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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: All Things Considered...

Not so much "purchasing" as "renting", I would say.

As opposed more rural areas, where the objects of affection are more wooly

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Re: Did he actually filibuster it?

He's no Fidel Castro, that's for sure!

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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Re: no executions ?

Isn't violation of the Do Not Call list a capital offense ?

It is if I ever get my hands on the buggers.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Praying's not good enough

Mmmm...I could go for some pulled pork right now.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

Chiming in from the US here - I was working a summer job at DEC's Westfield, MA plant. Got to the parking lot early enough to have two F4 Phantoms take off from the adjacent Air Reserve Base, right over my head. In formation, on afterburners.

It was a good day.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Alas for myths...

Except, of course, in the US Embassy, where they have a contraption that counteracts the coriolis force to make the water spin the AMERICAN way.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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WTF?

I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Rand Paul. In this case, though, he seems to have the intestinal fortitude that our other elected representatives lack.

The PATRIOT Act needs to go. All of it.

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Re: Wait ?

Second rule, is that if you are operating in a country that *might* care (e.g.: Former CIS), be sure to offer gratuities to the appropriate persons (lest you end up face down in a drainage ditch somewhere).

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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"People seem to have forgotten 9/11." ®

No, they haven't.

What they *have* forgotten, is that all of the hijackers were in the US legally, and many had overstayed student or tourist visas. The Immigration Service had done squat to locate them. The FBI had been alerted to those taking flying lessons and had done squat about it. All the agencies had their turf and viciously defended it, to the extent of not cooperating with other agencies.

That is what caused the creation of the Orwellian "Department of Homeland Security", which excells at detecting bottles of shampoo and pocketknives, and placing surveillance cameras everywhere.

There are those (myself among them) who believe that a US airliner will never again be taken by force, because the passengers know their fate and have nothing to lose by resisting as strongly as possible.

Joke -> (It's all a distraction anyway -- while JADE HELM 15 allows Obama to occupy and subjugate Texas) <- Joke

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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John Travolta's Scientology Classic

I thought that was the Oprah episode involving the couch?

(oops...that was the *other* crazy Scientologist actor, wasn't it?)

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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"What IOActive have unwittingly done is demolish an entire business. Cyberkey has a thriving business based on an extensive range of now shown to be unfit for purpose products and systems. "

Don't shoot the messenger.

And if I were a CyberLock customer, or potential customer, I'd just as soon know that there were holes in my security, because I'll bet the Bad Guys already do!

CyberLock can either keep selling what they're currently selling, or use the information provided to improve their product. Their business fortunes will change according to their decision.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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If ever you are working for a company, and the CEO starts rambling on at a staff meeting and includes the phrase "maximizing shareholder value"...RUN!, don't walk, and start looking for another job.

// Buzzword bingo

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: Wow!

On my list for the next time I'm in your fair city.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Roads

Assuming, that they exist at all.

Here in New England, we lose them regularly. Mostly, it's due to snowplows, but also traffic accidents (usually drunk or distracted drivers taking them out). Sometimes, they just vanish. Others are so badly faded or non-reflective (if they ever were reflective) they're as good as invisible. The nice lane markings vanish each spring, due to plowing and abrasion from sand. You haven't lived until you;ve driven on 128 in the rain. Four lanes of mayhem, and nobody can see the lane markings.

If you were born here, you probably can manage to find your way around. If not, good luck.

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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LOHAN?

Assume the LOHAN crew has a phone call in to Elon, to ask him how he managed to get his flight permit?

// Suspect it has to do with campaign contributions...of the largish kind.

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Re: Twig minus berries

It looks like a giant...

Dick! Old buddy! How are you?

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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US politicians want Silicon Valley to create unbreakable encryption?

But only if they hand the keys over to the government...you know, "for safekeeping".

Seems like only a short time ago, they were whining that unbreakable encryption would create a playground for pedophiles and terrorists.

Geez! Make up your minds, already.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Trying, but unable...

...to understand why he would feel wronged in any conceivable way.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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(deleted sexist comment about letting the wife handle it)

I never found ironing to be all that difficult. Probably because I seldom do it. If it needs to be ironed, I pay a couple $ and send it to the dry cleaners.

"Everything should be just as complex as it needs to be to do the job, and no more."

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Good for them

My wife''s a teacher, so I get to see into some of this.

