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46 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

Andrew Punch
FAIL

Say no to Rice no matter the price

No matter what the price if Condelezza Rice is on the board I cannot trust my data with Dropbox. I recently cancelled my (paid) Dropbox account - so I am not some freetard whiner who hasn't used their service.

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

Andrew Punch
Coat

1000 pounds?

They will need to pay me much more than that to wear it!

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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

Andrew Punch

Re: SMS EMERGENCY UPDATE

> ...Google Apps is to Office Online.....A poor copy.

Google Apps came first and kicks arse

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Andrew Punch

Small Number of People Attacked By Sharks

And a small number of people use Google Plus. A perfect match perhaps?

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Andrew Punch

Just when I think I have spotted the April Fools article...

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

Andrew Punch

Vote for NBN is a vote for Labor or the Greens

I know some hardcore conservatives in IT - people who constantly criticise Labor and the Greens - voted for Labor due to the NBN issue.

I would say it is less likely that these people will switch to Greens, however the Greens may be able to catch some of the small 'l' liberal voters at the centre right.

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NBN day of action fizzles as just 20 show at Turnbull's office

Andrew Punch

Re: Not surprised.

"These are Australians you are talking about. The most apathetic, indifferent, uncaring, lazy mob of football-watching beer-swilling bogans on the planet."

I resent that comment! I do not watch football.

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

Andrew Punch
Meh

Re: I'm missing something here

> So, if you're going to be pooing out the pills on a regular basis, or occasionally throwing them up if that vindaloo was a bit dodgy, that means you're going to need to carry a bottle of pills around with you.

...or carry a strainer around with you

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Can't watch Flash vids in Firefox? It's not just you

Andrew Punch
Childcatcher

Re: Affects Linux too, differently

Crashes for me on Linux when kids are watching iview. So I keep on getting "Daaaaaad... it's not working"

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Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

Andrew Punch
Facepalm

OED

Does this mean that the Oxford English Dictionary own copyright the english language then?

I seem to remember a Goons episode where Moriaty patented or copyrighted the word "help". Perhaps Oracle could try that next.

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

Andrew Punch
FAIL

One word...

Barbra

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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

Andrew Punch
Alert

Re: I stopped reading after the first point

"I reduced the disaster recovery *risk* in the backup system"

You just need to sell your work with the right business terms. BOFHs have their own jargon and managers have theirs. If *we* do the translating then *we* have the power.

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UPDATE: GAGA team hunts down grass-smoking ROBOT

Andrew Punch
Go

Re: SONAR

> If you are that keen on doing it via radio use beacons at each corner and a rotating flat high gain antenna on top of the GAGA. Measure signal and triangualate. 4 WiFi access points, different SSIDs and a 20db directional antenna will do the trick - total BOM of under 300£.

I think sticking to radio with a rotating directional antenna could work well. Look at the Direction Finding sections of the ARRL Antenna Book and the ARRL Handbook for ideas. A rotating loop antenna (with an encoder on the spindle) could work quite well, then (with a loop) you just look for the nulls.

You will probably need 3 beacons, in an L. You then have three angles from "forward". You can use these angles to triangulate the position, plus you get the mower's orientation.

Alternatively you could obtain a goat.

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SOPA poked an angry bear and set it loose on the net

Andrew Punch
FAIL

Re: Nothing is obvious in Copyrightland

This is from the US Copyright office [http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html]:

"Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook. "

My reading is that a list of ingredients is not subject to copyright, but the instructions of a recipe are subject to copyright ("...a description, explanation...")

Thus for the interviewee to state that it is "obvious" that recipes are not copyrighted is clearly incorrect. There is clearly a grey area regarding what elements of a recipe are subject to copyright.

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‘Blogger not a journalist’ says Oregon court

Andrew Punch
Childcatcher

Abandon logic all ye who enter

I think the biggest problem is this statement "Cox had chosen to represent herself in this case". At face value it would appear that if an electronic publication has a wide enough reach for suing for defamation then it should have a pretty good argument that it should be big enough to qualify under the shield laws.

But the question is whether the shield laws should even be invoked. Cox should have proof - emails, documents etc. - that her source provided. Did she state both sides of the story and request a response to the allegations from the company involved (as any reputable journalist would do)?

Also the judges may have stuck by the letter of the law - do Oregon shield laws specifically list the types of media which are covered?

All these things seem to point to the fact that Cox needs a solicitor, rather than just making a mess herself.

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The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

Andrew Punch
Pint

The great thing about the old Dr Who was the writing. In particular the doctor would usually solve everything without blowing anything up or shoving his sonic screwdriver up their nose.

The doctor would usually go between the two sides and convince both sides that the other side were awfully nice chaps. Then they everyone would sit down for tea and cucumber sandwiches at the end. Huzzah.

Fortunately things have picked up with Moffat doing the writing. There is only one canonical episode as far as I am concerned - the episode where Rowan Atkinson is the doctor (Dr Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death) which was also written by Moffat.

