* Posts by jackofshadows

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HGST's tiny whopper: Just 2.5 inches, but we've packed in 1.8TB

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True

It's true that I've ramped up seriously in the SSD's and large capacity spinners but I do see a role for these. High speed sequential. Now about the price ... ;-).

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

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Greatness

I have no idea if it's the silly season effect or whatnot, but there have been more than a few of late. Hell, AManFromMars makes sense lately! Prolly time to commit myself. Again.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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No, more like they HAVEN'T is the reason that the regulations haven't been done.

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Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

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Given

Given that security isn't anywhere to be seen, beyond normal HTTP not HTTPS, whatever makes you think power efficiency is a consideration?

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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Re: Muddled thinking

There's got to be something wrong with that whole approach. No complexity, a decided lack of nuance. C'm'on, lend me a hand. What am I missing...?

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Re: Who else realises the tossers are just into extracting the urine and are simply playing ....

Not to put too fine a point on it, our self-elected/self-selected elites think they are the sharpest tools in the toolshed despite thousands of contrary examples per annum, over the millinea of both written and oral recollections. So, yeah, we aren't supposed to notice the people behind the curtain.

They will be completely clueless until lead off to slaughter.

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Intel told to PUT A SOC IN IT: Fill our kit with chips, says Panasonic

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Re: HM

I actually have a use for those. x86, hardly.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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Re: A small fly in the ointment

Actually, no. You are assuming no technological advances in automatic correlation of data which is not true. In fact, I really wonder why this hasn't been all fed to an iteration of IBM's Watson. Or perhaps that's what the fires are about at the Utah data-center.

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

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Re: Getting desperate?

I follow these kinds of cases and this is par for the course in federal IP enforcement.

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ARM arms devs for 64-bit Android push with 'Juno' board

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Re: Dalvik and the NDK

Yeah, everything old is new again. I still want one to play with as I have a rover to build which would suit it just fine.

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Bitcoin was illegal in California? Whoops, governor fixes that 165-year-old money law

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Re: Mark my words...

... and California needs every revenue stream it can dip it's hands into, Gov. Moonbeam or no. [Some really bad flashbacks bringing him back around.]

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Senate heavyweights forge bipartisan accord on phone unlocking

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Funny...

How when Sen. Leahy gets involved that whatever bill is being worked on languishes for months with no progress then ultimately lapses which suits industry just fine. Keep an eye on it, almost certainly for the trash bin Again.

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Boffin

Re: Not programmable

If you're looking for interesting coincidences (of which I am not certain exist), go read my comment over in Pond Scum:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/06/17/mutation_governs_algaes_quantum_mechanics/

Same class of problem, interesting how nature achieves it, and without any reference to micro-Kelvins.

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Re: The old game of benchmarks

And provided that someone sneaky hasn't programmed that the machine in question detects you running the benchmark. Samsung anyone?

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Re: Not programmable

I'd rephrase to a machine optimized to handle a certain class of problems, not any one particular problem. What you do is construct the experimental setup so that when the system "relaxes" you end up with the optimal solution to that particular problem. It's all about getting the preconditions right. There's a certain quantum-mechanical sauce (retrieving the 'solution' without collapsing the wave-function) but that's the idea.

Trying to compare it to a system setup with a highly specialized, highly optimized GPGPU system really doesn't do it, in my not so humble opinion. My problem here, and as I recall this was pointed out before, is that you have a hell of a time trying to identify when those problem domains actually overlap between the two methods and for which you should detect a measurable (measure, quantum, uhhh...) set of results that positively (p<.01 I believe) demonstrates that the D-Wave is a quantum computer.

Instead what we end up with is some problem types that demonstrate the D-Wave is ideal for that one particular problem and I mean one, not the whole class of problem, a lot of experiments that show equivalence between classical and quantum, and some for which the D-Wave doesn't come up with a solution. Personally, I am not surprised. First, if this were easy, we'd have done it decades ago. Second, thinking how to properly 'program' the D-Wave would give most anyone migraine's, ala Dr. Feynmann and understanding QM. Lastly, if you don't believe in a personally malignant universe, you will now.

