* Posts by Neoc

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A docket, tweet and selfie can reveal your identity, boffins find

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"Intrepid reporters matched the de-anonymised ride information..."

If the data was de-anonymised (i.e. had its anonymity removed), why did they need to match it with photos to find out who took what cab?

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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"Siphen"?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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I just had an "Inherit The Stars" moment.

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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO

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@tkioz: "they finished the capitol cities and stopped bothering."

Really? News to me - I moved several times around Brisbane's suburbs and not once was I in a suburb which had cable.

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Sex, androids and violence in Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Re: > ...basic premise sounds like "Cherry 6000"...

D'OH!

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...basic premise sounds like "Cherry 6000"...

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Mt Gox Bitcoin baron: I was NOT Silk Road boss Dread Pirate Roberts

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Pet Peeve

It's not "Mt Gox", it's "MtGOX". The original website was for the swapping of CCG items: "Magic the Gathering Online eXchange".

It's like those damn address systems that keep on insisting that "Macedon" is "MacEdon".

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Bring back "Shadow Chaser"!

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: Don't want...

OK, I'm curious... why did I get voted down? I don't mind the down-vote, but I'd like to know why.

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Don't want...

I don't want a TV that is "smart" - I have a HTPC media player for that.

I don't want a TV with a turner - I have a networked free-to-air capture device for that.

I don't want a TV with speakers - I have an Amplifier for that.

What *I* want is a big screen that does the best it can at displaying the images slung at it via HDMI and nothing else. No, unfortunately, that's not simply a big-ass PC monitor. So in order to get the screen-display smarts, I have to buy a TV with extras I do not want or need.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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"...a Lazlar LyriKon custom job..."

Extra points for this and other HHGttG references in that review. ^_^

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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"...However despite her watchdog role, she too was denied access to documents – specifically an official report examining whether requests from the US are “proportionate and necessary.”"

If an agency block access to a report which details whether they are playing by the rule, it is valid to assume that they are not.

After all "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear", right?

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Hey, bacteria: Resistance is FUTILE – boffins grow new super-antibiotic

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"...the researchers put one bacterium in a board called an iCube ..."

Cue Apple's Trademark lawyers in 3... 2... 1...

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The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get you off Wi-Fi

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I can hear the sound of knives

..VXers sharpening their tools and slobbering over this new vector.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Hey, FD

Here's a thought: most of us on El Reg have at least one spare PC lying around we can upgrade (or simply power-up). How about releasing the server to the wild, including a patch to allow the game to point to a local server. And no calling home. Ever. Unless *I* ask to see if an update exists (with a comprehensive description of what will change if I apply it).

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Bottom line

I can take my copy of Elite (the original) and still play it all these years after the game is released. By tying it to a server, this company has created a game with a built-in drop-dead date.

I do not want to be on-line when I play. I do not purchase any game that require me to "call home" in any fashion in order for me to play them solo. And yes, that means that every year I play fewer and fewer new games. You know what, I don't feel like I am missing anything.

So let's get this straight: you love playing your online/connected games - glad you enjoy them. But do NOT tell me what *I* am suppose to like in a game. And one thing I do not like is a game that *has* to be connected to be played in any fashion. Bugger off - I paid for this game, let me play it and stop trying to use me as a product for company X's marketing.

Time to break out the PS2 and play MediEvil and the original Tomb Raider.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Thank you Thank you Thank you

"Visited and hover states swapped for better readability"

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Re: Duh...

Damn, beat me to it. Have an upvote.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Prefer QLD rulings on biometrics

For all its other faults, the QLD judicial system requires that you must be *convicted* of an offence for your biometrics (photos, fingerprints, DNA) to be retained. Otherwise, they must be destroyed as soon as the case is closed (and several people need to sign off on their destruction).

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: "There are beaches in Switzerland."

Beg to differ, people. Beaches can occur anywhere there is (a) water; and (b) rocks for the water to break down into pebbles or sand. It's not just a seas/ocean phenomena. Heck, over here in Brissie we have a couple of natural beaches on the *river*.

As for Switzerland:

http://www.traveluniversally.com/touristdetails/beaches-in-switzerland

If you're going to try and be "funny", do a little research first.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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No, no, no, Hell NO!

