* Posts by BigFire

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

BigFire

Re: "the FCC's chairman has refused to publish the rules before the vote took place."

EFF has found out that it's choke full of NSA/FBI friendly backdoors. Yep, another we'll find out what's in it after we vote for it.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Sandra Bullock

In 2010, she picked up Razzie for "All About Steve" in person, and then go on to pick up Oscar for "Blind Side" 24 hours later.

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Obama administration ENDORSES Apple Pay during Tim Cook's White House LOVE-IN

BigFire

Re: Veblen goods?

It's the Obamaphone baby. Obama will pay my mortgage.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

BigFire

SpaceX did ink a deal to build their landing pad on one of the disused Air Force launching pad in the Cape. So not too far in the future. Landing on solid ground is got to be easier than a floating platform in the sea.

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Re: Well Done

Bad Luck? It's bad luck that they didn't get to experiment on a paying customer's dime, but they still got paid. And from the customer's point of view, the launch was a success, their bird is now in space.

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Fraudsters make bank as exec wires $17 MEELLION to China

BigFire

Or they have a culture of discouraging the lowly peons from asking their boss (or in this case, the actual person purportedly to have authorize the transfer). A single phone call would've solve the problem.

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

BigFire

Re: Meh

The charge of soliciting hits on 6 individuals are on a separate docket. Admitting to being DPR doesn't help in this case. That being said, this case hinges on the government proving that he was DPR and that goes a long way to their next case of hiring hitman to eliminating his former employee/competitors.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

BigFire

For the most part, I use the magical phrase, "Please transfer this call to your supervisor". I may have to us the same 7 words a couple of times.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: Pinteresting employees aren't whiter than white

Asian are counted as white for SJW quota. We are over represented as it is.

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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

BigFire

Yes, they are really that incompetent.

As someone whose healthcare plan only got worse and more expensive after Obamacare kicked in (I'm in California), I'm chalking this one up as pure incompetent. They can barely get the system up and running, did zero load testing, and you actually expect them to follow any semblance of privacy concern?

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

BigFire

Re: How convenient...

They're only cheap due to government subsidy. Hey, I got an great idea, Unicorn Fart power. 100% all natural, 100% renewable. Where do I get my subsidy?

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

BigFire

Re: Mario Costeja González

Also known as the Streinsand Effect. The effort of suppressing a given piece of information only inflame and gave attention to such information to a wider audience.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

BigFire

Just the other day I was browsing through twitch.tv and came accross this 400lb guy, naked in the insert video playing a game. I cannot unsee what I saw.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

BigFire

One day after banning Redskins gears

You think God of Internet have a sense of humor? After banning Redskins gears, the site goes down.

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

BigFire

Re: WTF

Why? Because they can. Look it doesn't have to make sense. To them it's just their exercising of their divine ordained right as bureaucrats. Know your place serfs.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

BigFire

Forget it Jake, It's Chinatown

There's no reasoning with avowed socialists. I've stopped doing that a long time ago. Let them have their own little piece of socialist heaven and leave us alone.

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Nokia paid off extortionist in 2007: Finnish TV

BigFire

Dane-geld

Once you paid the Dane-geld, you'll never be rid of Dane.

The proper response is to crush the Dane.

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

BigFire

Re: Crime doesn't pay...

£1.3million is the amount he stole in the form of excess order. He had to sell these items to unknown third party. I'd say he made less than 40% on that.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

BigFire

There is literally NOTHING preventing those shareholder to pay more taxes. Open your checkbook and write a check to Uncle Sam.

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

BigFire

Re: Warming more slowly=getting colder.

The Climate Change Causes EVERYTHING. It even causes the rise of the Boko Haram to kill and kidnap schoolgirls.

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Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'

BigFire

Re: The problem with their spectrum was twofold

They thought with their political connection that they could smooth any objection from FCC. Physic has a different story in store.

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Cygnus space truck poised for blast-off (again) TODAY

BigFire

That Fireball In the Sky

Guess it still have some trick up its sleeves to show us?

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

BigFire

Hey, it's his money

He can do a Joker money pyre ala The Dark Knight, and it's still his money.

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

BigFire

Eddy Minimum here we goes.

As the excellent XKCD comic Ice Sheets http://xkcd.com/1225/ demostrates, the vast majority of North American simply cannot survive the oncoming of another Ice Age. We simply have to move down south.

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SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base

BigFire

Re: Rocket Science is HARD

It's one of those lets get some data on whether we can actually salvage the rocket. They didn't save the rocket, but they did managed to get some good data for future test. All of this while on someone else's dime.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

BigFire

Re: Thorium reactors

You will not question the ONE TRUE FAITH of Global Warming. Even as we freeze to death, it's still our fault that the world is going to boil.

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Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

BigFire

I'm pretty sure that NASA have send their fair share if Irishman up to space. Now if we're to qualified it as the first Irish Rock Musician in space...

