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Justin Bieber apologises for posting Tokyo war shrine photograph

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 at 15:20 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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He’s apparently trying really hard to beat Rob Ford in the Canadian Goodwill Ambassador of the Year contest. Starting a war beats beating your wife any day.


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The NYPD just figured out the perfect way to publicize its own worst moments on Twitter

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A little before 3pm New York time this afternoon, the NYPD tweeted out a seemingly innocuous three sentences, asking people to share photos taken with NYPD members and include the hashtag #myNYPD.

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The good news is that that hashtag is now trending. The bad news is that it’s trending.

While a few people shared the sorts of pictures the NYPD was hoping for, the thousands who think much less highly of the department—including the Occupy Wall Street movement—responded with cheeky, stark, and even gory photos of apparent police brutality.


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Teen urinates in Ortland drinking water

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 17:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Ortland’s drinking water on Wednesday, according to city officials.

Since then, the city has been draining 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Ortland.

see what I did there?


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  1. The enormous amount of dilution makes the city’s actions in draining the reservoir ridiculous. Unless, of course, if they believe in homeopathy!

  2. Homeopathy indeed! In any case, this is just plain nuts! How many birds, rabbits, squirrels, and such piss in the reservoir every day? Volume-wise this teen’s output is just a “piss in the bucket”!

  3. The city is actually Portland, Oregon:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tabor_(Oregon)
    At least it rains so much there that the reservoir will be refilled before long.

  4. Who’s taking the piss?

  5. I see it but I don’t get it.

  6. There is no P in ortland

  7. Ah. Except there is.

  8. You should know that Portland has been involved in a long running fight over the open reservoirs. The city is replacing them with underground tanks, even though all science indicates that open reservoirs are really cleaner and safer. Teenagers and other idiots have been peeing in these reservoirs probably since they were created more than 100 years ago, but it has only become an issue since they city decided to change them.

    This is what happens when contractors take over your government.

    http://www.waterreform.org

    http://friendsofreservoirs.org/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pWeo93IoEc&feature=youtu.be

    Portland Oregon is in a rain forest, but they pay more for water than Phoenix, Arizona!

    In the future fresh clean water will be more expensive than oil.

Easter egg: DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 17:24 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Back in December, Eloi Vanderbecken of Synacktiv Digital Security was visiting his family for the Christmas holiday, and for various reasons he had the need to gain administrative access to their Linksys WAG200G DSL gateway over Wi-Fi. He discovered that the device was listening on an undocumented Internet Protocol port number, and after analyzing the code in the firmware, he found that the port could be used to send administrative commands to the router without a password.

After Vanderbecken published his results, others confirmed that the same backdoor existed on other systems based on the same Sercomm modem, including home routers from Netgear, Cisco (both under the Cisco and Linksys brands), and Diamond. In January, Netgear and other vendors published a new version of the firmware that was supposed to close the back door.

However, that new firmware apparently only hid the backdoor rather than closing it. In a PowerPoint narrative posted on April 18, Vanderbecken disclosed that the “fixed” code concealed the same communications port he had originally found (port 32764) until a remote user employed a secret “knock”—sending a specially crafted network packet that reactivates the backdoor interface.

The packet structure used to open the backdoor, Vanderbecken said, is the same used by “an old Sercomm update tool”—a packet also used in code by Wilmer van der Gaast to “rootkit” another Netgear router. The packet’s payload, in the version of the backdoor discovered by Vanderbecken in the firmware posted by Netgear, is an MD5 hash of the router’s model number (DGN1000).

The nature of the change, which leverages the same code as was used in the old firmware to provide administrative access over the concealed port, suggests that the backdoor is an intentional feature of the firmware and not just a mistake made in coding.


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Watch A Congressman Who’s Had It Tell A Leader Of The War On Drugs Exactly What He Needs To Hear

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 13:51 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Well 4/20 came and went, and it seemed like the world didn’t burn down (even if it burned). Seeing the success of decriminalization in Colorado and Washington state, as well as the destructiveness of the War on Drugs, a lot of people would like to say a thing or two to the drug czars in charge. Watch Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) do exactly that and then some.

The highlights of his mic drop:

And the whole smackdown:


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  1. Thanks for this Paul. It’s high time.

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

Posted on April 21st, 2014 at 13:50 by Paul Jay in category: Robber Barons, They never learn

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A former BP executive who led the company’s cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

SEC regulators say Keith A. Seilhan, 47, a 20-year veteran of BP plc, sold his family’s $1 million portfolio of BP securities after learning that the public estimates of the extent of the Gulf of Mexico spill were grossly underestimated. The regulators say the sale of the stock and options saved Seilhan from more than $100,000 in losses.

