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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

perlcat
Go

Re: Being American..

Why, thank you, Don Jefe. Your post was deliciously insane, and like all true masters of the craft, I cannot tell whether you are serious or not.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Re: KerryTruth®. So nourishing you absolutely want to hear more of it!™

We call him "Lurch" for the uncanny resemblance.

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Re: TL;DR

As an American, you're right. All's this was was getting smoke blown up the world's collective asses. It isn't even to keep businesses going -- The American Toom Tabard is only concerned with political goals, and hasn't paid any attention to businesses in the US -- arguably to the world's detriment -- in general, his stunning lack of competence, coupled with his incredible ego and his hyper-partisanship has meant anything he has tried to "accomplish" has turned to shite. He needs to go back to being a nobody community organizer.

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: Amazon is not Italy.

I remember the retail workers union in St. Louis -- we always marveled at them, as with their "bargaining skills", they wound up making minimum wage, while non-union workers in other towns made double that. The problem is they forgot that once you take that step into collective bargaining, you have to bargain for everything all the time. Non-union towns had to keep up with the market.

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Haitian snapper humbles photo giants AFP, Getty Images in $1.2m copyright victory

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Re: No jail time?

Jail time's only for the little guys.

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Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

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Re: shock horror!

It is not that simple. There was a lot more to the Civil War than the false dichotomy of "free the slaves" vs "keep the slaves" people have reduced this to. Lincoln was a political hack in the extreme. Slavery didn't need a war to bring it to an end -- in many nations at the time, it ended, simply because it was no longer profitable. (not that slavery has totally ended as of this day -- there is a lot of slavery yet in this world.)

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BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

perlcat

Another use for goats.

You know, a good goat will do that.

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Secrets of Apple's mysterious Arizona sapphire factory: Our expert whispers all

perlcat

Re: +1

a +1 for your +1.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Coat

Re: A can of worms..

Looks like the Dyson Sphere of influence is shrinking.

[rimshot]

That's a joke, son, get it?

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BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend

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Re: A reminder of how puny we are

Easy there, Ozymandius.

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Coat

Re: Fireworks

Why "male(sic) a big deal about it"?

It's freudian! We have sunspots, and we now have sunspooge -- the stellar daytime equivalent of nocturnal emissions.

[I know. BAD DOG PERLCAT!! NO BISCUIT!]

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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

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That's going to lave a mark -- not.

A news organization that makes it a practice to not hear opinions and facts that it does not like? Humorous.

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Re: @Ragarath - The Smell!

Bet it gave them no end of amusement to use that old saying: "Clean enough to eat off of."

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Coat

./= "...and it burns burns burns us" ./=

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perlcat

Re: Right-angle poo

In the US, it's usually called a "mud pipe".

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Tech war latest: Today's leather tools 'invented by NEANDERTHALS'

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Uh OH.

The Beast of Cupertino will be out at the dig with their C&D's in 3..2..1...

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perlcat

Have fun searching for pictures of a modern lissoir.

Alternate search suggestion:

"Did you mean pissoir pictures?"

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US taxmen told to hush up shadowy drug squad unit laundering NSA intel

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Re: Just a heads up.

...actually, yes we can. We have to rise up, and push our states to use the 10th amendment tools we already have.

We can't rely upon ANY of the feds to rein in their lawlessness -- voting the bums out will just get us new bums in. There's a LOT of usurpation of State's Rights going on, from DOMA, to drug laws, to the whole metric shit-tone that has happened in the past 12 years.

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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

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Mushroom

I'll just stand way off while you...

try to fire a rocket engine that has spent 40+ years on the seabed. It's been nice knowing you. I've included a lovely icon of what the last moment of your life will be like.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

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"Carter", "non-functioning" -- in the same sentence.

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

I used to think he was a weathervane for crackpot ideas -- I'm not so sure anymore that there's even that much consistency to his babble.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

perlcat
Unhappy

Re: Nostaglia isn't what it used to be...

....and don't forget the Foul Beast's including an emulation of Netware 3.12 as network services. Novell left an opening at 4.x NDS, with small shops wanting to keep the bindery on their small networks, and M$ gave it away.

I saw that, and said "well, so much for me getting a 4.0 CNE."

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Feds BANNED from DEF CON by founder (who is Obama's cyber-expert)

perlcat

In other news...

Moss is *shocked* to discover that the feds are spying.

Hope he gets over his case of the vapours pretty soon.

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: Strongly Agree: Backups don't really matter.

I can condense it down even further.

Nobody ever gets fired for backup failures. They get fired for failing to restore.

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Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

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Re: Alternatively, it might be home

Hooray for Hooloovoo.

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

perlcat
Facepalm

Amusing. Criticising Simon's grammar.

"That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it works."

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

perlcat
Black Helicopters

Re: Yes,

Our government hates competition.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

perlcat
Black Helicopters

Re: Better left to the authorities

Tom 13's got a very good point. There are a LOT of innocent (or at least not proven guilty) people in jail because of faked results. We've descended a long way from Maimonides' ideal of letting a thousand guilty go free rather than imprison one innocent man. With predictable results.

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More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study

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Black Helicopters

Re: Carbon dioxide

You have to love our educational systems. They'll teach you how to be a good little slave of the state, but they cannot teach you how to succeed, nor how to think. Just believe whatever version of the truth they tell you. That is all.

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Dark matter researchers think they've got a signal

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Coat

Re: Compelling reasons for reviving the ether

Should be easy to detect, then. Just use an ether net. (Hey, it works for catching the ether bunny.)

