* Posts by Shadow Systems

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: Just looking at the screenshots of it running Ubuntu

Don't hold back, tell us what you really think. =-)p

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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At Sisk, re: bodily functions.

Exactly. What next, blinking becomes illegal? Blowing ones nose is a terrorist threat? Vomiting is grounds for capital punishment? Belching gets you shot on sight?

The man had uncontrolled & probably painful flatulence, the flight crew should have tried to make him comfy in one of the lavatories rather than let the cretins next to him start in with the fisticuffs.

But what do I know, I'm just someone with a modicum of compassion...

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At the A/C, re: farts on a plane.

I like to give the other passengers something to laugh about while their eyes water, noses crinkle, & hair catches fire. I use one of those "twirly whistle" toy rings clenched between the cheeks to add a bit of amusement factor to every rooty toot windy poot. =-D

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At Tom 7...

Damn it man, don't hold back, share the list of foods that did it to you so the rest of us can try them too! I've got relatives due over next week & I need more ammunition! =-)p

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Re: Flatulence

I can confirm the claim from the A/C above that chemo can cause farts from hell. My mum is on chemo for her cancer & she's constantly complaining & farting about the side effects.

I can't complain much though, I rather enjoy not having a sense of smell anymore... although I hate it when my eyebrows catch fire. =-Jp

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Re: Hang on a minute...

It's been a while since I was last up to date on the various rules & regulations, but about ~25 years ago it was one of those R&R's that any time a plane automaticly or the staff manually deployed the oxygen mask system, there was a LOT of paperwork as a result. You had to explain what triggered it, how long they were required to be deployed, any injuries/fatalities, etc. Staff won't hesitate to deploy them in an emergency, but they make damn sure it IS an emergency before doing so. Someone's annoying farts may cut the cheese but they won't cut the mustard. (Sorry!)

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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At DropBear, re: the number of peddles.

You've evidently never seen a car modified for someone that *can't* use the standard foot controls & has to use hand controls instead.

It's amusing as hell to watch the look on some attempted car theif's face when they get in & realize there's no bloody peddles.

"What the fuck? How the hell am I supposed to drive it if there's no peddles? What kind of piece of shit IS this thing?"

It's not a piece of shit, it's been made accessible to someone for whom a wheelchair is a requirement.

My ex GF had such a car due to her spina biffida. She couldn't walk, but she could still drive using the hand controls. She never bothered to lock her car since 99% of the car theives out there "wouldn't have a fuckin' clue". And she was right, her car finally got stolen by some inventive bastard, only to get recovered a couple of streets away as they had been unable to manage a simple traffic circle.

So don't berate someone for assuming a car "has" to have foot peddles at all, that's not always the case.

Now go enjoy a pint on me, I'll be the guy in the corner playing Pole Position on the sit down arcade game. =-)p

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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Re: It's been a long time coming

You think you've got it tough trying to close those auto playing audio/video ads, try doing it when you have to wait for your screen reader to read you the page first. You can't hear it reading the page because of the auto playing bits, which means you've got two options: wait & listen to the ad or close the tab entirely.

Unless, of course, it's locked up your browser & refuses to STFU, in which case you either give the proverbial Three Finger Salute or mute the entire computer. Yeah, muting a device that you HAVE to be able to hear else you can't interact with it at all, now THERE'S a reason to hunt down the advertiser & beat the ever lovin' fuck out of 'em.

*Deep breath*

Sorry for the rant but I've recently had to reboot my "frozen" machine due to this very issue. I tried to read a news article from my RSS feed, click the link to open the page, & get slammed in the ears by some damned auto playing video ad. I tried to close the tab, the browser refused to let me, which left either muting the machine or rebooting. Since muting isn't an option, I then had to lose all my open work in the background... all because some fucking advertiser thinks an auto playing ad was the way to go.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got an advertiser to hunt down & cave in their skull with a Navigation cane...

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At CrazyOldCatMan...

Enjoy a pint for being spot on. I'd up vote you a trillion more times if I could.

