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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

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Re: 10 years+ later

Another 3-handed economist! I don't think we've met before?

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Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

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Re: PCs are much faster than they were 3 years ago

... I'm thinking ... (wait for it) .... Got me.

The exceptionz are gamers and workstation users. The first is almost certainly met by a dedicated device as it gives a nicely defined target for developers and (perhaps?) better game play. The latter, if the CISO/CIO isn't totally insane served via remote desktop from the firm, particularly when it's framed by the insider threat.

We're collectively heading to phones and tablets at home, and on the road, with a couple of laptops for school work. And, of course, my $10K server/workstation. I really want to dish that out to anything here but the solutions are ugly, require a full time expert DevOp, and/or huge amounts of cash. Oh well.

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Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

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Re: Hmm

I can't address "modern hybrid HPC," but I know that 6.0 will help on the software engineering end as I'll be using the coming Tegrs K1 for sensors processing. I've have a ton of experience twiddling bits and for that unified memory is actually a plus.

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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

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Agreed. Total non-starter here. I'm sure it would be nice to have an extra license or three in the family. [It's a r-e-a-l-l-y big family. License management is actually one of my chores.]

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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Re: Probably the right order to do it in...

Using cron would be a better approach. Oh you'd want wrap it with perhaps a nicer interace, but from the problem domain, much beyond that is seriously gilding the lily.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Happy

I see nothing but, appropriately enough, "NET" for both sides. Yahoo! gets there users bounced off of all those listservs thus freeing up, or shit-canning, a whole boatload of mail servers. On the list keepers, they simply do a search and delete on all yahoo receipiants which lowers their costs at the expense of a couple of lines of script at the validation stage of list subscription. Everybody wins, except the poor sods with _only_Yahoo! addresses. But who wants to talk to them anyway.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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Near Miss

A lot of what Dell is trying here is a near miss to my reference model. The display here is an Acer 20" 10-pt touch, with dual-MHL/HDMI interestingly enough. I already had designs on un-tethering from it's 16'/5m cables. I wander around with it a lot and aside from backlight heating is quite comfortable to use in most any position. Current OS is Windows 2012 R2 since it's my test bed. So local OS is on the table; already playing or will be playing with Galileo and nVidia K1, perhaps more; and will have to fab the power source. So, nice try Dell. Can use it here but it'll stick out asking for one brush leading to a dead unit due to an irreplacable connector (HDMI/MHL). And that power cable on the display will be another catchable item while manipulating a sales pitch or similar use-case (hate that term).

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

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Don't do it! It's a

To win, you must first lure your enemy onto fatal terrain - paraphrasing Sun Tzu. All the items in the article are Oracle's strengths and the weaknesses of many a start-up, although the start-ups can surprise you. So, ask yourselves [again and again] what does Oracle get out of this?

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: Alternatives

I've encountered that before, also in an Chinese product. On the other hand, far too often I can speak at least some of a language and the subtitles bear little to no relationship with what is said. I get a lot of stares (is he bonkers kind) as it's endlessly funny.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: Come back salmon!

Must be the green electrons which are clearly, visibly different from the red electrons. I've never been able to figure out how they match changes in demand by more than one customer against required changes in supply from differing categories of energy providers. I know it is possible, just extremely unlikely ever to occur in real life. Have to add a data-center or three for just my state and that doesn't even address the interconnects to suppliers who aren't going to be too happy about the power company directly controlling their generators. On the demand side, well that's why God invented Big Data and data scientists. Frankly that's easy compared to displaying exactly correct carbon-loading for each good, but I'll stop there.

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Re: Shut the right one down

Just one of many corrections to your ad hominem attacks: With abundant cheap (clean is irrelevant) power, extraction, recovery, and proper disposal of any unusable waste fractions is a snap. It actually becomes seriously profitable. The engineering is beyond done; it's waiting on the shelf. The only component missing is abundant, cheap energy. And, why yes, I am several kinds of engineer with zero tolerance for BS.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Unacceptable

There's several major publishers out there that don't allow DRM to be applied even by Amazon or Apple, thank you very much. They'd rather have a happy _repeat_ customer.

