* Posts by the Jim bloke

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

the Jim bloke

a million bucks?

1. load phone with pictures

2. hand to stranger

3. ?

4. Profit

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

the Jim bloke

Re: Statistically....

@ DougS

The purpose of statistics IS to be mis-used.

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

the Jim bloke

Can we use it as a fly zapper?

never mind odour molecules, it needs to be able to kill things.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

the Jim bloke

The solution to the real problem presented here

is to disqualify politicians who make profoundly stupid comments from re election.. ever.

Imagine how the world would improve.. slowly, true, but eventually we could hope for a government free of complete retards.

as for sexting, cyber-bullying, kids doing stuff their parents dislike.. well thats a societal issue. Parents dont have the survival strategies to pass on to their children relevant to the 'threats' said children are encountering. All the old behavioural rules that made up a culture are actually proven survival techniques in the environment that culture operates in. The environment has changed, the threats are different, and the people raising children need to come up with rules and cautionary tales, a basic toolkit of responses appropriate to whatever we are calling this modern age.

"the internet is not your friend", "anything written/recorded/transmitted will be broadcast to the world", "Other people will record you - regardless of your wishes", "Even if you change your mind, your original posts remain"

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

the Jim bloke

Re: Memory? removable battery?

its not just the review, the manufacturers page it links to also avoids mentioning any useful details.

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the Jim bloke

Memory? removable battery?

How much memory? does it have a card slot?

Removable batteries probably arent a major issue, but i would definitely prefer one.

Airlines are specifying battery capacity limits now, I cant remember where the threshold sits off the top of my head, but it is another headache to afflict the traveller.

The speakers only need to be good enough - for phone use, I use bluetooth speakers for music playback.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

the Jim bloke

Social behaviour rule for vegans.

"Dont Ask - Dont Tell"

With corporal punishment such as caning if they still insist on telling.

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Re: @Patrician Animal walware

The propagation strategy of fruiting plants is for animals to eat the fruits and discard/excrete the seeds...

The plant actually benefits from feeding the animal by helping it spread the seeds further.

So...

working as intended..

Any ideology that denies reality is going to fall foul of reality.

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the Jim bloke

@martinusher

No problem with the ones who follow their beliefs without trying to impose them on every other person in the entire world.

Its the radical militant true believers that cause the issue to become polarised, adopting a position that the majority of people can see is frankly fucking stupid, and discrediting any moderates.

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

the Jim bloke

Thanks to GWX

I finally tried Linux Mint as dual boot on my home desktop - then promptly wiped 2 windows laptops and installed it on them as well.

Now, I only boot to Windows (7) when I need to use work related software, yes, you have to pay me to use it.

There isn't a game enjoyable enough to compensate for the aggravation of microsofts poisoned system.

This news will probably lead me to booting windows again and trying to get the update to happen, because at present, windows is a non-operating system.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

the Jim bloke
Pint

A circular arguement

Fosters is the 'beer' so bad we sell it to Americans,

Americans are so ignorant about beer they buy Fosters.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

the Jim bloke
Headmaster

Larry Niven short story collection Tales of Known Space - Eye of the Octopus

Described martian atmoshere as

'almost thick enough to be poisonous'

being a sci-fi story written back in 1966 it may be subject to exaggeration for effect, and inaccuracy, but it has stayed with me since the (much later) time I read it.

It is also possible I am mis-remembering or mis-attributing the quote, as I dont have access to the source material while at work.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

the Jim bloke

Selection Bias

Already forgotten the article, was the sample actually random, or just consisting of people stupid enough to respond to an online survey?

Congratulations to our 10 Billionth Visitor !!

Click here to receive your FREE A380 Airbus!!

Anytime I see a banner ad saying "your machine has a virus !!1!!",

it makes me consider how to re-implement crucifixion. I know its too good for them, but at least with their arms nailed up they wont be writing more ads.

As for the Malwaristas, a relatively quick drowning head down in a septic tank should be sufficient.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

the Jim bloke
Facepalm

Biggest mistake people make during elections

.. or all the time really, is assuming "the Media" is on their side.

Same thing during the Australian elections (though smaller scale of course)

The only thing the media love more than a circus

is a train wreck.

which is why they love elections so much.

Promoting good government is not in the interests of our media moguls, any sane, honest, competent elected official - if such things exist - will fail to generate the spectacle that feeds the media frenzy.

If the news feeds were interested in promoting responsible government, they would just walk away from the nutters and clowns.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Re: Twelve =/= teen

Count to 12 using the finger bones of one hand - touching each with the thumb of the same hand.

