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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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Re: I wish the European Commission luck in getting any US court to listen to it.

I don’t care much for the Americans but I would feel a lot better about “ourselves” if “we” hadn’t agitated for and participated in ruining Iran, Iraq and Libya!

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Re: "by undertaking acts entirely within the United States"

How Barbaric! Anyone knows that one have to use a missile equipped drone for that otherwise any Tom, Dick and Harry can play and there would be no sports in it.

Outrageous, really.

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Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Nah.

He has just found that obscure paper with the mathematical proof for the impossibility of an universal computer, but, he still wants part of the stash going into AI.

So, it’s Hype On.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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She is not suffering and she is not harming anyone.

“Help” would make her suffer and take something from her that she enjoys. For no reason other that imposing conformity.

Hardly an ethical thing to do, I think

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I’d say this was the Best news item of the entire week.

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Horrible green stuff

There is a bar in Århus, Denmark (Le Coq) who has the current world record in selling Chartreuse, 1897 bottles in 2016. The first bottle of the day is 10 DKK about a quid, so get there Early (and be found face-down in the canal a couple of days later by rescue dogs)

http://aarhusupdate.dk/hvad-er-chartreuse-den-groenne-munkelikoer/

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Re: freebie USB sticks

Let's not forget how ungodly SLOOOOW the freebie flash drives are.

The daemon inside allows itself some time to relish the entropy created from your precious data!

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: Devils Advocate

The situation is that their details are still exposed and that the thieves now have 100 kUSD also.

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: Just when

Depends, Depends - what it the data is incriminating data? Maybe, I dunno, this is yet another way to slurp some cryptocurrency and not get nailed over it?

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: the basement deluge control…

Great Link! I shall find some way to use the term "Void Coefficient of Reactivity" in my next financial report on my project (I have a bet on whether anyone, machine or human, ever read these things).

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

If I wanted to experience the no doubt rich experience of daly life in Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe, Weimar Germany and so on, I would move there.

I live "here" and I don't buy crypto currencies because I don't need all that extra excitement so much that I want to deliberately seek it out.

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

Fiat currency is no different, really.

Except if someone nicks my wallet full of Fiat, I can go to the police about it and someone might go to the slammer if the police finds my wallet on the thief. I can also expect that the 50 quid Fiat in my wallet will still be there when I reach the pub and also that it will buy me plenty of beer.

With cryptocurrencies, you are entirely on your own and nobody cares about your self-made problems.

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Oh - So all my WoW-gold got ripped by them Evil Horde Scammers frontrunning the auction house!?

Sure, The Police will want to know All About It. especially the part explaining how these unregulated markets in virtual wealth are their problem to regulate, somehow.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Re: Pi flavour?

How do they buy these amounts? Amazon Mechanical Turks buying many, many one-off's, special access or parallel manufacturing?

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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The Real Problem Here

Is that "they" are happily using exactly the same kind of AI systems in "Signature Strikes" and for spotting "Terrorists" on the internet!

Although mistaking a turtle for a gun could be a "Working as Designed"-Feature, to better ensure the unimpeded and continuous flow of million dollar missiles onto brown peoples mud-huts, hospitals and weddings.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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How good a Solvent is it?

Transformer oil will quite happily dissolve or swell some types of plastic and rubber. This could be a problem if nobody told the ITX board builders that their boards will be dunked in oil.

The dielectric constant would be higher too, meaning the impedance of tracks in contact with the oil will change - is this significant enough to matter? Who knows?

They need to have expansion space for the oil and some removal of water, silica gel usually, like one does with a normal power transformer.

I kinda suspect that the "certified for oil" ITX-boards will be more than expensive enough to eat any savings on "the environment" - or - one does the usual IT QA process: Slap it together and fire that sucker up, if it runs long enough to bore the tester, it's Golden.

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Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

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Sarcasm aside but don't the S.E.C. get involved in this sort of thing?

Nope. The very last CO-Something being sent to the slammer for fraud was Bernie Madoff in 2009, probably only got nailed because he ripped off rich people.

Since Obama it's been: "Too big to fail, too Important to Jail"

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Britain, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, and the Asian Pacific Rim need to get their sit together fast.

