* Posts by phuzz

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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A new BOFH at 16:30 on a friday? I'm glad I'm not a user trying to get something fixed because every* IT department in the UK just clocked off.

* well, all the ones with their priorities straight who aren't already in the pub.

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Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

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Cyanogen

If this gets a Cyanogenmod release then it could be worth a look when my Moto G eventually dies.

Also kudos to Motorola for adversing their thin, rubber protective covers with the tag line "Total Protection. Total Fun." fnar fnar

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

BBC4 and 6Music are worth the license fee for me, but each to their own.

Oh, and you don't usually have to wait more than a few hours for Dr Who to show up on the torrent sites. Er, or so my friend informs me...ahem.

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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Re: Mmmmmm Meat Rocket

Yes they did, and more than semi-successful too.

>>>>>> Is this as close as we're getting to a rocket icon elReg?

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: And what now?

"If you are a CEO getting paid millions plus millions in bonuses and your company screws up as badly as Lenovo, HSBC etc have; then you **MUST** be held to account"

Oh come on, we all know that rich people are Better Than Us(tm) and can't be held accountable to the same rules. Honestly, next you'll be saying we should punish bankers for screwing up, rather than giving them more money.

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New Dell boxes reverberate with Blue Thunder

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Erm

So, this "hyper-converged XC appliance", as far as I an tell this is a server with a bunch of disks (and some SSDs).

So what exactly does "hyper-converged XC appliance" mean?

What is it converging on?

What makes it's convergence so extraordinary that it's 'hyper'?

And does 'appliance' mean anything more than 'we'd like you to buy a lot of identical ones'?

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: The more entertaining one would be if it is 2015, not 2024

Life support is split between the US and Russian sides, it's semi redundant (ie neither side could really cover the entire station on it's own).

The 'escape pods' are currently two Soyuz spacecraft, but the aim of the NASA commercial crew program is to use either Dragon or the Boeing capsule as a lifeboat.

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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From reading through the details in the slides that were released, GCHQ/NSA intercepted the keys when they were being sent to the network providers, not in Gemalto's central store, so perhaps they were looking in the wrong place for a breach.

Wouldn't the easiest way for the TLAs to intercept keys be to vacuum up all emails coming out of Gemalto to grab the presumably encrypted keys, whilst also checking all other methods of communication to grab the passwords?

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: It looks impressive

I've got one of the original Pebbles, and I like it, but I don't think it's a must buy for everyone.

Firstly, I like wearing a watch, I find having to dig my phone out to look at the time takes an annoyingly long time. So if you don't currently wear a watch, then really why do you want a smart one?

Mainly what I use the 'smart' part of the Pebble for is reading my notifications, and it's surprisingly useful for that. The best way I've found of describing it is, if you've played GTA:V you'll have seen text messages pop up in the side of the screen that you can glance at, or you can get your character's phone out and read the whole thing. That's pretty much the experience of using a Pebble right there.

I can quickly read a text easily enough, but an email is easier to read on my phone (or computer), but I can get a quick idea of the gist of it, and if I need to pay attention to it or not.

As for all the apps they promote, I've not really tried them, I have no interest in replying to texts from my watch, I don't need an activity tracker (it would read 0), apparently there's a PayPal app, I have no idea what that is for.

As far as the battery goes, I get 7-8 days on average, so it's fine as long as I remember to put it on charge every week, I probably use it less than some people though, YMMV.

** edit, don't forget, that you'll need BLuetooth switched on, on your phone which will probably reduce the life there. Some people say it improves because you're not using the phone's screen as much, that's not the case for me.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

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Re: Wow BT is getting faster at responding to user problems

I've not read the small print on your contract, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't a clause basically allowing them to restrict your connection to whatever they feel like.

Presumably you've ended up sharing bandwidth with everyone else in your area who's connected to the same cabinet, which as far as BT is concerned is perfectly normal.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Mr Stross doesn't use Word for writing, I believe he does use Scrivener. However, his publishers use the Change Tracking feature in Word, so he must also use Word for copy edits. Apparently this is very common across the entire industry.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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The elReg guide to Goonhilly is here.

I too remember a Geeks Guide to Porthcurno, but I'm buggered if I can find it through the usual search tools.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

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Re: I believe it

Despite building PCs for a couple of years, what I always forget is that when you slide a case out of it's box, and it's wrapped in plastic with polystyrene packaging it'll build up a nice static charge as it slides out of the box.

I managed an inch long spark and a lot of swearing just the other day forgetting that one.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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telly?

TV, oh yeah, that's the thing in the lounge hooked up to a console that we use for watching stuff that's streamed or downloaded right?

