* Posts by beep54

316 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

beep54
Happy

Re: Detail?

@ earl grey: For me it's "Once Upon a Time in America" (actually a companion to 'West'), but that's ok since they're both excellent films.

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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Big Brother

@Dan1980: Just guessing here, but perhaps they don't want to do what you suggest because that might run too much afoul the law. Just having a warrant canary in the first place seems to be close already (sad to say).

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Unhappy

Re: Milankovitch cycles

@Rich 11: So. Yet another example of science ruining everythng since 1543.

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Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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Angel

They should have Tay hang out with Bob. And Clippy. Maybe play with the little seach puppy. That should calm her down in no time.

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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WTF?

Re: I'll jump in before everybody starts to state the obvious....

It is fucking worse than I imagined. In the past patch tuesday all the updates, with the exception of defender, had to do with telemetry and 10. I hid them all. As I have updates set to install when I tell them to, I kinda expected that to happen. HELL NO. Just now windows installed 16 damned updates including, of course, the lovely and talented Get Windows 10 with absolutely no input from me. What is utterly mindless about this is that I cannot install 10 even if I wanted to. There's a video driver cock-up that will cause it to fail. I am sick of this shit. Microsoft is now apparently of a mind that IT, NOT YOU, is in control of your machine.

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Austinites outraged as Google Fiber tears up Texas capital

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Getting used to it

At least downtown Austin is kind of used to this. First, during the 80's boom dot bust, everyone, including their long-lost relatives were digging up downtown to lay fiber and cable because the permit process was, apparently, merely announcing: I'm digging here and then doing it. [on the flip side, it took ages and ages for the first sidewalk cafe permit to go thru...] At any rate, there should be tons of dark fiber down there. Austin bounced back quickly from the bust and next there was monumental construction downtown (which hasn't shown any sign of slowing none in the past 10-15 years). And of course, this made the wholely antiquated infrastructure impossible so, basically, downtown had to be dug up once more. Somewhere around this time, we thought, hey, what the heck. Let's just put a ginormous tunnel under Waller Creek downtown while we're at it, ya know, fer flood control (and the attendent property values rise). While the infrastructure is pretty much done and the tunnel completion is in sight, construction goes on apace with more towering hotels and condos. Even the Convention Center is mulling another expansion. So, yep. I'd say we're kinda use to it here. If fact, it seems normal now. Austin: City of Cranes.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Angel

Re: Cruel and viscious.

re: asdf As a Yank (and a Texan to boot), I can forgive Mr Fry much for being Professor Belgrove. In fact he looks even more like Belgrove now than he did then. It's true!

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Facepalm

What's truly pissed me off is that I literally cannot upgrade to 10 (on my rather old desktop) due to some graphics problem which MS should now know about (surely it phoned that home the first go round). But did this ever stop the attempt to 'upgrade'? Nosiree! In trying to fix this mess, I've somehow gotten my system at a point where it is in an infinite loop of 'You need to restart your computer before...' regarding updates. It is just a mess. On the other hand, I think that this has inadvertently saved me from the telemetry updates, so there's that. Yep, be moving to Linux soon.

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Kiwi judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to USA

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Meh

Re: I agree with

Uh, jeeze. You are not familiar with modern business models, are you?

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New bill would require public companies to disclose cybersecurity credentials

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Happy

Re: NACD are qualified to judge?

Pretty certain that your theory is merely a corollary to The Peter Principle.

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Pandora pleased with 15% rate hike for streaming music

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Facepalm

Uh, dude! The artists fucking created the thing that is generating money and something else is making a pretty penny off of THEIR DAMN WORK. Of course they are fucking pissed! [pardon my French, else I will fart in you general direction]

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Headmaster

Re: There are two points of view

"He got called that back in the 80s." Actually way before that. We were calling him RayGun way back in the 60's. The Star Wars thing just made it more appropriate.

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Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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"Atheism is the belief that there is no god (or gods) and cannot be. If you accept that there might be then you aren't an athist. You're an agnostic. Atheism is not a lack of belief. It is an ardent belief in nothing."

