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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: Sorely missed...

tearing off that plaster never felt so good!

Thank you Kieren - it needed to be done.

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: It all seems a bit far fetched, to me

The contents of how many Olympic swimming pools would it take per satellite?

Although, to put a damper on the idea, there are a lot of scientists who'd be real pissed at you putting water vapour clouds _above_ the atmosphere and destroying their 'viewing' in infrared and millimillimeter wavelengths.

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Secret IBM script could have prevented 11-hour US tax day outage

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Tweak this

"... and make tweaks to its contract."

Maximum Unplanned Downtime (Per Year):

Requirement: Less than 26.5 minutes (aka 99.999%)

Performance: Approximately 11 hours (omg 99.877%)

I read this as the contract gets amended to state that 24.9 years of free support is added to contract years, starting next month.

(If you're going to lop digits off the end of our guaranteed percents, we'll lop digits off the front of your revenues)

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Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice

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They screaming, me smiling

"But it was still holding the data when the law came into effect, making it liable, the ICO has said."

How many CxO's will wake up tomorrow screaming? It's a bad dream come true.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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Re: How does this work?

It was voodoo. He was trying to put his wrinkles back on the cantaloupe.

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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The American Midwest is famous

for wild weather. I was once shown a building in Fort Worth Texas that was scheduled to be dismantled, because a tornado had twisted the 35 floor steel-frame building just enough it make unserviceable. Stick "building twists" in your disaster plan!

I figure every disaster recovery plan ought to be looked over by a Dutchman (floods), an Indonesian (earthquakes/volcanoes), and a Midwesterner (everything else?). There are some reasons for the crazed looks they have.

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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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Re: What's the problem here?

"Are the authors of the study suggesting that one randomly chooses masculine and feminine pronouns when talking in general about professions and trades?"

They do.

(I've been using the singular they for so long I'm astonished people are still hold onto their he things)

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Re: Chinese isn't gender neutral in that form

Don't forget 它 for "it".

More on point,

他们 -> they

她们 -> they

它们 -> they

Hey, we're cool as all three he/she/it third-person plurals go to the same place. We're sexism free, right?

But then

they -> 他们

Oops, defaults to the 'he' variant. But what would *you* translate bare ambiguous words to? Remember, your balls arereputation is on the line!

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Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

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Re: Yet Another America - Fall Of Rome - Moment

I am all in favour of more people knowing about Social Credit System. Replacing the Five Black Categories with this new greyish Social Credit is so much more flexible when you might need to suppress *anybody* at a whim.

Think of your worst SciFi nightmares, and this duplicates or betters it. Your social credit depends on what your friends, family and workplace say and do. If they are not totally compliant, you can't buy a car/house, get a good job, enter a good school or any at all.

This is collective punishment 'refined', inspired by the cruder solutions of previous eras in that land.

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Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

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Google Assistant is bilingual

At least for most of those 'no' means 'no'.

What are they going to do when one of the pair of languages is Greek, where 'no' sounds like 'okay' and 'yes' sounds like 'nay'?

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OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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Stunned silence

I can't believe there isn't an audiobooks company that isn't named TLDR.

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Re: 4D Printing

World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

The 4th dimension is indeed time, or rather, time and heat or time and stretching. Print, then cause the final shape to (cough) unfold.

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SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

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Re: ::shrugs::

Deleted Aug 2 as 'promotional'. Nominated July 2, so not likely related to timing of ElReg article.

"Non notable and promotional. The various listings as "visionary" all derive from the same source:PR. The other references are just routine financing and similar., and do not satisfy WP:NCORP DGG ( talk ) 23:55, 2 July 2018"

Actually, how lucky they are. There'd have to be a 'Controversies' section after all this, right? (And no, a controversy still doesn't make you notable enough for an article)

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Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

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Win, settle... or sublimate

"until they either win or get a settlement?"\

Or the speculative funding gets cut and they go bankrupt. And eventually they evaporate into nothingness.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: UK's 11 main political parties

"Pity there are no other real alternatives to vote for. The right is crap, the left is crap and the centre is full of ' Don't Kows' ."

