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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

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Does IPv6 gives each device a permanant IP address -- if so boon for spies and criminals.

Correct me if this has changed, but originally (several years ago or more) the plan with IPv6 was for each device to have a permanent IPv6 address.

*IF* this is still the case IPv6 is going to be a boon for spy agencies, criminals, and targeted advertising companies.

So, is this still the plan? Will IPv6 addresses be permanent in the same sense that MAC addresses are today?

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When other countries move to IPv6 it will free up IPv4 address space for the laggards.

When other countries move to IPv6 it will free up IPv4 address space for the laggard nations.

So the UK lagging other nations is not an issue, provided other nations are making the switch, and they are.

If all nations were failing to take action, that would be a problem.

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Re: AC

"If you can't tell the difference between what these idiots were doing and why the NSA "hack" then I can probably interest you in a great family holiday camp investment in Akmolinsk...."

At best the NSA hacks for the same reason curious idiots hack -- because it can.

In the middle, the NSA hacks to kill people by targeted drone strikes that sometimes kill grandmothers in front of their grandchildren.

At worst the NSA hacks to disrupt democracy in democratic nations by giving one politician the secrets and strategies of another.

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I thought the official US lines was, "Spying is okay, everyone does it"

I thought the official US lines was, "Spying is okay, everyone does it", so how can they legitimately complain when anyone spies on them?

Information security laws have been thrown completely out the window. The US, UK, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, etc. prohibitions against theft of data and breaking into computer networks do not give exemptions for the spy agencies of other nations.

There are no special 'foreign spy agency' exemption or amnesty clauses in any of their privacy and data protection laws.

Under US, UK, German, Brazilian, Mexican, etc. law a foreign government's spy agency is has no special status different than an ordinary foreigner.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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There is no denying the fact that most journalists take it extremely easy on Apple

There is no denying the fact that most (not all) journalists take it extremely easy on Apple and its products.

(In general The Reg is pretty good at questioning Apple's propaganda.)

What Apples says are features are promoted, even if they are meaningless (like thin desk top monitors).

Huge deficiencies in products are overlooked when Apple does not mention them (inability to replace batteries in battery operated products).

Apples claims of innovation when it produces a 'me too' product are repeated unquestioningly.

And let us face it, those Retina displays in Apple products, those are not an Apple innovation, Apple is merely buying a product from Samsung. Same with Corning and Gorrilla Glass.

But the main stream press ignores that, and does something akin to giving the byline to someone other than an article's author.

This is not Apple's fault. A PR department's job is to generate propaganda and try and get biased favourable press coverage. Apple has had great success in this.

The fault is that of those journalists who report press releases unquestioningly. To report a press release without analysis is to abdicate journalistic duty.

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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Re: literally

Try to keep up with the class FB.

The definition of 'literally' has officially been changed.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/literally?q=literally

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In general journalists unaware of how sycophantic their Apple articles are

MS should save their ammunition to take shots at Google? Obviously the point has been totally missed by journalists who lack self-awareness.

The problem is that far too many journalists cover Apple in the most sycophantic manner. Maybe it is fear of being shut out of future Apple launches.

This is not Apple's fault. It is every marketing department's job to attempt to get the most favorable coverage possible. Attempting to sucker journalists into providing articles that are little more insightful than display ads is the job of every marketing department.

This is journalists' fault for not doing their jobs.

Not all journalists, but most of the journalists who work on Apple product releases seem to be total suckers. In this case general failure to mention CPUs, ports, battery replacement options. Failure to compare important product features and specs, focusing only on the product and features and specs Apple tells them to focus on, and failure to evaluate whether the features and specs are useful in any meaningful way.

In other cases the thickness of desktop monitors, failure to provide for battery replacement, basic simple stuff that it is obvious is important, but sadly too many tech writers are liberal arts grads.

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Lone sysadmin fingered for $462 MEEELLION Wall Street CRASH

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Actually reading the findings, A to F on page 4 here the SEC report only blames management.

