* Posts by Alistair

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The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A Reg 101 guide to cabling

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Re: well timed. And Thanks Peter.

effectively the 7k is 16 months late. It was supposed to be in play when the "appliances" landed. We'll migrate from 4*1Gb/s uplinks to 2*10Gb/s uplinks through the 7k when it goes live.

And its being planned, but the planners aren't talking to the doers.

(Hey, Reg, We need a 'violently removing follicular appendages' icon)

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well timed. And Thanks Peter.

Currently trying to untangle 10Gb/s in rack bundled "appliance" connections that are currently using 1Gb/s LACP'ed copper uplinks to Cisco EOR switches that will be migrated to Nexus7k 10Gb ports. But they put the damned Nexus in another @#$@#% room. Can't get a straight answer out of anyone on how the hell we're gonna connect the damned things.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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One more time folks:

Lets take a bunch of recent "terrorist" events.

Lets review the situations and circumstances.

Ask two questions of the review.

1) Which of the following two alterations of either law or functionality would have prevented the recent terrorist events:

Better communications between law enforcement agencies involved, or more effective use of feet on the ground.

2) What encrypted communications were involved that were not decoded by law enforcement.

We *all* know what the answers are. We all know what needs to be done. We can all see the lies in the current "be afraid of everything out there, but let us do what we want and you don't have to worry about it any more" propaganda.

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Re: freedom is nice to have, until it gets taken by a criminal who can not be found

/glances at your handle.

I'm assuming sarcasm.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Re: I still have one very like that one

oh dear.

I've seen setups like that. In fact, punted the app into a Virtual Machine. Oddly vax runs well in vm. No idea why. The only hard part was getting the storage connections working over the virtio paths. We didn't have to get it printing though.

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How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

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First thing the CIO is wont to do:

Replace that gawdawful wall paper. (haven't read the story yet - but that pic is scary)

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Dear god.

Lets make this simple.

FCC says local government can run ISP for its citizens if it feels the need/compulsion.

Large employer of MINIMUM wage callcenter bodies pokes the political animal it has funded for the last 12 years in the ass since this means that said large employer of minimum wage callcenter bodies will now have to actually ACTIVELY compete.

That is ALL this is.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Thats a nice screen you have there.

/baseball bat.

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

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Cyanogen -

Currently the only thing I'll run on my (yes its old, it still runs just fine thanks) SIIx. The cruft that ships on the carrier's install is gawd awful broken. Now, Cyanogen, come up with a replacement set for Google Play Services that can be toggled on and off so that I don't have to use both the os level *and* a startup manager to disable that crap. Damn crap software eats more battery than even wifi.

Go get em Cyanogen. Have a beer to celebrate with.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Oh lord. Lets just feed the Pols some more fuel

This will feed into $harper'$ "let us collect it ALL" so yer safe crap.

And for the record, the individual shot in Ottawa was a mentally damaged person who had been for several years on various radars as "dangerously damaged" in various forms. Once again communications with current information between forces would have better prevented the issue. Kudos again to the Sgt-At-Arms of the house for doing his job better than any politician he was protecting did theirs.

Personally crap like this makes me suspect that the political motivation actually comes from *this* side of the pond.

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Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

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cover image is incorrect.

That cat is not fat.

That cat is on a mat.

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Google drops a log into its cloud. A log analyser, that is

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Edit #1

So it will be gone in a couple of years! Frankly, Google have to get serious. I'm hesitant to become dependent on anything Google.

FTFY.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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@alanisMorissette

**this** is ironic.

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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"some of the people had not even been charged"

@ Graham Marsden

No, they are guilty of something, the law to convict them has not yet been written.

I *KNOW* what the lifecycle of data is. **it** **does** **not** die. Some jackass has a copy of it somewhere.

Eventually grumpy cat will be pronogryfia. And you will all be guilty. Before being charged.

Voting is all well and fine. Sadly - on my side of the pond, any majority government has been bought and paid for before it was elected. The damn conservatives have been carpet bombing the populace with advertising for the last year and a half, and twatface hasn't even hinted at calling the election yet. Trudeau will have to have the ghost of his father, Jean Chretien, and several other *dead* politicians standing over his shoulder before he will manage to pull a government together, and the NDP don't have any politicians. They have .... children running amok as far as I can tell. And I'm not inclined to toss a cookie at anyone that wants to dismantle my country. Hell at this rate I might just have to run as an independent and scream at rest of the house when they get stupid. Not that it will do me any good.

Thanks for getting me off to a grumpy start today.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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truer now than ever.....

"...... and now the criminals in their coats and their ties are free to sip martinis and watch the sun rise"

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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Chappie is *not* short circuit.

Short Circuit was the Disney version of the concept.

Blomkamp puts together something that makes (at least me, and my equally geek wife and eldest) discuss a set of concepts. Yes the helmet + stack of ps4s is a plot hole. I'll allow it on the grounds that it helps pose a question for discussion. I've seen several complete trashings of this movie by "reviewers" and having just seen it, believe that I might just have to go re-watch district 9 -- I suspect that (since I watched that while working through a release and thus missed several large chunks of it) I may not have really seen the movie, or at least the bits that may have been important.

Average Joe is *not* likely to see all the possible issues Blomkamp is presenting here and some of them are things we may well just have to come up with answers for, *before* we have the capacity to execute. (Anyone here read 2312? -- there's a concept in there that makes for an interesting counterpoint to the concept of copying a consciousness)

I wont call the "ninja/yolandi" (I get the idea that they have some other gig somewhere/how/media??? why?) team the types I'd put into anything but a madmax movie, but the concepts are part of the overall vision here, and I think they fit the bill, even as overacted, there are other characters in here that are just as completely over the top including Hugh Jackman's.

Overall, not something everyone is going to find "entertaining" nor is everyone going to find it "intriguing" -- I personally enjoyed it, and the ensuing discussion about some of the questions it raised for us.

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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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