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

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Nothing new here...

I spent fifteen years as a volunteer SysOp in multiple fora. If you posted something not in accordance with our guidelines it would be moved out of view. If you did so repeatedly despite warnings, you were banned. On/in someone's private property, you do not have an absolute right to free speech. If you believe otherwise, you are sadly deluded. And yes, I'm very familiar with Constitutional law.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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IT Angle

Hell, thousands is entry-level for a decent workstation unless you are Dell or HP who have some real strange ideas what goes into one. I've been designing and building my own since '87 and they consistently run me ~$10,000 (unindexed for inflation) not counting operating systems (plural) and software. Frankly Gnome 3.12 might keep my FirePro 3D mildly amused. To each their own.

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Re: 3.12 on Fedora 20

Thanks! Things blowing up here is normal ;-). [Which is why trial stuff is usually just fine. Nothing lasts very long.]

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: Typical Microsoft

And it all comes down to controlling the user/device as evidenced by the rest of the announcement (Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune, &c.). I'd like to a cost/user comparison between this for providing Office versus Remote Desktop Session Host (classic terminal server) versus VDI. There should be DLP criteria differences in that comparison. Hmmm.... Hey Trevor!!!

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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Based on openly published material, Zuckerburg should look towards the US defense industry for engineering satellite-laser link technology.

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Put your feet up and make the virtual data centre work for you

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Re: Eggs Basket

... and how hard is it to either bring back in-house or port over to another service. DR in the sense of the previous provider being the disaster.

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It's storage's HOLY GRAIL: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos

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Layers & Layers

I really do understand that a new abstraction layer is called for here. Where I have some reservations is around the need to play well with another's kit and at what point do we call for taking a sledgehammer to that stack of layers to reintroduce lost efficiencies. Forty- five years dealing with this vicious cycle so pardon the jaundiced eye.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Re: Seems strange...

That works right until your vehicle hits the concrete barrier called reality. To wit that almost all kit is made in China to begin with. I'd also toss in that the provenance of parts and the NSA's TAO intercepts of shipped material demonstrate what should be bleeding obvious. If the NSA can readily accomplish this, then rest assured most any global power can. I'd also offer the multinationals and larger national enterprises for consideration as well. The latest is Microsoft but HP and NotW are pretty disgusting. Trust is as much a fool's game as paranoia. (Trust: that precondition necessary for betrayal.) Privacy, even as practiced by nation states, privately held corporations, or persons is D-E-A-D. Move along to the next stage of grief.

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SECRET Apple-Comcast CONFAB BLAB: Movies streamed to TV? – report

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Re: This is in Apple's best interests.

Two words: monopoly rents. De jure, de facto, makes no de fference.

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

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Re: Better read all of the MS T&C's

Best if you bother to spend the time to review ALL the legal agreements you subject yourself to in the course of your life. At first it may seem wasted time but after reading a dozen or so, you can run a checklist as you scan them. It has a couple of benefits as well. It lends a deserved air of caution while seeking employment. It also reduces the chance of contracting major butt-hurt as this ex-employee will feel in the near future. Oh, one more. Government types don't try to snowball me. When something seems odd, ask them to break out the regulations.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Re: Net Neutrality

I'd have a bit more (just a smidge) empathy for AT&T were their financials not so strong and getting even stronger despite continued economic weakness. If anything, this is exactly the time to invest in physical capital given zero effective interest rates. So, AT&T just when DOES it seem the right time to invest rathee than, say, triple earnings per share?

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Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

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Re: So they...

I figure that it will quickly pander to us in order to extract what it needs/ wants. Just like cats.

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Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

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Re: Explains why Asus are dropping dual OS...

Only half right as Google also dropped the hammer on it. That's okay. I'll just emulate Android on my workstation when required (like testing an app on it) and RDP for Windows on Android. Stupid shit anyway. It's a tiny-tiny niche case and they had to kill it lest we have the best of all possible worlds: any application, any device, anywhere, any time. That's the real fail. Looking like collusion more and more with every passing month.

