* Posts by lglethal

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Man behind deepfake Biden robocall indicted on felony charges, faces $6M fine

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Why are only the first guy and the last firm getting hit with fines? Everyone in the chain should be hit. It was clear from the start that doing this would be illegal, as such, passing it down the chain is taking part in the crime.

Everyone involved should be hit with the big stick. Repeatedly...

Casino cyberattacks put a bullseye on Scattered Spider – and the FBI is closing in

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Re: The good old days...

The missing Crypto is not the work of the Mob, that's just the nature of Crypto... It is there to be stolen, by the next miscreant in the chain...

'Little weirdo' shoulder surfer teaches UK cabinet minister a lesson in cybersecurity

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Wait a minute, there are "popular" politicians???

I thought you just picked the best of a bad lot the least smelly turd from the septic tank to vote for...

Would you buy Pegasus spyware from this scammer?

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You mean Malware scum can't be trusted to deliver what they promise??

I'm shocked, I tell you! Shocked!!!

Tesla's oldest factory ignites another headline by catching fire

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Re: Paint? Or something else.

"...even Tesla customers kind of expect their car not to rust before they get it"

Unless it's a Cybertruck, of course...

(ahhh Tesla, the gift for comedians that just keeps on giving...)

Scarlett Johansson voices anger at OpenAI's unauthorized soundalike

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Re: Eh?

If he starts taking part in commercial ventures or other projects, where he is deliberately passing himself off as Paul Hogan, maybe not saying he is Paul Hogan, but copying his mannerisms, catchphrases, and modes of speech, such that people might reasonably assume it is Paul Hogan.

Then absolutely Paul Hogan should go after him.

That's what this comes down to, having a voice so similar to that of a famous actress, which can be so easily manipulated to trick people into thinking it is her, would allow people to create deep fakes, fake ads, etc. that could really do massive damage to her reputation and ability to work in the future.

Hell if a recording came out tomorrow of her declaring she hated all black people, and hoped trump would kick them out of her country. Even if she denied ever making the statement, how many people would believe it was true, how many people would boycott her films, how many jobs would she lose out on from producers not wanting to be involved with a "controversial" star. Even if it was completely faked, even if it was proven to be completely faked, some people would still believe it.

This sort of AI voice shit is super dangerous, and the sooner it gets massively regulated, the better.

Baidu's robotaxi division to wheel into profit next year

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Considering that this is China, and Self driving cars, are one of those "technological achievements" that the CCP likes to big up as showing the amazing abilities of the CCP.

I doubt those pesky accidents involving humans would ever actually get reported/recorded...

Tesla nearing shareholder vote to grant Musk $46B

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I will preface this by admitting that I have not read what the "Targets" he met where, nor looked at what the company growth outlook at the time was.

However, considering that the board is stacked with Musk's cronies, I do not expect that the "Targets" were set especially high. It is highly likely that they were set at such a level as befit the companies ongoing trajectory. i.e. so long as Musk didnt do something stupid, it was highly likely the targets would have been met no matter what. His bootlickers on the Board were never going to set "Impossible" targets for him, were they?

I have also ZERO doubt, that these targets were communicated to the other share holders as being "impossible targets", "high unlikely to ever be achieved", etc... So no doubt a lot of people backed the proposal, assuming it was placing a bet on Musk going to the extreme for the company, but if they werent hit then it wouldnt cost them anything.

Yes, they hit those targets, but were they really that high in the first place? Only those on the inside at Tesla would know if they truly were hard targets or not, but considering everything else we've learned, including the Delaware Judge's opinion that the Board were only rubber stamping what ever musk told them to do, I personally, cant believe it for a second...

US watchdog chases Waymo robocars to catch violations

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No its the pursuit of the Unicorn called "We'll make billions!".

All of these companies are pursuing this with vigour, but all are very hand wavy on how they will actually make those billions. Something, something, haulage. Something, something, robotaxis.

