* Posts by skeptical i

967 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007

'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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Devil

Re: Maybe it's for the best...

Must be a race-watching thing, I hear that the Kentucky Derby is an annual milliners' dream (for sales) or nightmare (to witness).

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Re: Paint balls vs CCTV

re: "fill paperwork for a background check before the dealer can even consider a sale" -- This is true if the individual buys from a dealer. In some states, if the background check results do not come back within $num_hours (varies by state) the dealer shall sell the firearm. In some states, background checks are not required for private (person-to-person) sales or sales at gun shows. Then there's the issue of when states with VERY different approaches to firearms share a border and visitors don't know the differences, or where exactly the border is in the rural areas.

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

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Paris Hilton

ONE tether line?

There was not a second back-up tether line used? Seems like an odd oversight given the cost of the damn thing.

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skeptical i
Devil

Re: According to the LA Times it's porkalicious

Speaking of porkaliciousness, how's the F-35 coming along?

Billions, starving children, priorities, yadda, yadda, yadda.

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

skeptical i
Devil

food in space?

Our moon is made of cheese and Saturn's got a moon of Enchiladas, what next?

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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And when the grandkids find them?

Most kids in Amurka know the shape of a gun, and most (I hope) are taught to stay away and notify an adult when they find one (and/or proper handling when they are old enough). Aside from "innocent bystander", I think we'll see "child" and "accident" when this goes to market.

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Re: robdunford2@me.com

If Gramma is already holding it when she gets mugged, it could have a brass knuckles function if she punches toward the perp's midsection and pulls the trigger -- a "+5 punch enhancer" of sorts for close contact scenarios. Otherwise, maybe not so helpful.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Read the EULA, people

How does it benefit Microsoft in the long term to have a EULA that essentially says "the floor will be shifting, the rug likely yanked out from under your operation as we see fit, and any bad outcomes are your problem to solve"? I hear time and again how the business community wants "predictability", this magic fun house forced update regime sounds exactly like what the corporate sector would run screaming from. Unless it's Microsoft's next extortion venture: "That's a nice business you got there, it'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it, wouldn't it? For a small fee, Guido here will see to it that no unfortunate ... upgrade ... befalls your business ...."

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

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re: fake data

I'm sure AVG and everyone else already pad their data, but slurping additional "real" data adds a veneer of truthiness to the sell. If I'm flogging widgets using company XYZ's user data to find my target audience, I have no idea what to expect: if I sell stuff, great; if not, is it because the data is flawed or because my product is crap? Commence finger-pointing in five... four... three....

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

skeptical i
Devil

I hope this ends up having been a colossal con job.

Research project, senior thesis, "hold my beer and watch this", spinning click-through advert dollars, lost the local truth-or-dare lightning round, et cetera, would at least make a modicum of sense.

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Re: My Question:

"Peeple" is what they will do on you and tell you it's raining "positivity", "abundance, joy, and real authentic connections". That's not hate mail, it's a challenge to be the better you you know you can be.

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

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junk food, junk mail

Now the person whose mail got eaten only need show the video to the debt collection agency -- "See? I told you a monkey ate the invoices!".

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Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

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Coat

After the high ...

... comes the crash.

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

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Re: Alltogether Now

re: "we need to boost the great American auto industry"

True, but with Toyota and other non-Merkin manufacturers having set up plants (with the always- politically- defensible JOBS!) on U.S. soil, the rally round the flag might not be as fervent as it would have been in decades past.

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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

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Coat

new jargon du jour?

So, will people who fit their performance to pass a test be accused of V-Dub'ing it?

Sample usage:

"Dude, how did you pass the urine test to get your new job after having smoked bales of reefer last month?"

"Easy, I got some of that detox-in-a-bottle at the head shop and V-Dub'ed the test."

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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Meh

Can we trade the "Happy Birthday" song for the Batmobile?

Not sure I like the net result of today's and yesterday's in-or-out-of-copyright exchange.

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

skeptical i
Devil

Depends on where you work.

re: "' ..."original" birthday songs at many chain eateries' ... But that was not a bad thing!"

The dishwashers, waitstaff, and captive audience at the perpetrating chain slop buckets would likely have a different opinion. See what happens when labour unions lose power?

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Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

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Paris Hilton

Didn't fecebook already have a dislike button?

Back towards the beginning, before world+dog discovered fecebook, ISTR a thumbs up/ thumbs down combo, or like/ dislike buttons. The reason for removing the 'dislike' button was something about it being used to bully people; offering only a 'like' button has clearly since then made the world a happier friendlier place and we must now put a stop to that. Zuckerworld, what a strrange place.

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WTF?

Re: Slider of Ambivalence

re: "Friend of mine has her WORK SCHEDULE (and crucially, any changes thereof) posted on Farcebook by her boss."

