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SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP

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If I were HP

I wouldn't throw rocks in a glass house - even if they are right. I've not been very impressed with HP software either!

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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Re: allow full-duplex operation of a phone on a single frequency

Well from the state that brought us Texas Instruments, who came close to beating Intel to world wide CPU dominance, I have confidence they'll work it out.

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EFF: VPNs will crumble Verizon's creepy supercookie stalkers

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Avast offers SecureLine VPN..

I thought that offer was a little excessive, but now I see why. Of course ALWIL Software would probably track you too, but no more than most cookies do out there anyway. I'd have to read their EULA to see how invasive they are.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: Fascinating concept

With today's tracking capability it is no problem to track the rocket engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_9ac-w4DW8#t=40

The tests I saw used hot air blasted by the laser to power the jet. No fuel was needed except the electricity to power the laser. The laser can be based on the ground by a fixed point, and track the engine for thrust. Science like this may save huge amounts of fuel for the regular aircraft industry, as it could aid in liftoff, which is where most of the fuel is burned in the first place.

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

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To add to that..

The US press is saying that it was pilot error and not part of the proper test procedure.

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Pilot error...

(or co-pilot) The news has said. I'd never live that down if I survived the crash! :^(

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Spooky GHOST LIGHT reveals DEAD GALAXIES torn apart over 6 BEEELLION years

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Re: Now what we need here

Speculating on the chaos that would happen to the planetary orbits of such ejected stars is amusing. I imagine they bounced around like being on rubber bands, and some of them would be flung off as well! The tidal forces on the individual planets would be disastrous to say the least.

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Popular Science site shrugs off malicious code infection

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Apparently..

that type of "science" is not popular enough! HA!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

I was sure that a recent study with a new reaction chamber, was capable of a specific impulse that would make a NERVA system unnecessary. In fact, the propulsion was going to need almost as much energy to slow the space craft down as the original acceleration. I seem to recall it used a new microwave chamber to ionize the fuel, and got fantastic specific impulse figures!

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Like the Chinese didn't put back doors in the chips anyway.

OOPs! There goes any resemblance to privacy!

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What's happened since Beijing's hacker unit was exposed? Nothing

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Boo fricken HOO!

I've been against all this since the "Patriot Act" was signed back in 2001, and I've been against everything they enacted since! Why? Because I knew it would be turned against us, and was totally unnecessary to keep us safe! Democratic Republics can be SO STUPID! When they turn into fraidy cats! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!??

/rant off

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: I'm not worried about spam...

As far as I'm concerned Bill was right, but it took until 2013 or so. I never get any spam - just my junk mail box does, and even very few of them are exactly spam, just annoying emails from legitimate businesses. I check it every blue moon to see if any legitimate actionable emails need to be reclassified. I never get spam in my inbox in Windows Live.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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Yeah, there was no in the rear with the gear in the 'Nam!

My computer science instructor was a punch card tech with one of the biggest central personnel computers in Vietnam, when his hooch got hit with a rocket. He said it landed right where his head normally would have been and blew up his wall locker. Even the nerds got shot at over there!

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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All your devices are belong to us!!

Honestly - does anyone here seriously think the PRC doesn't have back doors and/or circuit hijinks built right into the chip technology? A friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous) caught such a design at a lab in Malaysia of a die destined for China, when he/she started asking questions they hurried my friend out of the lab right straight away! How can any of us honestly confirm there isn't a Chinese ghost in the machine of any device sold all over the world - Chinese chips are everywhere! Is our governments actually checking on any of this? I doubt they even check devices made for critical departments of the Armed Forces!!

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Rare?

I'm sure it isn't an everyday thing to find such fossils, but maybe it would be more common if paleontologists did more volunteer work, instead of just paid work studies. I've probably worked for free at least 1/4 of my life probing, walking, and digging for anything interesting, and I and my buddies have found bullets not made since 1886 embedded in bones and other artifacts, fossils with sharks teeth embedded in bone of who knows what, in fact it isn't sure what animal bit what other animal, but I am lucky enough to live in a region where one of the largest shallow seas was existent in the CT boundary. We've also found paleolithic arrow heads, knives, and spear points embedded in antlers and bone from the period - these are not tools or such fabrications but obviously from chaotic happenstance - my buddy is a collector and doesn't want to sell them, so he does not share the booty with archaeologists. I've been trying to get him to keep notes and at least record the GPS coordinates so scientists can follow up with studies some time in the future! Perhaps these boffins need to get out more?

