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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Heh

"That's like Barack Obama asking me for a loan."

With US federal debt an unfunded liabilities closing in on $125T I found that quote amusing.

Still, while I'm skeptical overall, there is some merit to the argument that LHM may want investors because they're looking at a spinoff as it would be very much non-core business. They'll just hold onto the patents for any custom materials developed.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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Shareholder is not synonymous with investor

Investors and speculators are both shareholders but their interests are often mutually exclusive. There tend to be fewer speculators but they're usually louder and more often the ones being catered to.

Related: If the execs are pushing EBIDTA numbers as the headline rather than a footnote, SELL! Someone is trying to obscure the real health of the company

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: Free Speech?

Well, let's see, they could have deleted the post from their privately owned website but chose not to. What was your point?

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: OpenStreetMap

Heh.So basically saying 'Here be dragons'.

I approve this nod to ancient map making tradition.

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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3 billion dollars...1

...worth of fraud.

Another 6 billion lawsuit settlements and 12 in lawyers fees?

No wonder Lowe's shares are up lately.

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Re: crushed waste, from the ground rock.

Sand.

The word you're looking for is sand.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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So basically...

...the iWatch is just an undersized PlayBook with a wristband attached.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Added to my Lexicon of Useful Phases

That and "policy-based evidence-making tricks".

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Re: You've got it exactly backwards.

"A real solution would be to start with making different political choices: the state taking charge...and actively mandating how we live our lives."

What could possible go wrong?

When in all of human history has that approach had a result other than going disastrously wrong on an epic scale?

Nothing is more adverse to change, more inclined to treat symptoms not problems, to cover up problems and mistakes, and to punish whistle blowers, than government. The most sure fire way to prevent resolution of any problem is to give responsibility for dealing with it to people whose pay depends on the problem continuing to exist, and whose position & advancement on it continuing to get worse.

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A quibble

"The participants in those events clearly could not tell right from wrong. "

They knew (both the looters on the streets and the ones in office), they just don't care, and not just about right or wrong either.

So many people don't care anymore, that, even those of us that still care in the choices of our own actions, lean more and more to the sentiment captured by Mr Flugennock above.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Oral humming

Will work wonders for the wife too.

You're welcome.

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Re: It's not as bad as...

Still in business:

http://www.thrustmaster.com

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

SoaG

To paraphrase Ron Swanson

Soya is the food that my food eats.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Re: As long as...

"'Top 5%' is fine"

No, actually, it's not (and no I'm not one of them.)

This years top 5% usage is next year's average usage. It's their best indication of how much infrastructure they need to be installing.

Kneecapping the leading edge today leads directly to greater and ever increasing congestion tomorrow. Retransmissions caused by packet collisions count towards billable data overage.

It's not about making 5% pay today, it's about making 95% pay next year.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: I'd love to...

No need to sort. Name topic of the week on Monday, then draw a random submission on Friday.

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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It's a fact up here and will be down there soon enough.

Most Canadians still love our universal care of course but the political landscape will shift when it's the Baby Boomers that start getting told No instead of their parent's generation.

I don't doubt the desk jockeys that turn people down now would love to hand off the responsibility/blame to a machine.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: We know, you know.

That's the whole point.

Just like oddball job interview questions. It's not about what you answer, it's about how.

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Re: how easy it was to speak to people without starting a fight.

Only because the local team won that day. Try avoiding one as an outsider when the local team loses.

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Yes, actually, carriers WILL love it

Highest monthly bundle plan available from any carrier here has a 6GB cap. Anything over that will cost you extra and it's not cheap. Of course, if enough people use their mobile for torrents the bandwidth will quickly saturate, which means more collisions and more retransmissions, which means even more billable usage. I see a big uptick in the incidence of 4 and 5 digit bills in the near future.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Why never any employees

Probably because that would require consent and most people don't like having their pictures taken by strangers.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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So much wrong with this.

But losing DHCP whenever the internet connection goes down?

Show of hands, how many people never have more than one device on their LAN?

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: On porn?

If anyone you know IRL even knows you have a Twitter account, much less your user name, you're doing it wrong.

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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I thought all of the images on Instagram were "Sickening and Obscene"

No, that's Pinterest.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: laxatives

and a lot more Indian food.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: more of Katarina please!

Sounds like the police should be getting a warrant for your HDD any day now.

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Re: Store designs from hell

The Ikeas I've been in, left side of the walkway is the interior walls, so no, that won't work.

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Do your execs take mobile security seriously?

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Formatting of the poll is messed up from 2.4 onward. All text at top of each section and all selection bullets below undifferentiated.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Based on her preferred engraving, I'm guessing she'll be carrying her phone in her front pocket and set to vibrate.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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3M is just for the medical zone, another 8M just for shopping. Offices, residential, etc. or an overall total are all unspecified in the article.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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I'm no fan of what Google has become, but Orlowski is out to lunch on this one. The onus of right-to-be-forgotten should be on the publisher/host of the information, no just on the biggest (of several) search engines.

They're approaching 60,000 requests so far. Probably about to get a surge due to the publicity around this story. There's no possible way for them to properly evaluate public interest for each request.

