* Posts by Arctic fox

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: Dave Clark and four passengers

Thanks Paul and Tom that was extremely funny. Glad to see (from the upvotes) that there are at least some members of our little congregation here at El Reg who are as old as I am!

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

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Oh the hell with it - I'll post it and hope that Vulture Central does not send a hit squad.

There was a young man called McLean

Who invented a f**king machine.

Concave or convex,

It would fit either sex,

And was perfectly simple to clean.

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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@Dave 126 Re"...but I suspect most of us here are the type to wait a few months......"

Indeed. I in fact waited until just before the launch of the SP4 before I bought myself and La Señora a pair of SP3s! Have not regretted the purchase for a moment. We have (thankfully) been spared the battery/sleep issues and both devices have done sterling service for almost 2 years now and suit our user case admirably. You are of course correct with regard to your point about the effect on the lazy greedy barstewards OEMs given several of the devices now being emitted by HP, Dell and Lenovo (for example) showing more imagination and quality than we have ever before seen from that bunch. The improvement in what is available for Linux aficionados is also, of course, to be welcomed - variety and genuine innovation is after all what serves the consumer best.

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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@Dave 126 Re: "I was referring to a mature tech........."

I agree in fact with much of what you say. However, in this particular context, given that governments very rarely relax laws and are far more inclined to tighten them up, it is likely to be a very long time indeed before you or I will be allowed to use an autonomous vehicle whilst plastered.

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"...................car could reverse the decline of the country pub."

One of the factors that contributes to decline of the country pub is the (quite rightly) strict rules with regard to drinking and driving. I doubt very much that those laws will be relaxed for self-driving vehicles, particularly since the putative driver must be ready to take over control if the automatic systems require it.

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: "Perhaps it's just resting then."

Uranus is pining for the fjords?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

Point 1.

Here on El Reg one cannot possibly argue that Microsoft's sins get a free pass. Just look at any thread connected to any article at all concerning what Redmond are doing.

Point 2.

Have you forgotten how the EU regulators reacted when Microsoft fucked up with regard to their agreement over how browser choice should be presented within the European market? Redmond got slapped (deservedly) with an enormous fine.

Point 3.

Your post was irrelevant "whataboutery".

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Re: "Well, as most of the larger internet companies are US based...."

If the US security obsessives have their way and all such companies have to report home to Uncle Sam whenever the NSA, FBI, CIA and Homeland Security et al want them to that unique dominance of a multibillion dollar industry is going to go down the flusher in no time flat. However, of course you are quite right about the current situation. Any attempt (currently) to claim that these poor American corporates are being unfairly picked on is risible. They are the largest part of the market - until the barking wing of the US politics and security apparatus destroys it of course.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: "At this point in time it’s hard to tell who really did it."

I agree. Indeed the more I read of this developing story the more I begin to detect the smell of something being cooked up because they (whoever "they" are) want it to be so. Whilst it is entirely possible that the Russians were behind this it is also equally possible (given the complete lack of independantly verifiable evidence) that this is partly at least being cooked up by certain groupings in Washington who have a strong political interest in hanging this one around Putin's neck. There is something about this entire story that leaves me very suspicious about what in reality is going on here.

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Swiss super pushes USA off podium in new Top500 Supers list

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I have to smile. I am of a "certain age" and I find the idea that .....

.........."the wimpiest machine on the June 2017 TOP500 list, down in 500th place, is operated by an unnamed Chinese internet company and runs 110,000 Xeon E5-2609V2 4C cores at 2.5GHz, for a total 432.2 TFLOPS" is utterly amazing. Amazing in the sense of how far we have come in recent decades. It really is quite extraordinary to see how computing power has grown. See icon.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Indeed AC............

..................."As opposed to the "strong and stable" strategy that tried to cast the Labour leadership as terrorist sympathisers, both current and historic."

Then after fucking up in this election big time they are now trying to get into bed with the political wing of the banned UDA and UVF in order to preserve some kind of majority. Their hypocrisy in attacking Corbyn for talking to Sinn Fein about a peaceful way forward a couple of decades or more ago when he was followed thereafter by John Major and then Tony Blair (respect to them both in this particular context regardless of my political disagreements with both of them in other areas) is nauseating. The Tories are putting at risk the entire peace process in NI just to preserve their nasty political arses.

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Ex-Waymo engineer pleads the 5th in ongoing Uber law fight

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Let me see.

Uber is involved and somebody had just "pleaded the 5th". Why am I totally unsurprised? See icon.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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@ Pen-y-gors Re:".....by letting people have several careers during those years...."

