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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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*ding dong* <st>avon</st> spacex calling

@JDX -- might be interesting to see how quickly they adapt to (near 0) G. Fruitflies aren't too bright to start with. (contemplates neon painted fuitflies in (near 0) G under a blacklight) ......

@Irongut. considering the capabilities it has, it wouldn't denigrate it by labelling it a baseball mitt. But I'll grant the license in context.

Always nice to see another successful launch and delivery. I really would like to see the first "controlled" landing in the first person, hell I wouldn't mind being on one of the early passenger ready modules either, but I seriously doubt they'd need me to do an "on site" visit.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: Once some players drop out then....

doesn't butter any parsnips - or direct capital.

Wall street might disgree with you on that one - although profit is the principle driver, when profits in general are low, the target with the largest market segment gets the pip, usually since it has the greatest chance of ticking the profit box.

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

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fibre cable undersea splicing jobs.

I thought we had sharks with frikkin lazers man! I mean, teeth. Lazers. Job done no?

Oh look. There's a free port on that there Sonet tree. 'click'. pokes at keyboard.

What? yup, we're all good here.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: What a total rip-off!

CST 100 does come down on land, using airbags to cushion the landing.

What a wonderful way for the americans to recycle used polititcians!

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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Re: USA Freedom Act?

And you thought there was some OTHER reason GOOGLE are wanting this in place???????

Anything that's likely to make your (meta) data safer on line is likely to take away something google is making money from selling to someone else.

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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I *like* this idea

COBOL on linux. Even if its targetted at SUSE and I run RH.

Rock solid port platform for legacy cruft. Heck, I can even move some stuff off HPUX to linux when they get this wrapped up nicely.

And perhaps we'll get something better than TN3270 for linux.

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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

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EFCC simply said it is a "new generation bank."

As in "formed out of money farmed from email suckers"

Apparently this lot missed the "security requirements" documents, at a guess they got lost i the "spam folder". Irony at its finest.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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printer lp0 on fire

can now be updated:

"printer lp0, We're ALL DOOMED I tell ya...."

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Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP

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Re: TLDR

You can tune SAS/IDE/SSA disks at the host level. No SAN needed.

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TLDR

I'm fiddling out network solutions for the hadoop here. Hardware is relatively cheap now, storage is dirt cheap now, but dear lord the networking to get it all glued together well is horrendously expensive. And god help you if you don't grok your storage performance tuning.

All that even before you bring in the analytics, and in that case you need folks that understand WHERE the data is relevant, not just what it might be good for. At this point I get the feeling that those of us actually doing the work have aquired the appearance of wizards, and we're expected to pull all sorts of strange things out of ..... well a hat would be polite.

(grumpy old wizard, no windows here)

(we NEED a pointy hat icon)

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: The list

Handy link there SNC

I'm not on the list, but the account I set up for the 8 year old is on the list. I'll have to go find the actual list and see if it has the (one) password I stuffed on it 3 months before he was born.

I find it hard to believe they "cracked" that one, its not something rational. Nor am I most days.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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windows products now running in vm snapshots.

If there are updates needed they get applied, and tested for 48 hours. If there are no issues, update the snapshots, otherwise roll back.

keep 3 copies in backup.

Burnt twice too often thanks.

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

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Ooops.

I didn't think I was working on the production system.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Minotary Report?

News headlines by a greek ox?

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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EcoChangeTerrorSpiderJihadis

Well -- we're finally getting somewhere on whats going on in the world.

the Spiggers are getting ginormous. This is what's causing the Jihadis to go on terror sprees, which is causing global warming.

Or at least, the spiggers getting so big is what is keeping me occupied at home, peeling my SO off the ceiling each time one wanders past the monitor.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Umm. Wait.

Zombie Pirates Vs Alien Vampire Ninja's!!! (the pirate ships are robots and the Alien Vampire ninja's have pet human werewolves, it works, really it does, and I have a script if you want.....)

(it is friday after all and i"m heading off to vacation )

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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and as a result

I think I saw a tent somewhere near the apple store this afternoon.

Mines the one with a Blackberry Bold, Samsung SIIx and a set of car keys......

;)

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Could you tilt that "US" map view north by about 25 °?

Who knows, you could find stretches of Alberta or Saskatechewan suitable to purpose.

I'll still chip in though, a mug sounds right.

Icon, since we've got generally better tasting bevvies up here and you'll want one.

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Re: Punishing the wrong people.

You've clearly never worked in a large company IT environment.

I'm usually the one running around saying DONT DO EEET!!!!

