* Posts by 2cent

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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How a bot this?

Google does care about what chips it mixes and where.

But all these robotic firm buy-outs tells me more energy is being lost in design and maintenance of buildings and installations requiring humans.

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Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

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Is this the right key?

"Using the Microsoft CryptoAPI, Cryptolocker encrypts each file with a unique AES key, which is then encrypted with the RSA public key received from the crooks’ server. "

Does this mean that replacing or removing Microsoft CryptoAPI stops CryptoLocker from action before or during infection?

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Newsline: Autobody shop stops order parts..

If you have enough print heads and control, your autobody shop might not order anything but raw plastic, steel and nut and bolts.

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Evan Powell exits Nexenta as Wyse guy strides in

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Nexenta in the middle

ZFS brilliant.

Nexenta trying like hell

Oracle boat anchor

Still waiting a ZFS home NAS at down to earth price though.

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Sensors and sensibility: Quirky’s Spotter multi-purpose monitor module

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Open Source to the rescue?

If open source products are driven into the market place, these products might open up a little to be competitive in the software form.

I see that getting this information creates huge power industry advantages. Power Grid products, something GE is deeply involved with, could really use this data to create a "flexible" grid based in automated reactions derived from statistical analysis. Why they can't share the base data and control more directly with the end user is beyond me.

It maybe possible to create your own computer-router, then strip/redirect/tee communications from these products, dependent on knowing the format of the data packet. Information can be forwarded to you via e-mail or text or server-at-home connection via browser/vnc to your phone.

As with most of open-source, the parts are there, they just have to be assembled.

Aaah, the things dreams are made of.

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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Swing, pendulum, swing.

Since the Supreme Court has let the cat out of the bag as far as money goes, these politicians must be asking how I can get "Bitcoin" today so anonymous donations can really start rolling in.

Future News: "In an unusual bit of news today, a candidate of neither the Democratic or Republican party received the most donations to their campaign contributions . Candidate X has based their platform on key issues that have been avoided in the past that some believe have been heavily influenced by large corporations, the banking industry and certain military contractors".

Oops, may not today.

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Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data

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Tough to program.

"It will also be tough to program for, though Micron says it is working with researchers to ease this issue."

They had better be looking at an OpenCL extension maximizing default usage.

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Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert

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So what now

"David Kennedy, founder of computer security biz TrustedSec, told the hearing the healthcare.gov "is either hacked already, or will be soon”.

The question not asked just after this one is, "Alright, show me one that isn't"

"He added that site is so full of functional and "critical" security problems that it would never have gone live if it was a commercial, private concern.""

If that were true, I must be reading news from a different planet.

However what is implied is "If you hired me in the first place..."

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Didn't go far enough

Why they didn't use a trackpad system like the Steam controller, I just don't know.

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamController/

If you're holding the darn thing in your hand, at least one finger could be helping since it's there already.

If you can tap and swipe without looking, certainly you can use this.

Their biggest mistake was putting it to close to the camera, making it probable that your finger would get in the way with a camera apps.

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A use for the Internet of Things: ROBOCOP Neighbourhood Watch

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Your augmented reality.

It is not the data collected, but who has access to that data.

Say the recorded thermal data telling that 2 in 30 homes in a neighbor hood are in excess of average temperature. IE wasting energy.

Who gets this information? The home owner, the local government or the energy corporations you purchase power from.

With all these systems, the real question is "will your computer have the software to interpolate the data" or "will you be first inline to make decisions?".

When was the last time you owned software/hardware that actually read the meter on you home or business?

Good accounting always balances on the sheet, but only when double checks are built in. This system is flawed by design and we are probably just going to have to eat it.

Example: GM foods introduced in products sold to citizens without there full knowledge or disclosure (labeling laws int the US comes to mind as pretty good example of a system gone awry).

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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I'm not a lawyer, but this is what I'd be thinking about.

Free Speech...

