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Bolshy investor takes another bite of Apple, ups stake to $4.4 BEEELLLION

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the ONLY reason people invest in any company is to make money, otherwise there would be no point in giving them the cash in the first place

Never heard of "Socially Responsible Investing" I take it?

And besides that, since shareholders literally own the company, *if one has enough votes* one could force a company to do pretty much anything one wanted. Usually however, what the majority of the shareholders want is more money so it doesn't happen very often. (Hint: This is why Carl has so many shares - so he can make demands and have the votes to back it up.)

He has given Apple $4.4Billion to do with what they please

No, no he hasn't. You do know how the stock market works, right? Once the IPO is done, the shares you buy come from other shareholders selling theirs, NOT the company (unless they issue new stock or they held back IPO shares for some reason.)

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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"What Flavour Is It?"

Pocari Sweat tastes mildly of grapefruit juice, which I believe is one of the actual ingredients, but mostly it tastes like... Well it isn't so much the *taste* as the "mouth feel" (which is a real thing.)

It's strangely viscous compared to water, but not overly so. It's also one of those binary drinks - people either love it or hate it. Myself, I adore it. Discovered it about 10 years ago on a trip to Japan and I still poke my head into Asian grocery stores to grab a bottle when I get the chance. I'm reusing one of the empties right now as a water bottle.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: No way near Homeopathic standards..

Best argument to use with Homeopaths:

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2267

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Europe's shock Google privacy ruling: The end of history? Don't be daft

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Re: Move the goalposts

I go for a job and they do a few simple searches and my private financial history shows up and shows I was young and stupid. Sorry no job for you.

Why would an employer care? I mean, I'll grant you that a few/some/many/most/all companies do this but why? Do they think bad credit is contagious? I'd love to hear the HR side of this.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Why do they need permission?

It needs to broadcast a correction signal - typically either over the GSM phone network or a pager band - which needs a license from the hosting government.

Sure, but wouldn't the GSM service provider be the one licensing said spectrum? I don't recall having to write a check to the FCC when I got my cellphone...

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Who Speaks for the Users?

The Internet would never have been built if it had been left up to private corporations. At best we would have dozens of separate networks with limited inter-networking just due to differing standards and a lack of finacial motivation to bother. Like the various national road systems in 1st world countries, the Internet is a common carrier in the most generic sense of the term.

So after being pioneered by Governments and Education, businesses see an opportunity to extract additonal rents (in the Economics sense) from both their end users and the content/service providers. The problem with this is that the argument they use is that this is supposed to make the Internet better but the schemes as described only serve to allow ISPs to maintain their existing infrastructure as-is rather than investing in actual improvements to the network *and* make extra money for doing so. This rewards a poor decision which will ultimately lead to lower speeds at higher costs for everyone. The money they extract from Netflix or Google will eventually be passed through to the consumers who are already paying the ISPs directly.

And the problem with *that* is that the people who then ultimately pay for all of this, namely all of us, have no control over the situation. The "Net Neutraliy" debate is a battle of Titans and the true power, the users, have no voice. I am all for traffic shaping on the Internet so long as *I* get to decide who gets priority. Netflix might want to pay Comcast for a faster connection but if I'm an Amazon Prime user I don't want Netflix's packets to preempt mine. As a single user I have no power or voice in this argument; my concerns are not being sought nor do they seem to matter.

This is what the beardies are upset over, that giant corporations are fighting with each other over our money but none of them have bothered to ask us what we would like to have happen.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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Re: It was the battery life wot won it

What was good on the Lynx?

Todd's Adventures in Slime World (2D platformer, 2-8 player Co-Op or PvP)

Gates of Zendocon (side-scrolling shooter)

Zarlor Mercenaries (top-down shooter, 4-player Co-Op)

Chip's Challenge (2D Maze/Puzzler)

S.T.U.N. Runner (Arcade Port)

RoadBlasters (Arcade Port)

Xenophobe (Arcade Port, 2-4 player)

To name a few...

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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Pac-Man Pinball

I remember playing a PacMac variant which was half PacMan, half pinball machine in an upright case. Had a screen on top which played PacMan and a condensed pinball table underneath. The play action switched back and forth when triggered by specific events on either part.