In my opinion:

- the textbook companies see a huge payday for little outlay on their part

- the schools buy into the "elecronic classroom" dream

- tears ensue when reality sets in -- typically the second or third week of semester

- websites hang under the load, textbooks with "smart content" too intense for platforms, etc.

- no way back...kids end up printing out homework pages and handing them in.

Sometimes, the old ways are best. Nothing wrong with using technology, but making it a key part of the education process is, in my opinion, a mistake.

// won't even go into the issues of kids without internet at home

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Rings, not rectangles

I once worked for a company that went for the rings...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/05/08/logowatch_with_this_ring/

...also called the "missing link logo" by haters. Also..."3cow" if inverted.

// went down the tubes before they could put in the giant version and the reflecting pool in front of the building.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Which is it?

Is this my chance to whine about the lack of quality pencils nowadays? They all seem to use this polymer-bound graphite dust and write like cr@p. Not like the pencils we had when I was a lad...

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17 Carnations, The Art of Creative Thinking and Last Night on Earth

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Re: Royalty and Nazis? Who Would have Guessed

I've always loved you...

http://pics.imcdb.org/0is685/bluesbrothersnazipinto1.4641.jpg

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Russia pulls alleged 'Svpeng' kingpin

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"Idiot, everyone knows that as long as he hadn't stolen from the wrong Russian citizens he'd not have been bothered by the Russian police."

FTFY

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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"It sounds like this company has both severe systematic problems with recruitment, and also with how they are treating employees..."

I'd say the complete lack of lighting in the "server room" was a good clue that they're running on a shoestring and cutting every possible expense.

If I were the author, I'd make sure to get paid in full before any work was started.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: Metal with holes in porn...

I should have been clearer in my previous post. When I said "real", I was referring to the Science Museum reconstruction of the Babbage machine. There were two built, the one built for Nathan Mhyrvold is on loan to the Computer History Museum.

The gentleman turning the crank on that machine was, if not a weightlifter, in very good shape, and exerting a good amount of effort.

I have done some reading, and it seems that the Missouri Meccano Differential Analyzer to which I linked was built under the guidance of Mr. Robinson. He appears to be the go-to man for mathematical mechanisms in Meccano :-)

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Re: Metal with holes in porn...

I've seen the real one in operation at the Computer History Museum in California.

The best part is, it's got a bloody big crank on one end, and while the boffin comes out to explain what's going on, from the other side, a weightlifter type guy comes out and applies himself to the crank to make it all go.

Oh... and I'll see your Difference Engine, and raise you a Meccano Differential Analyzer:

http://www.marshall.edu/pressrelease.asp?ID=1636

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmX151Jd3_o

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

We will never have widespread underground wiring in the Northeast US. Too much granite.

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In the USA, there's a small subset of nutcases who believe the Government is installing smart meters to emit mind control rays and spy on what they're doing. This small group of people is quite vocal.

We also have flat earthers, geocentrists and chemtrail paranoiacs.

// makes life interesting, but good God, whatever happened to old fashioned thinking?

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Exploding somethings

Why would a smart meter explode and not a regular one?

Smart meters are full of electronics and capacitors, I suppose. For something to explode, you need to have an expanding material constrained by a housing. Like an IC in its epoxy packaging, or an electrolytic capacitor in its epoxy or metal package.

Dumb meters are coils and bearings and gears. The coils could vaporize and there would be arcing, but not much to explode because nothing's tightly contained.

No, I don't really know, and maybe nothing actually so much exploded as vanished in a bright blue flash.

But at least we have an appropriate icon.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Re: Lots of possible drawbacks to this whole thing

Easy!

They'll just lob it through one of your upstairs windows!

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Re: so Alaksa has been cut adrift then?

"... forget about Hawaii and Alaska."

Well, a trip to Hawaii is pretty expensive, and all this snow is making me want to go, so it's probably best if I do forget about Hawaii...for now.

Sarah Palin lives in Alaska. Isn't that a good enough reason to forget about it?

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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One more reason to use real film

Your grandkids can see how it used to be. Film negatives are physical. Digital bits only last until the next hard drive crash. I'm about to help my daughter drive across country. I'm taking my Nikon F3 and a roll of Ilford HP5 to document the journey.

// stainless steel tank and reel in the pocket

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Drum, chain, band or bars

While the two most popular were drum or chain, described above, band printers (cheap chain) had a steel band with the letters impressed into it, very much like a steel credit card.