I realize I should be beat for those puns. That's why I'm running for the door.

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Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

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Black Helicopters

Re: Mostly harmless

I notice that while he wants to bring US leaders "to justice", he only wants to bring certain ones to justice. I call BS. This is not justice. This is just politics.

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Website which 'could have prevented Rwandan genocide' goes live

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Black Helicopters

Re: Cue a random word generator.

I'd help contribute to their database, but my hovercraft is currently full of eels.

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

perlcat
Coat

@SW10

I prefer a viton barrier, due to the higher level of heat generated. Rubber tends to break down.

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

perlcat
Pint

Re: Hmmmm

Helpdesk caller: "I knew that there was something strange about the helpdesk girl, but she was *so* convincing when she asked me what color my underwear was."

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Black Helicopters

Re: Oh yeah?

At the risk of irritating people, I have a hard time getting excited about dual booting machines. M$ has never played nice, and probably never will. In the meantime, a *IX can host multiple virtual machines, including the M$ "products". All's it takes is a little beef in the machine spec, and you can have cake, and eat it too. Running OpenSUSE, with Virtualbox, have 5 different VM's running at same time, no appreciable performance deterioration. All on a laptop with 32GB RAM.

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Trollface

"Linux people do what they do because they hate Microsoft. We do what we do because we love Unix. "

Theo De Raadt. OpenBSD Founder

Now we have gasoline, air, and a match. Wacky hijinks to ensue.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Ok, lets get this clear for people...

You don't need to add anything about computers; the conversation's about BACON!!!

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Pint

Re: Noooooo!

While you're plugging different foods, in the States, R. M. Felts out of Ivor, VA makes traditionally cured bacon and ham. Cured to being shelf-stable, no fridge needed. They ship, too.

Very tasty. Just need some beer to go with your bacon sarny, and meat's back on the menu, boys!

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

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Pint

Re: Rejoice

No, Dilbert has no idea. The character that understands the BOFH is Wally. Wally is a Zen Master of a different dojo. Dilbert is just there as filler between Wally episodes.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

perlcat

Poor slobs.

Here we have another sad tale of two groups that forgot that it's "Pillage *then* burn."

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Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers

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Coat

Re: Is it good or bad?

I was always told to shave a strip down the middle. put lighter fluid on one side, light it, and stab the little bastards with a fork as they ran for cover.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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Coat

Re: what you did there, I saw it

I hear that business is humming.

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Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland

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Coat

Re: What was that?

Which one of you is Brian?

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

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Joke

Re: "Sound like the young man didn't have a sense of humour,"

Uhm, you read the part where they said he was a lawyer, right?

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WWII HERO PIGEON crypto message STUMPS GCHQ boffins

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Joke

Re: Could it be Hungarian?

My nipples exploded with delight to read that!

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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

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Facepalm

Re: Uh oh - potential PR disaster

Yeah, I think that the way they've built this up, the public wouldn't settle for anything less than Deja Thoris.

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Boffin

Re: mike@plokta.com

Didn't the prototype also gain weight from mercury contamination? (The guy that polished it blew on it as he cleaned it over the years, and the mercury came from his dental fillings.)

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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

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Facepalm

A guy just can't win.

Spend your whole life trying not to stick it in the crazy, and the crazy sticks your bone in her anyway.

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Petraeus appeal: STOP BUBBA the Love Sponge FRYING a KORAN

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Black Helicopters

re: "...but a general making a phone call or email or whatever is not a law."

Let's try this little exercise. If a uniformed policeman told you you could not put a sign in your front yard advocating, say, to legalize marijuana (a worthy cause, IMO) -- is he impacting your free speech as an agent of the government? How about if he was *not* in uniform, and *clearly* not connected with the government -- just doing that as another citizen? In the first, this is restricting your free speech. No law needed. The potential threat of enforcement is all you need. In the second, it is two citizens both exercising their right.

Now, assume a General in the Army calls you personally, *as has happened*, to tell you not to say/do something. Legal authority or no, I'm telling you that as a representative of the government, he needs to have his tit put in the wringer. It is an ugly precedent. What's the next acceptable rank to tell you what to do or what not to do? Colonel? Major? Captain? Lieutenant? Where does it stop, when it never should have started in the first place? As a general, he should know the legality and ethics of this, but then, if he was so smart, he'd have kept his fly buttoned and saved us all a lot of trouble.

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Sun BELCHES twice, mighty plasma loops miss Earth - NASA vid

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Joke

Re: Global Warming

...in the same sense that long underwear causes global warming of each of my bollocks.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Unhappy

Re: Seriously, though,

Pessimist? Why, yes, I am. Thank you. I prefer the phrase "able to learn from make past experience", or "willing to make an inference of future occurrences based upon past events.", but "pessimist" works fine, too.

I think it's a fair assumption that the entire rat population on these islands probably started from one or two breeding pairs. A thoroughly rat-infested ship would not make it all the way across the ocean -- once all the food is gone, the fun stops for the sailors as well, and so rat control en route would be a priority. Can you honestly say that you can eliminate 100% of them? If poison would work, why couldn't they be able to do that on ships, where there's fewer places to hide, and a LOT more motivation to eliminate them? Rats, even at that time, were not food animals -- but vermin to be destroyed out of hand.

Until those questions can be answered, I'm going to continue assuming that this is one of those sops to our collective conscience that doesn't actually *do* anything other than reduce the problem to somewhat manageable levels, while introducing toxins to an ecosystem that may not be as able to deal with it as we would hope. After all, something's going to eat those poisoned rat carcasses.

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