* Posts by Efros

1167 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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The whole thing

just completely confuses me. I like computer games, I play them occasionally but I'm not an obsessive person about anything so the behaviour of seemingly normal people with these "games" just completely bamboozles me. It's like the purchasing of virtual items for real money in games... why??? Don't get it.

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Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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Perhaps munched

with some fava beans and a nice Amarone.

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YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

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A bit stupid

as the game is actually pretty enjoyable.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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There is a known syndrome here in the US

It's the "Asshole Cop" syndrome, the vast majority of police here are regular people doing their job the best they can. Then there's the Asshole Cop, he/she became a cop for all the wrong reasons, sense of empowerment, bitchin' uniform, sidearm in a holster, etc not to serve their community but to serve their ego. It's they that cause most of the fuck ups and PR disasters that PDs suffer. Every PD has at least one and every officer can tell you who they are, there doesn't seem to be any selection procedure in place to actually prevent them getting into or purge them from the system. The militarisation of the police in the US has done little to help this syndrome with many cops coming from "the service" and bringing with them the arrogance that the US military seems to instill as part of their basic training, not good for community relations or policing.I live in a small rural area in New England and I have knowledge of about 4 of the local PDs and I can identify at least 1 Asshole Cop in each of those PDs.

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A statement from Steven P Bong concerning alleged CV inaccuracies

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Shurely

It's Kevin P. Bong!

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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New Icon Required

The Kardashian Arse icon for comments on work of absolutely no value to society/civilization/existence.

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Re: Printed on university toilet paper

The shiny stuff which was totally incompatible with its intended use.

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Earth Shattering Stuff...

I see a bright future for this youngster... I hear Topshop are hiring.

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

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I'd take that.

Currently $62 pcm for 20/2 Mbps. I believe the TWC Comcast merger means we will probably be looking at data caps in the near future.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Politicians

Bricking it, left, right and centre. Needs a few with backbone to actually stand up and make the decision one way or the other, unfortunately years of social selection have ensured that parliament is almost entirely populated by spineless gits.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Social eating

I thought there were specialist sites for that already... oh you mean food!

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Time to stop this

If the person was in the UK at the time of the crime then the alleged injured party should be forced to prosecute under UK law. The ridiculous potential sentences and penalties for this sort of crime in the US should be tripping switches in politicos brains (assuming they exist, the brains that is), that something is not fair and appropriate. Potentially 99 years for this compared with 6 months for rape.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Re: "defer student loan payments"

Believe it or not the fees in UK Universities (excluding Scotland!) are approaching those of the US, admittedly the repayment terms and interest in the US are more onerous. Western democracies generally need to wake up and stop profiteering in educating our future generations, education benefits not just them but the societies they live in.

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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Re: Physical destruction is best

Nuke it from space... It's the only way to be sure.

Mine's the anorak...

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Good for her

M$ lawyers should be thinking about sorting this sort of thing out before it gets to court, $10,090 or even 10 times that is chickenfeed compared to the bad publicity.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: wtf?

The type that listens to people who although citizens are not actually resident at the time. Unlike the arbitrary 15 year cut off for voter registration for the referendum.

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

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hmmm

No doubt he deserved penal servitude of some kind, there has to be some fairness in the application of sentences. Financial crime, hit him financially, big time, take all that he has, if necessary. When physically dangerous people walk away from horrible acts with little retribution or consequences that don't reflect the seriousness of the crime then something is wrong.

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Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

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Not just a can

This is not just a can of worms this is a Forties Field full of the wriggling little bastards, the unpicking of the last 43 years of legislation, agreements, trade deals etc etc is going to be an effing nightmare. Any prospect of the UK emerging out the other side as stronger and more prosperous is indicative of someone smoking something other than Old Holborn.

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Lenovo Solution Center portal patched to shutter hacker god mode hole

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There must be a word for

calling something the exact opposite of what it actually is. A tactic much loved by the right wing fucktards in the US and hardware manufacturers who foist on us the piss poor excuses for software they come up with e.g. lenovo "Solution Center", Western Digital "Smartware", etc. Lying doesn't quite cover it.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Re: Less fat? add fat!

You should try the deep fried pizza, comes in two varieties, battered and fried or unbattered and fried. As the cooking process advances I swear you can see the level of oil in the frier go down. Fish and chip shops in Scotland are misnamed, they should be called "deep fried anything and chip shops", pies, sausages, haggis, red, white and black puddings, battered hamburgers, smoked sausage, smoked sausage wrapped in kebab meat then battered and fried, you name it the chippie will try it.

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Sounds like

Marketing speak for more expensive product with less expensive ingredients.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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I smell a refund

Or perhaps the handing over of funds to the SFO.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re "Now the chips are down"

I actually use that programme with my electronics class to show them how we expected electronics to develop contrasted with how they actually did. Not a lot of disappointment! The kids like the old cool tech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AkBvNW3Ht0

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TV viewing time

TV used to be a force for good and I put much of my catalogue of useless but entertaining information down to being an avid TV viewer in the 70s. It also refined what I wanted to do in terms of my chosen discipline, the TV available now will do little for our youth apart from force feed them the latest crop of shit that someone somewhere is trying to make their fortune off.

