* Posts by Gene Cash

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Wholeheartedly agree with Torvalds

Kay Sievers *IS* a "f*cking prima donna" and the faster Lennart Poettering GTFOs, the better.

And a "20% error rate for spam detection" IS pretty broken, and worth beating the gmail people with a stick.

The rest of the examples are of the same cloth.

The problem with a lot of people is that if you DON'T say something like "look b*tches, do your sh*t right" then they completely ignore you.

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NASA's free research trove may have broken arms trafficking rules

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NASA: past its sell-by date

I have a bunch of rocketry/space books from the '50s-'70s and they're fascinating. They get into the nitty-gritty of rocket engines, navigation, life support, nuclear propulsion, inertial measurement units, star trackers, fuel cells, turbopumps, etc.

Read a space book today and it's pablum. Not much more than an expensive doorstop. Mostly because all the interesting stuff is illegal to print.

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Same job, different place: US salaries top DevOps pay packet poll

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BS survey does not account for cost-of-living!

California salaries are huge because the cost of living there is horrid! It's pretty much double the expense elsewhere for mortgages or rent.

I know devs that moved because "hey, double the salary!" and ended up eating ramen noodles and having 4 roommates just to survive. Most of them moved back as quickly as possible.

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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Hm

"applications like space"

"laser energises them while they're falling under gravity"

These two statements are not really compatible... Does it not work in 0g then?

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Famous understatements

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: “I understand there has been a case of hacking."

Emperor Hirohito, on seeing Hiroshima: "There seems to have been considerable damage here."

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Damn

Battery capacity is a seriously difficult intertwined chemistry/physics problem. There's still a ton of unknown things going on in a battery.

Believe me, considering the payoff, a lot of companies and R&D people are working on it.

That's why you see all the super-hyped "researchers discover new superbattery" news articles where it always says "should go into production in 5-10 years" (i.e. never) and you never hear about it again.

Edit: my feeling is that people should work on making current batteries cheaper (which is what Musk is doing with the Gigafactory) which will make electric compete with gas, and then that will drive more demand for charging station infrastructure.

My electric bike cost US$18K and 85% of that was the battery. It's a hell of a performance machine and I do actually get 80+ miles out of it going 70mph, which is great considering how un-aerodynamic a person on a motorcycle is. It should cost $12K max though, to compete with gas.

My FJR takes $16 in gas every 2 weeks. My SR takes about $1.20 in electricity to go the same distance and I don't have to search for hippie-free non-ethanol gas.

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Ah, Mozilla and Firefox. Fighting for dominance on the Linux desktop.

I can remember when I was proud to use Firefox, instead of embarrassed.

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Google to block web views from using its OAuth

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Android really really sucks

But it's better than Apple. Shame, that.

Unfortunately, since Nokia, Blackberry, and Microsoft have all dropped the ball, that's all Android needs to be, is better than Apple's walled garden, where even changing the wallpaper or ringtone is fucking building-the-pyramids level of effort.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: It's always hard

> VR coming soon

Eh, I remember an El Reg story about one of the dockyard museums having street-view style virtual tours available. I spent several days looking at things.

As I'll sadly never be crossing the pond, that's the best I can hope for.

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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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so...

This wasn't a test run of Amazon's delivery service?

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Ha. The IDA in that pic is resting with the fishes.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

It's funny... on this side of the pond, it'd be "you haven't paid the car tax? Really? HIGH-FIVE! Stickin' it to da man, bro!"

Most people would say if you can manage to dodge the IRS or DOT or take advantage of some loophole, more power to you.

I know folks that have moved to a different state many years ago, but still have their car registered in the old state because it's cheaper. Ditto for states that have vehicle inspection and those that don't. Nobody other than the respective DOT agencies blink an eye.

I know this forum bubbles over at Apple, Google, et al not paying their corporate taxes with the Irish Dodge, but in the US, that's to be expected.

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Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips

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Re: Confidentiality

Really? Then who else has a pay-by-bonk scheme that actually works? (which leaves out Android Pay, because even as big of an Android fanboi as I am, I've never actually seen it work)

So there's Apple, and... um.... gee, sounds like a monopoly to me.

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

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> I have a couple of old friends living far away who won't communicate any other way

Me too. I don't hear from them any more. Shame, that...

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Re: Facebook may stop being a site ...

That would make my DECADE. Then people might get real websites instead of a FB page.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

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Have they double checked to see the accelerometer on the return capsule is installed right-way-up and we won't have another Genesis-style fiasco?

Seriously though, I wish them all the luck.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

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Meh

In this case, Google's interests align with mine. I'm in favor of net neutrality, I'm glad they beat Oracle on Java, and I don't think they're a monopoly any more than Apple, Microsoft, or anyone else is, in the tech industry.

I'm also glad Wheeler's beat the telcos with a very large stick. They deserve it. If anyone should be called a monopoly, it's Comcast & AT&T in the broadband space. AT&T has already been found to be one once, and has agglomerated back into another one.

