* Posts by Alistair

1760 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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@Jonathan_27

No, not you connected to internet.

Internet must be able to see you. Find you. Hear you. See you. Track you. Sell you.

Please proceed to re-education camp.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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One has to understand Canadian Cheddar to truly grasp the curd here. Mes amis quebecois have been positively military in their defence of bad french. Croque monsieur would not have been unacceptable to them, but if one used the english term grilled cheese they came up with that abomination in french. But most modern quebecois still ask for fries with their grilled cheese and beer.

And sorry, done properly one uses a stainless steel pan, low heat and one butters both sides of the bread, NOT the pan, two 1/8" thick slices of *real* cheddar and some cracked black pepper.

And who in the name of ${FOODEITY} contaminates a good cheddar with eggs and oil?

If its put on a press and squashed you've killed the wonder of the chrunch/mush/goosh combination.

Now, grilled cheese, poutine and beer on the deck. Sounds like a wonderful lunch break.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Perhaps the solution is to *stop* creating terrorist cells to depose other political entities.

But hell, I'm not going to consider a *serious* issue with a realistic perception.

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Re: How about...

"There are, no doubt, some very tech-savvy civil servants, especially at the various secret-squirrel places. "

Yes but tech-savvy swivel servants are stuck spinning in their chairs, and have gone completely nuts anyhow.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: Moto G5

I'm not sure what moto is doing with the G5, but MotoG5 with RR and I can go (sometimes) three days with regular usage, but typically don't go below 60% battery on a regular day. Mind you I only have about 10 installed apps, and I throttle them *all* with ES.

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Re: The single failure with all "Flagship" these phones..

I have NetFlix on my MotoG5. I keep up with my (no one else in house watches) series off NF by watching while I cook dinner. (Bluetooth headset comes in handy here, so I'm not chopping cable into the onions or summat) HD is utterly pointless on a phone. In any circumstances.

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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Dear Advertisers

You may not use our product without appropriate licensing fees.

signed Apple.

<Hey, anyone recall ABP?>

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Python explosion blamed on pandas

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Re: approachable for novice programmers?

"So how exactly do you install pandas?"

Typically one gets a zoo on board about 2 to 3 years ahead of schedule, and arranges government funding to build a specialist panda enclosure, and then one writes up an agreement with the Chinese Government and the panda breeding associations. From what I've been reading of late it costs between $85,000USD to $1.1Million USD a month to host the pandas. Most of the money is supposed to go back to the breeding and protection of the species, but I've no proof of that.

<ref TorStar article "Pandas Installed at Toronto Zoo over objections from (Free speech advocacy group) >

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

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Lets just keep an eye on that thing and make sure it's not calling Zorg any time soon.

Although, I'll happily assist Leloo if it does.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: NO

I just think that the Regeditors need to add a match for my preferred icon, Cranky Old Codger, with a fem bent. Perhaps a headshot of Admiral Grace would be appropos?

And yes, the icon is mislabelled Windows User.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Re: WEEE directive

I have five L3000's to add to the stack.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: In my experience ...

@jake

I keep all the ordinary users in the middle drawer of their own desks. Keeps things tidy around the office.

I only let the *weird* ones out.

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Re: Ped-ANT-ic typo in title

@Symon

That would be Auntie Terrie.

*cough*

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Rebranding exercises and websites.

Last time I dealt with a rebranding mess (being a Canuck is relevant) was "Our accents keep coming up on the english pages!"

Layup done my CSS. Calling with locale set to en_CA_fr into an i18n package that only existed in $(apacheconf). No idea how apache worked, or the point of locale or internationalization. not one clue. Why I ask(ed) would one accept application *configuration* advise from a *DESIGN* house?

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Data center.

Pool on roof.

Leak management - level expert! I'll bet that pool crew was in daily.

I suppose I should ask how many floors were in the building.

One of our DC's had a pool in it before it became a DC. It was sadly backfilled.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Surely....

dear god.

the whole cpuid bit sounds like something I'd write in my scripts......

