* Posts by Swarthy

2398 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Astroboffins present fresh evidence of moving liquid water on Mars

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Re: They keep saying that ...

My guess is that the "salt" in Martian water would be perchlorate salts, considering we have found that the surface we've explored has been riddled with 'em.

ClO4- may be a bit harsher on life than plain old NaCl.

OK, Google: Why are you still pointing women at fake abortion clinics?

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And by not donating blood/bone marrow at every opportunity, you are KILLING the would-be recipients!

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Bugger the line!

There is no line. If it's acceptable to force a person to share their body to ensure another person's life, then gimme your right kidney. Or how about a law that requires blood donation every six weeks?

Or better, a law that makes evictions illegal.

Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty

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Re: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Why break up "The Department of Fun"?

Those screws on the Apple Watch Ultra are a red herring

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Re: Stop status smell

Malum malum?

Soaring costs, inflation nurturing generation of 'quiet quitters' among under-30s

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Re: You get paid what you're worth

Are you one who believes that "burger flippers don't deserve a livable wage"?

Are you one who complains that there are not enough employees at retail or fast food locations and service suffers?

The Venn diagram of people saying "If you don't like what you're paid, go elsewhere" and the people complaining that all of the retail staff have buggered off (for better paying jobs) is nearly circular.

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Re: Quiet Quitting

Stolen from Twater:

Boss made a dollar

Grandad made a dime

But that was a poem

From a simpler time

Boss made a thousand

Gave my pa a cent

But that penny bought a mortgage

Or at least it paid the rent

Now boss makes a million

And gives us jack

Smugly blames his workers

For the labor that he lacks

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Re: I quietly quit decades ago - it was called Work-Life Balance

Serfs got more time off.

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Re: You sir or madame are correct.

Quiet Quitting: I quit doing the work of the two people management laid off.

I'm still doing my job, but if The Bosses want the other work to be done they can hire somebody for it. It's not my fault that the company has decided that one person should do the work of three on the pay of one-half.

California to phase out gas furnaces, water heaters by 2030

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Where's the Super-Cali headline?

Has El Reg's more US-centric style guide banished them?

Super-Cali: Furnace Heating, Boilers are Atrocious

There, Fixed it!

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Re: Don't blame us for this.

I also find it curious that CARB is going after domestic gas, when the emissions from it are insignificant compared to commercial emissions. I get that there are a lot of homes, and the small bits add up; but one fertilizer plant emits just as much as a significant number of homes.

This reeks of the same "green-washing" as crying about plastic straws being used and possibly winding up in the ocean, while doing nothing about industrial fishing nets getting chucked in the ocean.

It is another example of re-directing the blame for climate issues to individuals (who can't afford lobbying money) rather than the corporations/industries that are actually causing it. See: Exxon/BP pushing domestic recycling and the frequent articles decrying "Americans are addicted to plastic".

Girls Who Code books 'banned' in some US classrooms

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Re: The last sentence of the article has it.

Crap, I have to up-vote VoiceOfTruth?! Man...

They have it right though. The statues, road names, etc. started in the 1920's and stepped up massively in the 1950's-1960's and they were done, openly, as a "Remember where you came from; 'cuz as soon as we get the chance, we'll put you back there"

I would also like to add a sentiment I have stolen from elsewhere: "Losers don't get statues"

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Re: God botherers strike again!

I see the downvoters have never read the Bible and/or are denying the political reality in the US.


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Re: God botherers strike again!

There is an apparent pipeline from crunchy (as in granola) to alt-right. It starts with anti-vax, muddles around for a bit in "alternative medicine", heads over to "every one (else) is lying to you" and then lands in QAnon/conspiracy thought/cult-ish groups.

Florida asks Supreme Court if it's OK to ban content moderation it doesn't like

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Re: Would that apply to foreign companies?

And we have a Winner!

Billionaire CEO tells Googlers 'we shouldn’t always equate fun with money'

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Re: Google, the little startup that could!

Given the rate of inflation, one could argue that a six-figure salary for a new graduate should be normal. Pulling some random dates, $100K (the bare minimum to count as six figures) in today's money would have been about $14K in 1970.

I wasn't paying much attention to pay scales at that time, but a quick Googling makes me think it wasn't that far off of an expectation.

