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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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They were searching for signs of intelligent life in the universe.

The Bebo blast convinced them there was none.

Depression ensued, followed by Mass Suicide.

There is a pun in there somewhere.

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Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

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We need a new icon

For BrainBuzzFreeze.

Something like a brainfreeze from sucking back a Tims Iced Cap in 30 seconds.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Wow. FUD sprayers are *still* at the electric car?

I've finally had the pleasure of a ride in a model S. (85, not the 95).

WOooooooooooow.

The gent who took me out in his, has had it for just shy of 3 years. This is Canada, although not Tuktoyuktuk, it is still Canada. Last winter we had some *nasty* cold spells in and around our area -- According to this fellow,

a) the car cabin went from soul freezing cold to comfy in about 5 minutes. The heater is just fine thanks.

b) the house charger he has (75A) had the battery at full when he was ready to head to work, and in a three day stretch he noticed perhaps a 1% or 2% drop in battery charge *beyond* his normal commuting due to the temperatures. Certainly not the overhyped horsecrap 40% drop due to cold reported in a certain financial industry rag. ((think about Wellhead prices vs refinery price for oil before you comment))

c) average commute for him is 57km each way (about 34 miles) -- and on weekends the run to the cottage and back eats about 65% of his battery.... .he has enough room in the battery to potter about in the local town a couple of times and still not sweat it on the way home. He's seen (and this is a direct quote) "No appreciable loss of charge or range" over about 80,000km of use.

d) The one issue he has had was a fuse failure on an accessory circuit. A Tesla tech drove to the office in a repair vehicle, replaced the fuse, tested the curcuit and charged him nothing. *this* however is likely due to him having an "early adopter" status with Tesla.

It is incredibly QUIET. Both inside and outside. I'd almost be inclined to put some sort of noise maker on mine if I got one -- I live on one of those little side streets with 100,000 kids that like to play in the street.

I'll still make the point --> electrical delivery infrastructure will need to be heavily uplifted in Canada to support more than 20% of folks having a vehicle like this - BUT it will SO be worth it.

The oil industry will have a s**t fit about it but there is *SO* much *less* to go wrong on an electric car, and even if our energy source (here in Canada more likely Hydro electric, Nuclear or gas than coal or oil) isn't particularly clean, the use of electric will have positive influence on carbon emissions.

Still want one. Cant afford one, but still want one. Maybe a used one will come up sometime in my life.

Oh. And in my opinion, this thing is still sexier than any Porche, Mercedes or BMW. About the only sexier car exterior in my books is the original Vandenplas. (Sp??)

All standard controls are in the places you'd expect to find them on any vehicle. Gas and brake pedals on the floor in front of the driver NOT on the touch screen. Ticky thing on the steering column. Almost all the crud you need is on the steering wheel or on the Ticky things sticking out from it.

Now. STOP buying in to the horsecrap about range --> for normal day to day use, I have a round trip commute from *one* end of my city to the *other* grand total of 190Km each day. This car will certainly handle that. And more if needed. This is *not* typical or average in north america. And I seriously doubt that this is *average* in Europe either. Yes, you will have *some* folks who have longer runs in general, but not a typical day to day commute.

I will agree - the average "hybrid" available now is near enough to pointless as to be so when it comes to range on electric -- but for some folks they are a viable solution.

**and** Elon has effectively thrown his company's R&D out to the world to be looked at and improved on. Yes you might have to still write up some paper if you want to use it commercially, but now I could try building one of these in my back yard......

(hmmmmmm)

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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

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automate automate automate automate.

just get it done. You have a project to build 4 systems - start there - eventually you'll have a flow that works - once it works, it *will* demonstrate efficiencies and stabilities - which makes it easier sell to the app folks to butter the (non equipped) systems with the tasty tasty automation tool(s).

I've been using cfengine for this on linux with viperl to blow out vms from a linux command line. I still have to fight fires, but the **great thing** is that an edge case detected on one host in a corner of the datacenter that *does* cause a problem can be fixed across the environement fairly quickly - - despite the presence of burdensome paperwork, with automation. Yes I test things. Yes we have a few boxes that once were decommissioned that were pushed into a corner and hidden so we have test fleet. I had a huge advantage in that linux was a "new" operating system here once. AND I had the foresight to say "its going to spread like a weed" and plan for it.

Three aquisitions along the way and cfengine went on those systems too.

The biggest change I have to teach SA's coming in is to toss out the idea that "but the user says it has to be this way" is an acceptable reason to change a standard. There's always a way to get the standard and "what the user wants" to agree.