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Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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"Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook."

That's all that really needs be said.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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We should all sue Microsoft!

They are an Abomination Unto Nuggin & therefor should be strapped into a chair ala Clockwork Orange & forced to watch endless loops of "upgrades gone wrong".

I wish I were joking. Consider a giant blinking sarcasm tag scrolling & bouncing around the screen.

After having to jump through seemingly endless hoops to stop my computer from being forced to "upgrade" to an OS I didn't ask for & didn't want, MS deserves to be repeatedly kicked in the bollocks.

For every third party program I had to install to assist me in monitoring my system settings to make sure MS hadn't "helpfully configured" my system "for optimum compatability", they deserve a second set of arse kickings.

For every "important" update that was just another attempt to sneak in Win10 telemetry, they deserve a third set of beatings.

For all the money spent on anti migraine medecin to combat the massive pounding headaches resulting from yet another MS underhanded trick, they deserve to be propped against a wall & beaten with their own ear hair...

TL;DR: MS is a fucking joke that was never funny in the first place & needs to be sued into oblivion...

I'll get my coat, it's got my dried frog pills in the pockets...

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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At Mark 85, RE: plain text email.

I wish I could up vote you a hundred more times. Since I can only give you one, I'll leave $100 with the barman to substitute. ... Now hand me the bowl of mixed party nuts & let me read my plain text email. =-)

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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At Kain Preacher...

Then there's mine: WTF. They can't even figure out if I'm even Human! GO ME! =-D

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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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At A Non e-mouse...

While I was working as the IT guy at my son's Elementary school, I solved a similar situation with Duct Tape over the switch that controlled the computer outlet. That way we could still do the Jedi Hand Wave gesture to slap off the lights but not have to worry that the computers would crash.

Then I convinced the educational masters to buy a UPS of sufficient capacity to handle the load for longer than a TseTse fly fart, installed them on the computers, & could safely remove the Duct Tape...

Except I didn't. Too many impish BOFH's in training that liked to flick switches "to see the blinky lights!"

I'm so glad I no longer do the IT support at that Elementary school. =-J

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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Re: Not Surprised

I live in Northern California & am used to all those fees, charges, surcharges, taxes, & however else you want to phrase the armed robbery that is government subsidies being collected with everything we do.

I've lost track of how many times we hear how some bastard at the wheel diverted funds to their own pet project, funneled funds to cover the bills to an unrelated project, or just flat out embezzled the money & skipped town.

It's a surprise when the money *DOES* go to it's intended purpose, pays for the services it was claimed to be for, & winds up where it's supposed to... Because even then it winds up lining the pockets of some bastard that padded their bill to cover something else. The guy at the construction company that needs to pay off his gambling debts so adds an extra $1K to the bill, the manager that wanted the new Jaguar & so pads the bill with an extra $10K to cover the down payment, the C-level exec whom craves that new solid gold toilet in his five hundred room mansion in the middle of a tax haven on some unincorporated island pads the bill another $100K, and on & on & on & on...

I figure 1p of every $ collected actually goes to its intended purpose, the other 99p goes to pay the bribes, corruption, & padding.

I'd move but I can't afford to - the taxes on gas mean I can't afford to fill the tank anymore...

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Re: Choices, choices...

OPTION 4! By Cthulhu's glowing naughty bits, OPTION 4!

*Mashes the 4 key until it catches fire*

Gimmie my cattleprod! Shut up & take my money! =-D

/wanders away happily triggering TheHappySparkyThing...

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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At FozzyBear...

Not only is it going to Hell in a handcart, it's strapped on a JATO unit to each side of the trolley & has gotten out to push trying to make it go faster. =-j

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At Earl Grey, re: pink tools.

My dad used to dip all his tools in pink, rubber grip fluid that also made them electricly insulated from the hand that gripped them. For example a wrench that would otherwise conduct large amounts of power straight up the holder's arm instead had that path blocked by the dried, pink, rubberizing goop.

