* Posts by Neoc

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The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

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Re: Am I reading this wrong?

<sigh> And there it is staring me in the face. There are days, I swear...

Thanks for the heads-up on my stupidity <hangs head in shame>

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Am I reading this wrong?

"IBM claims there were around 180,000 malicious traffic “events” in the USA between January 1 and May 10 this year, with 150,000 in the Netherlands, and more than 50,000 in each of Romania, France, Luxembourg and Uraguay."

150,00 + (4 x 50,000) = 350,000 in my book. Can someone please explain how 180,000 = 350,000? Or did I misread something?

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NBN cost blows out by at least AU$10bn and FTTN isn't launched yet

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"“The project we inherited from the Labor party in 2013 AND THEN F*CKED AROUND WITH had failed,”"

FTFY

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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What do you mean "I'm not holding it right"?

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Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

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So if I pay a sales tax overseas, this is counted against the 10% GST, right? Or, more likely, will the Oz government double-tax me for an item?

If I pay income tax overseas in a multitude of countries, I do not have to pay tax on that income in Australia - there are reciprocal tax practices in place. Ditto, if a company has already paid the tax on the dividend it is paying me, I don't have to pay tax on said dividend. But there seems to be no such provision in this taxation regime. Looks like OzGov is trying to double-dip to me.

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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

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"...tantalum is a rare metal and some of it comes from places like the Congo..."

Not *that* rare (amount of tantalum is about 1/15th of Gold's presence), and the two biggest mines were in Western Australia before the drop in demand. Maybe this will cause the re-opening of the second mine?

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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

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Re: Google had argued that UK court system had no jurisdiction in this case

"Financial harm is a red herring anyway. How does one attach a monetary value to being tracked..."

Simple: A financial company which makes money by serving targeted ads has been tracking you. At minimum, the "monetary amount" is that which the company estimates it will make by bothering to track you. You shouldn't have to prove that you lost money, only that someone *gained* money by behaving this way towards you.

(Yes, I realise that's not how it works. I'm just saying that it'd be a better way for it to work)

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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I got a spare HP laptop that's constantly crashing due to a graphics driver problem. It's the sacrificial lamb.

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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

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The US economy has basically reached the point where it can no longer sustain itself in the long run; with too much wealth concentrated in a few companies (and individuals), there is very little left for "the masses" who are starting to wonder where it is all going. So it is doing what ancient Rome (and yes, Germany in WWII) ended up having to do: gobble up territory in order to use *those* funds to keep the people at home happy.

Look how well *that* worked out for both of them. Eventually they overreached themselves and the whole structured collapsed on itself. Admittedly, the Roman empire took longer to go away and died more gracefully...

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Ahem, FCC, who do you think you are? The FTC?

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Microsoft launches Advanced Threat Analytics

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That's nice, but is it any good for those of us private folks with a few PCs linked by a simple network behind a router? Let's even limit it to the proverbial Mom, Dad and 2 kids family using the house's broadband connection on multiple devices.

Any good for us peons?

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Gentle Giants?

I await photos of the grave-sites of the Ganymedean Giants.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: Gone are the days of searching for your wallet

There are various apps for that. I personally use Beep 'n Go - take photos of the front/back of your card, app tries to recognise the barcode (and asks you if it can't make it out). Next time you need a card simply open the app, tap the correct card and present the displayed barcode to the scanner. Worked for me on my Galaxy S4 so far (but apparently doesn't work with some of the older phones - don't ask me why).

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I don't know how things work in the USA or the UK, but paywave down here in OZ is very simple: If the transaction is sub-AU$100, simply bonk/wave your card and move on. If it's over that amount, the system will ask for your pin for confirmation.

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Brit boffins teach mere PCs to find galaxies in Hubble pics

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Re: Hanny's Voorwerp

One of the fundamental tenets in parsing log files is that you do not "look for what isn't supposed to be there", you "remove what's expected and see what's left".

I expect they're doing the same here.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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@Tom Dial: not if a brand name was used in the search criteria. If the user asked for MTM watches then showing other brands WITHOUT CLEARLY STATING NO MTM WATCHES WERE FOUND is misleading the consumer. If you go to a chemist and ask for a specific brand of medicine and the chemist tries to sell you a different brand *without telling you*, surely you'd be pissed off. Or would you accept the "oh, but you should have noticed it wasn't the same brand when I handed it over to you" excuse?

