* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Roundworm infection increases female fertility

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Re: This one is a known "immune system modifier"

Time to scour this worms waste products for antihistamine compounds and/or hormonal stimulants/depressors, methinks.

They are being scored. Off the top of my head there is at least one guy in Oxford Uni who is working on that. There are a few places elsewhere too.

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This one is a known "immune system modifier"

If memory serves me right, the same nematode has the interesting property of drastically decreasing the acuteness of asthma and allergies in infected people. The mechanism is still unclear - probably both production of antihistamines and adjustments to the host immune system. While having a few 40cm worms in you may seem to be a cure that is worse than the disease a lot of asthmatics will probably beg to differ.

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Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

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Re: WRONG

Why fake? Full body burka and any female ID card with a middle-eastern sounding name will do.

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Technology will not help when the problem is on the human side.

1. Suspects (at least the key ones) were known to the police. Data was available, humint in both Belgium and France failed to draw the lines between the dots.

2. Technology has failed to spot fake passports issued to same individual. It is laughable that Greece which pretends to be in Shengen did not spot a duplicate passport and Serbians picked up the fake Ahmad Almohammad(s) without having access to the Shengen database.

So for starters - remove Greece from Shengen until it sorts out its human + technological side to Shengen requirements. In fact, I do not see how they were admitted in the first place without having an electronic birth certificate register till 2 years ago (something which the supposedly backwater Bulgaria and Romania has had since the early 1970-es). As a side effect this will force full reprocessing and readmittance of all refugees including checks of documents as they should be done to the Shengen standard.

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US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life

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Spot the difference

Police agencies across Australia have told this reporter swatting is not an issue Down Under, however anecdotal rumour of it happening exist.

Obvious reason. Everywhere except USA the police does not get to buy surplus military equipment and the SWAT squad (if any) is not the local police department's private army. It does not have armored personnel carriers, automatic weapons, autocannons and god knows what else. It is just a scruffy van +/- riot shield on the windscreen and a few cops authorised to carry weapons. There is no fun in coax calling this.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Not the obvious place for the window controls but it looks snazzy enough

That is the traditional french place for them. If memory serves me right, the 25 year old Clio RT Mk1 which I handed down to my mom has them in the same place along with the central locking (I think they moved it to the doors on the later models).

It is still running by the way (makes an excellent Pensioner Utility Vehicle). The secret of longetivity for French cars which every 3(+)rd world mechanic will tell you is to flush the radiator regularly and change it once it is 12-14 years old. If you do that, you can reach 300k+ miles on an old French petrol rust bucket with ease. If you do not, they will blow the main gasket ~ 12-15 years of age. By the way - you will not find that in the Haynes book.

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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Intelligence services are once again coming under correctly-directed fire

Not quite. They should come under fire that they had all the data needed and failed to connect the dots.

The biggest problem of intelligence today is not the lack of information, it is the information flood. The final links in the chain - the humans that are supposed to evaluate the processed information and make decisions are overwhelmed.

Banning or backdooring encryption will not help this one in the slightest. In fact, just the opposite. If they cannot handle the flood today, how the f*** are they going to handle the deluge in that case?

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Re: "university education"

Depreciation in university education is your answer. It is not a "sieve" which separates the grain from the chaff any more.

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Next-gen killer hurricane hunter to be armed with Nvidia graphics chips

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Is it the resolution or the model itself?

Increased resolution is not necessarily the answer.

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Badware in the firmware all over the place

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Re: You get what you pay for

Nothing to do with that. The picture is typical of embedded programming.

Updates? What updates. OS and 3rd party components are used at base versions and never updated. In fact there is no way to update them. There is nobody in the company keeping track of security issues with them either. No security awareness, no defensive programming, no... This is for _BOTH_ onshore and offshore. It comes with the territory.

However, the whole thing is proudly embedded (I have wished many times to embed the keyboard of one of these jockeys in his skull).

