* Posts by Magani

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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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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

Magani
Pint

Re: a bloke in the pub told me that...

Don't you mean the People's Front of Judea?

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

Magani
Mushroom

Bureaucratic obfuscation?

"...achieving one “stability event” every 15 hours. "

Umm, to a mere mortal like yours truly, I read this as being that it managed to be stable once every 15 hours.

Shirley this might be better termed an 'instability event'? However, reading the test results to date, it might really be that it manages to get airborne once every 15 hours.

Tell me again why Australia is participating in this farce? With the capability so far demonstrated, even our trans-Tasman cousins could overfly us with impunity with a flight of Plastic Parrots (CT/4 Airtrainers).

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Magani
Joke

New ne plus ultra standard?

"...Zinchenko said the new device would have "government-grade security" ".

Well, nothing to worry about there, is there?

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

Magani
Happy

When it comes to browsing the web...

... I have two friends:

AdBlock+ and NoScript.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Magani
Happy

Similarities?

'Windows with Bing' sounds like "The Knights Who Say 'Ni'".

The knights demanded a sacrifice too.

Is Monty Python lost on Microsoft?

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

Magani
Happy

Re: Meanwhile the guy in Honduras Embassy

Have you possibly also forgotten the country whose embassy he's really in?

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

Magani
Unhappy

Anyone seen the rabbit hole?

ALIS is meant to "diagnose mechanical problems, order and track replacement parts, and guide maintenance crews through repairs. It also allows pilots to plan missions and later review their performance."

Let me get my head around this. In a one-app-fits-all kind of scenario, they've designed an inventory management system and combined it with a flight planning application, a system monitoring application and a performance review ability. Awesome! Someone please tell me that there's an Easter Egg of Angry Birds somewhere under the 'About ALIS' menu option.

Talk about feature creep. Utter madness.

It would seem that someone's view of ALIS was originally Through The Looking Glass.

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Australia admits to running offensive cyber-ops team

Magani
Big Brother

"...through private and public sector information sharing..."

I take this to mean open slather on anyone who collects data from Fred Public (Tweetter, FarceBork, MickeySoft, Giggle, etc) and can be coerced into giving it to the gummint.

George Orwell would be pleased.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

Magani
Thumb Up

"the Mormon state had the highest proportion of grumble-flick subscribers in America"

See what religion will do to you? Must think about creating one of my own, possibly with a pasta theme?

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Tech support becomes Australia's number one scam

Magani
Happy

"I am not a scammer..."

The sub-continentals are still at it.

A phone call yesterday at Chez Magani:

Me: Hello?

<about 4 seconds of silence while the demon dialer gets the next available scammer (S)>

S: May I speak to Mr Magani?

Me: Speaking.

S: Hi. My name is Steve and I'm calling you from the Australian Federal Government department of Refund Finance. You have been found to be owed money by the ...

Me: Steve, what department of the government do you work for?

S: The Refund Finance Department.

Me: Steve, the Australian Federal Government doesn't have a Refund Finance Department, so I'm calling you a scammer and will now hang up.

S: <Yelling in background> I AM NOT A SCAMMER! I AM NOT A....

<click>

I would have played with him longer but we had a friend around for coffee. Pity, as I would have loved to have found out how much the Refund Finance Department was going to give me.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

Magani
Mushroom

@John 104

"What are they going to do? Patrol the isles and ask people to leave? Not likely."

Not necessary. After being the target of the odd bit of popcorn and calls from the darkness of "Turn your bl**dy phone off", hopefully the transgressor will get the message.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

Magani
Happy

Are we having a second April Fool's Day this year?

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Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw

Magani
Alert

Texas Chainsaw Massacre...

...is now Finnish (ed)

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

Magani
WTF?

Timing??

"The new car went on sale on Thursday night ..."

Funny, but I could have sworn that all you could do was put down a deposit to reserve a place in a queue. To my simple mind, this does not qualify as a "sale".

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Magani
Happy

Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

@Timmy B

"...it still has wheels and breaks..."

One would hope that the breakages would be covered by warranty, though?

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French scream sacré bleu! as US govt gives up the internet to ICANN

Magani
Pint

Obvious, no?

"The consensus requirement only produces warm water. "

The aftermath of a conference where too much of the icon was imbibed?

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

Magani
FAIL

Can someone please...

...tell me again why Australia is still funding this flying disaster?

At least the Canadians saw the writing on the wall, but will its southern neighbour 'lean' on it to continue?

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FBI channels Kafka with new rules on slurping Americans' private data

Magani
Black Helicopters

Are you a betting person?

"...it is possible that the rules governing the FBI's use of Section 702 data have actually been tightened, rather than loosened."

It's also possible that I'll win Gold Lotto next week. I'd give the same odds on both.

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

Magani
Pint

Corrections and Clarifications Column

In a previous article, the sentence:

"Vulture South notes that even with 20 million 'net accounts in Australia in 2016, a "fraction of a cent" a year access tax only amounts to a few million dollars annually."

should have read:-

"Vulture South notes that even with 20 million 'net accounts in Australia in 2016, a "fraction of a cent" a megabyte access tax amounts to a motza annually."

"Pige" + "cat" + "ons"

(although I doubt your average Polly goes in for Rebuses)

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

Magani
Linux

A note to those with grey hair:-

You've still got hair.

