* Posts by Alistair

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Charter Comms to wed Time Warner Cable in monster merger

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correction:

That spirit of innovation will live on, and it will create real benefits and great long-term value out of the customers for the shareholders using the employees of all three companies.

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Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world

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Bluetooth. Security

I've had one (1) and ONLY one bluetooth headset that permitted one to alter the default 0000 pin for pairing. And I've killed far more than my fair share of bluetooth headsets. (it required plugging the headset into a pc with usb cable, firing up a small binary - which worked in wine - to modify the security code) - My phone never advertises and I have it set to ask on all connections. My laptop never advertises and asks for a pin for all connections. My gaming rig, I pull the bluetooth when I'm not using it.

I'm continually stunned at the office, if I do scan to pair with the laptop (my headset or the horrid control panel for our VConference suite) at the number of bluetooth devices I can see that are set without security. At a guess I'd say that 30% of the phones and laptops are blathering their identities to the world.

What is even more astonishing is the number of these (active bluetooth) phone's owners that have no clue what the thing draped around my neck is - or how it works,

And I'm in a tech aware office.

*sigh*

Somehow this article falls into the category of .....

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

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Interesting.

Sounds like an HLR db corruption. Either that or an incomplete HLR node to node failover.

Split brain perhaps?

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Didn't someone already do a movie -- or several?

With this device?

Prior art much?

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SpaceX signs off on another successful mission with Pacific splashdown

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@GrahamDawson

"is to fill the entire cabin with high grade loam" ....

I misread that and have no idea how I turned soil into narcotics. But you now owe me a keyboard.

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

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10Gbs Fiber to the home.

I think I'm moving house soon...... (and for my neck of the woods my 25Mbs is considered pretty good)

Beer, because 10Gbs is more than I get in the DC right now.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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New name for hijacking your browser.

I've been Budgied!

<considering the vocabulary of cheeps, chirps, chortles, buzzes etc that those critters can imitate>

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Still looking...

Alt is in Hawaii.

Ctl is somewhere in the south pacific.

Del is likely in Siberia -- perhaps thats why that hole exists. Someone has been hammering on the delete key for a loooooooooooooooong time.

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Long weekend BOFH

Good start to a day that is heading downhill rapidly......

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: Brings back the memories

but not enough, really the only security the bombs really have is that its difficult to get to them if you get it wrong they tend to go BANG really really loud.

FTFY

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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Re: Efficiency

The physics works. Aaaaaand, as a method of acquiring momentum, it has so little cost (the volume of the sail) that it has its place. As for current, it runs in one direction, *out*. You run with the current. To change direction, one angles against the current. Oh, and look, if you want to run into the current, there is that gravity thing.

It won't be the wally 118 of the solar system, but with consideration and time it will get you there.

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Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

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Re: Fine, if you don't care about performance

HDFS is "slow" in certain contexts, but when you use it the way it was designed, it actually rocks. Its the right tool for certain types of work. Sadly most folks think its just a file system.

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Re: HDFS: the subset of posix it implements

Dunno *why* it waited for me to get you an upvote Steve.

I've *read* part of the code, since there is an app team in my shop that thinks HDFS is a good place for SAS temp files and report data.

Update, edit are not options on HDFS in large scale - I noticed the hook for object stores, but even there it looks to me that its more worm style than anything else.

Explaining that HDFS doesn't do these things takes some time - especially with some of the moronic marketing crap out there. (I've seen stuff that should have made the sales techs blush..... and I think I may have made one or two of them actually blush.)

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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Checking calendar...

Nope, not April 1st.

Reddit, the internet's version of Mos Eisley.

These are not the trolls you are looking for.

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Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

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I'm a rocket scientist apparently

It certainly isn't pretty -- but our Elephants are up and running. Quite happily trundling along sucking up whatever we throw at them.

I've got no less than 12 business units in queue to jump in to one or more of these and start participating in the data sloshing.

I'm keeping the bulk of them on hold for now - the single biggest roadblock for me right now is getting the security folks to agree to a framework, and to agree to the access controls I need to finish building.

Second hardest component is getting network engineering to comprehend that we actually can consume better than 60% of a 10Gb/s link, and yes, we do need that 10Gb access layer component for the top of rack switches to keep from slaughtering our out of data 1Gb/s server infrastructure network.

That and teaching folks that, no, you don't get to see *everything* that is in the pool, there is stuff no human being should be able to connect in here.

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

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Terror!! Terror!! Horror!! HELP!

Found a chunk of bad code that was written ages ago that, well it is terrible, it can crash all sorts of things and cause all manner of havoc.

But you'll have to write one off code per installation to take advantage of it.

(and by the looks of it it might well be one off code per installation to hook into this one)

CALL THE PRESS!!!!

Yeeeesh.

Yes, you found a nasty one - that someone *hasn't* been looking at because the code "just worked" -- and yes, somewhere along the line somebody might have thought to compartmentalize the code out so that it wasn't loaded by default ( I myself, um, have a vm that uses the floppy driver for, errr, um ... testing purposes. And well it aint a windows guest.). But this does not warrant a commentary about digital apocalypses.

