* Posts by Alistair

2349 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: Take that!

@AC

.e. the inability to resolve credit scams, inability to buy a home, rent a car, get a credit card, open legitimate bank accounts, investment accts., etc., etc. This nightmare can last most of a victim's lifetime and require thousands of hours of time and never be totally resolved

It can take rather a lot of work to untangle if has been left lying about, however a) All credit issues fall off credit reporting in 7 years if there is no activity* on that item. 5 years if the the report item is a positive (interesting that). Furthermore, at least in my experiences (my own and a pair of relatives) - clearing them up is a *legal* battle, but can be handled effectively and efficiently within about a year. It wasn't "free" but all things considered about $1200 in legal fees and about 5 months of back and forth, depositions, court filing and a series of requests from the legal beagles to the credit ratings agencies with nice legal stamps and seals got things sorted.

I'm not saying that these folks should not be prosecuted, but to claim that mucking up someone's credit rating fraudulently can affect their entire life is somewhat of an exaggeration.

* I'll note that one thing that had to be stomped on in a relatives case was having a loan agent, and a collections agent tag teaming back and forth with one fraudulent item. In that case it ended up not costing a penny since the claims court judge found in her favour, and made the agent and the collections "company" (an individual with about 11 different corp names) pay costs.

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Re: TLS ? Our customers still demand ssl3 support

@GiovaniT:

I would have put "at least" in bold, underlined, and block caps.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: 1st Gen Swarm Tech?

@IWVC:

Bosnia, Gulf and Afghanistan didn't involve fighter to fighter combat, just fighter to friendly ground troops.

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Re: Stupid... Just stupid...

@ Joe H.:

And at the moment there's some issues betwixt the couple involved in snopes....... But the data remains (for now)

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

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Re: Remember the good old days?

@a_yank_lurker:

I do. I try very hard to forget. Icon is relevant.

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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Uhhhm:

(c) Some of our IT knowledge was transferred to IBM during ramp up. As soon as IBM could they fired those. We fired the rest.

Fixed that for ya ....

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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@ASAC:

Uhhhm..... I still have a Genius Mouse in the box with the 30 year old working cables and connectors.....

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

@CoCM:

Ask your vet what the most effective treatment for feline herpes is. (In cats it crops up as an eye infection) -- Silver Nitrate 0.5%USP drops.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Re: @disgustedoftunbridgewells

@Kane:

I think DoTW pulled off a shatnering presentation myself.

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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I have something like 3 complete computers lying about my residence in bits and pieces. They have been delivered unto my care by an associate that (once) had some talent in the herding and management of bits and bytes. Now long disassociated, he picks up dirt cheap crap from 'recycling' and 'free' mailing lists, in an effort to find himself and others 'cheap' computers.

I no longer engage in his attempts to invoke warranty return policies......thus I have lots of electronics to recycle. (he's cooked up some doozies....) And he can't keep his stories straight with the vendors any more --- I rather suspect they've blacklisted him.

For the record, if someone is 'freecycling' or 'selling' an i7 "real cheap" "because they upgraded" I'm going to pretty much guarantee, they've cooked that sumbitch good.

Oh, hey, thats BOFH, that means its FRIDAY!!!! YAY!!!

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Thought the AT&T Time-Warner tie-up was scary? Comcast says 'hold my beer'

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There are some interesting charts out there

I think there are something like 12 global corporate entities that essentially cover all the food production, distribution, packaging, and sales operations

And we seem to be looking at having 6 or 8 corporate entities around the globe that will essentially cover all the media production distribution, packaging and sales operations.

And soon enough we will have 4 or 5 global corporate entities around the globe that will essentially cover all the government production, distribution packaging and sales operations.

"First they came for ....."

Fuck, where's my isolated private island in the south pacific again? I keep loosing the #$%@#% keys......

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: I'm feeling left out

@LJB:

Works well on ssh scan runs too.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Oh look

The 1950's called, they would like some of that Cold War Ignition Fuel back.

(And Korea will be ....wait .. this is really really starting to look like a rewind, except that DJT keeps lauding Putin....)

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Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

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Re: I haz a disappoint

Well, if we're all up for flinging things "screaming into the sun" I have a *fairly* long list of candidates, mostly politicians and lawyers for some reason, although there are a couple of economics professors who may or may not be around anymore. Now all we have to do is crowdfund a falcon 9 or three......

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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Re: And still no messages from the stars....

@tiggity:

if human belligerence anything to go by, big destructive wars trashing your civilization such that it never reaches such heights again is a possibility - as a lot of stuff is "one shot" - on next go after calamity the low hanging fruit of easy fossil fuels etc. that make advances "easy" are probably long since gone, harvested in earlier civilization rise

Museums. Make them temples. The moties had the right idea.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Canada is a THREAT to US (corporate healthcare) Security.

