* Posts by Swarthy

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America's cyber-security proto-laws branded 'surveillance in disguise'

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Re: Too stupid to know any better

As if the populous has a choice in this. We are being serviced by our government, much like the cow is serviced by the bull.

..But at least we don't have CCTVs everywhere.

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Re: So ...

The certainly didn't cover the reproductive cycle, just one of their spines getting bent back and poking itself.

..Yes, I do have small children, why do you ask?

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Re: Codd's Wallop

It was an inner join - the two bones were a tibula and fibula. If one had been a femur, it would have been an outer join. If they had used a pelvis or skull fragment, it would have been a flat-file database.

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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Re: Research

Yes, thermobaric devices need space, like a cave, bunker, silo, WMD manufacturing plant, etc. The things that tend to be hardened against "Death From Above"™. So you research methods of penetrating the crunchy exterior to incinerate the chewy center.

Also, cooking a target with a TB bomb is much less likely to piss off the whole world than even the smallest of nuclear bombs. Nukes are like the ad hominim attack in an online debate: as soon as you use 'em, no-one will be on your side.

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Re: Research

How are you getting "nuke" out of this article? Yes, they talked about ground-penetrating weapons, but those tend to be thermoberic, not nuclear. Nukes are almost exclusively air-burst, Ground-burst nukes have potential to be too nasty even for the people that would set them off.

And if you think that ground penetrating projectiles have no civilian use, Think about how much easier(and cheaper) that could make bridge building. Or allow for better foundations/footings for buildings, houses.

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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WooHoo!

Now I can get rid if the 20 some odd channels that i needed to get for the one I need.

And maybe get one or two others that were in separate $50 packages.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Surprised

Nah, 7.62 is a commie NATO round. I am a bit surprised he didn't go for a 45 or 38 caliber, as those are good American rounds. The 9mm is kind of commie, because it uses that metric stuff, but it's cheap and has street cred.

A .22 round is just a pansy plinker round, can't do no damage.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Game of Thrones Experience (without HBO)

To get the same feel of GoT, I just watch C-SPAN (I guess watching the Houses of Parliament could work; and with the occasional fist-fight, it might be better), flipping randomly to the Playboy channel, and any of the Saw movies.

It consists of horrible people doing horrible things to each other in the name of gathering and keeping power. (Plus boobs).

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

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I guess...

I guess the news here is that Sprint finally had to return some of the money they over-charged. The news certainly isn't that Sprint has been over-charging, that's a given.

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Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

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Re: Outlive its creators?

Oooh. I'd sign up to be part of the chasing party.

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Hmm...

Maybe my coffee hasn't kicked in yet, but are they looking for code that will never be updated (other than by itself) or are they looking for software that will update seamlessly? For the latter, one could use principles similar to POSIX with a micro-kernel that allows patching on the fly, combined with a config file format standard; having the standard state failure mode for absent config settings.

Or possibly a poly-kernel wherein the kernel operations are dispersed among multiple semi-kernels so that each handles it's own tasks and is independently patchable. Specify that the interoperability is to be based on the robustness principle.

For the Former (Self-updating code) : https://xkcd.com/534/

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Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

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Re: An assurance from Facebook

Soo.. two steps above an assurance from the US Gov't then?

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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Re: How much extortion tax is due?

...do you think that American patents apply worldwide, even to companies which don't do any business with the USA?
Well, the US government and legal system seems to think that's the case...

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Intel, Cray bag $200m to build 180PFLOPS super for US nuke boffins

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Well, if it helps, the phone in your pocket is likely to be significantly more powerful than a Cray-2; what it lacks in seating it makes up for with portability.

..I was a weird one, I would not have turned down a Cray, but what I really wanted was an SGI cluster.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Indeed!

I don't think that that's something AdBlock can do, do any of the esteemed Commentariat have suggestions for a pre-video ad blocker?

Failing that, I may spring for a subscription to avoid the ads.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Quite sad..

The LG G3 is a flagship phone, and it has an SD slot and a removable battery. Something to remember is that Samsung and Apple are not the only companies that make good phones.