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

BigFire

LAUSD to the rescue

Have no worry Apple, LAUSD is about to give you a boatload of money. Using construction bond (those are supposed to use for construction of school buildings, payoff in 30 years), the folks that educated me from Elementary through High School are going to buy every student in the system (many of them are either illiterate (all language) or non-English speaking) their shiny iPad that's obsolete in 3 years, at which point, over half would've already been broken or sold...

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Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

BigFire

Debt and pension liability

Instagram, being a private company have little or no debt or pension liability. So the billion that Facebook buys what they think is 1 billion of worth.

Washington Post Media is loaded with long term debt and especially large amount of pension liability. Sure they have lots of real estate properties that Bezo could potentially leverage to pay off, but still, the $250 million doesn't exactly reveal the true cost.

WPM manged to suckered Barry Dillard into buying Newsweek for $1, and Dillard realized much too late that he overpaid due to debt and pension liability. Dillard have sold it to some other sucker.

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

BigFire

Re: Very Nice.

The pilot on the remote control might get tired. But they work in shifts.

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BigFire

The launch crew's visual queue is not all for the pilot. Remember, the catapult operator (sitting in a semi-sunk control box), the tower (on the Island), the other folks around the deck all takes their queue from the launch crew and his visual signals. Launching a plane from the deck of a carrier is less about a pilot than everyone else around. Only after he's launched does he really take control.

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

BigFire

Re: "revamp tax rules to close the loopholes"

Complex tax code favors those with the resource to exploit them. Just because you think you're taxing "THE MAN" doesn't mean you're doing squat.

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

BigFire
FAIL

More Gun Grabber Tactics

Why would I trust my life in a hardware designed by my enemy? Why introduce another element that can screwed up when you actually need it?

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Cook: Apple has 'no current plan' to pull profits out of Ireland

BigFire

IRS Would Like to Tax the World

If it can get away with that. That's pretty much the only way they can their paws on those money.

Apple is doing what is in its Fiduciary Duty to legally minimize tax expenditure to the benefit of its shareholder. To do otherwise will invite shareholder lawsuit. Seriously, if Congress want that money back, simply lower the tax rate of repatriation profit down to something like 5% and see those money roll back. 5% of something is infinitely greater than 35% of nothing.

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

BigFire

Inconstant Moon

Go and read the short story Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven. It's the end of the world.

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

BigFire
Thumb Up

While his singing voice is fine, his guitar need a bit of work. Still, Bowie didn't play his version while floating in space.

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Red Hat renames JBoss application server as WildFly

BigFire
WTF?

This is not a joke?

April 1 was 21 days ago...

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Forget value-added broker jokes: Could YOU shift nuclear plant scrap?

BigFire

I'm pretty sure for low enough price, we can recycle RS232 cable to some other purpose other than its original purpose. It only have to make economical sense.

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BigFire

Economical

If it's economical to break down the component, it'll be done. Otherwise, it'll be dispose of.

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China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

BigFire

Re: Not exactly business-friendly, is it?

Rule #1 for dictators in running a country: Preserve Your Own Poser by any means necessary.

There really isn't any other rules. So if it mess up people's ability to actually do business, so be it.

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

BigFire

Re: Who wrote the laws

Nah. There are tax attorney and specialist whose sole function is to find legal method of avoiding tax.

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What a clockup! Apple's Swiss clock knock-off clocks up $21m fine

BigFire

What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine

That seems to be Apple's attitude to everyone else's IP.

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Google expects Apple to block its not crap iOS maps app

BigFire

Re: If Apple don't

Hey, you signed onto the privilege of using an Apple product. It's hip and it's the in thing. Who care if it didn't work?

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Forget 'climate convert' Muller: Here's the real warming blockbuster

BigFire

Keeping thermometer next to the incinerator

DOES increase the temperature, who would've guess?

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Twitter titsup: Our failover was actually just FAIL ALL OVER

BigFire

Re: I can imagine

booze and hookers? That's the usual explanation for embezzler.

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Earthquakes will release captured carbon: Stanford study

BigFire

Sure it'll work

Just tax the 1% 110% of their net worth. Isn't that what this scam is all about?

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US job creation stalls in March

BigFire

Actually it's worse.

The number such as it is only looks semi-ok because more people dropped out of the work force. That's the magic of statistics. Don't like how it comes up, stop counting some of the unemployed and you magically have reduction in unemployment

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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

BigFire
FAIL

Lysenkoism

Hum. I'm pretty sure he's heard of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism">Lysenkoism</a>? If not, there's a helpful link.

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Scammers exploit new Dr Who girl with Twitter smut video

BigFire

Scammers Knows Their Mark

Hey, it worked before, it will definitely work again. The filthy mind of a mark is a wonderful thing.

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Lightsquared cries dyslexic Havoc, unleashes 'gods of law'

BigFire
FAIL

Can lawyers over rule Laws of Physics?

Only in America would someone try to actually try to find that out.

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