* Posts by Jemma

1015 posts • joined 31 Dec 2008


Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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You supported a system...

That allowed the Caped Cockweasel to apply for election, and then you elected him. I have zero sympathy. None, nowt, zip. I thought that it couldn't get worse than Dubya. I thought that even Inbredistan couldn't beat electing Captain Cupboard...

And I shouldn't worry about the 100k of corpses it's already double that - and its academic anyway because Darth Dumbass has pulled out of Open Skies and is restarting nuclear weapon testing apparently. Have a look at Timeghost on YouTube about the Cuba Missiles - and imagine that today, the part of Kennedy will be played by Donnie Dickwit.. If he gets re-elected I give the human race 2 years.

America you are a fucking dangerous embarrassment, you are the telephone sanitizers of humanity, I hope you can contact the space aliens and fuck off to another planet, because you're going to find that you aren't wanted here.

Now where did I put that Novichok...

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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To paraquote Gary and his demons

"For the love of God, Bubonic Boris, fuck off forever."

This couldn't be a worse idea, Bluetooth being on permanently, the data being blurted across practically the entire English speaking world and ending up in the hands of the military - yep, that'll end well - anyone else seeing a smartphoneological version of the SA80 story limping and twitching it's sorry hide in our general direction?

"It's a very detailed map sir, see there's a little virion..."

Or possibly

"it's not the only thing that's very small around here, Boris, if a hungry cannibal cracked your head open there wouldn't be enough to cover a small water biscuit"

Or maybe R&M...

"Come home to your own extinction, come home to Simple Prick's"

"Welcome.... To Asshattery Park..."

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei

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Anyone else reminded of John Hammond

And a certain elephant?

The British government is stuffed full of people who'd even get sacked from British Leyland - not so much flat caps as flat skulls. The Chinee own everything else and they will until we stop them.

Oxford uni is essentially broke, Cambridge is essentially bordering on bankrupt and students there are being harassed by the US military - dangling money with the unspoken (until you've signed) rider that you are US MILITARY property.

The UK government is a bad joke practically everywhere in every field so where else are research organisations going to look?

Stop funding crap we can't afford and will never use *cough* nuclear deterrent *uncough* and start funding stuff we need like research and proper support for those who need it.

Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps

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Re: Hmm.

Correction: anti biologicals (bleach, clinical uv*, etc).

Brain having a bad morning today.

* DO NOT use if you aren't trained - it will kill virii and bacteria but it'll also give anything alive the worse day of its life including people, pets, plants.

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Trusting No Hope Service* coders, who will be the lowest common denominator of the bottom of the barrel - nope.

Leaving my Bluetooth open 24/7 to be hacked by anyone who wants to - nope.

Trusting Reichfuhrerin Patel, Pope Rees-Mogg, Braindead Boris or if you are really unlucky the FBI and the Stainless Steel Twat. Hell nope.

Trusting that government software like this won't drop a payload on deletion? Ahahahahaha. Nope.

I don't go out socially because I can't (thank you so much NHS). I always wear a mask. Masks are as good for the general population as they are for NHS staff, our government are tight fisted, unprepared, lazy gormless idiots - and we're paying the price.

My phone stays at home anyway unless I'm going somewhere in the car because on a good day I can walk 500yds (for the whole day) - a zombie apocalypse would quadruple the number of people shambling about - to maybe 10...

Masks, antibacterials and eventually medication will solve this. Not 1984 bullshit.

*Missed FMS for 30 years, cancer for 9 months, murdered my grandmother, and their medical negligence cost me my partner. Oh and DO NOT take ibuprofen for cv19 - allergy to ibuprofen *causes* a cough (I know I'm allergic) and anti inflammatory drugs can cause odd reactions when the immune system is triggered (ask me how I know, a similar reaction did permanent lung damage).

The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open

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Yeah, voluntary

In the same way it was voluntary in a certain dilbert episode...