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Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

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Re: I wander stable as a cloud...

I always read "cloud" as "file server wrapped in a S.E.P. (Somebody Else's Problem) Field".

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: the price

If a licence to use the patent had been negotiated, it probably would have been a $0.15 royalty; triple damages and a rounding-up are probably what pushed it to $0.50.

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Samsung persuades US watchdog to review Smartflash legal dance over patents

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Re: The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend

Maxim 29: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less.

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: Well? Did they or not?

Mr Ohm is spinning in his grave as I write this.
Has anyone wired him up as a dynamo yet?

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Sony to PlayStation 4 gamer: 'You got hacked, not our fault. Now give us £50'

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Re: Strike PS4 from the shopping list

He did talk to the bank, they reversed the charge, and Sony has locked his account, and all of his games.

That's all of his games, not just the one that was fraudulently purchased. Now they want him to pay for the game that he doesn't have to be able to play the ones he does. This does not sound like the actions of a responsible corporate citizen.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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Re: Him, Al Franken

FBI had jurisdiction over ... generally any criminal activity that crosses State boundaries
And publishing privately held, or secretly taken recordings of people in their most private moments nation(world)-wide for the purpose of humiliation and/or blackmail does not count as a "criminal activity that crosses State boundaries"? This is exactly in the FBI's remit.

On another note: The bit I see missing from the "Don't Want 'em on the internet? Don't let 'em be taken" crowd is where there is anything wrong with a couple recording their bedroom activities. Please point to me in the bible where is says "Thou shalt not record thy freakery" or anything to that point. Why is it wrong to trust your partner with images of intimate moments, when you trust them to be there in your most intimate moments? The violation of that trust is the main insult of these revenge porn sites.

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France will flog off 700MHz to boost mobe broadband while UK dithers. Thanks, Ofcom

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Re: Smart Meters - GSM - 2G ????

How better to guarantee a balls-up on the order of magnitude of a proper UK IT roll-out? Set it up to use a soon-to-be-discontinued frequency, and then charge the punters a second time to fix it.

There's never enough time/money to do it right, but there is always time/money to do it again.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Driving under the influence

In USA legal terms "Driving Under the Influence" (DUI) is specific to alcohol, DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is used when the intoxicant is not alcohol.

As for Demonic Forces, that's when you see people charged with "Possession".

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: PR own goal

"we can state that our own database has not been compromised"
Can they? Can they really?

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: Security Alert!

I am a big fan of the sand-filled dead-weight hammer. Beat a drive until the chips start falling off and you know the platters are toast, the heads are (at a minimum) out of alignment, and the controller board is shot.

This tool can also be used to render a heat sink completely unreadable.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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Re: Tim foil hat? - maybe (@CarbonLifeForm)

If I owe you $1 million, you own me; if I owe you $10 Trillion, I own you.

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Fake Pirate Bay site pushes banking Trojan to WordPress users

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Flash and Unpatched WordPress

Shove some Windows XP in there and you win at "Vulnerability Bingo"

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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The bit I'm wondering about

While he is in the lock-up for posting pictures that embarrassed the royals, it there any blow-back on said royal for doing the things that were photographed?

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Re: Wha?

And that's 10 years for you, if you ever step foot in Thailand.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: So WWJD?

When I hear/see people ask "What Would Jesus Do", I have to try to refrain from commenting that chasing bankers with a whip and flipping tables is still an option. (John 2:15)

The attempt at restraint filed in this case.

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Re: @AC: Is it about religion?

I think there's a difference between refusing to server a greedy person, or an adulterer and taking part in furthering their activities.
But if they are getting married, how can they be adulterers?

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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Sunrise period?

Why not just let countries lay claim on their cc2LD during the sunrise period for each domain? If they want to use it or bury it, they can take it; if they don't care, they can let it go into the wild.

Who's bright idea was it to make the Internet accountable to governments anyway? Sack ICANN, put DNS under W3C or IETF (Or maybe even IEEE), and let the engineers sort it out.