Ah, Trevor....you were doing so well up to this point. You seem to have a belief that "[a]theism is not a lack of belief. It is an ardent belief in nothing." Sigh. Look at the formation of the words. One is pretty much non-theism and the other non-mystical (gnostic). They really are not mutually exclusive.

While I am here, (as an atheist/agnostic) I would like to recommend to all two books by Karen Armstrong, a former nun. One is 'A History of God' and the other 'The Battle for God'. The first outlines how humans have perceived the concept of God throughout the ages and lays the foundation for the second book where she tries to understand the rise of fundamentalism. Both books pretty much limit the discussion to the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The books are about 20 and 15 years old now (respectively), but still very timely.

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

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Meh

Gattaca

Oddly reminded of the film Gattaca (1975) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/combined

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Coat

Re: Perhaps, just perhaps...

You eat tea? Eeew.

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Music publisher BMG vs US cable giant Cox: Here's why it matters

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Re: In the U.S. paid...

@sisk 4) needs to be amplified: on her crotch. Now. I would like everyone to imagine a first degree burn. Ouch. Got that? Good. Now imagine a third degree burn. Mofo ouch. Got that? Good. Now imagine third degree burn and your balls. .... you can't really quite do that now can you?

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Coat

"What we have here is something like Ford sewing the roads because their cars breakdown on roads - utter stupidity."

I had difficulty with this as a picture of Ford, roads and a sewing needle was stuck in my head and it didn't make any sense. Is 'sew' British for 'sue'?

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

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Re: Not surprising

@AC What the HELL is wrong with your company?? They sound sane!

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Google snoops on kids via Chromebooks, claims EFF in FTC filing

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Angel

Re: I Demand an IAAC setting.

Damn you!! Now I really want Transformer socks ....

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beep54

Re: that name

Also, is GAFE pronounced 'gaff'?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

beep54
Devil

Re: liability....

re: Ian Michael Gumby

“You're not just interfering with pixels, you're interfering with business.” Isn't that business model a bit like the one that goes, "Nice plate glass window ya got there. Shame if somthin' were ta happen to it..."

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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Coat

Re: If you're selling a book priced at $5...

"(btw what is the opposite of an oxymoron ?...)"

Oh, what the hell ... an oxygenuis? An oxybrain? A nonoxymoron?

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beep54
Angel

Re: It's really simple

@ AndrueC

Depending on what device you're using to read the books with, you could possibly use Calibre to amuse yourself with by fixing the poor editing.

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

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Angel

More humm...

Not familiar with this composer. My first thought was John Adams (whom I like) who composed the totally unexpected "Nixon in China" opera. There's just something marvelously outre about Nixon and Kissinger (baritone and bass, resp.) singing at one another on an airplane to China. So at first, my reaction to this was rather positive. Could still be interesting tho.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Happy

I've no opinion one way or another about Atom, but boy, that video at the end of the article is a hoot!

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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Facepalm

Re: Choices, choices...

Well, if push comes to shove, I would rather upgrade. To one of those fancy Japanese toilets (I mean, really, would you wipe your hands with dry paper and call them clean?). But, then, that's just me. I doubt that the Navy would waste precious water in such a way.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Angel

Flay

For me Christopher Lee's best role was as Flay. He utterly WAS Flay. And, lord, if I, as a Texan have to explain this to you all, well......

Gormenghast rules!!!

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Facepalm

Chart?

If you are going to stick a chart in an article, it would be decent of you to actually show the whole chart rather than have part of it hidden behind pointless ads.

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Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP

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Happy

Re: What dren!

I thought it was more like: if you like it, Just wait 5 minutes....

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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

beep54
Devil

Bob Dylan

did this back in the 60's. I mean, really. Just sound out Subterranean Homesick Blues. That's essentially a rap with meat on its bones, rather than potty-mouth drivel. Dylan liked the form, but moved on.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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Joke

Rick Moranis

So this is why we haven't seen him in a while. He's been working in a lab instead!

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

beep54
Devil

Re: Apple Watch is next

Don't understand the down votes as Go is definitely far more difficult for a machine than chess. And I spent a long, long time just to get to an upper B level in chess. Still machine v. machine would be pretty much boring for chess. Give me the crazies that chess produces. Fisher, for all his quirks was relatively normal. Nimzovitch was rumored to have stood on a table and peed on a game. And if this didn't happen, well, it should have (for entertainment purposes only, of course....)