Even if they came out tomorrow with a proven, amazing, all singing and dancing, absolutely perfect self driving car. How many people would actually by one? I dont actually think the numbers would be that amazing. And with the costs of running such systems, the legal frameworks needed to allow such things on the road, insurance liability, human sentiment, etc. It's the old case of the underwear Gnomes.

Step 1 - Collect Underpants. Sorry Build Perfect Self-driving car.

Step 2 - ????

Step 3 - Profit!!!

A Chinese crypto farm next to a nuclear missile base? Not on my watch, says Biden

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Re: Umm...

I'd actually argue less people is better for OpSec. Your DC (or Crypto mining setup) security guards and cleaners dont need to know what you're doing. Which also means your hiring majority locals, which helps with cover. Also a DC would expect the occasional "external consultant" to come by, or potential "customers/investors". So I think your covered pretty well there.

Setting up the other businesses would probably follow after you've got a line on intel. No point setting up a garage if you dont know which cars to bug. Also there is nothing to say they dont have that setup already (just as you say for OpSec reasons, they dont need to know about each other...)

Keep in mind that this Crypto setup was only caught after a tip-off. The authorities probably wouldnt have picked up on it on their own... So the BVI cover passed first inspection, which is the majority of what you want. There's very few covers that will pass a thorough audit by the authorities, once they are certain there's something to look for...

Anyway, this is all speculation. Maybe they are completely innocent of everything, well except working to destroy the environment through massive energy usage, but unfortunately that's not illegal...

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Re: Umm...

Your missing something.

I doubt very much that the Missiles or anything remotely connected to them is connected to the internet, but being located next to a missile base opens up a ream of possible espionage items:

- identifying staff (military and civilian)

- intercepting Comms (both encrypted and mundane)

- tracking patrol movements

- identifying visitors

- etc.

The weakest part of any securtiy in a firm are the people, so identifying the personnel allows you to find out who is in debt, who is having an affair, and who might be susceptible to pressure to provide inside info.

Intercepting Comms, even the mundane stuff, lets you find out who suppliers are, allowing you to insert your own people into the loop, build trust, and gain info. Cleaning staff once trusted, have a surprisingly large amount of access to areas all over a base or firm.

Intercepting encrypted comms, gives you a chance to look for weaknesses in the encryption, or funnel it back home to try and defeat the encryption. Hell if your sitting on a massive "Crypto" Rig, you can set that to work trying to break the encryption. It might not sucees, but even that teaches you something about the enemy. Hell, learning about frequency of encrypted comms, can you tell you stuff, like when they receives the comms, and in which room, so your inserted "cleaning" staff can setup a bug that only operates during those times, to avoid detection.

And lets face facts, could you tell just by looking at a server rack, if the equipment in there is mining crypto, breaking encryption, or running hidden listening software? I doubt it, and neither could any local plod sent in to have a look.

Lots of ways to get vital Info, being setup so close...

CoreWeave plows £1B into UK HQ and datacenters as it eyes European expansion

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Lies, lies and Political Statistics

Politician: "It will create thousands of jobs for the area..."

Translation: The construction of the facility will create a short term increase in the number of low paid construction jobs (mostly underpaid foreigners) to build the facility. Once the facility is built, there will be a staff of about a dozen, mostly involving security guards, cleaning staff, and the receptionist to answer the phone. The manager and his small number of techs (supplemented by a number of unpaid interns), will comprise the sum total of high paid jobs associated with the facility. Oh and maybe the coffee shop around the corner will see a small increase in business...

It's a win for the community, totally...

Amazon and Epson accuse a bunch of traders of selling knockoff print ink

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Re: So, Epson joins HP in the golden ink deal

If all they were doing was selling cheap ink then all would be fine. But passing it off as Epson Ink... well you cant actually expect Epson NOT to go after them for that.

Tesla layoff circus runs into fourth week with another round of cuts

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Re: Clown.....

