* Posts by thomas k.

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

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Shouldn't they be suing Leo, too?

"During his tenure as chief executive at HP, the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization after a series of strategic missteps by the company, leading to his resignation."

"HP eventually ... wrote-down almost $9 billion related to the Autonomy acquisition, which it indicated was due to a lack of due diligence during the acquisition process under Apotheker."

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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the radiation will tell us they're on the way.

Sounds like the premise for a sci-fi movie, except with aliens instead of asteroids. Call Bruce Willis.

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How much did T-Mobile US make from that failed AT&T buyout? How about $7.7bn

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And now we know ...

how they can afford to offer such sweetheart deals to steal customers from the bigger guys. Hopefully they'll use a little of it to improve their network, as well.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Barry Goldwater

Senator Goldwater was very vocal in both his condemnation of the Religious Right (repeatedly warning against their attempt to take over the Republican Party) and his support for gay rights.

http://bluenc.com/content/barry-goldwater-religious-right-and-gay-rights

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Double your pleasure, double your fun ...

Two, two, two bezels for the price of one!

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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work release?

Surprising that GCHQ hasn't sprung him and given him a job by now - he seems quite talented

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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USB outlet, too!

from the fastcoexist article:

"Each flat-packed kit will come with a single solar panel that powers a built-in light and a USB outlet."

Given the growing use of cell phones in the developing world, this is a pretty useful feature. Enabling refugees to charge their phones allows them to stay in contact with friends and relatives, as well keeping abreast of events in the outside world (if the camps provide wifi).

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

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Re: I havew to say that

I guess it's been awhile then since you last visited - we already had that discussion months ago.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: "Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you.

Not to mention that these same states are always the first in line to suckle at the Federal teat when it comes to grabbing Federal dollars.

And let's not forget that Tennesseans, in particular, would still be dependent on candle-light after the sun went down if it weren't for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Valley_Authority

from the 3rd paragraph down:

"During the 1920s, Americans began to support the idea of public ownership of utilities, particularly hydroelectric power facilities. Many believed privately owned power companies were charging too much for power, did not employ fair operating practices, and were subject to abuse by their owners (utility holding companies), at the expense of consumers."

Sound familiar?

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Re: making attacks look like someone else is responsible

@ SP

Sorry, hadn't read that linked article (and so not the comments, either). Shows great minds think alike.

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making attacks look like someone else is responsible

So, they could hack a major corporation, um, let's say Sony, and make it look like the attack originated in, say North Korea? Hypothetically speaking, of course.

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Hilton member accounts info, trip dates open to plunder

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Re: Deja vu?

Ah, referenced in a linked article. I scanned the article a couple of times looking for dates and didn't see any and missed that link. Thanks.

Guess that means I'm not psychic, though. :(

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Deja vu?

I remember reading about this several months ago - HHonors hacked, with the miscreants using the pilfered points to purchase gift cards and merchandise from the Hilton store - and thinking it odd, typical, craven (you pick) that no memo was sent out with advice on how to respond to guests' possible questions regarding the situation.

Is this a new attack or just a rehash of that incident? Or am I psychic and was seeing into the future?

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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... why the cat is Scottish

Well, it *is* a ginger.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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What a relief!

Just a normal, everyday psycho, then; she didn't claim she did it because of the Slender Man.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Also home to the Temppeliaukio Church

http://www.travelsignposts.com/Finland/files/2010/01/DSCN03591.jpg

It's like you're standing under the eye of God and he's giving you the once over, up close. A strange and disconcerting sensation.

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Target tosses US$10 million at victims of breach

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... claims to be lodged online

At a (hopefully) secured site hosted by an independent, disinterested third party.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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Still on XP/IE6 at work

So most of us use Firefox or Chrome on our workstations for actual web browsing.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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um ... who took the picture?

If it's a 'selfie', one would expect to see the arm holding the camera extending past the edge of the picture. Does it have a camera on a tripod which it can set down and then retrieve? Or did it just flag down a passing Martian, "Oi! Take my picture, mate?"

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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20 years to life for trafficking a kilogram of heroin and ten years to life for 5kg of Cocaine

And, yet, no jail time at all for banks that engaged in money laundering for drug cartels or bankers/brokers/financial institutions that caused a global financial meltdown.

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Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

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you bastards!

Adding a completely irrelevant cat picture to the article just so I'd click on it.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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@ Chriss 244`

Thanks, I'll pass that along.

