* Posts by Swarthy

1754 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: It only needs to semi automate the process

Sure! Just come up with the criteria that all videos should be judged against. Make sure your criteria can be given to a 5-year-old with a decent chance that they'll pick the right content to hold for moderation.

Oh, and who's going to pay for the moderators?

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Re: Obviously this is very much "Oh god think of the children!" territory, buuut...

I did not down-vote the OP, because they asked a valid question out of a desire to know. I did, however down-vote M. Poolman, for ignoring what went before on the same thread and for being and exemplar of Dunning-Kruger ("I'm also not entirely convinced about the level of difficulty involved (although IANAE)").

The "No Pron" "algorithms" referenced are simply a ratio of skin-tones to non-skin colors in the video, combined with "Report Abuse" crowd-sourcing. YouTube could use a similar "algorithm" for terrorist material, but the backlash for taking down every video with people in it might be problematic. Middle Eastern peoples vary in skin tone by a lot (Look up the origins of "Caucasian" and "Aryan" - It ain't Europe).

Between the computer vision problems and the lack of a definition of what "terrorist material" actually is YT relies on the second half of the "algorithm" - The Report Abuse button.

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Sprint, T-Mobile US reignite mega-merger talks (again)

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This could work....

If they just add Sprint's Customers, Spectrum, and Network to T-Mobile this could, possibly, not suck. If they move T-Mo to Sprint, the US mobile market is super-fucked. If they keep Sprint's customer service (Motto: "Servicing customers the way the bull services the cow") then we are only slightly more screwed than current.

I like T-Mobile as the scrappy under-dog, it drives them to do things that the big CellCos won't can't do (unlimited* data, charge less per month, freebies, and actually help the customer when calling about an issue or problem) which in turn forces AT&T et Verizon to actually improve themselves, if even a little.

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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To actually be serious (for a second)

That's the danger of these types of ordeal, the blood cannot flow back. (Closed-flow priapism)

Arteries are on the inside of appendages, to keep them more protected; while veins are on the outside. While blood can flow into the {arm/leg/finger/todger} in a restricted area, it may not be able to flow out.

Sedating the gent can help as less blood will be directed to the area in question, but the pressure keeps the blood from leaving.. had they tried manual manipulation, as you suggest, the blood pressure in his wedding tackle would have increased, still with no return option, rupturing quite a bit of tissue and would have prevented him from ever getting into this (or any other) situation ever again.

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Re: a “vibrating” saw

I'm not quite sure where to publish it, though.
In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, of course.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: "substituted for"

Use this icon for elf'n'safety
I prefer this one -->

Or maybe the Big Brother...

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

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Re: WASP-12b is about two times less reflective than the Moon

The one that really got me was the "44 times closer..."

I had to take the km distance and translate it to AU to get a meaningful comparison: about 0.02AU. I'm still not quite sure how 2% of the distance translates to "44 times closer".

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: No opinion on the headsets

Nah, the $980,000 each is to cover the cost of the lawyers.

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Re: hearing

The thing about the Frequency Response numbers is not so much that that's where they stop working, it's a curve where performance degrades and then stops. A set of cans that advertises 20Hz to 20kHz will have a really weak bass response, unless you have 'em run through an amp, and the highs will likely be tinny and very quiet.

An expanded FR means that the sounds that you can hear will not be degraded.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Surely....

Sorry.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: An end to exponential growth? Who'da thought it!

Ah. So "Economists realize fallacy of exponential growth" might be more apt.

And more news-worthy.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Paris Hilton

"I think so, Brain, but if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: Intel back doors (@Mark 85)

I hate to be pedantic (that's a lie, I quite enjoy it), but you used the wrong initialism for the Four Letter Agencies. the correct initialism is ETLA (Extended Three Letter Agency/Acronym) because it makes more sense that if TLAs have a three-letter acronym, then the ETLAs should have a four-letter acronym.

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Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

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Re: Obligatory

A Serbian Film
I don't know whether to up-vote you for the exactly correct film with which to ruin the busybodies, or to down-vote you for reminding me that that film exists.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Re: Versioning

Ah, but there in section 5, sub-section 9, paragraph 6, it says that they reserve the right to change the terms without notice, and you agree to be bound by whatever those terms will be.

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Re: I hope Nestle loses everything somehow

Next to Microsoft and Oracle, Nestle are now practically emissaries of Jesus.
Other way around I'm afraid. Nestlé is on par with Monsanto in the evil corporation stakes. MS and Oracle are school-yard bullies stealing lunch money, compared to Nestlé as Pablo Escobar.

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I dunno....

The use of "Breakout" as a verb, along with the use of the original(?) sounds/music puts it in a completely different arena than the clones written by others that used their own music/imagery/branding.

This is obviously a play on the "Breakout" branding, as opposed to "Bricks", "Block Breaker", "Block Destruction", or "Brickbat". All Atari has anymore is their marketingIP Department, so this is indeed an existential threat. The clones are just ripping off (err, inspired by) the game, which Atari doesn't sell, so there's no loss there.

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

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Re: @Lord E Puss @Strum ... Once is enough

And I'm not apologizing for Trump. He's the POTUS and you need to respect that.
Funny how a lot of the people saying that (Not necessarily M. Gumby - I can't be arsed to dig through his comments) are the same ones who had Zero respect for Obama.

See Also: Waving a confederate or Nazi flag while proclaiming "You lost, get over it!"

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: more important than ever

I thought a 419 error was "Bank Account Empty - Nigerian Prince Not Found"

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Re: more important than ever

You do know that The Internet of Teapots will become Skynet?
As opposed to what we have now: The Internet of Tosspots.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Re: The best tech news source!

