* Posts by Long John Brass

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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So its all gone a bit...

Pete Tong?

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Re: The smug, dismissive way this article is written kinda proves their point

I say let's start pushing blind hiring practices. Applications without names, races or sex

This has been tried and then hastily scrapped as it only made the perceived imbalance worse. The claim then became the blind hiring practices were themselves discriminatory

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this burden of guilt

Yes; Everything you said times a million. Wish I had more up-votes to give

Have a pint mate; you earned it.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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The truly scary thing is...

We might just be the first Intelligent life in our local cluster...

Ponder that for a second; That means if we fuck this up there might not be anybody along for quite a while to try again! The universe is give ot take ~13B years old and we are only about ~0.1% of the projected star forming period. Earth formed ~4B years ago and yet "intelligent" life has only been around ~1M years.

Maybe life is common as pond scum, but if there were ancient civilisations banging around we would have seen signs of their interstellar civilisations by now; Just from the waste heat.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFipeZtQM5CKUjx6grh54g

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How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns

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RDTSC

If there was some way to insert a random fuzz on the RDTSC instruction (which I imagine is the only timer with sufficient resolution to measure a cache miss)

Except for the fact that RDTSC is a very useful profiling/debugging tool; Cripple it and you open a whole different can of worms.

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: Pigeons on trains

I too have seen this behaviour in London; Only it wasn't a lone pigeon but a sizeable number. ~12 or so sauntered into the carriage, some parked themselves, some had a sniff about for food scraps; The whole flock stayed on for a couple of stops and waited by the door & exited at "their" station. It was the weirdest most surreal thing I have seen.

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Re: Fascinating

Doctors != Scientists

In my experience most saw bones are not even close to Scientific. The guys with the really sharp knives are usually pretty competent meat mechanics, but most GP's are little more than well trained voodoo acolytes

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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Re: It is all ODM by someone working to a minimal budget somewhere in South East Asia.

I loved that series. Have a pint for bringing back happy memories :)

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Space.. the fi, er, New Frontiers: NASA to hurl space robot at duck comet – or Saturn moon

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Atomic tank

Given the much colder temps, wouldn't an RTG be much more efficient on Titan than on Mars?

If you could stop the damned thing melting its way though the ground.

The CPU's could be over-clocked as well :)

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

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Oh for fsck sake

It will later be announced that the engineer responsible has been found and scapegoated

The fact that the poor bastard will have had orders from on high to do it and an e-mail chain querying the sanity of it all. After all, manglers never get *THEIR* hands dirty.

Jesus wept.

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How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

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Re: People unfortunately aren't diligent fact checkers

There are people out there, right now, splicing up CRISPR sequences and stabbing themselves with it. I can only imagine how CRISPR's inventor feels looking at these idiots.

Hey I glow in the dark now and have gills! You are going to be laughing out the other side of your face real soon now (tm) ... Literally :)

Once I figure out how to add Photosynthesis; I will rule the world *Bwahahaha*

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Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!

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Re: At the A/C, ""It's a mystery why it's failing.

I was applying for $Something and had to give the counter lady all my PII in order to open the account. She asked for my...

How and why is this even a thing? I had the unpleasant experience on when during the last round of applying for a new job, they asked for a look though all my social media accounts. I asked if they were serious (Yes they were). If it wasn't for the fact I was desperate for a gig I would told them to go fuck themselves.

There needs to be a law...

Now get the hell off my damned lawn.

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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RIP the internet

No worries mate; The rest of the world will be just fine ;)

Enjoy your hunger climbing for dollars games

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Which distant Mars-alikes could we live on? Ask these Red Planet data-sifters

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Re: Duhhhhhhh... Cosmic radiation, idiots.

My cyborg body sneers at your cancer :)

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Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot

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Re: Lambda functions much be completely composable. No exceptions.

Sounds time consuming

Yes and amazon Et al all charge by the second.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Expect better than this from the reg

women are just as capable as men (not more capable, but as capable) only gathered around 50 down votes

What was the context? I would guess that very few commentards here would argue that their fellow female pointy heads were any more or less (in)competent that any other.

But; There has been a rash of won't someone think of the women oppression Olympics style articles that quite rightly gets on peoples nerves.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: ZBLAN is reckoned to be the a product that could be made at profit in space

Yes. You need a tech priest to say the appropriate prayers and spring the holy oil & light the incense

You have to keep the machine spirits happy :)

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Black Helicopters

Nope

Not only do they know you are a dog. They have the licence plates of all the cars you have chased.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Murderous machines

Two stories...

1: Overkill

Working in a machine room with a PDP11 and a MV8000. The dog had 2 x 250MB top load style removable packs and a 500MB? Winchester for the OS (AOS/VS?). The removable packs were user data. One fine spring day a strong smell not unlike burning insulation pervades the machine room and the dogs console barfing up errors; Disk errors. Shut down the machine and call an engineer. Turns out one of the packs had head-crashed. Engineers dismantles the entire thing including the very large permanent magnet now sitting on the machine room floor. Then starts on the second drive. apparently the dust is so fine that there was a good chance that the other drive would have sucked some up.