I hate to point out, but if something is being flogged at substantially less than the more established competitors are charging, then it likely means they are loss leading (i.e. pricing at below cost in order to get customers).

Musky whose not had his eye on the Tesla ball for a while now, has probably come back, seen the negative dollar sign next to the Superchargers budget item and decided to bin it without talking to anyone about WHY it's negative.

Get people used to using your chargers, get other auto makers using your connectors, and then you can slowly raise the price and be the dominant player. But patience (and some might argue sanity) have never been Musky's strong points...

Cops finally unmask 'LockBit kingpin' after two-month tease

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"You cannot hide. You will face justice."

Unless you live in Tsar Putin's land, attack only his enemies, pay your bribes, and be sure to do whatever your told by his jackbooted thugs...

Then you'll be fine...

Man I wish I was joking...

Not a Genius move: Resurrecting war hero Alan Turing as your 'chief AI officer'

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Every time you think AI Firms can't get any lower, they show that there's always someone ready to pick up the shovel...

Throwflame launches fire-spitting robo-dog from Hell

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Re: What sort of

An American?

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I'm calling it now...

When (and it's a definite when, not if), when they make a three headed version, I demand it be called Cerberus...

Silicon Valley roundabout has drivers in a spin

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There's a roundabout at the border of Thailand (drive on the left), and Laos (drive on the right).

This is about as chaotic as you imagine as people attempt to negotiate the roundabout to get to the Correct lane for the other country.

When we went through it was a quiet time, but still one of the craziest experiences I've had. We even managed to get through without any damage. But it was a close run thing...

Meta comms chief handed six-year Russian prison sentence for 'justifying terrorism'

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"she would appeal the conviction – for all the good that'll do."

She gets paid. She ties up court time, preventing them from sentencing innocent peaceful protestors, and costs the court and prosecution time and money.

It's not much, but every little helps...

Ex-Amazon exec claims she was asked to ignore copyright law in race to AI

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I hope she gets to take them to the cleaners. That sort of behaviour really is unconscionable...

Google all at sea over rising tide of robo-spam

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Can I offer another option...

All Ad providers (such as Google) which distribute ads to websites have to KNOW there customers, both up and down stream.

By KNOW, I'm talking legally speaking. Exactly as a bank has Know your Customer rules, so should the Ad Slingers.

They need to know, who is providing the ad they are placing, AND the owner of the websites where they are placing the ad.

They then need to be held responsible for providing details to authorities when bad actors place spam/malware ads. And be held responsible for placing ads on dodgy sites.

The legitimate sites will have no problem with this, the legitimate ad providers will have no problem with this. And most customers will have no problem with this.

Bring this in, and the profit will dry up for the AI Spam Site slingers, and they'll move on to the next scan, and we'll get a much better search function back and maybe the whole ad business might get a little bit cleaner.

But I guess they'll lose profit so no chance it will ever get implemented...

A knotty problem: Boffins working on fuel-efficient trajectories for space travel

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They've created a Tube map for space?

Does it takes into account the everyday experiences of the London Tube lines? Leaves on the track (space debris), bad weather (solar storms and CMEs), the lovely British Euphemism "People on the tracks" (I guess other satellites in your desired path), a driver's strike (failed propulsion systems, or lost communication systems)?

Handle all that, and you've got a winner!

Tesla Cybertruck turns into world's most expensive brick after car wash

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Re: So much for the resilience of Stainless Steel

Now I understand why the US is so screwed with medical, education and the whole social safety net. You guys pay sweet FA in tax. It's hardly a surprise then that there's no money for anything worthwhile.

I pay pretty much on the dot 40% of my wages in tax, medical, pension, etc. That doesn't count the extras I spend personally on various insurances. And I don't mind that, it's why we have great roads, a good (and almost free) medical system, and good schools.

