* Posts by Swarthy

1705 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Re: You had me at cheese

there's not nearly that many cheese names

I can havardy believe that. It may take a gouda bit of effort for a larger data center, but for most it should be a brie-ze. admittedly some cheese names may be feta'd by trademarks, so you'd cheddar get parmesan to use them. Although, I wouldn't recommend using cheese names for servers; the users may start feeling bleu when they can't edam.

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

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Re: Setting a good example

Hey, when we do it, it is "preserving democracy" and "ensuring peace/prosperity (though be sure to never mention for whom)" When "They" do it, it is undermining democracy an an attack on our sovereignty.

As for the info disclosed tarnishing the Dems, we should just ban both the Republicans (for collusion) and the Democrats (for all the dirty crap they pulled that got them smeared) from running in any federal election for the next 4-8 years.

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

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Re: I like Roomba's..

Scheißenfreude?

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: From the abstract: "a stochastic perturbation method combined with human choice. "

Is that what we usually call "suck it & see" ?

or "by guess and by golly"

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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Re: RE: I would not underestimate a modern Major General (USMC, Ret), which is what he is.

But I'm sure he can "whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore."

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RE: I would not underestimate a modern Major General (USMC, Ret), which is what he is.

But only if he's never-ever sick at sea.

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Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

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Re: Titled?

I thought that if it was titled, it couldn't be sloshed, just "tired and emotional".

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: Chips will be the subject of...

phishin' chips? Say it ain't so!

Although, while these may be harder to change than a password, if they get compromised, they should be easier to change than fingerprints.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: Not a *nix admin so is having to resolve a DNS name during bootup a common issue?

I wouldn't say common....

But the issue of needing to resolve DNS on boot can arise if, for example, you want to mount shared drives on boot, using a host name, rather than an IP address.

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Re: Underscore?

Fine then. Why in the hells is a Process Management System doing DNS resolving?

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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RE: Snobbery

I'm just gonna leave these words of Wisdom from Mr. D. N. Adams:

“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Free gift

I offer up "ATM Machine", "PIN Number", and "3AM in the morning".

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Boffins back bubbles for better bonding with beautiful belongings

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I guess if the surface is thin enough, and the flash bright enough, one could see dim spots where less light was reflected, having been diffused in the cavity?

Or you use the newfangled CT (not sure what it means tho) that the TSA is using for laptops....

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Microsoft finally allows hosted desktops on multi-tenant hardware

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Run Cysis, or cause a crisis... One of the two, I am sure.

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So, FCC, how about that massive DDoS? Hello? Hello...? You still there?

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If they were running 24 hours, they would indeed be Half-Fast bots, but most of the "bots" were active between 5 and 10 PM(local), with an activity drop between 7 and 8PM. The peak traffic of around 30K/sec was probably around the 9PM time frame, after the "bots" had finished putting the kids to bed and cleaning up after dinner.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: Has a customer ever apologised to you?

I had a customer many years ago, when I worked for an ISP as general support, who kept opening e-mails from her daughter-in-law with a nasty embedded in them. This particular nasty would associate all .exe files with itself causing the nasty to run instead of whatever the old dear had meant to run. Her A/V program was a .exe, which made the fix a bit trickier. I figured out to rename regedit.exe to regedit.com and removed the association.

The second time she brought the machine in (same problem - dunno if DIL had a grudge or didn't know how to clean her PC) she brought in a lemon poppy seed pound cake. The third time (at this point I kept the regedit.com on her machine and exported the empty .exe association so it was a simple click-to-fix) was homemade chocolate chip cookies. the fourth was some kind of cranberry bread.

My cow-orkers threatened to riot when I told her about the simple click-to-fix solution so she wouldn't have to keep bringing the thing in.

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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

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Re: Tip of the iceberg

just look across the pond.

In which directio- Oh, never mind. It works both ways.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Re: The important question

Really? I put a bad toupee on the Hutt, and you'd have Jabba the Trump - Same skin color even.

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Re: And here I thought ...

Well, Anaheim...

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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What I'm wondering

How much overlap is there between Drawbridge and WINE? I know that WINE does not provide enough API hooks to run SQL Server, but does Drawbridge have the proper hooks to run, say, Notepad++ on Linux?

To re-iterate a comment above, Can it run Crysis?

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China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

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Re: See, western governments ?

I think you've confused the what the Western (especially the anglophonic 5eyes) governments are with what they say they are.

The way that things are moving, they are trying to become the totalitarian governments and have no interest in protecting the people.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Re: Once it is able

Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is... Sounding better than our current system.

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

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Nintendo Comments in the Article

If I read TFA correctly, they should have named the Nintendo Classic Mini the "Bait" so then they would have had the Bait and Switch.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: A bit too SJW

What the hell did I just read?

BTW, River Song is dead/Not been born yet (she and the Doctor kind of traveled in opposite directions, chronologically) so would have no opinion of the latest incarnation.

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re:"So theoretically a time lord could sleep with themselves. Does that make it incest or gay?"

Neither, it would be masturbation.

