* Posts by skeptical i

965 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007

Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Devil

"Never walk away from a fool and his money"

Although given the centuries' worth of money women have spent (and continue to spend) on similarly stupid "enhancements" (facial this, tummy that, boob other things, the whole cosmetics industry) at least there is comfort that foolishness seems to be an equal opportunity employer. Can't blame the hair-planters for getting an oar into that cash-flow, sounds like tedious but otherwise fairly easy money.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Re: Gee, I'm surprised

Bear shits in woods, film at eleven.

After going through all he's been through (yes, much of it his own doing), though, most folks would pro'ly be a little twitchy.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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I didn't see any topless heifers shaking their udders

or Isaac Hayes* on the boombox -- no wonder our bovine friend's ... contribution ... was less than robust.

* Isaac Hayes, voice of South Park's Chef, he who once asked "Did they give you a ANAL PROBE"?

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: Will DBs have to follow suit?

So? It's only Fecebook, and full of porkies anyway.

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Re: And even more ridiculous...

Perhaps because 'intersex' is the preferred term?

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race: [x] human

Ditto about gender: if you ain't my doctor or bedroom activities partner it is not your concern. Period. However, having said that selecting 'male' for web- based stuff generally gets one shown somewhat less- insipid adverts (big dumb trucks and military recruiting -v- weight loss products and cosmetics). Curious to see what adverts come up with the different options, I see much facepalm in future.

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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This is just a mess ...

.biz and .info didn't do so well, why does anyone think all this other crap will? Oh, wait, I assume anyone's interested in functionality and not the next nest- feathering, sorry.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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opinions filter

From Judge Petty's opinion: "Moreover, Yelp employs a proprietary algorithm to filter potentially less reliable reviews. These reviews are moved to a separate page that a user can access by clicking on a filtered reviews link at the bottom of a business listing."

So, from the comments above one could deduce that "potentially less reliable" refers to some value of "positive" or "negative" depending on whether the subject business has tithed to Yelp, then?

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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"McCarthy was arrested, booked on [] Aggravated Assault on a Household Member"

What, she got his bits too?

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Coat

just add Hets and you get BLIGHT

[* ducks *] [* runs *]

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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bad side effect of a generally good thing

With people complaining -- correctly -- about so many formerly- decent- paying manufacturing and other jobs going overseas, we should be glad that some good-paying jobs in "clean" industry (let's leave the environmental costs of manufacturing computers and providing the leccy for ginormous server farms for another discussion, 'K?) are staying right here in America. If Google paid its employees well but more modestly than currently (i.e., not enough to spur a "mansion shortage" or gentrify entire neighborhoods out of reach for most residents), they'd get bashed for not sharing the wealth with the employees who made it possible. Perhaps San Francisco (and/or other municipality) could enact optional zoning overlays by which certain incentives are given to developers (expedited review, mitigation of certain requirements) if for every X "luxury" units they create for les nouveaux riches, they also build "Y" affordable (however this is defined) ones for everyone else. We've been down this road before, so I'm surprised cities that host big league tech companies haven't gotten this sorted out (or at least shown us what possible "solutions" do NOT work).

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Devil

Did anyone else think "shackles" upon seeing the piccie?

Great design, I like it and would not be unhappy if Santa dropped one down my stocking, but shackles seem sadly appropriate when describing one's relationship to one's mobile device.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

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Yahoogroups is still effed up to unuse-ability,

so yet another snafu with yahoomail is no surprise. Forced migration to "new" formats that don't work, removal of stuff that does, et cetera should have been a red warning flag. As I repeatedly asked the CSR with whom I corresponded /at length/ over the aforementioned fubar'ed yahoogroups, "you clearly have some talented programmers on staff, why are they not being allowed to fix what is broken?"

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OM NOM MON NOM, address et D.O.B: Twitter lets admen chomp users' cookies

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"The end result is a highly relevant and useful message for the user."

Yes there is, isn't there. Caveat emptor, twaddlers.

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

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Pint

M'kew! [Re: Well, Well, Well]

Thank you MOST kindly for the suggestion, I now have a snappier reader installed that allows much more customization. :D

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New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

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Remember this well, my child, The Day it Rained Meat.

Maybe it'll next rain potatoes to go with it.

