* Posts by Khaptain

2947 posts • joined 4 May 2008

You don't call, you don't text: SIM-flinger Gemalto warns of 9% sales drop

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I don't have shares in Gemalto so I am not afraid to say "Bring on the Simless"

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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

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Re: It's a no-brainer

I always presumed that the problem with Drug "Merchants" is that there are probably quite a few who are actually public figures or establishments who constantly line the pockets of the law makers...

Considered the sheer quantity of drugs, measuring in thousands of tons per month, that are distributed in the world, it is very difficult to believe that only the Underworld are involved.

Then there is the problem of money laundering the sheer amounts of cash that must be involved. How can this possibly only be "under the cover".... We are literally talking Billions of Euros/Dollars that are capable of becoming untraced.....

It's like illegal arms, there are almost always governments or government figures lurking on the sidelines.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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DabbSmithing

"DabbSmithing" : Verb

The art of publically criticising anything that appears worthy of a critic on a Friday. Often appreciated by technophiles, trolls and a variety of other non P-Book readerships.

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Guns

From the kind of guns used and their size, almost all appear to be concealable small firearms. Glocks 26s and small revolvers are not the kind of gun you would use in a mass shootout, far too few munitions. None of the magazines look to be of high capacity so I presume that they were just for self-defence.

What does surprise me though is why they have a round chambered when entering an aircraft. As mentioned above, the chances of a gun going off are approximately zero until you put it into the hands of an idiot, at which point the odds go drastically up.... and I can't really imagine just how small the odds of stepping into a shooting match at 10000 feet are, but they must be pretty damned small.

And even if there was a "situation" I am not sure that I would want to pull the trigger inside a pressurised aircraft... I have no idea but I imagine that a 9mm wouldn't actually go through an aircraft window but I wouldn't like to be the one that tries and then finds out that it can... Darwin's law would probably play a strong role here...

As much as I am Pro-Self Defense, I don't really agree with the idea of guns in the cabin.. I was absolutely amazed though at a number of firearms found per period...

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

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A use for AI at last

Since we hear endless reports about how good AI is coming along, can't we start using it for the benefit of all and start applying all this intelligence to eliminate spam once and for all ?

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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"Not all that much actually - it's a pretty clean fix. The released males all die off, the next generation is much reduced in size, and that's about it."

That's what the laboratory tests have shown.

Next weeks news ( Fake or not) When the mosquitos we released into the wild the interaction with "X" provided a completely unexpected result...and as such the human population of Fresno was suddenly rendered sterile....

Nature is complex and has a tendency to find it's own balance, when we start playing at mother nature there are always unexpected results. sometimes good, sometime not....

I am glad not to be on that side of the pond....

As a side note, Google have the capacity to keep it under the covers..... there is definitely a big advantage to being the worlds number one media outlet....

Conspiracy theorist, who me :-)

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Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build

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Updates twice a year = Panic

When we see what they managed to do with Intérnet Explorer last week this makes my hair stand on end...

Just as a refresher

KB4022168 ( knocked out I.E. when viewing multiple pages with I frames

Kb4025252. ( re-released on the same daY) !!!!!

We have updated our serveurs since, fed up with the Guinea Pig antics

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Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

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Hashing Madley

I can't imagine that this site has anything but failure as it's destiny.

The 12 million sounds like a desperate attempt for new publicity based on it's

"Generosity".

99% of the clients were men, from the remaining 1% can we presume that they were actually women ? And not some Brazilian professionals...

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Rules

Andouilletes I can handle , tete de veau however is another story...

I can't even look at...

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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Re: Pedantic ...

And yet the inductive phones don't weigh any extra.

This is still a project in its early stages ... I for one hope it can mes to light

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Re: I've never understood this

Tell me that same thing when you forget your wire... I have to travel once a week and every second or third I always manage to forget something, although usually, it is not the charger, it did happen to me recently and the Surface Pro, like many laptops, now has a damned dedicated charger.......

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Re: Regardless of the price, the idea is good

Most laptops when they are brand new might have 5 hours.....