If you voluntarily don't come into work *because sensible*, you've volunteered to be sacked shortly afterwards.

The man is a sociopath and the world would be a much better place if he wasn't in it for so many reasons, this electric car bullshit not the least of them.

Look up John Cadogan - electric cars - YouTube for why they're the shittiest idea since humanity evolved.

Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?

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And for what it's worth these days..

Everyone on here be careful and safe.

Remember you can find a new job, money isn't the be all and end all, I know its going to be hard . But you can't find a new parent, relative, partner, lover or friend. I lost my previous partner in 2008 on her 22nd birthday from cancer - I still haven't entirely got over it and I never will.

If you don't feel safe going to work, work from home, and if your management cretins whinge (Charter I'm looking at you here), kick em in the fork and then work from home.

And I think we are going to have to have a good long think about money and egotesticle after this. Money is ALWAYS the driver of **** ups in this situation and I think it needs to go. Its a constant pain in the ass at the best of times - now it's entirely capable of killing people.

To paraphrase:

Be safe, and full of care, and people's lives might not be destroyed..

There is another quote that's related that we are going to hear far too often as it is..

My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today.

I first heard that when I was about 10 years old. It always stuck with me, but I never expected it to have this sort of resonance.

Please for the love of <insert deity here> think of others and the people you love. Don't take risks yourself and don't put others at risk by your actions.

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Re: It's not just the mechanicals that are needed

Yes, you are correct, in extremis you need to paralyse the diaphragm (possibly a curare derivative) and have a crew to operate the system.

However even a positive pressure air system ventilator that's kitbashed together, and works acceptably, can help a less serious case and can be the difference between recovering at home and ending up in hospital.

This has happened before - government officials getting a broom up their ass and killing people as a result - the Spanish flu in the UK is a prime example - the CHO of the British government was more concerned about fighting the war than pandemic flu, he ended up committing suicide from the guilt.

GOVERNMENTS if people are offering help, expertise and creative solutions accept it. We are not in a place where we can go by the book or by normal procedures.

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When you have nothing...

Anything is worthwhile. If these Heath Robinson kitbashed systems save even one life on balance - they're worth it.

And ffs, we are in the middle of a worldwide medical emergency - companies will you KINDLY stop waving your patent and right-to-repair dicks about. You are NOT helping. Personally I'd take a list of any medical manufacturers acting like that and have them shut down permanently after this is over and the management team imprisoned for life. This is NOT a fucking game. Or maybe line up all their family members, channel good old Marius*, and have them decimated** until someone grows a conscience.

I have fibromyalgia and I had bronchopneumonia last year (which was an hour away from a collapsed lung when diagnosed) - I lost the best part of a stone in weight and had to take 300mg codeine just to move (because of muscle pain from the coughing). And I am *not* someone who is considered vulnerable yet I suspect this is perfectly capable of killing me and I'm relatively young.

Please do as you are told and don't play games with other people's lives.

And I wouldn't want to be you Boris. My fiancée is stuck in Ghana at the moment - her government have been better and faster on this than ours has. I mean no disrespect to the Ghanaian government when I say this, but that is fucking shameful on our part, and ironic since they used to be a colonial possession of ours.

* Famous Roman General who reformed the Roman Army. Roman soldiers subsequently nicknamed "Marius's Mules".

** Every 10th person executed.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Real intelligence

To paraphrase

"... A fat tory barrister that gets made a judge when he reaches a certain grade of senility..."

What intelligence?

There is the saying "if it ain't broke..." but in the end it comes down to money like everything else is this grey & benighted Isle. We're now into peak shithole people - embrace it, enjoy it. You have never had it so good is dead right... Because you ain't seen nothing yet.

Australia down for scheduled maintenance: No talking to Voyager 2 for 11 months

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We have a transmitter that is working - albeit a bit flakey at the moment - and a spacecraft which by all realistic standards is well beyond its service life but is miraculously still communicating.