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Re: Your equipment is supplied by the lowest bidder.

Close but no cigar. Realtime Embedditis. Your equipment is built by an embedded engineer. Being lowest bidder has nothing to do with it.

1. OS is used with base build. No updates

2. No means to update it without breaking everything

3. Security means "PASSword" as password - no measures in terms of network security or threat mitigation.

4. You cannot add any extra protection as an afterthought because the app built by the person suffering from Realtime Embedditis takes on the CPU in single handed combat and owns it. It is proudly realtime though.

This is the type of people who build SCADA, smart metering and industrial automation today. These will be the people who will build the brave new world of connected everything and IOT tomorrow.

As you could have guessed I have worked with this type of individuals more than once. Every fecking time I wanted to embed the keyboard in their skull. They never learn. This is just one more example of that.

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Seagate offers California Uni genome data storage K-drives

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In other news

Seagate no longer has outstanding inventory problems.

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Brussels paws Android map apps to see if they displace Euro rivals – report

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They have moved

f the EU gps companies ei Tom Tom etc don't want to lose business let them move into the modern world and produce a better product

They have. Tom Tom maps are licensed to Sygic which on Android beats Google Maps hands down. I have clocked in excess of 18K miles around Europe using it and compared to it Google Maps are still (till this day) a joke. Tom tom also has its own app for Apple if memory serves me right.

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Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

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You get the cookie if you click

You get the cookie if you click as well as if FB CDN displays anything on your machine. Logging in is unnecessary.

You also get it if you are served that "in-your-face" "people like it" dump which some websites hit you with.

In either case there has been no request of consent to track as required by Eu directive so FB is going to find itself on the wrong side of the Eu data protection.

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Re: Five years

You know the answer to that - 5 years x 365 days x 250000 ~ half a billion Euros (with interest).

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How much do containers thrash VMs in power usage? Thiiiis much

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Re: ERR.. NO...

But you're ignoring the central issue that containers are not a replacement for virtualisation in most scenarios

Container IS a replacement for Vmware in most scenarios in a Linux shop. The sole reason you are virtualizing is because the Vendor and or IT OPS are incompetent to package something correctly so you cannot run the apps on a shared platform and you need to reuse servers for multiple apps for cost reasons.

This use case does not require IO isolation, different kernels, etc. All you need is to application isolation and some level of resource management which containers are perfectly capable to deliver. Even the most basic container environments like LXC can manage IO limits, memory limits and if you know what you are doing you can manage network limits and network QoS on the platform.

Typical example - 7 slightly different build environments for 7 releases/branches of an app using something broken that refuses to play ball to share its toys like java/maven + OSGI. Sure - you can VM it. That is both stupid and incompetent as all it needs is 7 containers. Web apps - even more obvious example. Databases - same story. And so on. It is only when you reach the point where you need to run the company firewall in a VM where you need VM level of isolation.

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ERR.. NO...

It is not pointless. I actually pointed the same thing a while back in an el-reg.

When you do Full Virtualization regardless of it being Type 1 or Type 2 you _ALWAYS_ trade low power cost IO operations such as DMA for high power cost memory operations such as memory copying or page descriptor changes or tlb manipulation. The sole exemption is if you have low level hardware virtualization support such as SR-IOV.

If you do Lightweight Virtualization (LXC/Docker/BSD Jail/etc) you namespace a particular device into your container. As a result you usually continue to use DMA which is low power cost. Additionally, you can leverage the overall power saving methodologies in the system such as dynamic frequency scaling, tickless idle, etc 100%. This provides additional power savings on top which you do not get in heavy virtualization environments.

Mentioning this particular distinction between classic virtualization and container based technologies is not pointless because it is never taken into account when doing the cost/benefit and economic cases for virtualization. I have not seen a single time when someone has done this math in the last 15 years. So mentioning it is not pointless - it actually makes people finally start doing this math as well.

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Basic for Children

Dracula? Garlic, to under 16-teens?

