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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Snotnose Re:May I suggest (296 comments)

Almost any brand will do.
Providing the proper "re$pect" is donated to the proper palms.

3 days ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Snotnose Re: Whose? (135 comments)

I presume it takes quite a while to process stool into a consumable pill, and to make sure the poo isn't going to give you something else.

According to Mary Roach it only takes a few minutes.

about two weeks ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Snotnose Mary Roach's Gulp (135 comments)

has a chapter on this, done up in her usual hilarious style.

The capsules are clear because they have to survive the stomach to get the icky contents into the intestine. For whatever reason they only make those capsules clear.

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Snotnose Please call this "the snappening" (97 comments)

If there is a god of truth and justice, the fappening is being followed by the snappining.
/ not a snapchat user
// nor 4chan
/// nor TPB, um, I plead the 5th here.
//// stupid is as stupid does

about two weeks ago
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Ex-NSA Director Keith Alexander's Investments In Tech Firms: "No Conflict"

Snotnose Re:Maybe (59 comments)

Not only that, seems like for the last 10-20 years I haven't voted for the candidate I like most, but for the less evil candidate. They all want to fuck me up the ass and I'm forced to choose lube or no lube.

about two weeks ago
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Ex-NSA Director Keith Alexander's Investments In Tech Firms: "No Conflict"

Snotnose Re:Maybe (59 comments)

In November, nothing much is going to change. We'll still have a shitty Congress because people think all the others suck but their guy and there are the folks who hate the otherside so much, they won't dare for them - you know the whole lesser evil bullshit.

Maybe for you, but for me I'm voting against 90% of the incumbents. Won't matter, but at least I pay attention and try.
/ live in CA
// explains a lot
/// how in hell has Boxer survived for so long? Woman is a retarded idiot.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

Snotnose Re:IE 6? (63 comments)

Yeah, my old XP laptop is in the closet, should I pull it out tuesday and let it upgrade?

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

Snotnose Welcome to the free market (242 comments)

You charge too much for tickets/parking/hot dogs/beer, people don't go see your games. Threatening to not allow fans who won't bend over and lube up see the game is IMHO seriously bad business practice. Want to entice fans to games? Don't charge $500 per game for a family to go.

/ haven't been to a game in 15 years
// prefer watching it on TV
/// except for the damned commercials
//// then again, when I went to the game they had "commercial timeouts".

about three weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

Snotnose Who would google these one at a time? (225 comments)

Better to get them all via TPB or isohunt or some other torrent site.

about three weeks ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Snotnose Lousy return (113 comments)

He bet 15 billion and made 50 million. That's about a 0.3% ROI, which IMHO falls into the noise range. Guy is more lucky than good.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

Snotnose Re:Yep (116 comments)

The fact that the marketers have pushed their New! Improved! products for small, portable computers doesn't mean that the old products have suddenly lost their capabilities. It just means that some of the customers have been persuaded to switch to other things that may or may not be any better.

Maybe up until a year or so ago. Now websites are converting to the Metro interface, which prefers splashy pictures over descriptive text. Those bookmarks get deleted (nbcnews.com anyone?)

In addition more and more websites just don't work anymore. Why, I don't know. Examples? Both tdameritrade.com and vons.com don't work under Chrome, but do under Firefox. I read fark daily, at least once a day I find a site that won't render under Chrome (I don't bother firing up FF for those). Seems like every month one of my bookmarks gets deleted because it no longer works with Chrome.

/tdameritrade worked fine on my WinXP + Chrome last November
// did not work on my 8.1 + Chrome last November
/// vons worked fine on my 8.1 + Chrome up until a couple months ago
//// now trying to login does nothing.
////. Yes, I've tried both sites with all plugins disabled under Chrome
///// No joy
///// If a site won't work with Adblock+ I won't be going there much anyway.
////// I haven't installed Java on my Win 8.1 lappy, mebbe that's the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

Snotnose Re:They Hadn't Already? (116 comments)

Alta Vista used to be top dog in search. Then in 94/95 they decided to rank paid advertisers at the top of searches. I and many others dropped AV and went looking for alternatives. Google came out the winner. I never did get into Yahoo's categorization, always preferred to just search on what I was looking for.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Snotnose Re:Why didn't they just ask Federico Faggin? (167 comments)

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that, due to how primitive the tools were back then, when they got a signal to a pin they celebrated without worrying which pin it came out on.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Snotnose Re:And there's the reason why... (226 comments)

You will reconsider when sites tell you to disable all ad blockers and hosts files that block ad sites or you will not be able to view the content.

No I won't. I'll just remove that site from my bookmarks file and never go back.

about a month ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Snotnose Re:Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (191 comments)

My understanding is they had to do a bit of exchange shopping before they found one to do the IPO. IMHO, it's a Chinese company with Chinese books, AKA probably cooked. The ownership is pretty muddled.

IMHO, if you read the ra ra stuff (sell direct from China, network effect, economy of scale, etc) it looks like a great stock. But if you're a nervous nellie like me the Chinese accounting and muddled ownership make me think of Monty Python's RUN AWAY RUN AWAY.

Cramer loves BABA, interesting to see where the stock is in 6 months, and if the stock tanks what the effect on Cramer will be.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Snotnose Re:"CipherShed" (270 comments)

I suggest TrooKrypt.

about a month ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Snotnose Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (127 comments)

When I was young I was a night owl, even working the night shift for 4 years. Got a day job that kinda killed that, then in my mid-30s I decided I wanted sunlight when I got off work so I turned into a morning person. I'm up 5-6 AM every day with no alarm.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Snotnose A VAX (287 comments)

CSB

Back in the 80s my company had 2 VAX 11/750s. They got obsoleted and the company wanted to get rid of them. So one of our system admins, a kid going to UCSD, took one home, along with a hard drive (separate unit). He installed it in the laundry room of the condo he was renting and used it for a year before moving out. When he moved he just left the VAX behind.

about a month ago

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