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Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER

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next CNN report:

FBI head found foaming at the mouth.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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if the cloud is down.

Isn't it kinda foggy around here?

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Re: BACTERIA ARE NOT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!

'good old soap and water. No more no less. Keep it basically clean and you're good.

If you've a wooden (proper) chopping board and have bleached it even once, replace it, you've broken its natural ability to kill off bacteria. (yes its been proven)

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Re: BACTERIA ARE NOT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!

absolute agreement on that front, here.

Strong suspicion that the raging outbreak of "allergic to the world" is a result of same. No, correlation is not causation, but then, no one has done any real studies on the issue since it might cost the "home sterilization" industry its existence. Wouldn't want that now would we?

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Re: Encryption

Sorry Haro;

A) where the data is stored is irrelevant to the issue.

B) its made it into a courtroom as an evidenciary method. (doesn't matter if they toss it or not)

C) Lawyers always come out ahead.

This pool of facts makes it relevant to society as a whole ergo my pool of cynical slobber above.

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I seem to recall

Dashcams in Russia are popular due to some sort of (insurance/lack of/scam - I'm sure VP will correct me)

I see that insurance companies are now pushing to put GPS based DTR monitors into cars to "reduce your costs"

(utter horse shit in any case, its insurance, they are the bastion of "make my money grow at any cost", so rates only ever go up although it does come in handy when you get Tboned by a drunkard at 1 in the afternoon on your way back to work, that is, if you can find a lawyer capable of forcing them to follow the contract that you signed.).

I have to thank (deity) that we have Government managed healthcare up here, I can see where the American version will go -- your health insurance costs "can be reduced if you wear"..... (and turn in all the data of course) -- which on average will *raise* the costs since

a) you don't exercise 3 times a day for 20 minutes.

b) don't walk 10 miles every single day

c) sit down for more than 20 minutes at a time regularly ...

d) you drank something that looks like it was coffee more than twice in this 3 month period.

(etc etc )

Fitbit, soon to be available with subcutaneous blood chemistry monitoring attachment.

<sorry I woke up on the cynical side of bed this morning>

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: I mean, it's interesting and all, but...

Perhaps they made use of exotic compute power to correlate the data. mmmhm, yup.

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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Re: Free Decrypt button must download the key

Something along these lines -- at *some* point the key is in memory somewhere. either fully encrypted or unecrypted.

At the very least you have the three points to do vectoring math. Not that I know much about it but if you have

Encrypted copy

Decrypted copy

(something that looks like the key)

(suggestion as to what encryption)

You have sufficient to pull the entire process apart and find (possible) flaws that can be leveraged to avoid having to use a provided key --

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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portrait or landscape

watch messaging systems just plain don't work oriented that way. Stupidity reigns.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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Words to live by.

This:

"An awful lot of knowledge is local, some of it is implicit, and a great deal of both are gained simply by doing"

Is probably one of the most powerful truths in any field. Period.

Sadly, this includes contract law. Which from what Tim is saying, GTAT apparently needed more practice doing contract law with Apple.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Sendo? what?

and the Aura actually did get made? The spec sheet I saw didn't look like that.

(20 years in the business.)

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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And just because its *climate* issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM

Oddly enough I suspect that it makes a better point.

Even if they're still somewhat rabid on some issues.

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Now. We. Have. The. Answer.

As to why all superheros must wear a CAPE.

/The one with the rotting vegtable matter

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Facepalm

I *really* hope that that was a joke. A prank. a silly thing. clickbait, ANYTHING but a serious concept.

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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@ Christoph

They did try that one once.

Now they have a "white" house. Perhaps that lesson is still tickling 'em late at night while they sleep.

Smart, this judge, not putting himself in harms way. If he'd found leverage to pull .ir and hand it to anyone there would have been quite the free-for-all for the next few years while folks settled centuries old grudges .......

