* Posts by Notas Badoff

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Re: Well, if it is pure discrimination

What do you think the "HR" in "HR 158" signifies? Maybe the import of the sentence "The changes that so concern Collison hail from rules implemented during the Obama administration." escapes you? Congress writes the laws that the administration then has the duty to 'implement'.

The "pass a law and I won't do it" stunts didn't have much chance before (perhaps) the current administration. Recently, around 85% of appointed executive branch positions still weren't filled. Maybe the tweeter will be able to plead 'inability' to implement laws he doesn't like? Is that a strategy?

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: And some banks are starting to use

And so engage the bank spokes-organ in a minute or two of conversation ending with the question "do you bank here also?". Then ask if they know the famous quote by Richelieu, mentioning that that now equates to roughly a minutes conversation.

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MEYER! SUES! YAHOO!

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Re: Well Played

Me, I was ready to suggest they change the title to

MEYER! SUES! YAHOO! !!

but now I see it should have been

MEYER! SUES! YAHOO! ?!

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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

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Re: Six week release cycles... (Yay!)

The argument for fast cycling is well-served by example of the new CSS Grid feature. Even the industry was amazed that all the browsers ('cept Edge of course) implemented Grid support within one month of the specification becoming a recommendation. Instead of the usual uncertainty "when will we be able to use it?", support was turned on "in an instant" and was available last month! Poof! ('cept MS of course).

Apart from the other, visible missteps by the browser developers, supporting progress quickly on standards is very very nice.

BTW: I suspect the browser people laid appropriate emphasis on getting CSS Grid out there partly from embarrassment over how badly CSS Flexbox faired. Not all standards are equally useful. :-(

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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: term limits

People who use the internet voted for this guy 19 times. I really think it should become a 'thing' for election districts to be shamed by what their representatives do. "Milwaukee doesn't want you to have privacy."

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UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors

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Simples

Enable the Javascript API only when the browser is active and the particular tab is active. Just like the browsers are now throttling Javascript execution within hidden tabs to save battery. APIs are implemented within the browsers, so the browsers must add on the needed security considerations.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Re: I like agile

Wanted to give you an up-vote as "velocity" vs. "speed" is exactly the sleight of hand that infuriates me. We do want eventual progress achieved, as in "distance towards goal in mind", right?

Unfortunately my reading the definitions and checking around leads me to think that you've got the words 'speed' and 'velocity' reversed above. Where's that nit-picker's icon....

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

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Re: Somthing wrong with those numbers

Looked at PDF and that's the numbers! Huawei not terribly unhappy I think. Grasping IP company very unhappy I hope.

Please reassign this judge to family court. Mommy and Daddy want to argue over monetary sillys? Pittance for you and pittance for you and court ordered trust fund for kids education contributed to (heavily) by both combatants. No "scoring points" with this judge!

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

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Can Canada sue?

A question I have is how many flights from distant lands first land in USA before then allowing passengers to connect to flights to Canada, Mexico, South America, etc. If there is consistent heavy pressure against every furiner, even transiting ones, then there are only two avenues open for response. The Canadians could start requiring airlines to have direct flights to Canadian airports. Or the Canadian could bring action against the USA for imposing a blockade on air travel.

If you can't get to a country without going through another imposing onerous roadblocks, what do you do?

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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Side effects

And here I was going to congratulate you at how your background processing somehow made FireFox run more smoothly, using much less CPU.... Oh dear, why is it running better?? An April Fools trick by Mozilla?

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Cisco reports bug disclosed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump

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Internal documentation - If it reads like a joke...

fix that component!

This is one of those functional results from having all processes documented that no one credits. First you have to have someone research/investigate and write it all down. At that point some quiet words might be had, resulting in an updated release. Else during the documentation review with at least one warm-brained tech in attendance there might be a burst of laughter, and a change order. Otherwise, when the code/mental defect is eventually found, the words aren't quiet and nobody is laughing.

Who's looking for the "apocryphal stories" in your company?

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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Foresight

Somehow I think it is a 'likely' that this judge has never been further east than Martha's Vineyard. Nor will they ever.

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Bots... bots who need data / Are the luckiest bots in the world

The Chinese bot creating 100s of articles undoubtedly was just massaging the masses of data about Olympic events, competitors, times, rankings, etc. into easily scannable tables and lists. Wu-hu bot!

Contrast that with economics numbers. Even more voluminous and impenetrable. You could format it for display however you like, but that isn't really going to help anyone read it except for some economists. You need analysis of complex interrelated data, and with respect to higher-level understanding of how all the relationships affect each other, before the meaning of developments becomes clear(er).

