* Posts by James O'Shea

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

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Re: Lost credibility

"So who are El Reg's BBC-hating pro-copyright right-wing climate-sceptic sponsors?"

Donald Trump and the dead muskrat on his head?

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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Re: I hadn't noticed

"Copying CDs to music players is illegal in the UK. You have to buy the same content again or face 10 years in jail in the UK."

I've been copying my music onto formats I like for well over 40 years now. If someone actually wanted to try to prosecute because I moved to a different format, despite my having a truly large collection of CDs and vinyl LPs plus the equipment necessary to turn them into digitalised formats, I'd say for 'em to come get me.

It is true that I haven't bought much music lately. Current music tends to annoy me, so I listen to my older stuff.

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Re: I hadn't noticed

"I buy content in the form of CD's It can't then be deleted from the media/devices I then choose to transfer it too."

Sigh. With (some) books and with movies you might have a point. Not with music. From the very first versions of iTunes (back when iTunes was actually usable...) it was entirely possible to ensure that your purchased content couldn't be remotely deleted. (Step 1: download content. Step 2: set up a playlist. Step 3: burn a CD or otherwise copy the playlist. Step 4: put the copied content back into iTunes. Or, indeed, into anything which would play said content. Apple would be completely unable to delete that content. Until iTunes Match arrived, Apple wouldn't even know that content existed. And, yes, if the music was DRMed at the start, it's not DRMed anymore. From the beginning iTunes could burn up to seven copies of any playlist, and the copies would NOT be DRMed. You'd think that Apple was deliberately trying to sabotage the music companies, and you'd be correct.)

I don't usually get books from Apple; virtually all of my ebooks are acquired from other sources, converted to epubs (if necessary) and had their metadata massaged in calibre, and then moved to iBooks and iTunes strictly so that said ebooks may be viewed on my iPad. calibre doesn't touch DRMed content, so I don't, either, unless I absolutely have no choice. Those few ebooks I have from Apple (and Amazon, via Kindle) are copied over to calibre, too. (I prefer the iBooks reader on my iPad to the Kindle reader for iOS. I suspect that Amazon has deliberately crippled it, and their readers for OS X and Window, to try to get users to get a Kindle. That, or the Kindle interface is just truly crappy.) This means that I usually have at least two copies of any book, one in calibre and one in iBooks. And Apple can't do a damn thing to the calibre copy. (Neither can Amazon.)

It should be noted that there are ways to deDRM almost all ebooks, should I absolutely have to do that... and I have done exactly that. This means that I have several hand-built epubs sitting in calibre and usually in iBooks. Neither Apple nor Amazon have any idea that I have them, and so they cannot delete them.

Movies I don't know about. I usually use my Amazon Prime membership to access free (well, free after I pay for a year of Amazon Prime, which I would be doing anyway just for the free 2nd-day-air shipping) content and I simply don't care one way or another, as it's streaming content and doesn't live on my drives anyway. Movies and videos that I want to keep, such as my complete collection of every single episode of Farscape, are MKVs parked far, far, FAR way from iTunes. I don't even know if iTunes can handle MKVs, I've never tried.

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'Ugly Reddit commentards made me doubt humanity'

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Re: @2+2=5, re: Eadon.

He left off Eadon's fav bit: the NONSENSICAL SENTENCE IN ALL CAPS. Gotta have at least one if it's to be an Eadon post.

I still say that it was really someone at Google yanking El Reg's chain. hard. No-one could have been serious when they spewed all that... could they? Please tell me that it was all an epic troll.

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Re: That's why you never read the comments, Ellen. Take it from us. ®

Has he really been gone for two years? Seems like only yesterday that he was roaming & foaming....

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Weekend trolling is best trolling!

El Reg has Simon, the PFY, a carpet, and some quicklime. The lawyers don't have a hope.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: GIMMIE!

"Why not buy a smaller SSD for your OS and programs, and keep your data on the cheaper spinning rust?"

Because...

1 my laptop doesn't have enough space for two internal drives and I'd really rather not haul around an external drive

2 my Windows desktop already has all the internal drive bays filled up. I'd have to pull _two_ drives, replace one with a drive large enough to hold the data from the two drives, migrate the data, and then put in the SSD. Easier to leave well enough alone until the next time I build a new system.

3 my Mac desktop (a Mac mini) has space for two internal drives but both are in use. Again, I'd have to migrate the data to another internal drive or to an external. Messing with the innards of a Mac mini is non-trivial, though better than it used to be. And a new Mac mini is not on, Apple has deleted the ability to have two internal drives for reasons which no doubt made sense to them.

