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37 posts • joined 16 Oct 2009

Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

steve 124

nothing up my sleeve... hey look over there!

This is nothing more than a half-hearted attempt to misdirect the conversation away from "fast lanes". Everyone knows that when congestion is high, bandwidth gets throttled (it's the very nature of "limited resources") but these ISPs are just using this argument to get people warmed up to the idea of throttling at the ISP's discretion and in that lays the problem. The type of throttling being discussed here is completely different from taking bandwidth from everyone and giving the leftover to whoever pays you the most (ie. Netflix or youtube).

Congestion based throttling is not something we should even have to talk about, it's going to happen, it does happen and it's been happening (usually automatically by the routers and switches when packet loss to do line saturation is detected). The throttling we need to be discussing is the schoolyard bully type Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and every other US ISP is chomping at right now: "give me money or I'll beat up your bandwidth".

Meanwhile, while they talk about bandwidth concerns, I've been seeing advertisements on TV for XLTE (30 times faster)... how are they able to offer that if bandwidth is a concern? My LTE 4G is hitting around 20Mb/s so that means this XLTE would be something like 600Mb/s.

Maybe Mrs. Grillo would like to comment on this product? I mean you're telling us there's not enough backbone bandwidth, but then advertising that you have 30 times as much as we're using now? I'm no math major but something doesn't add up here.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: AV Software is the biggest attack vector on any PC

That's the craziest damn advice I've ever seen someone give. There are lots of non-excutable files that carry infection. Even a simple .rtf file can be a vector of infection (per CVE-2014-1761). Anything that gets loaded into another program (word, excel, index files, heck even .nfo files) can exploit buffer overflows and dozens of other vulnerabilities of their parent programs.

Nay, I would not abandon my A/V just yet.

My best advice for A/V these days is Webroot. I used to use ESET (and I'm a little upset to see them on "the list") but Webroot is solid like a rock.

Just my 2 cents.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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doesn't surprise me a bit

Comcast, thinking of new ways to gouge me and their other customers? Really? If they implement this it will be the final straw and I'll drop back to DSL. They seem to think we all forgot you can still receive over 30 channels QAM over the air with an antenna plus there's always streaming and DL sites, so if they think this level of double billing will be tolerated they are mistaken.

Heaven help us if they merge with Time/Warner. Too bad the FCC/FTC isn't doing their job keeping this monster under control.

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Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

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"hackers" um, yea not really

Hackers should be in quotes throughout this article, as we're really talking about wannabe script kiddies that would fall for this. Serves em right.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Wow, just wow

Stupidest thing I've ever heard come out of Dreamworks.

It sounds like Ted Stephens is their think tank go to guy.

Here's an idea, how about I don't pay for any of your films? Hmm, I wonder how that would affect their "profit margins"? These "hollywood execs" seem to forget it's entertainment and we CAN live without it if we choose.

I don't think my life will be diminished if I don't get to see Toy Story 17.

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Scotland? Really?

So, let me get this straight... You're experimenting with "solar powered" "line of sight" data transmission that requires clear air... in Scotland... Does anyone else see a problem here?

I'm a Yank and admittedly the only things I know about grand old Scotland is what I've seen on TV and the internet but I get the distinct impression that there are two things Scotland has a shortage of, namely, sunlight and clear sunny days. This seems like a project best suited for a more arid climate. Just sayin.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Re: So, by the time DX14 or DX15 comes along...

You must be thinking of open GL because I owned a Verite 1000 (one of the very first graphics accelerators) and it was open GL (and directx1 via a GLwrapper). Prior to this (in 97) there weren't true accelerator cards, just VESA output cards.

DX did indeed come out to solidify Windows as a gaming platform but GL could have easily supported the whole thing if the industry had decided to go that direction (as it is, that platform pretty much specialized for 3d design and graphics workstations).

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

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Re: I work for a major retailer.

Wow man that's scary. Sure wish you'd let us know which one. Regardless, I'm planning on using only cash after May 1st at brick and mortar stores. We started migrating to w7 over 2 months ago and will probably just barely make the cut off date.

