* Posts by Chairo

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Malvertising campaign hits 10 MEELLION users in 10 days

Chairo
Joke

popular sites

Attackers made huge wins landing malicious ads on popular sites including The Drudge Report, celebrity trash mag PerezHilton, CBS Sports, Yahoo, Verizon FiOS, and eBay UK.

What? No mentioning of "The Register"? Are you disappointed?

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Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

Chairo
Devil

to review its operations with an eye to improving its margins, profitability, and capital structure

Oh yes, the capital structure. Always good for a short term cash drain. Let's see how it works - buy a share in some company that has lots of assets like their own offices, paid back most debts and is making a small but reasonable profit. Then convince the other stock owners, that they can make short term profits by selling all assets and renting them back, cash out all reserves that the company holds, load it with debt, stuff the channel, cash in and sell your stock and get the hell out of it, before it all crashes and burns.

It's legal, and who cares about morality if some money can be made,

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Chairo

IRQ settings

Remember the early days of Plug and Play? AKA Plug and Pray...?

Oh yes - and not only on ISA. I still remember the trouble making the FAST AV master card working with some hardware. A PCI card, but It needed it's own unique interrupt vector, otherwise the system would just crash. Drivers available only for Win9x and WindowsNT... For a while I kept an old PC with Win98 around, just for keeping the card alive, but at some point analogue video editing became quite pointless.

The good/bad old days... Proprietary hardware and bad driver support are luckily a thing of the past now.

Oh, wait...

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

Chairo
Devil

Aww

that's soo unfair, to counter gender studies with actual math. So boring and male! Chauvinism at it's worst!

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IT in Iran: Servers sold on the grey market, and the rule of FOSS

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Happy

Been to Iran a few times, they are fine if a little suffocating (I don't do social) but I have no idea why they waste money on laptops and smartphones (and chandeliers) when they still don't have proper toilets. Priorities!

The definition of "proper toilet" varies widely. Usually I don't find them in western countries.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Chairo

Re: Germany really doesn't believe the last 60 years

@ Pascal Monett

before the mid 2000s European banking systems were quite different and largely incompatible from country to country.. Each nation had their own entrenched payment system, that worked fine internally but made things difficult for foreigners. The French had the "card bleue", which was mainly a debit card with VISA and Mastercard contract, so it could be used abroad as a credit card. The Germans had their "EC card" system, Foreigners usually had a hard time paying with credit cards anywhere in Europe, however. I remember being in trouble around 2008 in the French Pyrenees, because I could not find any filling station that would accept a foreign credit card. I had enough cash, but it was week-end and the cash counter was closed. At the end I gave some guy cash and he let me use his CB to fill up the tank. Not sure, if British or German cards would have worked. Japanese cards certainly didn't.

Anyway - European credit cards are mostly debit cards with the payment procedure handled by some local VISA or Mastercard contractor. Unlike real credit cards, the debiting of your bank account is done either instantaneous or at most at the end of the month. Generally you need to have the cash at hand quite soon after your purchase.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

Chairo
Joke

but fortunately no-one dies when a system gets hacked.

The sysadmin will be hanged of course.

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Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

Chairo
Flame

Someone bit them in the past

Non-expert participants reported being reluctant to promptly install software updates, perhaps due to lack of understanding of their effectiveness or bad past experiences caused by software updates.

Now which software company has made a habit of declaring their advertising nagware as "important security update" again?

For companies with a reasonable IT budget this is not such a big deal, as they can install patches in advance on test machines and see what happens, but home users don't have this chance and they get exactly the wrong message.

Just as well, as the patches will be stuffed down their throats in the future, if they like them or not...

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Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Chairo
Coat

Amazon making money?

Next you'll tell us they are paying taxes...

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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

Chairo

Re: Never

I feel the same, but I have my doubts if it can be avoided.

How about the electricity/water/gas meters? And there might be legal requirements to install "smart" heating and lighting solutions, at least for new or renovated houses. What about the smoke sensors? There is a reason Google bought Nest. Will you be able to get fire insurance, if your home is not connected? And the list goes on and on.