That said... I'm not buying one of these because of the price. It's more than I paid for for any of the computers I'd use it in. (Yes, it costs more than Apple kit, which pretty much says it all.)

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Errm...

if the girls says stop, and you don't stop, that's rape. Even if she had said 'yes' earlier. If after the girl said 'stop' he not only didn't stop but used superior force to continue, that's forcible rape. And if he had some STD (anything at all...) and the girl caught it, that's forcible rape and aggravated assault. If the STD is incurable, that's assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

I had not thought that my opinion of St. Julie the Ass™ (and of those who support him) could go any lower. I was wrong.

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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

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Re: After his remarks on Mexicans...

The Donald hates Mexicans 'cause he was once chased up a tree by a Chihuahua. It was really after the dead muskrat on his head, but The Donald didn't know that.

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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Re: "of nearly 50 billion devices by 2020"

Hmm... I'm at home at the moment, and just in this room I, personally, have...

2 cell phones

2 desktop computers

1 laptop

1 printer

1 tablet.

I'm not counting the server ('cause it ain't in this room and it's only barely connected, in that it's on a network which has a connection) nor am I counting the tv (the set top box for it, that is) or the blu-ray player as they're not in this room, either. Nor am I counting the other tvs/set-top boxes, blu-rays, computers, cell phones, or tablets elsewhere in the house. And not the VOIP phones. And I'm pretty sure that there's something I'm forgetting.

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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

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Re: Last one I'm reading

"'I've already put the steak in the heart"

did it moo?

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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I expected

a story about an elderly Tory MP. Let's see...

1 spineless... check

2 scarfs everything that comes into range... check

3 excellent defences and so resistant to most ordinary methods of persuasion... check

My apologies, it's not a mere MP, it's a full-on Minister of Government.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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I find it interesting

that some people hate Apple so much that they scream when Apple dumps a symbol of traitors, slavers, murderers, thieves, and rapists. Not to mention just plain bigots. A certain cracker who will not be named shot nine people dead in an effort to (by his own admission) start a race war, inspired in large part by that flag. And yet some on this site object to it being removed.

I went to university with someone whose great-whatever granduncle was with the 1st Minnesota at Gettysburg. 262 Minnesotans mounted a spoiler attack to block a Confederate assault. 47 were still standing after the unit achieved its objective. The 24th Michigan took 77% casualties holding the Angle, the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. They held. The 20th Maine literally ran out of ammunition defending their position; they fixed bayonets and charged, despite being outnumbered four to one. They routed the rebels. And that's just Gettysburg. And leaves out Buford's cavalry saving the high ground, the fight in the Devil's Den, the rest of the Iron Brigade (24 Michigan was in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps first to fight, a.k.a. the Iron Brigade) standing at the Angle when Longstreet's men tried to run them over. Men carrying that flag. 1st Minnesota was at the Angle, too; one of their men captured a rebel flag and it's in a museum in Minnesota. A few years ago some Virginians demanded their flag back. Minnesota told 'em to come get it and bring body bags, they'd be needing them.

Getting rid of that flag has been a long time in coming. Far too long. Museums are the only place those flags should fly.

Several regiments of the Virginia National Guard are still called the Stonewall Brigade. Time to change that name, too. And Ft. Hood. And Ft. Bragg. And Ft. Lee. And a bunch more.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: re: 2015-June-02 is pretty unambiguous

"- the birth of Jesus Josephson of Nazareth"

Errm... as was pointed out to me many, many, MANY years ago during Religious Knowledge class. (I went to a Church school. We took Religious Knowledge to GCE. They made us, we certainly wouldn't have done it otherwise, the unabashed heathens that we were.)

1 m'man's name was Yeshua. That would be 'Joshua'. The bleeding Greeks screwed the name up. In their defense, Hebrew lacks vowels and is written backwards. Saying 'Jesus Christ' is NOT 'using the name of God in vain, 'cause that wasn't his name...

2 he should properly be either Yesua bar Miriam or Yesua bar Abbas, 'cause the one guy who it's certain (according to the Gospels, anyway) wasn't his father was Yosef. (Yes, Mary = Miriam. Abbas = Father. There would be a reason why a certain other person named Barabbas got so much play...) And, yes, this point came up while the discussion of certain passages in the Synoptics were being discussed. Hint: there are two different genealogies (one in Luke, one in Matthew) of m'man Yeshua, both of which go past Yosef... who can't be his father. We had _lots_ of fun with that. There are several reasons why the Roman Catholic Church says that Biblical literalism is an error...

