* Posts by Swarthy

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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Re: Pedantic Asshattery

Pedantic Asshattery can be a good thing in Documentation, and may even act as a release valve so not as much of it gets on the Q&A section. I would prefer that the documentation is pedantic and correct, especially if the Q&A gives the answer that actually works.

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Just took a butcher's at the site

It is actually kind of awesome.

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All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

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Errmm...

El Reg published a (rather better written) article on this two days ago. Why are we getting a reprint from The Conversation - with a lower information content?

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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@ Sir Runcible Spoon

That is just about a genius idea. But I would be inclined, rather than something goofy like "Mr Bunny", to go with something humiliating like "Bed Wetter #3"; it may be possible to combine the two, EG: "Impotent Bunny-fiddler".

Making their Media Name part of the punishment for going on a rampage seems like a very fitting (additional) punishment - and may even help with rehabilitation, when possible.

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

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I wouldn't say that Giuliani is evil...

Just that he tends towards the iron-fisted dictator end of the political spectrum.

I dunno whether he would be better or worse than Trump, or Hillary; just a different route to the "Interesting Times" mentioned above.

Hmm... if you combined the nut-bag crazy cult of personality of trump, with the political slime skill and "the ends justify the means" of Hillary, and the authoritarian stance of Giuliani, we could make our very own Kim Jong Il.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: Capture? What capture

Shoot which damned things? The pokemon, or the players?

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

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"If there are 100,000 people in a city, how many of them do you think are likely to be criminals? I'm betting it's a lot higher than the 1:10000 ratio.

Let's see.. according to current trends in anglophonic countries, I would say that the number of criminals in a city of 100,000 would be somewhere in the area of 99,900. The number of serious criminals (IE, kingpins, gang leaders, Bernie Madoff...) would be about 3 or 4.

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Re: That's misrepresentation

zoho.com is integrated with "The Google", or at least Google Apps.

So.. maybe not that much more privacy-shielding.

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Your antivirus doesn't like Ammyy. And fraudsters will use that to RAT you out (again)

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I dunno if this would work...

But might it be a good idea to have a "known good" or "gold" copy of the download held in a secure non-web-facing store (in a BLOB in a back-end database, or a heavily fire-walled FTP server) and have the web site check that its cached version is the same as the "gold" version on a daily, or hourly basis?

Or, you know, secure their web server so that bad actors can't arbitrarily change the software available on it.

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Buckyballs?

Putting together "metallic-like carbon nanospheres" with "resulting from burning hydrocarbon" makes me think C60 Fullerene.

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Brexit has left a regulatory black hole for digital, say MPs

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Re: Brexit has left the UK peering into a digital regulatory void, according to MPs.

And then, after being slapped down one to many times, leave the EU so that they don't even need to try to get approval.

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Boffins unveil 500TB/in2 disk. Yeah, it's made of chlorine. -196˚C, why?

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That's be one way to salt the password hashes.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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OTP

Sure, you can send unreadable messages, either using an One Time Pad (OTP), or just sending gibberish. But the point of a message is to be read; you just want to ensure that the right person, and only the right person, can read them - that's the hard part.

So you use an OTP for which the designated recipient has the key, the hard part is to make sure that no-one else has the key, the very hard part is getting the key to the intended recipient, with minimal chance for interception, without meeting face-to-face.

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Re: They have subpoena powers

"I'm sorry Senator, I have no recollection of that event." - Ronald Regan

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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WTF?

After reading this article

I feel a bit like Alice after reading Jabberwocky.

Somehow it fills my head with ideas—only I don't know exactly what they are.

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NES is back... for 60 bucks

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

A new release of the Old-school NES?! WooHooo!

Won't play cartridges - aww, shame; but all right.

Only play 30 pre-loaded games - Sad llama.

