* Posts by Tom 38

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: Easy fix

Add "don't be a twat" to contracts.

But he's not arguing that he didn't breach his employment contract, he's arguing that he didn't break the law. Thankfully, breaking your employment contract is still not illegal.

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re: errant missile

Perhaps you should have made it funny, then you don't need the icon.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Bah!

If my licence payments are good enough why should the fact that I use Linux disqualify me from something I actually pay for?

Pfft, consider yourself lucky mate, think of us poor VIC-20 users, we're still waiting too!

(Because it is a horrific waste of money to spaff a disproportionate amount of it on such a small special interest group like Linux users - and I say that as a Linux user. Besides: wtf, you never heard of get_iplayer?)

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London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak

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Re: Abandon all Hope. They are all gagging for it.[1]

Thumbs down for talking about thumbs down

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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Re: "several reporting stations report over 500 inches"

I think the mother is still Llyn Brianne

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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

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Does anyone realize that one reason the POTS system is still the way it is is because it's independently powered, which is one reason it's still usable (and sometimes essential) in the event of a power failure

So what? My "POTS" is a VOIP phone connected to FTTH with a BBU - it also works in the event of a power failure. Mobile phones work during a power failure as long as the base station has power. These are simply technical requirements for our phone service, they are not reliant on maintaining a separate 48V DC power network to each home!

Also, having lived in rural England in the 80s, I can tell you whether or not the phone line still works after a power failure depends greatly on whether the tree that fell down knocked over just the power line, or also the phone line.

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UK recruitment biz Coal Intelligent Technology ceases trading

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They're relaunching as Solar Heating Intelligent Technology

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: Huh?

What mean is "I don't have any".

Now what?

The problem is never ever ever lie to them. Once they catch you in a lie, things get exponentially worse. So you can say you don't have any if you don't have any, but if you have one and say that you don't....

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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I have the solution for this

Every time I work from home, I'm either stark bollock naked or (if it is a little chilly) in my tighty whities. This has mostly led to significantly less requests for me to put the camera on when we do VC, apart from one Working Group who seem to only schedule meetings for me when I am working from home...

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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"Have I just tripped over Poe's law?"

Please indicate your level of seriousness in regards to the above post.

This would be a "partly", I guess. I believe all those things are markers of a functioning fair society, but we are talking about America and it seems that these things are un-American, and interfere with the great American dream of having more money than everyone else.

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Re: It's not about pay

Sounds like socialism - might as well say that there should be a minimum hourly wage, a maximum number of hours to work in a week, universal healthcare and free education.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Is there any great change from our point of view?

If you cant learn to control your impulse spending when you get a list every month of what went where you are beyond help.

When you get your monthly summary it is can be already too late. You can only use that to inform on your future spending in the next month, it doesn't do anything to stop you spending too much this month.

In the past, I used to take out £60 cash on Monday morning; this was my discretionary spending to buy things like drinks, meals out, lunch, the occasional private eye - anything that wasn't home food, rent, power etc. With this system it was impossible to overspend on my discretionary needs; if on Thursday I'd already spent everything, you can't go big on Friday night.

Compare to nowadays, we just tap a card on a reader to buy a round of drinks... I have had several nights when I've spent WAY too much at the bar and only realised a week or so later. If I'd had to walk out the bar to find a beer* token vending machine, I'd probably have gone home instead.

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Re: cash

I think Interac rivals universal health care for importance and I'm surprised I don't hear more about it. We just take it for granted and nobody else really cares what Canada is up to. If you want to see what a cashless society could look like then look into Canada.

Apparently this is because Canadian banks don't tend to issue regular Visa/Mastercard debit cards unlike most of the rest of the world. In Europe, (virtually) everyone with a current account will have either a Visa Debit (Delta) card or a Maestro card with similar ubiquity.

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Re: Cashless society

- if the Gov't decides to 'bail in' some of your money (as happened in Cyprus) then you have no way to avoid it."

Deluded if you think that the government can't give you a haircut even if everything is physical currency.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: For real sexism, anti intellectualism and racism...

The post does not exonerate Trump, it exposes the hypocrisy if those who would castigate him, but not a radical organisation that has killed millions and made the world a far more miserable and dangerous place.

No, you are wrong, I can castigate Trump and the US both at the same time, no problem.

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Re: an anti-intellectual and racist presidency?

The Aussies blocked the same set of immigrants who are trapped on a bunch of islands off the coast of Australia because they (Australia) recognized the threat posed by immigrants from these countries.

Do you ever say anything that is factual? Australia does not accept any refugees who arrive by boat. It has nothing to do with what country they originate from, and lots of the world disagrees with the policy.

