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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

viralMeme Zimbabwe and Democracy? (669 comments)

Yea, without Wikileaks Mugabe would never have moved against the opposition ..

"On 11 March 2007 a day after his 55th birthday, Tsvangirai was arrested .. His wife .. reported that he had been heavily tortured by police, resulting in deep gashes on his head and a badly swollen eye" link

"ZANU-PF has implemented a strategy of reciprocity in the negotiations, using Western sanctions as a cudgel against MDC. He would like to see some quiet moves, provided there are acceptable benchmarks, to 'give' some modest reward for modest progress .. He also acknowledged that his public statements calling for easing of sanctions versus his private conversations saying they must be kept in place have caused problems" link

"He [Tsvangirai] is the indispensable element for opposition success, but possibly an albatross around their necks once in power. In short, he is a kind of Lech Walesa character: Zimbabwe needs him, but should not rely on his executive abilities to lead the country's recovery" link

"Grace Mugabe sues Zimbabwe newspaper over Wikileaks diamond story" link

more than 3 years ago
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OSI Refers Novell Patent Deal To Authorities

viralMeme Re:Cross-Licensing (88 comments)

"This isn't about open v. closed source" ..

It's about patenting algorithms, as in Amazon attempting to patent one-click buying, something a sane patent system should never allow. link

more than 3 years ago
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Wired Responds In Manning Chat Log Controversy

viralMeme I don't think so (222 comments)

"there is a significant amount of information that puts individuals at risk exposed in the Wikileaks"

Tell that to the thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians killed in the 'liberation' ..

more than 3 years ago
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The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry

viralMeme You're kidding ? (129 comments)

Airplane, 'Empire Strikes Back', 'Pink Panther', "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB", "The Exorcist", "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "Saturday Night Fever"

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Attach Bar Codes To Embryos

viralMeme human barcodes prior art (69 comments)

"Max is a genetically engineered human, created by Manticore .. All the kids in Manticore had a number inserted into there genetic patterns that shows up as a barcode on the back of the neck" link

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Was Designed To Subtly Interfere With Uranium Enrichment

viralMeme frequency converter drives ? (334 comments)

What do these frequency converter drives actually do in relation to uranium enrichment?

about 4 years ago
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The Great Cyberheist

viralMeme from the skool of bad journalism :) (57 comments)

Yet another 'journalist who thinks he's the new Tom Wolfe :)

Biggest Cybercrime of All Time

"Albert Gonzalez remained focused on business — checking his laptop constantly, keeping tabs on the rogue operators he employed in Turkey and Latvia and China, pushing, haranguing, issuing orders into his cellphone in a steady voice. "Let's see if this Russian asshole has what I need," he'd say calmly. Then he would help himself to glass plates of powder, each thoughtfully cut into letters for easy identification: "E" for Ecstasy, "C" for coke" link

"Dude," he wailed, "I can't fucking read!"

Dude, you can't write :)

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Dumps X For Unity On Wayland

viralMeme PulseAudio and Volume Control (640 comments)

"This was why I left Ubuntu. I didn't want PulseAudio by default. I wanted to be able to uninstall it to get better performance in my games with lower CPU usage. They built the system so the volume control depends on PA, so in order to purge it, you have to use a custom PPA to get re-compiled volume controls. Then there was the whole button placement thing"

I'm using Lubuntu and the Volume Control applet in LXPanel seems to do the job without PulseAudio.

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Open Sources F#

viralMeme there's always a catch (212 comments)

There's always a catch, in this case you'll stop using other development platforms and produce apps that will only run on dotNET ..

about 4 years ago
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Adobe To Push Emergency Fix For Flash Bug

viralMeme Where do I click .. (78 comments)

Where do I click to get 'infected`, besides there is no authplay.dll on my computer.

"A critical vulnerability has been identified in Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris; Adobe Flash Player 10.1.95.2 and earlier versions for Android; and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX" link

Shockwave Flash 10.1 on Ubuntu 10.10 ..

about 4 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

viralMeme Re:How is this any different (407 comments)

"Am I supposed to be surprised that Microsoft is bidding? What I said was, they didn't restrict the bidding to only Microsoft"

Microsoft isn't bidding, Microsoft is THE ONLY software company involved !

about 4 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

viralMeme Re:How is this any different (407 comments)

"They aren't restricting the bidding to only Microsoft... third-party contractors could bid on it as long as they were going to use Microsoft's products"

