* Posts by Notas Badoff

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EMC creates a Star Trek holodeck ... and uses it to simulate a data center

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Re: Simulate the System

BOFH Stardate 56844.9

"That's here? The local system? Does it have enough capacity for our cloud? We have a lot of data, and it's growing!"

"Well, if you really need more capacity, I know a company named Bok can supply just the cloud you need. The storage density keeps increasing over time with no additional charges."

"Sounds great! Any drawbacks?"

"Mmmm, the network latency is longer than we're used to..."

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Re: Culture

I think you skipped a few steps in your "slide" diatribe.

"There used to be loyalty from employees to their company, not anymore, with all the lay offs of people getting close to their retirement age, ..."

There used to be loyalty from the companies to their employees. As I see it, the entire 'miracle' after the war was built on the superhuman efforts of Japan's people working towards a common purpose. There was the expectation that they were building up the country while building the individual companies. All these would be stronger than ever and the people would be taken care of by the several paternal authorities.

That bubble was popped when the largest and strongest companies laid off salarymen to repair balance books when management/government missteps caused problems. The companies preserved the very strengths that so many had built for them, though many workers were now cast off and unemployable.

And now you say it was the 'westernization' of the people that caused the problems? The "screw it" mentality was never seen at all until demonstrated so ruinously by the companies. All these things you blame on westernization of the people... aren't they the to-be-expected response of people betrayed by "the system"?

Oh the Japanese are lazy, lacking good education, no quality, mediocre, "screw it" mentality... and it's their own fault. Gah, this is a perverted backwards view.

This wouldn't have happened in the 40s, 50s, 60s when the government actively feared the Communists and quite paternally said none of that agitation was needed to protect the people and then worked steadily against labor organization.

Japan is a very good example of what happens when industry and government both turn their backs against their own citizens. You get the country you deserve, government and voters alike.

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

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Self-referentiality

"mia culpa" ?

And yes I know about the corrections button, but since reporting via email is difficult here and I've already skipped over three articles with "bene" for "been" and the like, this one is too precious! OBTW: "wer recently"

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Wikipedia board stands by new ex-Googler appointee

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If the wine is sour, throw it out!

"Earlier today, Arnnon decided to step down from the Board."

This is not so much the fault of the HR guy (as hateful as his actions were) as another illustration that the board is out-of-step with reality. One of these days they'll stop saying "you aren't listening to us" and realize "we weren't listening to anybody..."

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: " I'm already looking at tunnelling my home connection through a dedi in a DC "

umm, DC = data center, as in any old data center anywhere?

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: Sad reality

In a comment below someone mentions asteroid mining. Yes, this and other "enterprises in space!" are indeed the answer. Why? Because no one - well, no majority vote - is going to suggest using 50% or even 10% of your GPP (gross planetary product?) for 'bullshit' like moonshots to exoplanets.

But if you get so much going on at ground-level plus all that's possible out in the home system, that's today's economy on steroids! Once you have even small two digit multipliers in effect, hey, who cares about splurging 1% of so much more than we had before? Catering to a vocal minority (like those durn explorationists) is much easier when it doesn't hurt (the politicians) at all.

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Alien

Survival

No need to invoke concerns about alien intelligent life as a danger for motivation. The simplest motivation is humanity (or parts thereof) surviving random events. Which can be presumed to occur much more often than "take me to your leader", given the witness of our planet's history. We must diversify!

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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Developers, developers, developers...

This rather reminds of Microsoft's reputation problem with developers. When you explicitly tell developers they don't matter they rightly get a little rude. Why should we 'want' to recommend the bigger siblings to WS when the company says it only wants to talk to your management, cuz they're stupider?

Hey I keep my "Dr. Gui" t-shirt on hand just to remind Microsoft apologists that their favorite company told developers to take a flying leap at a rolling DVD a number of times. I'll have to look around for VMware tat for show-n-tell.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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"ignored most of the time"

Hmm, cars. Okay, all cars belonging to DHS personnel should have their names, phone numbers and home addresses stenciled on the sides. These will of course be ignored most of the time. Unless, y'know, they start in with childish opinions and legal porn...

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Nagging worries...

