* Posts by Grikath

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Are you a TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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Re: Wrong way round

dear Electorn Shepherd,

I think you will find that living things with an oxygen metabolism shed CO2 as part of the process of living. This includes plants and other organisms using light capture as their primary method for energy fixation in carbohydrates. It's simply that for plants the equilibrium is shifted to a net O2 production when sufficiently illuminated.

In fact, you will find that in the entire life cycle of a plant, actual CO2 capture is minimal, as upon death the plant will get recycled into its component parts by microorganisms, especially in the so-called Rainforests, which tend to have a more or less zero-sum profile when it comes to CO2 capture.

If you're looking for carbon capture through plants you're looking at peat bogs, sub-arctic prairy environments, and other places where microbial decomposition does not have time to fully take place before the next layer arrives. But that's less Glamorous than Rain Forests, isn't it?

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

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Re: At the end of the day...

very, actually..

You're not dealing with the Military, but with Militia.. Not unlike the Resistance during WW II you do not need high-tech stuff ( or large and complicated armaments) to be a constant threat and a general embuggerance. To counter guerilla warfare, you need top-notch intelligence, and very-fast-response weapon systems and personnel. Especially when the "Bad Guys" are next-to-indistinguishable from the local civilian population, and the Official Local Military is only slightly more Official than the guys you're trying to combat, like in most current scenarios.

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Re: How survivable is the F35?

Compared to the A10? Made of wafer-thin china... Mind, compared to what the A10 can take and still function, just about anything airborne looks fragile.

But the tests against the F15 shows the F35 is dramatically bad, mostly as a result of wanting-to-put-everything-in-one-package. As it stands, and as far as my insignificant opinion goes, it's a prime case of a prototype system. It does have individual systems/concepts that work, and work well. Spin those off into mission/function specific airframe designs, and you might get somewhere. Tossing them all together and hoping the enemy will oblige you by , welll... basically sucking.. Looks like me the chairwarmerrmmm "well-esteemed superior officers" that came up with this stuff, should have had their backsides parked in a more hands-on, head-down environment before they acquired those stars and bars.

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NASA names New Horizons' next target

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Given that New Horizons already has solar escape velocity, not that much. It's more lateral delta-v that's needed. And as with all things ballistic, the sooner you start applying it, the less of it you need to get things where you want them. The longer they wait with the decision, the more they need to change the vector, and the harder they need to kick the can around to get it where they want it.

But without the exact coordinates for the rendezvous, and the n-significant details about the thruster power on New Horizons, all you can do is speculate, instead of calculate.

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Re: no longer with the company

"the guy will end up as the lightning rod during the lawsuits, "

Only marginally.. The thing about the corporate structure is Limited Liability... Unless there is some damning evidence indicating he was *directly* culpable and responsible for the data breach, and resultant fallout, he comes away scot free.

The severance package is the key here. He is parachuting out: AM's stock is next to worthless at the moment, and the parent company will take a hit, if it's not being sued into insolvency. So he does the formal Mea Culpa, waves goodbye to "his" company, and cashes in while the company still has cash.

I may be too cynical, but in a couple of weeks I suspect we'll see a second round of exits among the top there, citing "taking responsibility" or "advancing career opportunities" while the corpse is left to rot.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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Re: Uh-oh...

Well.. It's not as if the ...proactive defense tactics... of the BOFH and PFI aren't known by Management, HR, and other relevant departments. It's simply that they have as yet been unable to prove anything, or ran into adamantium contract clauses.

There have been "decent" Bosses in the past, and it seems HR have chosen the angle of...containment... this time around, with a Boss who can take as good as he gives, a Balance of sorts, in the hopes of limiting the Threat from Mission Control.

Fighting fire with fire can work, unless one of the Clueless ignores the ..sensitivities of the controlling fire, and crosses the Boundaries. Then you will find that, as in this case, you got *two* fires with a common goal fueling on each other, coming your way....

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: Crushed nut algorithm @Dave 126

"If I lived in a mostly flat area, I might not bother with gears "

The Netherlands are notoriously flat, this means you're also very much exposed to the fickle follies of wind... We cloggies love gears on our bikes, this may be a hint...