Indeed Pen-y-gors but this comes back to my original point. How will people have such careers if employers are not interested in anyone past a certain age? The only way we can tackle this (and it is a crucial issue for society) is to outlaw age discrimination explicitly. We cannot cope with these challenges if employers continue with their foul attitudes towards older workers. That they are shooting themselves and society in the foot at one and the same time is something that they appear to be blissfully ignorant of. We cannot continue in this way if we are going to tackle these issues. The ever increasing numbers of older workers who could work, if given the chance, who society cannot in the long term support on pensions at the age concerned present an economic challenge that we have to tackle. The reality is that we have to take the employers warmly by the throat and make it clear that they do not have a choice. Otherwise the options are terrifying for both society itself and anyone over a "certain age".

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This is all very well, but........

What are governments going to do about employers being very unwilling to employ anyone over fifty if they can avoid? Employment discrimination against older workers is a very widespread phenomenon. If you loose your job when you are in your fifties your chances of ever being employed again are much worse than for younger People.

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Senators want FBI to vet FCC's 'cyberattack' claims

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"As one US citizen who posted my personal beliefs"

No doubt you thought that as an US citizen you were being smart by using the expression "bollocks and bimbos". You perhaps thought that throwing in the British English expression "bollocks" added something to your snide remarks. The only problem with that is that you cannot use the word "bollocks" as a noun referring to males in the same way that one can (if one is a tosser) use the word "bimbo" to refer to females. To illustrate correct usage of the word "bollocks" I will point out that bollocks was precisely what you posted.

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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What can one say other than........

....dear God in heaven, the FaceTard as president? The Trumpkin is bad enough - I don't think that I can cope with any more of this. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!! My eyes are bleeding........

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Re "Breastfeeding gets deleted but self harm, gore and murder is OK?"

Now, now old chap did you not read this bit?

"but will take the video down if "there's no longer an opportunity to help the person".

They will clearly take the vid down once the perp has finished topping him/herself or someone else, so that's alright then hmm? *

*My sarcasm is directed against FarceBook and not you. :)

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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@TVU Re: "I guess all that's happened is that the market is saturated...."

Indeed it is. It is also interesting that despite what the analysts are quoted as saying in this article* the smartphone market in the West has been showing something of the same symptoms for about a year or so now. Even Apple's money machine the iPhone is now delivering less than stellar sales figures in comparison to the relatively recent past. The only form of retail tech that is showing growth at the moment AFAIK is the market in 2-in-1s. The process of commoditization followed by decline started something under a decade or so ago in the pc market, continued with tablets and is now spreading to the phone market. The take home message appears to be that there is no hiding place for the producers unless they innovate. I do not believe that it is a coincidence that the only market sector showing growth at this time is in the area of highly mobile multifunction 2-in-1 PCs given that it is the only current area of tech where there is any innovation** that the customer feels is delivering something they want/need.

*"We continue to believe the leading driver for this was the increased dependency on smartphones, along with rather minimal technology and form factor progression."

**Apart from VR of course and the jury as far as how that will develop in the market place is still very definitely out.

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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There is something about this company that reminds me of something.

Something that could and should be prosecuted under the RICO act.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Re: "I reckon it could do with dropping the "are"............

.................. to make the subheading scan properly..."

It would indeed make it scan better but what about the grammar? What am I saying? Since when did Reggie's subbies bother about grammar?

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Just when you think that it cannot get any worse at Uber........

..........we read something like this. 2Nick3 in his response to one poster's concerns about false allegations from a disgruntled customer where he writes "I would drive right to the nearest police station and ask to be sobriety tested" is of course entirely correct. The police will cooperate because they also want to be certain that the driver is sober.

On a separate issue the subbing was highly entertaining:

"Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious.....

This app maker's policies are something quite atrocious"

Thumbs up for the Mary Poppins reference - that brings back childhood memories!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pu1adxqUAg

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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@Timmy B Re: Hillarious

Entirely agree. In the "prehistoric days" before Google and FarceBook it was the case that, in the UK at least, the Dirty Digger and News International in the form of the late and unlamented "News of the Screws" and the still extant "Soar away Sun" had a near monopoly on fake news. They specialised in it in fact as anyone who followed what happened at the News of the World is entirely familiar with. That we are in a whole new paradigm where the likes of FarceBook, Shitter and Slurps R' Us (no not Win 10 in this case although that is bad enough, we are talking master class slurping here and that is Google) enable broadcasting of this shit in nanoseconds over the entire face the planet does not change the fact that anyone from NI should keep their mouth tightly shut.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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I had to read this bit twice to get my head round it.

