* Posts by Swarthy

1600 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Bollocks to your Bollocks!

And why should I, or Jim, have to get/buy a thick towel (because, I just have those those lying around the office), rubbing alcohol, nitrile gloves, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and a surgical mask? If your system is so messed up that it needs those things, then you had best supply them. I don't (officially) know where to get that kind of stuff, I don't work in medicine or hazmat remediation.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: "What if we make it possible to hear through your skin?"

By the pricking f my thumbs....

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Google's healthcare cousin to stick 10,000 human guinea pigs under the microscope

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Yeah, but it's the VA

They have the problem that their prospective guinea pigs keep keeling over before they get an appointment.

"The VA - Giving veterans a second chance to die for their country"

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Grr.

I am inclined to think that Judge Allison Danner is not a wife-beater. The prosecutor was probably just hungry for quick close - "Sign here, dot there, convict here... And we're done" and has not known anyone in an abusive relationship; so when the defense offered a plea (as is their job) he just accepted it without even listening to the evidence.

After all, why do you need evidence when you have a signed plea deal? Soon to be as ubiquitous as "To Protect and Serve"

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

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Re: Tidal Locking

I was wondering about that. After it was not addressed in TFA, I figured that would be the result of "more telescope time".

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Re: Silicon Valley

It's less about the pay and more about the "intimidated into working longer hours" without billing the time.

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Re: If he slammed the lottery

That might freeze out some academics
Perhaps the better route would be to prioritize applications based on the ratio of H1B price to local market, with priority going to higher numbers (in cases where the local market doesn't exist the ratio would be infinite, which is a damn high number).

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Re: Editor strikes

That is a different question. I was replying to Archtech correcting TFA; I was agreeing with you, in that there is a difference between one and zero ISP choices. One is a Hobson's Choice, Zero is a lack of choice.

And I know that the dead spaces exist, as I have family in one; not even 4G connectivity - satellite, or nothing.

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Re: Editor strikes

No, the original quote was accurate. Hobson's Choice is still a choice. It may not be a palatable choice, and you may have circumstances that make it a non-choice, but you are still offered a choice.

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Re: term linits

Kurt, Term limits would not tell you who you could/could not vote for, but rather they would limit who could run. Running for office is not speech. [Free] Speech applies while running, but not the actual submission/nomination.

Saying that term limits impinges on free speech is akin to saying that having to file honest and complete tax forms is a violation of free speech.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: Personal opinion

Just be sure you go back to before April 2007.

But if you promise to actually enforce your patent I will donate to the Time Travel Fund.

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Amazon touts Echo voice-recog tech to world's gizmo makers

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Re: no children allowed ...

reference the comment by LionelHutz directly above:

This is in line with American federal law

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

"Out of interest what would american chocolate be classified as?"
Recycled chocolate? It does taste as if it had been brought back up.

First stage of turning chocolate into American "chocolate"-->

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

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Re: HMRC

These kind of imperial decrees, without the software being stout enough to head-off complaints... that's just duff government there, a sign of the ale-ments of the times. At yeast they didn't screw up the VAT; but you know HMRC won't bock down on the dew date.

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TCP/IP headers leak info about what you're watching on Netflix

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I should not read El Reg while eating Lunch

Well done you two!

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: Normally abnormal.

NfN?

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Re: I propose two things to women:

Evidence, not so much. The pay gap (or lack there of) is a statistical emergent that appears and disappears, like Brigadoon, depending on who is massaging compiling the numbers.

However, the fact that the pay gap has been "25 cents on the dollar" for alt least the past 30 years leads me to conclude that it's crap. No social or economic indicator has been that stable for that long. If it were 17% one year, 30% a few years later, dropping to 10% after that, I would be less skeptical, but 25%, solid, for 30+ years makes me inclined to doubt the veracity of the figures.

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Re: But you can avoid the courts altogether

If you just pay all your workers fairly -- equal pay for work of equal value -- then you will never fear being dragged into court, or embarrassed, or anything. You just show your jobs and pay grades and that's that.
Did you realize, as you were writing it, that it translated directly into "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear"?