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

The sad thing is that now AdBlock Plus uses a whitelist, i.e. they've been gotten to. On a brighter note, there is AdBlock Edge, which is Plus without the whitelist (fork of a fork....).

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Facepalm

Re: Security Alert!

"Maybe 3 hours in the oven at 200C?" Not only would this probably stink, it could well be toxic. Ages ago a friend came up with the following idea for a piece of 'art': Bake a loaf of bread with the dough placed on top of a manual typewriter; then shellac the thing. You have no fucking idea the horrible wretchedness of baked typewriter. None.

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Happy

Good one

But oddly, it really doesn't sound like that bad an idea....

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

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Reminds me of the Leonard Cohen song: Democracy (is coming the the U.S.A.)

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/democracy.html

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FCC chair heads into two-week political hazing period

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Meh

Re: WOW! Why dont you just stroke him off while you're at it here!

You, sir, are an idiot. The most recent unelected bureaucrat that served as President of the US was George W. Bush (or Shrub, as we like to call him in Texas, when not disparaging him as a dam' Yankee). Also, you apparently have no freaking clue as to how argument works.

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Redmond's Patch Tuesday to kill off the Windows FREAK show

beep54

Re: Whoa

My two machines needed two reboots. Boy, that just simply looked suspicious first time around.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Joke

Re: Crazy!

Dear Will:

I truly am sorry that you have apparently not been paying attention. Do try to keep up.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Coat

What a scary (looking) man.

Are you certain that that is not a picture of some obscure Bond villain?

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: What's in a name?

This is precisely the problem I have with the name, 'Malwarebytes'. Telling Gramma or whomever that you need to put this one on their machine, they immediately freak and start whining about I dun wan' no mal-ware!! Mal-ware bad!!!

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Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

beep54

Re: Aliens that refuse to show their faces is new?

Or Gene Wolfe's 'Book of the New Sun".

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Coat

Re: The Internet turning Communist?

"The US is becoming a corporatist state. More than any EU nation is, or ever has been."

Sir, an an American and, yes, even a Texan, I demand that you withdraw that odious word, 'becoming' so that your statement reflects more accurately the truth of the matter!!

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Facepalm

Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

AC: "Personally I would cut the drugs with something useful e.g. cyanide and sell that cheap for a while. It could clean up the drugs market and give the undertakers some useful business"

This was actually tried by the US government during Prohibition. It had zero affect of the usage of alcohol, but it DID certainly increase the undertakers business.

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

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Re: Hmmmmm

"Indeed how can he be "broke" if he has use of a mansion or a helicopter?"

Well, there's 'broke' in the sense of the Clinton's use of the word, and then there's 'broke' in the sense that the rest of us understand it.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Angel

Re: Do I care enough to comment???

@KrisMac: Changing the figurehead at the pinnacle of power rarely if ever does anything to alter the corruption within the edifice upon which that power is based...

This might be a good time for us all to re-read Barbara Tuchman's "March of Folly".

Also, I totally blame the Intertubes.

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Thumb Up

Plan 9!!!!

I, for one, must say a hearty 'Thank You!' for the entirety of Plan 9 From Outer Space. It messed with my head decades ago. As in, "What the fuck is THIS shit??" They just don't make 'em like this any more :)

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: Allegedly

No-one reads numerals in a foreign language and then takes offence at the bad pun that results.

"I am a jelly donut" comes to mind. A tempest in a teapot (as it were) here in the US which I gather left the Germans scratching their heads about what the deal was :)

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beep54

Re: Windows 10 ?

I was (quite graciously) given a Chromebook. And while I can see that this might be useful for dicking around the net for a given proportion of people, the fact that I could not USE it in any really meaningful way quickly drove me nuts so I soon made sure it would also run full blown Linux. I effing want my PC's to work, dammit!

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Re: "British values"

I was just thinking about how the British can make the most errant crap sound so ... elegant. Our politicians here across the pond are nowhere near as adept.

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