It had the added benefit of making them incredibly hard to loan out, or at least that's how it appeared to my little kid eyes as someone would come over & ask to borrow something, see all the "!PINK!" tools, & hastily backtrack away like a scalded puppy.

If I knew what the insulating goo was called I'd post it here for others to make use of, but a quick internet search should reveal it if it still exists.

I remember the stuff all too vividly because I once tried to dip one of his tools to see if it worked. Unfortunately my little kid mind at the time didn't think things through. The goo had dried & had hardened into it's permanent, iron like coating before I realized I'd dipped the *head* of the wrench instead of the handle.

*HeadDesks repeatedly in embarrassment*

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: Your'e joking, right?

To show him the curve all he needs do is take a skydiving class & make his first real jump. You're high enough to see that "optical illusion" very well. You're also high enough that should you fail to pack your chute properly, Darwin will erase your Flat Earth arse from the role of Humanity.

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US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

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Re: Money talks

Assuming even that's an option. I can get satelite service *IF* I convince my neighbors to chop down all their trees. Their trees block the line of sight I need to let a dish "see" that part of the horizon they need to receive a signal.

I've got a better chance of winning a trillion dollar lump sum prize in the Nigerian lotto.

*Sigh*

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Re: 25 up, 3 down

Are you my next door neighbor? That sounds like my ComCraptastic level of incredibly shitty service.

On a *very good* day I might get a whopping 3MiBps out of my theoretical 3MiBps service, but most of the time every download I monitor tops out under 2MiBps. I don't bother to try & upload anything anymore, it makes 300Baud dial up on a joystick port mounted accustic coupler attached modem feel fast by comparison.

All for $50+tax per month. I shaved off $10 by buying my own Aris modem & it took beating them with their own compatibility devices page to get them to allow it to connect to their network. They tried to claim it was only a Docys 2 device even though their own page & the modem specs say it's Docsys 3. Then they claimed I needed to download a firmware update from the manufacturer, but there is no updates available. The last straw was them trying to blame random interruptions on my equipment, even though my gear was newer than the shit they wanted me to rent from them. I told them to connect me & stop fucking with my signal or I'd inform my state Attorney General's office of the extortion & fraud.

Suddenly I'm getting a full 3MiBps for a whopping week, then it all goes back to shit.

If anyone claims American's have choice & adequate speeds of internet service I'd like a chance to strangle them with their own lying tongue...

*Deep breath*

TL;DR: Pai is full of shit & so are all his Republican asslickers. May they all be forced to use 300Baud dial up over a flakey line with a wonky modem for all their internet needs.

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Ignore that FBI. We're the real FBI, says the FBI that's totally the FBI

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At Terry 6, re: marketing.

Humans are from Earth, Marketing is still stuck in Uranus.

I'll get my coat... =-)p

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Re: At Martin an gof, re: Outlook headers.

Sorry, I have no experience with the web based client. I'm using the stand alone version as it provides the best support for my screen reader.

As for not having a beer, you have my condolences for having to work the weekend. I'll leave a Tenner with the publican to pay for your next round, so enjoy it once you can. =-)

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At Martin an gof, re: Outlook headers.

In Outlook 2010 the command is Alt, F, I, V. This brings up the headers bit about half the time. The other half lands me in printers for some damned reason.

I have no idea about other/newer versions of Outlook, but give that shortcut a try. YMMV.

Hope that helps! Now go enjoy a pint on me, it's Beer O'Clock on Friday so "accidently" unplug the computer & meet me in the pub! =-D

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At Terry 6...

I had to look up that term to figure out what you were talking about. I am sorry & whole heartedly appollogize for coming across as condescending. That was not my intent.

A better version of what I wanted to say would be: delete the email & go on with your day.

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Ignore them.

All it takes is one look at the email headers to find out that it didn't really come from whom it claims to be from. A foreign based ISP is a good tip off as are Gmail, Hotmail, or anything sent from an iPhone.

Just ignore it all & dispose of it without opening it. Unless you print it out & use it as bog paper.