Now he placed the two head magnet assemblies at either end of the machine room stopped by a tile lifter each. I thought this was overkill until a little while later there was a very odd noise from the machine room. A low pitched scraping noise that very quickly rose in pitch followed by a very large ***WANG***

One of the tile lifters had come unstuck and the two magnets were now fused together permanently.

2: ROTM

Got a ticket from the hell desk. A secretary had complained that her PC was trying to kill her. A bunch of us decided to visit said homicidal PC. We asked the secretary to demonstrate the fault. She refused, handed us a cdrom disk and fled the room. The PC was one of those mid tower machines sitting on her desk. Head height for her and about neck height for me.

Upon loading said disk into the drive. running though some quick checks all seemed well; Until I ejected the cdrom. The tray opened and at first I didn't notice anything wrong. It was at that point the disk, still pinning at a high rate of knots did a very neat VTOL takeoff from the now open tray, wobbled a bit, nicked the PC case and promptly zipped off past my neck I felt the draft as it passed. It then ricochet around the cubical a few times (still at neck height) until it came to rest.

Replaced the drive, but the secretary in question never quite trusted that machine gain. Next time I saw that machine the cdrom drive was facing away from her, towards a nearby wall :)

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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Stack Overflow

I kind of just have to know vaguely what's possible, and then I find the specifics on Stack Overflow.

Wow.... The devs on my site are all AI's :)

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

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Re: Well Discovery has the occasional swearing

I watched the first 3 episodes and gave up.

Unless they put a bullet phaser beam through that bloody awful first offer's head; I'm not interested. Would much rather they killed her off instead of her captain.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

the most tasteless decade in the 20th century, from hideous polyester patterns to disco "music".

I think I'm gonna hurl...

Yup; Only people who never experienced the horror would ever be nostalgic for it.

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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

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Re: Commit the crime, then do the time...

"It's about revenge."

Well, SOCIETY's revenge, yeah. But what's MORE important is DETERRENCE.

There is an interesting argument to be made here. Once upon a time when we were roving bands of hunters and gatherers, "justice" would have been met out internally by the family/tribe. Inter tribe this would have meant killing off the other guys. eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.

The ability for us as a species to form larger social units meant that at some stage we needed a way to break the inter-personal revenge cycle by saying "No you won't take personal revenge for X. We will do that on your behalf". Later we added a process to make sure that the person(s) accused were actually guilty.

This is why justice systems have this idea of justice must me seen to be done and justice being blind to everything other than the facts of the case.

It's this that has allowed us to build bigger and bigger cities and nations. In short making civilisation civil. So revenge definitely was part of the equation. The public safety and rehabilitation stuff came later. The burn the witch trial by media we see today is a regression.

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Re: 'Surveillance capitalism, that’s on us'

it means that if you don't want to be spied on, you have to go to extreme efforts to avoid it

No if you do that then you stand out in the data-sets! Do not ever be the outlier. You want an data profile that says; Utterly normal, nothing to see here.

Otherwise you get a knock on the d0383,.cxn &*^&^0908

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***NO CARRIER***

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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users are stupid

By saying users are stupid, you perpetuate a stereotype that people are the problem, according to Dr Jessica Barker.

I suspect a few weeks at the coalface in the hell desk (Or any actual IT role for that matter) would help disabuse her of the notion that users are not stupid. Or even human for that matter.

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

@Hans 1

Imho, the people who buy guns need to be locked up, never mind big or small

Lots of farmers in prison in your perfect world? I'm not suggesting that some sane form of firearm control that limits the number of nut jobs with automatic firearms is a bad thing; But! Firearms are a valid and useful tool in the hands of someone with the requisite number of genes and a little training.

Knee jerk reactions like ban em all is just as bad

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Exim-ergency! Unix mailer has RCE, DoS vulnerabilities

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survey bollocks

Many shops run a Linux MTA(s) in front of thier MS Exchange servers to save them from the spam, viruses etc.

Implementing grey-lists and tar-pits on internet facing machines is great fun :)

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Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

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10+PB of RAM

I feel funny in my trousers :)

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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arXiv etc

Don't understand why Universities and research labs don't get together and build out something like arXiv for a wider range of topics. You could build in a peer review workflow to boot. While we are at it a linking mechanism to referenced papers that would allow things like if a paper is discredited then any linked papers would also get "down voted"

If everything on such a site is creative commons style licence; Then the dead tree journals would have to pay to reproduce. This way the "arXiv" style site could get some funds to keep the platform running and maybe a few pennies to the authors and reviewers?

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

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Re: Less is more?

Do we need state of the art warfighting ships to deter a group of Somali's armed with a couple of AK47's?

The UK govt could always ask the NZ govt for some help. We don't have much of a navy but have some pretty awesome rowboats. Maybe in exchange you guys could buy some of our lamb, butter etc?

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Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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Re: Proof...

