* Posts by Rattus Rattus

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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@leiptrstormr

"As a Linkin Park listening atheist, I can't understand why religious people have sex and I don't."

I strongly suspect the Linkin Park might have something to do with it.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: "might the foreign sims using roaming over UK networks"

Oh come now, not even the Saudis could afford to bankroll that!

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Re: Fascism/Totalitarianism knows no boundaries

You started off making sense, then descended into an incoherent foam-flecked diatribe about "the left", whatever that really is. 3/10, must try harder.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Chinese whispers

I am given to understand that the ink used to print on the new notes is actually made from ground up dolphin foetuses.

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Re: "before humans farmed animals"

"So you're suggesting that before humans farmed animals, the said animals (e.g. cows) did not exist"

Well, actually yes. Modern farm animals did not exist before humans farmed them. We MADE cows, by selectively breeding the meatiest and most docile wild aurochs over many generations. Much the same occurred with chickens from jungle fowl, pigs from wild boars, dogs from wolves, etc.

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Re: "I'm making a more robust form of currency, what that needs is some dripping"

Everything is improved by adding some meat to it. You should try it.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Citation?

Here we go: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-sites.html

And it's an authoritative source.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: FTLparticles

"All FTL particles are hypothetical and in theory can't go slower than "c", if they did exist."

Not exactly. FTL particles could theoretically travel slower than c as well as faster. They just can't travel exactly at c, meaning they couldn't slow down through c to subluminal speeds. If they had a way to instantly change speed without going through all speeds in between then they could travel slower than c as well as faster.

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NBN costs creating budget time bomb: Deloitte

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So a shit tier network that will cost more to maintain over a decade or two (thanks to moronic design) than it cost to install is likely to have trouble finding buyers? Quelle surprise.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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Never mind wireless VR...

Who's going to be the first to come out with AFFORDABLE VR? Cables are fine, selling a kidney is not.

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: Its not just American tourists

@Marketing Hack

Downvoted you just for the sausage McMuffin remark - those things are vile and disgusting. Have you ever eaten a real sausage, for comparison?

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Re: *GOOD*

Article 41 of the Italian constitution reads as follows:

Article 41

There is freedom of private economic initiative.

It cannot be conducted in conflict with social utility or in a manner that could damage safety,

liberty, and human dignity.

The law determines appropriate planning and controls so that public and private economic

activity is given direction and coordinated to social objectives.

Sounds to me like the city is exercising its "planning and controls so that [...] private economic

activity is given direction and coordinated to social objectives".

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Re: The real reason

@Criminny Rickets

I feel that if a city decides they do not want a particular business there, then that is their right and privilege. McDonald's doesn't have the right to set up anywhere they please just because they're a giant corporation.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: A most dangerous game

I wish I could upvote that ten times over.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: Penny Arcade GIFT

Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, yes. However, I think there are more factors at work in this case. In particular the simple fact that politicians mostly ARE despised, usually for very good reasons, and in fact DESERVE the vast majority of the abuse they receive.

Also, "abuse" is not the same thing as "trolling" and any halfway talented troll would not have to resort to abuse to provoke a reaction.

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Re: "It's not like you can vote partly for one person and partly for another"

Well, actually...

Preferential voting allows you to do exactly this, so long as you are willing to slightly prefer one candidate over another.

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: 1922 or 1977?

@Mage: Nope, it's colour. The strong nuclear force has three types of "charge" which physicists have chosen to refer to as "colour" charge: +/- red, +/- green, and +/- blue.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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@Doctor Syntax

"I think he was suggesting that if you want to play games doing so on a console would cost you less than upgrading a Windows PC to do it there."

But then you'd be playing shitty console games on a shitty console. This does not fit the original use case.

For me, games are the only reason I still run Windows at all. Too many of them just don't work quite right under WINE, or don't work at all.

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Re: "Games? The appropriate graphics cards can cost more than an Xbox One or PS4."

If you're suggesting I buy a console to play games on, you can just fuck right off.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Let's have something different

Buy a batch of second hand MIG-29s - nicely acrobatic and something you don't see too often at western air shows.

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

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Re: 100Mbps plans are not delivering reliable 100Mbps connections

I have a 50Mbps plan on FTTP (not nbn though, Telstra's own fibre) and when all my neighbours turn on Netflix in the evenings I'm lucky to get 5Mbps with massive latency. There's absolutely no point to paying for higher speed tiers until ISPs put their hands in their pockets and upgrade their backhaul to where it should be.

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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"or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm"

This part of Asimov's Three Laws is really poorly thought through. Humans do things to harm themselves in tiny ways many times a day, it's part of normal human life. A robot operating under the Three Laws would not differentiate between these things and more substantial harms. So, hope you like your precisely-portioned vegan diet and enforced daily exercise, along with any other lifestyle changes a robot could decide was necessary to keep you as healthy as you could possibly be. And remember, "a robot must obey the orders it is given by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law," so it's not going to be listening to any attempts to command it to allow you that bacon sarnie and a pint.

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DARPA does a podcast

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Re: Just what is it they do, again?

Coke. They do mountains and mountains of coke.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: "Could of"

Modern usage? Perhaps. Accepted usage? Absolutely not.

