* Posts by cortland

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

I used to work on technological security. IMO the gorilla in the room is that it's cheaper -- and (Snowden, anyone?) to just stir up (or buy) a user. Road rage or Roid rage; pick one.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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If it's Tuesday

This must be a Mcirosfot Update. Oh, it wasn't? Are you SURE?

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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In 1963 some of my colleagues in green decided to make shooting blanks on manoeuvers more fun by tying the end of a cleaning rod into the flash suppressors of their M-14's with alumin[i]um wire from a box of C-rations. Full auto, for a while, then the wire broke and the cleaning rod tip got stuck into a tree somewhere. As far as I know, nobody was wounded or killed thereby -- but some got angry after a vehicle accident and apparently managed flesh wounds with pine needles down the bore. The exercise (look up Swift Strike 3) was suspended a day or so to let tempers cool.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1891&dat=19630713&id=s_IhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YdUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1200,1509914

Fun days,eh?

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: Prospect of death concentrates the mind

Be careful what you ask for, etc.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Literature

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showpost.php?s=a859a74fd8f9dcc20dd6c4f33557e0b5&p=2354036&postcount=2

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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Cannot hope

To bribe or twist. Etc.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Add BLOCK

http://pixabay.com/en/power-on-off-button-glossy-red-150638/

Click!

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Trust me, he said

Oh, look over there!

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Field of screens?

I suspect plasticizers in the handset material.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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eh?

On F*ceb**k?

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Net neutrality: EU's three-headed beast now at war with itself

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"miles from an agreement"

Km, yes?

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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"To some it will seem eerily close to reality."

Still good; CURRENT and inflammatory is OK.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: 1,176,182 Scovilles?

Perhaps there's a algorithm: the number who pass out before someone asks for seconds.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Architected?

Nah; the writers are paid by the syllababababble.

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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The COOL thing

The cool thing about real books is that families and other subsequent buyers get to keep the ones they like. Our children might just think of us when they see the notes we made in them, too.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

Travelling to another country on business? Some firms won't let employees take ANY data with them, but issue sanitized computers for use once they get where they're going. They might be getting even more restrictive, given USB-stick BIOS-level backdoors.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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FWIW department:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=albee%20beck

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"Unless we do something now about large scale generation that is not fossil based."

Will the fossils in government agree?

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Re: Hard surface

"Evil-looking things those harpoons."

Were we expecting lampoons? heh!

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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The winner is...

It's not about IT.

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Were those questions

about IT?

FWIW, Moore's law isn't, strictly, about the number of devices, but the rate at which that number grows. IT isn't much about that, either, but what we do with what we've got. IMO, OMG, YMMV et cvm spirtvvs Vodka. Amen.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Great word/Intel history play

I've never seen a mouse freeze on a REFRIGERATOR. Or a frieze!

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Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

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So it was

A trombone -- but they let it "slide".

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: He must be several tera-furlongs out of his skull

Also, momentum is slug fps (US) or Newtons/sec in EU and the UK; arguably Fig Newtons, if hit with a sack of figs. It wasn't so very long ago (historically) that I was being coached on farthing's, ha'pennies, tuppence, thruppence and the like. And weight in stones.

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Why

Why were we not warned as schoolchildren that we were reading too much with books on a table or desk? Or writing there? Shall our parents, school teachers, and headmasters or school principals expect lawsuits? Is this now an officially recognized occupational health hazard that will have everyone writing and typing at eye level? Will the next warning add bursitis and shoulder injury?

http://www.ukessays.com/essays/health-and-social-care/shoulder-pain-among-office-workers-health-and-social-care-essay.php

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Zat was zen zis is now

"Congress specifically sought to regulate a new packet networking market differently from a national, circuit switched monopoly"

And now Congress (to be more accurate, those who send Congresscreatures money for "favors") seeks to regulate a national packet switching monopoly differently than a new network. It makes PERFECT cents! And not a few of them.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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And snakeskin

Fangs for the memories.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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in good old USSR...

...a man was once sent to the Gulag for claiming that Lenin's books were better than Stalin's, or so reports a book by an American held there.* They gave more heat.

*IIRC: An American in the Gulag, Alexander Dolgun, 1976;

http://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Dolguns-Story-American-Gulag/dp/0345250184

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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My bus driver vents gases too -- but it's not AIR.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Also note

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/22416/analog-computer#ref255067

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: A lot of people think...

Could be worse; they could get there at night. [NB: A joke, people!]

But see http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0e0_1390507888

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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And now we lose the needle...

http://www.elpj.com/about/laser-sound-quality.php

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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No steenkin' watches...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETz0elhKvkM

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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In space

No one can see your THUMB.

