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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Assuming that..

Your statement "Conversely, the smaller you are, the more intelligent you are, and the nicer you are" simply isn't true.

A scorpion is pretty small, pretty dumb and not very nice. Fire ants fall into the same category.

"So, now what we have, assuming our correlation is correct, is smaller, more intelligent, nicer creatures. "

-- please refrain from making further assumptions.

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Re: @Tom 7

It was a Monday, not Tuesday. We all know bad things happen on Monday mornings.

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Re: Fascinating

You forgot the sharks. Those lasers aren't going to swim around themselves you know.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Re: Y-A-W-N

I'm pretty certain spying has been going on since the dawn of man.

I'm also pretty sure that spreading FUD has been happening for just as long. Of course the Brits can be credited with modernizing it during WW I.

But I do agree: Y-A-W-N.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Re: Only me?

Nope. Not just you.. and not just the photos either. The drawings have the same progression to the expressions.

Please ignore that each set is the same person that's just been digitally altered. I'm guessing the middle picture of each is the original photo, but that's only a guess.

Total BS.

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Angry Birds developers downplay fresh data leak claims

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FAIL

Reading between the lines

After parsing the statement it sounds like:

1. Rovio does pass this information to the 3rd parties.

2. Rovio has an agreement with the 3rd parties that they are not allowed to transfer the data to someone else.

None of that seems to assuage the original issue described by FireEye which is saying that Angry Bird data is gathered, stored and shared across the web. Obviously it is gathered, stored and shared with the advertisers.

Now, I'm not sure why the NSA would want to bother contacting Rovio directly for the data - so I believe them on that statement. However, I could absolutely see the NSA forcing the various ad platforms to hand over their information - it's much easier to contact a handful of companies instead of going through all of the ad vendor customers. This wouldn't break the agreement with Rovio and Rovio wouldn't even know about it.

Essentially, Rovio's statements are utterly meaningless.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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Re: Things are even far worse than what people really think - even when wearing rose tinted glasses

Sorry, Dr Hill, but at this point in my life I have come to the conclusion that I simply cannot trust people simply because they have certain letters after their name or are affiliated with one group or another.

I'm not a climate scientist. Indeed, I'm not even a scientist by any formal definition.

What I am is a reasonably intelligent human being with a few years behind him. I've seen scientists in those groups you mention claim, not that long ago, that we were entering an ice age. I've seen scientists claiming that, contrary to the obvious, the Sun (or rather solar spots and the lack thereof) has no impact on our climate. In other words, I've seen supposedly smart people make all sorts of statements, some of them quite possibly true while some of them quite obviously not.

I don't pretend to know the finer points or details from one perspective or another. However I do know that the only way I can make an informed decision is if I'm allowed to view the available data. More to the point I want to know how, when and where that data was collected. If it was modified in any way then I want to know how and why. If it's unavailable for a given area then I want to know that. I also want to know what factors they have taken into account and whether they have decided others shouldn't be considered... and why.

If this is true, then any reasonably intelligent person that is willing to look should be able to arrive at similar conclusions.

However, this doesn't appear to be the case. More to the point the various movements appear to go out of their way to make any type of informed decision nearly impossible. A simple case in point was the transition away from "global warming" and instead calling it "climate change". The only reason for doing this was to confuse people. Any average person would of course agree that there is such a thing as "climate change" if the only thing they go off of is the traditional definition of those words. But that's not the whole story.

Instead we have the UN defining climate change one way and this IPC report using a wholly different definition. That one thing alone means that I simply can not trust anything else they happen to write in it.

I appreciate your post here but given the current state of things you can place me in the category of "denier". However, taking a play from your book, I'm going to change that definition. For the purposes of this post "denier" will mean "someone who refuses to believe the constant bullshit put out by those who think letters after a name or affiliations are more important than giving people the ability to review the data themselves."

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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

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Headmaster

Well.. duh.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Re: 2008 r2?!?

having migrated a few apps to work under 2012 I would say that '08 r2 is likely to stay around for quite a few years. Especially if we are talking about app servers. Some of the choices MS made with the latest IIS are... quixotic to say the least.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?

I couldn't agree more. The UI changes in win8, along with the removal of many basic administrative capabilities apparently was not driven by usage concerns. Half my office is currently on win 8 and I'm about to simply replace those machines and go back to 7.

No one likes it, even after months of usage, and my sys admin has threatened to quit if I allow one more in. We did the upgrade to 8.1 last week. What a joke. Had to uninstall an "update", reinstall that same update, creat a user account for the upgrade ( wouldn't let the local admin account do it), set them to download 8.1, etc. all in all the time spent per machine was roughly 9 hours. What a complete POS.