BTW, jackofshadows, you're right and unfortunately it won't stop botnets controlled by those countries (and p2p traffic). But just imagine if it was implemented on an ISP level. That would amazing. Our security issues and spam would all but dry up. It's be easy to just put a loopback DNS entry for those subnets in the internet root DNS servers. A guy can dream can't he? :)

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steve 124

all ex CCCP countries... hmmm

Has no one noticed that the majority of these attacks are coming from Russia or old Soviet block countries? (of course, China too but at least they are government sponsored so they aren't looking to run up CC bills).

I think it's time we, as a planet, agree that if you can't play nice you can't be part of our interwebs. I added all the old Soviet country subnets to my firewall block list (at home and work) several years ago and my life is better because of it. I urge everyone to do the same. Just block everything from those criminal countries and we can just pretend they don't exist!

I can think of a few African countries that need to be included too (yes I'm looking at you Nigeria).

BTW, there is no sarcasm in this post, I really do this and I really believe this. Follow me into a brighter internet experience, block class A subnets. You'll feel better. :)

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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the math doesn't add up

ok, that last paragraph doesn't make me feel better. It says we see one every 100,000 years or so, but just earlier in the article they sited the Indonesia eruption was 74,000 years ago and then that the last one happened 26,000 years ago. Well, that sounds like at best they happen every 50,000 years or so and we're on the latter half of waiting for the next one.

Who wants to bet Yosemite will be the next one? <shivers>

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

steve 124

Holy crap moly! This didn't get anyone in the media even slightly interested? How many Directors of Security are likely to be doing Heroine, Coke and Xanax on a business trip to Vegas? This guy sounded like he was very very intelligent (and that sounds like something very stupid to do). I thought when it was announced back in the Summer that this sounded like an alphabet hit and the details really scream that some group didn't really want the general populous to know about this particular "flaw" (might get us asking too many questions the next time someone important drops dead of an apparent heart attack).

Next time just tell defcon that you're going to be speaking about a new droid bug you found and then spring the real subject when you're on stage, and don't drink anything you didn't make yourself.

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Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open

steve 124

Re: "Forced" to stay open ..

" beloved protectors" I smell a stoolie...

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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And just in time for Christmas 2013...

Introducing the new Nike Airforce One-Shot.

It's ergonomically designed soles will let you dominate the court while it's built in bluetooth enabled 20Megapixel camera means you'll never miss a shot... on the court or on the bench!

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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

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Great firewall of China

China isn't incompetent at all. The reason they represent the largest percent is they are doing this on the largest scale (and typically targeting US and EU). I would like to see everyone do what I'm doing (at home at on my corporate network). Drop all packets unacknowledged originating from China subnets. My company doesn't do any business with any Chinese companies and it's amazing how quiet your IDS gets once you just block those addresses. I realize they can use proxies to get to me, but if EVERYONE would do this, they wouldn't have very many avenues to use. Let's build a new Great firewall of China! (BTW, let's also add Russia and Nigeria).

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Microsoft aims to herd 70% of enterprise onto Windows 7 by mid-2013

steve 124
WTF?

This makes no sense (I hope you boys are checking your facts)

Last week there was this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/24/no_windows_7_sp2/

Now this announcement makes even less sense than that one did. So you tell us last week Win7 will end support in 2014, and then this week you tell us M$ is pushing for 70% saturation by mid 2013? So M$ is stupid enough to think we (corporate administrators) are going to flock to the W7 and be perfectly ok with <9 months of support before we have to buy W8 (or 9 by then) licenses and migrate the whole fleet again? If these articles actually come true, I will go Citrix or some other shared platform, buy a couple of licenses of Windows and take my chances with the auditors. I simply will not play these reindeer games with my budget.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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Windows 9 announced for early Q4

It took me until last year to adopt Windows 7 at home and we are only just now discussing moving the 300+ PC/laptop fleet in my network in late 2013 or early 2014. This announcement makes no sense to me. Everything I've read about Win8 makes me think it's a complete turd and there's no way I'm subjecting my users to completely relearning an OS (not to mention none of our current equipment will leverage any of the "features" that make W8 even slightly appealing). M$ doesn't seem to understand that the success of XP is what made them the OS leader. It's BECAUSE we were able to keep using XP for a decade that made it the standard and there's no way I'm going to convert our computers to W7, W8 or any future flavor if I'm going to have to turn around and repurchase the "next" version 2 or 3 years later. M$ needs to understand, the OS isn't the goal, it's the vehicle. Their strategy should be making the OS as safe and stable as possible so everyone uses it, then they make their real money off the applications (office, exchange, ISA, etc.)