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And yet a simple solution, used by other engines, would be to have a nicely visible notice saying that (for example) "No products match your search", followed by "here are other products you might be interested in".

Problem solved.

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iiNet warns NBN circuits too expensive in the Netflix era

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Re: Fast speeds or high quotas?

Two reasons I do not connect to the NBN:

1) For some reason, even though I am less than 10km from the CBD nbnCo has deemed that I will not be getting service in the foreseeable future; and even if it did...

2) ...Under FTTN I will still be using the same crappy, rain-affected Telstra copper for the last (and crucial) kilometre.

FTTN is a joke. You want an analogy: it's like replacing someone's arm with a cybernetic version - the new arm's faster, it's stronger, it can lift a tonne... pity the body it's attached to can't keep up and rips itself apart trying to keep up.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: more storage could be used

I have a Kobo glo. Had it for a while, after upgrading from the Touch (I left it outside, it rained - my bad). Both of them had a separate microSD slot, so moving my collection of books from the dead device to the new one was as easy as swapping the SD card between both devices.

I also use Calibre with my Glo (you do need an extra plug-in though) but mostly for quick re-ordering/renaming of collections.

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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Yo, USA!

"Nothing to hide, nothing to fear", right?

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Understanding the network energy efficiency challenge

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"Why have fifty devices in the same street spending five watts each on simple firewall functions (250 Watts) when you probably only need a few watts to run virtual machines in the carrier infrastructure?"

Because I wouldn't trust Telstra or Optus to be able to wipe their bottoms correctly, let alone trust them with my home PCs' safety and health.

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

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Hey, AT&T. Here's a quick fix: stop calling your offers "unlimited".

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Exit-tel customers can't even upgrade their plans to stay

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Re: No notice for this customer yet.

Methinks you mean iiNet, not TPG (although the difference may not hold for long).

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Driving test

California? Paris? Drove them and had white knuckles. But when I drove through Prague 1 ("old Prague") last year I had to stop afterwards and have a quiet nervous breakdown.

Send the cars through there - if they manage it I'll believe they can handle anything.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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Meanwhile in Australia, according to http://www.submarinecablemap.com/ Brisbane has no cable feeding to it. Every other sea-coast capital has a cable landing. *Darwin* has a cable landing. But we have to contend with horrible Telstra overland feeds.

<sigh>

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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

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I call bullshit

In these days of computerised switching and billing, "untimed local calls" are a line item defining a connection fee of $0.22 and $0.00 per minutes afterwards.

Any attempt to get rid of them under the excuse of "it causes extra work" is bullshit.

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Take cover! Out-of-control Russian spaceship to smash into Earth within hours

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"Roscosmos said the spacecraft will come down sometime between 2231 UTC Thursday and 0151 UTC Friday, but that they aren't sure exactly where or when "

So... did it hit Australia?

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: Could work for me

Actually, Tim, I live in an area where (in summer at least) if you want your house to be cool in the afternoon you had better start the air-con in the morning or else it won't cope with the existing heat. And I do work in an office where ironed, collar-and-long-sleeves shirts are a must. Luckily, we do not need to wear a tie unless meeting with clients.

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Today, the US govt must explain why its rules on shutting down whole cell networks are a secret

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I don't know why the DHS is resisting making this public: after all, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. Right?

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Trading Standards

@Dan Paul

Sorry Dan, but trotting out US laws for what is clearly a UK incident earns you a down-vote. Perhaps you didn't read the review? The "999" instead of "911" might have been a clue.

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NBN Co to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 from 2017

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Stupid concept

Every time it rains the old rotting Telstra copper cables take a hit, making my land line crackle until I call them to fix it (at one point, it was almost unusable). And I don't live out in the bush - I live 10km from the centre of a State capital.

Turnbull's NBN would keep that self-same copper to provide me "broadband". I won't hold my breath as to the quality of service this will provide in my area.

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Netflix tells Australian ISPs how to tap its fat video pipes

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Re: Unmetered On Optus Mobile

I believe iiNet has said "no" to mobiles in their last email I got. IIRC.

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Alibaba hopes to roll net-connected car out of the cave

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"Such arrangements are normal costs of doing business in China, which far prefers such partnerships than straight imports, since they provide a boost to local capabilities and allows them to install back-doors and stealth-tracking software before being sold to the populace."