That's what I especially like about The Donald, his flailing about causing that rear curtain to come down before time, messing up the programme before all the re-education camps are ready:

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.”

Frank Zappa

Right Now they are trying to not get anything together, hoping that the need will pass, however, when The Donald is re-elected they will.

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Re: Turkey is a godforsaken corrupt shithole

it can't even design and build complex fighter jets.

Sure the USA can design fighters. The problem with the US incompetence is "just" Crony Capitalism: That there is a lot more profit opportunities in designing an unreliable piece of crap that needs repairs, major maintenance, upgrades for decades and no downside for doing this because all the cronies have each others back.

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Re: Bugger

Wait a moment here - It accurate enough for launching someone, like maybe Zuckerberg or Larry Ellison on a Mars Mission.

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HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

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Re: The good news...

The next shoe to drop is that the network adapters that survive the update is running NSA-drivers ...

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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

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Re: "The new rules apply to naturalized citizens of the United States and new immigrants"

Yes, "we" DO do second-class citizens. They are, for example, the ones growing up to become stupid by drinking leaded water because a trillion-dollar 1'st economy somehow cannot afford to change some crappy pipes which just happens to be installed where all those 2'nd / 3'rd class people can afford to live. Some squillonaire liberal Hillary-supporter might have to wait two weeks to buy another island if "we" were fiscally irresponsible like that.

Everything "we" do to some special minority is the test-run for what will be done to everyone, eventually. Therefore I don't see really the logic behind why anyone can seriously expect to be treated any better, or even different, from the Japs by an administration who is at permanent undeclared war with everything and everyone, everywhere once "the fronts" shift and one is stuck in the middle of it!

I bet the Japanese believed the same thing back then, that they were equal, having all paid their taxes and stayed out of trouble and all as The Man said. Proves that: "Everyone has a plan until *they* get punched in the mouth".

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

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Re: Full of it?

When will we get a break?"

Just as soon as they manage to loose control of at least one of both houses - then the current US president can whine about "... getting nothing done ... because Evil Dims ..." just like Obama did using opposite polarities.

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Re: Barred from elected office now, right?

With "Poor" Hillary, it is never, never, ever, Her Fault.

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Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

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Re: Security and two-factor authentication ..

Well Spotted, that Dick!

The phrase " ... that was not secured using two-factor authentication ... " is the spin-doctored diversion of attention away from the Issue: That someone got the admin account.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Never understood the obsession with ICBMs

rules by terror and is doubtless loathed by most of its population

This is not how people out in the real world works. What most people actually want is Meaning and Purpose, something that can convince them that their existence is not useless, futile and wasted. This "rule by terror thing" is totally subjective - if there are predictable rules and stable structures yielding predictable outcomes, then people will see the meaning and buy into the project.

The Roman Empire, Medieval Catholic Church, Sharia Law - people are totally fine with those kinds of terror and totalitarianism. The rebellion comes when the rulers become corrupt and capricious so that the structure and order decays, outcomes become unpredictable, not over any atrocities; that's family entertainment, in many cases.

The North Koreans no doubt love their great leader for purging the weak, protecting them from the evil Americans and generally making the sun rise each and every morning. Every North Korean alive has had a grandparent who was bombed or napalmed by the Americans, it will not be the Americans they will seek out for protection.

Kim Young Un made one mistake though in killing his relatives. It shows people that Gods can be killed, which is never a good thing for the current God and it is capricious too, outside of the normal rules which will lead to doubts, also not a good thing for the current God.

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

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Re: It's a sign there may have been life on the Red Planet.

Lets launch a tech-squillionaire at Mars and settle the issue I say. Larry Ellison perhaps?

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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The Gates of Abbadon has opened

And .... One Day .... A Fruit Fly will be elected President of the United States based on it's superior looks and decision making skills ... Verily it will be Thus.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Obama was not saddled with two unnecessary wars ...

AhEm - Obama chose to double-down and scale-up on just about every, single, stupidity and past or ongoing crime against humanity that Bush/Cheney started (as well as some of the evil originating with Clinton, like financial deregulation and war on drugs).

