* Posts by Florida1920

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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Re: He should be ashamed

The Republicans have a long and consistent history of ignoring human rights, at home and abroad. The voting history of the Republicans in national office today shows that history lives on. FFS, he at least could switch to Independent.

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He should be ashamed

James Woods starred in "Salvador," a movie that depicted Republican adminstrations' disregard for human rights as long as the dictators took the anti-commie pledge -- and he's a Republican????? Man, what substances did that to you?

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: GUN NUT!

He may have said "Glock 40" and the reporter mistakenly filled in the blanks. I call my Glock a "45" (it's .45 ACP caliber) not a "21," which is its model number. It would make some bodacious (obligatory red-neck word) holes in a drone. Of course, that would be the result of 13 accidental discharges, not a deliberate attempt to protect my privacy.

I wonder that the drone operator didn't see the guy coming out with the shotgun and divert his toy elsewhere.

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

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Re: Let them be

Why does Obama have a mission to get these people online?

Anti-government militias and similar groups thrive in the very demographics and geographical areas where the unconnected live. How is the government going to keep tabs on their email and social-networking activities if they don't have any?

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Childcatcher

What if it tells a plane what altitude to climb to?

It's late 1999 all over again, but for real this time!

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

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Arrr

Just make sure the priest doesn't take the colander with him.

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

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This would have inhibited my early career

As a tech writer starting out in the 1970s, I always knew which s/w engineers to ask for help: The scruffiest-dressed ones with the most-unkempt hair. I knew they were good if they could get away with appearing like that, as it was clearly deliberate. Homeless people would have given them money.

HP should just keep snobbish customers away from those parts of the offices.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: and the same tests done with

Follow-up: Looks like it's guardianapps.co.uk that, when unblocked, runs up the CPU temp. You need that script running to display comments.

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Re: and the same tests done with

I can't dupe the results now, but when I first put this laptop online last month, the fan kicked in to high speed on the Grauniad site, with ABP and NoScript running. The script(s) that run the Reuters slide shows are another good fan test.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Pint

A smartphone app would be brilliant!

Then, when you're too drive to drunk, you can take a cab and command your car to follow you home.

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Four phone hijack bugs revealed in Internet Explorer after Microsoft misses patch deadline

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Works for me!

“There is not much you can do at the moment, except refrain from using Internet Explorer.”

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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I would be delighted if it was the above and;

"Spectrographic analysis of reflected light or light passing through the atmosphere during occulation has identified water vapour, methane and CFCs (or other gases only possible by artificial means)." etc

Be careful what you ask for. All that stuff would mean it might also be inhabited by Kardashians.

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

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Coat

Overheard at Universal IT staff meeting

"There's a dinosaur in our backyard."

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Report links alleged US, Israeli cybercrims with JPMorgan MEGAHACK

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Re: running an unlicensed Internet Bitcoin exchange???

It may be they were perceived as operating as a bank. Banks are regulated and they may have tried to circumvent the oversight.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Re: But Windows 10 will change everything, right?

They're giving away Windows 10. I figure they know what it's worth.

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

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Didn't show up on mine, either. Had to download it manually.

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Re: I hate this

Replying to myself... I'm really losing it. Took almost an hour but it's booted up again and all looks well. Still, this is an inordinate amount of time when there is no feedback from the process. Even the guys who fix my car are more informative than Windows Update.

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I hate this

Hope I didn't make a mistake installing this patch on the day of release. Laptop has been on "Preparing to configure Windows" screen for at least 30 minutes. The spinner's spinning and the dot is moving so I hope something good is happening. Would be nice to have more info. Finally got tired of waiting and fired up desktop to complain. This is the only patch it's installing.... There has got to be a better way. Windows 7 SP1. Forget the exact specs on laptop but it's an HP w/dual-core AMD about 2.7 GHz and 8-GB RAM.

Edit to add: A slow install of updates occurred a few years ago just as the power failed. The UPS shutdown sequence began and there was no way to override it, so this PC lost power mid-update. What a cluster-xxxx that was.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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Re: Temperature

Remind me again one of the reasons why stowaways don't survive in the wheel wells/cargo holds of planes?