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Re: Yawn

That's why I always type in "duck duck go" in my chrome bar; that way Google can't track me.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: Read the bill

So.. All Rastafarians and Native American Church members should move to Indiana? Because hey, if the Gov't cannot place a burden on their exercise of religion...

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Re: Indiana, WTF? @John H Woods

Surely anyone who thinks there's any kind of element of choice must be at least a little bit bicurious. Is that why they are so hate-filled, because they worry that they might carry this "predilection" within themselves?

Given that the prefix homo- means similar/same (IE: homophones are words that sound the same/similar, homosexual is one who is attracted to the same/similar gender) then I posit that a homophobe is one who is afraid of people like themselves.

"If you believe that same-sex marriage will ruin your marriage, then what you really fear is that you or your spouse is secretly gay." - I can't be arsed to look up attribution

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Dabbsy's article isn't about (was Huh? A new Godwin's Law?

We're just illustrating another principle of online discussion - that people will post about what they fancy rabbitting on about rather than the OP's intended topic.
Reminds me of a bit of interviewing advice I received once: "Don't answer the question they asked, answer the question you want them to have asked." On the Internet, you don't debate the point(s) someone made, you debate(?) the point you wish/imagined/hallucinated they had made.

All internet debates are strawmen - and overly broad generalizations.

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re:Graham Dawson: Baldly go?

...is something up with which we should no longer be required to put.

Case in point?

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Not worth going then @dan1980

At all too many trade shows, the booth babes are the only nouns worth looking at.
That should help.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: So encrypted files are forbidden?

Of course, the reason for that is deduplication. If encryption is used then every file will have to be unique and distinct, and that takes up space. If 1000 people at a concert (football match, etc) post the same (or very similar) 1 MB picture, then 1000x1MB =1MB; if encryption is allowed, then 1000x1MB = 1000MB.

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Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

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Re: So then Apple is a Monopolist?

Not a monopolist, just a jerk.

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

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Coffee/keyboard

...2,000 calories of rice with a few chickpeas for flavour: and just think how damn boring your diet is if you're using chickpeas for flavour.
I'm getting dirty looks from my coworkers, the looks match my now-dirty monitor.

Thanks Tim.

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Diablo escapes from patent hell, condemns Netlist to legal purgatory

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That was quick.

That whole suit and trial was shorter than the opening arguments in Apple v. Samsung.

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

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Indeed! I was under the impression that the LOHAN flight was a ballocket.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

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Re: Stupid title

The USA does indeed need to spend more on education
Not really, The US spends more per child on education than just about any other country. It just spends the money badly.

#1 in spending, #40-something in education, I think the US is still ahead of most impoverished 3rd-world countries.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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Or simply taylorswift.sucks

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: It's sad...

I don't agree that the kid having a $500 cell phone is a sign of bad parenting. My kid has a $400 laptop (His, only his, and not a hand-me-down; but it was bought re-furbished) and has not been prone to grabbing things off shelves, throwing fits in stores, or trying to kill his parents since he was about 2.

The policy that my wife and I have embraced for our kids is that all promises to our kids must be kept, and threats count as promises. We never threaten a punishment we will not carry out (the laptop is just one more thing we can take away when behavior warrants) and we never promise rewards we are not willing to deliver, even if spending an afternoon at Chuck E Cheese makes us regret that policy when they take the bribe earn their reward.

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Re: "It's not 1080p, WAAAH!"

I have a 2560x1440 screen that literally fits in the palm of my hand. Okay, there is a bit of overhang with the LG G3 at 140mm, the Samsung S5 fits the same resolution on 130mm; I think we can be forgiven from expecting similar resolutions from a projector, not to mention laptops that all have the bloody "Full HD" stickers on them, and are comparatively HUGE.

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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Re: Not working?

"I have nothing against your right leg; unfortunately, neither do you."

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China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

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Another DRAM fab (or 2) is not a bad thing; it would minimize the risk of another event of a fab blowing up and raising RAM prices to hair-raising levels.

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