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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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I have seen...

.... an A-10 literally bounce off the ground under some powerlines and fly back to Davis AFB for paint repair.

.... a pair of A-10's destroy (via lasertag gear) an entire company of 15 M1 Abrams tanks (yeah mine too) in two passes - I never even got a ping on one, scary as hell from a mobile foxhole, whereas I have 'killed' Apache gunships many times.

I mean really, that F35 POS couldn't even take out Bruce Willis in a tractor-trailer rig and destroyed itself trying.... sheesh ;)

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Re: Re:Hmmm

That thing isn't a Jeep - it's a cookie-cutter SUV.

For reference, the last of the original Cherokee XJ models was the 2001 model year with the 4.0 HO straight-six. 84-86 models had the anemic GM 2.8l v-6's, 87-90 was the regular 4.0, with the 91's-up taking the HO 4.0 straight 6. I've owned an 84, a 91, and a 99 XJ.

No personal data on the turbo diesels - never saw one in the wild here in the US. Biggest flaw was the monoque(sic?) chassis, unibody IMO - unless you reinforced the two 'tunnels' under it, they would start to crack. Most noticeably between the doors if 4 door, it would begin to sag. Loved XJ's, still do.

Be nice if you could still get the farmer version of the CJ2->up, had PTO's from the factory, could use it to power farm machinery. Outfit a V8 CJ-7 with portal axles from a Unimog and you'll have something nice to putt around in muaaaahaaaahaaa!

<ahem.. 'scuse me ;)>

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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

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Well, on the bright side...

... if we suddenly get good cell coverage here on The Mountain... we'll know immediately - cuz Verizon just didn't put up a new tower out of the goodness of their little evil black hearts...

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The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right. Growing

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If you can't access your data when the internet connection is down

It's not your data.

Simples.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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DAMNIT GOOGLE! I AM MOBILE!

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German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

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Besides, as my boss says, with all governments everywhere tightening down on everything wherever they can, with their computers and their Public Eyes and ninety-nine other sorts of electronic surveillance, there is a moral obligation on each free person to fight back wherever possible -- keep underground railways open, keep shades drawn, give misinformation to computers. Computers are literal-minded and stupid; electronic records aren't really records . . . so it is good to be alert to opportunities to foul up the system.

--Marjorie Friday Baldwin; Friday, pg 5

Robert A. Heinlein was an intelligent man,

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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

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This was actually considered?

O.o

Tim: There he is!

King Arthur: Where?

Tim: There!

King Arthur: What? Behind the rabbit?

Tim: It *is* the rabbit!

King Arthur: You silly sod!

Tim: What?

King Arthur: You got us all worked up!

Tim: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit.

King Arthur: Ohh.

Tim: That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

Sir Robin: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!

Tim: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!

Sir Galahad: Get stuffed!

Tim: He'll do you up a treat, mate.

Sir Galahad: Oh, yeah?

Sir Robin: You manky Scots git!

Tim: I'm warning you!

Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum?

Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones!

King Arthur: Go on, Bors. Chop his head off!

Sir Bors: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!

[after Bors is killed by the killer rabbit]

Tim: I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?

<Starring El Reg as Tim, The Enchanter and Microsoft Windows 10 as The Rabbit>

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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Re: Optical Illusion?

That's what I said!

lol... Danger! Danger Will Robinson!

<arms flailing>

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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

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Re: Sounds like a solution searching for a problem....

Truth be told - I can think of one time I had to sit there, do a search for wherever I was, and call for assistance in that regard.

Happens.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Windows10 is malware

Fsck Microsoft Windows10 - almost made it a week with it on my test Dell 5447 laptop before reverting back to 8.1 last night. I had enough of the stuttering WMP video replay, slow response to desktop interface, unexplained Office crashes, unexplained security(?) patches, etc.

My 5-6 year old HP 8440p Win 8.1, running side by side with the higher spec'ed Dell Win10 5447, outperformed the Dell in every detail.

Here is the kicker - Microsoft pulls the Java update trick - if you revert back to Win 8.1 Pro, upon 1st Windows Update, if you don't look at the 'optional' update tab - it will reinstall the Win10 malware by default. Microsoft 'helps' the inattentive user by placing a checkmark on the optional 'Upgrade to Windows 10', infecting their machines again.