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Re: "It's a joke'

It may just be me, But I read that as a jab at the stereotypical stereotypers, riffing on the expected comments, with the "just a joke" tag to fend off Poe's Law (which didn't work - it never works).

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: You're being downvoted

Would you let a baker lecture you on baking if they didn't have a clue what 90% of the cake they're trying to sell was made up of.
Considering that bread is largely (maybe not 90%) "air", and I know of few bakers that can tell you the difference between air and CO2 (even fewer that can tell you the biochemistry of wheat); the OP may want to choose a different analogy that doesn't disprove their point.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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"It isn't written in nodejs, for instance."

Now that is faint praise!

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Re: full Linus on Poettering

Wow, I am actually surprised he hasn't. I hit Reply planning to link to the rant in question; all I could find was an open letter from Poettering complaining about abuse from the Linux Community (not Linus per se, but he said Torvalds wasn't doing anything to stop it) and a "Full Linus" rant on Kay Sievers for issues in systemd.

I am now looking forward to a "Full Linus" on Poettering, as well.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: "Boston is a muddy backwater?"

I would have said it's more of a Dirty (Back)Water.

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Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

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Re: Idiot

Thanks. You just saved me a dubious Google DuckDuckGo search.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Trolley problem.

Probably by using regenerative breaking & electric motors in the wheels. That way the brakes can't really fail (the brakes and the motors are the same thing - if it can't brake, it also can't accelerate) especially if you put in a redundant (you could call it an "emergency") brake.

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Ready, aim... Ignition! Valley VC bigwig ejects after conduct complaints

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Re: He should move DC.

Trying to forget....

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: One person complained?!

I'm betting the complainer didn't actually get the e-mail - He saw it in his wife's email. Hence, the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

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Re: The future:

Have you ever ridden in a truly nasty cab? Now imagine that experience without being mitigated by the presence of another human being. The Internet has shown that people are less inhibited in their duchebaggery when there is not a person around to immediately judge them and they feel anonymous.

Much like people will spout vitriol in a forum or email (and even on social media, which has their name attached) that they would never consider saying in person, people will discard food/drinks/garbage in the floorboard of an autocab, and you will have people who take advantage of the "privacy" and leave behind traces of a more bodily type.

And after your ride is over you don't care for it. - This is actually the root of the problem; after your ride any mess in the autocab is "Somebody Else's Problem".

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Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

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"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. "

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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that should have flagged something with AT&T

Speculation on my part: It did.

It triggered a soft-hearted reaction to a persistent sob story most likely "my phone was stolen, and I can't remember the security code because I had it written down (at home), and I am on the other side of the country for work, and I need to be available, can't you please just transfer my number to this SIM. (sob)"

As we see, it only needs to work once.

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Re: Yubikey + U2F

How do you use a YubiKey on your phone which has no USB ports?

USB OTG

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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Re: Reminds me of...

For clear ice, (if memory serves) the trick is to freeze it slowly, like around 0 to -1 Celsius. This gives the ice crystals (hexagonal) a chance push the air out of solution, rather than trapping it in suspension.

Slow freezing is also a good way to freeze-distill (jack) wine/cider, as the crystals will also push the ethanol out of solution.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Weird.

I realized that they had come out when I parked next to one last Friday. I did not know that there were of limited availability, or I would have paid attention to who was driving it.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: Frozen winter shit.

THERE'S NO U IN TEAM

There's also no "F" in way!

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Hmmm...

I would have thought that the formation went H2 + H+ -> H3+

Basically, you take H2, slam a loose proton (positive hydrogen ion) into it, and you've got your H3+, no need for emitted electrons.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: "Brattitude"

Have an upvote for "Twattitude", but may I also suggest such fine terms as "Ass-hattery" or "Douchebaggery"?

The venerable Reg term cockwomble has been used to describe the alleged developer, but I feel that an even more classic Reg-ism could apply: Twatdangle

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Re: the problem with clueless amateurs...

@jake: That's an even better idea than lobbing rotten tomatoes in the direction of the Systemd developers - lobbing canned tomatoes in their general direction. (To preserve good tomatoes, we can use the tinned ones from the store for lobbing.)

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@Kiwi

You left off the bit where Systemd looks and acts an awful (and I do mean Awful!) lot like the Windows registry; what with binary configuration files and logs that need the program itself to read them.

So if Systemd* crashes, it writes to a binary log, which requires Systemd* to load up to read the logs - What could go wrong?

*or the bits o' windows that read/handle the Registry

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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Re: Point?

May I suggest the kids just copy us Scousers and save up all the "likes" and just put one at the end of every sentence instead.

I thought you just ended every sentence with "innit", innit?

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Re: Save the women and children first!

@Steve Knox: "because doing nothing when you have the capability to do something is a choice in and of itself"

Ah, but doing nothing, legging it out of the situation, and denying you were ever there can be the same as not being there (for legal purposes). But if you switch the points (especially if you leave finger prints/evidence) then you were there, and may face legal consequences for your choice.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: Do as I say, not as I do.

@Terry 6:

Yeah... thanks for that.

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Re: Oh what a Gay Day...

And you know the petitioner would have disapproved of that as well.
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

--H.L. Mencken

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