This is the stupidest move M$ has made since pushing our ME to appease OEM manufacturers concerned about the Y2K bug.

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WD: HDD prices won't fall to pre-flood levels until 2013

steve 124
Stop

It's a fair cop...

This screams of price gouging. I bought 3TB HDDs last year for $135 ea, same drive after the floods, $307. Remember the memory price trials? Same thing. Are we to believe that they've been supplying the world with HDDs for decades, lowering prices each year and then along comes flooding in Thailand and boom, can't produce enough sorry. No, these are big companies and it would be foolish to put all your production facilities in a single area prone to natural disasters. I hope they investigate and prosecute WD, Seagate, Maxtor and all the others who have been using this as an excuse to jack up prices to pre SSD levels. My answer to their price hikes... I won't buy. I don't believe SSD is reliable enough to trust my important data and they are making it unreasonable to purchase enough platter drives to RAID enough to be safe at large capacity. I hope you're right and prices fall because my last array (12TB) is getting rather low on free space. Until they do, they can go suck on it because I won't give them a dime at current GB/$ ratios.

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VW STUNS WORLD+DOG WITH REAL HOVER-CAR!

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FAIL

LOL. That will go great with my Dick Tracy television-watch and there's room for my K9 robotic dog too! Surely you weren't actually on the fence if this was real or not.

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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Boffin

You're missing the obvious...

You don't need the cloud or batteries or bluetooth... It just needs to tap into your cerebellum! You're carrying around the most advanced supercomputer in the world (yes, even the stupid people) and the human body produces over 110whr of power... just leech a little of that juice and a small implant behind the ear to access higher brain functions (I'm absolutely positive Apple fanbois would be more than happy to do this if these are compatible with the Iphone5) and voila!

Oh, and this will work really well when connected via bluetooth v3 to my samsung flying car (no need for steering wheels or instruments... just look where you want to go and give it some "Siri-like" commands) I would totally trust it for that! Wow, I'm so excited, this is going to be as amazing as my wristwatch TV is! Oh, and the appstore could sell things like nightvision apps or oh, think about this one... x-ray specs!!! wooohooo! Now I'm really getting fired up! Oh Google goggles, you will do it all for me! The future is so bright... I gotta wear virtual shades! (no worries, there's an app for that too!)

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Sality botnet takedown plans posted online

steve 124

moot point

You can't imagine the damage doing so would incur. I often get friends and family asking me to clean their machines up and at least half of the time, "fixing" it requires a full reinstall to remove the various rootkits that have been installed. This means I have to pull the drive and transfer all their precious photos, music, etc. off their drive onto a temporary storage, wipe the drive then restore the data. I think the perceived damage of you wiping out all of Granny's photos would be pretty unforgivable. I think the solution here is software vendors need to have a better grasp of software exploits and update 0-day (you hear me M$?)

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IT departments need productivity plan: Gartner

steve 124

Another PHD who thinks he works for a living...

I'm an I.T. Director who still crawls around under desks and takes on-call rotation because I feel it's important to stay in touch with end users and to not ask my staff to do anything I would not do. Having said that I take it personally when some one with fancy letters after their name calls my industry lazy (which is the overall theme of this article). My company is like most in that anything that runs on electricity eventually gets sent to us for "handling". Consequently, we end up working on damn-near every little project, change or idea anyone has. I'd like to see this guy try to manage the number of things that happen in our department on any given Monday and then come back and tell me we need to work better with less. Sigh. As much as I hate to agree with anyone named Trevor, I'd say you nailed it spot on Mr. Pott.

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Obama refuses to respond to MPAA bribery claim petition

steve 124
Mushroom

This is why...

