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Russians Retrieve First Sample of Lake Vostok

skuzzlebutt Re:New brand of water (52 comments)

Absolutely right...I keep forgetting my lessons from Improv school: things are funnier in threes, trolling is a art, and jokes are better when based on solid, verifiable geo-political data.

about a year and a half ago
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Russians Retrieve First Sample of Lake Vostok

skuzzlebutt Re:New brand of water (52 comments)

Russians are trying to be good capitalists...they'll build one in Kiev and sell tap water called Fresh From Vostok. Just like Nestle/Coke/et al.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

skuzzlebutt Re:Wow (396 comments)

In honor of Columbus Day. We'll bring whisky and typhus.

about 2 years ago
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Rockstar Creates 'Cheaters Pool' For Game Hackers

skuzzlebutt Re:Just like Australia (228 comments)

Stay tuned for "Crocodile Leeeerooooooooooooy Jennnnkiiiins"

more than 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone

skuzzlebutt Re:and this is how... (307 comments)

...cloud bubble? WTF is next, a cloud bubble rainbow?

more than 2 years ago
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Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners

skuzzlebutt Re:Beyond popular belief... (572 comments)

"A little man in a boat, you say...? I want the Navy's top men on this. Top. Men."

more than 2 years ago
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Righthaven Defies Court In Domain Name Ruling

skuzzlebutt Trolls Trolling Trolls (148 comments)

Righthaven is the copyright arm of the Las Vegas Review Journal...to give you an idea of the nuttiness we have to endure here in SinCity, keep in mind that the newspaper vehemently and viciously supported Her Wackiness Sharron Angle for Senate last year but then, in a grand showing of just how much they love their own wacky brand of libertarianism, sued her as a part of the Righthaven IP trolling campaign while continuing to donate money to her and devote editorial space to her campaign on a daily basis.

It had a strange beauty...like watching two warthogs fighting over a rotting squirrel carcass while mating.

more than 3 years ago
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Worlds With Two Suns May Sport Black Plants

skuzzlebutt Re:Black Pants (211 comments)

Try...Burma Shave...?

more than 3 years ago
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Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders

skuzzlebutt Re:It's called... (369 comments)

Cowboyneal, is that you?

more than 3 years ago
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Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight

skuzzlebutt Re:What are these "stars" of which you speak? (148 comments)

I live on the side of a city-facing mountain in Las Vegas...if I leave my blinds open at night, it's like sleeping in the middle of a fully-lit Walmart. First thing I did when I moved here several years back was sell my telescope.

more than 3 years ago
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Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!

skuzzlebutt Re:Damnit Jim, I'm a doctor not a magician! (226 comments)

He was. Were you as put off as I by the actor in the new ST movie basically acting like Deforest Kelly pretending to be Bones McCoy?

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

skuzzlebutt Re:In the USA ... (366 comments)

They failed to mention that the code word for protest in Chinese is now "Candlejack". It stands to reason tha

more than 3 years ago
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Insider-Trading Suspects Smash Hard Drive Evidence

skuzzlebutt Re:Destruction of evidence (364 comments)

True, but, were I in their shoes, I'd have to ask myself:

1. Does acting strangely (i.e., throwing my hard drives in random garbage trucks) prove my guilt in the case?

2. If there is evidence on those hard drives that probably would prove my guilt, which is the lesser sentence: obstruction or whatever I'll get charged with if they find smokinggun.jpg on those drives?

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit

skuzzlebutt Re:So, given the name of the representative... (181 comments)

So, it's like this: Tommy Lee is driving the BangBus down the interstate, picking up every hooker and frat boy he sees. They can't all fit and do their business, as it's a 1994 Ford Aerostar and not, like, an Econoline or a cargo unit. After a couple of near-crashes and a blown shock (no pun intended), he tells all of them to get out, except for a guy in a white wig and black robe, and a girl wearing nothing but ten packages of PostIt notes stuck to her body. She is coming home from the courthouse, where she is filing for divorce from her cheating bastard of a husband, and really needs the hundred dollar bill that Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation and part-time porn director, is waving in her face. Like any reasonable girl you find on the roadside, is willing to work for it. Ray is just there to make sure that they are all safe.

And that is how the steam engine changed modern warfare. Questions?

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Launches Online Movie Studio

skuzzlebutt Re:Critique this Please: (68 comments)

Pfft. That's just a ripoff of Pocahantas.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Politician Arrested Over Twitter 'Stoning Joke'

skuzzlebutt Re:Stupid (422 comments)

It's absolutely ridiculous...anyone with a modicum of reason would assume that it was a joke. Making a threat is enough to investigate, in many cases, but a clear joke does not warrant arrest.

Funny part is, though, that he is now a victim of a stupid law that he may have been a party to legislating.

more than 3 years ago

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AFP Tweets For Her Supper, Raises $19K From Fans

skuzzlebutt skuzzlebutt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skuzzlebutt writes "It's really no secret that making money as a musician, even on a major label, is tough. Dresden Doll and recent solo artist Amanda Palmer has been feeling that lack of love on her new Ben Folds-produced album which, by Amanda's own reckoning, has netted her a fat bag of air with over 30k copies sold. Out of a combination of frustration, desperation to pay her overdue rent, and Friday night boredom on Twitter, she and her online and meatspace friends undertook a few experiments in fund-raising for the artist, and netted $19,000 in only a few days. She details the timeline, reasoning, and pictorial evidence on her blog. Could this be the beginning of more mainstream acceptance of inversion of the music model (record music for fame, use fame to make money--instead of relying on record sales for income)?"
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Anon Newspaper Commenters Subpoenaed in Tax Case

skuzzlebutt skuzzlebutt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skuzzlebutt writes "In a federal tax case reported in the Las Vegas Review Journal last week, a local businessman has been paying his employeees in gold coins instead of cash or ACH, and has reportedly told them that they can only be taxed on the face value of the coinage--not the much higher market value of the metal. The United States disagreed, and brought him up on 57 counts of income tax evasion, tax fraud and criminal conspiracy. The non-authenticated comments section of the original article brought a lot of supporters out of the woodwork, including a few who thought the jury should be hung (literally, procedurally, or figuratively...pick one). In response, the prosecution has subpoenaed the names of the anonymous commenters, citing fears of jury safety. Or something. The obvious questions of privacy and protected speech aside for the folks that support the defendant (the newspaper is fighting the subpoena), this also brings back into the spotlight the troll-empowering nature of pseudo-anonymous, non-authenticated boards. If they want to find you, they will; is anon commenting still worth it, or is it just too risky for the board owners?"
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UNLV Fight Song Composer Sues EA

skuzzlebutt skuzzlebutt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skuzzlebutt writes "Gerald Willis, who composed the UNLV fight song "Win With the Rebels", is suing Electronic Arts for using his song without permission in as many as ten NCAA games. The Las Vegas-based school holds a license to use the song, and was not named in the suit."
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PayPal: OSS Essential to Our Success

skuzzlebutt skuzzlebutt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

skuzzlebutt writes "PayPal's Matthew Mengerink lovingly dotes on an open source environment as being key to their success, specifically citing four key points: economics, environmental consistencies between production and development, flexibility, and security. Short article, but a good summary of why it works in that massive-scale world.

"The benefits our developers get from being able to work in the same platform as the production environment cannot be overstated. Open source environments are not as expensive to recreate as proprietary ones, and being able to work in a live environment enhances efficacy by an order of magnitude."

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