* Posts by sisk

1799 posts • joined 17 Mar 2010

Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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Erm....or water...

When I was inclined to drink heavily (a habit which fell by the wayside well over a decade ago, when thinking straight became more interesting than losing my inhibitions) I usually matched my alcohol drink for drink with glasses of water. The only time I ever got a hangover was the one time that I didn't do so (New Years 2001....I don't remember a whole lot other than the floor attempting repeatedly to beat me up).

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: It's not that bad...

For a while my lunch budget was about $2/week. That got me a loaf of bread and a pack of hotdogs or bologna. I'm not sure which is more unappetizing: that or Soylent.

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I actually want to get some Soylent to keep at the office for those days I forget to grab my lunch on my way out the door. Unappetizing as it is it's still better than the fast food I've had to eat on those does. A hell of a lot cheaper too. Mind you I'd probably opt for the powder with a shelf life measured in decades over the premix that I have to be sure to get through in a year.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: Donald Trump

He's a rich arsehole who inherited all his wealth. Thus he gets the benefit of someone having done the hard work.

Um....no. He's lost all the wealth he inherited several times over. He inherited tens of millions, maybe as much as $200 million (that's the wildest estimates). He's worth billions. If you think he could have done that through treasuries then you fail at math.

Which is not to say he could have done it without that inheritance. Once you've got a certain amount of money it's pretty easy to turn it into more money. But few can do it as efficiently as he has.

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Re: Crap web team

It's set up on a CMS. He doesn't even have a real web team.

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Re: Donald Trump

Trump will put his many, many lawyers on mad-money until these hackers are found and caught, then he will press state, local, and Federal charges.

He can throw all the money he wants at lawyers, but if they did the hack from a laptop in McDonalds or somewhere else with free public wifi (which, honestly, they'd be morons not to have done) the odds of actually catching them are pretty much nil.

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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Torvalds is NEVER in the mood to be polite. Judging from what I've seen of his interactions with the rest of the dev team and some of his public appearances I'm not sure the man even knows HOW to be polite.

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Re: I'm not a nice person and I don't care about you

In Torvald's case I'd call it a pretty good case of self-awareness. He's NOT a nice person. In fact he's a raging arsehole of a project manager. That fact that he freely admits it makes him only slightly better than a raging arsehole who thinks they're popular.

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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

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No story here

This entire article can be summed up thusly:

A really expensive computerized sniper rifle scope that no one is really interested in can be easily hacked if the wifi is turned on and left on the default password. So it's pretty much like any other computerized device with wifi then, except this one is attached to a gun. Not to worry though, because a successful attacker can only prevent the gun from firing or make it miss its target. Actually making it fire without a trigger pull is not possible.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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NOT indicative of American attitudes

Some idiot has gone and contributed further to the bad reputation of Americans. Most of us would never dream of vandalizing Hitchbot.

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Flash deserves to die

Years ago. Even before the exploits started rolling in the quality of the program had deteriorated to the point of "Why the hell would any sane developer ever use that pile of bug soup?" Now that it's being exploited left and right also just dump it already.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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I'll say just one thing about Windows 10 since I'm not using it and barely supporting it. My wife has been on the Win10 preview since late May and she's been mostly happy with it until the last couple weeks (when it started crashing for no apparent reason). Yesterday she upgraded from the last preview to the first release and her performance took a very noticeable nosedive. I don't know what Microsoft did between the final preview and the first release, but it was clearly something wrong.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Re: 2016

"Trump was the favorite of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Yes, but somewhere around 60% say they'd never vote for him. And as much of a nutcase as he is his lead has 0 chance of growing and 100% chance of diminishing each time he opens his mouth. I know some hard-core Republicans who say they'd vote for any of the Democratic nominees - ANY of them - before they'd vote for Trump. That's how un-electable the man is.

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Re: Trump, bombing and front runner

instead of talking about Obama and Clinton as they'd prefer

The further it gets into the race the more it looks like it may be Sanders they have to worry about. He's looking more and more electable every day. Which, really, is just proof that you have to be an extremist to be electable anymore.

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"The balance between our security and the civil liberties that our ideals and our Constitution require deserves robust debate, and those who are willing to engage in it here at home."

No it doesn't. We do not give up our civil liberties in this country. Period, the end, no debate allowed on the subject. If you can't protect our security within that context then resign so we can elect someone who can.

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Re: @elDog: Please don't come home, Ed Snowden, please don't come home...

You forget that of that 236 million people only about 20-30% of them can be buggered to get to the polls for Presidential elections. For anything less than a Presidential election the number drops to 5-15%. That being the case 167,954 is actually around 1-2% of the population that actually gives a rat's ass. If you have 1-2% of a group signing a petition that's usually a pretty good indication that it's important to the group at large.