Thanks for a morning chuckle.

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Re: What about "leverage" as a verb?

"Stray from the path and they'll devour you in packs."

No, no, no, not packs. We prefer our victims in sammiches or sarnies!

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Bluetooth bugs bedevil billions of devices

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I'm not sure what idiot suggested it or has implemented it (I've seen ads recently that indicate that it has been done) but apparently you can buy a bluetooth dongle to plug into your OBDII port so you can check your car with your phone....

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Here's the lowdown...

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Internship application

I have three male offspring. 21 year old has a F/T job and is working on acquiring a social life. 20 year old has a P/T job and HFA, (social/spacial) but is an absolute dictionary on spelling and grammar. 11 Year old can whup anyone's ass in most PS/3 and PS/4 FPS games, but has utterly illegible handwriting. Which one should I pack up and ship over? ( I'm pretty sure I can fold any one of the three into a carton with sufficient air and water for a 3 day express post run on Fedex)

Myself, I'm too far gone in the cynical, critical, passive-agressive world of corporate politics in the average modern bureaucracy and outsourcing laden enterprise IT business to write anything for publication. Your sub-editors would be overburdened with removing blazing rips against the modern overpaid corporate executives and brain dead venture capitalists that are out there.

(yes this is *mostly* a joke. well, at least the first paragraph is)

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

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Re: Charlie Sans?

@Throatwarbler:

many thanks for that link. I've a team (or three) to send there.......

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Re: People Extorting Toonies for Apes

@ TISGD

Upvoted, even if its only from another canuck

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Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

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potato shaped galaxies.

hmmm

Dark Matter is the pepper on the 'tatoes?

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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

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@kain p.

Hookers and brown paper bags full of cash are reserved for legislative modification, not for closing sales deals. Please read the executive employee guidelines again, or your share vesting will be moved out 3 quarters.

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Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

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Re: Oracle cares about one thing only...

Tru64 was a rock solid entity in one respect, but it suffered from a couple of bad drivers in my experience. HP took over non-stop, and most of the tru64 folks headed there.

Non-stop is a rock. *(cough)* even when you screw up the partition certs. (and if you get the reference, I know where you work)

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Re: Oracle cares about one thing only...

@asdf

Sadly, hpux *can* crash. Mind you it seems to me to only have done that when the *cough* oracle database did something egregious.

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42: The answer to life, the universe and how many Cisco products have Struts bugs

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why assume this has bugger all to do with politics?

Trust me, media on *both* sides of the bullshit meter do this with absolutely every article.

The real issue is that people believe it is a (left wing) vs (right wing) battle and decide that they live on one or the other side.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Apple's new toy

Big flat screen, no button in the middle, faeces recognition, .... oh, nope, misread that...

(the one with the rooted android and RR, and no google apps in the pocket please)

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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I can honestly say that I didn't worry much about his politics, his ability to portray humanity in his stories was excellent. When he corroborated with Niven the results were monuments to the collision of science and society.

I always loved Chaos Manor in Byte, and can honestly say that his talent for turning out humour in the midst of (digital) chaos has polluted many of my post-mortems reports.

(And the whole thing with the coffee trader in Mote has likely driven my addiction to weird and odd coffee preparation throughout my career)

Farewell Jerry.

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Scotiabank internet whizzkids screw up their HTTPS security certs

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ScotiaBank IT -> IBM GDF.

Any questions?

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Red Hat speed fiends celebrate automation

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@Jim

While I agree the single largest issue for most SA's *was* provisioning, I'll note that the idea of 'immutable infrastructure' is *not* that the (system never changes). It is an alteration in the way one thinks of infrastructure. If one thinks of the (Physical host/VM OS, baseline services i.e. DNS, auth, mail, logging, ntpd, network, storage, FS layout) as infrastructure, they *can* become immutable.