What a bunch of bastards Microsoft has become - essentially will be selling fully spec'ed Chromebooks and trying to Googlize/monetize the unsuspecting buyer.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Re: Bah!

I do.

I'm hoping it will make my clients' users be a little more circumspect about what they do on company equipment/bandwidth - wouldn't that be a nice bonus?

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Re: "No, that data dump is totally fa" *SMACK*

Got some AM spam the day of the first data dump - wife and I had a good laugh at the audacity and skill shown to evade our spam filters as it was formatted to look like real email.

Real bastards right there.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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If you look at US political news, you'll see that candidate 'Deez Nutz' is polling pretty high right now.

Yep, that's how far gone the US is....

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Those shuttle air frames were certified for 100 missions - we never got close before the Feds junked the program - I'm still shocked how FAST they were decommissioned, as if to make sure they could never fly again.

Bunch of soulless bastards... destroying what was another step to getting the hell out of here before stupid human tricks kill us all.

Yeah, I'm still unhappy about it.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Re: "...spy on Palestinian navy."

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around 'Palestinian Navy'...

However, I shall begin watching for dolphins in my neighborhood since I do indeed own a 18.5' Welcraft outboard with a cracked block...

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Software update borked radar, delayed hundreds of flights, says US FAA

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Evidently...

... Lockheed installed Windows 10 Home instead of Pro?

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

Apologies!

First reply didn't register, shot past the satellite, hit Pluto, rebounded off Saturn, then posted.

Didn't see it until I reposted almost the same drivel.

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Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

Yep, I feel your pain - local Staples has become worthless for computer accessories, have to order ship-to-store "next day" delivery (which arrives at 11:30, but then they don't get around to checking items in until 4pm) .

Don't entirely understand the push to make all computer peripherals wireless or the public's acceptance of them - all the damn batteries required! It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

Have a great day!

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Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

Staples does the same - no stock available, 'But we can get it here with Next Day', which means after 4pm the next day.

FYI, All of them can keep their wireless, battery-required, crap comp accessories, ya know?

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Everyone is guilty

psst!

playlater.tv

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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There's the meat of it

Do I live poor for six months or take a chance the bloodsucking lawyers* will come after me?

Right or wrong, that bastards will beat you to fucking death funding a defense against them - then you're forced to make a business decision rather than stand on principle.

If you're single, principle is King, you'll survive it. If you have a family that depends on you, you get the business decision.

*Imagine all the grief we could save the world from if we hung all the lawyers. Since 99.3% of all politicians are lawyers, we (as in humans) would get a two-fer. Robert Heinlein was an intelligent man.

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Yeah... No.

Bezos knows, he created the monster - this is just a dance for the Feds and investors. Whitewash versus reality, one of the things that makes me crazy because it's what they say, rather than what they do, that counts. Fscking politics.

Isn't it crazy? Everybody knows this, that, and the other is total bullshit, yet refuse to call it as it is.

People, what a bunch of bastards....

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Surprise! World stunned to learn that AT&T is in the NSA's pocket

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Ma Bell...

... is back! Funny how that works.

Ma Bell was broken up by the Feds, of course she would show extreme willingness to get it all back, and more...

smh

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Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

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Re: Thoughts

Truth - however if you don't run it on a daily basis, you cannot suss out all the gotchas involved and I *know* I'll be dealing with it sooner than I'd like.

That being said, my dev/gaming rigs will stay Win7 & 8.1 Pro. I simply don't have time to debug Win10 on those machines, they have to Just Work*.

*heh, that sounds familiar, doesn't it?

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Re: Thoughts

ok, that's new - Outlook 2013 crashes every few hours now - didn't do that a few days ago lmfao...

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Thoughts

Going from 8.1 to 10 makes sense because really, what do you have to lose? Win 8 is a mess until you put a decent startup menu on it, This machine (2015 Dell Inspiron 5447 i5 8GB touchsceeen yada yada) I writing this on has Win10 - has suffered with the initial roll out and then with damn near constant updates, gets a little better each day. I'm still not sold on it, but what can you do? Must learn this crap before I get called out for one in the wild (or worse, in an office environment). My new-to-me CF-53 will be getting Win 10 here shortly... well maybe anyway, I do need it to work/troubleshoot with it. We'll see, depends if my software tools still work properly, dunno right this minute.