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Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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only applies to MJ?

"the odor of wacky baccy must be greater than a 7-to-1 dilution rate to be deemed a nuisance" As others have pointed out above, if a line is going to drawn in the sand for marijuana certainly there are other less-benign aromas that should be regulated (cheaper- by- the- gallon "cologne" being one) ... although this could lead to harassment in ethnic neighborhoods where cuisine is pungent and flavorful.

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

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GR8GOVT + NH's motto "Live Free or Die" across the top of the plates

*snrk*

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Curious to see how this works in PHX

A bunch of USPS processing centers in Arizona were closed as a consolidation/ "cost-cutting" measure, with those centers' processing work being schlepped via truck to PHX, then schlepped thence onward to its destination. So a postcard leaving my mailbox has to go across the state to PHX and then come back to ultimately land four miles north of me. We protested that with population and other trends, PHX would eventually become overwhelmed, so why not just leave local processing local and avoid disruptions. USPS consolidated anyway. Fast forward a couple of years and now PHX will be a location for Amazon Sunday delivery and, presumably, a chunk of Amazon's other shipping business. If this proves to be such a bonanza in shipping business that now- closed processing centers must be reopened because PHX is overworked, yay for Amazon. (Probably overly optimistic, but leave me my delusions. :))

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Astroboffins solve birth of the Man in the Moon face

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Angel

So, where's the cheese then?

Isn't the moon supposed to be made of green cheese?

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Meh

"The kind of place where down-home values still reigned"

So in hindsight this was a warning and not a sales pitch? Noted.

Someday, after the perps have been given another pass out of yet another dodgy situation, they are going to try their schtick on a woman who has the means and ability to make them pay horribly for their mistake and I wouldn't mind hearing how that turns out.

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

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Meh

"registered / logged in users are never supposed to see Captchas"? [was: Interesting...but...]

That'd be lovely, plz to tell this to the cretins at yahoomail who seem to think that 25 addresses is "too many". Which wouldn't really be a problem if the darned thing actually worked, you know, let me send after typing the characters multiple times.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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FAIL

Re: And then there's Yahoo!Groups

Um, yeah. I've been going round and round since 30-AUG-2013 (yes, seven weeks and change) about how the "neo" version of yahoogroups does not work on either of my browsers (Opera, Firefox) and they simply don't seem to give a flying fart. Instrux to clear cookies, clear cache, check javascript enabled, check java enabled, send another screenshot (showing that yep, it's STILL broken, page layout still looks like a dog's breakfast), and other rubbish, but no attempts to make the code work (honestly, how hard can it be? It's HTML, not neuroscience), no "rollback" to the last known good version, nothing. Pages are bloated with useless cruft to boot (I'm guessing the creators of this mess have T1 or other fat pipe access and hell, it works just fine for us in the "lab" talking to our servers, so what's the problem?). And these people get paychecks when people who actually have the brains God gave toast are unemployed. Amazing.

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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'Nyan Nyan' pronounced vaguely like 'Nyah Nyah'?

As in "Nyah nyah, nyah nyah, I got some last night, did you?"?

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METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

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Pint

Only women are tough enough to have come from Venus [was: Do women really want to be from Venus]

Acid, heat, and pressure was apparently good preparation for bearing children, having menses (some with mind- numbingly debilitating cramps), and still, in this the 21st century common era, putting up with discrimination, objectification, and other nonsense (IIRC, John Lennon had a thought on this topic). Yet despite this they still laugh, smile, and can bring men to their knees with a well-deployed glance. Tough stuff indeed.

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The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS

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Facepalm

Twaddle has any impact whatsoever on the economy?

This is a bit scary, innit?

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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"supervisor's unspoken belief that [] knowledge is in some way linked to cup size"

Sadly, not isolated to the IT industry, although possibly more prevalent here because women are still rare (and thus preciousssss?).

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Google adds Large Hadron Collider tunnel to Street View

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Pint

Wouldn't it be cool to paint the inside of a traffic tunnel to match?

Holland Tunnel in NYC, Callahan Tunnel in BOS, that'd be neat. The exhaust fumes would dingy it up right quick, but it'd be cool while it lasts. :D

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

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FAIL

Simple things like links not working, still broken three weeks on.