Cargo holds are pressurized -- you can put a large pet in its cage in one -- so presumably they're also heated.

Are Cargo Holds Heated? (StackExchange)

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: Accounting

$199.99 (or should that be Profit)

Yes, but you get a lifetime's (the products, not yours) supply of security patches for FREE.

Whether you want 'em or not.

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

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I'd be happy

if the s/w I commonly use still worked on Windows 2000. As far as stability, Windows never got any better IMO. I still keep the system running, because Windows 7 lacks drivers for my perfectly good scanner and laser printer. I guess it all depends on your definition of "progress."

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Netflix profits plunge, but streamer still plans global domination

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Re: Netflix charges too little

Agree. And even with VPN access to overseas streams (I'm in the U.S.), the content gets thin eventually. Content, people. Content. I guess it doesn't help that 20th-century-minded TV networks and film studios keep much desirable content off Netflix streaming.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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More proof that science is fun!

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Had the same problem two days ago. And when I rebooted it took so long to clear the "Configuring" screen I feared it had locked up the PC. After about a half hour and much anxiety on my part it finally cleared that screen and rebooted. FFS if they're going to force this stuff on us they might at least wire in some informational screens along the way. The old Win95 defragger was more friendly!

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Wendi the horny dino named after Canadian fossil hunter. Charming!

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Is she really a "boffin"?

CBC says she's a professional photographer and dino hunter.

She had an artist's rendering of the beastie and its scientific name tattooed on her arm. In case she's not recognized at the pub, I guess.

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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As a gesture of goodwill

Adobe at least ought to change the default of trying to install something from McAfee every time you update Flash. How much do they think we can bear?!

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Re: They should throw the book at him

Controlled airspace is there for a reason; the chances of a collision may be small but the consequences would be terrible.

Last I heard, his contraption was still aloft. Somewhere.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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@Mark 85

This sort of like the guilt and now outrage in the USA about the Confederate Battle Flag* being flown..

There's a big difference. The Confederate battle flag had all but vanished from sight until the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, trying to desegregate schools in the South. That's when the battle flags re-emerged, coincident with brutal violence against civil-rights activists, especially blacks. Surely it was the intent of those who raised the battle flag over government buildings across the South to symbolically declare their belief in White Supremacy. The Civil War was fought over slavery. Anyone who tries to mush-mouth it into a fight for "states rights" is a GD liar or a fool. And the Confederate flag was the symbol of those who fought to continue enslaving black people. Your German collector isn't flying a Nazi flag, is he?

Regardless of what many white Southerners say -- and some of the less-enlightened ones may believe it -- the Confederate battle flag has become inextricably tied to racism, White Supremacy and violence against blacks. That's the "legacy" and "heritage" of the Confederacy. It's become a symbol far more powerful than a Panther tank, and it's past time for it to go back in the cellar.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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A little-known fact

Stonehenge was built as a playpen for mammoths.

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Original LIZARD JESUS is found in Wyoming

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More data, please

How quickly can it run the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool?

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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I partied like it was 00:00:59

By downing a shot of Scotch in less than one second.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Name for Doomsday Rock

Has to be "Vonnegut." Imagine humanity, after all our wars and petty feuds, scheming and hustling, taken out by a frozen rock. It's all going to end someday, one way or another. If it happens in our lifetimes at least we get to say we saw it happen.

Seriously, the Elite want to know about a possible extinction event so they can barricade themselves against the inevitable financial and social upheaval that will ensue when word leaks out to the masses. This asteroid-gazing program isn't for the likes of us, it's for Our Betters.

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Ransomware slinging exploit kit targets Flash remote code execution

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Re: $100,000 per month? Really?

how come no one has managed to track this guy down yet?

My guess is, he's paying off some fellow Russians for "protection."

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Re: Compensation?

We make terrorists. This is how we make them.

