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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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Economics - the real reason

Gloves would have to be replaced if damaged, but students fingers will probably heal...

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Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal snooping on rivals

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Re: "Strategic Services Group (SSG)"

Another atrocity to be laid at Ubers door...

Besmirching the good name of SSG.

Strategic Studies Group where, and possibly still are, an Australian computer game writing/publishing company, responsible for Battlefront, Europe Ablaze, Carriers at War, and I think Warlords and Reach for the Stars - before those thieving bastards at mcdonalds stole the name for a marketing/charity ploy.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

I have found the selfie camera occasionally useful in a sort of "under-vehicle bomb inspection" role, ie. to read text on pipes etc, that is facing the ground or otherwise obstructed such that I cant see it directly.

If I can fit the phone in, and hunt around til I see the information I am looking for, its job done, otherwise I have to try and get the engineers to pick an appropriate value...

Of course, the glossy face of the phone serves almost as well as a mirror, so sometimes I dont bother activating the camera....

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Britishese to Americanese

Derogatory phrases about women are built into our language, from the common or vulgar references to genitalia, to things like "hysterical" which means something like emotionally berserk/unstable, but translates/derives from "having ovaries"

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Re: Expect better than this from the reg

I encountered a rancid camel in the course of my duties, several years ago. Wasnt easily identifiable, dogs had been at it, but the smell was really really bad.

We subsequently established our site office in that same location.

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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This has changed my understanding of the universe.

Not the irrelevant trivia about air pressure blowing meteors apart, but the realization that in the absence of planetary rock-forming factors - heat, pressure, a cementing medium, or solidification and crystallization from a molten fluid - space rocks are not giant flying hammers of global extinction, but just a bunch of particles hanging around together for lack of anything better to do...

wow.

or

Its rocks Jim, but not as we know it.

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Specialist processor for fingerprint and facial security

.. something that gets left all over fridges, desks, glasses, or posted onto facebook etc...

its the old "10 inch steel bank vault door on the front of a soggy cardboard box" security strategy. Again.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: @Haku

Can we get a youtube of this ?

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

There are people or jobs which have a legitimate requirement for gun ownership/use.

Defense forces - to shoot invaders/threats to national security

Offensive forces - to shoot people in order to further political/strategic goals

Police forces - to shoot dangerous criminals (not including unarmed non resisting non threatening confused people, or women in pajamas, to pick an example at random)

Shooting sports competitors - for the glory of whoever they may be representing

Agricultural and pest controllers - to shoot vermin

Private citizens - to shoot corrupt or incompetent elected or public officials.

Sadly the last group are failing dismally in the performance of their duties

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions

Linus would probably get upset (I know it doesnt sound like him..) to be associated with that, so possibly safer to call the mongrel creation Windix or windux.

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: There's a work-around - use a 3rd-party tool to copy a file!!

People would consider file management to be a pretty fundamental part of the operating system - so you are saying windows OS is unfit for purpose..

Couldnt agree more

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground

I am continually confused at what meets official interpretation as "obscene". If it was accurate in its depiction, then some theoretic conspiracy group determined to keep some other group ignorant of basic human anatomy might have grounds for opposing public displays - but the generic nature of the image indicates its the first group who have achieved ignorance. Perhaps that is what they are trying to keep.

"they dont know what a dick looks like, but they heard on TV it looks like that..."

Dick pics have been part of human culture for as far back as we have art, these days the behaviour seems most common amongst juveniles of whatever age..

As far is I am concerned, the action was childish - which may be a useful trait for people you want to fly into possible death, and the obscenity charge is a reponse from senior officers more concerned about being embarrassed.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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This implementation stretches the bounds of stupid

Yet the converging juggernauts of online shopping replacing 'high street', and impending decrepitude, mean some kind of solution should be found.

The idea I currently favour is having a security antechamber, with the external door using a programmable keypad, and the interior door somewhat similar to a bank vault. Furnish with secure containers including insulated ones for groceries, salt liberally with cameras, add electrified floors/rotating blades/spiked pits as taste and architecture allow, and relax.

Being an engineering solution it would cost real money, as opposed to the few hundred bucks amazon would be flogging their lock/camera/software (guessing, not going to look).