That last paragraph looked unfinished. FTFY.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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End run around.

"Google and Netflix didn't want to see interconnections between networks regulated, and so it wasn't."

So all Comcast et al have to do is split into a public-provisioning (a.k.a. ISP) company and an "Internet connection" company and feed the former's traffic through the latter. The ISP isn't allowed to play funny business with the traffic, but the "IC" company sure is.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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My first Pratchett book was "Mort". How fitting that my first glimpse of him reflects my last.

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iiNet to be scooped up by TPG for $1.4 billion

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So does that mean that us current iiNet customers will now get iiNet service levels at TPG prices (one can hope)? or TPG service levels at iiNet prices (more likely)?

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Nope

Nope. Nope nope nope. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check The Answer (42). When asked about The Question, Deep Thought comes up with the Earth and tells the programmers it will take 10 million years to run the program. Unfortunately, things went bad and the Question calculated was "whatdoyougetifyoumultiplysixbynine".

Which works out correct in base13.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Superfish?

"But in light of the Superphish case..."

There - fixed that for you.

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Perfect!

Sounds like a perfect solution for Oz: shrimps and sun are part of our psyche down here.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Sing it with me...

"The chances of anything coming from Mars..."

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Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

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Biggest Problem with Li-Fi

is the same reason why Wi-Fi appeared in the first place: all the so-called solutions to Li-Fi seem to require the receiver (laptop/pc/whatever) to be in a pre-arranged location... just like a wired solution. At least with Wi-Fi I can walk, move my laptop, check email on my phone wherever I am, etc... For everything else, I have cables in the wall, thank you (an advantage of being there with a box of blue cable when the house was being built).

Until I can walk around unimpeded, Li-Fi sounds like the worst of both world.

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How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

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"likely from wearing the band too tight, or sweat, water or soap... under the device,"

So Fitbit has designed a product to be worn by people who exercise... which does bad things when combined with *sweat*? There's a reason I don't wear solid straps (plastic or otherwise) with my watch - I live in Australia and sweat is a constant part of simply walking around.

Disclosure: I am the owner of a Fitbit One and love it to bit. But I wear it clipped to a shirt pocket (or in the coin-pocket of my jeans).

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: more advertising

Except in those cases you were receiving the product (the TV show) for free in return for having to watch those ads. If I paid for my TV set, there is no moral or financial requirements (on my part) for me to have to suffer through ads because it makes more profits for the TV maker.

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Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20

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I'm more curious to see the security they've deployed to ensure VXers can't use it to modify the Kernel behind our backs.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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I don't follow

Countdown show - "00:00:02:19:11:21:01"

El Reg - "Yeezy.supply will open in two days..."

I read the above as 2 months, 19 days, 11 hours, 21 minutes, 1 second. Did this idiot post a countdown featuring 100th of a second? Or is it a ridiculous way of saying "February 19th, 21 minutes past 11 in the morning"?

<update> Just checked the website and yes, it is a ridiculous 100th-of-a-second countdown.

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: Inadmissable...

"...exclude that photo as it was supposed be deleted..."

Mmmm.... might have had a chance if the Police had gotten the photo from SnapChat (except that SnapChat has already admitted that there were ways for LEOs to get at the photos). In this case, however, the *recipient* of the picture saved the photo. Hence there is no hanky-panky on the part of either the LEOs or SnapChat.

Although I can see SnapChat being subsequently sued by the defendant for allowing a hole in their software by which the recipient could save the photo.

Disclaimer: I am neither a Lawyer nor an American, so my opinions on US laws are probably badly informed.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: HiFi Power cords

Just injecting my $0.02 - if they were reviewing power cords for an ANALOGUE sound system, it might make some sense; power supplies "hum" on various frequencies and shielding said hums from the rest of the analogue circuits is a Good Idea(tm). It's entirely possible that they were testing the cables (being the next physically nearest powered item) to see which introduced the less "noise" into the analogue circuits.

But then again, I am not an audiophile, so I may have it wrong.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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Caveat

The only time I (marginally) accept ads is when I am put on hold and there is a mix of music and advertising for the company's own product. I might not like it, and I generally ignore it, but this makes a certain amount of sense.

Advertising for a different company simply to make a buck? I can see a "you must put the caller on hold x number of times" directive to all call-centre peons.

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