(and I installed the patch for the Vuln this morning on my Fedora ... RH's are in the repos as of this evening's review)

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Japanese astro-boffins race to recover pulsar-spotting balloon basket

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Mad Max flavour

"Where a chopper awaits for the last leg"

..... is that how he lost that leg?

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "shy tory"

"....depending on your particular favourite flavour of blood sucker."

At some point in our ragged political past over 'ere north of the 52nd, we had a municipal candidate with the unenviable name of Leech. First initial was B.

Was never quite sure if the loss was due to any of the combinations you can mangle that name into.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Lithium Ion

I can see you've never been anywhere near a lead acid battery recycling plant.

Sadly, at least over here, there are no requirements to filter the air coming out of the plant. And I know a fellow that worked in one. And the kit they wore in there, the rules about tears in the suits made it pretty clear how "green" that air was.

I'll admit, at least they *are* recycling the stuff, and it makes it cheaper, but the acid is neutralized and tossed down the pipes around here. The dust from the grind/melt process and the off gasses from the "smelt out the plastic" routines are pretty damned nasty. The smelter output is run through filters, but the grinder room is open to the environment.

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EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Whale mouth.

Lunge feeding.

Elastic nerves.

I see business use cases all *over* the place, right beside the vampire squid et al.

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Sally Beauty Supply breached AGAIN

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*mmm*

Sounds like time for an upgrade -- Sally Beauty Supply will have to be off to see a plastic surgeon for a makeover.........

(the white lab coat please)

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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There is a reasonable process....

When did IOActive formally advise the vendor of the flaw - I do believe that there is such a thing as a "reasonable" period of time to adress the flaw....

If IOActive told them about it in February, that would be reasonable notice and the DMCA threat means nowt.

If IOActive told them about the threat a week ago, IOActive can get stuffed.

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'Rombertik' malware kills host computers if you attempt a cure

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[geek@party ~]$ file /bin/sh

/bin/sh: symbolic link to `bash'

[geek@party ~]$ file /bin/bash

/bin/bash: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.32, BuildID[sha1]=c9f090657c35c10d6edeca09f62de9d22060a706, stripped

what? you can't do that?

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Interesting commentary

I've yet to come to solid conclusions on -- how to wrangle *sanity* in to *corporate taxation* -

Odd to note that Tim's only jumped in here once.

I am starting to feel that we need to leave the (business entities) that actually produce products, move products, sell products, (where product = real goods) alone and start looking at the (produce money, move money, fake money) entities. -- and tax the living shit out of those. But Tim will be all over my ass since these are the entities that "increase the value of the economy".

This would certainly thin out the patent trolls, venture capitalists, vampire squid types to those that a) know what the hell they are doing, and b) those that could do the job well enough to *really add value*.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Like the idea

Sadly in our area we're dealing with over regulation of consumers and no regulation of the (grid) providers -- and possibly no regulation of the source provider in the near future.

Quite literally - we're *not* allowed to store power locally. Not, at least in the residential space. We cant touch the stuff we generate on our roofs or in our backyards - it goes *back* to the grid first, then we have to buy it at the current rate if we want to use it. - There are of course credits - but they pay out quarterly only and you get billed monthly anyhow. (Nah, there's no screwing over the end user is there?)

Seriously though - two, perhaps three of these in a shed off to the side, with relevant controlling/cooling system, Solar on the roof and wind *in* the roof (look it up - thermal values etc) , geothermal heating with a bit of gas backup and gas for the BBQ, and a big black marble wall to heat the pool. I'm happening.

Just - that the damned government here would figure out a way to charge me 0.11/hr/l for the water running through that black marble pool heater, amongst 12 different other "surcharges" even IF I was pushing 40% of my production back into the grid.

And I still want my goddamn Tesla S. But I'll have to get all that set up on the QT so I can stop paying $550 to $600 a month in the winter for electric heat.

It friday and I'm wrapping a project. I have to stop being grumpy, have a beer on me Elon.

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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"...... in damages to customers after its own staff stole subscribers' data and flogged it to other criminals"

Slick Mr. Martin, very slick.

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The world's first proper Bitcoin exchange will be live in a month

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ah - thanks for the reminder

Selling out BC and burning my wallets...

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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Decent engineer.

Designs fall back plan.

1) wait

2) every so often see if the network is there

3) no network? *failsafe*

SOP 303 :

Let stupid knee-jerk overreaction be executed by harassed public servant.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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hmmmmm.

windows phone to allow in place android apps.....

Oh - look -- wine in reverse....

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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"deploying the best tools to counter terrorist propaganda on the internet and in social media,”

So - we're going to shut down Faux News et al, and ban them and theirs from ever using a computer?

Perhaps ban politicians from appearing in/on media, or posting anything on social media?

Maybe, just maybe, we'll find a way to gag all of the folks out there without a whit of logic, common sense, or rational thought in a permanent manner?

I shudder to think of just what might be oozing through the brain that concocted that statement.

