* Posts by Magani

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Magani
Facepalm

In other news...

Microsoft announced that 75,000,000 users help in the world's largest beta test for a new OS.

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Gas giant cores actually built from shedloads of gravel

Magani
Mushroom

This must come as a surprise...

...to Slartibartfast.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Magani
WTF?

Why would someone post as AC then put their real name in the comments?

Just asking...

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Regulator okays Optus exit from HFC network

Magani
Linux

What's going to happen?

As a current Optus cable customer, I'm really happy with my current plan.

Does anyone have any idea ('cos Optus won't say) what happens when I get 'given' to the NBN. Are all deals off or ???

Penguins are curious.

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Pakistan wants to copy GCHQ and eavesdrop on world+dog's comms

Magani
FAIL

Re: Due diligence

"... advises foreign companies selling surveillance equipment to “do their due diligence” and to stipulate human rights guarantees in their contracts"

I suspect any guarantees will become null and void the moment the surveillance kit gets handed over, It's a SPY AGENCY. Regardless of origin, when have they ever taken any notice of human rights?

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Brandis' metadata retention recipe doesn't prohibit USB drives stored in a garden shed

Magani
Big Brother

I foresee a 'Yes Minister' moment in an ISP's future

James Hacker: [reads memo] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, some correspondence lost in the floods of 1967...

James Hacker: Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, a marvellous winter. We lost no end of embarrassing files.

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

Magani
Black Helicopters

Re: Putting aside the absurdity of the punishment...

Terrapin Farm + Nuclear ambitions = Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrapins?

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Australian government mulls secret terror court proposals

Magani
Boffin

Ideas? What ideas?

"so who is giving the Australian Government all these ideas?"

I think it's the other members of the Five Eyes or whatever they're calling themselves. Swap ideas between agencies; agency passes it up the food chain; gets to minister with glowing recommendations about how this will finally stop all terrorism activities, boats from the north, naughty people leaving to fight in Syria, poverty, road fatalities, etc, etc ad nauseum.

As @rossde said, most or our elected representatives aren't interested in thinking; merely following the party line is hard enough.

Obviously icon does not refer to our pollies.

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ACCC clears copper for the NBN

Magani
FAIL

Beaurocracy-speak for fiddling while Rome burns?

"“Using existing infrastructure means we can build the nbn network sooner and at less cost to taxpayers than originally anticipated. What’s more, all the technologies being used in the nbn network can be upgraded to deliver even faster speeds and greater capacity when consumer demand calls for it,” said nbnTM chief Bill Morrow, in a statement."

Sounds like an excuse to not lay fibre, and hope someone comes up with a way of extending the life of the rapidly decaying copper. I thought the whole idea of the NBN was to give Fred Public a new high speed network NOW, not keep throwing the problem into the future.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Magani
Unhappy

MSFT Diversification?

"...supplies including Microsoft's Hololens headgear and food-making kit."

Microsoft has always made quite good hardware, but their ability to combine augmented reality with a Cuisinart is really revolutionary.

Pity the ISS crew won't be using it.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Magani
Big Brother

Whatever you do...

...don't tell our political masters about VPNs.

I foresee a time very soon when my system will be on a non-log-keeping VPN 24/7.

(And before you ask, while I have nothing to hide, I also have curtains in my house. Bugger off, Big Brother!)

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Magani
WTF?

El Reg illuminates again

Thank you, El Reg, for showing me another instance in the seemingly never-ending list of words that Merkins use differently to other English speakers:

"Had your wages garnished?"

My first thought was of my pay packet lightly sprinkled with pepper and a few parsley flakes. It would seem however, that they were referring to what I'd always known as 'garnishee'.

Am I alone here, or do fellow Strine speakers (to say nothing of K1W1s or those from the Mother Country) also know it as 'garnisheed wages'?

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

Magani
Meh

"Adobe’s PDF reader is better..."

Really? This is Acrobat we're talking about here?