-Andrew

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Hackers mistake French rugby site for German stock exchange

Andrew Punch
Coat

The French being "insulted ... copiously in German"

Surely there is only one way to reply to that: You don't frighten us, English [German] pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called "Arthur King," you and all your silly English [German] K-nig-hts.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

Andrew Punch
Gimp

Vale SE

My two favourite phones were the W880i and the K700i. The UI was well laid out. The buttons felt good (especially the W880i). Unfortunately both have met their end (my son decided that the W880i needed a drink of water) so I am slumming it with an HTC Sensation - oh well.

Numerous times I tethered the W880i when my ADSL had gone down and using the browser to do the car registration on the way to the mechanic.

Just so I am not accused of being a total fanboi: the K700i sometimes crashed during a call, the browser on the W880i frequently crashed and Sony insisted on using their own crappy SD card format which cost $$$$$.

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.Scot campaign seeks UK Gov backing

Andrew Punch
Coat

I am still waiting for the .justlookitupongoogle domain

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Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

Andrew Punch
Badgers

But then...

Doctor Who bursts out from under the priest's dress and takes Kate on a journey through time. And she ends up shagging William the Conquer instead. Whoops

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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

Andrew Punch
Paris Hilton

Should be rekeying, not be silent

If RSA has had a breach of both the seed and mapping - it should be absolutely possible for them to discard the compromised seed and the mapping key. Then they can create a new seed, a new mapping key and start issuing new tokens to ensure their customers remain secure.

Paris also has some trouble securing her intellectual property...

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

Andrew Punch
Grenade

Triumph of Nature

Although this reactor has been well designed and has coped reasonably well with an incident which was beyond its design requirements - nature can and frequently does through a spanner in the works.

Also the Japanese operators have done a great job keeping everything under control. What if the operators were not as skilled or the plant itself was not as well built?

The fact that the US Navy detected radioactive particles 100 km away destroys your argument that it is only affecting the site and local area.

Nuclear in its current form has dangers and the current proponents of nuclear power are not willing to come clean on the (admittedly small) dangers.

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Boffin breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi speed

Andrew Punch

Full Duplex FTW

"Designing radios that can receive and transmit at the same time was thought to be generally impossible,"

Ummm full duplex transmission has been around for 50 years. Yeah sure it is a PITA and expensive - it has certainly been possible though.

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Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband

Andrew Punch

Big Amateur Radio Mast

You might want to checkout what the ARRL Antenna Book or the ARRL Handbook has to say about masts. You might be able to get a decent mast that is taller than your house.

You might also want to check out the amateur radio classifieds (RSGB in the UK I think) for any decent sized masts.

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Firefox, uTorrent, and PowerPoint hit by Windows DLL bug

Andrew Punch
Gates Horns

Unix Sysadmin Anyone?

Unix sysadmins have known for years not to include the pwd in their execution path or library path. So where has Microsoft been for the last 30 years?

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Bishop Hill: Gonzo science and the Hockey Stick

Andrew Punch
FAIL

Skeptics still don't answer the basics

Why is it that:

1. If in a lab I have a glass box with air and a glass box with air+extra CO2 - the CO2 box will warm up faster?

2. The Vostok ice cores show a correlation between increased CO2 and increased temperature?

The basic physics is there, the other evidence is there. Skeptics should explain it all or GTFO.

-Andrew

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Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Andrew Punch
Go

No problems here

Upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10 on a T400 laptop using the graphical upgrade - no problems.

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Tesla Roadster travels 313 miles on single charge

Andrew Punch
Grenade

Metric

Here in 'straya we don't use miles - please rewrite in metric and write 100 lines "I will not use outdated measurement systems"

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Microsoft purges AutoRun from older Windows

Andrew Punch
Linux

U3's problem

If U3 misreports the device type any security issues are U3's problem, not Microsoft's.

Microsoft has done the right thing by removing autoplay from writable media, while leaving the convenience of autoplay for read-only media.

About time... my Linux desktop doesn't have any autoplay vulnerabilities. I for one welcome our new penguin overlords.

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Microsoft pimps bogus Windows 7 'launch parties'

Andrew Punch
Coat

If I knew it was going to be that kind of party...

I would've stuck my dick in the mashed potatoes.

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Morrissey tells netdepressives to boycott his re-releases

Andrew Punch
Coat

Morrisey is nothing without the Smiths

Should I buy his work to annoy him - but then I would have to listen to it. Oh the dilemna.

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Police, Cameras, Pixellation

Andrew Punch
Big Brother

Police identity must be protected...

using clown icons, rather than the black square. Thus we can simultaneously meet the plods' anonymity demands and make a political statement at the same time.

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Amazon vanishes 1984 from citizen Kindles

Andrew Punch
Black Helicopters

Back to the ministry of information...

for a few "improvements".