I am using a Surface Pro which is about a year old, with an active wireless connection for the Wifi as I am permanently connected to the VPN ... believe me it certainly won't do 5 hours.... As I mentioned I can use the cable but it is annoying and the idea of wireless charging is definitely appealing...

And as for 5 hours it's not so long. If I do Geneva - Zurich, it's already a 2h45m journey, and I still have to do the return journey. and that doesn't include the time spent in the station or on the tram.... 5 hours can easily add up. Ok when I arrive at the office I can charge up again....

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Regardless of the price, the idea is good

What we need next are standards so that our desks can directly include the charging pad. One arrives at work or at a meeting and voila constant charging.

In fact, I don't really care if it adds charge, just as long as it is capable of retaining approximately the same charge for the whole day. Although adding charge would be nice too...

I am writing this the train and I would love to think that even on the train I would be able to work for a few hours without the need for cables, ( this train does have power outlets but they are above head height at the top of the window and it just isn't chic having the cables/charger hanging from above.

But knowing how standards are very seldom achieved, certainly not when there is a commercial gain to be had, I won't be keeping my hopes very high.

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

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Close the door and turn of the light

It certainly appears that El Trump is closing the borders one by one...

Isn't this one the path to dictatorship ?

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Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

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Long term problem

The problem with LTO is the capacity to ensure that you will have a drive capable of reading legacy tapes.

Our LTO-6 drive can't even read LTO-4 tapes and is often the case the archives are stored in a vault for years whilst IT refresh has gone through several upgrades/changes etc...

On top of that how does one ensure that the Software is also still capable....

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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

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DRP might have been better than a flavored condom.

For a company with such a high revenue / profit, where was there DRP/BCP.

Outside of Exchange or Database applications it's hard to imagine what connexions were open between multi-sites that allowed for propagation of the virus!!!

As they saying goes : Protect yourself first then start taking care of others .....

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Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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Obama was a politician with the subtleness of a good politician. ( Zuckerberg is in the same boat)

"Never tell the truth, certainly not the whole truth or anything too similar to the whole truth."

Whereas Trump is a media troll.

"Only tell my version of the truth, how I determine the truth to be, and all other truth is just fake news."

In both cases, personal agendas are far more important than fact.

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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Re: Extinct in ten years?

Depending upon the service provider, number of transactions etc it's usually between 3% - 6%, plus the cost of any setups and the actual machines....

Not a huge number but it definitely has an impact on profit..

On top of that all transactions are recorded, "cough, cough", which the tax man loves but the vendor might not ...

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Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

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Re: Experience firsthand

Thanks, what were you running Nutanix on, a Dell XC platform or something else ?

We are already a VMWare house, HP Servers + Storage, did/do you get the feeling that moving to VXRails would become a complete lock-in and do you have to deal with Dell support. In the past we have had Gold Support and they were always pretty damned good ( unlike like their standard support which is a nightmare).

HP don't have anything to offer that we can afford and for the moment we do not have any in-house hyperconvergeance expertise.... We will get some but it's not easy determining the correct platform for our needs up front.

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Experience firsthand

We are a small outfit getting ready for a refresh and Dell/Emc are in our list.

Would love to know if anyone has any first hand experience most notably the negative points.

Cheers

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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Re: Advice please.

Bill Hickock, the Yankee Marshall, Internet Veteran etc I presume.

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Infosec guru Schneier: Govts WILL intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

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Others problems first

When people happily give their lives details on a daily basis what's the urgency to secure anything.

IOT will simply provide further adjectives to an already quite complete biography.

Gouvernements don't seem to care that people's lives are being recorded to a level that is damned frightening. Security is not being applied to individuals it is being reinforced only where their is a threat to the government itself.

What the internet needs is a true campaign about what is really going on behind the scenes with all the data. The data slurping monsters, Facebook, Google are the true security risks. By providing so called services whilst at the same time ensuring that the snare is being tightened further around the necks.

IOT security is definitely a major upcoming problem but I see it as only a small part of a he he problem. I do agree that something needs to be done but not by the governments , it needs to be done by the people themselves, they need educated by professionals not by marketeers.

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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Dark days to come

The Wachowski brothers ( I believe that they were still male when the Matrix was released, got it right then. The human species will soon simply serve as a biological power source for the machines...

