* Posts by dbtx

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Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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beach sand will melt

Making fused quartz? I see what you did there. You could say it's... (dons shades) crystal clear.

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actually never

Apparently the sun isn't massive enough. Sorry to mislead :(

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pretty sure the Sun doesn't fuse silicon.

Not right now...

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Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Oort what

also...

"a collection of objects still under the influence of the Sun's gravity"

What's the lower limit on "influence"? Gravitation is zero at infinity.

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MAMR Mia – it's not just WD: Toshiba's popped to the microwave too

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ironically

this so-called 3.5" platter right here (repurposed as a shaving mirror) is clearly 95mm a.k.a. ~3.75"

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be nice if

someone would start churning out 9cm drives with 1Tbit/cm2 areal density and so on. But someone has to decide to...

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It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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never going to get fixed

wash it all away.

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Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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we needed filters!

It fits but it's still not a good look for Apple customers... the narrowly-spaced stack of copper slices welded onto the end of the heatpipe is a de facto filter... A machine is a space heater and air cleaner that also happens to do lots of math for decoding pictures of cats. Some machines are more ...suicidal, than others.

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Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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'Marty' will be a woman

but then to be Even More Fairer, Uncle Joey will be Aunt Joy. "better get used to these bars, kid..." since, ya know, women are severely under-represented in the typical state corrections system. Just sayin'.

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Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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Section 6 is full of win.

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good luck with that.

It isn't something that just happens. "there will be tools" ...because someone is already down by the hull frantically trying to plug holes, right? Good for us, eh? I hope they make it easy to donate to their efforts, but it's still just the broken window fallacy: problems were created by people being careless and running headlong into trendy nonsense (along with the herd, naturally), and some sharp people's valuable time got pissed away into making the aftermath suck less.

Often it is not possible to just block the malicious one without blocking everything from that site, bricking it. It'll be funny when NoScript likewise tacks on some ML bits for deciding that a lone script or group of interdependent scripts is malicious. And then it'll be defeated when sites learn to always load malicious functions from otherwise "necessary" scripts, as opposed to merely putting them all on the same necessarily whitelisted domain... and then it'll be neat again when NoScript gets even smarter... well, until the web browser gets too smart to be trusted and privacy is over forever.

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Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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None of these alternatives have email client

There are standalone email clients in the world. You didn't mention whether there was any indispensable feature that depends on bundling or even integration with an office suite.

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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Re: what do you propose in its place

Nothing. Former pseudo-employer used to say almost the same: 'what are you going to replace it with?' As if replacing it was my job, my business, my right, but it was just rhetorical BS anyway. It will be replaced, entirely without my help or any decision on my part. And that's cool. It would seem like a rather convenient way to dodge all responsibility for society's good condition but that's just what you'll say being a person who still subscribes to all of that. Of course there are still requirements I accept and others I even embrace... 'somehow reshaping the government' is not one of them. In the meantime, all that should be required of me (besides following the law) is just what I already said I intend to do: come up with something useful, or find out something true, and bring it out. Then the slice of objectively good things I already absorbed won't all be wasted on me.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: I am currently running

16mb of Ram? Are you sure that's not 16MB of L3 cache or something else a bit more raisinable?

OTOH, if you can even get a Windows install DVD to run on 16MB, then you can probably get anything to work. Then of course you will have trouble understanding other people's troubles.

Keep in mind that every Random Problem Generator (incl. mine!) will work just often enough to get us to keep using it, so it can keep right on ****ing with us. Just realize it's all a crap shoot anyway, count yourself lucky, and be even more cautious in the future.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Eh, I derped it up slightly. Actually I meant it sent Win+R combo and typed into the Run dialog.

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Re: go to attacker's hell-hole

Totally a thing. Some TNT (turner network television) promo device looked exactly like a flash drive, so I decided to find out how big and if it was writeable. (this was years ago, a slightly more innocent time!) It merely pushed out keystrokes for the Windows key and their address for the particular show and enter. So I popped it open... it was just a little SOIC and a USB plug on what could have been 1 layer from a 4-layer "real" PCB, judging by how thin it was. Then I briefly hated them for being cheap and lazy even though I knew it was fairly clever and I had still fallen for it.

