* Posts by Magani

450 posts • joined 29 Sep 2008

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

Magani
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Re: I knew a flight-sim guy once...

One wonders if this was just a preamble to their joining the (virtual) Mile High Club?

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Magani
Unhappy

Re: Be careful, Australia

They don't have to. They're just buying up Australia one cattle station or farm at a time.

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Magani

Re: Debris field

@caffeine addict

"When you're considering landing Hercs on aircraft carriers..."

You might want to enter "Hercules C-130 aircraft carrier" into your favourite search engine. You could be in for a surprise.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

Magani
Black Helicopters

Open Skies?

Maybe, not so open?

" “The routes are first pre-approved by the MoD and RAF and then flown as per the flight plan. "

What are the chances of them wanting to fly somewhere that the MoD/RAF wasn't happy about? Still all beer and skittles?

I assume that the RAF's finest still intercept Russian Bears over the North Sea and escort them off the premises?

Icon 'cos there's no fixed wing one.

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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

Magani
Pint

Re: A loophole

Dear Diogenes, I like your style! Have an icon on me.

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Magani
Black Helicopters

Our census does not necessarily mean concensus in its use

"...to offer it to just about every arm of government for cross-referencing..."

and

"while noble in aims, data matching across government is worryingly pervasive."

Remember folks, this is the Tax Man talking to CentreLink talking to your local council talking to.... without any oversight worth a damn. You get the point.

This is a data analyst's wet dream, and will be hotly pursued by the likes of Scott Morrison (he just happens to be the current one - I doubt Labor would be any different) using it to 'catch' all the people who allegedly defraud the country of zillions each year.

The fact that we all give "away vast amounts of personal data by joining social networks..." isn't really the point. We do this with (hopefully) our eyes open, and for some small anticipation of a return. EG: You get FaceBork for nothing because it 'helps' you keep in touch. You accept that you're the product. It's also (unless you've got huge resources) not all in one place or easily accessible to Big Brother.

In the case of the census, you're giving all this info to the Gov't gratis. The only return for your average punter is the heart-warming feeling that you've helped the country in its future planning, or that your great x 3 grand kids get to see you as an entry on ancestry.com next century.

"...the companies you gave it to show they have few scruples..." Very true, but I'm still at liberty to remove my association with them at my convenience. I fail to see how I can remove my association with Her Maj's Oz Gov't without removing myself permanently from Australia.

So... This time the census (and hence the Gov't) is going to keep your name(s) and address instead of anonymising the data. In those immortal words, "What could possibly go wrong?"

Come August 9th, I may find a quiet beach somewhere that requires at least a day's walk from the nearest road and set up camp for a few days until it all blows over. The buggers will probably still find me.

Name: L. Skywalker

Religion: Jedi

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Citrix's GoTo goes to LogMeIn in $2bn merger

Magani
Happy

LastPass and LogMeIn

I was a LastPass user for ages before LogMeIn absorbed them. Given LogMeIn's previous track record, I was awaiting a catastrophe and was prepared to ditch LastPass, but so far <touches wood>, they have left LastPass reasonably much alone.

One has to say one is surprised and hopes it continues.

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Magani
Linux

Cogit Ergo Sum of da time

"...pictures of women dressed in lingerie ...designed to distract prospective marks from what’s really going on."

Obviously based on the comment that males have a limited blood supply and are unable to run both their brains and their willies simultaneously.

Penguins have enough of the vital fluid to go around

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Whew that was a close one

Dear AC:

"Because "American" is the correct demonym for citizens of the USA."

That's strange, because my atlas has North America and South America. These are continents, and as far as I know, the only country that occupies all of a continent is Australia. I was not aware that the United States of America included Canada and Mexico.

Does your version of 'American' explicitly exclude the good citizens to the north and south of you? I presume you don't recognise (note the 's' not 'z') Canadians or Mexicans as 'Americans'? It's akin to having 'Europeans' only live in France or 'Asians' only live in China.

"US-ism? wtf is that?" Your reduction of an argument to four-lettered words (or abbreviations denoting same) is duly noted.

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Magani
Headmaster

Re: Whew that was a close one

"...coronating Hilary..."

Coronating? Is that a US-ism for 'crowning'? Sounds vaguely like a rather unpleasant invasive medical procedure.

Dear AC, if you're going to use the English language on El Reg, please use it correctly. Next you'll be telling me that 'math' is a word.

</rant>

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

Magani
Megaphone

All hot air

"Breakfast television and talkback radio hosts will muddle things up..."

Cue Sonia Kruger and Alan Jones in 3... 2... 1...

Shouty icon becausy Mr A Jones is always shouty when he's on a roll.

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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Re: Gotta Damn Them All (To Hell) !

Saudi clerics - the same set of fun lovers who gave their country such great public entertainment as beheadings, stonings and floggings.

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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

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"nbn™ believes that gigabit services just aren't needed in the foreseeable future. "

From the same thought processes that gave us "640k ought to be enough for anybody".

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Magani
Black Helicopters

Re: Slow handclap...