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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The news I got may have been inaccurate...

but I got mad as hell when I heard it, because everyone knows if you going to run an LMG out the back of a shithook you BETTER hookup the safety line!!! This should be muscle memory to everyone that is air-mobile - I know the heat of battle can rattle your cage, but I still don't see it as an excuse.

The biggest DOH! About the whole affair is that after ALL we learned in Vietnam, and we still don't send gunships with these missions! Ridiculous!

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Dat gun wasn't even loaded!..

HAA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHAAAA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYQvMYWP5k

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Obummer promised we'd gain respect in the world..

Then he pulls so much stuff the US is in worse condition as to opinion world wide, that it is even worse than when "W" was in office! Then he makes a statement like that! Believe me, we in the US know full well how stupid our politicians are here, but we can't vote in any better because the choices is limited! Sorry - Republican Democracy is messy - it always has been - ask the Germans about the Weimar debacle. For those of you who may be confused the word "Republican" does not refer to a party but a concept of a Democratic Republic - not "Republicans" - Thank you very much!

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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One thing for sure...

If it is a 'NO' vote the PM of the UK will be promising the world to Scotland for as much autonomy as he can lie his way through!

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Talk about an icon!!!!

I put him up there with the likes of Ted Cassidy, and Robert Maillet. RIP Richard Kiel - may your performances live in movie history forever!

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

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I used to concider Yahoo! as the scourge of the email giants..

but now, I may have to reconsider! I have to use it for my research groups anyway!

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'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet

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DuckDuckGo!!!!

git 'em Rosetta!!

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Troll or thief? User claims Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto dox sabotage

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Let's face it..

The powers that be don't like Bitcoin because it cuts out the middle man, and gubbamints everywhere don't like it because it cuts them out too! Long live Bitcoin! Or whatever succeeds it! HA!

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Me thinks the Earth will be destroyed by a gamma burster....

.....EOL

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DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

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Re: Dreadnoughtexceptafloodus surely?

@ bunbury - I wouldn't call it predator proof - but when you see what happens to lions, tigers, and bears that think they'er bigger than their britches - any good herbivore can kick it's arse any day! Only the sick or the slow get eaten, even in these times.

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Re: Long neck?

If it had a short neck it would be so badly out of balance, it would be dragging its tail so bad it would scrape it off, and it would have to sit on it every time it stopped. I'm pretty sure they are guessing pretty close at the estimation. Besides, there aren't too many variations in sauropods or other basic dinosaur designs.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Macs only need a HIPS..

He says this isn't a problem because Apple updates everything including his applications automatically. So any vulnerabilities are patched - hopefully before zero day.

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I've tested Rapport..

on Windows, and it is the only solution that passes all of the AKLT tests with flying colors! So I call BS on people that say it doesn't workl - but I digress on Macs, because I have no idea if an anti-keylogger test application is available for Macs. On windows, all of my clients use it from XP to Window 8, and from old Pentiums to the latest Intel i7 processors, with nary a hiccup - I don't know what people are talking about performance hits - most of my clients machines are the fastest Windows machines I've seen of their type. I'd sooner believe you have a malware infection that is fighting the protections of the Rapport utility. Maybe you should check the console to see if any attempts were made to modify the browser.

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Macs only need a HIPS..

vulnerabilities are rare enough in Macs, I would say a good file cleaner(if there is such a thing for Macs), and Rapport for Safari are good enough. The few malware that could end run such a system are covered in the Apple store as downloads for malicious file removers, when and if they rarely come up. I'm not saying Macs are like an Army tank, it is just that it takes less effort to secure them. But then it has taken less effort to secure new versions of Windows too. Just don't run as administrator! And of course anyone should be using a good password manager by now. The only difference with Windows is so many of the applications put holes in the system, you really need to keep up with the applications patches. My brother tells me this isn't a problem with Macs - if the app comes from the Apple store it already auto updates. Feel free to flame me, I am OS agnostic.

