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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

LordWabbit2 Re:How will I explain this to my children (129 comments)

For humans, I agree. Can't remember the authors name or the exact quote, but he said that the two oldest human professions were prostitution and war, not necessarily in that order. Doesn't say much for the human race.

2 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

LordWabbit2 Re:Long-term health effects (235 comments)

Agreed, the real value in sticking people into a tin can in orbit is to study THEM, not the tin can. We need to understand the long term affects of low gravity, diet, mental health etc. etc. before we commit to sending them on one way missions to other planets. Lets face it, the first couple of missions to Mars are probably going to be one way. I for one would like to know how to mitigate 'space scurvy' before taking the plunge.

about a week ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LordWabbit2 Re:What it means (219 comments)

Erm, a simple Radio wave is power being transmitted without wires, albeit not a lot, but it still gets converted back into an electrical charge.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

LordWabbit2 Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

Steam has indeed come a long way, about 10 years ago it was loathed and hated by gamers. Many people would not buy a game if it needed Steam, Ubisoft with their crappy launcher are where Steam was 10 years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

LordWabbit2 Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

I'm sorry, you are completely wrong. I work with big data, Postgresql and MySQL even MSSQL would shit bricks. The only two viable relational databases for large sets of data are DB2 and Oracle (with MSSQL limping in behind).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

LordWabbit2 Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

It's a business, it's about making money, not about patting puppies on the head and kissing babies. Dick moves will be made, trying to dominate the market and squeeze out competition, all of that is about making money. I hate when people go MS is EVIL because they are doing crappy/unethical things.... THAT MAKE MONEY! Stop whining about it and make Linux a viable alternative, because at the moment Linux is STILL not as user friendly as windows.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

LordWabbit2 IPV6 will see to that (231 comments)

When everyone has their own IP address they will no longer be anonymous. No more NATting etc. and you will be able to tell exactly who is who?

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

LordWabbit2 Re:Will it have the same garbage CPU? (141 comments)

Could not agree more, rpi is fit for purpose. The company where I work has displays in their branches - before the rpi they were buying PC's with multiple display cards - with the rpi they glue it to the back of the TV, power it from the tv usb port and it costs a tenth of what the PC used to cost. They literally bought out the entire countries stock of rpi's.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

LordWabbit2 Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

Tell that to me (ex) wife. I never believed that a couple could have such a petty argument (we're all rational adults right). Boy was I wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

LordWabbit2 Re:Silk Road 3.0... (219 comments)

Yeah and drinking too much water can kill you. Too much oxygen can kill you. Too much food can kill you. Too much vitamin A can cause a stroke. I'm not advocating the use of MDMA so much as trying to point out that "it's dangerous because if you take too much it will cause you harm" hypothesis relates to a LOT of other substances which are not regulated. ~50 years ago there was cocaine in cough mixture, probably didn't help stop the cough, but after taking it you didn't give a shit about the cough. Remove the regulations and let the problem solve itself, and empty 90% of the prisons. The addicts will die in a gutter and the rest of us can carry on with our lives.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

LordWabbit2 Re:So.... (583 comments)

You are assuming it would have the will/desire to propagate, why would it? We have a biological urge to breed so that in we "live on" through our children. Would we have that urge if we were immortal?

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

LordWabbit2 Re:In other news (217 comments)

wtf. Said he was running it not writing it, don't like him or his business model or his fuvcking software. All I said was that kudos for him in trying to learn another language in an attempt to break into another market, it's more than most do. The vitriol spouted at the mere mention of certain people in /. is remarkable. If shuttleworth had learnt zulu everyone would be clapping. I don't even like linux, I am an MS programmer, so no, I don't want to pander for a job. Also the way you tag each post with "Senior System Engineer/Architect" seems to be a desperate call for recognition, is your real title of "Desktop Technician" after 30 years of service a bit grating?

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

LordWabbit2 Re:So 1 x F35 = 60 million x vaccinations? (124 comments)

I think you are misunderstanding this. The debt is all yours. It doesn't change. You still owe the 20k for your car/house/horse. That does not change, and not you or anyone else can change it because you are the recorded debtor. (Well not entirely true, the exceptions are not part of this discussion and are generally reserved for corporations).
You can't just hand over debt like it was a fvcking coupon, it's legally binding, which is why you have to sign all the fvcking papers. To get the homeless person to accept the debt for a fifth of jack would require a lot of legal paperwork and the bank vetting him, which as a homeless unemployed person he would not pass, so you would not be able to pass anything to him except his free fifth of Jack.

The bank is no longer valuating you on the amount of FREE money you have, ie. the amount you would otherwise save or spluge on a playstation game, they are evaluating you on the amount of money you have after you are taxed. Regardless of other expenses, like paying rent, utilities, groceries, school fees etc. They know that if/when you default they can simply garnish your salary and TAKE the money from you before it touches your bank account, fvck whether you can live and survive after that. You owe them, they take.