Someone in his entourage had to get stitches for a nasty cut while they were in Chateuguy (France according to CNN) and didn't have to pay a red cent to the hospital. This adviser is now all gaga about socialized medicare and will not shut up.

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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Re: Ain't going to work

@VRH:

Upvoted for "intravenous expresso". I've been on those for the last two years. The doctors tell me its a life long thing now.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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I have to point out that

ZTE went into 'coma' mode -> Trump deal for resort -> sanctions lifted -> ZTE *LIVES*

I don't care about the finer points, there is only one point, I refuse to believe in coincidences in the case of international political actions.

As for the "Special Place In Hell for JT" -> Team Trump is simply taking the reaction (and I can honestly say it matters not one single whit WHAT Trudeau (did/did not)(would/would not have) (say/said) in that post G7 press scrum) that the ex Tea Party members that currently manage the (not) Progressive Conservative Party in Canada dictated to them.

Sadly the "I'm not a real politician and I will bring about a sea change" line of bullshit was bought by sufficient numbers of dolts in this province that we now have a "minitrump" running the show here for the next 4 or 5 years. I rather suspect that I'll start coming off as an inverse Bom.Bob. in the near future.

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Re: Molehills and mountains

@YAAC:

Yeah well, you should see what us what were brought up on Classical symphonies, Kung Fu movies, BetaMax, Lasarium and Heroin got up to!!!!

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: +1

Knopfler, Straits all over my list.

Along with a rather heady mix of late 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's, and current pop/indie/jazz. I retreat into the 60's when the drama lamas of the modern pop scene drive me insane. If I'm really having a rough go, I have a whole wack of gregorian chants recorded in old world castles that make wonderfully calming background.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: I think I'll have some veil

@Alladin Sane:

Fava beans and Chianti?

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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@ Siberian Hamster:

Perhaps the hive mind of the surviving transferees?

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Re: Suggestive, but nothing more

@boltar:

Space is *really really really* big. You have no idea how big.

With 100 Billion or more stars in a galaxy and what is looking like trillions of galaxies out there, even things with infinitesimally small probability of occurring start to happen pretty damned often.

Damn that universal speed limit.

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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@Alladin Sane:

You recall correctly, however 8 year old me didn't really get the reference.

Its Friday and we should all raise a glass to the Goons.

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EE seeks guinea pig millennial hipsters for 5G experiments

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Okay -- I *get* that the place has inherited its name from history, but do no Brits see the astonishing irony of calling a tech development warmfuzzywombhibernautcatapult something that only brings to mind a muddy trench filled with severed fish heads, fish guts and various other excreta?

That said, someone mentioned TDMA. Kudos. I *still* think that it made better use of the resources.

5G.

Dammit, we're still figuring out how to use 4G. We don't have a completed standard and why the sam hell are we letting entities with known histories of vendor lock in monoculture anywhere NEAR a standards council for something they've 0 exposure to in their specialty lines of business.

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VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

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Re: "no software will be ever fully secure, sorry.."

Anyone who thinks it's desirable to have a single piece of software everywhere can be safely ignored, regardless of whether they want ithappen to be OSS a TLA or not.

FTFY

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Re: Time to live for original firmware in this house is 5 minutes. Tops

It’s usually fine so long as you don’t enable end non uplink ports in default vlan.

and unless you are S/L turn the spanning tree the fuck off.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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@Chris G.

I don't recall Xeons shipping in orange boxes. But that could just be an unknown unknown.

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Re: Maths co-processor?

25MHz? Some of us had a blast with doubling up our throughput with a 2Mhz to 2.48 Mhz replacement crystal.

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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Re: I'm curious..

W/R/T Convoy:

Actually I was thinking more something from Blues Brothers (original).

(Okay -- adding to the list, along with the popcorn icon we need a dry white toast icon)

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: @Milton

@grumpyKiwi,

I'm going to suggest that that was *one* F35, only, and I'm starting to get the idea that it was one pilot only as well -- and there is good reason to question *anything* coming out of the Israeli military *ever*.

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Re: "It won't"

@Milton/Spartacus:

F35A were ordered with three mods, one being in flight refuel, one being a airframe adaptation for cold ( I do not recall OTTOMH). Personally I'm hoping that either the current liberal or the next minority liberal/NDP government decide that the chunk of Bombardier they bought should be leveraged to have a militarized, variant of the C300 created, crewed by 125 gunners equipped with recycled automatic rifles.

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Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

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Re: Oh FFS...