There will probably be a market for ugly cages people can bolt onto their front doors to achieve this effect.

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Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

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bring back crucifixion

If we could make a suitable example of these 'disruptive' stoats - or whatever vermin is weaselly in nature but with extra helpings of vicious.. - maybe they wouldnt appear so attractive to investors.

Laws need to be in place to protect users - and actually be enforced.

Users need to be aware of these issues - attacks, lack of insurance, failure of screening, and decide if its really worth calling a Uber.

Investors and advertisers need to be aware of the damage associating with Uber is doing to their own reputation.

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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

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Microsoft Vs Trump administration

Can we make this a gladiatorial cage match ?

2 sides enter.... no one gets out !

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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The cats name was Guacamole

Why is there a problem?

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Orwellian Alliances

Oceania together forever with its eternal brother Eastasia/Eurasia against its implacable archenemy Eurasia/Eastasia...

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Not only birds

Going back a few decades, indigenous Australian Aborigines used to like telegraph/power pole insulators to chip blades and tools from, taking down the line in the process.

Smart maintenance crews would just leave some spare/broken insulators at the base of the poles.

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Australian bird calls are generally the opposite of melodious

So "tweeting" is right up there with "white christmas" as something those drongoes from the northern hemisphere think is a thing.

Some few birds are pleasant to listen to - so long as you can hear them over the flies. The game 'Gaints: Citizen Kabuto' used Australian wildlife calls as part of its background ambiance, supposedly to create the sense of an alien world... personally I found it comforting and familiar.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Joke

I missed it

I must have blinked

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Joke

murdering your audience before testing is frowned upon,. and skews the results

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Duckface Unlock..

Call it what it is....

... or would be - if it worked ...

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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So

World Wide extends all the way from the American west coast to Europe. Presumably in an easterly direction, otherwise it wont include actual inland USA.

I guess that will be a shock to all those USA-ian "World Champions", but unlikely to ruffle their equanimity for long as they have border protection agencies to keep out the rabble.

For those of us apparently living outside the world, if only we really were outside the reach of culturally inappropriate blatant mass marketing exercises pretending to be seasonal festivals...

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ATO, Dept of Immigration wrist-slapped for failing security audit, again

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I must admit

..its a pleasant change to see the tax office told to "bend over"

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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So its completely silent...

but every cheap magnetic compass for miles around points directly at it ?

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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bare bones "PHA" protection

because they dont want to miss out on selling the full featured version

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

1. There is no learning incentive to other geese from acting against the offending goose.

2. There is no financial incentive to the regulatory authorities / legal industry for acting against wildlife.

Against drone operators, there is both the potential of a positive outcome, and a financial reward,..

How is this not obvious ?

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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

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"On a dangerous note, if a car is controlled by a computer, and a computer can be hacked, and nothing is 100% secure, what's stopping a hacker in the future from using your own car as a weapon against you?"

The hacker wont have a job and wont be able to afford a computer...

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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I really dont like replying into my own posts

but..

this is exactly what I meant about sense of proportion.

Instead of a response appropriate to the situation, its straight to DEFCON 5, crucifixions all round, midnight renditions and spitttle all over the keyboard.

As for reviewing my life history, I am old enough that when I WAS young, physical punishment was one of the consequences of excessive stupidity. Most of the voices in my head tell me I'm sane, even if some of them are compulsive liars...

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Remember back when "sense of proportion" was a thing?

Kid would do something stupid, cops/parents/random bystanders would kick his arse, everyone would move on, either lessons learnt or exercise to be repeated.

These days it seems no one can interfere with little timmies "Self Actualization" until he crosses boundaries he never learnt to respect, and the full weight and accompanying cost of the legal industry grinds into action, followed by baying media circus and several other tortured metaphors.

or

Smack your kids, its good for them.

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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SDBM

rather tangental,

but any dyslexic who is into Suicidal Depressive Black Metal (yes, it is a thing), is heading for a world of hurt...

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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bigger problem

"Incidentally, the cancellation robs suppliers Qualcomm and Microsoft of a showcase for the difficult AI problem of how to interact with children. ®"

Their biggest problem seems to be an absence of responsible adults.

