* Posts by david 12

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Re: @Mongo ..."the court ruled that reverse engineering was protected"

Last I looked, reverse engineering is not protected in Malaysia or Australia. Dunno about the rest of the world, but I suspect that Malysia and Australia are not unusual in this respect. In Aus and Malaysia, the ban on reverse engineering falls out of the copyright law. (Note: not "is the copyright law"). The effect is much wider than DRM: it also prevents reverse engineering of car parts and other objects..

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Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

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I don't publish my actual name here...

...And for the last 15 years I haven't put my actual name on the credits of open source software either.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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The problems you get trying to integrate with Libre/OpenOffice users is that the Libre and OpenOffice implementation of ODF sucks.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: People still use Vista?

Nope. The only unpatched machines I have connected directly to the internet are ADSL modem/routers and modem/firewall appliences. And they all run varients of Linux, so I'm completely safe.

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

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Active X kill bit

I don't have flash on work computers, so I don't give it much thought. But I was curious reading this: it's Tuesday, MS patches have just been released, have they set the kill bit on Flash? If not, why not?

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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Re: I don't

The SAMBA guys had to implement a registry because /that's what SAMBA 4 is/

You might perhaps be under the mistaken belief that SAMBA 4 is just an implementation of SMB, like SAMBA 1?

SAMBA 4 is an implemenation of Active Directory. Active Directory is a replicated database system. Wait for it ...

... the "SAMBA guys" had to implement a replicated database system to implement AD....

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finally

>allowing people to log into Windows systems and use software

>remotely over an encrypted connection.

RDC, using RDP 5.2 with TLS (Windows server 2003)?

or

SecurePipes, the older method of logging into a Windows system and using software remotely?

SSH has long been a strange omission. Still, only a MS marketing drone would pretend that there were no earlier alternatives.

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Re: troll troll troll

>Yes, but plug a USB stick in, where does it get mounted? On a drive letter,

That is the default, although you can, of course, turn that off, and set it to automount inside a folder

>and one for hotplugged devices

That is the default, although you can, of course, turn that off, and set it to automount inside a folder

Sometimes I think that some people think that knowing about Linux gives them some special insight into how Windows works.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Stupidity

Eircode is not a postcode. It is a delivery point identifier. Australia and the USA have both postcodes and delivery point identifiers.

In Aus and the United states, cheap bulk mail is required to be labeled with a delivery point identifier. All the banks here use cheap bulk mail to post out bank statements. Same for social security, the tax office etc. For postal sorting of this mail, the address written on the envelope or visible in the window is not used at all: the mail is sorted using the delivery point identifier.

Each delivery point in Aus (and Ireland now) has a unique random number. The bank (or government office, or other bulk sender) is responsible for deciding which of the available delivery points the address you gave them corresponds to.

This is not the same as a postcode, and no, it does not do what a postcode does, and no, it does not do geolocation. It is only an ID. A primary key in a database. Having a primary key is not stupid: it is normal.

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iiNet warns NBN circuits too expensive in the Netflix era

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Re: Who knew media would be delivered digitally?

Certainly no one on forums.whirlpool.net.au: I was deleted for trolling when I suggested that the main use of the NBN was going to be for entertainment, not "education, medicine and business".

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Oz Defence Dept 'not punitive' with crypto export controls

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It's still a mess

Does Not, "Not apply to devices"

" Sending, receiving or storing information (except in support of entertainment, mass commercial broadcasts, digital rights management or medical records management); or"

So, does apply to IOT hardware adapters, which use SSL. Cen't be sold overseas without a permet. Because a TCP/IP HTTPS web interface for your sensor/power/light/water building managment system is a general purpose communications encryption device not covered by one of the exemptions :DRM, medical, entertainment, broadcast.

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KILL FLASH WITH FIRE until a patch comes: Hacking Team exploit is in the wild

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Re: Ok

The exact reason I passed on VMware. For me, there were some options, and I choose one that didn't require installation of Flash on my work machine.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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It's an abuse of trademark to supress competition..

The intention is that you can't search for watches unless you already know a brand name.

Owners of well-known brand-names want this. New market entrents don't want it.

Consumers benifit from competition, big watch companies benefit from monopoly.

