* Posts by skeptical i

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Re: Grease pencils and rheostats

The year I was in the high school theater lighting crew was the year they got a new light control board (fit on a folding table) that was pretty high-tech for the time (easy cross-fades and all that). Yeah, it was spiffy and ours was the first crew to use it, but I felt vaguely ripped off not being up in "the loft" with the banks of levers and switches the previous years' light crews got to use.

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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Re: Where is Tom Bihn or Crumpler?

Tom Bihn -- hear, hear! I bought a TB backpack (sorry, don't remember the model name) in, ahhh, 2001 and I still use it almost daily. More for schlepping groceries (it'll hold eight shelf-stable quart containers plus some extra, depending on how the goods are arranged) on my bike now than computer gear, but it's darn handy for flying since it fits under airplane seats yet holds enough clothes/stuff for any trips I take anymore. Zippers are starting to go, but I guess after more than a dozen years of not-delicate almost-daily use it's entitled.

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'Sorry we outed your affair ... this sort of thing happens every day'

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Re: Excuse me ...

OK, I was/am confused too, but assumed that was from spending too much time this afternoon on the roof enjoying paint fumes. ~8^)

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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

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scribble dribble paper

re: did you know Post-It notes are “the global medium of design thinking”? Wha'? It's not the cocktail napkin or beer coaster? Since when?

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

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How long would they expect inspectors to stay married?

"I got a new job, honey!"

"Fantastic, what kind of job is it?"

"Porn inspector for the Chinese government."

"[... pause ...] Uh-HUH. Why don't you sit your ass down and tell me ALL about this new job of yours."

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NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

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Re: Next up in our Fabulous 50's Queue

Sure an' I'm thinking I had no idea Jon "Bowzer" Bauman -- http://www.bowzerparty.com/bio.htm -- had aged so well or was such a multi-talent.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ...

Hi, JimmyP: Agree, that is the dream. The reality for many, though, is that the annual cost of vehicle feeding + maintaining + registration + insurance (this last being quite substantial, even for those with clean driving records) is not justified for the relatively small number of trips that REQUIRE use of a car. The arithmetic will vary by person and situation, of course, but in areas where most trips can be done by transit, bicycle, on foot, or by cadging a ride with a friend, on-demand driverless for those outlier cases (schlepping the load of DIY materials, as was pointed out above) could tip more people to selling the car and walking away. This would then free up many of those dollars held hostage to owning/insuring/feeding a car to be spent elsewhere in the local economy. Again, not for everyone (especially in rural areas) but possibly for a good number of people.

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Twitter CRAWLS to Google ON ITS KNEES, starts blowing content

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Adding '-twitter.com' to search query string will work, right?

I suppose it hasn't occurred to "them" that if I really wanted to know twaddlers' opinions about $topic, I'd just go to twitter.com and search for it?

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Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

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mixed feelings

On one hand, that "oh shit" sinking feeling that accompanies news of the latest hacked data dump, but OTOH I am not sure that taking money away from the scum that harvest/steal this data and then sell it on is a bad outcome.

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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Skeeter peters?

"Yeah, doc, since starting the Viagra I've not contracted malaria even while my neighbours did but, funny thing, I'm constantly being followed by a swarm of mosquitoes with bad hair-dye jobs, botox, and jokes about robbing the stagnant water ...."

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Apple Watch rationing caused by the MOON GOAT, not quality

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Misread "Apple Watch drip-feed"

as "Apple Watch deep fried", which could also have explained various reported issues with the jazzbangle.

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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Don't go hiking in the desert much, do you?

If the saguaros don't getcha -- http://archive.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/20100407clay0408.html -- the jumping cholla likely will.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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While he was noodling around,

did he at least schedule better movies?

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Opah!

Not from Greece?

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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surprised no one's mentioned "that scene" from _Pink Flamingos_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNlcle4VqZA

RIP Divine.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Clever, gotta give him that.

Now I need to upgrade the security on my toolbox.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: It's only a small step from here ....

