* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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"- getting personal and character references from other professional engineers..."

I have to wonder... How did the first engineer get his certification with this requirement in place?

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

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I had something similar happen through Newegg Marketplace, bought a pair of 64GB microSDXC cards and got fakes. My first clue was that they were marked SDHC...

Ran tests (h2testw and FakeFlashTest) and of course they failed. Looked up the part number on the back and discovered that the part in question is used for fake SD cards a LOT. (http://www.happybison.com/reviews/how-to-check-and-spot-fake-micro-sd-card-8/)

After some back-and-forthing (for some reason their e-mail stripped out ALL LINKS as well as inline non-text content making it nearly impossible to send evidence; they ignored it when I said "look up my tumbler post...") I included a text copy-and-paste of the test results. They refunded my money. I wrote a review that explained everything, carefully written in a neutral tone but laid it all out. (Included the fact that they didn't refund the sales tax, though Newegg refunded that later... it was under $2, I wasn't planning to pursue it.) When I checked the review a couple days later to see if the vendor had posted a reply, I found... nothing. It had quietly disappeared. Since I had meticulously kept a neutral tone, avoided accusations and abuse but merely laid out the sequence of events and the evidence I'd collected, I can only assume it had been swept under the rug.

I haven't bought a single item from Newegg since then. If their policy is to silence negative reviews, then I can't trust them.

I've avoided cheap SD cards since then; found an honest vendor on eBay who sells genuine SanDisk media, and have been buying from him ever since. (dz-tech, in case anybody wants to know. No relationship except as a satisfied customer. US-based.)

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We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

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Re: Spolier Alert - It's a lot

In your next comment you go on to use a possessive "its" with an apostrophe. You might want to check the log in your own eye.

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Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

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Re: Canada, eh.

"...lack of palm trees..."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

:) Depends on what you grew up with, I guess. I prefer deciduous myself.

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Re: Same as with cars

"iPhone battery replacement, 10 minutes and £10."

iFixit FTW.

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Re: Same as with cars

"That's strange. My old 4S still had decent battery life after 4 years. I suppose the mileage is different if you do lots of calls a day,"

Probably has more to do with the way you treat the battery. I mean, charge cycles and stuff. Do a web search to find the best practices.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Sugared drink spills can often be dealt with, but some effort is required. And best dealt with while fresh.

Also it is often possible to remove the mass storage drive from the failing or failed machine and place it into another, or connect as an external, at least as a data drive.

Granted that baked dog urine might be something to avoid in any case. Not gonna argue that one.

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

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Re: Thanks California...

"Likely the whole unfortunate legal precedent would have been avoided if the original client had shown up for court. If they don't show, the court really has little choice but to rule against them."

Yeah. How selfish of her not to have been informed of the suit!

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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Re: Autopilot

Autopilots in airplanes are stupid as rocks as compared to what a car needs, but the public at large insists on thinking they can operate the airplane completely independently.

The airplane mostly flies in straight lines through empty air. Most changes are directed by the pilot, ground-based radio beacons, or fancy GPS units.

Mostly once they're in the air they only have to worry about geographical features (e.g. mountains), birds, other airplanes, and weather. Er, and restricted air space, sometimes. Car drivers have to worry about all kinds of things: turns in the road, debris, kids and morons running into the street, other vehicles (LOTS of other vehicles), traffic signals, navigational turns, bicycles, pedestrians at crosswalks...

Calling an automated car driving system an "autopilot" may seem evocative of something really clever, but in fact it's an insult.

People have seen Zucker and Abrams' movie too many times. Sorry, kids, Otto doesn't exist in real life.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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"I seem to remember hearing or reading something about America being the land of the free."

Your answer lies in a viewing of Duck Soup.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Re: Benefit of the doubt? "Notas Badoff" might not be American?

https://youtu.be/A-4dIImaodQ

John Oliver on gerrymandering.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

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Nothing. Everything here sucks. EVERYTHING.