@DropBear:

Sadly, we're also still starting land wars in Asia.

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Technically one can use the system installed zip binaries. Developers with attitude however frequently decide to do things that they *think* are better. I've now got someone looking at moving this to something far less flakey.

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unpack a compressed file and overwrite system files....

*sigh*

I have a ruby on rails app that has yet to be burnt to the ground. When I inherited it, it was running as root. It took me all of 20 minutes to fix it to run as other than root. Oddly, its using one of these libraries, and it cannot now write to system space. can bugger up it's own install but not the system.

Mine's the one with the flame thrower in the backpack. Looks like I'ma needin that ....

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: Asteroid Ahhhhhhhhh......

@DataSource:

Do we really want to kiss our asses goodbye

While I'm not a big fan of mules or donkeys, I'm sure there are those who would want to .......

Mine's the one with "Our Furry Friends" in the pocket.

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German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

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Perhaps we should put Carl Icahn in charge of ICANN so that we can put all the ICANTs in one basket.

And then have Elon Musk put the whole works on the test launch of the BFR.

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'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

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Re: Ouch

@a_yank_lurker:

How many screwed up IT projects suffered from similar issues before being put of their misery?

There have been numerous books listing quite a few. I know from personal experience of at least 8 in my 20 year career in current, and in almost all the cases I know of, not being utterly clear on the objectives and requirements has killed each and every one of them by running it out to the middle of the span before there was even a dream of a bridge being built.

picture Wiley E in that moment, just after he's passed the cliff edge, before he glances down

Icon is the inevitable result.

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Storm in a teapot: Anger brews over npm's jokey proxy error messages

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Re: Back to school with you!

@DAM

Sounds to me like you need an electrified brass pole just outside the window, a carpet and a skip.

Good luck on your assignment sir.

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@AC

They were the kind of errors that "should never happen

When I were a bit younger I had a generic message for errors that weren't in the tree, "I smell Elderberries"

I suspect it would be obvious as to what I'd been watching .......

(I now tend to go with:

Now lost in a maze of dark twisty corridors. Calling out for help

and dumping all variables except passwords.)

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I'm reading this while taking a break from hpc virtualization documentation that is giving examples of how to implement lolcows in different virtual environments

MoooooooooooooHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

For some reason that just does not come off as convincingly evil.....

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Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

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@dnicholas:

Certainly if you pawn your laptop and leave your VMs on the disk someone's gonna figure out what you were up to with that thing..,

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: "But that’s democracy for you - it’s flawed, but better than any alternative"

Venezuela is a little different because the government had already banned the leading opposition candidate from standing along with any media that doesn't follow the government line...

Hmmmm. This does *NOT* strike me as a unique situation.... I suspect there are a couple of other spots where this might have happened.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: anonymous coward

I'm one to bash Keiran on one or two points, mostly because I see the disparity between the corporatism, populism, and libertarian-ism that is flying about these days, and I personally suspect that Keiran is willing to give the proponents of the whole lot of these 'religions' far too much credit

I'm willing to agree that *real* journalists do want to follow the list that Kieran has laid out, and likely most do. There are unfortunately more than just the journalists on the front lines involved, and there are political filters at the corporate level, as well as very clearly biased entities out there. Sadly the largest and most widespread media entities that exist are polarized. I find that it is more often the smaller, tighter media organizations that are likely to have a broader, more open view of the situation and a tendency to stand more solidly on the facts than on opinions or political perspective.

El Reg and its pitbulls are as far as I can tell, and happily in my view, unfettered by bias at the management level.

Musk's rant has a place in (a) modern view of the 'infotainment' world. We *do* have clickbait websites out there who are *solely* in the business for the ad revenue they can generate, and who *do* use aggressive and attention grabbing headlines to suck in the clicks, frequently exaggerating one end of the issue over the facts. And yes, sadly, some of the larger international corporate media *own* these sites, and I believe are happy to use them to both bolster their ad revenue and to bolster the particular 'bent' to which they subscribe.

The *speed* of information is also partly to blame, with any 'event' the time taken to research facts versus initial impressions or off the cuff, or top of head assessments is now seen to impinge upon revenue generation, and thus is less effectively done, as in a couple of cases I can recall, venerable new outlets grabbing tidbits off wikipedia that were later found to be less than accurate.

My concern is of course that rational thinking, that is the ability to *discern* where the news is being *managed* to cater to a specific perspective or political spectrum, appears to be less and less prevalent in the overall population, and this is resulting in the situation that ended up with Trump and Hillary being the candidates in the last election in the United states. And the raging *mess* that we have here in my province coming up in June. The literal polarization of the population(s) being reported to appears to be the grander goal of these over large international corporate news media.