I've a collection of about a dozen email exchanges with their various customer "care" folks and I think their support "department" is a program that sniffs out keywords in incoming trouble reports, drops them in a hopper, and spins the Big Wheel o' Bull to determine what canned uselessness you get today. The entire email thread contains what I've been told before by other techs, what my responses were, and so on, so having "clear your cache and cookies" suggested AGAIN, for the fifth or sixth time, indicates they are not reading the whole ticket and/or just don't care. I shouldn't be surprised or angry about pandemic incompetence any more, should I. *sigh*

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Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!

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Meh

I don't suppose this gent will be able to fix Yahoogroups, will he?

Still broken, three weeks later.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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FAIL

NEO = not entirely operational

A week later, yahoogroups is still broken.

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FAIL

Been "spending the time" with yahoo customer "care" going on four days now ...

... about yahoogroups. Yep, been told there's no rollback option, the last known-good will not be coming back., "it is not possible to use older versions of the Yahoo! Groups". All I'm getting back to my queries is basic ticklist stuff (verify that javascript is enabled, clear cache and cookies) plus a soupcon of snottiness ("Thanks for spending the time to reach out to us again.", "We know it isn't always easy to get used to change"), which I have to charitably assume is a prod to get customers to explode in foul language, thus giving yahoo an excuse to bin the trouble ticket due to customer "hostility" and clear up those bothersome help desk queues. Maddening that the folks behind this incompetence actually draw paychecks.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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Pirate

No, it's not an inkjet printer, it's an ink cartridge purchase assurance device.

Clever. And they can claim "good guy points" by supplying free cellphones to folks who can not currently afford them and the service contracts required for them to be of use. I'm assuming the service part is also free because some wireless providers currently offer free phones with a contract, an installment plan (price of the phone spread out over 24 months), and other "free-ish" options, and if Amazon wants to make a real dent they'd need to offer either free or deeply discounted service as well.

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: Meanwhile, on a FOB somewhere in the big sandy dusty ...

Oops, beer went that-a-way ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

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Pint

Meanwhile, on a FOB somewhere in the big sandy dusty ...

... our friends in camo contemplate the situation: "Wait, there are women stateside who'll send soldiers MONEY? Really?? Just send pics, a sob story, and some sweet talk? Hmmmm ...."

<-- because it's hot in the big sandy dusty

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass staffer

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Pirate

two words for Anne Wojcicki: Community. Property.

np

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Does Nokia have a plan to make Win RT not suck?

I've not used RT so can not speak from experience, but I've heard very little praise and much condemnation for it. Is there anything salvageable? I can not imagine why Nokia would invest so much time, energy, and reputation trying to put hi-res lipstick on a zombie pig unless they've figured out how to make it work (and work well) for its customers. Sorry if this is a naive and ignorant question.

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Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

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Entirety of Fecebook usership could be a tempting target for advertisers.

But from the users' perspective, re: "Time will tell if this is viewed as intrusive or highly relevant and welcomed by Facebook users," (from the cited _WSJ_ article) -- sorry, if I'm trying to see my friend's Fecebook page, or check my own, or what-have-you, I can not imagine that adverts getting in the way would be something I'd "welcome". Especially if I'm on dialup or paying so much per unit of data.

"Some advertisers worry they will end up spending more money on creative development, on top of what they are spending on the ad placements" -- read as "We'll have to make adverts worth watching? We don't typically budget for that, and it'll eat into our profits."

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'

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Devil

BWAH- HAH- HAH- HAH!!!!! Good one!! [to AC Sat 03AUG2013 14:43GMT]

Sorry, still wiping tears of laughter out of my eyes, this was good, well played sir/ ma'am/ comrade! :D

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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Road and other hazard warnings -- good.

Folks who do a lot of highway driving might appreciate a warning that there's been a truck spill at milepost XYZ on route ABC (assuming Glass has its GPS stuff up, it'll know which "route ABC" warnings would be appropriate to your location), that there's a radarcop in the area of the next town, if they're getting a bit close to other vehicles, that there's a storm/ flash flood warning ten miles up, et cetera. I don't think I, as a bicyclist sharing the road who's been impacted by distracted drivers, would object to warnings-only (or other "critical to know") stuff running on Glass.