It would be nice to pay a bit less in taxes, but if it means losing those benefits, then screw it. Call me a socialist, if you must, but I like having a good system that doesn't leave the poorest behind.

I wonder how most Americans would react if you told them they had to pay 40% in taxes but that would guarantee them free medical, well funded schools, and good roads. I get the feeling most would reject it as being "Commie Talk", but then again that's the view of an outsider looking in... Who knows maybe the majority are more sane then we give you credit for?

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Re: Car wash mode

I believe the correct pronunciation is like bollocks...

Which is exactly what the man is speaking...

Prolific phishing-made-easy emporium LabHost knocked offline in cyber-cop op

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Re: Good but...

True. But how do you tame the wild west? You start by taking down as many criminals as possible. It takes ages and it feels like a game of a whack-a-mole, but eventually, those that might have taken up the criminal life begin to suspect that it's maybe not as easy and danger free as previously thought, and decide to avoid that line of work.

Banks used to get robbed on a regular basis. Banks upped their security, so that the take got less, and the danger factor went up massively. Those that might have though bank robbing was a lucrative profession, decided to go into other nefarious lines, like becoming lawyers... Now, I cant actually remember the last time a Bank got robbed, can you?

We're not their yet, but these takedowns might at least start the ball rolling...

Novelty flip phone strips out almost every feature possible to be as boring as possible

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One slight thing. What's the point of the camera? I mean you cant look at the pictures on such a screen... So how are you going to know if there crap (they will be) or not... ;)

AI PCs are here but a killer application for biz users? Nope

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Wow. I guess someone at the PC manufacturers forgot to send their usual Hype cheque to Forrester.

A completely rational take on an overly hyped product - maybe try again next year...

Although as it still holds out that these PCs MIGHT be beneficial at some point, I guess they didnt want to completely alienate the manufacturers and lose out on next years Hype cheque...

Cynical, Moi?

Tesla asks shareholders to reinstate Musk's voided $56B pay package

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Re: An example of a cognitive misfire :o

Go back to when musk took over Tesla and he was the Media Darling, Tech Saviour of the world, bringing this new EV technology* (I think he borrowed the Reality Distortion Field from Apple at the time) to the world.

And a lot of people bought Teslas back then, based on Musk and his pronouncements. That was still true going back maybe 5 years.

And then he went bat shit crazy... The stupid rescue Sub, the Paedo Guy comments, the smoking pot on a live stream, the various crypto shit, and then finally the screwed up takeover of Twitter, followed by a continual stream of controversial tweets (sometimes bordering on illegal - "funding secured!").

Musk is no longer the Media Darling, nor the worlds Tech Saviour. In fact, the people who are now most looking at EV tech, are likely the same people looking at musk, and going "ewww...". People like that are not going to buy a Tesla (and these days, there are a ton of alternative options). The people who support Musk in his controversial bollocks, are also the people who have zero interest in an EV.

So Musk the man, did probably help Tesla shift a huge number of units in the beginning, that they probably didnt deserve to shift. Now though, I'd suggest that he's personality is actively hurting the company. They'd be much better off ditching him, but we all know that's not going to happen when he owns so many of the shares...

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Re: Charitable lot

I'm just curious, Musk holds a huge number of Tesla shares, as do the board members, musk's family, and friends.

Surely there is a conflict of interest if any of them get to vote on giving him such a substantial pay packet...

Then again we are talking America, we're corporations and the rich can do what they want, so...

Europe gives TikTok 24 hours to explain 'addictive and toxic' new app

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Yes, I was going to write take anything Musky says with a pinch of salt, well actually a mountain of salt would probably be more appropriate...

*cough* Robotaxis*cough...

Judge refuses to Ctrl-Z divorce order made by a misclick

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That would certainly be a Whopper of an order...

AI spam is winning the battle against search engine quality

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Whilst your absolutely right about scams and Malware. That's not what's on discussion here, spam is.