Simply spewing a larger quantity of data about car crashes, pistachio prices, murders and missing cats is not going to inform people. It is going to leave more confusion in its wake. Which is going to allow every motivated blogger and radio personality to fill the gap with their own self-serving analyses.

More real data without valid neutral interpretation at the source will expand fake news.

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... We're ... People who need people in the world (Send them your love)

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Not money... patents go poof

For every stupid patent challenged as invalid and found so, the sponsor of the challenge gets to take away / invalidate / noop one other patent - their choice of which one.

Is some patent costing your company a gold ingot a year in licensing fees? Find another, indefensible patent from the predatory company, challenge and win, and you get to invalidate their pot of gold!

Now that would make a real patent war! Bwahaha!

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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Terminology

I'll add these exciting new terms to my educational materials. Double thanks!

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

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Blame culture

Thing is, if nothing had been done, and then said cretin *had* done something, everybody would have been screaming for even *more* heads in government and police services.

"You should have done something about such an obvious threat!!" "How could you ignore those death threats?!!" "What does radicalised mean to you!??!"

If he does something, blame the police and judges. If he "did nothing", blame the police and judges.

Society has a "kick me" sign pinned on back.

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People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

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Bot are not people, people are sometimes their bots

There is a portion of people writing/guiding bots that are attracted to it for reasons that also should disqualify them from actually running them. Excessively precise and sure of themselves, they can easily maul texts and overrun anyone's ability to oversee exactly what they are doing.

In any collective exercise, the people who can not play well with others simply must be excused from having to do so. I've seen at least two obsessive bot drivers banned from WP in the last 2 years. In spite of all good they had done the project, they finally convinced everyone that they couldn't be trusted to listen to *anyone* else.

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KCL external review blames whole IT team for mega-outage, leaves managers unshamed

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CYA via documentation

"never been backed up on tape due to capacity constraints and the potential impact of this was never communicated to the College, ..." (they said...)

Remember that summaries of hallway/meeting conversations should be emailed to relevant fellows and highers. When your worries are not translated into effective remedies - for *years* - people will not volunteer that ole Ned said this would all end in tears back when. And print out a copy if your email about storage mentioned "losing everything!"

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: Trips

An organization I belong to normally alternates conferences yearly between US and either Europe/Asia. Because of a great hosting proposal for last year, the last two years were non-US. Surprises abound, as suddenly this year's conference will now be in Spain. Spain as a better site for religious tolerance blows my mind, but fits the times.

I'm not sure this organization *can* ever again be hosted in the US. And I think the US might not notice, tolerance passé, more's the pity.

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Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU

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Closed silos or closed minds, ...

... same problem. Corporate says you can't look at other people's implementations lest we get sued. The self-confident say the standards docs are all I need to code this easy protocol. Only later do they look at other implementations and realize they didn't know the half of it.

If you are coding for you - only - go ahead and ignore the rest of the world's experiences. If you are coding for others, for correctness, or for the long-term, consult at least a few other implementations to find the corner cases you never would have thought of in a thousand years.

The last three times Apple has screwed up a date/time transition or computation proved that they never thought to check non-Apple sources. Almost anybody else's code would have opened their eyes.

Whether you find the language disagreeable or not, if you doubt the utility of checking the second oldest continually maintained network protocol libraries, on CPAN, you're being [[see title]].

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Career limiting?

Yes, but not as you thought of.

Consider that he might have had a booth there and was interviewing people for employment in his local business.

Now would the attendees of said careers fair want to be employed in an IT career anywhere near that locality? Really really great when the local Chamber of Commerce torpedoes future local commerce. *That* is the aspect that should be blown up in local newspapers!

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

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"It's a social project, ..."

Open Source is people. Hence the difficulties, and the victories.

Open Source is not about being fettered by corporate, rather it is about being self-harnessed and self-directed towards common goals together with others of like mind.

Think of a couple of open source projects you use - most likely the contributors have shifted around greatly over time, with others coming in to infuse new oomph and ideas every so often. This is a hidden strength of open source projects. I'm thinking of two where the original developers haven't been heard from for more than a decade, but the code is maintained and expanded by what is perhaps the 4th generation now. (And, yes, it's a small %age of new projects with lots of counter examples - no panaceas here)

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Compare and contrast

Phil Gramm: Bankers are smart people. They know what they are doing.*

Bruce Schneier: We're going to have to have regulations because this is important.

One argued we didn't need to regulate because we should just trust the smart people. Then 2008. And we still don't regulate those actors.

The latter says the implications of trust without verification are unthinkable. Because of the dangers to society, etc.