L1feless,

It's because we are no longer in control of the election process. Media is king here and the media has an agenda, push their guy and destroy all opposition. So anyone who could actually help fix this mess (like the aforementioned Ron Paul) gets discredited, minimized, and ignored while their puppets get glorified and praised. The worst thing is that all of that is only so that when the computerized voting machines we were suckered into accepting spit out the latest crap "winner" everyone just says "yeah, judging by what I saw on TV I figured he was gonna win". BTW, our "representatives" pushed this computerized voting system through without really asking the "people" what we thought of it.

If you're interested in seeing what has happened to our election system, watch the HBO documentary "Hacking America". It's funny how most people are smart enough to realize online casinos can't be trusted (<push button> "did I win?" - "No. you lost" <deduct money>) but they never think twice about letting an unmonitored, unregulated system of computers designed by Haliburton subsidiaries tally votes. Sigh. We deserve the fate befalling us (see also The Fall of the Roman Empire).

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

steve 124

exactly

And as long as this type of thing is coming from Hollywood I won't buy anything they are peddling. They can maintain this anti-public campaign without my money (the last new DVD I bought was Office Space). I used to buy VHS tapes (even at the ridiculous prices they were in the 80s) but since DVDs came out at >30$ per movie I have boycotted anything Hollywood and will continue to spit of the greedy sob's. Whether it's ruining TV with reality television or deleting millions of legitimate customer's data so they can punish the "pirates" the entire industry has it completely wrong. Imagine if we had a room full of people and KNEW 80% of them were doing something illegal... then scooped up the entire lot of them and tossed them in jail... the MPAA/RIAA would be totally ok with that (judging by the actions they have been engaging in over the last few years). And I guess so is the law enforcement arm of the government at this point.

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Ocean currents emerge as climate change hot-spots

steve 124

warming?

Here in Arkansas it's 69F today (Jan 30th)... at least 20 degrees warmer than normal... been like this all month. Winter was cancelled for us this year. We don't get snow every year but it usually gets cold enough to kill the mosquito population. We've only hit freezing 7 times this year (all winter) and we hit a record high temp last summer of 118F (I might add it was 89% humidity that day). When I was a kid here we had snow every year, without fail, until I was in my teens. I don't know about tidal currents and jet streams; but here, at least, global warming is already happening. Can anyone in other parts of the world comment if you're seeing this drastic of a change in the last year or so? I imagine the Southern Hemisphere is feeling it worst since they are closer to the Sun during summertime (at least it's wintertime when we're orbitally closer to the sun in the States).

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BSA marks down SOPA: ‘must try harder’

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Pirate

Good.

I agree with many other posts here. If passed this will escalate piracy technology to encrypted tunneling and other technologies that they can't monitor, can't prosecute, and can't stop without disrupting large amounts of legitimate traffic. Piracy has been around since reel to reel recorders back in the 60s (and probably before that) and it's just part of the price of doing business. Are grocers going to start cavity searching their customers to prevent a few steaks from being shoplifted? No, they are going to cut their losses and mark up the price for everyone else. This is the same reason we have to pay 40$ for a bluray that costs 5$ to make (well, that and the fact these companies are greedy beyond measure and they will price their wares to the penny of what the consumers are willing to pay). These companies need to realize this is like the battle of terror, it's not something that can ever be eradicated and trying to do more than keep it under control is wasting their money. Think about the evolution of file sharing because of their actions: direct downloads to peer to peer, peer to peer went to peer to peer with IP filtering, encrypted peer to peer, private IRC, private IRC SSL, torrents, encrypted torrents (I'm going to stop here since I really don't want to give a heads up to the PTB of what the current state of the art is, but be assured, this won't stop anyone other than casual downloaders. These guys are going to behind the tech curve for file sharing no matter what they do.

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

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uninformed

This may sound like a stupid question, but won't this stuff eventually suffer from a decaying orbit and come back in the atmosphere to burn up harmlessly? I'm sure the newer stuff up there is a concern but surely nothing stays up there very long without a boost to keep it in orbit?

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Openwave sues: Asks for halt on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry

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Ridiculous

Oh I wish I had the vision in my youth to patent such specifics. I would (amongst other things) have patented, transporting water in liquid form, external cell phones (leaving Apple only the I-Intestine series for development), oh so many possibilities. Hmm, is there a patent on binary data yet?