I'm telling my clients 'Not Yet' and 'Just Don't, ok?' I was vindicated at one of my larger clients by a smartass who must have installed Office at one time and considers/portrays herself an IT Pro, promptly disregarded my warnings and burned her new laptop down to the ground with the Win10 upgrade - there will be no future wildcat upgrades in that 200 employee network ;)

Oh yes, another thing - at the house, so far out no one can hear you scream, I have satellite internet limited to 15GB throughput a month - I've spoken with their reps (4th or 5th level now) about Win10 and it's non-scheduled updates affecting download limits - I'm getting nowhere fast. Pretty sure Microsoft, in it's infinite wisdom, didn't consider the poor bastards on Excede or Hughesnet in their calculations.

That's about all I have atm - still early here - 1st cup of coffee not completed yet.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Facepalm

Hey Zoot!

WTF is the 1st Rule?

Multiple screen real estate is REQUIRED to handle video/picture manipulation, do our jobs efficiently and with great purpose, to further our pointy headed bosses' careers!

What is this gaming you speak of? Surely it's against company policy and no IT professional would EVER waste company time with such fluff....

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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

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Re: Riight...

hehe - thank your lucky stars that you're *getting* updates - I haven't seen any updates from Verizon on my Note3 since April and that was the 5.0 upgrade...

Makes me feel like singing:

Rarripop, Rarripop, oh what a Rarripop.. bedew dew dew POP!*

*yeah yeah - coat *there*, door *there*... got it!

Ya'll have a great day!

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Ka Blam! There goes the other foot.

'one had to visit a website to check for updates'...

Remember 'Oil Change'? Little program that scanned your machine and checked for any of your installed software required updates. Saw it at COMDEX back in the late 90's, sat on one of the booth chicks until she gave up a couple of copies..

I thought it was pretty cool at the time - reckon it just opened the door. Damn shame really, too bad we can't have nice things anymore, eh?

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FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

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Re: My boss would never allow it

Politicians have always been above the law, you silly peasant! Go back to your hut and let your betters worry about big things you can't wrap your head around.

;)

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Re: Gawd, him again

Always has been - you're thinking about Prosecutorial Discretion - a term I was never acquainted with until the current US President made it a cornerstone of policy.

You know, the Good Ol' Boys' Club.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: This is not a tech problem

Telnet power blocks - best invention next to peanut butter - saved many many miles of travel back in the late 90's, early 2000's at an ISP I worked for. Windows shop you see, with many NT boxen before I did the migration to W2k AD.

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Re: "not go into sleep mode or require screen unlock"

Say you incorporate all that into a Toughbook CF-53, with all the NATO security addons, it would be nigh impossible for the FBI to deal with? At least keep 'em out while the statute of limitations runs out?

Heh... What are the modern superspy hackers carrying around these days anyway?

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NEW, LOVELY, UNTOUCHED - a second EARTH waiting across the stars

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Coat

I've observed this...

'Little is known about "population Y", other than that the remnants of the group were unearthed in the Amazon'

Definitely something wrong with The Amazon's search engine. Being a Prime member, finding certain parts that can be shipped free can be difficult, even if you have the exact part number/manufacturer. Not surprised.

-> who took my coat?

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Aww hell <kicks dirt>

We'all folks up here in Tennessee think them folks in Geeorgia are a mite tetched in the head anyways... dumb crackers... Like my uncle always said, 'Oncet ya cross that there Tennessee line, y'all out of the country'.*

*The 'T' word is such a wonderful tool, especially in light of Mr. Malamud's name, to evoke an emotional response to any given situation. Given the expense in treasure and time to defend against malicious attacks, as I have experienced recently over a land contract, you don't stand a chance in hell against these fuckers without serious cash. You get put in a position where you have to make a business decision, rather than stand on principle. Damn bloodsucking lawyers... they always win.

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

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Childcatcher

I reckon the only real question is:

Did Fiat have the contract for Russia's new remote control medium tanks with the Playstation driving controls?