Oh, I don't know. Let's roll the dice. What could go wrong?

* BTW: I can't find the original quote easily anymore. In this era of fake news it is very disturbing that real life can disappear.

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ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

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Spooky!

I thought I was buying a motherboard, not an Ouija board...

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

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Re: It's Like The Tide...

"It is perfectly impossible for me to control my Bangalore remote team from Newmarket, it is only possible to control my Bangalore remote team from Cambridge..."

^ THIS ^

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

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Re: Expertise

You forgot the joke icon...

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China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry

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Re: okay, but...

Goals, goals, goals. But first, the most important goal:

"To get rich is glorious!" (致富光荣)

That is, before the goals you want, we must enrich the country by enriching the people. Once they have entrenched the yuan as the dominant world currency, then they can bestow beneficence on citizen and world alike.

(If you looked at world history, and with a long view, seeing the successes/failures and importantly the misdirected/mistimed efforts, in what order would you implement development, diplomacy, democracy, beneficence? And I think that is why the majority of Chinese aren't too vocal about direction - they are going along with "A rising tide floats all junks." I haven't seen too many missteps since Mao. Lots of face stomping, but not development missteps.)

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Pentagon anti-missile-on-missile test actually WORKS, for once

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Re: Good news or bad news?

Being able to stop one or two ICBMs from North Korea will definitely please a few constituencies, yes? Letting NK know that they are impotent and have no bargaining power except how many of their people they can starve this year ... is useful, and for everybody.

One can only imagine the polite language exchanged between China and US if in a fit of pique NK tries out their new stick. "Would you like to be the first through the door labelled 'Juche' or should we?" Somehow I think the closer bordering power would be pretty damned quick through that door.

How strange a situation: that China has fostered Kim's Bunion for all these years, forcing everyone to work towards relieving the induced anxiety, including work on interceptors, and now that same poxy stepchild is reason enough for *China* to need missile interceptors.

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USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

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I'm at the wrong end of the telescope

I had been mulling over something repeatedly read, about how some manufacturing or assembly is moving back to first-world countries because of shipping. Hadn't really understood this, until unloading the clothes washer this morning, with its proud "made in <homeland>" label.

When the size of a widget exceeds some factor of profit margin it will be much smarter to move the assembly, perhaps some of the manufacturing, of the widget closer to the market area. But if the size is 'small', go Laotian.

Cross-ocean shipping something that is 20,000 to a container can be justified even at low margins. A different widget at 200 to a container would need stunning margins.

So the wall-to-wall carpet will likely be manufactured locally. The furniture will be shipped knocked-down and assembled locally. The house will be mostly manufactured locally. Only the concrete driveway will be (proudly!) manufactured and assembled locally.

The electronics are from Asia. The artwork is from Italy. Only the paperwork and weather will forever be local. (sigh)

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New York to draft in 250 IT contractors because state staff 'lack talent'

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Pay?

It will be very interesting, after they have filled all the positions, to find out the relative pay scales of 'civil' vs 'able' servants. Is it possible that they've not been attracting the 'able' because they've been paying below scale?

I just hate it when the 'fix' is to throw lots of money at a problem - temporarily - when the real fix would have been to throw a bit more money at the problem all along. "But we had to now!" versus "I guess we should have back then..."

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Less is more?

If the best antivirus product is the one least bad, are they any good?

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Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

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Re: HOLY CRAP!

You think we don't remember certain people blaming Obama for the state of the economy before inauguration day?

I remember years of the GOP deflecting everything negative as "That's old news." They stopped when everyone realized how often and how reflexively they said it. I fear the day will be soon that the GOP resurrects it in its new form "That's old lies."

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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Python 2.71828

I'm not surprised at continuing resistance to Python 3. My first and last experience of interacting with Python folk was receiving multiple repetitions of "why would you want to do that?", with variously emphasized sarcasms, all to one question where I needed to emulate data handling of a non-Python-invented format.

They simply were *against* anything externally derived. These are not the iconoclasts you were looking for.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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This divorce is a complete shock - they seemed so *right* for each other!

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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Re: An ElReg-worthy sample

'archiving'. Some talk page sections are archived in two weeks or less. Otherwise the talk pages grow until they can't be loaded into some browsers.

The history of Israel talk page has 4 archives of 69 sections total. Want to look again?

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Failed at finding fails

You'd think if someone wanted to write an attack piece they'd at least research it and find out "What was the worst event that best illustrated what can go wrong?" These are mere bon-mots.