And the call went poorly because Aussie Prez told Trump he had to honor the agreement.

The concept of "honour" must be quite alien to him... do you think he should not abide by the treaty because he doesn't like it? If Russia rolls tanks in to Latvia, can Trump decide he doesn't like NATO any more either? If Trump decides he doesn't want to keep giving money to China, do you think it OK for him to cancel their T-bills?

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Re: Farm subsidy

Fact check: Those stats are a bit misleading, it shows the amount of money paid to entities in the UK, but it doesn't break it down to show how much was paid for land in the UK.

For instance, Tate & Lyle Europe is the EU subsidiary of American Sugar Refining, and has sugar growing farms all across the EU; all the subsidies for those farms are paid to the company in the UK.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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I hate to inform all the liberal minded fools but your cell operatives are highlighting their allegiance. ...this will result in them being replaced (directly or indirectly) and 2 years down the line all the liberal fools will have been replaced with Trumps warriors and Trump will get anything he desires.

That's just disrespectful.

I bet you feel like a big man running around shouting names at people who don't agree with you.

Instead all you prove is how ridiculously stupid you are... please continue, I insist.

The more and more you try and take some kind of high ground on others, more will turn against you because... well... your[sic] a prick.

Irony - adj. a bit like iron.

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Irrational

'The Harrier would still win a close range "dogfight" due to the well practiced freaky antics it can pull with thrust vectoring causing the opposition to overshoot, shortly followed by the overshooting aircraft getting a missile tossed up the ass. Tested and proved to work in combat conditions as well.'

Have you got a source for that, because despite it being practised I'm unaware of any occasion in actual combat where the Harrier used vectoring to cause another aircraft to overshoot it.

Yeah, there was an engagment with MiGs over the Indian Ocean, the MiG had a lock on Maverick and Goose, Maverick hit the brakes and the MiG flew right by and then Maverick popped him.

I thought everyone knew this?!

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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Re: Wonderful news!

And we can use our feel at home EU roaming on our mobiles to.... double bollocks!

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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

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Thats the entire purpose (and challenge). That data is resiliently held, so you can kill one cow, but as long as you maintain the herd, you'll always have milk. Going from pets to cattle is not simply putting servers in the cloud with boring names, its taking technological steps to ensure that adding/killing servers does not lose data or require deep knowledge or effort.

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Cattle vs pets is not really about cloud

So many wrong takeaways from this - having cattle makes running things in the cloud easier, but it actually makes running things anywhere easier - even if every single service you host is in house.

If you treat each commissioned box as cattle, with no precious local state on the machine, then a failure of that machine can be handled simply and easily by provisioning a new instance, that instance joining the cluster of servers and being prepared for service without any manual configuration.

This can be achieved by anyone with ops knowledge, and so doesn't require specialist team knowledge. In a medium/large organisation, the failure of a single physical machine can result in VMs needing to be re-deployed for a bunch of teams. I think there are 3 indications your servers are cattle and not pets:

* Creating a new one requires no manual configuration of the server nor anything related to the server. Eg, if you create a new server, you shouldn't have to manually configure monitoring of it.

* Destroying a server shouldn't require any special treatment of data. Eg, you should not need to transfer data off before destroying it. It should not matter if a server dies and is completely unrecoverable.

* Creating N running instances should take as much effort for the operator as creating 1 instance

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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Re: Bah!

My complaint about the vaping in a room with the cloud chasing sort, is the fact that I actually have been in rooms that have their own fog effects.

Most places won't let you vape indoors, which is fine. I do get miffed when told I can't vape in a club, and then they set off their fog machines, which basically are mains operated vapes without any tasty flavours added...

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Re: Downvotes

While it it certainly more agreeable than than tobacco smoke, I don't want vapors breathing out over me with heavilly scented air (if the scents come out with their breath, what other chemicals are coming out too) any more than I would want to smell their bad breath or the exhaust of their cars...

Try and think of it like this. Vapers produce less fumes and smells than a car, but you aren't upset about someone sitting in their car. Vaping doesn't produce harmful fumes, so your opinion on it is really irrelevant.

While I'm all for people stopping smoking, and they should get whatever aids they want/need to do so, vaping seems to be being popularised. It's an aid to stop smoking, and shouldn't be touted as anything 'hip' any-moreso than a crutch helps you recover from a broken leg. I do think they should be availiable.

