* Posts by Cranky_Yank

21 posts • joined 21 Dec 2015

Japanese dark-web drug dealers are so polite, they'll offer 'a refund' if you're not satisfied


Re: Japanese Dark Web Prostitution?

I have lived in Japan for nearly four decades but it never ceases to amaze me. I recently read that exchanging money for sex is legal so long as the sex is manual, oral, or anal. Vaginal penetration is illegal. Inscrutable, eh what?

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans


See Janet in "The Good Place"

If you don't get the reference, Janet is a non-human character in the Netflix comedy.


Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse


Re: And that's probably why...

In Japan black is connected with death.


The non-Hispanic whites

Being a citizen of the U.S.A. I had to declare the race of my newborn children on a number of government forms. I was deeply puzzled by the "non-Hispanic white" option as I could not understand the need to separate the whites nor could I understand who is and isn't Hispanic. If anybody knows why this is so, please enlighten me.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?



What would Keyser Soze do? Remember how Keyser (Verbal) held his cigarette in the car? I wonder how he would hold his mobile phone?

HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)


Cost analysis

What sort of rowing boat could I purchase for 800 quid?

If I'm going to get seasick, I might as well enjoy some fresh air and the chance to catch supper.

Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way


The nanny state

Now every telescope in the U.S.A. must have the warning "Objects in your reflector's mirror are smaller than they appear." engraved on it.

Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?


Glass houses and all that

The author alluded to a person's poor spelling yet used "rationale" in place of "rational" more than once.

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood


Rubbed the wrong way

Has it occurred to anybody that "Lord" sounds a bit sexist? Any suggestions for a viable substitute?

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads


Mildly curious

In what situation would your life depend on recalling a video ad?

Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids


This is about the DACA; these are some facts

Avg DACA recipient is 26 & came to US at age 6

91% are employed

100% have no criminal record

They pay $500 to renew every 2 yrs ($800M)

DreamHost smashed in DDoS attack: Who's to blame? Take a guess...


Premature ejaculations

I would not expect the commenters on a web site devoted to IT to go off at half cock. Nowhere in the article does it state who launched the attack. RTFA.

Not another Linux desktop! Robots cross the Uncanny Valley


I've never disliked spiders or snakes. Somebody once told me that humans have a natural fear of mushrooms. I was born with an inbuilt dislike of generalizations.


Don't look now but...

The units designated Keanu Reeves, Kevin Costner, and Tom Cruise crossed the uncanny valley long ago.

Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical


Why can't we get along?

Onions stopped making me cry after I agreed to stop beating eggs and whipping cream.

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid


Blame the EU?

Did I miss the episode in which it was explained why a man from France (Captain Picard) spoke with a British accent?

Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov


One for the history books

I predict January 20, 2017, will be called the beginning of the Dark Ages 2.0 in America by future history boffins.

Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby


With the NASA Eyes app installed, one can enjoy the journey at virtual first hand.

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


Say it with song

Coincidence or conspiracy? When I changed the TV channel from the Brexit vote news to the music channel, the Sex Pistols were singing God Save the Queen. "No future, no future, no future for you."

I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture


IBM loved 2001

I was working at, not for, IBM when 2001 A Space Odyssey came out. Every other day, an IBM employee would sidle up to me and whisper, "H is one letter before I, A is one letter before B, and L is one letter before M. Get it?".

VMware, Xen issue urgent patches


When a cafe in a gentrification zone has a critical deserialization vulnerability, does it move to Brick ln.?

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