* Posts by Martin Maloney

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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@ Paul 87

Does the "average" PC user have a clue about privacy? They endlessly blab intimate details of their lives on Facebook and Twitter and upload stupid videos of themselves to YouTube.

They will LOVE Cortana and the "convenience" afforded by the Microsoft account. They don't comprehend that the same technology that gives them access to everything from one location also grants Microsoft the same access. Don't even try to tell them that it should be named "Windows 1984."

On a completely different note, after reading how to rollback, I did test upgrades on two computers. The old laptop has X1250 graphics, and the desktop has HD 5450. In each case, the Win10 Pro upgrade only loaded the default VGA driver, giving me only two choices -- 1024x768 and 800x600. Epic fail!

Hell, I'm 71 years of age. Windows 7 support might outlive me!

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

Martin Maloney
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A matter of urgency

You're all missing the real issue here. The insensitive bullies of the IAU have victimized Pluto. Pluto is suffering a blow to its self-esteem.

Pluto's downgrade from its classification as a planet was more than a grave injustice; the designation of “dwarf planet” is not PC.

This abomination must be addressed forthwith!

Therefore, in all humility, I submit for your consideration “circumferentially-challenged,” or if you prefer, “vulumetrically-disadvantaged.”

Thank you for your kind attention.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

Martin Maloney
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Re: Hyperbole

"Also, while I'm on a pedant rant, the "y" in hyper in Greek is not pronounced like a long English dipthong. It's more like the French u."

I thought that it might be silent -- like the "p" in swimming.

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Weird ARCHAEAN LIFE FORM found at 'Loki's Castle' DEEP beneath Arctic Circle

Martin Maloney
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Showing my age

Eukaryon Researcher: The working title of the first release in the proposed revival of British madcap cinema

(If you don't get it, then up your Khyber Pass!)

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

Martin Maloney
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Re: Erm...

"Hate to be a wet blanket..."

Knowing that good ol' el reg would never run an article completely bereft of an IT angle, I entered

armadillo computer

into a search engine, and I encountered several computer service businesses with "Armadillo"in their name.

I also discovered a review for a physics-based PC game "Armadillo Run."

After you have laundered your blanket, then get help for your bed-wetting problem.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: Boot

My laptop does that all the time. It's Linux Mint and it's called a "feature" :D

My laptop does that all the time. It's EasyBCD, and it allows me to dual-boot between Windows 7 and Linux Mint. It's from NeoSmart Technologies, and it's free for private, non-commercial use.

Full disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with NeoSmart Technologies. I'm plugging EasyBCD only because it's a terrific product. It saved my butt, when Linux Mint discontinued Mint4Win.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

Martin Maloney

It's called freedom, folks

A Muslim owns a print shop. Someone wants him to print posters of cartoons which disparage the Prophet. Shouldn't he have the right to refuse to do so?

A lesbian produces custom T-shirts. She regards anti-gay bigotry as immoral. Someone wants her to imprint a T-shirt, “Gay Marriage Is an Abomination.” Shouldn't she have the right to refuse to do so?

Someone has a home business, transcoding VHS tapes to DVDs. He has a religious objection to pornography. Someone comes in with a box of porn VHS tapes for him to make into DVDs. Shouldn't he have the right to refuse to do so?

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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This is one of those...

..."Did he see the same movie that I did?" moments. And one of his criticisms was the accent of the evil loquatious feline?

Although the main character is a total whack job, he is not a deliberate serial murderer. Rather, circumstances force him to kill, to keep his insanity from being discovered.

After the first killing and dismemberment, he places the head on a table and feeds it. Then he sticks it into his refrigerator, and -- you guessed it -- he has coversations with it. The heads of the next two victims also end up in the refrigerator, also talking. It's a hoot!

Where the reviewer went wrong was in regarding "The Voices" as a horror-comedy. It's not; instead, it's a farce, and a very well, er, executed one.

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

Martin Maloney
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Re: Weird.

Is your arseword Dr00p3?

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'Come on, everyone – block US govt staff ogling web smut at work'

Martin Maloney
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AOL tried this years ago...

...and they blocked everyone from Middlesex, New Jersey. It's not that filters don't work; rather, it's that they work too well. Porn-again politicians don't comprehend the concept of unintended consequences.