We *know* what we need to manufacture and install and the changes we need to make to the transmitter - so why on earth are we risking the spacecraft for *months* uncontrolled when we could build out the transmitter components offline, test them as much as possible, bring them to the site and slap them in with the minimum downtime? Or am I missing something?

This system is an utterly unique resource and losing our ability to control it for months when there are other options seems criminal to me. Yes it has error correction and other systems on board but nothing to what human system engineers can accomplish.

Im seeing far too much of the "Columbia" spirit here - aka "don't worry, it'll be fine"..

Or to quote

"If nothing else works, a total pig- headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through."

Mixed with, to paraphrase

"We're taking an awful risk here, this had better work..."

I just can't see this ending well.

Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent

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Re: Dear Francis

How should he fuck off oh Lord?

And the utterly perfect...

"Of course he's the Messiah. I should know I've followed a few"

I think the Internet proper should have locks against god botherers and other fun people (flatearth (#Frisbee) and vaxxers (#edward-jenner-die-die-die) come to mind). Each getting their own remedial area - like the Shiasphere or SunniSphere or Jewisphere, along with the Fluffysphere (Wicca, #shiningpathbunny), and all the rest - where they can all flame grille each other to their hearts content and leave the rest in peace. Could all get together and have 5 thousand a side flaming tournaments.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule

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Re: This is why the Shuttle never had a software problem that killed people

I think I said that. But the challenger on wasn't as soon as the boosters fired. Even then it might have made it but for higher than average wind shear.

I think your egotesticle might have defeated your reading ability.

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Re: This is why the Shuttle never had a software problem that killed people

Slightly unfair comparison - both those situations were physical hardware events - one avoidable but irreversible once the launch was committed - the other could have been recoverable if the right action was taken (wing damage).

Both were a result of forcing the physical design envelope of the whole entity against advice and then in the latter case abject gormless indifference to even check for damage, ascertain the situation and work a solution - it was less of a technical challenge than apollo 13 that's for sure. Worst case scenario they could have fueled another shuttle and launched with minimal stores and a supply of heat resistant tiles or just evac-d the crew onto the rescue shuttle and hit the next window - it was not that technically challenging.

This situation in this case is a whole different kettle of fuck up. Its not a one point failure situation - its the exact opposite - you'd be hard pressed to find anything that these people did right. I think my A level computer studies group could have done better (in BASIC) than this shower. They cut/pasted code and worst of all, look up tables, into software for a different system, didn't check it visually or otherwise, didn't simulate it on ground systems that should have been available as part of the contract.

Given what's come out I'm amazed they managed to cobble things together so it got down in one piece - but I know I'd not be allowing that thing off the pad until its been fixed and tested throughout and I'd seriously be looking at having some senior and middle management staff fall on their wallets.

If that thing had taken the ISS down catastrophically and the remains smacked into a major Chinese or Iranian city...that plus "Dickwit diplomacy"...?

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Re: Cock-up base here

You know - I am kind of wondering if they haven't subscribed to the British Leyland school of management..

Might explain a lot.

"Well you only ever need one knock sensor, why'd you need two stall sensors..?"

"African pilots? Whatever next? They don't like it up 'em you know."

"Why bother photostating all the manuals again Bill, no one reads 'em, and you can't do it anyway - the union would have a fit - it's not your job"


"GMT were good enough for Red Robbo so it's good enough for us..."

Some time later

"oh crap".

It's like Boeing is channelling the spirit of BL Solihull on a wet Friday in November. With rockets.

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Cock-up base here

The calamity has landed..

Hey GitLab, the 1970s called and want their sexism back: Saleswomen told to wear short skirts, heels and 'step it up'

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Re: Why isn't any one offended men were required to wear a blazer and slacks or suit?

The one I love is the women who whine wail and scream like professional mourners because they're getting paid 60% of the men (I entirely support equal pay)... Oh woe is us because we can't negotiate at interviews. It's not fucking rocket science - note down the maximum salary and insist on it..

