* Posts by Swarthy

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Who'd'a thunk it

It seems that taking off and nuking the site from orbit is the only way to be sure.

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Microsoft begins war against fake phone tech support scams

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'Bout Damned Time!

I have been wondering why no-one has taken a swing at these guys. It is a plainly illegal activity if they are installing malware/trojans. It is illegal (at least unlawful) if they are selling free software (i.e. distributing software for a profit without compensation to the original publisher - AKA Piracy).

It's a shame it had to fall on MS to take a swing for the civil case of trademark infringement; why haven't actual law enforcement taken a run? It's not like it's a small scale, with 65000 complaints, nor would it be difficult to prosecute.

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LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD

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Re: Hot fire test failure...

Launches are not something to be taken for granted. It is, in fact, rocket science (or rocket engineering, which is even more difficult).

Had Orbital done the same test, it is quite likely that they wouldn't be turning over launches, and Wallops Island would still be open.

Icon: for the brave Kerbals who have gone before.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Re: Your politics are showing.

That is an El Reg stock image, from when they ran the story about HBO having to re-shoot that scene. Much like the use of the head in the show, the re-use of this image is about economy, not politics. El Reg didn't want to create/commission/beg/borrow/steal a new GoT-related image; HBO re-used the head because those things are bleedin' expensive, and they didn't think anyone would recognize the re-cycled shrub.

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Re: RE: And will the Venusians complain?

With extreme heat, strong winds + true acid rain, will chunk of metal actually make it all the way down?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Beware of The Leopard (was: 6 years to get used to it?)

" ...You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.' But the plans were on display...' on display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.' `That's the display department.' `With a torch.' `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.' `So had the stairs.' `But look you found the notice didn't you?' `Yes,' said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".'
-- Douglas Adams.

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Profit-shy Instagram adds 5 new filters for hipster-photo types

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I guess this one's done

"Vulture Central's backroom gremlins still maintain that using Instagram filters is like looking at the world through a pair of urine-filled swimming goggles."
Can any of us surpass the above? I think with that gem El Reg has just shut down the comments on this article.

I am tempted to try resuscitation by posting something inflammatory about religion, Global Warming and income inequality. But, Meh, can't be arsed.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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The joys of apathy and Slack

Friends exhorted me to buy this "special one-day deal" from CAH. I was almost tempted, but I got distracted, forgot to look at the "deal" and the day passed me by. I had actually forgotten about it until I saw this article.

In short: by not giving a shit, I did not get some shit.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: says:

I can't speak for the toilets in Westminster, but I do see an awful lot of pork pies coming out of there.

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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

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re: remote piece of rock

Didn't the Reg cover a British chap on Rockall earlier this year?

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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Time to get started!

By the time we have an interstellar ship and make the 90ly journey, it should be mature enough to host us; without too much risk of pesky pre-existing life there.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: Arkell v. Pressdram

Argh! you beat me to it. I really should read to the end of comments before posting.

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Re: Two words...

Arkell v. Pressdram?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Adblock Plus seems to do the trick

I actually turned on my ad blocker, just to nix the BuzzFeed-esq pictures it does tremendously improve readability, although I still have a large 'broken image' box where the illustration was designed to be. I would rather have that "feature" removed, and then I could disable my ad blocker for El Reg again.

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The really large images are not beneficial.

the ginormo-pics at the top of each article add nothing to the content, necessitate scrolling, and are a bit ugly. I would like to see them go.

As for the lay out, would it be possible to to down the white? I can accept the throwing out of 2/3rds of the useful screen space, but must it be glaring white? Maybe try something along the lines of #FEF1F0 (fum)?

I feel I should also chime in on the visited links coloration.. the grey is not quite enough of a change to figure out where I left off easily, especially with the "more piccies" policy. I did like the red visited links.

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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I have a new app suggestion for Bong Ventures: Griefr - to bring trolling/griefing into the sharing economy, it will scan public Facebook and Twitter feeds looking to references to dead pets/family members, breakups or cheating partners, as well as other traumatic, triumphant, or otherwise emotionally vulnerable event (EVE). It will then notify the griefer of the 'goat' ('cause what else would trolls feed off of?) with a blurb of the event so that the users can immediately start subjecting the 'goat' to abuse without having to wade through hours of mindless drivel for the rare nugget of emotional vulnerability.

Griefr would also make use of geolocation information so the Griefers can avoid trolling someone who is close enough to take physical or legal retribution.

A potential upgrade would allow trolls to pose as 'goats' and have a fictitious EVE broadcast to other Griefr users, so that they may troll the trolls.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Not for southpaws, alas.

It's a sinister plot!
No, It's a Dexterous one.

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

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Re: LockStep

Heinlien's Door into Summer is another great non-space cryo-sleep story. His Time for the Stars is not cold sleep, but it does have the feeling of stasis while the world changes, and the disconnect caused by that.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Had a boss like this at G.U.S. (Kay&Co) back in 1992

"Thermometers aren't the only things in this world that are graduated, have degrees, and can't think"

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Have you been following SpaceX? He's playing Kerbal in real life.

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Google dodges 'costly' legal precedent, settles Daniel Hegglin case

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Precedent

If this had sent a precedent, would Google have to moderate the returns for "Santorum"?

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: Not to gripe about the down votes but...

Ah. Yes, I am familiar with the over-qualified turn-down. Having received it, and also having a friend with a B.A. in English. But education need not be limited to collegiate-type learning. One could also learn a skill, EG: welding, machining, drafting, plumbing, etc. These skill will make you employable.

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WTF?

Not to gripe about the down votes but...

Can the down voters please explain why? I feel that this is an eminently reasonable post, and if I am wrong, please explain where you feel I am wrong.

