* Posts by Alistair

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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hmmmmmmmm. okay - max 4Tb

I have 500Gb laptop drive in my 8570w

os is installed in .....21G of lvs - uses just a hair over 8G including logs.

historical mail files 48G

architectural documentation from projects - 38G (too many (visio + pdf version))

non standard software kits for the crufty systems - 18G

VMs 300Gb of disk image storage.

Full disk encryption.

I could use the 4Tb SSd to replace my spinning rust disk, reduce my power usage by about 28% and get a wee bit more time out of the battery - but hell I could have some smoking vm io speeds.

For what its worth, on 1Gb/s network interface the backup takes some 6.5 to 7 hours, and no I don't keep the sandbox vms backed up, so OS files, project data and mail files, and the two working vms (both windows images).

Yes please, I'll take two since I have two drive bays.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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just for fun:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=22

install the KDE spin.

then install this:

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/?content=141539

let em at it.

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

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.....a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath

Am I the only one that read that as Drinker Piddle and Heave?

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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Gen9 servers on the table now

Apparently if you're large enough and are looking at the right project - just did a meeting about a gen9 based IaaS cabinet or three......

And the specs on the hardware look *very* nice. FYI = KVM is supported in OO.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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@DreadPirateRobot

Personally, being that its now march, I've had enough of winter,

And I've always preferred Spring myself.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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200Gb in a MicroSd.

Tiny tiny

Encryption?

Terrists/Paedos/(left/right/climatechange/noclimatechange)types!!!!

OMG BAN THIS RIGHT NOW!

(sorry - that was my government controlled brain speaking)

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: MTP support ?

Sadly JimmyP, Linux MTP doesn't like *android* MTP. And JellyBean doesn't like doing "usb disk" any more. (samsung devices and fedora here)

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Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

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Waiting for Blizz to pull all this into WoW

*and* nvidia to port it to my video card's driver.

Oh, wait, you mean I need a new video card?

1) Yes I'm thrilled - I run WoW in wine on linux in -opengl - it actually runs better in opengl on both linux and windows if you have a recent nvidia card and stay current on the drivers.

It will just take 4 or 5 years to get into production as far as I can tell. I do hope its sooner, and *wont* require new video cards.

2) I rather seriously expect that you will need the 'latest and greatest' of hardware to take advantage.

3) have a SAS application we're considering GPU cards for -- hopefully we can find a coder to take advantage.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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So -- IE is going to die.

Well. There goes that investment in SharePoint Services.

(Dunno bout anyone else, but its the single sad reason I still have an IE on my windows VM at work)

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Re: the hypocracy

Only when they're all gnomes.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Ceres will belch.

and the millenium falcon will suddenly appear.

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Give in to data centre automation and change your life

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My current tool

cfengine.

try it some time.

Learning puppet for Hadoop. Good things come from automation. Even when it prevents the security team from breaking their *own* standards. (yes, I have INDEED been there .. and won the battle)

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: Microsoft hardware

Ummmmmm

I run windows in a vm For three things - Visio, Vcenter and fully operational outlook. Evolution is *not quite* there yet for me.

Vcenter I will drop when I get cloudforms running. Outlook I can run in wine - we just have Domain auth issues for the moment since we've not finalized how we're joining linux to the AD. Once I've got machine level auth with AD I'll move outlook to wine. Then I'll start working on visio.

No Mac in sight.

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Re: I Wonder

Kit has an embedded laptop, not lenovo, 8 cylinders and 4 wheels. Will pick you up in the back alley later tonight.

(fixed all that fixed fixes)

(grumpy old SA showing his age)

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Obama no longer cares.

Two terms. He's done.

I rather suspect that you are now seeing more of that man than you have seen before - in more real terms. It no longer matters one whit to him what anyone thinks - he can no longer serve.

Furthermore, he knows damned well, from the NSA, FBI, and CIA, that the 39 (or however more were involved) bodies involved in 9/11/01 did not make use of extensive encryption methods. That the terrorists in Iraq and in Syria etc don't use extensive encryption methods. Thus, removing encryption from the public, or "back dooring" it somehow, would not catch a single extra terrorist event happening one second earlier. There is no case, no situation, no event that the police or security forces have come to the media saying "We could not stop this because ...... was encrypted"....

Recall, he has very likely seen the reports on those events, either first hand or at least in the hands of a direct report. There is no reason for him to not comprehend this.

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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@Nifty

KVM and VMM work for me.

That however might be overkill.

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Tesla loses $100 million after Chinese problems

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@AC "Give it up"

I note the anon. Says much.

