* Posts by Alistair

2230 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

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Re: 200GB to store a genome? Surely not!

What happens if you PKZIP it?

The NSA ends up with a copy of your genome.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Kippax

What?

Oh, you mean Dabbsy.

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@Pen-Y-gors:

Nowt wrong with boiled cabbage. Corned beef is bubbling away for tonight. Cabbage carrrots and taters to join it soon.

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Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

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@VRH:

I'm going to have to learn Russian at some point.

While western media in general tend to focus on their own bugbears, for those of us who are somewhat paranoid, I think we're all pretty much on the same page. Oligarchs have watched "The Hunger Games" and it's predecessor (Asian film, mid 90's, better plot and more terrifying for it's alignment to reality) and decided they like the idea.

As a species humans are designed to compete to survive. It makes us somewhat ugly, but it is what made us evolve.

The problem is that the oligarchy has to be rotated every so often, if this isn't done, then those on the top get too stupid and disconnected, and the rest of us could end up dying off, which will leave the oligarchy without life support, thus resulting in the species going extinct. So, we *do* need these obscure and secure methods of communication, even where and when the criminal types use them.

It really does not matter which oligarchy or tyrant or despot dictator you choose to point at, the disease is the same. And it is indeed a global thing.

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Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

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ICahnt is interested in VMware?

I guess my KVMfoo will come in handy soon.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Bribes? or KickBack?

Way back when RHEL4 (X86_64) was something outrageously new, we had just rolled out a stack of HP P class chassis, and were having a *hell* of a time getting the storage array connected to the blades properly. I punted debugs back and forth between storage vendor and RH. There were bugs on both sides and I convinced management to let me test the fixes. Things worked out and all parties were happy.

RH tucked my name into a bug report. The storage vendor gave me two bottles of JW Blue.

Best gift? These two shirts that showed up in the mail recently from the other side of the pond.

*wink*

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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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@Not also known:

Personally, I've been in IT for over 30 years, I have part of an engineering degree, part of a physics degree and I'm currently trying out international law. I play with fractals for fun, read *everything* and like scuba diving, I'm a pretty decent cook. It really isn't like we're all *just* computer techies. And in general, the people who are usually *good* at something, generally have other interests outside of their field.

Oddly, I've had several folks along the way assume the only thing I knew was computers. Until they got to try my cooking.

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@Prst V Jeltz:

You've!!! Tilted!!! Those!!! The!!! Wrong!!! Way!!!

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Awwww, thank you Simon.

Thats *my* line at work.

"I'm no longer an employee, I'm furniture, 'cause I know where the bodies are buried"

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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I have email stores spanning my entire career. Certainly not *every* email I've gotten, but I have them. Backed up, two copies.

And actually quite recently I've been looking at a couple of environments and helping to tidy up. There were three issues in one of those environments that perennially generate 'terror panic confusion' among the admins. I make the same recommendations each time I see these issues. In this (recent) case, the PM for the environment noted that the reply sounded familiar. I went digging. I found the emails containing the exact same recommendations sent out to the project(s), 6 years, 10 years, 12 years previously. I attached and forwarded copies.

Fuck I've been here too long.

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

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Re: Errr.. Why?

@ Voland:

To get rid of snarky comments from commentards at The Register about littering up outer space.

I'll happily deorbit the second stage anywhere around the world, so long as I can choose the targets randomly, in anger, about 30 seconds before I execute the deorbit command.

/wow -- apparently channelling a political entity today.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Teksavvy, ontario, DSL

Dual stack. Have been since I subscribed. I actually can iPV6 VPN to work from here. Although I did immediately get a call from my buddy in the security team. They didn't like that because... they had no throttling on the IPV6 connections into the VPN.

As for 6 to 4 or 4 to 6. There are a couple of different ways this can be handled, including one particularly interesting suggestion -> to allocate an IPV6 block to be the gateway to IPV4, and to have any device that had IPV6 only on one side and both stacks on the other side effectively become a NAT. DNS lookup on IPV6 only device bolts in the predicate IPV6 block on any ipv4 only return. Going 4 to 6 is somewhat harder, but there are implementations that work, although in the cases I've seen they are effectively reverse proxies.

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Re: It's bad to say....

@a-non-y-mouse

or ... linux -> ipcalc

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Re: Compatibility

that the human brain's stdlib only has strcmp(). It doesn't implement inet_pton or binary comparison

Umm. That depends on what you define as a human brain. And I object to the fact that you contest my DNA.

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OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

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Im inclined to agree with the mood of the twitter responses.

El Reg staff: we *absolutely* need a popcorn icon.

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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

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I'm just wondering if the collective auto analysts have completely forgotten the late 70's. Perhaps they're too young now to consider that as anything other than 'ancient' history. Chrysler decided that automation all the way through was needed and trashed Windsor. It was 3 years of production before either the K or the Caravan was considered less than "trash".

