* Posts by Swarthy

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Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

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roots handsets, downloads pornographic applications, and displays pop-up ads at random intervals

Is this really mal-ware? I want to root my phone, and look @ pron.. and lots of apps pop up ads at random intervals. Two out of three a'int bad...

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Well, that's Trump & Hillary's tech policy

Has there been any reading into Gary Johnson's?

I would love to see some actual coverage of a candidate that does not make me fear for the future USA.

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

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Happy

Re: Has it been six months already?

I favor a sand-filled dead-weight hammer. It takes a bit more effort, but the satisfaction of a job well done is worth it. Especially when the chips start flying off of the controller board.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Re: Soothing (Morgan Freeman)

Morgan Freeman was an option on Waze for a time, in the run-up to London has Fallen.

I used it, it was awesome.

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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They don't have to

The judge also denied the defendant's counsel the opportunity to examine the NIT to see if it performed as claimed. He said it was subject to "law enforcement privilege," and wasn't relevant to the defence in this case.

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Let's Encrypt in trademark drama

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Re: Oh, they've replied now.

I love the fact that when refuting a refutation to his "How do we know they used it first, they didn't file any paperwork, and besides, they copied us first" rant, the CEO points to ISRG's website at .. wait for it... letsencrypt.org

I think having the URL pretty much shows that they used it first.

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US Senate strikes down open-access FBI hacking warrant by just one honest vote

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Big Brother

Re: Voting patterns

This being the FBI, it may be that the "donation" envelope carried not cash but was full of certain pictures, with a note along the lines of "We'll be nice to you and keep these quiet, if you are nice to us..."

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Stop

Re: Bah!

To Be honest, on the path they seem to be on, I would rather they do nothing.

I would far rather a Do Nothing Congress than one that is actively trying to do an end-run around due process.

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: I have not down voted you

If that is the case, than I will accept correction, and moderate my stance on this program. I will change to "It needs to be reformed" rather than "it needs to be killed - With Fire".

Cell phones are incredibly useful and can increase not just the well being of the recipient, but the overall economy. However, smartphones are a bit OTT for freebies, especially with a data plan. Means testing (actual testing) to prevent the abuse stated above with the "Free Phones" road-side stands would not be against my philosophy.

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WTF?

I have not down voted you

But I do wonder.. You say you have worked your way up from "upper poor" to decent middle-class, cool. You said you had to go on assistance to get your feet back under you, and that you had to live with the in-laws for a time to find your own place. I get this. I had to move back into my parents house when the .com bubble (mk I) popped.

Why then are you down on people getting some help to get themselves on their feet? You have said that you want to help those who have fallen on hard times, but don't want anything going to the "lazy" or people who waste their money on booze/drugs/TVs. How do you propose to tell the difference on an industrial/nationwide scale? A landscaper who gets injured on the job, and is on pain meds looks very much like a wastrel heroin junky, if you're a thousand miles away.

"Swallow your pride and ask for help", you opine; but what of those who have no-one to ask? If you don't have family you're fucked?! What of the people trying to get out of the trailer park they were raised in. They have no-one to ask. But they shouldn't get it from the Gov't because that came out of your pocket?

Dude! just.. Dude.

As a side note: the phones that are subsidized by the Lifeline program are not smartphones. They are $30-60 "Basic Phones": flip phones and the like, the ones that have a physical numberpad and a battery life of weeks.

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Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

@ John 104

I feel you about being annoyed/pissed at the Feds taking my money. But I am less concerned about it going to "freebies" or "helping the less fortunate" than I am about it going to bail out banks/favored companies, funding NSA overreach, or being wasted on crap like the F35. - Or helping a Congresscritter pay his subscription to rentboy.com.

On the scale of potatoes, this is not even small; and it does have a notable positive effect (read some of Tim Worstal's past articles for an explanation). They could find the funding for the Lifeline program (and NASA, and the Education Department) by cleaning out the back of Lockheed's sofas. This money isn't even coming out of the Federal Budget, it is not being paid for by taxes. It is the "Universal Service Fee", and frankly, I'd rather it be spent on helping the indigent get a phone than it go to the TelCos for infrastructure upgrades that get promised (and paid for) but never delivered.