If HMLI reaches such a level then the robots will quickly come to the decision that 99% of the human population serve no other function other than that of reproduction..... Not a great thought.....

Now, what will it be? The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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Could be many things

It could be a physical reminder to Iphone users that a phone must be held in a certain way in order to avoid antenna issues :-)

It could be a solar black matter self powered infinite charger.

It could be a holographic projector so that we could also see the other party of calls being made by obnoxiuos people in public places.

It could be a self encrypting satelitte coms device that the NSA would really love to be in the hands of the population.

It could be a self cloaking device that refuses Google/facebook/Microsoft telemetrics.

It could be a anti-rounded corner implementation to avoid patent problems.

The mind boggles....

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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

In which case we need to correlate all the results into one location for easy identifcation. We could call it arse-book........

Or alternatively Facebook, there are already a lot of arses to be found there....

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Time to do the porting

The porting itself must take a lot of time, especially when there are many DLLs. I can't really see what the true advantages are. And then dwbugging something outside of its home environment must yet again add an overhead.

Admiteddly Linux has better and a mire extensive range of tools but many of them exist also on windows..

The article appears to be adding a bit of fluff.....

The most important tool is not the OS in any event, its the grey stuff between the ears.

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EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

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Stop feeding the Data Troll ( El Zuk)

Here is a photo of something completely without interest, that I saw being posted by someone to which I have absolutely no connection and that I probably don't even "like". It is a lovely cat/dog/train/coffe cup though...

Who in their right mind would ever have believed that that would become a monster of a business model. ( OK it's the data mining/publicity behind it that makes money but this is after all the input)

That pittance of a fine will do nothing but give El Zuck even more publicity making his balls swell up even further.... Good on the lad for making his billions but what a sad state of affairs the "public" have become....

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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No Skins please.

If the manufacturers would simply stop adding their "improvements" then there would be no problem.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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From what I have known in the past, on long haul flights the Pilots spend most of their time doing crosswords or sleeping..

I wonder if this robot can also do a crossword whilst sleeping ?

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Linux

I wonder if it will run "The Weeping Angel" distro that Samsung/NSA was infamously know for ?

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Re: Unexpected footnote

Worse still, Google are actually being paid to provide the service, and they in turn pay the users who upload the content via the Ads...

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Re: Has anyone actually got the Creator's Update?

I was offered by Windows Update the Anniversary Edition but it refused to install......

So I did a clean install using an Anniversary Edition ISO and very shortly afterwards was updated to the Creators Edition, which broke Remote Desktop, as mentioned above.

Which version are you currently running 15xx or 16xx ?

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Updates yes, but please stop breaking working programs

Lets hope they fix the scaling for Remote Desktop which they have completely botched up for HDPI screens.

Especially on their own damned Surface Pro....... Remoting in to a server on 2736x1824 using a 13" screen is a nightmare.. Mstsc.exe can no longer use, or ignores the Manifest files ( + the Side by Side Regkey) The MS Remote Desktop adds a French keyboard layout which I can't make disappear, and the other alternative solutions are no where near as useful as mstsc.exe.....

GGGGGGrrrrrrrrrrr

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European Investment Bank tosses €25m to MariaDB

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Re: "just last year they invested half a billion euros in a Scottish wind farm"

Shouldn't that be the DK - The Divided Kingdom

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Email client lib blown apart by CC: list of death

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Says it all

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

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Re: Question

"No, it's bound by the same security as a reasonable Linux distro"

I presume by that you mean BSD and not Linux.... and the fact that it requires "sudo" is just semantics really...

So in other words, I can see that it can indeed be done..

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Question

Will a Mac ( OSx) actually allow a user to execute any of the following..... I presume that it "should" but considering the results it might not...

rm -rf /

rm -rf .

rm -rf *

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: And some are ...

If you truly want a decent dry white then it has to be a Pouilly Fuissé ( Maconnais/Burgundy) or a Pouilly Fumé ( Loire).. Even though we might assume that they are from the same region they are not but both are excellent..

A slight preference for the Pouilly Fumé though...

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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Re: On the plus side, instant familiarity

"...except that biological concepts of "race" have been obsolete for 150 years :)"

So you would also consider that races exists such as "European", "American", "Russian"..... I think not...

