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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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Re: Gotta Damn Them All (To Hell) !

Hmmm, that could be a fun 'Where's Pikachu' PS battle using Saudi PR pics...*

*well now, spelchk corrected my 'Pikkachu'... how did spelchk know? <shivers>

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Just have to add this..

"If only it were possible to make a Galaxy Quest 2. Star Trek is just USA in space :("

The Federation is not supposed to be :(

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Still don't get it.

You can also mute and block people who bother you, it's not like you have to sit there and take abuse from anyone.

I, however, have been blocked by Trump. I'm ok with that.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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LMFAO!

'During that time, Bitmanagement says it disabled the copy-protection software on BS Geo at the Navy's request.'

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaaaaahahahahahahaha!!! <cough cough ackkk>

WTF did Bitmanagement think was going to happen? The US Navy, just like every other organization, have these animated two-legged noisy things called 'humans', and they do stuff like that. All the time.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Disappointing

I like to believe I'm competent, but have zero illusions that I'm some kind of expert*, yet the methods used here by Nixxer are pretty old hat. Other avenues of approach exist that are somewhat easier to exploit and less obvious.

I was hoping for something different/new.

*Evidently I'm a 'bad-tempered hacker' according to Tennessee's 10th Judicial DA - I've sent methods/open security issues to 'all the right people', yet I'm the bad guy. I wonder why I even bother, no one listens until they get hit hard by the black hats. <throws hands in the air> fuck it.

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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

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Re: CF-53 Toughbook....

I'm thinking adding voice calls is just software - antennas thread through the hinges, right up either side of the touchscreen, so you're correct about the novelty.

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CF-53 Toughbook....

... the one right here in my lap, has a cellular connection built in (Sierra Wireless Broadband module), works nice.

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Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

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Well? Don't be a terrorist then!

;)

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

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Cyber.

Isn't it time to retire this word?

'That word, I don't think it means what you think it means...'

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Critical thinking?

Go for the two-fer by mounting your phone to a drone (DroneFone? MINE!), then going out to these areas..

Remember to clone your phone before you mount it to the drone... need to control these things within reason, eh? I can't wait to show all those stupid trainers...

<fuckaduck>Remember when you only had to deal with people texting while driving? Those were the days, eh?</fuckaduck>

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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Re: walking in front with a red flag

Aren't you asking quite a bit from people who wipe hard drives with a cloth?

-the one with ssd(s) in the pockets...

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'Black box' already exists AFAIK

My 2003 Dodge Ram pickup had one - when it was wrecked, insurance company, Chrysler, various investigators, etc, could tell me what speed, when the brakes were applied after the rear impact, then why the airbags didn't deploy upon the frontal impact (75' ravine/tree(s))... Oblique angle on impact didn't register on sensors, thus driver eating steering wheel and windshield... But I digress...

Anyway, the black box is already covered.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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SCO is *not* dead...

... like ya'll seem to think.

I have a client with a (currently) 2013 Dell Precision SCO Linux tower server doing inventory and POS duties, with WLAN Windows XP/then Win7SP1 full workstation terminals since at least 2005. Surprised to see SCO Linux back then IIRC. Whole system gets security updates/software updates on a quarterly basis, too.

Somebody is maintaining it, I'll check on Monday what level the server is at.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Strikes me of enhanced reality...

...and that's fucking Brilliant! I hope whomever the individual or team is gets lasciviously compensated for the whole damn idea. (zero sarcasm, 98% Admiration). Next step is a Google Glass kind of connection where the game feed is interlaced within your current visual reality with RL obstacles. Imagine a scene with a line of two hundred people waiting for that play 'Hamilton' in NYC, tuxes and tail, where four out of fifty people wearing ordinary-looking glasses suddenly react to a pokemon, Master Chief, Angry Bird, etc. Totally insane, but brilliant.

The 2% is Oh Shit. Mounting evidence from the beginning of this tech/game, is demonstrating that once again, some/most humans are stupid, and are in an intense competition to earn a Darwin Award. I admit to being interested in playing PokemonGO!, but am equally interested in remaining a control in my family's experimentation/fascination with the game - mind you, there are two Samsung Note3's currently rubberbanded to blades of the ceiling fan in the front room, spinning constantly. Yeah, it's like that - in my family's best interest to be the designated driver/mover/breadwinner atm.