The Internet tells me that this was the game "Baby PacMan."

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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Liquidity

[Mt Gox] has a stash of 200,000 BTC locked in its digital vault, which if liquified will leave plenty of creditors out of pocket.

BTC is supposed to be currency so, pedantically speaking, you can't liquefy it; like a US Dollar or a GB Pound, it's already as liquid as it can get.

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Napster cofounder's Jerk.com accused of acting like ... err ... jerks

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Buried the Lead

Jerk.com used fraudulent developer profiles to access user profile data from the Facebook API [...] lifting data from the Facebook profiles of some 75 million people, including children and users who had marked their photos and information as private.

The real story here is that any random "developer" can apparently access all of your Facebook data, even if it is marked as private and you have no relation with said "developer."

Or has this always been the case and I'm just late to the party?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: Luxury item

a better grown product which I occasionally buy because of the better taste.

I would argue that the improved taste likely has more to do with "organic" foods being grown from tastier varieties than it does with the farming methods used.

Fruit and vegetable varieties grown on "commercial" farms are usually chosen based on their durability during shipping and how good it looks "on the shelf." Flavor generally does not really enter into the equation other than perhaps as an afterthought.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Recursive Acronym

WINE Is Not (an) Emulator

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Corrections in bold.

"When it comes to Office 365, the vision if fairly straightforward," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a press conference in San Francisco today. "It is to make sure that the one billion Office users keep paying us money every month in order to maintain access to their proprietary-format files rather than just paying a one-time fixed cost and being allowed to keep using the software for as long as they have a suitable computer. Today's announcement marks one more step in that direction."

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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Next to be added to the "SRR"

Section 10.4 - "Facebook claims the perpetual world-wide exclusive rights to use your Genetic Material (here after referred to as "DNA") in anyway they deem fit, including all works derived there-from. A limited license is granted for DNA self-duplication as a function of cellular Mitosis (subject to annual review/approval.)"

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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The firm also produces support gear which can be worn by carers to lift heavy loads and even markets a radiation-shielding “disaster recovery” suit for emergency workers.

So they make the exact opposite of a Terminator then: Living flesh surrounded by a metal exoskeleton that helps people.

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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

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Re: 10bn?

[...] cunts who have lots of money giving it to other cunts who piss it away on bullshit.

That right there is the best description of Wall Street I've ever heard.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Maybe I'm missing something here...

OK, I'll bite...

I don't like the ModernUI look and feel; the flat shaded graphics are unattractive, the color schemes are similarly off-putting, and I despise the full-screen Metro apps and Live Tiles which pretty much makes all of the new Windows 8 stuff either irritating or useless to me. I've used it both on a Surface Pro 2 and a desktop PC. The Surface Pro 2 was slightly more usable given its touch interface, but even then the controls are still pretty goofy IMHO (like the way you're supposed to close Metro apps - drag down from top, pause for iconification, then drag off the bottom to close; works for me about 1/3 of the time - this is better in 8.1 than in 8.0.) Combine that with the jarring modal switching and poor support for multiple monitors and you'll see that Metro is just a bloated full-screen task launcher.

You know where Metro would work great? On the Xbox with Kinect. I can see someone sitting on a couch and bringing up Metro, gesturing through the tiles to quickly check the weather, sports scores, or their Facebook wall or whatever before starting a video game or watching TV. It's rather pointless on a desktop PC where I'm going to be running Office apps and/or a lot of windowed apps simultaneously.

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Font Change?

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Ah, much better now... Thanks!

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Font Change?

Did El Reg change the font-face and colors in articles or did upgrading my browser F things up?

If it's the former, no me gusta. :(

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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DON'T tell your friends!

Quoting from the settlement site.

"There is also a highly unlikely possibility that Small Claimants will not receive an individual payment. This is because there is a cap of $50 million on the portion of the Settlement Fund that can be used to compensate Small Claimants. Therefore, if there are more than 5 million Small Claimants, which is not anticipated, no cash distribution will be made to them. Instead, $40 million will be distributed for their general benefit to non-profit organizations approved by the Court, as described above."