Good news for UK tech contractors as govt repeals IR35 tax rules

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Re: Wake me up

The cheese is gouda - I can havardi brie-lieve how much chedder the puns have become on this site.

Appeals court already under fire for upholding Texas no-content-moderation law

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Re: Christian values? By what measure?

Personally, I love pointing out the dichotomy between Prosperity Gospel and flipping tables & chasing bankers with a whip. Add in that whole Rich Man/Camel analogy and you have to start wondering what they do believe in; 'cause it sure as Hell isn't the teachings of Christ.

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Re: Here we go...


We've been over this. The only time that argument holds any value other than signifying "I don't know logic" If you are using it for "Logical Fallacy Bingo".

School chat app Seesaw abused to send 'inappropriate image' to parents, teachers

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Could have been worse

At least it was the relatively harmless Goatse, and not the actively malicious Rick Roll.

Red Hat says staff can stay away from the office forever

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Re: If it's anything like where I work...

How is that any different from working in the office?

Boffins build microphone safety kit to detect eavesdroppers

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Awareness and alerting is all well and good

But I want something that emits an EM field that will cause a mic to record some gawd-awful feedback without being picked up by Mk1 Earballs (Much like shining an IR light into a camera). This would also be useful for the voice-operated "smart" TVs that are absolutely not spying on you. Bonus points if the EM field would not effect hearing aids.

I would also accept if the EM field just generated white noise, but I would love either a 15KHz tone, or failing that, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"

Chemical plant taken offline by the best one of all: C8H10N4O2

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Re: Better yet...

I had a laptop killed by Ovaltine. A kid's friend spilt a cup of the stuff, mixed with milk, all over it. they and the kid cleaned it "all" up to hide the misadventure. they did not get the stuff in the vents, or that had seeped into the keyboard. a day or so later when the laptop became non-functional I found a green-ish plastic/rubber looking substance that was quite durable blocking all of the vents.

It turns out that milk + Ovaltine polymerizes when it dries.

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Re: Ah, but what was the coffee?

That's a latte of bad coffee puns...

California passes bill requiring salary ranges on job listings

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Re: Women v men

If you shoot a watergun, all of the droplets have equality of opportunity (similar pressure, nozzle velocity, etc) some droplets will spray outwards, but the vast majority of them hit in a tight locality - looking an awful lot like equality of outcome.

I used the word statistically because statistics deal with large numbers and discounts outliers - the spare drops in the above example.

While I agree that equality of opportunity is what is needed, the end result of opportunity equality will look an awful lot like equality of outcome. Further, I have found that people who deride equality of outcome and favor opportunity, tend to ignore things that are key definers of opportunity. They seem to believe that a kid in private school with tutors has the same opportunity (school) as a kid from an inner city public school; disregarding food insecurity, parental connections, and academic assistance.

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Re: Women v men

Statistically, there is no difference between "Equality of outcome" and "Equality of opportunity".

Taken on an individual basis, the two are very different; but spread out over millions, there is little to no difference. If you have a million equal opportunities, the outcomes will be tightly clustered, allowing for some outliers and other "noise".

BOFH: It's Friday, it's time to RTFM

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Sadly, the pre tag let you down. Just as well, or I'd be tempted to post "Killroy" a lot, and who knows what other ascii art would flood these forums.

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Re: The AA and police

The original Warrant Canary?

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Re: Interesting difference in attitude

I wonder if that has anything to do with how many guns are available in either country?
That, and if "the fuzz" uses traffic fines for revenue generation.

I was thinking whilst reading that the "We drop spurious cop reports" tweet was the Plod Department realizing that revenue had fallen too much, so they are hoping thee tweet will cause drivers to ignore all of the cop icons - leading to more fines.

LabMD gets another shot at defamation claim against 'extortionate' infosec biz

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Or stealing a car is acceptable if the door isn't locked "enough" - I mean, it's child's play to slip in a BP cuff to wedge the door open enough to fit a slender pole through and flip the lock.

We don't know the security LabMD had in place, but we do know (from the whistle blower) that Tiversa had exfiltration experts who acquired data from many companies to extort. We can assume from LabMD's response of "there is no leak, we don't need your services" to Tiversa that they had enough security to at least allow them to see if files had gone on walk-about.

