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Another Canadian uni hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

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Don't give me the US-centric pap of "encouraging"

Such a craven display may have encouraged today's attack.

More likely a spray-and-play attack and someone clicking on something.

No encouragement needed, just Windows.

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Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

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That's de department that tries to dump veterans by the wayside ASAP

It's like I'm really living in a Philip K. Dick story.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Re: You broke it, you bought it.

How is something that is Apache licensed not permissive enough for a BSD core component???

Unless a "not" has been dropped in brain-to-keyboard translation, there must be huge corn cobs stuck up arses somehwere.

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Speaking of Paris...

> McCain who seems rather tame

Well, that's just like, your opinion man.

McCain was crazy ass bonkers while trying to the presidency. "Bomb this and Bomb that (especially Russia and Iran)" and nothing except confused neocon soundbites. Basically the Clinton hard-on for war from the Repukes' side and not hidden under the leper's clothing of "Progressivism".

Gas!

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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He cared only about his scientific achievements, no matter the cost in life.

He was apparently an all-round PHB. Here's a story from Helmut Hölzer, talking about the design and development of the A4 guidance computer (a world first in embedded electronics), in original Krautlang:

Ich will hier die elektrische Modellgeschichte einmal unterbrechen und später darauf zurückkommen, weil ich chronologisch einigermaßen genau bleiben möchte. Der Grund dafür war ein Besuch von Dr. von Braun’s (1939) in unserem Labor. Er war ziemlich aufgeregt und erzählte mir, daß alle vier Firmen die unter Vertrag waren, eine Kurssteuerung zu entwickeln gestanden, daß ihre Berechnungen zeigten, daß die Steuerungen im Flug instabil sein würden.

Der Grund dafür sagte er, wäre bei allen vieren, daß die Teile verwenden wollten, die ursprünglich für Flugzeuge gedacht waren, und daß einige, insbesondere die Servomotoren die die Strahlruder bewegen sollten, zu langsam waren. Letzten Endes hat die Rakete nur 60 Sekunden zum auskorrigieren einer Störung, während das Flugzeug den ganzen tag hat (so zu sagen). Sie erklärten, daß sie entweder schnellere Servos haben müßten oder die Aufschaltung der Winkelbeschleunigung zusätzlich zu der Winkelgeschwindigkeit, welche von den Wendezeigern geliefert wurde.

Alles dies brauchte erheblich mehr Zeit und Geld beides war nicht da. Von Braun fragte mich: “Sie müssen doch ein ähnliches Problem in dem Fernsteuersystem haben; wie messen Sie denn die seitliche Geschwindigkeit?” Ich muß hier erwähnen, daß zu dieser Zeit die En twicklung der Kurssteuerung von der Fernsteuerentwicklung organisch getrennt war. Ich sagte ihm, daß wir die seitliche Geschwindigkeit nicht messen, sondern automatisch ausrechnen. Er sagte “ausrechnen? Können Sie denn nicht dasselbe tun für die Winkelbeschleunigung? Und wie lange würde Sie brauchen?” Er dachte offensichtlich in Wochen oder Monate. Meine Antwort war: “Es ist jetzt 9 Uhr; wenn Sie mal um 6 Uhr heute Abend wieder hereinschauen würden ...” Er faßte das als guten Witz auf und ging wieder weg. Für uns aber war das alles dank unseres elektrischen Simulators kein Problem und wir fanden ohne tief in die Theorie gehen zu müssen, stabile Bereiche. Abends versuchten wir von Braun zu finden, aber vergebens. Mir fällt da ein, daß wir öfter die Heisenberg’schen Unbestimmtheits-Realisation auf von Braun anwandten: Auf von Braun bezogen, sagt

Relation No. 1: Wenn man genau weiß wo er ist, kann man nie genau sagen was er als nächstes tut.

Relation No. 2: Wenn man genau weiß was er tut, kann ihn keiner finden.

Als er schließlich auftauchte und sah was wir getan hatten, erwarteten wir Lob. Aber alles was er sagte war: Dafür werdet ihr Kerle ja bezahlt. Wo sind denn die Wendezeiger in diesem Aufbau?” Wir sagten ihm, daß zusätzlich zu der rechnerischen Gewinnung der Wendebeschleunigung die Wendezeiger bei diesem Unternehmen auch gestorben seien und daß sie auch durch Computer-Teile ersetzt wären. Kosten: Ein paar Mark gegen ein paar tausend. Er sagte dann: “Oh gut! Ich brauche gerade mehr Geld für Antriebsleute” und verschwand. Er war ein großer Mensch, wir verehrten ihn alle.