Are the data centers saying they are doing all these wonderful things - now - so that they can claim they are "pro-active"? Umm, why were they waiting to do these worthy things?

If they hadn't had several days warning to prepare... how were they going to claim that being down was out of their control, due to unforeseen calamity, when they are *already* supposed to be prepared to stay up according to the contracts!

It just sounds like they are trying to catch up now with the guarantees they already sold? How about clarifications and/or rebates...

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Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

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Re: Open was an anomaly

(My comment wings on the title whinge)

A company I worked for early on, went hook, line and sinker for OSI as the next big gotta-have standard and the soon-to-be required network offering. They did a beautiful new implementation of the full 7 layers and all the protocols. I don't think any other company as much (though everyone else said theirs was "just like" the OSI spec) so it was a industry reference and I suppose served as an example that the standard was "ready".

That hook/sinker turned into a boat anchor. There was no interop as no one else really had an implementation. No 'synergies'. No combinatorial explosion as others adopted the standard. It wasn't SNA. It wasn't TCP/IP. It was fish guts nobody wanted to pass through.

Regarding standards, you do need to pay attention to the corporate interest (who is sponsoring/pushing the activity and why), while avoiding the worst effects of the corporate interests. Beware the purely academic standard chiefly fostered for purity's sake.

Over the last 3 decades everytime I saw reference to the OSI 7-layer-model picture I thought "Go for it, you'll have a Ba'al!"

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BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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O

Is that what she does in her soundproof bathrooms, cackle?

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Freelancer.com fined for 'reckless indifference to privacy rights'

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Legalish

Yes, or sumtin. I looked, and that is actually what they said in section 382 in the PDF. Amazing. When non-legal people pretend to the practice of extracting pounds of flesh, they ought to watch their 'dis'es.

BTW: "new" -> "knew"

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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Do androids wet dream of electric sheep?

The replicants were biologically based, grown not assembled, indistinguishable from tediously engendered humans. Thus the difficulty testing for copyrights. They were wet-ware with wipe-dates, no silicon involved.

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

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Re: Blade Runner

No, it would not be funny.

But I do predict a new urban 'sport' of flash-piling in-demand landing spots with stationary junk - trash cans, cars, park benchs, signs, etc. - forcing the 'autonomous' brain to choose between obeying the passenger repeatedly bonking the "land where I said" button vs. landing with load noises and unable to take off again vs. running out of juice and landing quite suddenly anyway. I'm sure the random taxi driver will be quite amused at the autocar deciding a taxi roof was the best choice to land with flat batteries.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: plutonium little boy?

If it was an above-ground test their harvests this year will be even worse than last. And China would be rather wroth, and they need China really badly. But no, they copied the pictures, yes? Korea: our accomplishments are better than real!

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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Re: Um

You expected electrons, they wanted to send protons. Your negativity awaits you in the morning.

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Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

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Re: Ouch

"Once Ransom32 arrives on a system and is executed, it will first unpack all its files into the temporary files folder. ..."

But how does it first get executed? Did someone mention that? Is it still possible to convince people to do a multi-step footgun?

(BTW: oh the pain of finding out your company name can get misread as 'emesis'. Heck, they may pronounce it that way without realizing...)

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Hey, Santa – duck! Space shaft buzzes Earth on Christmas Eve

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Which?

If someone asks me about the doom bringing asteroid, I'll ask them "which one?" The one last month, the one a month before that, the closer one two months before that, or one of the other three earlier this year? And how about the closer ones last year? Strangely though, I don't get asked about such much anymore...

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

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Re: Looks like Rand Paul made the smartest observation

The most revealing (to me) part of this election cycle was a poll of Iowa Republican voters, where one half of those said that Islam should be illegal in the US. That these 'citizens' have forgotten what the first amendment mentions as basic freedoms somehow didn't surprise but does appall. The US has a native-born fifth column. And they ain't *any* of those people the GOP candidates are warning about.

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Social media snitching bill introduced into US Congress by intel bosses

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Brain drain

Okay, so now the social media companies will have to be hiring scads of people knowing myriads of languages to scan for naughty phrases. Even dumping phrases into automatic scanning requires lots of upfront work and continual (socially aware) maintenance.