Given that in November Tesla was only managing 200 or so cars a week to be now cranking out 2000+ cars a week says that *something* got done. I've seen two videos done in late november last year that absolutely mauled Tesla for alignment and gaps on the model 3. I cannot imagine that the issues raised in those videos have continued. I *know* that when I first looked at a Kia van (urrr.... '05 or 06 ish) even the one they rolled off the truck had issues just as bad as in those videos, and I'm pretty sure it was 3 years after that before they got better than trash reviews.

Anyone have a recently rolled off the line Model 3 to look over?

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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

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WHOIS is a lookup directory that relates (domainname) to (owner/technical contact).

At one point it was a "phone book" so that techies around the world could get in touch quickly and fix things.

Now it's mostly used to mine out sales targets for cold calling, and email addresses to spam. The most critical use is by various legal entities to crucify the owner/techie responsible for *TERRORPEADODRUGGIECOPYRITEVIOLAT* of the day. ICANN want to have it left in state so that the TLA/FLA/global police/legalbeagle types don't have to go through some formal process in order to send out the swat teams, and will stop calling them 15 times a minute. ICANN can't afford to run that call centre for the TLA/FLA/global police/leaglebeagle support.

ICANN has been a horribly dysfunctional entity for quite some time now, and is in drastic need of an overhaul, both in it's structure and in its management as well as in the relationship it has to *any* government.

The GDPR may well be the club that can be used to beat an independent ICANN into something approaching a practical and useful entity, but to achieve this will take time and a concerted effort by *several* governments to create a structure that makes it feasible. *that* I doubt will happen any time soon.

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"If America does business with/in the EU then they are expected to abide by EU laws."

According to Batistelli and Gurry, this doesn't even apply to European organization.

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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IOT Vendor <-> MS

IV: We wanna use chip! How Much?

MS: Chip free! Cloud interface $120/yr/device!

IV: #$%@# you! bye!

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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F1 Racing.

In all honesty, the crew that teaches 6 to 10 year olds how to drive 4 wheel ATVs up around SWMBO's brother's place puts on *much* more entertaining races. Its honestly hysterical to watch, from gearing the little ones up, to watching them waddle over to the machines, to the chaos on the track.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Re: What's on at the cinema?

The Iron Giant will be getting another cinema tour.

Ready Player One.

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If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

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Re: So, no new timeframe on moon launch

when China declares that the launcher's problems have been dealt with

Presumably the expense of dealing with the launcher's problems were paid by the family of the problem?

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Re: CA government is so corrupt

Seems this country is getting too damned polarized with the right vs. left. .... This is a pretty sad state of affairs, ..... And both extremes are corrupt as hell ....... The big corps own them.

Up north of the excited snakes, and sadly, the above noted disease is spreading up here too.

I only have the one upvote.

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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

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Re: Interruptions

I noticed someone with 3000 unread emails the other day

For me, thats two days of automated notifications from 20 some different platforms that managers have insisted I be added to the notifications lists. Thank god for outlook rules.

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

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Boardroom convo later today

"Okay - $40M fine, where can we pull in an extra $40M this year... lesseee....."

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: Wot I do...

urph

For my last three smartphones, I spent the first hour turning off all the gesture gubbins rooting it and installing something that will get updated.

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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@werdsmith:

I'll 100% agree with the polarization bit.

The singular point of polarization continues down the path. We're headed back to the 40's and 50's era "cold war" mentality and militarization stances, without the economic growth potential.

As for the F35. I find it amazing that it has taken a huge chunk of my life to get the damn thing to this point. In the mean time, we've had two complete generations of commercial aircraft designed, developed, built, certified and put in service.

There is something happening here, and we don't know what it is....

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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I predict a Streisand effect in about 3 weeks......

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Hawaii Live-Go! Microsoft launches Honolulu admin tool for cloud and on-prem

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The hawaii reference.

Something about volcanoes and headquarters????

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Re: ...more an expression of polite interest

A marking of territory. If the test show promise they'll beg the government for the cash for the next phase. BAE have increased their existing investment so it must be making progress.

As much as everyone screams about the subsidies SpaceX has gotten, they were quite literally peanuts compared to what gets dumped into Boeing every year.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Please Vote

@ Anton:

Nice to see you standing up for your country.

(yeah I'll get my coat)

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

Bah.

I've done the whistle blowing thing. Admittedly it was quite early in my career and I had no investment whatsoever in continuing in the stream that was open to me. It *did* however get the other 12 individuals involved in the bullshit and bafflegab attempt by three separate firms what they had been promised when they signed on the dotted line. I also consulted a lawyer before I dived off the cliff. I paid the required price (about 5 years of full on black ball status) and returned to IT later. I was never in it for the fortune or the fame, but there was a day, some time later when one of the folks I helped out figured out what I had done and thanked me personally for the action. Happily, the two senior executive types who had attempted to pull this off never returned to those roles to my knowledge.

One does not need 15 minutes of fame to reveal a well documented "fuck over the little guy" program to the appropriate authorities. Admittedly - in the case of EPO and WIPO they both seem to think that there is no appropriate authority. Given sufficient time I'm sure there will be a baseball bat in a back alley somewhere that will demonstrate how foolish that assumption by those folks is.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Hmm.