OK, there's lots of stuff they're responsible FOR, but not much they are responsible ABOUT

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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If I am squeezing the sides of the device

its because I am trying to choke the assistant to death, not request its presence

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Re: Flat surface sales

Problem with the bootable USB is updates - as being the likeliest cause of a bricked PC, and MS refusing to acknowledge that THEY are the problem.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Oxymorons

All the smartarses say "Military Intelligence" is an oxymoron, probably because it flatters their egos,

but I am thinking "Political Leadership" and "bureaucratic efficiency" are better examples

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Alien

While South Oz does face the southern edge of the continent, the geometry of the continent is such that bits of the coast are relatively northish... I resided in Whyalla for a couple of years which is further north than Sydney. (and worked north of Woomera at times)

This doesnt make it better than north Qld, or NT, so other factors come into consideration. Perhaps they would like to drop stuff into the ocean, not going to get away with that around Queensland, and probably not a good idea in the Torres Strait.

No one in federal government is going to give this to West Oz.

Biggest issue I see is psychology, Adelaide/SA is home to psycho murderer corpse collecting loonies, but they listen to COUNTRY MUSIC in Queensland.

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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Re: It doesn't matter...

"...and we'll hit the wall sometime, and it won't be pretty when we do..."

I think the splash and splatter spray will be SPECTACULAR !!

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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If there was any such thing as a legitimate ad

Uber would not be involved. If the spam ads I see include Uber, it merely confirms the site is predatory and is trying to do me harm.

The world would be a better place if all of them succeeded in knifing each other then the survivor(s) died in a fire, and left the general populace alone.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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problem with 2nd hand is age / wear.

My note 4 is becoming unreliable, and will need replacement soon, but buying a phone of the same vintage implies the same issues.

I would love another note 4 - at least compared to whats currently on offer, the only real improvements seem to be increased storage and wireless charging (in hope of reducing mechanical wear on the USB port).

Most of the new features being advertised are actually negative incentives. The only reason to buy the new models is because the bastards stopped making the old ones.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Whilst I've toyed with the idea...

My belief is that anyone wearing earbuds or headphones on a public access way has not only provided consent to being run over, but is actively requesting it, and i make a token effort to avoid doing so merely to disappoint them.

I used to wear various back-of-head headphones, down around my neck, just to get speakers relatively close to my ears without obstructing them.

These days I just hang a bluetooth speaker off my handlebars (bicycle) or belt (afoot in 'wilderness'), and use an innocuous playlist whilst urban, saving my psychedelic-black-metal-in-foreign-languages for ... most of the time I am at work ...

I consider it to be a safety feature, increasing others awareness of my proximity, or allowing wild animals to vacate the area. (I suspect Evanesence is less useful for chasing away snakes than Rammstein or Disturbed, and feral cattle seem to be fascinated by Orransi Pazuzu, Data collection is ongoing.)

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: A long time ago....

i checked on wikipedia..

" kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species."

we are all family.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Actually a trifle surprised

that an ambulance was required, I was expecting an unmarked van or some version of a council bulk waste collector.

Ambulances do carry the non-survivors, usually without the lights and sirens (dont want to wake them up) but it involves official recognition. Unless the BOFH has a deal with the driver/crew - which is entirely plausible.

Probably spend more time analyzing BOFH episodes than on work

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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But at least he can expect to see them implemented

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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Re: Good news ???

This is why one of the first targets for automation needs to be law enforcement / prole suppression.

If you dont have your ED 209s to keep the great unwashed in line, they WILL be "doing it in the street and frightening the horses."

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Re: Sales.

i quite like the term Peter F Hamilton used in his Nights Dawn trilogy

"Sellrats"

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so they are saying

A current university degree is only good for a job at Macdonalds

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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It does Jam too ?

.. not that merkins would recognise jam - or how to spell recognise -

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Uber squints, makes room for another probe: This time it's bribery

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The question

.. is not whether,

but "how badly"

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Judge: You can't call someone a c*nt, but a C∀NT is a cunning stunt

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The former Minister for Women

is not totally lacking in qualification for the post

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Google Vice President of Diversity...

You have a challenger for your job.

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