"The new Federal offering will be sold directly by Microsoft, as well as by its Large Account Resellers and federal resellers .. BPOS is a Microsoft-hosted collection .. The Federal version is hosted on "separate, dedicated infrastructure in secured facilities," not in the existing datacenters where Microsoft currently hosts BPOS", link

about 4 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

viralMeme bureaucratic loopholes ? (407 comments)

alphatel (1450715) SAYS: "It's one of those bureaucratic loopholes. Without the GSA schedule and number, you can be dismissed from any offering regardless of how much time you put in. Did they really have one? Almost seems like a bad oversight"

Do you have any verifiable citations for the above BS ?
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"the RFQ specified that only the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal ("BPOS-Federal") could be proposed. DOI's restrictive specification was based upon a "Limited Source Justification" excuted by DOI's Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, on August 30, 2010. Plaintiffs protest DOI's specification of the Microsoft BPOS-Federal solution on the grounds that such specification is unduly restrictive of competition in violation of the Competition in Contracting Act .. and the DOI's "Limited Source Justification" constitutes a sole-source procurement that is arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise contrary to law."

Discussions Prior to DOI's Issuance of the RFQ

"In June 2009, Google representatives met with the DOI Chief Technology Officer ("CTO") .. Google then contacted the DOI's National Business Center's Chief Contracting Officer, Ms. Debra Glass, by sending her a formal letter of interest on May 17, 2010. That letter expressed Google's keen interest in competing for DOI's Messing solution .. On May 27, 2010, Ms Glass sent Google a letter that did not respond to or reference Google's May 17 letter, but instead requested that Google respond to fifteen broadly-worded requirements to "enhance" the DOI's market research" link

about 4 years ago
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IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

viralMeme which browser (328 comments)

I use both Firefox Namoroka and Chrome ..

about 4 years ago
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IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

viralMeme Re:IE-only websites (328 comments)

What happened when you clicked on the link?

"We have detected that the browser you are using is incompatible with this application. This site requires Internet Explorer 5.0 and above, Netscape 7.0 and above, or Firefox 1.0 and above"

about 4 years ago
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New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued

viralMeme this is the point (799 comments)

You cold calloused bastard, the collision and operation was a major contributing factor. Lucky, in your future, you can look forward at 87, to forced euthanasia and your nutrients being used as fertilizer. Who modded this up Score:5 Insightfull

about 4 years ago
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Apple Deprecates Their JVM

viralMeme I thought JAVA was supposed to be crossplatform (451 comments)

"They don't need to create an Installer, they need to create an entire port to a new operating system. The low-level threading and memory management, the GUI.. who wants their Java apps to be running under X11 on Mac?"

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Unbundles Software For NY City

viralMeme a broader set of applications (131 comments)

"New York City has put the squeeze on Microsoft, negotiating a bulk software purchase that should lower technology costs for the city and give government workers access to more modern applications .. But Microsoft’s agreement with New York covers a broader set of applications beyond office software that Google has yet to match" link

What `broader set of applications' does MS offer that NYC needs to do its work?

more than 4 years ago

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TalkTalk trials anti-malware system

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 3 years ago

winniethepoo (1461143) writes "Under the pretext of protecting you from malware we are spying on your browsing habits, .

"TalkTalk is set to start testing its controversial malware protection system that opponents claim snoops on the ISP's customers. According to the company, it will let users opt in to the service, which is intended to protect consumers by scannng websites for malware and viruses before they reach end user computers. Any websites found to be hosting viruses or other threats will be placed on a black list" link

And what's the name of the list you go on if you choose not to "opt in" ?

"The service, which the ICO also likened to Phorm (WebWise), follows customers around the internet and makes an anonymous record of the website addresses (URLs) they visit" link"

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Digital vaccine needed to fight botnets

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 3 years ago

teXx (1461143) writes "The equivalent of a government-backed vaccination scheme is needed to clean up the huge numbers of PCs hijacked by cyber criminals, suggests research .. Botnets are typically networks of home computers that malicious hackers have managed to hijack by tricking their owners into opening a virus-laden e-mail or visiting a booby-trapped website."
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DNS hijack used to deface Secunia

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DNShack (1461143) writes "Visitors to the website of security notification firm Secunia were confronted by a defacement on Thursday morning ..early indications suggest was the result of a DNS hijack rather than an exploit on Secunia's website itself."
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Enderle: Google unable to defend licensees

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 3 years ago

teXx (1461143) writes "`As for Google, its been at war with Microsoft for some time and have proven unable to defend its licensees effectively. Linux is at the core of Google's products and Microsoft has been aggressively seeking royalties from those licensees. many of which seem to be paying more now to Microsoft than to Google. "In a time of heavy IP litigation, the more patents you control the better your odds and we seem to be in a massive IP litigation war with many of the emerging products leveraging some or all of the core UNIX patents and copyrights."'"
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Novell is dead and Microsoft has eaten its heart

