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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Re: Audio

Regina sounds loud and clear on my Tab 10.1

Also, looks very Hawwtttt.... :-)

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KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION

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WTF?

No mention of existing prevention methods?

Preventing CryptoWall

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

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Specifics?

Has anyone stated exactly what the problem is now, and what this nebulous proposed shift would do better?

Didn't think so...

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New York looks to PROBE TWC over US outage

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My experience was...

Last night, Tuesday, around 10PM EDT I noticed my speed had dropped to about 1/4 of normal. So I call TWC support and am told that they are seeing packet loss of about 1%. We go through the usual reboots, no joy.

By 2AM EDT nothing. My Win box reports DNS errors, although I don't use TWC DNS.

7:30 AM, all is well...

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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In 2003, Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, published a paper called The Simulation Argument, arguing that it is most likely we live in a computer simulation world.

Bostrom paper

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?

Might the reason be for listing the not so new problems really be a control issue?

Recall Hillary Clinton's line of thought when the news of Bill's dalliance was revealed on the internet? It was not defamation, as she wished it to be characterized, it was news.

Hillary's Remarks

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Re: Human Nature

>Easy communication favours the nutter, whether of the cold fusion type or the Nazi type.

>So, the question is: should tolerant society tolerate intolerance? The answer is, I think, not if it wishes to continue.

The real question here, to follow this line of thought to completion, is: Who gets to decide what is right thinking and what is wrong thinking? Which ideology is allowed and promoted to the exclusion of all others? Does a free and tolerant society ban certain viewpoints in the name of the common good? Is said society then really free and tolerant, or is it just as repressive as the evil it claims to be saving us from?

Are some animals destined to be more equal than other animals?

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Didn't Al Gore...

...invent the BlackBerry?

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: You may not want to read this

What I see regarding newbie questions in the various Linix forums:

1. Answers that don't address the question, "You don't want X, you want Y"

2. RTFM

3. Good detailed help, solving the problem

4. No answer at all

Too much #1 by advocates of particular software/methods, a fair amount of #2 by The Priesthood, and although there is a good amount of #3, not enough to overcome the perceptions left by the others.

Windows users fare a tad better, once they learn to not use MS sites that tell you you have malware and to boot to safe mode as a stock scripted answer.

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Flawed Premise?

Since the article seems to say that declining numbers of Google hits = declining interest, I would suggest as others have, that Linux users may be using DDG.

Also, Linux users know to go to Distro Watch, and the LiveCD pages, plus many other Linux websites to get the information they need. When I recommend Linux I send the user to either DDG or a direct Linux link.

Last, how Mint was left off the graph is a puzzle. Maybe the same mindset that equates Google hits with popularity is at work here. Mint has been number 1 or close for quite a while now. Cue Jethro Tull now, because it appears that some are Living in the Past...

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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If they want to stop terrorists...

...by mustering overwhelming support for their actions against these animals, they would put the video on the evening news. Force the moderate muslims to respond to these barbaric actions, see what response the anti Israel crowd has to say. Remind everyone exactly who and what these murderous thugs are up to...

In a broader sense the video is news. In a free society how can one justify such censorship? It is a slippery slope to total government control of what we can see and read and what we cannot...

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Some text editor fanboi war this is...

Not a mention of emacs or ed...

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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They only needed to add...

PBR, aka Blue Ribbon Beer, to the hipster mix side of it and they would have shot to the top!

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Aeon Flux

And her pal, the chick with four hands.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Skynet...

...determined the optimal orbits for its needs and made corrections.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Good stuff...

...well done.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Cancelled after 1 series

Agree with credas here, many good/books ideas suffer this fate. They make a good start, but don't know when to wrap it up. Person of Interest is a good example, the first season was very good. Then it became a repeating script - our two heroes in a jam, oh, they escaped, repeated ad nauseum...

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Enough Monkey Business...

...waiting for a law firm to announce they specialise in Simian Law.

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Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'

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FAIL

Direction from the White House?

This will be the impediment he can't solve.

what the customer wanted

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Apple's Yawn and Windows Apology

Yes, telling wasn't it. Always go slow and preview a post such as this would be good advice methinks...

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Beer as RF block...

I had no idea that beer had RF blocking properties. Now with a citable (and reputable)source, an addition to the IT tool box should be an easy sell to management...

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

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Re: Many years ago...

Just had a peek at my old dog tags and yes, it is my SSN on there. Check yours...

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Re: Many years ago...

As one of those Americans I would have to say that 45 years ago the ID theft problem was much different than it is today. There was no Interwebz to look things up on...

An SSN wasn't normally connected to a bank account, drivers license or medical records. In those days the law specified a very narrow range of uses...

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Absolutely. The statement that begins with "Importantly" gives a clear indication of what their worry is, it isn't their customers...

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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Re: The mind boggles.

" in what was dubbed a 'credential harvesting campaign', "

Maybe this is phase one: build a list of known user ids. Infect the user's internet facing machine, and see what else they can do from there...

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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Re: Missing information

Good point, if your data is what they're after root is moot...

