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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

KayKay
Alien

Re: I'm tired of hearing bits and pieces about our Solar System genesis.

Sorry, black websites with white text are not very convincing. If you believe your theory to be worth something, please publish it in a format people can actually read.

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Oz refugee data leak a SNAFU, says KPMG report

KayKay
Facepalm

incorect.....

The server has to know who/what to serve to.

So if you ask or something from your own PC, it has to know YOUR IP address to return the requested data to. So the logs will contain your IP address. So they can count how many separate IPs asked.

What the downloaders later did with the data is not known to the server or its masters, true. But they do know how many downloaders there were.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

KayKay
Mushroom

Menus for beginners?

Anyone remember 123? Word for DOS? blank screen and no idea what to do next UNLESS YOU KNEW. Word came with keyboard strips to explain what each Function key could do (plain, or with shift, ctrl or alt added).

Then menus were invented -- a way to tell users what actions were available and how to get at them. Also stopped them hanging or crashing the program by giving the wrong keyboard command at the wring time.

Now the fashion is to hide this information, make people remember keyboard shortcuts again (but it is still too easy to hit the wrong keys by mistake). Grey down any text to invisible. Replace text with icons which are meaningless unless you already know the feature they represent, 0or make these only show up if (accidentally) moused over.

And then slag off "amateurs" who don't use all the "rich features". How would they know these exist, if you've hidden every way for them to discover them?

This new(ish) google-inspired flat mono interface is a step back to the DOS days.

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Palemoon is what FF used to be while it was still good. Waterfox is another, for 64 bit machines. Iceweasel also. They all run all FF add-ons.

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For safe computing, the first two things to do are

* turn off all automatic updates and searches for updates (even if you need hack the registry to achieve this).

* remove caps lock key from any new keyboard

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Australians are suckers when it comes to buying tech drugs

KayKay
Unhappy

supply and demand

dictates that people will pay more if there is a shortage - which is partly caused by Australia being an island. Customs and police keep confiscating huge percentages of drug imports, creating a severe shortage on the street, of the drugs that can't be made/grown locally.

Lower retail prices would not necessarily mean more people would buy. It might reduce the crimes committed to obtain the funds for the expensive ones.

On Levis etc -- you can't use the exchange rate for comparison. The Oz and Us dollars are close to parity, but the costs of living are not -- our minimum wage is $16+ against only $7.25 in the US. US supermarkets sell chicken breasts under $2 a lb, about $4 a kg which here is around $9 on special. Rents (for shops s well as housing) are commensurately higher, too, so business costs are higher.

None of this applies, of course, to downloaded software, and the double prices there are just an "all the market can bear" issue, the market being pre-conditioned to high prices. .

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

KayKay

Re: Agenda...

Bing doesn't always honour robots.txt. Google always does. I have even seen search results that give the headline or url of a story/website and them states that because of robots.txt settings no content is available from it.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

KayKay
Meh

Re: Memory bloat

Right now I have Pale Moon (FF variant) with 140 tabs open, running at 920 MB which averages to around 60 MB a tab. More than 100 of those tabs are work related from a site with no ads, just simple pages of data, all in text. Half of them have no more than 15 lines of text on them and 4 or 5 links.

You don't need to totally kill Firefox to get the memory back. Just minimise each window (you need to open and re-minimise any that already are) and it will dump easily half the memory. You can also type in about:memory and click a button to free up memory it's not really using. At the point I'm at it will only give back about 100MB but if you do it sooner, ie around the 1/2 GB mark, it will give back more. A lot of the "weight" is from tab data it is holding to let you go back in tab history, this is what you get rid of when you restart it.

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KayKay
Unhappy

Re: Preferred caching

What is the next page???

How can it know which of the many links on this page you will want to click next?