I was originally told this as something from Papua New Guinea, but a quick search has it going all the way back to Babylon.

Personally, i find it useful to count to 14 by including the thumb joints as well - just something to work through a 2 week swing at work.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi you, you're fired: Apple sacks staff secretly snapping shoppers

the Jim bloke

Pics

.... or it didn't happen

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

the Jim bloke

Sounds like the main thing they want is the ability to induce apathy.

' the job description asks candidates have the "ability to reduce chaos, increase simplification and reduce stress for the team." '

So once the team leader convinces everyone involved to not give a shit, their work is done.

Out sourcing to a non-english speaking sweatshop will do the trick.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

the Jim bloke

Scope for a counter-campaign

My only experience of the Tube was on a holiday a long time ago..( at the very time they brought in the no drink bottles on airplanes, Getting through Heathrow as they tried to implement the new security theatre was traumatic, so timestamped quite thoroughly), and I recall noticing nobody speaking on the tube was using english - or at least any version intelligible to me.

Anyways.

Simply combine the tube-chat badge/logo with the red circled diagonal slash negation symbol (Ghostbusters-like), Variants could include the raised middle digit or a stamped FOAD in the style of MASH. Other designs will emerge as entrepreneurs get hold of the idea.

Make these available printed on buttons, Tshirts, backpacks whatever. Dodgy street vendors can selll them from the station entrances, adding to the local ambience.

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

the Jim bloke

Re: Aspergers, etc

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4033

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

the Jim bloke

Re: "...cost of around $200K per passenger."

Space between Earth and Mars is going to be littered with human corpses. ...Yuck.

Not to mention Russell's Teapot

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the Jim bloke

Nobody Doesnt Die

So doing it someplace different has to be worth something.

Seriously, getting humanity onto more rocks has to be the most meaningful goal possible. Even better if we arent rock-dependant but thats probably further down the track.

World peace and cures for cancer only count as waypoints or aids to that aim - they would be extremely helpful but I really hope they arent pre-requisites.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

the Jim bloke

"anal or genital region"

so chicks can still do poachies

Thank irrelevant deity for gender inequality.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

the Jim bloke

They could call it

.... This Land.

immediately prior to a sudden but inevitable betrayal!

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

Judges doing the best they can

From the news article I read, even though he was acquitted (query - different to 'found not guilty'?) the guy (not interested enough to track down his name) still convinced all of the judges he has faced that he was an asshole,

"I have found Mr O’Neill to be a vain, manipulative and grandstanding individual who sought to persuade me that black is white and used the valuable time of professionals to describe sexual fantasies he may or may not have. There is a narcissistic streak to Mr O’Neill, who does trouble me in terms of further contact he may have with other people."

-with a similar attitude to women as SatNad to Windows users, and although he couldnt be locked up the judge required measures to be in place to make it easier to apprehend him once he did get around to raping/murdering some woman.

Obviously this isnt satisfactory to any of the parties involved,

- the guy is inconvenienced in his sexual predations,

-the police have to spend resources monitoring him,

-the woman still gets murdered.

Even the retrial judge agrees the SRO is "frankly unpoliceable", and something different will be worked out as the circus proceeds.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

the Jim bloke
Go

the application i see for this

Given its single shot capacity and arms length range, is hitman style executions..

This is predominately a pastime of the criminal fraternity and I wouldnt want to interfere with their cultural traditions and rituals. Also it beats the hell out of drive-by shootings.

Smooth barrel eliminates ballistic tracing, and the entire 'disposable plastic' concept makes it even more attractive.

So the police forensics departments will probably have a whinge about the gun, but I would imagine the bullet, rattling down the 2 cm barrel, will scrape and collect some of the barrel material which could be analysed by said forensics boffins. A chemical 'fingerprint' -such as is used with industrial explosives- could be included in the plastic 'ink' which would allow police to trace the purchasers of that batch.

Not going to be easy, but all stuff which is achievable.

Airplane hijacking just doesnt seem feasible, not enough ammunition to be a credible threat, and probably not enough power to even shoot through the hull (probably the most effective threat you could make with it)

- on the other hand, airport security and credibility went their separate ways a long time ago -

As far as using it as a murder weapon, thats what pistols are meant for. If you want to kill things effectively use a long gun.

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

the Jim bloke
Pint

Not a particular fan of the ultima series ( gave up when I migrated from my apple][ to PC ) but I consider kickstarter somewhat similar to a charitable lottery with an inverted reward table - with the lottery you probably wont win but the money goes to a good cause, with the kickstarter you probably will get a return (unless you back something dodgy), but even if not it's something you chose to support anyway.