And IBM, always looking for an opportunity to make money from old hardware, once offered a printer for the 1130 (1401's baby brother) which was the print unit recycled from a 407 accounting machine. It had a bar for each column, with all the characters on it. Bar was raised to whatever height was needed to print the character. It wasn't very fast.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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I notice this short article about the zombie firm we know and love is by none other than the creator of the BOFH. Perhaps if the BOFH were to pay a visit to tSCOg (if he can find them) he might:

1. Convince them of the error of their ways...with extreme prejudice.

2. Bend the to his own uses.

Votes on which one is more likely?

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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"GCHQ is not collecting or reading everyone’s emails: it does not have the legal authority, the resources, or the technical capability to do so"

So, ha, ha, we got the NSA to do it for us!

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Re: Nice whitewash, Hazel...

"It's not illegal when the President does it"

- Richard M. Nixon

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PayPal pays $60m for Israeli predictive security start-up

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Couldn't happen to a nicer company

Methinks PayPal can just flush that investment away. I'm highly skeptical of a company that says it can predict the future, and you should be, too...especially if they're asking to be bought.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: Memories of Microsoft Bob

Is it a coincidence that Microsoft Bob appears to be a cartoon version of Steve Ballmer?

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Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

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Abandoned his claim, has he?

Sometimes someone who walks and talks like a scammer *is* a scammer.

//good riddance

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The Rise of Islamic State, Touch and I Am Radar

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Re: Death Throes of Adrenaline Mentation

ISIS is the vanguard element of the looming death of reflex dictated cognition due to orders of magnitudes greater resolution in our perceptions of every day reality as a result of our immersion into a tsunami of data intake technologies.

...and the 2015 prize for the most obtuse run-on sentence is awarded to...

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One wonders

If things would have gone differently without the "help" of our strong and loyal allies, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (those two stalwart defenders of the democratic principle)

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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White City of the Monkey God

Best address ever!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Problem isn't the browser

It's the website developers who:

- use the default "IE optimized" settings which break non-IE browsers

or

- feel the need to use *every* gimmick they can -- Flash, Javascript, and everything else, in a combination guaranteed to break most browsers.

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Re: Makes Sense

Why would they do that when ODF is vastly inferior to Microsoft's own formats?

Call me when Microsoft stops changing default document formats with every new release of Office...so we're all forced to upgrade if we want to read the documents someone just sent us.

I generate all my Word documents using the Word'97 format, haven't had a complaint yet.

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Don't be fooled! He's not from the IT crowd... he's a CYBERSPY – FireEye

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Social Engineers

I'm on a first name basis with our IT guys. While I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing, I have worked for companies who have Maximized Shareholder Value by outsourcing IT services to a third party.

This is most assuredly NOT a Good Thing. Aside from the fact that you end up dealing with jobsworths who try to avoid doing anything, you're much less likely to be on a first (or any) name basis with the folks at the other end of the phone...and so, much more susceptible to this kind of attack.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,

Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;

One, two, three Neds, Richard two

Harrys four, five, six... then who?

Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,

Harrys twain VII VIII and Ned the Lad;

[g]Mary, Bessie, James the Vain,

Charlie, Charlie, James again...

William and Mary, Anna Gloria,

Four Georges I II III IV, William and Victoria;

Edward seven next, and then

George the fifth in 1910;

Ned the eighth soon abdicated

Then George the sixth was coronated;

After which Elizabeth

And that's the end until her death.

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Re: *ahem*

Tesla was all "I can do this, but it's so easy, I won't bother"

Marconi was not only a scientist, he was a very perceptive entrepeneur who managed to build a business out of his discovery, defend it in court *and* make it pay. He should be celebrated for that. Someone would have "invented" radio sooner or later, but the man who made it pay was Marconi.

Being a smart inventor is no use if you can't make a buck at it, which is something Marconi realised and Tesla (whether he realised it or not) was unable to accomplish.

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Yer lucky you still got one!

We have one here...at least, we used to. After the past few years' big storms, you have to swim out to it. When I visited it as a youth, there was still a tower base to be seen. Still, nice bit of history. The first transatlantic transmissions were from Glace Bay, in Canada IIRC, but once he began regular service, he built the one at Welfleet.

http://www.nps.gov/caco/historyculture/index.htm

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