You can bet the folks at the NSA (and NRO, etc.) are not too pleased that one of their favorites is gone public.
73 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007
Not to worry
For a time, I too, was worried about self-important self-appointed zealots working feverishly to rectify a problem they didn't fully (or nearly) understand with un-tested methods and unknowable consequences for the entire planet.
Then I began seeing articles about CRISPR/Cas9 (gene editing for dummies -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR/Cas_Tools) and was comforted to know this will solve all our problems well before we self-destruct the environment we inhabit.
Once these fools (humans) begin fiddling with the human genome in a substantial manner, '12 Monkeys' and 'I Am Legend' are going to look much more like prophecy than science-fiction.
But, anyway, it's a lovely day outside, isn't it?
Change is good
You go first. :)
Favorite bumper sticker
"Why do the British drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas refrigerators."
Another fine idea
What could possibly go wrong?
I'll just go back to watching "The Last Man" now...
Attention to privacy?
I wonder if a truly large-scale identity theft would alter the level of apathy?
Not that I'm suggesting anyone undertake such a thing, but until Jack and Jill User feel a compelling reason to act, they're unlikely to. Just sayin'.
Now we know for certain...
...that climate change is real. The evidence couldn't be more convincing.
(Mine's the one with a healthy dose of skepticism in the pocket...)
On the other hand
One can't help but wonder what the reaction would have been in, say, the USA, if another country, say North Aerok, had produced a low-brow movie about the assassination of the current US President...
The missing link...
Causality: (noun) - the relationship between cause and effect.
Q: Is the Earth's climate changing?
A: Always has, always will.
Q: Is the current change in Earth's climate the result of human activity?
A: Obviously. Not. Perhaps. Insufficient data for analysis?
Q: Is reducing pollution of mankind's only home desirable?
A: Not too bright, are we?
Why wouldn't they?
The first rule of Star Wars is...
No main characters over the age of 21 are allowed.
It was discovered this reduces the tendency of the audience to reason, follow plotlines, etc. and also improved sales of small, furry toy creatues in the cinema lobbies.
Mine's the one without the toy light-saber in the pocket...
Absolutely. I think...
The picture in this story, purportedly showing the NSA repacking a bit of Cisco kit, or kit being shipped in a Cisco box, or a box designed to look like an actual Cisco box, is very convincing.
I now firmly believe Cisco uses brown cardboard boxes to ship some of its products.
Beyond that, I wouldn't want that to be the only evidence in a case against anyone, even a creepy out-of-control government agency. Then again...
Greed is good. At making you stupid.
Perhaps the main reason for SQL Server's growth was its affordability.
Now, the same brain trust that forced TIFKAM onto a server operating system (Windows Server 2012) feels they can go head-to-head with Oracle on price. Many firms using SQL Server are in for an eye-watering surprise when they receive their next bill. Not a small increase, not a modest increase, but a jaw-dropping price increase. At least one shop I know of is working on replacing SQL Server with PostgreSQL; they simply can't afford to continue using SQL Server.
Sadly, these same geniuses (at Microsoft) didn't add value corresponding to the price increase - Hekaton, etc. are nice, albeit limited improvements, but are incremental improvements and are far from justifying the new (core-based) licensing model pricing.
Expect more defections as the new reality sinks in.
The Alternative Factor
Perhaps it's a scheme to attract sticker-shocked MS SQL Server firms.
If they don't, someone else certainly will.
"...That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best –- by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening to all sides of an argument, and by judging for ourselves."
And then sits quietly while we are told violating our Constitution is legal. And that there's sweet FA we can do about it.
...the land of the wee, and the home of the knave!
(yes, I live here.)
Climate change alert!
The temperature where I live has gone up almost 10 degrees (F) since I woke up this morning!
At this rate, it will be 200 degrees by tomorrow!
Some needs to do something - quick!
Paris because she knows about as much about the subject as anyone seems to.
Re: Just a simple question.
Nothing wrong with asking questions.
As long as one can accept there are answers we may not understand. Or like. Or accept.
Just a simple question.
"Right after the Universe exploded into existence..."
Could you explain to us what 'the Universe' was before it exploded?
Or where that came from?
Thank you for clearing this up for humankind.
Mine's the one with the humility in the pocket...
