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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Re: Really...

Obama would not say the "I" word because...

He was also extremely busy killing civiies in Syria/Lybia and kissing Saudi arse. Was also ok with BLM nuking inner cities, who was at fault? Blue jackets.

Anyway, here's the short take:

Resurfacing the Truth is 100% allowed if you are an Establishment Construct like Obama and you give at least the impression of being a progressive do-gooder.

A crazy confused guy like Trump who opens up real grievances and causes contradictions and "unmentionable" problems to come to the fore shall be branded a Nazi and useful idiots fancying themselves "The Resistance" will be rolled out for an internal color revolution.

Especially if he's not onboard with Cold War II.

From here on, things will either be getting more crazy and then burn out or the lid is put on again and the whole pressure cooker will explode.

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Let's get into the progressive funky mode, do da crazy moral dancin'....

NYT finds out that CEOs are now the New Hope!

From iSteve's super crazy press review blog:

NYT: CEOs Speak Truth to Power

From the New York Times:

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The Moral Voice of Corporate America

By DAVID GELLES AUG. 19, 2017

The nation has split into political tribes. The culture wars are back, waged over transgender rights and immigration. White nationalists are on the march.

Amid this turbulence, a surprising group of Americans is testing its moral voice more forcefully than ever: C.E.O.s. …

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan said, “The equal treatment of all people is one of our nation’s bedrock principles.” …

The forthright engagement of these and other executives with one of the most charged political issues in years — the swelling confidence of a torch-bearing, swastika-saluting, whites-first movement — is “a seminal moment in the history of business in America,” said Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation and a board member at PepsiCo.

“In this maelstrom, the most clarifying voice has been the voice of business,” he said. “These C.E.O.s have taken the risk to speak truth to power.”

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In 2017, the rich get not only richer but holier.

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LOL! We are now beyond Orwell. Winston is being tortured for the crime of having too much power.

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Re: Strong moral principles

The same companies have also pulled all their manufacturing and sales operations in ... Israel ...

You are pulling our collective legs.

Lawyers who could withstand the strong winds of Chosen Rightousness just don't exist.

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That virtue signaling!

I do no longer need to go to the hairdresser, my hairs gets frisquéed just by reading these thunderous vapid pronounciations by the truly worthy.

Mozilla are holier-than-you kids with diversity (and bug-fixing) issues, but the IEEE should be staid enough to stay out of this and not beclown itself. I'm a bit embarrassed on their behalf and I suspect this will lead to some noises in the ranks. I can't remember them coming out against BLM or Obama's non-pronounciations against undocumented shopping? Or, more relevant to engineering ethics. his boastful killing spree using drones and predilection for mas surveillance?

Meanwhile, right-wing blogger Anatoly Karlin writes better stuff than any journalist: The Ascent of Society 282

Europe famously has hate speech laws, which run the gamut from banning Nazi propaganda to criticizing mass immigration.

Russia’s version of it is Article 282, which has been used on everyone from genuine Neo-Nazis and radical Islamists to the nationalist pundit Konstantin Krylov for stating that it’s “time to do away with this strange economic model [of federal subsidies to the Caucasus]“.

And yet if the United States has an exceptional degree of respect for absolute freedom of speech, encodified in the First Amendment, this is mitigated by its organic “Society 282,” as the Russian nationalist Egor Prosvirnin has poetically called it.

In the days the Unite the Rite march in Charlottesville, in which one antifa counter-protester was killed by a Neo-Nazi going postal with his car (the MSM version of events; reality might be rather different), Society 282 has gone on a veritable purge of Alt Right and Dissident Right content on cyberspace...

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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The game was developed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wosniak in 1975, following Atari's hit game, Pong. Jobs said the $5,000 he was paid for Breakout served as seed money for his nascent company, Apple

I rhink the story is that he got 7000, told the Woz that they gave him 4000 and "here's half for you", and then used the 5000 as he saw fit.

100% Jobs from the get go. SAD!

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Re: I hope Nestle loses everything somehow

Next to Microsoft and Oracle, Nestle are now practically emissaries of Jesus.

You now picture Jesus with Sponsored Ads on the cross.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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Re: If they do find the voice/data recorders....

Seeing how the Titanic of the Crazed Fools of the West his going, there will be a personal message of Putin mysteriously found on that black box.

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Re: Now this is intersting

And why the hell would the french ministry of defense that satellite images of basically the most desolate region of earth?

To get good photos of whales?

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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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That's right.

It is "hard" in the sense of "expensive", not in the sense of "complex".

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Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

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A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

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These are the people who will disappear the "faux news" for your reading pleasure

Oh Brave New World!

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

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No, not that "heavy photon". Just the W.

