* Posts by Magani

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Ticket scalping is not exactly new, ...

I suspect it's been going on since Biggus Dickus was scalping tickets to the Colosseum.

They're scum and should (like Ticketmaster and Ticketek) be offered up as gladiator fodder.

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Samsung share plummets – but it’s not because of the Burning Note

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Some good news?

Apple smartphone shipments fell 5 per cent year on year...

Looks like every cloud has a silver lining then.

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: The abstract says 10^13G field strength. I presume this is Gauss

... the fact you had a handy wormhole in your desk draw...

You had your wormhole draw what? Pedant minds want to know.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Keep your guard up, people.

My copy of ABP (and NoScript) stays until webmasters stop putting in multi-tier references over which they have zero control.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Dear Santa

Please give me a log-free VPN for Christmas.

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Open sesame: Alibaba to open its first data centre in Europe

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Cloudy Security?

Pardon my suspicion here, but working on the assumption that most (all?) major Chinese corporations have significantly less than six degrees of separation with their government, what measures are being put in place to ensure that anything in the cloudy Alibaba Middle Kingdom won't immediately end up being read by someone in Beijing?

Just asking....

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Geography not a strong point?

James May of new "Amazon Original" The Grand Tour says “In December we will be launching the show globally … in over 200 countries around the world.”

Last time I looked there were only about 195 countries on the planet, so Capt Slow must have found new horizons for Amazon's Top Gear replacement.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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@ Mine's a Large One

Quite how the screen *definitely* had a green light and *definitely* had a "C:\" prompt is still a mystery 20 years later!!

Users see what they want to see. This is not necessarily related to what's actually there (or not there in your case).

Have one on me ->

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

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Oblig Goon Show Quote

"Clapper? That name rings a bell..."

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Revelation 22:13

100 lines if you please:-

"Your != you're"

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The only thing worse than working at CSC? An Xmas redundo programme at CSC

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WTF?

Their statement = 'BBB'

Bullsh1t Buzzword Bingo.

That is all.

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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

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Missing in action?

If he's channelling Steve B, was there any sign of a Monkey Boy dance?

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Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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I wonder...

...where Australia is going to have to send its F-35s for a grease and oil change? Back to the Good Old US of A?

The UK is a 'Level 1 partner', Italy is a 'Level 2 partner' while Oz (like Turkey) is Level 3, so not much chance of having a local dealership here if the UK doesn't rate one. The only other country in the region likely (and not currently confirmed AFAIK) to order this Hammacher Schlemmer of fighters is Singapore whose status is 'Security Cooperative Participants'.

Someone's got this nicely stitched up.

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Re: WHAT F*** Economies of F*** Scale

... the ejection system will be the baliwick of France (ooh-la-la!, zee bottoms up!)

If your ejection seat has its bottom up during operation, the F-35 driver has un problème sérieux.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Intelligence sharing is at risk ...

It would seem that given yesterday's result, there's now little 'intelligence' to share on either side of the pond.

I'm off to the fallout shelter. Call me when sanity has been re-established.

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Adobe Australia drops SaaS tax dodge

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Bank

Adobe already is a little disingenuous with the plan I'm on (LR+PS), stating it's AUD9.99 per month. The only problem is that by the time it hits my credit card statement, it's become $10.29 as the bank shows it as an international debit and adds a $0.30 'International transaction fee'.

I'd love to know :-

1 How you get the plan for $9.99 WITHOUT paying the extra charge, and

2 Is Adobe such a small operation in Australia that it can't afford to do its banking locally.

Maybe No. 2 has something to do with shifting profits out of the country? Naaaah - they'd never do that, would they....

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SpamTorte botnet gets turbo-charged

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Oh Dear...

And here's me thinking that all the 'Hot Chicks looking for Sax(sic)' emails turning up in my junk folder really did want me for my body.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Daesh it all …

If I used “Far Queue” for an SSID,

Much safer to call it 'Far Canal'.

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El Paso city bungs $3.2m to email crooks pretending to be bosses

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Me too!!

Sounds like the same MO as was perpetrated on both the Brisbane ($450K) and Townsville ($300K) City Councils in August.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/townsville-also-targeted-by-scam-as-state-put-on-alert-20160819-gqw9x2.html

Interesting the little old Oz was ahead of its bigger TransPacific cousin.

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We're great, you don't understand competition law, Google tells Europe

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At ease, Greenpeace

Our lawyers spent the last moth on that law...

Looks like we've found a reason for the Great European Moth Shortage.

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Which job is AI going to eat next? Step forward, CCTV operators

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Re: suspicious == non-conformant

Don't forget this is Japan we're talking about here.

Guess where the saying "The nail that sticks out will be hammered down" originated?

Penguinistas are also considered non-conformists.

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'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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So after the trial,...

... will it be "Look, Ma. No Hans!"

