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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Cut the cable?

Been done!

http://bradanovic.loganmedia.com/pcasual/ivy_bells_pod.jpe

Probably easier now -- but you still need a really good technology to get there.

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Which audio format sounds better?

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70-year-old ears +10 KHz tinnitus = I can't tell and don't care which is better.

And anyway, I buy used CD's. They only have to last as long as I do -- and RIAA gets none of the money.

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Eh...

http://www.themirt.com/index.php

FWIW, since 2005 illegal in the US .

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'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

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Big ship to turn

"Turnarounds are not linear and we have a lot of work ahead of us. This is a big ship to turn and we need to move faster."

Try engines instead of minimum-wage no-choice-at-all oarsmen and a potbellied guy with a kettledrum.

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TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company

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SHT

Who left out the vowel?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: re that ASBO

You can be the first to earn 15 minutes of fame and millions of hits on YouTube. Just find and return to NASA the specially marked object described on the reverse of this rather soft form ... Do not polish.

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re that ASBO

Any debris that makes it to the surface remain property of NASA.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000765.html

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Re: @Michael Habel

Smaller than my Auntie Becteria, at any rate.

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Re: Latin plural for virus

Ultra vires, possibly?

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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BSOD elimination

It seems some systems now go straight to rebooting without one. Don't ask.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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And this while

And this while ITAR already has me chary of exchanging technical tips where foreigners can see them on on LinkedIn.

http://www.exportrules.com/itar/exporting-technical-data.html

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: Some Useful Phrases and Words

Having in my post-military career been on the ground floor for more than few incoming requirement and scope changes, I'll hazard a guess that HM Government didn't know what they wanted and wouldn't stick to what they'd asked for.

But I could be wrong; I've also been on the ground floor for incoming management decisions.

http://www.anvari.org/fun/Job/Organization_Chart_Birds_Version.html

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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

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Re: Equine phallus!

They're looking our for their own a*ses; HIPAA violations subject them to FINANCIAL penalties.

"In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, also called the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, provided the first nationally-recognizable regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual's health information. "

http://whatishipaa.org/

http://www.training-hipaa.net/hipaa_resources/Violation_Penalties.htm

http://compliance.med.nyu.edu/news/documenting-inpatient-admissions

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Many years ago...

Americans serving in Vietnam were allowed to mail home postage-free. All we had to do was put our rank, name, unit and APO and POSTAGE FREE on the envelope, appending below our service numbers.

For a lot of us, that was our Social Security number. It also appeared inside our belts, hats, boots and shoes, and on our duffel's. Ive seen some on second-hand clothing, and footlockers, too.

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Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

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They get a

Tardy grade: 2.7

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Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

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Re: Space Sector

What, don't they already tax space there?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Here's another...

SR-71? I recall around 1978 or so seeing a primary (not transponder) return on an FAA surveillance radar display our detachment's civilian techs were responsible for. IIRC, the PPI returns were far enough apart to equate to some 2000 mph. They didn't need clearance above 60,000 feet.

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Re: Love that noise

I grew up in a USAF family... When throttled back the J-79 produced an unearthly moan; imagine the reaction of troops on the ground at night.. If I recall correctly, the USAF used them for point air defense, although the German Air Force used them for ground attack, a role whose accident rate in training led USAF pilots (presumably of OTHER fighters) to call them "Lawn Darts."

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Re: Aviation geeks

I was at an airshow in California once where ,on stepping into a parked Dakota, to what would have been my late Dad's "office" as Navigator/radio operator it felt as if he was looking over my shoulder and nodding his head.

The formation of B-17's and B24's joining up after takeoff the next day was another occasion for goose-bumps.

Lord, pardon my neglect.

I do not willfully forget

All those who fought to keep me free

Who live now just in memory,

Photos on a yellowed page,

Forever young, though others age.

Let they who died that I might sleep,

For whom yet wives and children weep,

In glory with brave comrades stand,

A silent Guard around our land.

Author, myself.

(Permission for use will be granted by email; has appeared elsewhere.)

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Re: Aviation geeks

I was at an airshow in clofrnina once where,on stepping into a Dakota to what would ave been my late Dad's "office" as Navigator/radio operator it felt as if he was looking over my shoulder and nodding his head.

The formation of B-17's and B24's joining up after takeoff the next day was another occasion for goose-bumps.

Lord, pardon my neglect.

I do not willfully forget

All those who fought to keep me free

Who live now just in memory,

Photos on a yellowed page,

Forever young, though others age.

Let they who died that I might sleep,

For whom yet wives and children weep,

In glory with brave comrades stand,

A silent Guard around our land.

Author, myself.

(Permission for use will be granted by email; has appeared elsewhere.)

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.

Say yer prayers, yew VARMINT!

Whistling, enters stage left, rabbit... "Eh, what's up, Doc?"

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Sprint spits out T-Mobile US gobble bid, says goodbye to CEO – claim

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Alright: Optional

The consensus among our regulators seems to be that mergers of two big firms are bad, but one of them going out of business is fine.

Some zero game!

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: Just leave now...

Our politicians are working to make us more thrifty -- by paying us here what Chinese get THERE.

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Re: Just leave now...