TFA said YouTube & Facebook, so we do know the social network(s) he was using. The phone, not so much.

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A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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My President should have known (how?) *exactly* what hate groups were to blame for the violence
Well, the Goose-stepping, swastikas, and Nazi-style salutes might have been a good tip-off.

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Re: Three Presnitedstates (sic)

How about some actual corruption: Charging the US Treasury for him to stay at his own property?

When Trump visits his Mar-a-Largo golf resort (exactly like he promised not to) his stay is payed for by the Gov't, as is the stay of his attachés, assistants, security, and his cronies. Trump is not technically in control of the profits from that property... but embezzlement that doesn't pay out for four years is still embezzlement.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Re: Another one

Much akin to the one we're all reading?

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: There are worse ways to sink a submarine

There's a reason submariners I've known call it the freckle locker.

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'Adversarial DNA' breeds buffer overflow bugs in PCs

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Re: We don' need no ...

badger, badger, badger, badger

Musroom, Mushroom

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Re: How long

Hook it up to the Internet of Twattery and the AC above will get his extra todgers. Because, as we all know, the Internet can turn anything into a penis.

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Re: Lots of hype for a very simple low-tech process

From what I've been able to piece together, from TFA and the erudite comments, the pancreatic cells looks promising. I'm not sure about the teeth; but the arms, tails and, ahem, front tails seem improbable from this process.

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Re: So long as it can't...

Are you my mummy?

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Re: WOW!!!

My reading of this is that it effectively turns any cell into a stem cell - and then tells it what it should be. Rather than slap stem cells on the affected area and hope they differentiate correctly, they figure out what cells are needed, convert skin (because it's easy to get to, and is plentiful, and re-grows quickly) cells into the target and apply where they are needed.

What they did with the vascular tissue with the mouse was just convert the skin to vascular cells and let it migrate. With more in-depth (EG. nerve cells in the spine) injuries, they would convert skin cells to nerve cells, harvest the nerve cells, and then inject 'em into the problem site.

All the benefit of harvesting cord-blood, without the requirements of planning and storage.

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Re: Obligatory prescient quote from Sir Pterry

That has to do with the reflected-sounds-of-underground-spirits, no?

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

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Re: 99 green bottles hanging on the wall..

I've always preferred:

Infinity bottles of beer on the wall

Infinity bottles of beer

Take one down and pass it around

Infinity bottles of beer on the wall.

Repeat until dead.

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Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

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Big Brother

Defense in depth

Roll your own VPS, and then use that VPN to connect to a commercial one.

If you are feeling paranoid, you can have that external VPN be in a foreign jurisdiction, and then use that to connect to a domestic VPN. Throw in a proxy for non-HTTPS traffic, and you may be able to avoid most tracking.

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Re: Don’t let ISPs monetize your web history

Came here to post the exact same thing.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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Re: I see a market here

Was that Mr Buttle, or Mr. Tuttle?

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encountering the word 'ur'

I either think of the ancient city of Ur, or as the prefix "ur-" which indicates the original. So "ur gay..." makes me think of Harvey Milk, or maybe Spartan soldiers.

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Re: I'm so very, very sorry...

What kind and loving god would ever have let that happen?

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Re: Anymore quacks like that ...

One more peep outta' youse, an' I'll hit ya' wit' a mallard!

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She's back! Jessica Rosenworcel returns to FCC as America's net neutrality row heats up

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Re: Who's to say we will have to wait until 2020?

Add to that the slow implosion of the democrat party, and the not-so-slow alienation of nearly everyone by the republicans, and 2018 should be interesting.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Re: We had this problem

@ Whitter

So you're saying that '~' ≈ '≈'? Or is it that '~' ~ '≈'? Both?

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Sun's core in a real spin, but you wouldn't know just by looking at it

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Facepalm

Crap! You're right.

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It is certainly older on the inside.

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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

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Hmm, interesting

If, as she says, she only looked at stored e-mails that had been left open then she is not guilty of wiretapping, courtesy of the Stored Communications Act. The SCA specifically excluded stored e-mails from falling under 4th Amendment and anti-wiretapping protections.

If she set up an auto forward then she is on much shakier legal ground. And if her attorney made use of privileged (attorney/client) communications, then he may be up for disbarment.

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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"It's similar to the propulsion in some aquatic animals like rays and squid."
It also resembles a snake in the way it wriggles across grass, snow, and ice.
To me it looks more like a robotic cuttlefish.

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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I see a broken empty shell of a man

Scaramucc', Scaramucc' he did the fandango

His boss sent a Tweet'ning

very very frightening me

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: Earth is unique, Occam's

Dude, if you need an external authority bogyman/deity to tell you not to be an asshat, you are not morally superior - you are a sociopath.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Re: It's quite simple don't blame the player, vote to change the game.

@ Shooter

I also "wasted" my vote on a 3rd party "no-hoper" for pretty much the exact same reasons, but I was not disappointed. There was a noticeable increase in 3rd party results, and almost 10-fold increase from the previous election. But as John said in reply, politicians just don't think like that; and in the current political climate, one could argue that they don't think at all. A win is a win, and the other guy is Evil. The Well of Discourse has been poisoned to the point that our political dialog has become a duologue - "Us" and "Them". Okay so it's really two monologues, and anyone trying to "Yes, but..." is immediately cast out as one of "Them".

It makes me sad.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Paris Hilton

What's so funny about yanks trying to pronounce "what's-this-here" sauce?

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NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

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Re: Rocket powered car

DHMO is an industrial solvent that has been found to be present in a significant number of lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

It is possible to overdose on less than 60ml of pure DHMO, but addicts have been known to consume more than 2 litres per day!

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