If current regulations aren't adequately hard on staff, instead of implementing filters, perhaps they should just post a sign:

Masturbation at your workstation might result in your discharge.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

Martin Maloney
FAIL

Orwell updated

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength,

Snooping is privacy.

"...of its privacy policy..."

should read

"...of its violation of privacy policy..."

Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG is up to the same trick:

LG Will Take The 'Smart' Out Of Your Smart TV If You Don't Agree To Share Your Viewing And Search Data With Third Parties

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140511/17430627199/lg-will-take-smart-out-your-smart-tv-if-you-dont-agree-to-share-your-viewing-search-data-with-third-parties.shtml

Here's something that no one seems to have picked up on: back in the 80s, the puny 8-bit computers of the day could convert speech to text. Thirty years later, why doesn't a "SMART TV" have the built-in "intelligence" to handle voice commands?

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: I still shudder...

"...Can I just keep "7" forever?"

You -- we -- can keep it until spring 2020, when support ends. By then, the current version of Windows will be 12 or 13.

Barring the release of some just-gotta-have-it-program-or-hardware-that-requires-Windows-10, I can't imagine "upgrading" from Windows 7.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

Martin Maloney
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Regarding the headline...

Repent, and synth no more!

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SEXY GOLD FireFOXY LADY hits Japan in transparent kimono today

Martin Maloney
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It occurred to me...

...that the trasparent phone would be the perfect accessory to enhance a mesh T-shirt or a see-through blouse.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

Martin Maloney
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Unless you're an old fart...

...you won't get this:

I predict that the next humor meme will be "Nork-Nork" jokes.

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WD and HGST: We tried to merge our two drive makers, MOFCOM said NO, NO, NO

Martin Maloney
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Re: They need to get a sense of proportion

Isn't "heaven's sake" Japanese?

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

Martin Maloney
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"Cream of sum yung guy...:

Isn't that the favorite item on the menu in Chinese restaurants in San Francisco?

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

Martin Maloney
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Chill, man, chill.

Don't let stringyfloppy get your goat!

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Martin Maloney
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Re: It used to be the case...

"They look at skin color, asses albedo, then shoot."

Oh, no -- don't shoot Nikki Minaj!

Perhaps you meant "...assess albedo..."

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

Martin Maloney
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Re: In free fall, no one can hear you scream, "Which way is up?".

"This leaves only one option: an iAirbag (presumably NOT Bulgarian)."

Aren't fanbois iAirbags?

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Martin Maloney
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Downvote bait

Am I the only one here who uses MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes?

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: @ Stern Fenster -- OK so let me get this straight.

If they were able to count to twenty, would you then congratulate them on their tremendous feet?

(So many puns, so little time...)

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Re: " trojanise " !

Do you "butter" your bread? Do you "rake" your lawn? Does your mechanic "lube" your car?

The facility of "verbizing/verbising" a noun is one of the strengths of the English language. Even though I just now invented a word, everyone with at least two functioning neurons grasped my meaning.

Of course, being a foreigner -- I was born in and live in the US -- explains why my "ability with English is limited."

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

Martin Maloney
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Well, it could be true

Is "MOULDY DICK" an STD?

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Martin Maloney
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Giving you the Dickens

Some years ago, a freshly-deceased whale appeared in the Thames. Not wanting that whale meat to go to waste, London's butchers turned it into sausages.

"It was the beast of Thames, it was the wurst of Thames."

(So many puns, so little time...)

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

Martin Maloney
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I don't know...

...if the looming extinction of salamanders would be a good thing or a bad thing.

I guess that I'm just newtral.

(boo-hiss)

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Martin Maloney
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Re: Does it follow

Do you remember the old Michael Caine thrillers, in which the name of the character that he played was "Harry Palmer?"

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

Martin Maloney
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More forbidden humor

I have an Ebola joke for you.

(pregnant pause)

Oh, never mind -- you probably won't get it.

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

Martin Maloney

Something to ponder

Could raptors be trained to do an in-air flash mob against small drones used by government agencies?

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Martin Maloney
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Argh!

"...the icy, snowball-like 67P..."

They just won't let go of the failed "dirty snowball" comet model, will they?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Martin Maloney
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Re: Emerging markets

Have you heard about the support organization MDA -- Mothers Against Dyslexia?