Then when the men take a pay *cut* toddle off under their feminazi rocks smirking like Ted Heath at a boys boarding school ... While the men are laughing themselves to death.

That is NOT equality you mindless idiots. Equality is having your pay *raised to the same level* as the person with the higher pay you sub average cretin - THE WHOLE POINT OF 40 YEARS of whining, causing climate change from all the burning bras, and dungarees was not for THEM to be in equality with you. It was for YOU to be in equality with them. Quite honestly you're an embarrassment to female kind. This isn't equality - it's best described as idiot-signalling. What did you do in the great equality war mummy? Oh, I let them get away with a pointless valueless gesture *and* saved them forever from paying out what they owed. Congrat-u-fucking-lations. Not only did you make yourselves a laughing stock, but you *saved* the companies that short changed you BILLIONS. You make Gwyneth Paltrow look useful and sane.

It's like someone cloned a couple of hundred million female Frank Spensers handed them a leaflet and told them "go forth and irritate".

The only slight good point in all this is the fact that hopefully they were too stoned on bra fumes to breed (probably made with asbestos somehow - everything else was (including brewery beer filters would you believe, I kid you not)) - else the general IQ would have plunged even further..

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Re: Conservatism


Post Tory Sociopath Disorder

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Paint & Plumbing

You forgot the asbestos...

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Re: Correlation =/= causation.

Don't need to, they're called the Conservative party - as well as murdering NHS budgets every single time they got the chance, slicing education budgets so thin they looked like a salami after a fucking bad day and a fair bit of responsibility for Grenfell (let's clad the building so Jeremy & Cordelia don't have to look at concrete, might give them nightmares*).

I honestly despair of Brexitstani idiots. OF BLOODY COURSE racists voted for it IT'S A RACIST POLICY, it was always supposed to be (best said in a Monty Python style, and most of them will be spinning in their graves faster than a Rover V8 (because its on the side of the road with the bonnet up)).

They're not doing this to do you any favours either - not in a month of Saturnian sundays. They're doing it because being outside the EU will mean they can destroy workers rights and salaries that much quicker - yeah that'll be *your* salaries and your pensions and your everything else. Want your kids health records to be private? Want them to get a decent education, want to send them to university? ROFLMAO "yez really screwed the pooch on that one Morty"**

This is literally how the Weimar Republic ended and the bloody irony is we weren't doing all that bad thanks...

You just wait - in 3 years every company that can will be off this grey and unpleasant shithole and employment will go down faster than a Clinton intern (if you don't get the reference look it up). And consult your doctor you might be suffering from new variant PTSD Post Teenage Sociopath Disorder.

You've just given the Conservative party the right to do whatever they like for 4 years.

"Farewell, Human Rights Act,

Fuck off NHS,

You'll soon be a Trumpistani,

Your brain's long been there" -

Lyrics: Anon. Tune trad "Long way to Tipperary"

* "Well, there's your problem blog" YouTube Grenfell edition (with trigger warnings that by deep load tonnage make the Yamato-class look like a coracle with delusions of grandeur)

** banned by law because someone might learn to think outside the Borisbox"

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Re: Conservatism

Please explain your logic there sweetie. Because I can see no scenario (things happening-Ed) where what I said and supporting Boris von Braindead und Nazi could ever correlate (agree).

To the point Rick Sanchez would have a headache..

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Re: Conservatism

Entirely aware of that. But there is a general indication of the ability of the person to think. However also a polymath. Have various skills in several different fields including mechanical engineering (upgrading autocycle designs, upgrading various classic engines to improve mpg), paleontology, environmental studies, population studies and various others as well as climate change recovery plans. There is also a correlation between the retard ratio (17-18% population by US Govt study) and the number of times the Conservatives get in - the difference between the two main parties in '17 was 17% - yes I know - not a direct one..