Suggest you widen your horizons and try something like Foxit or even Nitro.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

Magani
Stop

An Antipodean Slant

Queensland has just introduced a 'double demerit points' penalty for a second and subsequent offence in any one year, for using a mobile while driving. This could amount to loss of your licence for 3 bookings in a twelve month period. That's the good news.

All the boys in blue have to do now is catch the offenders. Despite the Minister's press release and TV interview yesterday, it seems only about 2000 fines have been issued in the last year. I think I've seen more than that in my local area over a similar period, (tradies, school Mums, etc) so maybe they need a better eye test for the Police Academy?

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Oz government to put dark fibre net on the auction block

Magani
FAIL

Straw-grasping has become an art form for this government.

Film at 7:30 this evening.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

Magani
Happy

Re: Clearly, no mirrors. True.

Is he any relation to Anna?

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

Magani
Mushroom

ISIS action...

... is just slightly more than "I fart in your general direction." then?

Is there a hint of elderberries around here?

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Magani
Unhappy

Re: I read...

Likewise.

No replaceable battery; no external storage.

Sorry Samsung, you've lost me with this one.

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'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

Magani
Black Helicopters

Attn: Senator George Brandis

“All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive,”...

Anyone care to run this rather heretical statement passed the Government of the Greater Antipodes and our Beloved Attorney-General in particular?

What on earth will the Five Eyes do if this comes to pass?

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Netflix tells Australian ISPs how to tap its fat video pipes

Magani
Meh

Re: Unmetered On Optus Mobile

"...will that extend to mobiles as well?"

Without wishing to appear too pessimistic, I wouldn't be holding my breath.

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$1.3 million survelliance systems fights Logan bogans

Magani
Pint

Huh?

"... using facial recognition technology to track drunks, criminals, and burst water mains. "

I must contact the Logan City Council to find out what part of facial recognition technology is used to recognise a burst water main.

Wonder if it's the same section that deals with a drunk doing a Number One down a dark alley after too many of the icon on the right?

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

Magani
Stop

Re: So is "Cortana" short for "Bob"?

I suspect Cortana is a misspelling of a certain Ford product from the '60s / '70s. The only decent one I drove was preceded by the word 'Lotus'.

I hope Cortana makes the same sort of noise...

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

Magani
FAIL

Just what the world needs -

Another shrub on the White House lawn.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

Magani
Alert

Painful

"...you have to leave your balls in full sun for an afternoon, ..."

I'll have you know that I tried this here in the Greater Antipodes. The doctor says that I'll be able to walk normally in a few weeks.

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

Magani
Black Helicopters

Too dark?

"Sadly, we’ll never get to see how the landing went, since it was apparently too dark and foggy for SpaceX to get decent video."

'Foggy' I can understand as we've yet to control the weather, but 'dark'? It happens for roughly half of every 24hr period and there are these wonderful inventions called 'lights'.

My conspiracy detector is working overtime here.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

Magani
Pirate

@cynthb

Ditto for Australia.

We've even had a government enquiry into the blatant ripoff merchants with the main culprits being Microsoft, Apple and Adobe. When asked to explain themselves, some even had the temerity to offer 'transport costs' for downloaded software, and 'language differences' as reasons for inflated prices.

Bunch of robbers.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

Magani

Shirley this is something for the UN rather than the US?

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

Magani
Boffin

Re: Bah!

@Stevie

"At the very least these things need to have one of those octagonal vane-prism things mounted on them so they make a decent blip on radar so ATC can see them."

I suggest you do a bit of research into the differences between primary and secondary radars and their use by ATC before you start offering suggestions. Things have moved on a bit since the Home Chain radar used to spot the Hun forming up over France.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

Magani
Coat

Re: For the paranoid

"...the need to log ENF values and the secret signal sauce..."

Is that the one with 11 secret herbs and spices?

Puts 50Hz-proof tinfoil hat on; exits stage left humming...

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Magani
Big Brother

OK, Google

Where is the button that says, "Not only 'No', but 'HELL, NO!'"

Is the NSA writing APIs for Google now?

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

Magani
Paris Hilton

Which is it?