Still, I will read many sources. I will try to strip down to raw facts what I read, and I will compare reporting from sources with opposing views and *try* to discern truth. It is far from a simple job to be truly informed these days. The internet, sadly, has made it *harder* in some cases to see real truth when there is so much room for spin.

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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@DougS :

Even fuel floats from the 70's are "digital" in a way, its a passive resistance meter based on a negative voltage feed. They typically die not because of mechanical failure but because the cables to and from corrode sufficiently to toss the reading out the window. In the case of a camaro I once knew it went off when the rust levels on the crossmember the tank was strapped to consumed better than 30% of the steel.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Orange Safety Gear.

The H&S fellow didn't take the elevator. Okay -- overall stats actually prove elevators are safer than stairs. (No, pretty much *everywhere*, there are a couple of exceptions but they aren't G20 countries, I've checked, don't ask why). I claim that the H&S fellow was a millennial with GAD, on three types of medication and carrying an exotic, expensive overtorqued vape device.

Hiding in a dark corner and saying BOO! at the appropriate moment wasn't needed. Just being in the stairwell would have sufficed.

YAY! friday BOFH. Now, how many LPAR migrations from 6's to 8's can I get away with scheduling each weekend.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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The number of issues in flight here.

@Mark85:

I have to say that I believe you *should not* have to react in this manner just because of a mis-dialed call. It says much about the condition of both your view and the police officers views on the state of your society. (I have relatives down there too. Several of them live in a similar manner, several are fortunate enough to *not* have to respond in such a manner)

Perspective is rather important.

Back *cough* some many years ago when I first moved in with my current spouse, neither of us had much financial leverage, and the apartment we (myself, her, her two boys) moved into was in a neighbourhood that was considered less appealing for quite a number of reasons. The building was rather regularly subjected to "special" services from the local constabulary. Oddly, in order to handle these cases quickly, calmly, and with minimum impact to the rest of the folks, the operations tended to be executed at 3:30 to 4:00 in the morning. However, in order to be at work on time in my then circumstances I was leaving at 4:50 or so in the morning. I rather regularly ran into the local swat team on my way out the building. In every *single* case they were inevitably courteous and as helpful as possible. Not once did any target of their operations get shot, nor any innocent bystanders. In one particular moment I came out my door, and clearly surprised the officer at the end of the corridor, which was the only moment when I've seen a weapon raised from "safe" carriage. (and man I hit the floor pretty damn fast).

I've had the police called to my residence (we've since moved on from the building, but having had boys in school, we're only a few blocks away) three times, once for a noise complaint, once for a witness to an incident event and once for a "firearms incident". in NONE of these cases was anyone in my household ever even remotely at risk to any issue from the cops. The noise complaint was at the tail end of our wedding (held in the backyard, on a saturday and well, yes the music was loud), the witness incident was our middle child standing up to a mouthy bully waving around a 3" penknife and suffering from testosterone induced assholeness, the firearms issue was the eldest popping off his airsoft in a quite stupid manner, rapidly corrected after spending the better part of an hour 'splainin himself to the officer at the door.

Up here however to become a police officer is a long, involved process and there are very substantial prerequisites to entry. Considering the calibre of responses from some of the *very* senior officers of police forces in the united states, and the verbiage I've heard from working officers in some interviews during and after some well covered events in the united states, I"m going to guess that the barriers to entry are *substantially* lower in the united states.

All of the above notwithstanding, the three twats that organized this dick waving episode to it's conclusion need to have their pee-pee's spanked hard. Preferably with several years in irons.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: Opt-in is the only way to go...

@ MsKnight:

I have several gnomes. None of them are model 3's, Warrior, warlock, priest, DK. and oddly a hordie elf, but only to reserve the name Noetic.

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

..... I need .. a beer.

No extraneous capitals.

I utterly agree.

Bob? Did your account get hacked? Or am I going to be jamming my capslock key down and ranting at people shortly?

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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@Lee D:

I'm inclined to agree with much of what you say, and not just because of Relativistic vs Quantum theoretics debates (Okay - they shouldn't be vs debates anymore, they should be how do we get them to mate in that tree over there debates), but -- well -- if we look *out* from where we are and decide that the universe can give us some hints, the big one is that, well, when it comes to *stuff*, we really really really haven't made that much progress, and there is a *lot* of dark (matter/energy) that we cannot yet explain. Like, WAY more that we can't explain that we CAN explain.

So, if there's even a tiny ledge of theory that the bollocks can stand on we have to keep pushing them till they fall off that ledge. Then we can braise them in red wine and add some fungi and fava beans and have a fine meal.

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