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POND SCUM shine a path to more efficient solar cells

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Happy

Now Where Have I Seen This Before?

"'Quantum walk' refers to a kind of quantum mechanical solution to the 'travelling salesman' problem. Instead of an iterative path-by-path test of the possible paths through a network, the quantum 'walker' exists as a superposition of states across many many paths. Those states can converge quickly on the optimal path."

Could it be... D-Wave?

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

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Optional?

I would of thought that the addition of LIDAR, Human (IR) sensing, and such would be de rigueur. then again, maybe not. The processing for the first, and having more than one such sensor, would run up the costs. A lot easier in a ground-based vehicle and with a reasonable surface, you could add a larger energy source.

Still, this puppy should be in any activists' toolkit and if more than one ready activist is present, flying them in sweeps should do nicely for documenting police behavior. [Right up until some bright-boy starts TASERing them.]

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Fighting words from Asigra: Yes, backup vendors, we said it... commodity hardware

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Service providers

That's the group that this is aimed four-square at with the focus on using commodity hardware. That's been the hot proposition (I have no idea if it's true) for the medium to large IT consulting/service firms. Small firms were supposed to follow in their footsteps converting capex cost plus opex service calls into pure opex revenues (ARR).

Trevor would almost certainly know more about this. I'm the guy out there that when you run into major weird in my neck of the woods, I get called in. I do weird. [Regular stuff is boring. I don't do boring. Even/especially if you throw money at me.]

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Gartner deploys new converged-systems quadragon rankings

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Boffin

Re: "Completeness of Vision..."

... said the blind man to the deaf man.

I can hazard at best a guess, but a somewhat informed one from the KM world. "How many tick marks are marked on Some Gartner ANALyst's Checklist."

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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Re: going forward...

For a while, Sony and Samsung were tied in my mind. The components were usually the same (Trinitron excepted) so it usually came down to the glam/UI. Being the oft engineer that I am, the nod went to Samsung. The greatest exception to that rule were the MultiSyncs. [BTW, every artist who crossed my path usually got the same advice. Apple and/or Sony.] Nowadays, my recommendations only happen after a serious question & answer session. The market is that fragmented/segmented.

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Rackspace gives world the servers Google and Amazon keep secret

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Re: peopleware

I like it better than 'human capital.'

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FBI arrests claims NullCrew hacker in Tennessee takedown

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FAIL

Re: Fail

OpSec seems to be a common point of failure. Then again, concealing one's IP address and/or MAC address seems to be immeasurably a small issue of, oh..., like not bragging even discussing operations ever, maintaining cell-structure (the espionage kind, not biological kind), little things use of cut-outs (technological where speed is mandatory, low-tech otherwise, little things like that.

'Twere me, I'd have so many cold relays that the connection would freeze Antarctica, never the same devices, never hanging on to such a device, yada, yada. Most criminals literally talk (pun-intended) their way into prison.

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FAIL

Re: SOS, DD

hmm... let's see. I've been in many a country where using drugs results in execution. And this is not execution ten to forty-years down the road execution, this is next week execution. With a bullet. In public. That's as stiff a sentence as you can impose and no behavioral change at either the individual nor sociological can be detected and I know how to do that (my specialization). For the record, we had to literally buy/bribe one of our guys out of a prison system so we could take him back to serve federal time instead. But very much alive. US citizenship didn't buy shit.

So pardon me if I don't buy your stiffer sentence dogma. I live in an analyctical world, whetherwithin the confines within most all the various tribes of engineering or the oft warring tribes of the social sciences and man do they have the art of war down pat!

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Re: Slow evolution?

Having done such work (and absolutely killer wire-wraps), you have my total respect. And that's the reason that the next, obvious, step is programming everything. (I'm surprised that some wag hasn't trotted out Software-Defined Hardware, unless I missed seeing it somewhere.) Rearranging connects, and therefore function, will work for a time to conceal the sloppiness of the of developers (yeah, right, the "art of computer programming") but for a time. Hopefully, by then, you'll be able to rearrange atoms (using nanotech) or living computing nodes, as required.