Seilhan has agreed to pay a $105,409 civil penalty and the same amount in “ill-gotten gains,” as well as more than $13,000 in prejudgment interest, Reuters says.

Forbes says:

“In his position as Incident Commander [in Houma, La.], Seilhan learned of nonpublic information relating to the seriousness of the disaster, including initial oil flow estimates from the sunken rig that were significantly greater than the public estimate of 5,000 barrels per day. Indeed, those private estimates were between 52,700 and 62,200 barrels per day — a 10x increase than that provided to the public.

“After he learned of this information, Seilhan [liquidated his portfolio.] … By doing so, Seilhan and his family were able to avoid over $100,000 in losses as BP’s share price eventually declined 48%. Later, after BP announced it had successfully capped the well, Seilhan repurchased shares of the BP Stock Fund (composed nearly entirely of BP shares) at a lower basis.”

Mary McNamara, an attorney for Seilhan, said her client wanted to “avoid further distraction and protracted litigation” by settling the matter, according to Reuters.

“Mr. Seilhan is widely respected for his work helping to lead the cleanup and containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010,” McNamara added.


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  1. On the bright side, another wicked old basket has popped an artery: Charles Keating has died:

    http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21600648-charles-keating-moral-crusader-and-financial-snake-oil-salesman-died-march-31st-aged

  2. Sue, I don’t know if we can blame just one for being wicked when the whole bunch are wicked. How do you prosecute just one?

Audio Effects from Old cartoons (WarnerBros)

Posted on April 21st, 2014 at 11:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

I think I’ve found my new ringtone


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  1. That’s da awesumz! How do you extract a fileformat you can use out of that?

  2. Use one of the websites that will extract the audio (mp3) from the YouTube video, then use an audio editing app (e.g. Audacity, good & free & open source) to copy the snippet you want into its own sound file. In Audacity, you then “export” the file to MP3.

    I did something similar to get my own custom ringtone, which is a v.42bis modem sync. Just for fun, I added at the beginning a rapid series of touch tones to simulate the modem dialing, and I used my own phone number. Again, Audacity makes this easy-ish to do (if you’re familiar with audio editing).

  3. zomg! Those poor flattened animals!

Wingsuit pilots fly at 125mph under bridge on side of mountain

Posted on April 20th, 2014 at 16:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


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CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

Posted on April 19th, 2014 at 15:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, his first public remarks since he was linked to the program in 2007, James Mitchell was dismissive of a Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture in which he features, and which is currently at the heart of an intense row between legislators and the agency.

The committee’s report found that the interrogation techniques devised by Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, were far more brutal than disclosed at the time, and did not yield useful intelligence. These included waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days at a time, confinement in a box and being slammed into walls.

But Mitchell, who was reported to have personally waterboarded accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains unrepentant. “The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”

You want some hindsight? How about this?

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In 1947, the U.S. charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with war crimes for waterboarding a U.S. civilian. Asano was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.


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  1. The only surprise would be if he were to repent.

A Better Way to Say Sorry

Posted on April 19th, 2014 at 10:15 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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I’m sorry for…

This is wrong because…

In the future, I will…

Will you forgive me?


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HMRC to sell taxpayers’ financial data

Posted on April 19th, 2014 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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The personal financial data of millions of taxpayers could be sold to private firms under laws being drawn up by HM Revenue & Customs in a move branded “dangerous” by tax professionals and “borderline insane” by a senior Conservative MP.

Despite fears that it could jeopardise the principle of taxpayer confidentiality, the legislation would allow HMRC to release anonymised tax data to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where there is a public benefit. According to HMRC documents, officials are examining “charging options”.

The government insists that there will be suitable safeguards on personal data. But the plans, being overseen by the Treasury minister David Gauke, are likely to provoke serious worries among privacy campaigners and MPs in the wake of public concern about the government’s Care.data scheme – a plan to share “anonymised” medical records with third parties.

The Care.data initiative has now been suspended for six months over fears that people could be identified from the supposedly anonymous data, which turned out to contain postcodes, dates of birth, NHS numbers, ethnicity and gender.

HMRC’s chequered record on data is likely to come under scrutiny given historical scandals involving the loss of personal information about 25 million child benefit claimants and 15,000 bank customers.


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  1. This is just so stupid that anyone from the minister down at least 2 or 3 levels should be given their walking papers immediately!

  2. This sounds like a protection racket run by Dinsdale Piranha.

Evenly distribute the future: Issuing more bio-survival tickets

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 21:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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VC for the people – “It’s just that people who have options are much more likely to actually find success than people who don’t.”
also btw…

-The Economic Case for a Universal Basic Income
-Could We Afford a Universal Basic Income?
-A Universal Basic Income: Conservative, Progressive, and Libertarian Perspectives


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  1. I don’t know what to do with that barrage of links, but the “VC for the people” post is quite interesting. It’d be even more interesting if it had some models with numbers.