Good thing it was all just about TV. That was a WinXP box, after all...

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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I like these remarks, specifically #2. Updating a list of the different ways&reasons (or just the common and 'popular' ones) in&for which people can create problems as discovered thus far is just foolish. I don't know what the book or whatever was called, but I once heard the Catholic Church tried to compile a list of all the possible sins, forever ago-- in order to explicitly disallow them all. It got real silly.

But go ahead, sign yourselves up for Contributor Covenant 13.2 which has a clause for inclusively preserving all those pansexual hermaphroditic mer-persons' parahuman rights.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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BSD

I have been considering as I only just discovered this nonsense

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*if*

you can change the past so that a "proper replacement" isn't automatically expected to do lots of things that systemd does. That damage is done. We got "better is worse" and enough people liked it-- good luck trying to go back to "worse is better"

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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found it.

Cruisin' Classics Vol. 6 must be the only one we had. Of course, 'oldies' just means 'that stuff they play mercilessly over the muzak system at Magic City Shopping Center' because that town is weird. You can't see it in the 11th photo here but I kid you not, that funeral home facing the lake has its sign lettering done up in PINK NEON.

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from through the fog

30-ish years ago some fuel station chain (Shell? I forget) was branding and selling oldies mixtapes on the cheap. And we listened to 'em. But now I'm thinking:

You're feeling so weighed down

Forget the losses and burn down

Fall into city lights

Nothing else is easy

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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all of my hate.

There are about a dozen of them currently taped to my walls and ceiling because the easiest and least smelly way to get rid of the lil' sons of whores is to tape them to whatever they're crawling on and gently peel them off (dead) a week later, gently fold the tape over, and bin the bundle. Obvious downsides include there being bugs on your walls for days as part of a fairly twisted anti-aesthetic. Like maybe it'll make your bedroom look like a really crazy person sleeps there, I dunno. "I'm not CRAZY but..." if there was a trigger that I could pull, I would probably be able to make this species extinct and not regret it.

I used to hate fleas! Fleas are horrible but hey! There are drugs that make my cat into a fully automatic flea-murdering haz-mat site, but these little bastards usually don't care about chemicals. Here's an obligatory horror story for you. Mind you, I never had those degrees of nightmare yet, but I want to be so, so far away when Ohio gets that bad. It just got cold enough that the ones that found their way in already ought to be the last.

...for this year. This is the 8th since I first saw one.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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have my rights, too!

Do you keep them on a shelf right next to those of J. Assange? You know, that shelf in the echo chamber.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: same thing only different

But it was literally just that one time that it went badly. Almost always, you can get away with it-- the drive just gets some extra dust in it, which gets flung off the platters and caught in a little filter for the wind it stirs around in there. Maybe its useful life is slashed, it gets some unrecoverable read errors sooner, that's all, because 'usually' the whole spindle doesn't flop around. (yes, I did that more than a few times, yes it's fun to watch, at least one DIY thing was about replacing the lid with plexi so you could include it in case mods and it would [probably] not die)

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same thing only different

I went looking for an email in someone else's account by adding their account to KMail. Of course, I set the account type to POP3 instead of IMAP so it all got deleted, after which I removed that account and then deleted the only copy off my machine. I got some of it back by scraping /dev/hda for email headers. Then I swore off reading other people's mail from behind the scenes, forever. If they were very unhappy, I don't remember them showing it. Of course later I could always ssh and grep -rni Maildir/ but that was 2003... and only one of my total pooch-screws.

Another was spinning up a 40GB drive with the cover off-- I didn't know the spindle wasn't quite rigidly fixed to the drive body and it really depended on the top cover pressing down complete with torx screw to hold the axis perpendicular. The heads did plenty of damage... I copied out as much as possible, saved lots of C:\D&S, reinstalled XP on a new drive, and gave them back what I can only hope was all the things.

