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Heartbleed implicated in US hospital megahack

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PR Guys at it again

This outfit must be working the PR guys overtime. I just love how they do this crap and get away with it.

- "an unnamed investigator"

- A person "involved in the investigation who wasn’t authorised to comment publicly" blamed the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug

- "This confirmation of the initial attack vector was obtained from a trusted and anonymous source"

Anytime I want to know something I always go to an unnamed investigator who wasn’t authorised to comment publicly but learned this from a trusted and anonymous source.

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Re: this will only screw over OTA viewers

Not sure where you live, but I can hardly pick up stations 20 miles away. The problem is OTA viewers are getting screwed becuse there is more money to be made elsewhere. The FCC has turned into an agency which is completely controlled by the money bag businesses.

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Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

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TWC and Comcast

Comcast is about to purchase TWC. Coomcast is also making a deal with Charter to swap customers, which leaves Comcast as the monopoly it always wanted to be.

Bottom line:

Net neutrality is DEAD! (Actually it never had a chance). So buckle up and feel the greed.

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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

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Re: Many years ago...

Not sure which army you were in, but I served from 1967 to 1970 and my service number was NOT my SS number.

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"Unfortunately, we have joined numerous American companies and institutions who have been victimized by highly sophisticated, criminal cyber-attacks originating out of China"

That must of taken a dozen PR guys pulling an all nighter to come up with that crap. The wording is amazing:

- no medical records nor any financial data were grabbed by the miscreants

- joined numerous American companies

- victimized

- highly sophisticated

- originating out of China

To whom do these assholes direct this stuff?

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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512K limit

I thought this was solved years ago ... oh sorry that was the 640k limit ... never mind.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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Re: Land of the free (dreams)

Corporations are "people" too --- nope corporation have more rights than people!

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Dish Network to FCC: Block that Comcast/Time Warner merger

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Not only Comcast

This also involves Charter , as well as Comcast. They will team up to re-map their territories in the US and ceate another comapny which they'll jointly own. Truly a monopoly!

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Amazon begs Feds for drone test permission slip

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Not to Worry!!

Not to worry ... at 400ft and 55lb it will hit you at ~110miles/hr. It would be like getting hit by a 1-ton auto travelling at ~20mi/hr.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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The question is?

The question is who gives a shit!

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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Re: Stay away from US products...

But wait .... 99% of US products are Chinese!

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Anyone who stores anything in the "cloud" deserves what they get. I'm not sure how this out-sourcing thing got started, but to put your source code on any server but your own is complete stupidity.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Things I would like to see

Bangkok ? How about Boston!

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Re: More theatre

Did you expect anything less from politicians? They have no clue about any of this.

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

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Re: Technology-enabled narcissism...in spaaaaaaace!

Replace cool with stupid!

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Back to the Future?

30 years ago, most PCs were task switching ... not truly multitasking.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: "Nobody invented the screwdriver hammer"

You can hammer a screw, but you can't screw a hammer.

- ancient Chinese proverb -

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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Just goes to show how F**KED UP computer software is!

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Anyone who thinks that US Senator James Mountain "Jim" Inhofe is not a complete clueless asshole, is an asshole.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Re: What? Renaming atoms?

Ununoctium: Uuo 118

Series: Noble gases

Group:18

Period:7

p-block

Discovered: 2006 (Russia/United States)

Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research / Lawrence Livermore Lab.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Re: "two websites that didn't work well without [IE]"

Netscape rules!!

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Re: How long before..

They won't run out of things to say ... they're female.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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500W

But does it need a cooling system flush every 20k watts?

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Maybe

Hey Blind Faith was a great group.

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Those damn pagan Python scripts ... what do you expect from code with no semicolons? They rely on indentation ... the devil's work.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

Dear old fart ... you missed the point. No, I never worked on the STAR, but saw a demo about year before Apple came out with the LISA (I did use a LISA). It was the concept that Apple stole, not the computer. Just as XEROX didn't invent the three-button mouse, it did invent the mouse.

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Re: The real difference

You're absolutly correct, Apple basically copied Xerox's STAR computer and made it into the LISA and MAC. But, I don't believe for a minute that the world would be a poorer place without Apple.

What Apple is really good at is re-packaging other people's ideas to make them look shiny and new.

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We don't want your crap databases, says Twitter: We've made OUR OWN

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Re: SInce when are secondary indexes novel?

What is a secondary index anyway?