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LOHAN test flight: Results in from Oz jury

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Re: Zeners

"In a 'Zener' diode either or both breakdown mechanisms may be present. At low doping levels and higher voltages the avalanche mechanism dominates while at heavy doping levels and lower voltages the Zener mechanism dominates. At a certain doping level and around 6 V for Si, both mechanism are present with temperature coefficients that just cancel. It is possible to make Zener diodes with quite small temperature coefficients"

http://people.seas.harvard.edu/~jones/es154/lectures/lecture_2/breakdown/breakdown.html

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Re: Sextant

My Dad was a USAAF navigator during WW2 and used to boast, years later, about making landfall within 100 miles of Dakar on flights from Belem. IIRC, he wore his 1943 Army-issue watch until shortly before retiring from the USAF (as a optometrist, not a navigator) in 1967.

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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2009 FCC Tax (spoof)

From http://forums.delphiforums.com/callahan/messages/?msg=33601.1

1. Enter the following totals on FCC/IRS Form 1040-T (Communication surtax reporting form):

a. Exempt words used to establish or conclude a taxable conversation. Add this number to the total in section 12, line 17.

b. Taxable words. (Expletives and audible interjections must be counted.) Add this number to the total in section 13, line 6.

c. Untaxable words. (Report all untaxable words spoken during the conversation. Untaxable words are: Words spoken by a non-resident, non-US citizen, and words used to further the National Security of the United States.) . Add this number to the total number in section 14, line 11.

2. Calculation of alternative minimum words and tax due.

Add section 13, line 6, and section 14, line 11. Enter this number in section 17, line 4.

Divide the number in section 12, line 17 by three. Write this number in section 17, line 5.

Subtract section 17, line 5, from section 17, line 4. If the result is 0 or negative, multiply the number in section 17, line 4 by three and write the result in section 13, line 7.

To calculate your tax, multiply the LARGER of either section 13, line 6 or section 13, line 7 by .05. Write this number in section 13, line 22. This is your conversation tax due.

Pay not later than 12 days after the monitored conversation to:

Chief Cashier,

The Federal Communications Commission

Gettysburg, PA 02814-7734

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Al Kyder and Terry Wrist -- 2006

http://www.domknight.com/in-defence-of-al-kyder/

excerpt:

The War On Everything team bought tickets on a Virgin Blue flight as Al Kyder and Terry Wrist, and when these individuals failed to board the plane, Virgin helpfully read their names out, giving the piece an excellent punchline.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Re: Pääbo.

Taxing their btains, as it were.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: All FTDI needed to do...

They would not have got all this BAD publicity...

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This will be a real problem for thousands of computer users, who have NO way to tell if their devices will be affected when they buy them. Uncool doesn't BEGIN to describe it. And if FTDI can get away with this, so can Microfost, bricking the hard drives if you don't have a valid install.

The dog ate my tax return but here's the hard drive; it's on there somewhere.

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Boffins want to put Quanta in containers, after docking

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But

There's a cure: fungicide.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Before

Before one dissects a frog, one must pith it, presumably with perfect precision.

Before the experiment, you need to render the frog insensitive to pain. Pithing is one procedure to accomplish this. Pithing will destroy the brain. (For some experiments, double pithing will include severing/destroying the spinal cord.) Pithing is relatively painless to the frog.

http://www.mbc.edu/faculty/pdeeble/BIO354/Web/Lab%20PDFs/Pithing%20a%20Frog.htm

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Personal defence -- and everyone will know them. For WEEKS.

A wax-sealed squeeze bottle of nuoc-mam. Something to remember the visit by, you know?

"Oh, just cooking, come in." (squeeze)

"Oops."

"In passenger planes nuoc mam is banned. Twenty years ago, a Vietnamese student violated the ban by slipping a bottle of nuoc mam into his bag. He escaped the vigilance of customs officers, but at the Berlin airport, slipped and fell full length on the floor of the waiting lounge. The bottle broke and the fluid spread in all directions. It is said that it took the cleaning staff many days to deodorize the room."

http://www.vietvisiontravel.com/vietnam/guide_81_of_tastes_and_smells_2707.html

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

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And trailing trash

Followed, no doubt, by unfrocked Unitarians, wailing wallabies and and xerodermic xenophobes.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Re: Know thy data

Ah, that's when you start *torturing* the data.

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

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Are there

Any "cosmic rocks" in this neighborhood YOUNGER than mankind?

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Boffin

Re: Suing for the reality distortion field?

To 70-year-old ears with artillery induced tinnitus, even the cheap kit sounds good and a second-hand 1970's "Hi Fi" sounds just fine, thank you. I certainly have no need to pay high prices for sound I can't hear.

Oxygen-free copper? C37 varnish on the volume control? Heh!

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#reviewdares

http://sound.westhost.com/madashell9.htm#unbelievable

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Re: Hmmm

Both strive for and sometimes attain 4 KHz response.

Cease fire! hisssssCLICK!

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