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

Martin Maloney

How low can you go?

Right now, Newegg is selling dual-core Irulu 7" Android tablets for forty bux. Six months from now, they will be quad-core at the same price point.

In short, tablets are now a commodity, and Microsoft and other major manufacturers can't complete in that market.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Martin Maloney
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"Of course they have competitive pressure, they have to deliver new innovative functionality to keep abreast of the ever changing mobile market..."

That also applies to brassiere manufacturers.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

Martin Maloney
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If all goes well...

...MAVEN will finally provide the definitive answer to that age-old question:

"Do Martians fart?"

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

Martin Maloney
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Re: "pre-human ape-men"

"Hi, I'm Dennis, this is my brother Dennis, and this is my other brother Dennis."

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: umm..

"...It's really trying to go into the middle..."

Q: Why did the American chicken cross the road?

A: To get to the middle.

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What do we want? CAT VIDEOS! How do we get them? TOR!

Martin Maloney
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Re: "Only terrorists want privacy. Apparently."

GCHQ should investigate el reg for enabling terrorism.

By providing a check box for “Post anonymously?” el reg is enabling terrorists to hide their identity.

But wait – there's more! By automatically assigning “Anonymous Coward” as the name of anyone who checks that box, el reg is also enabling identity theft.

Am I the only one who is smart enough to have figured these things out?

el reg is a criminal terrorist organization. Pass it on.

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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

Martin Maloney
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I just can't help it, folks

I suspect that some of the resourceful porn sites remain unblocked.

You know -- the ones that are really eager beavers.

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Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

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The total surveillance society

The reason that CCTV cameras are ubiquitous is that "the authorities" are paranoid. They don't like us, they don't trust us, and they feel the need to watch us continuously.

And now they want to install always-on cameras (and microphones) in our cars.

For those who favor this abomination, please consider that if you can access the camera in your car from your smartphone, then the authorities can use their own spy kit to do the same.

Moreover, with their spy kit, they will be able to access the navigation controls. They will be able to force your car to the side of the road -- or into a brick building at high speed.

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Martin Maloney

Re: Bluetack

"...a tiny piece of bluetack which can be smeared over the camera for privacy..."

That will be prohibited by law. The charge will be "tampering," probably a felony.

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Re: Another "invention"

"Hopefully this will never find public acceptance..."

It doesn't have to find public acceptance -- it will be government mandated.

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Re: In other news....

"...What next, Bog rolls with cameras to ensue we don't use more than two sheets at a time?"

No need for such a device in my loo. To save money, I always only use two sheets at a time.

Yep -- I'm a cheap shit.

(Well, somebody had to say it!)

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

Martin Maloney
Big Brother

A different take on Snowden

What good is it to construct a total surveillance police state to scare the citizenry into compliance, if the citizenry doesn't know about it?

Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor. He's a "Big Brother Is Watching YOU" billboard.

He's a psyop.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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If the perp managed to get out of the way fast enough, would he be (I'm SO ashamed!) a Dart Evader?

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

Martin Maloney
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Re: Software ought to be goods

"Kid you not, there is even a law in the next county prohibiting men from farting in Public. The penalty is 10 days jail."

I have a work-around for that:

1) Practice farting silently, until you are consistent.

2) Only fart in crowded elevators, and then, like everyone else, gaze around, in an attempt to identify the culprit.

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

Martin Maloney
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Things used to be simpler

I used to use "incorrect" as my universal password. That way, if I spaced out and entered the wrong password, the site would tell me, "Your password is incorrect."

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

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You got it wrong

It was a church news story, not a church mews story.

At least, you got the cat-echism right. What, though, about the dog-ma?

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

Martin Maloney
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"the lower quality option?"

Are you trying to gilt-trip them?

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

Martin Maloney
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Re: GnuTLS considered harmful ..

"What's a gnu?"

"Oh, not much -- whatsa new with you?"

You deserved that one, you know.

(You can never find a wildebeest icon when you really really really need one!)

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'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

Martin Maloney
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Victimless crime?

In 1968 or thereabouts, a cartoon in Playboy showed a shepherd, sitting, with his back against a tree, playing his flute. Nearby stood a sheep, winking at him!

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