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Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees

Notas Badoff
WTF?

Huh?

"... around 2,000 staff went on a one-day hunger strike two weeks ago to demand greater job security."

Can someone explain this to me? Is this a strike without snacks? Or work without breakfast? It just sounds so much like "You're so mean to us we're not going to use the letter 'K'!" How does that wor'?"

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Joke

April 1st?

Ahh, I see.... April 1st1st is twice as nutty as April 1st, by the three comments above.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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FAIL

Bloomberg: "... two people familiar with the matter said."

But they didn't mention it before everyone knew about it. When they might have had some credibility, y'no?

Flash! Alert! Lisbon will be destroyed in a 9.0 earthquake!

Well okay, I'm a few hundred years late there. How about:

Major news! Russia invades Ukraine, says they are liberators!

Am I 69 years late or 69 hours too soon?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Mushroom

Have you checked our website?

Trying to understand another weirdness with McA-Mantic virus scanner, I started searching their 'knowledgebase' with keywords specific to my problem. Getting nothing back I began getting more and more general with the searches. Still getting nothing I finally clued in and searched for 'virus'. Nothing. No articles found. 'malware'. Nothing.

Sent them an email saying their search function was dead-on-entry. After two round-trips with the AI answering the emails, and checking again *four* days later, still no articles found searching for 'virus'.

Hmm... A year later, should I check again?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Facepalm

Linus for motivational speaker?

So guy isn't a kernel-type coder, and doesn't interact directly with them - by choice he says. (there's mucho background there fursher)

But coder's widget is fundamental to Linux and affects the kernel people fundamentally.

How do you get dis guy to fix his stuff?

Public shaming, if nothing else works ... ?

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

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Joke

My phone says....

Sky: get to the basement.

Water: get to the roof.

Earth: get to the street.

Of course, in some benighted lands it'd be

Rocket: get to the roof to take pictures!

Water: get 'board and hang ten.

Quake: tweet!

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

Notas Badoff

How about the judgements in France requiring certain search results be changed? "Google suggest" I think.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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BitCoin or passwords?

Which will this monster be better fit to churn/crack?

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Wanna make 15 bucks? Assimilate someone into the Google Apps BORG

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Alien

Cue the

comments that Google just wants you to "provide a taxpayer identification number and bank account information, ..." to complete their total knowledge campaign... or seed a random number generator or something evil, y'no?

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Apple's iPhone plant didn't kill UNDERAGE TEEN factory worker

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Vaccination?

Footnote mentions what the usual cause of pneumonia is. Would also be nice to mention there's a vaccine against 23 different strains of that bacterium. SO had pneumonia 3 times in 10-some years. Got the shot, and not an incidence since (more than 10 years).

Come to think of it, maybe Apple could ask their contracting companies to offer vaccinations as a free benefit of employment? Paternalism and all that. (and self-interest, yes?)

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

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Re: Obama strikes again

You forgot the joke icon. Or did you think it obvious enough?

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

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batoota? batoota?

Hmm, okay, there's an association with Arabic, but who knows what batoota was supposed to mean. Hmm, Batoota films would like batoota.com. Ibn Battuta was "a famous traveler" so I could see a travel-related site for the ME.

But... How did Yahoo end up with it? That might be an interesting story!

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Scared yet, web devs? Google smears malware warnings over PHP.net

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Meh

Re: not awake yet

"Malicious software is hosted on 4 domain(s), including cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com/, stephaniemari.com/, northgadui.com/."

PHP.net page(s) reference stuff stored at cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com

Please read above about 1 hop, 2 hops, 3 hops

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Keyboard fatigue? Now you can SCRAWL in Gmail and Google Docs

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Happy

Practice practice

Not so much writing notes, as practicing writing Chinese characters. This with Google translate on GS4. It is quite reinforcing when you've gotten the strokes of a character close enough that it shows up in the possibilities window. Where else would I get that practice?

Who'd'a thunk it - a tool that can cause native users to forget how to write (b/c constantly using phonetic input method) can also be used to foster learning how to write for students.