Now what other potential employers have gone begging for people with expertise in weird combinations of languages? You know, like say Javanese or Indonesian used by the Bali bombers? Oh yes, the intelligence services.

So this law is actually sabotage. Fine work all around from our political classes!

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Re: Good Bad Example

"... as it was widely viewed as a sop to the feelings of the French minority in Quebec."

And look how well that sop soaked up the vinaigre! Not at all. The problem with acceding to the somewhat random current demands of "change is needed!" groups, where the only constant is they want to stay on the podium forever, and so there are always new 'changes' needed following thereafter.

I rather like the idea of presidents/etc. having only one term of office, perhaps at 1.5 the length of the old shorter terms. Can we also wish that the 'change' people were also limited to one movement per decade say?

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: ...iOS? How so?

First rule of joke club is always mention 'joke!'. Otherwise "fight club!". If you no understand, see Cisco IOS. Note capital 'I'.

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Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG all vulnerable to major flaw

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Re: "This code has been deleted by a exploiter"

Perhaps it was a description of the exact flaws, or link to such?

Having read the article only once, am I to understand that at least three or more AV companies - in their separate amazing and patentable software development - all came up with code so similar the same exploit techniques would work for each?

Can we please use this phantasmagoric occurrence as yet another example that s/w 'genius' ain't necessarily unique, or code patentable? Instead of these companies playing patent gotcha against each other with their code, the exploit showed the illusion behind the claims of uniqueness.

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Unsourced, unreliable, and in your face forever: Wikidata, the future of online nonsense

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Re: I rule

And one minute later your joke edit was reverted Mr. 213.1.240.149. Some people like to make 'smell' for other people to clean up. How brilliant self-outing is.

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Google in 24-hour cloud brownout

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Responsible language?

"For everyone who is affected, we apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing.”

I *hate* this! Given there are people affected then the true acknowledgement would be

"For everyone who is affected, we apologize for every inconvenience you are experiencing.”

Customer pain turns to bile and hatred when you won't acknowledge their pain. Is that so hard to understand? This statement makes nobody feel good except management.

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Now you can tailor Swift – Apple open-sources the whole shebang

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Hmmm

I wonder if Github factored the biggest companies being dragged into open source, into their business plan. I would think they had originally counted on s/w companies wanting to use Github for private repositories (cuz collaboration), and on the revenue from that. But now that Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and et al. are near forced to make substantial nods towards open source, those are public repositories being paid for at company rates. Bonus for Github!

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BTW: I gotta wonder about the 'starred' count of 6726 for the apple / swift project. I far as I can see, this repo was made public either only 18 days ago or just *today*. *How* do you get 6726 stars so quickly? Any ideas? I suppose I'm just too suspicious of corporate antics....

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RSI Videofied is a 101 in how to build IP CCTV and alarms with zero security, zero encryption

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IoT success!

Next year, *five* digit numbers! We've been at the flatter part of the exponential curve.

... CVE-2015-8252, CVE-2015-8253, CVE-2015-8254, ... CVE-2015-15283, ...

BTW: Can someone come up with a CVE medal/ribbon we can start sending these companies? Should then be easy to have a site where a potential customer can quickly check when thinking about a product. "AeroGello brand security products have received 17 CVE ribbons!"

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

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Re: A good day/week/month to bury bad news?

I've been mentioning this to people for years. Cheap hamburgers bought with future deaths. Tens of thousand of tons of antibiotics pumped into livestocks each year.

Med father would opine on whether supurating bone infections or gangrenous guts smelled worse. You betcha he thought antibiotics a blessing, having lost too many patients after too long struggles.

Now we've lost again to short-sighted economic interests - farmers and pharmers.

(BTW: if you are killing millions and millions, but without regard to race/class/nationality/etc, if that can't be called genocide, then what is it called?)

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Y'know how airlines never explain delays? United's bug bounty works the same way

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Wait, so how long then?

If he wasn't the first to report the bug, and he can testify to the delay being at least 5 months, then how long a delay are they admitting to then?

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NASA palms off blunder-bot Valkyrie for top US universities to fix

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Re: WTF?

I think you are confused. They tied with two other teams for last place two years ago. MIT/NEU were not those other teams.