Thank you.

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How are you supposed to study and pay for an education when your job takes up all your time?
One of the complaints listed is that they have a mandatory 6-hour unpaid break in the middle of the day, which is not enough time to go home (presumably not enough time to get home, do anything worthwhile and get back) so they sleep in their cars or hang out at a trailer, cooling their heels.

This sounds like a perfect opportunity to get some schooling in.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Wow

I never would have thought that a Glasgow institute of learning would have ever let a POM in the door. Well, except I can see Glasgowins strapping a pom to a device and running current through 'em to see what happens.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: DR GUI VS ETHICS

Dr DOS?

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Where the HELL is that Comcast technician? Finally – an app for that

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What does the app do when...

The Tech no-shows? In my past experience w/ Comcast, only once did the technician ever show up. I got billed for the other two, but they were never there.

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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I think the OS drivers for Atom vs. ARM is the first (and so far only) good argument I've heard for an Intel chip in a tablet.

It is a bloody good argument, though; I'll be eyeing these when they hit the selves. (If the manage to cross the pond this time. I'm still sad that their phone hasn't made it across.)

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: FTFY

"A virus is compact, well written, and supported by it's authors. Ergo, Windows is not a virus"

--Annon

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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Re: I wonder where they will put it

If you're looking for a tech Co to sponsor this Display, wouldn't Microsoft be a better choice, seeing as how they're the dinosaur of the tech industry....

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: E̶ ̶F̶u̶n̶ Fun Eee

www.PeopleofWalmart.com

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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One of my favorite crops releases both a pesticide and an herbicide into its soil, and has done from before mankind discovered the plant. This chemical is 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine which acts as a neurotoxin in warm blooded creatures and prevents germination of seeds. I'm not sure what it does to insects, but they don't seem to like it either.

You say you don't want pest/herbicides in your food, I say I want more caffeine in my coffee.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Fighting Fire with Petrol

I like that the root causes of violence (crime/terrorism/etc) of poverty and disenfranchisement don't have any play in terrorism.

The people who are susceptible to radicalization are typically poor, and feel that they have been abused and can not do anything to change the abuse via legitimate means (this may be true, or it may not, but that is the typical perception). So the way to reduce that is to squash what they can see or say as "Extremest Material", making them feel even more persecuted and powerless?

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: Granted the $1.6 billions is chump change to Google

So NASA gets $2.6.Mil/year, and saves $6.3Mil/year, a $8.9Mil 'bump' to their $18.4Bil/yr budget. That's a 0.05% increase, which is more than they've gotten from the gov't in some time.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Re: The moon.....

Well, She is a Harsh Mistress....

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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Re: "We hope that conditions will stabilize soon"

"One can only hope that they encounter the Taliban before they manage to kill 'Bambi'."
Would that be better Bambicula?

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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I disagree, How will I get any sleep if I don't have enough meetings. When I'm at my desk, I have work that keeps me awake, I need the meetings so I can rest.

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Re: So, when can I have the one I need?

I think I recall a research/prototype device that used an IR light (Laser) to read the blood sugar in a finger without holes.

Aha! Here it is. According to the article we should start seeing these commercially available in about a year or so.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Pasties

"Where are the ground floors in US buildings then?"
In office buildings, the ground floor is wherever the lobby is.

In one building I worked in, the ground floor was on the 3rd floor, the 1st floor was underground, and the parking garage was beneath the 2 basements (no sub-basement, but there was a mezzanine). ...The IT department was located in the back of the lower basement.

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Re: Bought by a big american corporation @Dan1980

But, but, but.. If all these adolescents became comfortable with their body image, they would stop buying stuff to change it. Do you know how many industries would just die?! Won't somebody think of the diet pill spammers? This could single-handedly kill the snake-oil exercise gurus! And the therapists! If adolescents don't have emotional trauma and body image issues, who is going to pay the therapists' college loans?

If this gets out of hand, and (goodness forbid) girls start to think that their looks don't need changing, we could lose plastic surgery, cosmetics, and about 80% of the fashion industry! This MUST be stopped!

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China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

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Re: I suspect fake

...you can tell from some of the pixels.

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Re: Just won't be the same :(

Or the gallon of plaid paint?

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Re: What about the next step?

I do believe they could use a vacuum still, there being loads of that just outside of their front door.

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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

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Well,

I was about to post if it would be worth it for a left-pondian to look into some of those massively in-demand jobs, and maybe get to stay in the UK and spend time in civilization. From the comments above, it appears that it would not be worth it. This makes me sad.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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^^This!

Most sensible comment of the thread!

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Re: Wrong platform?

"Aha, so it's really a pie-in-the-sky gun?"
I guess if the pie-tin was iron/steel, you could use it to put a pie in the sky. Although maintaining attitude might be a bit tricky, It would definitely show that BAe are just clowning around.

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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Re: Phew

"Got a link?"

Probably, but it's shit.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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Re: Injunction?

What did their donkeys do to deserve being frozen? The should rather make use of said asses for the drawing-and-quartering.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: US chocolate stereotypes are 20 years out of date

For good boxed chocolates in CA, I find that See's Candies do a more than acceptable job, there is also Joseph Schmidt. For bar chocolate, I am a fan of Trader Joe's pound-plus. The bars on that one are large enough that I don't ed up putting "body and soul" into grated chocolate for pastries, and it is decent chocolate.

As a left-pondian I may have to define "decent" chocolate: decent chocolate is stuff that can be eaten by itself at room temperature. Hershey's is not decent; it needs to be frozen, melted, and/or mixed with other ingredients to be edible(-ish).

Russel Stover is not chocolate, much less decent.

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