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

KayKay
Black Helicopters

Re: Yes

You certainly DO need more computing power. I had no trouble finding that.

http://tinyurl.com/l5dejpj

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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

KayKay
Facepalm

Re: Deserves it

Yep, because a lot of problems are ultimately caused by poverty. They have to steal stuff to get a crust, then they drink to forget their woes, then the arguments turn into loud fights. The drug dealer has good steady income, and has to stay more or less sober24/7 to b able to do business without making mistakes or getting robbed. Having a cop car outside because he lost his temper won't inspire confidence in his clients, either.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

KayKay
Happy

Re: UNENDING GRANT RESEARCH BAIT-AND-SWITCH

No need for AC to be transmissible. There are very long runs of DC lines in Sweden, Germany, Canada, Russia, Brazil, China etc, the longest (in China) over 2000 km long. Admittedly these are bit higher voltage than 1.5 volts.

For home use, I don't see why people go to the trouble of converting to AC, when they're not producing their whole needs anyway. Good LED lighting runs on low voltage DC anyway; you can have DC power points for charging up the electronics. There are DC fridges and TVs. And you don't lose any in converting it to AC to sell it, then buying AC to convert back to DC to charge your phone. Make DC and use it as such.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

KayKay

Re: Nice idea

Wood. Twigs. Dried grass. Dried animal dung.

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NSW privacy exemption shares personal data with private sector

KayKay
Happy

Re: Canada was first

We already have similar in OZ for drugs. When you take a prescription to a chemist the computer tells him if h\you've filled a similar one elsewhere recently. This stops people doctor-shopping to get multiple scripts (usually for something they don't need and they can sell for $30 a tablet on the street). No invasion of privacy in your medical people knowing what you take. You just don't want all the neighbours being told you're on something for "being mental" or having an STD.

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

KayKay
Flame

They don't get it

First of all, with smoking being banned in so many indoor places, smokers now congregate outside. And in Oz you can do that all year around. So kids get exposed to SEEING a lot more people smoking and enjoying it. In fact it looks like it's done by a LOT of people, not just say Dad and 2 visitors at home. This makes it a more socially acceptable activity.

A few years before the plain packaging, they did something really stupid. They removed the (up to then compulsory) labeling about the nicotine content. The explanation was , young people would think it was ok to smoke as long as they smoked a weak one.

The reality was, a lot of SMOKERS of strong cigarettes, say 16mg ones, were cutting down to weaker ones, 12s and maybe later 8s. Not giving up, but at least cutting down. Many gradually cut down by 2 levels. This reduces the level of addiction and makes it easier to gradually stop altogether. Then they took the numbers off. Now a kid starts up, he might start on 16s for all he knows, and get hooked in a week. If he names a brand and the shopkeeper asks which one? blue? green? grey? gold? the kid says "gold sounds best", Yeah guess what? that is the strongest.. Yes they still have COLOURS written on them, to HIDE the strength.

Every tobacconist shop sells fakes and imports under the counter; you just have to ask for them when there's nobody else in the shop to hear. They're about half the price of the "real" ones. Most have more real tobacco and less fillers and chemicals than the "real", too. Some now come in proper looking "plain" packaging as well, the selling point being the price.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

KayKay

Re: What are the alternatives?

Templates are not HTML type style sheets. If you insert a paragraph and type a few lines, they will follow the default (normal.dot). If you want it to follow the template, overtype the last character of the previous (templated) line, put the full stop, put the line break. THEN it knows you mean your insertion to aslo follow the template.

Test this out for yourself just using bold or different coloured text. You have to continue on from inside the /end or </endstyle> marker or it won't continue the style (whatever that marker internally is).

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KayKay
Facepalm

Re: And this is news, how?

You can save a document as a template. Any file (doc or docx of course, not xls etc) you open in that template conforms to it. I've done work with 3 or 4 others, each contributing a section. As long as they marked lines header, subheader etc instead of hand formatting these lines, it would take about 6 minutes to get one decent looking document out of 5 contributions. (After the first time THEY had to manually remove their manual formatting, they started doing it right).