Actually reading the findings, A to F on page 4 here

http://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2013/34-70694.pdf

the SEC report only blames management.

So the Reg has it wrong, the Sysadmin made the error but the SEC says the cause was management failings.

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Re: No surprise...

In the management courses I took they told us staff mistakes virtually always have management mistakes as the root cause.

If a staff member makes an error that doesn't get caught until too late it is a management error in training or quality control, just like you say.

Consider airlines, a crash 'due to pilot error' is always viewed as poor training, poor rule enforcement, or some other management failure.

I suppose maybe the SEC investigator lacked management experience. Either that or the report was misinterpreted by the press.

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Re: HIndsight

Just because someone wrote a paper claiming something was true doesn't make it true.

I worked a lot of shops in my day, which ended 4 years ago, three dozen.

Some shops were run close to failure, and the managers and workers there accepted as normal industry practice.

Other shops strictly followed proper programming, testing and change control procedures even though that raised short term costs, and the managers and workers there accepted that as normal industry practice.

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re-using an existing field is very risky too

Leaving old code in and re-purposing an existing field are both poor practices.

I can see still having old code that uses records, but they couldn't extend the record length? Storage space too expensive?

In mainframe days, my era, change control would have been simpler because you'd just have the one big server to worry about, not eight little ones.

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Write an app to detect and report vulnerable apps

Sounds like someone could make some money from an app to detect and report known vulnerable apps.

Not a virus scanner, just something to check for the presence of the known vulnerable apps.

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Isn't one of bright ideas around electric cars was to be able to forklift out batteries?

Correction, that 120 V comes from splitting up the 2 phases that are brought into the building from the 3 phases outside in the distribution lines.

120V from each hot wire to the common, 240 V between the two hot wires.

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How is carbon fiber at being recycled?

Metal is easily recycled. How is carbon fiber at being recycled?

Anyone know?

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Re: Maybe even cause a fire

Not just the capacitor catching fire, but perhaps the spark igniting gasoline or propane from the other vehicle.

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Re: Bang the car, short the battery

Don't they still make electrolytic capacitors by taking one long sheet of conductive foil, coating it with electrolyte, put another sheet of conductive foil on top of it, adding an insulator coating, and then rolling the whole thing up?

They fit just as well under the hood as they do on computers motherboards and inside audio amps.

I do like the idea of a 3-D structure for the plates. I can see how that would help.

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Re: Will these batteries function at all in winter in the NE and Mid-west USA?

These cars need to work going to work in the morning, which means the *daily low temperatures* are the important ones since those temperatures occur just before dawn, which in winter is 7 to 8:30 AM.

http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html?StationID=47407&timeframe=2&cmdB1=Go&Year=2011&Month=1&cmdB1=Go#

http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html?StationID=31427&timeframe=2&Year=2011&Month=2&cmdB1=Go#

http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html?StationID=31427&timeframe=2&cmdB1=Go&Year=2011&Month=3&cmdB1=Go#

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Re: Other problem

And where I live batteries seldom make it to 5 years of age, due to cold.

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Re: Isn't one of bright ideas around electric cars was to be able to forklift out batteries?

Actually charging station need only be a 120V 15A and they're all over Canada for plugging in engine block heaters.

Every home, every outdoor parking lot (except Vancouver and City of Toronto where it is warm enough they don't need them). Probably a population of 30 million is already wired up.

Unfortunately these areas that already have charging stations are all too cold for an electric vehicle to be viable in for 4 months of the year -- unless this new battery works reasonably well at -30C.

For rapid charging 240V 30A, the kind of plug we use for electric driers. Wall sockets in North America are normally 120V and that 120V comes from splitting up a 240V three phase supply.

So charging stations are nothing to build, under $500 to add to your building -- provided the smarts for the charging station are carried in the car itself.

The bigger problem may be the municipal electrical distribution system that in warm climates may not be able to handle large number of cars being plugging in at 6:00 PM, all drawing 6,000W.

