* Posts by Terry Cloth

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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FAIL

Also cf. Aaron Swartz

n/t

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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``between June and July of 2014''

It didn't happen, then? After all, the time between June & July is precisely the time between 2014-06-30T2400 and 2014-07-01T0000. (Reading the dictionary for fun and clarity can be a profitable pursuit.)

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European Parliament mulls law on use of blood metal in tech

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What they're up against

The Fairphone blog post “The search for responsibly sourced gold for the Fairphone” talks about one of the roadblocks: roughly all the electronic gold in the world gets routed through the Shanghai Gold Exchange, then distributed to manufacturers. (Scroll a bit over halfway down to “The gold route: All roads lead to Shanghai”.) Try tracking your bit of responsible gold through that—the U.S. Department of Commerce has thrown up its hands. [PDF: see p. 3, ¶ 3]

(That PDF, it happens, is Commerce‘s response to the Dodd-Frank requirements.)

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Is hyper-convergence a good thing? Ask a mini computer veteran

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The pendulum swings back

Sounds as if someone hacked a quivering slice out of the living cloud and delivered it to the customer's site. I wonder whether Amazon will now just sell subsets of its AWS kit and blow away the competition.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Don't they teach children to look both ways before crossing the road these days?

Not if they're blind, they don't.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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“I don't know whether they need that money to continue operating”

@100113.1537:

Erm...remember that ICANN replaced one guy.

Interestingly, the author of that paen, Vint Cerf, seemed to forget the point when he joined the ICANN board.

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Google, Microsoft and Apple explain their tax tricks in Australia

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Don't worry, this sort of thing will stop soon.

When the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, the corporations will be grilling the legislature.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Not at all ridiculous

All it takes is a competitor to take a leaf from NSA's book on Oracle...

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Get your citations right!

That's Miss Anne Elk to you (and everyone else).1

1A colleague used to tell us that in her case ``Anne is a four-letter word.''

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Too bad about Stephen Jay Gould

Who wrote an essay arguing that giving Apatasaurus the nod for nomenclature priority was shortsighted. He also used it to name the book in which the essay was collected. And the book jacket even used the same illustration our esteemed editors chose, so there!

Too bad he didn't live to see his vindication.

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FTC: Hey, Network Solutions, time we had a chat about 'refunds'

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That's nice, but are any of the customers actually getting their money back?

NT

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

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Crash or page replacement?

By the look of the error screen, it seems to just suppress the booby-trapped page, but the browser soldiers on—able to reload or link to the list of hints. So, yes, it can DoS a page, but hardly crashes any part of the browser.

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Samsung persuades US watchdog to review Smartflash legal dance over patents

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``Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash''?

Did someone yank your chain over calling spades spades, and patent trolls likewise?

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Liberal MP threatens journo with metadata probe

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He's too honest

He obviously got the memo about metadata availability, but overlooked the ``Confidential'' classification.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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FUD? ``Everything in Truecrypt is completely legal.''

True. But I think what s/he means specifically is "... will have to be done by people living in nations lacking warrants with attached gag orders, it seems.."

Not so FUDdy.

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Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

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Re: double je[o]pardy ?

Don't know about things over there, but here in the Colonies criminal fines and restitutions are not dischargeable. Even if you've gone bankrupt, you still gotta pay the man.

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

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For the ugly box, just disable Javascript

I use NoScript. I can now move my cursor to the top of the page and be able to read everything I could before it got there. Don't know about the clunky interface---I can still read what I want, easily.

Hey, Register---get rid of the box, I'll turn it back on. I want to see the ads, but not that much.

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ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

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Here's for truth in labelling

Reminds me of a product I seriously thought of buying solely for its UI attitude. (It was a long time ago, but it may have been ImageMagick.) When it put up a failure dialogue box, the button to dismiss it read ``Bummer''.

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'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

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Cockpit frame prevents nausea?

Well then, have the virtual participant wear some armor. Say, a hockey mask? Those bars should be just as good as a cockpit, much better than a nose. (Please let me know whether this pans out. I'll limit my share to 1% of the gross.)

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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Oh, great! So now the gov't will know every penny I spend

I treasure cash. It's nobody's business (except maybe my spouse's) what I rent down at the local black-window video purveyor. (Said as I get the folding money to pay for my auto's bodywork bill....)

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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[T]he risk it could be "captured" by the industry itself[.]

It hasn't already happened?

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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What, precisely, is the news here?

The discovery allowed the boffins to float the idea that huge quantities of dust spotted in distant young galaxies may have been produced by supernova explosions of early massive stars.
The idea that roughly everything in the universe (other than hydrogen and some of the helium) was created by supernovae is a given in some geology books from the 1970s I'm reading, and is probably older than that (but I'm too lazy to look it up).

