* Posts by Magani

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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I do believe that's already happened at MONA in Hobart last year.

A collection of ladders, a roller platform, some brooms and a few buckets in a seemingly discussed corner were being 'critically discussed' by a couple of Pearls-and-Twin-Set matrons when three workers came in and started using them to clean the area, presumably in preparation for a new exhibit.

Nearly wet myself.

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Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

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Double Fail

"Trump made the remarks during the first debate ..."

From what little I saw (or could stand). this wasn't a debate; it was a case of throwing insults and innuendos.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Devil

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood,

Who Ya Gonna Call?

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Paris Hilton

"Whats (sic) your favourite Kardashian?"

How about 'None of the above'?

Does anyone with more grey cells than an amoeba actually care?

Paris, obviously.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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What's that Skip?

Cue fingerpointing in 3... 2... 1...

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: "Get used to life being different."

He'd better make sure he never drops the soap.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Re: No I don't

@Mage - Have an upvote.

'C)' in particular.

According to NoScript, this page wants to load content from googleadservices, google-analytics, googletagservices, admedo and dpmsrv (all .com sites).

I understand the googly ones, but have no idea what the others are, and no intention of spending what remains of my time on this planet worrying about what deviousness (if any) they might be up to.

I don't for a minute think that Vulture Central have devious intent, but they do not (AFAIK) have any control over admedo and dpmsrv, and there lies the problem.

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

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"...the universe is probably directionless."

Nothing new there. So are a few countries I could think of at the moment.

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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WTF?

What over-reaction?

"...police tactics for stopping cars being driven by criminals."

Let's not forget that there are parts of the world where the long arm of the law regards anyone driving a vehicle as a potential criminal.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-06/vision-released-police-officer-pulls-gun-on-motorist-outback-qld/7482950

The Greater Antipodes are not alone. Examples in the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free are far too numerous (and lethal) to list.

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Greybeards beware: Hair dye for blokes outfit Just For Men served trojan

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Bad Hair Days are gone

Being hirsutely challenged on top, I guess I'm probably safe from this particular infection.

However, where there still is hair, I prefer to call it 'silver' rather than the more common 'grey' - much more distinguished, doncha know.

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What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

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Meh

Falling?

and would be returning to Earth late next year. ... most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling,

In other words, most of it won't return to Earth.

Wu Ping, deputy director...

Sounds like a happy chappie.

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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

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It's 10pm,

Do you know where your data is/are?

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Just wondering...

...if this is the bag with no 3.5mm headphone jack in it.

Mine's the one with the Bluetooth handles.

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Puzzled

"Is this contraption using the fuel as a heat sink ..."

Yes, I believe so.

"Neither option sounds reassuring."

Its use goes back at least as far as Concorde.

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Not cool

"...with 15 of the F-35A variant grounded in America because cooling line insulation is cracking up."

They've lost their cool? Boy, that just cracks me up.

Mine's the one with insulation in the pockets...

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

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Re: Scapegoats

"...it helps keep the prolétariats attention fixed on non essential matters."

So the facts that Apple has been ordered to pay £89m tax fine for underreporting income in Japan, the EU hit Apple with a record £11bn tax penalty, paid $85 million in Australian income tax last year, despite making almost $8 billion in local revenue,etc, etc, are 'non essential matters'. Huh?

If that doesn't make your blood boil from either a moral or an ethical standpoint, then you've totally lost me.

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Former comms minster Stephen Conroy to leave Parliament

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Bye...

"Conroy therefore rates the NBN “my greatest contribution.”"

Had it gone ahead as originally planned, he could well have been correct. What is currently envisaged isn't what was proposed.

I remember back a few years when someone commented that the NBN (as was) would have been way over budget, very late and we would look back in the years ahead how we ever got on without it.

His censorship ideas, however, are well gone.

On a slightly different matter, what's changed between the election and now? Surely his kid's soccer training was there before the last election? Fred Taxpayer can ill afford more by-elections.

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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When a constant isn't

"To a man six inches is always six inches, ..."

Except when it relates to that one that got away while you were fishing.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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Harrumpf

AB+ together with NoScript have kept me happy to date.

Until sites actually write the ads into their own pages, there is still a link one can sidestep on the way to an ad-free browsing experience.

As an aside, I started using these add-ons (no pun intended) because I was at the end of a very thin connection, paid by the electron for my connection and didn't see the need to pay (or wait) for ads to use my meagre download allowance.

Since then, I now have a reasonable connection, both in capacity and cost, and I no longer have to wait while ads load. My curmudgeonliness has changed to where I just don't want to see ads, period! For exactly the same reason, I no longer watch commercial free-to-air TV nor purchase the local Murdoch tabloid/rag whose every second page is a full-page ad.

As mentioned above, if I want to buy something, I'll go and research it. Just because you try and stick it in front of me while I'm trying to read something on the InnerTubes does not mean you get my custom.

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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Research?

""The 13-to-15 age group does not only feel the strongest about music – particularly new music – but also strongly believes that artists should be rewarded for their creativity – and that stealing is wrong," the IFPI notes."

All data obviously researched from TorrentFreak et al.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: eh?

"I had not realised it was standard practice to leave GPS enabled at all times..."

Likewise. I see no reason to drain my battery even faster than normal when I know where I am.

Always know where you are in respect of your local ale house.

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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Light bulb moment?

""By marketing their feature as 'Autopilot,' Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security," said its VP of consumer policy and mobilization Laura MacCleery."

I see the penny has finally dropped.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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In a nutshell...

"We will of course make all media aware of how to cover the news..."

That's Apple's micromanagement to a tee. You WILL write it the way we want it or you don't get to see the new ShinyShiny.

Saint Douglas had it right: "A bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came."

