* Posts by Turtle

1538 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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Out Of Pocket.

"When hackers swiped 32,500 patient records from Cottage Healthcare System, it was sued by its own customers for $4.1m – a bill that was settled by its insurance company. Now the insurance firm, Columbia Casualty Company, has claimed Cottage's computers were hopelessly insecure, and it wants its money back."

This is one of very very few things that can lead to better data and computer security: make the responsible parties pay the damages, settlements, lawsuits and fines, out of their own pockets.

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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Roll Up! Roll up!...

"Somewhat annoyingly, however, the badges also come with a QR code printed on them. Anyone who scans the code will be able to read not only the name associated with the badge, but also the email address. Not sure I remember signing up for that feature."

"Somewhat annoyingly..."? Well yeah, okay, I guess some people might find that "somewhat annoying". Other people might "go ballistic". Or at least deface the fucking code.

And I would have expected that anyone going to a Google event would know that you can sign up for anything you want - and that Google will sign you up - along with the rest of the whole world - for anything they damn well please.

Don't like it? Go complain to any of your bought, sold, paid for, and delivered political representatives and be sure to let us know how that goes - we could all use a good laugh.

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

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@Jim Birch Re: At least...

"He's in equilibrium now."

Actually no, he's not. He's decomposing.

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Genius Is As Genius Does.

A genius. But not smart enough to buckle his seatbelt.

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@Chris Miller

"Many (most?) of them appear to have arrived in the country only recently, passed their driving test in some third world location..."

For international reciprocity for driver's licenses see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver%27s_license#United_States_2:

"A New York State driver's license may be obtained by a resident of another country. If the driver has a driver license from any nation except Canada, they must pass a written test, complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course and pass a road test to qualify for a driver's license."

I'm pretty sure (not 100% sure) that those requirements are identical for all applicants.

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Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went?

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Re: The wonder of it all

"To date the yanks have lost 24 astronauts in the space programs compared to 8 Russians, the russians still have a more or less working launch vehicle the Yanks own launches are mostly carried out with Russian motors. I dare say there is as much graft in the American system as in the Russian system. It just goes to show how good NASA is that it can carry on and deliver as well as it does."

That's a very ignorant post.

To start with, 14 of those US fatalities were on the two Space Shuttle disasters. The Russians have never had an operational equivalent to the Space Shuttle and the 135 missions which they flew. This alone makes comparisons between total Soviet fatalities and US casualties specious at best.

Recall that the Challenger was lost due to middle managers ignoring the warnings of engineers advising against the launch that proved fatal. This was not the result of an engineering failure, and not the result of graft, but the result of an "administrator failure". (You might want to play the first Half-Life game for an easy-to-understand example of this.)

Here's another example of "administrator failure":

On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, killing its crew of seven, because of damage to the carbon-carbon leading edge of the wing caused during launch. Ground control engineers had made three separate requests for high-resolution images taken by the Department of Defense that would have provided an understanding of the extent of the damage, while NASA's chief thermal protection system (TPS) engineer requested that astronauts on board Columbia be allowed to leave the vehicle to inspect the damage. NASA managers intervened to stop the Department of Defense's assistance and refused the request for the spacewalk,and thus the feasibility of scenarios for astronaut repair or rescue by Atlantis were not considered by NASA management at the time. No graft here either, it appears. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle#Shuttle_disasters

Two of those US fatalities you include in your total were incurred in the loss of the Scaled Composites / Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise. What this has to do with NASA (or graft) as mentioned in your second paragraph, is not altogether clear.

We further have US astronaut fatalities while flying jets dues to bird strikes (Theodore Freeman), crashes in bad weather (See and Bassett), a T-38 jet crash due to an aileron control mechanical failure (Williams), a death in an F-104 while practicing a series of high speed, quick descent landings (Lawrence). There have been Russian losses for similar reasons. Please note that losses from bird strikes and bad weather, or while practicing dangerous maneuvers, can NOT be attributed to graft.

Note that the Russians have had TWO fatal incidents during space flight proper (the Soyuz 1 parachute failure with 1 death, and Soyuz 11 decompression with 3 deaths) while the Americans have had NO fatal incidents in the US equivalent vehicle, Apollo. (I am not counting the Apollo fire with 3 fatalities as that was a test and neither a launch or a space flight. But if we count that, then we need to also count the death of Valentin Bondarenko, who died due the same mistake that cost Grissom, White and Chaffee their lives: having an atmosphere that was dangerously and unnecessarily oxygen-rich. Both the US and the Russians corrected this situation after their respective fatal accidents. However, as the Russians kept the Bondarenko accident a secret, NASA was not able to learn from their experience, as they at least arguably might have done.)