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LiveJournal trial a storm in a safe harbour

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As sites lose their section 230 immunity due to self-policing, they will stop self-policing. Is that the result we really want?

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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

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Re: Epic fail

The internal combustion engine itself is an unholy marriage of a perfume sprayer, a device for detecting disease, and a bombast.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: That was not unexpected...

But only one of those problems is real.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

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Re: Almost no US ATMs use EMV

"Actually, an increasing number of ATMs support Chips. You can tell because they'll ask you to leave your card in, clamp on them, and won't let go until you're about to get your cash."

I don't think I've ever seen an ATM that didn't suck the card in entirely. ...At least, not a bank ATM. Can't vouch for the in-store ATMs.

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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Re: A lightening breaks

Lightn up!

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Re: Interfering mice

"Probably the same crowd who insist on the "freedom and flexibility" of wifi connection when their machine never actually leaves their desk, and the boring old Ethernet cable gives them usually at least twice the actual network speed..."

Not me. I always go wired when I can, and recommend it to others. I keep a wire on the desk for when I bring my laptop to work.

It's really not the same thing at all.

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Re: Interfering mice

"To be honest, why anyone even requires a wireless keyboard and to a large extent, a mouse, when they're using a desktop PC, is beyond me. They're nothing more than a colossal waste of batteries."

Because the wire on the mouse pulls slightly, more if you let it dangle off the edge. The keyboard is less of a problem but likely to get kicked around as I'm restless.

And being a gamer, I'm extra sensitive to it, even when I'm not gaming.

If your company policy is not to indulge your creative people by buying them input devices they're comfortable with, that's fine, I'll bring my own. It's just cheap Logitech stuff anyway.

As for colossal waste of batteries, yes, three or four primary batteries every year or so is a horrible expense.

At home I use rechargeables.

I can't speak for anybody else, of course. Those are my reasons.

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Re: Interfering mice

"Logitech 'Unified' adapters..."

I love therm so much!

Was recently on a trip where I remembered the mouse and keyboard, but cleverly forgot the dongle. Fortunately I keep a spare mouse in the travel bag, so I just migrated the keyboard until I got home.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Missing an item

Wow, a downvote for the guy who tried to bring facts into the discussion.

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Says it all, I guess.

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Hey FCC, when you're not busy screwing our privacy, how about those SS7 cell network security flaws, huh?

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Re: Everyone's Privacy is for sale but not this... What's that all about?

These politicians, Wyden in particular, have a track record of being pro-consumer.

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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It's GOOD to be the king!

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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Re: Repelled?

Perhaps they were both wearing monopoles...

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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Gravity can't be observed, either. We deduce its characteristics by its effects.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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My own favorites

Motorola S11-HD (or the newer FLEX variant) works well for me for wireless. I hate trying to hang things in or off my ears; the S11s gently clamp to my head and don't fall off. You can get 'em on eBay for about $25. If you get the FLEX just don't try to use them in multipoint mode.

I currently own several due to various circumstances and multiple devices. My first one broke at the back. The glue on the rubber padding deteriorates behind the ears due to body heat, I've had to cut them away and clean off the goo. A mixed experience but largely positive, and the only in-ear headset I like. About 5 hours of battery life, fast recharge. Controls are pretty good, my biggest problems: power button sometimes gets pressed while in my backpack. Power button may get worn, you may need a fingernail. And occasionally when I go to adjust the headset while on a call, I'll accidentally disconnect.

I also own a pair of Ausdom M05 bluetooth headphones which are over-the-ear and very comfortable. Ridiculous (in a good way) battery time of 20+ hours. Also has a wired jack, which does not include the mic, but the mic is crap anyway. I found a cheap cord with a mic that works nicely but I mostly use these for streaming anyway, for me it's a minor failing. (Wired mode is unpowered. If you don't mind two cords and being nailed to one place, you can charge them while using them.) Biggest drawback is the controls are shite, tiny and hard to distinguish from each other by feel.

