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Heading down to Austin tomorrow night for BSides. Anyone else going, hit me up!
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A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no one quite knows what to do with them.
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Here, conditions for hippos are idyllic. The river is slow moving and has plenty of shallows, perfect for larger animals which don't actually swim but push themselves off banks, gliding through the water. Moreover, the region never experiences drought, which tends to act as a natural brake on the size of herds in Africa.

How much the hippos like Colombia can be judged from how much sex they are having. In Africa they usually become sexually active between the ages of seven and nine for males, and nine and 11 for females, but Pablo Escobar's hippos are becoming sexually active as young as three. All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year.
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Fishermen are terrified of the three-tonne herbivores, he says. At night, the animals roam the countryside, wandering into ranches, eating crops and occasionally crushing small cows.
The late drug baron had a herd of the animals, which are now out of control in Colombia. Just what do you do with 60 hippos?
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Not sure if they're trying to get a jump on April Fool's. But damn. This may be the most unexpected piece of tech news I've seen in living memory.
It’s been an incredible year for the data business at Microsoft and an incredible year for data across the industry. This Thursday at our Data Driven event in New York, we will kick off a wave of launch activities for SQL Server 2016 with general availability later this year. This is the most significant release of SQL Server that we have ever done, and brings with it some fantastic new … Read more »
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+Benoit Flippen Well, the market for MSSQL on Linux would not be MySQL or postgres. They are clearly targeting Oracle DB, Sybase and others here, which are designed to meet enterprise level requirements, e.g. for the outsourcing business, DBaaS, financial services or government institutions. It's pretty obvious since Red Hat is involved in the deal, and I bet IBM will be the first big customer (for their zSeries). Actually it could help in the regular daily business too, because I grew a bit tired of converting terabytes of MSSQL databases and T-SQL scripts to PL/SQL and Oracle DB. That's a job I definitely don't want to do as a System Engineer and I would happily deploy MSSQL instead and simply hand it over to the customer's DBA.
If Linux or Windows is the stronger system... the customer who pays for the service doesn't care, except if he wants his own applications to run. That may be important for the $99/year customers of Joe Webhoster, but those customers will never pay extra money for clustered DB services or "Big Data" anyway.
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All teh bitterz!

The six on the left just came in. The grapefruit smells like the best thing ever. EVER.

The cardamom smells kind of like bubble gum, but I still look forward to trying them all.
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Whiskey barrel aged aromatic bitters. And the orange bitters next to it is the gin barrel aged one.
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Apropos of current debates on ensuring governmental ability to break encryption.

The other crucial ingredient in DROWN is the addition of extremely weak 40-bit symmetric encryption to SSLv2 as mandated by Clinton administration restrictions on the export of encryption software. Along with the Bleichenbacher weakness, the export-grade ciphersuites make it possible to brute-force decrypt the intercepted TLS communications. Together with last year's Logjam vulnerability, DROWN underscores the danger of adding deliberately weakened ciphers to production software specifications, even when people presume those specifications are no longer in use.

"Our results illustrate, like FREAK and Logjam, the continued harm that a legacy of deliberately weakened export-grade cryptography inflicts on the security of modern systems, even decades after the regulations influencing the original design were lifted," the researchers wrote in their paper. "The attacks described in this paper are fully feasible against export cipher suites today; against even DES they would be at the limits of the computational power available to an attacker. The technical debt induced by cryptographic 'front doors' has left implementations vulnerable for decades."
Low-cost DROWN attack decrypts data in hours, works against TLS e-mail servers, too.
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I have altered the fashion. Pray I do not alter it further.
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Everything about this post, and the informative comments on the OP, makes me happy. Humanity is crazy and I love it.
 
Fallout: Equestria is a crossover fan-fiction between the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series and the Fallout video game series, and was written by Kkat. First published in April 2011 and completed on Christmas of that year, Fallout: Equestria spans 45 chapters (as well as a prologue, introduction, epilogue, and afterword), and contains over 620,000 words, making Fallout: Equestria one of the longest self-published works of derivative fiction in existence.
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I've fallen behind in ponydom. :(

Thanks!!
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Completely over-the-top Bavarian china, picked up a while back at a flea market in Frankfurt. Love it so much, and we finally have enough space to get it out of storage.

Though if I'm honest all the plating (gold? Leaded copper? No idea) makes the espresso taste a bit metallic.
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Grrrr. Finished watching Battle Creek last night. What a good show. Tight writing, good acting, funny, gritty, compelling. Cancelled by CBS, after less than a season. Bastards.

So, tried "similar shows" on Netflix. The only one that sounded interesting was Crossing Lines, which was rated a full 5 stars on Netflix. It was terrible. Absolutely terrible. Decent premise, but the characters don't work at all. They have way too much back story that has nothing to do with anything (yes, it will be important later, but let the show develop first!). Terrible writing. And the continuity fairy was drunk or high much of the show. And then two out of the three women on the crack international team of super cops get victimized or killed - by the second episode. Neither even attempts to fights back. Way beyond worrying about misogyny in the writing, that's just plain unimaginable. An experienced cop is going to fight for their life when a serial killer has them, no matter the gender. And no matter how good your chemistry is with your new partner who got on your nerves until, like, an hour ago, you're not going to be idly engaging in dramatic character development in the middle of a manhunt in the woods so that you get taken unawares. And of course it has several seasons out already, and is probably going strong. Effin' eff.
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#misogynyshots ftw! I wanted to like this show. The first episode was interesting enough to see where they were going with it. The second had me rolling my eyes at everything every character did for the duration of the episode. Good grief, it was BAD. 
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Just finished this fantastic book by +Lisa Cohen​, on the recommendation of +Lindsey Clements​. One of the best I've read in a while. Compelling story, tight editing and strongly developed characters. I recommend it.
FUTURE TENSE: A contemporary fantasy novel by LJ Cohen
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So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!
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