You put the (cilent/guest/application/db/service) into its *own* box, separate from the infra box, then automation starts to be massively effective. -- no, one does not roll things out across one's prod systems without testing, but at least once one starts thinking in the context of managing 8K or more systems with only 32 people (and I'm talking Director, managers, PA's OS, platform, tools network/storage team), you learn to box things up nicely, separate what is test/dev/qa/prod, what can be handled in a herd and what needs to be snowflaked.

While it has been a while, we flipped the switch on DNS servers, migrating from an old set of hosts, to a new fancy shmancy cluster of application servers for DNS management as a single change to just over 5,900 *servers* and some 12k desktops. In about an hour, including final validations. Automation made the system changes. *and* provided the validation results.

the *testing* rollouts, executed 5 or 6 times prior, on limited targets, gave us the comfort to do that. And automation made backing out the *tests* just as easy. Total time ? about 18 hours, 11 of which were spent on the paper work and conf calls to get the change approved.

I'll guess that you've never had the opportunity as an SA to point out that a vendor is using *default dumb* in installation instructions for their application. I've found *VERY* few application vendors that have *default intelligent* installations. To make your environment manageable, as an SA you have to be an utter prick and override the "Install to root" "Run as Root" "well we have to do this because we don't know" crap. And willing to take the time to fix it so that it does work once in the box.

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Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads

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Hmmmm

lessseee.

13.

Implied male.

wants to hack cctv cams.

Uhhhh huh.

the little bugger can't find pr0n on t'interwebs yet, so he's going hacking for his own?

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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Re: Just when you thought...

@ Richard:

Just because a media entity is not directly owned or managed by the government does not mean that it is automatically impartial. Money, the owners, have an opinion. Money, the owners, can dictate the opinion of the media entities they own. It may not be *government* propaganda, but it is still, in context, propaganda.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: What Is The Point of Facebook ?

@ (no body)

THIS. TEN THOUSAND TIMES!

Although it *is* how certain persons to whom I am related manage to keep in touch - two (families) in China and only occasionally having access to an appropriate vpn, and several friends who live and work in (sadly) the arabian peninsula and only rarely have the opportunity to say "Hi there"

The *vast* majority of facebook is memes, verbal diarrhoea, political echo chambers, selfies, posing, MLM victims, narcissism, desperate cries of "Look at MEEEEEE", and utterly irrelevant advertising.

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Re: I wonder ........

Oddly enough Big John, I agree.

So long as we remove the 1st, 4th and 5th elements of your statement.

I've relatives down there. You and they may be among the 10% that have realised that the media fear mongering is just that - but sadly, far, far, far too many eat, breathe, drink, live and excrete that fear. It is why you have so many divisions in your population, and why so many of them are so violently opposed to the other groups.

And you, despite being radicalised, are clearly capable of knowing this, and that it will be the destruction of your country.

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Re: She is right

Trisul:

There are rather a lot of tinfoil hatters about these threads. I'm afraid however that you're in the class of faraday hat wearers. Russia at this point, and China, Japan, India and the rest, have collectively decided its time to sit back, pop some corn and watch the implosion. There will need be no effort by any external entity to cause it. Over the last 40 or so years the USA has armed it's own self destruct devices.

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Free of software boat anchor and chain around its neck, HPE sees profits inch upward

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@Roland6

This is the disease called wallstreet. mUst haVe constant increase in relative percentage of profits.

If you look closely, revenues *can* go down -- so long as you declare a growth in profitability.

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WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

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Re: What are the requirements for a messaging app?

@ Dan 55 -- for what it's worth, pidgin and several other chat apps have the Sipe plugin with which one can at least *chat* with the lync users without polluting your desktop with that mess called S4B/Lync/Outlook messaging.

I have to yell at the folks on the other side of the planet that keep trying to share their desktops with me (since lync can do that), they insist I try. Their offices are typically on 10Mb or so links and have 100 to 250 people working in them. They simply do not understand.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: Well don't I feel smug...

KDE provides that option.

On fedora it comes with 6 other options, I and I can see .... 8 others available for download.