Penguins don't have hair either.

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

Magani
Happy

Re: Smarter than us

@AC

You forgot the 'Da-Da-Daaaaaah' at the end.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

Magani
Coat

Re: MAME on TV

Why wouldn't Mame stream like any other musical?

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Magani
Happy

I was a little concerned that it would suffer the same fate as the Pi Zero as another victim of The Australian Tax. (The Pi Zero was last seen here advertised for AUD19 or about £9.50 plus postage! Currently neither RS nor Elements 14 have it advertised.).

The good news seems to be that it's going to be between about AUD50 and AUD69, so I can live with at least the former.

To misquote Fleetwood Mac, "You Make Computin' Fun"

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NBN rollout behind target, claims yet another leaked report

Magani
Unhappy

nbn™ : Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick any two^H^H^H^H one

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

Magani
Thumb Up

Solved?

Never, ever, turn on your PC's camera (or remove the Band-Aid that's covering it).

Works for me.

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Oz defence to get $25 bn to spend on digital defences

Magani
Flame

The F-35 / JSF is unwanted and unsuitable

"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been a controversial purchase from the get-go..."

What a delightfully understated comment. It's late, massively over-budget and doesn't address our country's or region's needs in its mission profile. At least the Canadians have seen the light and scrubbed their involvement.

Slightly OT, but while I'm here, can we drop the US-ian word 'get-go' please? There's a perfectly suitable English word 'start' that even saves one letter in the process. If you want to go for impressive multi-syllable words, you could always try 'beginning'. Let's keep El Reg true to its UK (and Antipodean) roots!

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Magani
Boffin

Re: Cat III is not your normal ILS

"Nope, it cuts out at 50 feet and expects the pilot to keep final control during flare and rollout."

I'll see your 'Nope' and raise you another 'Nope'.

"At the appropriate height above the ground (as indicated by the radio altimeter) the flight control computer will retard the throttles and initiate a pitch-up maneuver [sic]. The purpose of this "flare" is to reduce the energy of the aircraft such that it "stops flying" and settles onto the runway."

From Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoland

(Yeah, I know it's Wikipedia, but it has quite a reasonable explanation.)

Also: "The lateral guidance from the ILS localiser would however be usable right to the end of the landing roll, and hence is used to feed the rudder channel of the autopilot after touchdown."

At no point does it say anything about pilot interaction being required for the flare or for maintaining the centreline during rollout.

There are different versions of 'autoland' which may be confusing some folk. What we are talking about here is Cat IIIC.

For further info, see:

https://www.quora.com/Aircraft/How-does-autoland-work-and-what-is-the-history-of-it

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Magani
Unhappy

Cat III is not your normal ILS

"...when autoland cuts out at 500ft and how to use the steering when the control surfaces have stopped working!"

I suggest you go and look at the difference between a standard ILS approach and a Cat III autoland.

The autopilot does not cut out at 500', and the aircraft follows the localiser down the centreline even as the speed drops.

Google is your friend.

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Telstra mobile in continental TITSUP

Magani
Mushroom

Hmmm

BOFH visiting Oz, is he?

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Magani
Pint

Re: Brilliant

I'm waiting for his next major work - Watching Grass Grow. I hear it's far more action-packed.

It's beer-o-clock somewhere...

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

Magani
Headmaster

Corrections and Clarifications Column

In a recent article, the sentence ending:-

"... it builds in China because the local populace offers it skills not available in the USA."

should have read:-

"... it builds in China because the local populace offers it hourly rates not available in the USA."

Thank you.

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Stanford boffins snuff out li-ion batt blaze risk

Magani
Mushroom

Isn't this a Band-aid solution much like Boeing's B787 'fix' in that it isolates but doesn't solve the problem of self-immolating LiIon batteries.

As mentioned above, batteries that go on holidays when they get all hot and flustered are not really of any great use,

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BoMed: Oz weather bureau network struggles to its feed

Magani
Black Helicopters

Encore??

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/02/report_fingers_china_for_assault_on_australian_weather_supercomputer/

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Oz gummint's miserly data retention cash-splash launched

Magani
FAIL

Acronyms R Us

Data Retention Implementation Plans (DRIPs).

Highly appropriate given the state of IT understanding under the grass roof at the centre of Parliament Drive.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Magani
Joke

Re: Practicalities

"But when a drone goes through... your precious Corsa..."

Pay rates for airframe drivers seemed to have slipped in the UK, then?

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Magani
Black Helicopters

Re: In dispute?

"While everyone is bickering over ownership the Chinese are busy building runways in the sky."

And on reclaimed land in the South China Sea...

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

Magani
Alert

Cue baby's first words...

"Who the !@#$% chose that bloody playlist?"

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

Magani
Black Helicopters

Why does it need 'improving'?

...“large website icons, simpler navigation, and bolder colours”

Just what I don't need in a program that currently is unobtrusive and works well in the background, are large icons and bright colours.

"Simpler Navigation"?? Can't say I've ever had any navigation problems.

Is this a case of LogMeIn 'improving' a product to the point of losing clients?

I'll wait and see, but as a LastPass Premium user for the last few years (and given LogMeIn's previous antics), I suspect a replacement password manager may be looming on my horizon.

Any ideas for a replacement??

Black chopper because I too have problems with their 'Emergency Access'.

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