I am horrified, but I guess that just shows my ignorance of what kids is doing these days. I wonder how the boss would feel if your friend's house got burglarized because perps knew when she wouldn't be there -- sued, perhaps?

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Paris Hilton

Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

re: camera, photos

Sorry, that's more or less what Michael said in the original post, duh.

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Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

Ditto -- less Disneyworld, more quirky roadside attractions.

It'd be cool if he had a camera mounted to take a piccie of the newly-painted ball every day, so he could string the pix together for a time-lapse film of the growing baseball. Next time .... ;^)

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

skeptical i

Microsoft gets 70K additional customers and they complain?

70K more people are now somewhere in the MS Office ecosystem instead of using Open/Libre/other Office. A bunch of new non-paying targets, er, customers may not be a win, but it's not a loss either.

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OFFICIAL: Facebook growth BIGGER THAN ... JESUS, the INTERNET!

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Paris Hilton

AOL v2.0?

re: "But that particular [Internet.org] project is really more about ... offering a very narrow number of website[s] over Internet.org, including (surprise!) Facebook."

Forgive my faulty memory, but isn't the proposed Zuckernet more or less what AOL did way back in the day, i.e., plug people into AOL's cache of its version of (or a heavily filtered entree to) the interwebs instead of creating an onramp to the "real" interwebs?

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Airbnb goes titsup – travellers and hosts flip out over lengthy downtime

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Pirate

Ya' sure it's not the revenge of non-air B&B owners?

In my fair burg (and many others, as I've been reading) municipal gubmints have been burbling on about "levelling the playing field" between "real" B&B operations (those with licenses, permits, and who remit bed taxes) and "air" B&B operations (no licenses, no permits, no taxes), since the former are concerned about losing customer revenue to the latter.

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

skeptical i
Devil

Austin Powers

One deduces that his post-re-animation drainage was dismissed from the data pool as a statistical outlier.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

skeptical i
Devil

Re: So basiclly,

"Double-wide" applies to more than mobile homes roun' here.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: Why he weas arrested?

The grass that dares to grow tall gets cut down.

Confidential to school boards everywhere: punishing kids who make neat gadgets is not going to fill those 21st-century STEM jobs everyone is banging on about.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

skeptical i

Some thoughts

(a) If the good Doctor is concerned about the exploitation part of prostitution, then she should consider legalizing (or at least de-criminalizing) it so that those in the industry can go to police to report abuse without fear of being locked up themselves, can unionize, and can generally make more ruckus about better working conditions. The State of Nevada has legalized prostitution and while I don't have figures to hand (ha!), my guess is that labour conditions are more favourable there and incidents of abuse/ exploitation are lower than in other states.

(b) Ditto everyone above who has pointed out the "vibrators good, sexbots bad?" incongruence. Not necessarily my cup of darjeeling, but I don't see how having more options available for folks to scratch itches is a bad thing.

(c) Comments about "finally, being able to get a shag without all the human baggage -- arguments, bribing with dinner and flowers, threats of partners withholding bedroom action" would suggest that sexbots could certainly solve some of the symptoms of a relationship mismatch but won't cure it. This of course, is one of the many areas of compromise/ negotiation that each couple has to decide for itself.

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'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

skeptical i
Devil

McAfee -v- Trump smackdown

With the large wallets they possess the media battle could become interesting. Popcorn, beer, and barcalounger on standby.

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Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

skeptical i
Devil

Re: You don't own the air above your ground

"This apparently even includes the oil that flows into the rock under your property from under your neighbor's property due to the fact that you've just sucked your property dry."

Or as Daniel Day Lewis said it, "I. Drink. Your. MILKSHAKE!"

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Devil

Re: Just a shot in the dark...

cue George Takei: "Oh, myyy!" o_O

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Voluminous Versailles vagina viciously violated – again

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Devil

Re: poser art

re: "so much 'art [is] paid for by the taxpayer and so the 'artist' can get away with any old shit" -- sounds like a sweet gig to me, how do I get in on this action? I have some "yard art" that I am quite confident is a most appropriate metaphor to enliven and humanize any upcoming future public works project, enquiries welcome ....

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Meh

Kids screwing up? Out you go.

Hi, A.C.: There are certainly many many cases wherein parents/ carers/ sperm and egg donors are clearly negligent and have more than a small hand in their offsprings' misdeeds and in those cases the "parents" should be made to participate in the reparations. But -- and I say this not knowing the particulars of these perps' family lives, and pro'ly sounding a bit huggy-feely -- if there are already stresses on the family (poverty, divorce, crap education system) even the best- intentioned parents might be pulled too thin to effectively, um, parent. Even the obvious solution ("if you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em") doesn't apply if the best laid plans have gone aglee with a medical bankruptcy or other reversal of fortune. Not sure how to address this one.