And then the M-I complex makes more munitions and drones to kill them. It's called a business plan.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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We've seen it before

"reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing."

Titanic. Deck chairs. And the band played on.

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Only good thing about Twitter CEO storm: 140 character limit gone

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Paris wants to know

If this has anything to do with the robin being named the National Bird of the UK?

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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Re: 1,922 seconds?

The rocket is slow, but space is patient.

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

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Any sign of MH370 back there?

Paris, 'cause she popularized the 90-degree nosedive.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Amazing!

""There were dinosaurs that survived the flood, of course, but there may still be some around. We don't know that for sure.""
There are. They're called "birds."

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Creation

Pics or it didn't happen

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Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

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IBM owes me a lunch

Contracted for them in 1970 but they never bought lunch. Too bad too, as I never salt my food. Hot sauce, now....

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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Re: You know what's amusing?

I got sick of waiting quite literally for 2 or 3 minutes (on an ADSL link!) for DoubleClick to wake up and serve their shit

DoubleClick = Satan

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Send a few to South Florida

We have rampant feral hogs and coyotes are eating lap dogs. Not to mention alligators. Dino-chickens could help create some balance. What could possibly go wrong?

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Ceres bright spots iluminate without sun light

If I hadn't looked at your username first, while reading your comment I would have thought it was written by A Man From Mars.

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Hi, I'm Clippy, your personal Office assistant

I see you're just sitting there, mindlessly bending paperclips. Would you like me to stimulate your virtual pleasure centres?

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Reuters

I was getting blitzed with pop-ups on the reuters.com site last year, only on Chrome (Windows). Took several additions to hosts to terminate them. At that time I had no add-ons in Chrome. Since then I've gone back to FF and only use Chrome for Netflix, so I don't have to run Silver-whatever. It was mostly ads telling me to update Chrome (but definitely not from Google) or install some helpful code to improve my PC's performance. A plague on their houses.

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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A fair trade

I'd settle for a few years' delay in lofting the James Webb Space Telescope, if we could fire off the entire U.S. Congress into the Solar System in 2018.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Re: I like Costa

If it had been a dalmation or wolfhound that would have been fine...

Corgi?

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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

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Re: Sort of like when they say they want "less government in our lives"

Oh, look, it's Iain Thomson again.

He forgot to mention this "sneaky bid" (how is it sneaky if everyone knows about it?) has bipartisan support and that Obama has already said he enthusiastically supports Section 215.

"On January 17, 2014, President Obama gave a speech at the Department of Justice on his Administration’s review of certain intelligence activities. During this speech, he ordered a transition that would end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it previously existed and establish a new mechanism to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata. The President made clear that he was ordering this transition to give the public greater confidence that their privacy is appropriately protected, while maintaining the tools our intelligence and law enforcement agencies need to keep us safe. This fact sheet describes the steps the Administration has taken to implement this transition, details the President’s proposal for a new program to replace the Section 215 program, and outlines the steps the Administration will be taking in the near future to realize the President’s vision."

FACT SHEET: The Administration’s Proposal for Ending the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program

"Earlier this year in a speech at the Department of Justice, I announced a transition that would end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it previously existed and that we would establish a mechanism to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata. I did so to give the public greater confidence that their privacy is appropriately protected, while maintaining the tools our intelligence and law enforcement agencies need to keep us safe.

"In that January 17 speech, I ordered that a transition away from the prior program would proceed in two steps. In addition to directing immediate changes to the program, I also directed the Intelligence Community and the Attorney General to use this transition period to develop options for a new approach to match the capabilities and fill gaps that the Section 215 program was designed to address without the government holding this metadata. I instructed them to report back to me with options for alternative approaches before the program comes up for reauthorization on March 28th. As part of this process, we consulted with the Congress, the private sector, and privacy and civil liberties groups, and developed a number of alternative approaches.

"Having carefully considered the available options, I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk."

Statement by the President on the Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Don't believe what you see

No, Captain, we're not being hijacked. Someone just hacked the in-flight movie into our HUDs.

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