* Posts by Swarthy

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Re: Other theories are available

Yes, A Modest Proposal was satire. Now what, prey tell, do you think it was satirizing?

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Re: Other theories are available

I had heard it as no so much puritanical, but rather anti-Irish. Back when London was trying to eradicate/domesticate the Irish - basically the same mindset that lead to the Irish Famine and A Modest Proposal.

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Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

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Re: "slash their funding"

Enjoyable, perhaps, for those watching from the outside. But spare a thought for those stuck inside the clown show, for whom the more appropriate adjective is "interesting" - as in times.

Icon: Also, spare a thought for those who are on the outside, but within the wind-drift areas for the fallout.

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Re: Unscientific

If it's as an enema, one would not need to make the placebo taste, or possibly even smell like coffee. I know I'm not going to take a big whiff of something intended to go up a jacksie, much less sip on it.

One might be able to use roasted black beans, or perhaps lentils, to make the placebo, as green coffee beans smell a lot like lentils, or other dried legumes.

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Re: confused

1,3,7,-trimethylxanthine

Is a drug that turns man into machine

But, it's not a steroid

By sluggers employed

But is legal, and known as caffiene

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Prudishness, or business?

Fair point. Thank you for pointing it out to me. I can only claim to have been duped by repeated exposure to the incorrect. I will do better next time.

At least it wasn't a lose/loose situation.

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Re: Prudishness, or business?

No stranger than the alliance of hard-core baptists (temperance movement) and the US citizens that owned Canadian Distilleries that lead to Prohibition.

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Re: Japan now inaccessible from North Dakota! (Error 418)

That is the error for "I'm a teapot" - Maybe they could file an RFC for "481: I'm a crackpot"

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EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

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Re: When I first went online...

When was this semi-utopian time?! The no advertising I can believe, provided you were on ArpaNet, or maybe a University computer; but porn-free? I believe the second text file sent between users was an ASCII art nude. And as long as there has been gossip, rumors, or "What I did over the weekend" there has been "fake news".

Admitedly, The Eternal September has made all of the bullshit so much more, and so much worse. I also fear for the future of the human race.

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Binary star bash-up should add new light to Northern Cross in 2022

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Re: A new star in the sky (DAM)

I refer you to Alice's comment on The Jabberwock.

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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

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Re: With the name: "Catch"

I would have thought that "Pitch" would have been a better name choice. Because they're "pitching", and expect the users to be "catching".

Icon: How they see the users.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: You're not a hipster unless you're still mourning OS/2.

I do mourn OS/2 - But I am not a hipster: I hated what was cool long before it was popular.

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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Re: United State's record on human rights

#undesirable

(ref: holding 22% of the world's prison population, with only 4.4% of the world population; warrant-less spying on citizenry; taxing income earned, and spent, abroad by citizens - but not for corporations, etc.)

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NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

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Re: Lucy?

Lucy is going to Jupiter's Trojans. Psyche is going to the large metal asteroid (named Psyche 16). Two missions, one article.

The Trojans are made of the primordial stuff of the solar system, without much in the way of changing via pummeling, heating, irradiating, etc. Lucy is hoped to give us insight on the origins of the solar system, like Lucy the Preserved gave us great insight into the origins of modern humans. Lucy the Preserved was named after the Beatles' song, if I recall.

Psyche 16 is presumed to be the exposed core of a broken planet(-oid?) that may tell us a lot about the earth's core, which we can't get to owing to geology.

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Re: Clue is in the article

Even better if they find some crystallized carbon deposits in the Trojans.

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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Re: Domain naming opportunity

Looking at the logo on the Zigbee site, it looks more like "12".

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Re: .mkv

Now if only any embedded player ("Smart" TV, console, or "media center" STB) could play .mkvs.

Having said that, I love the standard, and have tried to find something that could store and play them onto a TV, without having to set up a dedicated PC as a media server.

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NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars

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Re: anisotropies

I thought those were the prizes awarded for growing superb star anise.

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Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia

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Re: What if they made it indoctrinate kids not to murder people

Upvoted - because Teddy told me to.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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A possible solution for getting the basic supplies

Request 18-20 Chromebooks, then sell 'em on eBay and use the cash to buy paper, staples, etc.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

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Re: consumer-focused digital candy bar phones

"Can we call the modern thin smartphones Diam Bar phones, please?"

I have had many comments from SWMBO about her "Diam phone!" ... or something that sounded like that...

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: It disappeared...

My favorite "floppy" story is when I was working at the coal face, and a customer called in, needing help installing the printer. They had bought a printer that came with a driver CD. When the inserted the CD into the drive and closed the door, they heard a loud >CRACK< - that's when they called support.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Re: stop corrupt lawyers from abusing our system of justice

No to find some honest people......

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Re: Victorian values

One of the (many) problems with the US is that in getting rid of the nobles, we got rid of noblesse oblige. And now that we have Oligarchs and Plutarchs rising up to form a new class of (ig?)nobles, they are very much resistant to bringing it back.

Kudos to Gates for at least making a nod to noblesse oblige.

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US-CERT's top tip: Hack your crap Netgear router before miscreants arrive

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Re: 3rd Party Firmware

Have an upvote for Tomato. That lovely piece of software has seriously improved (and extended the useful life of) an old router of mine.