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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WTF?

"..., especially about derriere-related deletions, ..."

W-wha? I think this went over my head, or under the bow, or something. Are you saying you didn't 'poop' the whole week?

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Coffee/keyboard

*cough*

"Sphincters unclench audibly at mission control"

So that's fine, then, ... let's quit farting around and get back to work!

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

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Thumb Down

Re: Yeah, wasting money paying you too...

So the article has been vandalized with the same sub-standard humor three times this year. And you knew about it. And did nothing to help.

And you are blaming who in particular?

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

Notas Badoff
Joke

Re: THEY'RE TRASHING OUR RIGHTS!

Ah, an example of low entropy. Mmmm, say 6 bits of IQ?

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

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That is the consideration that requires the Swiss to first try on their own satellite only. Touching any other country's satellite would ignite politics on high thrust. No one has made any determination/treaty yet on the general legality of any of this.

So the Chinese add 50% more orbiting bits by blowing up their own defunct satellite as an example of deorbiting technology. (What other purpose could they have been demonstrating?) The Russians are not going to be happy at anyone presenting them a bill for services rendered for pre-CIS trash, such as the myriads of sodium globules from exploded reactors. And the US is going to plead money problems and say they'll tackle it sometime after Social Security.

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Facepalm

Cow? I'm reporting you!

"Should women in the public eye be cowed by the trolls, then?"

Consult the relevant law.

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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Happy

Thanks for the diaeresis

An example of in-band forward error correction, yes?

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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

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Re: "So why do you still have it?"

Because every government entity that could coopt the press forbid the spotted G from touching anything until the greatest amount of PR about 'investigations' and 'scrutiny' and 'protection' and 'concern' could be extracted from a non-governmental goof.

A year it took. Was the emphasis ever on the data, or on the PR that could be gained?

I'd ask this of the continuously fulminating commentards: which really looks worse in this debacle, the public G or the private G?

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Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

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Joke

Re: Bug report

Then shouldn't your user name be just "3.0" ?

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Report: China IP theft now equal in value to US exports to Asia

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Windows

Attacks always go well

"If counterattacks against hackers were legal, there are many techniques that companies could employ that would cause severe damage to the capability of those conducting IP theft."

If the efforts of private actors go as well ((badly)) as those of government actors, this would degenerate into a free-fire zone where no one can tell who or what actually got attacked by the "return fire".

Would you really trust a BAE or GE to know a joe job misdirection from a real attacking source? Do you really want to give a government entity (say China) proof that they were attacked by a (bamboozled) <insert Western pigfarm here>, thereby giving them the further justification to continue their own righting of centuries of injustice.

Show me the instances where enough evidence of attack origination was isolated to take to an international court and win a ruling. Until you've got evidence the level of "here are the pictures of the missiles in Cuba" you aren't going to win, and you'll attack the wrong enemies. (Sorry about the slipup Telenor, no hard feelings, right?)

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Press exposure of Federal data security hole leads to legal threats

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Megaphone

What's the Streisand effect variant called ...

where you are screaming "stop looking at me, start aiming at me."

"... simply by searching Terracom's site on Google for a particular file type."

Which means that any charges must include Google, which means any defense must include Google. (When *all* the lawyers are grinning you should worry)

Or, you know, if a public utility like Google search can see your data freely, and has for months, then it ain't protected at all, my exhibitionistic sleep-walking friend!

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Pint

Freedom of speech!

So we aren't going to talk about what might be talked about, because we (Intel) really like freedom of speech, so let's not talk about anything unpleasant?

D••n, this makes tech seem so much simpler than real life....

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Joke

Why's your bugzapper sitting on the ground?

"Ants"

You don't use bugzappers for ants!

"Watch..."

Wow, look at that thing sparkle....

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Re: Weak in history?

Umm, you should register as "amnesiac coward".

The whole point of knowing history is to not repeat other people's mistakes. Otherwise, at least video it so we can laugh at you.

