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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

Bill Neal

Would you like to install?

...unless they don't know the root password. That depends on the distro, of course.

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ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies

Bill Neal
Joke

Re: Zeppelin NT?

I guess we missed out on Zeppelin for Workgroups. They should be alright as long as they don't name one Vista.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

Bill Neal

Re: Actually I did expect better.

Someone needs to check out the Pen Island website. Be careful when googling that one. Here, I'll save you the trouble. www.penisland.net

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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

Bill Neal
Joke

At first I read that as

Thompson was taped to a chair by Microsoft's board earlier this month...

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

Bill Neal
Joke

Re: Instant Erase

Sometimes instant erase is not an option.

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

Bill Neal

Why?

I get Microsoft v Apple, Intel v AMD, and AT&T v (the world of the 80's?), but not this. Who is forced to use Google? only the advertisers? It seems to me Google is being punished for being too effective/efficient/good.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

Bill Neal

How did Lenovo do it?

Start by making something for consumers that is affordable and isn't crap. I love HP servers, but their consumer-grade products are absolute crap, and Dell fell into that hole too. Lenovo & Asus are the only brands I recommend for cheap machines these days, and it has paid off.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

Bill Neal

A good number of Windows surface tablets sold in Q3 2013 were quickly returned when people realized they had to get all applications from Microsoft. Where is that figure? Friends in retail tell me they are the most returned tablet. Too bad we don't get accurate stats on these things.

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Bill Neal

HELLO?

HELLO!

YEAH I GOT A NEW WINPHONE!

NO IT'S RUBBISH!

YEAH RUBBISH MATE!

CIAO!

I kinda miss trigger happy TV. I should go download it.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

Bill Neal

Whale Whores

DOLPHIN AND WHALE!

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Cisco partners with Wilocity on hyper fast 5-gigabit Wi-Fi tech

Bill Neal

abgn...

The engineers have made a fine mess of the alphabet with 802.11_ standards. What letter(s) will be next?

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HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

Bill Neal

Serious question

Are there ANY benefits to Itanium/IA64 over the Xeons availible at this time? I'm asking about hardware here, not software support or porting issues. I have heard about Intel bringing Itanium features to Xeon, and I'm just wondering what is left? Is the only problem with Itanium the low clocks? high cost? Is the only thing keeping IA64 alive the software lock-in?

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

Bill Neal

Re: More power to them...

...while the rest of the world gets a list of cool sites to check out. I'm sure they appreciate the publicity. /s

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HGST pops out 1TB fondleslab disc as thin as a digestive biscuit

Bill Neal

Yes, but...

Does this one have shingles? I'd like to stay away from the ones that do.

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What's the first Kinetic Ethernet hard drive? Psst, it's the 4TB Terascale

Bill Neal

Headline

I saw the headline and thought, "WTF is Kinetic Ethernet?" that sounds dangerous.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Bill Neal

Cold water?

Typical MPAA spokeswoman sticking fingers in ears shouting, "I'm not listening!"

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Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports

Bill Neal

FireTube?

So it's NOT a source for ginger porn then. They really could have thought up a better name. I really don't see a reason to switch from my Roku3 & PS3. I don't want to buy an HDMI switch either.

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Thirteen alleged Anons named and charged by FBI in antipiracy web war

Bill Neal

Re: Thirteen down...

Fine. Say 1000 took part in what (to them) sounded like a good idea at the time. 13 were foolish enough to leave sufficient evidence to be charged & most likely convicted. It still sounds like a weak attempt to parade some dissidents before the masses.

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Re: These are not the droids

Anon is conflicted with the ethics of using botnets to do their DDoSing. Can you blame them? If you wanted to picket a business, would you do it yourself or force others to do it against their will?

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

Bill Neal
Devil

Re: Simple Reason

It is even deeper than that. Google advertises Play and Chromebooks within android apps like the one for Kickass Torrents

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Bill Neal

Re: It's lucky we have infinite energy and natural resources to build and power all of these robots

I see a correlation between scarcity and the desire to breed. How do you convince people to limit population growth to something sustainable? Should we all just pretend that we can reproduce as much as we want without consequences?

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

Bill Neal

Even without another process shrink...

Doesn't this give us even more room & better thermal envelope to add more subsystems to the same chip? The SoC development seems to take away more & more bottlenecks from our systems while giving us more efficiency. I'm sure there will always be the need to connect it all (and upgrade the GPU), but apart from the solid state storage & bus connections, what else can we shrink?

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Shingle me timbers! Seagate brags of 1m SMR drives - where are they?

Bill Neal

Shingles?

No thanks Seagate. I don't care how big it is.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

Bill Neal

BORAT

Ballocket

Operation

Remote

Abort

Transmission / Transmitter

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

Bill Neal
Facepalm

Re: "the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU,"

I guess an IBM mainframe isn't considered "commercially available"

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

Bill Neal
Devil

Re: It's not the stuff you do

So its OK for me to use BSD as long as I know how to deal with it?

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

Bill Neal
WTF?

Re: Give way to whoever's biggest.

So what we used to call collisions, were now calling mergers?