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Re: Stupid me

Well, pace Feynman, "understanding" just means creating a syntax processor inside your head (aka. "program") that can simulate what's going in the problem domain you want to be able to handle (whether the problem domain is correctly described or underspecified by the information you have about it is another matter).

Some people are just unable to do so for complex-enough problem domains (this can be seen in undergrads quite clearly, which is why 50% drop out each year and some barrel through leisurly at 18). So sorry, mission impossible in general, Feynman.

Interestingly, you can go recurisve and blackbox the blackbox, maybe leaving out detail until the person in front of you "gets it".

(Whole populations seem to be predisposed to being better/worse at blackboxing some problem domains, this is probably why the "Journal of Computational Intelligence" is now dominated by Chinese, oops, getting into HBD here, better shut up. No Golden Retriever icon? Penguin, then!)

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Very perceptive.

You can read the whole paper at nature here.

Indeed, QCD is not involved. We stay in QED and use virtuals particles from the weak force ("heavy light", innit) or fermions to interacdt with:

One of the key features of Maxwell’s equations is their linearity in both the sources and the fields, from which follows the superposition principle. This forbids effects such as light-by-light (LbyL) scattering, γγ right arrow γγ, which is a purely quantum-mechanical process. It was realized in the early history of quantum electrodynamics (QED) that LbyL scattering is related to the polarization of the vacuum1. In the standard model of particle physics, the virtual particles that mediate the LbyL coupling are electrically charged fermions or W± bosons.

So.... electromagnetism starts to get into the nonlinear regime, a bit like gravity.

(This also explains the lightshow under space-orbital lasers about to fire as seen in "Akira", I'm sure)

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Everything I don't like is a Nazi

... and whatever is Hitler.

It's been appropriated by straight-out low-IQ and hysterical thought enforcers and politicians out for a quick rallying so much that it's become meaningless.

See, you have this guy who is looking for some aggro & pushback and keeps hearing from the baying (and let's face it, variously challenged) hordes of people-minding-your-business that he's a Nazi. So, what will he do? Come with a Nazi flag of course to make things clear. What are you going to do about it?

How many adepts of the ancient germanic-bureaucratic-socialistic movement are there now, for real? A few hundred? You can only listen to tape re-runs of Goebbels a limited number of times.

Here, at least an interesting take: Codes of the Underworld

That’s the way to read the alt-right and the stuff they say and do on-line with respect to non-whites, Jews and women. They don’t actually spend a lot of time talking and writing about these groups. They spend most of their time talking about how to organize themselves, the issues that face white identity movements and the philosophical points of their thing. The offensive memes and the racists language are mostly signalling. If you freak out over Hitler themed twitter avatars, then you are never going to be in their thing.

As with bike culture, it is defensive signalling to ward off entryists and the posers, but it is also a signal that joining their thing is more than just a secret handshake. If you are on-line talking about white identity, you’re never going back to the squaresville world of normie politics. You are rejecting that world as illegitimate in favor of the new thing. In effect, the racist memes are an offer. Accept it as a price of admission, but understand that by accepting the offer you are leaving the old morality behind for the new moral framework.

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The jury is still out as to whether the alt-right is the long hoped for response to the rise of the New Left in the 1960’s. Ironically, the worst thing that could happen for the alt-right is for Trump to be everything his critics in Washington claim. White identity politics can only flourish when whites believe they must be an intolerant minority, battling other intolerant minorities for space. What is clear is that the alt-right is not another Tea Party. It has staying power because it is a cultural movement, not a political one.

Deplorable icon, of course. Go Deplorables!

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Fuckwittery can be allayed with large amounts of money and project extensions.

Just saying.

Some people expect everything is free.

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Re: It is just not going to happen

More like

Companies will comply with the GDPR and they will go out of business.

That's a problem. Y2K redux, with more data and even lower density of skilled IT people.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Microsoft lying about surface?

But WHO runs Internet Explorer?

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Re: Transcendence

Is this like Akira with Johnny Depp?

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So Musk summons that which he consider a threat?

Earlier this year, in a cart on a deserted New Mexico road near the still unbuilt Trump Wall, two terrorists and a machine from the future have a conversation:

"In a few months, Musk will create a revolutionary type of Dota player"

"Go on. Then what?"

The computer player will be built, trained and optimized by OpenAI, Elon Musk’s AI boffinry squad based in San Francisco, California. In a shock move on the evening of August 11, 2017, the software agent squares up to top Dota 2 pro gamer Dendi, a Ukrainian 27-year-old. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

The AI fights back!

No, Musk just issues a senseless tweet an the world goes on

Oh!

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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Phew Phew!

it causes bits to randomly flip thus changing information and crashing programs.

AFAIK cosmic rays (i.e. light-hugging fat nuclei) can also cause the circuitry to trip or even blow a transistor here and there right up the epoxy.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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those dreamy days of usenet

That's when the Internet was run by straight white males and crazed hippy kids discovering sex, coding and hacking, also most white males. Good times.

