* Posts by Neoc

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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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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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My guess is that el Reg re-used an existing image and someone didn't check the binary.

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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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Headmaster

"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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