This year, MIT was 6th out of 23 entries, and Northeastern is acquiring talent (sounds like sports!) from WPI/CMU, who were 7th out of 23 entries this year. Considering that NASA may have a bias towards domestic non-commercial entities, it would seem they've picked the two top choices.

(Rah rah rhee, kick'em in the knee! Rah rah rhass, kick'em in the other servo!)

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Every level of government is swiming in quicksand...

Watched a friend help a county government consolidate from many buildings down to one new one, and part of that was sizing the data room and most importantly the AC/power required. Quite enough people/groups returned the questionaires/queries about what they had and needed, that the coordinators really felt they had gotten everybody, even better as some things trickled in after a few weeks so even the laggards were accounted for, right?

After all the power/AC/server contracts had been let and announcements about projected scheduling/timing for early moves were distributed, the third half of the requirements showed up from groups that just hadn't bothered, and with no recognition that now they'd created an impossibility. It wasn't just "can we stuff that many servers into the space", it was that "we don't know how to reinforce the roof to hold that much AC", or even "will that much AC fit in the available roof area!?!"

I don't know what resulted - I did the "hear no evil" thing. If "the cloud" was available back then I think the panic would have driven them to it. It was only tax records, budgets, payroll, criminal records, court proceedings, and the like after all...

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Prudish Indian censors cut James Bond Spectre snogging scenes

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♪♫

and singing! Where's the songs?

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'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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Pirate

Privateer

noun.

1. an armed ship that is privately owned and manned, commissioned by a government to fight or harass enemy ships.

Often used when the 'state' was otherwise incapable of responding to a situation. Unfortunately that state would often also then be incapable of dealing with privateers when they went "off message".

"Danish? We thought you were one'a them Swiss ships! All your flags look alike to us. Ah, who cares, hand over your goods or we'll put more holes in your bilges!"

(note: read "IP addresses" for 'flags' above. They all look alike to some...)

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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My gift to you

I've never had a problem with this use of the word, but then again, my foreign language was German, so...

Gift: poison, venom, toxin, bane.

Think "Snow White" and a beautiful apple for you, my dear.

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FTC fells four tech-support operations in scammer crackdown

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Re: Eternal (system) salvation for helping fill our collection plate

And this ^ is no different than any other time someone hijacks a thread to bang their favorite drum.

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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

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Joke

Fed dicks nicks pics ...

machts nichts?

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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They're looking into it...

"An immediate review is under way."

Yeah, well, it's a problem of timing, y'no? An immediate review... by the coroner... is not the best kind of health checkup. "We'll have a cure for the disease that killed you real soon now. Thought you'd like to know. Amen."

Choir, let us practice the Te Deum laudamus... ♪@#*&♫@%♪

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Comcast resets 200k cleartext passwords, hacker claims breach

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Ebay'd?

Old server hard disk bought from Ebay?

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Untamed pledge() aims to improve OpenBSD security

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Re: Narrowing

You mean like the first comment already explained? See "Only goes down, not up ;)"

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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Re: Government Denying Wrongdoing

"I'm sure all Yanks would have expected this shameful behavior to stop with their new messiah cum Nobel Peace Prize winner. Ironic just how much things stay the same despite changing so frequently."

How many seconds do you think would elapse between the President declaring he would squash these illegal activities and Congress drafting articles of impeachment?

Each individual congressional district is happily electing their individual idiot, without thinking about the power of idiocy multiplied to the point of being in the majority. Case in point is Texas District 6 whose favorite son was Phil Gramm, author of the fabulous collapsible banking system. Who did they replace him with when he retired? Joe Barton, of fame defending bumbling BP over the interests of mere domestic citizens, among other stinking missteps. No revulsion from Republicans or Democrats or voters elsewhere matters to a district wanting to screw the nation with *their* own little screwball.

The only way Obama would be able to break the "snooping is patriotic" logjam is with a bomb, and he already has too many saying he's Muslim.

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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Re: Numbers and binary

How many people reading the above then had to say/think '256', to complete the byte. Hmm, how many of those then had to say/think "well, 255" because actual range of values possible in a byte.

Ehhh, relax into what you're good at. That will bother everyone else to differing degrees. The least bothered are going to be better friends!