User:Mantanmoreland

Eventually found out to be a stock market 'expert' who had been guarding against the concept of "naked short selling". It wasn't the sock puppets or the long-time sneaky edits to protect his articles, it was the way in which he was able to co-opt WP establishment figures to defend him. Years went by, with multiple other users blocked, but defended by luminaries he continued. Most definitely including Wales himself, who knew the user personally.

It was only when several people accumulated inconvertible, though circumstantial, evidence of exactly who the editor was and what he had done, that the majority of users overwhelmingly forced the PTB to ban the user. Unfortunately because of the initial acrimonious dismissal of obvious facts by those powers, several users quit in shock and dismay. Wikipedia's best defenders were pilloried and rejected by Wikipedia!

It is this episode that best illustrates Wikipedia's greatest vulnerability - people can be played. (*and* the second greatest - failures are swept under the rug).

The author here has failed at this assignment, having only amputated a few of JW's toes and quite failed at a head shot.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Obvious action, non-obvious why not?

I may have missed previous discussions, but why isn't it made a requirement that financial and government sites (at the very least) reject new passwords on the top 100 list (with appropriately illuminating error messages), and probe for these and notify existing users that they've been 'unwise'.

I'd think any 'serious' site would get a respectful "...o..k..a..y, thanks" if they emailed users with "we don't want you to lose your hard-earned money/house/job, and we noticed an insecure password and would you please change that to a better password (and here's how)." The customer might up the company's clue rating/reputation. And any customer that would pitch a major fit, well, might they not be worth keeping as a customer?

(Implementation Tip: mention the whole undertaking in a PR announcement - anyone afterwards complaining to friends will get a "but why do you care, this doesn't apply to you, does it?")

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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Re: Anyone funding..

... will warm a 20mq ("metro quadro" == "square meter") by 2 to 3 degrees in one half-hour. And will 'warm' for 5 hours. That's all I can find about "how much" heating it does.

*Remarkably* meagre on the details of how much warmth you can get out of the thing. Like, after two hours how much warmer will the room be? Absent the owner shuffling about in coat/gloves/hat and energetically muttering "why am I still freezing?" which will likely warm the room much more than one of these.

Buy a 10-pack!

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Dell EMC lifts the post-acquisition axe, swings

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"... and required to maintain profits."

"... and required to attain the profits as promised in the prospectus given to investors justifying the buyout/takeover/merger."

Not that anything in said prospectus was originally based on realities, but now that they've gotten the money and closed the deal, they've got to pretend they know how to get to that endpoint.

Your blood on the swords shows they are "serious business people" (and therefore can't be blamed in the future for unexpected reverses (see 'reality')).

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Was it delicious served cold?

"... but I would therefore have three suggestions as to how the situation might be rectified: ..." I see "publish an apology and retraction", and I see "BBC could publish another article" ...

What was his third suggestion? Oh I do wonder...

Was it unprintable, though "... things that come in threes are funnier, more satisfying, or more effective"?

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

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I love the smell of ...

Polaroids in the morning, afternoon and evening. Oh, and the lovely sounds. Snap! whirrrrrr.... gotcha!

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Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak

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Re: Protomac

Not a neologism, just a typo, quite missing knowledge of the locally prominent river. Google would have sufficed, but then so would looking at the pictured documents. (sigh)

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NASA explains how 'Spiders' grow on Mars

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News flash!

"The Register will happily follow up on this story after such a period has expired."

Bzzrt! This just in! Simon Sharwood IV reporting to you, live from Valles Marineris, on this latest blow...

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Lying so-and-so's

China: the communist government using capitalist methods to fund an aggressive modern military to impose hegemony as legitimated by imperial maps.

The idea of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" rises again not even a 100 years later. Just... this time it is the Chinese giving all and sundry the benefits thereof.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: no way to get away with it anyway

"... how did it take the Reg so long ..."

Umm, you forgot to send them a message? Contacts, news desk... Works for me.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Look at that...

"It's an issue I'm pretty passionate about."

That boner is quite large there, a'yep.

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Gravity attracts dense matter

"We’ve found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way."

Oh that's going to help! Hmm, these three people didn't share the article. Ahh, this person shared it with 100 of their friends, who shared it with 20 of their friends, so it's just fine. "Obama confesses: Hillary's tail is longer and blacker!"

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Robes?

Ooo, ooo, my new password! aDarth'trator I'll get respect! Thank you!

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

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Re: Bias or not

Friend of a friend has a friend that insisted everyone must vote for Trump to bring on the Apocalypse. Because, y'no, the Trumpets of Doom. It was foretold! No, really. And it wasn't her idea to begin with.

(As much as possible I hide even the tenuous connection I have with Alabama.)

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RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

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