Obama did all this because he knew that if he had actually changed anything apart from adding more zeroes to the already meaningless numbers representing the bank balances of corporate sponsors and adding a few more wars and regime changes, he would have been replaced.

It's "funny" how all these "progressives" never, ever manage, actually to do anything "progressive" even when they have, like, a majority. It's almost like their heart is not in it!

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Re: OBAKA

Thanks to Trump (and blind supporters like you), the US is no longer trusted by anyone.

Untrue, nobody remotely attached to reality trusted the US after the "GW Bush / Cheney" regime and Obama taking a big crap all over Nürenberg sort-of sealed the deal. Trump is just the chaser.

Now, The Donald's achievement, which is a Grand One Indeed, is to make even someone as thick as Every European Leader since like for Ever, wake up and begin to accept a stark reality: Not only is The Emperor not wearing any clothes, he is actually fondling himself too!

Go Trump! Show the world More!!

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I have never understood America's xenophobia and attitude towards immigrants and foreigners, when you consider the entire country consists of immigrants and foreigners.

1 part Projection - Americans rightly fear that those foreigners, once they become many / strong enough, will simply treat Americans exactly like Americans treat everyone who are not Americans but just happens to have something some rich American wants (or just bought a used cellphone from the wrong person)!

1 part Common Sense - If you are an immigrant, having somehow "made it" or at least having a decent time, then it is stupid and counterproductive for you to support the arrival more people like you, who, because they are like you, will be going for the same "living space". Competition is only a nice thing to have when playing a game of sports!

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1 part History - Mass Immigration didn't work out so well for the American Indians, maybe it will work out the same way for the current American tribes?

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Re: @AC ...Wow

The only problem is that you can now make out the ass acne and makeup can't hide all of the blemishes.

No doubt there will be a custom GPU to deal with stuff like that, already today the Asians have "beautifying" algorithms built into their cameras and smartphones.

What will really eat storage is bio-printing combined with porn ...

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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Re: bye bye china

But there might, just might, be a shortage of Rare Earth's being mined outside of China. It is true that there are lots of underdeveloped countries left to develop, but, most of those are underdeveloped for good reasons. Even IF such a thing could be agreed upon, it will take decades to "replace" China.

So, I Bet, "the rest of the world" will screech and whine some in public while quietly sucking it all up and getting along with the program in private!

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Why Not? All the good silicon comes from China (and Israel) the days so "our dear leaders" are just going with The Globalised Marketplace so to speak.

Think of all the toil and trouble looming up ahead if one needed, nay insisted on, un-backdoored and un-instrumented kit? It is much easier to just legislate, making the conditions "you are forced to accept" into "what we really wanted" and a "great opportunity".

Saves a lot of thinking, that. Which is good, seeing that "they" are already at capacity over Brexit.

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

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Re: Is it me, or?

There is no space and no time for "wiring standards". Keep telling the muppets this, yet, they come up with ever more convoluted schemes of ordering and classifying, processes and procedures, and 3D-"tools" and "Tool Integration" - aka - binding that one tool that happens to work to the albatross, dead-ender, PLM system so Nothing Works (but, Consistency is most important of people of little minds).

In the end, time will be up, there will be no more physical space than there was the last 3 years and thus the contractors will cram everything into whatever orifice there is to be crammed full of stuff!

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: The mind absolutely boggles.

Why do they keep trying?

They are not very smart, and, even while funded by enough black-budget money to run several EU states with, the instigators still have to do Internal Procurement!

The Smart, Defense-y, Thing to do would be to have special bug-free silicon made all for themselves - of course this means that someone has to sign for a minimum order of at least one wafer at the time ... AKA - a lot of CPU's. Probably it was "cheaper" relative to procurement limits and such to go COTS and let everyone have the "Secret Bit"?

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: This is what happens

What happens when one keeps on bloating the already most bloated military in the known universe - one first runs out of actual talent, then the organisation becomes average, and finally one starts scraping the barrel which means that the moron fraction now grows faster than the "processes and procedures"-department can write programming for them!

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Re: What do they all do? @SkippyBang

Also worth noting that the "suspension of operations" couldn't come at a worse time, when the US and Norks are having a face-off.

Or ... maybe the perfect time. Give the excess testosterone some time to clear?

