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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

SuricouRaven Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (542 comments)

Countries that describe themselves as democratic republics generally aren't very good at either.

10 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

SuricouRaven Re:Are you kidding (542 comments)

No, it doesn't. The summary itsself contains a list to a definition.

10 hours ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

SuricouRaven Re:u wot m8 (548 comments)

It was a VM, allocated just enough RAM to do what it needs to do.

10 hours ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

SuricouRaven Re:Don't take the job (103 comments)

Some of us like to have money. These are not good economic times - most people can't be picky, they are lucky to get just one job offer.

10 hours ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

SuricouRaven Re:Don't be an Employee (103 comments)

Risky though. Some people prefer a guaranteed small-but-steady wage to gambling their income.

10 hours ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

SuricouRaven Re:Low hanging fruit (81 comments)

Depends how many minions your terrorist cell has. Speed would be essential - you need to get down as many pylons as possible before the power company realises what just happened and sends in the local police, FBI and DHS after you. So it should be a coordinated strike in multiple places at once.

11 hours ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:A win? (316 comments)

UK.

11 hours ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

SuricouRaven Re:I remember Y2K, do you? (81 comments)

The EMP people tend to be a bit silly. They have no idea how an EMP would actually work or what it would do, and often end up doing silly things like making sure their torches are packed in metal boxes so the pulse won't somehow damage the electronics.

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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

SuricouRaven Re:Low hanging fruit (81 comments)

A little looking on google sat imagery lets you see where the big pylons go. Can't be that hard to identify the lines into a major city and have your acy-cutter team down a few pylons on each one.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:AT&T also sucks (316 comments)

Just change your movie provider. Something of a more torrenty nature perhaps, legality optional.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:Bad Idea (316 comments)

Also, eventually a small child would catch something nasty and die after playing in the lawn sprinker (Though no definate proof of the origin of the infection will ever be possible). This would result in a media storm, national outrage, and a law mandating the grey water be purified and sterilised to the same standard as the drinking water.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:A win? (316 comments)

Here, there's a fee to pay for the rain that lands on your property. It's a drainage fee - you have to pay the company that operates the storm drains to take it away.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:Also Netflix is willing to play nice (316 comments)

Greedy, and there's an element of stabbing the competition in the back. Comcast is in the same business - they are a cable company, selling PPV movies and subscriptions to channels. The more successful netflix is, the more people will ditch their cable TV subscriptions.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

SuricouRaven Re:huh? (316 comments)

And when you watch the show, they have annoying ad-banners pop up over the picture to promote other shows.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

SuricouRaven Re:Now I Know... (548 comments)

Winows 8.1 update 1.

It's just an awkward versioning scheme. If this was the unix world, they'd be talking about no longer updating 8.1.0 and requiring customers update to 8.1.1.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

SuricouRaven Re:u wot m8 (548 comments)

I recently mangled yum by running out of RAM mid-updates. That was ugly. Really ugly. Fixed it, but more through luck than skill.

yesterday
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

SuricouRaven Re:Not allowed to play with Russia (71 comments)

Because another one blew up, and that replacement technology probably wouldn't be ready before the sun turns red giant.

2 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

SuricouRaven Re:And the cry goes up from ten thousand admins, (151 comments)

All good suggestions, but none of them quite how I'd imagined it:

Bloody 'Ell! How'd he go and miss an unchecked length field? Now I'm in all weekend workin' me bollocks off updating every server 'cos some fuckin' wanker couldn't be arsed to get his security-critical code reviewed.

2 days ago

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