[I've been doing every damn IT thang, hardware/software/network/systems, since 1975 and have zero respect for "practitioners" in software today. BTW, software defined biologicals should totally frighten anyone as they'll give "bug" a whole completely new manifestation!]

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Gimp

Re: I have a free idea for a new slogan and corporate direction for Microsoft...

"Customer first."

First doing what? Bending over?! Since Hell hasn't frozen over yet, and since I do live in Hell, I can tell you it's lot's of burning shine. [Yes, really. 25+C here.] The really interesting fact here is we see Classic Apple Fan-boy behavior around Windows Phone. Wow! Who's been spiking my coffee with crystal meth again?

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FAIL

Re: Learner drivers

And since they are invariably either looking the wrong direction or are completely oblivious to anything NOT a car, the run over poor pedestrians and cyclists.

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Re: Confused about IPv6 vs. NAT.

That's the method I stumbled across some ages ago. And no, I haven't got a f---ing clue why it works. I keep bating my head against the wall until something vaguely works.

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VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD

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Re: Missing the Point

Docker sure got my attention. I hadn't heard of it until a short time ago, but I'll blame that on total focus on virtualisation. What would be a small swarm of VM's translates into a mega-swarm of minions. Okay, maybe kilo.

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AT&T: We will right many of world's wrongs if allowed to slurp DirecTV

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Holmes

What stops them? Too busy giving record dividend payouts to bother investing in new, let alone upgrading infrastructure.

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Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Re: Sh IT e

Surely better than stating: "We're throwing shit against the wall and seeing what sticks."

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Japan's DOCOMO suggests wearable SIM cards

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If...

If it tries to hand-shake with any phone-like device around it, it won't be secure. Ever.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Re: Not only the US mate

The US was doing such with all foreign inbound and outbound mail since before there was a Constitution.

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Poison PDF pusher released to public

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Holmes

Re: Why do many people even use Adobe Reader

How about it being the last ditch tool to use when Calibre's eReader (I like its cataloging), Tomahawk, Sumatra, Foxit, and the rest here fail to render properly or Adobe specific functions are invoked. BTW, that's very rare and only one with my own collection, not some file that is recent, even from "known" sources. I don't accept mailed files, period. Yeah, I'm a founding member of the T-Foil-Hat Brigade.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Mushroom

Re: Niven has this one covered

I was reading and listening to all the political gloating/angst over the Cantor loss here, and came to that conclusion. The misdirection being played out by both sides demonstrates that the system really is rigged and rigged for that exact reason. Keep your eye on the ball (while we pick your pocket, steal your house, and retirement). Oh well, live and learn. I just hope they realize that six plus millenia of historical record is littered by a LOT of dead elites.

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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FAIL

Actually...

I have on several dozen occasions. All of them via ads on Google pages (search, gmail, &c.). Then again I have my accounts highly segregated so the profile they are using (I check regularly) is relevant, therefore the ads are what I'm interested in. My other accounts (MS, Yahoo!), not even and their ads get the kill switch aside from being too "loud." Facebook is by far the worst offender, so far off to not even being in the same universe.

I understand the privacy/utility trade-offs and if you're not rude, I'll even cooperate to help you make expenses, even a huge profit. The same is true business for any business [Reg, Ars], even the government. You just have to openly engage my cooperation. Sadly, the rape model of business and government seems to be the first choice selected. FB obviously has been paying attention to MBA's/Marketers again. Good-bye Facebook: It wasn't nice meeting you.

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Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM

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Rifles, shotguns? No, I can do better than that. Literally all the pieces are there in the maker movement.

I still like the notion of Amazon drones being skeet with prizes.

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HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

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WTF?

Re: Ridiculous! - indeed...

Saved me a ton of typing. There must be something of a unique corporate culture there. I used to swear by their products going back through to the '80's, and I still come across some that are still surprisingly indestructible. But when they try to do the post M&A incorporation, only negative revenue & valuation results. Weird.

