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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

mrbester OS issue (39 comments)

It's also reported that the affected units are running Android 4.4.4 instead of the expected Lollipop. I'm sure that has nothing to do with it either...

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

mrbester Re:Swedish Puppets (243 comments)

Nothing has stopped the prosecutor from travelling to UK to question him, something that has been requested for *years*. Yet the prosecutor could travel to Prague to question a suspected murderer. But then, that guy wasn't famous. Funny, that.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

mrbester Re:So... wait until you get home...? (307 comments)

The card details have been taken so a charge could be applied anywhen. However, as you can't arbitrarily charge a card, they put this clause into the terms to "justify" a possible charge in the future. The trouble is it's bollocks and illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

mrbester Re:TV detection vans (328 comments)

That's what is laughable. There is no analogue TV signal over UHF in UK any more. Some regions haven't had it for a decade, yet they still peddle the bullshit.

Even if there was sufficient signal leakage (and that got curtailed by EU emissions legislation) from CRT to detect it from the street all there was was a probability as it wasn't directional enough to pinpoint in a terrace which house was retransmitting since before the 70s. Now the use of CRT is miniscule, rendering that irrelevant, as well as even more stringent regulation to reduce emissions in the 90s.

about two weeks ago
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Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

mrbester Re:Need a machine to tell you this? (74 comments)

Verbal assaults? Oh no, Cpl Wilson yelled at me and called me names. True, I shat in his kit bag for seven days running, but he's clearly suicidal for raising his voice. Plus he hurt my feelings so he's a sociopath as well. Best lock him up before he hurts someone.

Fucking pussies.

about two weeks ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

mrbester Re:Not as simple as teaching how to ... (328 comments)

That's like the TV detector vans (still) used to try and enforce payment of the licence in UK. They never existed. There was one shown, but that's all it was. A van. An empty van. An empty van with "TV Detector Van" written on it.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

mrbester Re:Arbitration Clause option (223 comments)

I don't know about contract law in US, but that would be illegal in UK.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

mrbester Re:Swatch Internet Time (613 comments)

Yeah, but it's based on French time (UTC+1). They tried decimalising time in the revolution. That didn't work out too well.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

mrbester Re:DST is less than 100 years old (613 comments)

"the farm kids no longer work the farm in the summer"

Then what's the excuse for politicians (who never worked a farm in the first place)? They get longer holidays than I've ever had, being a farm kid who worked the farm in winter *and* summer.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

mrbester Re:Is there anything to show benefit/harm from it (613 comments)

Lined curtains work just fine. Plus they increase insulation when drawn over unlined ones so you don't use as much energy heating your house in the winter (when it is dark more, so they are more likely to be drawn). Think of the curtains in Victorian times. They were thick material for a reason.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

mrbester Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

That's the justification given: the poor kiddies have to go to school in the dark. This conveniently forgets that if you alter the time so that didn't happen (for the three weeks it takes for that hour to be cancelled out) they are coming home in the dark instead. But that's logic, which has no place here.

about a month ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

mrbester Re:No meeting in the middle... (179 comments)

So it's the customer's fault that there isn't enough bandwidth because they're using too much, rather than AT&T's fault for not expanding the network to cope with all the millions they salt away in tax havens?

about 1 month ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

mrbester Re: Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

You're advocating violence to "educate" and show superiority? Once you start down the path to the Dark Side, yada yada...

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

mrbester Re:Geneva Convention? (152 comments)

It's not the Geneva Convention, it's the Chemical Weapons Convention.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

mrbester Re:Fentanyl (152 comments)

That's because you have a soul.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

mrbester Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

My pets have always had medical insurance. I have never had it. True, I'm in UK where it could be argued that I do because of the NHS, but they don't fund *everything*, unlike my pet's insurance, which is comprehensive and includes palliative care. My pets have better coverage than I do. So fuck you PETA.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

mrbester Re:Driverless on the deep level tube is pointless (127 comments)

It's extremely rare that an emergency results in a train stopped between stations: if you pull the cord the driver won't stop mid-tunnel. Every carriage on every train on every line has a notice stating this.

about a month and a half ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

mrbester Re:Aerodynamic design? (127 comments)

And this was part of the original plan: as well as having occasional open spaces (for lines close enough to the surface of course, see 23/24 Leinster Gardens) for venting until full electrification the engines were steam powered from coal burning. Got to get rid of the smoke somehow.

about a month and a half ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

mrbester Re:Orcas are dolphins! (152 comments)

You can see their lips move.

about 1 month ago

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Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 8 months ago

mrbester (200927) writes "BBC News reports:

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said. The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84. The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops. It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gays.

Can we have a resounding "hallelujah"?"
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