In the 70s a curious and technology/science/history interested kid was blessed. The range of educational programming available on the BBC and to a much lesser extent on ITV was huge. More to the point it was truly educational, unlike the mostly glossy presenter centred claptrap we see now. Horizon is a pale shadow of what it was, today's Panorama is sensationalist at best, Man Alive has no modern equivalent. The list is huge but some highlights include Connections, Tomorrow's World, World at War, All Our Yesterdays, Chronicle, Miller's Your life in their hands, This Week, just some of a very long list.The best that is on offer today is still good but there's just an awful lot less of it. When documentary channels are dominated by fecking reality TV shows (I'm looking at you Discovery and History) and presenting Hollywood films as factual content, things are in a sorry state.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Haines' articles

always guaranteed to raise a smile, your hunger level and pique your techie side. Lester will be sadly missed by all, condolences and kind thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Reminds me of some "academic leadership" courses ...

A Teaching Institute's curriculum where I used to work is referred to as Program of Studies, its acronym, which is innocently used, is entirely appropriate.

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Sounds like

"O-levels in Psychology and Hugging, a did-not-complete in Reality and an A-level in talking bollocks."

The current crop of educational theorists who are bollocking up the education systems of the USa and the UK.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Account scrubbing time

Looks as if it's time to scrub that account, their security issues and spamming have only got worse over the last year and their usefulness is diminishing as the annoyances increase.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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As long as it's a stick with 6 inch nails in the end of it. My 3 year old Samsung has never had an update combo of Samsung and Cell company not doing their job.

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Pointless...

like anything involving big business being called to book in the US, at some point in the proceedings someone who has had a chequebook flashed at them will roll over and call the whole thing off.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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I smell graft

Looks to me as if someone is attempting to shut down a FIFAesque crack down and investigation on and into past dodgy dealings.

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Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

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Hah

So that's why I was getting all that crud this morning, I wondered if someone somewhere had sold an email address list.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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You should go and have

a butcher's at the opening ceremony, somebody was smoking something a little bit too strong in the planning of that I think.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36423250

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: And I was annoyed that my Fingerprint reader didn't work after upgrading

I got one of those, it worked fine after upgrade, and then I disabled it as the login reliability was just as pathetic as it was under W7,W8 and W8.1. It's quicker just entering a password than multiple finger swipes then followed by a password as it eventually fails.

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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

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All of mine

have at least a boot and OS SSD. It is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. The only machine I have that has a substantial amount of SSD storage is the games machine which has a couple of 480GB SSDs in RAID 0. Does my Skyrim installation no end of good.

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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I'm glad my mind doesn't image this.

"I can almost imagine Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson sitting on that horse together. With bare chests."

shudder!

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Should have always been the case

I foresee, however, a massive legal challenge to this. Elsevier won't go into the night quietly.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: I thought I recognized "Sensus"...

from that link

"Every “smart” digital electric meter has what’s known as a “switching mode power supply”, which is proven to directly create large amounts of dirty electricity (DE) – or high-frequency energy radiating throughout your home’s electric circuits, essentially creating an antenna cage. The levels of DE caused by “smart” meters can be several hundred times higher than some international safety standards."

'Twas at that point my inner voice started screaming "Bullshit", these smart meters seem to have issues but don't spoil the case by using this sort of crap.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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If it's secure and fully functional

Then there isn't a problem. TBH it gives me some sense of security that ICBM control systems are older technology that don't have a convenient USB or internet connection.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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fans all a-tizz

okay that does say tizz right?

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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"So the average participant is 168kg (that's 26½ stone!) and is 70cm tall (that's about 2'4") and thus has a BMI of 343."

'Murica!

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: Science?

I remember seeing a recruitment ad for Flixborough from the early 70s and I quote: "Flixborough, the most rapidly expanding chemical plant in Europe.", how prophetic!

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Is it a dot or a hole?

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Hurrah!

It is still one of the best arguments for the retention of the second chamber in that they can and often do ameliorate or call critical attention to the more extreme policies passed in another place.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Notifications... Off

None of them are that important that I need to be jogged out of whatever I'm doing to attend to them. If it really is important try dialling the number and talk to me. App notifications get disabled the first time they make my phone vibrate or make unwanted noise, if the app is important I'll check it on a fairly regular basis.

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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No chips

I have a number of debit and credit cards from major banks and minor ones in the US, none of them are chipped.

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ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

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Is there a

.fifa

sounds as if there is.

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Gobble away! Charter-Time Warner Cable merger OK'd by FCC

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competently corrupt.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Roots

Nothing to do with Kunta Kinte. 3 days after moving into our new house our sewer backed up. It seems the previous occupant had lived there for 20 years on their own. We moved in as a household of 4 adults and the maple roots in the sewer pipes obstructed more crap in those three days than they had probably ever seen. Cost about $1000 to get the pipe replaced and the offending maple removed. Took weeks to lose the stench in the basement.

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