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Google's Terrible Week Getting Terribler

NYT: Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.

And also:

Google Code Jam Won by Male for Umpteenth Straight Time

where David Brooks from the NYT is cited (no link though?):

Observation: Google has run a coding competition (Code Jam) since 2003. It attracts tens of thousands of applicants now, Including thousands of woman to compete in a multiple round contest leading up to a feld of 20 finalists. This is a “hard” advance competition – no bonus points awarded for, say, for lacking a penis. Google has used it to identify their best and brightest job prospects.

There has never been a female finalist. Ever. Unless you count “Code Jam for Women”, rolled out in 2014.

Probability alone would say that if only 5-10% of entrants were woman, and they were as likely to to have the same skill sets and ability as men, that we should have seen a female finalist by now. The numbers actually match nicely with the list of top Chess players, only which only 1 woman can really say she could/can compete at the highest level. None of this say anything about any individual male or female, other than that testing and real world competition have shown that in (at least) certain mathematical and spatial cognition tasks, there are far more men than women who are above average to the tune of multiple standard deviations. No doubt there are other tasks where men are more likely to appear on the low end. But that is not a useful and employable skill set at google.

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Somewhat related: The War on Fake and Oldthink News is Advancing

Google’s New Search Protocol Is Restricting Access to 13 Leading Socialist, Progressive and Anti-War Web Sites

Not that I would willingly visit Alternet except for select articles, but still...

[Insert sponsored message about palm-oil free fair-trade chocolate rations being de-inccreased here]

Still no deplorable icon. SAD!

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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This is getting really tiresome

How many super-duper hackers are there even in Russia?

Is that poor country ("Economy the size of Italy") even big enough to hold this hack infrastructure (hackfrastructure)? Are they exploiting mutated children concentration camps on the moon to collect and sift through all that data? Are they BEAMING IT TO THE GALACTIC CORE? Inquiring minds want to know!

Still, finally an occasion to post this satirical article of excellence: The de-Putin-Nazification of America

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South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

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Re: Flavoured cabling

Muh Free Will!

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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Larry Niven had something to say about that:The Borderland of Sol.

The first Sci-Fi story I got into, and I remember having had to read it several times until the elements made a coherent model.

That was before Hawking Radiation was invented, though.

I always picture Carlos Wu as looking like Ed Witten for some reason. Weird, that.

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Re: Quid of dark matter then ?

Stupidly I erred in the above calculation, not being helped by El Reg's tendency to delay my missives and pass them by Oompa Loompas of Colour enslaved in disused London underground tunnels and trained to detect dangerous levels of Badthink.

The dark matter content of the galaxy is 80% of its total mass (21 / (21+5)), not 21%, leaving out dark energy (is that right?), so we are looking for 5.6*10^11 dark mass, of which the millions of Black Holes would only be 5 thousands....

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Re: Quid of dark matter then ?

No.

The mostly excellent Natalie Wolchover has a writeup at Quanta Magazine: Scientists Unveil a New Inventory of the Universe’s Dark Contents

The analysis, posted on DES’s website today and based on observations of 26 million galaxies in a large swath of the southern sky, tweaks estimates only a little. It draws the pie chart of the universe as 74 percent dark energy and 21 percent dark matter, with galaxies and all other visible matter — everything currently known to physicists — filling the remaining 5 percent sliver.

100 x 10⁶ 30-solar-mass black holes = 3 x 10^9 solar masses.

The Galaxy total (dark and light) is around 7 x 10^11 solar masses., 21% of which is 1.5 x 10^11. So the unseen black holes would be 1% of that DARK MASS (cue ominous Back music on the organ)

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: Not been my experience

Stop being so Trump about a shitty laptop.

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Re: Imagine

Remember the Dell capacitor scandal? Deliberately using ones with an only 18 month life?

IIRC that was counterfeit chintokke product getting into the production stream?

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Re: Well its consumer stuff...

Considering that business computers often even cost less than consumer ones

That's definitely not true.

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Re: Microsoft is only interested in a couple of things....

Don't forget per-socket/per-CPU pricing. Pulling in the money for stuff developed and bought by someone else.

Up there with aggravated robbery and "VAT".

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Re: Heat cycling (ie. normal use) breaks them.

Do not turn it off. Do not go into sleep mode. Just set the power use to minimum.

Greens tossing in their bed because of unintended consequences.

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Re: Not just Microsoft

Given the cost of surface products then they should be giving decades of trouble free service!

That would be a first from the House of Muggersoft.

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Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

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Re: It's getting annoying now

You are just living in the universe in which Schrödinger's cat lived to see another day of cat food.

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Re: Aim is improving.

No, and Hillary did Bernie!