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Re: Crushed nut algorithm

"What on earth is the point of a fixie?"

Weight reduction. The things really are only used in track-cycling by sane people (for a given level of sanity, if you're pursueing that particular sport) .

They're not particularly useful on normal roads, and actually relatively dangerous to use there, given that the fixed gears mean you can't properly bank your bike in turns at speed without running the risk of hitting the ground with your pedals, which is especially unfunny if your feet are also strapped to said pedals. There's a solid reason speedcycling tracks have those heavily banked corners....

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Awesome

"Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it! "

R.A.H. as L.L.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: Wait a minute....

worse.. a self-driving car on Apple Maps...

Paris, cause she's got her Real Estate all over the place as well.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Everyone does it @DougS

Unlike the US , where Racial Theory and it's subsequent Eugenetics "science" was actually conceived and heavily promoted, even up through the 60's, amongst scientists and government, and still holds firm ground in quite a few of the more ....conservative... areas ( be it physical or political) ?

The only difference between Germany and the rest of the "Civilised World", is that they incorporated and formalised the concept with the usual Gründlichkeit into Policy. In the US ( and the British Commonwealth/Colonies) it was already so ingrained into culture it didn't need formalising. It was already in effect in full force, and it got worse in the US after WW II.

Oh , and the basic concept of the concentration camps weren't new either.. The Nazis were quite taken with the efficiency of Dealing With Things in the US, and simply copied the concept of native-american "reservations", and put them through the Gründlichkeit mill.

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Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

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Re: @AC Because we're ...

Because here in Europe the Look of a Thing either falls under copyright or trademark law, never under patent law... Patents are only for technical innovations over here, not windowdressing like the Rounded Corners.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Plasma Spewing

Don't ever forget that the area just outside the event horizon is still subject to the normal laws of physics.. This means there's a very rapidly spinning ring of very hot plasma right outside that black hole, making for a pretty substantial magnetic field around it. Plasma that enters that bit at the right trajectory will get an almighty whallop and gets shot out at the poles at rather impressive speeds. Same happens at neutron stars, really. the black hole event horizon simply has a higher energy density, so it shoots out stuff even faster.

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Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

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Re: Huff post has a cracking debunk of lunar conspiracy

There's an even simpler one: If the lunar landings were faked, or even fake-able, the USSR would have done the exact same thing, and probably better, given that they were notorious for their quality in manipulating foto's and skill at propaganda. They had the technology, political environment, and manpower to pull a stunt like that, more than the US.

Yet they didn't bother. Instead they focussed on reliable launch vehicles to put satellites and space stations up (and incidentally ensure their ICBM's would fire, their AA got high enough to intercept...etc.....) , something which they're still making bacon from up to this day.

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Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide

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Here in Holland the laws regarding fencing apply to stolen data. YMMV for other parts of Europe, but this kind of case is generally regarded as "theft/burglary" of non-physical property afaik.

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Re: Spam started... @ P. Lee

You're forgetting the lovely Puritan double standards a lot of North Americans have to live by, if not for themselves, then for the bloody curtain-twitching Neighbours. Nothing is as unforgiving as mrs. Grundy's Opinion in Suburbia...

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

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bait...

If she'd walk into a datacenter ( or any security-sensitive outfit for that matter) like that, she'd immedeately be tagged as highly suspicious, and I'd, for one, start looking for what she's supposed to divert attention from, including the shoes. The MaleBait is too obvious, especially if she's unaccompanied, and not acting like Adornment/Secretary (yes... Asia.. different culture.. unknot your panties..).

Call me a suspicious bastard, but if it's Too Good To Be True, etc. And any fool that falls for it would reap the fruits of the shortsightedness of his Other Brain.

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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Because "you need a .com to be taken seriously as a business" is as yet a valid statement. The fact that .com will be losing its effective business monopoly in the near future does not change the facts as they are here-and-now. And Alphabet, despite its pedigree, still has to play the Game in that respect.

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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

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Re: Not Kaspersky

He's Russian.. That means Serious Business is done with Serious Alcohol. It's Tradition.

on: "With over a billion active handsets and more prevalent than windows, don't you think we would be seeing android malware infestations daily, like you do with windows??? Yet I have never ever seen any problem..." @ Planty

Not been paying attention to the world much, have you? There's more than one Dodgy App released per day, and the problems with security/privacy they create feature with distressing regularity in El Reg, and that's only the really serious ones that make the grade here.

