* Posts by Swarthy

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: And there's always...

Of Course

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Re: Not an UZI

Have an upvote for the Warren Zevon reference. It brightened my day; but then, sometimes I can be an Excitable Boy.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Pirate

The only problem with your statements is that there is no "free healthcare for the masses". The ACA (ObamaCare) has not made healthcare any more affordable, to anyone. It has driven up insurance rates and caused the majority of plans to now have deductibles (IE: you get no help paying for medical expenses until you have spent $2000-6000 out of your own pocket, on top of your monthly premiums). Sure, the premiums get subsidized so that those of low income can afford the insurance, but they still cannot afford to get sick.

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RE: It seems that Jeb is not, after all, the smart Bush brother.

What's truly horrifying is that he might be.

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Coffee/keyboard

Beautiful!

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Alien

Full marks for the headline and all, but....

Should 200m really be considered CTHULHU DEEPS? That would imply that Nessie could be a shoggoth.

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Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

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Re: You could always - ahem

One could try drinking real coffee; instead of over-sweetened milk with a flavor that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike coffee.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Re: What?

Well, what else does Assange™ have to do while holed-up in the Embassy? He's reading articles about himself and down-voting the comments he disagrees with (the ones that call him out/call him names, mainly).

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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Re: The truth is out there?

You may want to give AMfM his 'stuff' back; it's obviously a bit much for you.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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Re: picky error in headline

I can almost hear the speech: "Secession is WRONG! NO state should secede from The Union, it needs to be an integral whole! And to act on this, we are seceding from the Comonwealth of Virginia to form our own state as part of The Union."

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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I can actually agree with that. It raised "bad" to an art form.

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The Room is as bad by itself as those movies are in total.

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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NSA does not jail people, they collect information which may lead to jailing people if that information implicates them being part of a terrorist plot of being someone "we don't like".

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Also there are tens of millions at the south side of the Mediterranean, waving the Koran at us and cutting heads off. (me:Then why do they want to surveail people on the west side of the Atlantic that have never held a Qoran?)They are the same threat to us as the communists were, except they waved with "the red booklet of Mao", both live in failed societies and want to bring their failure to us.

Me: El Reg, can we PLEASE get the "You are completely insane" voting button?

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Re: Stuffing up the rank-and-file for Corporate benefit?

Ah. In that case, she should be running as a Democrat.

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Stuffing up the rank-and-file for Corporate benefit?

I think this site may be helping her garner the Republican Nomination.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: "mwahh" is a kissing sound?

"I am an evil genius and my plan to take over the world is about to bear fruit." is spelled "Mwuhaha".

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El Reg merch tentacle mulls retro LOHAN T-shirt

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Addition: If one were to create a graphic without using any El Reg provided works, it obviously would not be a derivative work, and the copyright would be held solely by the creator. In this case, submission should grant El Reg a non-exclusive licence to use, and redistribute, the work ...continued as above.

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But who holds the copy right?

The original creator holds the copyright.

El Reg would hold the copyright for the initial logos, graphic samples, etc. offered for use. The creator of the derivative work would hold the copyright for that work (including a limited, non-redistributable licence for the El Reg held works). By submitting your work to El Reg, you would be granting them a licence to use, and redistribute, your work with attribution and the considerations awarded to the winners of said contest.

-- At least that would be a fair and equitable way of working the submissions, and I sincerely hope our beloved Reg would not pull some shenanigans like claiming that all submissions were "works for hire". Especially given the, ah, energetic comment threads on copyright articles.

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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Re: KMIE

MT favorite has always been "a nut loose on the keyboard"

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SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'

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Re: Legalise Prostitution

I have far more faith in the integrity of the average prostitute than that of the average banker, and I am probably not the only one. Yet people use the banking system every day.
What's the difference between a prostitute and a banker?

A prostitute will stop screwing you when you're dead.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: When will they realise..

2) SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE

4) THIS IS SOMETHING

5) THIS MUST BE DONE!

...Seems Legit.

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Re: When will they realise..

You know, I have never understood why the very common, knee-jerk response to someone abusing something that is legal in a criminal manner is to recommend making the thing that is legal illegal. IE: a 50cm length of steel pipe is legal to have, beating someone with it is not; so we should ban 50cm lengths of steel pipe.

I'm guessing that the politicos have never heard either of the phrases "In for a penny, in for a pound" or "As well to be hung for a man as a sheep". A crim willing to break one law will be, more than likely, willing to break two.

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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Re: Cats already out of the bag

If they're blanket jamming, the cell signals won't get through anyway.

And to propose an answer to your question: a long fuse?

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I'm thinking the logic is thus: "Not being able to stifle protests would open the possibility of being removed from power; therefore my life style is in danger."

Alternatively, "If the masses find out what we've written, they'll want to lynch us, so if this comes out our lives are in danger."

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Windows Mobile v6 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 - Ok, you'll need to rewrite all your apps for Windows Phone 10 Android

FTFY

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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Re: this happened because....

This is AOL's software doing the dialing... I wouldn't rule out random change. And it was dialing into an AOL number, just one that was long distance, so that rules out a porn dialer. A simple case of bit-rot where in the AOL crapware decided that his location had changed to Saskatchewan and changed his diaul-up number accordingly seems most likely.

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Best Buy bites down hard on Apple Pay fruity bonking deal

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Meh

why don't you shop there?

Because they offer neither A, B, nor C.

The only thing Best Buy offers is convenience. If you are looking for a specific part you are better off hitting their (or a different) website, because they won't have it in the store, so that's gone. Also, they closed the one that was 10 minutes away, now it's 30, and the staff aren't nearly as pleasant in the one that stayed open.

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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WTF?

Allowed?

In the meantime, the Russians will try and reestablish contact. If they fail the Progress capsule will be allowed to fall back into the atmosphere and burn up with its cargo
So, if they can't get the capsule to accept commands, they'll allow it to continue as it is, which will eventually degrade into the atmosphere and burn up?

What would be the alternative to allowing it to continue if it won't take commands? Send a fighter up with anti-sat missiles to "decommission" the capsule?

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Quid-A-Day veteran fuelled by vastly improved nosh stash

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Re: Living on..

I think Neil Barnes's menu for the week disproves your assertion about winding up in the doctor's. With proper planning and awareness of dietary needs, it is indeed possible to survive on the given budget, but not easy, and not necessarily pleasant.

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Sweden releases human genome under Creative Commons licence

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Happy

Well, there has been a lot of forking to get it dispersed widely...

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: How many Olympic Swimming Pools?

The American Standard shitload is only about 1.6 gallons (6 liters)

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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

Valid point. I think they stenciled 'FNORD' on the sides of them....

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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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Terminator

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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