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Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

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Re: Definitely misapplied

-- I call them personally for each and every system I wanted to access --

Similar to sailors given Liberty in Hong Kong being told to report the name and address of every foreign wo... national they spoke with -- among other things.

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re: "Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system .."

Two.

Then there's a fee to subscribe, right.

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it

A connector manufacturer told me some years ago that Apple refused to let them sell my then-employer Firewire(tm) connectors for anything but that use.

A firm got a patent for pi

And let nothing round go on by;

They said "Nothing doing!"

We'll shortly be suing

Whoever won't pay us to try.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/02/17/apple_caves_in_over_firewire/

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Rehabilitation

Let he who is without sin stone the first swine; I'm tempted -- only tempted - to buy them a year's worth of delivered Chick-Fil-A chicken pie.

"This meal has been provided by a Firefox user in thanks for your editorial stand. Enjoy."

At least they're not being "unto the fourth generation" Dutch-reformed-West-Michigan-biblical.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Unconstitutional

"As a constitution, it is one that has grown organically in response to changes..."

I do recall compost heaps from St Piran's School garden.

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Re: tinkering?

They'll need RoHs compliant solder, tho.

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Bottom line

http://www.bartleby.com/73/1002.html

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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Eschew edutainment, embrace ASCII!

Under 25? I'm almost 70!

I threw out my TV in 1997 and boycott film -- nor do I watch streaming video on my Surface or Win 8.1 Acer tablet; there are not enough GigaBytes of affordable bandwidth even if I wanted to.

Having spent some time on an aerospace contract in Burbank, I saw enough Hollywood dreck on the hotel TV that I wish for the return of all-news-all-day AM radio. The BBC on shortwave? Brain of Britain? Alas...

http://forums.delphiforums.com/callahan/messages/?msg=22248.1

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Informed intuitive leap?

I am intrigued by his approach, and more than that, wondering, because even though I'm near 70; I learned only recently of an undiagnosed "autism spectrum" disorder.

We humans vary from inconsistently logical, to consistently dogmatic; indifferent to irreverently enthusiastic. Some are idiots and savant at once. Creative intuition, artists and writers, Pirsig's instinctive (if disorganized) mechanic, Zen, Yoga, mathematics, poets, programers and painters; we do not in fact know what intelligence is, preferring to define it as something successful humans have, and I suspect we miss a good deal of our world by assuming that's all there is to it. I suspect that many among us, perhaps "late bloomers," have been people whose intelligence was expressed differently than others and our pedagogues expect, where learning was or is perhaps handicapped not by a different intelligence, but a different apperception. Perhaps this research will opens more eyes to the possibilities in all that we are, all of us, every one.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: I suggest reading this before commenting further

Barely better, and only by comparison...

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Mark_Twain#Homeopathy

And hey, what IF fake medicine has real ingredients, eh? Anything to get a rise...

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/MedicationHealthFraud/ucm388436.htm

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

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Re: No surprise

Subtle reminder of dependency, eh?

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Re: Tread carefully

But not here, where it's no longer unlawful to be awful:

http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/04/being-willfully-annoying-now-ok-in-mich

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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What fool hath added water to the sea,

Or brought a faggot to bright-burning Troy?

-- William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act II, Scene III

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'Software amplifier' boosts quantum signals

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Does it work on

Does Quantum Mechanics apply to Auto mechanics?

I can't tell how much it's going to cost when he says what's wrong -- and if he tells me how much it will cost, he never says what he found.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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The thermometer didn't explode, did it?

The STEREO probes at L4 and L5 didn't get trashed, and stuff down here in the gravity well isn't *necessarily* going to die.

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Re: Interesting Science Fiction Take on this

A good read but, as with much SF, mostly for its insight into human relationships.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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Available by Jubscription?

Download the *cover* from El Reg. Problem solved.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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I'm not a cryptographer, but it seems to me this is not as good a tool as it appears. From "How PGP works":

" As you use PGP, you will typically add the public keys of your recipients to your public keyring. Your private keys are stored on your private keyring. If you lose your private keyring, you will be unable to decrypt any information encrypted to keys on that ring. ". (Emphasis added.)

Ensuring one's private keyring is destroyed (not just erased) when one is picked up denies anyone the ability to decrypt the messages you've sent and a duress password will do to trigger that; it's possible to fuse the silicon in which the private keys are stored. No amount of threats or after the silicon has melted will recover the passwords needed.