Still - I may ask SWMBO for one for Chrimbo.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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A notable omission

In TFA it mentions that FB is light in Female, Hispanic and African-American workers. Fair enough. It then goes on to talk about the preponderance of White, Male workers. Ie: Everyone else.

What about the Asian contingent? Did they get lumped in as "White" or were those numbers appropriate, and so got left out?

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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None of the above

That's why I've been voting Libertarian for the past several elections, it's as close to a "None of the Above" as the US ballots allow.

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RE: Our choice is the crook or the crazy!

Or, you know... the third party candidate that "doesn't stand a chance".

As the Brexit vote showed us, if enough people vote for a thing that "has no chance" it could very well win.

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Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

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Re: Does it register with the Information Commissioner’s Office?

Third question:

Does it become a useless lump when Google/Nest get bored and turn off the servers?

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Server techies 'stiffed on overtime pay' banned from ganging up on HP

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Re: Class action vs Individual

And if it's not a significant sum, then (as mentioned above) Small claims court would be a very good option. Not as much of a hit on HP (they will have to pay out, but the legal costs won't hit them as hard), but more rewarding (and a higher probability of success/settlement) for the plaintiffs - especially as the Class Action lawyers won't eat 3/4 of what HP pays out.

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Android malware blocks bank calls

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Devil

Oooohhh...

That's Narsty!

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Mock cop bot swats tot

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WTF?

What? No RoTM Tag?

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Kids’ shoes seller Start-rite suspends sales following breach

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Re: Shoed along

Ugg, I slipped up and forgot a few - So I thought I'd chukka them out here.

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Coat

So after the crims put the slipper in, their customers got the boot? And now they are trying to sneaker in a repair, but it's taking tennis times longer than expected.

If they didn't salt & hash their passwords, their Web Dev team should be sent to the trainers: their site was already brogan.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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And so it begins

$7 a month, that's cheap! Until you realize that you'll be paying that $84 per year, every year. That is $252 for the OS alone, over the (industry standard 3-year) life of an enterprise computer.

Who could have seen this coming?! (Answer: All of us.)

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Re: ... assist ...

Exactly. I was taught and it is obvious common sense that the blokemeatsack in the driver's seat is responsible for the vehicle...

FTFY

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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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Re: Hans Blix joke doesn't make much sense?

Not Hans Blix the person, but rather Hans Blix the marionette from Team America.

"You're bustin' my balls Hans, you're bustin' my balls."

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Omni-shambles! Card-stealing malware checks into US hotel chain

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Kinda' Creepy

Booking a hotel in Atlanta, GA for later this year.. Ones looked at were Starwood, Mandarin Oriental, and Omni. Should I start feeling paranoid yet?

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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WTF?

"Valuable Training" - WTF?!

I won't argue that training is valuable - My employers have greatly valued the training I've paid for. And they encourage me to get more. Provided I don't miss too much time getting it (although, I can save up a week of vacation time and use that to cover the days missed going to a class) and am willing to pay for it all out-of-pocket.

Oh, and also, I won't get a pay raise for getting training because "Training is a benefit we offer"

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Re: Well......

Not any more, and they'll be saving a mint by replacing them w/ cheap, wet-behind-the-ears college grads and H1Bs.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Regression to the really mean

The only safe internet is one with a single website. http://www.tellytubbies.co.uk/ http://wherestheporn.co.uk

FTFY

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Re: What could go wrong?

Better to ask, "What could go right?"

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

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Re: Define: Stable

The probably used the word "Metastable" and when asked "What does that mean" they answered: "It's stable for now, but a small change would make it unstable quickly" And that's what got reported.

A house of cards is metastable, if nothing mucks with it, it will stand indefinitly, but a very small change (bump the table, wind blows, anything more energetic than a harsh look...) and it becomes unstable (falls) and then very stable (heap o' cards).

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Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Re: But is it Manslaughter?

The precedent I'm worried about is this: "They created new law here in Massachusetts and applied it retroactively,"

Retroactively making something a crime is illegal and unconstitutional as six different hells.

