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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

"Can't eat my meal on schedule".

Such microaggression!

These people are far away from IT support, it seems.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Is The Register now The Onion?

This whole article is unbelievable, complete with links to "100% true" allegations by the NYT, and fantasms from the desk of Anne Applebaum and Louise Mensch stated as "fact".

Fully expecting El Reg to write about how Lizard People are actually running the world next.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: This was just the starter

I really don't want to see shops of merkel in compromising situations.

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It did not only "come on" on /pol/, it was immediately declared B8, too.

(Same as the document about Trump pissing on Obama's bed in Moscow, as I remember)

https://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/123933076#p123934632

The most hilarious thing is the french journo trying to uncover some kind of conspiracy instead of low-brow asshattery with bad shops.

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Russian Nationalist Blogger Anatoly Karlin's take on the Topkek show: The French Elections 2017 (Round Two)

Needless to say, this has created quite the stir on cyberspace. Wikileaks and Jack Posobiec spread the message on Twitter; as I write this, #MacronLeaks is the number one trending hashtag on French Twitter. The French police have taken a formal interest in ascertaining the identity of the leaker.

Problem: The French media has entered its election silence period, so there will be no substantive discussions of the MacronLeaks in the MSM. (I checked the front pages of the major French newspapers and Le Monde is the only one to have prominent coverage of MacronLeaks).

Which begs the question of whodunnit.

The MSM has, of course, rushed to blame the Russian hacker Ivan. However, as more level-headed people have pointed out, what would be the point of doing this at the last moment? Macron is the least Russia friendly of the four major candidates – his campaign has scandalously barred the Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik from his events – and, the logic goes, would now be even less well disposed towards Putin.

On the other hand, a more cynical view might be that the Kremlin views the prospects for cooperation with a Macron-led France as being so dismal anyway that it might as well begin destabilizing him straight away.

Two other possibilities:

(1) Bryan MacDonald: “My bet is other state actors trying to ruin any chance of a future Macron-Putin arrangement or freelance Russians acting the maggot.”

(2) Technically competent, disgruntled Leftist/Communist supporter who wants to undermine Macron, but who doesn’t want Le Pen to benefit from it.

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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#EverydayHeroes

In 2017, this means managing to exhibit the amazing intellectual power and daring of a ferret on crack, so I support this presumably queen-approved quality label.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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So when will the marketing effort start

A little sarin event in downtown London, possibly involving "barbaric aggression" by ... ummm... "Assad"? No, wait: "Assad aided and abetted by Putin".

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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Incubator babies, Ghaddafi bombs Pan Am, Assad's sarin and assorted #UnfakeNews

> the potential to support or undermine democratic processes

I wonder which side is good and which side is bad, eh?

Meanwhile, NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms

Yet, while such intentionally fabricated articles as well as baseless conspiracy theories are a bane of the Internet – and do deserve hearty condemnation – the Times gives no thought to the potential downside of having a select group of mainstream journalistic entities feeding their judgment about what is true and what is not into some algorithms that would then scrub the Internet of contrary items.

Since the Times is a member of the Google-funded First Draft Coalition – along with other mainstream outlets such as The Washington Post and the pro-NATO propaganda site Bellingcat – this idea of eliminating information that counters what the group asserts is true may seem quite appealing to the Times and the other insiders. After all, it might seem cool to have some high-tech tool that silences your critics automatically?

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There also should be the fear – even among these self-appointed guardians of “truth” – that their algorithms might someday be put to use by a totalitarian regime to stomp out the last embers of real democracy. However, if you’re looking for such thoughtfulness, you won’t find it in the Times article by Mark Scott. Instead, the Times glorifies the creators of this Brave New World.

“In the battle against fake news, Andreas Vlachos — a Greek computer scientist living in a northern English town — is on the front lines,” the article reads. “Armed with a decade of machine learning expertise, he is part of a British start-up that will soon release an automated fact-checking tool ahead of the country’s election in early June. He also is advising a global competition that pits computer wizards from the United States to China against each other to use artificial intelligence to combat fake news. …

“As Europe readies for several elections this year after President Trump’s victory in the United States, Mr. Vlachos, 36, is one of a growing number of technology experts worldwide who are harnessing their skills to tackle misinformation online. … Computer scientists, tech giants and start-ups are using sophisticated algorithms and reams of online data to quickly — and automatically — spot fake news faster than traditional fact-checking groups can.”

