* Posts by fajensen

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

fajensen

Re: Death by Alien Cockup ...

Extrapolation from our own society means that we are Doomed!

We meet our alien cousins who are exactly like us, but blue and maybe 100 - 200 years more advanced than us (or they wouldn't make the flight) and they, like ourselves, probably don't mind shooting themselves some of those wilds for sport, or putting them in zoos and making lampshades from our hides.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: complex documents

The formula processor of 2010 is totally awfull.

Try applying list formatting to formulas - this will brick your document so that you cannot save it, not even as RTF. Only way out is "select all", "paste as text", redo equations.

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Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

There *is* a configuration option of "apply target formatting on paste", of course this is not on by default and "update normal.doc automatically" with whatever digital herpes a document contains" is also "on" ,

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No, the biggest problem by far is that it is possible (and sometimes even necessary) to apply ad-hoc formatting instead of "styles".

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Happy

Re: Content and Style

- but please dont say cvs/git etc

Mercurial does ;-)

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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.... has to spend his time trying to stop people having their Youtube videos taken down for having his royalty free music in them ... That would indeed be The Law in Denmark - An artist cannot deny CopyDan their god-given right to skim off from the proceeds of an artists creative work just by making it "free".

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Re: Fines

since Google is a legal "person" and needs to take responsibility for it's actions.

Corporations are only "persons" regarding their Rights, when it comes to Responsibilities, they are certainly NOT "persons" - especially not Google (or banks).

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: Avast anti-virus

... they create an installation specific password and certificate ...

But of course they do ... If they use a cryptographic process to create the certificate, it can become both an unique "Endpoint ID" and a secret Backdoor for the TLA's - OTOH the "Superfish" approach, while crude and carrying collateral damage, does have full deniability built in (but we are talking about people who authorise "signature strikes" and "double taps" so we know "they" don't give a crap about that).

I dumped Avast because I felt it was just a little too slick a package for a product that nobody (except pensioners like my mum) will ever pay for and because it vigorously inserts its slimy tentacles into just about every orifice in the system it is installed on - even NNTP is proxied. It just smelled a bit like NSA was *the* paying customer. So, now we only use "Microsoft Security Essentials" and "restore points"

I think it will be discovered that A/V software is indeed the main gateway for breaking endpoint security, it is just so damn convenient - a root-kit installed and cared for by the users. Who can resists?

The Superfish/Komodia people are just helping the cause of their former colleagues, while making a buck on the side with crapware, probably using methods that were originally developed by the TLA's. When that business dry up, they will go right back to "security", while a new crop of rats with better tools replace them; The HDD hacks will be in due time be "commercialised" and used to create un-killable crapware.

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Re: Am I the only one…

Or Chlamydia - which is sort-of what it is.

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Re: Orange Alert!

And MS could make "Applocker" available, scriptable, and Easy To Use on ALL it's products, even the consumer versions. That would help a great deal to prevent the next infection with Snap.Do - and all other dreck signed by "ReSoft Ltd". Of course nuking the ReSoft site would also work.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Linux safe?

Ericsson use Linux for a lot of their stuff; SUSE, to be exact - on PC-like hardware. Now, why would someone like the NSA ignore something as juicy as a complete telecommunication network?

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Re: Wait

If major corporations who know they have intellectual property to protect can do that kind of self-evidently stupid stuff, ...

It is very simple:

Eliminating processes that does not produce a visible result to customers or on the bottom line is a Very Important Strategy in <Place-holder for the latest management religion/fad to infest businesses>

It quickly becomes kind-of hard to defend the wasting resources on security when there is never any hacking incidents. So the accountants can always scale back the costs.

However, once security becomes crappy enough, then the dynamics become self-reinforcing: There will never be any incidents because the gutted IT-systems cannot actually detect anything and the remaining staff left in IT, being the dregs of the barrel and living on the cutting edge of outplacement, will always fear that any problem there is was something they did or it will be blamed on them, triggering further pink-slipping (besides, the network monitoring is long since p0wned and lying about everything).