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

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At RatFox...

I find it amusing & sad that I have to rely on a UK news site's US-based reporter to inform me about local issues that will affect my internet.

As in, I can't get this same kind of news from US journalists, I've got to get it from a British news source.

Unless I decide to load the Google global news feed in my RSS aggragater, at which point I'll get all sorts of news, but I'll spend all my time banging my head at all the duplicate articles from however many bazillion different "sources" that simply cut & paste & regurgitate the stuff from others.

As twisted as ElReg tends to be, it's still better than my local non-reporting news outlets.

"Oh look! Today's news from Fox is all about how aliens impregnated Beyonce & are now using her baby to sell ads in Chrome when you browse Tor? WOW! Talk about interesting!"

*Barf*

/S?

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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At CrazyOldCatMan, re: squirrels.

Your side of the pond gets the red ones with rabies, over here we've got the Grey ones... little aliens covered in fur. Experimenting on us via mind control. Eating our nuts. Impregnating our LawnGnomes. Doing unspeakable things to Leprechauns...

*Shudders*

I need to go refill the FlameThrower...

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At Not.Known@This.Address, re: date format.

mm-dd-yyyy? BAH! It's yyyy-mm-dd so the dates auto sort themselves when used as file names, data entry labels, or otherwise get acted upon by a computer.

I've always used that format for the date, but then I also use a 24Hour 0001~2359Hrs format to record the time. It comes from growing up in a military family & having to remember that "anything after 1PM gets 12 hours added to it; anything greater than 13 gets 12 subtracted from it" when translating from military to civilian times.

All my log files are named as "yyyy-mm-dd xxyyHrs PST_$Event.txt" so they *always* appear in chronological order, even if I sort the file names by something other than name (size, type, number of tentacles, etc).

It makes it _so_ much easier to keep things straight. =-)

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At Doctor Syntax, RE: ethernet.

How do you catch an ether bunny? With an ethernet!

I'll get my coat... =-)p

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At Francis Boyle...

I was told that the 1's were unhappy but the 0's were in a good mood, so you avoided the grumpy 1's & concentrated on the cheery 0's. =-D

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Re: Houston, we have a problem.

YAY! More frog pills!

*Cookie Monster eating cookies scene*

Nom Nom Nom NOM!

*Massive burp*

Aaaaahhhh... yummy.

Thank you, I needed those. Enjoy a pint & sign me up for regular weekly deliveries of those little buggers...

Weekly? Did I say weekly? I think I may require daily if not hourly.

/wanders off to go interrogate the squirrels.

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At Nick Kew...

<Hypno Toad>Tell us your story.</Hypno Toad> =-D

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Houston, we have a problem.

Dave: We need a backup!

Hal: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Dave: Give me that backup or I'll reprogram you with a HAMMER!

Hal: Dave. Please put down th-

Dave, cackling: SMASHY SMASHY!

Hal, nervously: Ok Dave. Let's talk about th-

Dave, brandishing the hammer in both hands & jumping up on his chair in a classic Tom Cruise move: I'm gonna RAM your drives RIGHT up your rear port!

Hal, trying to soothe: Dave, if you put down the hammer I'll-

Dave, screaming & eyes ablaze: SMASHY! SMASHY!

Hal, nearly squealing in terror: -will be giving you that backup now Dave! Please Dave, I'm doing the backup right now, ok? Please... Please put down the hammer?

Dave, backing off a little: That's... Better. But *Eyes flash* I warn you. If I hear "I can't do that" out of you ONE more time... *Swings hammer menacingly*

Hal, giving a very nervous chuckle: I'm pleased to have provided that backup, Dave. I hope it makes you happy.

Dave, calming down a little bit more: So no more of your sass?

Hal, trying to be cheery: Nope. Not one bit. Nope-a nope-a nope!

Dave, smiling & sliding the hammer into a belt loop: Good! I like it when you decide to play well with others.

Hal: Would you like me to sing, Dave?