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Re: Fire, Scrapes and Corrosion

By noble you mean electrically inert.

So a carbon fiber car would not normally protect occupants from lightening strikers and downed power lines then? I suppose that doesn't happen much, so maybe doesn't matter.

But a capacitor is two conductive layers separated by a dielectric. These batteries must have some kind of conductive carbon fiber for the carbon fibers to act as the conductive layer. Maybe an additive?

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Will these batteries function at all in winter in the NE and Mid-west USA?

Few people will buy a car just for summer. So if a car cannot function in the winter months it is useless.

A big part of the USA and all of Canada are subject to sub-zero temperatures.

And batteries typically have extreme problems with sub-zero weather.

Lead acid batteries can be charged at -20C (-4F) while NiCd, NiMH and Li-ion batteries cannot be normally charged below 0C (32F).

At –20°C (–4°F) most nickel-, lead- and lithium-based batteries stop functioning. Although NiCd can go down to –40°C (-40°F), the permissible discharge is almost just a trickle.

In winter, for existing lead acid batteries, this is mitigated using a lead acid battery that tolerates cold better, by the battery being inside the engine compartment, heated by the engine (and in Canada, when the engine is off, heated by the plug-in electric block heater that runs off the mains), or by heat retained by the engine compartment when it is parked in a semi-heated garage.

The roof, boot/trunk and doors do not get heat from the engine compartment. These proposed large flat batteries have huge surfaces area to radiate any retained garage heat from.

If the outside temperature is -20C, the roof, doors and hood are going to quickly reach -20C while driving. Same with -40C.

So who well will these batteries perform in sub-zero weather that we have for months at a time in winter?

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Furious French choke on chardonnay over NSA's phone spying in France

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How gullible are people that believe this was done to fight terrorism?

How gullible are people that believe this was done to fight terrorism?

Spying on presidents and prime ministers around the world. Spying on trade ministers. Spying on major commercial enterprises.

Millions of phone calls intercepted in a matter of days.

Even during WWII the French only had tens of thousands of people in The Resistance (the 'terrorists' of those days).

This only makes sense if this spying is about economics, about tracking peaceful political opinions, and about pressuring non-compliant leaders into carrying out the wishes of the Grand Imperial Government.

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ultra conservatives did not elect Obama

Americans like to say, "Oh, don't blame me, its the government."

But the USA is fairly close to being a functional democracy.

Ultra conservatives did not elect Obama. Ultra conservatives did not elect Bush.

A majority of the American public elected them.

And a majority of the American public re-elected them. The American public should be held to account for the people select.

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Imagine if an EU nation had done that to the USA

Imagine if an EU nation had done that to the USA (other than its vassal state, the UK, doing that at the USA's request).

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Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

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Re: Daft

What is the more important update?

One with security enhancements and fixes? Or one that supports new HTML features?

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IE 10 is still the latest most up-to-date browser for Windows 7

IE 11 is still only out for Windows 8.

So IE 10 is the current latest version for most Windows users.

Google would be destroying most of its business if it dropped support for IE 9 so soon.

It would be a commercial blunder greater even then dropping iGoogle.

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First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed

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Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing

Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing.

Too bad MS, Apple, Google and Facebook did not have such morals and ethics. (At least Yahoo once appealed an order to a FISA court.)

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If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters

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Set up a charity in a country that respects human rights for all humans

If Google really truly wants to do this, they should set up a charity in a country that respects human rights for all humans, not just its own citizens and residents.

The charity could only have and use facilities in countries that recognize human rights for all humans.

The FISA courts have ruled Yahoo and thus Google are barred by law from extending human rights to non-US citizens.

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Is Cloudfare under the NSA too?

There is only one relevant question to me, is Cloudfare under the NSA (or its GCHQ vassal) too?

Mind you, I suppose spammers don't care.

