* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Twentieth? More like 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th altogether.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: are you sure ?

LCD is 'OK' but all the LCD sets have artefacts or other limits

Try a new Led backlit Tosh (make sure it is one of those with the Cell inside to do image processing). You may change your opinion - I did.

Imho the max size in inches is ~ distance in meters from the telly * 10. Anything above that and no magic image processing will prevent it from pixelating. So a smaller screen will actually look better as a result.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

No. The plotline is Puppet Masters. If in doubt, read Heinlein, you will find what you are looking for in there.

In the last paragraph a spaceship is being launched to Titan.

In any case - the membrane is an important part of the story, but not the most important. The most important is a source of energy and something which can participate in a redox reaction to produce enough of it. There is nothing in a methane atmosphere to do that. You are more likely to find life "not as we know it" in a place with let's say hydrogen chloride (the has, not the aqueous solution) than in a pure methane environment.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Live Long And Prosper

It is a prophetic testament to our state as a race that we need an alien as a consciousness and it takes an alien to remind us to Live Long and Prosper and what does it take to do that.

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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My exact thought

Fight fire with fire, err... bloatware with more bundled bloatware.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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How about a review for titles with proper gamepad support

Two titles off the top of my head:

1. Leo's Fortune

2. Galaxy on Fire HD

If those two play decently I may actually shell for this device (as it will be an effective pacifier).

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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Re: Well, I imagine that Churchill drank good stuff

I would not be so sure about that. In fact, I suspect a fake - it should have been perfectly preserved by its original alcohol quotinent.

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

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Re: Well gee... no crap.

If it is not them, it will be our Chinese friends to produce it. Just like this. Now, what were you saying about nefarious purposes in the "no-privacy" century once again?

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: And what now?

I can tell you what now:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Videokamera-Professional-Surveillance-Accessories-Investigator/dp/B00MLB4V92/

Now, tell me, "what are the civilian^Wlegitimate applications"

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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Re: Serious garden shed boffinry there.

The most interesting part is the thrust vectoring (if it works - I can see the belts and braces of using cold gas nozzles in case it does not). IMHO this is what sets this aside from VG and other hybrids.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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FFS... Objectification

This should have been nailed as false advertising.

Show me that it survives the steam rowenta treatment. I want to see that. Test results or it did not happen.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: That reminds me, I saw 2001 the other evening

Correction your honor. Sodding howler monkeys.

It is thankfully, 99% howling from the top of the tree (mostly for the benefit of your tribe) and 1% fighting.

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The more entertaining one would be if it is 2015, not 2024

I am just waiting for the moment when they will decide that they had enough sabre rattling on behalf of the USA and Airstrip One side and detach their part of the space station (which carries most of life support, escape pods, etc) from the rest _BEFORE_ 2024. The way things going my bet is on the 12th of April 2015.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

Sure - you can.

The vile thing here is that as a result of the vagaries of Windows OEM licensing Joe Average Luser CANNOT do that. Microsoft (and the OEMs) have removed this option from him (unless he pays for Windows twice). This is the bane of the Windows malwaresystem (or as they called it OEM ecosystem) and it is a pity none of the muppets in FTC and EC can be made to get of their arse and enforce some consumer rights here.

IMHO, as far as Windows monopoly goes, there should be no need for remedies, no need for anything except one thing - I as an end-luser must be able to get a FULL, CLEAN, NO 3rd-party MALWARE build directly from Microsoft when I show my OEM license number. It can even be locked down to my pre-registered hardware identity or have a requirement for "boot once to register" with the manufacturer's build. Presently - I cannot.

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Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

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Re: This:

They were.

The current generation of viruses and exploits is a major technological step backwards compared to some of the 90-es nasties. During the 90-es virus polymorphism was a given and the early rootkits were geared towards Linux and Unix systems and designed to hide from people with sysadmin skills. I remember having to fend-off attacks with rootkits for Linux using in-place kernel patching, invisible modules, knock-to-open, etc in 1996. Similarly, I remember dealing with polymorphic beasties 4 years prior when 1G or RAM with 384 used for a RAMDISK was a top-end machine.