It suspiciously sounds like an addy for some whitewashing powder.

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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Small Business Advantage? Very Small Indeed.Minidick levels of small.

There are more ® signs in these bullshit Intel arse-covering documents than there is information.

If this is true:

First a little bit of background. SemiAccurate has known about this vulnerability for literally years now, it came up in research we were doing on hardware backdoors over five years ago. What we found was scary on a level that literally kept us up at night. For obvious reasons we couldn’t publish what we found out but we took every opportunity to beg anyone who could even tangentially influence the right people to do something about this security problem. SemiAccurate explained the problem to literally dozens of “right people” to seemingly no avail. We also strongly hinted that it existed at every chance we had.

Various Intel representatives over the years took my words seriously, told me I was crazy, denied that the problem could exist, and even gave SemiAccurate rather farcical technical reasons why their position wasn’t wrong. Or dangerous. In return we smiled politely, argued technically, and sometimes, usually actually, were not so polite about our viewpoint. Unfortunately it all seems to have been for naught.

...then we are talking Thalidomide levels of bullshit. I hope a 60 billion dollar fine for shoddy overpriced shit endangering the public is roilling down the highway soon. Uncle Sam needs those because military budgets, they are increasing. It would only be just.

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

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What in tarnation 2

Why are these buses fly-by-wire and who provided the software/hardware system (which I suppose has been checked using formal verification and all that). Toyota?

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NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

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What in tarnation

Curious time to stop listening to Americans talking about foreigners, eh, Donald?

This subtitle makes no sense at all.

The TLAs have grown to cancer-killing-host proportions under 4 terms of Bushbama (and arguably Clinton) and are now apparently calling the shots, telling the (Trumpenstein / The President Formerly Known As Hitler / Brave Freedom Defender and Avenger of Gassed Syrian Babies) what he should be blowing into the mic ... or else. A little "scandal" might emerge from the NYT and the assorted churnalists hordes or a sudden stroke might occur, life is risky etc.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Well, he SHOULD have obtained the paper saying "me be engineer", if possible (one would probably have to submit a request, and attach the swedish diploma). He probably SHOULD have written an article for IEEE Spectrum only instead of waking sleeping boards. It's the standard story of modern, never-receding state control. That and making taxeaters look bad, which is completely unacceptable.

From the order:

"On September 3, 2014, Jarlstrom emailed the [Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying] alleging that the City of Beaverton engineers were misapplying well-known traffic engineering formulas and asked the Board to investigate the City of Beaverton. In his email to the Board, Jarlstrom indicated that he was perfonning engineering work. The Board has no jurisdiction over the timing of traffic lights in the City of Beaverton. Jarlstrom was informed of this lack of jurisdiction. Jarlstrom was also cautioned by the Board against practicing engineering without being registered and was provided with copies of ORS 672.005(1) and ORS 672.007(1 ), which define the practice of engineering as including both engineering work and use of the engineering title. Jarlstrom agreed to comply with the law.

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On January 15, 2015, J arlstrom sent an email to the Board stating, "And yes, I'm an excellent engineer" contradicting his earlier statement of being willing to comply with the law. Included with the January 15 email to the Board was an email Jarlstrom wrote to KOIN 6 in which he introduced himself as a Swedish engineer, and presented traffic change interval timing calculations.

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By indicating to the Board that he was perfonning engineering work, Jarlstrom purported to be able to perform engineering services or work and represented that he was authorized to perform engineering work. By purporting to be able to perform engineering services or work, Jarlstrom engaged in the practice of engineering under ORS 672.007(1)(c). By engaging in the practice of engineering and representing that he was authorized to perform engineering work, without registration, Jarlstrom violated ORS 672.020(1 ), 672.045(1) and (2), and OAR 820-010-0730(3)(c).

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: Tell you what...

The President formerly known as Hitler a creature of Putin meme

You haven't got the memo that now that Trump is on track with the globalist/bombstuff agenda and actually overdoing it a bit, the "russia angle" has disappeared and is dead as disco?