3 Yeshua was actually born three or four or perhaps even five years BC. (Those who would put that as BCE can bite me.) (Yes, the Greeks screwed up the dating, too. They seemed to be bad with numbers even then.) And we can be fairly sure that the date wasn't in December, either, not if the shepherds had their flocks out.

Church schools: turning out cynics by the score. One wonders why certain fundiots are so hot on teaching religion in American public schools. I suspect that if they achieved their object they might not like the result...

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Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways

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Re: Accompanying image

"I think it's a Hurricane though."

Nah. That's a Spitfire, almost certainly one with a Griffon engine instead of a Merlin. The canopy and the four- or five-blade prop say late-marque Spit or perhaps a Spiteful or a Seafang. Probably a a later Spit, though, very few Spitefuls or Seafangs were built and I don't think that any survive. It's definitely not a Hurri. No standard production Hurri had a canopy like that one, and I'm pretty sure that no Hurri had a four-blade prop, either.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: Sound and fury

"2 years is not the HW life expectancy. No one "considers" this to be true.

The 2 year number comes from the 2 year contract period so often offered by telcos in the developed west, which effectively amount to expensive hire purchase agreements."

Errm... you're the only one who's mentioned a 2 year figure. I'd thought that I'd made clear that my old Samsung flip-phone lasted well past two years; more than five, actually, before it finally died. The Android device did't make it past six months.

"PAYG phones are used for a much longer period of time, in general, and phones do in fact last longer than 2 years."

Not Android devices in my never to be repeated experience. I've never before had to put up with such a pile of junk and I hope never to do so again. The device in question was a ZTE, and according to various people posting on assorted support sites, the performance of my device was typical.

"Gingerbread phones are still sold last time I looked. Some of us need to carry multiple phones when traveling and a cheap "phone" turns out to be an Android device sometimes, and soon it might be "always" - heaven forbid."

I will not be buying any such device. Once bitten, twice shy.

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Sound and fury

I have two cell phones. I have had two cell phones for years. One is for the office, paid for by the office, and one is mine and paid for by me. For a very long time the office phone was a Windows phone. Then Microsoft went (even more) bonkers and the special app we used, the whole reason for having a smart phone, wouldn't work any more. The office got a work-around which would work on any properly speced smart phone; the users would pick a phone from the allowed list, the office would pay for it. Which is how I replaced my Samsung Omnia with an iPhone 4S. It did the job as specced by the office; the only problem was that I had to use (grrr) Sprint. (Could have been worse. The office used to use Verizon.) The 4S has since been replaced by a 5S, which also continues to give no trouble and to do exactly what it was purchased for.

Meanwhile, I had been using a succession of cheap flip-phones on my personal account. Because the office phones for years back had been Samsungs and hadn't given problems, I usually got a Samsung flip-phone and they gave no trouble at all until the day that one simply dropped dead. It was, of course, well past the warranty. Indeed, that particular model was no longer being produced. I decided to get an Android device. I picked a nice cheap unit, as I really didn't need much. This was A Serious Error(™).

In the first place, the device couldn't be upgraded past Gingerbread. In the second, it was extremely unreliable, freezing without warning, so that I missed calls; the only cure for the freeze was to remove the battery, wait a bit, then put the battery back in. Missing calls was unforgivable. Multiple calls to support did nothing to fix it. A check with assorted support fora on line indicated that my problem was quite widespread, and wasn't confined that model device, or even to Gingerbread. I should have known that there was a reason why the damn thing was so cheap and why it was still running Gingerbread at the late date that I bought it. I replaced it with a 5C (the 6 was out by that time, but I wasn't about to spend iPhone 6 money if I didn't have to) and that device has been as reliable as the 5S and the 4S before it.