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Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

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Devil

Re: Quickly!

Nah, just get some trick cyclists to say it cures $health_issue because it contains $magic_woo et voila, problem solved. Say it leaves rhino horn in the dust for curing male ... shyness ... and China will hoover it up.

Unless this falls under the category of introducing parasites ....

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Coat

Re: apparently...

That would be the rentboy.com article, then?

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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Re: Thunderstruck

"There's something I must tell you.

There's something I must say.

The only really perfect love

is one that gets away."

-- The Residents

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

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Re: The blondes bursting in air

re: "never-ending problem with everything from sexual harassment to rape within its own ranks", I was thinking about this when I read that female soldiers tend to have tougher sledding on adultery charges than male ones in military court since it's not impossible that many acts of "adultery" by females in uniform were consensual only in a fearing-of-retribution sense. One hopes the atmosphere has improved and women are treated with more respect.

Great headline, Pliny, and agree about the Marines in Paris, the world needs more such people.

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Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

skeptical i
Devil

Or the cable guy.

viz., Karl Hungus in _Logjammin'_.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Sa- Saf- Safari?

*sigh* This doesn't end well, does it.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

skeptical i

but what are people actually vaping?

That was my concern, not to regulate the bejabbers out of vaping juice or devices, but to have some quality control so that shady operators can't simply put cherry-flavoured whatever out there with a pretty label.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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Meh

Re: Seems like a symbolic fine

Thank you, DougS, for the details on Snowden's background. I figured this was some kind of back-handed smear campaign against Snowden, to imply that there was something bad in his background that should have disqualified him if USIS had done their job and since they did not, well, we saw what happened. Because there's no way on this green earth anyone truly qualified would ever say bad things about the gubmint, izzere.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

skeptical i
Devil

Not long ago the radio announcer said

that a group of divorce lawyers was eagerly awaiting "Christmas in September" as a result of this data dump. Seems that if anyone with a pulse and a keyboard could create an indelible account using anyone else's email address perhaps "post-Christmas-regifting-day in September" might be of more appropriate scale.

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Holmes

Disobedience, take two

Bolton plod put up a notice:

"Lost, abandoned, or strayed --

some horticulturist's ganja

seems to have been mislaid.

Last seen lazing about

the park near Moses gate.

If anyone has any info to share,

contact the station post-haste."

We know what's in that pipe, sir.

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Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail

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Meh

If "[d]isrupting advertising is a vital part of Operation Creative"

(from CoPL website), how do we get more of that? I don't have a problem with the idea of adverts, per se (if that's what keeps sites up and running, I guess it's a necessary evil), but I DO have a problem with having to choke down dozens of the damn things while waiting for the relative paucity of content on some news sites to load.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Re: When the economy is in the toilet

clarify: should have typed "the same non-response we got to Walmart and their sub-optimal working conditions", sorry for confusion.

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skeptical i
Meh

When the economy is in the toilet

and there are (at least) dozens of job applications on file for every position at the company, what is Amazon's incentive to treat employees with respect? As long as there are plenty of customers happy to use its one-click-and-ship (or whatever their special sauce is) service for their shopping, there is no financial incentive to mend their ways. With low prices being part of their schtick, I don't expect to see customers boycotting the Smiley Box people any time soon (as is/was the case with Walmart and their sub-optimal working conditions).

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Re: hr aren't that bad

What is this "union" of which you speak? My donut says Amazon's warehouse "fulfillment" ops are in right-to-work (aka "right to get fired") states, and that much of the rest of the staff is "contract" labour.

Although I note with amusement the NYT's drop of this article just before the Labour Day holiday (no, we Merkins don't celebrate it on 01-MAY like the rest of the world), providing more fodder for those working for more progressive workplace policies.

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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

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Coat

? Twitler ?

Leaving now.

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Meh

Re: Bah!

Not surprised it's come to this; for reasons beyond my ken 'Merkin culture (such as it is) seems hell bent on pressing everyone with digital dexterity to post any and all mundane details for world + dog to ignore.

Was going to say that the F-35 does not seem to need any help being rendered useless, but x7 beat me to it. Our gubmint holds out the begging cup when it comes to properly funding education and health care (sorry, Obama, buying health insurance != getting proper care), but has plenty of frogskins to spaff on yet another boondoggle "jetplane go WHOOOOOSH Top Gun chop-socky!!" wet dream. Bah indeed.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Devil

Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman from Mars

The white thing on the next outcropping over (to her right/ our left) was someone's beach house (white walls, dark roof) until not long after this piccie was snapped ... no one says 'no' to the Avon Lady and goes unpunished, ask the folks whose houses' ruins are scattered at the bottom of the empty lake basin.

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