So: for actual space flight, for space vehicles for which the Russian and the US each had equivalents (Soyuz and Apollo) the American record is no fatal incidents, while the Russians had two fatal incidents. The two space flights proper in which the US incurred fatalities were in vehicles for which the Russians never had an operational equivalent. (The Buran, the Soviet space shuttle equivalent, only flew once and was unmanned, I believe.) So you can decide which record is better, using something more significant and meaningful than the very misleading statistic "total deaths".

(Note that it is possible that the numbers might change if we had "fatal incidents per launch for equivalent classes of vehicles" but I kinda doubt it.)

(Most of the above information taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spaceflight-related_accidents_and_incidents, q.v. for additional information on non-fatal accidents and incidents.)

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Intent.

"Vladimir Putin has already announced he will personally oversee the facility's development."

Evidently he is intent on insuring that the money goes into no pockets other than his own.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: So my choice is...

"So my choice is to be represented by corrupt, grasping, stupid politicians and shafted by uncaring corporations run by dead-eyed psychopaths who want access to every byte I've generated, or to be harangued at by a bearded crap-spouting passive aggressive ex-hippie who demeans people every time he opens his mouth, and wants every piece of technology to follow his hair-shirt credo that hasn't changed since 1972. What great options."

There *is* such a thing as BSD, you know...

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@ Zack Mollusc

"so your response to someone who claims that people should not be so stupid as to be seduced by the shiny into accepting evil is 'if you want to be taken slightly seriously then that look isn't helping him' ?"

You need to get out in the real world; maybe you'll find out what "evil" really means. Hint: it's got nothing to do with proprietary software.

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@Adrian 4

"Getting a bit bored of the current fad to make whiny comments about Stallman's one track mind. When the commentards here get themselves a reputation for something other than whining, I'll be glad to hear their opinions."

Yes, because how could a commentard possibly make a valid comment?

And yes, again, because there's no fallacy as fallacious as an on-going appeal to authority.

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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

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Re: @skelband

"Strange cult that."

Evidently you don't know how cults work.

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@ Arnaut the lessRe: we've tried that

"Jesus, Mohammed, Hitler and Lenin"

Apparently you aren't aware of the difference between Jesus on the one hand, and Mohammed, Hitler, and Lenin on the other.

It's this: Jesus never aspired to personal political power, the others did.

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@skelband

Jacques Fresco strikes me as a cult leader who never managed to successfully found a cult.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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All Things Considered...

"Unlike the wooly situation in the UK, prostitution is legal in Germany, and tourists are known to flock to Munich's red light district for the shear thrill of purchasing the affection of women."

All things considered, it's not easy to know it's a typo or intentional...

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Insufficiency.

Irrespective of what anyone thinks of prostitution, "Backpages" is a locus for criminal activity and the idea that a filter is sufficient for vetting their ads is laughable; there needs to be an actual human being making the decisions.

(I would expect the judge's decision to be reversed.)

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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WASD.

"You can map some keys in game but not WASD for movement which is indeed utterly bonkers."

A game in which I can't use the arrow keys for movement is a game that for me is unplayable. Although there are workarounds, I resent having to use them.

I can wait until the price comes down to $2.99... which it will, eventually. Until then - and even if that "then" is in a few years, there's any number of other games for me to play, and more being released all the time.

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I know that's not what it says...

"Or maybe that was just the sex. A complex branching narrative, challenging combat and some of the best breast and monster design I have ever seen, is complemented by an enormous world that it has been a pleasure to explore."

That's how I read it. Then I reread it. Got it right the second time, thanks.

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Re: Chain of Custody

"As it was lost, inevitably. "

I'm not sure that you're correct here. The dvd was not physical evidence like a knife or spent bullets or similar; it was a record of testimony. I don't believe that they are treated the same way.

What I think would have happened is this: If the defense refused to stipulate to the authenticity of either the recovered dvd itself or of the video of the interview on the recovered dvd, the recording of the interview could have been accepted as genuine if the victim / interviewee, or the interviewer, testified that the recording of the interview was in fact genuine and unaltered.

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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

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Li'l Mistake There.

"The group is staging a 'Fare Thee Well' concert in Santa Clara, California, on 27 June this year, and Violin will stump up airfares, accommodation and concert tickets to grand prize lottery winners. There are several lesser prizes as well."

No no, there can be no lesser prizes. It's just not possible.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Norton Once Had Something Similar.

"To me, Bob resembles nothing so much as the point-and-click video games of the period, like Beneath a Steel Sky and many Sierra titles. In fact, didn't Sierra Network have a 'clickable objects' UI like that?"

Norton Utilities had such a point and click UI at one point; the user was presented with a picture of, if I correctly recall, an idealized living room and one had to click on the picture of the item corresponding to the function one wanted Norton to perform.