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

Notas Badoff
Facepalm

"... Branson plans to be aboard ... along with his two children, "if my wife allows.""

No sane person would put all his little ducklings and himself on the same experimental aircraft on its first full-scale flight. Even if it doesn't end up wiping out his posterity, the mere fact of doing this will be an indelible comment that he thinks he's a Hollywood movie rather than being in the real world. The biographies would always end with "... and a fool."

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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

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Re: Separation of church and state

Using demagoguery to damn demagogues? Isn't that like a philosophical suicide vest?

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US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week

Notas Badoff
Holmes

Re: unfair burdens?

You no read article? "... to over 9,600 state, regional, city and town tax authorities ..."

That means someone has to keep track of what the particular sales tax is on particular classes of items on particular days depending on which state, city, local district someone is ordering from. They have "tax holidays" for back-to-school for 2 separate weeks of the year round these parts. That's for the state tax, or is it the state and city but not the local, or is it...

So someone has to offer the 'service' (thus at a price) of letting you fire off a query based on delivery address, for them to then respond with how much and how to split it up. Everytime someone hits your front door waving money, you have to run out the back door and ask someone how much to charge them. Retrofit this!

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Feds urged to probe four US cell big boys over Android holes

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How long ago?

"... Verizon Wireless told The Register that it "thoroughly" tested every update before delivering it to customers. "We ... provide mandatory updates to devices as quickly as possible, ...," a spokesman said."

So, when did you last issue updates through your network. What month? Which year??

Ask that of all the operators. No bullshit answers, just what was the last time?

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

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Joke

Someone please do a poster of Obi-Wan saying

I felt a great perturbance in the heuristics, as if millions of lines suddenly ...

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Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks

Notas Badoff
Headmaster

Oranges and pips

"... shows ebook sales accounting for 22.55 per cent of all revenue ..."

"Still, the fact that nearly one of four books sold last year was an ebook is ..."

The linked article talks about %age of revenue. You then extrapolate to proportion of copies sold. Wrong. Or at least, precise only to the degree that publishers are screwing their customers. With the too-often seen current situation, where a $20 book is a $17.95 ebook, then they unfortunately approach equivalence.

But oh we wish that publishers would get a clue. If my friend Foo says "The life of Bar" is a great read, I might splash $5 on such a recommendation. But $15 or $20 or more is a no-go. I'll buy so many more copies at fractional prices than the greedy full prices. The volume will go higher if you lower the barrier. Give me a bargain and you'll make a mint.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Megaphone

Sky's the limit

I'm afraid this hits my limit on public disclosure and it is plain irresponsible to do this. Always assume there are people out there much cleverer than you are. This jerk's work of 3 years might just be reproducible in 3 weeks by someone else. Once realizing that small fact he'll be rather sleepless too. Nothing like having your name publicly associated with "how could that disaster happen?" Ahh, fame at last.

"The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphone's accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about."

Assuming the handset would need to be in proximity to said aircraft, as in inside, this would be the classic mad scientist's belated education in unintended consequences, as having moved the handset and induced a reaction, the reaction would induce a further reaction in the now flailing handset, culminating in the now doomed passengers telling said sad sack "we could have told you that would happen - don't you ever watch movies?"

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Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

Notas Badoff
Joke

Give it a beat!

The mistake was having it merely monotonic... so boring. Change it to be specified like SVG's dasharray: on for 2, off for 3, on for 1, off for 1, on for 4, etc. Add in a time signature and "audible: yes", and we making music! Now that they support canvas and SVG, I can see MS doing a rotating mirror ball and inviting Chairman Bill to the party!

BTW: Was it intentional not to scrub the <blink> tag </blink> from the repeated article text at top of comments area? No... Yes... No... Yes...

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Dell ready to pay Icahn $25m to behave himself during buyout deal

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Megaphone

Re: How is this kind of deal even legal?