If you just want to keep Windows malware out of your email to protect others, then Clam X AV is good enough there, I suspect. No one should trust email now days - even coming from trusted contacts! Some Mac heads tell me they don't trust the built in firewall, so I'm sure there are good 3rd party versions out there that Apple will tolerate. Online Armor is one of my favorite Windows firewalls, I'm not sure what will run on a Mac that comes close to that kind of lock down.

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Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

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They've got their heads in the sand..

of they think that pitiful excuse for a secure site hasn't been totally compromised by now. The entire IT security industry has been joking about it since it went up!

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Only reasoning..

if you can call it reasoning, I can see for this "aero spike" engine that powers this thing, is to eventually put in on interceptors so we have a human being making the decision instead of a brainless ICBM. Once the pilot reaches the target he can push the button or not. I think this is better than using a missile triad concept, but who am I?

It really has more use as a new way to get passengers all over the world in record time, and less fuel. Plus it uses hydrogen, if I remember correctly, and that is better than smelly JP6 in the stratosphere any day.

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Researcher details how malware gives AV the slip

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Re: Isn't this already known?

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Re: Isn't this already known?

Yes you are correct! Advanced Persistent Threats(APT) are already a reality in the web world. Only a very blended defense can possibly hope to indicate the level of infection. Now, I will temper that with a nation state actors warning, that will defeat any defense you have - but the behaviors of your system will belie this threat! If you suspect this - I recommend you trash this computer and get another one, the infection level is so pervasive that nothing - not hardware or software is forever trustworthy from then on!!!

Even your ISP could be compromised by then! Don't admit to the depth of your suspicions to the service provider - just explain the symptoms and complain in an ordinary way. Do NOT admit that your paranoia includes such a calamitous attack. Just concentrate on their vulnerabilities and berate them for it - and try to threaten them with state action to their service reliability and reputation. It is all you can do - with the level the enemy has at his disposal. I have friends with Intellectual Property rights that could affect the national security of nations, that have been totally pwned with a combination of Apple products and Android devices; so don't assume this will be a protection. Never assume anything - my TELCO is under attack for service reliability for just discussing the problem I am having with my clients. The FBI and all other federal agencies are not even as good as keystone cops - so just forget any help from your government sources. I include UK sources as well.

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Show Mother Russia you love her: Click HERE and AHHH NYET!

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Ukraine should be carefull..

As much as I think I support their cause, one of my buddies has traveled through that country several times, an was treated very badly. I think US citizens should think twice about supporting Ukraine. The only reason to do it is to support the original nuclear treaty, and to contain Putin's ambitions. All other motivations are suspect.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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I thought I read that it was going to fire a spike.

And tether itself to the comet on the way 'down' to the surface!

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Waddya mean?

Frankenkerry and Billary ARE terrorst suspects! These upright and stalwart German chaps should be given a medal! Heh! Heh!

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: Moving forward?

State's powers still trump federal in many instances. But the US Federal Department of Justice still has a lot of its own power to enforce infractions of personal civil rights. It doesn't take much evidence to say some official or other deprived someone of their civil rights. Killing someone when it isn't clear deadly force was issued in a proper reaction, could easily be construed as improperly depriving this person of his civil rights and right to life. So the DOJ can always pull out that trump card even if no Missouri law was broken by the officer. The punishment is wide ranging, so it is nothing to laugh at.

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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You could die, and nobody would know!!

It has been proven already by several studies and even videos made by researchers I've seen on 60 minutes, that vehicles can be totally controlled and even kill you! Imagine going along at 70 mph, and some cracker issues a command that orders the auto park to activate!!! Maybe you can catch my drift??

The highway patrol or whatever flavor of gendarme in your community wouldn't have a clue! The obituary would list the "accident" as "lost control of vehicle" - end of story!

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

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Dissidents already have a plan..

I remember reading that the protesters in Tibet use the bot-net as a communication medium, they have to take control of at least one bot herder command and control server though. The underground apparently has access to the random links that this program is available on. That is apparently timed and passed by courier or other ingenious method. For obvious reasons the messages are completely in the open send as spam broadcasts, and are buried in the huge spam traffic that is all over the world. I assume dissidents can simply check their email or spam folder for messages and decide from the messages whether they apply to them or not. I supposed they could be encrypted, but disseminating the keys would be more difficult that providing the command and control download.