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

KayKay
Thumb Up

Re: Good news and bad news

it is NOT the tobacco that causes the lung problems. It is the SMOKE. Fine particle smoke that clogs up the alveoli, creates irritation and eventually rips the air sacs and stiffens the lungs with scar tissue. The SMOKE.

Very few tobacco smokers would smoke fewer than 20 a day, many would be in the 30-40 range. Nobody would ever stay awake long enough to smoke 20 reefers a day, every day, for 20 or 30 years (which is at least the time it takes for emphysema to develop).]

Incidentally a lot of smokers never get emphysema, and only 16% of smokers get lung cancer. So much for "cause".

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

KayKay
FAIL

savings?

Considering the likely price of one of these, wouldn't you be better off just buying a 1 metre extension cord for your charger?????

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UK investor throws £14.8m at firm that makes UNFORGEABLE 2-cent labels

KayKay

Re: @cornz 1 - Hmm... little pins and a physical test, eh?

MICROFICHE.

Only device needed is light and a magnifier.

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

KayKay

Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.

If they are running it on the same wires, it is. It's like bumping off the normal mail to make room for more premium deliveries.

If internet is now considered an essential infrastructure, the Government does have an interest in ensuring lower income or geographically isolated residents still get a fair level of service at an affordable price. They can and do make such stipulations when letting contracts for electricity, highways etc.

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Turnbull floats e-vote, compulsory ID

KayKay

Re: Just another thought grenade from TurnBULL

In Vaucluse? Woollahra? Double Bay? doubt it.

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KayKay
Big Brother

Re: "His intent was clear"

No, he just doesn't understand his own language. If I say I'll get someone else to vote for you, that means I will talk X into voting for you. Not that they will vote in my place. OR if they intend to vote informal anyway, they may as well get a friend to get their name ticked off for them. That does NOT mean the friend will

actually go in and vote. Even this is highly unlikely, as there are only 2 or 3 list-checkers in every polling place, so the one person can't claim to be several.

If you're not crossed off, the worse that happens is a $60 fine, which you get out of by writing back your car broke down on the way to vote. Besides Malcolm lives in one of the richest electorates of Australia, where his party wins about 80% of the votes, no matter what. So it doesn't matter about 3 or 4 who "vote fraudulently but they do it honestly ".

His party also for many years , ie every time they get in power, pushes for a National Identification Card. Surprised he brought it up so soon. The last reincarnations were going to be a $300000billion IT monstrosity involving facial recognitions databases, that viewers of your photo ID card would not be allowed to verify you against. Said card was also to include your health data, available to nobody as you hold the only password , oh, but, somehow in an emergency, if you were unconscious, the hospital would be able to access it by miracle. It wold also serve as your pensioner concession card but without anything written on it to say so, but not every provider would have to have a scanner.... and a few other well through out details.

Going to be an interesting few years.....

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Yahoo! starts $1.99 'watch list' to recycle old usernames

KayKay
FAIL

Re: Security: That's someone else's job

It's Facebook or the bank etc that will get the blame if they DO send the password to the wrong person -- so it in their interest to check up. The RRVS is automated, I am sure they don't need to manually check the last email they got from the guy.

Still it does seem to have some leeway for error in it.

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KayKay
Big Brother

They said they only removed the email address, NOT the contact form. So if you had anything else for the people there, that would still be there. So now you have 15 contacts called John or Mary with no email etc to remind you who they were.

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KayKay
Pint

Re: @John

sorry that is taken. Actually by someone I know. Do you want me to negotiate for you?

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

KayKay

Re: How many people do you think were killed at Chernobyl?

Do you have any credible figures on birth defects? that's something wind and solar are not known to produce but radiation is.

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KayKay

Re: Did any of you lot actually read the article?

I am sure the Government Guidelines were not set at 99% of the fatal dose.

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KayKay

Re: "that's called Democracy"

Also only a small number of people were qualified to vote. Women, slaves, strangers (ie not local born citizens) etc were excluded; in some cases poorer real citizens were also not eligible. So it wasn't so much a "democracy" as a very populous ad-hoc parliament.