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Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers

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Notification?

Are the institutions going to receive a heads up, which invalidates some of the information, or do they get no notice in which case a "false alarm" is generated with all that entails. Should be fun to watch from the outside. [I thought this illegal under your laws. Nice to see I was wrong.]

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Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

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Alert

Motility

When do they start travelling cluster to cluster/data-center to dc under some programmed criteria? That should be fun!

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Mushroom

Re: As someone still running Windows XP x64 ...

I'll have to try that approach here. Much more sensible than deploying "hardened" remote XP VM's that can be readily (seconds) be recovered. Windows 8 has been pretty nice here even on the my hard-core, non-touch workstation but having done 45 years of UI/UX changes, what's another one. My *only* problem is the modifications MS are making for a bunch of retards (yep strong words) that I have to incorporate into my workflow here.

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TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

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Re: Virtual home decor

Actually the virtual furniture and 3-d context is a well done kit in that part of the CAD world. I'd stumble across their world as I was collecting info on various CAD/CAE/CAM and simulation packages. The translation between real world to virtual world is the "hard" part. The really interesting part is

Google tagged the same base hardware as I'll be using for the sensory apparatus/data massager for drone use.

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

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Pint

Re: So....

More throwing tantrums like an infant (L’enfant terrible if I have't mangled it) going through the terrible twos on methamphetimines. Theo's been a fixture for a long, long time and BSD was always my favorite distro. However..., he gives me more than sufficient reason to drink and friends don't let friends drink and code (or do message groups**) !!

With that, I need a drink. A toast to my shiny, shiny new server!

[**There are more than a few tantrums out there from moi so I know of what I type.]

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Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

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Pint

Re: Are They...

Hmmm... . their approach makes their networks a moving target which should make interesting time for the NSA. With really good monitoring you effectively create a giant honeypot.

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Re: Sounds like an interesting DIY project

The FBI seem to be lacking that detector as well.

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

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Holmes

Re: Quick to fix in Open Source, but it leaves questions.

We're still at the low hanging fruit stage of fixes for these packages. In crypto & security there are some damned subtle problems that will haunt you for a very long time. Throwing money and additional eyeballs at these problems is a start. Given the core nature of these to proper/secure operation, which expert(s) are on deck?

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Sluggish Cisco damping Ethernet market, say kit-counters

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Devil

Some Dis-Assembly Required

I think it's safe to say that there will be a severe shake-up in who are considered 'trusted' equipment providers. Hell, maybe some firm can come up with ways to verify the kit hasn't been fiddled with. [No Dis-assemble!] If I were actually concerned here it wouldn't be challenging to build my own. Actually thinking about it, the NSA may have created a new niche: The Return of the Home-brew manufacturer. [The down-votes are silly. This is as real as it gets.]

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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I wonder...

... how much of a factor possibly breaking the cross device family kits was/is? I haven't gone that direction but it does seem an Apple/Jobs kind of thing to do. In any case, it looks like all the rest of the dozens that I've had to deal with over the decades. Gin up a crib sheet and I'll be fine.

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'GODZILLA WORLD' of the DRAGON CONSTELLATION - scientists

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WTF?

Say what?

ZMy rading came to a screeching halt when I read that. Extremophiles do exist in the damnedest places here on Earth and aren't dependent on life in more temperate conditions. Some of them are in many of our bodies. If anything, those conditions are extremely like to radically accelerate adaptation. When/if we ever do find such life, it'll be one hardy SOB and I'd think really hard before I landed there. It'll probably eat anything. Fast!

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Re: Asus do deserve marks for trying

I've become quite fond of the company here. I'll have wait until I can see some more on it but as designed it's perfect. The ONLY time I would ever need to make a call would be an emergency. Now flipping between Windows & Android? Majorly kewl.

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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

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FAIL

Why not?

It's not that the CIA & NSA didn't try to collect economic/business-related information, it's that they were bloody useless at it. Gates mentions elsewhere that he offered to work with five (5!) Secretaries of Commerce and was told not to bother.

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