Meat pies from Mrs. Lovett's shop under the barber's? They'll serve anyone, you know.

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Spooks: Big-screen upgrade for MI5 agents fails to be a hit job

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Better to err on the side of intelligent.

With Bourne and Bond having sewn up the spies-n-'splosions franchise, it's too bad the _Spooks_ crew didn't aim higher and focus more on the intelligence and intrigue. It's not like there's too much already going on in that genre. Squandered opportunity.

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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Re: How about a Nicolas Cage marathon shitfest?

Would have to be in chronological order, some of his early stuff was not bad.

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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status quo or status grow

Hi, A.C.: re: "can't we [promote the underdog] without implying there's something wrong with the people already doing well?"

While this may not be true at Google, it is true at other places that people are hired because they are somehow connected to management (friends, family, golf buddies, school classmates) despite their talent or lack thereof. If management is white het males, that will probably be who gets hired, and better qualified candidates who are not white and/or not het and/or not male get passed over and the company may be cheating itself of potential. This is not news, obviously, and Google's actions are, I believe, well-intended (taking a good hard look at internal practice to either reveal areas that need improvement or confirm that all is reasonably copacetic) but as DNTP posted above, the problem with the lack of diversity in some industries has causes whose fixes are beyond Google's purview.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Re: "Fiorina announced her intent to run for President of the US"

Maybe Al Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, and those other fundy-mental groups are also contributing, to sink "the Great Satan" from the inside.

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Re: You, that website's author, and everyone else have missed the point entirely

Hi, Theodore: Why would sacking 30,000 civil servants be "awesome"?

If she would, unflinchingly, tell the pharmaceutical, insurance, defense, oil, automobile, financial, and other industry lobbyists to take a flying f#ck at a rolling donut so Congress can get down to doing the people's business (i.e., stuff that improves education, health, and employment for ALL Americans, not just those on the campaign donor lists), THAT would be awesome. But what are the chances of that happening?

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London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

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Re: Coffee aficionados ...

I certainly appreciate the science involved, balancing all the variables to get this or that flavor result. But I wonder if coffee is just getting too darn precious when I walk into a coffee shop and the menu board does not seem to have anything like "basic cup of coffee" -- French press, pour-over, Americano, flannel, plus whatever method was in the trade mags last week are the only options -- and more often than not I just want a bleedin' red eye (coffee + espresso shot) and don't particularly care how it is made as long as it works and doesn't taste like kerosene. I guess it gives the proprietors license to charge meal prices for a beverage, and if there's enough customer base for this business model to survive long-term more power to 'em but I'll fuel up elsewhere.

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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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Better blatant than latent.

Not sure what Putin hopes to accomplish with bigotry laws. The LGBT percent of the population will not change, but will be coerced into sham het marriages and/or substance abuse and/or leaving the country (by suicide or by exodus), none of which seem worthwhile goals. How is this helping? Is driving people to live lies and/or to suicide what your gods would really have you do?

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Apple and IBM foist fondleslabs on Japanese elders in Big Data snatch

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typo

Change:

"We will dramatically improve the lives of millions of people," Cook said.

to:

"We will dramatically improve the lives of millions of stockholders," Cook said.

If we think the onslaught of viagra and other dick-picker-upper ads is bad now, just wait.

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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Re: $50 per month for a "service" WORTH NOTHING

OK, good. I hear about everything in California being so much more expensive, glad to hear that there are some options for those of us not pulling down Choco Factory salaries.

That said, Mr. Dorff pro'ly started using SOL back in the day, finds it perfectly fine for what he does (presumably staying connected with kids and grandkids, checking news), and has no reason to consider changing to another service (although this latest incident might have gotten his attention). Horses for courses.

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Quid-A-Day kids chow down on foraged weed salad

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Mmmmm, foraging.

Good on the sprogs and their "backyard bounty" class (I have a backyard full of London rocket, makes tasty salad when the leaves are still young), and certainly if one has only a dollar-and-change a day, one takes advantage of such bonuses. However, and this is nitpicky, I thought the idea of the exercise was to see how one could (or could not) manage on such a small amount of money. Would foraging (and it's urban cousin dumpster diving) be cheating? Or is that part of the game (i.e., how resourceful can you be?)?