The fact that you haven't had a problem with those apps, so far, is irrelevant. Plenty of evidence that there's some serious security problems in Android, as with any OS of sufficient complexity, and plenty of people who have ran across them.

As far as the allegations towards Kasperski are concerned: They simply don't make sense from a business perspective, and however eccentric the Boss himself may be, not from a personal perspective as far as I can see.

Above all: Why were those lads fired to begin with? While it's pretty far out there that Kaspersky himself ordered feeding dead ducks into the system, Russia and Ukraine are nonetheless hotbeds of malware activity, and corruption/organised crime is a serious problem in those countries. It is most definitely not inconceivable that the department the lads were working in was compromised and did send out those dead ducks. And Kaspersky does strike me as the type of guy who will apply the knife liberally , possibly followed by cauterising with red hot iron, in dealing with things like that, regardless of the toes he may be stepping on.

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Boffins spot a SECOND JUPITER – the gas giant's baby sister

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Re: How many "second" Jupiters are there?

Jupiter is a "gas giant", Saturn has Rings. Uranus is good for jokes, and Neptune is just inconvenient because we're running out of monnikers.

Never mind that the planets are of the same type, having more or less the same basic characteristics. In PopScience speak any gas giant is a "Jupiter". If they could spot rings, some of them would be suddenly called "Saturns".

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175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

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Re: Oh come on..

You're talking banks, right? The sector most likely to have $Stuff running that requires an OS that still talks to the applications running on them, given that a modern OS doesn't support them if they can run them at all.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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It depends..

Have they checked for ruins of the Eldritch variety in the vicinity? Could be a baby Shoggoth..

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: Facial Recognition?

"Bacon okay, but can the battery stand the strain?"

The slow-burning EE packs do a good job for you there. Any left-over heat can be used to brew a cuppa.

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Pure and simple: Why Gartner's and IPOing storage biz's numbers didn't line up

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You mean...

Crystal Ball Gazing is ... inaccurate....?

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Lenovo CEO: We will axe 3,200 workers as our profits shrink to nowt

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As nasty as the crapware/spyware stuff is, it wouldn't reach the ears of Joe Public, who just goes "cheap laptop, I'll take that one."

And it's not as if Lenovo are the only one including "User Experience Improving" junk on factory installs or driver suites. Compaq , HP and Dell, to name three big players, are just as bad, and put stuff in there that can be just as ...tenacious..

Lenovo has simply taken the game to the next level.

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Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

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Re: More stuff in LEO, great idea.

Hmyeah... imagine a fair number of string-of-pearls orbits , which, the Earth being a globe and all, would all be intersecting at various points if you want to guarantee coverage.

Something tells me this would go wrong sooner than later.

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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Re: Sensational historical revelation!

"Plutarch's Lives states: "The first messenger, that gave notice of Lucullus' coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that, he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man dared to bring further information. Without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him." "

Don't lose your head? ;)

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GDS denim brigade flees GOV.UK after Web2.0rhea MESSIAH Bracken departs

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Re: Hundreds of people who've never delivered anything.

"that is a bit like saying real Architects, the ones that spent years at uni, should have layed bricks and mixed concrete."

Dunno about outside of the borders of our sub-sealevel estuary, or even the current state of affairs here, but used to be that even Uni-level aspirant-techies used to have mandatory hands-on courses in basic technology, usually in Workshop format, in the hope that at least some of the principles of [technology involved] would stick.

I know for a fact that University of Delft still practises and encourages this, given the stuff they regularly show to the world. ( Solar Challenge, for instance.)

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Oh, the Paranoia!

There's already some good ones here, but it seems to me the Tinfoil Hatters are beating their same old drums. Come on shiny-crinkly headwrappers, you can do better than this ?!!

What changed significantly in 2011 that Intel changed stuff at this level?!! What is the new backdoor for [Bad Guy of your pet peeve]?!! Why would [omnipotent Agency X] not simply Disappear the knowledge of this feature, or is it a move to direct attention from something else?!! See? It's easy to come up with Stuff!