There are a lot of big companies out there which bet a lot of money on IOT and have a lot of lobbying power. The situation is just the same as for connected vehicles. It's a security nightmare, but the push to "being connected" is strong. Too many companies bet their business on this stuff for it to fail. They'll lobby us into submission.

I'm afraid we are all doomed.

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Hacking Team had RATted on Android: Trend Micro

Chairo

Re: Getting better and better

Thanks for the answer! If it is connected to the native browser, then disabling it and using a browser app like Chrome or mobile firefox, whatever, should do the job, I suppose.

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Chairo
Mushroom

Getting better and better

An exploit that can survive a factory reset?

Is the source of this marvel of technology also included in the data dump?

What level of interaction is required by the user? Does he have to execute some pownme script or is just receiving a mail/SMS containing the troyan already enough?

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Merlin engines?

So the successor should be called "Vulture", right?

OTOH looking at the success of the original Vulture engine, "Raptor" might be a better choice, so I suppose there is little chance of this happening. Pity!

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

Chairo

Re: QE

it's the euro that won't let them out of the mess.

That, and exactly that is the problem. And you know what? Germany is trapped in this system just like all other countries as well. The effective income in Germany stagnated after the introduction of the euro while it went up nearly everywhere else. Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, ... they all had their bubbles thanks cheap euro credits. Not only their governments but also the citizens of these countries took debts. Partly for consuming, but also for investments. This never happened in Germany, so while the average South European has his own home, the average German has the pleasure to pay rent from a ever shrinking effective income.

You think they would support QE?

There is a reason Schauble has a 75% approval rate at the moment. Has there ever been any finance minister in this world with such an approval rate? I doubt it.

Oh, one more thing - if you want to see what happens to a developed nation that overuses QE, look to Japan. Highest country debt in the world, and a stagnating economy. The government now runs another QE plan, called "Abenomics". There are some interesting points about it, like forcing the pension insurance to shift their stock portfolio from Japanese stocks to foreign (mainly US) stocks. Let's see what comes out of it...

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Chairo
WTF?

Re: QE

I would perhaps more gently point out that the Bundesbank hasn't quite caught up with Milton Friedman's pioneering research (this really was where he made his academic bones, along with Anna Schwartz) in A Monetary History of the United States. Umm, 1963 I think?

OK, I take the bait and the downvotes and point out that pretty every finance minister of Greece in recent history has been an economist and most of them came right out of Oxford. You can assume that all of them knew Friedmanns theories very well and all of them failed miserably.

One real life example of what went wrong - my wife had some business with the Greece embassy here in Tokyo and told me several times that she was astonishedy th about the enormous budget they had for touristic advertisements and about the receptions they held there. Sounds like good spending, if you don't take into account that there was not even a direct flight from Japan to Greece and Greece as holiday destination was effectively non existent in Japanese travel agencies. Turkey had a far smaller budget, but they used their money wisely, organized direct flights and are now quite successful as holiday destination.

But it would have certainly been more fun to work for the Greece embassy, before the bubble burst.

A small example, but it is symptomatic for what went wrong in Greece. I have yet to find someone who went there for holiday and came back satified. I know several examples of people who came back and were quite pissed about the way they have been treated there. The keywords were "expensive", "arrogant" and "unfriendly".

As for German bashing - it is always fun and popular, but personally I can understand that they are fed up with feeding Greece.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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Re: Planetary gear transmission

@Ledswinger

Yes, adding more of the same increases cost and rarely makes sense, unless you are forced by law or for security reasons to do so. A trivial example would be bicycle brakes. Ever seen a bicycle with only a single brake?