Grouping the entire Chinese population into one race, 1 Billion people spread over a very very large area.......

If we no longer consider Biological concepts as being part of what defines a race then the concept of race has no value. Unless of course your definition of race is the one that the "Media" loves to use when calling someone racist.. ie it can mean anything that anyone wants it to mean depending on the situation.. ie Race become a variable ......

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Re: On the plus side, instant familiarity

Xenophobic maybe but certainly not racist...

Chinese is not a race, Asian or Mongoloid could be classes as races...

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Microsoft says: Lock down your software supply chain before the malware scum get in

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Re: So ultraedit ehhh?

I was thinking Notapad++.

Inquiring minds would like to know ! Cmon El Reg name the editor, I am sure you already know ..

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Apple make money from UBER.

UBER make money from APPLE.

Enough said

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SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

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“We made the decision to focus the go-to-market strategy of SAP Anywhere on the US market as well as mainland China for the next few years,” she confirmed.

The company mouthpiece said the “decision to narrow our focus” was “not made lightly, or due to any performance issues with the solutions. We do not plan on replacing it with any alternative solutions”.

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Or in other words, it has been a complete failure and no matter how hard we throw the proverbial shit at the wall it just wont stick..

Or, they believe that there are more "Fools with money to throw away" in the US and China..

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Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

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Re: AI vs Greed

Charles 9 : I agree with you, now imagine that those Rube Goldberg types have access to AI which is capable of determining the best Social Engineering technique to use, or that is capable of finding material suitable for blackmailing the Email/Domain Admin , you get the point...

Malware isn't necassarily written/used only by the "bad guys"

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Re: AI vs Greed

AI is only in it's birth, it has the entire lifespan of humankind waiting to nurture it... and it will eventually be capable of making a decision, equal to that of any meatbag..

We are the creaters of AI, but unfortunately it is likely to pass us by. When I considers that the best chance of human survival it to destroy 98% of the population because statistically that it was we programmed it to do, then, and maybe then, we might begin to understand just how relevant we truly are...

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Re: AI vs Greed

Never underestimate the lengths to which people will go to when they have something to gain !!

And never forget that those doing the nasty might actually be on the "good" side of the law....... NSA, Mossad, FSK, MI6 etc etc I can easilly imagine entering an American Airport and your computer being analysed by some AI system that determines on it's own whether or not you have "terrorist" tendancies.... and that that same machine leaves some nasty malware ( virus) behind after it has calculated that your AntiVirus solution is not updated regularly and that you credit card details show no subscriptions to similar services.

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AI vs Greed

The next logicial stage is that those greedy bastard Malware creators will use AI to their own advantage..

Cynical, who, me, definately..... The "dark force" has the same availibility to AI tools as everyone else , why would they not use them ! There is so much money to be made that it is impossible for them to resist... and some back-handers to the legal companies will ensure the continuing availibility .

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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George Carlin apart from being cynical was a very rational man..

He was hard hitting and simply put to the fore-front societies weaknesses. He has probably told more than the any first world "gaggle" of politicians could even even begin to hope for....

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Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

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Re: Once the US and Israel sent out Stuxnet everyone felt they could play this game.

Do the Saudis actually administer their systems or are expat doing it for them...

If it's expats that I would "presume" that they do actually have some kind of BCP/DRP in place, it's not like there are too many budgetary restraints.

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French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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Marine Le Pen is definately not her father. Some of her speeches are actually well thought out and interesting.. she is no worse than Sarko....but she is definately not a world class politician, nor is she a Billionaire, so she won't be able to pull of any of Trumps stunts.

I would probably prefer a Marine Le Pen to a Hilary Clinton, Hilary is far more dangerous character...

I doubt that MLP will get through though, it's far more likley to be Valls, Macron or Fillon. Although Polls have no real standing the Wikipedia poll is interesting and probably close to the truth..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_French_presidential_election,_2017

It's impossible to know what way any potential hackers would swing as the hacking could come from anywhere and anyone with sufficient political/personal interest... Bascially any 1st world power... ( USA, Israel, Russia, China, UK)

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