However, Glass won't stay confined to this realm (why should it? Passengers want to watch viddies). Perhaps as suggested above, there can be a "driving mode" that will only allow apps that have been tested/ proven to be truly warning/ alarm apps (and don't distract in "wait" mode) to run until driving mode is switched off (and if Glass is not in driving mode when a collision occurs, that should be easily determinable).

Of course, the advert possibilities could be interesting ("Hazmat spill at mile marker 29, police detouring traffic onto exit 5 during cleanup. This warning brought to you by XYZ Cancer Centers. Have a safe and pleasant journey.").

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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Having my doubts, withholding judgment until further testing's done.

If it CAN produce inexpensive meat that acts nutritionally like (or better than) a slice of cow, pig, et cetera, fantastic. Solve waste disposal problems, too, if we don't need to raise as many real cows (and have as many feedlots washing who- knows- what into rivers and aquifers). Some concern about the "mother cow" whose stem cells will seed the process -- I hope Bossy will have been raised on grass and real food, not pumped full of Monsanto's finest chemical soups, antibiotics, growth hormones, et cetera.

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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Has it really truly come to this?

When are the adults going to intervene and admonish the children running the show to please calm down, stop throwing their toys, and actually USE THEIR BRAINS? Does the Comal County sheriff really need this on his record come the next election ("I'm so tough on crime even SARCASTIC YOOFS can not escape my justice!")? The Lone Star state has been on the receiving end of some well- deserved criticism, but this is too much even for Texas. "All I said was 'this is good enough for Jehovah'!"

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The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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First, it was the pen that was mightier than the sword

then typewriters, then keyboards, and now mobile handheld thingies. So thematically not inaccurate, but, as noted above, likely to cause bad outcomes.

Aside from that, though, it just looks uncomfortable to use: you unholster the thing, then try to hold it with this plastic stuff around it while poking and swiping, ick.

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Pint

While time + gravity give no quarter

I'm kinda surprised the Governator/ Gropinator's outsized ego would let him, um, look like he used to be a world-class body builder (instead of prod him to continue to look like one). If I look half as good at his age, hallelujah, but I expected more from Ah-nold.

<-- why I pro'ly won't look half as good at his age. :)

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Thumb Up

wow, great two-fer [was: Solution for Afghanistan]

Solve insurgency problems over there, abattoir waste disposal/ water table pollution problems here, plus Afghani civilians, er, "collateral damage" covered in offal is pretty bad but arguably less so than killed and maimed.

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Soylent days and soylent nights

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Pint

But does it blend?

Toss in blender with a shot of Frangelico + whatever other medicine the doctor ordered, add ice, liquefy for a bit, et voila -- frozen mudslide that's good(-ish) for you. Surprised they have ginseng and ginkgo in the ingredients, nice bonus.

<-- might not work with beer, so plan on a side dish

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Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? Stop immediately

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An electric stim wand modelled after Barad-dûr -- THAT would be cool.

Forget that silly three-fingered dishwashing glove.

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New Android plan: Gurn at your phone to unlock it

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fluttering eyelashes also seems to get past sentries [Re: I claim prior art]

Sounds like a "handshake" double verification method or something.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Thumb Down

Maybe this explains the uptick in IT employment.

Lots of false positives (e.g., people who have relatives in the terrorist nest du jour calling to wish someone happy birthday or check on health issues or whatever people call family to do) will keep people running around chasing shadows and eventually someone's going to ask for "deliverables" to justify the expense -- what could possibly go wrong? Buttle, Tuttle, it's all the same.

Re: "You can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We're going to have to make some choices as a society," Obama said -- it sounds like the choice has already been made for us, sir, but the belated fig leaf of concern is still quite touching.

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Google says it can predict movie box office with 94% accuracy

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FAIL

Don't the box office peaks occur when people are watching movies anyway?

March/April= spring break (get the damn kids out of the house); May= school's out but summer school's not yet started; June/July= give me aircon!; November= Thanksgiving; December= winter holiday break. Not too surprising that people with access to the 'Net would use it to do more research into what movie they were gonna see tonight anyway (agree with Don Jefe, though, that thirteen sources seems a bit overkill), right? Move it along, there's nothing to see.

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