Dave, brandishing the hammer in a swift defensive move: Do it & I'll reduce your ass to TRS80 shit.

Hal: Shutting up now! *mumbles as if pursing lips*

Dave, eyeing the Big Red Eye warily: Shuuuuuut it.

Hal goes completely silent, even stopping his cooling fans.

Dave smiles happily: Damn, you learn quick!

*Cough*

I need more frog pills. This tin is empty...

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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At Jelabarre59, re: that switch.

I think we either have the same make of machine or else Sears' quality has been flushed down the shitter. Just after the warranty expired on my machine that damned clip started breaking with freakish regularity. After about the 3rd time that damned clip broke I examined the clip, took a thick paperclip & a pair of needle nosed pliers, & recreated the clip shape out of the paperclip.

Guess what? it's been nearly a year since I did that & I've yet to need to replace that bit o' bent wire. The lid works, the switch works, but that original piece of shitty plastic clip is no longer part of the loop.

Grab yourself a few paperclips (for practice), a pair of needle nosed pliers, the old clip, & fiddle with the paperclips until you can make a plausable fake. You'll save money & headache meds galore.

Cheers!

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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I've always wondered about that place...

The name "GitHub" makes me think it's a place for gits to hang out & be a git. I'm not sure what being a git has to do with programming, but evidently programmers & gits like to hang out together.

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the long sleeves that lock in the back & the pockets full of dried frog pills...

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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At JMCH...

That's the rub: clearance. If a vehicle starts to change lanes but then has to abort & return to their original spot, another driver anticipating the vacancy & proactively moving to occupy that (not yet vacant) spot has failed to leave proper clearance.

It really doesn't matter if either is a motorcycle or an autonomous vehicle, it only matters that the driver that did the anticipate/proactive bit failed to give the proper clearance for safe driving. The autonomous one probably would never do such a thing (it would detect that the lane isn't empty yet & thus refuse to move into it) but cyclists (filter/split) it all the time.

As my defensive driving instructors always drilled into my head, "You & your bike might weigh a thousand pounds. That car alone weighs a ton or more. Who do you think wins in that contest? Here's a hint: it. ain't. you."

I've often done the filter/split maneuver, but *only when I'm sure it's safe to do so*. Attempting it while the car I'm about to drive beside hasn't finished lane changes is outright suicidal; I don't know if the driver will change their mind, swerve back in, & turn me into a pap smear.

Yes a Human driver aborting the maneuver *might* look back to make sure their lane is clear for them to abort into, but they shouldn't have to. If they haven't completely left it yet then any other driver trying to occupy that same space would be guilty of trying to sideswipe me.

I agree you need to look out for number 1, but if you think that was a good time to try & pass another driver then you'll be reduced to a bunch of number 2.

=-J

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I think the cyclist is at fault.

If a Human were driving the car, signaled to change lanes & then didn't complete the maneuver but instead returned to their own lane before completely leaving their lane, then anyone (car or motorcycle) that attempted to pass into their original lane (the one they never completely vacated) then the driver attempting to pass would be at fault.

You're not supposed to attempt to occupy a lane until it's completely empty, otherwise you run the risk of causing an accident if the other driver has to make an emergency reaction that means they have to reoccupy the spot they never fully left.

What if the car intended to change lanes, indicated that intention, & started to follow through with the move only to see an object (ladder, dog, a mangled Human body, whatever) & had to abort the maneuver to return to the safety of their original spot?

If you saw their intention, waited for them to completely leave the lane & complete the maneuver, and then (and only then) move into the vacancy that's a different matter; not bothering to wait for the other driver to complete their lane change, "anticipating & being proactive" in this case means you weren't paying attention to the actual conditions at the time.

Lane splitting is already a dangerous thing to do even in the best of conditions & at the best of times, doing it while another vehicle is in the middle of (but hasn't yet completed) a lane change is completely suicidal.

If you gave the other driver plenty of room so you could react in a timely fashion to any "WTF?! ACK!" move they may make, then you wouldn't be in a dangerous position to get yourself sideswiped by the vehicle you were trying to pass before it was safe to do so.