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Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

But if a "Universal Service Fee" isn't used for Universal Service, then it will only be used for hookers & blow.

"Gummint" is going to take the money, at least with the LifeLine program it is going somewhere useful.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Devil

Re: Hunger, the best sauce

If society collapsed and there were no shops to buy food from and not enough time to grow crops and my family and two cats were starving, I would cook and eat the family to keep me and the cats going 'til we could find something better.
You're only saying that because the cats are reading this, and you are hoping they'll spare you to prep the others. But you don't realize that your youngest has already made a deal with the devilskitties that will have you be the first on their menu. (Maybe you should have paid a larger allowance?)

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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Facepalm

Re: 30,000 lines of code

And only 1035 lines with anything in them. (not counting the linked JS scripts)

Why do I get the feeling that they were charged per line, and the invoice included the blank ones.

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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Re: For one, the sellers don't care, as long as they get thier money

@ Danny 14:

Fair point. If the cut-off were 10, would that be reasonable? Even better: they should have a special "bulk purchase" option wherein you could buy up to X on the site, but if you wanted more than X (large family, school outing, corporate do, etc.) you had to call a number and talk to a person and provide a reason for the bulk purchase and/or a list of names/addresses of the soon-to-be ticket holders.

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Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival

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Gimp

Re: Say what?

Cable Companies DO service their customers!

The same way the bull services the cow

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Meh

Re: 13.1 W.

A tenth - like in the part of the article that mentioned the AA Battery? According to the researchers, the chip can execute 115 billion operators a second while dissipating only 0.7W, requiring only a AA battery.

The 13.1W TDP was for 1 Trillion Ops/Sec (TrOPS?) slowing down to ~100 Billion OPS(0.10 TrOPS) lowered the power requirement to a AA battery.

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Oz doctors develop surgical robot designed to operate on your wallet

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Holy Crap!

That's almost as expensive as treating a broken bone in the US!

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Coat

Re: Why I left the UK

Please share which country you've found that will recognize and reward technical skills.

I've got my coat, and am ready to go. --->

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

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Re: Success wrapped around a Fail?

Additionally, I think Twitter's T&C allow for punting someone for "inappropriate" profile pictures. So if the reporting & take down attempts are slow or ineffective, this porn-smearing should up the numbers taken down. Kind of a win-win-win.

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Re: You forgot they were aristorcrats of their time, so:

Will,

GoodOnYa'!

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I went with Gears. But we could combine our efforts: "Greek geeks grok great gyrating geared gizmo"

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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Joke

Re: Moderator comment

But resistance is what caused the injury. If the man had only conducted, the TASER pulses would have done him no harm.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Boring Rocket Launches

Actually, I would think that Musk's goal of boring launches is close. The landings are still exciting tho.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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IT Angle

Re: Tech story because?

Bootnotes.

Do try to keep up.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten MEELLION or so galaxies

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Re: wonders will never cease!

There is another theory which states that this has already happened. More than once. - DNA

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NASA's astroboffins spot the largest ever Tatooine planet

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Re: Great

Two suns, and a hulking big (slightly glowing - probably) planet floating above it. That would be the second most awesome sky-scape ever, first place would be if the planet had rings visible from the moon.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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Re: "the obesity epidemic"

Even though there are studies that show that "overweight" should be re-classed as "normal" as far as health and life expectancy go?

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Better idea (Lots of shit)

And if you put that load of chicken (fowl) shit into a vegetable garden, that's even more food. - And you can feed the leaves/rinds/scraps to the fowl, and get more meat, eggs, and shit fertilizer for more gardening. I think that's what's called a virtuous cycle.

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Go

Better idea

Guinea fowl - They are less hard on the vegetation and they eat a lot of insects.

There are some downsides: The eggs are smaller (but tasty), the meat is a bit tougher (the guineas will chase insects getting a heck of a workout) and the noise is horrendous.