Surely any criminals competent enough to use strong encryption will be able -- and willing -- to arrange that.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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What ARE pliers? Where does the word come form?

Word Origin & History

pliers

1568, formed from ply (n.). Fr. cognate plieur meant "folder."

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pliers

All is now explicated*. We say they fold; the Arapaho say they bite, take your pick.

* via Latin "plicare"

Verrrrry interesting!

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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With the benefit of hindsight

Translation: We were sitting on our sensory clusters looking up our digestive orifice$.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: One slight niggle

A less advanced version would approximate the "-end of a steel barrel" incinerators used by militaries: haul each day's waste out to the focus and roast away. Might take more mirrors, tho.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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Mr Postman

Please do not feed the cat. He is far too expensive to encourage coming around.

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

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Rettysnitch too

Hey! Somebody stole my Wouff Hong!

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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Danger, Will Robinson! Seven syllable silliness sighted.

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Re: What an amazing ...

>Did space aliens really supply the technology to build the pyramids?

Not at all; they were contracted out.

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-------> we've not been able to find denser or more energetic regions in space.

Sure we have; we're ON one.

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Deliquensively

Braking for rendezvous.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Fusion? Really?

Yes, he did announce detecting neutrons.

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A cave in Mt. Snowden will suffice.

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This is how

This is how a boy learns best, and it quite eclipses the railgun I built in my bedroom 58 years ago, at 12.

Ad astra!

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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THEY have bananas.

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Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

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It's a crowdsourced

Distributed Denial of Sense.

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Re: It's like a French version of "Tremors"!

pointlessness of existentialism?

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Re: It may not be illegal

"*Corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor souls to be condemned; they therefore do as they like."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edward_Thurlow,_1st_Baron_Thurlow

I thought everyone knew that.

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Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

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Be nice?

Two words: Medical Marijuana.

Can't make 'em WORSE.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Re: IANAAP either

A Catharine Wheel off its nail, eh?

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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Re: SURPRISING

ASBO isn't an offense over here, it's politics; just look at two recent examples, Chris Christie and Carl Paladino. A Web search using "candidate threatens" pulls up scores of tempting clicks.

"Bully Pulpit" can have more than one meaning.

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Software containers for BYOD/mobile device management: Big Tin Can

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Pencil, meet paper...

toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/housing_authority_city_asheville/boxes_117_south_pack_square_pack_plaza/images/117A_04_01.jpg

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Re: It's like déjà vu all over again

SOME hard drives, certainly.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: @ Thought About IT

Ahem!

In 1997 I said goodbye to the only woman I'd ever loved, and drove North following Comet Hale Bopp, passing at dawn through the Altamont pass where hundreds of metal monks were doing Tai Chi to welcome the day....

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Re: A sticker?!?

They might. Some decades ago I had to use an RF absorbing material in a wireless remote control imported by my then-employer to cut its signal down to legal levels. But I put it INSIDE.

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Re: Glastonbury

Engrepreneurial -- I'll use that one, please.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: Possible interpretations

Have quote, will travail... and Sam Spade.

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

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Re: Brains beat brawls

http://www.pandurohobby.nl/Catalogue/10-Jewellery-Accessories/1080/108010/1/512440-Wire-cutters-easygrip

SNIP!

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NBN Co tells iiNet: Use Broadcom chips in VDSL routers

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Facepalm

THIS again?

I worked on a VDSL product at DSC (later to be Alcatel USA) in 1997 and 1998. It didn't sell.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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Headline:

Curiosity Mars Rover Encounters Reverses!

Scientists hopeful

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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Bossa nova...

similis bossa seneca.

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FCC will have to drop a bombshell to solve net-neutrality conundrum

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Re: Phil said it would be a long winter

"So it will finally be forced to tell the industry that you can't be both a carrier and a value-added supplier and have the same rules apply to both. "

All it takes is for one ALF (Administrative Law Judge) to declare they are indeed "Common Carriers" and the band can pack up and go home, dance over. If it looks like a goose and acts like a goose, you're goosed!

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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As a hardware and radio guy...

This sounds similar to the fight the US government declined that notoriously resulted in one forms (name starts wit M) P25, the the new standard for interoperable trunked radio comms, being incompatible with everyone else's bog-standard gear. So much for interoperability.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Re: I'd pass that test

Then you have to prove it's your real FB account and not a sanitized one. If you give up another, well, you have to prove...

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