* Posts by Sherrie Ludwig

311 posts • joined 10 Nov 2013


84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: WTF?

and I have a couple of D8 Caterpillars

Curiousity, how hard is it to nick a D8 Caterpillar? Is it a keyed start, and can it be hot-wired? Since there were questions raised about someone else getting hold of large tracked vehicles, and there are many left next to road repair overnight, why aren't joyriders all over the place?

Biden warns 'real shooting war' will be sparked by severe cyber attack

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Re: The White House declares and outs itself ..... in a crazy directive

@Ordinary Donkey

Twitler's anointed, endorsed candidate just lost a runoff election for a Texas house seat (she is the wife of the late office-holder, usually a shoo-in for GOP voters) to another Republican, in a deep GOP area. I hope and pray this is another example of, as the book title has it, "Everything Trump Touches, Dies". He nearly killed the USA, by unchecked epidemic and then by attempted coup.

Yes, I think {Twitler} is touring as an inefficient means of making a few dollars - he is using the slush fund of campaign dollars sent by his suckers, so it isn't costing him anything, AND he's getting the strokes his pathetic, yawning maw of an ego desperately needs. Besides, he is completely bollocks at being a businessman, so why should this be any different?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The White House declares and outs itself ..... in a crazy directive

I have been posting a wager on social media, which none of you trumpers have taken: I bet $1000 US dollars that Trump will NOT be "reinstated" or "returned to power" at the White House by Aug 13, as the pillow guy has been hollering. Hell, I'll give it to Aug. 31st. On August 31, we meet (loser pays their own way) and one of us walks away with ten $100 bills. Otherwise, all you trumpers concede, aver, and maintain you are gutless, inverted-weenie scum suckers who are desperately hoping there is someone dumber than you who might actually swallow that codswallop.

So, Rainer, I'll take that bet about Biden making it to midterm. I'll even make it for that same $1000, same terms. I live in the US Midwest. Deal? Or do you concede,, aver,,,etc.?

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

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Re: Always trust Microsoft reports - not

He's very sweet old lady on the phone with them so he can drag the call out. Also he speaks enough Hindi to give them an ear bashing

Yes, I've asked my nephew from Mumbai for some choice cuss words to use on this slime mold. Telling a male scammer he should make his family proud by becoming a prostitute got me a callback, "why are you being so mean to me?" I laughed heartily as I hung up.

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

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Re: Leveraged buyouts should be illegal

Note that the C suite guys keep banking their salaries, plus bonuses. It'll be news when the decimation reaches them.

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument

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Wasn't there a Sherlock episode (A Scandal in Belgravia) that hinged on an MOD worker divulging classified information to impress somebody (his dominatrix)? Does not speak well for MOD hiring practices, if it becomes a trope in fiction because it happens in real life. Coat because she nicked Sherlock's.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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doppelgangers exist

...and this is why no AI face recognition should ever be trusted.


One women looking at two of the unrelated look-alikes said, "the one could do a murder, and the other get nicked for it".

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

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The only automatic I want...

...is the automatic parallel parking I've seen on some new cars in the USA, after a couple of decades in rural areas, I lost the touch for it.

Total recall: Amazon faces legal action from US consumer protection group over hazardous goods

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Expired products also a problem

Ordered sunscreen from Amazon, because the product I had expired in Jan. 2021 (Dermatologist said it drops precipitously in effectiveness, and I need all the SPF I can get). Surprise! The "new" sunscreen expired in OCT. 2020! The third party seller balked at replacing or refunding, (I believed I WAS ordering from Amazon directly) so I emailed Amazon. Got the refund. Not ordering anything foodstuff or medical from those idiots again.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Re: Greasy Spoons...

"Mind you, on a tourist visit with my wife, we decided to get takeaway fish'n'chips after a visit to The Tower and it turned out to be what were clearly frozen chips and those horrible pre-formed triangular fish Birdseye sell made from "formed" fish like big fish fingers. 10 fucking quid a portion too!"