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

Bill Neal
Thumb Up

As an American...

I was impressed when I first saw BT tower from the streets of London. I have seen many comms towers in the US, but nothing as practical looking as this multi-use structure. I'm surprised we don't see more comms equipment on large buildings in the US. There are some, but I feel there is a missed opportunity for some architectural aesthetic value. I think BT tower would fit in with any of our major cities.

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'Lab-smashing' Stuxnet HELPED Iran's nuke effort, says brainiac

Bill Neal
Go

a plausible case

...and perhaps shooting at race cars would make them drive faster, but it would also cause equipment failures adding cost & time to the race.

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Bill Neal
Devil

Re: Looks like...

Biological cyber warfare?

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INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity

Bill Neal
WTF?

This is new?

I thought this was already generally accepted to be the case. Is it only news because there is a new pixelated image of it?

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Linux kernel 3.9 lands

Bill Neal
Linux

Re: Quick Noob Q.

Fedora has addressed that in their last release, but I have not tried it yet. I'm still waiting for the next Mint and some new hardware to test it on.

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

Bill Neal
WTF?

As an American...

...what is this Scart cable you speak of? I hace seen the connection on one of my big TV's, but never seen the actual cable in my country. Why was there a need to make yet ANOTHER video connection? Is it any better than the alternatives?

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Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip

Bill Neal

Nice

While we may have to wait a long time for exascale computing, its nice to know the network will be ready.

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

Bill Neal
WTF?

Re: But it takes 2!

Crossing streams?

It has the deuterium & lithium, but no anti-matter.

we probably couldn't get enough solar power to control anti-matter.

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Bill Neal
Go

Re: Astonishing and nice!

When can we expect this to be scaled down to a size appropriate for an F1 car, so race it around the Large Hadron Collider? I want to see Wipeout races in my lifetime.

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Inuit all along: Pirate Bay flees Sweden for Greenland

Bill Neal
Happy

I don't even use TPB...

...but I love hearing that the site is still running around, seemingly unstoppable. Will it ever end? It all seems like one big distraction for politics & law.

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NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

Bill Neal
Trollface

Just for one celeb

He just set up the network for Dennis Rodman's visit. Afterward Kim was quoted saying, "Wait, you mean that wasn't president Obama?" (quoted from a completely unreliable source)

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Ellison aims his first Oracle 'mainframe' at Big Blue

Bill Neal
WTF?

Fastest?

According to El Reg, "...T5 and M5 chips run at 3.6GHz."

Is that really a better performer than the zEC12 chip, a 5.5 GHz hexa-core processor?

Beating Power7 is great, but I saw a marketing claim that Larry was about to announce the fastest processor in the world. Am I to understand this was marketing BS as usual?

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

Bill Neal
Unhappy

Priorities

I'm sure it has been said already, but it is quite depressing to know that the U.S. spent more on the bank bailout than the entire history of NASA's budget. Too bad there isn't enough money in space for NASA to have it's own lobbyists. Too bad our gov is more interested in profit than pure research in general.

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Open source port-a-thon brings Ubuntu to more phones, tablets

Bill Neal
Meh

Just because it can be done...

...doesn't mean it should.

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It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

Bill Neal
Devil

That must be it

Surely these people are downloading illegally out of simple ignorance. Who could possibly deal with piracy on their conscience? Right

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

Bill Neal
Devil

More options?

I use honey instead of sugar, and a Keurig with loose tea. These options must be inconceivable to your orthodoxy.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

Bill Neal
Linux

"the best aspects of DirectX 11"

But you don't need DirectX 11 to play Bioshock Infinite. PS3 doesn't use it. Aside from it being the more commonly accepted proprietary standard, What is the best aspect of DirectX 11?

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

Bill Neal
WTF?

Re: Calm down, it's just a willy...

Don't they have penis festivals/parades in Japan?

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Bill Neal
Devil

Re: @Jake

Welcome to Florida, my home.

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Western Digital leaps out of a plane, forgets to pull the 'chute

Bill Neal
Trollface

About those prices...

Remember how nice it was to buy storage before the great flood of 2012? Those were the days.

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Long-delayed Fedora Linux 18 arrives at last

Bill Neal
Linux

Re: Cinnamon is all very well

includes the alternative MATE and Cinnamon desktops...on the DVD I assume. there doesn't seem to be a live image using MATE. Mint and CentOS have been good enough for me depending on application. For desktops & portables Mint does seem to just work with more WiFi adapters. I'm still glad to see more features added to Fedora, but why can they keep up to date on drivers?

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Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

Bill Neal
Linux

Libre/Open Office?

It may not be a mass market, but I would call it powerful, easy-to-use software broadly accessible to consumers. I use it in my own office daily, and can't think of a reason to go back to Microsoft.

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Leaping hedgehog probes planned for Martian moon Phobos

Bill Neal
WTF?

Is it hostile?

Perhaps it is natural for space exploration to appear as terrifying as possible. If we keep this up we may never find life that would get along with us, not that we would find any on Phobos anyway. What would you think if you saw these bouncing/floating towards you?

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