The corporation, now like a larvae infested by a parasitic wasp, is just happily chucking along until the hackers get bored and spill the beans.

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fajensen

Re: but the '...w.dll'

Anybody involved in this would go out of business very quickly

Builders start a business, get credit with suppliers, max out credit, then go out of business *all the time*, the same builders, using the very same suppliers, that they ripped off two months ago.

Why is this possible? Because of "securitisation", the suppliers just sell the credit on to "investors" for an immediate return. After that it's not their problem what happens to payments so they don't care, as long as there is a market for high yield paper, everyone are golden.

A similar business model must already exist around key signing.

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Re: Use the source, Luke

The chance for that the hardware can be hacked is 1.0:

http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack - A hardcoded "/etc/shadow"-file, triggered on logging a special network address, not bad.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: Slightly baffled by aurora comments

It is just the cybernetic berserker-core MK IV venting surplus cryogenic fluids from the cooling system for the planet busting laser - The war-god "MARS" will be resuming normal service in few decades.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Pint

Re: Wow..... just look at all the hate.

During my career I had to support and fix their bug ridden proprietary crap for 20 years and they wanted to be paid to fix broken ffs!.

What is so bad about that? Supposedly someone paid you to "shovel the manure off their front porch" which presumably kept a roof over your head, the heating on and a healthy level of beer in the fridge?

Sometimes, I think that a good part of why Windows still exists is because it creates a thriving eco-system of people and businesses working on palliative cures for it's brokenness.

Systems that are "too good" or even perfect, will also be sterile since these systems are self-sufficient and do not require humans to perform any function. This is what the "rise of the machines" means in practice, the machines evolving faster than the human parasites can adapt to, thereby leaving the majority without any means of making a living by participating in the economy.

IOW: The shitty-ness of Windows is also what is good about it! If it was perfect, it would be useful only to microsoft.

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Tough at the top: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty troughs $10 MEELLION+

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Re: A mockery of performance related pay

There is an old business rule, that I believe was invented in the bar on the Titanic. It goes: "The looting accelerates on the way down".

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Re: The ultimate end

No, it is not even that: "They" are now skipping the entire part where "services and products demanded by the customer" is being produced and replacing it with the production of money via "financialisation" of the business.

Everybody does it. You pretend to sell an iPhone 6 at 300 credits per monts, plus say another 299 credits for "the plan" which is fixed for two years. That is 599 credits per month for two years coming into the shop. The cost of the iPhone is 7395 retail, now, the purchase price would be 1/3 of that, 2465 credits.

That means that we have 599 per month coming in for two years from an investment of 2500 + some service fee for running the network which we don't know - probably less than the cheapest mobile plan - 199 credits.

Traditionally, we would say that the cost of the iPhone is paid after 1 year and the next year is profit;

However ... in the financialised model we do something different:

We set up a holding company who services the subscriber contract. This company gets 599 per months for two years duration. This company also finance the iPhones for "the mothership", to do this financing it issues bonds. The iPhones are paid after 1 year, there is money coming in for 2 years and interest rates are really, really low.

So we offer a good deal on the bonds like 10% for two years. We now have 14000 coming in in total and we issue bonds for that amount (we pay the 10% interest from the 599). The 10% interest rate means that those bonds are probably going to sell in the market for at least twice the price of, say, government bonds yielding 2%.

That means that we have 28000 right there per mobile deal, in our little mitts NOW, and the incoming cash flow takes care of the interest, the costs of financing the terminals and the pay-back of the bonds after 2 years.

Of course this is not all: We can charge "the mothership" fees and interests for the financing deal and we can locate our holding company in a beneficial location for tax purposes and maybe set the fees so that the poor "mothership" hardly makes any profit and therefore does not have to pay taxes.

Basically, what we do is that we use a product to create debt, leverage it as hard as "the market" allows, sell it off for an instant profit, then use our insider knowledge keen business acumen to avoid taxation also.

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Re: Once upon a time

the trick is to sail along with them while they pump the stock price up and then get out at the first sign of trouble.