Often enough, however you have two different systems for economic or comfort reasons that can at least partially take over each other's job and give you the chance to get home without too much trouble. Toyota's hybrid system cannot make full use of the potential redundancy of the dual propulsion system that is a necessity for hybrid vehicles. You can drive fully electric for some distance, but you always need the electric motor, even if driving only on the combustion engine. Btw: this gearbox is also the reason, why driving a Prius feels quite strange at the beginning. The combustion engine speed does not correspond to the vehicle speed in the classic way. The planetary gearbox allows to run the combustion engine always in the optimal working point, which helps keeping the consumption down.

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Chairo

Planetary gear transmission

That is the one big disadvantage of Toyota's hybrid system. They use a unique planetary gearbox, where the gear ratio is set by an electrical motor. Actually it is a very elegant system (from an engineering point of view), but once the e-motor electronic is overheated, they cannot run on the combustion engine alone.

Most other parallel Hybrid car makers use a more conventional automatic or robotised transmission and can still drive home if the electric drive-train fails. Redundancy is always a good idea, isn't it?

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Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

Chairo
Devil

How about switching food orders randomly

This time kosher, next halal, some vegetarian and perhaps a child meal or two.

Just to mess up their database.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

Chairo
Joke

Re: @ JeffyPooh - "...mockery..."

Oh, and it's "Koch". With a "ch". Rhymes with a scottish lake. Can't be that hard

Hmm, lake Lomond or lake Ness don't rhyme well.

Hmm, I better don't go to Scotland now, or they might force feed me haggis or throw with sheep.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

Chairo

Re: When Cars Decide to Kill - software flaws occur all the time

we have NO software safety laws

At least for vehicles that is not true (any more). Since 2011, vehicles have to be developed according ISO26262 standard, which is a legal requirement, making it effectively a worldwide software safety law for the automotive industry.

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Apple to end telco iPhone sales monopoly in Britland

Chairo
Gimp

Sauronesque empire?

One phone to rule them all, One phone to find them; One phone to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

Chairo

So is windows phone

Now a burning platform?

It would be a shame, especially after they finally seem to get things right.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

Chairo

Will someone please tell me just what the hell "using the cloud" actually MEANS?

I guess that sentence was written in the comments field of 80% of all returned questionnaires...

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Brit boffins teach mere PCs to find galaxies in Hubble pics

Chairo
Thumb Up

Boinc project anyone?

Please let this become a Boinc project! It would fit exactly the scope of Boinc. Send out work packages with Hubble images and let everyone participate in analysing them for NASA.

What's not to like?

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

Chairo
Big Brother

Even if such a system could be implemented safely, this wouldn’t stop criminal actors, who could simply buy their technology overseas or from non-compliant companies and countries.

That would be a problem, if the surveillance target would be criminals in the first place. For better surveillance of the average citizen it'll work fine.

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AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought

Chairo

When I went to buy laptop last year the only options with AMD chips were either under powered or more expensive than identical laptops which had Intel inside

That is one of the main problems of AMD. They never really could gain a foothold in the Laptop market. And unfortunately this is where the margins are. This and of course the server chips.

For some time they had a competitive server product with the Opteron, partly thanks to Intel's Itanium stumble, but since Intel got serious on X86-64 server iron, AMD is having a hard time, indeed.

Their APUs are interesting, but I am still not sure, what market they are aiming for. People who don't care about graphics acceleration at all are probably happy with chipset integrated graphics and would rather have more computing power, and who does care about graphics power will likely buy a discrete graphics card, anyway.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer's code theft conviction overturned AGAIN

Chairo
Pirate

Re: Clumsy effort to criminalize a contract violation

It was breach of copyright and according to the government, that's worse than murder.......

OMG it's PIRACY! It's punishable by hanging or at least by careening.

Btw. who was it again that helped Greece to fake their financial reports so they could enter the Euro zone? Pirates, I say. Pirates...

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Pluto probe brain OVERLOAD: Titsup New Horizons explained

Chairo

Good they found this now

wouldn't want to see this kind of data loss happening during or after the flyby.

(fingers crossed)

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

Chairo
Paris Hilton

OK, but is this really relevant?