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Aaarrrr! Motherland!

This is a good occassion to post soviet-era ballistic dogs and hardware:

1st Soviet ballistic missiles & heroic space dogs in declassified Kapustin Yar range

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Re: Korolev, Challenger, Columbia...

Explain!

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Re: For gentlemen of certain age

Pre-WWII, please!

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Against British Law

If the UK had stayed out of the continental war in '14, all of this could have been avoided.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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"My lifestyle is being disrespected" Vegan outrage is on a par with Muslim outrage

Frankly, nobody in his right mind cares.

Go back to Vega!!

You will also avoid blood transfusions with human animal proteins.

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ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Re: So, you want an extra €400 million?

Very this!

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Re: So, you want an extra €400 million?

I haven't been able to find a good description of the Schiaparelli inner system structure, anyone have link?

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Re: syntactical question

Never heard anyone say "E.S.A.", definitely not people working in ESA.

The Register hopes at least some goes into software testing.

If the choosing nine correct testing scenarios depended on the live of a Schroedinger's Cat that absolute tries to survive, one could expect success.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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> Snakes on a Plane

That's an old movie!

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We wanna give IoT folk kilobit data rates, beam NB-IoT telcos

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Re: eh?

Which is of course bullshit.

If the carriers want to have a piece of the cake, they better price their stuff reasonably. 1 dollar per device per month and no bandwith cost for such "low-bandwidth" operations sounds reasonable.

Not in that category? Mesh networks on free frequencies, here we come.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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Re: Better build more ships, Britain!

At least female hitchhikers can show some flesh to increase the likelihood of a positive response to "Going my way?". In this case, it will be "Somewhow, I have decided to go your way"

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Re: All in all it is unclear if RN is following the right doctrine

Well, in the type of news that make WaPo editors cry like sissies because there may be possible bad, bad and evil influence by Rodina, we read: Making Sense of the Russian Naval Task Force Off the Coast of Syria

What is, in your opinion, an aircraft carrier? Or, let me put it this way, why does the United States maintain a force of 10-12 heavy aircraft carriers? If you believe Ronald Reagan, it is to “forward deploy” and bring the war to the Soviets (that was, then, the rationale for a 600 ship navy and US carriers in the northern Atlantic). Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that US, British, French aircraft carriers are a colonial rule enforcement tool. You park one or two aircraft carrier battle groups a few hundred miles from a disobedient country, and you bomb the shit out of it until it rolls over. That is, in reality, the only rationale for these immense structures. And the beauty of it is that you can threaten most of the planet and that you do not depend on allies agreeing to your mission. So, we can say that US and other western aircraft carriers are a long range power projection capability used against weak and poorly defended countries.

Why weak and poorly defended only?

Here is the ugly secret that everybody knows: aircraft carriers cannot be defended against a sophisticated enemy. Had the Cold War turned hot, the Soviets would have simultaneously attacked any US carrier in the north Atlantic with a combo of

Air launched cruise missiles

Submarine launched cruise missiles

Surface ship launched cruise missiles

Submarine launched torpedoes

I cannot prove the following, but I can just testify that I had plenty of friends in the US military, including some who served on US aircraft carriers, and they all understood that US carriers could never survive a Soviet saturation attack and that in case of a real war they would have been kept away from the Soviet shores. I will only add here that the Chinese apparently have developed specialized ballistic missiles designed to destroy carrier battle groups. That was then, in the early 1990s. Nowadays even countries like Iran are beginning to develop capabilities to engage and successfully destroy US carriers.

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Duh? Wuh?

US and French navies would not entrust them with protection of their aircraft carriers in the Gulf." A strong point: for all their electrical flaws, the Type 45s are world-leading air-defence destroyers.

Please remind me again who exactly has capabilities or the intentions to do airstrikes on aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.

1) Israel

2) Turkey

3) Russia

4) Syria

5) Saudi Arabia

6) Al Qaeda

7) US

8) ISIS

9) Iran

10) Rump Iraq

11) Yemen

12) France

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Japan investigating defence network break-in

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Re: Why do Defense networks insist on being accessible via Internet ?

In the "Cuckoo's Egg", a tale is told about how attacks were made using dialup....

BRING BACK THE GOOD OLD TIMES!

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DII?

Maybe somebody thought it has to do with democrats....

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Sign of the times

An entire mass transit system's IT gets badly mauled for money and the headline here is "Woot - free travel".

Better than the headline "An entire mass transit system's IT gets badly mauled for money and the headline here is "Passengers forced to walk because administration says nobody rides for free".