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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@breakfast

(I should be)

And all those asteroids will sprout baobabs? Not so far fetched really. Adults just don't understand.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Google just shouldn't have gone there.

I mean, at least SOMEONE at google has likely read PKD. And I for one would have skipped the 6 out of pure respect.

Kudo's to those that *have* read it.

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Cybersecurity? Nothing to do with us, mate – Google and Facebook

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Re: Once again ...

"Re: Once again ...

cyber "

Please not to be doing that in here. It leaves the floor sticky and makes the popcorn under the seats taste funny

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Fear...

" I wish to hell we could get a sane and sensible conversation on the go about making things actually right."

I could make a dollar off that statement.

CableCO.CEO:

I could make $10,000,000 off my customers.

"sane and sensible" go out the window with the second comma. Hell in some cases with the first comma.

(grumpy sysadmin on a grumpy monday)

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Feeling safe in your executive hotel suite, Mr CEO? Well, DON'T

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Consider the target. Consider the carpet.

This sounds a tad phishy to me, but I suppose that there's a market for that sort of data. The thing is if it is that exclusive and elite, one has to wonder if it is not those very self same execs that are funding the group to steal data from their competitors.

Or even better:

March 2015:

Asian market crash blamed on executives being spear phished over the last 5 years, leaking critical financial data.....

Prepratory CYA in action?

< Damn, I'm cynical this morning >

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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Re: Does he actually *want* to remove copyright?

"I'd say that would be an extremely long shot, although given the fiascos in Iraq, Afghanistan et al. I wouldn't necessarily put it past them"

Footnote to that, none of the listed nations had a truly functional military. I don't think you can say the same for Sweden. Might be an opportunity for popcorn and beer.

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@asphytxtc

"The remake was awful though..."

As is almost every single one of the hollywood *new* movies that are remakes of foreign content.

Nope. That sentence is incorrect, please remove "almost"

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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wow. Stunning revelations overall.

Yes, I've seen this -

Most "utiity developer" types I've met grew up with windows on the desktop, and are more comfortable with windows, but none of them are locked into it, just more comfortable with the MS "office suite of tools" for general desktop use. Coding wise, the toolsets that are more common in general IT environments are typically geared toward windows, but again, not always locked into it. Specialty IT shops, yes, the gearing is likley more toward unix/linux and mainframe.

The problem comes when you put the term "startup" in there. It really depends on how the startup fires up. If its one of these "lets just toss this together and see what happens" startups (and there are a crapton of them floating around) its likely sloppy code slammed together on a windows platform, using the latest buzzphrase driven kitch. There are startups that start out with a serious business plan and (an/a few) architect(s) who have a clue driving the overall situation. These I've found build on a linux back end and develop the front end in something reasonably crossplatform capable as far as language goes. These tend to go somewhere.

Interestingly I'm hearing more and more of the pre-2k "open source is bad for business" crap coming back up. This after piloting linux into a mid-sized corporate environment that never knew it previously and taking it, in 9 years, to the second most deployed platform of choice, soon to unseat windows on the server level. And yes, I've participated in (move from windows to linux) - its NOT painless, and more often than not requires a profound mental shift in the way the developers work on the codebase.

(grumpy old system admin, tired of beating up the developers)

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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Bah

I think all those "Rand"s in the name mean the Bong is getting randy.

/runs away

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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Re: from the 3rd photo

At night I go outside and look around, and most of the idiots disappear.

Strange that.

Wish it happened more often.

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damn. I would

If I had a spare $10K kicking around I'd go for it. TwaMysBook or not.

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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Hang on:

TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor, with huge investments in $0 profit firms.

FTFY

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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OSX is apparently ill

7Gb for a base system and a couple of applications open?

Fedora 20 on an I7 laptop with:

2 Vms (one windows one linux)

systemd (*gag*)

samba

Mariadb (under 3Gb of sample data)

httpd,

kvm tools

two large spreadsheets

firefox with 11 tabs open

<5G of ram out of my 24 consumed.

