* Posts by 2Nick3

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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Re: Disgusting but not criminal.

So they lawyer could win the case with a half-assed effort?

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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"The bad guys either exploited some as yet undisclosed weakness elsewhere on the server or did an inside job."

Or the bad guys exploited a well known issue with an available fix that wasn't applied.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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Re: And what is 5G?

"Could they actually hear each other on the call?"

Can you hear me now?* Drat - how do I fail back to 4G with this thing??? Hello? Hello??

* - Ironic as Sprint didn't make a 5G announcement with the others.

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Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

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VW-ing (cheating) the App-Store screening?

"The other benefit is that Apple supposedly vets all submitted applications - but as we've clearly shown here, they (sometimes?) do a miserable job."

Could Trend Micro have coded the apps to detect when they are being tested by Apple and not do the data slurp?

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Half on the PHB, half on "Marty"

So you have two redundant power buses, but only the cables to hook each machine up to one of them. Why wouldn't you hook half to Bus1 and half to Bus2? That way you're mitigating any risk to only half of the machines.

There may be mitigating circumstances not documented in the story, but we have all laughed at stories where both PSUs were connected to the same power bus.

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Better option anyway.

"There *is* a Vancouver, Washington, but it's really just an inconveniently located suburb of Portland, Oregon."

With no income tax in Washington and no sales tax in Oregon I'd say it's pretty well located!

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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

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Re: "some patent troll will sue for using one of the C languages?"

"It's interesting to note that OS/2 supported Win 3.x API because IBM had a license to do so."

And OS/2 with WinOS2 was more expensive than OS/2 with "Bring your own Windows" because of that - IBM transferred the licensing cost to the customer.

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Escalating pay scale

Great - now my kid is going to want more money to clean up after the dog...

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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Not too worried

I mean how hard are the "couch critters" likely to be using this going to be able to throw?

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Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

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Facebook claims it ripped off the idea???

"Facebook has prevailed in a suit over its iconic news feed and claims it ripped off the idea from a patent troll."

Change "and" to "that" so the sentence has the intended meaning, but I got a big laugh out of how it is written!

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Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

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Missed opportunity?

"The FCC in fact already has the authority to introduce precise measures that would force cable companies that are making billions in profits annually to invest in infrastructure that would bring fast internet to rural America."

If it's so easy for the FCC to do this why didn't it happen under the previous administration? We could be 10 years down the road to getting this addressed.

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: Conspicuously Missing...

I had AT&T Uverse for a few years (the exact length of the contract). On a regular basis, on Thursday mornings between 10:30 and 11:30 I would have a momentary outage, which would knock internet connectivity down for about 10 minutes as the modem resync'ed. Working from home made that a real pain.

Finally found out that new installs were done on Thursday morning, and the tech assigned to this area wasn't labeling the box, so he had to hunt for an inactive port to hook the new customer up to. His method for this was to unplug cables until he found an inactive one.

I laugh at the "We want you back" mailings I get from them. Or will until I need to switch off of Spectrum again to get New Customer Pricing...

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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BOFH Excuse Generator failure?

Maybe it is just poor excuse output from the BOFH Excuse Generator.

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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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Smartphone only voting???

Way before you even start talking about the (abundant) technical issues with this, the concept of requiring a smartphone to vote should be getting challenged. If requiring an ID to vote is seen as trying to make voting too hard for certain demographics, what is requiring a smartphone?

Where is the ACLU on this??

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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"You lucky guy ! My first was a 20MB MFM drive. I thought I'd never be able to fill it !"

Throw that on a RLL controller and see your capacity go up to 30MB! Or do I have it backward and you'd end up at 13MB...

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Why hack a parking meter screen?

"The company says that none of the images actually appeared on the screen and seems confused as to what the reason for the hack was in the first place (we're willing to bet the answer is not more complicated than: because we can)."

Because putting porn where the children could see it is a great way to get attention.

Are we sure Darktrace didn't pull that one off themselves - it's pretty "sexy" (yeah, I did that) to have in their announcement.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

"It's not sympathy, it's mentally threatening them with a large axe (with a nod to Douglas Adams of course) that works for me."

The device, or the relative?

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Pissing on customers

"its not so much leaving, its leaving then offer a cheaper solution at the same time. with migration assistance."

That's a great point - if AWS could migrate Amazon off of Oracle, they can do it for anyone else, too! The AWS Sales guys must love it - that's got to be one of the easiest customer reference calls ever!

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When Amazon moves to AWS are they really moving to the Cloud?

Isn't Cloud running your business on someone else's servers?

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: A Collaboration Of Liars

"Present them, one by one, to the American people and they'd say 'Sure. That's obviously right'."

And here's the thing - I disagree. I don't think providing mass amnesty to illegal aliens is right. In some cases, yes, but a blanket policy to absolve people of an illegal action is wrong.

"Of course, the USA ought to be able to come up with a better choice than Trump/Clinton."