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Re: So?

Is there a president or political leader who CAN be trusted? :)

President? No. Political leader? Sure, plenty of them. They all answer to "mayor" or "city councilman" in towns with populations under 50,000.

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Re: 2016

frontrunner Trump

Trump is NOT the GOP front runner. He's just the guy generating the most press. You'd have a tough time finding any significant number of people who are actually saying they're going to vote for him.

Me? At the rate the race is going right now Mickey Mouse is looking like a good write in.

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MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

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Time for something new. This is the third time in the last few years I've heard of a way to compromise TOR's security. Then again I don't use TOR so what do I know?

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: Seriously

It could come out that he's their most active client by far and there would be nothing more than shrugged shoulders. Even if he's one of the "cheating scumbags" on the list people wouldn't even be surprised, let alone outraged. He's already got a rep as a womanizer to put James Bond to shame. It would change nothing for him personally. So I can only assume that his concern about the far-reaching effects of this hack is genuine. Not necessarily accurate mind you, but genuine.

At any rate I suspect we're about to see an uptick in the businesses of divorce lawyers and marriage counselors. Hopefully not in that order.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Personally I've dressed 'business casual' for work for over a decade now. It's just expected where I work and proved to be the key to getting me away from the first line tech support position I started in. I showed up for the transfer interview in my best button down shirt and slacks, which wasn't all that different from what I wore on a day to day basis. I was later told that was the tie breaker between me and an equally competent tech who'd shown up in a ratty old Metallica shirt and torn up jeans. Which is basically the kind of clothes he continues to wear on a day to day basis now.

But that said suddenly changing the dress code on people is bad juju. Some of them will probably have to go out and invest in a new wardrobe to meet the new code and doubtless it will lead to ill will.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Reg readers will know...

...that there is nobody more pedantic than a Reg reader.

Except a Reg commentard.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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If ever the Bureau of Special Projects get their hands on an Atlas, might I request that there be a well equipped cameraman on hand for those of us who can't be present to witness it in person with beer and popcorn?

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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Actually that sounds better the human doctor error rate to me. 144 deaths out of 1.7 million surgeries? Human surgeons don't even come close to that level of patient survival.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: but will they

under UK law the website operators would be legally obliged to hang onto the financial data of each member for six years or so

True enough, but said data could be kept in a tape safe where even the world's best crackers couldn't access it without first getting a tech to physically walk it over to a tape drive.

Furthermore, with photo-manipulation techniques being so prevalent these days, a supposed nude photo of some bloke doesn't have nearly the blackmail potential that it once had; all one needs to say is "That? Photoshopped, I'm much more handsome than that!" and bluff it out.

I actually had someone try to blackmail me with a photoshopped picture once. First I laughed at him and then my wife did. Funny thing about naked photos: our spouses know what we look like naked. Few other people do in most cases. Though I've gotta say I WISH I looked as good as his supposed picture of me did.

But I digress. My point is that if the photo's genuine then you're going to have a hard time explaining to your spouse how someone photoshopped it with the right skin tone and all the right proportions and distinguishing marks (tattoos, moles, birthmarks, whatever) in the right places.

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Reprehensible

Personally I dislike that sites like ALM exist. The fact that they're making money by helping people cheat on their spouses is pretty low. But I have an even lower opinion of the type of person who'd steal data and then use it to blackmail a business into shutting it's doors. Even if it's a business I personally find less than savory extortion is just plain reprehensible.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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Kernel mode fonts

Fonts. In kernel mode.

FREAKING FONTS IN KERNEL MODE? The hell were they thinking in Redmond? That's almost as bad as passwords stored in plaintext.

I get that some applications need that kernel mode access for graphics. But fonts? Something that could be rendered in user mode with no lag on a 386? Why the hell would you ever put something like that in kernel mode??

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Yep, human at fault.

This one's pretty clear cut. It actually looks remarkably similar to the time the college kid behind me had his eyes off the road and destroyed my motorcycle. Except, of course, that my motorcycle was being controlled by a human and didn't even have a computer on board, let alone one running the show.

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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Please NOT Miyamoto

No offense to the man. He's a genius. But he's an engineer and a game designer, not exactly the areas of genius needed to run a company the size of Nintendo. I, for one, would much rather see him continue to do what he does best than trying to do a CEOs job.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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I agree completely, he should have lost his job for inventing JavaScript instead.

Oh come now. JavaScript is actually pretty good so long as you use it only for what it was intended. It's when you start doing crazy things like take it out of the web and make it the primary scripting language of a desktop (the hell was the Gnome team thinking?) that it falls down.