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

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Healthy?

The science is this article is dubious to say the least. But the logic is far worse. First off, this was a study about getting cancer and not about general health. So the study finds (?) no correlation between organic foods and cancer but now we jump to the conculsion that organic foods provide no health benefits.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Best I've seen yet on this story

Here it is:

The mother ship with a tractor beam has the airplane.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

Looks like your head is up your ass. I kown, your argument is that it's not in the "good" book, so let's not get facts in the way.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Yes ... But

What is pi in base pi?

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Re: The USPTO

Didn't you know Jobs invented magnetism before he died? So it's only natural that Apple should get the patent. Screw all those people who claimed to have something to do with it - Ampère, Coulomb, Faraday, Gauss, Heaviside, Henry, Hertz, Lorentz, Maxwell, Tesla, Volta, Weber, Ørsted - they had no clue.

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Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes

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Re: I ain't Spartacus

I think you've missed the point. This is not an issue about IT or it's people. It's about today's society. It's about how everything has become so complex (by purpose) that people have given up. It's about black boxes and technological hocus pocus. Ask anyone who texts on their phone, 'Why is the there a limitation on the number of characters?' and they don't know. But sad thing is they DON'T CARE! It's all part of the wizardry of technology and there is no curiosity.

And you're correct we are too busy to learn. That's because:

The average time spent watching television (U.S.) is 5:11 hours per day.

The number of hours per year the average American youth watches television is 1,200 compared to 900 hours per year spent in school.

Americans spend an average of 13 hours per week playing video games.

And again the quote from Carl Sagan

'We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.'

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Re: Astonishing?

"The enemy outside your walls generally isn't nearly as dangerous as the dumb/stupid/ignorant/insane people that live inside your walls. "

Great sentence ... It's a has to be a premise for a book about the 'technolgy revolution' of the 21st century. About the 'smart phones' for dumb people. About how people have no clue about the world they live in. Or as the late Carl Sagan said so wonderfully:

'We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.'

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: Hubris

You should replace the word hubris with supidity. Most politicians have no clue about the bills they pass (very few even read them), let alone bills concerning technology. They are driven by lobbists, money and getting re-elected (in fact, that's they main objective),

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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Re: Overly aggressive throttling?

Except when they advertize how much bandwidth they provide. Such bullshit ... it's all about control and making money ... it's the American way!!

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Ufortunately, it's all about control, or to exercise power. I like to think of it as basic insucurity.

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Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

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Re: Mmmm... Fortran...

My first FORTRAN was written around 1972. I haven't used it since the middle 80's, but it still was (is) a programming languge which has a great set of libraries. And for everyone who is cocrned about FORTRAN or Fortran .. GET A LIFE!! It started out as FORTRAN (like COBOL) and I don't see any reason to change it!

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Jon Callas, CTO of secure messaging biz Silent Circle

He is party correct when he said "SMS is a hack – it was never designed to be secure and was thrown together for convenience." SMS was never meant to do what it is doing.

But it wasn't "thrown together for convenience", it was thrown together to make money - lots of money! And the public, like all things they don't understand, were duped into thinking it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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You missed the most important one

The HP-35!!

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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You've got to be kidding. The NSA does what it does, and dosen't give a sh*t about outside, inside or in between. It is in the business of gathering information even if they don't have a use for it. It's in the busines of spying and to accomplish its mission through clandestine means. It's budget is not made public. Even the number of NSA employees is classified. It's more than big brother, it's big sister, mother father and is not accountable to anyone, even the President and Congress.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: But it is a Mac

The point is sarcasm! Did you miss it?

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Real Programmers

Real Programmers use TECO!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: It's inevitable...centronics port and a toaster?

The toster was on the Amiga!

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

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Re: Liberal spotted

Asshole spotted in this rant.

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15% of Americans still holding off from this newfangled interweb thing

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data from telephone interviews - useless

so we're missing data from people who don't have telephones ...

another useless and irrelavant survey and for what purpose?

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"2,252 adults ages 18 and older" - this is not a very large sample - where and why was it conducted - who gives a shit anyway.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Feb 17, 1775

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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subsidized or 'look at all the idiots out there'

you people are stupid morons if you think apple is subsidizing anything!

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Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

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Re: Umm, minor point Hollow fibre propagates optics near speed of light

Good points ... now is hollow fiber still fiber? (is it fibre?) Or do you mean a wave-guide?

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