Exactly. Both sides managed to alienate the middle, and that's where Trump was able to win. Here's hoping that lesson was learned (and here's doubting it was...).

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Re: A Collaboration Of Liars

@phuzz You're saying that like Hillary was any better of a choice. Different, yes, better, no. She seems to constantly say what her audience wants to hear, and is focused on covering her backside. Email-gate would have been over in 3 seconds if she would have just stood up and said, "Yeah, that was a bad decision by me." Denying it repeatedly, pushing responsibility toward her staff, doing everything but being responsible for it, destroyed her credibility to a LOT of people. At least with Trump you know what he's thinking - because he Tweets it constantly. And enough people thought that was the better option.

Both sides alienated the middle in this election cycle. As you can't write in "Snoopy" on the ballot any more we all got what we all got, with neither side being all that happy about it.

Bring on the "you're an idiot" replies and the "But Trump..." rants - then reread "Both sides alienated the middle" and realize its still happening.

Or think of it this way - how much do you learn by being called stupid??

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Qualcomm demands blueprints to Intel chips used in Apple iPhones

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Re: This makes no sense

"...because there's nothing about Intel's 2018 RF components..."

I agree that the design blueprints and firmware code are probably not on a public share (at least on purpose...), but the way the line is written it implies that everything is already disclosed.

Or that they aren't not disclosed. Or not aren't not undisclosed. Or...

(No Coffee icon, so we'll go with the next best thing...)

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This makes no sense

"Qualcomm argued Intel should cooperate because there's nothing about Intel's 2018 RF components – the SMARTi7 RF transceiver and the XMM 7560 baseband processor – that remains undisclosed to the public"

The way that reads Qualcomm is asking Intel for information which has already been disclosed publicly, and complaining they don't have it.

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Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

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Re: "...5G connection running at 2.8Gbps..."

Which is better: Morse code than two squirrels with semaphore flags?

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: "OS/2 Warp"

You could copy the contents of the floppies to a directory and install from there. I ran an OS/2 2.11 farm and would copy the floppies to one server then run the install across the network from there. Saved eons of time having to install a FP on 80 servers.

Developed that out to a repository for all of the packages (Notes, CM/2, ADSM, etc) and fixes on the servers. Once I was done with the base OS install on a new machine I didn't have to touch a floppy or CDROM again.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Fun on the lot!

So you just need one mischievous person on the car lot, reading VINs and registering the cars to an account, to cause this headache for the initial owners.

THAT might get someone's attention.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Backfired a bit, eh?

"In the run-up to the referendum itself, a number of big tech companies' UK tentacles came out as pro-Remain and told their staff to vote against leaving the EU, including IBM..."

Maybe if they hadn't laid so many people off that would have been more effective for the Stay contingency.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: del *.*

Back in '95 I was working at a help desk where a number of colleagues from the Windows support team were upgrading their WfW 3.11 machines to Win95 (1,2), and a number of them were having issues copying the '95 install files to their machines over the network (3). The drive wasn't full, but the copy job was failing for everyone at just about the same spot in the file list.

I looked at the screen, and noted two things: They were at C:\> and the end of the dir/w showed 512 files and directories (max for the root of a FAT12 volume). On pointing this out the user of that machine typed in "del *.*" and was about to hit Enter when I yelled "Stop!" This got a bunch of angry glares (4), to which I said "Think about what that will do."

At which point I was (rather impolitely) told to go back over to my side of the call center.

1. Not me - I was happily running OS/2. Warp 3.0 on one machine (probably beta at that time), 2.11 on a PS/2 Mod70

2. No idea why they weren't doing a fresh install instead of an upgrade/migration

3. CDROM drives were scarce, so one person copied the CD to their system and everyone else was copying that directory to their local hard drive

4. There was a lot of animosity between the Windows and OS/2 support teams, and the fact I had identified the problem was already a poke in the eye.

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Re: VM/CMS

"I later upgraded it to 4 MB of RAM by replacing around thirty-two discrete integrated circuits so I could run DesqVIEW."

You can be honest here - it was to run Wing Commander and we all know it.

(Mine's the one with the printout of the config.sys and autoexec.bat to get 632KB free base memory, with mouse support, in the pocket)

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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"Is there anything else I can do?"

I always loved when a user would ask me "Is there anything else I can do to fix this?" during repeated reboots of OS/2 (ie - lots of dead time). If they were a fun user I'd tell them they could always click their heels together and chant "There's nothing like a working Thinkpad."

The best was the gal who did that, then when the desktop came back up (corrupted INI files...) shouted "It worked, it worked!!"

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Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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"Personally I always travel with four laptops..."

I bet the people behind you in the security line at the airport love you for that!

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"Why was personal data on the company laptop?"