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

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Re: Damn instrument weenies

"A monkey could operate a modern aircraft, ..."

Cue oblig aviation story:-

The plane of the future will have a pilot and a dog in the cockpit. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to make sure the pilot doesn't touch anything.

Back on topic - big kudos to the guys and gals in YSSY and YMML who vectored and nursed the downgraded Airbus all the way to a satisfactory outcome.

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Lose a satellite? Us? China silent on fate of Gaofen civilian/spy sat

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New meaning to 'correct'

"... the first stage separated correctly and crashed into Shangluo City in the Shaanxi Province, while ..."

Not what I'd call correct or successful, but Eastern philosophy and languages were never my strong suit.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Big Brother

Orwell's alive & living in the Kremlin

"The Russian Supreme Court has upheld a conviction against a blogger who correctly noted that the Soviet Union jointly invaded Poland with the Nazi government in 1939."

Double plus ungood!

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Now the Olympics is over, Theranos is withdrawing its Zika test application

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Re: SNAFU, Big Pharma

@Richard 26

I'll quote that bit again: "..no apparent athlete-borne Zika.."

I defy you to go to the paralympics and declare there are no athletes present.

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SNAFU, Big Pharma

"Now that the Olympics is over, there's no apparent athlete-borne Zika pandemic,..."

It would seem that the Paralympics don't count then?

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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"Poor old Apple..."

Obviously for very high values of 'poor'.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Facebook satellite explodes

Not enough 'Likes'?

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Good job, Oz feds: Conroy wants you investigated for privilege and contempt

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We have a winner!

"Welcome to the Banana Republic of Australia."

You are Paul Keating and I claim my prize.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Corrections and Clarifications Column

Our previous headline:

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

should have read:

Making us pay tax will DESTROY APPLE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

We apologise for any inconvenience, misunderstanding, lack of income, etc, etc

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Re: Michael Brown

It would seem Judge Dredd is alive and well in certain parts of the 'Land of the Free'

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Top facial recognition algo joins the dots and sees pretend people

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Daydreaming AI?

So does this algorithm sit back in a deck chair and look at the clouds to see what shapes it can find?

Also, is "Voila-Jones" the French cut-down version of "Alas Smith and Jones"?

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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

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Which one?

Planned obsolescence or "You're holding it wrong"?

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Re: processors that were stupidly fast

"Why aren't there trains without drivers first?"

Umm, Docklands Light Rail??

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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"We're the Hakowi" - F Troop

As others have mentioned I was unaware that Bing did things other than try to emulate G**gle in the search engine dept, so I went to look at my local neighbourhood. I'm really glad I don't use it for navigation!

Findings to date:-

* Local Target is in the middle of an intersection hundreds of metres from real location

* Aus Post is in the wrong shopping centre

* Local bridal shop is about 5kms east of where it really is

* Our favourite Chinese is 500m along the wrong street

* Two local Pizza outlets and a local burger joint are both located in (different) residential houses nowhere near their real locations

* Local pharmacy located where a Shell servo is (and servos are not mentioned anywhere)

etc, etc, etc.

What a farce!

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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"Engineering and customer support are investigating these on a case by case basis and offering trouble-shooting tips as necessary."

Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

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Shopped in an Eddie Bauer store recently? Your card's probably gone. It's just gone

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Re: Could be useful...

"A browser extension like WOT pops up..."

I never knew World of Tanks was available as a pop-up. Must look into that.

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

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International Rescue - Is that You?

So that's Thunderbird 2 built. Only leaves 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Anyone seen Virgil and Gordon?

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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@Adam 52

Maybe you misunderstood my comment.

If I am paying money to view a web site and I find ads on it, that web site is history as far as I'm concerned.

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"Fifty-five per cent of ad block users are prepared to turn them off if “it was the only way to access content”."

I think I've done this about half a dozen times in the last year. In all other cases I decided one of the following:

a) I didn't need the info as much as I thought, or

b) I found it somewhere else that wasn't anti-ad-blocker (yes, I know the quote says 'only way to access...' but the InnerTubes is very good at reposting most stuff)

Having looked at how many 2nd and 3rd party references are in most pages when viewed in NoScript or similar, there's no way I'm turning off ABP or NoScript as a general rule.

Also, as mentioned by @Kevin Johnston above, decent content is worth paying for, but if I subscribe to a web site, I would expect to find zero ads.

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

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Angel

Having clogged orbits around Earth with junk...

... we're now starting to do the same thing to the moon.

(Only remotely astronomical icon available)

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Australian Information Commissioner won't say which agencies follow data-match guidelines

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Bottom Line: It's open season on data matching?

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Air gap breached by disk drive noise

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Holmes

Security? What security?

If someone's managed to get physically close enough to install malware on an air-gappped PC, your security is already compromised.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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"The social network reasons that by giving users tighter control over what ads they see and what information is handed to advertisers, it can eliminate the motivation users have to run ad-blockers."

What part of *NO ADS* and *NO INFO TO ADVERTISERS* does this company not get?

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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An Ally?

"saying: “Turkey is a valued Ally, ..."

Might one cynically suggest that the only reason that Turkey is a) in NATO, and b) considered an ally, is that it has a back fence (and a side fence) in common with those that a certain member/s of NATO want to keep tabs on?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: Credits

Very Pythonesque.

We now need FarceBook to feature in a clip called "How not to be seen".

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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"... protection against theft of millions of cars at a conference tomorrow."

So if no one drives to the conference, there will be no cars stolen? I was just leaving...

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Australia's privacy watchdog launches '#Censusfail' probe

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"...he was satisfied with the security measures the ABS had put in place."

I note he didn't say anything about whether their servers would stand the strain of Oz+dog trying to log on after dinner Tuesday.

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