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Goodfella's attack smacks Slack chap for whack crack? It's a fact, Jack

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Re: Acting out

Slack, slack? Oh, yeah, Slack... "Slack offers persistent chat rooms organized by topic, as well as private groups and direct messaging." Valued at $2.7 beeelion pre-IPO and all based on chat and ad-libbing. Yeesh!

I only know of Slack because a technical discussion/chat group I've participated in is having to transition away from Slack because of some limitation they are having. I didn't know this was 2.7G$ 'worth' product - all I could see was a toy project. *What* are they snorting out west?

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Wikipedia cracks the five-million article barrier, in English

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Happy

How complimentary ...

ElReg must be turning a new leaf!

As to the accidental side-topic, if you read more than a few articles on WP you will soon see 'taint always one English but all of them. After freaking out at the mental image of a proud Indian neighborhood 'metaling' their main road, I finally tracked that down to a retained imperial usage for paving a road. Even the English don't English like they used to. They englished the ole sphere and we all are enjoying the billiards. Well, except the French.

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The story of .Gay: This bid is too gay! This bid is not gay enough! This bid is just right?

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Re: icann policy

Indeed, the dot community that is well-represented at ICANN is .thieves

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American military sites secured with dud SHA-1 cipher

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When you haven't failed *lately* ...

My benchmark for how bad things can be in the military is the Battle of Savo Island. The only thing that "saved the day" was that the other side was nearly as confused as the US navy, and so withdrew without destroying every Navy ship, cargo ship, and the ongoing landing.

Every military and government official ought to ask themselves at least once a week "Are we rocking in the waves off Savo Island?"

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Re: Torn.....

Don't mock 'iUsers' when, as the article pointed out, it is the EULA that every company uses that is the point of attack. It is not 'Apple', it is every company. It is not 'iUsers', it is everyone using proprietary software.

Damn, the only three-letter agency that is going to win at the end of all this is RMS.

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Security researchers face wrath of spy agencies

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When do we recognize the canary's notes?

As a user of Kaspersky's products, I've been wondering for awhile regarding their situation re: location in the land of Putin. How the heck can they keep the company going? Either they've long ago started on the slippery slope of 'cooperation' in order to keep running or they can get closed down at any point. I don't see any other options. Either it's shit or soon to be shut.

All those points mentioned in the article about personal vulnerabilities, especially where people reside in the aggrieved country, well, where are the key contributors to Kaspersky located? How would you organize the simultaneous exit of all those people and families? And to where?

How do you start a company when the terminal trust issue will be "but they are located where <Godwin> does <analogies>!"? And you're not Godwin and don't even know they exist (yet).

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Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

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Real life... I've read about it somewhere...

"only spotted 10 days ago"

"a third of a kilometer across, but it's traveling at 35 kilometers per second"

I keep being struck (pardon) by the idea that I haven't heard anything in years that wasn't described by SciFi decades ago. Heck, even wildly popular brainless candidates for president was long predicted by those wacko SciFi nuts.

One story was about an asteroid that never even really hit - clipped a peak in the Andes a tad - but the grazing passage through the atmosphere was described in wonderful detail from entrance to exit. If the overpressures didn't get you, the heat radiation would. Discoverer named it after his wife... but you've seen that in the movies haven't you. Hollywood steals from everybody.

I'd love to go back and re-read all that SciFi, and pretend it'll never happen.... (sigh)

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

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"So, overall, an improvement."

"And so, $99 later, ..."

"You charge it with a Lightning connector same as your iPhone." (you need another cable on your desk)

"So far it feels worse, but then that may be a matter of getting used to it."

"But that happens whenever you get a new keyboard, your hands have to get used to it."

"Taken together, the new keyboard requires a small adjustment in how you lay out your desk."

"The first part of that has worked; the second, not so much."

"... so it's not possible to change any of the settings."

"... but the auto-sync hadn't worked and required manual connection and syncing (by pressing specific identified buttons)."

"The function keys have gone haywire."

"Of course it's hard to troubleshoot because the keyboard doesn't appear in System Preferences."

"... you need to be running the latest version of Mac OS X – El Capitan."

"Four out of five stars."

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Was this supposed to be satire? Or an accurate representation of cultism (that I keep hearing brought up)?

Or was this quote the most accurate commentary: "What the hell is going on?"

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