Reminds me of the 'Futurama' episode with Mom's EyePhone - crashing spaceships and all. Enhanced Reality... pretty badass if your current reality is physically safe.

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In these troubling times, senators unite to end America's big divide – rural v urban broadband

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Political Theatre

These shameless SOB's, and one in particular, dumped $Billions$ into 'Rural Broadband Infrastructure' not six years ago after the banking fiasco. Care to know what it did?

Purchased thousands of satellite dishes for 'internet broadband', no money down, no contract, and large data caps.No fiber laid, no upgraded equipment. Satellites.

This is another reason for lobbyists and corporations like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Google, et al to share their love with senators and congresscritters - under the pretense of helping the motherfucking children.

*DISCLAIMER: Ask me again, I'll tell you what I really think - 404. Author wishes to convey that he is in no way related to *any* of those SOB's in any way, has been on a AT&T DSL waiting list from 2007 to this very minute, all while being molested by the two satellite 'broadband internet' company multi-year contracts, limited data allowances, and charges, Charges, CHARGES! Fuckers.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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meh, you folks...

Do you know how to cure the Windows/Linux heebie jeebies?

Won't strictly be true, but tell the users it's Android - here are your apps.

Whether IOS, Android, or Windows biased, the users will say 'ok', and use it forevermore. Can you shop Amazon on it? Email? Docs? Done.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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Re: "spare "unused" storage capacity"

@ Pascal Monett

Thanks!

Had not looked in a bit, been busy not dying*, 52% Full! Moved about 5GB worth of pics/etc from recent phone xfer. I do feel better now.

*TMI but don't care: don't know wtf, but this kid was down a week puking up anything anyone within two miles imagined, lost a shitload of weight (I don't recommend it as a dietary regimen)... Dr says 'Stress'... fuck that... This is why I have 500 fucking gallons of water for tropical fish. They calm me down after a day of wrestling midget porn infections on networks. ...stupid doctor...

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Re: "A.I. is hard."

Folks been blaming everything else for their own faults ever since the First Fuckup, nothing to see here.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Re: Surprise surprise

Sigh... happens in the US too.

Waiting on Homeland Security personally... I'm a 'bad-tempered hacker' according to the state DA...

I'm really a nice guy. Ask anyone (except that DA, anyway).

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Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach

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Yeah I wish...

.. they would stop calling, just for a weekend, much less four damn weeks...

one day...

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Questions on the type of keyboard

Would a $10 USB Logitech keyboard be acceptable*, or just to let them know you're serious, a PS/2 IBM keyboard**?

*knowing it will be destroyed

** just hose off blood/hair, start project again.

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

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Re: Not easy

What a dickhead...

The iPhone7 will be incorporating LG's wide-angle camera system as well as a type C USB 3.1 port.

What were you saying again?

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Re: It all comes down to who you believe

'[1] Are Samsung actually selling lots of these? Why else would you be able to get a free tablet with a phone on some US Cellular contracts?'

Yes, Verizon pushes the FUCK out of Samsung products, they sell a lot of them.

The thing with USCellular is because it's a third or fourth tier player and requires extra to pull someone into their store. I don't like them much, they're shady.

Sent via Verizon LG G5

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Yes Sir!

I, for one, will steal your microball pen if given the opportunity to do so.

Nobody has time for crappy Bics....

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Well, one of my aunties believes the louder you are, the more honest and truthful you are... Talk about a fucking screaming match from time to time....

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Re: Left-wing ideologues.

Very good!

Yep, I'm considered Conservative yet I've had some flamewars over twitter where I've been banned by both sides of the argument. Just because I like to play devil's advocate from time to time and start shooting at sacred balloons of both sides, reminds me of the late 90's newsgroup flamewars.

However, I also believe we're in a very dangerous place right now in the US. Read a story the other day about there has not been this amount of polarization in the US since 1859/1860.... NOT a good comparison.

I reckon we shall see, eh?

:|

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Additional options

Ruger, manufacturer of the Mini-14, has a reputation for 'getting along' with the Feds... Politics.