Java: Real or Not?

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 20:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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One of these classes is real. Two are made up.

Pick the one that’s not made up!


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2048 – Iron man mode

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 17:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

Stellar fusion in 2048 style


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  1. This truly adds new elements to the game!

  2. It doesn’t seem to work on Linux/Firefox v24.4.0

Instructions unclear, I am now deaf in one eye

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

X1EkUvV


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  1. Nothing wrong, it is just the packaging. It is worn by turning the the muffs in alignment with each other. These are the same ones that are in use on the Roberts Court when they decide election law (one example). The bag is different, however. In the Supreme Court it says: “See No Evil Eyewear”.

New Study Outlines Water World Theory of Life’s Origins

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 16:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A new study from researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and the Icy Worlds team at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life. While the scientists had already proposed this hypothesis — called “submarine alkaline hydrothermal emergence of life” — the new report assembles decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture.


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OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 15:25 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Do not feed RSA private key information to the random subsystem as entropy. It might be fed to a pluggable random subsystem…. What were they thinking?!

Wow. The entire concept of it is so bad that if you can’t avoid it, it’s literally better to call exit() than go through with it.


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You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to find Google alarming

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 13:34 by Paul Jay in category: News, Privacy

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There is a quote from you in this context that concerns me. In 2009 you said: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” The essence of freedom is precisely the fact that I am not obliged to disclose everything that I am doing, that I have a right to confidentiality and, yes, even to secrets; that I am able to determine for myself what I wish to disclose about myself. The individual right to this is what makes a democracy. Only dictatorships want transparent citizens instead of a free press.

Against this background, it greatly concerns me that Google – which has just announced the acquisition of drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace – has been seen for some time as being behind a number of planned enormous ships and floating working environments that can cruise and operate in the open ocean. What is the reason for this development? You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to find this alarming.

Historically, monopolies have never survived in the long term. Either they have failed as a result of their complacency, which breeds its own success, or they have been weakened by competition – both unlikely scenarios in Google’s case. Or they have been restricted by political initiatives.

Another way would be voluntary self-restraint on the part of the winner. Is it really smart to wait until the first serious politician demands the breakup of Google? Or even worse – until the people refuse to follow?


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Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

Posted on April 18th, 2014 at 8:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: “Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals’ communications?”

I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.

The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden’s question and mine here.)

Clapper’s lie – to the Senate and to the public – was a major motivating force behind my decision to go public, and a historic example of the importance of official accountability.

In his response, Putin denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter. There are serious inconsistencies in his denial – and we’ll get to them soon – but it was not the president’s suspiciously narrow answer that was criticised by many pundits. It was that I had chosen to ask a question at all.


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  1. Kinda rich for Snowden to call anyone out for skipping out on accountability.

The Most Honest And Awful Corporate Ad I Have Ever Laid My Eyes On. No, They Aren’t Drunk. I Swear.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 20:27 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Blimey! Which church is this again?

  2. Church? – ah – change the word “the shareholders” to “the flock” and you have the Church (any one you want).

£130,000 poorer in fees, Nigel Evans admits regret for past support of legal aid cuts

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 14:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nigel Evans, who is £130,000 out of pocket after being cleared of sexual assault, has said he regretted his previous support for cutting legal aid.

The Ribble Valley MP had previously condemned the rising cost of legal aid and admitted he would probably have voted for the last round of cuts in 2011 had he not been Deputy Speaker at the time.

He said he was stunned to learn he would have to pay his legal fees even if he was acquitted – plus value added tax. Mr Evans, whose life savings have been wiped out, has pledged to campaign on the issue after his return to the Commons.

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“It’s only when you go through these sorts of trauma that you see the first-hand consequences of that,” he told ITV News.


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  1. The British public don’t seem to mind their politicians getting wasted and chasing interns, even if they are gay. Progress of a kind, I suppose.