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Re: Edge

Bah. Edge is IE just like Sharepoint Designer is Frontpage. A change in the name and cosmetic differences on top of the same old codebase does not a new product make.

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On the 'polarizing CEO' front it should be pointed out that the drama was neither his fault nor appropriate. The gay rights community was completely to blame for that. There was no reason to get up in arms over a political donation made ten years ago. And the fact that he was hounded out of a job over it is nothing short of disgusting. And I say that as a gay rights activist. It should have been a non-issue. After all in America we're supposed to have the right to support whatever political camp we want. Not only that but that particular political camp was in the majority at the time of his donation.

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Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

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I wonder when, if ever, will people finally realise that "lawful" implies no correlation whatsoever with "reasonable", "moral", "the right thing to do", "decent", "sane" etc.

Exactly. The law isn't always right and what's illegal isn't always wrong. Case in point: Disney's oldest copyrights. They are still making money off stuff that everyone who put any kind of investment (time, money, or talent) into has long since died.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Ah, memories

I started with Debian Minimal and grabbed the packages I needed for many years. Eventually I got tired of the headache and switched to Mint, but for older systems nothing beats the Debian Minimal approach. I used Fluxbox rather than Openbox though. They're pretty similar. At one point not so long ago I had a desktop running on a P2 system with 64MB of RAM. Granted it didn't do anything except browse the web and play music, and not even those at the same time, but still...

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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Here's hoping the flick addresses Solo's two big missing pieces, namely how he managed to emerge from the Mos Eisely Cantina after shooting second

Han shot first. Seriously, how could anyone possibly miss that close?

and his methods for making the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.

Dealt with in one of the novels. I forget the exact details, but it involved a black hole. Oh, wait, sorry, I forgot. The expanded universe no longer exists.

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Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL

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Um....so?

So the NSA uses open source software.....and this is a problem because....um....why? You wouldn't slam Windows for being used by the NSA. Why is Linux any different?

Personally all this says to me is that it's trustworthy enough that the NSA trusts it.

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Re: don't go insulting Captain Cyborg

@Sir Sham Cad: You misunderstand. Captain Cyborg is a nutter, but comparing even him to these two is insulting.

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Re: So basically

Hey hey hey, don't go insulting Captain Cyborg like that.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: Not good

Given the extreme liberal bias and anti-gun sentiment in most American media I find it extremely difficult to believe they wouldn't pick up a story about a rape victims gun being used against them and run it into the ground. It would certainly be more newsworthy than a petty criminal attacking a cop and getting shot for his trouble and they ran with that one for weeks even after they'd already caused riots.

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Re: Not good

The most likely outcome is that the gun will be taken from the 103 pound woman and used to force her to comply

Reality disagrees with you. The most common outcome of that scenario is this: rapist menaces woman, woman pulls gun, rapist runs like hell. If he doesn't run and the woman actually knows how to use the gun odds are he'll be shot before he's close enough to try to take it away. Do your research and you'll find this to be true. The "it'll just get taken away" argument is pure fantasy and has no bearing on reality. Don't believe me? Just try to find a case where it's happened. You can find a few cases where the opposite has happened and plenty of cases where a rapist has been shot by a gun toting would-be victim, but no case of a rapist taking a gun has ever been in the news.

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Re: Not good

There is a good deal of straw-clutching going on when you watch people trying to argue in favour of gun ownership.

There's also a good bit of fear mongering going on whenever you see people arguing in favor of tighter gun control.

Handguns really have no justifiable use the hands of the public in any place that is not already awash with them.

Sports shooting, for one. Also the gun's status as an equalizer makes the self-defense argument valid no matter what what the specific circumstances. Unless you're one of those who think a 103 pound woman can fend off a 250 pound rapist by pissing herself. You may not agree with it, but you can't deny that it's an argument worth considering.

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Re: Not good

So, Britain has way less gun crime, per person, not because we have far fewer guns but because...we like each other more?

First, stop confusing "gun crime" and "violent crime". The terms are not interchangeable and gun crimes are no worse than any other violent crime.

Second, yes Britain has less violent crime than the US. Britain also has less poverty and less population density than the parts of the US that are largely responsible for our crime statistics being so high (the big cities). There are also cultural factors to consider. Basically when you compare the US to Britain on crime you're comparing apples and oranges. There are too many factors to nail it down with to any one of them.

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Re: Not good

At some point, I've tried to half-seriously research defence against a knife-attack (because reasons - don't ask). The main point I came away with was - there's no such thing. Well, for a fairly average bloke that is, without any sort of "my hands are registered lethal weapons" shenanigans.

