* Posts by Head

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World's stealthiest rootkit pushes DNS hijacking trojan

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Thanks for that El'Reg :D

Have started investigating this more and come up with some simple scripting checks to audit every PC we have.

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iPhone baby clothes shop mauled by Apple

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Where's the IE logo bib? :D

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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Smegging hell!!

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Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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This article is the biggest load of horse shit i have ever read.

Shame on you Reg for perpetuating this steaming pile of journalistic wreckage!

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Battlefield 3

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+1 to all of that. No lan server? DRM? what a joke.

next thing you know there will be ads throughout the entire game

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Lovely ‘leccy car breaks out of Oz

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Holy fuck that looks awesome for an electric car!

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Battlefield 3 is EA's fastest selling videogame. Ever

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The fact you have to install spyware that will be auditing your PC until the end of time turned me off it.

I will be waiting for a cracked single player version instead, as well as play Skyrim

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Dell Vostro V131 13.3in Core i5 notebook

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Having worked for several years in Dells Pro Support, i got a lot of calls from customers with Vostro laptops.

They really are shit on the inside. Lowest quality components all round. It may look nice, but the quality and reliability is shockingly bad.

Just go for a Latitude instead. Spend a bit more to save a lot more!

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Apple snubs Samsung's Oz patent peace offering

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This case would have been better if both companies were ordered to cease selling the offending products until a settlement is reached.

I can't see how apple will win anyway, it's stifling competition

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'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

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wtf

Way to miss the point of the boss being a dickhead

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Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception

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o.O

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Facebook: 'We don't track logged-out users'

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To the editor, i heard ont eh radio last night this guy speaking about this problem with Facebook cookies. He said the best way to stop facebook tracking people is to either deliberately delete all their cookies, or have Ad Blocker Plus running with the 'https://adversity.googlecode.com/hg/Antisocial.txt' script loaded up.

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Georgia Parole Board blocks Amnesty email campaign

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There is some seriously fucked up people in charge in Georgia, thats for sure.

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Angry Birds theme park takes off in China

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Down with communism. Down with reds! Come up with your own ideas or pay the right people to respect them. Bunch of fuckwits

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NASA releases asteroid flyby video from Dawn probe

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Wow, very nice imagery!

Will that probe also be doing a flyby of Ceres as well? I hope so.

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

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Will i buy this?

As Vader now says, NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The originals are the best.

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AMD snags Guinness World Record for clockiest chip

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I so can't wait to buy one of these!

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Oz bookseller fires back in online battle

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I for one shop at Dymocks a lot.

I would LOVE to see a retail website where i can check if a book is availabkle at my local shop, and if not i can order it in, and then pick it up at the shop, or for a bit extra, deliver it at home.

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Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

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Well, having tried the Ipad, Samsungs Galaxy Tab, Dell streak and Acers A500, i found the acer machine to be easily the best, in terms of functionality and quality!

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Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million

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What the-

"According to public documents, Google was warned repeatedly by US state and Canadian regulators and independent watchdogs that it was running ads from online pharmacies that were breaking US laws."

So Google gets fined for the exact amount it and the Canadian companies made, $500?

Where are the fines for doing the wrong thing?? For breaking the law??

What a useless finding. Its just the same as a shoplifter getting caught by the cops, and all they have to do is hand the good back and off they go.

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Facebook revamps privacy settings (again)

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Facebook and its ads...

Can fuck off.

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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

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I think the strategy of pricing at a fixed cost (in USD for eg) is better than Steams/game publishers strategy of flexible pricing, just look at this: http://www.steamprices.com/au

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Chinese PLA video shows cyber-attack software

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This is why i never buy anything with a 'Made in China" tag/sticker on it.

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US breakthrough in Oz bomb hoax case

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This is only news cause Madeline is hot

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Icebergs measured in Manhattans: Official

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So whatever happened to the good old fashioned Meters squared measurement?

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How expensive are Australian NBN services?

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Two extremely important words were not said in the article, that give rise to the (relatively) expensive (but in reality average) cost:

Pits and Conduit.

Both had to be purchased BACK from Telstra. If the NBN already had pits and Conduits to use, the price would probably be about half.

Whats next for the NBN? IMO they should make all data within Australia free. Not count it at all. Doing that would attract alot of business here, especially those companies looking to stream live/stored media. Awesome article!

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Dell puts gun to Streak 5 tablet, pulls trigger

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I have no doubt that if Dell persisted with the Streak, introducing a newer revision, more features, better reliability (i was looking at a streak on a friends table when all of a sudden the screen shattered on its own) and better marketing, it could sell a lot more units

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Curved light drives boffin one-upmanship

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One word: Amazing!

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'Tax' relief for Apple’s Oz customers

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Oh you think Apple is bad? (and it is)

Check these out. Two Dell Latitude 6520 notebooks with virtually the same specs (ram, HDD, cpu, OS, cards, LCD). One is from Dell Aus, the other from Dell US.

http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=t720603au&c=au&l=en&s=bsd&cs=aubsd1&model_id=latitude-e6520 <--- Dell Aus: $1934.20c AUD

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&fb=1&l=en&model_id=latitude-e6520&oc=blct65m&s=bsd&vw=classic <-- Dell US: $1069.00 USD !!WITH!! An Inspiron Mini10!