On a more serious note for the peeps who know more about this than I'll ever need : Wouldn't you have to be pretty careful not to create bugs/artefacts in the operation of the hardware that would show in one way or another? This is pretty high-brow stuff, well outside of script-kiddie territory, it's not as if you have much room to work with to pull this off, and then do anything actually'"useful", after all.

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Beaming boffins feel the rhythm as neutrinos oscillate over 500 miles

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Re: Speaking of Physics at school... @D.A.M.

What's wrong with the European kind?

A slashing blade like a katana ( or officers' sabre for that matter) would do you little good against modern combat armor ( and preciously little against even 13th C european armor, let alone the later periods..).. A Langmesser or backsword would both give you impact and stabbing options, and the styles associated with those weapons would simply be an extension of the current training in knife/bajonet fighting.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Re: Degaussing isn't as instantly effective as you might think..

not really surprising.. the platters sit, as you say, in a thick-walled aluminium Faraday cage...

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Your customer details...

The new Gold, better than gold!

That's how many in the past two months? Some people have been really, really busy..

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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The one problem...

Is that there's at least as many (well-meaning) peeps out there who are as bad or worse than the "Experts", that easily can make a minor annoyance into a disaster.

I do this kind of Saving the Innocent "work" on a semi-regular basis for people I like, usually after the Handy Cousin or Neighbour has had his mitts on [stuff] already, and some of the results I encounter would bring a grown man to tears, or pre-emptive Darwinism if the perpetrator hasn't managed to reproduce yet.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you've got the Real Deal, is to find out what his/her* tools look like. If they're all new and shiny: GTFO. Good tools are used and look the part, and the owner obviously knows how to use and maintain them.

* The ladies, at least in my experience, tend to be less interested in the plumbing/construction stuff, but more in the interior finishing side of things. Things like tiling and plastering have their own expertise, and power tools, and I know a couple of ladies who are fiendishly good at them. Something to do with eye for detail, and Patience.

Or as one of them once said: "You lot build the House, we build the Home."

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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Re: Not likely

"it could break down the nicotine in the systemic circulation with no need to enter the brain."

I bloody well hope not, it will enter the lymbic cycle though...

Now that will be fun... think about it... supplying a body with a non-localised dose of nicotinoid-degrading enzymes.

Nicotinoids are rather widely used in our bodies, and we synthesise it ourselves..I can already predict the possible, no probable, side-effects in live trials.. : hyperactivity, muscle spasms, muscle cramp, heart failure, systemic shutdown of the gastro-intestinal tract...

But hey... let's forget basic physiology and inject some of this stuff in mice... maybe it would work, and the anti-smoking grants will be setting us up for the next couple of years...

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Re: Japanese banks are going to be so happy !

well yeah.. This is exactly what happens when a bank fails...

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: so now tha bad guys

ummm yeah.. and as a Bad Guy you would most certainly acquire anything for [Nefarious Plan X] under your registered name, because, you know... Nefarious Plan..

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Re: Originality ...

"Once you are bored with FPS games, they are all going to look the same, in much the same way as action movies, especially if you ignore the plot"

Action movies have a plot? o.O

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months @ Boltar

Yeeeess.... now go pull the other one, it's got bells on..

"VR" solutions up until now were either Too Bloody Expensive, took up an entire dedicated room, had terrible resolition/ immersion, or all of the above, and then some.

Even now, taking a set like the Oculus past demo stage and be truly "interactive" in a live environment still takes some pretty high-end hardware that's not within the usual budget of your average Joe.

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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Re: Email invitation?

For a given value of "13", and what kids are and are not supposed to be up to by then.

On which the general attitude towards "porn" of most parents, but especially the Nanny Brigade may have quite different views than the young people in question you're dealing with.

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Especially since your operating system has very little to do with encountering porn. Most it can do is store the login credentials the browser presents to sites, starting with Google, and then up the tree.

The issue is Lazy Parenting(tm)

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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sort of... I still wonder why the hell the "infotainment system" is connected to the bits that operate the car, other than read-only for display purposes ( if at all..).

I also wonder about that handbrake.. I'm not an expert, but shouldn't that particular bit be entirely mechanical?

