* Posts by Rattus Rattus

883 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: Left-wing American news organisation CBS

Remember this is the American idea of "left", which means they're not quite as rabidly right-wing as Mussolini.

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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

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Re: For the 1,000th time

You commute to work riding an ICBM? Do you work on a different continent than the one where you live? Do you hold your breath during the suborbital portion of the flight?

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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@Bob

Why furo? Bath scenes aren't generally particularly risque.

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Re: @palpy: Yup. Quite bullshitty.

Bombastic Bob may be a twit, but even he occasionally has a point.

By the way, I must apologise for my language. In retrospect, I should have simply referred you to the correspondence in the matter of Arkell v Pressdram, 1971.

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@palpy

Then in that situation the police can damn well get a warrant! It does NOT excuse Microsoft trawling through people's files just to see what's there. "If you had a daughter..." fuck off. That's the worst kind of bullshit appeal to emotion with no actual debate value.

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Binary star bash-up should add new light to Northern Cross in 2022

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Re: Don't think that would be a Good Thing (TM)

I believe the supernova that created the Crab Nebula back in 1054 was visible during the day during its time of maximum brightness.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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As I understand it, nobody in the department is happy about this and they all think it's a terrible idea. But the minister and his colleagues are happy, because they get to take money away from the poor to fund their desired tax cuts for business and the wealthy. As a bonus, they get to further demonise the poor along with it.

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What do you think you're doing, questioning the wise and great Minister? He's smarter than you, not to mention better looking than you. Now stop supporting the terrorists and be thankful they haven't cancelled your citizenship. Yet.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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You're right

Tim Cook DOES think he's more important than he really is.

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

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On adblock-detectors

I have uninstalled my ad-blockers and have switched to using Privacy Badger instead. I've found it does a better job of blocking ads on many sites than a dedicated ad-blocker, and isn't detected by their anti-adblock routines.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

I actually kind of liked the original Windows 10 start menu, once I'd set up tiles and things to my liking. Then the Anniversary Update came along and totally screwed the menu up.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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@Mage

"PC games are now a niche compared to phone/tablet and Console, esp. PS4"

Like hell. Steam still sells as many copies of AAA_Game_of_the_Month as both console markets combined, and the newest consoles still have no more power than a midrange PC of five or more years ago.

I used to use Linux on the desktop, and quite liked it. Games, however, are the big sticking point. Consoles are not an option, and WINE is still not good enough.

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Re: "It delivers value for money"

And it's called OSX. HAHAHahahahaha... Oh my god, I can't breathe.

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Re: "the left is sacred here"

What site have you been reading? REASON and RATIONALITY are sacred here, not "The Left", like it's some monolithic organisation. It just so happens that many leftward-leaning ideas are frequently much more reasonable and rational than most right-leaning ideas. Not always, when leftie idiots are being just as foolish in their own way as rightie idiots, they face the same degree of scorn. Witness the reaction to a lot of the "safe space" bullshit, for example.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Farewell Lester

You will be sadly missed. One of this site's top contributors, I always enjoyed your articles.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Re: Not seen R1 yet but...

Meh, most of the Expanded Universe was crap, with the notable exception of the Heir to the Empire trilogy and Grand Admiral Thrawn. I'm glad it's gone.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Re: " expensive, messy, heavy and power-hungry"

You've just described someone's ideal partner!

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Re: Not in the UK ...

Yep, remember that male sexual desires are disgusting and shameful. Now pass that vibrator...

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Re: If they look like the ones in 'Humans'

Phwoar, yeah, that stern NHS model! ...Oh wait, you were talking about Mia, weren't you? :P

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@ Smooth Newt

'"think of the children" probably won't work'

Of course it will work. It will work because people in general are morons and claiming that something is "harmful to children" is the quickest way to shut down genuine discussion. Or if you want to actually discuss it, are you one-a them thar "Peter-files"?