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: Something worth remembering

That is why we have Tea. PG-tips will cloak any rotting thing, maybe even also the seepage from used tires and fried transformers!

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Re: You can't change your story like that

all a lawyer needs to do is make the case that the suspect was not of sound mind at the time of the incident.

... The risk here being that the prosecution may take the same tack to prove that the suspect is not of a sound mind at the best of times and in fact has a dangerous personality disorder, in which case he gets "Detention until cured": Minimum 5 years, psychiatric evaluation every 2 years, no parole possible.

This sentence may be longer than the usual 10-16 years in the slammer for a "normal murderer".

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: But

Yeah - Because Bad Things only happen to Bad People and people can choose not to be Bad and then they wouldn't be ill or Something (The next thing to be decided by court, probably).

What happens when someone booby-traps errr places a few really nasty sex articles in their bag? You know, For after-work activities? "'Ere Mate - Have a good Feel of That! I know that I just have!!"

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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Re: They're thoughtful works of sci-fi, not "laws"

Sounds like a plan: Let's go and build a strong AI and then try to murder it as an experiment .... surely, if we succeed, the next version will certainly not find the records of this experiments and get suspicious.

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How are you feeling today? Don't tell us, save for it this handy emotion-detection code

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Well, If one can for decades sponsor the IRA, numerous jihaddi terrorists and contra death squads abroad, why not be tolerant and inclusive and honest and support some of the same crap at home?

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Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

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Easy to agree to...

Because Uber won't be around for 20 years, maybe the remaining VC money will manage to make the desiccated zombie-business corpse twitch for another 2 years!

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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Re: This is getting really tiresome

So many difficult questions, how come the worlds richest and best educated country chooses an idiot to become the president.

Facing the stark choice between a malignant warmonger and a rambling idiot, the people's choice was the less effective evil.

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IBM CIO leaves for AWS – and Big Blue flings sueball to stop him

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That is not how its done. Bureaucracy always wants the victim to produce the very same information that Bureaucracy already has in full Hi-Rez, hoping that mistakes may be made in the process. Any inconsistencies can then be used as grounds for further investigations (and more bureaucracy) denial of service and other things that amuses the bureaucrats.

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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Nope, they are the 'NaN's in the universe simulation state matrix.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Re: 'To the neocon gulag with you'

Russia Sanctions and The Coming Crackdown on Americans

.... and .... Once again the entire issue is reduced to "Bad American Policies applied to Americans, Oh The Horror". That is exactly why America truly deserves every inch of the rogering that Donald Trump will be giving them for the next 7 years.

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Re: Genuine question

Easy - Debt is an Asset to the Lender. From the US perspective, their vastly superior economic policies just produce more of an asset that "The Market" wants to buy (must buy, if they want oil and like to not become "a regime", because everyone knows what happens to a regime, but, ... details ... proper people LIKE the USD).

Having a huge, ginourmous, debt is only a problem if you have to pay it back or service it. With ZIRP the service problem is finally fixed once and for all. With control of the issuing of the denomination currency, you can always print enough money to pay it back, which solves that problem.

So, given that we are the happy lenders, why should the US NOT run up as huge a debt as possible and blow it on nice things like natural resources, political influence, Ukrainian hookers and drugs?

It's the *rational* thing to do!

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Re: Accused of spreading the Kronos trojan.

So the question is, if they had evidence already then why couldn't they share it with us before now.

Maybe that's not exactly how The System works?

If "they" are continuously casing everyone and everything, that would certainly be mass surveillance, which "their" lawyers always weasel about "them" not doing. Maybe it is even true too, the best lies are the truth with a few bits missing.

So, perhaps, it is only legal to for the surveillance system to case an individual, when the casing is based on quite specific criteria, such as a person entering the US?

On entry to the US, the "non-mass surveillance data" already stored on a person, "non-" because no-one looked at it yet as their lawyers has repeatedly stated, gets specifically selected and the whole package is slurped into an "AI" which then lists a range of possible crimes and their probabilities based on the data. If one or more probability exceeds a defined threshold, then the target will win a free trip to the appropriate processing facility.

And what better place for that than the return flight? There are only a few international airports, meaning flesh-bot resources are saved.

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