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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So they reported that...

..."The 13-to-15 age group does not only feel the strongest about music – particularly new music – but also strongly believes that artists should be rewarded for their creativity – and that stealing is wrong".

Did they happen to ask whether these 13-to-15 year olds considered piracy to be stealing? Or are they (incorrectly) trying to pretend that they are the same thing?

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Re: To do anything else would be dishonest

Perhaps it takes on that shape after being squeezed into the Citroen? Not a lot of room in there.

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“To do anything else would be dishonest" says PETA's Harriet Barclay

Best listen to them, PETA know all about dishonesty. They're experts.

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Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

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..."try to direct you towards the Lone Star state when you got directions to Wrigley Field!"

Or when you tried to visit Elwood Blues at home?

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NBN HFC scaled down to stave off financial disaster

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In other words...

...after factoring in the costs of running power to all the nodes that wouldn't have needed it otherwise, as well as the higher maintenance overheads, it would have been cheaper to simply run FTTP after all? Well colour me astonished. Who could have predicted that? Apart from all the thousands of IT professionals who DID predict it, that is.

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It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

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Re: Why should I have a say in your sex life?

"The spread of amoral behaviour"? One reply to that: fuck right off.

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Question 4 - how about an option for "Human prostitution isn't 'an issue' and the busybodies who vilify sex workers and their clients are a bunch of morons who ought to be excluded from the gene pool. Oh yeah, and sexbots are even less 'an issue'."?

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: The Future is pretty close to what it used to be...

I'm not sure what kind of bizarro future world you come from, but over here light switches and cold water taps are still pretty common.

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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The abridged form of the announcement:

"Netflix are working hard to increase piracy levels around the world."

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Can they not use their powers for good?

The only thing wrong with it is the suggestion that GCHQ could ever redeem themselves.

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Re: How to eliminate drug lords

Of course you can leave him there! Or do you think you're the world police, just like America?

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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So kind of like Google Translate's conversation mode on my phone, except three years later and less accurate? Okay, got it.

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Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

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A couple decades for just an improved pair of glasses? Pssh, not trying remotely hard enough. I won't be satisfied until we have a full-sensorium direct neural interface.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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However...

Episode VII is being co-written by Lawrence Kasdan. If he brings as much talent to the script as he did when writing The Empire Strikes Back, I am cautiously optimistic about the end result.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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Sounds good to me. The biggest problem with Android on non Nexus branded devices is the layer of shite the manufacturer splatters over the top of vanilla Android. It has never improved a phone, only made them worse as well as caused delays in updating due to the need to test that each update doesn't break their shovelware. If a manufacturer wants to "differentiate" themselves, they should do it by making better hardware.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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"Gamers being what they are"

I think you meant "Assholes being what they are". Plenty of gamers are polite, respectful, and wouldn't dream of vandalism like that. Unfortunately there are also a large number of ignorant, childish wankers who delight in ruining stuff for other people.

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Every time a government spokesman...

...says the phrase "national security", he needs to be kicked in the balls. Twice if he is using that phrase as an excuse for upholding the status quo in any arena.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: So, on the horizon

We already have transparent aluminium. It is also known as artificial sapphire. It is just a particular crystal arrangement of aluminium oxide.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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"...format can’t be ripped..."

Hahahahaha, hohohohoho, *snigger*...

Whoever made that claim has just thrown down a gauntlet which will be taken up by a great many, er, "content transfer specialists"

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Boffins propose brainwave privacy standard

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They could call it...

...the Tinfoil Standard.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Cat Crap.... grrr.

Could do with similar laws where I live. In fact, given all the native wildlife that cats mercilessly destroy, it should be a criminal offence to allow your cat out of the house without being on a leash. Cats in Australia are nothing more than an invasive pest species.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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"Arrested and charged the man"

Why did they not arrest and charge both?

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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Hasn't changed my vote, exactly...

I have been voting Green for many years already. They're the largest party not riddled with obvious corruption or just plain openly evil. I would still put the Sex Party and (if they had a presence in my state) the Pirate Party ahead of the Greens, but both Labor and Coalition are always way down low on my ballot, only just barely ahead of the raving loony religious parties like Family First.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: So it's her fault

@localzuc - I refer you to the correspondence in the matter of Arkell v. Pressdram.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Another one for the list

Pity there is no mention of Long Live The Queen, a fiendishly difficult game something along the lines of the old game Princess Maker, except much better. Rather than explain it poorly myself, I will let Rock Paper Shotgun's excellent review describe it in detail: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/10/long-live-the-queen-review/

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Re: Kerbal Space Program

Oh hell yes. Love that game. It was a terrible sensation to discover that my otherwise-successful first manned mission to Laythe had too wimpy a lander, and the brothers Kerman could not make orbit to dock with their return booster. I eventually managed to rescue them with a second, robotically-piloted lander, after they had been stranded for a year of game time, and safely return them to Kerbin. As a side note, aerobraking through Jool's atmosphere into a capture orbit is nothing short of spectacular.

On the other hoof, it is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when you finally make your first successful orbital rendezvous and docking.

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