What we've seen so far...
score: Business 1, individual 0.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled greed and myopia...
Mine's the one with the shredded Bill of Rights in the pocket.
The last sentence of the second quotation sums up the entire subject very well.
Take LinkedIn, please!
Perhaps someone could be kind enough to describe the process required to successfully extricate one's self from LinkedIn?
It's for my friend, honest.
Ok, ok. I was young! I needed the money!
Raising a pint to the kind soul that emancipates me...
Power from the moon, that is.
Just one question: Who gets the contract to build the extension cord?
Mine's the one with the 1.21 Gigawatt Tesla wireless power transmitter in the pocket.
All together now...
And now for something completely different...
Thunderbirds + Mark Knopfler = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUnsH6vr5yA
Good morning, class...
All settled? Then we'll begin.
Today's quiz: California + jury = ?
While you're working on that, O.J. anyone?
What we need here is a women's perspective...
about those cunning linguists.
Or would that be fallacious?
A very sad day, indeed.
And yet, as bad as this decision is - and it is shockingly bad - it pales in comparison to the long-term effects of the horrific Citizens United decision.
Returning to the most recent travesty; will one of DC's finest please pull any or all the five idiot Supremes over and provide a complete and intimate understanding of what they have done? Pretty please?
"We now know exactly what this creature looked like.."
From the introduction of a Monty Python episode where the toe of a human foot is later determined to be the nose of some nonexistent animal.
Cue the Evolutiontards...
Does make one wonder...
about the brain-dead decision to 'incorporate' IE into Windows in the first place.
Sounds like a job for...
...Mr. & Mrs. Brainsample.
Watch out, Angus!
Not of all of it, son...
...a goodly-sized portion of that would be Texas.
What?! Both of them?
Now what do I name my next male offspring?
Just when the name Attila was getting fashionable again!
Back to the list of names...
The simple version
Is the planet warming? I don't know and I'm skeptical of those who say it is and those who say it isn't.
Are we (humans) affecting the climate of the planet? See above.
Does it make sense to reduce the amount of pollution we are generating?
That would be a "yes". Duh.
Silver bullet? Unlikely, but worth swatting for.
In the mean time, maybe just turn it down a little bit?
Simple enough for a non-scientist, like me, to understand.
And simple usually works. Funny that.
and now... back to the ultimate waste of time debate!
After 10+ years of using Hotmail, I'm reasonably satisfied with what it offers, especially for the price. There's just one thing that drives me mad about it, though; has anyone EVER been able to successfully receive a forgotten password reminder from...anywhere?
Simply infuriating when you just want to get on with things. :(
(Yes, I've played with all manner of filter settings, etc.)
How does it know...
...when you've (not me - I won't own one) entered a restaurant?
Otherwise, it's just a personal tracking device.
The name for the next one should be...
Indestructable III, of course.
(With apologies to Benny Hill)
I can picture...
Big Brother smiling and rubbing his hands together at the mere thought of all the revenue they will start extracting from US drivers;
"Dear Mr. Simpson:
Our data indicates on May 14th you drove from Chicago to St. Louis in 5 hours and 42 minutes.
However, you traveled on Interstate 57, which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph. Since you exceeded this speed at the points indicated on the attached citation/map, please remit the sum of $739.47 and we will enable your automobile for service.
If there anything else we can do to you, please let us know by speaking into the microphone of your Powder Blue 2012 Ford Simpostar.
Have a nice day."
Think this is fantasy? Think again.
The Alternative Factor
If you can't be bothered to be awake and attentive behind the wheel of an automobile, there's a highly effective solution. It's called public transportation.
Perhaps they could use the profits
to keep Hotmail up for more than a hour at a time?
I do hope you are not a proctologist.
What are all those silly people doing there?
Sir Lewis Page has declared the area safe and under control.
You lads in the funny costumes head on home...
Almost like someone designed it that way...
Surely you jest.
Que Basil Fawlty...
"Whatever you do, don't mention China!!!"
I wouldn't pay a penny over $40 billion for the whole company.
Scene from The Naked Gun...
...where he and George Kennedy are sitting in a car on a stakeout and eating pistachios.
With the usual results.
Had us laughing for days.
Thank you, Mr. Nielsen and company.