The book Audit of War explains why I'd change my vote to remain (which makes a lie of the government right there) - British design and manufacturing has *always* been unmitigatedly shit, its just that we were first (arguable even there).

Hate to imagine what the Conservatives will do in the future. I have a theory they fully expected the retard-ratio result (the difference in votes in percentage is within the retard ratio) - a distraction so they could further ass-rape the NHS and sell our private medical records (illegally in my case).

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Nazism with a human face

You will of course note this doesn't apply to anyone outside the EU.

Anywhere else you pay a slavery/colonial tax of £18,200 a person, my fiancee, Comfort, being Ghanaian - same as a certain Freema Aygeman. Ask me how I know. Really fun part is the reason I'll never be able to afford it is misdiagnosed fibromyalgia & Aspergers. I haven't been able to work for 12 YEARS due to the former. Thank you so much to the Conservatives for gutting the health service and education. You going to pay me the £2m in salary I'll have lost by retirement, Boris? No I thought not. If I could get my partner over here, with her energy and my knowledge, we could easily start a business and PAY TAXES - but we can't be nice to fuzzie wuzzies can we? Heaven forfend old chap...

Brexit simply shows we are in a duhmocracy not a democracy - and be advised - I have an averaged IQ of 135 and a highest depending on the test of 142, stupid I'm not. It's also deeply scary considering the deputy fuhrer, sorry home secretary, is the right wing nut jobs right wing nut job. Even the Charlotteville lot would be suggesting she turns it down a tad..

They have no respect for human rights, no understanding of reality re climate change and are basically 300 odd tea drinking, extremely polite mini-Trumps..

Congratu-fucking-lations. Good luck with that. Thanks so much...

Who honestly has a crown prince in their threat model? UN report officially fingers Saudi royal as Bezos hacker

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You had me at..

UN fingers Saudi royal

Hopefully with a Bangalore torpedo.

GSMA report: Sorry, handset makers, 5G is not going to save the smartphone market

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Re: When I can buy...

Oh, that's good, a cyclist. If you see a ivory over green Wolseley 18/85 bearing down on you at speed - that'll be me.

I don't recall mentioning it would be good for some lycra clad deathwishophile called Roland, I mentioned that it would be good enough for the average person and more than that since I've written whole books on a Nokia E70 no less.

As for your other whinge - ever heard of Scuba diving? On that subject Humboldt Squid are very personable chaps - when they flash red & white it means they like you. Oh and if you happen to visit Komodo or Flores you should wear white, the dragons like that. PS when they curl their tail that means they like you and want to be stroked... Seriously.

What is it with contrarywise cretintards who have to have their thruppence worth?

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When I can buy...

A perfectly good octacore rugged mobile with android 9 & splitscreen for £100 (Ulefone X5). Only thing it's missing potentially is a fingerprint sensor, and you can get that on the Armor 5. Why on earth would I waste £1000 on overpriced cack even if I could afford it?

As for 5G I switch all my mobiles to 3G on the very rare occasions I enable data and since its faster than copper broadband, why would I need anything else. Saves battery life and stops the damn thing hunting for signal all the time.

The sooner the general consumer realises that there are good, reliable, cheap android phones floating around, the better for them, and the worse for manufacturers like Crapple and Shitesung - that's always a good thing.

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Oh, don't worry chaps...

He landed on his wallet...

Who'll give me 15:1 on an upcoming VW directorship? The synergy is definitely there...

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Excessive use of body spray causes school bus evacuation

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Oh God

The London underground in summer...

You need a gas mask if you're under 5ft 10“ or preferably a noddy suit.

I felt so sorry for the teenage girls rammed nose to armpit with some grunting beachmaster who you could smell from 200 yards downwind. Komodo Dragons would have turned tail at the smell.

Worst I imagine was for the girl of maybe 8-10 who'd get a heady mix of pit et le crotch with a side order of sycronised farting - I saw more than one turn green/pale.