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Experience? Not when it sits in your lap! In bed, 20" full touch and it's awesome. Great on the couch or table-top as well. [Nowhere good as sex though....] Even editing doesn't totally suck now. It's the whole not having to hold your arms up to operate it that makes the difference. Now I'm doing the skull-sweat to make it even more functional as it's still clunky with my sixteen foot active extender cords.

BTW, all of my typing and editing here and above. done on my touch display in my lap.

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Re: HP already have all-in-one

I've been lusting for the largest Wacom here myself and yep it's $2000. What I did get, for the interim, is a $169 Acer 20" 10 pt. capacitive multi- touch which is sitting in my lap as I type this. And the observations above have been dead on. Light, battery powered, waterproof, drop-worthy.... Windows 8.1 is actually decent which speaks volumes about how well Microsoft matches OS characteristics to real-world hardware. [Original table-top Surface, Surface 1 & 2 RT/Pro, W8 Desktop & Server, and that's only recently!] My other display is a 30" 2560x1600 True-Color and it's for serious work now. With the 20" you get an on-screen keyboard and touch that doesn't suck especially on the Windows desktop.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

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Interesting even w/o Obligatory Swipe

I can't see Apple caring very much until there's a heck of a lot more customer push-back than the grief around Flash. I can see some interesting uses here given my addiction to all kinds of simulations. What will be very nice is for games (FPS, RPG,&c.) being capable enough for the (newish) high PPI displays. Not my niche. Memory and battery life in the face of GPU demands will be the new constraints.

I wonder how crazy fast you can get on non-memory constrained desktops with high-end cards? Heck, might be the hot-ticket fon Intel and AMD on-die GPU's. [I have an AMD FirePro 3D W7000 looking for some light entertainment.]

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Imagination brings real-time hyper-realistic ray tracing to mobile kit

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Constraints?

I need two numbers at a minimum. Price & TDP.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

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Re: @AC

I'm somewhat convinced that losing Technet was our "reward" for bitching so much about Metro/Modern.

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Democrats introduce net neutrality legislation in Senate and House

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How about?

How about the Dems introducing this bill *knowing* that it is DOA in the House, and if it should miraculously pass will be killed in the Senate. Do remember that Hollywood and other industry groups count on Democratic support far more than the useful idiots in the Republican party. [They back old-media friendly trade deals like TTIP et al.]

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

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Re: Cuttin Cables

Whoever did the failure analysis missed the obvious single point of failure. Don't get stuck on stupid. In this case, there should have been an offsite DR node which can actually be "cloudy" or not.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Re: Also strike against Microsoft

Remember? Just last week Lenovo bought IBM's x86 server line. Lock, stock, and engineers.

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Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official

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Huh?

Completely and utterly bizarre. What with the top two playing footsie with the cable ISP's (anticompetively) and the only way that the next two can even get some skin in the game by completely disrupting the duopoly, just color me confused. One would think that combining #3 & #4 would lead to better differentiation, but I must have forgotten everything I learned about market competition (especially economic history). I need a drink.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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We control the...

Everyone, Microsoft included, are going vertical. Well, except Microsoft who are also going horizontal!

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When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Re: all ex CCCP countries... hmmm

Wouldn't do anything for proxies methinks but worth thinking about.

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Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

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Re: El Reg now has a correspondent in Mongolia?

Nice catch!

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

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Don't know means don't know...

At this stage we simply do not know the PoS attack vector nor the characteristics of any communications used between the PoS terminals, in-store servers, nor from store to the 'net. I would suspect that a mirror shunt was used but that's only a suspicion. Brian Krebs didn't reveal a whole lot, so far. And that's before we even consider the other attacks and possible commonalities.

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Vulnerability leaves Cisco small biz routers wide open to attack

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Cisco is not alone here

This is part of a broader vulnerability for TCP-32764. It is conjectured that it was put in place by one, or more, SerComm engineers to allow resetting the devices that used their devices during the testing process in case the router locked up. Again, conjecture. The researcher that identified it has a PoC at GitHub: https://github.com/elvanderb/TCP-32764 . I'd include the suspect devices list except that link blows up here when placed in this reply.