American here, who had the pleasure of touring London some years back. Learned that the best way to find good food, particularly breakfast and lunch, was to ask a local shop attendant. Or, when at the Tower, a Beefeater. The pub he directed us to was downstairs near a post office, as I recall, and quite good. We also had a memorable lunch at Covent Garden from a food truck called "Dinner Jackets". Baked potato with your choice of topping, mine was chicken curry, delicious.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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Give me six inches more legroom, keep the screen and I'll bring a book.

Record-breaking Kuwaiti heatwave triggers inadvisable TikTok expletive outburst

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Getting deported sounds like a bonus to me!

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Re: At 45RPM...

What if you have had a stroke & no longer control one side of your face, will the system refuse to let you in because you "refuse" (*can't*) smile?

I had carotid artery surgery February 2019, and for three months any attempt to open my mouth resulted in the right side of my mouth dropping alarmingly. Talking was very difficult, and I had to eat in solitude or gross out my meal companions. It's back to normal now, thankfully, but I wonder how a situation like that would have been handled.

China reveals plan to pump out positive news about itself. Let's see what happens when that lands with social media fact-checkers

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Re: It'll take more than that

I'll add to your list:

And not recognizing that Taiwan is a separate country.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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Re: An easy $50

I owned a few clothing shops in the time of "call over $X for authorization". There was also a "code 10" authorization - if you thought the circumstances or the card presenter looked dodgy, you could call for authorization and say "code 10" which alerted them that something seemed off. you either 1. got the authorization code or 2. the card was declined but you gave it back to the customer or 3. you were told to keep the card if you could without endangering yourself. One lucrative year, I got enough from turning in dodgy cards just myself (if my employees caught it, they got the dosh) to mostly finance a nice vacation to Cozumel.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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If there was a way to genetically identify self-important overpaid ay-holes who treat other people badly, then I would fully support that Wuhan virus lab in actually creating a virus to target them, and them only.

That would be a virtual slate-wiper for the human race, I bet everyone except maybe the Dalai Lama has been a PITA once or twice. Me included.

Broadband plumber Openreach yanks legacy copper phone lines in Suffolk town of Mildenhall en route to getting the UK on VoIP

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Re: "The handset will plug into a router"

I wonder how many people still use a line powered phone these days.

If one lives in the rural areas of the US, It is smart to have one because the power goes out regularly; Cell service at the best of times is spotty, after a good storm nonexistent.

Scam victims find same fraudulent ads lurking on Facebook and Google even after flagging them up

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Re: Ads make money ...

Because if people get the idea that things advertised on Facebook and Google are scams, they won't respond to the ads in future, and if people don't respond to ads, advertisers won't pay for them.

Already don't. If something perchance looks interesting, I will look it up through a regular search engine. Why people don't do this is just a measure of the conjecture that intelligence is a constant and the population is rising.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service

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Re: Peace and quiet

The observation that hotdesking never extends to the C suite people, although they spend so much of their time in meetings not in their office, tells you what they actually think of hotdesking. Until they eliminate the "corner office suite" and grab a desk with the rest of us, not buying it.

Foxconn's showcase Wisconsin LCD factory becomes aspirational 'manufacturing ecosystem'

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For another article from Oct 2020


This is a huge Charlie Foxtrot.

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Re: Tell us it is not abused so ..... and be absolutely amazed whenever it both is and isn't.

The only losers were the tax-payers who paid for all this, but they saved $2.7bn !

And the homeowners who got eminent domained out of their houses.

Gov. Walker got Foxconned. Wisconsinites paid the price. This is all just facesaving fancy dancing. Look up Harvard Illinois Motorola plant to find another example. That rotting hunk in my hometown just got auctioned off again. Not holding my breath for anything to happrn there either.

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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A phone in a superposition of lost and found states can emit foul smelling smoke? Could this observation be the long sought after key to truly understanding quantum mechanics?

When the sulfur smell is detected, the wave form collapsed. "Observation" can be olfactory or auditory (I suppose tactile as well) in addition to Mark I eyeball.

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged

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Re: People really need to stand up for themselves

The point of the tale being that if you don't do something about abusive colleagues right there and then, you are tacitly accepting their behaviour and allowing it to continue.