Also, fuck moral guardians. Literally, figuratively, I don't care. Pricks that they are.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Indeed, if China and America get into a shooting war the entire world is fucked. Including America and China.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Unhappy

Re: "It would be banned in Australia, obviously."

What isn't?

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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"Fush und chups"?

What's that, some odd mix of Kiwi and German? I think you'll find the phrase is "fush end chups", or even "fush en chups".

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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@Blotto

"is this the star wars Wrath of Khan moment?"

No, that was The Empire Strikes Back. Though I agree that it sounds like Rogue One might be just my cup of tea.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Why is work "good"?

Work is considered "good" because the work of the lower classes generates more and more wealth for the owning classes. And the owning classes have put great effort into perpetuating the "work=good" idea through brainwashing and indoctrination, usually in the form of religion but also through constant vilification of those who do not (or can not) work.

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Re: Right Wing Hell

I see this as another benefit of UBI. Companies that want to hire workers will have to ensure a pleasant working environment as workers won't have the incentive of not starving to death to force them to put up with terrible treatment. No downside there.

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@TheTick

"...the essence of voluntary cooperation which benefits all"

Because free market capitalism is only voluntary in any way if you are wealthy. Otherwise it's "participate, under the rules set by the wealthy, or starve to death in the streets."

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@ Ken Hagan

"I don't see why the welfare system should foot the bill for the prejudices of a by-gone age"

Because those who don't bow to the prejudices of a bygone age DON'T GET A FECKIN' JOB.

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@ Jason 24

"...screaming that if EU labour dries up there won't be enough workers"

By which they mean there won't be enough workers willing to work for peanuts and they might even have to start offering to pay something closer to what the job is actually worth.

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: What Did We Learn?

"The Dem's primary was rigged against Sanders all along so that Hillary would win"

Now THAT is something someone should be in jail over. Not only was it a subversion of the electoral process, Sanders was the only candidate worth a damn out of everyone who stepped up on both sides.

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

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For their first task, I suggest this emoji translator gets to work on translating that stupid Office ribbon back into feckin' text!

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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I'm waiting for conservatives to start bleating "When we said we were for states' rights, we didn't mean their rights to do things we don't like!"

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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@cambsukguy

"as a user, I would like to see more love for the mobile platform"

As a user, I'd like to see much LESS attention to the mobile platform, it's seriously screwing up desktop functionality. Half the design failures of Windows 10, and most of the design failures of Windows 8, would have never occurred if MS weren't trying to push this crap about "unifying" desktop and mobile.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: The new President

"liberal media". Hahahahahaha.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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@BillG

Bill my friend, do you know your right from your left? It doesn't seem like it.

Fascism, the marriage of government and corporate interests, as pioneered by the hard-right dictator Benito Mussolini.

Here, have a dictionary definition.

Fascism

ˈfaʃɪz(ə)m/

noun

An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy, absolute rule, Nazism, rightism, militarism;

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@ Eddy Ito

I am laughing at the thought of CNN being considered "left". It's merely not quite as hard-right as most of the media... Which of course makes it "commie pinko lefty" in the eyes of conservative Americans.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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Big John, what are you trying to say about my country, where we routinely have 97% turnout or higher? You bigoted wanker.

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@ Hans 1

I have to agree, I'm always amused when an American says something or someone is "left" as if they really believe they know what the term means. It's almost as funny as hearing them say "socialist". Here's a hint, USA: your Democrats are situated some distance to the right of right-wing parties in many other countries, including my own. Your Republicans are way over the madness event horizon and accelerating.

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Re: Russians or not

"Worst president you've ever had"? What are you talking about, Bush has been gone for eight years.

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

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Re: Fascism/Totalitarianism knows no boundaries

*yawn* Let me mark you down to 2/10, it's obvious you haven't studied the material. Here's a hint: Fascism is a right wing ideology. And wipe your chin.

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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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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Re: And the animals who aren't rich

Larry Ellison? Is that you?

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Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

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No

I don't talk to my computer and I don't intend to. Why do Microsoft keep trying so hard to separate us from our keyboards?

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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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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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