I wonder which sysadmin would have let update KB3035583 passing through?

Someone too lazy to even do a basic check and just installs everything that is offered?

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

Chairo

Re: Now students, please use "free" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence.

was there a 9 or did that get missed?

rumour says there were some windows 9x versions and Microsoft didn't want to take a risk with lazy programming checking for the version string,

Another possible reason to jump directly to 10 might be, that the number "9" stands for hardship and suffering in some Asian cultures. Perhaps they learned this lesson from NT 4, as "4" stands for death there.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Chairo
Devil

Looks nice

My first impression was, that they put their logo on a female derrière in blue jeans.

Quick - let's start a shitstorm about facebook's sexism! On facebook, naturally...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Chairo
Joke

They couldn't possibly have known this

Microsoft employees obviously have no friends and no contacts out of work and family, so how could they have guessed it's a bad idea?

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

Chairo

Only one use

for the new domains - to squeeze out money from companies that now have to register for new domains in addition to the .com .co.uk or ."whatever country they do business in".

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

Chairo

If Samsung's software is interrupting Microsoft's updates then not only are people going to be at risk, but it could affect system stability

I suppose the reason Samsung disabled windows update in the first place, was exactly this - systems getting unstable after the drivers were updated automatically. One doesn't go to such lengths as disabling windows system update, without a very pressing reason.

The question is now, if the broken drivers will still be installed once they enable windows update again.

Not a good time to be a (private) Samsung PC customer.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

Chairo
FAIL

Funny no one mentiones the X240

I got one for work a few months ago. A beautiful looking machine and it boots up lightning fast from its SSD.

Unfortunately that is pretty much the only good thing that can be said about it. They managed to create a machine that has both, scratchpad and the keyboard knubble and to make both unusable with their retarded mouse button concept. The mouse buttons are now emulated by the scratchpad. The whole pad has to be pushed down. As it offers quite some resistance, the thumb tires quickly after a few double-clicks. What's more, the pad-button is really noisy. If you are in a silent meeting room, you can tell, who's got a X240, just by listening. That is - if you can find a X240 user who doesn't carry around a mouse. Oh and the mouse that came with this machine is a "standard sized" affair, not the compact mouse that used to ship with Thinkpads.

I could go on with a longer list of this machine's deficiencies, but let me put it like this - this is the first Thinkpad that I am sure I will not miss after the end of its lease period.

Give me back the classic thinkpad design - please!

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

Chairo
Flame

Doesn't this fit nicely

to this story about Microsoft implementing a new "Antimalware Scan Interface" (AMSI) in Windows 10, that will effectively hand over all opened documents unencrypted to the installed AV product?

How convenient!

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Chairo
FAIL

Strange

No one here talks about the implications of the new payment model for the customer.

Obviously Amazon tracks your reading on a page to page basis. It's nasty enough that they know which books I own, now they also track what and which part of it I read how often. I for one don't like someone looking over my shoulder while I read. That includes Amazon.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

Chairo

@dogged

Curse you for putting the image of Nadella raping a dog in my mind!

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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

Chairo

TV remotes won't make calls?

Given that lately more and more gear has no remote control any more and relies on some dodgy app and the "cloud" to work, greybeards might well need some kind of smartphone, as it might be the only way to switch channels on their new "smart" TV.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Chairo
Devil

Free IPhones

Aren't those the ones, bundled with these grossly overpriced contracts?

Aren't these contracts a bit like the ones that are usually offered to emerging bands? Kind of "give us all your music and we will pay you a pittance for the next ten years"?

Just asking...

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

Chairo

Re: Question

Does this mean that there was a generation of stars with only hydrogen that fused into helium, went nova and spread that around?

This new helium went into making new stars which fused hydrogen into helium, and helium into Lithium, then they went bang, ekcetera...

Well, I am no star boffin, but as an interested amateur, I'll try to answer your question. If there is a real star boffin reading this, please feel free to correct me.