And, if your manager had said, "I'll handle it. Get back to work." and nothing you could discern had changed, would you have quit if you heard another outburst, perhaps at another colleague? Or if the behavior had started out as merely being annoying or boorish, but subtly escalated over time to uncomfortable levels? "You didn't complain before, why all of a sudden?'

Age discrimination class-action against HP and HPE gets green light to proceed

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"disruptive" idea....

Wonder what would happen to a floundering company if they fired 40% of the middle management and C-suites. Seems like that would improve profitability and morale at the same time.

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Older employees, meanwhile, were maligned in internal documents as "traditionalist" and "rule breakers."

How the heck can you be both traditionalist (who follows certain norms and rules because they are there) and rule breakers?

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

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"All the participants were told they could alter the structure however they wanted to"

I would take the roof off, put it on the surface next to the figure, remove the structure entirely and claim my coffee's worth of ten centses.

LG Electronics finally gives up cellphone business

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I am typing this on an LG phone. I love it. Not fancy or expensive, just works. Have had it for four or five years.

Android, iOS beam telemetry to Google, Apple even when you tell them not to – study

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Non technical person has a question

If one is either somewhere that one did not want known (for reasons varying from simple privacy to paranoia to criminality) can one simply turn the phone off until needed? Or, if that is not enough, is there a box analogous to a Faraday cage that could be used to store the phone in until needed? So, the phone would "stop showing up" on cell tower data, then "show up again" later? Or are people are too used to carrying the phone to simply leave it at home, do the crime/visit the secret paramour/just want to not be tracked, then come home and pick up the phone again?

£1,500 bonus to thank BT staff for their work during pandemic branded by union as a 'bribe' to vote against strike

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Assuming that the vote is a secret ballot, what's to prevent the employee from taking the money and voting strike?

Staff and students at Victoria University of Wellington learn the most important lesson of all: Keep your files backed up

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Classic case of no backup

The lab postdoc told me of the guy back in the day before computers who handed his hand written thesis to the typist he had contracted to type it up (de rigeur back in the day). She put it on the back of her moped but it wasn't there when she got home. The guy went and vented his frustration on a reinforced fire door (he paid for the damage) then reconstructed it painfully from his notes.

Even in the days before personal computers, there were copiers. Something that precious SHOULD have been run through a Xerox, cheap insurance even at the extortionate prices of the library copiers in my educational heyday.

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer

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Re: We kept an enormous paper clip (suitably bent) in our toolkit.....

A one-L lama is a priest,

A two-L llama is a beast,

But a three-alarmer is a fire.

(Ogden Nash)

Actual poem:

A one-L lama, is a priest

A two-l llama, is a beast

But I will bet a silk pyjama

that there is not a three-l lllama.*

*I have been subsequently informed there is a conflagration known colloquially as a "three-alarmer". Pooh.

Why, yes, that's from memory.

Toxic: Intel ordered to pay chip fab worker almost $1m after he was gassed at its facility in 2016

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permanent persistent cough, coughing fits, bronchospasms, and post-tussive emesis

Post-tussive emesis = coughing hard enough to vomit. Yeah, been there for a week once with bronchitis, would not wish it on my worst enemy. If he has it permanently, one mill is not even close to enough.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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Well, it would be warmer.

“If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell”

― General Philip Henry Sheridan

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video

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Re: This is why they should be banned.

Point of pedantry: the assailants were armed with butcher's knives, which I take to mean cleavers, rather than chef's knives.

The victims could have expected to die from CHOPPING wounds, not stabbing wounds.

Point of pedantry - nope, what is colloquially called a butcher's knife is very different from a cleaver - it is technically a chef's knife, a long pointed knife with a stiff spine which could stab one - a la Michael Myers in the Halloween movie series.

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: This is why they should be banned.

Because as we all know, everybody has an automatic combat shotgun light enough for every day carry at hand just in case of an odd-ball, once in a lifetime emergency.