Both were light years ahead of what is the state of the art now.

BackOrifice and the discovery that you can nail a population of unpatched Windows systems with significantly less effort undid the technological advances in both viruses and rootkits. Polymorphism is gone, advanced hiding techniques were dropped as unnecessary and show up only in the most advanced RATs and targeted attacks, etc.

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AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

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Re: Just one small problem....

What 700? I paid 260 for both of mine. Granted, both were A4.

A couple of days later the rust and the 4G of RAM it shipped with (even 2G for one of them) went into the spare parts bin. In went 16G and a hybrid. Result - machines which run circles around pretty much anything with Intel inside for ~ 350 each.

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Interesting

Quote: Not every die is created equal: the silicon's characteristics change ever so slightly, prompting AMD to tune its cores.

Is it me, or this means bye-bye per model benchmark? So two CPUs from the same batch and especially from different batches can now have up to a few percent performance difference. Interesting...

As usually congrats on stellar work to AMD which will unfortunately be marketed as "inferior" and "consumer" by imbeciles in computer marketing for purposes of market positioning. Sad. My laptops are all APU - they came deliberately crippled by HP with insufficient RAM and slow drives so they look "inferior" to their Intel offering. Amazon, Crucial and 15 mins with a screwdriver a day later fixed that.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Several reasons

Quite a few things - auth, setting the actual access perms to the user accessing the share, etc. The actual file access and serving runs with the user perms most of the time though. So it is still better than having most of it in-kernel at elevated privs as in that... other... OS.

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MIcorosft contributing security fixes to Samba

World has truly gone mad.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Doubly unusable if he moved the document

If he started the document under LibreOffice (which I suspect he did) it was doubly unusable. It is somewhat specific to Office for Mac X (dunno what MSFT did when they ported it). I have had to throw out and rewrite from scratch multiple documents because of this. The scenario is: a document that once in its lifecycle has passed through LibreOffice, gets to a genius with Office for Mac who does a tracked change on it. Merry hell ensues with 100% or so probability. The same scenario just with lower (5-10%) probability can also play with Office for Mac and Offie for Windows. The document from now on is a mess on anythying - Office for Windows, Office for Mac or LibreOffice.

Still, the platform-to-platform breakage in tracking is nothing compared to breakage in references, citations and indexed tables.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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Playing with oxytocin receptors?

Why I am having the feeling that this will end up like Heroin which was originally invented as a "cure" for morphine addiction...

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Re: Thermal monitoring?

Yes and no.

All Nvidia from 6xxx onwards have a temperature sensor onboard. Some more than one. So yes they do have thermal monitoring.

However, they do not have hardware thermal throttle - all temperature control and frequency control is by the driver only. It is one of the first things I do with nvidia on a linux platform - install the proprietary driver and cut-n-paste 4 lines of magic incantations into xorg.conf to enable dynamic frequencies and more sane thermal mode.

So coming back to the thermal monitoring - you can (and will) successfully fry an nvidia by overclocking it and increaing the critical temperature (both available as parameters).

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Psst, hackers. Just go for the known vulnerabilities

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The biggest vulnerability

It is called PEBKAC

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: don't break compatibility since forever

Seconded - you do not compile a kernel nowdays unless you are a developer. I developed and maintained some patches versus one of the architectures for 3 years and even if you are doing it day to day trying to keep up versus head and have a stable shipping version at the same time is utter nightmare.

As you - I would love to see the old even/odd system from days past back if not for any other reason, because you could submit fixes and improvements versus the stable and the maintainers considered it normal to port them themselves to the "odd" one. That is gone - you submit versus latest and greatest and anyone with ideas about seeing a backport versus one of the long term stables (3.2, 3.4, etc) can leave all hope entering here.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: Problem is inherent to closed source

This has nothing to do with closed source.

The system in place was designed to subvert regardless of closeness or openness. You can configure the proxy in firefox and it will work with firefox same as it does with IE, Chrome, etc. The approach is not new, there are appliances like this for corporate use.