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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When the guy who did Ribbons & the Win10 start menu says you've made an ugly UI - that should hurt; and you should re-evaluate your life decisions.

MX Linux 21.2: Middleweight Debian-based distro is well worth a look

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California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: Popular saying?

California is to car standards as Texas is to text books.

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Re: So no hydrogen then?

"Something must be done!"->"[This] is something"->"[This] must be done!"

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Re: Not going to happen

And that's not counting the accidents they cause, with out being involved in.

Grandpa never got into an accident, but he saw so many in his rear-view mirror

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Re: Not going to happen

If any elected official here in the USA suggests such a thing, they will be tarred & feathered and run out of town on the rail.
Nah, they pulled up all of the rails back in the 30s to make more room for cars.

Google says there's no Waze forward, carpool app axed

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That's because Google didn't buy Waze for its features or implementation, but rather for the crowd-sourced traffic/events notification. I have seen many things on GMaps "reported by Waze". I use Waze because it's UI is Way better than GMaps; but I intend to checkout Magic Earth and osmAnd, as recommended above.

Better than Google Maps doesn't exactly imply "good", just... less bad.

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons

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Re: Clockwork BOFH...

If the ambulance got there in time.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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Re: Photocopier challange

My wife's Outback has that - the E-brake is a nearly useless button/switch type thing, with fancy hill-start, etc. I hate it.

My Impreza (cheaper, smaller) has an old-fashioned handbrake, and I have "never" used it for handbrake turns. Also, I love the "Crkrkrkrk" when you pull it up, that leaves you feeling secure that it's not going anywhere. The nearly silent click of the Outback's E-brake is far less satisfying.

Japan reverses course on post-Fukushima nuclear ban

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Re: Mountains of coal ash

Compared the mountains of ash produced by coal power, nuclear waste is nothing.
And it's less radioactive, too.

FTC presses ahead in its war on 'free' Turbo Tax

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You can, the cost of filing taxes is a deductible expense - if you itemize your deductions.

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Re: After Intuit installed a root-kit on my Windows system may years ago

the fact that all QuickBooks software is subscription now makes it even less appealing - if one can make Fuligo septica less appealing.

Smartphone gyroscopes threaten air-gapped systems, researcher finds

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Re: Air gaps are all about physical security

Blinkenlights exfiltration has been done - a lot. The twist on this is NIC blinkenlights, which haven't been bothered with, because the NIC is usually at the back of the machine, and hard to surreptitiously monitor; also, you have actual network traffic that will pollute the data stream, or the machine is unplugged (actual air-gap, not just an air-gapped network), so no lights to blink.

Microsoft finds critical hole in operating system that for once isn't Windows

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Re: From 'The 10 Commandments for C Programmers'

Or "antidisestablishmentarianism"

Or, something in German, using compound words, umlauts, and eszetts.

Scientists use supercritical carbon dioxide to power the grid

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Re: Combo for the win

They are finally addressing my main issue with nuclear power: That we are using nuclear fire to boil water.

This, at least, is a more apropos medium for the process.

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Re: Degrees F

If degrees are unitless ratios, can we measure temperature in deciBels, or sound volume in Celsius?

How would one convert degrees to dB?

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Re: recuperator == heat exchanger

I would also guess that the chemical reactivity of CO2 (the amount of corrosion it causes) is significantly lower than that of H2O. That would mean that turbine blades last longer, improving uptime/efficiency.

$2.8m gene therapy treatment is America's most expensive drug ever

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Re: Non-affordable for the non-rich

And yet another content-free ad hominem.

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

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Re: Women are people too.

So, we should have a discussion about if people should be allowed to hoard their blood, as there are life-threatening emergencies that need more blood donors? Or we can disagree on how much of a bad thing it is to keep both of your kidneys when Mr. Doe over there needs one to save his life?

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Re: Since when does big tech have the luxury to make moral desicions?

I mean, this is the US - they have the money to ignore laws, break them, or have them re-written.

How many times has Google been put on the naughty step for monopoly violations? How many times has Meta flagrantly disregarded hate speech laws?

This would be a case of Big Tech using their power for good, not just to make more money.


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