I swear sometimes when the doors opened you could see armpit fumes rising like heat shimmer over the Sonoran..

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First one I thought of.

It could only be Florida...

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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Kill them all and let God sort it out. The sooner they're out of the gene pool the better for the human race.

What the Electric Peanut just did can and has gotten innocent people tortured and MURDERED. More to the point this has now made deformation of character and slander perfectly legal under US law*.

The Electric Peanut and all his works should be banned with immediate effect in the UK. The cars are not advantageous to the environment - unless everyone is using solar & nuclear fusion and even then they're more polluting than a good clean diesel - don't believe me? Look up SF6..

*For a given value of the term, unless you have a good lawyer

Welcome to cultured meat – not pigs reading Proust but a viable alternative to slaughter

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Re: They paved paradise and put up a parking lot (for container farms???)

Salinity problems...

You mean like where the RSPB bought up some of the best arable land in the entire of East Anglia by outbidding the farmers who wanted to farm it - and promptly blew up the sea wall and flooded it with salt water and destroyed it, about 1000 acres worth? Think of the birdies...!!

And then you whine about food prices and ecology and respect for the land? Don't make me bloody laugh.

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Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Re: Earworm wearables?


Sorry, couldn't resist.

Watch tiny swimming magnetic robots suck up uranium in a droplet of radioactive wastewater

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Re: Bite..

Any unnatural radioactivity inside the body is bad radioactivity. It's a simple principle.

Uranics aren't anywhere near as dangerous as strontium and cobalt isotopes but they are still radioactive. Even Radium paint can merrily dissolve a person given time (The Radium Girls, which you can find on Kindle, not a good way to die*).

*not for the squeamish. And if your vintage guns have a luminous nightsight - don't lick it..

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My tiny metal ass...

Uranics are harmful if ingested but also from skin contact or from being breathed in - although you really don't want them floating around in the digestive tract, that's probably the most dangerous place for it to end up.

Radioactivity is pretty much bad anywhere in or on or around the body.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Prime is evil..

But their customer service is worse, cretinous online chats that don't leave a paper trail so good luck if they stiff you. No email address, no phone. Still nothing as bad as calling the No Hope Service GP - a perky fucking idiot telling you *every.15.seconds* you are on hold - brilliant, let's give everyone over 30 a fucking stroke because of the frustration of thinking every 15 seconds for half an *hour* that some person (who has no clue anyway) is going to answer the phone.

Deals that change between you clicking on them and trying to pay - by going up 150% - ooh, trading standards, who them?

It's a shame when you think that Amazon could actually be good for everyone concerned with a few fairly minor changes (to Bezos income).

PS don't try to use PayPal with a VPN, just really really don't. Even if you are a bdsm oddball to the point of auditioning for Hellraiser:The Series.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

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Re: This is a standard numerical analysis issue

To be honest if your developer has set up a system to do this sort of work and then made it so it's dependent on *file names* as any form of control - might I venture to suggest that a cattle prod, some quicklime, a spade and some soft ground is a good idea.

I can think of at least one situation where an OS could happily banjax file names in less than a millisecond - that wonderful way long filenames in Windows of various versions could be royally buggered up if you happened to try editing them in a DOS box (one of several reasons I suspect why most windows systems files are still in the 8.3 format.

It's still risible coding and design - just for a different reason.

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Re: Researchers - please hire good computer scientists when you start your project.

I'd think it's the young Battens girl, although even if it stops progression it's hardly going to do her many favours, the state the poor kid is in already. I can understand the parents not wanting to lose her but sometimes I wonder whether it's right to fight for someone to keep existing with pain and a very limited quality of life. I always wince a little when I read these kinds of story.

It looks likely that it may not be a lock anyway since her seizures have started to climb again.

Think "Lorenzo's Oil" without the acting talent.

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Stating the bleeding obvious part #261

I'd never thought of this issue before but it makes perfect sense. Every OS does things on its own certain way and where small differences in complex calculations are important - it will have a greater or lesser effect. I wonder what result you'd get from Windows ME?