And Spam comes in lots of different types. The most destructive from my point of view, are the a$$holes who scrape legitimate sites, repost the content (with minimal modification to avoid easy detection), and then use SEO to get there links higher up the search list then the original site.

The original site owner loses clicks, which means they will probably go out of business and stop posting articles that are of actual interest. Eventually we'll end up with AI copying AI to the point where you can't get good writing, and interesting viewpoints.

The Bastards behind that sort of spam really need a good kicking...

Support contract required techie to lounge around in a $5,000/night hotel room

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Re: failed meeting

A friend of mine once worked setting up Stalls at Major Expos across Europe. He came into work one morning (early in his career at that job) and was told he had to deliver this stall and set it all up ready for start tomorrow morning, and just follow the Satnav, the boss had programmed the address in.

My mate quickly checked the Satnav, saw it was aimed at Frankfurt, nodded, and set off from London. At about 6pm that night he arrived in Frankfurt, found the address in the Satnav, but there was no Convention Centre. He found a nearby petrol station, and asked the man behind the counter where to find the Convention Centre. The Man pissed himself laughing and said about 7 hours southwest of here. My mates boss had plugged in Frankfurt an der Oder instead of Frankfurt am Main, and sent him to eastern Germany rather than the slightly larger and better known west German city. Queue a 6 hour panicked drive down the Autobahns and a very late night setup of the Stall.

Lesson learned, never trust the bosses to get anything right! ;)

Ex-Microsoft engineer gets seven years after trying to hire hitman for double murder

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Re: Crappy plan

Bitcoin could practically have been designed to lure in the gullible.

Let me fix that statement for you - Bitcoin WAS designed to lure in the gullible.

Execs in Japan busted for winning dev bids then outsourcing to North Koreans

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Re: Just one question

I'm only speculating but...

Money transferred to a Chinese bank account (contractors are in China, so that's natural enough)... Then either transfer this money to a bank which happily does transfer money to Fat Boy Kim's personal bank account. Or if that's considered too obvious, then money extracted from Chinese Bank Account, gold or equivalent valuable goods purchased, given to a suitable North Korean Mule, and walked across the border to be delivered to the North Korean Treasury.

If China decided to crackdown, it would make this significantly harder, but they overtly support North Korea as a counter to the US/South Korean influence. They have lost significant influence though, as with Kim and Vlad having a little love in, if China shut the Pipes, Russia would simply try to reopen them... Whether that would be enough though, who knows?

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If you're living in a country next door to another country which is run by a nuclear armed despot with a known penchant for throwing tantrums (and who may or may not be a few sandwiches short of a picnic), you would think that going out of your way to send money to him, might not be the best idea in the long run.

But then I guess that's the problem with idiots like this, no-one thinks the madman is going to start lobbying Nukes tomorrow, so why not get rich today? Muppets...

BBC exterminates AI experiments used to promote Doctor Who

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Re: He's The Doctor not Doctor Who.

Who's on first base?

Euclid space telescope needs de-icing

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Space is such a bugger of an environment, it always throws up things you did not expect. The fact that this has likely been a problem on other optics, but that the sensors are now so amazing that we can pick up such a tiny effect is astounding.

I can remember on Insight, that the Mole was functioning amazingly in testing, and then we did a small test in Martian Atmosphere, and everything stopped. It turned out that even the small change in atmospheric pressure in a volume of a few cubic mm had an effect that we hadnt taken into account. We were able to fix it, but some things are just so unexpected, you dont know to test for them!

It's great that they think they can fix it... Fingers crossed!

How to improve Chinese TV? Better censorship, says top tellie-maker

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Man I hate Autocorrect...

Mental Note to self: When writing a message on my phone, make sure to read it back to check that Autocorrect hasnt fluffed the message.... Again...

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Yep there were definitely some classics.

None of them would get by the sensors these days though, as they often showed corrupt politicians or dirty cops. Or just happened to show that criminals and Organised Crime do happen to exist in China (and I'm not talking about peaceful protestors)...