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Re: Slightly more complicated

DoL could be pulled into line by the Cheeto in Chief, but you forget that Google was very friendly with the previous administration. They will get no favors from The Orange One.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Re: +1

I agree, phone calls on planes are a bad idea. I have a lot of issues with FCC but I think they (or 'he', given the statement wording) got it right. Either that or make it $100/minute.

Email and text are fine, they're nice and quiet and don't disturb others.

It seems that you didn't realize that the FCC controls the use of radio frequencies - and that Voice and data (email and text) use the same radio. FCC Pai says "No" to all.

Your argument is that planes are cramped, noisy and uncomfortable, and the FCC should keep cellphones banned for the good of the many, and if you want data you should pay for the Airlines' as-crap-as-it-is-expensive data. The equal and opposite argument is that the airlines should sell noise cancelling headphones, and if you want peace and quiet you should buy it from them.

It almost makes me want to pay for the airline's WiFi, and use WiFi Calling - Just to annoy short-sighted people.

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Re: +1

But, but, but... I thought the Republicans were all about removing onerous regulation that inhibited freedoms?!

Oh! Sorry, I mis-remembered. Its regulations that inhibit businesses that they have a hate-on for. Since the use of mobile/cellular frequencies (which includes the data needed for e-mail/messaging) would compete with the airlines $£¥ WiFi.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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Re: Not to Antigonish anyone....

The mouse dissolved

In a chronodimensional skip.

With a bit of a mind-flip

You're into the time slip

And nothing can ever be the same.

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Not to Antigonish anyone....

As I was going up the stair

I met a particle who wasn't there!

It wasn't there again today,

Oh how I wish it'd go away!

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FCC Commish: Hey, don't look at me – Congress should sort out net neutrality mess

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Re: "Google dominates desktop search"

I loved that bit! "Verizon only holds 35% of their market" - Where market is defined as internet access over the whole country. If the market were defined as "broadband(wired) internet in the locations in which Verizon offer services" we would see a much higher number.

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Re: Ultimate Responsibility (@BillG)

I'm not one of your downvoters, but I think you missed a large chunk of your civics class back in school. The FCC, FTC, EPA, etc. were created by congress to enforce (execute) the law(s) that created the agency. The law as it was written may have been vague (EG "ensure clean air and water" - with out defining "clean") and the respective agencies may have taken the bit in their teeth and run past what was expected of them; but a standard part of the laws to create a new agency is to designate them as a rule making body. That is to say, they cannot pass laws, but they can make rules to aid/improve enforce of a law. (This is Congress giving them approval, by the way)

Let's go with an EPA-type example. They were created with the purpose to ensure clean air and water; and given some laws to enforce - No dumping chemical waste into rivers - That's a law. The EPA creates a "ruling" that says you must document where your chem. waste goes. That rule is for the enforcement of the law.

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

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Re: micro payments

I don't see you holding your hand up to pay an elreg subscription.
I have. But I couldn't find out where to send the dosh, since they've closed Cash'n'Carrion.

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Re: Stop donating, it makes no sense.

My philosophy is that if I have ever heard of a charity (other than being involved with their cause and hearing about them from the community) then I will not donate to them; as that means they have been promoting and advertising, and have crossed the line from charity to tax-free self promoters.

It happens (eventually) to almost all of 'em. They stop raising money to do good, and switch to doing good to raise money.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: laparoscopy of the body cavities

Added Benefit: they may help the congress critters/politicians finally figure out where their heads are, as previously they could not find it with both hands and the proverbial flashlight.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Lian Li cases?

Oooh. I just looked at their Computer Desks section. I do believe I am in lust.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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That's not a job - It's a hobby.

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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Re: It's a beta!

Except that this is Google. "Beta" is their word for "Release".

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Re: Googlebomb v2

Why would you do that? I mean, the original source is a flagrant arse-hole, what would adding goatse accomplish?