Call yourself a "hacker", "patriot" or whatever you choose. The ability to define yourself by the words you find most common are a way of communicating. It does not and should not preclude that your are representing yourself under the meaning that someone else has posed a definition.

Was Batelle misleading Thuen...

(good luck getting evidence on this one)

If Thuen had stated his intentions to Batelle during his employ, did Batelle lead him to believe that his goal of opensource was possible. In other words, did Batelle lead Thuen on?

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'Patent trolling' InterDigital CAN ask ITC to ban Nokia mobes: Supreme Court

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Nokia stinks as much as this headline.

I love the Reg, but kicking the guy in teeth on the headline to someone who actually did the hard work to get a patent doesn't deserve this.

Title of article:"'Patent trolling' InterDigital"

Seven paragraphs down: "InterDigital does its own research and development rather than simply buying, selling and defending patents in court."

I have a friend who has long term invested in this company. Nokia and other large firms have just put up a wall to their hard work. None the less, just because someone says "it ain't true" doesn't mean it isn't, no matter how much money they have.

See http://electronicdesign.com/components/gordon-gould-long-battle-laser-patent for the reason why.

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

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Make a carbon tube listen

I suspect that possible answer is sonic frequency to stand the tube on their ends and lock them to position.

Regulating the vibrational patterns, if the connections can stand the stress, would allow for multiple path functions.

It's an interesting premiss.

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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

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A relationship without a KISS.

I've looked at Drobo and think the concept it great. Except they should have sold Drobo PCI cards,

The external boxes are nice, but I don't need another box, I need a fool proof (me being a fool), low cost, easy to maintain drive storage system in my PC.

KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

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Where's the universal truth.

Crush the hackers before they make it obvious what to fix, accidentally stopping government spying.

According to governments "If a ain't broke, don't fix it".

According to citizens "Why don't they fix this thing?".

Open means can't hide.

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Good for the goose is good for the gander???

It only makes sense.

If everything you do is bounced off Amazon, why not your government as well.

I thought it was MS specialty to resell you already developed software a couple of times in new packaging.

Ooops! I meant recycle products for a better world.

Still like 12.04 precisely for what it does though. Just edgy this morning.

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

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What a great idea

This way, if Microsoft catches an interesting program early on.

It will use (copy) the concept right away and get its lawyers involved earlier on.

I smell patent heaven.

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KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage

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Might I suggest...

"Jarillo-Herrero and his team determined that illuminating graphene using a laser, results in variable heating of the material. The light heats graphene’s electrons that transmit current, but it does not heat the carbon nuclei lattice, which makes the backbone of the material. This temperature difference called as ‘hot-carrier’ response is responsible for production of the electricity flow."

http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=23557

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Comcast makes up with Boxee after cable encryption spat

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Boxee helps put Comcast back in Box

I am hoping this means that when the technology of "Vortex radio waves could boost wireless capacity “infinitely”".

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/02/radio_breakthrough/

Direct download over the air will displace Comcast wired control.

No doubt Boxee will be among the first to make an easy reciever.

Who knows, maybe uploading network resources will become a Comcast specialty.

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Chinese boffins build nuclear-powered deep-sea station

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BP gets a break

The Chinese are bound to make a mistake that will make BP in the Gulf look like puddle action.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

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Future Headline: Security draws Coders

If Microsoft starts to really control its software/hardware, it may be possible for it to create secure exchange on the net.

The other side of this is that code writers are not involved with security, as Microsoft databases all code and keys. (ZEN closed systems are always opening, open systems are always closing)

Coders will start moving in Microsoft's direction and reverse fleeing corporate clients if they can make this a reality and prove it works.

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Schneier spanks AV industry over Flame failures

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Re: Also a failure for...

USB login keys are an essential security method for some.

It's how you use it that makes the difference.

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AMD to plunk ARM core onto Fusion, Opteron chips

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A kick in the secure boot

I am truly hoping that AMD can use this as a workaround for SecureBoot and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

It would be lovely to have at least one hardware vendor who wouldn't require a license fee just to run whatever OS you would like, and yet, actually have a secure environment.