Two things:

1) Some people do use vaping as an aid to quit smoking, but most simply switch to vaping as a replacement for smoking. Why?

a) Quitting nicotine is extremely difficult. You have no idea.

b) Smokers enjoy the effects and social interaction of using nicotine

c) Its a lot cheaper than smoking

d) Vaping is non harmful. If there is any harm, it is minuscule compared to smoking.

It is "trendy" because more and more people realise that whilst quitting is beyond them, switching to vaping is not, and leads to a higher quality of life.

2) This isn't a dictatorship - we are free to do anything that we want that isn't proscribed - why should we change our behaviour so that your oral nicotine morality is satisfied?

Personally, I've tried quitting smoking and failed. I've tried switching to vaping and have had zero problems sticking to it. My health has improved markedly; I would probably have died already without vaping.

I value being alive a lot more than I do care about your moral opinions on nicotine.

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Re: Unknown health concerns vs

Public Health England (government body) did such a study and concluded that:

* The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking

* Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

* There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

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Re: Why would you use email from 123/GoDaddy/HostPapa etc. anyway?

Compared to what you get from 123/GoDaddy, Gmail is pretty decent. Having to use it for a reasonable sized company is just painful though. Google are impossible to deal with; it is part of their SLA that if you can find someone to converse with*, that person seemingly had email explained to them that morning and it hasn't quite sunk in.

Next up is their account management tools, or rather, they should be but they aren't there. Salesdroid calls up because they've left their Out of Office auto responder on, and want you to turn it off? Either it waits for the droid to get to a desktop computer or they tell your their password over the phone...

Like most of google's stuff, they get it to a point where they can sell it or put ads on it, and then it is "good enough". Contrast with AWS (I know, not exactly like for like), every aspect of their APIs and UIs is polished.

* Via email, obviously. No phoning people up to ask why Joe from accounts' mailbox has been unavailable for 4 days without any status reports or service failure reports.

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Comcast is totally down with you using a Roku to watch Xfinity cable TV – but it'll cost you extra

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Re: Make hay while the sun shines

5g gigabit wireless internet is coming

Optimistic much?

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Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

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WTF?

So those arm thingies used in factory lines, also not robots?

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Google's Chrome is about to get rather in-your-face about HTTPS

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Re: Cult of useless HTTPS

Why does it make caching hard? You terminate TLS in the CDN and run a new SSL session from the CDN to the source. As a bonus you can validate the CDN cert on the source as well.

Well, yes. Doing those things is harder than doing nothing, qed caching is trickier.

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Re: Cult of useless HTTPS

What caching problem? HTTPS pages and resources are cached like normal.

You are thinking of browser caches. HTTPS makes edge caches trickier.

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Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Pedantry: Trump is definitely not Canute/Knut. Knut and the waves is Knut demonstrating to his sycophantic courtiers that he might be King of Denmark, England and Norway, but that his secular power is nothing compared to God/nature - he can command the tide to stop, but it will not. It is meant as a rebuke to those wielding power; even if you possess power, you cannot control events.

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Re: Time for a Great Firewall

In 2011 Chinese government hackers got into U.S. Steel's computer systems and stole trade secrets related to a new, lightweight, high strength steel process for automobiles, military vehicles, and ships. Chinese steel makers copied these techniques and started producing identical lightweight steel products. U.S. Steel lost contracts, market share, and jobs

So, to recap, it was super cool when the US ignored international patent and copyright law to advance from an agrarian economy to an industrial one, but when China do it, it is intolerable?

Chain [sic] has been attempting to hack U.S. and U.K aircraft carriers. Of course these ships use the same internet that we do.

OHRLY? (You are wrong)

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: This happened in Berkeley?

Because they died of carbon monoxide poisoning (CO)?

Did they? TFA says that "Police aren't confirming a cause of death until they receive autopsy results, and by January 28 (the date of the Berkeleyside report), the time of death had yet to be established." and "With cause of death still unknown, The Register will take the advice of a friend of the couple, speaking to Berkeleyside, and refrain from further speculation.".

Do you also know who the Zodiac Killer was?

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I'm deadly serious about megatunnels, vows Elon Musk

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A Transatlantic Tunnel

...run by BART? *shudder*

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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Re: They've neglected Leap Seconds...

Unless I'm grasping it wrong - are we actually fucked? because thats what the clock is telling me. The furthest from doom its ever been is 17 minutes in the 90s - out of 24 HOURS??

I'm gonna assume its a 24 hour clock , seeing as they are specifying midnight rather than 12

there are 86400 seconds in a day , we are 150 from doom.

That means we are 99.82638889 % fucked

Yeah, that number seems a little low. I feel at least 99.9% fucked.