The historical aspect is definitely interesting, but the Basic part alone would have made me skip the idea altogether. As far as languages for beginners go, Apple 2 clones had one very interesting option - GraphFort. You could write a functional (and fast enough - something impossible in Basic) game in a couple of hours. It also taught you to think differently, recursion, stacks, etc.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: I would build down not up.

Second thought.

For the same cost as building under the ground you can build under the Gulf/Indian Ocean/Red Sea/etc. That does not get hotter than 30C even in a 50C heatwave

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Re: I would build down not up.

Close but no cigar.

It is extremely expensive and not particularly functional.

Stealing a few pages from the Middle-East Medieval Builder CookBook (especially as Russians used to define it - all the way to Kirgizstan/Tukrmenistan) is a better idea.

One neat trick is having two walls and a walkspace on the south side of all buildings (ala US condo). The inner wall is the normal apartment/house wall. The outer wall is not solid - it is a stone mesh. So you get 2m of shaded space between your house and the sun which is naturally ventilated by wind and convection. This alone gives you 10 degree drop (at least) in mid summer. There are other things like - the shiny glazing tiles on the outer walls are not just for decoration. They are functional too - reflect the sun. And so on.

Instead of that, the region is being overbuild with glass monsters which are clearly not fit for that climate. But they look kewl... Which is what is important in a regional culture ruled by "shopping show-off"

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TalkTalk claims 157,000 customers were victims of security breach

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Re: She's still there

Why specifically Talk-Talk - most UK PLCs are not any different.

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Are you sure?

https://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/1f11cc86-c2d9-4299-9a14-edfe61bf5239-medium.jpeg

Note the VCR and the Windows 9x behind her. That is their "innovation center" apparently.

Are you sure you would invest in that? I would not.

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Goodfella's attack smacks Slack chap for whack crack? It's a fact, Jack

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That is not verbal evisceration

That is "I do not know who the F*** you are, but you are not even worthy of a proper verbal evisceration".

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Probable Cause

It's a prop.

It used to work. Al Pacino burned his hand on the barrel when filming.

So it definitely could shoot blanks when Scarface was being filmed.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Bwahahahaha

Right...

Linus... "sexually" doing whatever to someone? I would really not like to be in his place coming back home after that. Tove Torwalds was like only 6? times Finland karate champion?

ESR should shut up and do some code. He has not produced any code since the early days of fetchmail. And Wesnoth script is not code (if you look at his more recent contributions, you are more likely to find them in the wesnoth 10.0 data folder). He has been producing conspiracy theories by the bucket though.

In any case, ever since Sarah quit the USB 3.0 subsystem has finally stabilized (including backports and fixes to older stable kernels used by distros). I now can finally plug a device into the USB 3.0 socket on my Linux desktop without one of the other devices deciding to stop running... just... because. She has failed in her job as a maintainer by allowing crap code to be merged in. Now, how she was made to leave was not nice, but frankly, she should have taken the hint that things are not working and left earlier.

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7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

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Web blurb is meaningless

The web site is all marketing and no substance, but it looks like it carries some sensors in addition to the notifications part.

There are two gadgets that look like fashionable take on fit bands and a relatively conventional Fossil watch.

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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No boom today

No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here! Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!

Lithium Peroxide? In my pocket? No thanks.

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Probably for the better

If they could arrest for the contents of minds I would spend the rest of my days in jail.

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Google gets all lawyered up for ‘ambiguous’ EU anti-trust case

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Search - maybe

Search ~ maybe

OS == No. That is not a contestable monopoly. This has been proven in multiple court cases - Microsoft, IBM, etc.

OS + Search == Definitely No

OS + Search + Browser == Hell No

OS + Search + Browser + IM + Social + Payment + Office == Lucipher on a snowplough clearing the runway for the Porcine Attack Squadrons for it to be a contestable monopoly. You will need the GDP of a Top-7 economy to even consider it.