And I don't give a damm about watches, but once they get this through the same applies to cars and dishwashers.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Re: Darwin award?

Technically, Catholic Priests promise to not get Married (the vow of celibacy). Having children without getting married indicates a failure of Chasitity, which would be a sin, which would require penance, same as if you have children without a church wedding.

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MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

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Concerns are often ignorant, even if they sometimes are based on or related to genuine issues.

The concerns about MAC's and Processor ID's were ignorant, the "solution" of hiding the ID number was unworkable, and the false "solution" only had the effect of giving a false sense of security.

Like hiding your WiFi SSID

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"Little thought was given to the risk that the MAC address"

Actually, enormous thought was wasted in the 90's on the risk to privacy and security due to MAC addresses. Like the silly decision to prevent Intel putting ID's into processor (since ignored by every European company selling into the utilities market), MAC's were the victim of a stupid smear campaign that ignored their utility, causing MS to hide them from programs in Win98, requiring you to use a stupid and inconvenient kludge to get the information.

It is still the case that certain tasks, (like sending out broadcast packets on specific adapters on multi-adapter machines) are needlessly complex, and the ignorant "privacy" concerns of the 1990's are one of the reasons.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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Re: Andrew Orlowski article dissing freetards, praising copyrights on APIs soon

Java was, at the time, slow and archaic. As the line went: "All the readability of C, plus the sheer speed of interpreted BASIC". The reason MS's "Java" was a threat was that it was faster and had a better library. Which had an immediate salutary effect on Sun's "Java" development, before they managed to kill the competition, as they have since tried to do with both Google and with the open-source version.

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That shot you heard? SSLv3 is now DEAD

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Re: Snake Oil, FUD and the security problem known as Web Browser

>there are *NO* server vulnerabilities visible in the SSL Labs Scan.

When I go to that link, it tells me that --

"This server supports SSL 2, which is obsolete and insecure. Grade set to F. "

Along with a string of other grade B and grade C failures.

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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

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Re: Which version of SMB did they do this on ("and other SMB protocol use")?

Enterprise sites I worked on had remote file servers for all the working stiffs: only management and their PA's had the privilige of working with local file servers. And not at all surprised that some of them would be working with early versions of SAMBA.

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Australia's Senate demands access to NBN business case that doesn't exist

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Melton

Have you been to Melton? "The Plain is characterised by vast open areas of fertile plain covered with grasslands and grassy woodlands,"

Yes, costings based on Melton are non-representative. Because, (go and have a look), Melton is non-representative.

Melton was (and is) a good place to do base-line costs. New. open, uniform: you can see what the costs are, and were the money is going. Not like real life, which is full of exceptions.

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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

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Or, as MS said about IE8 in 2009: "LCIE is a collection of internal architecture changes to Internet Explorer that improve the reliability, performance, and scalability of the browser. It also paves the way for future improvements in other areas, including security and usability."

IE6, of course, was designed on a different UI model. Each tab, displayed on the tab bar at the bottom of your screen, was a different process.

IE7, introduced in 2006, followed the more natural MS Windows model demonstrated by FF, and put the tabs at the top of the application window, where Bill Gates and Nature intended them to be. But they followed the FF example of putting all the tabs into one process. They fixed that in 2009, which was 6 years ago.

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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"Secret" == "Not very import, interesting, or secret at all"

Secret is the default value for almost everything other than press releases. Material that would, in industry, be called "confidential" or "None of your business" or "Why are you snooping on my desk?" is "secret" in the DoD.

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Vic Govt security standards to launch next month

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Bureaucrats can check out the standards on the Vic commissioner's website

Bureaucrats /will be able to/ check out the standards on the Vic commissioner's website /when they are released next month/

Perhaps theregister will check in again and tell us when that happens.

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

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Re: typical

..Of course you spy on your friends. You already know what your enemies think of you...

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: Synchro-boxes, disk brakes and isolated interiors are to blame

Which reminds me that on the old car, you didn't take your hand off the wheel to text or eat, because without power steering, it took both arms to drive the thing.

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But technically....

"A University of Utah driving simulator study

found drivers using cell phones had

slower reaction times than drivers impaired by

alcohol at a .08 blood alcohol concentration,

the legal intoxication limit."