No wonder Dell Aus is the most profitable region for Dell global, per capita.

And FYI, these two machines are built in the same factory in Malaysia with the same components made in China and elsewhere.

So sure the apple tax is downright contemptable, but its sure not confined to Apple.

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'Indestructible' rootkit enslaves 4.5m PCs in 3 months

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I have been doing some rather mundane fixing of this thing recently.

I *think* one solution is to always prompt for driver installations.

Pretty typical of windows 7 though, putting looks and fancy menus and options everywhere, but really failing on the security side of things.

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Mosman Council Website copied by Anonymous

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They most likely did this in protest to Mosman Councils placement of expensive parking meters in every single car park it owns, as well as street parking meters on every parking spot on every street they have.

I wish it was bought down.

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Drunken bust-up woman sprays cops with breast milk

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Substantial rack of charges indeed!

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Vodafone to correct billing error

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Just now, i received an email happily telling me i have been billed by Vodafone. 3 months after i ended the contract!!

man they are gonna get a serving later.

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

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I am reminded of that TV show, Danger Mouse...

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Australia intros new IP regime

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Excellent. More 'foundationing' for Australia's scientific future.

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Winklevoss twins drop Facebook settlement appeal

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What a shame they called it a day.

I don't think i would have given in at all if my idea was stolen from me, and then i was lied to about just how much money i was entitled to (as these two were).

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Telstra announces copper retirement agreement

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This is some of the best news ever.

Ever since the previous government sold Telecom Australia (wholly owned government department to a 51% stake in the now private/public company, and lying through his teeth by promising everyone he wouldn't sell it off).

Now that the best parts of Telstra will now be controlled by a (virtual) government department again, overseeing the connection of everyone in Australia to the fibre optic network and/or wireless comms.

It has taken over 15 years to fix John Howards lies.

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Comet in bad way after big losses

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I have only ever been to Comet once before...

On entering i was impressed with the amount of staff they had on the floor

I was not too pleased to see them ALL standing in a big group talking and laughing to themselves while myself and several other customers were left on our own.

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FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid

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brings new meaning to the term

PWNED.

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Hack attack kills thousands of Aussie websites

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Backups.

There is a reason they exist.

Backup Policies.

There is a reason they exist too.

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WTF are... connected appliances?

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Personally speaking i think the biggest reason not many people at all have tech in the kitchen is because they just don't want it.

And why have an intelligent washing machine? Whats wrong with using your own eyes to differentiate between garments?

i think the most useful think in a kitchen would be an e-reader on the freezer door to leave notes on.

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Nano-materials could recharge phones from keyboard taps

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RMIT; Doing what they do best.

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Oracle seeks 'billions' with Google Android suit

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Google have gone and made some Java code propitiatory, so Oracle, the holders of java patents are wanting them to open it up.

What's the big deal?

Google blatantly broke the law and now they have to pay.

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Aus gaming and ICT get R&D tax boost

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The current government is working very hard to get back in the black this year, so far it has been harsh, but still fair and sensible. Everyone has to do their bit.

Little nuggets like these though are simply awesome. There is one game developer 2 buildings down from my work, i know they would be very keen for this.

This also can only help the folks who made 'LA Noire' in Canberra too.

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CSIRO opens Cape Grim pollution data

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@Meph

Have a look at Google maps to see where exactly Cape Grim is: The extreme North Western tip of Tasmania. This area is within the 40 degrees south of the Equator, meaning that in the Spring time the whole area (and state) is subject to the 'Roaring 40's' wind from around Antarctica:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaring_Forties

Between August and December (almost to the 1st of August every single year) these winds hit and stay around for 3-4 months.

I believe these winds would bring some CO2, methane etc that has been building up over the southern ocean and Antarctica, alluding to the 'Ozone hole' from days of yore.

Cape Grim is the site for THE purest air and water available to anyone living on the planet.

Who knows what similar data in the northern hemisphere shows.

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Brit CompSci student faces extradition to US over link site

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As has been said above: Fuck off america.

Why aren't you demanding the extradition to the US of everyone who broke the law against your own citizens in other countries, i.e. in Dubai, where a yank woman may get raped and then sent to jail for unlawful sex???

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Well, that about wraps it up for the NBN

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Please then, tell us who the NBN should be looking at? What other first world country with similar land area and population should be referenced?

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Jesus Christ Malcolm Turnbull will you just shut the fuck up already?? 100 meg or 50 meg it makes no difference in cost at the end of the day!

I am SICK of Telstra and their shit phone lines, the constant congestion i have to suffer and the proximity i have to be in for DSL service.

JUST DO IT!

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X-51A hydrocarb scramjet flames out in second test

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To: USA

From: Australia

Subject: Scram jets

Yeah, you're doing it wrong.

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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on

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the 4chan corp are still in TEST Alliance... which just so happens to be best friends forever (BFF) with the Goons.

In TEST there is: 4chan, Reddit, Ars Technica and several other big forum groups. I am just glad i got out of TEST when i did, but i do miss talking to the 4Chan leader on Eve, he's a legend.

As to CCP taking the servers offline, it's a lot better than leaving them on and just hoping for the best.

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