An even better trick is to buy derivatives, for example Credit Default Swaps on the company's debt in the "unregulated financial market", then let the moronic and crooked management run it into default at which point the CDS's trigger and meaningless numbers accumulate in a Swiss number account.

Ex. Tax. Of Course. What part of "Unregulated" did we not understand?

The "Smash & Grab" of the old days has evolved into a viable business model. Isn't de-regulation working just Great?

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Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

fajensen

Re: Stop the front page

The Norks did it! We should bomb someone!! Immediately!!! For the Children!!!!

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

fajensen

Re: Delete the entire dictionary as a solution (except for 16 words)

There is the "PG-version" of Repo Man; of course someone will still be offended by "melon farmer"

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Re: Sony Email

If the target "metrics" is "New Customers" then of course the "metrics optimiser" does not care one bit about regular customers and brand loyalty. It's like the mobile phone business: The New Deal is always sweat, but, come renewal, they always try to fuck you over with a much shittier one over the phone - so that you wont read the small print first.

Personally, I would skip the reverse charge thing and grass the "PS Plus" up for credit card fraud directly; since they upped the stakes with threats and all.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

It also has Amanda Donohoe getting in and out of various kinky gear -- which saves the entire movie!

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Re: Two words

Nah - The hammy acting and not-so-special effects sucked so much that it was entertaining to watch, like the dear old friend falling off a roof ;-)

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Try hunting down that NASA quote

Also this piece from early this month quotes NASA's Michael Nelson as saying:

I was impressed with the work that was done to insure the measurements claiming a 3.2 to 3.6 COP were accurate.

That explains why Challenger blew up right there! "The work" is garbage; An bunch of 8'th grade students doing a physics report like that would fail, deservedly too.

However, the quote is coming from some crackpot website and not from NASA themselves, so they probably just made it up directly, like the rest of the text: Uppsala University are NOT part of this effort either, it is a private venture by some retired people from Uppsala University, who obviously like Bologna and the wine there!

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Re: 10 years

If it breaks the money supply to the Saudi terrorist regime - I want the change!

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fajensen

Re: 10 years

E-CAT is a scam. Just read some of their reports - tons of standard textbook heat-transfer calculations to look "math-y" and gloss over the fact that they are not doing a calorimeter measurement, nor indeed an controlled experiment (in the scientific sense -Rossi controls the experiments pretty well).

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Maybe, Just Maybe - Lockheed is a bit slow on the uptake like most corporates are and they are now IN BUSINESS to TAKE money, like, pretty much everyone did all the way through the 'naughties?

The confinement system they propose is simply not going to work in steady state* - unless, perhaps, they can somehow manage to compress the plasma magnetically to a density *much higher* than seen before and then hit it with neutral beams in the right moment and spot.

If they miss, the 16-20 MW or so of neutral beams will make a fine dent in the vacuum chamber. Even if they don't miss, neutral beams are terribly inefficent; one wonder why they do not simply shoot charged beams through the magnetic axis of the thing - the ends will be pretty "leaky" anyway to a high-energy beam. (The power supplies, vacuum systems, bending magnets and cooling pipes for the neutral beams will be a building in itself; I would say 30 x 50 x 10 meter).

This confinement system is not a new invention. Many, Many people have attempted this.

We don't have "abominations" like ITER, JET and Wendelstein because some researchers made a bet on who could make the most complicated machine with the biggest budget overrun. We have them because all "the easy" ways did not work with the physics involved.

*) Charged particles are going to spiral around the magnetic field lines, then get "reflected" at the ends if the field is strong enough; but all this bending of the particle paths mean lots of Synchrotron radiation and the plasma density increases "Bremsstrahlung" - so the steady- state losses will be huge and they have to pulse the machine.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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The Telegraph should grow up and recognise that in business and politics the rule is that:

The Stated Effect is rarely, if ever, the same as The Intended Effect!

- Do they really expect us to believe that hundreds of layers, politicians, media advisor's and whomever involved in drafting legislation are completely incompetent, bordering on useless - yet these very same people are hired for PWC; McKinneys et et cetera?