I imagine the bot herders will be finding ways to block this, as it reduces their advertising effectiveness. This may become unnecessary as I read on Krebs On Security, that some enthusiast groups have found ways to discover bot infected machines and reverse engineer a way to take over the command and control servers that way, or even create one from said bot infected machine.. Of course the PRC authorities are close behind these developments, and will be happy that our open discussions of these tricks will help them defeat these groups by fiat. Funny how freedom destroys itself - or at least seems to some days. Where there is a will there is always a new way!

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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Re: US duplicity

Yes, and HAMAS happily spends every penney of it to buy rockets, rocket making materials, and build tunnels honeycombing the Gaza wall. They could care less of the welfare of their own people.

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@ Gis Bun

I do believe I read, several years ago that Israel launched some of their own mini-sats, and now have spys in the sky as well. I don't remember the details, or if they were short lived. They do have their own space program of sorts.

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Re: Gis Bun Hmmmm

Good post - I wonder how many of us are old enough to remember my first example of terrorism in the "Black September" actions in the early '70s. It was the first time I realized what terrorism was, as a kid. I remember seeing a passenger jet burned to a crisp, killing all aboard after a failed negotiation. No matter how justified Arabs and other Middle Eastern dwellers think they are - that image was burned into my mind, and I've never felt their cause is worth consideration, and never will. If they had taken the course that the South Africans had - they would have a cause the world could get behind - but no - they took this course of action that will only lead to death and destruction, of them as well as their enemies. It is the devil incarnate.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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The reason Americans don't like it..

We call it Cow-Chip-N-Pen we don't want to pay for such an expensive big fail - we've already had enoiugh of too big to fail already:

February 2008

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-711.pdf

February 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/susanwatts/2010/02/new_flaws_in_chip_and_pin_syst.html

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511710.stm

September 2012

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/unattack.pdf

Video summary of above report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19559124

(Source http://nc3.mobi/references/emv/) Posted by Jonathan E. Jaffe

Also Cow-chip-n-pen

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/19/chip_and_skim/

Even the Register will give me pause at the thought of this expensive debacle! There are vastly cheaper alternatives on the market, and one of them is PassWindow.

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Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO

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I keep reading..

In science journals that funded programs are needing all the assets they can get, even older legasy radio telescope assets. Why doesn't the government rent them out for money? I'd wager even the Chinese would make an offer! Of course some down under may be offended by "giving it up", but I don't look at it that way at all.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Drat!

The beat LOHAN to the punch!

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: I've read of several studies...

From what I understand this was prehistoric to Western contact - but you could still be right, as archaeologists were shocked to find paper art of wars that depicted men with beards, blue eyes, and red hair! This was a tip off that Europeans may have visited much earlier than was admitted by history.

When I saw these studies in the Smithsonian as a young man, I was gob smacked! They had photos of the actual papers that were found preserved somewhere on a Pre-Columbian site(I believe, if my memory serves me correctly) At least I'm pretty sure it was paper, as that was an eye opener to me as well, as I thought at the time it predated paper, and stone work was the norm.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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As per Brits bashing the US..

First off we can take it - thank you very much! I think we resemble that remark or more! HA! But you guys are ruining Obummer's pledge to make us more likable all over the world! Your messing up his campaign promise! Don't you feel guilty about that? >snicker-smirk< It seems the world has only become worse with his "Leadership".

signed

One proud 'Merkin!

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Friends don't let friends do AVG..

Everyone of my clients that went to AVG against my advice got a hosed computer! Avast has never let me down - I don't get that many popups, but after all you can adjust the alert level to reduce that. If you going to be a freetard, you got to expect some small discomfort. My clients are too indigent to pay for AV.

One of the worst computers I ever worked on was one that had Microsoft Security Essentials on board - had his MalwareBytes-Anti-Malware not expired, he wouldn't have had a hosed machine! Anyone who runs as administrator all the time is just asking for trouble!

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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Use the botnet...

All you have to do is crack one command and control server, and you've got it! Don't even bother to encrypt anything, just communicate in the open! The bot herders might get mad, but so what?

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Business Opportunity?

HA! It is true that some of the most effective anti-malware I've seen in my honey-pot lab, are those crime-ware packages that assure no other criminal's cr@p gets a foothold on that territory. How ironic it would be to let them operate, just to keep the exchange secure!! Seems like they could skim a lot, and stay under the radar, and be worth much more that that wasted billion dollar boondoggle!

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