* Posts by ma1010

769 posts • joined 30 Nov 2012


Maine town plans to become 'Gigabit Island'

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Where do I sign up?

I surely wish someone would provide a system like that where I live, gigabit connections for $30 a month! I pay more for much, much less. I could, in theory, get a gigabit connection here from Comcast for about 5 times that much a month.

Icon because if we keep letting Comcast, AT&T and their ilk control us via the government they own, we'll all likely end up on the street.

Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

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The clowns coming up with this concept should be strapped into heavy-duty chairs with their eyelids propped open and forced to watch "targeted ads" for three days straight.

The drooling, gibbering remnants of human beings they then became could be released to start their new life on the streets.

Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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It's more possible to be uncertain than you might think

True story. Back in the 70's there was a restaurant in Carlsbad, New Mexico which was really popular, the sort of place that got jammed during lunch every day.

Suddenly, it closed. Turns out a health inspector caught them adding cat meat to some of their dishes. Ewww.

With my strange mind, I wondered where the cats came from. I doubt they got them from the local deli. Did they send the employees home at night with bags and orders to fill them?

The world is a strange place.

Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival

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Correction needed

It has also, however, fuelled a backlash from telcos and some lawmakers who see city-operated broadband services as an unnecessary government incursion into markets already served by private-sector companies

...unfair competition from an entity not dedicated solely to unjust enrichment by fleecing consumers of their last penny while providing service less capable than that in many third-world countries.

There, FTFY

Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

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Airbrushes worked fairly well

On second thought, there was a fair amount of history revision even in the days before Photoshop.

I recall that about 50 years ago, my mother knew a person who worked as a photo retoucher for a company that specialized in school portrait photos. I remember she told one story of a girl who frantically called the company and begged them to make the pack of cigarettes she'd inadvertently left in her pocket disappear from her high school photo "Because mom will KILL me!" (Told you it was a long time ago. Take a packet of fags to school today and they'll immolate you, of course. Back then they actually had smoking areas in high schools, believe it or not. "When I were a lad...")

The retoucher assured the girl it would be no problem and was as good as her word.

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It's interesting how things change back to where they were before

Once upon a time, the way to preserve the image of a person was to have a portrait painted. Portrait painters often, shall we say, "improved" the subject. It was fairly rare that anyone really wanted "warts and all" in their portrait. Then cameras mostly ended that, capturing what was really there. Now we're heading back to the idea of editing reality. I suppose someday they may even be able to take a picture with me in it and transform my image from a pissed-off Satan with a bad hangover to a smiling, grandfatherly-looking sort of fellow.

Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Is this man a cretin?

I'm an American, but I can't even begin to imagine this guy's attitude. Is he a total cretin? Does he really think the rest of the world are cretins?

If this guy is in charge of our SECURITY, and he thinks the rest of the world can't even cobble together working encryption, I'm really afraid for the US. This reminds me of some of the bollocks spouted by the worst of the pukka-sahib types at the beginning of WW II who couldn't even imagine the Japanese posing any actual threat. They didn't do too well, either, as I recall. With guys like this in charge of our security, the U.S. will likely be conquered any day now.

Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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It all sounds rather...

well, er...complicated. As well as fairly pointless. Sort of like a phone, but with a more difficult interface and limited feature set.

As the poster above mentioned, quoting a "Genius," it's quite true that "Nobody NEEDS one." So it's basically something for status-conscious wankers to use to impress others who are equally shallow? Good to know.

Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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As many others have pointed out, the "novel idea" this patent is supposed to cover is very much prior art. Add to the list of prior users ham a large number of radio operators who have used balloons to lift antennas many times before, especially for emergency communications purposes in difficult terrain when using VHF or higher frequencies. I suppose this outfit will want to sue THEM, too.

Fun fact: If you use enough power, you can sometimes get the gas in the balloon to fluoresce when you transmit.

Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Of course it's total bollocks

If cats understood physics, Schrödinger would never have gotten the cat to go into the box in the first place!

Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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It's called SPIN

Yes, we were shown to be ignorant wankers who couldn't plan properly BUT

We figured out the above fact after the system crashed

The next time we screw up like this, we will probably be able to figure it out even faster THEREFORE

We're wank-wizards, er, I mean wizards at IT service delivery THEREFORE

You should all have confidence in your government to do a truly wizard job of delivering IT services to the public.

JFrog's marriage made in ... well: Internet of Things, meet DevOps

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Sounds like Lord Bong

Methinks I detect an aroma of Thinkfluence. Clearly, this organization is an incubator developing truly disruptive technologies designed to catapult us into a shining future created by IOT-driven technology!