This is just a lame, badly done single user implementation of the same appliance. While it can do what it says on the tin (content inspection, parental control or as in this case ad injection) it is inherently bad idea because it puts the crypto out of the hands of the user. While this may be acceptable in some corporate environments, for end user use it definitely is not.

While at it, there is an important caveat here. NONE of the SSL/TLS would have been broken if there were user certificates in use as well as server certificates. I love listening to people who have no effing clue how TLS works complaining that it is inherently broken. Well, if it is done properly (both sides authenticating each other as they should) it is not. Neither in general, nor in this case because the handshake would have failed with the server not recognizing the user certificate or mismatching certificate to user/pass or whatever other credentials are in use.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

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Re: Bad earth.

@Chris G

It was a standard practice on the continent up to the 90-es to have _NO_ _EARTH_ in apartment blocks. If you dig an old socket from 80-es or earlier with the original packaging you can see that indicates that you are _SUPPOSED_ to cross connect earth and neutral. This is also the standard of wiring in old apartment blocks which have only 2 core cable. This funnily enough works - if everything is wired this way. The problem starts when someone upgrades the system and leaves the ground disconnected so it can float and end up being offset from neutral.

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Re: Bad earth.

It is enough to have one of those on a coax network for the life of the admin to become a bundle of fun as it leaks onto the coax. I nearly killed myself a couple of times during the couple of years when I had to maintain a coax based LAN in an educational institution in the mid-90-es.

The problem was not so much in the electrocution (as one would expect). The network repeaters were located in old no longer used "cubby" offices along the central core of the building - one on each floor, on a shelf near the risers. So far so good, right? Not if there is a window right behind your back. The kick which 90-200V leaking onto the ground of the coax gives you is just the right size to try to do a sommersault back through the window behind you. After a near miss and a couple of days of swearing and trying to find the culprit I just grounded the coax ground across a 10kOhm resistor on each strand and that was the end of it.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: UK

That is light years ahead of our best beloved humanity graduates.

It means he _KNOWS_ when to ask his minions. This is a considerable achievement compared to knowing what the Daily Mail thinks on the issue and forming an opinion based on that.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Consequences

Ask US geological survey.

If it did not have some suspicions that the big slide model of Cumbre Viejo has merit, it would not have spent several fairly fat wads of taxpayers greenbacks to establish and run a set of early warning ground stations on La Palma. In addition to local earthquake data, they supply back to USA data on any ground moves (detected by constantly monitoring GPS coordinates of the station).

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Use the source, Luke

WD drives firmware was hacked recently without source access.

Decompiling mmu-less arm linux (most common CPU on newer drives) is not that hard.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Now, what does eppendorf have to do with it

As someone who has had to use an Eppendorf pipette for real prior to giving in to the dark side of IT, WTF does an Eppendorf pippette system (as used in the as where the pic was lifted from) have to do with dating? Besides some thinly veiled innuendo on the subject of ultra precise liquid delivery and dating... Though once again, that would have made sense if it was related to a classic Eppendorf and not an automated mass delivery system (as in the ad where this picture has been lifted from). As far as innuendo goes that context is frankly somewhere between gross and extremely gross.

By the way, as far as boffinry goes it is a phenomenal piece of engineering and R&D, but I fail to see the relation between that and _ONLINE_ dating. Offline, that's more like it - most of the Eastern European molecular biology graduates which you can see yielding one in a real lab are towards the "extremely cute" end of the scale vs the boffin overall average :)

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Intention of the agreement

If memory serves me right, the road to hell is paved by what...

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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A more interesting question is does a spacecraft (including a suborbital one) qualify as drone.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Re: Kiss Me Deadly

Mass will be less in either case - cooling is trivial. You have a whole ocean at sub-liquid-nitrogen temperature around you and the possibility to conventional cool it.

IMHO the bigger design problem is keeping the amount of whatever isotope they load on the ship from overheating in-transit while it still does not have the cooling it will get at destination.