I wonder if Cessna will take offence? They've been using 'Skyhawk' for their C172 line since 1955, HowEver they didn't see the need to CapitaLise the 2nd half of the name.

Heli icon as El Reg is ShameFully missing an icon for a 4 place, high-wing, single-engine trainer and general RunAbout.

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

Magani
Coat

Bug fixes

If they're using naphthalene for quantum computing, I guess there won't be any bugs in the code.

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Australia gets one-quarter of a minister for national infosec

Magani
WTF?

Irony, anyone?

Slightly OT here, but you've got to hand it to Malcolm. Who else would have the bare faced gall to make Josh Frydenberg - a 'coal is good' advocate for ages - as minister for both environment and energy.

Foxes in charge of hen houses come to mind.

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AT&T: We wanna be a drone company, not just a phone company

Magani
Black Helicopters

I need air (space)!

"... flying over crowded venues ..."

Apart from the fact that this is banned just about everywhere, what could possibly go wrong?

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Chinese hacker jailed for shipping aerospace secrets home

Magani
Thumb Down

A bit light?

"...has been sentenced to 46 months jail ..."

A bit light on for what's really giving succour to The Enemy.

Oh, I forgot, after their northern neighbour, they're the US's biggest trading partner. Can't upset those who provide all the electronic tat, can we?

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Magani
WTF?

People actually use this stuff?

Who'd have thought? Amazing!

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

Magani
Coat

Strange...

You'd think they'd want to keep the lid on that and seal it in.

I was just leaving...

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Omni-shambles! Card-stealing malware checks into US hotel chain

Magani
Meh

Photo Title

"... They're celebrating because they paid in cash"

Ever tried to check into a US hotel with only cash and no credit/debit card? Good luck with that.

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

Magani
Go

Too Long?

"...You can expect us to release some information about our findings around September 1.""

That's an awful lot of "Are we there yet"s from the back seat.

Looking forward to what's forthcoming!

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

Magani
Mushroom

The 'POLICE DO NOT CROSS' tape...

... in the photo is rather apt.

It would seem that crossing the Police in parts of the Land of the Free™ is fatal.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

Magani
FAIL

Re: Distress

"...and alerting an on-shore monitoring center."

You mean those folks nice and warm and dry and a few thousand miles away and totally unable to get there and help due to weather conditions.

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

Magani
WTF?

UK Connection?

"Hey Bae intern <3"

British Aerospace are taking interns?

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Outed China ad firm infects 10m Androids, makes $300k a month

Magani
Flame

Steel Cojones?

Bunch of bar stewards, however, I note they're situated next door to the local Cop Shop which shows a certain level of chutzpah.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

Magani
Unhappy

Catalyst has lost its Catalysis

'Catalyst' and its predecessor, 'Quantum', used to be essential viewing for popular science, well delivered. However, over the last few years, it's all gone downhill.

It now comes across as very one-sided, and as a seeming mouthpiece for the Greens, anthropogenic global warming, scientific distortions and dubious health scare/cure journalism.

Sorry, ABC, but Tuesdays at 8pm is not an ABC timeslot any more, and that's something I regret having to say.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

Magani
FAIL

Corrections and Clarifications Column

In our previous press release, the comment:

"The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to inspire our community,"

should have read:

"The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to deceive our community into thinking it was taken with our phone,"

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

Magani
Linux

Thinks Bubble

I always thought one of the attractions of Linux was being able to repurpose old kit.

It'll be some time before I have 'old' 64 bit kit.

This penguin is unhappy.

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By Jove! NASA's Juno prepares to slip into orbit around Jupiter

Magani
Pint

Re: Delimitation

Isn't there an El Reg unit for unpersonned spacecraft volumes?

If not, I put forward the unit of 'VW Kombi'. Not only comprehensible to all, but apt given the number of 'gravitationally excited' events that tended to happen in them during their youth.

An icon of the best for the Jove team.

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Telstra's business network in six-hour collapse

Magani
Thumb Down

Sorry?

How many "very sorry" statements before something gets fixed permanently.

I don't seem to remember this number of major outages in the past (or am I having multiple Senior Moments?).

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Jupiter's throwing a firework party for Juno – and Hubble's peeking in

Magani
Alien

A premature end?

"NASA’s Juno spacecraft is expected to descend into Jupiter on 4 July..."

I know US-ians like a good fireworks display for Independence Day, but isn't this just a tad excessive?

In any case, well done to all concerned!

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Telstra restarting long-stalled ADSL investment

Magani
Unhappy

Dear Mr Penn,

While you're in a spending mood, how about looking into mobile phone Black Spots or holes. You mentioned nothing about this.

I live about 1km from Highway 1 in suburban Brisbane and still have to walk around the house to find a mobile signal. The last time I complained to your (offshore) customer service folk, I was told it was because all the traffic on the highway was using all the available bandwidth.

OK, at peak times it's pretty busy, but at 2am?

BTW, you're not alone. Optus mobile is garbage here, too.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Magani
Boffin

Re: I S'Pi with my little eye...