And there are no alternatives to the "Don't know hows"

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Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Shattering news

"... to develop a Nim-based sharding client for Ethereum, said to be the second most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin."

So will this then be compatible with the rest of Ethereum, or is this a fork? Destined to be called Ethereim?

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

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H2G2

Perhaps more than a few of the subjects had read/heard The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Giddly Putrid Personalities

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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

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Re: Nothing New

"Oranges grown in the south are sweet, in the north sour" is an old Chinese reference to nations and supposed differences between them. The most interesting version of the story is all about counting diplomatic coup. So posturing has precedent, yes.

But... the pessimist can imagine four coming developments following from reasonable security worries.

One is that any business or industry that is credibly critical national infrastructure will be required to show not only disaster recovery style duplication of internal infrastructure, but also that one leg of that duplication employs only 'trustworthy' components. Think banks, local governments, energy companies, and the like.

Second is that it might become hard to find everything needed from unassailable sources. And so each state may find it necessary to sponsor and support domestic component development. Quite like China has been doing for the last few decades. Or, hey, like the fallout we've seen lately regarding GPS?

And this might be hard for hardware/software development, since the personnel devoted must also be unassailable (not on visa for instance). And so not only will governments keep winding the STEM, but make it more urgent through national service. "The Marine Corps builds coders!"

And then we'd come full circle. Would a company $here hire someone who has been in national service $there? Y'kno, weaponized?

A pessimist's thoughts are nightmares. I'm not suggesting the above, but am at a loss against the natural progression of ideas. What do you do to guarantee a nation's (or union's) security in the face of a hostile untrustworthy world?

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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Trench warfare

Here I was thinking that "ad brokers" were basically "ad aggregators", but that's not really true. They are "hole aggregators", aiming to fill the holes on all those web pages. When they run out of jewels and gems, they fill the holes with turds, though wrapped in toilet paper sometimes. They turn your browser into a latrine. You knew this...

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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

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They can out thunk us

You mean gTranslate has gotten better then?

I've mentioned before that you can get from 'fragrant' (as in Hong Kong) to "sweet-smelting". I hadn't yet found that gTranslate can't figure out the difference between 'flying' and 'flat'.

Type in 'airplane' to get '飞机' in Chinese, then reverse that to get "open country". Oops.

That's what happens when your neural net gets lost in the outback.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

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Re: To enable it?

These aren't the truth values you're looking for. ... Move along.

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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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Re: "Tokyo Appartment Sized"

Hmm, did they mention if the aspect ratio was 2:1 ?

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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That dirty yard in the neighbourhood

Sigh. It's not going to be a "dirty bomb". The problem will be much quieter and therefore sinister. Somewhere someone is stupidly 'accidentally' spreading this crap all over some neighbourhood. And no one will know until the damage to people has been done.

This one - Goiânia accident - will give you the idea. Perusing List of civilian radiation accidents will raise the hair on your neck until it starts falling out.

Gotta love "In the summer of 1992, a utility worker for the Taiwanese state-run electric utility Taipower brought a Geiger counter to his apartment to learn more about the device, and discovered that his apartment was contaminated." Or "The incident was discovered months later when a truck delivering contaminated building materials to the Los Alamos National Laboratory drove through a radiation monitoring station."

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Live! from your keyboard - your reputation

Um, wow. When the BDFL (retired) is minded to point to the code of conduct and also remind everyone that maillists are public information...? It has obviously been rough riding herd on a federation of (some) foul tempers?

Two things to note here.

No misogyny, misandry, racism, classism, or other -isms were employed in the making of this debacle. Just people being much much less than ideal. Thus this is a good (?) example to point to, that there are way too many people out there who simply don't know how to play well together. Quit trying to out-Godwin each other, everybody loses.

From the nature of the interactions, you have the chance to be a much *nicer*, more *intelligent* person in print than in real life. When you forget one person's name in real life you've lost one future friend. When you forget your humanity on the web, you've lost your career.