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Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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Nah, MOTs typically don't measure for specific, type approved figures on CO2/NO2 etc - just 'safe margins' IIRC.

Mots check for implementation of mandatory recalls and fixes. This would be the first time it applies to emissions though. This has been used so far only for things like seat belt failures on the mid-1990es Nissans, etc.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Am I reading the mash?

For a moment, I thought I am reading The Daily Mash. Good one anyway.

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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Re: Going out on a leg here, but...

32 - yes. 64 - I doubt it.

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Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

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Wrong

Even in pure EGR designs like Isuzu the real life emissions are not far from the lab. BMW, Daimler, etc have all managed emissions in real life which correspond to real life reasonably well (less than 3 times difference). There is only one other manufacturer which has an order of magnitude difference between lab and road.

I am going to venture a guess why. This is a natural result of a company which has elevated Branding to and above the level of Engineering in a business that is by its nature engineering driven. VW is the only car company which has an EVP solely in charge of branding and at the same (or higher) level as the director of engineering.

It is also a company which does not follow the best R&D practices where you develop something, push it out in small quantities to a particular (and usually well known) pilot brand and promote to your main stock only if it works in the field. It originally set-up Skoda/Audi this way and by sequential orders of Branding and Marketing over the years rolled back that division to the point where VW separates solely on the basis of what trim and how plasticy is your car trim. There is _NO_ pilot series and no natural "promotion to mass manufacturing" any more. Branding and Marketing also put the stake through the original idea of Skoda being the testbed for new tech from 12 years ago (that lasted as long as Fabia Mk1 and Octavia Mk1).

As a result, any major changes as needed for example to comply with new emissions regs, end up as extremely high risk as they are not tested properly in small series on the road first. This, in addition to shiny-shiny being given higher priority than actual engineering results in a natural tendency to cheat. Nothing surprising here.

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Re: Pumping excess air into exhaust and petrol catalytic converters

You'd need the turbocharger to supply 40 times the amount of air, use just a little of it for burn and then exhaust all of it. Basically, I've just described a turbofan engine.

There is no way in hell you can comply with the noise portion of the regs at that point. 40:1 is an abominable bypass ratio too. The highest bypass turbofans do ~ 12:1. In either case, you can move the car on airflow alone - at that rate using any form of conventional transmission to spin the wheels becomes an auxiliary drive.

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Re: Is anybody surprised by now?

I call BULSHIT on the next person to claim that this is just "a few rogue software engineers, management did not know, ya?"

A few rogue software engineers? In completely different engines in different parts of the company? Both budget and luxury sector? Yeah, bollocks...

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Chinese fire up world's 'most powerful' drone brain

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Re: I think it is time to start mounting erlicones on the house corners

Thanks for the correction. I meant the particular Oerlikon goods which supposedly neutral Switherland shipped to all warring parties in WW2. Namely this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oerlikon_20_mm_cannon. While it is not the best in class today (that title goes to the Soviet/Russian ZPU), you can pretend that it is an antique garden ornament commemorating Swiss neutrality in WW2.

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I think it is time to start mounting erlicones on the house corners

That has enough grunt to run most algos for abominably precise targeting and "under radar" flight which used to be a privilege of the likes of Raytheon or Almaz systems. Anything you can think of - terrain guidance by profile matching (cruise missiles), last stage guidance by visual, IR, UV or radar sig. You name it.

All you need is to mount it on one of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=potAETW-VG8 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa-TSNeTK-A instead of a puny electric quadcopter along with a laser altimeter and a few cameras for the terminal guidance. A few kg of high explosive optional.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

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It is still a drone

Who said that "drone" == flying. A rolling drone is still a drone (a remotely controlled robot).

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Re: Yeah, that'll work.

Depends what you are delivering. If it is 10kg of TNT that will be more than enough.

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Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

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Re: I've been drying seaweed in my smokehouse for decades.

I am surprised they managed to patent it. This has been around for ages.