Speaking as someone who could by strictest definition call his hands lethal weapons (meaning that, yes, I could kill with my bare hands without too much effort should I choose to do so and no, the average guy on the street would probably not be able to prevent me from doing so), let me say that even with such skills unarmed defense against knife attacks is no sure thing. Odds are you WILL get cut unless you're a world-class 7th+ degree black belt. In fact I know a couple world-class 7th and 8th degree black belts and they assure me that they would run from someone with a knife.

Conversely, if one gets into the fight with the expectation of getting wounded to some degree and does not lose one's head if it happens, apparently one stands a fair chance of striking back effectively, at which point the consensus seems to be "just run - don't try to 'win'"

That's pretty much basic rule number 1 to self defense no matter what the specifics are. I don't trust any self-defense teacher who doesn't use "If you can get away, run" as the foundation of what they're teaching.

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Re: Not good

f someone is going to try to murder me, I would very much prefer that they attempt it with a knife instead of a gun. You have a better chance of surviving;

Only if you've been trained in hand-to-hand combat and thus know how to deal with a knife wielding attacker. Otherwise your odds really aren't any better or worse. If anything you're more likely to bleed out from a knife wound that a gunshot. Guns most often kill from shock, which is slower than bleeding out usually and gives you more time to get help. One slice to a major artery and you've got under two minutes to live unless there's someone right there who knows what to do.

they have to get in close which is a psychological barrier that will stop some people

Someone who's willing to pull the trigger on a human being will have no psychological problem with stabbing them. And getting close is no problem for someone who wants to kill you unless you've got personal security. Knives, even biggish ones, are very easy to hide.

and -even if they win- they will probably be covered in a fair amount of evidence which will increase their chances of being successfully caught.

Fair enough, but that's not going to matter to you at that point.

Consider, also, the scale of the thing. How many victims could a knife-bearer reasonably expect to get away with before being dogpiled/shot? Compare that with the usual victim count of someone with an assault rifle.

One mass stabbing left last year 29 dead and 140 wounded. Link. Another in 2012 left 22 school kids wounded, many in critical condition. Link. Another left 6 dead in a railway station. Link.

In other words, pretty similar to what you could expect from a gunman shooting up a public place.

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Re: Not good

Do you compare as a total or as states? Each state has its own laws and some of the worst for violent crime are heavily restricted. Oddly some of the worst gun crime states were (probably still are) the most regulated.

Even more true at the city level. The US city you're most likely to get shot in is Chicago, which is also the US city with the most restrictive gun laws. On the flip side you can probably count the gun related murders in a given year in all of Kansas (where you'd be hard pressed to find more permissive gun laws) on your fingers (though, granted, the entire population of Kansas is probably less than the population of Chicago, plus the effects of the new license-less concealed carry law have yet to be seen - I expect that particularly ill conceived change in law to result in a lot more accidental shootings since concealed carriers no longer have to go through a safety course and prove they can shoot straight.)

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Re: Not good

To argue that gun control has no effect of gun related crime is absurd

True, but I didn't say "gun related crime". I said "violent crime". Do you think being stabbed to death is somehow better than being shot?

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Re: Not good

I suppose this is true if you believe the magic imaginary statistics* peddled by the NRA, real evidence backed statistics suggests otherwise.

I've never seen the NRA's numbers. I used the numbers from the UN office on drugs and crime. The real data shows, very clearly, either a zero impact or a rise in violent crime in a given area when strict gun control measures are put in place. In the UK, for instance, violent crime rose for 10 years straight before plateauing when they took your guns away.

Both the NRA and the anti-gun crowd have an annoying habit of comparing different areas (and cherry picking the areas they choose), which contaminates their data with other factors. By taking one area and comparing before and after statistics you get a much more reliable picture of the impact of gun control. And that approach, frankly, makes gun control look inefficient at best.

I've taken the time to do the research myself rather than listening to people who have agendas. Maybe you should try it. The numbers are all easily accessible and paint quite a clear picture.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: Eh?

Surely logic dictates that an amateur should be allowed to sit in his own little world in his own little basement office and play with old machines until he knows how they work?

Possibly that's what he was supposed to be doing while he was playing with the server. Hence why he was about to be shown the door.

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I had several other drives of that model - and one had the same rev numbers on the controller board components. Had high hopes of a "miracle" - but to no avail

As I understand it your odds of successfully performing that particular miracle increase substantially with access to a laboratory clean room. I probably wouldn't even attempt it without that.

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Re: so he scoffed “a huge handful of ibuprofen and acetaminophen”

Just got to point out that an overdose of acetaminophen ( paracetamol) is VERY dangerous and will often prove fatal.

That's no joke. Acetaminophen is one of those things that the more you learn about it the more you wonder why the hell it's legal. It's dangerous stuff.

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