Of course, once all of that was done the damn things insisted on the logins being tied to Microsoft. We were just about at the point of introducing the machines to smith and Wesson when we found a UI bug that let us sidestep that. Once again MS completely misses the boat.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Facepalm

After reading the article I think it can be summed up as:

Airport fails to perform even a basic passport check which would have stopped two travelers. Troll who was issued a patent that should never have been granted says the answer is more tech.

This is me moving on.

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

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not for me

I love the idea of having a wearable computer with the usage promise that glass offers.

I absolutely hate the idea that security is such an issue. How long until various governments decide they "need" to be able to access any individual glass device in order to get a view of what's going on at a particular location to satisfy "security" concerns?

I can absolutely see the probability of every country making such demands. After all, why put up security cameras at various intersections when you could just access the images of a particular user on demand?

It doesn't take much to imagine that state intelligence agencies would love to be able to keep at least 30 days of image and gps data on anyone wearing such a device. It also doesn't take much to know that those same intelligence agencies could require the manufacturers to build such capabilities into the products and for telecom businesses to hide the data transfer and to force those businesses to keep their mouths shut about it.

Glass, and future products like it, represents an incredible opportunity for any state actor to spy on every one, whenever they want. As such, I won't be wearing one and will insist that anyone doing such put them in a bag when I'm around.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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I think its about time that attorneys become certified as to the specific areas of the law they are allowed to argue over. If it's a tech case then the attorney should have a cert stating they actually know what a bleeping computer is.

Kind of like doctors. A general practitioner would likely be jailed for attempting to perform brain surgery. A lawyer without a certification in tech should be barred from even being in the room.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: Just WOW

Not sure if you are aware of this or not but being a white male, at least in 'merica, means you have been discriminated against based on your race and gender. Assuming you've ever applied for a job. It's federally mandated and called "Equal Opportunity". You might want to look that up.

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Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status

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If there are indeed different terms for google services based on the type of user then to seems googles problem actually got bigger as they could be faced with several different class actions on the same topic. One for schools, one for businesses, another for people who don't even have a gmail account. Each one of those groups is pretty big.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Where has self-accountability gone?

They might very well understand that.

The issue here is that Life is just complicated. You buy an ipad and it requires an iTunes account t with a credit card for activation. The options for turning off the one click buy is buried in a nest of a hundred other options for the device. As a parent you try to pay attention and make sure the computers have nanny controls and virus software and all sorts of other crap locked down so little Johnny can't screw it up. But, at the end of the day it's just overwhelming.

And the corporations know this. So, yes, google and apple's policies are partly at fault. More so, IMHO, because they made this easy on purpose in order to facilitate the separation of people from their money in the most expedient way possible.

So, until we either figure out how to make such unethical behavior illegal or find a way to train everyone on how to "configure" all of their devices, then I absolutely support poking the companies in the eye when they step over the boundaries of responsible behavior.

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Re: Gift cards

Sounds like hi tech thieves. Smash and grab is usually easier for that type of thing.

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Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X

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I haven't felt the need to try onenote. But that might be because they've done a crap job defining what it is. Someone asked me the other day. I told them it was just another icon they should delete. Seems safer that way.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Wrong.

Win8 attempted to bring a tablet experience to the desktop. But it wasn't just the OS, they screwed over just about everything from their dev tools to office.

This release feels, more than any other, as if it was put together by a bunch of recent grads who have absolutely no idea how people use their computers. We didn't need a revamp of the desktop UI. Not did we need to be directed to have our login credentials handled by MS's servers. And we sure as hell didn't need settings to be dumbed down to the point of being unusable.

Win8 is simply NOT a product that belongs in an office setting and if I wanted a toy then I'd get an xbox.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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As others have pointed out, I'm just not seeing a story here at all.

Honestly, I think their contract doesn't go far enough. They should require manufacturers to allow updating of the handset OS at least two versions forward. In other words if I buy a handset that's running version 2 then the manufacturer should provide updates for that phone through version 4.

Phone manufacturers are notorious for releasing a phone then simply not supporting it 6 months later. They can't be allowed to do that anymore.

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Up voted you but disagree that an academic necessarily understands English. I've met plenty ( native speakers ) that seem to have that problem.

Also I wouldn't put too muh stock in what tht guy says anyway. The hyperbole in his statements show that he doesn't understand what he's taking about.

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Ethiopian journos hit by Hacking Team spyware, say infosec bods

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Sounds like the stuff isn't that good if some journalists figured out what was going on.

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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Wow

You know, I'm glad most of you aren't head of state. Some of the things posted here are on par with what is expect to hear from Iran or North Korea.