My thoughts too - in the US your work machine belongs to the company, and most companies have a policy that it is not for personal use. A startup may not have that in place, but since he came from Google I can't believe he hadn't been living and working under that policy before.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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I've been observing these forums for years, rude and insulting comments are mostly made by people who want to look superior to others - the few not trying to be superior are usually just frustrated by the other comments they are seeing.

Me? I' keep it simple - I'm only passive-aggressive to other posters when I'm trying to make a parody of their posts.

(Yeah, I'll be heading out now...)

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Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France

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Love the dolphins!

Such a nice touch to the image.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Re: Solution

"Sure in most cases it means manual counting of votes etc but as these are doing in local polling stations they are on a much smaller scale and feed up to the total making fraud much more difficult as the votes come in from so many other locations."

There are often highly localized items on the ballot, so that one nefarious counter could change an outcome. I've seen town council seats won with less than 80 total votes tallied, and I'm in a fairly populous area.

Plus there is the sad fact that there are otherwise quite intelligent people who have problems counting past 10 (unless not wearing shoes, then they can hit 20 with some regularity). That's why the whole electronic tabulation thing took off to begin with.

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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"That way, the 49ers might finally win a Superbowl again."

Well, they'd have to beat the Rams and Chargers, so not too likely...

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Ah Zork...

Learned to type to play it faster. Learned basic flowcharting to make better maps. Learned better curses to direct them at the developers.

When we see an AI that can beat Zork I I'll start to get worried.

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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

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Re: Core!

"Part of it is the miscreants doing. They'd take the ransom and never send the "unlock" code."

One bad apple among the bad apples ruins it for everyone!

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Shop-lock, stock drop and barrelled results: Nasdaq threatens Tintri with delisting

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"It's not looking good for array-flinger"

Now that's an understatement, El Reg!

"The storage arrage supplier revealed it would run out of cash at the end of June and nothing has happened to give customers any certainty that Tintri can survive."

It certainly sounds like everyone should start using the past tense whenever talking about Tintri.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: Will they be Fined?

"Also divide by the number of people, since it's reasonable for small countries to levy smaller fines since they are affected less, and the difference gets even smaller."

Better would be to divide the fine by the number of vehicles they are being fined for. I'm willing to bet there are significantly more VW diesels in Germany than in the US, so that 4x greater fine in the US is significantly more per vehicle.

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Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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FAIL

People worked at Basho

While these idiots were playing their games there were people working at Basho. Hopefully this opens the door to them being able to recover some of the losses incurred through these antics.

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Re: Sir, the odds of successfully negotiating a football field are a million to one

"So you mean there's a chance?"

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California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America

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In California, the bastion of all that is progressive and good? A Dem controlled state had a Dem controlled committee cave to the telco/cable companies. Could it be that this isn't really a partisan issue, but a problem with most all of our elected officials?

On the positive side is the public outcry was at a level that made them flinch. They do still hear the voters if we yell loudly enough. Which should inspire the public to be that much more vocal on issues.

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NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap

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Cheating the numbers?

I wonder if anyone has "VW-ed" their array microcode to recognize it is being tested for a SPC-1 benchmark and do something to cheat the results.

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Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

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Re: "The fictional prez, a former Army Ranger and Gulf War veteran"

The character stopped reminding me of Clinton right there - voluntarily served in the military during the "Bush War"? There's suspension of belief, but that is pushing it, isn't it??

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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El Reg fail...

"And while there is absolutely no justification in ever threatening public officials and especially their children in relation to a policy decision, it is also worth noting that it may have been Pai who actively decided to press charges."

"In short, while it is completely unacceptable to threaten officials and their children, the entire episode has served to highlight why people are so disappointed with and angry at Aji Pai personally."

Major fail on the tone of this article, El Reg. You need to turn the first comma in each of those statements and delete the rest. How does anything that Pai has done justify this guys actions? Threatening to kill someone because you didn't get your way is unacceptable. Threatening someones kids, under any circumstance, is unacceptable. This guy decided to double up here - he is wrong, period.

There's nothing left to say about it.

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Flipping 'ell, Dell! IT giant preps to go public again, files its homework

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Re: Printouts - please eat without ketchup

5 years is a long time for things to change, especially with an Administration change in DC. What made sense 5 years ago might not any more, so I'm giving them some benefit of the doubt here.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Now he can get a tattoo, "Shot by the Mom!"

"It takes a hell of a lot of bullets to chop down a douglas fir!"

True, but that just makes it that much more fun to try! Don't ask me how I know, I just do, OK??

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

"The safe option would be to shoot a single warning shot through the top of the door, at an upward angle. Would probably miss, but a) he'd know she was serious and b) no risk of injury to innocent passers by."

Shooting upward is one of the most irresponsible things you can do with a gun - those bullets come back down (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebratory_gunfire). Hitting your target is priority #1, not hitting something else is a close #2.

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Re: Seriously?

"Indeed, the false choice in the US between a turd-sandwich and a shit-bagle can't actually be called a democracy."

Wonderful quote - have one on me.

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