* Posts by 2Nick3

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Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

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Re: No, please no.

"Here's to hoping there is a way to disable it, short of chucking the phone at a wall."

Even that might not work - see the end of the embedded video in this week's On-Call:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/23/on-call/

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Or home to home to home to home to home and have no life, for those of us who work from home offices!

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Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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"I call bs on that. It's way way more annoying to be stuck behind someone who cant even pull out of a junction in traffic, drives at 30MPH in the middle of the road, or takes several goes to reverse park excruciating slowly on a busy high street and then gives up than it is to be say overtaken by a boy racer."

You're not describing someone being careful, you're describing someone who doesn't have the basic skills required to drive. A careful driver could be defined as someone who doesn't cause other drivers to have to react to them.

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Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Re: Location of offense and location of damage

Yeah, I know that. And illegal access to computer systems is, too.

My scenario - you were in Jurisdiction A but killed someone who was in Jurisdiction B. Where does the trial for the killing happen? The precedent for international cyber-crime seems to be the accused is extradited to where the damage was done, as was attempted in this case, so I was wondering what the precedent for a physical crime is.

Ask a question to learn something around here and geesh!

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Location of offense and location of damage

I'm not sure I quite follow the whole "he was in the UK when he allegedly caused damage in the US" reasoning.

If you are in Canada and shoot across the border into the US and kill someone, where do you get tried? Or in the UK and shoot someone in Ireland? Not for possession of a firearm, or the discharge of a firearm, but for the actual harm (death) caused.

Just looking for the similarities and differences between a cyber-crime and a physical one.

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Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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I assume...

...someone is putting the old Mk1 eyeball on him there in the embassy. To know that he is still really there, and not on some south Pacific isle returning to his cabana to record interviews and clips that make it look like he's still there in the UK. White walls are pretty easy to erect, after all. And as long as he's careful to not get a tan he could pull it off.

Because that would be kind of funny, after all of this.

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Hortonworks accuses ex-sales bod of stealing customers for new job

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Who owns the laptop?

"Rudall is also accused of deleting data from his work laptop without permission, something he says was to remove personal items after owning the device for the four years he had worked at Hortonworks."

Was this BYOD with the laptop (Rudall owned it) or should there be quotes around "owning" as he was the user of a Hortonworks asset for 4 years.

I wonder about the strength of any "don't use Hortonworks assets for personal use" clause they have in his employment contract.

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Data-by-audio whizzes Chirp palmed £100k to keep working with EDF

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Re: How?

The second link in the article itself goes back to the original story ElReg had on this, which explains it in more detail. Copying the link here for easier access:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/24/chirp_nuclear_power_station_iot_audio_sensors/

Quite innovative, really, for the use case.

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California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

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Re: If It's So Flipping Bad?

"The "they" that voted for it is the Republican congress and Senate, who largely seem to do whatever big business want a regardless of it's effect on the consumer."

As the CA House and Senate are both Democratic majorities (it's right in the article), the "they" here that voted for it would be the Democrats. And so is the Governor of CA, making it a foregone conclusion that this will pass and be signed.

The original poster got the sides mixed up, you couldn't resist the urge to throw the partisan rocks, and the Federal Congress is still nowhere to be heard on the subject.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Headmaster

Dueling ukuleles, maybe, as this was Hawaii.

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Re: Conflicting information

Apparently people have forgotten about the (apparently false rumors around the) first airing of 'The War of the Worlds' back in 1938. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_drama)

If you miss the "exercise, exercise, exercise" bit at the start, hear "this is not a drill" and start your reaction procedures, you're not going to hear the "exercise, exercise, exercise" at the end of the recording.

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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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Re: Security appliances memory errors and programming bugs

"...30 years ago?"

How secure was Windows 2.10 running on MS DOS 4.0? Netware 2.x? OS/2 1.1? Cisco was barely 3 years old 30 years ago, and I bet the contemporary version of IOS is a scary nightmare of security holes that no one knew were there.

Or even know about today, as no one is looking at it any more, so it never got the same level of scrutiny that today's code gets.

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

"Quite right, it doesn't.

25th March 2000, according to Wikipedia."

Good golly - they need Windows ME!!

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: A bit less FUD please El Reg

Regarding #3, they're running the exploit on cloud. Where, per the article:

"What it means is that enterprises are relying on the public cloud to handle the really large workloads."