As far as I understand all elements up to iron are fused inside stars in a more or less consecutive sequence.

The density and pressure inside of a star is so high, that elements normally couldn't exist. The electrons would be pushed away and the neutrons fuse together. This fusion, however creates energy, which causes s outward pressure. In a star, the inward pressure by gravity and the outward pressure by fusion energy is in a balance. Not all elements fuse under the same conditions, First helium is created by the fusion of Hydrogen atoms, if enough hydrodgen is used up, the pressure in the core goes up until the helium ignites and so on. This process only happens in the star's core and the elements bred there mostly stay there. Until all fuel is used up, that is. What then happens depends mostly on the star's mass. Generally the star is blown apart spectacularly with some of it's core left over as a white dwarf, a neutron star or a stellar black hole.

The gas blown away is still mostly hydrogen, but it is polluted with the elements that were bred in the star's core. It can clump together again to form new stars, planets, whatever.

So we are made of star ash. Literally.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Chairo

Interesting concept

So in a nutshell, each application supporting AMSI, hands over every to be opened content to this interface for verification before the content is executed.

Sounds like a kind of extended input check to me. Probably useful. However I am not sure, how this is supposed to stop already running malware. Especially malware that is executed before the OS is even loaded.

Also if this interface is taken over by malware, it could become a tool to break encrypted documents. The data has to be sent to the AMSI interface AFTER decryption, right? Btw: I wonder how DRMed content will be handled. It probably cannot be scanned, as there could be some DRM removal Software hooking in that interface, pretending to be a AV scanner.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Chairo

Oculus is PC-only for now

Isn't it long overdue, that we stop counting a Microsoft OS as part of the PC definition? Plenty of Linux and MacOS PCs out there.

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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

Chairo

I wonder

what is the job description of a Google privacy exec?

Making sure their customers have as little privacy as possible?

That said, I'm sorry to hear about the earthquake. Every person killed is one too much.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Chairo

Good strategy?

We just got the announcement that one of our core applications will be migrated to a non-oracle database soon.

It was running on various versions of oracle for more than 15 years.

I wonder if this is connected to oracle's new business strategy...

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Chairo

Ultimately, the idea is to stop miscreants installing malware on a machine

-> Ultimately, the idea is to stop users installing open source software on a machine

Boosting their app shop takeup is probably just a welcome side effect.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

Chairo

Re: Please come visit Fukushima

I also live in Japan, recently I went to Hiroshima. It's quite a nice town, despite the fact that some 70 years ago roughly one kilo of plutonium blew up there and most of it was spread over the area. So much for the 300 years...

The fuckup in Fukushima is mostly thanks to the Democratic party that tried to show they are doing something and stays so because the liberal democrats prefer to ignore bad history and signs of Japanese weakness. Judging if the area is safe would mean to take responsibility and decisive action and would bring the topic back on the table. Something Abe would never risk.

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

Chairo

HP top management bought a company that everyone said was overpriced an overhyped, and now they are shocked that it was indeed overpriced and overhyped.

Sure, that must have been someone else's fault, right?

Didn't they check Autonomy's accounting before the deal? Oh, wait, it was only a 11bn deal - hardly worth any attention.

Stranger than fiction...

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

Chairo

Of course

concerning deadly animals and other natural events, Australia cannot be beaten by Mexico.

On a more serious note - there have been quite a lot of mass extinctions in the past. This one could be connected with the P-T event 250 million years ago, also called the "Great Dying". Until someone figures out the exact age of the impact this is all speculation, of course.

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

Chairo
Facepalm

Re: Yarr!

In Germany the party was taken over by the "antifa" - violent left wing nuts, and imploded. The topics remain relevant, however. Hopefully there will be another party picking them up.

Btw: In what way is "eternal copyright" an inspiring vision for society?

We all know that even the current 70 years are already bullshit, pushed through by a certain lobby group to avoid losing the copyright on Micky Mouse. Oh, and of course home taping already killed the music industry back in the 70s, right?

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