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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For some reason the Reg Videos still don't ply in my Firefox, here's stuff on YouTube:

Papatea Fault and Raised Coast - So long and thanks for all the fish!

Farm track ruptured by fault (if a cow has the disadvantage of being on the fault line at time zero, does she get catapulted, Monty Python style?)

House displaced by fault rupture with Will Ries doing SCIENCE!

Drone video of the Kekerengu Fault rupture.

Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mizsfXP_I1w RUPTLY filming from a helo (now that WaPo has declared that RUPLY is a Putin's Propaganda Outlet out to Influence American Voters, maybe one should not watch this - still, those tunnels look unsafe!)

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Why does this happen?

Yep, better hire jonfr, he gonna fix da problems and bring lot of experience in space matters.

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Re: Seems like the system could have been a little more roboust

Drum timers: Will survive axially-placed gamma-ray bursts in your galaxy. 100% guaranteed!

Galactic Equip-R-Us. Call now by Ansible!

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Re: Welcome to embedded system engineering

From: http://www.nytimes.com/1985/06/20/us/laser-test-fails-to-strike-mirror-in-space-shuttle.html

"Several critics quickly cited the failure as evidence of bigger problems to come. They said this mistake, a simple human error capable of upsetting a complex technological effort, was the type that could be the ultimate undoing of the proposed antimissile shield."

Yeah, I remember when the news was that one could get a functional SDI infrastructure for, like, 1 trillion dollar. Which is, what, 1/42th of the national debt now (or 1/200th by some reckonings)? And the only thing that does even work 30+ years later is anti-Iranian missile bases in Romania (more like first-strike caps on Russia, amIrite?)

The retardation and belief in technological marvels was just amazing.

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Re: Sci-Fi Story

Nah, I would redo the ending with humanity having been taken over and euthanised by an evil collusion of pseudo-intelligent talkbots descended from Siri, Tay, Ms. Baidu et al. and badly programmed, insecure IoT devices.

These proceed to kick the Alien's arse fiercely because, well, they are soulless killer zombie bots from hell.

In the final scene, Clippy appears on the beleaguered Alien's Mothership Main Screen and goes: "Ding Ding! You seem to be trying to develop automatics. Do you want a little help?". Then everything is blown away.

THE END!

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Re: Welcome to embedded system engineering

I'm not sure that there's any reason deploying parachutes at a negative altitude.

NEVER SURRENDER!

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Re: Its called Failure Modes and Effects Analysis....

As I recall, FMEA and/or FMECA or similar analysis are required on any spacegoing systems at ESA, you can be sure this wasn't dropped on the floor.

Now, according to Jimbo's Patent Entry On Fault Tree Analysis, FMEA is a bit problematic?

Early in the Apollo project the question was asked about the probability of successfully sending astronauts to the moon and returning them safely to Earth. A risk, or reliability, calculation of some sort was performed and the result was a mission success probability that was unacceptably low. This result discouraged NASA from further quantitative risk or reliability analysis until after the Challenger accident in 1986. Instead, NASA decided to rely on the use of failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) and other qualitative methods for system safety assessments. After the Challenger accident, the importance of PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) and FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) in systems risk and reliability analysis was realized and its use at NASA has begun to grow and now FTA is considered as one of the most important system reliability and safety analysis techniques.

Within the nuclear power industry, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began using PRA methods including FTA in 1975, and significantly expanded PRA research following the 1979 incident at Three Mile Island. This eventually led to the 1981 publication of the NRC Fault Tree Handbook NUREG–0492, and mandatory use of PRA under the NRC's regulatory authority.

NUREG-0492 (from 1981, 209 pages) can be obtained from yonder page or apparently for ~12 Brexit Pounds from amazon.co.uk (someone at amazon.com sells it for USD $183.38 wut?). It's very readable.

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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But did Newton die and then get reanimated at the end of "The System of the World"?

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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The last line of Animal Farm was about Stalinism, not flyover country.

(Which are just being talked about when someone needs voters for some establishment harpie or bodies for some war in foreign lands, otherwise being the butt of "liberal" disdain, it's just sad)

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Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger

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Re: I question this statement

"Hypervigilance" is actually a psychological condition linked to PTSD and demands a period of psych healing.

Probably NOT what we are talking about here, which is likely to just be "only one donut in the morning"

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Hear, Hear!

"Checkpoint's chaps says the attack is useful because Facebook is a trusted asset."

Nasty commentard-baiting there, El Reg.

We are starting to wise up to your tricks!!

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Big Music goes mad for chat bots and AI

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Re: "Most chatbots aren’t really artificial intelligence"

All chatbots are really artificial nontelligence!