@dave 126

Well, thanks for your reduction of my points. What I'm trying to get at, if this claim is to be believed, is the enormity of the reduction in the hardware required for this dog-fighting AI from dedicated, expensive machines to a $35 piece of hobby kit. Your comparison to any wetware's ability (even fly-sized) doesn't translate to anything man-made and silicon.

The AI required for dog-fighting is within an order of magnitude for that required to beat a chess Grand Master. Therefore, we should be looking at IBM to trade in Watson on a couple of RasPis? It beggars belief.

"[You've used the wrong icon."

Er, NO, I didn't. I chose it because it would take a huge amount of boffinry to get a RasPi to do what's claimed. At the risk of revealing my Secret Squirrel identity, I started working in aviation in the late '60s, and more particularly, writing software in that area in the '80s, so I hope you'll grant that I know just a tad about what I speak.

More iconic boffinry awaits your downvote. :-)

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Magani
Boffin

I S'Pi with my little eye...

Let's see if I've got this right:-

* An AI system of very high complexity and speed can run on a Raspberry Pi.

* It can seemingly beat a wetware Top Gun who's hosed other very expensive AI systems.

* The AI software presumably fits on either an SD card or a USB drive ('cos that's the way Pis work)

* This is the same RasPi that my grandkids use with Scratch, right?

So, either all the aerospace companies are ripping off the US/UK/EU taxpayers by saying they need squillions to develop airborne AI systems, or ...

My Bovine Excrement Meter is telling me that April 1st has reappeared on my calendar.

Obviously boffin icon material (or is that materiel?)

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Liberal Party of Australia: why are you paying so much for ancient software?

Magani
Happy

Outdated?

"...or even VB6"

Disclosure: There are at least 2 applications that I wrote in the late '90s / early '00s that are still running because:

* They work

* The premise on which they were built hasn't changed

Leaving the daylight robbery rip-off of the fees aside, why drop dung on it just because it's old?

I'm old and I still ... oh, no I don't!

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

Magani
WTF?

A small omission?

At no stage has anyone asked if the parking fines were legitimate, hence there seems to be a moral and/or ethical element missing here.

.

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Magani
FAIL

Re: 10% ?

"Two in five of the drives (36 per cent) ...'

I suspect someone wasn't paying attention to their Grade 2 teacher during the arithmetic period.

"Four out of ten, SEE ME!"

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Aust Federal Police keep lid on docs that triggered NBN raids

Magani
Megaphone

"...lest it endanger national security."

There's about as much danger to national security in releasing this as there is in telling the nation what the PM had for breakfast.

AFAIC, it's all to do with politics and the fact that the AFP is not an independent body any more (if it ever was).

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Oz 'gifted education' program pitching WiFi, vax scare stories

Magani
Boffin

Double standards?

Strange that while the self-proclaimed 'Wise Ones' want to ban WiFi in schools, the same folks list a mobile phone number as their contact number on their home page.

Won't all that mobile phone radiation cause them to become mere mortals like the rest of us?

Boffin for obvious reasons.

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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

Magani
FAIL

Re: Safety or profits?

One wonders how long before the ambulance chasing scum of the legal profession latch on to this with the "M'lud, my client was distracted by <insert billboard pic> and was therefore not aware of the traffic stopped in front of him" defence.

Absolute madness, I tell you. Just because you can, etc, etc

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

Magani
Mushroom

Felines triumph?

"...would have been no bigger than a cat."

Is that why all moggies look insufferably superior?

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Liberal MPs paid AU$2,500 a YEAR to donor for electoral software licences

Magani
Linux

Who's behind it?

Vulture South might like to do a bit of digging into who is behind the Parakeet-like database.

Also, in fairness, why not bring to light the similar one used by Labor?

Penguins are curious.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

Magani
WTF?

Guilty until...?

Whatever happened to 'due process'?

Oh, that's right. It's to win the "War On <insert current buzzword>".

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

Magani
Happy

Re: if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck.....

Remember,

Beauty is only skin deep, but

Stupid goes right to the bone.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

Magani
Linux

Racism is wrong, regardless of what side/colour of the race card you're coming from.

Regardless of that, there is a wide selection of humanity who thinks that any other colour/race/religion is trying to overthrow/con/exterminate them.

One could offer an example from last century, but it's too early in the discussion to activate Godwin's Law.

Penguins are both black and white.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Magani
Linux

Defer it

Without wishing for one moment to be seen defending the Great Satan of Software, I have made sure that all the Windoze 10 PCs [*] in the house are of the Pro variety. At least then you can actually chose *when* they grab all your bandwidth.

[*] Some household members have yet to see the The Light of the Penguin.

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Cabcharge trip logs exposed by security-free database probe

Magani
Big Brother

Douglas was prescient

Cabcharge: "A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."

Substitute 'greedy and monopolistic' for 'mindless', and it's pretty close.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

Magani
Megaphone

Channel The Apprentice?

I can't wait for the Republican convention results so I can yell:-

DONALD TRUMP - YOU'RE FIRED!

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

Magani
FAIL

That branding company...

... should join the hairdressers and telephone sanitisers on the B Ark.

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