So if too many people file a claim then nobody gets anything.

Also, one wonders why the non-profits don't get the full $50M in that event...

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Angela Merkel: Let US spies keep their internet. The EU will build its own

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Re: Optional

I don't think it's fair to blame china in the same sentence where they are all naked.

I'm sorry, is that some sort of slang I'm not familiar with? Or perhaps it's a "The Emperor's New Clothes" reference?

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Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

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Re: Let me get this straight

It's hard to comment on such wooly language, but the speaker appears to think that (if we take Ford Motors as an example) the powershellers in IT are better at programming than the C++ software engineers designing the adaptive cruise control for the next Fiesta. I give up.

I believe it's more along the lines of the engineers writing software without regard for common IT practices. For example, I work at a University and we are constantly butting heads with the companies who write the various software packages that drive our scientific instruments. We want to restrict our users to prevent them from hosing their machines but the instrumentation software requires the users to run as a full administrator (sometimes this is a legit requirement) or it can't be run on a computer joined to an Active Directory Domain (why should it care?) or it wants to store temporary data in its install directory or someplace equally silly.

I've been told before by companies that their software requires that the firewall and antivirus be completely disabled and that the administrator account has to have a blank or insanely simple password (so their field techs can make updates of course.) I presume this makes sense to an engineer, but it makes me want to scream.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

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This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale.

This merger will create a gigantic and unwieldy lumbering beast of a company which will further retard America's broadband expansion efforts, stifle innovation using its government sanctioned regional monopolies, provide the exact same lousy service (both programming and customer) for which our industry is renowned over an aging infrastructure into which we invest only the bare minimum of funds to keep limping along, all while extracting record profits from both our customers and the content providers on the back-end by playing each of them against the other.

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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Re: Why would anyone trust Mt Gox in the first place?

Why, who wouldn't trust the Magic The Gathering Online eXchange with their money? Seems like a fine financial operation they got there.

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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Re: Where's the incentive

this kickstarter idea would do much better if a percentage of future profits after taking a project to market were reserved for the backers. At the moment I back something and get a token bit of whatever in return and they get all the profits.

Kickstarter is specifically NOT for investing - in fact the official rules expressly forbid what you suggest[1]. It is a crowd-funding service that lets you effectively pre-order a product that does not yet exist. The idea is to help the creator bankroll the initial production run, and in exchange for doing so they generally give you a discount from the "retail price" or some sort of bonus.

[1] From: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/guidelines/

Creators cannot offer equity or financial incentives (ownership, share of profits, repayment/loans, cash-value equivalents, etc).

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'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

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Pot to Kettle: You are Black

Because AT&T offering to pay your ETFs is a bribe where as T-Mobile offering to pay your ETFs[1] is just... er, being nice I guess?

[1] http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/switch-carriers-no-early-termination-fee.html

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Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official

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Re: NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!

I agree! I get the exact plan I want for a price I am absolutely happy with (Unlimited Data &Text with 100 voice minutes per month for ~$35, taxes included, pay-as-you-go.)

I've no illusions that Sprint would continue this deal like T-Mobile did after the recent shake-up.

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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Finally...

Dillon/Edwards Investments can register www.clownpenis.fart

The promise of the Internet is now fully realized.

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Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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Pointless and Easily Abused

Just find a gullible innovative business nearby your real destination and you're good to go.

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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

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Re: Blame

It is the high performers that create the surpluses in society that allow the low performers to tag along for the ride. If everyone is just eeking by then nobody is paying that lovely tax that pays for food stamps, unemployment allowances, etc.

Thanks Ayn Rand.

Nobody is suggesting that the rich be taxed out of existence, but it would be nice if they put a little more into the pot. If we're all working together trying to move a heavy load, why can't the strongest persons bear the most weight?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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Round Trip

a 44,000 mile (71,000km) round-trip

Actually, it's at least twice that for a round-trip.

Wikipedia tells me a geosynchronous orbit is roughly 35,700km above the equator. Satellite data requests must go from computer up to satellite (1x), from satellite to ground relay (2x), over the Internet to the server that responds to the request, then back to the ground relay and up to the satellite (3x), and finally then back down to the computer (4x). Total trip is approximately 142,800km.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Re: Nice straw man

The way it would really be done would just be via degradation.