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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At least his thoughts aren't the same "lets kill encryption of any form" drivel

That a crapton of politicians, bureaucrats and their sycophants have been spewing lately.

No security service, in modern times has excused its failure to prevent a (crime/terrorist event/kidnapping/rape/murder/robbery/hijacking/etc) with the statement "Well, we had these messages/communications/connections between this lot but we weren't able to read/interpret/understand them due to encryption". Until one does the bovine fertilizer shower has to stop.

I'll point out that in the cases in the past where this sort of situation occurred, those entities that *needed* to, put the collective nose to the grindstone, and did what was required to accomplish the job, and didn't rely on whining to the public about the issue.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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I can see the incident call whiteboard

But someone's taken a bite out of the side with the solution on it.

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ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

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Re: Shocked

Personally I think they're quite transparent. However, I suspect that what shows is not quite what people want to see........

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TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

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Sad parent moment

..... Go Diego, Go!

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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now... lets see ...

Facechat, *now with relevant advertising*

I forsee every 5 minutes or so your "chat session" getting interrupted with "commercials".

Of course, they will *ONLY* be for things that you've "liked" and or clicked on from your feed in the past, so they are of COURSE appropriate for the individual you are face chatting with. This is important since now you can share your perspective with the one you are face chatting with.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong here..........

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Have Oetti and Google kissed and made up?

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"Unused data capacity? Will there be such a thing or will Google will simply fill all available bandwidth with ads!

FTFY

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Re: My little runaway

Nah, they're just lazy, entitled, layabouts looking for a free ride!.

(and at that pace, WHAT a ride!, hey -- we need a FTL motorcycle icon!!!)

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

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googleplexworkx

FD: ($70/month, unlimited NA wide calling, unlimited NA wide sms, 2Gb data, and pics in sms count as data folks)

Living up north of the Land of the Free Corporations, and feeling more and more like they've bought and paid for all of our politicians, as attractive as the bundle might be, and like BarryR comments above, it sure is attractive, I'm still not interested in the plan. I've been trying to sever myself from googleplexity.

Mind you, I *might* just scarf a nexus 6. Just because my 4 year old phone is 4 years old. Sad isn't it that our techie bits have such *buybuybuybuy* short lifecycles these days?

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US judge lobs antivirus patents back to Hell

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Judge Stark.

Well, I suspect that he'd best not be going to Washington, he just might loose his head.

(well, gimme a break it IS friday after all and that means Sunday is Coming.)

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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Re: Badgers?

If you're seeing Badgers at work, I'd suggest that pub o'clock has come and gone.

I however am seeing Cat. But I'm WFH today and the damned animal loves lying on my wrists whilst I type.

But since it is approaching over here, have one anyway.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Re: His Name is Joe freakin' Hockey?

@ Stuart:

We have Stephen"FakeEmOut"Harper@notabalancedbudget.ca

Tradeya ... at least we can put your dude to work as a hockey announcer, where he'll do less damage.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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wait --- did he say C02 release?

Just wait for the agw debate crowd to get hold of that tidbit.

Sorry folks it is most definitely NOT like sticking a balloon with a pin. Latex and rock have substantially different functional responses to stretching events.

As for fluids to run the geothermal bits on, I'd suggest that the vendors of nutribullet and waring get together and come up with a 'congrenatorator' device -- we might, after cleaning out three or four governments, have enough liquefied polititician to set up at least one thermal conduit.

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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@FrankAlphaXII

So, no cellphone then I take it?

Wouldn't want that in your pants.

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America's cyber-security proto-laws branded 'surveillance in disguise'

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Operational observation as a form of intelligence gathering

Okay -- Y'all wanna share all sorts o data.

Well, Y'all are gonna have ta 'nonymize that data first.

Once y'all are done 'nonymizin' that data, just put it here and we'll make sure ... (for a 'nominal' fee of course, but we'll just charge the taxpayers that fee so that your data trading will make everyone else some money)

Somehow I just *don't* see the government sending the data *back* to have the stripping done again. I see it vanishing into some large data store somewhere. But then I'm a screaming cynic these days.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: PHB united

Wait --

I think you have banks and bookies mixed up.......

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Excessively fat virtual worlds – come on, it's your guilty secret

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I agree

100% with this article.

And I have 8 application sets that I'm about to P2V -- with *all* the corollary panic amongst the app owners.

"But its a VM, we'll need MORE cpu!" is such a common statement in the app/dev crowd, I really don't understand why --

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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They want to study the environment at the bottom of the oceans

Its good they're learning about critters down there.

Perhaps the best study of that part of the ocean would be "Activist investor protocols and Copyright and Patent law in the pelagic deep"

Or "How well lying, fiscally irresponsible political entities can feed vampire squid in the pelagic deep." -----

Or perhaps I'm just in a pissy mood this morning.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Ceres "shiny shiny"

That ! probably has "do not open until <date>" scrawled underneath it.

Likely in puppeteer.

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Anonymous unleashes online petition against US info-sharing bills

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Re: /append to list

@YAAC

I would be FINE with C-51 if it protected us from the terrorists ruling south of our border.

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/append to list

C-51

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