* Posts by Rattus Rattus

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: I ain't Spartacus

The only true doughnut is the cinnamon-dusted ring (shaddup). All those iced or jam-filled... things are mere cakes and no doughnut at all!

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Most of the appeal of GoT

"Most of the appeal of GoT is the scheming and intrigue, lifted from European history. Until the most recent series, the fantasy elements have sat on the periphery"

Which I guess is why it turned out boring as shite and I ended up dumping it after a couple of seasons. No I don't care who's screwing who or whose family has a ten generations old rivalry with another. I want magic blowing shit up and dragons setting fire to things.

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Re: love-interest for Treebeard

Well the Entwives are long gone. Are there any Entmistresses?

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Re: What would be the plot?

A series focusing on the fall on Númenor and the beginning of the Second Age could be interesting. So could many of the individual stories in the Silmarillion.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Re: "Fox News [...] no longer cares about the truth"

Are you implying they ever did?

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Re: Policy for Future American Leadership in Space

Bob you clearly have no idea what socialism even is.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Can I vote for Consider Phlebus

I'd prefer Excession myself, or The Player of Games, but I agree Consider Phlebas would be pretty amazing on the big screen.

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: What "would you do if you found a baby had just fallen on street?"

I hope he has a spare knackwurst to hide it in.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

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Re: Being logical and reasonable is no guarantee of being right

There was nothing "socialist" in Nazi policies, they were a fascist organisation.

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: Reasons to be cheerful

For some reason it's been pushing me for the last month to install the damn thing. I'm definitely not a MS Insider, and I don't want the damn thing at all!

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: "Dude, there is no irony if your assessment of Trump is inaccurate"

That's a DAMN big "if".

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

So I need to set "Defer" to "Off" to make Windows stop nagging me to install a pointless update that I really don't want?

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: I don't get it...

Apparently it's not even popular, and a very large proportion of the harvest simply ends up being processed into pet food. I think Japan's continued insistence on whaling has more to do with resistance to being told what to do by "the west" than for any genuine desire to continue the industry.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: Microsoft account is your Windows login

Mine isn't. I told Windows to get stuffed every time it tried to tell me I should create a Microsoft account instead of a local one, and every time it said I should "upgrade" to one. This means I cannot use Windows Store apps, so it's a win-win really.

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Re: Beer into water

I can convert beer into Fosters.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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Re: Defense Mechanism?

I have only been able to find documentary evidence showing that cabbages roamed in packs.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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Re: Worst Way Possible

I may vehemently disagree with the vast majority of Bob's posts but on occasion, like this one, he hits it out of the park.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ruddy Hastings

"Who the hell is this mystical enemy that she has suddenly invented?"

The public.

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

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Re: NO gas molecule can capture, store, redirect or amplify radiant energy photons....

Is AMFM breeding?

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Re: There's a fix for this

No need for optical counting machines anyway. No need for machines at all. Vote the way we still do it here in Australia: Use a pencil to mark the box next to your candidate on a paper ballot and count them by hand, supervised by officials and representatives of all major parties.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: "how can we tell, objectively, what is or is not a stereotype?"

Easy. A stereotype is Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, etc.

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I have an idea that is fairer, simpler to enforce, and will be welcomed by a much wider spectrum of society: Ban ALL advertising.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Indeed, Greedo didn't "fail at shooting" Han. He simply talked too long, allowing Han the time to unclip his blaster and shoot Greedo while he was still gloating.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Hans Solo

From the much under-appreciated Swedish remake.

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Re: "Miss Marple played by Brian Blessed"

I was unaware until now just how much I want to see this.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Arrakis....

@Pedigree-Pete

Actually, to be really pedantic, Arrakis DID have water like that before the sandtrout were introduced. They locked away all the water so they could safely grow into the sandworms.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Young'uns technically illiterate, don't know how to get high audio quality music for free

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"You wouldn't bill me every time I take a book off my shelf"

Wouldn't they fuck. If they could work out a way to do it then you bet your ass they would.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: Sir Tim is 62

"Former users of dial-up internet will remember when still images could be imperfectly rendered in a second or two, and then would sharpen with time"

Or even present-day users of Telstra broadband.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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@Ramazan

Knights of Sidonia

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

Planetes

Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Martian Successor Nadesico

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Damnit

Why can't I just put away my ethics and become rich selling shit to idiots?