It is done deliberately, all the time. People who think "the government is useless" are basically suckers who are being set up by the Daily Fail "counter-propaganda".

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Re: Amazon Seller Account

Less competition is always good and having a platform to extract rents from all the potential competition (and also snoop on what they are up to and what is "trending") will be a nice business opportunity as well!

Does anyone still get surprised about legislation which does the exact opposite than what "it says on the tin"? This is Exactly what corporations like Amazon pays lobbyists and politicians millions per year for!

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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The credit company didn't receive a signed authorization from them to hand over the money to the hotel, so how could this possibly have happened?

The actual credit card number is *the* authorisation to charge the card; the money is only "handed over" 2-3 moths later when the customer has verified the bill and agreed to the charges by him/her paying the credit card provider.

The "signed authorisation" is another thing: It is a piece of paper with the card number, the name of the card holder and card holder's signature. This authorises continued charging of the card and is quite hard to get out of. The best way is a certified letter, complaint letter to credit-card company, then report the card stolen so it gets cancelled for sure.

The system is somewhat flawed that, in the interest of expediency & convenience, the card number is "enough", but, the credit card providers are not handing out any money of their own and they are quite draconian in dealing with abuse: "Too much" trouble with a business and the credit card facility is withdrawn, there is A.F.I.K. no restoration procedure and the blacklist is shared with the other card providers, so, that business is fucked, basically.

So, in this case, sure, they can go right ahead and charge 100 quid to the card, but, they only get this money after 2-3 months, when the customer has paid the bill! The customer complained, they will not get any money at all until the dispute is resolved.

The first step by the card provider will be to request the vendors proof of customer authorisation for the charge (signature on card receipt or the pin code entry). If the vendor does not have this, it have to prove that the charge was normal practice & justified - raiding of the minibar & nicking the towels would do it - random charge for complaining on internet site ... probably not. If I was that business, I would claim that "it was a mistake by staff" and revert the charge immediately. Maybe nothing more will come off it then.

They sound like real idiots at that place. Or maybe they are just grabbing whatever they can on the way out!

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

fajensen

Re: phone shops are completely amoral

That would be a great move in the direction of selling a product that the customers actually want to buy!

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Re: They tried that with my late mother

... the inability to do any kind of exception handling highlights the fact that the management ...

... Have been replaced by what I call Dumb AI: Focus group decision support, Work-flow systems, KPI-centric reporting structures, automated fulfilment systems and distributed logistics.

In fact, the fleshy end-effectors we label Management seems to be paid for being "not able to imagine <fraud, abuse>", "not aware of any <fraud, abuse>", et cetera. They are a just a meat-wall, nothing more. People paid to take the blame and the fall, but, as they usually never will, they are becoming expensive. Soon, managers will all be grown inside vats hidden within secure underground complexes and The Corporations can order specific breeds, like we can with dogs.

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Re: "We apologise to Mrs Raybould for any distress caused"

The lawyers and spin-people need to communicate that the victim is lying about that too!

Corporations, like Kings, never make mistakes but they may deign to grant small, one-off, favours, to show how benevolent they really are!

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Re: You are just a number, to be bled for corporate profit.

... others not taking responsibility for ensuring T-Mobile's billing systems behaved in the right way, ...

Billing systems are like wast piles of manure, crufty COBOL/JPL-software left to ferment for decades on long obsolete mainframe technology, with some cholera-effluent added on top (WebSphere, Java) - by an intractable number of con-slut-ants in Bombay or where ever it is people will work for rice & biscuits this financial year!

Nobody knows what "the right thing" is any more, the ones who perhaps did are retired or dead.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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I think it will work well as an Ethernet Player for the Sauna, I need something battery operated.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

Egg-Aactly! I had some minor procedure done on my eyes some 10 years ago and the surgeon suggested that I could get my vision corrected with a LASIK procedure.

Of course I laughed, the guy asked why, I point to his glasses - and he goes "Oh, yes, but ...".