The business users on the other hand are the ones throwing $$$ at the project, so get more say in how it gets done. Every once in a while I get a win in.

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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

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Wall Street Woes : Oh noooooes, there are new kids in our sandbox.

After the @#$%@#$% that wallstreet pulled in lesseee:

1974, 1986, 1995/6/7/8,2000, 2004, 2006->2008

People wonder why they are loosing business? Its about time the whole damn fleet were rolled up, packed on a barge, sailed out to the Marianas Trench, handed concrete life perservers and told to swim for Australia.

While I get the concept about raising funds to enable growth in the economy, I'm a firm believer in *real* value rather than market value. And the market value crap is what keeps causing these "little hiccups" that cost 25% to 45% of "market value" to vanish abruptly. And we've all seen the results of that.

Pensions? what pensions? These are not the pensions you'd been paying into for the last 30 years... these are NEW pensions.

Oh never mind.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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still don't like mice.

Sadly -- trackballs are becoming harder and harder to find.....

(at least without diving into the more interesting or expensive parts of the interwebz)

But - as kooky as the apple one button mouse was it was a *much* nicer thing than the blocky ugly critter that was the alternative at that time.

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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

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We Is the Law 'round there.

@gaz -- you're getting the right idea.

You have to remember that senior police employees are obsessed with the opportunity to become senior security advisors in the *private* sector, notably to those entities that are eating our governmental financial soup whilst tripling costs, by replacing the public sector staff with underpaid foreign contractors, who cannot do the job, and pocketing the balance.

(oops is my cynicism showing?)

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Practical Interim Cost-saving measure

"Deflated versions could be built into the floors of buses and trains to be inflated at the touch of a button when a (necessarily short-sighted) 'oik' causes a minor inconvenience on a train."

Shirley there's an autopilot that might have a vector on that Victor.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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tagline says it all

**Warning** the sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant. The population is growing.

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What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

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@2460 ---

Shhhhhhhhh. No one is supposed to know what I'm up to .....

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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...... at the back of every IT conference

Was the new guy just there for the free copies of software.....

(what? you didn't?)

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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These have been called "gypsy" cabs in other times.

Effectively - Lyft and Uber have decided to say "Your business model is broken, we're replacing it for you" to "Taxi Companies".

Sadly - the folks at Pirate Bay have been saying that to a couple of corporate entities for years.

Oh hell -- I"m bitter and cynical today aren't I?

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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".. or we could just launch patent attorneys at the thing."

This is a viable solution, but not for the issue of the object hitting earth.

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AWS adds on-premises Radius MFA to Workspaces DaaS

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Cloudy with a chance of ........

I'm not sure what.

So:

Apps running in cloud A

Authentication services in cloud B

Mail and office apps in cloud C

Desktop in cloud D

Joni Mitchell tune ringing in my head now.

Why am I working in IT?

What is a cloud? A collection of dust, water, and other small particulate matter subject to the wind.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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wait a minute here.......

"But instead of providing the long list of questionable tactics that Lyft has used over the years, we are focusing on"

OK -- I get the OMG we're fyghting 4 ur Lyves bit.

But "over the years"? --- as far as I can tell these two entities have only existed for 2. But then I'm just a sane person in canada. (yes, there are a couple of us)

Both of these entities are symptomatic of the economic horsecrap that will sink our global economy.

(icon, tired, grumpy old guy)

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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It makes me think somewhat.

That parts of Vera were assembled not many feet from where I sit these days.....

You folks over there enjoy the tour please, since we wont get the joy of seeing two of these in the air togther....

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Soya lattes. Really?

C'mon Alistair.

I get too much blood in my caffeine stream and I turn into nasty bear.

Nice start to my Friday is a Timmie's. Real coffee.

(icon as I'm in need of a coffee top off)

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

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authenticate -> Taccacs or SSH keys.

Use real, controlled, managed authentication or get booted off the network.

BGP is ugly. Without security around those devices using BGP, disastrous.

Sad that the hijack points into Canada.

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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Re: It'll still give...

"and the fishing would be difficult." ..

With a thumper and the right hooks, the worm would come. And think of the spice.....

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

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Odd experiment.

Its supposed to be testing peoples reactions to independant mechanical objects.

Personally -- I'd want to "upgrade" the OS and perhaps enhance the supposed "repertoire" of trivia and jokes. But then I am a bit twisted after ............ far too long in this business.

Headed your way Trevor, I've not seen it hanging about my neck of the woods yet though its supposed to be here somewhere.... All yours to play with.