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Re: Bah!

Fox is putrid leftist crap.

But this is all small fry. In the meantime, quite a few people who should get the swift pioneer town justice treatement are coming out of the woodwork and are planning on ruining the rest of the year: Shambolic Doings in Washington #MaybeNoThanksgivingTurkey

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Re: He should take the fall

The Republican token-black man General Colon Powel told Mrs. Clinton to setup the email server that way.

Thus madly influencing poor Hildebeast?

"What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient). So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.... I have been interviewed by the State Department IG and the FBI about my actions and decisions. I stand by my decisions and I am fully accountable"

Somebody who at least says he is "fully accountable". Must be from another generation.

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Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

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MYSTERIOUS PURPOSES!!111

How about giving France to Putin by tipping the balance of the presidential elections in favor of #ourgal?

"Journalists" are sure to be able to find the connection before the next web edition goes up, if need be by making random shit upciting anonymous sources from the ever-vigilant but reluctant bulwark against slavic incursions, the GCHQ.

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

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Oh ANOTHER skills gap!

Great stuff.

People don't want to follow / are not ready to follow / are not interested in / the latest superize-me fad that has been concoted in the bowels in the industry and would rather work on developing their business in a sane way?

SKILLS GAP!

Can't hire a remote indian engineer who can write a 5000-line perl script over the phone "as good as" any designed by in-house people who actually know which machine is supposed to talk to which?

TERRIFYING SKILLS GAP!

"I'd love to see that training accessible to people such as unrepresented minorities and women to showcase the breadth of their capabilities"

What the HELL are "unrepresented minorities that have a cloud skills gap"?

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: Sad

It is 99.9999% certain that you don't need quantum computing to "understand the brain" (it would help much anyway, people rarely want to perform large number factorizations)

Anyway, first pic on this article from the hive of ADHD called "Twitter"

"zuckerberg's vision: mulatto underclass clicking sponsored content all day; ruled over by autistic jew-asian elite. soylent only legal food."

The posting account has been purged in the meantime. Goodthink patrol dropped by I guess.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Lysenko on the phone

Film at 11.

Just recently - Racist babies! https://www.rt.com/news/384606-babies-race-skin-study/

Time to reeducate the babies?

Its' all US-centric bullshittery. The fever dream of attaining perfect egalitarian multicultural/multigendered utopia where differences don't exist. With the plan being that this will happen if everybody indeed pretends that differences don't exist. If need be, people will be forced to pretend that this is true under penalty of lawsuit.

Cargo cultism.

It has finally been transferred to statistics, which is what these algorithms are all about. Well, it happened a bit earlier, as I remember insurers were forced to pretend statistics related to race/gender/neighborhood didn't actually matter.

Don't give up until the bell curve has uniform probability density!

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Do you want an AK with that?

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Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware

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Re: non disclosure

Don't be such a kid. You know how it works.

Inb4 "linked to unknown state actors". Nah, too late.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Meanwhile "Real" News

Assad gassed his own people!

It's true! Everyone says so!

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Oculus Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook

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Pretty cool

I'm now officially a "forum troll", eh?

Can't have an opinion that doesn't fully mesh with forum mods that have the mind of 12 year olds?

Nice one, El Reg. Nice one.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Or maybe Roswell is real

It may also detract from yet another revelation over the administration's ties to Russia and the resulting Congressional investigations.

Can someone remind me of the other "revelations" over "ties to Russia"?

"Pissing on Obama's bed in a russian hotel" as "revealed" by a compilate of 4chan fantasies doesn't count.

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

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Yeah, those plantary microaggressions are taking their toll, Pluto is currently thinking of sulking silently in its orbit for the next 15 million years.

Better set up safe spaces beyond the Kuiper Belt.

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Re: " it would mass about ten times more than Earth"

Verbing weirds language

-- Calvin ca. 1990

Verbing makes language more orthogonal and expressive.

-- Me ca. now

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That planet in the "artist's impression" (or expression) shows thunderstorms...

...shurely it would be too cold for that? It's basically frozen interstellar leftovers.

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Re: Pluto = the REAL planet 9!!