Also respectfully suggest that pasta has more protein than rice and, if the costs are similar, might deliver more nutritional bang for the buck. At least this is true of what is sold on the west side of the pond.

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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

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Re: A countermeasure or two might have helped

Hi, Walter: I wonder if there might be a sense of not wanting to give "them" any more control than they already have -- "I'm going to live my life as normally as possible and not give them the satisfaction of knowing I'm afraid" I dunno, just a guess. If "they" want to get you, they will (especially in areas where corruption and cronyism rule the day) and many of the good ideas you suggest will, IM!HO, only postpone that outcome.

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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Re: inquiring minds want to know.

Rocky Road sounds like how this episode ended, minus the nuts.

Fudge Swirl would be another fetish.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Radio Colony?

Que? Presumably bigger and badder than Radio Shack?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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waiting for the Zaptic hack

dial the target's watch with a few cryptic deep magick commands to "reach out and zap someone". I saw something like it in a movie once, so of course it's possible.

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Stovetop pot not big enough.

She tried to duplicate the rabbit scene from _Fatal Attraction_, couldn't get all the gear into the stockpot, went for the tub instead. Now the rubber ducky has stuff to play with, at least.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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ten centimeters

Hi, Adam 1: I haven't heard ten centimeters referred to as "excessive" before, but I digress.

My /guess/ is that this would be enough fudge factor to allow the train to slip over irregularities in track "levelness" without disruption, but I too would like to hear from someone who knows this stuff.

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Mortgage data splashed all over the net. Thanks HSBC Finance

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So, why do we even have social security numbers?

Once upon a time, there was a "not to be used for identification" notice on SS cards, then that caution disappeared once someone realized that SS numbers = unique-ish human serial numbers, happy day. But with them being spaffed hither and yon with alarming regularity (hackers, cock-ups, whatever) one wonders if they need to be downgraded in importance from 'key to ones identity" to "just another number, like a phone number" so the inevitable loss can not create havoc on the victims of these breaches. (No, I don't have a better idea, sorry.)

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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"Wait, Thor was a tree HUGGER nature god?"

Bath salts mess with your hearing too?

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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Latest verse, same as the first

Cowboys or Raiders.

Ford or Chevy.

$my_deity or $their_deity.

Now it's about cellphones.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: The problem

Hi, A.C.: While the people you describe certainly do exist, there is often more going on.

A lot of people are "nutritionally clueless", but since many folks (for better or worse) get their "education" from teevee, I'm not sure how they'd know better. So agree that we need more and better education on nutritional bang for the buck. To this end, at least around here, some schools are incorporating "community gardens" into class curricula so the sprogs can learn nutrition, math(s), nature/science, and so on, and the kids generally love to eat the veggies that they grew themselves. Food for both brain and belly. I think the kids also take home any "surplus", but that likely varies by school.

Another problem is that poor neighborhoods often have few options for useful or real food. C-stores and "dollar stores" with overly processed packaged "food" dominate poor neighborhoods since the brightly-wrapped stodge tends to be cheap(-ish) and with enough preservatives to be shelf-stable. Real food, by contrast, tends to cost more and be perishable.

I'm not an expert, but my guess is that a lot of poor people are fat because the food to which they do have access is so nutritionally bereft that they need more calories' worth to get a decent supply of vitamins and other nutes. Just a guess on my part, there are likely other reasons.

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Hungry Apple fanbois can now buy a lunch date with Tim Cook

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Better pray no L.A. School District board members win.

See -- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/16/la_schools_want_multimillion_refund_after_apple_delivered_rotten_fruit/

Else that could make for an interesting lunch discussion.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Technology for technology's sake

Hi, A.C.:

re: "All of the kids who managed to jailbreak their iPads should be rounded up and placed in magnet schools, congratulations, you've weeded out the smart and curious kids"

If it was in fact the actual students who did the hacking, I agree (and the teachers should ask them to explain how they did it, not to be punitive but as an example for the other kids of how to approach a problem). I'm guessing, though, based on my long-ago high school experience, that only a handful of smarties actually did the work and the rest of the kids either copied the smarties' work or paid the smarties to do their work for them. Lessons all 'round.