The best advice I can give to all.
Stop living off credit
If you have to buy it on credit, it means you can't fvcken afford it.
If you can't buy it cash - Don't buy it

What amazes me are the morons who argue this one simple lesson.
If you could not save enough money to buy the PSX4 or XBOX1 then why do you think getting into debt with an additional interest rate would make life easier?
You will pay almost three times as much for your console

Don't be another idiot, the world is full of idiots.

about a month ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

LordWabbit2 Re:Open Source in commercial products (265 comments)

Well if you really want to be pedantic you could go with the fact that whilst the code of "hello world" is simple and mostly a one liner, the libraries and code it relies on to produce that one line is made of thousands of lines of code which might have an issue with the length of "hello world" and cause a buffer overrun.
But I do understand your meaning, even simple code like "Hello World" could create real world problems, you still have to deal with the underlying system problems. I recall an exploit in WinXP where you could send an overized ping packet and do a buffer overflow.

about a month ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

LordWabbit2 Re:Yah more crap stuff (73 comments)

Damn. You have valid points. Never had one fail on me (hardware wise, tend to brutiize windows though, so format/recover is required).

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

LordWabbit2 Re:In other news (217 comments)

The fact that you took an interest in learning languages whilst baby sitting, does not make the fact that he bothered to learn Mandarin while running a multi billion dollar company any less. In fact it seems (from me at least) to make you somewhat petty. I agree that he could have a person trailing behind him all the time repeating the Mandarin words for things and phrases like an intelligent tape recorder, and that would make the entire process a lot easier. I still think that it was a job well done on his part, at least give him that. I would also like to ask if you have German or Spanish relatives or friends, because nothing aids in learning a language than being able to actually practice it. I am working on French at the moment, not doing too well though. Have got English, Afrikaans, Dutch and German down to a large degree, but the last three share so much that it's easier to say I only know 2 languages.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

LordWabbit2 Re:Maybe we should actually penalize companies (286 comments)

Jail time for the manager who made this decision. Even it if it's just a lower echelon peon who is punished (at first). It won't take long before the peons either refuse to take the blame or refuse to follow the order. On the other hand, I am not sure what exactly "install computer system" entails, but if it involves clicking next a lot then they could have hired college students.
Wait let me break with tradition and actually go RTFA
Meh, doesn't say, but it does say they would not be able to legally pay ANYONE at that price. Must have been a nice windfall for the indian workers 8x their normal salary. To be honest it sounds like mostly manual labour, they were moving offices. So relocating PC's and running cables. Get people we know and trust in, pay them extra for the long hours and temporary relocation so the job gets done without having to educate new temp employees. Companies do it all the time. I was shipped out to Namibia to do software installation and customization and my salary was not adjusted (granted I was not earning minimum wage so it's not really relevant).
When the company in the article was notified of their fault they paid the employees and the fine.
Seems more like Americans are happy with Indians and Mexicans doing manual labour, running taxis and all night shops but as soon as it touches the tech industry they get all defensive.
I am not saying outsourcing to India is not an actual problem, I am saying that this post is overstating things and worded to create a negative response.

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

LordWabbit2 Re:Money, money, money... (124 comments)

Damn, posted before I read your comment. I agree with you completely.

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

LordWabbit2 Colour me Suspicious (124 comments)

I find it a bit suspicious that Africa has handled many Ebola outbreaks before this just fine. Sure there were deaths, it's Ebola, but they handled it. Now we have 20+ medical companies with untested human trials of Ebola vaccines/cures all rushing in to "save" the day by testing the drug on humans without a controlled environment and with no legal liability. If a survivor's next fetus grows a third eye and has an IQ of a sweet potato in a drought are they going to take responsibility? I doubt it. How about getting the right gear and help to the health workers instead of pumping them full of crap you could not test legally in your own country. Stop using Africa as a petri dish. Makes me wonder if they didn't start and help spread the epidemic in the first place. But then again maybe I have played/watched too much resident evil.

about a month ago

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Zalman goes bankrupt after fraud conspiracy

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about three weeks ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The company has filed for bankruptcy in Seoul, after years of its owner, Moneual, bleeding billions of dollars out of the company. But this isn't the only part of the story, it is a full-blown conspiracy with layers of details."
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1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about a year ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain."

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Bit-heist: Over $1mn in bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  1 year,19 days

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service’s operator only known as ‘Tradefortress’ said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

  It took the bank’s owner two weeks to notify the affected customers."

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$30,000 iPhone docking station

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The 8ft long speaker dock pumps out a massive 1000 watts of power and weighs in at over 700lbs. Making it the worlds loudest iPhone speaker dock. Unfortunately no specifications are available for whats inside this monster at the moment."
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