Why not seek a job a Trump Tweet Central?

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Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

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Check is in the mail, SecureWorks

That "DNC hack"... we still don't know whether it actually occurred. Maybe one should start with that?

Also, the "influencing global events" meme is is a bit bereft of logic (but then again, what would one expect of a perverse alliance of neocons, democrats and TLA power players?). Or maybe "Hollywood Logic" has infected everything and our only hope is that Vogons clean the fuck up before we beclown ourselves in front of the whole Galaxy.

The Missing Logic of Russia-gate

Assuming that Putin read the polls like everyone else, would he risk infuriating the likely next President of the United States – Hillary Clinton – by embarrassing her with an email leak that would amount to a pinprick? Clinton herself blamed her surprise defeat on FBI Director Comey’s decision to briefly reopen the investigation into whether she endangered national security by using a private email server as Secretary of State.

Unless one assumes that Putin’s Ouija board also predicted Comey’s actions or perhaps that Comey is another Russian mole, wouldn’t it be a huge risk for Putin to anger Clinton without ensuring her defeat? There’s the old saying that “if you strike a king, you must kill him,” which would seem to apply equally to a queen. But logical thinking no longer applies to what’s going on in Official Washington.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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I say!

> child labour

> social ill

Yet another "I can afford not to, so you should too" white whine.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: he was fired for ...

Actually, on Islam, if you are Muslim and subscribe to the idea that a woman's testimony is worth less than a man's, surely that is a view that would also be counter to the Drupal stance on 'gender equality'.

Going down that road will make SJW's heads explode.

Let's go down that road.

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Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

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I'm ok with bots and schoolgirls!

Just make sure they don't built those tentacled ones.

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Re: Meanwhile ...

No.

Stars ignite when the pressure of infalling gas is still increase.

Then it takes a few hundred thousand years for the ignition to show up on the surface.

Enough time to pile on the gas and keep it piling on!

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Yet another offensively pointless First World problem

Master Yoda, I presume?

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: At 90X Jupiter's mass, and fairly pure hydrogen, how did this not ignite into a star?

90 times Jupiter Mass is 90 * 0.0009546M_Sun,

which is 0.086 M_Sun. This may be enough, you need 0.05 or above, apparently. However, the absence of Carbon makes this a "first generation star" which needs abnormally high temperature to start rather inefficient fusion processes. Time for stackoverflow?

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Re: Am I a Bad Person?

the organisation is using this discovery to try to obtain more funding?

The eternal fear of the crabby mind: someone is trying to obtain funding (don't look at possibly 10 trillions dumped into various various wars the last 15 years)

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Re: "It was invented to prop up existing theories"

Nobody is talking about dark matter as a means to sweep an issue under the rug.

Quite so. This is why Dark Matter search are ongoing (though coming up empty, maybe time for another approach)

Related: Presentations from La Thuile: The 52nd Rencontres de Moriond session devoted to ELECTROWEAK INTERACTIONS AND UNIFIED THEORIES held in La Thuile from Saturday March 18th to Saturday March 25th, 2017.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Do they honestly believe that someone with intent of committing these acts is going to post negative things to an American social media platform and then try and enter the country?

Seems that at least for the people doing "Hits in Europe", this is the actual case.

The only thing I can think of is it's a media campaign to demonise citizens of certain countries or their religion.

Don't know whether you have just arrived from Alpha Centauri, but there is no such "media campaign" going on (except for relatively staid Iran), indeed Saudi Arabia is getting free passes all the time.

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Re: Does that include...

Frankly, yes. It's what Israel does all the time.

Always carry a few passports if you travel a lot.

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Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

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Hmmm..

And there is the subscription model, like The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, et al. These are big respected names [about as respected as pancreatic cancer with yeast infection on top, amirite] with huge resources that have hit on a specific model: offer a few free articles a month and then prompt for subscription. It has finally started working after a decade of hard times.

In part thanks to the election of Donald Trump [citation needed] , these news organizations have seen their subscriber levels jump.

I would like to see the numbers. At least in clicks, they are apparently faking it..

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Re: Beware..