China doesn't sink the US because we keep their people employed. Plain and simple. Could they do it? Yes. It would probably take less than a week to cause massive uproar and the US couldn't do a damn thing about it. However their leaders are actually pretty smart and level headed. So it isn't going to happen.

Is there such a thing as a radio the size of a USB stick that can send out a signal strong enough to be picked up 8 miles away? No. If there was anywhere near something like that then wireless manufacturers would have been all over it.

So calm down. This "release" is just BS.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Yawn

Here's an idea. Stop red acting stuff and just publish it. Pretty much all of this should be known by anyone with a few brain cells.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

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Re: Scary indeed

Although quite sad, I think you're right. This will have some serious long term effects on the populations in and around those cities.

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Why?

Why would I bother with a kickstarter when I can just go down to my local Office Depot and buy one. If it doesn't work, I can take it back to them to get my money back.

Seriously, there's no need for the kickstarters on this unless the thing includes some way to do away with the whole "3d design" part. In other words, let me put a part in and have it duplicate it. Just like a copy machine.

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AT&T's sponsored data plan: Who, us, violating net neutrality?

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I'm conflicted about what they should do. I do NOT like the idea of having companies like FB and Google to pay for my data transfer. After all, it could get murky really quickly about what rights I give up as my information goes across lines they pay for. Nevermind that it easily raises the bar for new competitors entering the market.

OTOH, a few apps are notorious about the amount of data they transfer to the device. As a programmer I know that a lot of this boils down to lousy coding. The net effect is that a lot of bandwidth is simply wasted, and AT&T knows this.

So, I'd love for AT&T to put out much faster towers with bigger pipes, but I also know that every single time things get faster, programmers find a way to waste that speed through lousy coding; so it's a never win situation. Caps on the consumer limits the problem, but this doesn't necessarily filter back to the offending companies as issues they need to solve.

So, if you are AT&T, how do you fix this?

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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

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wtf?

If it is "publicly available" then I think the courts ought to throw the whole thing out. Perhaps even beat LinkedIn with a stick by forcing them to provide a web api to make it easier to grab. Which, now that I think about it, sounds like it would be something LinkedIn would want to do anyway...

If it is data that is not "publicly available" then it seems to me that someone ought to sue LinkedIn for not doing enough to secure everyone's private data.

All in all I'm failing to see the angle in which LinkedIn should have a standing to sue. And, no, I don't give a rats ass about their "terms of service" for data that will can show up on a google search.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Missing something.

In the link to the defense.gov site, the article ended with this tidbit:

"I’d like that last operator that we lost to be the last operator we lose in this fight or the fight of the future. And I think we can get there."

A few questions come to mind: Did they lose someone while testing a suit? Which fight is "this fight"? Does this mean they already have a suit that was deployed on a battlefield but it was destroyed?

Kind of an odd statement unless I'm missing something.

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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lol

quote: “... has a 1 in 3,362 chance of drowning at the beach and a 1 in 292,525 chance of being killed by a shark in one's entire lifetime.”

What's the chance of being killed by a shark in someone else's lifetime? Or, perhaps, what are the chances of being killed by a shark in only half of your lifetime?

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Snowden docs: NSA building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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This "leak" is pure BS.

Sorry, but the US gov just spent well over $600 million on a broken website. I seriously doubt the NSA would only pony up a measly $78 million for the wet dream of spy computers, even just for continued research in its development. Either it's missing a zero or it's completely made up bullcrap someone was mocking up.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

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Somehow I don't think the lawsuit is going to matter at all.

Most iPhone users have learned that you absolutely positively must have the phone in an actual protective case, otherwise it will soon be scrap. Mine hits concrete at least 3 times a week ( thank god for LifeProof ). That keyboard looks like it would shatter the first time it hit carpet.

The only people that might buy it are probably ex-blackberry users that haven't learned that lesson yet. Not sure how this plays into the dimbulb comment though.

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Crooks target Target: 40 MILLION bank cards imperiled in cyber-heist

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Holmes

What does "crims had lifted data from the magstripes on victims' cards." even mean?

You can't pull the data from the mag stripes of 40 million cards across 1800 stores. You pull it from the systems the reader communicates with. In other words the register or the back end systems it connects to.

Inside job or not they are obfuscating the hell out of this.

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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

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Pics or it didn't happen.

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IBM hid China's reaction to NSA spying 'cos it cost us BILLIONS, rages angry shareholder

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Option 1 isn't really an option. Any time you start taking big hits you have to explain.

Option 2 might be cutting a little close to the mark with regards to any FISA court order that may be in place.

Unfortunately the NSA put IBM in a really bad position where they were going to be sued no matter what they said/didn't say.