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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@credas

You did read the editor's note, and did see the link to the article they wrote that goes into to the affair, right? Further, any software that has optional addons are clearly indicated and a note on how to avoid it is always mentioned. Point of fact is their downloads are either the tested one they host, or a direct link to the author's site, none of the dodgy 3rd party sites this el reg article is warning about.

Doing a web search of their safety will give you an idea what different security sites think of them, all extremely positive. In 10 years, I have never even heard a whisper of a problem with them, and I have no ownership position there...

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Windows users could do a lot worse than use Major Geeks, they really do check everything they list...

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Merger-hungry Comcast and Time Warner withdraw from FCC commissioner's dinner event

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A shame...

Probably inevitable, but this merger is a mistake. More choice of broadband is needed, not MegaISP being the only choice for large regions...

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Challenge the basic premise...

...that someone, somewhere has the right to remove an individual's right to private property fairly earned.

Make no mistake about it, Socialism is about exactly that: someone who deems themself to be our betters wants the power to control every facet of our lives to fit their superior ideology. If we would only listen, if we could only understand that they know better what is good for us all. The arrogance of the political class knows few bounds...

Nonsense, people have a natural right to determine their own destinies, even if they make the "wrong" choices. We are not children who must submit to the discipline of Ivory Tower idiots seeking to remake the world in their own image...

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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Minnesota...

...has launched its invasion of Canada. Phase one: kill Command and Control...

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MPs to gaze upon biometric data industry's ID-gobbling tech

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Let's get it over with...

Barcoded subcutaneous implants for everyone. Makes 2 factor authentication easy and ubiquitous.

No more credit cards, passwords, all solved... Authorization at a hand wave...

I welcome this Brave New World and our Digital Overlords. Everything will be perfect Comrades...

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

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This sounds so wrong...

"users would have to perform as certain gesture on a touch sensitive part of the computer"

Has anybody thought of Siri's emotional well being in all this?

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CryptoWall! crooks! 'turn! to! Yahoo! ads! to! spread! ransomware!'

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No troubles when using...

Elinks browser.

Just saying...

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Thanks el Reg...

...I can skip this flick now and not worry that I missed any science. Soap Operas are not my area of interest...

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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eBay in cohoots with Burzum? Diabolical Plot?

For a cut of the profits. Tell someone they can't have something, what's the first thing they do?

They go out and get it!

Clever lads...

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: He talks a good talk

Of course this doesn't mention the intercepted and modified kit going thru public carriers in the USA.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-nsa-intercepts-computer-deliveries/

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John Q. needs to realize that...

...the massive data slurping has nothing to do with stopping terorism. Even with advance knowledge, two amateurs in Boston slipped right past them. Terrorists are quite aware by now of the tools being used, many have undoubtedly gone low tech to communicate. Human assets in the field are what is required to stop them, not PRISM.

Data collection serves two purposes, an ad driven revenue source for the likes of Google, and political control/repression capability for the likes of the 5 Eyes.

Strong encryption, easily implemented, everywhere is a large part of the solution. Open source, audited tools for everyone, for all email, would be a good start...

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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

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China's not so subtle way of saying...

Play ball, have access to this market.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Going out on limb here...

"Twitter can trigger psychosis in predisposed users, according to a team of doctors from the Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin."

I'm betting "Anything" can trigger psychosis in predisposed users, including reading studies from teams of doctors...

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Somebody got a universal translator handy?

Russell 6:

With the Putin vs. The West playing out as it is, I just hope some Shadow Recruit can stop a possible Russian Operation Lamentations. Some truth to the line that the Russians would be crushed, but would recover. The West might not be able to...

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Re: insidious Marxism

They, the alphabets, seem to be devoted whistlblower hunters, just inneffectual at it...

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CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

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Rabbit80 posted:

"Links to the decryptcryptolocker site give a 403 - forbidden error."

They hace been h@Xor3d!!

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: @Cipher I don't buy it

vladamir:

Yes, calmer now, thanks...

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Re: I don't buy it

No Vladimir, it was this remark by the OP that prompted my reply:

" Ah, terminator movies. Category: Fiction, country of origin: USA relevance therefore zero to discussions of AI becoming ..."

Clear now?

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Re: I don't buy it

Gratuitous anti American remarks seem to be all the rage these days.

Phillip K. Dick anyone?

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

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What if...

...the massive data sucking was a self preservation action on the part of the alphabet agencies?

Funding threatened? Dig up everything on Senator X and let him/her know that you have the goods on them. Friendly administration needs a bit of dirt on a political enemy, happy to help.

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China: Our approved vendor list – Kaspersky, Symantec AREN'T on it

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Re: Magic 8 ball says

Or something close to that. Good new fashioned Chinese, ahem, Capitalism...

What I doubt is any NSA related reason for the move. The stuff the NSA is interested in likely does not reside on internet facing machines...

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

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OMG!!

My toaster has been h@X0red...

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: What can I say?

DropBear scribbled for posterity:

" Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. "

And no other country has morons who feel entitled, eh?

Sigh...

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