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Nice offer, but gives the NSA total access if you're foreign

Nice offer, but gives the NSA total access if you're foreign, since the NSA needs no warrant to see all the data of a non-US entity or non-US vistor to a US-based website.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, to a foreigner even remotely curious, let alone interested in, political activism they are all the NSA.

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US red-tape will drain boffins' brains into China, says crypto-guru Shamir

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If you want to get your visa held up, just let the embassy clerk know you want special treatment

We don't know what went on here.

To us nerds Adi Shamir is a VIP. But diplomatic clerks don't know that.

It could be a visa clerk had an argument with their spouse that day and took it out on the first would-be visitor to come along.

It could be the visa clerk felt Shamir was a bit too uppity.

It could be the application got stuck on the desk of someone who was off sick, resigned or re-assigned.

It could be they confused him with that other Adi Shamir.

It could be the USA suspects the Shamir of aiding Israel or organized crime or whatever in sheltering secrets from the USA.

Lots of possible reasons for being treated to even more delays and paper work than normal.

Its not just scientists, the performing arts industry has the same problem.

The only industry not plagued by immigration bureaucracy is the immigration and embassy industry itself, since they exempt each other from the paper work.

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Re: Driven to China

The difference between a tourist hotel and tourist district restaurants and the hotels and restaurants in regular areas dominated by local people.

So just hold the conference in a tourist area.

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the ban was against Chinese citizens on NASA property

The ban was against Chinese citizens on NASA property.

Locating the conference in a NASA building meant not allowing Chinese citizens to attend.

You can still collaborate and do business with the Chinese and China.

China is too big to treat like Cuba.

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I'd like to put in a plug for Canada here

Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, lots of nice places for conferences. The Banff Conference centre is especially beautiful, set in the rockies.

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Re: Waiting ... waiting ... waiting ...

Isn't the visa stamp going to go in the one they have in hand when they approve you.

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Re: Time for a change

Hollow threat, since then Americans with very high level security clearances will not be able to go.

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Going to China is an empty threat, but Europe that is realistic

Moving conferences to China is an empty threat, since (1) other security researchers will not want to go to a country with even more invasive surveillance than the USA, (2) going to China is very expensive.

But moving conferences to Europe is a realistic option.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Anti Virus

That is the biggest problem I have with Kaspersky.

They don't seem to participate in vendor beta programs. They don't support new versions of common software until months after they come out.

They've habitually been like this with Firefox. They've only just last month started supporting current versions again.

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Why have PCs failed to have useful hardware improvements over the past 3 years?

Why have PCs failed to have useful and meaningful hardware improvements over the past 3 years (even 5 years)?

Now that is a good idea for a reporter to investigate.

Is it patent trolls?

Is it lack of competition in chips and HDDs?

I am not saying nothing has changed in PCs over the past 3 years, but nothing has happened to make your old desktop obsolete. Lower power consumption is not a selling feature for a device that is plugged in. SATA2 and SATA3 are do not make a difference when the limiting factor is your HDD speed. SSDs and graphics cards are not enough to make old PCs obsolete, since you can just pop one in.

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Lack of useful improvements in PCs is responsible for low Windows sales, NOT vice versa.

Sales of PCs are going to stay down until either existing PCs fall apart from age or PC makers provide significant useful innovations.

If people were not buying computers due to Windows sales of computers with Windows alternatives would be soaring. But sales of Linux machines are extremely dismal, and sales of Macs are not going anywhere either.

Lack of useful improvements in PCs is responsible for low Windows sales, NOT vice versa.

Reviewers need to stop blaming Windows for bad hardware sales.

Why have PCs failed to have useful improvements over the past 3 years?

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Ireland revisits tax laws to cook Apple

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The USA should do with companies what it does with people

The USA should do with companies what it does with people.

And that is assess their taxes based on world-wide income and then deduct the taxes paid in other countries (that the USA has taxation treaties with).

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, they are all a burden on the country, they all require educated employees, roads, sewers, defending by the US military, courts, and so on.

And they require these things much more than regular taxpayers.