I carry the sports headsets in my backpack and leave the Ausdoms at home.

I wear glasses, which complicates the comfort factor. It's part of why I prefer over-the-ear to on-the-ear, they don't press my ears against the temples.

Anyway, that's my personal lineup, YMMV.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Exactly how many acts of terror have not been prevented due to encryption that could have, had such a backdoor been available?

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

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Unhappy

Of course, 90% of the reason it was so difficult was that they had to fight tooth and nail to try to get past the consumer-and-competition-hostile laws bought and paid for by the incumbent 800 lb. gorillas. Regulatory capture working its magic.

While I'm sorry they gave up (*cough* before they reached my neighborhood *cough*), I'm not surprised. It must have been a soul-sucking Sisyphean battle.

At least Ting and Tucows are still at it. AFAIK. But I'm sure they're also avoiding the radioactive wastelands. I doubt I'll see decent Internet* here in Sacramento in my lifetime.

*It's slow and unreliable, and has the worst customer service in the world, but at least it's expensive!

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Re: "it's totally not giving up" <-FTFY

I thought the presence and position of the word "totally" was a dead giveaway.

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Infosec pros aren't too bothered by Trump – it's his cabinet sidekicks you need to worry about

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Re: Elections

"The way it is, I'm not even sure we have a democracy."

No, it's a republic. It says so right there in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Re: Elf

"Not that I mind people picking on Trump's small, er, vote counts, but this is an "alternative fact" pushed by one side. No one won the popular vote; Clinton only got a plurality. In every country I know of with a direct popular vote election of the head of government you need 50%+1 to say you won. The US election needed a second round runoff to find a true popular vote winner."

I suppose you have a point. Only one nitpick back, being: neither majority nor plurality of the popular vote will win you the US Presidency. It takes an Electoral majority, with other mechanisms kicking into place if nobody gets a majority.

So either way, Hillary didn't win anything except a plurality of the popular vote.

If the popular vote had been what had driven the election, and no candidate had gotten a majority, then obviously whatever mechanism was in place to resolve the election would have kicked in. A runoff vote might have been that mechanism. According to the Wikipedia article, the mechanism currently in place in case of an Electoral College tie is a vote in the House for the president and a vote in the Senate for the vice president. But since there's no mechanism in place for a popular vote... OK, now I'm just spinning my wheels. You get the idea.

I guess the way it SHOULD be phrased is: Hillary got more popular votes, but Trump won the election.

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Re: What an asshole

"You moron, if you didn't vote for Clinton, you voted for Trump by throwing it away to an (unfortunately) useless "third party." It is known. We're not yet advanced as a society to figure out that the Reporklickin's and the Democrabs are the same side of the coin. THEN you can cast a third party vote and have it mean something."

Guess what? Hillary won the popular vote, 48% over Trump's 45.9%. Trump won the election. Tell me again how my voting for a third party affected the results? Or even counted at all?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

(Oh and hey, guess what else? My state of residence, also the state I voted in, cast all its electoral votes for Hillary. Again... how did my vote affect anything?)

And as another commenter noted, enough people voting third party sends a message. But if nobody ever votes third party because they're afraid that they're throwing away their vote, then nothing ever changes.

You're telling me I should vote for the status quo if I want change? What?!

P.S. I didn't want Hillary to win either, so I'm not sure what the point of voting for either would have been.

P.P.S. For the record, yes, I did actually go to the polls and vote.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Hail, hail Freedonia! Land of the brave and free!

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Techdirt occasionally covers stories of non-disparagement clauses being challenged. They rarely go well for the company.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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"The reality, however, is that it is as useful as an inflatable dartboard."

Velcro darts. C'mon, ask a hard one.