I remember when you used to use them for watching stuff that was beamed to everyone, but you were stuck with whatever the broadcaster thought you wanted to watch, when they wanted you to watch it. Glad that's not around any more.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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One good thing about Dell's business laptops (ie Latitudes or Precisions), they're supremely easy to open up to upgrade or replace components. There didn't used to be much crapware installed either, but I'm not sure if that's the case today (as soon as the laptop comes in it gets a fresh install from WDS).

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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Even worse when your ex getting a new partner is international news.

Come on elReg, feel free to take the piss out of him for tech related problems, but leave nonsense like this for the gossip mags please.

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

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I'm not sure what adblockers you've all been using but AdBlock Plus is quite happy to block all content from website.com/ads while allowing content from website.com.

Of course, they can mix up the adverts with legitimate images, but at that point why are you even visiting that website?

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Too late, you didn't PRESS X TO THROW TO FLOOR in time. Game Over.

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Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

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"Relatively complex tax affairs".

That's a very polite way of saying "on the fiddle".

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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

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Re: Business use, maybe. Personal use maybe not.

You can use both. Have your onsite backups on disk, and periodically backup offsite, (or 'into the cloud' if you prefer).

There's upsides and downsides to both, but the smart sysadmin spreads their risks.

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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Re: welcome with caution...

I've been trying to stop using flash, but so far the HTML5 version of Youtube just doesn't work as well. About 1 in 5 videos get stuck halfway through and won't play further no matter how many times I reload the page, or change the resolution.

Youtube and iPlayer are about the only sites I've found a need for Flash though.

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Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

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Re: I don't want to be pedantic, but...

That's the way round I'd expect to see them, but it's pretty obvious what was meant.

The other side of the world is a long way to go to figure that bit of life learning though.

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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Are Copenhagen Suborbital's designs not open source then? They've certainly built some impressively large liquid fuel designs considering that they're all (gifted) amateurs.

>>>>>>>>>>> about time we got a rocket icon maybe?

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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Re: I read that as.

On demand scaling is a lovely idea, but it means you either have unused capacity lying around for most of the year, or you have to rent it in from somewhere else come christmas (or whenever your busy period is).

If you're using a public cloud provider you can at least spin up a few more machines, and hope that you don't have any bottlenecks in your systems (spoiler, you probably do), but if you have a "private cloud" (aka 'server room') you're a bit stuck.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: glad i managed to watch

First time I've ever seen the stage separation, and the faring jettison from a camera on the ground. Really beautiful :)

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Anonymous HACKED GAS STATIONS - and could cause FUEL SHORTAGES

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Re: "WE_ARE_LEGION"

I think it's more that anyone who hacks something, and knows there might be some comeback will put in a bunch of references to anonymous just to muddy the waters.

Someone on 4chan (or whereever) is bound to claim responsibility for this just to sound cool, leaving the real hacker to find a way to sell the skill they now have.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: "Here is what we are doing, you will support it"

So by dropping an old proprietary format (WMA) and moving to a widely used more open one (AAC) is not selecting widely supported formats how exactly?

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: Pressing the brake pedal

'Depressing' when referring to buttons or leavers etc usually just means 'pushing downwards', I'd never really thought about the potential confusion before.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Appropriate

"People like this give the industry a very bad name."

No, the industry gives itself a bad name. They may like to dance along the avoidance/evasion line, but to everyone else, it's just evasion.

And yes, normally he should have used internal channels, but presumably he felt that the authorities would be unable to obtain the data with a warrant, because it would either be hidden, or deleted if such a warrant was presented. A warrant is only of use if the person/entity on the receiving end feels like obeying the law.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Skin effect is present in pretty much any alternating current travelling down a wire, but it's just a description of the fact that AC will travel mostly along the edges of a wire, rather than in the middle.

I'm not sure how it's supposed to effect listening to music, as there's no way to stop it happening, but I suppose that the resistance of the wire would vary slightly with frequency, so higher frequency signals would have slightly higher resistance. However, this will be the case even in the internal wiring of the audio components, so you'd expect it to be taken into account before it leaves the factory.

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At the third beep, the Atomic Clock will be 60 ... imprecisely

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Yes, you are correct in thinking that a tidal energy plant will have some effect on the the Earth-Moon relationship, but the impact it will have is almost infinitesimal.

How much do you think the tide is affected by one tidal energy plant, as opposed to the entire coastline of the UK?

The tidal effects mentioned in the article that are causing the earth's rotation to slow are mainly the effects of the moon's gravity on the Earth itself, not the effect on the seas.

tl/dr Yes the Earth's rotation is slowing, but at such a slow rate that you should really be worried about the lifetime of the Sun

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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More of this sort of thing please elReg :)

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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Re: Eero

Just by mentioning the word 'Enterprise' allows you to jack the price up by at least 50%.