In other words, using a cell phone for 5 minutes while driving is as dangerous as being drunk for 5 minutes while driving.

I'm not in favour of the death penalty for murder, much less for being a pedestrian sharing a road with a car, but this is slightly dishonest. Drunk drivers are not drunk only for short intervals and otherwise sober. The numbers do not support the claim that testing/calling/using your hands is "as dangerous as" being a drunk driver, because drunk drivers are drunk continously.

I wait for the day when we see an actual meaningful comparison of drunk driving and testing, because that also would be interesting

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Series II

That's what it said on the compliance plate.

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

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Medication

Chlorpromazine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1954, but he wasn't released from hosptial until 1970? Was he getting any treatement? In 1961 Thomas Szasz argued that psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia do not exist. -- was John Nash a victim of that dead end?

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: What was there being done that was actually criminal? @ Tom 13

>may have been misguided, may not have understood the long-term implications, but weren't crimina

Criminally stupid? The reason that Aus didn't get caught in this trap is that it got in early. Deregulation, and low-start loans to people who couldn't afford them, in the hope and expectation that the rising tide of the economy would pull them out of debt.

But Aus had the good fortune to make those two mistakes consecutively, not simultanously. .Small number of legit loans to people who couldn't afford them, small number of dishonest loans to people they could con money out of.

The USA had that example right in front! They could see what happened with deregulation! They could see what happened with low-start loans! So they went ahead and made both mistakes, and at the same time! They got large numbers of dishonest loans to people with no money!

That's not just ignorant. That's not just stupid.

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Re: Maybe another reason?

>If we make the banks small-enough-to-fail we don't have to bail them out

>for the damage a failure could do to the overall system.

This was not the first failure of the American banking system. See (just one example), the "savings and loans crisis". In which the sector was to big to fail. Which is what you get if the sector is made up of a 1000 failing banks, or if the same sector is made up of 3 failing banks.

The banking system is a public utility like water or roads. In Aus, left-side governments started banks because they thought that public utilities should be in public hands. Then left-side governements ran their banks (eg State Bank of Victoria) into failure, and they had to be bailed out.

Simple ideas like Government owned banks, or more-smaller-banks, have already been tried. Whatever their advantages, they have been proven to be not solutions to the public-utility-requiring-bailout problem.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Yes, I use tortuise svn. We also use IE.

No, we don't use tortoise as a custom protocol handler: We render svn: in the browser.

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Goodbye to my SVN:// protocol

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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USA CGT, Tax treaties

The standard Capital Gains Tax rate in the USA is 15%. And it is forgiven at death. No, you don't even have to balance it out or do anything complex. But you don't have to wait until then -- you can also wipe out the CGT by converting the asset to a pension. Or if your income falls low enough so that you need the money, you can just sell out -- CGT doesn't apply if you aren't paying income tax.

Or any of a score of other lurks. There are a thousand different taxes in the USA, and a thousand different exemptions to match.

Tax treaties are worked out to be reciprocal. It's not going to break anything to have carve-outs for income that is not taxed in any country. It may, in some cases, not even require changes to tax treaties. In other cases, well, this is a G20 international agreement, and like he said, tax treaties are being continously re-negotiated.

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Australian Labor Party toys with a return to fibre, sometime, somewhere

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Think of the children!

They're still going with their original marketing:

"we will provide health services in the future ... we deliver a world class education to our kids ... we build a strong and growing economy"

This was the model sold by the big ISP's and in particular Optus. It doesn't say anything about Netflix.

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'Rombertik' malware kills host computers if you attempt a cure

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Re: "spreads through an executable screensaver disguised as an Adobe PDF file"

Right. Let us SHOW THE FILENAME, and also NOT USE THE FILENAME, so that the filename that is shown does not tell us if the file is executable. wtf?

Wait, I've go more! How about marking downloaded applications as untrusted, so that the don't run at all, in any area, telling people that they can't and why?

Um, you knew that screensavers are applications didn't you?

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Macroviruses are BACK and are the future of malware, says Microsoft

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Re: Sandboxing

The overwhelming majority of the VBA code I've developed integrates seperate database, spreadsheet and word documents. Often (always) using the file system to read and write files, plus the "print system" the "email system" and occasionally main-frame database interfaces.