;)

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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CM downloads still available for any phone that they were already supporting as of December. (AFAIK. I can really only speak for the Galaxy S4 Sprint, but I would start with the assumption that they haven't thrown any phones away that have already been developed for.)

https://download.cyanogenmod.org/

Yes, it won't have the latest security patches, but stock ROMs are worse...

And LineageOS has been forked from that. Not quite up to speed, but CM isn't quite dead yet.

Meantime AOSP at least is available for many models, and there may be other custom ROMs. CM isn't the only one. This link is for Samsung phones but may give you an idea where to start: https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s4/i9505-orig-develop/jdcteam-android-source-project-mra58v-t3251663

...Or just do a web search for your phone model and appropriate keywords.

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Re: Mmmm, attractive...

Just picked up two Nexus 5X phones and a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet via eBay. Can't complain about the battery life on any of them.

That said, it's possible I might have had to or wanted to replace any or all of the batteries; I did take a chance. And doubtless I'll need to replace them sooner than had I bought new devices. But so far they've held up pretty well.

It was worth it to me to get the devices I wanted for, like, a third of the cost of new ones.

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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Re: ...you're not the most powerful man in the world

Now you're just splitting hairs.

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Hey, AT&T. Help us out. Why is buying Time Warner a good idea?

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Answer: there is no way this merger will benefit the public.

https://youtu.be/0ilMx7k7mso

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Re: Blame the EU?

No, but you have apparently missed all of the thousands of times similar observations, questions and complaints have been made on the subject.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: "United Kingdon"?

No, that's it, I'm stopping this sketch. It's gotten silly.

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Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive

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Re: Gah - I thought that meant a return of the...

Kinda what I was thinking too... I still have a couple Bigfoot drives in a box in my garage somewhere.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Impartiality

Xerox. Kleenex. Scotch tape.

...Crapper.

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Re: Was it delicious served cold?

Yeah, I noticed that too. I figured it was my own inability to count to three due to my American public education.

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I too have watched Connections many times. Also The Day The Universe Changed.

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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Re: Hmmm

Also, phone data service != WiFi. That's my mobile sorted.

If I want, I can tether to my phone via Bluetooth. If it's a blanket white noise jammer, that won't work either. But if it's protocol-based, I'm golden.

More expensive, yeah. So?

Think I'll hang out in Starbucks and sip coffee for a few hours. Read a book.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Not the news broadcaster's fault. Fault belongs to the people who sell Alexa.

If you make a system that can affect people's lives, you have a moral responsibility to assure it does not operate by accident.

Niven and Pournelle covered this in The Mote in God's Eye.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: Sorry, they modeled survivability of a zombie outbreak without allowing for defense ?

Yes thank you! I've read the article before but couldn't remember where to find it.

They also missed a trick. Most zombie movies seem to assume that zombies without a source of brains will simply wander around aimlessly forever. But without food, their bodies will chew through their energy reserves very quickly. Fast zombies will waste away even more quickly than slow zombies. Running takes a lot of energy! Any assumption that has the zombies using body mass as fuel will simply have the bodies collapse when they run out of sufficient muscle mass to keep them upright. Which won't take long. Fat zombies will last the longest. But not much of a respite unless the virus can discriminate between muscle and fat. And...

Too many problems with this model, my head is spinning. Suffice to say the zombies would collapse in hours, I should think.

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Please feel free to flatter yourself. For myself, I missed my usual pre-weekend dose of Dabbsy humour and am pleased you're back.

'Grats on the weight loss and condolences on the pater loss. My own still lives but is in a nursing home, needs constant care, can no longer express himself in words... There's still a mind in there, he stays awake and pays attention when I talk about work, but the peripheral systems are slowly failing.

I cannot imagine anything more boring than me talking about work, but I suppose it's the only geek talk he gets to hear any more.

Anyway, glad to have you back.

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Re: You can stick it ..

Depends on how many layers of sports bra she's wearing, a process my wife used to call "double-bagging".

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