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Submission + - Personal data of 21.5M people stolen in US (

An anonymous reader writes: According to the WSJ the personal data of some 21.5 million applicants for screenings and their partners was stolen from the US Office for Personnel.

Submission + - 22 Million Affected by OPM Hack (

OutOnARock writes: The U.S. agency burglarized by suspected Chinese hackers has completed its long-awaited damage assessment: In total, more than 22 million people inside and outside government likely had their personal information stolen, officials announced today.

That number is more than five times larger than what the Office of Personnel Management announced a month ago when first acknowledging a major breach had occurred. At the time, OPM only disclosed that the personnel records of 4.2 million current and former federal employees had been compromised.

Submission + - SPAM: T-Bone memory

multatuli writes: Seems like your steak may be the source of your next memory device. This research shows it is possible to grow memory devices using proteins.
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Submission + - Microsoft buys Nokia - most of it (

multatuli writes: Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Comment Re:Missing Option (Score 3, Funny) 337

"For example William III of England arrived at Brixham in England on 5 November (Julian calendar), after setting sail from the Netherlands on 11 November (Gregorian calendar)."

Don't underestimate the North Sea! It rivals the Bermuda Triangle when it comes to time travel.

Comment Re:Analog = Unique (Score 1) 220

If it's analog, then it's behaviour is unique per chip, and so anything you build from them will be subtly unique. So "software" would behave differently depending on the unit it was running on. You thought 4 or 5 versions of Linux was tricky to support...

That explains why I always seem to hear things on my radio that other people don't ;-)


Submission + - DigiNotar hack hits Windows Update, too (

multatuli writes: It seems the hack of the Dutch SSL certificate provider DigiNotar has hit on the security of Windows Update, too. When in Iran, better check before you update (story in Dutch)

Comment Re:St. Reagan (Score 1) 788

What you speak of is a debt per assets ratio. We are quite good compared to the rest of the world I heard we are about 90 GDP to Debt, I was told it was more like 60 when I asked a family member who is an expert in this area so my numbers could be off. In comparison Japan is 180! Greece was close to 140 when all hell broke loose.

Which part of GDP is available to pay the debt? Without income (i.e. taxes) government has no means to pay anything. So you should relate GDP*(average tax rate) to Debt. See what happens to your ranking then.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.