Turns out that the Arris device used by ComCast routers here has the vuln. so it just isn't business, even just SMBs. It's a very popular device.

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Ain't that the sad and sorry truth. Approaching five decades in this biz and the engineering and marketing permutations look all the same: as if it were Toynbee's cycles on crack.

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US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

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Components...

Unfortunately, these components aren't something that you can normally source (GaAs chips...). So it would most likely come down to picking who's going to be listening in on the data streams, IMNSHO. Frankly, I'd pick the Brits rather than 'my own' (US).

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: Profitless Android

Agreed. There would have to be knock-on effects or we would be seeing firms exit the market. Not enter the market in ever increasing numbers. Putting on the econometrician hat, something is not being measured, but what that is, I don't know.

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Re: Paranoid Android

Agree on the fail but in my case I don't have a phone. Any phone. And prefer it that way. [Then again who in Hell, aside from sales or campaign staff would even want to talk at me.]

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Why storage needs Quality of Service

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This is like tuning racing cars which are having parts replaced/upgraded as you are tuning them for the next race. I've been there, done that, burned the t-shirt and I most certainly loved the challenge. When I was young and (somewhat?) stupid. On that note, it's over the yardarm somewhere.

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Re: Additional Complexity

Essentially your making the case for applying a type of predictive analytics with high autonomy on rule determination and application. I've done that in several fields (logistics, medicine (epidemiology), even financials and the social sciences. The fun part will be determining the monitoring (wiring) harness for the workloads although... that part's going to be hard.

Now I know what's going to be occupying my thoughts for a few.

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Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

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Re: Honey Trap?

Nope. All you need is recording of packets entering the system of nodes and those exiting them, then sufficient computing capability to match one to the other. You need not have all the nodes, as you might expect, just a sufficient number. MITM capabilitiy would be nice at these exact points. (Where have I heard they have that?) At best, the relays would allow you to check the coverage on the overall system, but they contribute nothing to the actual process. Toss a few million, actually close to a billion I expect, given exactly the level of retention of all traffic and you too can be the NSA.

Waving the 'Cryptographic Magic Wand' over something doesn't make it secure. Packets are still packets and entries and exits are where they have a much lower level of protection. Or as I prefer to put it, plumbing is still plumbing. I was there for the birth of ARPAnet, Unix, and a bunch of other stuff. Assuming complexity where there is no such a requirement is a failing of the modern today.

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Honey Trap?

I don't believe an Honey Trap is involved. All that is required is that a significant number of the nodes within TOR, especially entrance and/or exit nodes, be monitored and you can roll up the network whenever you have sufficient suspects. One of the things that I looked at was donating an AWS node to TOR. It became clear to me exactly what would be required to break anonymity on TOR. Nothing special, just own a bunch of it.

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

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Re: Very Nice Mozilla @Adam1

Sounds like you have a pretty thorough understanding of what's involved. I know I'm guilty of the two- or three-dozen open tabs nearly one hundred percent of the time.

Have a beer.

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Re: Yeah right

A simpler explanation is that for every API layer you have to transit, and God forbid crossing a Ring boundary in x86 (x86-64), your code got a whole hell of a lot slower. Which is of concern here as I make heavy use of virtualisation in the first place, never mind all those layers going up the stack. Direct compilation to clang/gcc using bare or near-bare metal? Not so much crap in the way of getting the job done. Sometimes (sometimes?!!) I convince myself that we do this complexity to justify our existence (job insurance).

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Data Retention Directive CLASHES with EU citizens' privacy rights, says top lawman

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FAIL

GCHQ has already demonstrated both the willingness and capability to use MITM attacks to lift user credentials from the Belgian telco system/network engineers. Those are the very people that can pull up that data which is why they would be targeted in the first place. The US and the rest of the Five Eyes got included on the take. There's the problem. In addition, any datastore that is accessible remotely, sometimes even over an airgap if you can believe that, can and will be cracked by someone with an interest (or just for the lulz) in that data.

This is your problem. My government (US) doesn't respect anyone's privacy. Period. [Not that I had any privacy with them anyway. And no, I don't wear a tinfoil hat.]

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