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British Gas Twitter account hijacked by mystery phishermen

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Valid question

Being a canuck, I've no idea, but how in hell does a national utility provide assistance to end users in fixing a boiler?

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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

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Then there are the wildlings, north of the wall.

Need I say more?

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Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

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Cats, Dogs and internet $$geddon

And it will all come to nought with herd of squirrells to distract 'em all.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: Sold!

Waving around a Big Disk:

I'm a system admin. I have anywhere from 3 to 6 vms running on my work laptop. A 1TB SSD is a handy place to put the virtual disks. And improves the HELL out of the performance of said vms.

I test clustering and (now) hadoop instance changes on these. Before we go to dev or qa. SInce I have to write out the instructions for the guys that drive the prod environment. Who happen to live in a universe far, far away. And have trouble if the possibility of an error isn't documented. And have trouble if the possibility fo an error IS documented. And......

Awww heck, can you tell I'm cutting changes?

Looks cool as drives go, but too small for me.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Elon doing his thing.

Good news, we can now go through and use Tesla's R&D in a collective manner to improve electric cars. (cooperative scientific progress is faster than solo!)

I just hope that someone somewhere is paying attention at the electrical infrastructure level -- at least here in the True North Strong and Free, we'll need some serious updating to our electrical infrastructure to meet the demands of more than 15% or 20% of vehicles being electric, and based on the fast charger concepts. Especially in HydroOne territory, where they've basically left the infra to rot since it was outsourced to private business.

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Move over, John Pilger, let us IT scandal-mongerers stick it to you

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Welcome back, not me.

Good to see your feeling better,

and I'll agree the list is appropriate for recovering from online scandal.

Mind you most public "figures" are too addicted to the "attention" to "go away" -- or to "learn how to look contrite"

I'll raise a glass at you on a friday sir!.

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New Reg "Alias"

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New Reg "Alias"

I nominate D.A.M's

Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store™

as a new alias on the Reg.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Gentlemen NEVER discuss a lady's age

Just 'cause Gaia is.....

@ GrahamD, -- why do we see this here? Because the creationists will drag out the same old tired arguments as well. We can still enjoy kicking the literal creationists. Myself, I can rationalize an agreement for them, but they never listen. Thus I've given up on bringing them into the 21st century.

@ DAM, Kudo and upvote on "Jimbo's Store".

@ Magani, Agreed, looks like Marvin pinged that time.

I keep wondering when we'll be able to say definitively how long the dance has really been. It is constantly intriguing to find new ways of measuring the age of objects, and we have wonderful instruments out there that can tell us about things far, far away. I suppose this all just part of a journey. And like DAM, I rather hope we get to see ZenSunni along the way.

And AndyE -> it wasn't a slow printer, he didn't check the cartridges before he started and it sat there for 3 days waiting for him to replace the empty "magenta" cartridge.

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Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

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How big is the block of salt.

We're not talking in terms of MegaCorps here -- the article is clearly pointed at SMBs. Its doubtful that an SMB in a quiet little backwater of Canada is doing *anything* that would warrant the US flinging around the amount of weight required to stomp on the SMB's bid.

That said, I'm a fanatic for automation in any case. Even at home with 6 PCs, a laptop and three tablets. I'm also quite good with cfengine and I'm learning puppet. These suffice for my purposes, both at home, and at work. That I use them as an SSM simply takes time and expertise. I certainly realize (after some years of trying to get other SA's to look at these ideas) that having a toolkit to do it for you makes it *far* more attractive to the typical SA. And most definitely attractive to the typical SMB "swiss army knife" type SA. Me, I'm in Enterprise IT and have the luxury of not having to sweat DC configuration or print server setup -- guys on the frontline in SMBs have to do everything from changing the ink cartridges to configuring the BGP. ICK!

Have a wobblypop for a decently thought out and written article.

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

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google's new excuse for sharing data?

... Eric Brewer in a speech at the conference. "We do believe in open containers." ....

Put a lid on it you silly man.......

<The one with the tupperware in the pocket>

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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I think we need to try this phrasing

Touring Test was (in the) past. (Kevin going on tour soon mayhap?)

Certainly I wouldn't have called that a Turing Test Pass.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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Solar token rings

I see what you did there.

And the mental somersault I did to get there (considering 10Ge switching setup for backbone of a data platform) may just set this project back about 4 weeks.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Salmon, apricots, apples.

Dammit now you've all gone and gotten me thinking about what I'm gonna barbeque tonight.

And I think I'm out of capers.....

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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just a thought to consider -- transparency reports becoming fashionable?

http://o.canada.com/technology/internet/teksavvy-and-rogers-publish-transparency-reports-highlighting-the-extent-of-government-data-requests

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