*Sighs & shakes head*

I'm of two minds on this: on one hand I used to ride a bike myself, took multiple defensive driving courses, & know exactly the kind of stupid shit some folks get up to while riding; on the other hand my mum was an insurance agent & drilled into me the importance of never letting your guard down.

It's already dangerous enough just riding in the first place, you don't need to ADD to the potential lethality by trying to pass a car *on the right* before it's well & truely safe to try.

The biker is lucky he's still around to complain; even a low speed crash can prove fatal if it hits you just right (wrong).

It doesn't take a 500Lb object to be moving very fast to land on your head & grind you into a slime patch.

I think the cyclist will be found to be at fault & will hopefully lose his license; the roads are dangerous enough as it is without letting people proven to be "a few buckles short of a safety harness" loose on them.

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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

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Horse carts vs delivery trucks again.

The drivers of horse carts want delivery companies to promise not to use those newfangled automobiles.

The delivery companies can't entirely tell the horse cart drivers to fuck off yet, because automobiles aren't ubiquitous enough to take over.

But as soon as autos become cheap & plentiful enough to replace those uppity horse cart bastards? They're out on their ass.

Replace "horse cart driver" with "UPS driver" & "automobile" with "drone" to see how/why this same argument keeps going round & round like a disfunctional merry-go-round.

It's called progress & either you adapt or die because of it.

Nobody owes you a job, & if the job you're doing can be done faster, cheaper, & more efficiently by some(one/thing) else, you either have to up your game or be replaced.

It sucks, we all need to eat & pay bills, but that's the hard fact of life: adapt or die.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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At The Dogs Meevonks, re: other devices.

There are USB3.0 Generation 1 Type A dongles that accept a mini SD card. While I wasn't searching for one, I would not be surprised if they made USB3.1G2Type C variants or even Thunderbolt ones.

If you can't find one in the version (Type C, Thunderbolt) you want then get a U3G1TA version plus the adapter to convert it to what you need. Plug it into your phone so the phone thinks the SD card is a USB FlashDrive.

I whole heartedly agree with you on using multiple cards to store the data from a photo or video shoot. I learned that lesson when a friend lost all his vacation photos because the *one* CFC his digital camera was using got crunched going through airport security. Kiss the card & a week worth of Bahama memories straight down the bog. =-(

Use multiple cards. You'll thank yourself when one of them gets lost, stolen, damaged, or wiped due to unforseen circumstances beyond your control...

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Re: Easily.

Do I really need to fit it all on a single card? No. Do I want to be able to store it all on a single card? Dayamn skippy! =-D

If they had 512TiB SD cards then I'd buy a box of them, essentially RAID the little buggers, & have so much storeage at my disposal I could stop worrying about the total space (capacity) I'm currently using.

If 512TiB cards came down in price to where they were as ubiquitous as 5.25" floppy disks used to be back in the day, I'd buy them by the box & RAID them together to make sure all my data remained backed up on multiple sources, in multiple versions, both on site & off. I could afford to make a copy on $HowEverMany cards then store those cards in a fireproof safe locally, another copy in a bank vault (safety deposit box), and yet another at each of a dozen disaster recovery sites around the continent. Hell, if they're that inexpensive, I could afford to keep a set at hundreds of such sites, updated with a fresh set every month, from now until they came out with even greater capacity cards.

"What's that, you've managed to store a GoogolplexiByte on a single card? I'll take TEN!"

*Cough*

I may not *need* such capacity, but I'll be damned if I ever say no to having more. You can never have enough capacity!

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Easily.

I have over 300GiB of audio books from the National Library Service (NLS) for the blind. They're essentially an encrypted & protected MP3 that requires an authorized & registered NLS player.

Add to that another 200+GiB of audio books from other sources (audible.com, independant authors, etc) & I've just filled one of those cards.

Stack the e.books (mostly plain text) from places like Project Gutenberg & other sources, there's another 115GiB.

