* Posts by disgruntled yank

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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cooking

Those with a sufficiently odd taste in novels may remember a scene in Thomas Pynchon's V on the interaction of radar and organic matter.

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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Odd

Not a week goes by when one or both of the newspapers we take names one or more Russians, generally including Putin. Would Amazon sell me a cubic foot or so of Russian soil that I can park these on until its time to hand them off to the city for recycling?

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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??

Didn't the English police shoot that cow a few weeks ago?

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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testator

What did Mr. Berkeley leave to the HUAC, and was it still around to inherit when they died?

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

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Re: The blondes bursting in air

One airman, one National Guardsmen.

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Re: Eating a peach

Does he wear white flannel trousers etc.?

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Bruce Willis disappears?

The NASA has justified several years' budget. Maybe they can move on to Tom Cruise.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Unbelievably?

"Unbelievably, it appears about 100 people used .gov.uk and .police.uk email accounts to sign up for Ashley Madison accounts."

You expected more or fewer?

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Blocking dating sites has too much fallout

Fine, but for the past 10 minutes my location bar has had theregister.co.uk in the domain component. How many images and cookies am I pulling down from outside servers. Some are pretty obvious: HP, EMC, but sometimes The Register serves up media link that suggest that they more than suspect that I'm an idiot. I'm not sure whether it was The Register that did it, but six months ago, I kept getting ads for "One Cheat for Men over 50" and "This New Site is 'Shaking' DC Residents' (pictures of sultry young women). I didn't need to see them, I didn't click on them, and paid little enough mind that I've only just realized that they are gone.

So while your junior admin is piling through this stuff, people end up with empty boxes on screen?

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Ignorant git?

No, the baseball announcer was Harry Caray.

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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with an answer

Dignifying Donald Trump would be a reach even for somebody with Zuckerberg's billions. (And now I think of it, dignifying anyone isn't really what Facebook is about, is it?) I doubt that there are many H1B visas held by the kitchen and cleaning crews of various Trump-branded properties, but I wonder whether everyone employed there is a citizen or otherwise has legal status.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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Re: Push and Pull

You fascinate me. Does this world not suffer from US prejudices because it has none, or because it has its own?

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Re: I don't like Apple...

The Frankfurt school? Because it's all about the Benjamins?

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Just a thought

Perhaps citizens bothered by drones could take up falconry. The bird takes off from the other side of the house, takes down the drone, and bird and gauntlet are secured before the furious drone owner shows up. If this becomes a trend, we could also see the pigeon and starling populations thinned out some.

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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

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sexy?

Is it time for The Register to get out of the house and get some fresh air?

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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wow

Given that I'm wearing leather shoes and belt, I'm not sure that I have much standing to criticize Apple.

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Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

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At least 185 calls?

A good robodialler can crank that out in a minute or so. Having said that, I applied the 142 or so citizens who raised a fuss.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Tell me

Do the Australians consume their 32 kg of chocolate in a few gluttonous sittings, or is it spaced nearer 90 grams per day? And the latter, why not go on to tell us how many thousand liters of beer, wine, and booze they get through in a year?

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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"An unlimited, all-you-can-use, flat licence based on an estimate would be a major departure for Oracle. It seems it's actually willing to give up on accurate measures of what customers are consuming and to trade that for an estimate."

The question that interests most customers will be, Do I pay more, or less?

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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Re: Nice business

You mean what one real cop was doing within the last dozen years in the Washington, DC, area?

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Good luck

On the one hand, Oracle pricing astonishes me. On the other hand, a point that seems lost on many is that a dollar spent on consultants or otherwise on support weighs as heavily as a dollar spent on licensing or hardware. I wish the UK all luck in cutting loose, but the process of doing so could be extremely expensive in the short term.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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Re: Ah

And of course mosquitoes never develop immunities to things like DDT.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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there's a routine in here somewhere

Dispatcher: Speak up, man. The cat got your tongue?

Caller: No, my bacon.

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Really?

Shouldn't it add to the project's nerd cred if the staff appear to have dressed themselves out of the dumpster, in the dark? It was said in the early 1960s that one proved one's genius at IBM by growing a beard and not getting fired for it.

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Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

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The holidays may be convincing

But in my experience, many of the 20-somethings in the US eastern time zone prefer to work at least London hours, and maybe Moscow hours.

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

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Re: forgot the paranoid

Because, after all, common sense and reasoned discourse thrives online.

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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

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In other news

A random survey of the people in my office says that 100% would consider themselves justified in giving ridiculous answers to ridiculous surveys. I am waiting for funding to extend the survey to the rest of the floor.

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Ford

Gerald Weinberg (The Psychology of Computer Programming and many other books) claimed that he had worked on the Edsel, and suggested that Ford designed it as a failure to get the silly ideas out of everybody's systems/

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Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

Hah! Try to find a station wagon with a manual transmission.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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I don't know

Having grown up in the Midwest, I don't have strong opinions about biscuits and gravy. The one time I did have it, the meat was ham, and the gravy a good deal browner. I'd recommend looking into that.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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another option

An acquaintance who worked for the Centers for Disease Control long ago explained the CO2 connection. She offered as one possible approach keeping a pig about, since pigs generate more than humans do.