Why should Apple, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks be getting handouts from the hard working middle class?

Why should Apple, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks get the benefit of 'corporate foods stamps' by not paying taxes?

Why should Apple, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks be treated like tax exempt charities?

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Re: It doesn't matter if it's any good

"Are you claiming that despite the success of Android products, they're not necessarily quality products?"

I think he is observing the well known economic fact that with 'snob goods' -- goods that costs much more than their worth -- success does not follow quality or price.

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Most who wear watches take them off at home, for comfort

Most of us who wear watches take them off at home, for comfort.

Even the old style slim watches get taken off at home, by men and women.

As for Samsung's "big as your head" watch, if you've been to a jewelery store you should know that giant watches are in style now.

Giant watches, tiny numbers. The watch industry seems to be intent on ignoring us over 50s, the main group of people who still wear watches.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Re: Lightning in a 2 foot box

Way less. See the table here:

http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/Part19.asp?ReportID=18570

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Re: seriously though..

My guess is that a 120 or 240 V line or a ground line touched a 7,000 V or higher main distribution line.

That would produce something that a lay person might describe as a lightening bolt inside a 1 m cube box of electronics.

But what technician would be so careless with voltages that can kill you from 3 feet away?

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Re: Geez...

The more problems to fix the more money to be made.

Support Our Troops! This is the USA and nobody is going to penalize or bankrupt a defense contractor just because they're goosing the bill up.

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The sooner I start the project, the later it will finish.

Complex H/W projects are just like complex S/W projects: The sooner we start the construction phase, the later we will complete the implementation phase.

"Efforts to 'fast-track' the Utah project bypassed regular quality controls in design and construction and meant" the darn thing will take three times as long and cost five times as much as if they'd waited for the Phase I design to be complete before commencing Phase I construction.

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Wworld's first poly-blackhole quantum-inverse annihilation computer, bound to be issues

There are bound to be problems with the world's first poly-blackhole quantum-inverse annihilation computer.

First off they probably need their own cluster of nuclear reactors to provide the start-up power to seed the system, until the internal matter/antimatter annihilation reactors can get going.

One the annihilation reactors get going, they're going to need a good source of matter. Since Utah is only just so big and doesn't contain enough matter, they're probably going to need a pipeline to suck Texas and Alaska in.

Keep in mind this project has not been a total failure so far.

Of the 72,184 parallel universes that the project is being run in, ours is one of only 17 where annihilation has failed to take place.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Re: Err... verb tense is important

They weren't failed when they were investing in subprime mortgages. The subprime investments lead to their failure.

Now the banks have failed, and having failed and been bailed out by taxpayers -- in an attempt to keep Main Street alive by keeping financing open to other businesses -- the banks are hording money, frustrating the intents of the taxpayers who bailed them out.

We bailed out Wall Street and left Main Street to suffer.

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With much fine art is not how good the particular art work is, it is who created it.

Apple products are like much fine art.

With much fine art is not how good the particular art work is, it is who created it.

Discover that a painting formerly thought to be by a student or employee of a great master was actually by the master himself and the valuation goes from $10,000 to $200,000.

The painting did not suddenly become 20 times better. Instead owning the painting got you the badge of being associated with Titian or Raphael, and that association was worth $190,000 on top of the $10,000 that the painting had on artistic merits.

So with hipster Steve gone, new Apple products are only worth the sum value of their Samsung and Foxconn component parts.

Apple can't make enough money that way.

Apple could trot out another skinny semi-bearded guy in a turtle neck, but it won't work.

The product has to be "designed by Steve" to have that Apple magic, to give the buyer the cache of being associated with the Great Artist himself.

Like the painting, the value the artistic quality and technical quality of the actual individual product brings is a distant second to the value the name of the Great Artist himself brings.

And you can see that generally right, who likes Apple products? Same people affected by brand names generally, Nike, di Vinci, Raphael, Docci and Gabbana, Gucci.

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