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$2000/kid?

KPCC article claims total program cost of $1.3 billion for 650,000 laptops, $2000 per unit. I don't work for schools or districts, but this sounds higher than it should be. (I got my refurb'ed iPad for $300 or so, which is my only basis of comparison.) Don't school districts get volume discounts? Or is this the usual and going rate for school stuff? I suppose compared to five or six textbooks per kid this could be comparable, but it still sounds expensive.

Am now waiting for Microsoft or Google to swoop in with their tablets as a free "we want to help" gift to the L.A. school district.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Possible, but shouldn't cops know better?

Hi, Mourner: Sure, it's possible that one of the machines between the files' creation(s) and the final hand-off was infected and the joy simply got passed along. However -- and maybe this is expecting too much -- shouldn't law enforcement types be MORE vigilant about malware than the average jimmy-joe-bob and thus less likely to pass the clap to someone else?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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I'd have called it teal, monitor must be flaky.

The "joined t's means partnership" back-splanation seems more than a bit forced, but I've heard worse drivel and seen worse results come from many more dollars' and hours' work (I will assume few of either were invested here). Is she still considering a run for U.S. President? Maybe this can be part of her branding ("I'm not a square; I've got wide-view thinking so I must be a rectangle").

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SPB brews up fetching beer + bacon t-shirt design

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Do Aladdin and Bellamy have a C-named sibling?

Family news update respectfully requested. At your convenience, of course.

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

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maths [was: Erm...]

Isn't there maths and physics and other advanced larnin' involved with calculating ballistics, trajectories, and all that good gun stuff?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Electric field?

Hi, RikC: Nice article, I trust you also read this one -- http://www.inmr.com/finding-solutions-make-overhead-lines-accepted-public -- linked therefrom? Not all the designs do it for me, but at least someone is flexing some creativity.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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The blockbuster movie plot

would have had the Kid Genius character do some high-falutin' programming fu to the found cellphone (maybe, like Will in the _Lost in Space_ movie remake, "bypass the operating system to access the subroutines"?) to make it dispense bad chess advice. The game, the girl, the future -- all gone, fade to black, roll credits.

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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"Pee powered" as opposed to "pee producing" --

so they're not getting one of those one-at-a-time "K" machines, then? (Sorry, it requires too much jiggery pokery to get a decent cup out of those machines for the much-touted "convenience".)

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Apple Cockring Pro Air [was: Wristjob]

"Slide to Unlock" indeed.

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Blaze it: US drug cops taken to court to ensure all dragnet snooping records are destroyed

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Yet even with these privacy invasions

the War on Drugs(TM) is still a failure. Of course, there is no money available for addressing the root causes of drug abuse (self-medication, social/cultural alienation, unemployment breeding dealers and manufacturers, &c), only lots of money for weapons, criminal enforcement, ineffective "just say no" pabulum, and apparently widespread wiretaps in a never-ending bandaging of symptoms.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Que?

Hi, AC: I don't believe that the decision (bone-headed as some have said, or prudent avoiding-of-no-news later as suggested by others) made by one female big cheese in the technology sector is indicative of how having more women in similar positions would work (or not) any more than the staggeringly bone-headed things said and done by individual men reflect on how men perform (or not) as a class. Same for Blacks, LGBTs, Latinos, et cetera. I think the "problem" is that since women in high-level tech sector jobs are still rare enough to get attention in and of themselves ("Lookie! Another woman tech CEO! Hand me the binoculars and my life list!"), anything they do is News and bad news always outsells good. I am sure that if a highly placed male Apple officer had made the decision, he would also be getting roasted, but perhaps not to the same degree. Things are changing, but despite our hyperbolic information culture some changes are still slow in coming.

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