Do not pass Goh, do not collect many renminbi...

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Gee

That huge Chinese market is looking less and less attractive. First you can't get your profits out of China, next they steal your tech, then your staff faces the prospect of reeducation...

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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If words that sound nice were cursors and mice

Louts would be writing, too.

Subject, verb, abject. Subject, verb, abject ...

Heh.

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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Of COURSE they're eavesdropping; there's some doubt Kerry is an honest broker, having evidently . fallen for the ."Jews are worse" meme.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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It is certainly PORTRAYED as committing atrocities. But "atrocities" implies intent, and it is not and has not BEEN Israel's intent to kill noncombatants, it is just that Hamas (in violation of the Geneva conventions) deliberately uses noncombatants and protected institutions and activities to hide behind and conceal their presence..

From

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/israel-warns-civilians-to-stay-out-of-harms-way-hamas-sends-them-back-in/

" Hamas is engaged in a war crime: bringing innocents into the line of fire. This is a major story that important newspapers are reporting but their analysts are missing this and, instead, faulting Israel!

Hamas using human shields and brags about it as MEMRI shows here."

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The Rhienland, 1936

Had France acted preemptively (with cause; violation of the Versailles treaty provision demilitarizing the Rhineland) millions of deaths, and adverse consequences that resound to this day might have been avoided.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Rhineland_1936.htm

Short-sighted wins elections at the price of the future.

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Re: I am shocked!. Absolutely Shocked!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Space_Agency

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-launches-spy-satellite-210401706.html

etc.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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Maybe she was persona non grata in Scotland?

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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It does, and we do.

A miss is as good as a mile.

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Re: Stealth Baloon

Lackey: Great Leader! Imperialists have stealth spy balloons!

GL: Fire all missiles!

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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If you build it... they will volunteer their data.

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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Re: Hesitant to upgrade because of costs?

"Is management so short sighted..." In a word ? YES.

And not just in retail

I once worked for a [redacted] firm that made equipment affecting almost every [also redacted] in the US. It was cheap to make and profit came from volume, so when a higher level of compliance with [a formerly optional technical standard] became necessary, I was told to fix non-compliance *without changing the electronics*.

That decision resulted in losing about $100 every time a new cabinet went out the door.

"You tells 'em an' you tells 'em and they never lissens..."

Management are ALWAYS short sighted when they look only at this quarter's profit -- and their own division's budget.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Why does this bring to mind

"All of your [data] base are belong to US"?.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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re Coming up next...

Is that a Pharsi-ing?

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Closed? Too bad

Terry Pratchett would prabably have been been PROUD to let LOHAN use Ankh-Morpork's moon-mission motto (in The Last Hero) :

Morituri Nolumus Mori

http://www.scribd.com/doc/213853510/Annotated-Pratchett-f-9-0-5 , page 130-131

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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The Drip is a venereal disease.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

Went to SoCal on business in 2007 and 2008 and was stuck in traffic for a week on Interstate 5 one afternoon. Laughed like a maniac when I saw a beat up VW Bug pass a Ferrari in the next lane -- at about 2 mph. So much for conspicuous consumption.

Anyway, these days you do that by watering your lawn.

Wasn't RedX a UK fluid vacuum gauge/mileage aid popular in the 1950's? ISTR my Dad getting one for our 1950 Ford while stationed there.

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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" is, or is likely to be, involved in activities that pose a risk to, or are likely to pose a risk to, the operational security of ASIS”."

Anyone on the payroll, right!

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: I have argued for many years

So here in the Untied Snakes, when asked why I don't own a firearm, I replied, "I'm an engineer. I can do worse with what's on the shelf at my supermarket." End of conversation, as my hearer sidled nervously away. So could any intelligent teenager FWIW.

We kill more of our fellows with automobiles than firearms anyway; an online acquaintance there in the UK wrote some years ago he was going to print bumper stickers reading:

"I'll start worrying about terrorists when I can stop worrying about motorists."

Watch out! There's a man with turban driving a car! Call the Army! Call the police! Call me a taxi!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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A theme, by Jove!

Sorry! Reception is no longer possible; you can hear our programming via your friendly PLC service.

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Bring back

Shortwave -- long wave and medium wave too, for those afflicted by Blighty Web migration. Damn those spiders!

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: Actually, this may not be a bad idea...

In the security line...

Sir, you'll have to turn on that typewriter. Bomb Squad, STAT!

http://typewriterreview.com/2014/02/05/smith-corona-skyriter/

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: It's the lair of the white worm

Sex scene? Oh, WHERE's Dabbs when you need him?

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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R AR

http://www.a2-freun.de/forum/showpost.php?s=202330ed47f433c0abab2fe8785da675&p=455515&postcount=28

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OK, EU chiefs, 3 years of copyright wrangling - let's get it sorted. Now this white paper... DOH!

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Dog days?

Is that when members begin to chase their own "tales"?

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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The UN is not *excatly* powerless but

it is EFFECTIVELY powerless because nations who wish it to do their bidding are all the rest of the time content to frustrate its ability to act.

And because (as they say in Nigeria) a tree that won't hold your weight when you lean on it can't hurt when it falls on you.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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Already on file!

http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Pluto

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