* Posts by Big John

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Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

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Re: A tenth of annual profit?

The 10% is actually from total annual profit worldwide for Google. No one said Google makes 10% off India alone.

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

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Re: Er, that's actually a South Dakota/Minnesota billboard

Actually that is incorrect. Minnesota is #39 down the list, and South Dakota is #9.

The stats don't appear to show any clear trend except that the West has more suicides than the East. And that there is something wrong with Montana...

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Re: Poorly thought out attempt at Bitcoins?

> "...I would rather spend a night drinking beer and playing poker with a group of rednecks than going out on the town with a group of self important political types."

I agree, no buzzkill is worse than a self-important jerk who likes to label people with mindlessly derogatory terms like redneck.

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Re: Er, that's actually a South Dakota/Minnesota billboard

"The Upper West/Mountain West are their own special kind of redneck Zeitgeist..."

Spoken like a true elitist. I'm sure you you are actually an elite person, since if you weren't, it would be a bit embarrassing.

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

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Re: we’re offering all seven of those that did well in the poll …

A cohort of collective nouns is catchier.

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Indian State shuts off mobile internet to stop rumours fuelling riots

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Positive discrimination

"22 year-old Hardik Patel is a member of the Patidar caste, a group that has been campaigning for classification as “other backward class” (OBC). Such status results in positive discrimination towards a group to promote its economic development."

Here in the U.S. it's called Affirmative (actually preferential) Action. Odd how Socialists seem to believe that the answer to unequal outcomes is government mandated discrimination. And just like here, India is finding out that this policy can never really succeed, so it must be contantly tweaked for "fairness."

Bureaucrats love the extra power, the recipients of the "positive" discrimination love the bennies, and the implied perpetrators (the bulk of the people) get shafted. What's not to love?

One delicious detail is the so-called creamy layer resting on top of each downtrodden caste. Those are the ones who are actually doing fairly well, so they get excluded from bennie consideration. I suppose that's to maintain the "backward" nature of the intended positive discrimination recipients group. Nice.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Holey information loss, Batman!

Judging by this story, nothing has changed in the wacky world of relativistic quantum physics.

I thought that such outcomes were excluded...

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Just where do ...

> "A pity. Look at the results."

I get the impression that you feel your species is essentially lacking and ought be curtailed. Maybe we are guilty of a crime? Do we have Original Sin upon our heads?

No, we're upright monkeys trying to keep a tight grip on this thing we've invented called "civilization." I would not expect perfection any time soon.

As for those "results," well, I'm not signaling you with smoke, mirrors, nor pigeon. Nor am I throwing my spear. Instead, my words are carried to you via magic tubes some others made, and we can discuss the details like civilized monkeys. I call that progress.

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Re: Just where do ...

"What makes your genes worth passing on, hmm?"

I have a stadium's worth of ancestors, every one of which did not have your attitude. And all your ancestors were the same.

Now YOU are here. But not for long...

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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

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You mean, post to the Intertubes?

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Stalling for time

It would give the phrase "In the john" a radically new overtone...

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Re: Sploosh

The Japanese are past masters at making noise in the loo.

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Re: Quality time

"But isn't that time to post on El Reg?"

Who, the writers, or the commentards?

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

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Adulterated logic

> Military.com reports Carter saying "Yes, the services are looking into it, as well they should be. Of course it's an issue because conduct is very important."

Unless of course you are a deserter named Bergdahl, and Obama takes a shine to you, in which case conduct means nothing.

Aside from that hypocrisy, those big companies had better tread very lightly, given the unvetted nature of the AM accounts being leaked. Anyone sacked might easily point out how the data dump could easily have been altered, and sue the bejabbers out of said big company.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: This...

This 'team' claims their tabletop chemistry simulation shows what will really happen underground, just as some climate scientists claim their computer models are as good as the real thing. Forgive me if I'm skeptical.

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Ex-Prez Bush, Cheney sued for email, phone spying during Olympics

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Re: Did the massive sweep catch any terrorists?

So if Ross can't get a judge to consider his charges legit, it's proof of a conspiracy? Suuure...

A quick google of this Ross guy reveals he has called for impeachment of George W. many times in the past. How is this not just more of the same? And meanwhile Obama (his party's leader) is violating our rights far more than W could ever have dreamed possible.

It's a pathetic attempt at attracting attention.

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream? @ Big John

I did use the word "ardent" in my description. Most people (including myself) feel that abortion in the first trimester is acceptable. After that point the former "clump of cells" has changed into somthing uncomfortably like a human being. In the third trimester, abortion starts to get rather gruesome. Yet there are those who argue that these natural human feelings have no weight, and that the fetus has no rights until it passes out the birth canal. Halfway out isn't enough, there's still time for the mother to take that fetus's life away. Obama himself once voted to defend such partial-birth abortions in Illinois.

Argue about rights all you want; It's still sickening to contemplate. Even worse, a large lucrative 'industry' has grown up around the practice. Worse still, this industry appears to be primarily aimed at minority women, judging by the abortion statistics. What's that all about?

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream?

Pay no mind. I would guess those down votes are from ardent pro-abortion advocates. They fear that your disgust for this brain-growing thing is too similar to disgust at killing the unborn, so their political defenses get triggered. It's basically just noise.

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Re: Only In The USA!

Stem cell research was NEVER banned in the U.S. It was only taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cells that was restricted, and then only for several years. But don't let mere facts get in the way of a good rant.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Enunciation

Hey, I bet your country sells guns too, but only clandestinely and only to criminals. Everyone else is disarmed gun-free.

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One in eight mobile calls in India drops out __ ___ middle of your chat

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Out, damned spot!

"...with a recent meeting resulting in promises from telcos to install micro-cells to address black spots...."

How would this work? Just the pub and surrounding alleys?

