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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: In other news

They call it Fluoride... Supposed to whiten/strengthen teeth as well as make you stupid*.

*makes Americans 'special'...

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

FYI: mspaint.exe is 6.16MB on Windows 8.1

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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I wonder...

Since they finally figured out how the Romans made their concrete, which is superior to Portland cement - why not build reactors with it?

just a random thought...

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Not worth it

1. It's a Dodge.

2. Known for weak transmissions.

3. Brand name is famous for anti-mpg - I.E. Gas Hog.

4. Like a used cop cruiser, probably has DNA/bodily fluid 'evidence' all over the interior...

Pass.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: To be fair ...

ISP's in the 90's oversold dialup connections at an average of 14+ to 1 (AoL was 20+ to 1 for a while there) to make a profit and only added modem racks when the customer busy complaints added up to a certain percentage. That's the reality. Bandwidth and hardware cost money and your customer A has *always* subsidized not only customer B, but bandwidth/hardware upgrades at the ISP level.

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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Re: initial attack vector

The Russians, of course, duh...*

* Boogeyman to everybody but the Russians...

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: Size matters

Even with armor pads, he's too squishy to throw at a comet. Need something solid, like Trump's head...

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Re: Non-threatening

Yes.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: I read this story about 15 years ago..

Depends. If it was a submersible pump, you replace it. You may never see it again.

I just had one replaced for $1800 and it was only a 84' hole with the pump at 60' (I have a 3' water table) - original had been in there 16 years. The deeper you have to go, prices increase quite a bit.

Edit: I don't get why the pump went on at every flush - this system not have a pressure bladder tank to stop that from happening?

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Yeah well I threw up when I read that. I don't need to throw up, I need to put some weight *back* on***.

Smoke free since June 4th.... been smoking Camel filters since 1982, figured it was time. Now I want a cig, real bad... fucking Bezos... asshole.

Wife doesn't feed me and gets mad if I feed myself. Weird, eh? I corrected the problem, scripting errors.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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'So how could it go so badly wrong'

Never underestimate the power of human arrogance and stupidity - if it can happen, it will.*

*recent events surrounding NSA having dangerous tools taken from them and used to bitchslap corporates and gov agencies that should have known better prove that pretty well...

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

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Re: @Dave Austin ... Was it wise to fire him?

So.

Bottom line is that a company, any company, can terminate an employee for insubordination if the employee does not surrender their Constitutional rights when ordered to by said company.

Is that correct?

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Question on the toilet rolls..

16 rolls each week? Just you? If so, dayum, that's a lot of tp! 2.something a day... hmm.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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I LOVE Scream Tracing! Amuses the hell out of network owners too.

-Upvoted!

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Take it further and don't say shit - ever.

I ran into this a few years ago with an open AP in a neighboring doctor's office and walked over to advise them about it.

They went off... accused me of being a hacker and literally called DHS on me. It took three weeks to get the Feds off my ass. I didn't appreciate it.

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NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

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Re: Anyone-

Infosec sounds much sexier than 'Information Security'... try it.

I feel that anyone using the word 'cyber', needs a bicycle helmet for safety's sake, water wings, and receive an instant 75% discount on the veracity of any subject they expound on (maxing the bullshit meter...).

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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Soon as I saw Pascal, I knew I was in trouble and my eyes glazed over.

Pretty car though.

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Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

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Called It...

They didn't even get as far as the LeCar did... which actually made it into production.

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

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Re: Please no

S&M with a side of dinosaur necrophilia... what else?

;)

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There is a PHB among us upset that they fell for that... Upvoted to compensate.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Permanent Storage

That right there is pretty exciting but at a price. Sony and Panasonic are producing Archival Discs, Sony's writer is $6400 and Panasonic's is untouchable for a consumer/small business with their rack systems.

There was a link off the page you gave about M-DISC - blue-ray cd's with up to 100GB capacity that can be written to with certain brand blue-ray burners - they are allegedly supposed to last 1000 years and aren't too pricey.

Thank you!

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Permanent Storage

I've been considering current storage methodology lately as my video collection grows every day and backups become difficult to maintain.

I'm one of those cord-cutters, you see, and between a Netflix HD account and an Amazon Prime membership, I've got over 20TBs of recorded movies/tv shows/etc on various RAIDS and WD clouds that back up to other various RAIDS & WD clouds. It's a lot of fucking space and the software I use records the streams as they are delivered, so we're talking a lot of time too. All good and fine, right?

My issue is that there isn't anything permanent to store data (write once, no degradation) - CD's wear out/degrade, SSD's fail, HD's fail, vinyl melts, etc. Seems like the only way is to stay ahead and write everywhere on anything you can get your hands on - except stone, which can last thousands of years, but the playback is awful.

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Re: Hipsters

As you wish...

BARBER:

I wanted to be... a lumberjack!

Leaping from tree to tree, as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia. The Giant Redwood. The Larch. The Fir! The mighty Scots Pine! The lofty flowering Cherry! The plucky little Apsen! The limping Roo tree of Nigeria. The towering Wattle of Aldershot! The Maidenhead Weeping Water Plant! The naughty Leicestershire Flashing Oak! The flatulent Elm of West Ruislip! The Quercus Maximus Bamber Gascoigni! The Epigillus! The Barter Hughius Greenus!