I just can't see RedHat asking to pay M$ for the ability to use Linux. Given that Microsoft has bamboozled everybody on patents. UEFI and its group are like guys stopping at your front door and saying "Hey, you could have fire in a place like this" wink wink nod nod, "Do you want to buy a license , errr, some insurance?".

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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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Re: hmm

Are those official numbers your quoting or statistical analysis.

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Scality opens Ring for close scrutiny

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Curiousity

Wonder what Scality Ring attached/implanted to Node.js would be like?

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AMD snaps up server upstart SeaMicro

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Torus in processor

Is it possible for AMD to put the 3D torus interconnect on-chip?

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Qualcomm poised to zap wireless charging rival into dust

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Sleep tight, don't let the wifi bugs bite.

Has anybody seen any studies on how close you can safely be next to one of these things.

Or is it convenience folded into ignorance over intelligence?

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HP culls nearly half remaining webOS team

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Form fitting function

It would be nice if they decided in what "form" they're actually going to support in WEBOS and release that information along side of this.

That way developers would be able to "function", rather than be "fogged" over.

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Freedom-crushing govts close to ruling our web, fears FCC boss

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Censorship, plain and simple

If perception of governments is skewed by the revelation of truth. (Wikileaks)

Kill the messenger...

or at least make it so far a journey that the truth becomes irrelevant or inconsequential. (control the source)

Every man for himself or himself for every man?

Ahhh, the subtlety and nuance to justify the fallacies of good representation for all.

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Microsoft blasts 'web video killer' Motorola Mobility in EU gripe

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A contract is a contract.

It is illegal unless you agree to make it "not illegal".

If your countries legal system or an international court system does not take them to task.

All is fair in love and war.

I'm not a lawyer and this is just an opinion.

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What! You can't do this to us.

Only we can do it to you!!!

Observe no thanks from Microsoft on payments (gouged) from Android manufacturers.

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Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

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Re: One can almost smell the fail

You would be right except for:

Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is the personal cloud that brings your digital life together. Now you can sync your files across all your Ubuntu or Windows computers; access your contacts or notes from anywhere; or stream your entire music collection to your mobile phone. Ubuntu One helps you do it all.

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Dual Boot BS?

"In years past, Canonical tried dual-boot on Windows PCs, a program that has failed and been withdrawn."

Of all the people you personally know running Ubuntu, how many are dual boot and how many boot from inside Windows.

A + B = 100%

Now add in the those who only use Ubuntu.

A + B + C = 100%

Your assessment of failure is tuned to to the Microsoft song.

Those who still dual-boot only do so because of software they cannot donate to and only runs under Windows or Mac OS.

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SPRAY-ON antennas waved about at Google's techfest

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Key statement

This is the part to understand: Multiplicative capacitance release

You could really re-charge a battery if this works.

Maybe even while driving.

The scary part is whether or not it hazardous to our health and how long before we find out.

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Broadcom boasts directional antennas for 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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Hello Texas

Texas Instruments that is.

Why doesn't TI apply there DLP technology to a inverted pyramid with focus points?

Inverted cone would be better.

\/ focal redirection

| antenna

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Apple orders PC builder to 'choose sides' in laptop battle?

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Made in America

Small suggestion for Apple.

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Megastar personalities are intellectual property in draft law

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Assumed privacy for sale

If you in the news, no matter who you are, it is assumed that what ever is produced has a value directly correlating to news sources profits.

Everyone should get a cut of the action.

"Special people" should have to go to court for extenuating circumstances.

One mans privacy is not another mans open door.

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Boffins claim breakthrough in hovering robothopter experiments

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Thinking out of balance

Shifting center of gravity upward decreases response time to corrective measure.

Who would of thought.

