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Ex-Microsofties face 20 years in slammer over insider trading

wayne 8
Pirate

They only hit the small enough to jail crowd

Steal 400K and it is jail time and millions in fines.

Steal millions - pay a small fine and do not admit to wrong doing.

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

wayne 8
FAIL

Been wondering why a flashlight app or an alarm clock would need privs

to read the phone's information and even a caller's id.

Fricking ridiculous.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

wayne 8
Linux

Re: Usability

>A user who would also be incapable if installing MS Windows.

Who needs to install Windows? It comes on almost every computer sold. And funny thing the Windows computers are cheaper than the same hardware with no OS.

Linux, for the most part (my experience) requires the end user to interact with the computer at a level that a casual user does not want to act.

Like a high performance car that requires more skill, knowledge, and commitment than a commuter car. Many drivers just want to know how to open the door and start the car, get where they're going and shut it off and lock it up.

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Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

wayne 8
Big Brother

Re: I can hardly believe

Google owns YouTube. Think about that and how much they know about your video tastes.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

wayne 8
Pirate

Re: Hmmm Tungsten worth its weight in gold

Sell it as Tungsten? gold plate it and use it as collateral for a securities swap or sell it to the Chinese.

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wayne 8
Mushroom

Re: stable door

The strategy was Mutally Assured Destruction, M.A.D. Complete and utter destruction that no one could win in the end. The only way was not to play.

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wayne 8
Mushroom

Re: 600 warheads on Moscow

USAF Gen. Curtis Le May on the issue of the megatonnage "I want the cinders to dance."

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Has any employer ever delivered the training it promised?

wayne 8
FAIL

Can get all sorts of training; May not get chnace to use it.

Employer encourages training. Employer doesn't utilize employee's new skills even when said skills are in widespread usage in company. What's the point?

Problem isn't corporate policy, it is mid level IT management.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

wayne 8

Re: Pear shaped matter?

I studied to be a quantum mechanic. I had to give it up. I never knew whether the tool I needed would be in the toolbox until I opened the box. It was very difficult to grasp a quantum part.

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wayne 8

Re: At last

And Bernanke, Krugman, and the UK & EU equivalents are so good at determining economic outcomes.

Poster may have been off about psychics, but not about economists and bankers.

Economics is not science.

[icon of klueless Krugman]

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Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

wayne 8
Big Brother

does not provide lawful interception...

"As for all operators, TeliaSonera does not provide lawful interception surveillance services beyond those required by lawful legislation."

Leaves open the door that they could be providing illegal services. Maybe just an English translation issue and not lawyer-speak.

This is going on all over the world. There is no "Free World" anymore.

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

wayne 8
Gimp

Re: Quick - use the second amendment....

Weaponizing gives the government the power to control the tools. Weaponize the tools, then criminalize the possession. In a totalitarian society everyone must be a criminal for total control.

Next up, combat valor awards for using hacking tools from a bunker near Las Vegas where the real danger is the STD du jour from a hooker downtown.

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

wayne 8
Pirate

Don't trust a GOV report on Financiers

The wolves with a lighter shade of dark fur reporting on the other wolves' behaviours.

Lesson is banks CAN and DO fail. Deposit money and it's gone...

Banks do not share depositors interests (or pay interest anymore) and fiduciary duty is so old fashioned.

Update to "It's a Wonderful Life", Fred, your money is in Greece bonds and Helen, your money is in Italy bonds. And Ivan, your money was in a Cyprus bank.

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

wayne 8

Paint is out of fashion

Over here in suburban New Jersey, US. Comm boxes are being covered in graphic (vinyl I am guessing, meh to stopping and walking up to one) landscape designs. Garden flowers for example. This is done in more uppity neighborhoods than the one I live in, hence why I am always driving by them. But space is not an issue as it would be in a denser urban setting.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

wayne 8
Pint

Usability at Microsoft has come a long way

"Today there are over 30 individual labs, and even more usability engineers that work with product teams to run the studies"

And more effort expended to justify existence.

Gawd, Douglas Adams had it so spot on about focus groups, marketing, etc. The shoe event horizon plays out over and over.

A pint for Mr. Adams.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

wayne 8

Re: Turn off the engine?

My mother had a 1968 Dodge Dart automatic, I had a 1967 Dart manual. In my mother's car with my girl friend, seat belted as always, I take off from a traffic light and when I got to 30mph I pushed in the "clutch" to upshift with only a slight lift of throttle. Yee haw. The G force pushes my foot harder into the pedal. Luckily no one behind either.

preferred icon - rapidly switching STOP/GO.

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wayne 8

Re: Toyotas - @Khaptain

Park while moving isn't exciting, it is noisy as the mechanical bit that fits into the slot to hold the car in place when stopped will be ratcheting away. Try it a walk speed.