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FireEye warns 'massive' ransomware campaign hits US, Japan hospitals

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Good

Ahhh. Idiot doctors and staff getting their nuts busted because of their smug "I down't knew dem puters an ah ain't gotta!" and "I'm technologically illiterate and I'm proud of it!" attitudes.

Makes my day.

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

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The real problem

Is that popups are usually unreadable garbage, even if you're a computer tech.

Over the years I've had many popups where I've sat there with a WTF? on my face and just clicked "yes" without really understanding the consequences.

Some of it is "it's gotta fit in a popup" and some of it is "nobody will ever see this" so we monkey-dance on the keyboard to get it written and move on.

Granted, at work I've submitted wording for popups and by the time it's gone through all the approvals, even I can't understand it.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Not Ford

I don't see Ford or GM pulling this off. They're idiots. Complete morons. They couldn't make a round wheel work if it wasn't legacy technology by now.

This is like NASA announcing every year that we're going to Mars in 15 years. That's been happening for at least the last 50 years I know of, and we're obviously still not on Mars.

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Christmas already here for developers, says Google

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Seriously

Yup. Cracker Barrel had Xmas crap in the store part of their restaurant on August first.

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over dieselgate

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Re: Double-dealing from treehuggers

No kidding. The basic regulatory regime was to simply crank the limits down every year. Eventually they become unobtainable, so people cheat. Not surprised!

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Nearly boring

"It's unfortunate, but the way the American people are, now that they have developed all this capability, instead of taking advantage of it, they'll probably just piss it all away."

-- President Lyndon Johnson, on the Apollo program

This country went from landing on the Moon to "This bag is not a toy!" in 40 years.

-- my t-shirt

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

If they've got FaecesBook, they've got email. And they've also got Google+ which is far tamer and can't afford to treat users like shit.

And yes, if they insist on FB, then I just don't need to hear from them. Life's too short to be pissed on by a very condescending ad company.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: A member of my team

My very first "computer" job was running S-100 bus machines for a kitty litter manufacturer. About 1984 or so.

So the brand was "Mighty Cat" and they snagged a tiger from the retired circus animals for doing ads and promos. He was a sweetie unless it was lunch time.

One day I'm coding away at dBASE procs and the door opens. I didn't pay attention until a frypan size paw appears in my lap. I look over and it's Mr. Tiger. So I reached over and started petting him and he laid down against my leg just like any other cat. I grew up on a farm where if you treated the animals right, they'd treat you right.

I'll never forget how my hand sunk into 5 inches of tiger fur. That was just the plushest thing ever.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: Blunt Instrument

> getting money from their users

What twists my jammies are companies that consider their FB page to be their website. Obviously, I make a point to detect and not patronize these establishments, but I do think FB should charge them a fee.

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For a site with any sort of automated content, the ads will pretty much always be surrounded by some sort of standard DIV or other handy giveaway that the Ad Block regexps can sniff.

It's just an ever-escalating arms race at this point.

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> given a hash name so that it's different every time

Actually AdBlock Plus Element Hiding Helper can do regexps.

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Russia tells Google to cough up some loose change in Android monopoly probe

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Hm. Considering on the default install, the Google search bar takes up the entire top row of icons, and you cannot remove it short of installing another home-screen app... I think they need a horse whippin'

Ditto for the search bar on the top AND bottom of Google maps. Hit 'em again, Mr. Putin.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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BBC on car privacy

There was an article about car privacy and all the new connected services that you CAN'T disconnect

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160809-your-car-is-not-your-friend

He has a VW and was told to bark up a tree when he asked about disconnecting Car-Net. He even got a letter from VW saying "hahaha, no"

He also looked at a forum posting about an incredibly difficult procedure to dig out the unit and trash it.

Only when the BBC contacted VW for comment did they say "oh no, that letter is wrong, we can disconnect that!" and they also said "the BBC is picking on us and making us seem like a bad guy!"

This is the sort of condescending "we know best" attitude that makes me cheer on the hackers for a change.

I hope VW gets reamed by thefts and lawsuits. Fucking assholes.

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Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team

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Re: "Antibiotics are no longer routinely given ..."

Shoot... the "doctor" at the local clinic prescribes antibiotics for a cold, which even I know is a virus and not affected by antibiotics.

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ICO wades in after GP doxxes woman to her estranged ex-partner

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Normally I don't say this, but I'm hoping the person involved loses their job.

I would, if I screwed up like that, and I handle HIPAA & PHI info myself.

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Re: Do you really need training?

Has nothing to do with brains....

"Staff ... had been warned by the woman they needed to take particular care to protect her details"

They just need to f*cking follow instructions!

Apparently they're as retarded as American medical staff - mine once couldn't tell the difference between a broken ankle and a broken collar bone.

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IP mapping hell couple sues

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Re: Law of unintended consequences

> Why set a default? Have they never heard of "Undefined" or "Not available".

They set it to the "middle" of whatever's the smallest geographical unit they can define. If they can only say "it's in the US" then these poor bastards get tagged since they're roughly in the middle of the US.

I'll bet there's other people that get screwed the same way, just not as often, that happen to be in the "middle" of particular states. I hope this wakes up more such lawsuits.