Really fucking obtuse, if you ask me...

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Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims

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Re: Facebook is a surveillance platform, you morons

"In what universe does it makes sense to demand that a PRISM-partner company like Facebook be politically neutral and allow free speech when their entire raison d'etre is harvesting your information for corporate and military purposes?"

If Facebook is a platform for "harvesting your information for corporate and military purposes" then it is in the interests of more complete intelligence and surveillance to allow free speech. There is precious little sense in tracking constrained and self-censored speech.

I think we all know who the "moron" is, though...

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Re: "£900bn"?

Being a foreign observer, you will forgive me for asking, but what are the chances that his successor will be any better? I personally would not be surprised if Vince Cable's prediction was gotten from a Google evangelist, if not directly from Rachel Whetstone. I'd expect Cable's successor to get his predictions from Whetstone's successor. More of the same in every way...

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"£900bn"?

"Former business secretary Vince Cable said the £19 million government-funded driverless car projects underway in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry will contribute to a '£900bn industry by 2025'"

If that's not a misprint or a misquote, then I'd like to see what it's based on because that's an incredible sum of money. I know your government are complete asshats when it comes to anything digital but, really, "£900bn"?

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Policy tsarina Rachel 'baby GIF' Whetstone dumps Google for Uber

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@chris swain

"No doubt our government will acquiesce to whatever requirements Uber has in order to finish off our native taxi industry now that they have one of their own working for Uber."

Gonna finish off whatever remnants of "democracy" you have too. But fret not - your political class is getting a good price for it.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Business As Usual

"Last month, the firm was forced to make some quick edits after a user noticed that someone had created a mythical park in Pakistan in the shape of the Android mascot robot relieving itself over an Apple logo. Another user spotted a similar bit of graffiti proclaiming 'Google review policy is crap,' and the firm has now decided to take action."

As usual, Google takes action only when Google's own interests are involved.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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For Sport.

"Self-driving cars have put in hundreds of thousands of miles on California's roads and, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, they have had four crashes along the way."

I'm just going to wait until these self-driving cars become more common; at that point it will be very interesting to see how they react to teenage drivers playing chicken with them.

In fact, knowing the novel uses which human ingenuity can find for any kind of technology, I would expect "RoboCar Chicken" to be the next big motor sport - with the tracks and arenas conveniently located on any public road you want, with participation open to all! (And expect it to be a big spectator sport on Youtube.)

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Music, But Not To My Ears.

"This was a real revolution: suddenly it was possible [to have] a pop song without harmony,"

For those who want less music in their music.

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Pacific nation accidentally does good thing in web crackdown

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Re: Imprisoning kids

Mary Bell.

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@Youngone Re: Pacific Problems

There is the question of whether or not a polity of 9,000 people should be a sovereign nation in the first place.

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Everything You Need To Know About Nauru In A Nutshell. Errrr... make that Pie Crust.

"Nauruans are the most obese people in the world; 97 percent of men and 93 percent of women are overweight or obese. In 2012 the obesity rate was 71.7%."

"As a result, Nauru has the world's highest level of type 2 diabetes, with more than 40 per cent of the population affected. Other significant dietary-related problems on Nauru include kidney disease and heart disease."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauru

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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I don't care WHAT the pretext is...

.. but if they're gonna put Bono in prison, I'm all for it.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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Job Offerings.

"Seems like somebody should be offering them jobs instead of suing them."

They will indeed be offered jobs. In the prison laundry, for example.

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Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

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@Zot Re: Stop telling me what do!

"It may be good, it may be crap. I JUST DON'T FRACKING WANT TO - OKAY!"

If you don't like being told what to do, you might find that you've come to the wrong planet.

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Talk.

This Goldschmidt fellow needs to have a serious talk with Faza over at thecynicalmusician.com. Faza gonna learn him some economics.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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@Elmer Phud

"You get an upvote just for mentioning Sexy Beast';

And an upvote to you too!

How could one and the same person play both Gandhi, and Don Logan? Still baffles me...

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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@ Alistair Dabbs

"I'd feel more charitable if the Tidal crowd on that stage made music that I'd want to hear."

While I loathe the celebrities on display as much as anyone, I don't think that it's fair to let their music be a factor in this particular matter. I am not sure that what they are trying to do (whatever the fuck that might be) by means of this "Tidal" endeavor is dependent on the quality of their music, such as it is. After all, Beethoven could have been up on that stage and it would not make the enterprise any less moronic.

It's also interesting to note that Alicia Keys' husband, "Swizz Beats", was the CEO of MegaUpload. So maybe that's a hint of what the Tidal investors are hoping to accomplish. I wouldn't put anything past them...

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Pretty simple.