Heaven help us if "internet democracy" is established. First they'd have to have a way of ensuring everyone only votes once... and the IT is not up to that yet.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

KayKay

My XP crashed last week

I've run this laptop for a month short of 3 years, 24/7, rebooted about once every 6 weeks......... and it crashed last week for the first time ever.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

KayKay

Re: MI5 incite terrorism

In the US there have been a number of "terrorism" convictions of people who had made or planted (fake) bombs in schemes entirely concocted by the FBI pretending to be some foreign terror organisation. Does that make the FBI a foreign terror organisation??

For someone prepared to make his own bomb, a bit of regular harassment by the authorities could be just enough to push him over the line from disgruntled to active. One on one harassment is, after all,. just a small scale version of the whole-country-invasion methods that are KNOWN to be a major force for radicalising hitherto peaceful, non-political, farmers minding their own business.

Let people jabber away on the internet and get it out of their system. Or start pursuing them and PROVING THEM RIGHT.

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KayKay

Re: Unenforceable... unless you're after someone

In the 1950s in Australia, foreign language papers, published by "New Australians", had to carry an English version of all their content, to stop monolingual "real" Australians worrying about subversive content.

The publishers often had very poor English, and some of the resulting "translations" were hilarious. Plus many were not translations at all, just something vaguely on the same topic, or often the exact opposite in meaning. But nobody else could read the original languages so they never got caught out.

After a few years of this the Government finally woke up and dropped this stupid requirement.

Perhaps they could do something similar with these worrisome broadcasts. Put them through a speech to text converter then Google translate. And get laughed out of court.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

KayKay

You're not buying tea...

You get electricity, not TV shows or tea. The SAME electricity will run your TV and kettle and light bulbs. So you only need and get the SAME TYPE of electricity, so it makes sense to pay for it by quantity.

For internet, there are various speeds available. The idea of "packages" is, you get the low-speed where that's okay, the high-speed (more expensive) where you need that. Slow is fine for email, a PITA for streaming video. They'd be saying "these sites are in the expensive bucket" and let you choose from 10 or 100 combinations of expensive ones. These might be quote extensive. Perhaps you could nominate the sites yourself, which you want in your expensive portion.

But for it work as an economy, really some of that higher fee should go to the site you're "paying" for. That way they get something too, and maybe produce better content, or slap in a few more servers so they can PRODUCE the speeds at which your ISP is now prepared to pass them on to you .

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Yahoo! Poaches! New! CEO! From! Google!

KayKay
Happy

So what she's expecting

Being CEO is not like ditch-digging work.

She doesn't need the money and she doesn't need a better CV, she can afford financially to ever work again. She wants to work for the challenge of producing something excellent.

Thank heavens she doesn't have an MBA. Way too many people in Y! already have...... and look at everything in numbers with absolutely no idea what the numbers mean. Like big worry over reduced page-views, when caused by finally blocking illegal scrapers. Like thinking 20,000 new accounts a day is good business when 19,000 of them are spammers. Like thinking closing data centres will save money, when the same number of servers will cost the same whether in 2 centres or 4 (but cost a fortune to move).

A CEO many in the company are looking at with hope, not fear.

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New! Yahoo! CEO! Mayer! awarded! mucho! mazuma!

KayKay
Happy

SHE IS

joined Google with 2 engineering degrees. REAL ONES.

Except, unlike some, she's not forgotten engineering is useless if it just impresses other engineers and pisses of the users, who are the ones the money comes from.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

KayKay
FAIL

Re: Overly complicated

And they will be lowering it on cables at an ANGLE of course? so as not to have the platform crash ONTO the rover?

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Cloud mega-uploads aren't easy

KayKay
Boffin

Re: Teething problems, or something worse?

This Cloud is free, is it?

Yeah didn't think so.