Oh, they did it in the USA. I am no longer surprised.

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Wikipedia cracks the five-million article barrier, in English

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Persoonia terminalis

It sounded very Australian.

With this name, I was expecting yet another specie of the indigenous flora/fauna which eats people for breakfast as proper for the "Last Continent".

Utterly disappointed that it does not.

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UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

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Re: Consent?

slightly cheaper IT back-end supply.

Not even the case in most cases. In most cases it is simply a matter of extracting more money out of its victims, err... customers.

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

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Re: Why not give the money to NASA

which would presumably allow a country to place a large mass in orbit and simply nudge it down onto the heads of whomever that country happened to be having an argument with at the time.

A set of smaller masses which resist ablation and can reach earth surface. No explosive necessary. Several hundred ceramic slabs hitting the ground at a few hundred m/sec can deliver a combined energy of a decent size nuke.

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: To which I say....

Saying "Processed meat" causes cancer* is about as specific as saying "ceiling insulation" causes cancer.

+1.

I am not surprised that nitrites, other preservatives and anti-oxidants are carcinogenic on their own or as a combination with meat.

If meat + salt +/- pepper, thyme and savory , namely Parma, Serrano, File Elena or any of the other similar "dry cured" _REAL_ processed meat from the northern rim of the Mediterranean region (not synthetic pseudobacon or pseudoham) is carcinogenic I would like tho understand what and how.

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Snowden, Schrems, safe harbor ... it's time to rethink privacy policies, says FTC commish

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Re: you've got to be kidding

And she is advocating that as a virtue. Very interesting considering that this was one of the reasons for the ECJ to invalidate the Safe Harbor.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Call it correctly

The Daily (People's) Beobachter.

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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

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Re: ISIS? Like F**k!

Putin has spent 90% of his time blowing 7 kinds of excrement out of the moderate rebel forces.

True. However at 130+ sorties per day versus under 10 (over Syrian territory, I am subtracting Iraq ones here) by the allies this still makes up for more "ISIS Bashing" than any that the allies have delivered so far.

As far as "moderate", I wouldn't call Al Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula moderate. At all. Several of the other "moderates" are also religious driven and they consider the Alavite sect to which Bashar belongs the mother of all Islamic apostasies. They also intend to do to it what is done to an apostasy by "moderate" Arabian peninsula Islamists (like for example Saudi Arabia).

IMHO Putin's count of "moderate syrian opposition" being equal to about 5 people is about right. The rest (with the exemption of Kurds) are all shades of the same. By the way - he has not hit the Kurds even once which is exactly what is pissing off the Turks in this case as they are very "moderate" towards both Kurds and Alavites. In the "Armenian/1915" Turkish definition of the word "moderate".

There are no rights in this conflict. However from the choice of wrongs US and UK are supporting in that conflict, we have chosen the "wrongest".

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

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Re: I got 900,000 problems

Spoilsport.

You need to go back to the business school and the "product placement" class.

To put it bluntly, sure they have charged them _THAT_ much. Now, how much did Aston Martin pay for the product placement. I bet multiple times that.

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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Re: Scientists - Dry bites

Also it does not need to be adult a baby snake is born fully venomed and are said to be more dangerous as they have less control over there bites

Same control, but in the Cobra case considerably more aggressive. Most cobra bite incidents in India are from juvenile cobra, not adult.

Also, the most "allegoric" part of history is the snake species and name. It was written a century later by a person who would not be able to tell the difference between a cobra, a sidewinder and a lebetine viper as he lived in an area where none of these are present (Rome). In addition to that Egypt in those days traded with a various states (now well forgotten) which were between Sahara and the jungle (Kush, Aksum, etc). So if she wanted to commit suicide she could have gotten her hands on the "Guaranteed Death of Sub-Saharan Norht Africa" - the Gaboon viper. That kills. Period. Regardless of the size and age of the specimen. It is also docile enough to be carried around in a fruit basket.

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