It's very very simple: these guys need to be in prison for the rest of their lives. Corruption, especially in law enforcement agencies, needs to be punished so severely that there would be no inducements or advantages that would justify risking the possible penalty.

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: What's the fascination?

"Adolf Hitler did win power in a democratic election,[...] he won by a landslide"

This is false. Just completely. Check the election results and the vote totals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party#Federal_election_results

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July 1932: 13,745,000 votes 37.3% After Hitler was candidate for presidency

November 1932: 11,737,000 votes 33.1%

March 1933: 17,277,180 votes 43.9% During Hitler's term as Chancellor of Germany

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I, personally, see no "landslide".

As for "winning power in a democratic election" that's a debatable statement: he became Chancellor as the result of a coalition of parties none of which had enough seats in the Reichstag to form a government by itself.

(After the 1933 Reichstag fire President Paul von Hindenburg issued the Reichstag Fire Decree which suspended civil liberties and then the Enabling Act was passed and there were no more elections. These two acts were the legislative key, so to speak: Hitler as Chancellor but not with complete power based on these two acts is almost certainly not the same as Hitler in power with the complete power which he did achieve.)

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@ Ian Joyner

"Now the majority of computers are purchased by end users for personal and creative purposes. That is why Apple is on the rise and IBM and Microsoft are in decline."

Unless you have some citations I am just going to assume that this is bullshit. *I* am pretty certain that the vast majority of computers are purchased by business enterprises and governments. And considering that Windows-based computers outsell Macs by about a 9-to-1 margin, I think that you're overstating Microsoft's "decline" by maybe just a wee bit. And of course, one can debate how much of Apple's current success is built on computers proper, as opposed to the sale of iPhones and mp3 players. (And yes, I know that a smart phone is a computer but they are being purchased as glorified phones, not as computers.)

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Dare.

"According to Schilling, the harassment began after he congratulated his daughter Gabby on being accepted to university. Having 112,000 followers, his public tweet spread, and both Schilling and his daughter received replies ranging from sexually suggestive quips to overtly obscene threats."

I am going to assume that Schilling loves his daughter. Because that's a reasonable assumption. Now, bearing that in mind, and knowing that there are legions of people who, when using their computers, comport themselves in a way in which they would never dare behave in real life, but knowing that, then why, exactly, would Schilling want to make his daughter a target for such people?

I am not excusing these people at all; what I don't understand is what it is that Schilling expects by talking about his daughter to vast numbers of people via a medium through which any of those people can reply in any way they want.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

"Wasn't this a plotline from space 1999?......let me guess....are they now going to ask for funding to send a probe to Titan, thus keeping their pension pots topped up?"

You are one cynical son of a bitch. Not, however, as cynical as I am....

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Revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore pleads guilty to basically being a total cyber-scumbag

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@Ogi

"How many relationships did these two tits ruin I wonder? "

I see what you did there!

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Resonate. Go Ahead, Start Resonating. I'll Wait. (Waiting, Waiting...)

"Nicola Sturgeon said: 'It is entirely right that Scotland should have its own distinctive and recognisable Internet domain, in particular one that will resonate internationally, helping to promote Scottish business and culture throughout the world.'"

As an American and an objective observer, does he actually believe that, or does he have some sort of financial interest in appearing to be an idiot?

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Google founders to offload $4 BEEELLION in shares

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Re: Liquidity.

Once they go down the drain, I don't really care.

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Liquidity.

"Brin and Page are worried about their future liquidity"

I'll be glad to help! Because I would *love* to see these two turned into liquid.

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Evolve: A shoot-em-up full of scary monsters and super creeps

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Extreme Case.

Being an inveterate gamer, I like to compare critic reviews with user reviews on both Metacritic and Steam. While not the most severe that I have ever seen, the difference between the critics' opinions and the buyers' opinions for Evolve tends to the extreme.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Or maybe, just maybe...

"Or he has some pervy fantasies"

Or maybe he has access to information that you don't...

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US plots to KILL hackers – with bureaucracy!

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Oh The Humanity!

"US plots to KILL hackers – with bureaucracy!"

That's very humane. Now if it were up to *me*...

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Appropriate

"HSBC has no record of [Falciani] ever escalating any concerns to his line management, or using the whistleblowing hotline that was in place at the time of the [data] theft,"

There was no need to report his concerns to management. He needed to go right to the appropriate legal authorities.

One of the few things the ex-Communist Bloc countries did right, and that we need to do too, was to execute people for large-scale financial crime.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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From Despair To Glory!

"Blyk – a service which gave you free calls when your mates listened to advertisements..."

Oh the depths of human depravity!

"...failed in 2009."

Yet the majesty of the human spirit ultimately triumphs!

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