So it's pretty much exactly where they want to be. It would be easy enough to pull the data using the exploit, then process it to see if there's anything useful, or if not directly useful if there's a good target - say a banking operation. If you know you're running on a good host, then you keep pulling data until you get what will be useful to exploit.

And from what it sounds like no one will have any idea that you're doing it.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Reminds me of a story

"No "Any" key on keyboard."

Sure there is, and I had a canned reply for just that situation:

it's also known as the space bar. They* used to have the word "Any" printed on there, but as it is used so often the print would wear off, resulting in warranty service calls for the keyboard. Which cost money, so they just stopped printing it on there.

* The elusive 'they' - you can blame anything on them and get away with it as long as you move on immediately.

Some users would "get it" and laugh, but most just went happily on their way, probably sharing their new-found knowledge with everyone around them.

By directing users to use the space bar you avoid the ones who will hit Shift, Alt, Ctrl, Fn, NumLock or CapsLock key and then tell you nothing happened.

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WhitTVman to head mobile-first media platform

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How do you downsize a startup?

Going from 50 to 20 employees really doesn't work at that scale, does it?

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Re: Whoosh...

"Add in a tin of elbow grease, should be right-as-rain!"

And a can of Beep for the horn, too.

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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What scares me is the boarding process...

"Group 27, if you have 'Boarding Group 27' on your boarding pass you are now cleared to board..."

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What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

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Re: Hey Big John

"Imagine what they'd do if it was settled law that net neutrality would not be enforced"

Imagine what they'd not be able to do if net neutrality was a legislated law and not enacted by a 3 person majority of a 5 person committee that changes what direction it leans every 8 years or so?

Congress could end ALL of this by enacting legislation. This is obviously an important issue to most/all in the US, and is closely watched around the world, you'd think they'd be all over it.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Scripted response failure

It sounds like JE had a scripted response to issues being raised and the Trixie wasn't really reading the messages coming in. The script probably goes something like this:

1. Apologize in a non-specific way

2. Repeat the apology

3. Offer £5

4. Offer £10, saying you shouldn't really do it.

Maybe there's a #5, but I almost doubt it, as most people being offered the £10 would just take it and move on.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: speaking as an airline customer

If the airlines gave you the actual miles flown instead of the direct-line distance it wouldn't be so bad.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: Time for a chat ...

"One of those options is a PITA for Ecuador so I can see why they want to make a deal, but they aren't holding any cards."

Can't Ecuador relocate their embassy and just leave the couch there, with him on it? Or 'shut down' their embassy to the UK for about 5 minutes - just long enough for him to be arrested/removed?

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

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Re: Likely won't pass, but...

"Repubs have made it a partisan issue, so they will likely vote exactly along the party lines."

What ISN'T a partisan issue anymore? If one party want Charmin in the congressional bathrooms then the other is going to scream for Quilted Northern, and there will be a couple people off in the corner crying out for Angel Soft.

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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"It would be more heartwarming if he'd just finish the GoT books, which are now lagging well behind the TV shows."

At this point I'm hoping he has some kind of contingency plan in place, a la Robert Jordan with The Wheel of Time, should the common fate of his GoT characters befall him before he finishes the books.

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Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

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Re: Android auto or Apple Car

It really doesn't have to be that sophisticated - just give me something that will screen repeat my phone. Then anything my phone can do my car can do, and my car has little/nothing to do with making it happen.

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Shopped in Forever 21? There was bank-card-slurping malware in it for, like, forever

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Re: Question

"Join me in the cash revolution and you too can avoid credit card fraud..."

I was thinking along the same lines, but then you get cashiers making change, and sometimes that is very entertaining/frustrating, depending on your mood.

A few weeks back I was due 77 cents in change on a purchase. The cashier pulled ten dimes, a nickel and two pennies. I asked her if I could get the three quarters (that bin was full in the cash drawer) and two pennies instead, and I could tell by the blank look on her face she wasn't able to compute that as the same value. Or the kid who told me two quarters was worth 30 cents "because two quarters in football is 30 minutes."

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Re: I'm not sure what's worse

"So they fire up Word and take a screenshot of EVERY FUCKING SCREEN. Oh, there's a progress bar - take a screenshot. The progress bar has moved on - take a screenshot. The operation has completed - take a screenshot."

And if they miss getting the screenshot of a progress bar at 25% they want you to go back and do the operation again. Even though copying a <1k file is never going to give you a chance to catch the progress bar...