I, personally, will never again buy an Android device, not because I love Apple, not because I love shiny, not because I want to be fashionable (both my iPhones, like the 4S and the Omnia and the assorted other company phones before them, live in plain black plastic cases which do not reveal what kind of phone they are unless you look very closely indeed) but rather because the damn things do what I want them to do, when I want them to do it, and don't do things I don't want them to do. I'd still be using a flip-phone if my old Samsung feature phone hadn't died after about five years of use. I suspect that the iPhone 5C will also get at least five years worth of use. I have no desire to 'upgrade' it and it does what I want it to, when I want it to, how I want it to. And, oh, I'm less than enamored of the large size things being pushed by both Apple and Samsung nowadays. I like the size of the 5C and 5S. In contrast, the Android device was a complete disaster. I see no reason to repeat the experiment; perhaps the problem was that I got a cheap Android device, not a full-priced one, but I really don't want to pay for a top-of-the-line Android device and have problems again. Not when I _know_, from actual experience, that the Apple devices do what I want and don't give me static.

YMMV, of course.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: I'm sorry

Sigh. It's been Official Catholic Doctrine for a long time now that Biblical literalism is a fallacy. No, it is NOT policy that the universe was created in six (not seven...) days about 6,000 years ago. Hint: the person who first proposed the theory currently known as the Big Bang Theory (so named by the rather atheist Fred Hoyle in a failed attempt to discredit it...) was Georges Lemaître, a Catholic priest working at a Catholic university. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Lema%C3%AEtre I went to Church schools from elementary to university. I was introduced to the theory of evolution in high school, by an actual ordained Jesuit priest who had absolutely no problems with the subject. Indeed, his fav line when a creationist cretin tried to argue with him was "Men wrote the Bible. God wrote the rocks. If what the Bible tells us disagrees with what the rocks tell us, then the Bible is wrong. The rocks tell us that the Earth is billions of years old and that life has been here for much of that time, and that man is a relatively recent development. If the Bible says different, then either we're reading it incorrectly or someone made an error when writing it. You may be quite sure that God did not make an error writing the rocks." Mumbles about problems with 'carbon dating' were met by pointing out that carbon dating is actually limited to quite recent times, and that other radioisotope dating methods work using the same theories which make items ranging from light bulbs to nuclear bombs work. Anyone who has a problem with radioisotope dating needs to provide a theory showing how those problems can be accommodated while still having light bulbs work.

Yes, there are Catholics who are creationist cretins. They haven't been paying attention to Official Church Policy for more than a century. They are the kind of people who Frankie is going after, to either drag them into at least the 20th century or to run 'em out of the Church entirely, he doesn't much care which.

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Frankie is changing my mind about Popes

I suffered through Official Church Schools from elementary to university. I thought that the Pole was a dangerous right-wing fanatic and the German was an out-right Nazi. (Read up on what happened to Karol in Poland both during and after WWII and the exploits of der Panzerkardinal before he got enPoped to see why...) I was quite prepared to believe that Frankie would be more of the same... except he's a Jesuit. And NOT European. Jesuits, especially South American Jesuits, have historically be extremely irritating to right-wingers. (All that stuff about actually _thinking_...) Iggy Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, started out by irritating lots of the governments of the time (and the then Pope) and the Jesuits have followed his lead ever since. Except that one of them is now Pope, so he's annoying the hell out of everyone else. Der Panzerkardinal was head of the (reformed and renamed) Inquisition before being enPoped, at about the time of the Great Paedophile Priest Scandal... and he did not a damn thing. Frankie is using the full power of the (name changed to 'The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith' to protect the guilty) Inquisition to nail bishops and archbishops and even cardinals to the wall, a direct slap at Benny der Panzerkardnial. (And a rebuke to Karol the Pole for letting Benny get away with it...)

It appears that the Church of Rome is no longer run by moss-backed dinosaurs. It's been some time since this was so. I'm getting out to popcorn while I watch Frankie chew on theropods. It's much more entertaining than Jurassic World. A lot of what Frankie does is aimed at the moss-backs, including this bit about climate change.

It also appears that m'man Lewis really, really, REALLY has a thing about climate change. Lewis doesn't seem to notice that the primary target of this, and virtually everything else this or any other Pope does, is internal. This is Frankie going nuclear on the right-wingers. And, yes, as he is a Jesuit, it means that he actually had a look at the evidence and made up his own mind on it, though opposition to the position of the righties no doubt played a large part. Jesuits, especially South American Jesuits, have been doing that kind of thing for _centuries_ now.

And, oh, Lewis... I had a look at the available evidence myself a while back, and it was sufficient to persuade me while humans may not be responsible for _all_ of climate change, we are responsible for _a lot_ of climate change. This is one reason why I've been a longtime supporter of nuclear power; humans need a lot of power to build a civilization, and nukes don't eat fossil fuels. I don't have the position I do because I was commanded to by the Pope; I've been ignoring Papal commands since Karol was sitting in the Throne of St. Peter. I have the position I have because I looked at the evidence. Frankie has moved the Church to my position, though for internal political reasons. I'm waiting to see what else Frankie does to really piss off the righties; tolerance for gays and/or female priests would be my guess. The explosions you'd be hearing would be rightie skulls popping around the world. Opus Dei would have collective heart failure, and it couldn't happen to a better bunch.