Legal and been done over and over. Burroughs bought Sperry with Sperry's reserves. Well, and then a lot more short-term loans to make it work, after Sperry dropped a poison pill. Hey, the bankers don't ever really learn, do they? Oh, and this was engineered by a former US Treasury secretary, Blumenthal. Oh, and then the pension fund got halved in a deal gone bad with a customer that bankrupted after the pension fund bought quite a lot of shares in it, to encourage it to buy equipment from Unisys.

Intelligence is hard to see in these deals. Morality is clear out of sight.

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OLPC shuns Indian founder after anti-tablet screed

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Megaphone

Satish Jha

I do wish we had the ability to create a placeholder comment posting here on behalf of Mr. Jha, so that we could upvote his position that bullshit in lieu of actual progress is eminently recognizable, in spite of what the eminent sputter in denial.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Trollface

Fixed that for you

"Presumably, we may yet see a Windows 8.2, 8.3, or further before Redmond finally delivers a version deemed worthy of being called Windows."

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Facepalm

Re: April Fools!

@Turtle: Thank you for the reference, as looking up "Ern Malley" at WP found

"They particularly despised the well-funded modernist poetry magazine Angry Penguins and ..."

Not that we know any angry penguins, no...

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Curiosity out of safe mode, doing science again

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Trollface

Re: Wot no checksums?

Oh shush, or you'll restart the whole "thick ethernet could have handled it" donnybrook.

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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

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Cardiff? Oh, *him*, sure

Pull up PDF and check the authors... ohhh yeahh, it's him - Wickramasinghe. He's been using every opportunity to 'identify' interstellar life since the '60s. SARS was extraterrestrial, y'know. And other viruses. And other bacteria. And ....

Searched for 'NASA' in the PDF. They made some scanning electron microscope pictures. I don't see them being quoted as sourcing the 'explanations' about flagella and friends. I can take any photograph you've taken and announce to the world that you have gotten the definitive evidence of the boojumwicz (in the lower left corner, behind the trash can, it's *there*, see?) Even if _you_ deny it there'll be 1000s of believers. (Ooo, it has pretty fur! Scales! Fur! Scales!)

Nitrogen-depleted flagella? Biologicals throughout the rock? From Sri Lanka and Cardiff? The "Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology"? No, and my purple toed seven eyed friend here is making the wavy movements of the head crest that means they are greatly amused.

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Flame

A failure of imagination

Let me help.

Where do the big boomer beasts live and work and earn their keep? Up in space.

Now it's quite expensive enough giving birth to the beasts and filling their maws with enough woosh to get them flying the first time. How do you keep them flying?

You really don't want to keep bringing them down to the neighborhood forecourt to fill up any time you want to send them somewhere new, do you? They are very noisy beasts and it'd be right swell to keep them out of the same atmosphere as your ear.

So where do you set up a filling station very convenient for top ups? Up in space.

Only, where does the woosh goop come from? Wouldn't it be absolutely fine to mine the go stuff from something already up in space? Something that doesn't have much of a gravity well?

Hmmm, can you think of something...? While you're thinking, here's some rocket fuel to wet your whistle...

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Twitter translated to LOLCATZ: Strangely this had not been done

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Facepalm

Our *3*, no, our *4* greatest weaknesses are ...

Please look up "facepalm" in these languages: Catalan, Basque, Spanish, Portugese.

Bonus points: Which one doesn't read like the others?

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Bug kills Intel gig-E controllers

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Megaphone

We got the hosing perfected...

... now we need to learn about this thing they call "fuzzing".

Hopefully they will now understand the usefulness of throwing "crazy data" at all their hardware/software interfaces, just to see if it really is bullet proof. Isn't this the fundamental that MS also figured out _eventually_?

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

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Megaphone

I'm "planning" to be rich someday...

Let's see....

Purchase price not stated, and certainly not compared to whatever outlay Element Power might have already spent. So good possibility purchase was at a fire-sale price.

Land for plant is leased from the state. Wonder how much (little) that price is? And how many other power plants has the state fostered with low rents?