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Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

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Lost in translation

The mission has been so consumate a success that I was motivated to visit the mission site, where halfway down, above the Gallery, is a spec sheet that says:

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Launch Vehicle: PSLV-C25

Type of Satellite: Science & Exploration

Manufacturer: ISRO

Owner: ISRO

Orbit Type: Martian

:)

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Yellow and blue circles, red arrows added to Gartner's Magic Quadrant

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I want more

Those arrows and circles cry out for full animation. And what about a nice 'assistant' like Clippy to help newbies over the learning curve?

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Boffins identify world's (possibly) first flowering plant

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Re: puzzled

In most forests the trees ARE fairly parallel...

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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Re: I Think I'm Infected

Must be the "Sucker Punch" virus. Its home base is spoofed to look like Windows Update, to a casual inspection. Don't be fooled, this one is nasty. You might have to do a full-wipe/re-install.

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

> "It's hard to tell, as we Yanks don't do sarcasm very well."

Quite true, all us Yanks are straight shooters who always say exactly what we're thinking.

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

> "So why is the legislation "sorely needed" to ban ad-blockers?"

It IS sorely needed, by the advertisers. Did you think I meant the audience?

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All your eyes are belong to us

"The popularity of ad blockers may really force the ad industry’s hand to change how they go about advertising."

Or conversly they might try to get ad blockers outlawed. After all, they acquired rights to an audience in exchange for monetary support to the content providers. If the audience is allowed to avoid the advertiser while still having access to the content, that's stealing, innit? This sorely needed legislation would be much like digital copyright protection, a well-established necessity.

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Commish grants Google two more weeks to work on EU antitrust defence

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Divest this

"Google is charged with favouring its own services in search results. If the European Commission finds it guilty, the company faces fines of up to 10 per cent of its global turnover and possible divestiture orders.

The latter punishment might now be easier to achieve, given the recent creation of parent company Alphabet and the splitting up of the Chocolate Factory into smaller parts."

The idea being to force Alphabet Corp. to sell off the search engine? Good luck with that.

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Use QuickTime … and become part of the collective

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Denied

"...creating a local denial of service condition..."

What is that? Should I be concerned? It sounds a bit like typical married life.

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: Facial Recognition?

Bacon okay, but can the battery stand the strain?

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Re: Meh, probably never fly

That doesn't happen EVERY election, just the ones that change the Oval Occupant. And this time there's no certainty we'll be able to rid ourselves of the current one.

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Solid stupidity

Let us build a new heavy lift vehicle with all the modern amenities, and save lots of money by including impossible-to-shut-off solid boosters. Why not? We'll just make sure not to have any boost phase issues...

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Re: locals should be able to hear it

There would be an 8+ minute delay between the visuals and the audio at 100 miles distance. Must be a case of "Psychic Hearing."

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Optional

Finding out what will happen to Everything is a waste? Can't be as much of a waste as MY life. Oh if only I were "wasting" my life like that!

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Re: There are 2 'Schools of Thought' on this

> "Even the "healthy lifestyle" has it's costs down the road.. exercise wears out joints, for example."

I'm 56, and I find that even with much weight lifting and all-terrain hiking, my joints seem to be geting more fit than before. I think the resistance training is doing it, along with religious stretching.

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Re: Advance tickets now on sale...

Considering that Santa Fe is a city-sized hangout for the Beautiful PeopleTM, I'd expect to see a pretty fair little opera company there, maybe with a strong whiff of cowboy...

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Hmmm...

What opera should we compare this one to? Faust? Till Eulenspiegel? Götterdämmerung?

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Here we go again

Climate science is a real thing, but since the 80's it's been warped out of all recognition by enviro-wackos intent on snuffing out western civilization for its many eco-sins. Fossil fuels are the main energy supply for that civilization, so a theory that ties those fuels to thermal armageddon fits the agenda perfectly. It's just gravy that venal politicians find it convenient to jump on board a train that promises them more power and wealth.

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Re: Here we go again

It stopped being science a long time ago.

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Deniers?

Mr. Chirgwin, your use of the derogatory term "denier" self-identifies you as a non-credible hack. Please go away.

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Stalking around

So vertical slit eyes are characteristic of the small cats. I wonder if that particular pupil shape enhances object detection when viewing is obscured by many vertical grass stalks?

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Obligatory Zappa

Flakes

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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

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Tobor Radar Robot

Remember, be fair!

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Java question...

How much does a current Android device depend on this alledged Java code?

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It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet

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And where is Monorail Cat?!

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Re: Nice: 1mg x 3/day!

Thank Ghod he was on Xanax when they pulled him over. Imagine the panic attack otherwise!

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Re: Cheerful crazy

> "He hasn't hurt anyone."

Yeah, John speaks his mind, then blows his mind on a 'legal high' while driving a multi-ton menace in public. When someone is impaired enough to attract the cops, he puts all of us in danger. Personally I resent the attitude implied, particularly by celebrities who never get real punishment when caught.

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Re: Legal drugs

I had to look up Xanax, and its primary use is for panic disorder and anxiety disorders. Also it is the 12th biggest prescribed drug. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alprazolam

So why is John taking it? Maybe PTSD from his Southern Adventure? I doubt it, considering the subject. Yup, it's almost certainly purely recreational for him.

As for the arrest, while the idea of a setup is interesting, no one that powerful would have a real motivation. No, he got his shiny new prescription and dived right in, then weaved around enough to attract the bulls. Tsk. He (and we) are damned lucky he didn't run over someone first.

But hey, John does take a good mug shot!

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Re: It didn't have a gun...

Shirley you mean 'Itself?' Following the lead of the HitchBOT site, all references to the robot are via its proper name, "HitchBOT." Sure does avoid a lot of awkardness about gender and stuff.

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