Or not.

Supreme Court okays troll toll increase

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Civilization will shortly come to a halt

Vincent Bugliosi (famous for prosecuting the Manson Family), one of the greatest legal minds around, pointed out in his book And the Sea Will Tell that a judge is really a combination of a lawyer and a politician. Considering the genesis of these creatures, how could anyone expect anything positive from them? This is yet another nail in the coffin of innovation.

Patent laws were created to foster innovation, and perhaps actually did that, once upon a time. Nowadays they pretty much prevent innovation. If you were silly enough to invent something useful, you now have the certainty that if your idea is really worth anything, some patent troll somewhere will find something vague in their library of useless patents (useless because, after all, trolls contribute nothing whatsoever to society or innovation) and sue you for some insane amount of money. Oh, you put rounded corners on it? Well, we've got a patent on THAT, so PAY UP! Individuals and small businesses can't possibly defend themselves against this abuse of the legal system. So why bother?

Only big corporations can even try to play at this sort of game -- or most anything else these days. And even they have to spend more and more of their assets on fighting stupid legal battles over nothing. For example, how much money has been wasted in the Apple vs. Samsung case? Instead of fattening up lawyers, that money might have been used for something useful. The more everyone spends on lawyers, the less they spend on anything useful.

Perhaps the reason SETI hasn't picked up any other civilizations out there is because they also evolved lawyers and patent trolls which brought those civilizations to a halt followed by degeneration into chaos.

Clueless s’kiddies using exploit kits are behind ransomware surge

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Aside from moral considerations (whatever those are?), why shouldn't any script kiddie jump up and roll their very own ransomware with a do-it-yourself kit? After all, ransomware seems to be a very good revenue generator with hospitals, universities and even law enforcement agencies paying good money for the decryption keys. It's easy money!

And how often do we hear about these buggers getting caught and punished for their crimes? Pretty much never. As long as crime pays so well with so very little downside risk, why not go for it? And there's lots less risk getting "free money" with a keyboard than with a cosh, knife or gun.

Internet theft is just going to get worse until some geniuses figure out a way to totally stop or catch and punish these ransomware authors and other miscreants. The Internet, instead of being a shiny "information superhighway" is becoming more and more like a potholed street in a seedy neighborhood you don't feel safe in, especially after dark.

12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

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Oops, we did it again!

"Oh, NO! We lost the database with the details of all the tortures we did. What a shame."

"Oh, NO! We lost the database with the details of all the complaints folks have made about us. What a shame."

"Oh, NO! We lost the database with the details of [fill in whatever you'd like to see "missing"]...

You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Posturing, more than likely

With a major election coming, they're putting on a good show. However, I REALLY doubt that anything much will come of this. It would be nice if they would pass some law to actually HELP the public, such as requiring all areas to have at least two carriers for people to choose between and to require all service plans to be written in PLAIN ENGLISH and be no longer than half a page long, and I mean in 12 point Arial font or the equivalent - no fine print.

Of course, nothing like this will ever happen. It will be "business as usual" meaning that the consumer will continue to get a true shafting.

King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Oh, come on now!

Of course they find extraterrestrial items from Egypt. After all, wasn't it aliens that built the pyramids with their marvelous preservative powers and anti-gravity technology? Not to mention that time line in the Great Pyramid that correctly predicts the end of the world in, uh, 1999? (Well a small percentage of error there, maybe).

They probably made that knife from an extraterrestrial Spam can dropped by one of the aliens working on the pyramids.

TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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Bad idea

And with this sort of thing going on via Internet, pundits think we should hook all our "smart home" systems, including home security systems, up to the "Internet of Things"?

I think I'll pass, thanks.

FAA to test Brit drone-busting kit

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And version 2.0...

...will include two small missiles launched after target acquisition. The first will home on the drone, and the second on the drone controller. Problem solved!

Deloitte coughs up $11m to end claims it ripped off US govt with IT work

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This isn't even a slap on the wrist

The State of California got ripped off about $300 MILLION by this bunch. In my personal opinion, Deloitte are the Bechtel of software. Back in the mid-2000's, they were supposedly designing a new case management system to be used in all of California's courts. The project was obviously ill-conceived, because even just the scope -- many counties in California have 2 judges, while Los Angeles County has a court system larger than the U.S. Federal Court system -- make such a project's success unlikely, at best. But Deloitte made an absolute killing on it. They managed to get inexperienced people in state court administration to sign off on the system before it was even complete. "Oh, it doesn't work? Bummer! Well, for another $50 million or so, we could maybe take a look at it for you." The system was mostly useless, although parts of it were modified and are still used in some divisions of a few courts.