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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Re: Another "use someone else's server" service bites the dust

"we give you a prestigious email address for nothing ..."

They were members of the organization. To me that implies membership dues. For a membership perk from my dues, I think I'd much rather have a prestige email address than a one-time t-shirt with some idiot logo variant printed on it.

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AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more...

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Re: sorry, but I have to do this . . . .

All too often now it is spelling by phonetic imitation. The latest jaw-dropper I've seen was a response to a question about shock waves in water, where the respondent mentioned a safe cracking method, which began with: "Get a settlin torch"

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EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark France.com

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Re: Don't...

Nor a tourism agency "with an army and navy."

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Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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Really small systems

But are they 'real'? When I'm running Ubuntu it's in a VM and for development. So by default it has one CPU, one monitor (in a window), only a portion of the whole memory, and a newly created virtual disk. In production I might go 'dark' and not report in to mother. Though hopefully the Ubuntu reporting can notice it is really running on a VM and so not influence the final numbers?

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Trending now: "Stupid"

IQ Scores Are Falling in "Worrying" Reversal of 20th Century Intelligence Boom

Flynn effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

You hoped you were joking when you said this before, didn't you?

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Never safe from Microsoft

"Do try to get them done at a convenient time, people, because the download is at least four gigabytes and Windows installs usually take at least 30 minutes and require multiple reboots! "

A convenient time? People get to pick a convenient time? fvck that! I walk away for a bite to eat and the sneaky bastards say now's a good time... and after it's finished I get to reconstruct my working environment over much longer than 30 minutes... Oh the hatred!

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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Trumpium War

Good grief. Do you know how this will be played to/by the Chinese internally? Read those second/third paragraphs again.

Every PRC kid has drilled into them how the country was raped by the UK/et.al. _only_ 180 years ago. That war (along with the Second Opium War, the Sino-Japanese War (first and second), the Western crushing response to the Boxer Rebellion (8 nations!) and all the other atrocities) is the primary justification for all the bad behaviour they are trying today. *Anything* can be rationalized as payback when you have been so humiliated. (they say, anyway)

It would have been so much better to have simply closed down ZTE and taken the domestic damage, rather than in any way appear to replay the Rape of China by the West. This could not have been done in a worse way!

Russia will always have its Tsars, China its Emperors, and America its yokels.

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Alternative

Think "speculation". The classic case of New York 'medallions' had the 'value' of a taxi medallion range from $25,000 (1962) to $375,000 (2005) to $1,000,000 (2013) to supposedly $200,000 today.

The price of a thing in limited supply (medallions/licenses) depends on the market. The government had nothing (and everything) to do with that speculation, at least in this system.

Unlike some other government systems, which figure the public purse ought to take advantage of speculation. "Hong Kong began license-plate auctioning in 1973"

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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One word: 'Miming'. I hear a bit'o'miming is very profitable these days.

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Re: Self-driving, not self-stopping

They developed a self-driving car, and it was. They disabled the self-stopping feature. *That* was plain bonkers.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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You get what you pay for, and tolerate.

There is controversy about it, but there is a continuing practice in our industry of rating people and ousting the lowest ranked n% each year. The same should happen for police depts.

In every crowd there is a small percentage that are responsible for the majority of misbehaviour. Getting rid of them, and being seen to do so, would go a long way to repairing the reputation of police depts.

We'd have to pay police better to get non-scum - I'm all for that. Insurance against riots...

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Hidden wisdom

Long time ago I captured a comment from Usenet I thought useful:

"There's no winners here, just the sad trolling the bad trolling the mad. I call Cripple Fight on this."

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NASA lunar rover trundles to a meeting with Doctor Hacksaw and Mister Axe

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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Re: Which reminds me...

On new browser windows, when Options / General / Home page is set to default of "Mozilla Firefox Start Page" then the content below the search text control is things like "Top Sites" (your recent most visited links) and "Recommended by Pocket" , links to charming articles like "Why the scientific finding that trees 'sleep' at night is beautiful" and "The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy".