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$75K, that's it??

They need to add at least another zero to that, maybe two.

Can we get Peter Thiel to help fund their lawsuit?

I'd be really happy if all of MaxMind ended up on a street corner selling pencils. Hanging's too good for 'em!

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Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

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> the nation's telecoms regulators aren't entirely sure how to make the tracking work

Are they seriously that incompetent?

Cell towers track phone distance as a basic part of how they work. When you know where the cell towers are (and I assume the nation's telecoms regulators would!) then it's simple triangulation, and already built into the software.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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> a certain Presidential candidate argued with security advisors about "why can't we nuke them?"

It gets worse than that! During the Cuban Missile Crisis, USAF General Curtis LeMay was all "Nuke 'em! Nuke 'em NOW!" and John Kennedy had to just about beat him with a baseball bat to get him to settle down. I've seen the documentary film of the cabinet discussions where LeMay says "let's nuke 'em" about 6 times in one 30 minute meeting.

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NASA test foiled by rocket shaking power cord loose from camera

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Not just the only problem

In addition to the power cable issue, the automatic timer failed to start the camera on time, thus they failed to record the really important ignition transients.

Better'n poke inna eye with a sharp stick, though!

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

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Re: Why wait until December?

It's not just the BBC. It's people like Twitch, Rooster Teeth, and a whole bunch of other people that say "what security risk?" when I ask "when are you moving away from flash so I can use your site? I don't have it installed because it's such a security risk"

They get pissy at me for even bringing the topic up. So I don't buy their sponsorships any more and I watch their YouTube channel with all of the ad-blockers.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: Just one

Well that is the only redeeming feature of a social media site, is that it's a lot better than blasting a bunch of people with emails in the hope they find it interesting, and not an annoyance or an intrusion.

You can say "I got married" or "I pupped out another brat" or "my car exploded" to whoever finds it interesting, and the "friend's" list is sort of self-curating.

I still don't have a FB account, though. They've sh*t&stirred it so hard, the original purpose is lost.

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Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

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Re: Hard Card?

Keeeerist. I remember how many hardcards the professor's lab went through at the university. OTOH, they *did* teach academics to actually keep backups, which is a nigh-impossible task.

I took several dead ones apart. The engineering seemed rather dodgy.

Wikipedia lists hardcards bigger than 80MB, but in 1990, which was about the time we went "f*ck that for a lark" and stopped buying them.

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MIT's chip fires frikkin' laser at qubits

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Well, the only two revolutions have been the IC itself, and IBM's GMR disk drive heads. GMR heads took us from 5MB in a shoebox to terabytes in a deck of playing cards, and that was the result of some serious basic physics R&D at Big Blue.

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Micron smartphone flashery

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Know what else will "free up space for additional mobile battery size"?

Not making the phones a damn flimsy 1mm thick.

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China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years

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Considering the slams on China here...

It's doing better than the British Moon rover, innit?

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Seagate coats SATA flash in Nytro, waits for explosion

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Re: Price per TB still too much.

Yup, I remember when LCD monitors were insanely expensive compared to CRTs. And when laser printers were out of reach compared to dot matrix, and when hard disks were $50 for a MEGAbyte. Cars are still a lot more expensive than horses.

The entrenched old technology is ALWAYS going to be much cheaper since they've had time to tune their economies-of-scale and become a commodity.

However, I'm happy that at least one of the spinning rust manufacturers is intelligent enough to transition to SSDs, and thus avoid having a Kodak moment. I'm hoping Western Digital and the rest follow suite.

My personal machine is finally all-SSD, and it's a huge difference. And no, it's not a game machine (unless you count some Minecraft or KSP under Linux)

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Classic Shell hackers: We infected FossHub so ransomware couldn't (and yeah, also for fun)

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Re: I guess I'm getting old..

If you actually read the article, they don't seem bright enough to do any of those things. It seems they settled for hosing the MBR because that's all they could do.

"The group considered slipping in a rootkit but gave up on that and went with an old-school MBR killer instead."

Plus I don't think any of your potential victims would even know what FossHub would be. Except the "poor depressed sod ready to turn a gun on themselves or others if one more straw lands on that fabled camel's back" does sound like a typical Windows user though.

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Jeep hackers: How we swerved past Chrysler's car security patches

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I supposed you've heard where 100+ Jeeps were stolen in Houston by reprogramming keyfobs:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/houston-police-100-cars-stolen-high-tech-thieves/story?id=41124433

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Very peed off: Ohio urologists stay zipped after embarrassing leak

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I guess...

That was a wee problem?

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Olympics bans GIFs

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The what?

What are these "olympics" you speak of? I have not watched them since 1988 or so, and the same for all my friends. I have not seen anything other than coke cans with the rings on them in at least the past decade.

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'The box' Bones uses to fix any ailment on the Enterprise? Yup, it's real

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So instead of needing supplies of drugs, this needs supplies of vague unnamed "chemical triggers" for the yeast. Why do I get the feeling these chemical triggers are even harder to come by?

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