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: "... give everything possible to people who didn't do anything for it ..."

@AdamWill - You make good points about how laws aren't enforced, but I'm talking about rewarding people for breaking the law. Like Chicago giving financial aide specifically to illegal immigrants - meaning if you are legally here you're not eligible for those funds!

To me that's crazy on the level of Disney catching people using forged tickets to get into the park and letting them cut to the front of every line!

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Re: "... give everything possible to people who didn't do anything for it ..."

Great examples with Brin, Musk and Soros. All three were legal immigrants. Exactly how the system should work. They followed the law, took full advantage of the opportunity and look at how well it worked out for them.

That's really what it comes down to - should you reward someone for breaking the law? Laws as they are on the books at that time, not how they might be some day, or even how they should be, but as they are. Do the police hand out money to speeders? Do we promote people who steal from their employer? Give houses to people who assault others? Which laws do we enforce, or ignore, or reward for breaking? Who gets to decide? "A government of laws, not of men" was the original idea, but when you start disregarding laws it falls apart real quick. Like what is happening to this country.

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Re: The clearest example

@AdamWill: "um. This is quite clearly utter and total bullshit. Do you have the slightest shred of factual evidence that this actually happened?"

Here's one:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-immigration-california/california-allows-college-aid-to-illegal-immigrants-idUSTRE7971SK20111008

What the heck, here's another, because that's California, after all:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/24/cash-strapped-undocumented-immigrants-chicago-flock-free-community-college/794428001/

So yeah, free college for illegal (or "undocumented" as you may prefer" immigrants. Both sources considered very Center bias.

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Re: @2Nick3 -- Black arm bands for everyone

"Not too long ago, in the last Republican administration, a group of history-rewriting zealots wanted to put Ronald McDonald Reagan's sorry puss on the dime, replacing FDR's puss. I decided that I would reject any dime given in change that had the visage of America's First Acting President on it.

So, guilty as charged, then?"

No, that's just making things inconvenient for yourself - two nickels are the same as a dime, just not quite as convenient. Even 10 pennies isn't a big difference. But avoiding the most efficient route (wasting time and money), or risking life and limb, falls under the "cutting off your nose to spite your face" category of thinking.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"Imagine if in the plain old telephone days that AT&T owned a share of Pizza Hut. They easily could have blocked all phone calls going to Dominos or even rerouted them to Pizza Hut. The public would have gone berserk and likely burned AT&T to the ground. This is the type of thing that Pai's decision today will allow with regards to the Internet."

That's a great example - I believe that the people will go berserk if the ISPs start messing with access to sites or services. And I have no doubt that people will be watching very closely for it to happen, too. And the outcry will be much more powerful of a deterrent than any slap on the wrist the government would issue.

I'm much more concerned over HOW the decision was made, and how partisan the whole process was. And how partisan everything is becoming these days. It doesn't seem like we aren't too far away from where a Republican suffering a heart attack would reject care from a EMT who is a Democrat, or a Democrat would refuse to drive on a road named for a Republican.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"In the years before? No-onBUFFERINGe remembBUFFERINGers tha"

Sure I do. Sharing 10Mbps with the whole neighborhood stank, especially with someone pulling everything they could off of Usenet/Napster/BearShare/BitTorrent. Or using that 512Kbps DSL line - 9x faster than 56K dialup, but at least it was dedicated to just you!

Were you seeing a lot of BUFFERING 2 years ago? Nope. Did you see a lot last year? Nope. Do I think ending government mandated net neutrality is going to break the internet? Nope.

I am disgusted by how everything is now so partisan that any ideas are going to be judged based on who had them and not on their merits.

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Re: The clearest example

The last Administration was perfectly happy trying to give everything possible to people who didn't do anything for it (example: free college educations to illegal immigrants, but doing nothing to try to control the cost of higher education for those who pay for it themselves). And now we skirt toward the other extreme.

The problem is those who are caught in the middle - the 'ordinary people' you reference. The lesson that's being taught is that if you work hard what you get will be taken away and given away - either to those who have more than they need or to those who aren't working for it. When people start deciding to move down that ladder (because you can't move up) is when things are going to get bad.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

But what about during the years before the Obama administration? Online services expanded significantly during that period (2001-2009) - it's when most people started getting broadband access, NetFlix started streaming services, Amazon moved past being just books, BitTorrent got started, the list goes on. With no laws in place, and in a lot of cases no options for consumers.