You: Why the actual fuck would you do that to spinny rust, let alone with someone else's?

Me: I... I don't know.

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: false dichotomy maybe

Inventors don't have to *be* security experts, but they certainly could have *consulted with one*. If you go through all the trouble to embed an entire computer in your thing, you don't get to plead ignorance.

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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that photo...

I can't get this LGA chip to stay in the Socket AM2 here. Maybe if I put a lock on it?

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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"You're doing very well. Please be advised that a noticeable taste of blood is not part of any test protocol..."

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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I see your PETS

and raise you one Electronic Utility Liberty Annihilator. Second Renaissance, here we come. (now playing)

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According to a peculiar (American) account of it, what makes us spay-shul is that we eventually ended it. But that's absurd, as you don't get any extra credit for doing the right thing.

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MISO, MOSI, SS. The slaves aren't sentient and they don't have anything like human rights. Get over it.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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didn't fail to notice anything

His 12 followers were carefully chosen and appointed, "and yet one of you is a devil" he said. "it would be better for him if he had never been born", he said. Read the story.

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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celebgate, gamergate, tishgate

I wonder how many kids have any idea about the first time when it was a hotel and the scandal had absolutely nothing to do with water. This [thing that people do] is depressing.

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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without the laugh track

...which is good, because being reminded that that something was supposed to be funny, or someone assuming that I need to be reminded, is not funny.

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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things NoScript handled while I read that article...

theregister.co.uk, regmedia.co.uk - allowed

facebook.net, twitter.com, dpmsrv.com, outbrain.com, google-analytics.com, googletagmanager.com - blocked

It's kinda funny how that works. Are your decision makers not communicating with your humble hacks, Reggie? Would it make any difference?

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: What's wrong with "contacted"?

Or "pinged"?

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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"a given time period"

It doesn't matter. As long as we are talking about billing cycles, data and bandwidth are practically interchangeable. When you're computing on a hard power budget, performance per watt equals performance. Here is the same-thing-only-different. Nobody said anything about bandwidth being unlimited-- whether theoretically or realistically. They said everything about bandwidth being artificially crippled and 'unlimited data' being a falsehood anyway.

"Throttling someone doesn't limit the amount of data they can consume in total" Yeah, it absolutely does, and not just because your entire mortal existence is ...a given time period.

If I didn't have the 8GB cap, I could probably download almost 5 TB each month-- but it is capped, so I get less than 50GB. (8GB at "4G speeds" which might be 2MB/s for <1 day, ~36GB at 15KB/s for the remaining 4 weeks) It's a data cap even if its implementation is a bandwidth cap.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Dang, that sucks. At least he GTFO in the end.

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P.S.

the company president heartily promotes Trump, probably because Trump is a fellow businessman, besides incidentally being on the correct wing. Everything humans do (well or otherwise) ultimately reveals the quality of our information, and their quality problems go all the way to the top.

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snowflake world a.k.a. SFW

TL;DR: I got written up at the aforementioned tool and die shop for leaving a homemade 3s3p LiIon pack in the men's locker room, after someone somehow mistook it for a bomb.

I had (hopefully) made it somewhat rain-resistant by wrapping in clear packing tape, which also held the NdFeB onto the bottom/back (normally for holding it to my bike, for the lights that make it street legal at 6 AM during most of the year). The clear packing tape was because I hoped to be able to see when there was water getting in and if the strips joining the cells were rusting (they were, lightly).

I don't have a locker-- it was supposed to go into my backpack as usual. My mistake was sticking it onto an I-beam while I got my shirt out of said backpack and changed into it, and then forgetting it. Their mistake was being a paranoid mindless Murkin-- who believes their favurite government official that tells them "land of the free, home of the brave" means the worst is about to happen and we all have to act accordingly-- and assuming that same worst thing, without spending another 30 seconds working on an awareness of their "situation."