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Oracle wins round in Java patent lawsuit against Google

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Java is not the end all to be all

If Google works hard and quickly and makes a Java -> Go interpreter and added appropriate additions to Go. Java would be out the door in seconds.

Go, Google, Go

To Oracle: no sense crying over spilled milk and good riddance.

Quote from http://golang.org/

"The Go programming language is an open source project to make programmers more productive. Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language. "

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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

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Where's help when you need it?

Even a cognitive interface needs some help.

Why a "?" isn't on an extension of the search items is not being realistic.

You don't automatically know what to do. "Help" is the place to go to and it is not near where it should be, right next to the information you have a question about.

Fix this and I could use it.

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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

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Original Art Resold

Release of the original product. Distribution = 1.

Legal websites owned by Media Distribution to redistribute resale of copy 1 = 0.

Number of copies that could be resold, making millions of transactions at penny's to entire world = 0.

Media companies legitimizes itself = 0.

Media companies invested in ReDigi technology = 0 assumed.

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Google Wallet hacked onto Verizon phones

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Wallet dipping goofup

Of course only Verizons' software could do this correctly and they must charge for it.

Anything else is not possible.

Verizons' wallet dipping slipped on this one.

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Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution - legal eagles

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Are patents next?

Right after they pass this, US Patent holders will argue that you can't see a web site because one product outside the US legally uses similar capacity to their patent.

How far they can take it is as far as politicians here will let them. Since money talks and Bullsh*t walks, I assume it is just going to happen that way.

I don't mind a lock-out for reasons of national security, which is a lot to choke on if you really believe in free speech, but this stuff is no where near it.

(Lock-out - Ref: No publication of recent research on how avian flue can be genetically modified)

They should have to take it to the courts.

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Microsoft will beat Linux clouds at their own game - with open source

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A source of a different color

Not very likely.

MS will wait for the right (read "lock-in") moment and leave open source in the cold.

Open Source, unless purchased by private hands (Oracle), will always be available to change and update.

Microsoft always holds the the right to leave you out in the cold and feeling blue.

The story of the frog and scorpion at the river repeats itself time and time again.

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Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data

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The missing link

I just don't get it.

The people in the study are the ones that need to be contacted if Pharma thinks it needs more information.

An intermediary service is required, similar to PayPal, that allows Pharma to get back to the original data holder, IE patient, without direct information.

Pharma case study Number contact Number <-> intermediary contact org <-> person being studied

In this way Pharma can ask plainly if they may contact them directly or vice versa.

Maybe, if they weren't so hyped on not sharing a few bucks with these people and put together an independent contract paid between them selves, they might get somewhere with this issue.

Don't tobacco companies do this all the time with lawyers ?

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Royalty-free web vid spec sets sail with Apple's help

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Probably stunted result

I suspect that if this comes to pass, you will get free product for showing, but will be stunted.

It will look fine on the small screen, but junk on the large.

"Special" licensed hardware will be required for larger formats at 1080.

Patent holders and hardware manufacturers will profit on closed systems that are actually worth seeing. Naturally Google will be left out in the cold, if at all possible.

Same thoughts on creation engine.

If it's not going to be unencumbered, at least let it be interesting. Say, like the voxel renderer.

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Bill Gates discusses nuclear development deal with China

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Finally we're getting somewhere

The intertwining of US government/military and business interest has deflated or suppressed practical nuclear energy in this country badly. I can't think of a new design that has even got past initial pilot stage.

This, despite major original technological advances starting in the US.

I am glad the Russians are willing to assist and hope they will actually compete with the Chinese for market.

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The End of Free: Web 2.0 will squeeze punters rotten

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Unicorn thinking extended

"Let's suppose, I replied, that half of Facebook users paid a mere pittance (say $5 a year) for the service, then web giants wouldn't feel such a need to go data mining."

Originally cable services were to be no-advertising video only. They got much more than $5 a month. It didn't slow them down in the least. They have more services, but charge more, you see more advertising and your being watched.

They will get what they can and ask and get more.

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