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Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

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Re: nanny mozilla strikes again

You failed at reading comprehension in school didn't you?

You can whitelist your corporate network in about 0.5 seconds and not have to worry about it.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

"HOW DO YOU STOP ON THE OTHER END?"

That ones simple. Just ask the guys building electric cars: regenerative braking. You slow down AND accumulate energy all at the same time.

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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Can someone please figure out a way to muzzle the NSA.

Given all the Snowden leaks I'm starting to become convinced that the NSA was responsible for the invention of malware and they obviously had a hand in this.... somehow.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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This entire article should ..

appear on thedailywtf.com.

Let's see, a company owns 90% of a market which is PAYING it for their product. There are no real competitors at this point (sorry linux fans, there really aren't that many of you in comparison). So they should just give away something that is literally making them billions of dollars a year? for free?

Yeah, okay, whatever.

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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

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I have to say that the snapchat management were idiots for dismissing a $3bn payday. That's a whole lot of money for an app that FB, or really any other company, can reproduce. As the competitors roll out that $3bn is likely to become a valuation of around $3,000 ... Especially when you understand that teens are fickle customers who jump ship on a dime.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: For me, Java was already dead

The sheer number of workarounds needed to get stuff to work in Java is enormous. Years ago I said Nevermore and I've been much happier since.

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Maybe we should start a site where everyone publishes their method headers so that we can ensure no one uses the same method name and/or signature twice?

Dear god, if Oracle is successful the entire industry might implode.

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Re: This is a tough one...

According to Oracle: the first person to "copyright" it would own it. Obviously the other one copied it.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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The researchers, as they are normally do, made at least one unjustified claim. Namely, the reasoning behind why men drive and women are passengers.

It has nothing at all to do with the stated reasons. Rather, women ride because they are far more manipulative then men are and are much better at getting others to do things for them. A man prefers to take "control". A women prefers to retain control while letting the man believe he has any at all.

Notice how women have historically been in control of family finances while staying at home letting the man do the work.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Author missing an important point

Like most people in the world, the American public isn't exactly 100% up on current events. Yes, we have constant news cycles telling us how that cute panda is doing in China or how many terrorists have blown themselves up.

However, it's more likely that the average American has heard that the government is using drones to watch and/or attack people than they will have heard about Amazon's drone delivery service. They are also not likely not to know that the US drones are not targeting people on our own soil... And they are even less likely to know how to tell the difference between the two even if there is a large Amazon logo painted on it.

With that in mind, take your average redneck and fly a drone over his head. You can bet he will try to take a pot shot at the thing whether he knows he can hit it or not. Which is the dangerous part as he is more likely to injure himself or a neighbor than the drone.

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Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle

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Yes, I find articles like this useful.

However, leave the hyperbole out. Google employs the most capable people? Not so sure about that. They seem to screw up as often as everyone else; while either over complicating basic things or simply leaving basic features out of product releases. Even the quality of google search results, their bread and butter, has been declining over the past couple of years.

Also, the big three provide very different services. Yes, they are all "cloudy" and what not but at their heart each takes a very different approach. Differences that don't necessarily allow for easy migration.

I am happy that the price/service wars continue. When we first got on Amazon for MS servers, MS's solution would have been about 3 times the price. So we so prepaid for a year. When it came time to reup, we went month to month and have seen our TCO drop. I expect it will continue to do so for quite awhile.

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NSA installed '50,000 malware sleeper cells' in world computer networks

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The NSA doesn't exist to "safeguard" anything. They aren't a police force, they aren't in the business of making sure American technical assets are protected. They are in the business of gathering and analyzing every single bit of intel they can.

That said, I vote that we add a new amendment to the US constitution. It should state:

"Federal, state and local governments and all representatives must abide by the same laws as US citizens. Any individual failing to abide by such laws are subject to the normal criminal and civil penalties in addition to 10 years in a federal penitentiary without eligibility for parole"

That would stop this bullshit.

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Climate change makes phones obsolete: ITU

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Re: Right and wrong...

There is far more being insured today than ever before. Of course payouts increase. Take any single modern city on the planet and compare how much it would cost to rebuild today vs 50 years ago. Even adjusting the dollars for inflation, there would still be a difference of several orders of magnitude. And that is comparing the result of only 1 disaster.

Increased costs and payouts are not an indication of changes in weather. They are an indication of Changes in how much is being insured.

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

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Impressive. Brings to mind thoughts of the library at Alexandria.

Another thought is that the data stored is essentially a log of human life. Even if we don't care about those drunken party photos, historians 2000 years from now might. The next step would be to get the data off of magnetic entirely and moved to a true long term storage that would survive everything from nuclear strikes to the degradations of time in order to be useful for the future.

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