I'm not trying to say that what happened today is good (it's not), but I also don't think it's the end of the internet. The US political system is rocking back and forth harder and harder (the whole "if they like it I'm against it" paradigm), and this is just one more example of it. The good news is that people are seeing it, and are getting tired of it, and hopefully won't keep tolerating it. So I hope there will be some changes in how both parties behave in the next cycle.

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Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

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Re: 6s owner, not at all motivated to upgrade

My 6s+ is handling everything I need quite nicely still, so no compelling reason to upgrade here, either.

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Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: I'm so sick...

I think the point, or at least what I got from it, was that people cry out about their privacy then proceed to publicly post an incredible amount of personal data about themselves.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Re: Typical large company

"Then they buy the small companies where the talent went so the talent can leave again. Thus the circle completes."

If the talented employees negotiated well and are getting paid what they are worth at the small company, and the small company leadership does their job during the acquisition, the talented will be way above pay scale in the big company, but will be paid what they are worth. Then they get targeted early for any redundancy programs, and can now show going through (yet another) acquisition on their CV, which increases their value to the next small company looking to make it big that they work for.

And the circle continues.

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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Re: Uber...

They're cheating their asses off yet lost ~$1.5B in a QUARTER??? That's a $6B/year burn rate on cash - how is this going to become a sustainable business model?

But who knows, maybe outside of the bribes, payoffs and penalties they are breaking even.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Why no iPad/full tablet with cell phone capabilities?

What I can't understand is why Apple doesn't make iPads with the normal cell phone functionality in them - it would do everything an iPhone can do but with a much larger screen. I would think that would be a big hit with business travelers. If you want me to replace my computer with an iPad, make it the only thing I need to carry with me. Sure, I won't hold it up to my face (although I'm sure some people will), but most people use ear buds or a Bluetooth headset, so there's really no change there.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Some wonderful quotes there.

“I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it.”

Or mis-handled it, if you want to be more precise.

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

So there is lots of learning going on at Uber, I guess.

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized phones, forever

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Bonus to the bigger screen - more battery!

The iPhone 8+ has 50% more battery life on screen-off use than the 8, and ~10% better with screen-on use. Since it is a phone having longer standby and talk times are valuable to a lot of users.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

If someone finds a way to apply their own software updates this could get ugly very quickly...

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Just no - just look at Shannara

Post-apocalyptic setting, with no electricity, yet they manage to have a rave, complete with a DJ and lighting effects. I think they had explained that away with a generator - because after hundreds of years it would still run and the fuel would be available...

But then the show was on MTV - I can't imagine what they'll do with it now on Spike!

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Just no - just look at Shannara

Look at what they've done with the Shannara storyline and shudder in fear. And that's with the author still alive!

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Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?

There are 10 books to the series. If Hollywood split each one into 3 films, at 3 hours each...

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Soon after Desolation came out I found a copy of the old Rankin-Bass version on DVD - maybe 80 minutes long (it was a TV movie, so 2 hours with commercials, back in the 70's), and it stayed very true to the book. Not nearly as "exciting" as the new movies, but then it didn't need to be because it wasn't stretched out.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: " Secondly being committed to a military nut house does not bar you from owning guns."

Back in the 20's and 30's there were a number of US Presidents (Commander in Chiefs) who did not have military experience. There have been a few others along the way as well, but not in groups like that, until recently. 3 of the last 4 Presidents have lacked military experience (and there are those that claim GW Bush's service wouldn't count - that's a different topic).

So the two worst downturns in the US economy were during strings of non-military CiCs. Yeah, correlation isn't causation, but digging deeper there would be interesting.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Re: LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!

"Is drumpf going to utter those idioticimmortal words this time round? Or, like with so much else, is that only for his enemies?"

Because apples and oranges are the same thing - the word "Confidential" is really key here.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: "Suppression of free speech!!!!"

My point is that if this happened to someone else, that having their account disabled like this and it just disappearing would have people screaming about it being to suppress the right to free speech. Substitute Al Sharpton for Donald Trump (trying for someone toward the opposite end of the political spectrum) and the same people responding about how 'great' it is this happened would have a completely different reaction.

Not everyone agrees with what Al Sharpton says either, but that's not the group chiming in about how 'cool' it is that this happened to Trump.

Even though, as you say, having a Twitter account is not an inalienable right.

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