With my best buddy by my side, we'd sing! Sing! Sing!

[singing]

I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay.

I sleep all night and I work all day.

MOUNTIES:

He's a lumberjack, and he's okay.

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

BARBER:

I cut down trees. I eat my lunch.

I go to the lavatory.

On Wednesdays I go shoppin'

And have buttered scones for tea.

MOUNTIES:

He cuts down trees. He eats his lunch.

He goes to the lavatory.

On Wednesdays he goes shopping

And has buttered scones for tea.

He's a lumberjack, and he's okay.

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

BARBER:

I cut down trees. I skip and jump.

I like to press wild flowers.

I put on women's clothing

And hang around in bars.

MOUNTIES:

He cuts down trees. He skips and jumps.

He likes to press wild flowers.

He puts on women's clothing

And hangs around in bars?!

He's a lumberjack, and he's okay.

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

BARBER:

I cut down trees. I wear high heels,

Suspendies, and a bra.

I wish I'd been a girlie,

Just like my dear Papa.

MOUNTIES:

He cuts down trees. He wears high heels,

Suspendies, and a bra?!

[talking]

What's this? Wants to be a girlie?! Oh, My!

And I thought you were so rugged! Poofter!...

[singing]

He's a lumberjack, and he's okay.

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

He's a lumberjack, and he's okaaaaay.

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

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Re: If Beavis and Butthead moved into IT...

This isn't new - ran into this in the late 90's and should have it's own dank meme by now... Seems to be related to the 'Mom's Basement' mentality when someone or some few basement trolls make good and use the gobs of cash they've received to live out their idea of CEO-level corporate life. They tend to implode over the years though. Like these guys.

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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Good.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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'How much could be done for $200 per PC ?'

Roughly, that'll get you one visit a month to physically check your machine for one year, with an emergency 4 hour response for 'other'* under an annual maintenance contract.

*Other being like last Friday, upgrades, or users shooting themselves in the foot, doing things they shouldn't be doing. Of course, 'other' pays well but clients do get a 25% discount off the hourly rate for being under contract.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

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Hell of a thing, a 'customer/client/datacow' pays for the monitoring system - be it Alexa, Google, etc - pays for the power/bandwidth the system uses, all for a perceived 'convenience' - to be milked dry of any/all information, folded, stapled, mutilated into a product for a business profit.

I'm just marveling at it. Update that old saw, 'Take my wife, please!' to 'Take all my data, please! I'll pay!'.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Back in the late 90's and early 0's, it was my job to go after people abusing our network, killing them off and blacklisting them with other local ISP's in Tucson/Southern Arizona. We didn't take kindly to that sort of villainy - I miss those days.

All about the money and the internet just isn't as fun anymore (and seems to be missing parts).

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: Pointless interface changes ?

It's 'BASTARDS', not 'BASTERDS'.

Although 'BASTURDS' would be a better descriptor for today's version of 'innovators': Unplanned, unwanted, fecalware technology that nobody wants filling their pants storage space.

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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Re: See!

Fab? What's that?

I use breadboards.... my x86 .5Mhz bread loaf is the size of a small car... working on the 1.5Mhz upgrade now if I can source another bundle of old telco copper......

*why is there not a finger-in-mouth woob_woob_woob crazy eyes icon?

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Essentially....

Google, et al, can go suck a bag of dicks...

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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I learned something today...

Hughesnet and Exede Satellite don't suck as bad as I thought.... it was their fucking equipment!

Thanks Intel!

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: He should take the fall

Tis easy to claim to be 'fully accountable' when there is no accountability. There hasn't been a Federal politician since Nixon (and he got pardoned!) been held accountable for their bullshit.

Average citizen facing the full wrath of the Feds? You won't even know their name, they'll be buried so far.

Ya, know? Pitchforks and torches aren't *that* far off - how about getting ahead of the curve with a pitchfork and torch icon, El Reg?

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: HMS Ark Royal

That will always be my favorite British aircraft carrier - through Tom Clancy novels.

The HMS Ark Royal - never any disrespect offered or intended - she was a badass Lady.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: Juicing is bad

Grapefruit.... My Ghod, do you know how long it has been since I had a grapefruit? I recall I liked them... Hmmm

I don't remember. Pretty sure I was still living w/parents. Fuck. That means 35+ years ago, minimum. Have to go by the store today.

On Topic-> That machine should have been sold on QVC or the Home Shopping Network, but they want to be Apple, mixed with a little HP dicketry. They attempted to sell it at $699 at first, but that proved to be a bit much for the folks who cannot afford to hire fitness trainers... I understand they have delivery issues to parts of the country because the packets have next to zero shelf life (which is odd because I can order live tropical fish from a breeder in Oregon and have them 3-day shipped to Tennessee with possible 1-2 losses from a group of ten). You also cannot buy juice packets unless you already are a registered owner of said kitchen counter clutterer.

I also suspect those 'fresh vegetables' are the leftovers from processing fruit for other uses - a'la pink slime bits and pieces.