I could see where a drone tank could be useful around the house, varmints and such.*

*On a more serious note, just finished converting over to disc brakes on my 58 GMC stepside truck - those drum brakes.... well, the discs cut about 50'-75' off stopping distance off from 60mph to 0 panic brake. Helpful ;) I simply do not agree with the antilock brakes on my 08 GMC Canyon. I know and can predict responses to certain variables with regular old school brakes, antilocks not so much. There is a six inch strip of metal on the end of a bridge, right at the stop sign of a T intersection, if that fscker is wet, under normal braking pressure, they feel that wet metal strip, slide a bit, and activate. Most times you can get it stopped at the sign, sometimes you're in the intersection. Takes a different driving technique and I personally like to have control of my vehicle, not HAL.

No electronics to speak of on that 58, unless you count the capacitor on the distributor, my thought was a nice headless sound system to dock my smartphone into. Why duplicate functionality if you carry the damnably useful thing around anyway?

Sigh... Ya'll have a great day, I'm off to ghost a couple of backup primary IDE drives on an ancient KOMO router w/Windows 2000 and a sketchy WD 40GB IDE drive. Can't wait :|

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

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'I do keep threatening to wear a kilt'

^^this^^

Wore one for my wedding, most comfortable item of clothing I've *ever* worn. Warm? Fluff out. Cold? Cover up. Nice hardware design right there.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Childcatcher

The Free No-Guilt card is played there - lottery 'profits' is supposed to go to the schools...

No, I don't gamble. Learned in the 3rd grade matching coins that both Probability and Math are dicks.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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New Normal War driving

Driving the streets of LA/London/personal favorite town actively scanning/collecting comm freqs, searching for IP's, scripting open door attacks, recording everything, in a hardened distributor and points 60's vehicle. Kinda like Google Streetview cars, but more honest about it.

Racers, sitting at the line, computers doing bruteforce attacks on other drivers' cars, while your systems are defending from the other guys, while the tree counts down.

Fleets of police cars simultaneously accellerating to 120MPH and making a sudden, gps-guided, left turn into a building/bridge/river/etc of your choice.

Pretty morose this evening... it's a Brave New World... smh

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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Re: Serious.

Never mind having him degaussed by Stephen Hawking himself, right?

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

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Sister site?

Not http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk?

hmmm - what happened?

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Not like this is a new thing

My 2008 GMC Canyon still receives ECM & BCM updates every year or so. Updated fuel tables, power curves, etc. Always have to do a GM Update before using a tuner like HPtuner to get things right. Truck is fly_by_wire but no OnStar, electric locks/windows etc. 2.9l 4 banger only averaged 20.3mpg we purchased new, I've de-GMmed to the point of 27.6mpg average city/highway now with 173k miles on her - she's faster than factory.

The above is also why I'm restoring a 1958 GMC Stepside pickup with three on the tree, it will run under circumstances unfriendly to electronics AND your average American car thief won't know how to row a stick.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Meh

More proof I'm getting old... remember when the benchmark was Doom?

harrumph*...

*wow, spellcheck had 'harrumph'...

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: Who needs fuses, anyway?

Phuq Witt:

You sir, have a valid point.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Oh Reginald!

https://youtu.be/7R6_Chr2vro

reckon everybody in the West has gotten pretty soft - sucks.

smh

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Some, not all, American cars suck. Everybody sells cars that suck. Long ago, in the before time (pre-internet), a friend of mine was paid for a repair job with a 77(?) Lancia with bad tail lights. Cool little exotic for Bumfuck, Arizona. Sexy even. No big deal, right? Incorrect. Damn thing had a unified ground on the engine firewall with a +/- wire to every damn thing. Everything. We spent two days tracing wires and never did get the brake lights working consistently.

Why oh why would someone *not* use a chassis ground for simplicity and weight savings of all_that_extra_wire?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Reading suggestion

The Foundation series by Issac Asimov.

Specifically the decline of the Empire and the Engineer Priest class.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Such amazing security measures worth $82bn...

you mean the bang?

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: When caught, did he say......

'Yippee'....

I *still* want to punch him over that....

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Exactly

Note that no one from El Reg put their name on the story either... I've yet to meet anyone, ever, that thought JarJar was worth a damn.

Pretty sure whomever wrote the article is not and never was a SW fan.

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