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Any storm in a port

wayne 8

Nothing that applied black marker won't fix.

Interestingly most cables have a "memory", they lie a certain way and they get used to it. Not USB cables, they tend to invert when left uncoupled for any time.

When I first encountered the greater than 50% probability of the plug being inverted at first insertion, I applied black marker to the side that I would see as I was inserting the plug. Worked for vertical sockets as well. Forgotten all about that until I read the article.

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wayne 8

I often ponder the USB plug's affinity for the flip side

Makes me think of that Intel rock star ad with the co-inventor the USB. Couldn't have come up with a way to determine plug orientation other than holding the plug to see the face then hoping as the plug is re-oriented to the socket that it does not get flipped. It is time that is wasted on something other than preferred time wasters.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

wayne 8

Re: mean spirited dicks who just like to be negative.

welcome to humanity.

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Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report

wayne 8

Re: Agreed. @AC 14:22

"My second novel is about to be published."

"I am working on my second billion dollars. I gave up on the first." Minnesota dairy farmer ca. 1958, was orig: million.

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Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge

wayne 8
Big Brother

Re: meantime

Delta has deeper pockets

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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

wayne 8

they do dictate the car you drive

The automakers in Detroit give preferential parking to their own marques. Competing vehicles have to use way out lots. Even for visitors and contractors.

You work for a company trying to roll out a mobile interface, it would be beneficial to the company's bottom line and employee bonus plans to maximise the end user experience. Customer first. Otherwise your business model is faulty.

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

wayne 8
Paris Hilton

Re: Back when I was female

The USA (and maybe most nationalities) male has a strong tendency to fantasize and in fantasy land Dominic becomes Dominique who speaks Fortran with a French accent in a maid's outfit.

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'You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me'

wayne 8

A few months ago in Belize

The police raided MacAfee's house for illegal firearms. They seized his weapons and his permits. Back at the station house they found one pistol for which the police couldn't find a permit. MacAfee insisted he had a permit for that one just as he had for the rest of his collection. He had to pay a large fine to settle the matter.

If true then he is right to be paranoid about being in the custody of the police looking for a murderer.

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HORNY ALIEN vegetarian monsters once ROAMED CANADA

wayne 8
Coat

any relation to Xenu?

Does the CoScientology know about this? Maybe these were pets of Xenu, the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy."

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wayne 8
Paris Hilton

Re: Now I know

Which was on top?

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

wayne 8
Pirate

From Russia with Love

Only gadgets were a tricked out briefcase and an AR-7 22LR survival rifle used as a sniper rifle. Bond and Grant mano a mano to the death in a train cabin. Oh yeah, one other trick, Rosa Klebb's switchblade tipped shoes. Minimalist Bond.

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State of Minnesota bans free online education

wayne 8
WTF?

Minnesota, home of non-free on line Capella Uni

Just saying, maybe a coincidence, yeah, coinkydink for sure.

http://www.capella.edu

Capella University

Capella Tower

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

BA, Accounting

Total program:

180 quarter credits

Tuition Per:

1000-2000 Level Credit: $290

3000-4000 Level Credit: $350

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Verizon CFO: 'Unlimited' data is just a word

wayne 8
Paris Hilton

Still stuck on that word "unlimited"

Verizon is not selling unlimited data plans anymore. They are gone. If you have unlimited it is grandfathered in if you pay full retail for the device.

Verizon is not advertising "unlimited data." They have moved on from "unlimited data."

The network is top quality in the USA. It takes a lot of capital to build out the network infrastructure and it is expensive to provide quality support for the network. The call centers are located in the USA.

It is not a monopoly, the customers have a choice.

Paris, because even she has limits.

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wayne 8
Paris Hilton

how much data is unlimited per month?

There is a limit to the amount of data used in a month. For some that amount is a much smaller number than for others. For no one is it actually an unlimited number.

One cannot consume unlimited amounts. Like eating an infinite number of walnuts a month. There is a limit, the number of walnuts will always be a finite number.

If a family has a number of devices and a mix of those types, they might actually save money. My son had unlimited 3G data, and I have a 3G tablet, a 4G jetpack (mobile WAP), and a 4G phone, each of those device had 2Gb of data that wasn't being consumed efficiently. Put them all together under a 6Gb 4G share plan and I save $50 a month and have some unused capacity each month.

Verizon does not use the word "unlimited" for the share everything plans. They do not claim that the share everything plans are "unlimited". You pay for what you use. What is wrong with each subscriber paying for their usage?

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'GNOME people are in total denial about what their problem is'

wayne 8
Black Helicopters

Re: "Burglarized"

Probably was re-hypothecated on a City market multiple times into a trillion looneys of derivatives. JPMorgan's moral equivalent in Canada delivered the physical to some crony from Goldman Sachs, such as John Corzine. Nobody was supposed to go physically there and audit the physical goods.