I still checked the brochure, but then I found in the "terms & conditions" that they would not guarantee that I would get rid of my glasses after the operation. Dodgy - do not want!

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

fajensen

Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

The Brits invented the STEN-gun. They dropped the drawings to occupied territory for "anyone" with basic machine tools to make up these guns, which actually worked when fired in anger, on real Germans.

Those drawings are still around, probably. If all are lost, they can be worked out again. The Sten was designed to be cheap and easy to make from whatever was lying around in the scrap bin.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

fajensen

Re: An optimist?

Because WE asked for it. What if we overestimate the job a wee bit and create a God-like AI?

The new machine-god wants to reward it's creators in a manner suitable to it's exalted state of existence, so ... it rapidly reads through all the holy books, every rant of every insane priest or prophet ever recorded and the totality of all the exploits of their devoted followers ... ?

... and if there was no hell before, then a really good impression of one can be had in the simulation spaces reserved in its core for "the sinners" - which is everyone, according so at least *some* religious teaching. After we are murdered in some old-testament-punishment-squared way.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Needed

I think British law makes a distinction between "Incompetent" and "Negligent". The first one is not good, the second one will land you in jail or at the sharp end of legal action. One cannot claim incompetence if one is a licensed structural engineer, a surgeon or an avionics technician.

A lot of management within IT (and in general) go all in for "Incompetent" and are getting away with it under the cloak of total, blubbering, idiocy - while they are nevertheless paid millions. for ....??? incompetent people are not exactly a rare commodity - what happened to The Market here?!

Perhaps is is time that there should be a push-back from an "IT Incident Commission" similar to what we have in the usual High-Risk industries, like Air and Rail transport? Start to professionalise the business a bit.

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fajensen

Re: Needed

Perhaps, the even simpler answer is to tighten up weak security practices and make management financially responsible?

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Re: It's intriguing to speculate

The last known Neanderthal site

That would be pr0nhub? ;-)

The fine thing about the internet is "Rule 42" which - especially now, with someone directly mentioning inter-species-bonking - ensures that there will be MANY Neanderthal porn sites - which will be well known to Google.

Tap..tap...tap.. aand ... Yes, Indeed there is, Sir! Perhaps this cannot be unseen, but .... we won't now until we try (all of it).

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Paris Hilton

Provided she's not an NSA plant, of course.

I would tell her Everything ;-)

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

fajensen

Re: Perspective people.

Err No. As a random civilian, I would be concerned, offended too, about the possibility of some Mexican Gentlemen showing up on my front porch with a blowtorch and pliers to enquire into my involvement in their friends being ratted out the the DEA.

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

fajensen

Re: Which is worse ?

c: The Z-list celebrity who is uploading DIY pr0n to unsafe cloud services hoping it's release in the wild will resurrect a flaccid career?

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

fajensen

Because all the clever engineers are handsomely rewarded doing Financial Engineering; while the "oily rag and shop clothes" engineers are in China: There is nobody left to do the design and nobody who can build it!

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where does musk find the time ?

The "Elon Musk" is the fleshy interface for the strong AI who does all the heavy inventing, planning, scheduling, e.t.c ... and making sure that the Musk-units public appearances never overlap.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Key thing to remember: The police are not barristers. They have a *working* knowledge of the law, but are not experts and aren't supposed to be.

Then they shouldn't (pay people to) be running their gob in public about things that they know little about and apparently cannot be bothered to look up for themselves or perhaps even seek some advice from actual barristers - before sticking their foot in it!

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Huh?

Since literally seconds after PC Plod finds your Amazon purchases in your possession and it immediately transmutes into "Terrorist Materials" and "Bomb-making manuals", whatever sticks, that's what it is!

I have "The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives by Tenney L. Davis" and many, many papers on "Exploding Bridge-wires" in my library. Probably there is even "The Anarchists Cookbook" on some floppy disk used a a bookmark since the 1980's somewhere.

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Re: @Mark 85

Give them 30 years like "we" had and they might catch up - even though they are handicapped by relying on loot and donations. Our armies had top-of-the-line support from government and industry (such as it was).

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