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tuXx (1461143) writes "NetWare was the original rogue IT project, launched as a way to turn around a bankrupt computer maker by a Californicated GE engineer returning to his roots in Utah, and written by a contractor who was as revered by geeks in his time as Linus Torvalds, but was twice as unintelligible."
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Open User Interfaces Suck

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

LXDE (1461143) writes ""the user interfaces on “open” devices tend to be terrible .. The hallmarks of a good user interface, then, are simplicity and consistency. Simplicity economizes on the user’s scarce and valuable attention; the fewer widgets on the screen, the more quickly the user can find the one she needs and move on to the next step. And consistency leverages the power of muscle memory"

LXDE Screen Shots"

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Ballmer on Windows 8 innovation

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

catch(BS) (1461143) writes ""One of the features suggested for Windows 8 is a kind of reset switch that would allow a PC to be restored to its factory configuration but without wiping out stored data or desirable applications"

[on Apple]

AT: "there's a kind of sense that they're working together, because they want to get you locked in to their ecosystem, end-to-end"

SB: "Nice thought; I don't think customers get locked in"

SB: "if you want to type a book report you're going to venture outside the Apple ecosystem"

AT:" I don't think Apple does want developers"

SB: "We welcome them. We welcome them to our open ecosystem""

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advanced rootkit penetrates 64-bit Windows

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

Googin (1461143) writes "A notorious rootkit that for years has ravaged 32-bit versions of Windows has begun claiming 64-bit versions of the Microsoft operating system as well .. .. , the latest TDL4 installation penetrates 64-bit versions of Windows by bypassing the OS's kernel mode code signing policy, which is designed to allow drivers to be installed only when they have been digitally signed by a trusted source. The rootkit achieves this feat by attaching itself to the master boot record in a hard drive's bowels and changing the machine's boot options."
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Geeknet Joins Open Invention Network

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

viralMeme (1461143) writes ""Geeknet is a leading resource for open source software development and distribution," said Scott Collison, Chief Product Officer of Geeknet. "We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage further open source development and promote innovation in a technical community that benefits everyone.""
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Airbus cockpit screens turn grey

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

bmI (1461143) writes "Airbus is drafting a worldwide safety warning about electrical problems on some of its aircraft.

The company is investigating a fault that temporarily shut off primary cockpit displays and computer controls on a BMI flight from Khartoum to Beirut in August ..

The crew said they were bombarded by a stream of warning messages before cockpit screens turned grey and then went blank ..."

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PwC female staff rating email

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

viralMeme (1461143) writes ""PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of Britain's largest accountancy firms, has launched an investigation after male staff at one of its branches in Ireland were found circulating emails where they rated the attractiveness of their female colleagues.", link"
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zero energy cost home server

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

tuXx (1461143) writes "How do you make the electricity bill for your home computing disappear? I decided to try and find out ..

All I needed now was essentially a small home office (SoHo) style-server, and *nix being what it is consolidating all of the functions on to a single machine was not going to be too tricky. None of my main applications were tied to a particular machine architecture or OS, eg sendmail, Web servers including a big Java/JSP site, and DNS.

In megacorps, especially on Windows boxes, it can be very helpful to virtualise servers so that they still think that they have the whole machine to themselves, but with my relatively well-behaved apps that wasn't necessary.

Bringing everything to one box also would also eliminate the need to run a complex internal network.

So in the first round of consolidation, I brought all the applications onto a single laptop running Linux, with a couple of GB of memory, and consuming somewhat under 30W on average, as little as 17W when quiet."

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Viewsonic Intros Dual Booting Viewpad 10 Tablet

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  about 4 years ago

tuXx (1461143) writes "Viewsonic has launched two new tablets, the Viewpad 7 and Viewpad 10 with the latter sporting with a major twist; the ability to run two OSes ..

As for the Viewpad 7, it is an entirely different beast since it is essentially an ARMdroid device, one powered by an ARM 11 processor running at 600MHz with 512MB RAM but no internal storage unlike most tablets on the market. Unlike its bigger brother though, it comes with Android OS 2.2 .."

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How do I rank on your Fuck list ?

viralMeme viralMeme writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Karen (1461143) writes "Acknowledgements

I would like to thank all my Subjects, without whoose willing participation, cooperation, and specimens I would not have been able to complete this project. I sincerely thank Shooters. He's Not Here, my friends, and alcohol in geneeral, without whoose help and support my taks would have been greatly impeded. I extend a special thanks to ########, whoose sext "How do I rank on your fuck list?" provided the initial inspiration for my thesis, and ~~~~~~~~ who encouraged me to expand it far beyond its original scope."

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