Overall, Deloitte managed to do such a great job of stealing money from the court system that the California legislature, famous for squandering money, was infuriated at the court administrators for spending over $300 million on this crapware. They proceeded to punish everyone who worked for the courts by slashing the statewide court budget more than any other part of state government during the economic meltdown in '07-'08. Meanwhile, Deloitte was laughing all the way to the bank with their $300 million in hand.

Personally, I wouldn't hire Deloitte to write a "Hello, world!" program. I expect it would cost several million dollars, take at least six months, and crash as soon as you started it.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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It's GWX Control Panel or Linux

As most all Reg readers know by now, if you don't want YOUR computer to be assimilated into the Windows X Borg, install GWX Control panel or, better yet, opt out of MS altogether and go Linux, if that's possible for you.

Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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We get snooped

I work at a court, and they snoop everything. They put a bogus certificate into the official browser (IE) so it never raises any problems. Nor does Chrome because it uses the Windows certificate store. However, Firefox raised alarms and let me know the day they started this. I deleted my IMAP off the work computer and changed all the passwords of any site I've ever accessed from work. I use my phone (NOT over wi-fi) for my personal email or anything else I don't want them reading.

Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

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Conflict of interest?

Attorney Cheatum: "M'lud, there's no possible conflict of interest here. My client deleted those other sites simply because they were 'spammy!' The deletion had absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that those sites were competing with my client by offering other parties an alternative way to raise their search ratings besides paying my client directly. There is absolutely NO relationship between those two facts. As a great writer put it, the mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing their minds. Honest!

"Therefore, we move to dismiss the case in it's entirety, with prejudice, M'lud."

The Judge: (Laughter) "Motion denied!"

UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'

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@ AC

Have an upvote!

But I'd opine that having a bit of a damp squid on one's hands is better than being put on a "pedal stool."

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Nothing will happen, and you know why, don't you?

Intelligence agencies are quite good at their job of gathering information. This includes information on congress critters, senators, presidents, governors, doctors, lawyers, etc. When Hoover was in charge of the FBI, most everyone in Washington was terrified of him because he had files on them all. Any skeletons in the closet? Hoover knew about them. Annoy him, and your nasty little secrets might be tomorrow's news.

The CIA is the same way. The real movers and shakers in Washington, even if they aren't totally jaded and uncaring, aren't foolish enough to upset the CIA's apple cart. That would be at least a career-limiting move, if not the actually hazardous to your health.

I suspect the same thing goes on in just about every country. Are there any MPs afraid of what GCHQ might be able to disclose about them?

The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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"Me, too!"

As many other posters have mentioned, Gartner is full of bollocks. I'm a power user and minor-league gamer, and built my PC many years ago. As time goes by, I upgrade the MB/processor/ram now and then, change out the graphics card, fit a new power supply and add a new HD to it. I have an old 750 GB Windows XP HD, a 2TB Windows 7 HD, and a newer 3TB Linux HD in it. Mostly use the older HD's just for the data they have stored on them and run Win 7 in a no-Internet VM when I need it. Haven't "bought a new pc" in over 10 years. But my PC is very much alive and gets used quite a lot. I backup images regularly to (normally) offline storage in case some ransomware, etc. manages to slip in.

NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

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The real payload?

In other news today, the US Secretary of Defense emphatically denied rumors that the balloon payload contained thousands of combat-trained felines to be released when the balloon passed over suspected terrorist locations.

Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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OMG, Competition? Never!

All the so-called "broadband" providers we have in this country deserve whatever happens to them. They've consistently screwed Americans. We have some of the poorest "broadband" available in the world at nosebleed prices, and have their greed to thank for it.

Hopefully the FCC's actions will help put the shoe on the other foot, and I hope it pinches those buggers like hell!

China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

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@ vimes

I'll pay attention to anything they have to say on this sort of thing when they stop treating non-US citizens as non-people with no rights when it comes to privacy...

Well, don't feel all that lonely! We US citizens are also non-people with no rights when it comes to privacy. That's what the Patriot Act and CISPA is all about over here, just like the Snooper's Charter in the UK. Privacy? Rights? Bah, humbug!

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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Only one small problem

Our Y2K went mostly without a hitch. We had one routine that printed a check with a date in January of 1900. Didn't feel too bad about missing ONE spot in all those many thousands of lines of code. It was an easy fix done in just a few minutes, and everything was fine.

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Good to know

That the EU is governed by large, corrupt corporations. So us "'Mericans" don't have to feel all alone.

FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Simple solution

The war on drugs is an absolute disaster. You'd think people would learn from what happened here during Prohibition, but nope. Instead of 10 years of madness, we've had about 50 years of spiraling violence, a "business" that fuels the "gangsta" culture and causes most of the murders that happen in this country, police raids, not to mention the draconian sentences for violating federal drug statutes.

Yep, END IT. If idiots want to fry their brains using drugs, they're going to do it, regardless of whether it's illegal or not. Criminalizing drug possession/distribution just drives it underground and funds the cartels and keeps the "gangstas" in business.

I've seen criminal cases where people were killed over, literally, a $3 weed deal. Another "drug deal gone bad." How many people get killed over a "beer deal" or a "whiskey deal"? Zero. The problem is the laws. They don't work. They do FAR more harm than good. Repeal them.

If anyone is interested in getting involved against this madness, you might want to look at contributing to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Sorry. </rant>

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Amazingly Stupid.

Perhaps we have more crime not because of videoing cops abusing their power, but because the head of the FBI is a cretin?

UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Something like this happened to me once

Long ago, when I was in college, I was a "student assistant" who got paid a small hourly rate to do various tasks around a particular department office. One summer, when I was at home, I got a phone call from the department secretary, a friend of mine, saying "Hey, we've got an extra $300 in the budget that we need to spend. Would you like to come in and help us out?"

I went in and puttered around at this and that until I'd managed to burn through it. Nice little windfall as $300 was a fair amount of money back then, and I was fairly impoverished.

First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Objections, objections...

I expect that when the first caveman floated across a river on a log, all the local pundits derided the whole thing because they didn't see any quick ROI on it. Of course they were right, and maritime navigation never did the human race any good. Right?

If we could go back in time to when railroads were first invented, I'm morally certain there were the same sort of nay-sayers around pointing out many difficulties in using railroads:

High expense of acquiring land right-of-way

High cost/availability of fuel

High cost of laying track

High cost of maintaining/replacing track

Many, many water/terrain obstacles and high cost/time taken to build bridges

Mountains! Many are too steep to go over, and it would cost a real packet to try to make a tunnel through one, if it were even possible, which it clearly is NOT.

Yet all these obstacles, and many others, were overcome by genius engineers. Hyperloop will probably have some of those working for them, too.

Some of the the objections to hyperloop seem questionable to me. Even I can think up some at least plausible answers to them. I expect real engineers could do a lot better than I can. So let's look at some that I can think of answers to:

Low passenger volume due to each capsule operating separately. Why couldn't you hook multiple hyperloop capsules together into a long, uh, TRAIN? Just because they can operate independently doesn't mean they must.

Stations: These would be open air platforms, just like train stations. Several hundred passengers could board/leave the train in one minute.

Time to evacuate the tube: Once loaded, the train would go into an airlock. You could have many air tight doors. The train would go into the tube and right up to the door leading into low pressure. The station would then close the door closest to the rear of the train, then open the "front" door. Since the train would fit fairly closely into the tunnel, and little space would be left behind and in front of the train, the air volume inside the "airlock" would be insignificant and just vented into the tunnel. (Tunnels would need to have vacuum pumps running all the time, anyhow, because of leaks, etc.)

Braking: normally electromagnetic, but in an emergency (say, a power failure), the train would drop, and the guides would contact the rail. You'd get metal-to-metal braking just like trains use. Not sustainable for constant use (at least, not without a lot of maintenance), but it works fine in an emergency.

High G forces: Why use high G's? Right now they're playing around and showing concepts. Yes, it accelerates fast. But in real use, except for emergency braking, the acceleration and deceleration could use forces no higher than than passengers normally encounter in an airliner.

There are always issues, questions, and sometimes serious problems to be solved in any major endeavor. But these can often be overcome.

Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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So VERY true!

If I had a dollar (or, better yet, a quid) for every time I've heard one of those, I'd be writing this from my own private island.

Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Sounds like a GREAT idea!

It really does. But likely this will degenerate into finger-pointing between Google and the phone manufacturers. Google will be absolutely safe, no matter what, because the FTC will never do anything to harm them in any way.

If anyone thinks they will, see this article from El Reg last month. Google will just call a certain close friend in the White House, and the nasty FTC will go away and leave poor, abused Google alone.

Don't hold your breath waiting for any patches.

Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

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Obligatory Dilbert

Sort of says it all about Internet voting. It's right here.

Gobble away! Charter-Time Warner Cable merger OK'd by FCC

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A cornucopia of benefits for consumers!

"The significant benefits of these transactions are clear; greater competition..."

Of COURSE! Merging companies obviously produces MORE competition. I can't wait until AT&T, Comcast and Charter merge. Then we'll have LOTS of competition so it will be a buyer's market. Right? I said, "RIGHT?"