Trust and don't verify.

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China could penetrate US with new huge missile

wayne 8
Mushroom

Obviously the USA needs to spend more $$$ on the MIC

Obviously the USA needs to spend more $$$ on the MIC. Err, a missile gap you know, can't have a gap. Only money can fill the gap.

Timing coincides with talk of budget cuts for the war dept.

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

wayne 8
Pirate

Re: I've got to say

The rape charges were laid coincidentally at the time of Assange announcing there would be a major data dump of a large US bank's information. The dump never happened, but the rape charges are still sticky.

Who's in charge? The bankers. The US military enforces the US dollar as the reserve currency. Assange has a right to be afraid. Who in the world is benefiting from all of the bailouts, etc.?

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

wayne 8
Mushroom

Kudos to the author

This story says something no USA financial media will ever point out:

"As a result, Apple is now the most valuable company on the planet (in part thanks to the declining value of the American dollar)"

In the USA Apple is a symbol of a vital economy. No one in the mainstream dares speak of the declining dollar that makes stock prices go up and food, gasoline, go up as well.

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SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective

wayne 8

Re: "If we want a better government we need better informed voters."

What is needed is a higher bar for the privilege of participating in the Republic. Maybe having most of one's income come from W2 (withholding from pay for work performed, as opposed to 1099-D for Dividend income) and actually paying tax into the system. Some adjustments for those who contribute positively to the Republic without a W2.

Evidently, in the USA those who lack the capacity and wherewithal to obtain a photo id from their local government offices are the most important voters in an election.

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wayne 8
FAIL

Re: making foreigners uncomfortable, angry and humiliated

Obviously, you have not had experience with the TSA (as you state you haven't flown since 1995). They do not, will not, use profiling in their procedures. They are equal opportunity humilators. They don't care about the individual.

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US deploys robot submarine armada against Iranian mines

wayne 8
Stop

Re: Japan's peaceful Pan-Asia Imperial Racist ambitions circa 1940

"backed into a corner with nowhere to go and they're only option is death or glory tactics akin to the Japanese in the 40's."

These comparisons are ridiculous given what the Japanese were doing in China, Korea, and their plans for all of SE Asia, the Phillipines, etc. The Japanese were building a Japanese empire based on worship of the Emperor, an empire based on the racial superiority of the Japanese. Then the mean old USA came along and backed Japan into a corner, distracting Japan from raping China, Korea, etc. and forced the Japanese to go to war, oh wait, the Japanese were already at war, with fellow Asians nations and the British Empire.

Give this dead horse up. It has been beaten enough.

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Brit global warming skeptics now outnumber believers

wayne 8
FAIL

Re: Also

scientific consensus should be ignored. That's politics, not hard science.

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Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans

wayne 8

Spain, with all of its excess GDP,

is building a smart city with some loose Euros they have floating around.

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No-strings nookie radar tugged offline in stalking backlash

wayne 8

Re: Girls don't need an app

Maybe she is an evangelist performing faith healings.

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What does the Titanic's sinking tell us about modern science?

wayne 8
Trollface

Aren't icebergs endangered nowadays? I'm melting...

The berg would be protected habitat and the White Star line would have to pay a ginormous fine for damage to the berg.

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Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown

wayne 8
Headmaster

Re: I seem to recall

Or the password is something that relates to an unrelated crime than the one for which the search warrant was issued.

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wayne 8
Big Brother

Re: I'd laugh

She is not part of the club. Someone has to go to jail. And it won't be anyone from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Countrywide, Freddie and Fannie, et al.

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New sat data shows Himalayan glaciers hardly melting at all

wayne 8

Patagonia ashes to ashes

The Patagonia glaciers are probably covered in ash from the recent volcanic eruptions. That would cause them to absorb more sunlight and melt at a faster rate than normal for this phase in the earth's climate.

Maybe the volcano erupted because of man made CO2.

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US Supremes: GPS tracking requires warrant

wayne 8
Terminator

There are warrants then there are FISA warrants

Question is, "will the necessary warrant be required to be a real warrant or a FISA warrant rubber stamped by a secret court?"

The GPS info would just show being at a particular location, but does not reveal what transpired there. Not evidence of criminal activity.

The drug war does push the limits. Just sayin'.

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'Space Monkey' craze: Texan students 'get high' by choking each other

wayne 8

interregnum

There is a gap because kids in the 80s and 90s were really lame. Might have had something to do with the introduction of soccer as a mainstream activity. And not keeping score.

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wayne 8
WTF?

Degenerates speak languages other than English, ya know.

What a dweeb.

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wayne 8

Fight Club? Project Mayhem?

space monkeys

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

wayne 8
FAIL

> Is it? How come the non prefab concrete city centre isn't levelled every time there's a tremor then?

Scan this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_engineering#Earthquake-Resistant_construction

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