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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Steam

Steam support.

Reminds me very much of trying to get anyone from Steam to help you with an issue. it is the biggest joke of circular redirects I've ever seen.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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And Nothing about Google?

Those twats are responsible for this late night patch frenzy that my company and countless thousands more, are dealing with. Their excuse for releasing the details is thin at best. So now, instead of a small number of nefarious types speculating about these exploits, the whole world + dog knows and vendors were forced to release their patches out of band. Good job ass holes.

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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FAIL

wow

Since Ubuntu is free and you accept some sort of GPL agreement, I'd guess these folks are screwed. Which is pretty lame. Glad I'm lazy and don't rush to put the latest thing on my HP or I'd be in the same boat (possibly). I have no optical media as is with many laptops these days.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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IT Angle

IT Angle?

Oh, that's right, el Reg isn't a tech site any more. I can't believe this bull shit political article made it to the front page. You guys are twats for letting this fly, and for allowing the political editorializing in it.

Stick to technology and leave the rest to the foul media.

*No, mentioning Apple, Microsoft, et. all, does NOT qualify this as an IT article.

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IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

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Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?

@ AC pedantic.

You know, I struggled with how to phrase that. I always thought of 1st world as Western civilization, including Russia, as they have been a developed country for quite some time. 2nd world as places like India or China, etc, where the economy was modern but quality of life was lower when compared to more developed nations. 3rd for the rest. Probably a pretty narrow and uninformed view. Thanks for the clarification!

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Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?

@AC

IBM WAS an innovative business solutions company. One that charged a ton of money for their solutions. But customers obviously don't need those solutions as much as they used to. Otherwise, IBM wouldn't be trying to make it in the cloud compute space, and they wouldn't be in such a panic to stay afloat. Small layoffs are part of any business. But how many tens of thousands of people have they laid off in the last 24 months?

Computing has changed and they didn't see the change fast enough and are getting buried as a result.

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(1) "As IBM transforms into the premier cognitive computing and cloud platform company, we continue to remix our skills and invest in these priority areas. "

What a laugh. If IBM were the premier cognitive computing and cloud company they wish they were, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. If they were even on track to be a contender, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. And the fact that they continue to lay off and outsource IT roles should be an indicator to anyone interested in hosted compute to look elsewhere. I can think of 3 more reliable companies that are doing a bang up job of it these days...

(2) IBM does this in each market in which we operate, adapting to meet local client needs. Our clients expect no less.

Your clients expect a reliable business partner who has the technical expertise to meet their needs. Only the most established crony business partners would keep contracts with IBM at this point. Asking them to implement, support, and maintain a workflow for new business would be business suicide.

(3) IBM currently has about 25,000 job openings around the world for new skills in growth areas such as cloud, analytics, security, and social and mobile technologies

What a snake oil statement this one is. Did they not just say that they are laying off higher paying workers so they can ship their support and such to low paying 2nd world countries?

This downward spiral won't stop until there is almost nothing left of IBM. They can't make margin because they aren't relevant or because there is too much fat on their contracts and no one wants to pay it. They cut staffing costs to keep management in gold, meanwhile losing customers because they don't have the proper staff. Rinse repeat. It was a long run anyway. I see IBM going the way of Motorola. Someone will buy up all the IP and that will be the end of it.

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Scrumban

Now THAT made me laugh. Because SCRUM or Kanban weren't good enough. We must combine them! Please tell me it was a joke?

What really gets my goat here in the comments are the developers looking down their noses at ops guys (like myself) as if what we do isn't just as important or necessary as the code that gets written. If I had a dollar for every developer who was as clueless about systems integration as I am about programming in C++, I'd be retired. You can't have one without the other no matter how you slice it. Put it in AWS or Azure, sure. but there are still highly skilled technicians keeping things going on the back end so that your code has a place to live.

As to the fellow who mentioned VMs towards the top. The reason VMs are around is because the hardware that we use today is so undersubscribed that it made sense to abstract it out. It isn't because of the laundry list of ignorance you mentioned.

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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it may take a day for everyone on the internet to reach it (in reality most internet users will do so within an hour or so).

Only if they don't understand DNS TTLs. Setting a lower TTL prior to a migration will mitigate this...

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

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OK, 17% of IT are women. How many women vs men are actual applicants to work? That would be your telling factor on whether there is hiring discrimination. Otherwise its a useless number. Maybe there are only 17% because there are not that many women candidates. You can't make someone pursue IT just because you see a perceived defect in numbers... IT isn't for everyone. It is thankless work for the most part and requires an interest in the nuts and bolts of software and hardware that most people don't have. So tired of these reports.