Deus vult, and all that, boys'n'girls. Invest in lots of popcorn.

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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Re: Great quote...

"I wonder whose sock puppet he is?"

Not mine. He doesn't kick the Ass(tm) hard enough.

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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I've been using DDG for a long time

Years, even. I use it as my primary search engine on every single device I use, including Apple devices, and have been since way before last year, whether it was officially available or not.

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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

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"..smallpox spores

...mustard gas

...depleted uranium"

Feh. Smallpox doesn't do spores. I can make my own mustard gas (anyone with access to even a high school chem lab can) and I don't want _depleted_ uranium. Tungsten-carbide handles all my armoured fighting vehicle killing needs nicely, what I want is the Mother of All Improvised Explosive Devices.

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NOBODY reading your Facebook post? TOUGH LUCK, sez Zuck

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Re: Adblock

"We'd be happier (and richer) if you'd whitelist us."

Not necessarily. On occasion I visit El Reg from a machine which doesn't have Ad Block, and therefore see the ads. It's been a _long_ time since I thought of any of those ads as being anything other than an annoying distraction. I'm thinking in particular of the ad engine which displays an ad _before_ allowing me to access El Reg at all. I really hate that system. I've been making a note of those companies which advertise using it, so as to never buy any of their products.

There's a _reason_ why I usually use an adblocker.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: How about more annoying the French!

"2. Second level escort: Aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, Battleship HMS Duke of York, cruisers HMS Cumberland and HMS Nigeria, Battleship USS Washington, and nine destroyers"

I'd forgotten about WASHINGTON being available. TIRPITZ, SCHEER, and eight destroyers could have handled the close and immediate escorts before the 2nd-level escort got close. That would leave the 2nd-level escort. Get past them, and by the time that the distant escort got in range, there wouldn't have been much left of the convoy, and TIRPITZ & Co would have been hauling ass for Norway at best speed, calling up U-boats and aircraft as they went... except that I forgot about WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON and DUKE OF YORK together would have been enough to see TIRPITZ off. DUKE OF YORK on its lonesome... say 'bye-bye'. I just looked up the RN order of battle. My bad.

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James O'Shea
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Re: Stop annoying Les Frogs

"otherwise they'll send a raiding party to rescue Emperor Napolleon III who lies burried in Hampshire and still refuse to return a couple of Henry's who are entombed in France."

That's a win-win. And if we could get them (or, perhaps, the Germans) to remove the squatters currently infesting a certain large government-owned building in London SW1A 1AA, why that would be an even bigger win-win. I'm not overly fond of Ollie Cromwell or Maxie Robespierre, but they did have a way of dealing with such annoyances.

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Re: How about more annoying the French!

The HIPPER cruisers were excellent designs (which didn't so much break the relevant naval treaties as crush them...) but weren't 'pocket battleships'. Those were DEUTSCHLAND/LUTZOW, SCHEER, and GRAF SPEE. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutschland-class_cruiser

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Re: How about more annoying the French!

"The Dunkirk "great military achievement" should share the same "wall of shame" with the whole home fleet chasing one pocket battleship (and losing a capital ship in the process), allowing the channel run and withdrawing a whole fleet group including multiple heavy cruisers, ship of the line and an aircraft carrier and running away as fast as their engines can deliver after deciphering an Enigma order for the other pocket battleship to attack the PQ17."

BISMARCK was most definitely not a 'pocket battleship'. It was the largest and most powerful superdreadnought battleship afloat at the time, superior to all Royal Navy dreadnoughts ever built and to every American dreadnought prior to the WASHINGTONs and to the Japanese dreadnoughts prior to the YAMATOs. However, in the words of Joe Stalin, quantity has a quality all its own, so BISMARCK was gang-banged after being crippled by air attack. TIRPITZ was a (slightly) improved BISMARCK and was sunk by air attack. The 'pocket battleships' were the DEUTSCHLAND/LUTZOW class panzerschiffs, which were really more like large armored cruisers. (DEUTSCHLAND, the lead ship in the class, was renamed LUTZOW to avoid the propaganda hit should it get sunk.)