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Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project

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Possibly silly question

Is this software that can be put on the host OS of a machine running multiple VMs so that you can designate the Host as the default gateway on each VM?

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Make America Wait Again: Trump hasn't stopped H-1B visas

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Re: He's a liar and a fraud

It got superseded by Clark's Law after about 10 minutes.

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

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Re: FTC is supposed to protect privacy

Yes, it could be argued that the FCC over-reached here, and this legislation is just pruning back those policies. Except, that while neutering the FCC, the legislation very carefully did not move the ISPs back under FTC regulation.

So the ISPs are still under FCC regulation, but congress has acted to make sure that the FCC cannot pass any privacy protecting regulations. Ergo, not privacy protection for the ISPs' customers victims.

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Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections

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Re: Always growing government

You do realize that the kerfuffle over this is that the FTC does not have regulatory jurisdiction over ISPs? by invoking Title II, Wheeler moved them under the purview of the FCC and set up the regulations to keep them behaved. Congress has just nixed those rules, but not the move.

So, No. There are no regulations regarding ISPs and privacy - which is the whole point people are getting pissed about.

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Oof! That paragraph has been abused so much that it flinches at loud noises. But, the states can likewise argue that the Commerce between the ISP and the Customer is not "between the several states".

However, the ISP can just sell the customer data from a different state, without those laws, and the only recourse is SFA.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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But your dedicated vegan environmentalist is probably entirely clad in artisan-woven nettle fibre.
Nettle fibre isn't too bad if you boil the hell out of it first (and you get nettle tea as a side-benefit, Nah, the dedicated vegan environmentalist is fully kitted out in hair shirts.

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I seed what you did there; but I ca't seem to rapa my head around it. But using it would surely be a turnip for the books.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

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Re: I have a question ..

If you answer with "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right" it tells you that you owe no taxes, and HMRC will be posting you a check.

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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Re: I remember when I played that a lot one weekend

Once, in my younger days, I spent a weekend watching subtitled anime. I realized I had to slow down when I noticed myself thinking in Japanese. As I didn't understand Japanese, this was a small problem.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: BDSM

In that light: the furries think the goreans take it too far....

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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A small correction

Today it is drug dealers and preachers paying the politicians to keep pot illegal.

You forgot to mention the for-profit prison companies that make more money the more inmates they have. If pot became legal then the prison population would drop, and they would lose money.

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Re: It's not a bug, it's a feature

Have an upvote - purely for the neologism "Talibangelicals"

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So if the ads for hookers are written in haiku form (not as a limerick, while that would be fitting, we all know that limericks have no artistic value) then it fails #3. Depictions of "Golden Showers" can also be cleared by #3, as political satire. It seems the only category that ticks all four boxes is revenge porn.

Someone needs to teach these law-writers about Boolean Algebra and formal logic. - Or not, so they keep making loopholes like this.

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Silicon Valley staffing agency boss charged with H‑1B visa fraud

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Years in the chokey or...

A seat on the committee to "investigate" H-1B visa abuse, ala Bob Iger

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

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Indeed! They put her on the horns of a dilemma: to choose between kine-ness and being stampeded into an raw(hide) deal, or to be bull-headed and hoof it out of the conversation.

I'm glad that the company was ordered to pay out more than they made, but I would be tempted to choose a better sentence.

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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Re: A bit like the old Adventure game

plough

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Google Maps/Streetview - Westminister Bridge.

Google's mapping bollocks now? Bloody hell! They are getting invasive now, aren't they.

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Re: 'try a decentralized browsing stream, similar to current generation peer to peer file sharing.'

Hmm.. I wonder what would happen if I appended ?fnord=");DROP TABLE history;-- onto all of my URL entries.

Or maybe a browser plugin that would rotate through history, userhistory, browsing, and the like; or maybe users, customers, billing, or just * for the nuclear option. Perhaps the plugin could add those as HTTP headers, so as not to risk buggering up legit query strings.

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