Australian techie jailed for accessing museum's accounting system and buying himself stuff

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To be more serious

Since Linkedin were hacked back in circa 2016, anyone who has had a Linkedin account longer than 10 years appears on Have I been Pwned.

So this is not exactly rocket science. You could also the right the headline as "Over half of people who list themselves as holding clearances have been on Linkedin for longer than 10 years...". But I guess that's not as headline grabbing...

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Let me fix that for you...

"The other was that over half of folks who list themselves as holding clearances are named at Have I Been Pwned..."

And the other half were using email addresses that have not YET been named on Have I Been Pwned...

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments

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Ok adding my not so consipracy take...

In each case, they seem to be saying they installed an update and borked their systems. Now it could be an update of anything (maybe they changed to decaf in the IT room coffee machine), but is there any one program they all happen to be using for purchasing, that sent out an update to be installed this week, and they have all got around to installing it at different times...

Nahh... It was Putin... He wants riots on the street in the UK, and knows just how to accomplish it... If Wetherspoons goes down tomorrow, war will be declared by the end of the week...

Apple to settle class action for $490 million after Tim overcooked China outlook

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There's definitely something to what you say, but since it seems to be all but impossible to actually hold individual CEO's to account, what else can you do?

What I would hope is that the remaining shareholders of Apple hold Cook to account by voting to reduce his salary for costing them money with his lying statement. But that's probably not going to happen...

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The article does state that the action refers solely to the groups who bought shares in Apple in the two months after that statement.

So basically it applies to people who took Cook at his word (what other choice did they have) that all was rosy in the Walled Garden in regards to China. If just 4 days later, they cut production, then it seems pretty clear they knew that things behind the Great Wall were not so good. So yep Cook was blatantly bullsh&tting, and he's been called out on it.

Rancher faces prison for trying to breed absolute unit of a sheep

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Any Woolly Mammoths produced would absolutely be kept in Zoos, etc. and not released back into the wild. For exactly this reason. You cant release an animal into an environment not prepared for it without some really messed up consequences.

I'm not quite sure what a wholly mammoth is though, is it perhaps a whole mammoth? Or a cross between a woolly mammoth and a holy mammoth? :P

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Re: "The .. crime we uncovered here could threaten the integrity of our wildlife species in Montana"

Australia would like to remind you that Rabbits were introduced with plans to hunt them all. Look how that turned out...

Then there were the foxes, and horses, and camels, and....

Dirty data shocks Indian taxpayers with huge bills

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Re: Advanced Tax No Job

Look I know how much corruption there is in India (I lived there for 3 months), BUT Taxes do pay for the Roads, hospitals, medical clinics, schools, national parks, etc. Imagine how much better everything could be if it wasnt for the corruption. But paying taxes means you get those things, rather than everything having to be private and controlled solely for the rich.

As for not having a social safety net, yep it's messed up. But I guess it's following the American system which also doesnt particularly have any sort of social net worthy of the name. And guess what, America is another nation with notoriously low taxes (compared to the rest of the western world). And whilst two data points is probably not enough to show causation, if you dont collect a proper amount of taxes, you cant afford to provide the safety net.

Although I can see it's a chicken and egg problem. There's no safety net, so people dont want to pay any extra taxes, and keep the money to look after themselves. But because there's no extra tax money, there's no money for a safety net...

But lets just reiterate, if there was significantly less corruption then there is at the moment, India would be a significantly better off place. Maybe there would even be enough extra in the kitty for that safety net...

Desktop GPU shipments jumped by a third – no thanks to AI PCs

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I doubt it. As it says in the article, AMD's mid range cards are actually quite decent and competitively priced. If you're not locked into needing NVIDIA (for example having a GSync Monitor) and your aiming to purchase a mid market card, then AMD is actually the better value purchase.

I can only imagine Linux support has a minor effect at best...