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Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

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Re: An alternate

The taste of the chicken is not horrible (not good, but not completely wretched); the thing that put me off of KFC forever is that last time I went, every piece of chicken had broken bones. I don't know if the abuse was pre-, peri-, or postmortem; but any of those is too disturbing for me to trust their food handling.

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Nick Cage may actually improve that movie.

Now add in Keanu Reeves and have Michael Bay direct it, you could have the movie that everyone will love to hate.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: Books schmooks

MacGyver is only slightly more accurate than The Anarchists' Cookbook. At least what they left off in the show won't (likely) hurt/kill you, it just won't work.

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

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Re: Bah!

Thank you for listing the three "Nuclear Options" together. Just naming them is enough to trigger the earworm. Fortuitously, naming them together, in a group, makes them compete and they each cancel out the other two.

Now I will be the bastard and point out the one you missed: MaNaMiNa

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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And what are they watching from?

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

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WTF?

The '682 patent covers classifying files as desired or undesired and only including desired files in a backup snapshot
Didn't attrib +A|-A pretty much do that?

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Fallout from Euro Patent Office meltdown reaches Dutch parliament

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Re: Hummm...

"I know nothing about this other than what I've just read - but I note:"

I have read this story in El Reg (many articles) but I am Septic, so I haven't heard about this from any of "our" sources. But even then you've missed a fiar few points:

  • The unions do not like Battistelli
  • Battistelli does not like the Unions
  • No-one else likes Battistelli
  • The Administrative Council have told Battistelli to stop acting like a Tyrant
  • *Several* heads-of-state have told Battistelli to stop acting like a tyrant
  • Employees of the EPO are still saying that Battistelli is acting like a tyrant

This article just reads like the one Authority who can curb this EPO debacle and depose Battistelli is finally waking up, and threatening to count to three...

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: Perhaps all that Hour of Code is really teaching is short attention spans?

Given the reference, I'm not certain that that rogue apostrophe wasn't intentional.

^An example of the convoluted NOT-logic that you sometimes need (and will see far more often) when coding.

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Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

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Re: How do you keep it from bumping into the tube?

You hire great people - the best people. these people will tell you it's not a hard problem. The weak, the losers, they will tell you it's a hard problem. It's not a hard problem, the solution is clear, and it's a great solution!

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Re: An unfortunate choice of words

No noose is good noose!

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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WTF?

Two pages before a Constable Savage reference?! What is The Register Comentariat coming to?

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Re: "Although the theory has generally been disbanded..."

Discredited to the point that all adherents have disassociated from the theory?

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Quantum traffic jam of atoms could unlock origin of dark energy, physicists claim

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Re: Does this explain...

And filling part of the dark sigil Odegra.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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Reminds me of reading about Goebbels and the "Big Lie". "when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it."

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Re: Feel sorry for the monkeys

But why monkeys? Why not use a critter that no-one would feel empathy with? I mean, we have plenty of lawyers and politicians; even PETA would approve of testing on them.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: "Not strong on names, are they?"

Anglophone?

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: No mention of MACHOs either

I think it was shown that the MACHOs would just be WIMPs putting on a show....

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Re: "Topological quantum fluctuations in quantum chromodynamics"

"Space is bent and creates a rainbow."

-M Khan

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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I loved Ripped Fuel! Two of those and a MOAC (Mother Of All Coffee - 8oz of espresso and 16 oz of drip-brew) would have me good for the day. A dirty chai latte would be a nice wind-down in the evening.

Yes, I did have headaches when I got home, why do you ask?

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Re: What's wrong with coffee

"It's probably going to hit the liver a bit at some point though."

Nope. Coffe is actually good for the liver, 2-3/day cups seems to reduce your risk of liver disease significantly. Your kidneys on the other hand... too much coffee and you will be throwing stones.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Re: Well thought out idea.

That's... actually a good idea. If I could stomach slogging through the inane drivel of the kind of people who would benefit from "curation" it could be a decent little money spinner. - One that AI won't be any good at for several years. Once AI is good enough (When/If) I expect to see it as a Facebook Premium option.

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Rhode Island sues HPE for making its DMV even more miserable

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FAIL

I've seen it go both ways (sometimes in the same project): The client constantly shifts goal posts, and the contractors making up their own. It takes a lot of proactive communication and a desire (on both sides) for a successful completion for a project to not suck.

Based on the soundbites in the Article, I'm guessing RI changed some specs (or requested nice-to-haves/stretch goals) mid-work, and HPE said "Sure!"; then HPE "re-allocated resources" to cover the new work, and used that re-allocation as an excuse to skip work they didn't want to do - without telling RI that their requirements were getting run-over by the new nice-to-haves.

Plenty of Fail to go around.

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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For added awesome

Could this faux-base be made to link to the printer's NIC, potentially using the company Internet for back-haul?

Having worked in a second sub-basement surrounded by dirt, concrete, and steel I could see the benefit of a small portable base-station; but the Networks guys usually object to something like that. It may take them a bit longer to identify the strange and excessive packets coming out of the printer than it would take them to see a new, unauthorized device on the network.

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Supercomputers crack Saturn's ice-cold ring

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Re: Solar system formation

Really, that set-up and you didn't go anywhere near a "knocked Uranus on it's arse" joke?

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Re: Can't we just do it normally for once?

It's easier than trying to look more pixelated.

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