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Amazon slashes mobe prices to get more eyes on lockscreen ads

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Re: Lockscreen ads / Notification ads = Pox on Android

There was this person I knew who liked playing Clash of Clans on his Android cell phone, but wanted a larger screen. That man did his research and found that despite Amazon's bastardization of Android, certain Fire HD tablets could be rooted and a vanilla Android rom could be installed. So he purchased several refurbished Fire HD's on special for $59/ea. at Amazon one day. I hear he's still playing Clash of Clans...

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Want $50bn from Uncle Sam? Put in a bid on these IT contracts

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I hear...

The Clinton Foundation is taking donations...

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Re: open access to gummint data, like her E-MAILS maybe?

'And she obviously knows NOTHING about the internet, or technology. Her swiss-cheese security on the e-mail server is proof of THAT.'

True enough. However, your argument should emphasize her poor judgement in hiring 'professionals' to take on the project, cast doubt upon her character for her staff being afraid to say 'No', question her intelligence because she doesn't realize how important security is, or her age when she cannot operate a personal communications device that any 5 year old child has already mastered. So many avenues of attack that don't make you look like a trumpet.

Format a server with a cloth, indeed...

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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Midget Porn*

So many levels of stupid here:

No backups.

Surfing internet on company machine.

Only one copy of data? No other machines, no thumb drives, no external drives? Really?

Great social engineering business plan because victim is not going to admit to whatever they were doing at the time of infection. Never in a million years, using the I didn't do nuffin' defense, while paying for the ransom, the cleanup, and the hardening(ha!) of network defenses.

Until next time, when IT provides you, your supervisor, and HR a screenshot of you watching midget wrestling again.

*Used to be my standard answer to the 'What happened to the network/server/workstation?' until a few weeks ago. I learned from UPS Worldwide software tech support, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that there was indeed midget porn and they were having a midget porn star convention at the Hustler Hotel that very weekend... <speechless> umm, I have questions...

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BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

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Does Chen ride a unicorn to work?

Has Chen not noticed Microsoft giving Windows 10 away? That the old business model for software sales is no longer valid? I'd love to see him explain his vision to whomever he reports to, explain why the marketing for the Priv was so perfectly fucked up... I believe a valid claim could be made that Chen set the Priv up to fail just to prove his software-only Blackberry idea to be The Only Way.

Let's recap: From the November 6th, 2015 launch, the Priv was overpriced at $720, under-marketed, and carrier locked to AT&T and T-Mobile. Six months later April 2016, Verizon and Sprint get the CDMA Priv, still at $720. The Blackberry Store carries only the GSM version, not the CDMA version, and later drops the price to $649.

Which brings us to today with the GSM Priv for $499 at Amazon - still cannot purchase a new unlocked CDMA Priv from anyone other than Verizon or Sprint for.... drum-roll please.... $720.

IDK, this is kinda fragmented - reminds me of the BB Torch when it was introduced. AT&T got the slider version and Verizon got the non-slider Torch three months later. Made me mad enough to switch from our BB Storm2's to Samsung S4s and then to the Note3. I was thrilled to see the Priv introduced, I'm feeling a little burned by Samsung for not releasing Marshmallow on the Note3*, and was interested in getting some organized security patches/upgrades in a timely manner fro a vendor I trusted. Give me Apple quality hardware with Blackberry security software and I'll buy everything they have. But nooooo....

*Require Marshmallow for some stuff I want to do.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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umm IoT?

Poor dog - Utah cops just bought a pet Lab, considering IoT is pretty much here and everything will have some flash memory in it...

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: I have not down voted you

Re: side note.

An acquaintance has three Lifeline phones - two Motorola Droids and one Motorola Droid X. Runs his football/baseball card auction business through them with Paypal as his bank.

You may be wrong concerning smartphones.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Use GWX Control Pecker or Clucking10 to prevent that from happening...

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: Holy shit.. THAT'S why Microsoft bought Skype...

Of course not. Just considering the software/port agility that Skype demonstrates in making a phone call if used with other applications and/or scams... Damn.

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Holy shit.. THAT'S why Microsoft bought Skype...

Ever try to block Skype on your network?

Fuck a duck....

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: SAP? ..for Inventory Control? Are you mad?