Mine's the one with the Cartouche engraved on the pocket

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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Bud Light is beer?

I though the US had laws against false advertising.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Not for my money.

...Frank Stephenson, who modernised the Mini without losing its essential character.

I would debate that. I owned a 1964 Mini 850 and a 1967 1275 Cooper S. Both used to put a grin on my face (one more than the other, naturally).

A friend took me for a ride in a Mini One a few weeks ago. To my mind, it's just another car, and about 2ft longer by the looks of it, and it has about as much character as any other small Toyota, Hyundai, etc, etc.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Probably correct

...automatic emergency BREAKING...

If you hit something solid while having an emergency in a vehicle, something will probably break.

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

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Elon the robot?

...the country's Motor Transport Authority has notified Elon's electrics of the decision,...

I knew he was aiming high, but the release of an electric person wasn't on the last press release.

Do Tesla's Dream of Electric Sheep?

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

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Do you know?

The universe might be bigger than we thought, but to a really hoopy frood, you need to know where your towel is.

I raise one to you, Douglas. --->

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Oz gummint's de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared

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Re: Morons … ?

...the electorate are all morons and will either ignore or allow this madness.

The electorate will be totally ignorant of this until we get some sort of 'revelation' via The 7:30 Report or the commercial equivalent. There will then be a bout of righteous indignation from Sen. George BrandingIron, and mutterings of Gov't inaction/ineptitude/collusion/etc from Mr. William Shortening.

After this has blown over, the present situation will prevail.

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Facebook's 'Workplace' collaboration dogfood is now on your menu

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Oh look! It's FREEEE!!

"...to extend collaboration beyond your company in a safe and secure way.”

Given that The Zuck has never done anything underhanded, dubious or sneaky to date, presumably they will guarantee this by adding its own snooping software to make it more 'secure'?

I foresee tears at bedtime.

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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A Good Thing, perhaps?

"Deficits in fear extinction could make you prone to anxiety," Limoli said...

I would have thought a deficit of fear extinction was probably a good thing in the circumstances of either getting to Mars or having Trump as President.

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Corporate-speak

We pay all the taxes that we are required to under UK law.

This is presumably corporate-speak for, "We've found all the current loopholes"

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

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Safe, huh?

"... insisted to The Register that the electric trolley busses are completely safe."

Safe? As shown by the bus in the accompanying article that sent the driver to hospital?

Has no one there ever heard of the philosophy of 'Failsafe'?

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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Cost effective?

If it's (allegedly) earning £125K per day from 500 workers, according to my steam-powered abacus that works out at about £250 per day per call centre employee. I know Indian wages are a bit lower than 1st world countries, but given the overheads, I'd have to say their incentive schemes aren't working very well.

Time to employ the old saying - "The beatings will continue until morale revenues improve"

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: A few questions

What is the largest memory card you can plug in?

A big fat ZERO.

No card slot, no removable battery. Hence for me, zero interest.

Also for the folks in the Greater Antipodes, it would seem that you can have Google's latest toy on a plan with any provider you want as long as their name starts with 'T' and ends with 'elstra'.

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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WTF?

God complex?

Our aircraft must have enough robustness to keep flying until it's safe to land.

Somehow I feel the The Zuck thinks he can repeal the Law of Gravity.

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What a time to be alive: Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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Overtaking?

Any programming of the chairs to enable queue-jumping.

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South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

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South Oz has seen fit to eschew nasty coal-fired power stations and go with wind, solar and gas. (We'll avoid the possibility that gas-fired power stations also emit nasty stuff, and that they might just possibly conceivably import power from a nearby state who uses the coal Satan uses (the brown stuff) aside.)

Anyone know if the gas-fired ones can assume the total load for the state without help from next door?

So what happens when a large weather system arrives? The sun doesn't shine (no solar), and the winds become too strong and they have to shut down the wind generators, leaving just the gas power plant. Then the nasty weather gods have a good idea and blow over some of the high tension pylons. This leaves poor old SA where? Powerless in more ways than one.

I await a pallet of popcorn to sit next to the couch and watch the finger-pointing that will ensue.

Gas-fired icon attached.

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Redback sinks fangs into Aussie's todger AGAIN... second time in five months

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Ear Worm Central

Thanks a lot, El Reg.

I now cannot get John Williamson singing 'There's a Redback on the Toilet Seat' out of my head.

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nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

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Re: Umm....

Ditto on the Optus HFC - probably about 6~7 years for me. Never bothered to go with the Speed Pack as my requirements are generally not for speed and the standard connection has been doing OK.

However, of late I am unable to run YouTube at anything over 720p from 4:30pm-ish through to about 9:30~10:00pm.

I wonder what the cost will be when the nbn™ comes down our street. I suspect that: a) it won't get cheaper for the same level of service, and b) it may not get faster for the same amount of coin.

I'm always happy to be proved wrong.

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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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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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"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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