It wouldn't have been so difficult. All 9 cells were positioned with the label printing facing out: ICR18650A220 (can you believe it? 18650 form, 2200mAh) and the letters YLE (the manufacturer in China) and 3.7V and a plus and a minus at either end... and a bar code which matched a 12-digit serial number, which would be pretty important for quality control, or something. Very readable. Very obvious. It would have been nothing for someone to notice and look it up on their phone, but instead they got on the phone with the cops and started evacuating until a guy recognized it and had a good laugh (and many more in the following weeks). But I'm the one who incited a panic. Not that whistleblower.

A few rhetorical questions: what kind of self-respecting terrorist is masturbating in the village of <deleted> instead of getting busy in a real city with lots of potential victims? What kind of self-respecting terrorist takes a bomb to a factory and then puts it in the vicinity of toilets and clothes racks instead of near some industrial chemicals, preferably flammable ones? What kind of self-respecting terrorist puts a bomb on/near a wall, at chest level, almost directly in front of a mirror where lots of people will have a good reason to look directly at it, instead of hiding it anywhere?

More recently there is a suggestion/subliminal message posted around, whereby this tool and die shop ironically encourages "attention to detail." The company has more than a few ongoing quality problems-- they're on what is basically probation with their more important customers including Honda. My unhappy conclusion due to this and a dozen other obscenities: the people who make decisions there also kind of suck at thinking, fail at creative problem solving, and generally aren't as properly addicted to believing true things as one would hope.

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Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

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Yo dawg I herd u liek voatz

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NO

NO

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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hadn't heard of that... but it's a Google thing, so probably not (no GApps). Just the same, SMS is just the obvious thing I'd then be able to do, not the only thing.

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Set the brightness to how you like it, depending on your setting

So my 'setting'... is that my surroundings, ambient light, etc.-- in the classical literary sense? I hope so... otherwise this is kind of like a weird way to say "have a user-settable setting which sets something in some way which is predictable or not depending on how much the current batch of smart features gets in the way and/or breaks outright"

Now, back to trying to find a proper VNC server so I can still use SMS while my phoneinternet antenna box is out on the roof.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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grating?

Is that a cheesy way of saying Regreatification?

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Re: 5G

Boy, I wish I could get cable to my workstation. 4G is nice when there's a line of sight to a local or semi-local tower, and the carrier isn't capping it, and tethering & mobile hotspot aren't being a bad joke. 5G presumably won't make any of that suck any less. My phone can get ~25mbps in itself right now only because it's up on the roof. It's tethered to an RPi at the end of a 25ft Cat5 supplying the WAN port on a router, but sadly the RPi only gets around 6mbps at best over the USB cable. I'm sure it would be just dandy if any tethering wasn't capped to 15KB/s after the first 8GB each month, so I could use the builtin USB tethering, so I wasn't all but forced to rely on that app and its PC-side relay thing written in javascript. I feel like I could rewrite it in some compiled language but that is The Wrong Thing. Cable would be The Right Thing but I'm just renting a room and the people who are allowed to decide seemingly don't care.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Winnicks Premiere Prole 2038?

Don't care. All Software Sucks.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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re: Opera

I tried Vivaldi for a while, then I figured out that precompiled binary means severely poorly optimized. While it needed to do stuff like draw on the screen-- open the window at first, change to another tab, etc., my *audio* would crackle because the buffer size on the sound server was apparently too low to cope with the load. It probably was using tons of statically linked stuff instead of my local bits, all baked the same (sad) way. And it probably could've been mitigated by a realtime kernel, and I can't exactly get into that then or now, so... if I can't compile it, I don't care. Chromium will probably do the same opinion-pushing thing, or already has done- but at least it could be patched to piss off about security blankets.

Q: What's the difference between a marketing campaign and wetware hacking?

A: Powdermilk Biscuits.

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Joke

Stuff that e.g. Firefox renders which is browser UI and not stuff from over the network.

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