was Nicole Kidmans soul?

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: Question

why not? Its a reasonable conflation. Unless of course you think libertarian is a dirty word.

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Be Careful what you wish for.

I agree with John 110. To jabuzz and the others on this thread, if you treat people as the enemy then they will behave like one. Politically messing with the SNP is acceptable. Materially screwing over the entire Scottish electorate and taking the Union to the brink is crass stupidity. Hopefully call me Dave is smart enough to determine a reasonable cut off between the 2, unlike half the commentards on here.

People seem to forget that Scotland joined the Union reasonably voluntarily due to a number of push-pull factors, anyone who seeks to create divisions to undo that unnecessarily should hoik themselves off to a desert island with the racist loons from UKIP.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: It is better to send robots

Bullshit AC - have you even looked at the statistics in the UK for the discharge of firearms in the UK. Clue it averages around 4-5 times PER YEAR. Note that's just discharges not kills. Compare that to the US where there were 461 "justifiable homicides" in one YEAR.

Sources :

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/211845/HO_-_Police_Firearms_stats_Commons_-_2013_7_11__3_.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/18/5-countries-where-police-officers-do-not-carry-firearms-and-it-works-well/

Im all for the occasional Brazilian plumber dig at the Met but the reality is that the UK cops aren't even comparable to those in the US when it comes to gun use/training.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Re: Statute of Limitations

As I understand it - that Statute of limitations only applies to SOME of the charges that AssHat faces, not the most serious ones.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Ceres bright spots iluminate without sun light

Lack of punctuation and formatting - the best guide that the content will be paranoid gibberish. Run out of tinfoil for your hat sir?

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Re: WooHoo!

@Big_Ted

Oh bugger.... a big case of wishful thinking on my part :(

The fail is mine good commentards!

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WooHoo!

Putting Gove in charge of the Snoopers Charter gives me some hope. Hopefully he can fuck it up in the same manner he attempted to fuck up our education system when Education Secretary. Plus his reputation for butting heads with his colleagues will hopefully give Treasonous May a bit of a handful to deal with.

Best news I've heard since the Torys got a majority.

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Re: Not bad

I strongly suggest that ford will fusck it up by not making either a hatch or estate variant.

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US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract

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Icann

Isn't it in their interest to shillyshally as long as possible to preserve the status quo?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: That MP...

To be fair all Home Secretaries seem to get cloned from the same fascistic copy when the get appointed. It's hard not to despise them all. Has there ever been a liberal home sec? Not in my memory. Certainly not since the 80's.

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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Re: "we're using different accounting rules"

@AC eg 1 and eg2.

And those are the 2 examples everyone bandies about, and they are peanuts how do you get from them to billions?. Don't you think that if there was actually anything material HP would be crowing about it and the SFO would be prosecuting.

The sponsorship deal doesn't even sound particularly unusual in the world of football tbh. Sounds like Spurs had a net benefit. Football funding is a whole different house of cards anyway.

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Re: The Enron Defence

Missing the point slightly, whether or not that was going on and all HP has been able to find is a couple of examples in the 100m range, the SFO also gave up - so it doesn't explain

a) why HP didn't do proper due diligence.

b) how it equates it a multi billion write off.

If autonomy is a little whiffy HP stinks to high heaven.

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Hitcher 3.0

In Nevada the truck hitches you.

Thumbs out obviously.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: Recycled batteries from cars?

Bzzzt! Wrong. The main raison d'être is to drive down the price of batteries for their cars by creating a bigger market for batteries in general.

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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

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Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

His standalones tend to be better than his series. century Rain was excellent and was the prefect. The revelation space series was patchy with some strange perspective shifts (like just dropping Clade as a narrator mid story) and the unforgivable bait and switch ending of redemption ark where they defeat the inhibitors only for the world to be destroyed by some green stuff,

However massive kudos for inhibitors and hyper pigs.

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Way too harsh on poor Alistair

I haven't read Wake but have read the first of the trilogy and most of his othes and I don't recognise him as described here. . Agree he's a bit of a journeyman compared to Banks, Stross et al but deserves more credit than given here. . His novels often suffer from inconsistent pacing and sometimes choppy scene shifts but at heart he's a fine writer - well above average.

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Wolfram bros seek code slinger posse for IBM and Google round-up

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Re: It's a floor wax, it's a dessert topping

To address commercial usage question. Their commercial terms are pretty reasonable in my experience - for instance 1 Premier license (a few £k) gives you unlimited distribution rights for apps within your organisation.

For commercial usage - there are a few examples out there - my favourite which is apparently 90% Mathematica/WL code :

http://emeraldcloudlab.com/how-it-works

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Re: It's a floor wax, it's a dessert topping

Thats a good comment - something that I've discussed with their reps a number of times. They are aware they have an image/comms problem outside of their core user base (academia and quants mostly), and the stuff El Reg is covering is some of their response to that.

Additionally Mathematica is hard to pidgeonhole due to the sheer breadth of functionality within it.

Basically its a programming language kernel that is very good with any problem that can be expressed mathematically or stastically, plus a set of UI's that allow to that language to be displayed with a variety of different paradigms ranging from Slideware, Word style docs, Fat client apps and various web enabled UI's.

Imagine the MS Office (including Access) suite with a focus on calculation, and visualisation instead of data and text, designed for Mathematical use cases over the last 20 years, and now going all cloudy and you're pretty much there. Everyone can now recoil in horror due to the mention of MS :)

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Re: Power Tools for the mind

Thats BS. Wolfram provide a free reader (CDF player) as a browser plug-in that does most things, a paid reader that can deploy as enterprise wide apps, and a cloud solution that can be set up for public access, not to mention various internally hosted solutions.

The number of algorithms that are significant enough to warrant a public implementation is tiny.

Mathematica and most similar packages all have the capability to re-construct their inbuilt functions and algorithms from first principles if you choose, and such funding could just as easily be spent writing a test script to verify that 2 closed source implementations meet a gold standard. You'd have to write the test plan for a public implementation anyway - this way to get to junk huge amounts of developer time re-invent the wheel for the nth time.

Whining about having it open source is just Not Invented Here Syndrome with a FOSS fig leaf. Its a been well observed that Linus' law fails where the number of involved people is small, so the additional protections that result may not be realised.

Don't get me wrong MMA and Wolfram have their weaknesses - just the ones listed in the prior post are either inaccurate or ideological in nature - which aren't necessarily good reasons to commercial decisions upon. Such as employing x professional software developers at $100y,000 for the sake of a few $k in purchase and license fees to Wolfram (or any similar vendor).

Full disclosure - part time Mathematica developer in financial services.

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Ubuntu to shutter year-old clock unlock bug

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Re: Insider risk not appreicated by interviewee

Have to call you out on that one. He didn't say it wasn't a threat he said it was lower risk than most. The worst thing you can do in security is trying to remediate all risks rather than accepting the lower ones after a suitable risk assessment.

Its all about the size of the attack surface. Any computer in physical possession of a technically competent member of staff with a grudge is vulnerable. Factor in the fact that the volume of corporate deployments of unbuntu as a desktop are pretty few and far between - I agree with Canonical - there are bigger things to use scarce resources on.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: For a car...

Oh Really? and how many of them are in Consumer levels of production and price?

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