So either they leave them all up or take them all down. If they leave them up they'll be taken to court over hundreds if not thousands of them. On the extreme low end, if even 1% of current requests are contested if left up, they'd be looking costs approaching 50 million in lawyers fees. The only rational response is to take them all down.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Time, not frequency

I used to work for a telecom satellite firm and we would often get interference from unknown locations. By finding the same signal (at much lower power) on other satellites in nearby orbital slots, it was possible to triangulate the location from the time difference in when variations of the signal were observed on the different birds.

In this case, if the source material was recorded with an accurate timestamp, or on a device they had a reference timestamp for, then they would only need a few points, not thousands, on the grid to get pretty close. Maybe a block or two. Once you're in the ballpark, other techniques are a lot less work to be more exact if necessary. For a whistle blower interview though. it would probably just be a matter of looking at a map, seeing a hotel in the search zone and checking the credit cards used that day.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Re: and so, ad infinitum

Just to clarify, were you searching from an EU based Google.* ? As the filters are not being applied to Google.com .ca etc

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And how much would it cost Google for lawyers and administration to individually dispute each and every one of those 50,000 (and counting) requests?

That's why they're letting the authors/publishers know. So they can choose to fight their individual cases if they want. There's no way even Google could afford to do so for all of them without going bankrupt.

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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Re: Interesting

I'd expect it more in medium than large places actually.

The biggest outfits I've dealt with have all tended to be tightly locked down, one or two sizes fit all, even 1/2 the IT folks don't have admin rights on their own desktops, type places.

Mid-size on the other hand are more likely to give (some) staff the ability to install whatever they like as they would at home while having a much harder time policing what that ends up being, compared to a small shop where the IT department is Bob down the hall.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: scaled-down representation of the structure

Didn't US Airways already do that recently?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Addressbooks

My experience with social media invites from technically-disinclined friends and relatives is they've unwittingly authorized the site to spam not just everyone in their address book, but everyone who's been CC'd by a 3rd party in any saved email, or any address in their sent folder.

As for business Twitter, it's useful for announcements in a less spammy way than email. Odds are clients don't visit a business website except when they want something. So information there is only ever seen by those who already have cash in hand or a complaint. Title of themed sale announcement/new product line/etc. + shortened URL if they want details should easily fit in 140 characters.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Looking at Google.ca

In spite of having this appended to the bottom of the 1st page.

"In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 6 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org"

Said 1st page still includes links to US retailers.

So yes, as a matter of principle, it does seem odd that Equustek seems to be pursuing this only indirectly and only in Canadian, not US courts.

However, as a practical matter, how many legacy PLCs are out there that need an ethernet adapter but have not yet got one in the last ~15 years? How many of that pool (shrinking as outdated equipment is replaced/manufacturing leaves the country) would Equustek have to sell to at $500-1500/unit to cover legal costs in the slower and more expensive US court system and still turn a decent profit on them?

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

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Re: No sympathy.

The conviction stands because the specifics of the case didn't match what was being argued and the online laws aren't as well written as their equivalent meatspace laws (which have been refined by a couple centuries of Common Law precedents)

The police thought they didn't need a warrant to search a folder shared publicly on the internet.

That sounds reasonable to me. To use your analogy, they wouldn't need a warrant if I left an axe embedded in a body on my front lawn.

The court decided they should have had got a warrant anyway. I think that's more restrictive than necessary in this specific case where there's clear probable cause and the evidence is public. The current law for online searches is written more broadly than this case, however, so this is far preferable than not having adequate constraints for searches.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

SoaG

It certainly won't make it worse.

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Re: Units?

I think the stretch target is 15 minutes.

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Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

SoaG

Of possible interest for such an endeavour:

Modular Robotics http://www.modrobotics.com/

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Of the 2 product lines their Cubelets are probably best suited for a quick introductory and very hand-on type session.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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I'm telling you

it's those damned sand trout.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Re: Argument

Supply of Uber drivers is not nearly as fixed as are licensed cabs.

A surge in price only increases profit as an interim step to increasing supply of currently active drivers. Incentive for drivers to make themselves available for extra/longer hours.

Adam Smith rides again.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Trollface

256?

Should be 140 characters, Shirley?

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Canadian burger chain Harvey's got wise and came up with the Double Bacon burger with both types on it. Conflict resolved.

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'Hello? Hello? Yes, I'm calling you on my WEB BROWSER'

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Good and bad

Sure video calls have been part of the sci-fi vernacular for decades, but I've never seen any appeal in that degree of privacy invasion every time I answer the phone. So I hate knowing that this will in time likely become as pervasive as Facebook, probably even more so.

However, if on the road to that particular hell, the herd finally moves off IE before they catch up and support it then at least some good will come of it.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Didn't we all at that age?

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Re: Taking the bus will not help

Don't forget about the bus' video camera(s).

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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@Irongut

I recently set up an online account over the phone with an institution I'd never dealt with previously. They asked me a number of verification questions, including an either-or for which both options were wrong. Which was actually the point. A fraudster would make a 50-50 bluff and then call back later and try the other option if he got it wrong, whereas the real account holder would know the correct answer and say 'neither'.

I agree that pre-defined verification questions are terrible. The most likely person to attempt to fraudulently access any website under my name is my ex-wife (again) and she knows all the answers to the usual questions. Much better to let me write-in a question with a non-obvious answer.

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