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just curious

Um, any recommendation on Tagamet dosage, 1 200mg pill once a day, twice a day?

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Google creeps up on another sector: Adds car insurance to Compare

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tried this last night

Top (meaning cheapest) three picks would save me from $650 (1 & 2) to $350 (3) over my present coverage. All three, however, receive 1 star ratings on on-line rating sites, their customers uniformly relating one horror story after another in a seeming endless litany.

My current carrier, on the other hand, received an 89.7% overall customer satisfaction rating for 2014. The one time I needed it, in fact, the woman whose car I backed into in a parking lot actually sent me a thank you note, to let me know quickly they had her car repaired and her satisfaction with the result.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Two words

Holster cases.

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Doubly unfortunate ...

to be saddled with that surname in this situation.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Sold out

I'm getting "Sold Out" on mini-ring page, both last week when the story first ran and again tonight.

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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

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anti-stylish?

While I realize many/most of these things will be shoved under desks or stashed in server closets, I don't why the manufacturers couldn't do a little extra design work to make these things a bit more attractive. Style isn't everything and form should follow function but there's no reason these boxes have to be so butt fugly.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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M7 still good enough

Just bought a 2nd M7 to have a spare one when they were on sale at BB. Just have to be a little choosier when loading up your music due to the 32 GB limit.

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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we take our customers' security very seriously

Well, after we discover that security has been compromised, that is.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Windows XP was released with IE6 back in 2002

And ... the worldwide corporation I work for (which shall remain nameless) is *still* on XP/IE6. New PCs (every two years) are still imaged with it.

Most sites work ok with IE6 but I've had to switch to Firefox for my personal surfing for a couple otf sites that bring IE6 to its knees - I'm looking at you, androidcentral and phandroid.

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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um ... thanks, Verizon?

Still, not much will change for me, personally, unless my city decides to build it's own fiber network to compete with Verizon DSL and TWC.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Disco ball, obviously

We're just a little too far away to hear the thump of the bass.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

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1 gig per day per person

You'll go through the cap on your family plan pretty quick at that rate.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Aside from "victims need only install an attacker's app"

I'm guessing this only works if (a) the phone has a SIM card in it and (b) the phone is turned on?

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Alien

Re: says:

Because the fewer people that stumble upon evidence of alien visitation, the easier it is to cover it up.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only

Because, of course, we wouldn't jeopardize our lucrative SMB and Enterprise business by pulling this shit on them.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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"Math is hard!"

<sigh> ... Would you like fries with that?

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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What's the problem?

If supporting the NSA helps prevent those pesky, uncomfortable questions about his family's close ties with the Saudi royal family from being asked, what's the problem?

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Red shirts

Wouldn't it be somewhat more practical to dress them in bright blue or lime green shirts - you know, something that would stand out against the background rather than blend in with it - in case they collapse when outside it will be easier to spot them.

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Oi, Kanye. BEYONCE deserves that gTLD more than you do

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Wow!

Thanks, Reg, that really made my day.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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I think ...

Beyonce deserves that gTLD more than he does.

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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No alien and/or secret Nazi bases?

Were they airbrushed out?

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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520 as iPod killer?

This is the mp3 player Zune should have been. I can listen to my tunes, watch videos and surf the web. Oh, and it makes phones calls, too!

Satisfied 520 user here.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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it was ok

Showed up on Netflix so got to watch it for free, basically.

Not all that good but not as awful as I was expecting, either - typical Rogen/Franco fare, with Franco coming off best, as usual, and certainly better than Pineapple Express.

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Exit Interview: Sony Pics co-chair Amy Pascal flees 'Nork' hack studio

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... the latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise

Oh, god, not another one?! Well, third time's the charm, hopefully.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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Swatch?

I thought they made cars.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Hmm ...

Grim Fandango was the only Lucas Arts game I ever played, must have come in towards their end. I played a ton of Sierra adventures though.

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Attackers sling recent Flash 0day through 1800 domains

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But ... but ...

Hulu requires Flash! You want me to miss my shows?!

Tired of all these exploit stories, I went ahead and uninstalled Flash, only to discover Hulu needed it. So I downloaded and installed it again, through IE, and Hulu worked again *in IE*. But it didn't work on Firefox (and neither of the 2 Flash Player add-ons worked, either) so I had to download and install it again, through Firefox, to get it to work on that, too. Very strange.

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