No, they *aren't* like the cheap tat in dollar stores. You might not like what they suggest, but when Tesla does get their prices down to levels where JQP can rationalize buying one, they *will* sell - sadly, even the "Big Three" in north america make cars that are more like the dollar store crap to which you refer. BMW and Audi/VW/Porche are following down the same path, and its all coming out crap. Having just allowed them to lie about yet MORE fuel consumption values, expect to hear about 80Mpg highway ratings from that lot soon. Not that you'll ever see a 300 mile, downhill, tailwind assisted drive.

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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@ the other Alister

@decline

Although I'd suspect that you get just as many @ reschedule = February 14 2015

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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And what will you be doing before you retire.

Who the hell said anything about retiring?

Yes, I know that is a non standard position. Yes I know that there are folks out there that insist that, economically, we old farts have to get out of the way.

After watching both the *government* pensions and two of my initial (50/50 or dollar for dollar) pensions get raped by the financial industry early in my career I figured out where my lot was. I'll point out that my 82 year old mother retired at 64, and -- to this DAY is a leading worker in her industry. She works from home, every day, and is continually asked to take on more. She doesn't, she works her own pace, and she teaches quite regularly.

I fully expect to be following that pace. I've acquired a broad variety of knowledge in the IT industry, from cabling networks (SNA, Ethernet, IB, Token Ring, Fibre (several varieties)) to assembler level coding on out to C and C++, hardware from laptop/PCs up to and including mainframe, DASD, and modern storage arrays. No specialist here, I can support 15 different OS'es (through several generations), and never say no when it comes to learning new stuff.

Currently I am working on what is in this company "bleeding edge" -- it might not be in many places bleeding edge, but for this org it classifies as that -

Why? because over the past years they have learned to trust my judgment, honesty, integrity and efforts.

I find it interesting to know that despite my clean shaven chin and youthful appearance at 50 that I'd be referred to as a greybeard. I still yell at DBA's that try to chmod 777 db files......... and it makes folks jump, and I still make my own coffee.

(apparently grumpy old bastard icon is appropriate)

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Hey, network giants: Facebook swigs from an 'open' 6-PACK of tech

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I need to ......

Cobble one or two of these together for the next LAN party...

Yup,

DOOM at 40Gbs!!!!

Having to mangle several large data management/manipulation environments into our Not Yet Ready for 40Gbs backbone environment, these things make interesting reading.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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@ Valeyard Re: more advertising

I'm sorry, I couldn't read your post - there was an ad there for this marketing firm on Madison avenue.....

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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@GrahamMarsden

Eggsilent reference. And I'll go off and cue up all my MK tunes - including his remarkable soundtrack work on TPB.

*WRT the article in question:

Sadly - I think the lousy references available on Google at this point (now) are at least a particle better than the flock of "GOD will take care of my (kids)/(spouse)/(parent) -- I don' neeeeed no bigFarma munny grubbin ductor to lie to me....." clueless idiots herding about these days. I'm on the border of removing an individual from my social circles completely since he's heading down this path (despite??becauseof??) after surviving cancer and having two open heart surgeries (the second keeping him on this side of the grass). Abundant lack of clue ......

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Bush.

Them there Bush folk are bein' religious right?

Ain't those books say them religious bushes should be burnin?

Yup. Sounds legit.

*shudders* at the thought of having another one of that family of stupid running the country south of the border.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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Kanye needs to start walking west.

And stop when he meets the geological formation with a band name. And preferably *stay* there.

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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

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what the cell can do.

The backhaul can't cope with.

"network" is more than one element of the path.

Study shows network speeds vary all over the damned map. Nothin new there.

Now... rig it so you can compare each hop on the path, then we can start comparing notes.

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ARM grabs Dutch 'SSL of Things' biz Offspark

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Internet Of Things Applications

I can't give an iota about,

But ARM jamming SSL into mbed is just plain a good thing in the long run.

/running away before anyone sees it.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: I wonder if

"Real programmers write OS390 assembler in 4k blocks."

Nope, not any more. There aint no one gonna pay me NEAR enough to go back there.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Dammit, teh kittehs have been bad.

Bad Kittehs! Bad.

Now come here and have some catnip.

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CAIDA to survey peers, colo sheds and ISPs for new map of internet

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Re: Breaking news - CAIDA announces its new artificial intelligence system

Washington DC July 22 2015

The Joint Chiefs of staff today apologized to the state of California for the nuclear strike in the early afternoon yesterday after their CyberWarfare task force accidentally initiated a Defcon 1 response to the presence of a known terrorist threat engine on american soil.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Cheapest adveritsing campaign for a trash movie in years.

CEO will promote the advertising idiot that suggested the idea to VP.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Interesting perspectives.