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Windows X now runs on over 300 MILLION devices!

And in other news, Big Brother has INCREASED the chocolate ration by 10 grams per week!

The GWX virus hit my wife's computer, too. She complained that wouldn't boot correctly, nor would any of her programs work. She was right, it didn't work at all. Then I realized it had tried to sneak Win X on behind our backs. I managed to do a system rollback and got Win 7 working again, then quickly installed GWX Control Panel to keep her computer safe from the GWX virus.

Next move will be to get her onto Linux, as I did with my own machines many months ago.

'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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"Even in my most Orwellian paranoia I never could have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned," the musician said.

Guess he never heard about the Kindles that had content remote erased by Amazon, then. El Reg covered it here.

All the big companies have the same attitude, really, whether it's Apple, MS, Amazon, etc. They truly feel that "All your device are belong to us."

We all have two choices. We can either go along with the manufacturers and stay connected like good, little sheep. Or DISCONNECT your devices from the Internet and/or carefully control what access your devices have (and what data the manufacturers can slurp/delete from them). Take your choice.

Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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The obvious benefits of Thinkfluence

I have a suspicion that Lord Bong was involved in the rebranding, as the decision shows clear signs of being Thinkfluence-inspired. Perhaps Lord Bong was involved as a Thinkfluence consultant. Or would that now be correctly referred to as a thinkfluenceer (sounds like "Thinkfluence seer")?

Looking forward to hearing from him soon.

Mega mail breach fears

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I'm not surprised

I DAILY get several emails like "your account was signed into by an iPhone in Angola. If this was you, you're all set. Otherwise, click the link below to go to our 'Resolution Center'." And other similar crap. Given how many folks just can't get the idea of how phishing works, I wouldn't be surprised by any number of pawned accounts they have available for sale.

Space boffins win $3m prize for discovering gravitational waves

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They're giving out MONEY to folks who worked on LIGO?

In that event, I'm one of the engineers. And so's my wife!

Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: Trump? Who's he?

Being a "'Merican," I hear folks discuss who they're supporting for president a fair bit. I like to listen to WHY they prefer a certain candidate. Most Trump supporters I've heard aren't for him because they expect him to dig a moat between the US and Mexico, set up death camps for illegal immigrants or invade Canada, etc. I mainly hear two reasons for supporting Trump:

1) He has enough money of his own that he can't easily be bought.

2) People are so sick of our federal government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations that they feel it might not be a bad idea to smash it up and start over. They think that Trump might make a good wrecking ball.

To me (1) seems somewhat reasonable, but as for (2), I think Trump would find that Washington has a lot more inertia than one person can overcome. If he wins in November, I guess we'll see -- we'll certainly have to HOPE that he's been talking a lot of bollocks.

How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Technology is a tool

ANY tool can be used for good or evil. I can use a hammer to do repairs or build projects in my home. Or, if I were so inclined, I could use it to murder someone.

The "good guys" use encryption tools to smuggle information out of evil nation states. The "bad guys" use these tools to help promote terrorism. Tools aren't good or evil in themselves. The difference is simply how they're used. Be nice if the government could figure that one out.

Verizon worker strike now in its third week

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Good on 'em!

It's the people vs. the giant corporations, and it's a scary battle. Let's hope the human beings win out over the mega-corporations. We can't beat them at the ballot box anymore, so maybe we can hurt them with strikes, at least.

Verizon thinks they're invulnerable. Maybe they are. But they might want to think about what happened to UPS. They totally dominated shipping - until their strike. After that they haven't seemed (to me, anyhow) to have ever gained back the business or respect they once had.

Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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It's not California

That imposes the very low limit on what you can spend without filing a ton of paperwork. It's the FED. Therefore, if you're a candidate anywhere in the US, you either have little money, file a ton of paperwork or belong to whoever bankrolls you. One guess which one is most common among the "winners" holding office?

Then stir in the worst Supreme Court decision in history, Citizens United, and the US is totally doomed with hardly a pretense of "government by the people."

F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Paris Hilton

Yes Senator, we have now reached one 9 of uptime!

Of course that means 1 and 9, so about 19%. Or maybe 1.9%. Or was that .19%? Something like that, anyhow.

Paris 'cause she's smarter than the crooks who are in charge of this inanity. They can't even seem to PRETEND to be providing a useful service here. The clowns who call with the "This is MS Technical Support, and Your Windows has a Virus, but WE CAN HELP!" scam manage a much more convincing job of pretending to do something useful.

Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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They just didn't listen

when I told them not to use "kill -9".


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