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

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sysadmins can set a registry value to force bottom-up ASLR, a wonderful task if you're in charge of a fleet of machines

Said the writer who has obviously never administered anything other and a single Windows Desktop.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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"Apple's genius with the iPhone X may be in launching a device that, as it did with apps before"

There was nothing genius about iPhone apps. Palm and Microsoft had been doing it for years before. Apple just made it more mainstream because they have a very good marketing dept.

As for the VR platform. One could say the exact same things for Samsung and Google with their VR platforms. Huge user base, been out for a few years now and still no compelling reason to have it other than curiosity.

Like Sammy and Google, Apple is just searching for relevance in an overcrowded market.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Flawed

So Amazon assumes it is just delivery drivers would re-enter? What about someone who waits at a local delivery center, looks for the big package, follows the driver to their destination, waits for them to exit, and then starts the camera jamming process?

Nice try, Amazon, but your spin is weak.

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Wow

Wow, Reg. Way to regurgitate their entire synopsis for your article.

https://track-adventure.squarespace.com/our-adventure/

Still, very fun idea and execution.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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So... the people who lost jobs to robots, who pays for their new training? What about up and coming people? Who pays for their education to get some other type of work?

And don't forget, it isn't just middle class workers who get the shaft here. Every self checkout station in any store is a job lost.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

No kidding. Guy is a fucking millionaire and he's asking for money? What a tool.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

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"We built these tools to help people connect and to bring us closer together, and they used them to try to undermine our values. What they did is wrong, and we are not going to stand for it."

Meanwhile, here are our corporate account details. you can make your daily deposits here.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: The science, the hype ...: let's digest the digest

@Cuddles

Thank you for writing this so I didn't have to. So many people thing solar is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but its inefficiency has always been its weakest link.

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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Cut Executive Pay?

I don't see any mention of reducing exorbitant pay of executives to help the bottom line. Funny that.

Still love my HP laserjets though.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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Re: Why is it...

@Mark65

Everyone's sorry when they get caught.

No. They are sorry they GOT caught. Not sorry for their actions. It's pathetic.

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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So, just like the NSA

Do things you aren't supposed to do, knowing you shouldn't, but not giving a damn anyway. Keep doing it until you get caught, and then explain your way out of if, while lying about how you are going to fix it and not do it again. Then do it again. Fuckers.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Priceless

Best ending in a long while. Love it!

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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@ROLLERBALL

Also the original Deathrace 2000

Back to the Future II 1989 2015 Hoverboard

Seriously? An electric skateboard with the wheels turned sideways does not HOVER! unless you consider that split second before you hit the deck after you loose your balance as hovering? But, really, that seems more like falling with the very slim chance of missing the ground entirely.

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Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

@Brazil

Or 13 Monkeys

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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Re: Expensive importing goods to the area.....

@Pedigree-Pete

Considering the nature of the line, I'd guess they are running back dead-head (empty).

For those who don't know, multi engine trains are no new thing. Go watch vids of Tahachapi Pass or Cajon pass on the West coast for some good examples. Or older footage of the SP lines in Oregon.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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So we mandate that the users must have some form of encryption on their devices. For Macs this is pretty easy (just turn it on); it's harder on Windows but still doable.

Harder on Windows? Only if you are a biased, clueless MAC user. Enable bitlocker. Done. The decryption keys are stored in AD. End of problem.

As for keeping data on the phone secure, that's easy too. Require encryption on your mail app. Require RBA on documents. Use Office365. Done.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Outrage!

As in, where is it?

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Am I Insane or...

I see a lot of folks sticking up for the two that got sacked. Excuse me, but they knew about it, failed in their implementation and then what? Did nothing? These two are not off the hook. Expect to see them in congressional hearings at the very least.

As for Equifax, sure they are doing what they can to assuage consumers fears, but not enough. Their check your SSN site is still a joke. A user should be able to just put the last 4 of the SSN in, along with a last name and get results. WITHOUT signing up for anything.

I expect a class action lawsuit will be forthcoming. It will present damages so high that Equifax will be no more. What monies they have after the pay out will go to government fines and an escrow account used to pay for identity protection for the entirety of the US for the next 80 years. They are finished as a company. Anyone besides damage control folks would be wise to start looking elsewhere for work.

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Re: What you knew yesterday (or when you graduated) about cyber security is already outdated

@have a sip on me.

You cheap bastard! It's a virtual beer! At least give him the whole pint!

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: Personal experience

Maybe they stopped working because you weren't talking nice to them?

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Re: LMFAO

@AlexGrayhead.

You're welcome.

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Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

@llsa Loving

OK. Samson RTE 2 - Bluetooth. $47. 40mm driver, rechargeable, blah blah.