As for PQ-17, if TIRPITZ had gotten loose it would have wiped out the entire escort. Yes, it was that much superior to anything available.

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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

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Errmm...

I do some work as an adjunct professor at a local community college. (And it's a damn good thing that I don't depend on that kind of thing for a living, as the pay is truly pitiful) We have numerous 'smartboard' thingies in multiple classrooms, and they cost a whole lot more than a mere $20k. And they require projectors which do... interesting... things, and their touch technology seems to be based on 1984 HP stuff (except that HP actually got most stuff right in 1984). If this thing is for real, there's a _big_ market for it in higher education.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: What do other countries do?

"as the most serious driving offenses will lead to you losing your license

The lack of this is the root cause of the bad driving problems we have in the UK. "

I really hate to tell you this, but... that won't work. Here in Deepest South Florida, we do, indeed, have to renew our driver's licenses every few years. This has not noticeably reduced the number of crazies roaming the roads. All bad jokes about Quebecois snowbirds aside (It's JUNE! They're back in Quebec! Ha-le-lu-ja! With luck we can seal the border before October!) the roads are full of twits. Last week Friday I had to go to Miami (I only go to Miami when I absolutely have to, not being a native Spanish speaker) and on I-95 south I encountered not one but two major accidents, each involving at least three vehicles. (One was a roll-over and one involved a tractor-trailer. The one with the tractor-trailer blocked all five southbound lanes and required a helicopter to get the injured to hospital.) I got off I-95 and took the Turnpike instead, and, yes, there was another accident there. People around here can't drive, and especially can't drive in the rain. I learned to drive in Trinidad and Jamaica, where they use the British methods of learning to drive, and took the test in Ft. Lauderdale a few years back when I moved to Deepest South Florida. I'll tell you this: no-one who thinks they have learned to drive based on the test in Florida could possibly get a license in either Jamaica or Trinidad. And the boyz in Florida have dumbed down the test since I took it... I used to wonder why American tourists would drive so badly. Now I know why. (The only explanation for why Quebecois drive so badly is that they've killed off the last driving instructors in the province and the Canadian government can't pay anyone enough to replace them...)

Fury Road ain't in Australia, it's I-95 south of Hallendale Beach Blvd. (Exit 18. The last exit before entering Dade County. Abandon all hope, and learn Spanish, when going south of Hallendale Beach Blvd.)

Sorry, but your idea won't work.

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Re: Gross stupidity and idiocy

@ Mad Mike...

Please stop insulting half-wits by comparing them to these, these, these... words fail me.

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Is that a graphics driver on your shop's register – or a RAM-slurping bank card thief?

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Re: So use ApplePay

Using ApplePay or Google Wallet or whatever would have at least two upsides:

1 if the bad guys divert the payment to themselves, there's at least some chance that the diversion can be tracked, leading to them. (It depends on how the money was diverted and how quickly someone noticed.)

2 the lack of incoming funds should quickly alert management, and should (depending on how bright management is. Oh. Wait. Errmm...) result in someone taking active measures to improve security. (Well, it could happen... Money talks. Loudly.)

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Great that's Apple F*&^ed then

Interesting. I have seen people complain about Lightening cables before, but... I have an Official Apple Lightening Cable(tm) for my iPhone 5s. I've had it since I got it new on launch day. No problems. I also have a Cheap Chinese Knockoff Lightening cable (the Official Apple cable lives at home, connected to the Official Apple WallWart(tm); the Cheap Chinese Knockoff lives in my laptop bag, with a car power plug and another wallwart, both Cheap Chinese Knockoffs) I have had no problems with either cable over a period of nearly four years now. What on _Earth_ are you people doing to those poor innocent cables that you kill them in six months?

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"Really, cloning Napoléon would be easier that getting money out of a French supermarket/shop/chain..."

That's because you're cloning a Corsican. Who lost. Cloning Wellington would be more effective.

Up, Guards, and at them!

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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So, to review...

1 m'man was making 100 MPH in a 55 zone

2 he was driving on a suspended license

3 he had no insurance

4 he had multiple assorted drugs and a meth pipe

5 he had a counterfeit $100 bill

6 he posted bail and went home... and didn't think to remove the assorted drugs packaged for sale from his house before the narcs got there (note that the narcs didn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to arrive, either...)