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: "Extremists"

Which particular extremist were you referring to? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? If you were referring to Bernie Sanders, I should remind you that his views were actually pretty centrist. In fact he could have been any NuLabour candidate, and he wouldn't have been too far out of place even among the Tories.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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That's basically the exact same plan

as I used in Kerbal Space Program to put a crew on Laythe and bring them home again.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: there's a time and place

Tch, there's ALWAYS a time for creationism-bashing. Just like there is for any other wilful refusal to accept evidence, such as the failures of neoliberalism.

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: the genii has been out of the bottle for DECADES

It's nothing like gun laws you tard.

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Curiosity drills into the watery origins of Mars

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Maybe I'm not understanding magnetite here...

But oxidised AND reduced? Isn't one the opposite of the other?

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Re: "It's way past time to go after the paymasters of ISIS and radical Islam - the Saudi's ..."

Oh, of course it will be a disaster. It's just amazing they have not tried.

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Re: "It's way past time to go after the paymasters of ISIS and radical Islam - the Saudi's ..."

Re "lake of oil"

Then isn't it about time for America to Bring Freedom to the Saudis?

(and their oil)

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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Re: To be fair...

あらあら、すごいですね

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Not Maetric not interested

Re: "the only thing the US got out of that exercise was a 2 liter bottle of Coke. Why?"

Because the US is filled with reactionary conservatives who are terrified at any sort of advancement and fight any kind of change. This is why the US is slowly surrendering its global superpower status to China.

Also, "litre" goddamnit. Like in every other English speaking country, including Canada.

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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Re: Allo Allo

Still stands up well, I binged the entire five years' worth a year or two back followed by Yes Minister. Though now, my episodes with dinner are mostly anime and Japanese comedies.

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DRM-free MKVs...

...tend to "Just Work."

Just sayin', y'know? Not implying anything or recommending any courses of action that may not be approved of by the technical architects of your access control misery. Just a simple observation.

Re "integrated home entertainment system with a single access point" - Intel Compute Stick mk 2 and a ten dollar air mouse off eBay with a keyboard built into the underside. Runs full-fat Windows on an Atom CPU so you could probably put a Linux on there if you wanted. Works great as a HTPC and cost me two hundred worthless Australian dollars so you could probably pick one up for loose change.

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Industrial Light & Magic

General Atomics has to have come pretty close though.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Why do I get the feeling

we're going to end up with "Stoptheboats" and "Muslimsgohome"?

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Warm, wet, mysterious... sound familiar? Ah, yes, you've heard of this second Neptune, too

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Re: "less than 10 entities in a single environment"

*twitch*

Fewer than.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: Why Do They Persist....

@Shadmeister

Well to be fair, I have, just once. I normally use ad blockers and script blockers of course, but I don't mind disabling them on certain specific sites that I use frequently, don't have intrusive ads, and ads are their primary way of paying the bills. One of these sites which I use for anime related content once had a (static, no-audio, non-intrusive) sidebar ad for a figurine of a character I really liked from a show I enjoyed. It was affordable, and I liked it. So, this one particular time I clicked the ad and made a purchase. I guess advertising that is relevant, non-intrusive, and respectful of the audience can occasionally work. What a pity that the vast majority of advertising doesn't even fulfil a single one of these criteria let alone all three.

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

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Fraud education in the national curriculum?

What's that going to do to voting patterns in a decade or two?

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Re: ? Do what the fsck u like.

@jake - "An' it harm none, do what ye will."

This may not apply to you, but most people who quote that think the second part means "do what you want". That is in fact not the case, it actually means you should identify your "will", that is the goals you wish to achieve in life, and act in accordance with that.

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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Re: In five years we could have Triage AI

@Charles 9 - "and can frequently need ALL of the surgeon's senses to avoid mistakes"

I'm not sure I want to be part of an operation that requires a surgeon's sense of taste.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

Some are, some aren't. What I am saying, however, is that "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" is generally the favoured phrase of authoritarian right wing groups as they seek to give ever more power to their jackbooted thugs.

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