Social Studies

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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From Benoni Lanctot’s Chinese and English Phrase Book (1867), phrases for English-speaking employers of Chinese-Americans:

  • Can you get me a good boy?
  • He wants $8.00 per month.
  • He ought to be satisfied with $6.00.
  • When I find him useful, I will give him more.
  • I think he is very stupid.
  • Do you know how to count?
  • If you want to go out, you must ask me.
  • Come at seven every morning.
  • Go home at eight every night.
  • This lamp is not clean.
  • See that the money is weighed.
  • If there is any thing short, I will make him pay the difference.
  • Take this plate away.
  • Change this napkin.
  • Did you prepare any toast?
  • The tea is too strong.
  • Make me a pigeon pie.
  • Get a bottle of beer.
  • Please carve that capon.
  • Tell the cook to roast it better next time.
  • This wine glass is not clean.
  • The cook is very strange.
  • Sometimes he spoils the dishes.
  • Tell the cook to fry some pancakes.
  • Don’t burn them.
  • He did very bad last time.
  • I want to cut his wages.
  • This tea is very bad.
  • Get out of the way.
  • Don’t speak with me.
  • Who gives you permission?
  • Don’t be lazy.
  • You ought not to do so.
  • Pick this up.
  • This is nothing to you.
  • He is fit for nothing.
  • That belongs to me.
  • Carry it up stairs.
  • You ought to be contented.

Phrases for Chinese speakers:

  • Good morning sir.
  • When shall I begin?
  • I beg your pardon.
  • Lunch is on the table, sir.
  • I beg you to consider again.
  • It is my duty.
  • Sir, what will you have for dinner to-day?
  • You must excuse me.
  • You must not strike me.

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  1. Ah, those were good old days.
    War in China.
    Foreign dogs profiteering.

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 12:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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What is the probability, given that Ross painted a happy tree, that he then painted a friend for that tree?


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  1. It is this kind of thoughtful analysis that makes sense of art, this study reminds me of the work of Ursus Wehrli, some examples of his work can be seen on: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/ursus-wehrli

Give me a ping, Vasili. One ping only, please.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 12:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Recently declassified documents reveal new details about Project AZORIAN: a brazen, $800-million CIA initiative to covertly salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine in plain sight of the entire world.

The story begins in March 1968, when a Soviet Golf II submarine — carrying nuclear ballistic missiles tipped with four-megaton warheads and a seventy-person crew — suffered an internal explosion while on a routine patrol mission and sank in the Pacific Ocean, some 1,900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. The Soviets undertook a massive, two-month search, but never found the wreckage. However, the unusual Soviet naval activity prompted the U.S. to begin its own search for the sunken vessel, which was found in August 1968.

The submarine, if recovered, would be a treasure trove for the intelligence community. Not only could U.S. officials examine the design of Soviet nuclear warheads, they could obtain cryptographic equipment that would allow them to decipher Soviet naval codes. And so began Project AZORIAN. The U.S. intelligence community commissioned Howard Hughes to construct a massive vessel — dubbed the Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE) — to recover the sub. The ensuing salvage operation, which began in 1974, was only a partial success; the U.S. was planning to embark on a second attempt when, in 1975, the story was leaked to the press, and the operation was canceled.


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Apple, Samsung, and Intel

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 10:11 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Intel has already recognized that it is in the company’s long-term best interest to get into the ARM game in one capacity or another. At the same time, Intel no doubt has also recognized that it is not in the company’s short-term best interest to start producing large quantities of ARM-based chips for any company that asks. Intel has only so much production capacity, and the opportunity cost is too high to start producing low-margin ARM-based chips at the expense of its more profitable x64 processors. The company is at a crossroads: its short- and long-term best interests don’t align, and it has to choose one at the expense of the other.

That’s where Apple’s cash hoard comes in.

It’s interesting he doesn’t suggest Apple should outright buy Intel.

But as for building a chip factory for Intel, as well as the other worries he mentions, perhaps Apple should outright buy ASML to get a lead start on their EUV technology…


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Curb

Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 22:30 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

W0TwUzC


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NAME! THAT! HORRIFYING! DISEASE!

Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 20:23 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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To my credit, I only got 5/13…eww!


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How many ships could a ship ship ship if a ship ship could ship ships?

Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 19:52 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

2-BLUE-MARLIN-939


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The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their ‘quality of life’

Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 13:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.

This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month – and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws.

In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.


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NSA Director Can’t Stop Wife From Reading E-Mails

Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Just days after assuming his new post as Director of the National Security Agency, Central Security Service and U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Mike Rogers was overheard complaining about massive privacy violations, as he’s been unable to stop his wife from going through his e-mails.

The four-star admiral — a specialist in cryptology and cyber warfare — said that despite routinely changing his password, clearing his browser cache, and implementing other routine security measures, his wife was still somehow able to see the most intimate details of his life with just the click of a button.

“I swear, every few hours I’m getting a phone call [from Dana] asking me why I started subscribing to updates from the new Captain America movie, or got a Google calendar alert about lunch with [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper when I’m supposed to be taking her to the Mall to see the cherry blossoms,” Rogers was heard saying, according to a highly-placed source at the Rogers’ home.

“I don’t know if I would use the word ‘nosy,’ but seriously, can’t I have just one private conversation around here?”


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