I suspect my ISP has been degrading my Netflix streams. Just now I watched "Example Short 23.976" which is some sort of diagnostic video that displays the current bitrate of the video stream and the resolution.

When I watch it using just my normal ISP, I get 235kbps 320x240. When I connect to the VPN at the office, I get 3000kbps, 1280x720. Now there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, but it seems awful suspicious to me.

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9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

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Dell's Problems are Dell's fault

Many Dell employees seem to lack the ability to think logically and it directly impacts the bottom line. For example:

We have a negotiated preset configuration which we purchase for pretty much all of our users. When we first started ordering them, the tower and the bundled display had only VGA and DVI connections, and we received a DVI and a (useless to us) VGA cable with each order.

Then with the latest hardware rev, Dell changed the video-out on the tower to Display Port but proceeded to still only send us DVI and VGA cables. So we had to contact them and add a display port to DVI adapter to the configuration.

Next, Dell updates the monitors to also include a Display Port connector but they *still* send us DVI and VGA cables and the Display Port to DVI adapter. So we call and ask to get a Display Port cable instead.

Now when we order a computer we get - a Display Port cable, the still useless VGA cable... And a Display Port to DVI adapter.

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Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

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Re: Seriously guys?

and no sound either.

There's plenty of sound, just not all the way through. The real problem is that its *soooooo boooorrrriiinnnnggg!* Jump to any random spot in the video; it'll probably be either a full-screen Chyron or a medium shot of a robot standing perfectly still.

You know those old newsreel clips of wacky turn-of-the-last-century flying machines[1]? This will be the robot equivalent of those clips for future generations.

[1] eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMhdksPFhCM

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

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Eligibility

Is this contest for the Brits only or can us 'Mericans enter as well?

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NO XMAS PRESENTS FOR Google Now and Siri: Chirpy scamps get a C+

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Black Helicopters

I'll presume that you've already logged in on all these devices ahead of time... Unless the NSA is handling all the Google Now queries.

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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

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Re: Fearmongering from the Masters

Who can guarantee that the market will not be flooded by counterfeit bitcoins?

Math

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

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Re: If the spam problem were reduced, then this would be reduced, too

The transfer of millions, if not billions, of dollars is securely processed over the Internet each day with hardly any direct human intervention. I just don't see why email can't be secured using similar technologies.

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Re: If the spam problem were reduced, then this would be reduced, too

But this isn't just hypothetical

So you have a duplicate copy of the Internet somewhere so we can test this? If not, it's hypothetical.

Spam is sent from compromised machines. If those machines have credit to send legitimate email, then they have credit to send spam.

Users would have the credit, not thier computers. Compromised machines would still have to sign the email before it would be accepted by mail servers so they'd have to also obtain the user's signing certificate first.

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Re: If the spam problem were reduced, then this would be reduced, too

It won't take that because your suggestion simply will not work. The spammers will steal credit in the way they currently steal bandwidth from unsuspecting users. Spam levels will not decrease in the slightest; your proposal simply adds bueaucracy to legitimate users without benefiting them in any way.

The reason you're not flooded with the equivalent volume of junk snail-mail as you are email is that it costs money to print and deliver it all. I only propose to make junk email as equally an unattractive method.

With the proper PKI and protocols in place, I think it is possible to do so, and at a minimum of cost to the legitimate email user. If you disagree then I guess we'll just have to disagree since we are arguing in the hypothetical.

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Re: If the spam problem were reduced, then this would be reduced, too

But it doesn't cost them - spammers do not send spam from their own machines. They send it from zombies. So it costs someone else all that money.

Errr, right. That was my point exactly - SPAMing works now *because* it is free. What I'm suggesting is essentially postage stamps for email. If an email isn't stamped then it doesn't get delivered; it wouldn't matter what computer it came from. Obviously this would require new or vastly rewritten email protocols, but if that's what it is going to take...