But that gives a protein source, helps reduce poverty, and continues the fight against malaria.

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Texans sue Lyft and Uber

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Re: Good luck with that

That's probably why they are suing in the California Northern District Court.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Mushroom

Re: Don't get too excited

As much as it causes me physical pain to say it, in America, if you abstain from voting, or vote for any third-party candidate, you are part of the problem. You're effectively casting half a vote for Trump if you do that.
I HATE it when people say that. "If you don't vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in." (Credit to D. Adams)

If enough people realize that there is another option, it's not "throwing your vote away"; but with all of the fatalists (and people who profit from the status quo) churning that crap out the impressionable folks believe it. So the 3rd party never gets a shot. I didn't waste my vote - you convinced enough people to waste theirs.

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Brit Olympian defies Zika with frozen man oysters

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Re: Well, no, not really..

Just to clarify:

  • He froze the sperm before he left. The sperm has NO zika virus in it. It cannot infect anyone with zika
  • He will be following the advice regarding non-transmission after his return
  • The sperm will be used if they want to start a second kid less than a year after he gets back.(because condoms stop(?) zika, but they also stop babies)
So this is a contingency plan, if he gets sick, and they want another baby, they use the frozen stuff so that he does not risk infecting his wife.

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Threw Poo, causing a short without the monkey being in the loop?

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Flame

Re: As Bob Dylan wrote...

This article does seem a rantier version of one of Orlowski's better articles, or that one could have been written as a response to this one.

Really, as ranty as this one was, I was looking for the "Originally posted at The Conversation" tag at the bottom of the tirade article.

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Terminator

Re: So close

Driverless ultimately vehicles do mean Taxi drivers, delivery men, truck drivers will loose their jobs...
Nah, the delivery drivers won't lose their jobs, they'll "just" be demoted to delivery person, someone needs to unload the the truck. The'll lose probably the better part of half of their paychecks, but they'll keep their jobs.

Or, at the loss of a significant chunk of their income (most likely the difference between making ends meet and getting evicted) they will leave their job to find one that pays them enough, and then the company can hire some spotty twerp to work for even less than the reduced rate of the driver. - And, because the first "driver" quit, the company doesn't have to pay unemployment if the driver can't find a job.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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I saw the Jerk greasing the stairs before-hand. With malice and forethought!

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Re: There are only two queens on this planet.

I think RuPaul would also disagree.

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Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

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Alien

Re: A Five million year old city?

The "paved flooring" does look Cyclopean.

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Theranos CEO: $4.5bn to $0

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WTF?

What? No "Point and laugh" icon?!

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Planet 9 a captured alien, astroboffins suggest

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Re: Planet 9?

At 90 degrees to the ecliptic, it should be named Gateway.

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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Agreed, the platypus would have been a much better example. Or whales or manatees, I guess.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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I thought it was a sperical cow in a friction-less vacuum

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Trollface

Re: Extension

Although.....

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FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

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Account details where the money is stashed traded to former KGB officers with a few "missing" nukes, lease on a volcano lair, fluffy white cats...

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Samsung reveals Batphone!

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Re: Batshit crazy

It does seem a bit batty, but I guess you could store the box in a belfry.

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Re: 360° badger sett simulator

No headband, because you wouldn't want to Tie Your Mother Down.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle while wearing these - but that's Stone Cold Crazy.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Trollface

Re: Then again...

Since you can't use two Icons at once, I'll provide the second one for you --->

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Hard-up Sprint rents out Hz

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Pirate

And if that doesn't work

(and maybe even if it does) Sprint will just add the money it needs onto customers' bills, as an accident.

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More than half of people on UK counter-terror biometrics databases are innocent

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Black Helicopters

Of course they keep the biometrics

Why wouldn't they? After all, the subjects came to the attention of the police, which means that they are guilty of something. We just don't know what, yet.

And soon, the coppers will have enough evidence to pin something on them connect them to a crime that hasn't been solved and is hurting their quota numbers validates their suspicions.

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