I'll agree the trade of "Information" for "services" is not a market failure.

What I will note is about to be, or will in the future be, a market failure, is the hypervaluation of these data, resulting in ridiculous market caps on these companies. Especially when there are now *so many* organizations with similar or nearly identical data being gathered.

I am *in* the business. I know what is being gathered, I know how it *is* being used, and I know what is planned for the future of this data. What scares the pants off me in this case is what *CAN* be done with the data - and there are paths that ethical persons do not wish to pursue with this data. However -- governments, times, morals and ethics do change. I really don't want to be around when someone decides that looking at cute kitten pictures is somehow morally reprehensible, and subject to legal action.

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Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

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email blast has nothing to do with PR

Documents like that have only one purpose, protect the stock price.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

"Chrome implemented the HTML5 DRM extensions that Netflix's HTML5 player requires, so if you're in Chrome it will work natively on Firefoxlinux. Before that became a thing, I was utilising a package within an Ubuntu repository which was basically a Windows version of Firefox and Silverlight pre-packaged to work under WINE. Worked pretty damn well, but native is nicer."

Sorry -- but that was jarring to read. FTFY

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Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

" Yes systemd, I'm lookingglaring at you. "

FTFY

And you aint the only one.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Ummm? what?

"“We ultimately failed at our goal of a well-understood warning. However, nearly 30% more total users chose to remain safe after seeing our warning,” the paper says."

Umm -- they chose to uninstall chrome?

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: What about VMWare...

John, since Adobe is still making flash software, there is clearly no accounting for corporate stupidity. Unless they thought putting vSphere interface in flash would make it portable to linux. Which. Sadly. I think they were aiming for.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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I don't understand this stuff so - lets legislate the crap out of it.

This (Canuck, so I get the concept of an upper house) is what the senior house is supposed to prevent, not follow. If one does not comprehend the subject, one cannot create comprehensive and effective legislation, thus one should not be ramrodding it in.

I understand the objective and why, and in reality the objective is honourable, but it is so fine a line between *preventing something* and *watching everyone all the time* that the legislation to effectively, correctly and properly manage the information such that it is not "We Want Everything from Everyone All The Time Just In Case" but rather "We need to find the problems before they happen" cannot be written. It JUST CANNOT be written. Effectively once the pool of information, no matter how stripped down, cleaned and controlled it is, exists, it becomes a case of (5 years from now its illegal to say the word shit on the internets) -- GO BACK AND FIND EM ALL!!!.....

I would have less of an issue with the idea of gathering "intelligence" and storing it if;

a) those that stored it could be trusted to keep it and *NOT MODIFY IT*

b) those that were using the intelligence could be trusted to use it *ONLY* for those things that we need to prevent (Mass murders, serial rapists perhaps, and such) - but it will be used (this might be offensive to some but it makes the point) by future Feminazi government types to find misogynistic males who've even once uttered the phrase "Hey babe, wanna get laid?"

c) if all of humanity *as a species* could give up on the "My sky fairy is better than your sky fairy" and "My economic model kicks your economic model's ass" or the "My skin makes me better than your skin" bullshit that tends to run our lives these days.

d) If and ONLY if economic engines are separated by impenetrable barriers from legislative engines. Until such time as companies are utterly BANNED from any political activity of any form, under pain of execution of the entire C suite, we will not have freedoms and legislation for persons. Only for and by the corporations.

(okay - the last bit is perhaps a tad over the top, but you get the drift, yes - I'm ranting because I'm dealing with a 4 vendor finger-pointing roundabout today, appropriate icon is appropriate)

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Big Blue weeps as another 8% slips off its storage scales

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IBM Storage slide

(pun intended)

Have you ever tried to manage an SVC?

If you have, you understand.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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Microsoft - I have an issue

your platform will not run my MVS JCL code. Please fix now.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: see icon

asdf I think this perhaps makes a better 'irony' icon.

Sadly, having seen a couple of events of the sort pass through Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store, such no longer merits a chuckle.

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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

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"is perforce very aggressive"

I.E.

"Im a f***ing slave driver and if you don't f***ing like it get the f*** out!!!"

I see flying chairs.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: Not Surprised

"You know it's going to be a long day of bug hunting when you recognize a particularly bad programmer's style"

Absolutely agree. Been in my current employer for 17 years. There are a few coders (shell, java, app config, COBOL (yes its still here) and JCL, C, C++, Python, Perl and (ick) Ruby) - that I know by sight. Some have left and I still know "who wrote that". -- there was a project recently that had been "dropped on the ground" by management shuffles, at some point it became a critical issue and, well, from a comment style in an apache virtual host config I knew who had set it up....... and don't get me started on the tomcat application config -- *that* told me what team had put it in.....