"Opening the door to fire the cannon pulls the aircraft off-target"

Aren't aircraft designers supposed to know about things like drag coefficients? I mean that the way the landing flaps work (or rather how they work) might suggest that suddenly opening the door to the gun bay might have an effect on the aircraft's behaviour in flight?

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

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One of the few occasions when you will hear one of these coporate big dicks quoting Marx...

.......is when they refer to his comment about "the creative destruction of capitalism." Unfortunately the reality is that they only get the "destruction" bit. They destroy jobs, trade and shareholder value and because of their stranglehold over the current version of capitalism they get handsomely rewarded for their destructive ego waving. It should be no surprise to anyone that sociopaths frequently choose careers in managment. In another existence Norman Bates would have been the CEO of a large Corporation rather than running a small motel.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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@Mark 85 Re: "In WWII, they called it "combat fatigue"."

It is possible that what they called it in WWI is even more appropriate in this context. "Shell shock"

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Next few weeks....

Let me see now. The thread has absolutely nothing to do with M*******t at all in any way shape or form and yet you post a anti-Redmond hateboi howl. Your name is -redacted- and I claim my five pounds.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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That was absolutely amazing!

"Good advice for HO staffers and everyone else too. Nobody gives a rat's ass about your whining. You're wasting your time and asking for trouble."

One of the best send-ups of a Trump tweet that I have seen so far. What, you meant it? Oh dear.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Sometimes a quote can really make you cross-eyed.

A spokesperson for the modern Republican party said:

"It is another sad reminder of just how extreme the Democrat party and their liberal allies are becoming."

It is not often that I make use of a biblical quotation but on this occasion the following from the King James version is spot on:

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

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Microsoft wants you to plan a new generation of legacy systems

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@Duncan Macdonald Re: Factory automation

Well done. A thoughtful and intelligent comment instead of the all too usual anti-Redmond hateboi auto-howling. It is precisely in that area where that type of "insurance" is in fact worthwhile. In one of our laboratories we had (it has now after many many years loyal service gone to the great scrapyard in the sky) a high pressure liquid chromatography rig that would have cost an arm and a leg to replace, was still doing sterling service and did not need networking. As a result it ran with Win2k Pro (I kid you not) for its entire service. However, our new one needs networking and the extra 6 years support would be highly worthwhile. There is an significant area (as you point out) where keeping the OS going for an extra 6 years would in fact be a significant advantage. Although of course in other circumstances that would not be the case.

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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"It does catch fire in contact with water."

Indeed it does. However, as is implicit in your opening comment, you would have to subject the battery container to significant damage under wet conditions before you had a serious problem. Lithium based batteries of the current generation are inherently significantly more vulnerable. Furthermore sodium is available in gigantic amounts from seawater and would be much much cheaper than lithium. The degree of environmental damage that lithium extraction causes (blowing up mountainsides and so on) would also be drastically reduced. I sincerely hope that this actually turns out to be something that comes to market.

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Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

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The hinge is in fact a point of interest contra the Surface Book for a very pratical reason.

If you wish to use a Surface Book in the «tent» position you have to first release the tablet section from the hinge, turn the tablet part round and reattach it to the keyboard dock. When you then wish to close the device again you have to detach it from the keyboard………… yes, I am sure you have got the picture. If you take a look at this link to “The Verge” you will see a picture series that appears to clearly show that this effort from Porsche Design can simply be flipped into the required position – a far more sensible arrangement IMHO.

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/27/14754142/porsche-design-book-one-release-mwc-2017

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Re: Not accidental

Indeed. However it is rather "special" that we have lawyers launching what are in practice analogues of DDoS attacks.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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@ Haefen "For them a company does not have to be profitable to be profitable to them."

A very good point Haefen. When companies finally realise that these "psycho-managers" actually damage them we may (possibly) see some changes. If of course, the senior managers of the company are not of the same ilk.

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Re: 2017 and male managers still consider this "appropriate" behavior with women staff?

I entirely agree. On a more general point one would have thought that any modern company would make it clear to its managers that good personal behaviour towards their subordinates is regarded as a key part of their abilities as a manager. That personally objectionable behaviour (regardless of its specific nature) towards members of staff who are junior to them will be regarded as a potential sacking offence regardless of how good they may or may not be at other aspects of their work. It is sadly a fact that the concept "human resources" is something that is honoured in the breach rather than the observance in all too many companies.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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@Dave 126 You get an upvote for that.

The image of some iFanboi in the bath scrubbing desperately at his corns with his iShiny almost reduced me to tears of laughter. See icon.