Personally I prefer oxygen theme over the breeze light (which I think is what is being shown)

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Re: Does KDE work now?

vanilla KDE on fedora since F18 for work. Indexing gets shot in the head when I set it up and other than the plasma "taskbar" occasionally not hiding correctly, and the fact that dnf doesn't do categories causing apper to complain, I've had no issues with kde. Mind you it wasn't till 4.8 or so that KDE 4 was really usable in my view. My home gentoo desktop run blackbox while kde was sorting its act out.

Since the firewall is now bsd instead of slack, and I've not needed any gui there it doesn't have one.

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

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Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars...

@ Alister:

I always read that in the RC broadcast voice in my head.

And when I picked up The Map of Time, I read most of the book in that voice too.

<we need an "Old, dusty Tome" icon ElRegitors!">

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Ummm

Minor correction to the article. Cape Canaveral is in Florida. *FLORIDA* is basically a sandbar. ( check out the fallout from the 1970's condo building mania in Florida, I mean its pretty clear they still haven't learned yet.)

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Re: "We could threaten to send Boris..."

@wallaby;

what do fish have to do with ponces?

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Leaky S3 bucket sloshes deets of thousands with US security clearance

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Re-Branding exercise.

TigerPown?

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Buggers

(Literally apparently)

Those hornets sound nasty. I'm hoping *we* never get them -- we've enough trouble with the Asian Horned Beetle around here. (damned furriner bugs)

We have (northern left pond side) several varieties of hornet and wasps about. Last summer we ended up with wasps in the air gap between brick and framing of our house. Wasps being wasps I wasn't particularly concerned, although the entrance was over our back yard door, it was annoying, but not concerning -- our wasps are pretty laid back most times. I was *far* more concerned about the black hornets in the back shed, not because they're any less laid back but because the nest was at the back of a shelf in the shed where my smaller yard tools were stored, and I was quite certain one of us was going to toss a tool back on the shelf and whallop the nest. Thing is,in this case, the specific wasp variant, never reuses a nest, and the hornets were of the type that winter under ground. I'd no wasps this spring (and about 4 pounds of diatamaceous earth in the air gap as well) and the hornets nest was removed and donated to the youngest's school for educational purposes this spring.

My neighbour on the other hand spent an inordinate amount of time (we're in a semi) attempting to spray huge amounts of noxious substances into the vent gap the wasps were using as an entrance/exit, and at one point called the city to report it as a 'terrible risk' to their property and safety. I'd say the quantity of noxious poisons the damned twit was spraying on MY side of the property was the 'terrible risk' -- to MY family. Fortunately, the fellow from the city that showed up was one with both some experience in the real world and some awareness. He agreed it would be better to leave them mostly alone, and to deal with it in mid winter when they were dormant. -- so in late January I pumped the diatomatceous earth into the wall gap with the exhaust from my shop vac. -- And the damned idiot on the other side complained to the city *again* -- that I was spraying noxious chemicals into the air gap..... .fuxwits

All said, I'd still rather have the bugs about. Especially since I'm considering a full blown gardening exercise. They all contribute something to the system in some odd way.

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Re: What?

He did get a response. He just couldn't make out what they were saying over the laughter.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Bah!

@ stevie:

But .... what if they MATE while in there? One never knows what may crawl out of that morass.

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Why is it that geeks' favourite enemies are... other geeks?

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Re: Bikeshedding

@Alister

I've told you once!

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Instagram's leaky API exposed celebrities' contact details

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"Justin Bieber's bare butt popped"

Dammit, I don't come here to read Variety blurbs. I really really really don't CARE when he farts, or on whom he farts.

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Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus

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Veyshnoria

Vhat, just because vey haff a sleeping condition this tin pot dictator decides to invade zhem? I imagine zhat it can be somewhat hard on furriners at zleeping time, but really?.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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This is why

I stuck to telling folks that if they couldn't be absolutely certain where the glasses came from to use a goddamn pinhole camera.

Oddly, had about 4 of the neighbours ask how to do this .. ended up with about 12 variations on the idea, and several of us compared results.

Hopefully this is just Darwinism in action, not greedy twats.

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