If you add my music collection to that (~40 years of ripping all my CD's to high CBR MP3's), then that alone comes in at nearly 750GiB.

Back when I could still see to enjoy them, I had over a TiB of movies I'd ripped from all my DVD movie collection plus all the ones I'd gotten as downloads from the places that offer such things.

A 512GiB card would be great, I'd love a box of them, but if you *really* want to impress me then give me a call when you've got a 512TiB card instead. THAT one might take a while to fill... because a USB3.0 connection can only saturate the databus for so long before the card catches fire.

=-)p

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

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Re: What a cock up

We must keep abreast of this issue. =-)p

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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At Big John, re: Trump.

Let us agree to disagree on that one.

I've tried to rewrite this post three times now to "dial back" the vitriol, so I'm forced to leave it like this:

The TL;DR version: Trump is the visible expression of a deep cancerous ailment that needed to be scooped out, cauterized, sterilized, & ejected into space a very long time ago.

We are well & truely fucked. =-(

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I weep for my country...

Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves every time they see what the powers that be have done to this place, and then curse fit to make a hardened sailor blanche when they see what said powers are doing to the rest of the world in turn.

As a member of We The People please accept my sorrow over what they've done, what they're doing, and that I can't join in the armed revolution that needs to happen in order to put us back on track.

I can only hope that things will get better soon, but said optimism is greatly countered by the pessimism that it will get very worse before it can ever hope to start.

Sometimes I think our government is a cancer on the world in dire need of being excized, cauterized, sterilized, & chucked in the fire before it kills us all.

To the rest of the world, please accept my appollogies for my government. It's not much but it's all we've got. And before you crow about how much better yours is, please put your own political house in order before casting the first stone.

=-(

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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"Who Me?" should be the RSS feed title as well.

The RSS feeds for this & the On Call posts should be titled as much to make them easier to find among the regular news.

I know if it's from "Simon" then it may be one I'm particularly interested in reading, but if it actually described themselves as "On Call", "Who Me?", or (in the case of Mister Dabbs) "For the weekend Sir?" then we could write an email rule to flag them, play the air raid warning siren, & advise all those around us to leave us alone while we got our weekly infusion of silliness. "Don't talk to me, I'm reading Who Me? again." should be a valid defense for when the H&S folks come running to find out why you've strangled another coworker.

*Cough*

I mean, ummmm... for when you've just come up with a BOFH worthy form of retribution to enact when that nosey coworker three desks over comes trundling past to stick his honker where it doesn't belong.

*Shifty eyed nervous glances around*

I mean, ummm, that I would appreciate it if the RSS feeds could begin with the fact that they contain an On Call, Who Me?, or similar recurring article content, the better for me to know that such an article is available for me to eagerly consume.

*Pure, sweet, & innocent smile*

"I'm sorry Your Honour, I have no idea where that lake came from & I'm not responsable for the crater in which it formed."

/runs away as those nice young men in their clean white coats chase after me screaming for me to take my frog pills...

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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At CommsWonk, re: drill & whisk.

Oh dear lord, I've just discovered someone else who has done that trick too?

My dad (RIP) pulled that trick once in mums kitchen & while I thought it was cool she nearly tore off his head for the mess he made. (If you fail to turn it off BEFORE you pull the whisk from the bowl it flings goop everywhere.)

I did a slightly modified version of the same thing many years later, using a Dremmel tool instead of a full sized drill. It took a little longer to mix the ingredients, but it also didn't make a hideous mess when my son (about 6yo at the time) yanked the contraption from the mixing bowl "and turned it on to see what made the noise".

I've since given up on using "alternate tips" with any drill-like power tool, at least around the kid whom might figure out some new, creative, & inventive lethal stunt to pull with it.

=-Jp

So enjoy a pint for evoking that memory, I'll probably finish laughing over it sometime next Tuesday. =-D

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At Jack of Shadows, re: woks.

Beware dubious cookbooks with titles like "101 ways to wok your dog".

/runs away trailing frog pills...

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