"Hell, they can even make the files DRMed, so long as you make quality players for all OSes and offer a reasonable means of ensuring multiple devices can access the content"

Cue the sudden proliferation of DRMd player because the various studios can't agree (I'm looking at you, Netlfix). More importantly, I suddenly have to use one of THEIR players instead of (say) MediaPlayerClassic or my favourite open-source HTPC application. And on top of that you're happy with the apps phoning home?

Hell no.

I purchased a licence to watch the media. Frankly, how and when I watch it is none of their damn business.

There's a reason I rip my DVDs/BluRays rather than use their idiotic UltraViolet download service that comes with them.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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Erm...

"The man reportedly has a gun and has insisted his captors display a flag..."

Surely the man with the gun is the Captor and the people stuck in the cafe are his Captives?

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How was your week? Was it as bad as Uber's? Here's what happened

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Re: wrong target

Not quite. If the Uber app was a standalone application, you *might* be correct. But it's not: Uber (the company) acts as a middle-man and sets up the "contracts". In other words, Uber thus has "presence" in those countries/cities and thus must obey local laws and regulations.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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My 2c

Mostly OK - default font's a bit large but I could live with it.

Two things I'd like to see disappear:

1) The auto-expanding menu. Please return it to click-to-expand. Every time I move my mouse to the browser's menu then back down to the page it causes one of El Reg's menu items to automatically expand. Very annoying.

2) Default colour for visited links/articles has changed from red to grey. And a grey which (on my screen at least) is difficult to differentiate with the normal link/article titles unless I pay attention. I hated it in the "more stories" section of the old site, an I really loathe it on the main page. Please change the default "visited" colour to something easy to identify.

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SURPRISE: Oz gov gives itself room to NEVER finish the NBN

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Why are you surprised?

It was the coalition who sold off Telstra (the national carrier) in 1997. Why is anyone surprised that the current coalition is planning to sell off the NBN even before it is finished?

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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"X Windows"?

No such animal. ;)

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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"Les cochons vouloir de l'argent!"

Pardon my rusty French, but shouldn't that be "Les cochons veulent de l'argent!"?

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Cross-guard makes *some* sense.

If, according to mythos, the only thing that effectively stops a LS blade is another LS blade this is the only sort of cross-guard that is useful in LS combat. (note, I am not a SW fanatic, so I may be hopelessly outdated in my mythos)

What it *does* tell me, though, is that in this trilogy we are likely to see LS combat move away from kendo-like moves and more towards medieval combat.

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DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

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Re: Options

"How does one win the update game?"

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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Re: Support From Larger MicroSD cards

128Gb in my S4. ^_-

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Very nice article...

Now since El Reg has branches in the US and Australia, can we have the same advice break-down specific to those countries please?

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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I wonder...

...any use against the Crown-of-thorns starfish which is damaging the Great Barrier Reef?

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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"Someone, come up with a catchy logo for this SSL hole"

No logo but an acronym:

Another SSL Security hole.

Where's my coat?

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Congratulation on trying to make the guns hack-proof. Now all I need is to carry my own portable transmitter spoofing the correct base-station for the gun.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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How about developing plug-ins instead of HW?

Yes, this is all nice and good for those who do not have a HTPC. But some of us have one, AND a cable box (damn it). The last thing I want to to have to add yet another box for Amazon, and another for Netflix (it'll come), and another for Google, and yet another for the BBC, etc, etc... Nor do I want to install a multitude of separate applications/software where I have to quit out of (say) MP to fire up the specialised iPlayer software or the Amazon player or whatever-the-hell-is-next.

There is very good HTPC software out there already (XBMC, Media-Portal, etc...) How about writing plugins for them instead, huh? Shouldn't be much harder than writing your own dedicated players, surely? And by all means, slap all the login and DRM on your plugin as you like - I just want to be able to access your stuff in the same way as I access the rest of my DVD collection/Free-to-air TV, thank you very much. And as for *you* Foxtel... requiring me to use your official decoder cards to make sure I am an actual account holder is perfectly fine and understandable, but forcing me to use your STB to further decode the signal AGAIN... that's just being an <expletive deleted> It'd be so much easier if I could plug your cable into my HTPC, slide the (legal) decoder card in and (once again) have a consistent viewing experience.