I don't like Apple, but my country has obviously lost it collective spine to these ridiculous lawsuits. It makes me sad to see this type of frivolous crap.

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Man reveals secret recipe behind undeletable cookies

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apples / oranges

This would only be a suitable example if Target had someone in a trenchcoat covertly following you and writing down on a notepad everything you looked at, picked up and put down, or put in your cart and then decided not to buy. That wouldn't be cool and neither is this.

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steve 124

Blacklisted

Thanks for the info El Reg! I'm adding the associated IPs to my firewall blacklist. Let's see em respawn cookies on my network now! :)

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Alice: The Madness Returns

steve 124

Help us determine FPS before we buy?

Would love to see your PC specs so we can decide if our machine is more or less powerful (since you seem to have had frame rate issues). How about it Lucy?

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Comcast 'Tweetgate' apology thrown back in face

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Happy

Busted

So, I wonder if anyone is looking closer at "commissioner" Baker's book to see if any more than a cushy job bribe was involved in the pushing through of the merger?

Hmm, guess they probably aren't since many of the people who would be in charge of regulations have come from the corporations they regulate. Good for the non-profit to deny CommieCast their PR stunt. It's a shame they won't get the money, but at least Comcast didn't get to save face.

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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

steve 124

@mrs. doubtfire (since you were anonymous)

LOL, called me a muppet. I so love Brits. Anyways, if you think the food chain doesn't go full circle from top to bottom in the ocean then you've got another thing coming. It looks like (at least from the media coverage) that this thing is winding down somewhat (except for extremely contaminated run-off water going into the Japanese harbor, of course). The point of my post is (and England should realize this as much as Japan) that no one is an island in todays world and things countries do (particularly nuclear things) have effects for everyone. My country (USA) is as guilty as the rest, I'm willing to bet pre-atomic cancer rates (if indeed they tracked such things pre-wwII) were significantly lower world-wide than they are today (after the atomic club countries detonated over 2050 atomic weapons both below and above ground). I'm sure bananas weren't radioactive in the 1800s but I guess it's all a matter of how much contamination you're willing to live with. Apparently you don't mind a little plutonium in your fish fillets.

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steve 124
Flame

seriously?

Lewis,

This article is as shameful as the complete blackout of real news about the reactor problems for the last week by mainstream media. They were downplaying the problem when there were 4 FOUR! reactors in danger of cascade failure and that was less than a week ago. Even if only one of those reactors leaks out cesium 139 in large amounts it will be disastrous to the world (not just Japan). The media were thanking God for the radiation blowing out to sea last week, but are you going to eat any pacific cod caught after last week? Take a look at some of the fish products in your kitchen (Starkist tuna for instance) and you'll get a quick idea of how much is caught in Asian countries fishing the pacific ocean and then shipped world-wide. The ocean feeds Asia and if they can't get that food where will it come from? Nay, I say this is still a very worrisome event and the fact that the catastrophe is happening in slow-motion doesn't make it any less deadly. I can't blame the Japanese government for blacking out the news (I mean, where are they going to evacuate the entire country's population?) but you really should look at the current maps of contamination from Chernobyl and see what kind of area one controlled meltdown can affect (after 30 years) before you start blowing your horn and declaring "mission accomplished" to the internet.

I pray that this event does not continue to develop, but nuclear fuel is not a burning piece of coal that can be snuffed out... it lingers and burns for a very long time.

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Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage

steve 124

Nooes! mai ize hurts

That was atrocious. It took so long for my brain to process how absolutely bad the first video was that I was half-way through the 2nd one before I realized the damage this did (to me and possibly my hard drive). Some things can not be unseen. I can haz mai 2 minutes back?

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Security boss calls for end to net anonymity

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Big Brother

Hammer and Sickle time

Comrad, what a wonderful idea. I'm sure we could find some ex-stasi officers who are looking for work that could help us police the internet. Oh, and we have all these left over uniforms from the "good ole" days (you remember, the ones with fur hats and that distinctive hammer and sickle emblem) for some internet "auditors" to wear as they go door to door performing ID checks. Yes, this is wonderful. Where is a petition to sign, I'll vote for this... oh yea, it won't be optional. No thanks Mr. Kapersky.

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