Is the real takeaway that we now know that the stuff doesn't rebound when it hits the outside world? Or that we didn't know how much dust was produced? Or that we didn't know it was already happening in young galaxies? Or something else?

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Re: Hydrogen is not a fuel, dammit!

Any chemical which burns in oxygen in an exothermic reaction is a fuel[.]
True, in the narrow chemical sense. But, in the overall picture, it's no more than a mechanism to transport energy (input elsewhere) to a vehicle (for use there), just like electricity. So far as the contemporary energetics go, it's a net loss, as opposed to petroleum distillates.

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Hydrogen is not a fuel, dammit!

Until we find underground hydrogen, or snag a hydrogen-slush comet, hydrogen is a power-delivery system,1 same as electricity. Gasoline takes some input to get raw materials and to refine, but the end result is more power than went into producing it.2 For the forseeable future, we will have to put as much energy into producing the H2 as we get out of burning it.

So don't compare hydrogen to gasoline, compare it to electricity.

1 As discussed here. Fusing hydrogen is a whole different story.

2 We're ignoring events of a few million years ago, of course.

(Icon represents possible future of Kawasaki's H2 tanker. :-)

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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I Suspect Jon Postel would approve

So can we call it ``going Postel''?

Mine's the one with snail mail in the pocket.

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Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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Re: What a complete joke

@ A Known Coward

So this work 'proves' that the source they built with was the source code they include in their source packages, but it doesn't prove the code in their own source packages matches up with the original source code released by the application developers.
Well, actually, it does. Back in the early days they patched the source to their specs, and distributed the patched source. Somebody noticed the very point you bring up, and now Debian source packages include
  • precisely the upstream source (in files named <package_upstream-version>.orig.tar.gz,
  • Debian's patches (named <package_upstream_version-revision>.diff.gz), and
  • other control information needed to generate the binary.
So yes, you can prove their build is based on the upstream source. And their changes are available right there for your review.

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Is this limited to UK bods only?

Or can I, an Amerian, sign up with PI to find out whether any of my stuff (gathered illegally by the NSA) was sent (illegally) to GCHQ?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Webpioneer my left eyetooth

Mr Cerf is an Internet pioneer. Robert E. Kahn and he were inventing the Internet when Mr Berners-Lee had just decided on a college.

Now get off my bandwith!

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Interesting graph you've got there

Where'd the last couple of hundred years go?

On my screen, 500 y = 4.4 cm. After 1500 we only get 2.2 cm of chart, meaning it's missing from 1750 to present, 265 years. I'd love to know how it comes out.

(Icon for the question mark, not the bimbo.)

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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So, El Reg wants to redefine `backdoor'?

This is the second article in a few weeks with `backdoor' in lights, when it's nothing of the sort---just another piece of malware wanting to get in.

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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WTF?

Ireland is pretty damn' big!

Roughly 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi) in diameter and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) deep, roughly the size of Northern and Southern Ireland combined.

Since the U.S. is, to a first approximation, 3 000 miles wide by 1 000 miles deep, all I can say is ``Wow!''

Who knew?

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

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Re: The elephant in the room...

Precisely.

I poked around Freeview's website, DDG'd ``freeview {revenue,profit,income} uk'', and read the Wikipedia article on them, and nothing said how they make their money. On the website, the Ts&Cs and privacy statement relate to the site only, not to the service they want to persuade us to use.

If they get their money from advertisers interrupting at cliffhanger moments (i.e., what broadcast has been doing forever), no sweat. But since they know exactly what we're viewing and when, I suspect they're selling us out by marketing that info to the usual suspects, and modifying the datastream accordingly. For that, they'll just have to keep waiting.

If they offered the service for a reasonable fee, and ironclad guarantees that none of my information would be passed on, or kept longer than needed to send me the show, I suspect I'd pay.

Does anyone know roughly how much revenue they expect per person? Or for any other privacy-denying ``service'', say Google?

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NASA to launch microwave SPACE LASSO to probe Earth's wet spots

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I want to watch...

I was disappointed that the fine Youtube animation skipped right past deployment of the big reflector. Does anyone know where such a thing is to be had, showing some of the fine points of what's going on?

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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“[F]rankly better” services than “antiquated copper”?

Where do they get this malarkey? ``Better'' if you want text messaging, talking in your car, tons of buttons and icons....

If, on the other hand, if you want crystal-clear communications, connections that last untll one of you hangs up, and simple operation (what concepts!), you can only use a landline. We have a cell-phone-only friend whom it typically takes two or three connections to complete a conversation, and another who, when she calls on her cell, we usually end up calling her landline.

You'll get my copper away from me when you &c.