Plant hasn't been built yet. Will be built with a particular technology which _should_ be cheaper than previous technologies. _Should_ produce at a certain rate. So true costs and production are all future topics for realization.

And which future reality might inform a new pleading for a _higher_ proposed rate per kilowatt-hour at a future point.

But hey, it makes a great press release now, doesn't it? Who's going down when the reality is not as advertised? Not the rates fershur.

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Analyst says vendors offer pretend reference customers

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Holmes

Shock Misty!

(Not so) strangely, there was a Misty Shock at Microsoft for awhile, perhaps when they were developing the documentation that happens to mention misty@contoso.com ?

"Misty Shock grew up in Port Orchard and developed a lifelong devotion to Kitsap County, before coming to the big city of Seattle to attend the University of Washington. After school, she worked at Microsoft as a Technical Editor."

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Unhappy

Re: @diodesign

Since a couple dozen plus plus of these replies all read the same - exactly the same - it has got to be the same person. Being wrong in double digits makes it somehow a _better_ wrong?

Dude, substitute one car manufacturer for Apple and another for Samsung. Reread. If you don't sound obsessively stupid to yourself, then you really shouldn't get involved in discussions regarding the real world.

Can we please have 'avatar' icons for ACs so we can tell when someone's gone off their meds?

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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WTF?

Not the revolution you were looking for

This is all so wrong - a street performance artist rather than an artist with any insight into the subject matter.

We've already got more than one computer language per week for 50 years. Now you want to compound that by my Scheiß vs. your merde ? بذاءة!

"As a result, all of the most popular programming languages, libraries, and APIs in use today are built with commands based on English words, such as "function," "for," "if," "loop," and so on. That can make learning programming especially difficult for students whose native language doesn't even use the Latin alphabet, for whom the keywords are little more than abstract symbols."

They're keywords, they represent abstractions. It does not matter what symbols you use as long as they succinctly represent the idea. Does using "如果" really change anything? How about "assuming"?

Oh, look, "إفعل" is "do", "إذا" is "if", "حدد" is "set" (see qlb/qlb.js), "قول" is "say" (qlb/primitives.js), etc. Not a revolution here I think.

The only possible hook this argument might have is that the first education in a new area should be as 'comfortable' as possible for the student. That's why introductory texts are in native languages? However, nothing you can do will make learning programming less difficult for the majority of people.

""If we are going to really push for coding literacy, which I do; if we are going to push to teach code around the world, then we have to be aware of what the cultural biases are and what it means for someone who doesn't share that background to be expected to be able to reason in those languages," Nasser says."

Examples would be helpful, as this looks like drawing pictures with waving flashlights in the dark.

I fail to understand how computer languages are based on human languages to such an extent that this is a worry. The only things essential are consistency and sequentiality. Is this some hangup over SVO vs. SOV or abverb/verb and adjective/noun ordering? Hey, does he know about Forth?

"What makes قلب unique, however, is that it allows Nasser to write programs that are not only functional, but also visually pleasing. By varying the lengths of the lines that connect the Arabic letters that make up the language's commands, Nasser can reshape the appearance of his code without altering its function, producing programs that are both practical and artistic."

ORLY? Okay, maybe not Python, but you can alter the appearance, the layout of code in many languages at will. That is, if you are perverse enough. "That's ART" you fool!" Ah, my mistake, I thought it was supposed to be readable.

Strangely, looks like code to me, just with Arabic symbols. Sorry, I'm unconvinced.

Conway in qlb

Fibonacci in qlb

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Fraud cops collar two blokes accused of dodging bank's 2-factor auth

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Facepalm

Whose 'fault' ?

Now what doesn't get mentioned is who is going to put the money back into the bank account. Is the phone company going to do anything other than 'adjust' the bill for that month's service? Is the bank going to say "hey we just used the phone number you told us to use"?

So this poor sot used the gold standard of two-factor security and gets taken anyway. And likely nobody is going to make the failure good.

That's the IT angle. What do we do now for security?

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