So for the same money or less, why not just keep TWO copies at home, one for everyday use and one for backup. You have the guys to run one, they can manage two, surely?

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Solving traffic jams with maths

KayKay
Thumb Up

Re: Exactly

I use a car park with a weekly ticket.

Sometimes there's a bug in the system, so they leave the exist gate open for everyone to go out without presenting their ticket.

Then next time it won't let you in because it thinks you're still in there. You have to take a single-use ticket to be allowed in, then waste 15 mins at the office getting a credit for it.

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KayKay

Re: This is new?

The sensors always controlled the light as well as collecting data. People used to reverse over them to make the lights change green.

Many in Australia don't use phone lines. They have a tiny solar panel for power and a wireless internet connection to the central control. Cameras monitor major roads & intersections. Human beings can change the lights for miles around, to push traffic around trouble spots.

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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

KayKay

Re: Antitrust

write once crash anywhere you mean

.....fixed it for you

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Microsoft's FDS data-sorter crushes Hadoop

KayKay
WTF?

Bing Bong

So

this is why Bingbot notoriously steals all the bandwidth from any site it's crawling?

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

KayKay

how to withdraw money

may not work with all banks, but will with many...

your limit is 500

you take out 480

you ask for another 500

it checks, you are not over limit yet today, so it lets you have it

this works because the machine only asks "limit or not" and doesn't ask if the proposed second withdrawal would go over the limit. It then asks for 500, which (if you have it on the account) the bank hands over on the assumption the limit check has already been done and passed.

you can't ask for more at any one time than the total daily limit OR the transaction limit on the machine itself, which is high traffic areas may be lower (to leave some cash in for other people).

IT, where would we be without it?

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Yahoo! axes! 2,000! workers!

KayKay
Alert

deckchairs

They do this every year.

Existing people get to work 6 months of the year, the other 6 being used for figuring out who their boss is, how to get at half-finished important projects hidden in a fired person's shut-down computer account, and generally reinventing the wheel, whose original inventors have been shown the door.

Within months they start hiring again.

Then everyone spends time teaching the newbies stuff the others knew in their sleep.

Meanwhile tech stuff breaks and nobody can fix it, and emails are solved by directing them to the bit bucket.

They never seem to close the sections that do important work like sending out compulsory lessons on how to SIT at a desk.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

KayKay
Devil

skip it

The company I work for is just now starting to change to Win 7, only because XP support is coming to an end. It's taken months of testing and planning to check what else may need upgrading as well. (And of course they found Firefox bookmarks can't be transferred, unless they first disable the code that deliberately refuses to transfer them).

For big companies it takes so long to make an OS change, they can't do it every 12 or 18 months anyway. So they will just wait until some version comes along that is not too awful, and/or won't halve everyone's productivity for 3 months.

Many of us have replaced the ribboned Office with our own copies from home of the 2003 version that actually runs our macros.

Probably the main reason most companies won't change to a *nix OS is, it would render all the existing files unusable, because of the different file formats. But they certainly don't need to change to Win8, they can wait for the next one.

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Yahoo! revenues! continue! to! decline!

KayKay

guess again.......

Yahoo Answers is not a service.

It is a site where 20 million users enjoy asking questions and giving answers/replies/responses. They do it for the sake of doing the activity, NOT for you to learn from.

It is an online version of neighbours asking advice over the back fence or in the pub (although, strangely, the rules prohibit "chatting").

It is very light on advertising, so probably doesn't make much for Yahoo. BUT it brings them a lot of traffic they can convert to email, home page, news and other views. It's really an SEO trap.

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Oz stalls e-health trials

KayKay
Big Brother

SURPRISE!!!!

Obvious from the start it would

* cost double

* take twice as long

* not work

after all those are the mandatory specs for all government IT projects.

Now if they'd spent 1/2 that money on a DENTAL CARE scheme for low income earners...............

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Outside-the-box thinking literally can't be done inside a box, say profs

KayKay
Facepalm

creative is NOT work

Most jobs do not require creativity. They take concentration The less distractions the better. That is why cubicles WORK. .