7 he also didn't get rid of the other counterfeit bills

8 he had drugs actually in his possession when he arrived at the county lockup

Tell me, does he actually remember to breathe while he walks? How stupid can you be and actually graduate from law school? (Oh. Wait. There's the example of ex-Veep Danforth 'Mr. Potatoehead' Quayle. But even Danny boy wasn't _this_ stupid. Well, probably not, anyway.)

I'd have thought that if you know that you have drugs and counterfeit money in the car and have no insurance and a suspended license, you drive like a grandma (and not like the little old lady from Pasadena...) so as to avoid getting nicked by the cops. Which, as the reason why the narcs visited was 'cause they had reason to suspect that m'man had interesting stuff on his premises, would have avoided the other problems, too. But methheads don't think...

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: "Mr. Anderson... you disappoint me..."

"(Madoff excepted, although even he did not get life, and if I were him, I would not be wanting to be out on the streets anytime soon)."

You are aware that m'man Bernie got 150 years without parole, aren't you? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Madoff

He isn't going to have to worry about being out on the streets. Ever.

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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Re: Anyone who uses anything by Google is a cunt

Oh, he's hunting downvotes. He won't get one from me.

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Re: Anyone who uses anything by Google is a cunt

Intriguing. So using, for example, gmail makes one a cunt, does it? Some of us use gmail accounts as throwaways, never putting anything useful in there; the email account associated with my commentard account is from gmail, for instance. Some of us never actually go to the gmail web interface, and therefore never see any GoogleAds; I have my assorted gmail accounts (plural) dumping mail to an actual email client via IMAP. Google keeps on yapping at me that they want a cell phone number for two factor auth, and I keep ignoring them. They insisted that they wanted a 'profile'; I gave them one. According to that profile I live in Moonbase Alpha and I have a most intriguing photo.

And, oh... personally, my fav part of the female anatomy is...

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they didn't want any more rights than I'd thought they would. In other words, they behaved exactly the way I thought they would... and that's why I won't be using their cloudy service.

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Yahoo! must! face! class-action! suit! over! email! snooping! – judge

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Idiocy

I have two Yahoo email accounts. One of them is because I have AT&Totally Incompetent as my ISP; they use Yahoo for their victim... ah, that is, 'customer'... email services. (I use AT&TI as my ISP only because the only real alternative is ComeLast, and I will never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, ever again deal with that bunch of incredibly evil pirates. AT&TI are incompetent; ComeLast is actively evil. And proud of it. If there was an alternative to AT&TI I'd switch in a heartbeat, but there isn't, so I'm stuck.) The other is because I had to access a Yahoo group (no, not one of _those_ Yahoo groups, the only boobs visible are certain of the members of the group, more's the pity) and that was a lot easier from a Yahoo account.

This means that the _only_ real email on my Yahoo accounts are from AT&TI about the wonderful features they want me to pay extra for this month and messages from the Yahoo group. (Usually, unfortunately, from one of the boobs.) And, of course, spam. Very limited spam, as Yahoo is 'targeting' my 'interests' as expressed in my email, and that email is... of a very specific nature. Which means that most of the spam is general spam, mostly viagra/cealis crap and the odd item from our friends in Lagos and their allies. (My favs:

1 the little note I got from Louis Freeh, Director of the FBI, about the $26 million that the FBI had recovered from fraudsters for me. Director Freeh was kind enough to email me from his very own personal Windows Live email account, sent while he was visiting Hong Kong, no doubt on business, and more than a decade after he'd stopped being Director.

2 the other little note I got from Michele Obama on my $26 million grant from her husband's discretionary funds. Mrs. Obama was, like Director Freeh, kind enough to email me from her very own personal Outlook.com account, apparently while she was on a trip to Russia.

Those two are enshrined in my Email Hall of Fame.)

I use AT&TI's account only to talk to AT&TI. I use the Yahoo group account only to talk to the Yahoo group. I don't trust anything which shows up on them except for the limited scope I use them for. I don't trust email from Yahoo in any of my other accounts, usually deleting it on sight. Yahoo has only itself to blame for this.

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Is your career lacking growth? Become a porn inspector! Hint: It sucks

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Re: China's censorship dilemma

"Now the population is only protected by perverts with bad attitudes."

You say this as though it were a Bad Thing(tm).

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India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

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Re: Optional Title

Repayment for centuries of putting up with first the (dis)Honorable East India Company and then the British Raj. Next question.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: don't listen to McCain

"Don't listen to old man John McCain yelling for the kids to get off his lawn. He hardly represents the majority of anything. His family is famous for being military fsckups (his granddaddy caused the worst US naval defeat in WW2) who somehow get away with it and gain power after doing so."