(I might be a linux nut, but yes, I still look at the mainframe once in a blue moon too)

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Illegally resident croc

Since the 70's

The croc was still living in it's mom's basement.

So, 40 something basement dwelling, bottom feeder. Sound like most of the Internet's residents. Caught with dead kittehs. Hmmmmm. Fetish much?

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Yet more proof.

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, go into management.

Those who can't teach or manage, go into politics.

The sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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iSamuri

*nuff said.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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social media analysis predictions

If we step away from FB Likes and start doing in depth analysis of social media postings, I'm afraid that the computers would decide that humanity had failed as a species, form SkyNet and wipe us out to protect the planet. I mean really, some of the tripe we've seen posted (and reposted) of late indicate that the ambient intelligence of the species is now dropping at an alarming rate.

I don't "Post your results on facebook" or "like this page to read this article", and I do have several relatives and actually intelligent friends that keep in touch there ... but I don't participate in the marketing culture.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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wow. Amazing the number of folks that just don't get it.

I don't yet own one, but I will. Borrowed an S 85 for 5 days from a friend who *does* own one. Its currently at the 4 year mark.

1) two days of -10C weather - no substantial charge life change I could see. And according to the owner at -38C he noted about 4% drop in reported range.

2) Owner has the full torque charger at home, tops him off in 40 minutes or less no matter what he does to it - I used the 110V 20A solution, and the top off for my run (which is effectively 3 times his standard run) took around 6 hours. I sleep just slightly less than that per night.

3) Snow. This damn thing is a tank in the snow. You *do* need to be a *lot* lighter on the take off than you might be in a IC engine, I only saw roughly 4cm of snow, not much, but the handling is solid as a rock if you *drive* for the snow (as opposed to most folks in high end crap around here who seem to think that because they paid more for their crap that it should make up for their stupidity)

Internally - I have long legs and a short torso, and I found that the seat arrangements aren't *quite* what I'd like to have - but I could get the extra 2 or 3 cms of lift if I really needed it. The armrests -- I don't typically use arm rests, but I agree - my elbow is likely to land on my coffee regularly. The screen is a distraction and there are settings there that would be annoying but, in general I found that once they'd been set I wasn't wont to play with them often.

The door pocket? not a big issue in my case -- in my VW TDI its a garbage bucket more than anything else.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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@Brandon

more like you say flamethrower I say rocket engine.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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The Federal Wall of Information.

@Lapun - See "too big to fail", and the extensive use of said phrase in 2k8/2k9. However I agree with the intent of your comment.

@FTB - "Can't believe a word that comes out the USA's any government's intelligence community." FTFY

I fail to see *any* benefit to North Korea in hacking the crap out of Sony and making them look bad when Sony has an utter piece of complete and total shit movie coming out that mocks the dear leader. Furthermore the "evidence" provided indicates that the hack of Sony had been ongoing for quite some time - SO:

a) either NK is not nor has it in any way had any involvement in the "Sony Hack" and anonymous individuals with real or imagined issues against Sony did this and its all a smoke screen because *no one* in a law enforcement position has any real concrete evidence of who dunnit.

b) GWB's "Axis of evil" is being hauled out again because the connection between ISIS/ISIL/Random Syrian Terrorists and Prince Bandar (house of Saud) and the good old USofA is becoming impossible to ignore, and North Korea is a handy member of said Axis that is *not* trying to get on the USA "good books"

c) "intelligence" agencies around the G12 have finally pointed out that sifting through the amount of crap that is social media, email, vpns, tor, etc etc etc has gotten to the point that there is *just too much* to track, and they need EITHER

A crapton more money to run this mess, and a WHOLE lot more money to be able to hire, lock in a hermetically sealed control centre all the SME's needed to actually do this (leaving hearth and home, and disconnecting from the world for the rest of your life makes these folk pretty expensive)

OR

Tons of new regulations that will require every individual around the world to have ONE and ONLY ONE id on the internets, and all actions will be through a government sponsored proxy so they can filter the ideas that get through to the people back to the limited crap they had access to in the 50s.

d) everything that leaked is bollocks, Sony posted it themselves, and this is all a huge advertising campaign to get enough money out of the movie to pay that dolt's salary.

Its *way* too early on a saturday to be up but the launch was worth it.

(Grumpy old bastard in a bathrobe watching the world)

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Opportunity knocks.

And keeps on knocking apparently. Someone really needs to open that door.

(alien not listening dammit)

-- That said you can't find any fault here, its way overdue for a vacation on the beach.

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