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Re: If the spam problem were reduced, then this would be reduced, too

The solution to unsolicited junk email, IMHO, is to get off it and start charging money for email service. I suggest the sender pays 1¢ (or equivalent) per email sent between domains, split equally between the sender's and recipient's ISPs. (Intra-organizational email would be free.)

This has two positive effects: First, it requires that ISPs verify the identity of a sender so that they can bill them (or else they would have to pay other ISPs a 1/2¢ per email themselves.) And second, it destroys the spammer's business model; they can't spam-blast 10 million email addresses hoping for 1000 replies if it costs them $100,000 to do so.

You could even establish a bulk-class email system that still allows for free email, but its all marked "3rd class" and gets automatically routed to a Bulk Mail folder for your ease of ignoring.

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Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

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"It's the psychological impact that has the value, of every soul looking at the moon and knowing that it belongs to China," he said

Oh man, we should come up with some sort of international treaty to prevent exactly that scenario from happening.

Sorry, what's that? Oh, they did? Back in 1967 you say? And the Chinese signed on to it in 1983? Huh...

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'A measly 3 Instagrams? NO!' Sexy selfie Snapchat spurns Facebook's $3bn

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How is $3x10^9 not "big bucks?"

Spiegel is reportedly holding out for the big bucks.

Can somebody get this kid a Math book or something?

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Mainstream Chrome spits ARM, Intel apps on the fly from cross-platform code

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I see what you did there Google...

[...] Native Client (NaCl) technology [...]

[...] Google's pepper.js library.

For the lulz I presume.

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Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

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Re: Been there, done that

Congratulations, you've now just lost 99% of the population.

As opposed to the what, .03% of people who own a Raspberry Pi? Lets face it, if you're doing dev work for the Pi then you weren't aiming for the mainstream anyway.

This is easy stuff for anyone like us, but it is not for the majority of people (even tech-aware people) due to knowledge, time or financial constraints. You have to think of things like an end user would see them.

So what's the scenario for this? Average user Bob sees an ad online for the Pi, buys one (by accident perhaps?), and then one day suddenly decides he's going to run a web and email server on it but won't/can't be bothered to work out for himself how to do this so ArkOS to the rescue?

I thought that the point of the Pi was to encourage people to get in there and program, fiddle, and mess with the thing in order to computers. This project seems to be the opposite of that.

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

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Not that big of a deal.

A couple of Google searches yields this data:

Approximate number of cars on the road in the US in 2009: 254,212,000

Number of reported fires in 2009: 190,500

Rate: .075 fires per 100 cars

Approximate number of Tesla Model S sold in 2013: 19,000

Number of Fires in Tesla Model S: 3

Rate: .016 fires per 100 cars

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Feedly coughs to cockup, KILLS Google+ login as users FLEE

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Re: ANYONE USING SOME ELSES LOGGING SERVICE

A) Security. EVERY different site needs its own log-in. A universal Login is stupendously idiotic. Even more stupid than using the same password for everything

I don't know... Seems like there are downsides to either way.

A single sign-on is convenient as hell, though there is the problem of it being a single point of failure/compromise. On the other hand, using separate logins for every single web site is tremendously inconvenient (forcing users to have to remember yet another MF'ing username/password pair which inadvertently encourages password re-use) and requires every site operator to provide security to protect the login info many (most?) of whom are probably not as well suited to the task as, say, Google is.

Note to web developers: Please stop making me pick a unique username; just use my email address. It's already unique and you're going to ask for it anyway so why not just use it as the username?

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They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

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Re: Backups, backups, backups!

How much power/cooling do your disks cost to keep running? How much energy does that tape use on a shelf?

*shrug* I honestly don't know and don't particularly care (NMJ). All I know is when a idiot user accidentally deletes a file I can restore it from backup in less than a minute versus who knows how long from tape. Wall-clock time is all that anyone here cares about.

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Re: Backups, backups, backups!

Funny how backup software works best with tape. Lots and lots of cheap tape, cartridge after cartridge, no problems. Backup software doesn't work so well with anything else, despite what's claimed on the package.

Our replicated disk-to-disk backup servers (physically isolated from each other in different buildings natch) would disagree with you.

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