So, again: less specialised hardware/software, more integration.

Thank you </rant>

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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Good lord man, learn to spot sarcasm...

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And this is different from Fox News exactly how?

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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I re-read the quote in That Voice. Yep.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: The store check-out experience

Interesting. Here in OZ it's AU$100 or lower (about £55). And it still works if it's over that amount - you just have to enter your pin after waving your card over the scanner.

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Yahoo! Timestamps! Now! Block! Facebook! Email! Snoops!

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Yes, because nobody on the Internet has ever forgotten that an account exists and then tried to revive it if only to clear it then nuke it.

What could *possibly* go wrong?

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

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"Whisper's editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmermann and its CTO Chad DePue aggressively denied the allegations – but failed to provide any evidence they weren't true"

I personally think they're crooked; but, in their defence, it is near-impossible to prove a negative.

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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Something hinky...

"Judge Loretta Preska said that the location of the data was immaterial since Microsoft had "control" over it."

I think I know the *real* reason MS and others are fighting this. A lot of their profits lie in the legal faction that (say) Microsoft Ireland is a separate company from Microsoft Netherlands and Microsoft USA. This allows them to transfer profit... er, licence products... from one company to another thereby minimising the actual profit in any one country with high tax rates.

Now, along comes the US Government basically saying "screw this legal fiction: MS Ireland is part of MS USA, so hand over the data". If MS caves, *someone's* taxation department is going to turn around and reply "if you *are* the same company, here's your full-phat tax bill plus fines for screwing us around for the last x years."

MS et al cannot afford (literally) this loophole to stand.

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US Senate's net neutrality warrior to Comcast: Remind us how much you hate web fast lanes

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"...those in favor of paid prioritization argue big websites should pay towards the network infrastructure they're reliant on"

Because, as everyone knows, traffic from big websites just magically appears on network infrastructures. There isn't any peering agreements to allow company A from sending/receiving data from company B's network. In other words, Netflix somehow manages to get its data on Comcast's network without paying anybody.

Bull.

The moment the data leaves Netflix's network, *someone* gets paid. And when that data moves from network to network so does money change hands. Until gets to you and you pay to receive the data (hmm... does this mean your ISP double-dips?).

So what this basically means to me is that Comcast, like most ISPs, oversold its network capabilities and is now wringing its hands saying "look how our poor networks are being flooded" without acknowledging why said network are having difficulty coping in the first place.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

Looking good. Will try it for a while and see how it goes.

Thanks!

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Re: Not sure about this

Tried CM on my Galaxy S4 and went back to the Samsung version of the OS. Don't get me wrong, I liked CM, but there was one thing that annoyed the bejesus out of me - the stock android keyboard. I prefer the 5-rows Samsung keyboard over the 4-rows Android keyboard. And once I installed CM, the only replacement keyboard apps I could find seemed to be re-badged variations on the stock keyboard.

Small point, I know, but I like not having to swap between alpha and symbol every time I need to type numbers.

So, keyboard app developers... where's a keyboard app that *isn't* the stock keyboard with a new colour scheme?

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

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Oh, FFS! My parents live 100Km outside Brisbane and they have access to the NBN. Me, I live 10Km from the centre of the city (as the crow flies) and the entire area around me (not just my suburb) is not even getting a look in, let alone planning details.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Option missing

There's an option missing in the "how did the Aztecs use cocoa": currency.

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WikiLeaks reveals new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

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“the US remains fairly isolated in its efforts to overhaul patent and copyright law around the world”

That may be because the US' idea of overhauling patent and copyright laws is to remove more rights for the consumer and instil them with the US companies. This is based on the last few rounds of "releases" where the US seems to be desperate to squash anything that would allow "grey market" trading.

If a company shops overseas it's outsourcing. If *you* do it, it's criminal. (at least that's what the new TPP is trying to make it)

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

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Boffins have found Minas wobbles. Maybe it got drunk after taking one too many librations at lunch.

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