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Re: damn

> i'd ordered butt plugs and everything.

WHY!

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Have you actually read the article?

Sober Lessons from the Google Farce

A company with a US$650 billion market cap and a CEO who took home US$200 million last year fires an employee for expressing his opinions on an internal forum curated by the company itself in probable violation of California labour laws designed to protect, inter alia, union organising and nobody on the political left can stop gloating and come to the defence of the fired worker.

Yes, that.

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Jeez, this dicussion is still ongoing?

I will just quote more iSteve then:

Why Are Damore's Observations About Statistical Distributions Assumed to be Inevitably Aspersions on Women _already_ Hired by Google?

Imagine if in an Alternative Universe in which the media’s diversity dogmas were based on their ostensible logic rather than on sheer “Who? Whom?” childishness, somebody asked Cleveland Cavalier all-time great LeBron James:

Q. “Why is there so little diversity and racial equality in the NBA?”

LeBron: “Well, I think we could be doing a little better outreach to under-represented ethnicities to show them what a great sport basketball is, but, yeah, basically, at the highest levels, blacks tend to be a little better than whites at basketball.”

Q. “Didn’t your stereotyping just create a Hostile Work Environment for your white teammates like Kevin Love? How can Kevin Love continue to play on the same team with a hate-filled bigot like yourself who doesn’t believe he deserves to be in the NBA?”

LeBron: “Wait a minute, I didn’t say that Kevin Love doesn’t deserve to be in the NBA. I specifically insisted that the Cavs sign Kevin as part of my plan to return to my home region and win Cleveland an NBA title, which we did. Granted, Kevin looked a little dorkier while defensively shutting down NBA MVP Steph Curry in the last minute of the seventh game of the 2016 Finals than, say, I might have, but damn that white boy got the job done when it mattered!”

Q. “But if whites are genetically inferior to blacks at basketball, then aren’t you saying that all the whites in the NBA don’t belong there.”

LeBron: “No, stop being stupid. The whites in the NBA belong in the NBA or they wouldn’t be in the NBA. We don’t have special programs to hire whites who aren’t really good enough to play in the NBA. What I’m saying is that there aren’t a huge number of whites who aren’t in the NBA who belong in the NBA but are being kept out of the NBA by anti-white racism.

“I’m not saying that there is no anti-white racism, just that it doesn’t explain most of the The Gap. You know, maybe we need to think about why more and more whites in the NBA come from Europe or Canada or super white small cities in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe we’d discover that there are changes we could make in basketball culture to get a few more white NBA players out of the suburbs of big American cities. But in the big picture, not much will or can change. Basketball talent is what it is.”

“Sure, if Adam Silver ordered each NBA team to be half-white, there’d be a lot of white guys sitting on the end of NBA benches who wouldn’t really belong in the league. But we don’t have quotas, so we don’t have white deadwood in the League.”

Q. “But if you are saying that whites aren’t inferior in basketball, why are you The Man on the Cavaliers? Why isn’t Kevin Love your Co-Man? Or, more appropriately, why aren’t you both the Co-Persons on the Cavs?”

LeBron: “Hey, thanks for the questions but I got to go lift some weights. Bye.”

When are we getting that deplorable icon? I already got the T-Shirt.

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Unless of course top-level domains, FCC policy debates and surveillance laws are your version of click-bait

Yeah, these one are pretty good.

Unlike this one served uncooked from MiniTrue entrails.

More ICANN watch, Kieren, please!

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Then there are people who write articles while standing on the Good side.

Meanwhile: Perhaps Shame Still Exists? "No Google Doodle today in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

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Re: Really!

The fines need to be PERSONAL to the Executives and Board

I completely support that,

I have seen what happens internally what happens when breaches are announced: SFA, only political game playing increases while C-tards congratulate themselves on being such hot shit that they will still reach yearly targets while the IT support section is a festering skeleton.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Hell yeah

sending the SAS to Las Vegas to bust him out

FUND THIS!!

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Re: @kain preacher

murders and all other violent crimes been declining steadily since the early 90s nationwide

Don't know about that. Was Chicago like Aleppo in the 90s? Currently it's just like Dodge city.

One could say that violent offenders are now locked away (you know the headline "violent crime rate goes down in spite of soaring prison population" etc.) but then again, who trusts the prison industry?

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Hutchins’ first friend chipped in again: “Criticising the system is not helpful. If you don’t want to live under that system, don’t go there.”

What kind of statement is that and why does anyone utter it outside of high-school classrooms.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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There is not even a Message.

What can one conclude about a company that behaves like that about employees who care?

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Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

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Re: What electrons?

Where?

In the cloud! The cloud of complex-valued probability!

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Re: I Love Science!

There is nothing wrong with paying boffins to fire attolasers while you play the Game of Thrones with a winning hand!

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