The purpose of the clock is to point out how close we are to annihilating human civilisation. In about 15 years last century we went from the worst thing a fucknut could do is kill all the people that he can get close to, which is not an existential threat, to being able to kill everyone in the world by simply by pushing a few keys. It took creating the clock to point out to a lot of people precisely how close we now are.

If you think of it another way, the clock is counting down how long is left for human civilisation. If you assume we've been going roughly 12,000 years, it's anticipating we've got around another 20-24 years at this rate.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

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Re: Huh!

I don't understand why people voted for a man who stated that he would repeal affordable health care.

I saw a poll after the election that said that amongst Trump voters who wanted "Obamacare" dismantled, a majority wanted to keep Affordable Care Act, which is actually what Obamacare is. They don't even know what they are voting for, just that they don't want anything that Obama has done.

The hatred of Obama is perverse; he inherited a country with profound economical difficulties - losing 800k jobs a month when he took office - that was fighting and losing two wars. He got out of Iraq and Afghanistan as best as was possible. He delivered 75 consecutive months of jobs growth, adding 10 million jobs in 8 years. S&P 500 up over 180% over his tenure. US GDP grew faster than any other NATO country during his presidency..

He should be considered an amazing success, but you have hordes of people who dislike this man so much that they cannot even type his name without it becoming OBAKA. Obummer, Odrama - and usually uppercased - as if to even utter the name Obama relies on some tourette like shout.

It seems like the conspiracy theorists have taken over, with acronyms like "MSM" and "TPTB" being blamed for anything negative about Trump - even the things he says himself!

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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Re: Same idiocy regardless of location

Slap the tax on the imports, the corresponding end product becomes more expensive.

Sell it in USA for a lot more than it cost prior to the insane taxation and then the end buyers will suffer, not the manufacturers.

Unless you intend to import the drives, manufacture something in USA and then export the end product. [..]

I can see this working with the foreign car manufacturers, at least there is some car production still left in USA and most of the workers of the bankrupt companies are still alive and well within the working age.

Hard drives are not cars though. Car manufacturers have to sell their cars where their consumers will use them, so if they want to sell cars to americans, the cars have to be in america.

Hard drives don't necessarily have to be located where their users are using them. Obviously, hard drives in PCs/laptops etc do, but think of all the hard drives google, amazon, et al have in their datacentres; those hard drives represent a huge chunk of the market, and there is no need for the hard drives servicing americans to be located in america. You could put huge datacentres in Mexico and Canada, and put the hard drives there. There are no plans to tax bytes on the wire yet, right?*

If he does put a tariff on hard drives, then yay! This will make businesses around the world more competitive compared to american companies. If that forces hard drive manufacturers to move operations back to the US and increase costs for all of us, then there will be a bunch of empty HDD manufacturing capacity in Thailand for someone else to step in and undercut them.

* I do hope I'm not giving him ideas...

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Learn to code site Code.org loses student work due to index bug

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if you were working on “CS Principles and CS Discoveries:” courses, the outage means there's an hour of your life that you won't get back.

Well, assuming the lesson is any good, its not a wasted hour, its an hour you spent learning things. If re-doing the things you learnt in that hour takes you another hour again, you probably didn't learn it that well and the extra look should be helpful.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: @dalethorn

All of those lies you regurgitated have been properly deconstructed in media that you don't read. Like all trolls, you have no facts - you just spew the hate rhetoric that you accuse Trump of. If you had one fact, you'd state it. Trump is a common person who mixes with boxers, football players, construction workers, wrestlers, entertainers, etc. The Clintons, when they're not raping people on the Lolita Express

It's just too delicious: you bitch about people "regurgitating lies", "having no facts" and "spew the hate rhetoric" about Trump, and then in the next 3 sentences accuse the Clintons of being paedophile rapists. I'd laugh if I could stop crying.

Trump was an abhorrent human being even before he filled his head with the politics of these alt-right nutjobs. America voted for him; you deal with him. If he fucks up the rest of the world however, forgiveness is not going to be forthcoming.

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Re: Likely

Or it could be that POTUS was renamed to POTUS44 and a new POTUS was created which immediately garnered millions of followers so putting a lie to the hate factor. How many did the original POTUS gain in its first few hours?

Yeah, Washington took fucking ages to get a decent twitter following.

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AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

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Re: Useful in specific circumstances

It doesn't matter how many times the button is pressed, it will only order one per day.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Cunning Hunt?

how about funding the NHS at the level the USA spends on health care.

Isn't that what he's trying to do anyway? US style costs, US style provision

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Ex-Autonomy CFO pleads not guilty to charges he inflated the company's value

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Re: What is fraud ?

This is called blaming the victim.