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Ladeez and Geeentlemen put your hands together for the Galaxy Note 7.

The gift that keeps on giving!

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Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

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Re: "Just doesn't happen."

Has not happened here at Arctic Fox Towers either. Both La Señora and I run Surface Pro 3s running Win 10 Pro and use Firefox as our default browser. The behaviour that Andrew describes in the context of Vivaldi simply does not happen here. What the issue is I do not know the implication that this is some kind deliberate try-on against third party browsers does not accord with our experience.

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

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@Kevin McMurtrie Re: " but competitors will pop up everywhere to take a cut."

It may in fact already be happening. Instagram "stories" appears to be beginning to take a significant bite out of Snapchat's lunch if what some of the "celebs" are saying about the change in how many are following them on which app is to be believed.

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This bot shorts stocks when Trump tweets (don't fret, the profit is used for good)

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@Colin Millar RE: "Paddy Power impeachment odds currently 11/4 first term"

Given that for him to realistically avoid impeachent in his first term he would have to keep his mouth shut for the next four years I would offer 4/11 odds on!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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@sikejsudjek The interesting thing is that the list of countries that the trumpkin finds.....

.............unacceptable does not include those muslim countries where his companies do business. Interesting form of selectivity that. If they are lining his pocket then they are not dangerous.

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Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

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@ cd / && rm -rf * Re: "Duh."

Indeed. Apart from anything else pushing out such updates on a Friday risks costing their customer companies even more (due to increased personal costs, weekend working (overtime payments of time off in lieu) and so forth) than the disruption would have cost them anyway. Sort of adding injury to insult (so to speak).

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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Sometimes I am left with a surreal feeling that I am not quite in the same universe as other people.

"suffer irreparable injury to their reputation and goodwill"

The Kardashians, pardon? How did they manage to write/say that whilst maintaining a straight face?

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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It has been very interesting reading this thread. There is one point I feel should be made:

He did not expect to win. He and his entire team look as if they are beginning to realise that they have a tiger by the tail and are terrified of letting go. They are ratcheting up the ante in a desperate attempt to keep away from the teeth at the other end. I do not give this administration more than two years at the outside. With regard to what may happen in those two years, God help us all.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

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"Social acceptability may not matter in conflict scenarios"

True. However, one might under certain circumstances in conflict scenarios wish to be able to conceal such enhancements.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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@Doctor Syntax and rhydian Re: "I've got a brand new combine harvester............

.......................and I'll give you the API key"

It would appear that I read the reference as referring to the original song rather than the humorous cover provided by The Wurzels - Combine Harvester (Brand New Key). Quite clearly my bad.

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"I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key"

Very witty reference. Melanie Safka's "Brand New Key". The obligatory You-Tube link? Naturally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5LzOlNZPCc

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Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

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@Wonko The Sane "To do that I'd have to have started using it. Upvoted anyway"

You and me both. :)

Furthermore, from the article:

"Whether or not the ban was over a copyright kerfuffle, the Kafkaesque stone-walling is not a great look for a social network that's used by more than a billion people and wields unprecedented power over the media and populations. Facebook declined to comment when poked by El Reg last night.®"

Is it not hilarious that when it comes to stonewalling legitimate questions FarceBook manages to out-Kremlin the Kremlin? Indeed in a contest to treat your "voters/customers" with studied contempt I am not sure who would win, Vladimir Putin or Mark Zuckerberg.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Plausible

She cannot be bothered to be remotely honest: "Her logic, she said, was that UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders". Voted overwhelmingly? What was the difference between the "leavers" and "remainers" - a few percentage points? That does of course not in any way change the fact that the vote was for departure. However, when the Prime Minister herself is willing to characterise the balance of the vote in such a transcendentally dishonest fashion one has to despair of any degree of honesty from our politicians. It was a close vote (that of course does not change the result), however pretending that she in practice has a large majority of the country on her side is one big steaming fat porky.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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@Alister RE:"IT WAS NOT A FACEBOOK SATELLITE!"

Pity.*

No, I am not hostile to Space X. See icon.

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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@Terry 6 Re: ".........that we get if Microsoft is even so much as mentioned."

Indeed. It is amazing how much howling and hosing you get on any thread even remotely connected with Win 10 whereas it is very much quieter both in terms of the nature of the postings and the number of them that we see on any thread which involves Google's privacy issues. I am not in any way implicitly or explicitly making excuses for the serious privacy issues with Win 10 but when it comes to data "slurping" Google could give master classes to world plus wife plus dog and Microsoft.

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