'When they implemented SAP, they couldn't put a box into a truck even if their life depended on it'

Staples... Order online and pick up in store next day... One day whatever the fuck I ordered didn't make the truck and thus didn't get to the store - I didn't know this so I showed up anyway, thinking whatever the fuck it was I ordered would be there, nope.

Me: Ok, how about I take that one there on the shelf?

Staples: nope, we can't give it to you for the online price.

Me: What? Why not?

Staples: The numbers wouldn't match in the system and then we'd have to call those bastards at online Staples and we don't like them. Huge problem, can't be done.

Me: Seriously?

Staples: Yep, whatever the fuck you ordered will be in tomorrow..

Me: Let's just cancel it then.

Staples: We can't until whatever the fuck you ordered comes in, then we can run a return..........

Me:................

I order through Amazon mostly now.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Wow...

re: Can't think of anything witty...

I've had many client machines magically unmark themselves and set that damn icon again - latest GWX Control Panel does a much better job now fyi.

Side story: Recently had reason to visit a local bank for a scanning issue (network, it's always network damnit) and they had Windows 10 Pro installed throughout their network. Quizzed their IT people about telemetry issues and they gave me blank stares... That's three banks I won't do business with due to security issues - almost afraid to look too deeply any more.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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Hmmm, that will help a bit

imo, twitter has become somewhat of an echo chamber, with folks on both sides following other folks with the same opinions. Seriously, how many times does '________ is the Debbil!' have to be retweeted? That gets irritating and I've pretty much checked out of politics until it's time to do the dirty deed and vote for the ones less likely to kill us all.

Now that being said, *targeted* tweeting can be very effective to get a point across. Whether good or bad, a good old school newsgroup flame, name, and shame (or praise from time to time), can get results with creative hashtagging and mentions to potentially interested parties. I'm currently having a lovely time trolling... baiting... having a public conversation with several local politicians and various government agencies (yeah wtf El Reg about that anyway?).

Moving on, I really don't see how Twitter can monetize unless they start charging for a organization's account/presence on twitter - make them pay for their targeted advertising etc. I mean twitter is both big and small at the same time, essentially it's a public messaging client with a much larger reach across the world. Difficult.

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Let's see what else sticks, shall we?

Dogs, cats, birds, bricks, trash cans, coke cans, Ameri-cans, Mexi-cans, Angeli-cans, Can-adians...

What about hail? Or very big bugs?

Next up, Google patents Mr Garrision's IT.... where something or other is 'gently inserted into the driver's anus to keep them in place...'

fuck the door and the coat, I'm taking the window exit...

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Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

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OOOH! Dinosaur Game!

I'm on satellite so I see this often - my high score is 1830 :P

(You see Mr Dinosaur, hit your space bar and jump over cacti, pterodactyls, maybe more, that's as far as I have been so far lol)

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Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

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Re: 4-inch lag screws

HA! You got screwed!

Mine used Gorilla Glue from a caulking gun... Gorilla Glue is for Gorilla glass, right?

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: Why not bigger drives

This one time, at band camp, I had a cd come spinning out of the cd tray at about Mach 15, and hit me right in the throat. It hurt.

Ok, it wasn't band camp. Musical instruments are expensive. But it did hurt, even cut me a little.

;)

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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Precedent

Need to have legal precedent set before self-driving cars can be sold publicly - can't have terrorists disabling critical safety features such as remote control for the 'Safe Emergency Vehicle Brake and Lock' software for Public Safety Officers...

If you wear a full set of medieval armor on a daily basis, does it qualify for tin foil hat membership?

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Re: Car lobby?

Seems Detroit, Michigan was the auto manufacturing capital of the US at one time...

;)

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Re: Please lose this - loser!

oh please God, not the guy from 'You're Fired'...

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: *FOREIGN*

Pretty damn stupid, don't you think?

'Those that don't learn from history, repeat the French Revolution as necessary'.

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Damn...

So the bottom line is that the 2nd Amendment will be required to enforce the 4th Amendment in order to stop the fucking secret courts then.

Nice.

oh and YEAH, I SAID IT! NSA/FBI/etc be damned.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

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Hey Aodhhan....

Fuck off.

Is that critical enough for you?

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