That's why it's such a shame there is one last hold out to allowing un-moderated comments amongst the ranks

Oh yeah? Try to say something not in line of this week's ever-changing mainstream correctthink (mainly about That Guy (you know who)), and see the "un-moderation" kick in.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: . . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

Well, Nelson fancied "up close and personal" strategy for naval frank exchange of views, so he would have been rolling around for quite some time really, seeing how standoffish everything has become.

Or he might have engaged with the Russian submarine forces, I hear they like the "knifefight" style of submarine warfare, whatever that is.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Drones on YouTube becoming Shia terrorist, attacking civlians!

For some reason, Philip K. Dick's "Return Match" about a sentient deadly pinball machine comes to mind.

"The outspacers don't have a very high regard for human life," Tinbane reflected. He was thinking of the carnage created by the ship taking off. And that, for them, was routine. But in view of that wholesale destruction of human life, this seemed unnecessary. What more did this accomplish?

Pondering, he said, "This is selective. This would eliminate only the gameplayer."

The technician said, "This would eliminate every gameplayer. One after another."

"But who would play the thing," Tinbane said, "after the first fatality?"

"People go there knowing that if there's a raid the outspacers will burn up everyone and everything," the technician pointed out. "The urge to gamble is an addictive compulsion; a certain type of person gambles no matter what the risk is. You ever hear of Russian Roulette?"

Tinbane released the second steel ball, watched it bounce and wander toward the replica village. This one managed to pass through the rough terrain; it approached the first house comprising the village proper. Maybe I'll get it, he thought savagely. Before it gets me. A strange, novel excitement filled him as he watched the ball thud against the tiny house, flatten the structure and roll on. The ball, although small to him, towered over every building, every structure, that made up the village.

-- Every structure except the central catapult. He watched avidly as the ball moved dangerously close to the catapult, then, deflected by a major public building, rolled on and disappeared into the take-up slot. Immediately he sent the third ball hurtling up its channel.

"The stakes," the technician said softly, "are high, aren't they? Your life against its. Must be exceptionally appealing to someone with the right kind of temperament."

"I think," Tinbane said, "I can get the catapult before it's in action."

"Maybe. Maybe not."

"I'm getting the ball closer to it each time."

The technician said, "For the catapult to work, it requires one of the steel balls; that's its load. You're making it increasingly likely that it'll acquire use of one of the balls. You're actually helping it." He added somberly, "In fact it can't function without you; the gameplayer is not only the enemy, he's also essential. Better quit, Tinbane. The thing is using you."

"I'll quit," Tinbane said, "when I've gotten the catapult."

"You're damn right you will. You'll be dead." He eyed Tinbane narrowly. "Possibly this is why the outspacers built it. To get back at us for our raids. This very likely is what it's for."

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Re: I have a fix

i'm okay with that but at least some of the channels should show "the Sands of Mars" and some should play loud opera music.

Also, I sense an unusual amount of fear in this article for a simple trade dispute.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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Re: They've taken the 'no' out of 'do no evil'

It is the difference between trying to prosecute me sending $100 to a "Feed the starving orphans of Syria" charity has money ending up with ISIS without my knowledge, and trying to prosecute the charity when they have already been told some of their money sent to X ends up with ISIS and continuing to send money to X.

Unless ISIS is advertising, I don't see this.

Also, You can go to jail even if you don't know where your money ends up. And you get a medal of freedom if you ship weapons to ISIS.

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Re: Excellent

But who has been "defrauded"???

Don't ISIS watchers buy products too (maybe they even subscribe to the Guardian, in addition to "Inspire" Magazine?)

Surprisingly, this is how advertising works: spray and pray.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Loved to Death

> Trump loves the poorly educated, they voted for him.

Tone-deafness, clannishness, leftist superiority complex and considers himself the flag-bearer of all things good.

You are the reason Trump won.

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Re: We've been there before .. in 1991

Good old times. That long ago already.

I noticed one apparently can still get the Kein Mitleid für Microsoft jack-booted penguin quick-justice-providing T-shirt (maybe).

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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So...

Basically, we need an expert system to tell the developer when he might want to reconsider (best while writing code, otherwise in a post-processing step).

Actually, these more or less exist, I hope people use them. OO-flavored pseudo-assembler is as nice as a glass jar of elephant's foot.

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