Either OSX is pooched or you have your buffer/cache in that value, and it doesnt count.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Re: Hold the presses...

You profess to teach?

"I've since discovered academia to be the way and the light way; neither management nor customers!"

I wouldn't want you as a teacher if I wasn't your *custom*er.

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Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

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Re: Two Faced Government Agencies

Maybe we should suspend all contact with DHSThe US?

FTFY

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Fatty Brit 4G networks SLOW DOWN. Too much Bacon, perhaps?

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Re: Too much bacon.

Indeed, no such thing.

Too much bacon would make the networks FASTER wouldn't it?

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

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Re: Something missing?

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Rabies shots perhaps?

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Fujitsu waves 50PB+ MONSTER at hyperscale storage freaks

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hmmms.

Wonder if I can sqeeze one into the basement.

Just think about the torrents!

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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notwithstanding the overall argument.

There is merit in the TDE arguments. The larger point is that "the rich" tend to spend on things that require "the not rich" to work, and thus get paid, perhaps more than they would if "the rich" did not have the extra cash on hand. The depth, value and overall cost/benefit ratio arguements will go on for centuries AFTER we've disposed of this riduculous economic system. That is, if we survive long enough to evolve another economic system.

Branson and Musk are both aiming to open up new frontiers so that we can get our collective butts off this rotating, orbiting single point of failure. They may not be doing this for altruistic motives (wont someone think of the species), but rather so that they can nick a penny off the top of the ticket, perhaps (figuratively), but it is an absolute requirement that we, as a species, get off the earth. Now, I certainly would be thrilled to be standing on a floating disk hovering over Venus harvesting (whatever) from the chemical soup that is its atmosphere, but I seriously doubt that I'll be around for that.

Chemical access to orbit is ridiculously expensive, and will have to be outmoded at some time in the future, BUT in order to build those elevators, we have to get out there, and find the bits we need to build them in the asteroid belt or by catching very large, very fast footballs that go zinging by us once in a while. And the only way we're going to do that is by detonating large amounts of very dangerous chemicals underneath the butts of those going to do that job. Either from a rocket launch pad or from 40/50/60/70,000 feet up after being dropped from a carrier.

I have to agree with "Space is hard", and the only way we get out there to do the work to make it happen is to make "Space is hard" read as "Space is doable with practice"... someone has to pay for the practice rounds. The governments around this planet are *ALL* (repeat after me ALL OF THEM) dead broke, and in debt to such an amount that its not feasable for them to rationally fund this. Therefor, Branson and Musk are doing what needs to be done.

My sympathies, and most of my attention in this case lie with the family of the poor fellow that didn't make it, and my congratulations and support go to the fellow recovering from the crash. These two. BOTH of them deserve kudos, even if it was a manual screwup that brought it down, they have balls that damn few humans ever will have.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Ooops

bah.

echo "Line_of_obfuscated_Complicated_Code" >> sourcefile

Who needs an editor.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: Am I in the right place?

Yes, yes you are.

Technology and science we like.

Marketteering and snake oil we do not. Being charged ridiculous prices just makes us grumpier.

(yes I'm a grumpy old bastard)

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Like air time or record sales *really* get that much in the ARTISTS pockets.

I know a couple of smaller time musicians. The only money they *really* make is from touring. Everything else is coffee money, once the various entities above them in the "rights" tree get their cut.

Which defines where the problem really lies. The business model is br0ken, and the businesses need to die, but being "too big", .......

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

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Bigger problems than that

During the beta phase we are gathering feedback from customers and data to make further improvements – it is not a finished product.

If your data is giving you feedback, you have a **hell** of a long way to go. I though this was all digital.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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No definition of *how* they work it.

User input? Could be somewhat unpredictable results.

But - just another *we* *must* *think* *of* *the* *children/feminists/terrorists/anti-establishement/antiTPP/antiChristian/anti(whateveriscurrentdramalama)* censorship in a white hat and cane, purring in the public ear "I can keep you warm and safe and cosy in your bubblewrapped, insulated consumer of all the pap role".