Contribute what you think its worth - to you - and what your budget can afford.

According to Heinlein, "You're competing for Joes beer money, and Joe loved his beer"

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

the Jim bloke

Re: Customers don't want it.

What kind of friend lets a friend do Windows 8 ?

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

the Jim bloke
Unhappy

non compatible formats

I bought a kindle for the missus when they became usable in Oz, (where ebooks ARE cheaper than dead tree books ) but half the time i use it myself - we both work in remote areas with abysmal to nil net coverage. She has moved backwards? to using the kindle app on her laptop, leaving me in possession - the perfect sort of birthday gift....

The main gripe I have with the kindle (apart from the missus filling the library with vampire porn/ paranormal romance) is that there are authors whose works I want to buy who are not available through amazon. Baen provide ebooks in users choice of compatible formats, but penguin, barnes and noble.. seem to be fighting the old proprietary format war.

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

the Jim bloke

drawback to platinum as a cash cow

few years back, before the GFC, the mining company I worked for was taken over by Norilsk Nickel .. big russian mining company. According to their welcome-to-the-family presentation, as well as being one of the largest nickel producers in the world, they were also the top producer of platinum.. purely as a byproduct from their nickel mines. At the time they were using the profits from the platinum to cover the production costs of the nickel, but you can see how easy it would be for them to crash the price of platinum if they felt threatened.

From an investment point of view, there is no point spending money on something if it costs more to produce than people will pay for it.

Personally, the sooner we get our arses off this mudball the better, and I do wish them luck

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BT Tower falls over, crushes X Factor hopefuls

the Jim bloke

I consider all these shows

as the "Special Olympics"

for talent

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Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing

the Jim bloke

major functionality loss

You will look pretty stupid if you try to use one in a bar fight

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Jesus appears, acquires vast following, bitchslaps Justin Bieber

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

I am proud of my ignorance of facebook

.. but I vaguely recall there was something about a wall in there

any chance we could nail him to it ?

any or all of them, for that matter.

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

the Jim bloke
Alien

Geo stationary orbits very valuable real estatte

To achieve a geo stationary orbit there is a very limited altitude range, and specific orbital velocity and path..

the area relevant to europe is desired by anyone from South Africa up to Finland, for Australia, we need to share with Indonesia, Japan, and China.. Merkans dont need to share - anyone in the area just gets their stuff and is supposed to be grateful..

So the satellites that go in GSO are the ones that prevent airplanes from flying into the ground (WAAS) and communications etc.. not enough space for everyone.

Geo synchronous is a bit looser than geo stationary, but still competing for the same area

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Transformers up for seven Razzies

the Jim bloke

The missus dragged me along to see Transformers 2

I wasnt that interested, but went along to humour her, Then she tells me she thought it was a movie I wanted to see, so she was doing it for me.

As a fitting punishment for her offence, I kept waking her up in the cinema and interupting her loud snoring, and making her watch the actual movie.

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the Jim bloke
Pint

WTF ??

"Good old American lager" ???

they wouldnt recognise good beer if they were drowning in it

They are so completely ignorant on the subject of beer, that we Australians can sell them Fosters, and they BUY it !!

All i can assume is that "good old American lager" is a code for something else, probably illegal and grown in a third world country.

Fosters.

Beer so bad, we sell it to Americans.

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Oz banker caught porn-surfing on live TV

the Jim bloke
Paris Hilton

the ninemsn website here in oz

... has had a link to some Miranda Kerr photo shoot amongst its advertising flotsam all weekend.

NineMSN is the default news/homepage for Australian installs of IE, so it tends not to be blocked.

(I havent checked out the link myself, my current PC is fully exposed to an open plan office, so I restrict myself to browsing text articles as far as possible... and when I'm not at work, I dont bother with NineMSN at all)

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Most consumers reuse banking passwords on other sites

the Jim bloke
FAIL

fail

" even if they visit and attempt to enter data into a known phishing site."

all well and good, but what about unknown phishing sites ?

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Amazon deletes a 6th of its catalogue in book price barney

the Jim bloke
Flame

Australia

the price of books in Oz is so artificially inflated that Kindle ebooks are less than half retail mass-market paperback prices.

And thats with currency conversions etc.

I have been a voracious reader and collector of books, ever since I had enough pocket money to buy them, and my collection of paperbacks outmasses the rest of my personal belongs.

But.. my collection would include less than a dozen hardcovers and about the same number of "trade Paperbacks", mostly acquired as gifts or budget/sale/second-hand shop purchases, as I believe oversize books at inflated proce with no real difference in construction quality or content... is an abomination in the eyes of god, a crime against humanity, and just something that shits me intensely.