As far as Stirling, moving and fail, there are plenty of striling engines which are past their 100 year anniversary and still run with minimal maintenance. Stirling may be big, it may be slow, it may have atrocious mass to power ratio, but in general it does not fail for many years. Frankly, the isotope will run out of energy first.

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Indeed

When you compare that to the abuse El Reg has subjected the so called tough phones:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/05/ifa_2014_panasonic_5_inch_toughpads_fz_ex_windows_fz_x1_android_announced/

And the traditional Xperia dunking: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/13/sony_outs_xperia_zr_waterproof_phone/

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: prophetic writings

Kraken... sentient... Hmm... Opens "Nova Wars" on the kindle... I do not think I like that idea...

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

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Re: Mountains and Molehills

I have heard that there can be serious complications, but I have NEVER heard of anyone who has actually experienced this.

This is because most of them are delayed. Nervous damage complication from measles is offset by up to a decade, heart by up to couple of decades, even eye squint and overall eye damage are offset by a year or two. Overall rate is significant > 1:10000.

So by the time the person has developed it your "lfe paths" would have parted so you would never know.

Also Measles (real one) != German Measles which was significantly more prevalent in the developed world.

Where I grew up, measles (real one) meant immediate quarantine, school closures, signs on doors in houses, etc. That was followed extremely strictly and for a reason - it has a significant (even in the developed world) mortality rate. Compared to that german measles was indeed all over the place and nearly everyone had it sooner rather than later.

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Re: On the "questionability"

I was in a school of around 700. measles went round in the days before vaccination. No-one was left with long term effects.

Depends on age. If those 700 got it when mostly pre-teen the likelihood of complications would have been under 1%. Out of these 1% the most common long term damage from measles is to the heart muscle and nervous system including fatal ones.A lot of those you will not see while still in school. You will see them later - up to a decade or more after that for the nervous system and decades (plural) for the heart.

So the fact that you did not see them in school does not mean that one of these 700 kids did not kick the bucket in college or as an adult due to something that could be prevented in the first place. For example the delayed fatality rate due to nervous system damage from measles is 1:25000. While fairly low it is still significant. Heart ones are in the 1:10000 range or therabouts. Most common is eye and eye nerve damage - again often delayed by a few years too.

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Re: If I get sick...

Put things into perspective - you are suing the wrong people. The whole anti-vaccine thing was a fringe fad up to a few years ago. It stopped being a fringe fad _AFTER_ the invention of the vaccine against Human Pappilomavirus.

At that point, various right wing basketcases equated vaccines with promiscuity and started piling millions of funding into the anti-vaccine movement. That was also the turning point which marked the necessity for every politician from the right side to doubt vaccines to be elected. All of that because some cretin saw the vaccination of 13 year old females (which the right age for it for a long list of reasons), with a vaccine which prevents 60% of cervical, 40% of V, A, P, etc cancers as a religious issue.

It is quite funny how we get outraged about muslim clerics in Pakistan, Afganistan and Subsaharan Africas sabotaging the campaign against polio when our own religious nutjobs are doing the same at home.

FFS - that virus _IS_ in the f*** general population (yes f*** intended as it is descriptive). Will the person get it at 16, 18 or on the first night following whatever religious marriage ceremony is mandated by her/his upbringing is irrelevant. He/She will get it. The HPV vaccine is not a promiscuity aid and there is no reason to fund nutheads and mandate politicos to express nuthead views on all vaccines because of that. MMR vaccine included.

So if you have any objection on the subject you should look around and start suiing every single religious and right wing nutjob organization inclusive of the infamous K brothers. I suspect you do not have the budget for that. Nobody does - this is why this madness keeps on going.

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On the "questionability"

All the "autism" advocates keep forgetting what is prevented by the vaccines:

1. Measles has a mortality rate and long term disability rate. Non zero one.

2. Diphteria has a mortality rate and a fairly substantial one to boot. One of my childhood memories which I would never forget is one of the kids in the same apartment block contracting it and the ambulance breaking down on the way. By the time the replacement ambulance arrived the kid would have been dead if our retired pediatrician neighbour did not tracheotomize her with a kitchen knife and a drinking straw.