(The above described as on FF59.0.2)

If the mooted "horrors!" are as unobtrusive and ignorable as these suggested links on an otherwise blank startup page, then this is much ado about nothing.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Upgrade, but not right now?

Did I miss a reference in article or comments to this strange note:

Upgrading from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or 17.10

Upgrades from 17.10 will not be enabled until a few days after 18.04's release. Upgrades from 16.04 LTS will not be enabled until a few days after the 18.04.1 release expected in late July.

There are no offline upgrade options for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server.

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It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

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To be or not to be - let Google decide?

"If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam." ? ! ?

I'm supposed to report myself as a spammer? But you'll not _really_ mark me as a spammer? Bayes won't _really_ drop my future emails into the gutter? That's a *lot* of trust they're asking for in their hour of need.

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

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Qui est hic "qui"?

Qihoo. Strange bird, meet strange tiger.

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Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

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At those prices...

For those prices there has got to be a market for "eternal repose" for billionaires. What a hook!

"Look down on everyone, for eternity, for only $62 million."

And for only $90 million, "You *can* take it with you."

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Govt publishes unpublic public documents! Details at <random> o'clock.

Someone said "Give me a script I can run to upload the latest PDF to the site." Script says here you go, the next consecutive number was '1242'. What, you demand complicated interactions with public servants and 32 hex digit UUIDs? Hahaha.

The core point here is, when is a document *published* ? If I stick a magazine on the shelf at the corner drug store, is it not published and available to all comers?

Crap, now I'm nervous I downloaded all those IETF RFCs in sequence.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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Re: FUD

"...or have compromised a machine already on the network."

Only every PC that connects to the web and allows Javascript execution! You obviously have no idea how capable of network activity browser Javascript is.

You are uninformed. Oh, strange, that's the topic, isn't it?

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Re: Not quite correct.

Ha ha, you kill me. Here, have some leaves.

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Re: As I've said before...

I ask only this. If you wish to continue insisting there is a workable backdoor, then we get to insist on writing "There is no workable backdoor" on your tombstone. If at that point you want to continue debating the matter, we'll be waiting for you...

(Required disclaimer for this age: no, I'm not suggesting killing them. I'm suggesting every legislator should be forcibly memorialized on their eventual tombstone by reference to their stupidest act of public legislation. No grand statue is going to hide the message "We the people regret electing this idiot".)

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Do(ug)h! Half-baked security at Panera Bread spills customer data

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99% off all orders for the next month!

Enter coupon code TANSTAAFL when ordering.

After a month of all that bread and lettuce leaving for free, the next shareholders meeting would be hot and steaming.

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Need a needle in an artery? Move over, doc, there's an app for that

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Re: Not in a month...

I believe you and you have my sympathy.

Doctors, GPs, are not all as prepared as we'd like for life as actually lived by patients. You'd like to split the difference between a new one that knows everything but hasn't seen much, and an older one that has seen everything but unfortunately no longer knows everything current.

When one hand and arm were going completely numb one afternoon, I took a shower and went to hospital. ER doctor takes a look, and says "well, we know you weren't bitten by a rattlesnake - no holes", but with no other helpful diagnosis. (Was actually an extreme reaction to stinging nettle I figured later, after repetition)

Separately, it took 7.5 years for a simple metabolic problem to be diagnosed because it presented so similar to something else, and those tests were negative. Finally I showed up with a letter comparing in two columns two different disorders, showing how much they could resemble one another. "Oh, we have a test for that one!" Four days after receiving the ensuing Rx I'm the person I was eight years before.

Investigate. Research. Be interested in your own health. You may be the only one who is.

BTW: My appt with the dermatologist is on Thursday. Life's "go away!" stuff doesn't go away by itself.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Illuminating or not?

"Uber fiercely denied it had any of Wamyo's LIDAR technology in its self-driving cars ..."

Oh I think we can see that.

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