Well, yes, in the USA I have seen people toting them in the supermarket. I think it's looney, and I laugh at them, but in this case, it was useful. Sort of like we all might look askance at a guy toting an oversized teddy bear around for his comfort (really, these oversized guns are the same thing). but in confronting a knife-wielding attacker, the teddy would be great as a shield.

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: This is why they should be banned.

So you're saying if one were to see Gordon Ramsay with a knife, it would be their moral obligation to shoot him?

If he's waving it menacingly at me and my friends in a car park, and any weapon was at hand to defend us with, damn straight, that bloke's a seriously dangerous short fuse.

DBA heroes don't always wear capes. Sometimes they just have a bunch of forgotten permissions

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Comes along the head honcho (five levels above me) on his daily round

Kudos to the uber-boss who strolls around to find what is really going on.

Vote machine biz Smartmatic sues Fox News and Trump chums for $2.7bn over bogus claims of rigged 2020 election

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I can understand the sentiment, but I assume the company did some calculations what the damages are, and ended up with 2.7 billion, not 27 billion.

Go read the lawsuit. It's only 285 pages. Yep, a plausible case is made for the amount, I think they aimed too low, actually. And while, in the style of legal briefs, it has to be somewhat repetitive, there's enough meat on these bones to choke every single defendant.

Satya Nadella spoke with Australian PM about opportunities created by pay-for-news-plan. Zuck called the Treasurer for a chat, too

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Big Brother

Time for a VPN?

Doesn't a VPN disguise where you the user is located? Sounds like if one country puts restrictions in place on some portion of the Internet, one simply bounces the apparent traffic to a server in another location. Or does this tech troglodyte have it wrong?

We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead

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Re: Paging Prof. Cuthbert Binns, History of Magic

I was literally reading the comments to see if someone beat me to the obvious comment

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas

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Re: pedo joe and his hoe

This site is not an airline terminal. Departures, however welcome, need not be announced.

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Re: He's not finished yet

But the "Proud Boys",have turned on him, because he didn't pardon them for trying to bring down democracy. So, let's see how many others turn now that he didn't pardon them, and they will be facing some very stiff charges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8VYi8Bq-kI

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

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Re: And yet for 4 years all we heard was how the Russians stole the election.

Still remind me,has any politician since Hilary been found to be using non federal systems for handling email?




We didn't collude with Twitter to throw Parler off our servers, says AWS in court filing

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Re: why elected officials should use a tool owned by a private company to deliver information

These elected officials use all kinds of tools owned by private companies - newspapers (remember them), billboards, radio and tv stations, etc. they buy advertising space, they give out press releases, they offer interviews and opinion pieces to be disseminated.

Trump silenced online: Facebook, Twitter etc balk at insurrection, shut the door after horse bolts and nearly burns down the stable

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Re: And - Darwinism in action

Just saw he's had his book publishing cancelled and has thrown a massive hissy fit and is claiming it breaches his First Amendment rights. Apparently he doesn't know the difference between censorship (which this is not) and a commercial decision (which this is).

If this pond scum Hawley thinks he has something to say, he can always self-publish, nobody is stopping him from using his own money to exercise his !st A rights. The publisher is just not going to fund his pathetic bleating.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted

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Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

And, in which country will a hospital stay in the ICU NOT bankrupt the person, should they recover?

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Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

I am a born American citizen, old enough to remember Eisenhower. I am not posting as an anonymous COWARD, because I am neither in this matter. This loser bastard in the White House is the most destructive thing to have ever happened to the Republic since Jefferson Davis stood up on his hind legs and pretended to have some authority. There is a 25th Amendment. It is long past time to invoke it, and save us from two weeks of stupid bloodshed.

'Best tech employer of the year' threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum

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"They offer free tech training and are constantly running initiatives to address the gender balance."

Yep, they are treating the genders equally badly, but dragging men down to the status of unpaid women's work is probably not what should be aimed for.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

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Re: Dead mouse

Audrey II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub2bxfLU2Sg

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end

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Re: " US Federal Election Commission Chairman Says Voter Fraud Is Taking Place"


Ah, yes, QAnus for people who need their wacky conspiracies all laid out neatly....




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