We are going where Neal Stephenson writes about (here is him clearly having learnt from Stanislaw Lem, writing in "Anathem"):

“Early in the Reticulum-thousands of years ago-it became almost useless because it was cluttered with faulty, obsolete, or downright misleading information,” Sammann said.

“Crap, you once called it,” I reminded him.

“Yes-a technical term. So crap filtering became important. Businesses were built around it. Some of those businesses came up with a clever plan to make more money: they poisoned the well. They began to put crap on the Reticulum deliberately, forcing people to use their products to filter that crap back out. They created syndevs whose sole purpose was to spew crap into the Reticulum. But it had to be good crap.”

“What is good crap?” Arsibalt asked in a politely incredulous tone.

“Well, bad crap would be an unformatted document consisting of random letters. Good crap would be a beautifully typeset, well-written document that contained a hundred correct, verifiable sentences and one that was subtly false. It’s a lot harder to generate good crap. At first they had to hire humans to churn it out. They mostly did it by taking legitimate documents and inserting errors-swapping one name for another, say. But it didn’t really take off until the military got interested.”

“As a tactic for planting misinformation in the enemy’s reticules, you mean,” Osa said. “This I know about. You are referring to the Artificial Inanity programs of the mid-First Millennium A.R.”

“Exactly!” Sammann said. “Artificial Inanity systems of enormous sophistication and power were built for exactly the purpose Fraa Osa has mentioned. In no time at all, the praxis leaked to the commercial sector and spread to the Rampant Orphan Botnet Ecologies. Never mind. The point is that there was a sort of Dark Age on the Reticulum that lasted until my Ita forerunners were able to bring matters in hand.”

Also ... that shutterstock photo!

"skeptical_hipster_with_phone.jpg"

Looks more like

"captain_nemo_slightly_disgusted_texting.jpg"

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Not secure

Where does one get a license to build a castle??

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Re: The Big Question

Windows 10 includes all of the mitigation features that EMET administrators have come to rely on

So CERT knows nothing and that table is faux facts?

I hope this post isn't coming from the MS Hasbara operations down in Bangalore or wherever.

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Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG

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Re: "native platforms desperately need to involve animators "

But it will be an emotional Clippy.

OTOH, I'm sure animations can be put to good use on UIs for things less inane.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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"Changes before January"

Eight years of Obamashit (including finding Hitler and "red lines" in faraway lines that have nothing to do with Amuricca) and now we are in a hurry all of a sudden.

I have the burning sense of HATE, just HATE in the spirit of "I have no mouth but I must scream". I actually get the post-Weimar-Republic spirit all of a sudden.

Also: Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump Will Have Terrifying Powers. Thanks, Obama.

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

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Patents for retards by retards granted by more retards.

It's also Symantec, one of the prime reasons why Aliens politely decline to contact Earth people.

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Re: velocity and space

The main criterium is "same orbital plane", because changing that takes lots of propellant.

I don't know the mechanics but I imagine that getting "some orbital plane" may well mean the ISS is wherever at launch time.

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our greatest fear and unknown is still fire?

The fact that one is living inside an environment containing a fierce oxydizer in gaseous form is not often appreciated!

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: Bah!

You can put it down to UFOs.

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Arista cats escape US quarantine, for now: Customs says it's OK to import networking gear

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"Ripped off the command line"

So... design patents? Rounded corners and everything?

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Heretic Alert.

Hadoop is not a DBMS.

Neither is MongoDB for that matter.

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Linux 4.9 has 'issues that just shouldn't be issues'. Or might not

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In a superposition of worried and not worried? So this release will be "Schrödinger's Penguin".

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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LETTER TO TRUMP

1) Dismantle NATO

2) No more boot-licking by trough-friendly Europeans eager to follow the US lead on "confronting Russia", "protecting Lybian women from rape", "Assad must go'" and "securing Afghanistan for the Taliban" and maybe soon "keeping Georgia free" and "making the free Republic of Molodova safe for pipelines"

3) Reallocate money to productive uses

4) Maybe it will work

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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I don't understand

...how this toolkit is going to improve security in any way?

Is KiwiCon now Blackhat Con?

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Apple n' Scientology

Whatever, but it needs to go to shit pretty quickly so that we can have acceptable machines back.

OTOH, the last acceptable machine from Apple that I eyed was a NeXT Cube.

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Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

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Dodged a bullet.

"Grogan Bam! Grogan"

Good that wasn't considered.

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Maybe "just enough rope"

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Re: Company law

It is the duty of the Directors to maximise returns for the shareholders

No it is not, any anyone who thinks so has no idea how companies operate.

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