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Re: The Irish Code of Honour

Don't know about the Irish, but a couple of 19th Century Americans had it out in Bladensburg, Maryland, with rifles at twelve paces. This was modified from the original proposal of shotguns at ten, but was suitably destructive, leading to the death of one participant and the long convalescence of the other.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Quality

As GBE implies, a lot of us first heard Neil Young on AM radios in noisy cars. Engineers would have to work hard to come up with something worse.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Just TOO 2015

Can I suggest a motto, namely "PanAm et Circensem"? They're getting a good start on the latter.

The US seems to notice the Pan Am games only when it and the rest of the hemisphere are more than usually at odds. In 1972, I think it was, Puerto Rico wanted to arrest the US basketball coach Bobby Knight, and the Indiana government made loud noises about refusing any extradition requests.

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Re: "...mockery..."

As the old Texas joke said, "Yeah, I had a car like that, too."

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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

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Hey, it's rough

'The number of times that management have come to me and said: “Here is two hundred grand. It needs to be spent and invoiced before 1 April," are too numerous to count.'

That, I believe, is what they call a first-world problem. I'd settle for "on the fingers of two hands".

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Bootnote: The Land of the Free - Ha!

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Re: Umm

In the BWI, I can't say. In the USA, nominally before universal male franchise in the UK. Practically, it varied considerably. After the end of Reconstruction, the first congressman of color was elected in 1928; were there MP's of color at that date? To this day the USA is not a racial utopia, to be sure. Is the UK?

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Umm

For what it's worth, the United States outlawed the importation of slaves in 1810. By the 1840s, the US Navy also was harassing slavers off the west coast of Africa. And it strikes me as utterly idle to quote the 1772 case and ignore the prevalence of slavery in British West Indies through 1838. Thirty years is a longish head start on abolition, measured in the life of a man. (But in the history of nations?

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Les Américains order a MEEELLION doughnuts ... from French baker

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indeed

I agree that "smaller" is not what American cuisine is all about. However, even with all credit to French baking and the wonders of air freight, I don't see Paris as a reasonable source for doughnuts to be consumed here.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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rabid?

This weekend, somebody in the Washington, DC, suburbs was walking his dog when they encountered a fox, which charged them. They prudently ran like hell, and got away when the fox was diverted by the man's fallen hat. The local animal control people suppose that the fox was rabid.

Despite the Anglophilia that prevails in some circles hereabouts, fox hunting has never been much of a presence here, and is less so as the suburbs have expanded.

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Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

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Re: Typical of today's lax kiddie "sysadmins".

Well, it is quite possible that the St. Louis sysadmins did just what you said, disabled their logins and changed privileged passwords that the departing users might have known. The problem isn't that Joe Smith's old login jsmith@cardinals.com was left active, but that Joe Smith reused his password "i-hate-the-yankees" for jsmith@astros.com.

While the BOFH is probably authorized to use enhanced interrogation methods to prevent such password reuse, I doubt that MLB sysadmins are.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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sadly let down

The Register couldn't work in one reference to a "Kiel haul"?

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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A couple of thoughts, or are they?

Is anyone else reminded of Oliver Reed's turn in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"?

The USAF somewhat later had its own delta-winged bomber, the B-58 Hustler. I never saw one, but in the early 1960s the SAC was doing tactical exercises near American cities, and one night we heard the B-58's sonic boom. My grandmother, accustomed to a quieter life, nearly achieved liftoff.

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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Compelling digital content

One finger for Americans, two for Britons?

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Mellow bunch, these Norwegians

In New York City, he'd attract volunteer mohels in nothing flat.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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IT angle?

Is it about sneakernet, or did he have one of those special shoes like Maxwell Smart's in the 1960s US TV show?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Bit Sneaky. Reprinting That Particular Article During Dabbsy's Absence

Indecipherable, yes, if one ignores Finnegans Wake. Erudite, well maybe on matters involving the American Civil War.

I am not a whiske?y snob, seldom a whiske{0,1}y drinker. But it seems to me that one would honor Faulkner's memory better with the illegally distilled white mule version.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Hmm

I have no dog in this fight, but didn't Wellington, for very good reason, distrust his Belgian troops--who were not happy to have been given the Prince of Orange as sovereign--and take care to place the Netherlands regiments between the more reliable British and German troops?

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Re: Rewriting history yet again

Yes, well, in 1814 the Prussians wanted to demolish the Pont d'Iena in Paris.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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I don't think so.

Cars are vastly safer and harder than they were to steal 50 years ago. This is not because we put the baby boomers into auto mechanics classes, but because of seat belts, air bags, "crumple zones", chipped ignition keys and so on.

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