Mass-market paperback editions would either appear a full year after the initial hardcover/trade paperback release, or when the next book in the series was published.

Recently, it appears that Australian and UK publishers have moved to some kind of larger size mass-market paperback format, I can only guess as to why, but as far as I am concerned there is no good reason, and thus I dont buy those books anymore.

This reduces me to buying American published editions - with their truly trashy cover art - .. or buying ebooks.

I WANT to support my local bookseller, and do spend a couple of hundred bucks there regularly, but as far as I am concerned the publishers have declared war on me, and I am just fighting back.

/rant

(actually rant continuing, just message finished.. )

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Super-soldier exoskeleton to get 3-day fuel cell powerpack

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Thumb Up

The army needs these

so that their morbidly-obese recruits arent unfairly discriminated* against.

as opposed to being fairly and responsibly discriminated against - for being totally unsuited to the job

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NASA flying-car man designs electric VTOL podcraft

the Jim bloke

fix it with mirrors

like those old pub videogame cabinets, with the display tube mounted vertically, but reflected to be visible from players standing in front.

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the Jim bloke
Go

I think its brilliant

The entire population of the world should each get one.

Sane people can wait indoors for a couple of days until the debris stops falling, then build a functioning civilisation.

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Remote tribe discovered worshipping iPad

the Jim bloke
Troll

the article was OK

but like most stuff by, from, and about Apple, no where near as creative, entertaining or useful as the author would want you to beleive.

Isnt that what Post-Modernism art is all about?

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Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs

the Jim bloke
Alert

large enough titles

So, not only arent women allowed to have orgasms, but they arent allowed to even try to look younger.

Someone set the fashion, cosmetics, and all the rest of the real female exploitation industries onto these guys. I would almost feel sorry for them - if they weren't such utter arseholes.

we need a crucifixion icon

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California school pulls 'oral sex' dictionary

the Jim bloke
FAIL

I read someplace recently

teen pregnancy rates in USA have risen simultaneously with the shift in political emphasis towards "abstinence" as birth control.

Sexual behaviour from children will be either hormone driven, or attention seeking - from the adults reaction, same as swearing.. or just possibly, if they are provided with actual facts as opposed to superstitions, they might deal with it without developing neurosesis (however the fck its spelt)

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Airships can defeat roadside bombers, says ex-US officer

the Jim bloke

obviously

they would all use Osama Bin Ladens cave.

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Spanish towns vie for nuclear dump prize

the Jim bloke
Go

David Brin had the solution

tectonic subduction zones.

Instead of finding the most geologically stable areas for your dump - sorry, storage facility - dump the waste into an area where crustal plates are being driven under.

Encase the waste so it will be protected for a couple of centuries, and let natural processes bury and dispose of it. Monitor the area for security purposes, to avoid the "eco-terrorist stealing some to use a weapon" cliche.

The Earth is naturally radioactive, even enriched waste wont make any difference.

Launching stuff into the sun is just too expensive and bad for the atmosphere unless we had something like a beanstalk/orbital elevator.

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Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

the Jim bloke
Happy

not all that silly really

Pirates need to get close to board a vessel, so a "less-lethal" weapon that can be used to warn them off at a distance, and melt their eyeballs if they persist, is a reasonable option.

As for Paparazzi, they may be hanging further back, but they would be looking at the vessel through telephoto lenses etc. I can see (heh) laser camera/binocular blasters becoming popular accessories wherever celebrities actually do want to discourage paparatzis -as opposed to the ones who delibrately seek the attention.

And as I mentioned in another post, if the laser itself doesnt scare them away, follow up with a laser guided missile.

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the Jim bloke
Pirate

not a simple mirror

but a survey reflector prism is designed to reflect a laser beam back to its origin within about 30 degrees of its facing. Cheap one would cost maybe $60 ? depending on currency and availability in whichever region.

Less used these days as GPS becomes more prevalent in the surveying world, but still pretty common.

By the time the signal has traveled a couple of kilometres each way it wouldn't have a lot of strength left, especially in a sea level environment..... but Im sure there would be enough energy for some kind of laser painted targeting missile to follow "evil grin"

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Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties

the Jim bloke

in favour of the idea

as long as it isnt a leadup to providing narrower seats/cramming more cattle into the box.

.. replace the 43/46 cm wide seats with say 30 cm wide ones .. and every passenger buys one or two as required.

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Can Republicans steal Obama's Web 2.0 mojo?

the Jim bloke

I'm not from over there but..

the article to me reads like someone complaining or warning about their opposition gaining an even position ?

"its not fair unless I'm in front" thinking ?

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