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Opiate-crazed wallabies create crop circles

Andrew Punch
Alien

Wallabies high on opium or...

under the influence of aliens?

Perhaps said wallabies are trying to destroy their Thetans with opium before Xenu sucks them up into a DC-8. The wallabies are probably justifiably worried about using DC-8s for intergalactic travel. After all the newer DC-10 could barely manage intraplanetery travel - let along interplanetary travel.

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Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

Andrew Punch
Stop

Let me know...

when there is beer involved.

-An Australian

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Google inspires behavioral ad-zapping Firefox add-on

Andrew Punch
Coat

Adblock?

I don't know what this extension does that Adblock Plus does not do better. This extension disables the ad but still allows your information to be sent to the advertiser. The Adblock Plus extension blocks the whole ad.

Also I don't understand all the extreme reactions against all forms of advertising. I run Adblock Plus all the time. Recently I unblocked google Adwords - they are not intrusive and are (sometimes) very helpful.

Ironically the most in-your-face ads are in online newspapers, who should really know better. When was the last time you saw an advertisement sticker over the top of the content?

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Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider

Andrew Punch
Black Helicopters

Anti-abortion website also blocked

Although I'm pro-choice, the fact that an anti-abortion website was also added to the block list shows that political material can also be censored. Either deliberately or accidentally.

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Mobile money for the masses: Do the numbers add up?

Andrew Punch
Coat

New plan for the economic crisis?

Is this the City's new plan for solving the economic crisis - borrow from people who earn two dollars a day?

But seriously is mobile banking what these people need?

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Sun MySQLers barred from Oz

Andrew Punch
Pirate

Blog updated - Nothing to see here

The original blog has been updated with some clarifications:

http://blogs.mysql.com/kaj/2009/01/12/on-open-source-and-open-competition-in-a-not-so-open-world/

In addition a local news site has this article:

http://www.crikey.com.au/Media-Arts-and-Sports/20090114-The-Internets-Feral-Goldfish-get-it-very-wrong.html

In particular clarifying: "One traveller, based in Germany, already had a valid visa. But in an online chat an Australian MySQL developer scared him off".

Secondly "The other had applied for an online Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). It was rejected with the words: "SHORT TERM BUSINESS ETA APPLICATION WAS NOT APPROVED NO AUTHORITY TO TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA HELD BY PASSENGER." But ETAs are often rejected. Resubmitting as a "proper" visa application is often successful. Alas, too late for that."

Yes the Australian government often sucks (especially immigration), but not this time.

-Andrew

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Bees on cocaine: The facts

Andrew Punch
Coat

I live near Macquarie University!

Come to think of it the other day I let a bee in my house. His car had broken down and wanted to use the phone. I turned around for a second and he stole my wallet. Probably needed some money for his next high.

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The Apple Armada - Still worthy of the Jolly Roger?

Andrew Punch
Jobs Halo

Capitalist Socialism

How is receiving a "hand-out" from a corporation (in the form of philanthropy) different from receiving a "hand-out" from the government?

The United States needs to get off its ideological high-horse and put in some common sense safety nets.

But I'm in Australia so I'm already sorted. Free high quality hospital care, most GP visits free, subsidised trade schools, subsidised universities, government unemployment and pensions. All with a LOWER tax burden than the US (http://www.aph.gov.au/library/Pubs/RN/2005-06/06rn18.pdf)

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Apple sued over Jesus Phone 'hairline cracks'

Andrew Punch
Paris Hilton

Too much power from the 3G bandwidths

Is it just me or does this quote make absolutely no sense?

The crack problem sounds annoying though...

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Intel, Asus plead with Web 2.0 for notebook of the future

Andrew Punch
Paris Hilton

MF laptops on a plane!

Getting the peons of the internet to design a laptop? We all know how well that worked when the peons of the internet designed a movie...

Paris... because the ideal laptop design would incorporate her.

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'U-turn' West: MI5 watching 'great' terror plot right now

Andrew Punch
Pirate

More suicides than terror deaths...

... so logically we should all be locked up to protect us from ourselves!

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Data centers embrace The Great Outdoors

Andrew Punch
Flame

90 degrees or cooler???

I could put a data centre in my kettle.

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Kremlin pushes Cyrillic alphabet net

Andrew Punch
Paris Hilton

Why shouldn't Russia be allowed to use their own language?

If you were forced to type every english domain in the cyrillic, greek or arabic alphabet you would be upset too.

Domains should be available in native languages. Japanese users should be able to use kanji. Chinese users should be able to use chinese characters.

If the URL is written in another language it is likely the content is in another language too. In addition the current system for representing unicode domains has allowances for ASCII compatibility anyway.

It may be a good idea to segment it (e.g. cyrillic only available for xxxx.ru sites). Those of us in the west must not force our own language preferences on others.

Paris... because she likes going overseas to Canada and Mexico.

-Andrew

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