(I think i need more coffee)

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Auditors find encrypted chat client TextSecure is secure

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Re: Simpsons?

OR:

Bob is serving time in pokey after allegations that he was recording interactions between Alice and Mallory and posting them to revenge porn sites.

As a result he now works for the NSA in order to reduce his sentence.

Alice sought psychological assistance for her mental anguish and was convinced that working for the NSA would allow her to take revenge on revenge porn sites.

Their manager at the NSA ensures that they never meet face to face, and has taken to drinking at work due to the stress.

Mallory now is a homemaker, heavily medicated, who drives an SUV and helicopters all three of her children, 24 hours a day. Physically and emotionally exhausted, she no longer has time for computer security.

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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Re: Someone beat me to markham.

@Trevor_Pott:

Interesting read -- still have to wonder what the tar sands are emitting to the atmosphere in Ab. It seems to be damaging their thinking.

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Someone beat me to markham.

Worked around the corner from Pacific Mall for years.

Good Prices, Good Selection. Subtitles included where needed.

@ Trevor_Pott -> you and I might not accept the TPP without a fight, but it sure as shit looks like Stephen Harper is buying it, lock, stock, barrel *and* ball gag. Including (it seems) thanks to events earlier this month, a copy of the Patriot Act and the basis for TSA MKII in Ca.

Damn shame he got hidden in a closet.

(no point in being anonymous, they already know who I am and I'm too old and cranky to care any more)

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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@ru-37

Fox News Headline:

Republicans everywhere are demanding that Obama recind the American citizenship of AJ-26s everywhere.

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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Drupal 7

Hass effectively become the "Aliens" of web presentation?

(Nuke it from orbit, its the only way to be sure)

oh. Did you say Whitehouse.gov runs Drupal?

oops.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Re: Sharing the winnings?

@Ledswinger

Keyboard... or at least a fresh coffee...............

(That one I have not seen before)

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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"Vehicle Anomaly"

Doesn't matter to me much who's equipment or tools, these are always very sad events, and the nice part is that, long run, we learn stuff from the analysis. Sad event, yes, but it will have a lesson embedded in the analysis, and we'll get just that little bit better.

Time to dig out the "long form" and start the investigation. Might want to wait till the temperatures drop down a bit though...

(Some days I wish I was part of the investigations on things like this -- ..... I must be weird)

(Beer for some very long nights ahead of the folks that will be doing the work)

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: The lesson of the LS120

Me -> #4

bought one drive. had many disks after a few years.

Several friends had the drives, but they had issues - the (locked down and can't eject issue) - I eventually inherited the drives (and disks) from them -- I'd gotten rather good at winding a replacement spring for the ejector lever.

Still have the drives and the disks, but that wont last long -- the SO has gotten on a "unpackrat the basement" kick of late.....

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

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Hey stupid.

We're launching a rocket here. Your boat is in range.

a) if it was there to start with, the operator wasn't monitoring the local advisory channel

b) "wasn't able to .... in time" - indicates that a) is highly likely. Incapable of coordinating the departure indicates to me that it's highly likely that the operator was either insufficiently skilled in operation of the craft or very likely not in possession of complete training.

Sad that it caused the delay. Scary that they're letting the same level of stupid that exists on our highways out on to the open ocean.

(yup, the grumpy old bastard's still around)

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Why weasel words might not work for Whisper

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Hi. I have this great free anonymous tool that lets you babble on teh interwebz

Now, to be safe, you have to let us

a) place a unique identifier on your system

b) let us track your location.

But its anonymous.

I'm sorry. Broken by design. Nothing. NOTHING. the management team/VC salesdroids or infobabble experts can say.

This. is. not. anonymous. At all.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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dammit

Who let that mouse take over the keyboard?

All they ever do is complain......

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