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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Re: Just use Cash

Steve:

The dude in the alleyway wearing a balaclava would like to have a word or three with you....

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Flaming external usb drives

At least the Boss wasn't suggesting that the current backup system be replaced with them..............

Yet.

(and yup, I've seen it suggested, and (*sob*) DONE in a production system)

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Re: responsibility

Not anon, because I think I know where you work!

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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"Don't those test strips use up a lot of power?"

Only if you have small children that like to watch the colours change.......

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I think we have a Barbara S moment.

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I think we have a Barbara S moment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28550035

Had no idea who he was till this all started. Wayback machine anyone?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: Medical Doctor

I have to concurr with the question. MD's (specialist or GP) have to have solid basic analytical skills. Why is the GP not included in the "scientifc" folks list. Other than the fact that he agreed with the presented report.

To start with:

Gaia: Age ~2 Billion years.

SOL: Age ~ 4 Billion years. (Single largest influence on our climate)

AGW: event period <100 Years.

Solid Data regarding AGW: <50 years.

Lets do the statistical relevance on that stack of facts please.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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ERROR:

Buffer overflow while creating index on table NO_FLY_ALLOWED

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Never ran into paracetamol.

But good lord I have to thank whomever concocted Naproxen. And thank the sweet lord that the patent has expired (at least in Canada).

Ex skater, I've done my knees in four times over the years, and I periodically pay for it, most notably after a spill during an afternoon with a paintball gun. In that case, pulled hamstring and two pinched nerves in my left hip left me basically flat on my butt -- Naproxen just plain works on things like my knees, and the hamstring issue.

I was fortunate and ran into a chiropratic intern that found the nerve pinches quite quickly. And as warped as it might sound, three massage sessions later the nerves stopped harrassing me. It was however about 5 weeks of stretching and exercising to get past the hamstring problem. That would not have happened without Naproxen.

I've found Ibuprofen keeps the pain to a dull roar with the knees when they decide to file a complaint, and the Naproxen makes it possible for me to do the stretches and bends that get them to toe the line again.

As for back pain, yes yes yes yes to the office chair. You have a bad chair, you might as well lie on the floor and have your kids use your back as a judo practice target. Nothing better than getting a chair configured to fit correctly.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Odd

I'll second that fix Trevor, I've not one piece of paper relevant to computers in my past. Although physics might be relevant at some bizarre layer.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

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Re: We've just wholesale moved from OEL5 to RHEL6.5

Smart folks!!!

I know of an SMB that ended up locked in hard (Apache/Weblogic/OracleDB/OracleLinux) that had a huge support bill with oracle, and ended up paying me to come in and fix the issue. The competing (and I'm 100% sure that it was an ego-fest) support groups at Oracle could not untangle their own finger pointing. I spent 14 hours untangling things and presenting the solution that those teams could not coordinate over 21 days of issues. Considering the level of skills in those teams, I really don't understand why they could not pull back, regroup, and package the same up for their client.

Redhat has been utterly impeccable in their support on my primary employment. There are only 2 cases where I've had to hound them in over 10 years of the contract.

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Re: Big Businesses *do* create jobs

"Big Business *does* create jobs — usually lots of them in one go"

The point of the article is the balance.

Big Business will create a whack of new jobs, much noise will be made about the new factory, but the fine print is

a) the government is subsidising the plant, and half the wages

b) the average wage paid in that new plant is likely to be 20% to 30% lower than the same job created by SMB.

c) the executives/managers all have golden parachutes made up of that difference accumulated over the lifetime of the dog and pony show.

d) the politician(s) involved will end up with one of those executive positiions just in time to close the plant, announce a huge reduction in costs to the company and move to a new location.

Sorry -- I think the screaming cynic in me got to the coffee before the optimist.

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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

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ummm

Italian "Databinieri" -- wouldn't that be more like Iron Mountain et al, or is my pun detector on sensitive today?

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Hmmm

Type out the hostname and mac address of the primary nic.

Likely unique string on the device. Generate the string from that..... Yeah, it would likely be fairly unique.

NoScipt for ages here... on all browsers.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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@ pakkuman

At least in my org, we have those drives sitting around for a month or three in storage.

Wipe/nuke/clean the disk before it goes to storage.

From storage to the shredder.

We need a "Big Honkin Magnet" icon.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: This seperates the "science" from the real science...

Here we have real science. It gets the data, it shows the images, it identifies the facts.

It puts the facts in the basket or it gets the hose. Again.

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