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Zuckerberg: Escape from the real world into my goofy make-believe science-fiction fantasy

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Thought that was

'The International Secret Intelligence Service'? Did it to ODIN I believe.

;)

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Re: I wonder

I thought it was cute that he only eats meat that he's killed - proves he's a real alpha male... <can't say it with straight face lmao>. Now, I've found fresh killed meat great on hunting trips, leftovers for later, but in day-to-day, it's just too time-consuming an activity to be a daily ritual.

I thought Zuckerberg was a Greatest Compassionate and Understanding Neighbor anyone could ever have when he tried to buy out his surrounding neighbors in California and sicced lawyers on Hawaiians' ancestral land in another house purchase (beautiful lava wall around place too) - just stands to reason Mr Z would consider his neighbor's mental health, all those dying animal screams/howls at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and those occasional nights he feels peckish...

Those are the odder things he's doing in his personal life, as well as doing a state to state 'listening tour' for a possible US Presidential run in 2020... I've never liked him, even back when folks asked me what FB was, I told them it was a college thing... Now it's a fucking monster with the power to dick with any viewpoint that doesn't conform to their Outrage of the Day/Month/Election.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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'US military, "properly trained", same sentence? For what values of "properly trained"???'

US military on the pointy end will kill/deny you resources quite efficiently, while the support train can fudge training numbers and thus do not have the actually training - they also tend to be a mixed bag of personality types, so they can drag down the kill ratio. "We Train Hard, so War is Easy" combined with Unit tradition of 'It is not your duty to die for your country, there is no honor in that, it's to make the other sonuvabitch die for his!' (pretty sure Patton quote)

Figure in that there are now several generations of retired combat vets - woe betides the side they are not on come de la Revolucion. Historic ref: Revolutionary Armies of Washington et al had high levels of British trained combat vets from the French-Indian wars, who were further trained in frontier fighting tactics borrowed from the war. British didn't have many blooded troops until they brought in the Hessians, and were slow to react to creative attacks by the so-called rustic colonials. Having all these vets around not happy with Federal policies, should make folks thoughtful. It won't, because humans are content to repeat history because they have somewhat superior intellect compared to the masses, therefore consider it inconceivable that they would reap the same results as their more-backward political predecessors in the past.

As for uncontrolled weapons purchasing... I'm at odds with the NRA (paid member) in the belief NO ONE should be allowed to own a firearms unless they have completed a proficiency range test and a strong Law & Safety test - make them work for it if they want it - I want zero accidents and responsibility with weapons ownership. But what do I know?

The London argument doesn't really apply with the recent truck attack on that bridge - trained citizen weapons ownership would have enabled two better possible outcomes: Armed Concerned Citizen stops attack with personal weapon or more likely, blocking the sonuvabitch trucker in a hurry, because Mr. Crazed Trucker ain't getting position on me by cheating. Isn't nice and I do not have to tolerate bad behavior in polite society.

Enough rambling, lack of sleep is making me see things..

tl:dr rambling opinions not in any particular order.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Makes equipment for 4x4's - named after Moab, Utah, US - a 4x4 mecca of sorts.

You GO, Australia!

lol...

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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BK's shirts are burgers....

... just figured that one out... Ugly shirt though.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: Seems foolish

'brass monkeys'....

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAhahahaHAHAHA!

-at the pub since before it opened... this ones on me ... brass monkeys... heh

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Sorry to be pedantic but...

Doesn't have to be new and then you avoid all those DRM issues with newer models...

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/search/hva?query=tractor&sort=rel

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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Space Exploration/Colonization

Would have no end of volunteers - folks bored to tears without any kind of goals/interests.

I'd go - even though I can be air-dropped anywhere on earth and get a job.

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Re: What to do with the unemployed?

Nothing a war won't take care of - if we stick to traditional methods.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: One word:

They have one in Ellijay, Georgia, US and ever since I've encountered it, I've avoided the town completely when going that direction.

I cannot compare this roundabout with anything else due to poor State of Georgia signage and Google Maps losing it's fucking mind when reaching that roundabout. Just nope.

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Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

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And that's why there are global warming skeptics...

weird, eh?

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: Properly designed security

lmao! Trying to imagine that...

However, Two-Step, Country Swing, or mosh pit - they're great!

aww hell! It's April Fool's Day... Trolls abound...

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Re: Properly designed security

Cowboy boots are also great for dancing, you uneducated judgmental sonuvabitch...

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Florida Man can't pause cycle on Samsung 'exploding' washing machine lawsuit

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I own one of these washers and took the repair option - it is no longer 'high efficiency' as the spin cycle has been neutered, leaves the laundry very wet and unsatisfied. The cabinet is loose and won't tighten up.

That washer was a stud before Samsung/DirectTV fixed it... now it's no better than a standard missionary top loader.

;)

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Working for NEST Pensions

That's not so bad... Remember Gain.gator? Made many, many folks very angry and want retribution.

I was senior sysadmin at Gain Communications, a small ISP in Tucson, Arizona - care to guess how many of those many, many angry folks called to complain/threaten/scream due to similarity of names?

It was a bad time.

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