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Attackers sling recent Flash 0day through 1800 domains

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Re: But ... but ...

There's two versions, an ActiveX one for IE, and a plugin version for Firefox (et al). Oh, and Chrome has it's own version as well.

In Firefox you can make flash click-to-play, so it'll only run when you want it to, although right now I can't remember how to enable that.

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Re: Can't die quick enough

Silliest choice? I beg to differ, they could have used Java.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Re: The naughty ones

If you want to communicate using encryption, you could always use agree a system with the other person, so that if you send them a text saying "fancy watching the football this weekend?" they know that you mean (eg) "shoot the prime minister", but if your text reads "fancy watching the rugby this weekend?" then your friend will know that you mean "blow up the queen".

There's not really anyway for GCHQ to break this code, unless you were daft enough to share it via some electronic means, and this is the sort of thing actually dangerous terrorists will use. The only people that are going to share their plans explicitly via email are the numpties that are more of a danger to themselves than others, but catching a numpty still looks good in the papers so the police will be happy either way.

Or you could put those resources into stopping people from becoming terrorists in the first place, but that won't look good in the papers, so no politician is going to go for that.

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Port authority: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

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Re: Fail Again

Isn't the whole point of Thunderbolt that you can daisy-chain devices? So one cable from your computer to monitor A, then one from A to B, and from B to C. And you can add this hub somewhere along the chain I suppose.

As far as I know that's how it's supposed to work, is there some real world gotcha by any chance?

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Rumours of on-premises software's demise greatly exaggerated

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Re: I had a problem and tried to solve it with Sharepoint

You could share files to your clients via Sharepoint, but most companies I've worked with will just use the free version of Dropbox (or similar) without going anywhere near their IT department.

(Although we'll still be expected to help them when all their files get deleted I expect).

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New claim: D-Link router exposes unprotected config controls to web – DNS hijackers, ahoy!

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Re: Colour me shocked

But D-Link weren't rolling their own interface, they were borrowing (presumably buying) one from Zyxel.

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Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

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"I do not know about them, but it is absolutely clear that the terrorists and jihadists do."

I don't understand it therefore it must be witchcraft!

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Maybe they should wait until they've got the countryside up to 1% of their fastest speed? 1Mbps would be an upgrade for the village I grew up in, 5 would be a revelation.

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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You've got hand it to the Bloodhound PR guys. They released this video months and months ago but they still manage to keep getting articles about it into the press.

(irrc the video came out at the same time the news about Jag sponsoring them was released, so november)

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I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

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"Without a reboot, services using the old library will not be restarted"

That's the problem right there. Installing a patch is fine, but having to reboot all of our web servers is not going to be fun.

Should rack up some overtime though.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: On site support

I wouldn't trust any of the data-center security guards I've met to swap a disk. Don't get me wrong, some of them are bloody good guards, but I've never met one who was interested in what they were guarding.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: @Phuzz, Yuk, not again

I do agree that there is merit in a second house that is not elected, as it's members will vote on issues without being swayed by the fear of not being re-elected.

However, currently members of the Lords are by and large chosen by the current government, which doesn't exactly make them non-partisan.

We need a way of selecting candidates who are interested in government but not politics. The first thing to do would be to stop anyone who wants to be there, perhaps by banning anyone who has ever stood for the House of Commons?

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Re: Yuk, not again

It was the House of Lords, nobody voted for them.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Organising the Techies

Write to your MP (and any local Lords if they deign to live in this country) and explain in simple words how, for example, adding a back door to SnapChat would allow pretty much anyone to read messages, and how it couldn't be limited to just the government. You could also add how 'the government' also encompasses local authorities trying to catch people who don't pick their dog shit and so on and not just the security services chasing terrorists.

Perhaps point out that when politicians show clear lack of any technical knowledge they look less electable (I have no idea if this is true, but it's worth keeping them personally interested).

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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You missed off the joke icon mate because surely you can't have been serious >>>>>>

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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

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Re: Why is there a side-order of a picture with Norkorian Grands Fromages??

The NSA have shuffled their feet and admitted that they hacked a South Korean program that was busy hacking the North Korean hacking unit (or something), and it was definitely the norks wot dun it.

It's certainly more plausible than "we can tell from the IPs and having seen some hacks in our time".

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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"I think it's just one of those films that for some reason people took too seriously."

Making an entire religion* based on it** is definitely taking it too seriously.

* scientology

** well, the book, sort of

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