* Posts by BigFire

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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Not the right kind of minority

They already have 36% Asian, as we're obviously over represented and not the kind of minority they craved.

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Depends on your requirement.

I have a choice of going ultraslim (one of those lightweight thinkpad) or ultra-beefy (HP 17") on my last round of company issue laptop. I opted for HP 17" because I got sick of sluggish computer and not enough screen space while working from home (hey, I'm not getting any younger, and my eye-sight, lasik corrected is still getting worse).

I can always justify the extra extra weight as more exercise done per day I have to lug this heavy thingie.

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Mt Gox's Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

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Re: In other words, he is hardly innocent

In criminal world, co-mingling your fund with your customer's fund does not result in prison sentence. You get tortured and shot and burned.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Diesel Generator

I still remember there was an enterprising fella that hooked up his diesel generator to the grid and claimed solar power tariff refund benefit. He was only caught because he was generating solar power day and night. Yes, he was making a significant amount of money generating power via a diesel generator and claiming solar panel generation.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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available of pork in tropic environment

When you want to eat pork in tropic region, and refrigeration isn't widely available, spam is almost a godsend. With spam being canned, you can keep the 'meat' around unrefrigerated, so it's population in tropic island with large Japanese population is quit understandable.

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KERR-PAO! Reddit interim CEO Ellen quits amid Redditor revolt

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Challengers Investigation

Feynman was the stalking horse used by some of the other people on the commission (such as NASA insiders, Air Force General) to get the proper information out. They kinda of knew what cause it right away, but they really cannot disclose it without being exposed. So they use a complete outsider, feed him hints and have him go through the whole show and tell. The movie The Challenger Disaster, which is based on Feynman's memoir on this let you know it wasn't him, but a group effort.

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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Dare to be stupid

It's Weird Al's tribute song to Devo, not actually encourage in real life.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Trailers always spoil

The trailer really spoil some of the plot point later on in the novel. I advice my co-worker not to watch it, least they got spoiled themselves and just either read the novel or wait for the movie.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Re: $325? Blimey!

You are privilege to be able to buy the heat generator from Apple and Dr. Dre.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

BigFire

The problem is not limited to iMessages. The problem is the notification. It seem to affect anything that can be display on notification screen.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Re: 'The more computers you have, the more cables you need'

Vampire tap? Boy haven't heard that in a LOOOONG time.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

BigFire

My only complaint with Nexus 7 2013 is battery time. After 5.0 and now 5.1 update, the battery just runs out quit quickly and charged slowly. Perhaps the battery on this slab is going, but I'll miss it. Morning exercise on treadmill wouldn't be the same without this tablet for me to do my morning reading.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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Re: Time was not on FBI's side

I'm not defending the SAIC's action. It was a stupid risk, and this will come up on his next review. It was also kind of stupid for the prosecutor to use this kind of tainted evidence as they really should know better.

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Time was not on FBI's side

The reason why they have to do this kind of ruse is that FBI was running out of time. The betting ring was for the duration of World Cup. I figure the SAIC who authorized this thought by the time they got a judge to sign off on the warrant, the gamblers would be long gone. Better to ask forgiveness than permission. Well in this case, forgiveness is not forthcoming.

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

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Traditional corruption

Former LAUSD superintendent John Deasy had a sweetheart deal with some of his buddies to supply the school district with these now obsolete fondleslab. He uses construction capital fund (stuff that's supposed to go towards building stuff that'll last longer than 10 years) to pay for these. He didn't bother trying to get bulk discount from Apple or from any other suppliers. Deasy is now under indictment for corruption.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Demolition Man

A much underrated satire, Demolition Man where they LoJacked every citizen of San Angelos. So the police department figures that their fugitive criminal would be hard press to get any money, since all transaction is based on the biometric chip on the hand. John Spartan is quit put off by this draconic development but added that Simon Phoenix only need to rip off some unfortunate soul's arm to get what he needed.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

BigFire

Prius C IS build on Yaris platform, so this is pretty much Prius C for the European market.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

BigFire

Re: Pussy Magnet

Further east. Tim have been working 'round the world doing his bit as the rare earth trader.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Not a universal view

You mean the wannabe hipsters that lounges around coffee shop pretending to write their Great American Novel(tm)? Hey, there's gold to be mine there.

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

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Peasants, Know Your place

How dare you question the wisdom of the ruling class?

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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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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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Fast Cheap Good

You get 2/3 most of the time. In this case, it's sort of cheaper (less moving parts, less mass into orbit) and good (if it works). And just confirming my initial thought, slow.

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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'

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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