Sandbox mode does allow small marcros to run harmlessly. Using current software, anything you download is sandboxed, and also marked as untrusted.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Just looking for a little Active Directory administration. How do I do it? Oh, here are some examples: In powershell I do it using exactly the same ADO objects I've been using for the last 15 years.

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Just looking for a little Active Directory administration. How do I do it? Oh, here are some examples: In powershell I do it using exactly the same ADO objects I've been using for the last 10-15 years.

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all you'd end up with was an unusable chunk of text.'

>After typing out an incredibly long command and realising there was an extra letter at the very beginning, all you'd end up with was an unusable chunk of text.'

except it wasn't actually like that. You just backspace through it, delete the character, then replay the characters.

If you had altready attempted the command, you just use the correct Fn key to replay the very long command, then backspace through it

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Re: Not dead yet

>seems to be some rule that any new feature has to be invoked by obscure metacharacters.

Not the legacy of the original feeble MS-DOS parser -- it's the legacy of ALGOL, as also seen in powershell, combined with legacy of people who are single-finger typists.

Some people like FORTRAN and COBOL because they can type. Some people like obscure metacharacters because they can't.

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Re: re: Windows XP was the first PC operating system to drop the MS-DOS

Also, I think he messed up about Windows ME ??? - one of the great complaints about it was that it wasn't possible to just "boot into a pure MS-DOS prompt by pressing the right start-up bypass keys", because they had removed that feature ???

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Fn keys were available from DOS 1 and later. Giving you, well, very very basic command line completion.

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Re: paths

Yes, PCDOS 1.x was primarily a floppy disk system, and it always ran programs off the current floppy disk, and did not require a path to do so. When it morphed into something completely different, this started to be a problem.

no, it did not require a path, and dot was never an element of the path. It did become common to put things like root or dot dot into the path, and the order of the path was commonly set for optimum speed, because, until very late in the piece, MSDOS did not cache the file listing, and even on Hard Disks, a path search could be noticeably slow.

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Re: the constraint was "you haven't got a text editor"

Edlin was a Line Editor. Which was still a well-known kind of thing in the world when PC DOS was first introduced.

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Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

Real programmers use

copy con program.exe

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Re: Pipes

For those too young to remember, I'd just like to clarify that you could "see the results before the first one finished". That was not the problem.

The problem was that MS-DOS would only run one program at a time. The "second one" wouldn't start until the 'first one' finished, even though "the results" were ready and available.

And yes, it was possible to work around this limitation of programs run by DOS, but it was a work-around, not a natural part of the system.

Just like (while I'm here), DOS 3.x did support "partitions larger than 32 MB", through resident driver chaining, and from DOS 2.x supported large disks through installable block devices drivers.

Unlike the native support for command line editing and recall, using the Fn keys, which was a natural part of the system, not some little-remembered work-around

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DDoSsers use reflection amplification to crank up the volume to 100Gbps+

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Re: Prison time will do them good

>Serious prison time and high fines should help educate those who initiate DDoS attacks.

But are unlikely to do so.

Based on centuries of experience, plus decades of peer-reviewed studies, "policing" has an "educational" impact. Punishment, not so much.

Which is why your child is not stuck in a corner with a "dunce" cap and sign when he/she makes a spelling mistake.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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"well, let's only tax profits above the normal rate of profits."

Implemented here in AUS in something that was (past tense) called "the mining tax", since rescinded. What the 'ivory tower big government academics' had failed to appreciate was that government and mining valued the speculative profits at different rates: in mining, profit is not a fungible good.

The mining industry sells to their investors the high-risk chance of speculative profits. That is their market proposition. They make a profit in that market.

In contrast, the government valued "profits above the normal rate of profits" on the same scale as "normal profits"

The effect was that the value to government was much less than the value lost by the mining companies. That was an unsustainable situation.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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Yes, but is he a Rhodes scholar, with an excelent economics degree, like the bloke with the bike and the speedos?

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Re: As much as an MS fanboi that i am,

No, OSX does not have a similar mechanism. This is a HARDWARE ENFORCED mechanism.

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