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Re: Easily solved.

Or, if you're going to spend €€ on a big-ass screen, and you got your media stuff running over "boxes and devices" anyway, you're probably better off shelling out for a [example] 55" monitor instead of a same-size smart TV.

A quick look at the prices tells me that at the median price of a smart-tv in that size, you can have a decent monitor and have enough dosh left over to build a decent gaming rig/media center/[musthave].

Most peeps here are tech-savvy enough to DIY in that respect, innit?

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: Albedo

Around full moon the light is already strong enough to throw shadows that can be seen. Atleast by those who are not visually impaired and "night-blind".

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: It's not that bad...

And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the best use-case of this product.

If your life is determined by 15 bleedin' minutes of effort and you're still not questioning you're actually Doing Something Wrong, then there's no hope. At all.

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One thing this article proves...

Any of the recipies could be improved by adding Bacon as an ingredient.

Just read it again, and while salivating try it ...

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Re: TED talk

There's many reasons Monica Lewinsky was vilified, for many different angles. Ultimately, she (and Clinton) commited the ultimate sin in breaking the 13th Commandment.

In the end.. As the saying goes: If you got a man by the balls.. And she, by all accounts, had the President of the United States by his nibbly bits. Incidentally making her, at least for a short while, putatively the most powerful woman on earth.

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Re: Nice article... @theOtherJT

It depends, really. When it comes to 9-11 , enough relatively non-biased information is out there to put the blame for that one squarely at interdepartmental infighting and Hubris.

The individual pieces of information about what was going on were there. Them being gathered by old-fashioned legwork, and part coming from non-UK Europe made important people either dismmiss the info, or the bits were, at the moment of "impact", still circulating in the System, waiting for Assessment. So when it comes to the human drama of what happened on that day, you're actually looking at human incompetence. The System has become more important than the Job. That that System (still) incorporates the Fossils from the Cold War era well entrenched into the upper echelons who seem to be unable to live with the fact that the damned thing is over does not help, but those peeps would not allow anything To Touch Sacred US Soil. Too much of their reputation depends on it. In that sense they're the US version of the Brit Nobby Circuit.

And really, if you look carefully at the article, the dissatisfaction about the Rot in the System that caused Snowden to go public is nothing new. The article spans decades of like-frustrated people willing to address the same issue publicly. It's simply that they could not get the exposure the modern internet allows these things since, ultimately, just the past decade. They were limited to print. Snowden had the Internet.

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Re: Nice article...

Nice tinfoil hattery, but 9-11 was not about the WTC, other than as a symbol of "US Decadence". The Pentagon was targeted, and hit as well, and there's one case of death-defying classic heroism that prevented either the White House, Congress/Senate or for that matter anything else in that vicinity of symbolic importance to be hit as well.

As an almost offhanded remark the utter irony and sarcasm of that short sentence : "Six days later, the Twin Towers in New York came down." probably passes you by, which is a shame, really, but let me spell it out for you:

Despite the massive surveillance, and the known entity of a home-grown terrorist organisation ( never forget that Al-Queda is the abortive bastard child of the US/CIA meddling in that part of the world..) , all "intelligence agencies" completely missed the planning and execution of the most massive "act-of-war" operation to date. The spotting of which those agencies were specifically called into being for to begin with.

Meanwhile, as the article shows, those agencies were quite capable and willing to harrass a civilian domestic journalist who happened to threaten their Status Quo, so it isn't that they could not spot and track anyone they were interested in.

So you end up with a massive breach of civil liberty and fundamental law, under a system that has proven ineffective several times over at performing its mandated duty, while showing clear and undisputed evidence of being used for unmandated and unlawful activities.

And yes, this should be Questioned.

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

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Or...

the mellowing is merely a result of the breakdown and conversion of a very distinct set of molecules which are also produced during the fermentation process, and evaporate quite happily along with the alcohol during destillation. It's a thing that's easily proven with decent lab equipment, and the reason yeast strains are jealously guarded and coddled.

But hey... nothing like a bit of Mysticism when it comes to alcohol, right?

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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

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Whack-a-Mole

The new and improved dip for the entire IP ecosystem to dip their crackers in while ordering their new luxury car....

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