Yes. Caveat emptor applies, particularly in non-consumer exchanges. The only scenario in which it would not apply is if the seller has a clear information advantage that would not be removed by applying effective due diligence.

I guess this case will boil down to one side arguing that it was impossible to discern this from due diligence, and one side arguing that they did everything according to law and that due diligence was not performed effectively. The cynic in me also thinks probably that one side pays US taxes, and the other side are not citizens.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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He'd be shit out of luck in the UK

Pennies and tuppences are only legal tender for amounts up to 20p, precisely to stop shit like this.

Because I know you are all fascinated by this, 5p/10p are legal tender for amounts up to £5, 50p/20p are legal tender for amounts up to £10, and £1/£2/£5 are legal tender for any amount.

I did once write my university 100 cheques each for 50p once, to pay a £50 cleaning "fine" which had unilaterally been applied to each person on my floor because they couldn't work out who trashed the kitchen. It would have cost them >50p to cash each one, so they didn't...

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Warning: This post contains pedantry

How is it a documentary, when it has someone playing the role of the person being documented?

This has to be either a dramatisation of a true story, or a reconstruction... it cannot be a documentary.

Still going to watch it :D

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

However I seem to remember from a previous reg article that the wholesale price Openreach charge for line rental is only about £8 pm. Average line rental price from all vendors is about £17-20 even paying in advance so they are making a nice mark-up on that, no wonder some of them offer 'free' broadband.

BT use the increase in line rental revenue to cross subsidise their foray into TV and especially sports broadcasting. They aren't allowed to milk the broadband aspect of things, so they make it all on the line rental.

It's scum of the earth behaviour.

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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Re: Another major change no one is asking for

I've written a boatload of programs using Xlib and various extension libraries over the years. The API isn't the best but I've seen a lot worse and anyone using higher level libraries such as gtk or qt doesn't even have to care about the quirks of X. So your point is BS.

People writing Qt or GTK or Compiz do have to care about it. X is changing precisely because the people writing X and writing the primary toolkits that use X want it to change.

No, there is no choice if the other pram has been sent to the recycle and isn't an option. Ever tried installing X from scratch? Its damn hard. And pointing out that a replacement for a major core component of linux doesn't have the same functionality as its predecessor is not "whining", its a legitimate complaint. If you think everyone who disagrees with you is whining then you're in for some big shocks in life. Do yourself a favour and grow up you dumb Millennial

Yes, I have installed X from scratch - many times. You're not required to run Wayland, its an option. You're not required to run Fedora, its an option. Wailing how all your toys have been taken away from you if you choose that option is whining like a little baby. I don't think you are whining because you disagree with me, but because how you are complaining about it is portraying you as a whining little baby.

PS: Not a millennial, personally I grew up a long time ago. One of the crowning characteristics of millennials is their excessive entitlement issues. You might not consider yourself a millennial, but you act like it.

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Re: Another major change no one is asking for

Thing is boltar, this change isn't made for you, it is made for the people writing and maintaining X and applications using X. They don't like it. They want to do different things. They went and did different things.

This isn't revolutionary, X has been wanted to be rewritten by the people who write and maintain X since before Xorg even existed. In fact, the existence of Xorg was a necessary step before replacing the parts of X that needed replacing, splitting the monolith into smaller packages.

So, you don't need to use this new stuff. You can do almost whatever the hell you want; the one thing you can't do is wail and cry because the feature you want is not in the new stuff; the people interested in writing the new stuff are not interested in that feature. They aren't particularly interested in what you want. They rewrote it because of what they want.

You've already been annoyed by someone saying "go off and write it if you want it"; it's not necessary to go that far, simply find other people who are interested in the feature that you want and go from there. Continue using X if you so desire.

Just stop whining like a little child; your toys are still in your pram, this is a new pram that you can choose to put your toys in. Or not. Whatever. Just stop whining.

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I haven't [..] had any apps that won't work.

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I like to use Redshift or f.lux to tint-shift my screen at night as I find that much easier on my eyes. Neither application seems to work under Wayland

Er.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Road site test?

"Whoops, here's me accident'ly trippin' up, oo, dis is me grabbin' a statchoo for support, oh, der arm have come right off.. and what is dis white powder I sees here with my eyes accident'ly spillin' on der floor?"

He licked a finger and gingerly tasted the stuff. "Slab," he growled..

"Did I just lick dis?" he said

"Er, yes.." said Carrot

"T'ank goodness for dat, 'd hate to believe dis room was really fully of giant hairy spide.... weeble weeble sclup..."

Aaah, if only our police were still like the City Watch :/

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