This is worrying for a whole lot of reasons - efficacy tests of drugs like antidepressants - the statistics can be very close between activity and "basically a placebo" is just one example. These drugs can be unpleasant and in some cases include raising the risk of suicide, so an artifact .3 or .5 in the wrong direction (ie towards efficacy) might be enough to allow the manufacturers to dump something on the market that doesn't work and puts people at risk (not that they aren't fudging the results already, see "the emperors new drugs".)

I wonder also whether hardware might have an effect on the results (other than firmware bugs) - or whether older computers might have been much worse - for example the Inbredistanis nuclear H bomb test that decided to produce 6x the output power and doused a Japanese fishing boat in radioactive coral (so technically Inbredistan has nuked the Japanese thrice, because radiation got onto the Japanese mainland in that incident (from landed fish)). Its always been claimed to be an unexpected consumption of lithium fuel - but what if it was 'unexpected' because the computer simulations and calculations had a brainfart?

As halfwit, would-be dictator buried by UK judges, Spain would like to dig up a very real one

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Re: TZ Nazis

I thought he was living peacefully in Stonely myself.. (just don't go exploring in the canal tunnel).

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Franco.. Half wit?

Umm.. No

Braindead Boris would have problems out thinking one of the zombies from Shawn of the Dead.

Franco might have been the utter bastards utter bastard, but one thing he wasn't was an idiot. He was a very astute politician who managed to play off most of the rest of Europe during and after the war (not exactly rocket science to be sure) - including playing a game of hide and seek with Hitler and the Allies that kept Spain out of the war and completely unharmed (bar being broke from the SCW) - so it's deeply unfair to liken him to Bloody Stupid Johnson.

I'm in no way saying that I support the guy in any way and it wouldn't surprise me to find that Priti Patel has a poster of Franco on her bedroom wall (that she strokes lovingly with claw like fingers), but likening Boris to Franco is the same as likening "Duh-fender" McGovern and Ettore Bugatti.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Re: off with his head

Would anyone notice the difference?

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Re: born in Guyana

I'm thinking GCMG...

Sir Humphrey will be spinning in his grave fast enough to reverse the poles.*

* The magnetic ones, not the immigrants.

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Re: Surprising?

Again, don't worry...

Sam will kill 'em, if they try anything...*

Why do I keep picturing the Conservative Party as the staff of Ninety Minute Minions and Rees-Mogg as Saruman.

*LOTR secret diaries - trust me, you need the laugh.

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So basically....

It's the legal equivalent of the 2nd Russian Pacific Squadron?


What on earth difference does it make, if we article 50 we're screwed, if we don't we've burned so many bridges we're still screwed

Welcome to duh-mocracy.

Devonitely not great: Torbay and South Devon NHS declares 'major IT incident'

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Re: What about the 50% + of the population that is not on Twitter etc?

I'd follow it all right, at speed with a couple of Panzer Corps, lots of lovely Pervitin, and a mate of mine by the name of Erich..*

The NHS is very much like Soviet Russia - in that there's lots of it, it's all on the verge of collapse, mostly empty and/or clapped out, and its organisational motto is "and then it got worse" and it'll do its level best to kill you as general policy.

*with NHS commissioning managers playing the part of soviet Commissars.

They could rebrand it of course - OPEC maybe - Obligatory Patient Eradication Corporation...

Well, at least it'd be honest.

Jemma Silver badge

Re: OPEL 4

Norfolk would still be using them as ambulances if you could get the parts...

Jemma Silver badge

Re: "Failover"?

Yup, but they got it confused with "Fallover".

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump

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Re: Colour me shocked...

You want esoteric - try a BBC B running a scanner in an NHS hospital about 12 years ago. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but I have to say I was.

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'

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Re: Someone should throw the book at them

Starfleet has that one...



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