[Edit: To say nothing of the fact that so long as the wires are up, we have service, courtesy of huge banks of batteries in the CO, and probably backup generators. Up here, where blackouts are more than annual events, that counts for a lot.]

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Really sad

I'm still using a Handspring Visor. It was the last PDA made with replaceable, over-the-counter (AAA) batteries. I carry a couple spares when I'm travelling, and the hell with finding an electric outlet I can hang around for a few hours. (And I can buy new ones in any place with pretensions to civilization.)

(And I have two or three more in my junk room, for spare screens or replacement.)

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HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

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Audit time?

Some outfits (notably banks and other money-handlers) force employees to take a week or two annually so they can catch people tweaking the books (since they won't be around to make the sums come out right).

Maybe HP is doing a company-wide computer security audit?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Can I have my vertical space back, please?

That immovable thing at the top that says

``[vulture] DATA CENTER SOFTWARE [...] WEEKEND EDITION''.
The width is limited by the sidebars, and now I can't have the full height of the screen, either. I can find my way to the top of the page in numerous ways, none of them requiring a fixed area waiting to attack should I push my cursor out of the way, and end up there by accident. (Admittedly, the delay is a help if you're just passing through, but I'd like to see the whole thing go away.)

Maybe it's time to learn to do site-specific CSS. :-(

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Judge bars dead Steve Jobs from appearing on TV news FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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A jury decides standing???

In every case I've read about in several decades of paying attention, the question of standing is one of law, to be decided by a judge, and appealed if someone doesn't like the answer.

Jurors are deciders of fact, not of how the law applies.*

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* With the notable exception that if a jury decides the law is draconian, or misapplied, they can refuse to convict and there's an end on't.

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Do they encrypt transmissions

Voice (presumably BB to BB until a standard develops)?

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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I am fairly confident there will be no more hijackings

Now that the public knows what's in store for any hijacked airplane, the passengers will tear any wannabe hijackers to shreds before they get to the front of the plane. (Ref. Flight 93.)

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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Or to most of the world, Mr. 1312

And to the computergentsia, Mr. 0x520.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Now _that's_ a conspiracy theory!

It must be something terrifying for the 0.000000000000000000001% of the global population to go to all this trouble for.

0.000000000000000000001% = [counts on fingers] 1e-21 people

x ~7e9 humans alive now = 1e-12 people

x ~1e12 cells/person = 7 cells.

I guess they've really gotta be the right 7 cells. Are they all in the same body?

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

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Re: […] that the internet community would have free reign to decide […]

Oh, I dunno. Up until ICANN was spawned, the Internet community did indeed reign over DNS, IANA, &c. Didn't seem to do such a bad job, either.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Is this Sony ``rootkit'' Corporation?

Yes, I know this could be a disaster for many people working there (and their families), but somehow I can't help but think ``What goes around comes around''.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: freeware?

I consider ``Free Software'' or ``open source'' to be a requirement to distinguish black boxes of unknown (and too easily malevolent) content from transparent boxes within which I can have a fighting chance of getting a known quantity. This distinction is not a ``GNU/Linux'' thing, but a real, non-philosophical, distinction necessary to protect my system.

It's not being ``ultra-specific'' to want to know whether you're being handed a box or dynamite or of nitroglycerine. One's a useful tool; the other's too likely to blow up in your face.

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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What security are they building in?

Unless they've really made an advance in identification, verification, and authorization, I fear this is just an invitation to GCHQ to build a nifty box to play in the mesh. ``Oh, look! A new node! G'day, mate.''

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Pi ... its full value has never been expressed...

I suspect it has something to do with this, even though it lacks even the decency to cover itself with puff pastry.

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Lie to them

Is there a browser plug-in that allows you to specify the info supplied? I remember Mozilla used to have an about:config string that let you set the User Agent string, but my current Firefox doesn't seem to have anything of that sort.

It would be nice if we could get a plug-in that returned a ``standard'' set of identity strings, so all of a sudden every browser would look like IE 12 on MS Windows 10, say. Or even have a number of such standards, and rotate them pseudo-randomly. What fun!

Icon: mask, because we'd all be hiding behind one.

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Part 3: Docker vs hypervisor in tech tussle SMACKDOWN

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And now for something slightly different

CoreOS has just announced a shift in emphasis on containerization called Rocket. According to the blurb, they're not happy with Docker's generalization, and they want to keep something simpler. Interestingly, they point out that Docker has removed its standard container definition.

Please compare and contrast.

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

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Alien

Was Philae able to stabilize itself in any way?

The 13-second to 24-second rotation change by sideswipe suggests not. In that case, how the hell did it happen to land shiny side up? Pure luck? Alien intervention?

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