3. Tetanus has an undisputable mortality rate

4. Pertusis has a mortality rate.

5. Varicella in individuals with eczema or asthma has a significant mortality rate.

These, taken together yield a childhood mortality rate of > 1% which was the norm 100 years ago and is still seen in the 3rd world. One of the reason why we do not see them even in non-vaccinated individuals is because of 99% of the general population is vaccinated. So the few individuals that do not for "ideological" reasons are in fact parasitising on the rest. If, however the vaccination prevalence drops under a threshold (for each of 1,2,4,5 this is is ~ 90-92%) the disease will have a sufficient susceptible population to spread. So they can _AND_ will watch their kids die. In the name of something that even if proven is still significantly lower (by many orders of magnitude) risk than the risk of childhood death from a preventable disease.

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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Re: Just another Distro

BINGO.

AOSP remains wholly dependent on Google for the higher level parts of Android (the low levels, kernel, firmware are often contributed by phone vendors - example Sony Ericsson and now Sony). So if Google decides to delay the source release for an arbitrary period (as they did with Android 3.0) there is bugger all anyone working off AOSP can do.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Culture ship names

You missed the best one: "What are the civilian applications" :)

Though the most appropriate is "Sacrificial Victim"

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Gimmick

Without the supporting infrastructure this is a gimmick. I do not see anythiing anywhere to force railtrack (or whatever it is called today) to provide backhaul along the rail-line and base-stations with predicted handover. A train is the easiest moving object to deliver high bandwidth to via wireless as it is moving with a known speed in a known direction so you can handover based on a predefined sequence instead of handover based on radio conditions. If you want to give a train several 100s of MBit you can do it with ease _IF_ you serve it using specialized backhaul and wireless.

So the train companies will all stick a single 3G/4G mifi per carriage (if not one per whole train) which will get saturated by 3 commuters and will not do anything about the abject absense of coverage along main UK rail routes. It will also have to compete vs all the mobiles in the same carriage so if it gets 16KBits you can sing halleluia and jump with joy.

Try using mobile on London to MK or London to Cambridge. And wheep - there are up to 15 minutes gaps where there is no coverage whatsoever (or a single channel of edge).

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Re: There's a reason your friend can't find a job

Dude, you are clueless.

There are two sides to this coin. One is (you are correct here) - management. This is the LESS valuable one.

The other one is teaching the young un's how to "hold that rifle and where to stick the pointy thing attached to it". Same as in the army - an experienced non-comm is more valuable to the survival of its squad than a whole office of freshly minted West Point (or Sandhurst) graduates. This is because he can teach the others practically how to survive in the day to day job, be it killing the enemy, be it writing software.

First of all - the only way of doing that is by being in the trenches yourself. You HAVE to have some experienced employees around all the time to ensure that stupidities are squashed early in the bud and not propagated for several years before they implode taking the down project (and sometimes the company with it)

Second, forcing everyone who attains some level of experience to become management or leave is utterly stupid. The result is McDonalds and McDonalds quality software. Going back to the army analogy - most grey beard non-comms would not make a good commissioned officer. It is pointless to send them to West Point or Sandhurst - they are valuable where they are and doing what they do best - being in the trenches with the troops.

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Hey, network giants: Facebook swigs from an 'open' 6-PACK of tech

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This diagram makes very little sense

It is probably me being thick today, but this diagram does not make a lot of sense :)

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

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Re: Sounds familiar

Come on. Diamonds are forever you know.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: more advertising

Indeed. IMHO this is giving the right answer to the question: "Why do we need voice recognition on the server side". At least I do not have any questions any more

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Re: Sony : 1 - Samsung : 0

Samsung intrusiveness is pushing you towards..... Sony?

Funnily enough this is not as paradoxical as it seems. They got burned early and badly so on the overall they have been pretty well behaved on both the home entertainment and mobile front as of late.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Re: So does this mean

Not a lot, at least for now - the prices on Misco do not show a massive discount. They are pretty rock bottom as it is though.

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