More like proof that Linux developers have the sense of humour of a ten year old boy.

And that's a bad thing how?

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Userland

Userland should never ever ever cause the kernel to panic.

Sure kill a badly behaved process. But the rest of the system should keep trucking on.

There was an interesting discussion years ago as to the correct failure mode of web-browsers.

The argument went it's better to render something broken than nothing at all or worse, kill the browser. OS kernel failure modes need to be thought of in the same manner; Unless something is really broken, clean up & carry on.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

@Steve Knox

While I think that's true of the extremes, my experience with mainstream liberals...

Not really a fair comparison though is it...

Ken Ham = RW Lunatic

Bill Nye = Liberal moderate( I think? )

There are just as many shouty wing-nuts on the left. Compare and contrast for example

Ken Ham .vs Andrea Dworkin

Listen and believe for example is hardly fact based. It pure ideology.

It's high time the moderates from all camps told the ideologues to shut the hell up and sit the hell down. We desperately need to start talking and *LISTENING* to other thoughts and reasoning from other groups. Jordan Peterson for example has some very interesting things to say on free speech, dialogue and why it all matters.

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Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

@Steve Knox

That's because within the conservative community, evidence is secondary to ideology

To be fair the left is just as bad. Both sides of the political debate are doing the exact same thing.

If you are a fact loving sceptic these days, both sides will try to burn you at the stake as a heretic.

This idiotic tribalism will drag us all back to the stone ages. Which I assume is the actual goal of both the left AND right wing. The only thing THEY disagree on is which of them will be in charge.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Meh

Don't all airline systems belong in the cloud(s)?

ok, ok I'm going; No need to push

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Re: Best script

You bastard... I now have visions of Friends in middle earth dancing though my brain

Pass the brain bleach please

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: reg getting boring...

I have to agree here, until I'm shown concrete evidence that an Alexa device is acting as surveillance, I will ignore the cries of privacy invasion.

I think the thing is; That us older techies have spent a lot more time working for various evil overlords and we know what kinda crap they get up to. We've seen em do it, over and over and over again.

After a while you get a tad... Cynical

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: Space fighter, or at least a toy for the very rich

Something you can take a partner and a small weekend bag in

Taking the wife AND mistress? Brave man :)

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RTFA

It's 0.9762 Double-decker bus

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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strawberry jelly

And the first guy with a board with a nail through it will become king :)

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Do you yourself currently work in "curing all diseases, climate change or energy crisis"?

Don't be silly. It's way easier to piss and moan from the sidelines. It's always easier to point out the flaws in a plan than come up with a workable alternative. It's always easier to tell other people they are working on the wrong thing and wasting their lives than do any of the heavy lifting yourself.

/coat = I want off this mud ball.

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Crumbs! Crunchyroll distributed malware for a couple of hours

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Re: Hmmmm

paid version doesn't have adverts :)

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Hmmmm

That would explain why my PS3 version decided to drop the connection to crunchy roll late Saturday night NZ time. Was fine Sunday; Maybe someone has their days mixed up? Or perhaps my shitty internet provider just bungled the route to the US again :)

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ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

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Not sure I understand

The registrar for my domain has a paid for service whereby they load the whois info with details on how to contact the registrar. My name and details are never exposed in the public whois database

I take it that if I'm a very naughty boy the powers that be would serve a warrant on said domain registrar to get that information. Now that might only be as complicated as a govt TLA going to the first floor bogs, ripping off a national security letter from the roll, wiping their arses with it and presenting that to said registrar. but hey; better than nothing right?

What I don't understand is, is that still falling foul of the GDPR? Or does that fall foul of the ICANN rules?

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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Re: Well she's the Queen, isn't she?

Anyone know if the actual Queen has ever ridden the Tube in her life?

Jubilee line; When she cut the ribbon; When it first opened

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Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

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stainless steel rat

Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment...

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl.... Arrggh

Speak for yourself. I've used 10 of those and they still don't list the one I hate the most: Lisp.

*Bah* Lightweight... I see your LISP and raise you RPG-II

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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OFFS

"I simply maintain that companies should retain the capability to provide the government unencrypted copies of communications and data stored on devices, when a court orders them to do so."
When passed through google translate
I want a pony, I want a pony ... waaaaaaaaaa ... I want a pony
I think it's time to seriously re-frame this debate for the average meat sack in the street; Something that they will understand.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; US Deputy Voyeur demands that the US govt is granted even more powers to peek into the bedrooms of all citizens, to record everything going on and keep those recording forever.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: Heating / Aircon

I don't know what the solution is to prevent air con wars in offices, but dismissing people who genuinely can't cope with the air temperature being cold is not it.

It's not much fun the other way either. Worked in offices where the ladies had firm control over the AC temperatures. This left me a molten puddle of human flesh; Unable to think work, think or do anything useful. They thought this was great fun and many snide remarks were made at my expense.

Started spending time in the machine room. You would often find me sitting on the machine room floor with a laptop & Ethernet into the back one of the switches.

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