Working from home better still, if you can be alone there. You don't get to hear or see your colleagues, you can delay their IMs or voicemails until YOU are ready to deal with them..........

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Check Point defends ZoneAlarm scareware-style warning

KayKay
FAIL

The days of the student writing a virus for fun are over. It's all about $$$$....

Part of my work involves ranking spammed domains on a very big social networking site, so priority can be given to taking action against the most dangerous.

Simply put, I spend two hours every day clicking on links posted by spammers. WIthout an AV or firewall of any kind, in order to see what the links do to an unprotected computer. I DO clean up afterwards...but rarely find more than a standard tracking cookie. Apart from the well-known suspects -- porn, gambling and "crack" sites -- very few sites seem to download viruses or trojans. Email attachments might still be a risk.

The bigger danger to end-users is the proliferation of scams that will cost them money (eg surveys that are phishing for emails and/or charging fees on mobile phone bills) and these include most of the scareware anti-virus programs. There is NO program available to prevent losses caused by user naiveté.

BTW the big names are no less innocent...both Norton and McAfee a year or two ago were in trouble for automatically taking next year's membership from people's credit cards WITHOUT ASKING THEM, and of course are near impossible to remove once you've installed them.

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Godly Aussie MP accused of being online 'smut' junkie

KayKay
FAIL

they really didn't....

200000 hits is not all that many, they didn't actually VIEW them.

This is where searching the computer falls down for "proving" someone visited a site. The person did not "visit", their webpage did.

In connection with this story, I saw a TV "news" image of supposed adult sites being viewed ... they showed "dating" (read paid webcam porn) sites which have as many as 100 images ... each one coming from a different site. The page has to access those sites to download the images. Some go through several redirects to collect "clicks". Finding records of that site on the hard drive in no way shows anyone actually viewed them, any more than they viewed the plethora of ad-serving sites the page accessed.

The interesting thing here is, how did he think to oppose porn all these years if he didn't know what that is ???

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Energy-saving LEDs 'will not save energy', say boffins

KayKay
FAIL

LEDs don't NEED power

from the grid. They run on DC. Using grid power, you waste a lot in converting to DC and from 110/240 down to 6 or 3 volts.

Guess what solar panels produce best? around 3 to 6 volts DC.

Where are the majority of street lights located? open air and up fairly high? where they get a bit of light?

LEDs use so little, they'd run off big capacitors, no need to hoist heavy short-life batteries up to the tops of poles.

LED banks made up of strips could lose 15% of their diodes without noticeably affecting the amount of light., so no more dark corners, and plenty of time to replace the unit....about once every 8 years at the current life of LEDs.

They'd be light enough to go onto existing poles, together with the solar panel and bank of caps, the bundle weighing about half of the current mercury vapour monsters.

Street and public outdoor lighting uses some large percentage of total electricity use which would be totally saved this way.

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How an ancient printer can spill your most intimate secrets

KayKay
Black Helicopters

sshhhhh....

Laser printers are not secure at all -- they have internal memory to "spool" the print jobs, and most of this can be (and apparently often IS) recovered when the printer goes for service/recycling. Ditto copiers capable of more than single copies.

During the Cold War the Ruskis were able to intercept encrypted communications from foreign embassies by remotely reading the electromagnetic fluctuations in the 6 inches of bare cable from the tele-typewriters to the encryption box.

Biros sending signals of the what was being written, by monitoring pressure and direction, existed, not just in Bond movies.

Hard drives in discarded First World computers are being read in Chinese "recycling" shops to obtain banking and other data useful for ID theft.

The only really secret secret in the world is the one not communicated to ANYBODY and not even thought very loudly.

Where's the AFDB icon???

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Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

KayKay
Joke

We don't need fast

when the wonderful anti-terrorist save-the-children filters go in, we'll only have 10% of the World Wide Web available, so slower will be fast enough.

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