Er. Which US Naval defeat do you refer to?

I'm rather interested in finding that out, too. So far as I can see, John S. McCain Sr. was in charge of air ops around Guadalcanal for several months in 1942, during which there were several major American naval defeats, including the one where HMAS CANBERRA was sunk, resulting in an American cruiser being named CANBERRA in abject apology. As McCain was not in command at sea, it's hard to see how those defeats could be considered his fault.

After Guadalcanal he was moved to a staff position in Washington for a while, serving as head of air ops for the entire US Navy. It's difficult to see what naval defeats he was responsible for then, either. In 1944 he went back to the Pacific as a task group commander under Halsey. When Halsey (not, repeat, NOT) McCain swallowed the bait of Ozawa's aptly named Decoy Force and charged north after Ozawa's empty aircraft carriers, leaving the San Bernadino Strait uncovered and therefore allowing Kurita and multiple dreadnoughts, including YAMATO, to roam freely, McCain,acting against orders, turned his task group to try to close the strait. He was too late to stop Kurita from slapping Clifton Sprague's TF77.4 around, and too late to stop Kurita from getting away, but the near-disaster off Samar can't possibly be blamed on him. Sprague's escort carriers were launching aircraft while being literally inside anti-aircraft gun range of Kurita's ships, and Sprague's aircraft were mostly older, obsolescent machines armed with depth charges and rockets for anti-submarine work, not torpedoes and heavy bombs for anti-ship; Oldendorf's dreadnoughts were all south, in Surigao Strait, massacring Shima and Nishimura. If Kurita had pressed on south from Samar he would have had MacArthur's invasion fleet under his guns and could have slaughtered them. As it was Kurita got an escort carrier, a destroyer, and a destroyer escort before withdrawing. It could have been a lot worse, and probably would have been if it hadn't been clear that the American destroyers were more than willing to charge dreadnoughts and ram.

I would really, really, REALLY like to know which US Naval defeat John S. McCain Sr. was responsible for. I really would.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: .ass

Too late. .gov covers that, nicely.

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The Mexicans. With refried beans. Canadians eat moose.

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Not an UZI

"The website, owned by one Sarah Mendenhall who claims to live in the Clinton's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, features an extraordinary pastiche of Hillary and Bill Clinton with Hillary hanging out with a goofy cartoon horse while Bill sprays passers-by with an Uzi and a saxophone strapped on his back."

That's a squared-off pistol of some type, possibly a Glock, not that I care given that there hasn't been a good semiauto pistol designed since John Moses Browning died, with an extremely extended magazine. http://www.surplusstore.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/8e94b9347e01b77eb5544a09ce3e947a/k/w/kwa-glock-extended-magazine2.jpg It's not an UZI. This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzi is an UZI. (Note ALL CAPS...)

Bill, being an Arkansas goodolboy, would probably use a Genuine American Gun, such as a Colt ACP or, if he had to use something in 9mm, a Browning Hi-Power, even if the Hi-Power is anything but highly powered, being, after all, designed to a French military requirement. More likely he'd use an Ingram gun or a Thompson.

Exit, stage right, to the tune of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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It seems that Jeb is not, after all, the smart Bush brother.

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Pop-up pest MacKeeper patches 0-day remote code execution vuln

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I've long been of the opinion that MacKeeper is the single most widely spread Mac malware. Ever. Even when it works 'properly' it causes problems.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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Re: picky error in headline

They bailed from Virginia when Virginia bailed from the Union and never went back after Virginia was hauled back into the Union at cannon-point. Something about there being damn few slaves in that part of Virginia (and damn little money; this is not a co-incidence) and (most of) the locals didn't see any particular reason to die for someone else's right to have slaves. Virginia was most upset; there's a bit in the Constitution of the United States that member states can't be split up without their consent. West Virginia and the other states which dragged Virginia back into the Union pointed out that at the time West Virginia bailed, Virginia was, by its own testimony, not a member of the Union, and so all kinds of constitutional guarantees no longer applied. If Virginia had wanted to remain unsplitup, then it should have stayed in the Union. (Yes, some are _still_ blathering about this. Mostly boyz waving a flag, red with a blue cross of St Andrew upon which are white stars. Somehow I don't think that they got the message: Lee _lost_.)

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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He is the law. Just ask him.

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I thought that that pic of him on the pony _was_ him coming out...

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