Argue all you want, but $200 is still a hilarious price for crap headphones. These ones don't have a cool B on them, but I bet you could fix that with a sharpie and impress all your friends as you jog along prettily with your $1,000 iPhone on the arm holder, you know, so everyone can see what you bought.

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LMFAO

Sorry, but anyone who punts $200 for consumer grade headphones is an idiot. Go to Amazon, search for reference headphones and buy a $50 set of Samson's. They sound incredible and are NEUTRAL! beats are nothing more than over-hyped bass biased headphones with very clever marketing.

And good luck in the lawsuit. This is Apple after all. Even if they loose, they'll never pay out.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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@ITNoob.

Wow. Lot of fur flying in that thread! Thought I was on Gizmodo for a minute

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Starting at $1000

TL:DR all the posts, but I haven't seen anyone mention this. The X starts at 1k. This will likely buy you the 32 or 64GB version. To get more storage, it will be $1,200 or more. Just wait.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"

@inmypjs

Sure, but that helicopter has 5 wings with fans on it. You can see because they are slowly rotating around the axis to provide even lift.

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

@DuncanLarge

What the hell are you going on about?

You would only be accelerated if there was a breach behind the direction of travel.

Heat from braking? Conventional brakes would only work if the train was on rails... Remember, this is a maglev. It will be hovering and all braking and acceleration will be provided by magnetism. Any heat generated by these systems should easily be shunted outside of the tube.

I'm no engineer, but these things didn't take much time to consider...

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Illegal Transport?

That has to be mis-information. There are no laws against moving a firearm from state to state. There may be restrictions based upon the type and state law such as magazine capacity, or bullet buttons, etc, but that would just about be it. Typically pistols don't fall under this category except large capacity automatics.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Celebrate Diversity!

Just don't say someone is different.

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

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Re: The world never stops to amaze me...

The company I work for never makes a profit. It is by design. Has Amazon EVER made a profit?

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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Re: Do you have any idea how GPS works?

@Lee D and Sir Wired 1

And that, folks, is the state of today's The Register. The ole gray mare just aint what she used to be.

Even Paris misses the old days.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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Re: Seriously?

Trevor, we don't all live in a dream world.

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WTF?

Seriously?

DevOps made developers into sysadmins

Don't even dare to put developers into the sysadmin bucket. Some have a clue as to what it takes to install, configure, and maintain infrastructure. Most do not. So please, don't cheapen our work any more by saying that.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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Re: Time Warner is Not a "Telco"

@Daniel M

Which is why the FCC isn't involved.

Didn't AT&T try this years ago and got told no way by the FCC?

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Netflix Worth It?

We don't pay much a month for the service. Around $20 for streaming and DVD rental. But the content isn't that great either. Streaming is OK if you are into documentarys. Their original shows are not to my liking, so there is no value there. Disc rental has a so so library. We keep our subscription because it is cheap and offers some entertainment. If the prices ever go up dramatically, I'll likely just cancel. Plenty of content to stream on Amazon Prime after all..

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

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Netflix

Kudos to Netflix. They had a nice banner on the home page encouraging subscribers to write the FCC and tell them to knock it off. So I did. Looks like the big players were getting ready to do so as well, but I beat them to it, so there. :)

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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Re: Same thing...

I may be dating myself here, but this was the same sort of thing with VCRs back in the 90s.

Everything was advertised as HQ. "4 head vcr with HQ" was the hype. Labels on all the boxes, panels, everywhere. What was this amazing HQ they spoke of? High Quality. Fucking genius.

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Dick?

"We will never be reimbursed for the cost to our lives and the lost time to our companies for having done this favor to the world," he said. "As a society, we need to understand what the costs of this work are."

I'm sorry, but if you don't enjoy doing this sort of thing, that is your own fault. No one is asking you to do it (but we are glad you did). Find something else to do with your time and get paid for it, or quit bitching about not getting compensated for what you do in your spare time.

I spent 5 years restoring a vintage boat. It cost me a lot of money and time. In the end, I have a beautiful boat that I enjoy motoring about with the family in. When I got done with it, I didn't bother crying to the classic boat community about how I'll never get reimbursed for my time on the project. Or how the world needs to be informed about the cost of restoring old shit. I did it because I enjoyed the work and the reward.

Perhaps a lesson in humility is in order here...

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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It is feared that Russia will try and obtain sensitive acoustic data from the carrier by sneaking a submarine into the trials area. That acoustic data can be used to precisely locate the “Big Lizzy” while she is at sea and ultimately be used to launch torpedoes at her.

Meh. Satellites would do just as good a job against surface ships.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

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I'd like to know who the load balancer vendor is. Any equipment that just says fuck off because it is out of license is something that I'll never buy. No support because that expired, well, that's just a gamble that something won't go sideways, but it should still work regardless...

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