..And apparently happens every day.

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Ver-rising raises prices

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Sounds like Verizon

They have to raise their price to offer features that are available from other CellCos for less than they originally charged.

Seems Legit.

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Google disputes Gmail ‘bug’

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Just because it's supposed to work that way

Doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't a security flaw. Just that the flaw started in the design phase.

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US constitution vs PRISM

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Oooh...

Can we please have a series of articles following this, much like what we had with Samsung v. Apple, or SCO v Everyone? I would love to see how this progresses and how it turns out.

Also, can we have a "Popcorn" Icon?

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File converter actually Mac backdoor

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Unhappy

Awww,

I wanted an app that gave ME full access and control of my Mac, not some nameless hacker from For'n Parts.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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Re: ...and in 4 years 64-bits will be superseded by 128-bits...

I think the bus-widening trend for CPUs got derailed but the core-multiplying trend. Why engineer a 128-bit bus, when you can just do 2x 64-bit operations at the same time, or better, 4x 64-bit ops to emulate a 256-bit operation? Or..

All without having to design a new bus, architecture, addressing scheme, etc. Just chuck more cores at it.

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Linux

In short: No, it will not run a 64-bit OS.

However, it will be a minimum of 5-7 years before 32-bit support may be completely gone from any distro - even from Ubuntu, which has given the shortest timeline. Even then, there will be smaller, more niche-oriented distros that will continue to support the 32-bit OS & libraries. I wouldn't be surprised if Mint takes one of those for an Upstream provider for their 32-bit offering. Mint already offers a Debian(directly) derived version, and Debian has not committed, or commented, that 32-bit is out.

Also, it bears mentioning that the whole "killing 32-bit" thing is a proposal from a Ubuntu developer, and a comment about the cost of it from OpenSUSE. No road-maps have been updated, no proposals accepted, or even formally submitted. This is the beginning of the conversation about if i686 should be discontinued.

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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

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Adding another dimension

Would that not make this 4D NAND?

I mean, not in reality, as the strings are still functionally at 90* to the bitlines and wordlines; but if the addressing is Die, Layer, Word, Bit that could be described (and marketed as) 4D Flash Memory.

Of course if they do figure out how to make the strings 90* to the TSV, bitlines, and wordlines to make true 4D NAND, well.. that would just be awesome.

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Paper wasps that lie to their mates get a right kicking, research finds

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Boffin

In this case, I don't think it's punishment for cheating, I think it's eugenics. The false markings remove the correlation between the ability to fight and the markings. This could lead to an inferior queen getting the spot because of her marks, and producing week workers and eventual colony collapse. The reduced JH and harsher "beat-down" is to ensure that the genetic anomaly will never reproduce, and the "lying" (read: broken) genes are eliminated from the gene pool.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Up to the Ballot Box now.

A year, Ye Gods! I wish it was only a year.

Also, I wish we had better options.

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Re: Explanation needed

I had written a wall-o'-text, but here's the short version: She's female, and this puts her in the spotlight, and the spotlight shows all the crap that successful politicians do, and make her slime all the more noticeable. She also has a core of support that shields her from any backlash from slimy moves that go wrong.

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It's more that she would have been fired or had her responsibilities reduced, to keep her away from classified info - but this came to light after she resigned (to run for president) so there's not much they can do.

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Re: elReg trolling?

Well, there is G. Johnson, but because he wouldn't up the News shows' ratings he doesn't get much air time. Oh, and because he's a 3rd party "he doesn't stand a chance" so most people discount him, so he likely won't.

Personally, I refuse to throw my vote away, so I'll be putting my mark down for Johnson.

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TCL plots ramp-up in India, mulls manufacturing

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Can't speak to their phones...

But I have a TV they made. Build quality is "meh" (had to return one that died within a month of purchase - eternal reboot), but the features are good. For the price I would have expected less QC and less features, so all-around win.

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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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