My spouse has raging GAD. The last aircraft we got on together was a 4.5hr flight from YYZ to the Dominican, which entailed valium and clonazapam. I have no issues flying - I'm medium height, slim build and can fall asleep anywhere. Her on the other hand, could not relax even with the meds and could not read due to visual dilation (focus on page, ears and eyes disagree about motion, barf). Being able to drop a full dose of the clonazapam or even go for a full on sleeping tablet for 5 hours, she'd be all over this. And I rather suspect that the middle child would (not being able to sit still for more than 25 to 30 minutes) also benefit from this space, again with the taking a nap instead of vibrating in place and loosing their shit.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: missed opportunity

@cbars:

You've been binge watching Murdoch Mysteries haven't you?

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: sub-orbital flight?

@simon harris:

You've *almost* got an anagram for a certain execut(ive/ioner). --- we need an h,t and an additional p

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: Seveneves bad, Anathem good

Anathem might be filmable. I hope it is.

Certainly *I* hope someone decides to give it a shot. I found Anathem to be a wonderful read. It had a couple of "Dancing Wu Li Masters" moments in it.

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Re: Ready Player One

"Pixels" was ok though, surprisingly.

I think because it treated all those irrelevant and distracting games irreverently and made very light of something that had been more about entertainment and wasting time than about hormones, dominance and taking charge of "the wold".

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Re: Films - meh

Still it wasn't as bad as the Harry Potter films, I still haven't been able to sit through a single one.

You and me both. But then, I attempted to *read* one of the Harry Potter books. I pretty much figure my 12 year old could come up with a better plot.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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@Alan Brown:

Saint Ronald of the republicans. The greatest narcobaron of all time. It's little wonder Escobar and friends were so fearless.

I rather prefer Saint Ronald of the trees. I just wish I could find an audio copy of the "Its the trees you idiot" line.

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Plenty of shady stuff in George H Bush past besides grabbing asses though even if this one was nothing. US weapons were sold to Mullahsanyone that would buy them after all.

Cleaned that up for ya.

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EUROCONTROL outage causes flight delays across Europe

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Re: 5 Hours to switch over to Disaster Recovery System

How many readers have a DRP that allows implementation and return to normal within a day?

I'll be honest, we've about 10 systems that we *could* flip over in about 12 hours. Minor data loss. Bringing them back would take roughly the same time. I've built 2 specialized environments that were designed to be actively moved from one DC to another in flight, loosing only uncommitted transactions. Those however never saw light of day in practice due to outsourcing changes.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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@tim292stro:

You do realize that the entirety of your commentary means that rampant gun ownership is not required to overthrow a tyrannical government, and is thus a brilliant argument for gun control?

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

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@ Celeste R:

I have a suggestion or three of whom to send off to shoot closer pics.

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Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

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Re: "the absence of an MMU was a PITA..."

@John Brown:

Auuuugghhhh!! You are reminding me of one of my *very first* official computer operator roles. It goes far too far back in time ......

The Concurrent DOS system with a nine-track reel-to-reel on the top with 10 terminals. I kicked everyone out of the office at 3:30 on Fridays so I could run the backup. I dropped the tape off with my neighbour (who owned the company) on my way home. (yeah, it was one tape)

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Re: And so fairwell blackfin, cris, frv, m32r, metag, mn10300, score, and tile.

Ahhh DropBear, I see your sprog(s) have reached teenagerhood.

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The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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Sorry, If we're gonna take on that song

This guy did it best.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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Re: El Reg gets it wrong again

Toys-R-Us went under was because of "investors" using it to leverage debt it could never pay for short-term gain.

Hmmmm... Leseee:

TRU UK -> titsup

TRU US -> titsup

TRU CA -> still running at the moment.

tries to introduce regulation to try and protect people's livelihood.

It does seem to be interesting what happens when there are decent financial regulations about.

(mine's the one with the international financial regulations guidebook in the pocket)

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Re: El Reg gets it wrong again

Amazon from destroying local economies and flooding the market with cheap junk from China (often extra-crappy knockoffs) which by the way are burying us under mountains of toxic garbage

So, NO amazon 'cause it's bad. American Companies Only -- Goooooo Walmart!

Amazon made a secret exclusive deal with USPS, a taxpayer-subsidized enterprise, giving Amazon better terms

A) Citation:

B) You have a legal system that is *designed* to solve this issue. Use it.

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Re: @Pascal Monett -- "Can you still be President if you're in the pen?"

@ Richard P:

That sadly is what scares me more than a braggart of a con man being president. I'm *almost* certain that the reason Trump accepted Pence was him thinking "That guy is batshit crazy religious nutbar, There's no way in hell they'll impeach me if he's my VP"

Worse is that I'm starting to think that the extreme edge of the 'publicans *will* consider impeaching Trump.

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Storm brewing? Weather buff uses deep learning to predict patterns

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Ummm

If your neural network says its hailing an Uber, you *know* the weather is not gonna be nice.

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