Headline talks about unlicensed drivers; article talks about unregistered vehicles.

Please let me know when scanners can recognise an unlicensed driver.

Paris as she obviously doesn't know either.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Magani
Mushroom

By the looks of the graphic...

...that's Marvin the Martian's original "eath-shattering KA-BOOM".

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US government names new head of NSA and US Cyber Command

Magani
Happy

Clapper?

That name rings a bell.

(With apologies to The Goons.)

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Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

Magani
Thumb Down

Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

That's one of the more depressing headlines I've read this week.

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'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

Magani
Unhappy

As with any free trade agreement with the USA...

... the fine print says something along the lines of: 'You play ball with us, and we'll stick the bat right up your donkey <synonym>'.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Magani
Happy

Re: Can't standardize, yet. Innovation still needed.

@Decade : "...but it's difficult to tell which way you're supposed to plug it in."

I tend to put a drop of Liquid Paper or white marker on the top of the Micro/Mini USB connector. Makes it lots easier on both the failing eyesight and the frustration factor.

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Cube computers come back with $US50 Android-or-Linux box

Magani

A link wouldn't have gone astray

http://www.solid-run.com/

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Oz Green's plans exempt some phone metadata from warrants

Magani
Black Helicopters

Business as usual?

Given the actions of ASIO / NSA / GCHQ/ NZSIS and all the associated TLAs and ETLAs of late, does anyone think this bill will cause them to make any changes in their modus operandi?

It would seem that they all think the laws of the land can all be ignored in their 'relentless fight in the War on Terror'.

</cynicism>

Black choppers, naturally.

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

Magani
Headmaster

If you're going to be a pedant...

... at least get the apostrophe rule correc for 'its' correct!

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Microsoft: Subscription-only apps? Not for us, yet

Magani
Unhappy

M$FT Corrections and Clarifications

An earlier quote

He added, "Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe...

should have read

"Within a decade, we think everyone will be using Libre/Open Office if we keep this gouging up."

Disclaimer: I'm perfectly happy with my non-subscription, pre-ribbon copy of Office 2003, thank you.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Ironic

In similar vein:

"...and we need to ensure that we protect markets and consumers..."

should have read

"and we need to ensure that we get a piece of the action..."

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Suspected Chinese NASA spy smuggled smut not state secrets

Magani
FAIL

MAFIAA fail?

If his bags contained "...nothing more than pirated films...", how come he's not under lock and key as a threat to the Western world's economy as the RIAA and pals would have us think?

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New NASA rover lands in frigid alien hell tomorrow

Magani
Linux

Is it just me or...

... does that look like a huge laptop on the body between the tracks?

Penguins want to know more about cold icy places.

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NATO proclaimed winner of Locked Shield online wargame

Magani
Happy

Military voyeurism?

"...would look rather lass pleasing to the military eye."

Aye, it's nice to look at a nice young lassy. Now where's my deep fried Mars bar?

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Apple to stage 'Tech Talks' roadshow

Magani
Linux

Anyone taking bets...

... that Apple's definition of "in a city near you" comes down to any city with a population greater than about 5 million in the contiguous 48 states of a certain North American country?

At least Tech-Ed happens across the world.

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Boffins strap turbocharger to BitTorrent

Magani
Joke

Yippee!!

NBN + New Improved P2P = High speed Pr0n for all[*]

[*] Aged over 18, of course.

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Microsoft: Worried about web privacy? Tell us everything...

Magani
Meh

Corrections and Clarifications Column...

In a recent quote we unfortunately omitted a few words:-

The phrase :-

"This information is used to help improve the survey, analyze trends, and administer the survey."

should have read

"This information is used to help improve the survey, analyze trends, administer the survey and improve our bottom line by flogging your data."

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Turnbull 'flat out' seeking NBN killer blow

Magani
Unhappy

A quotation comes to mind...

"There are none so blind as those who will not see."

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Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers

Magani
Pint

Anomalous Hall?

II'm sure that was at the uni I went to.

(But I was rather busy discovering birds and beer at the time so I may be mistaken...)

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

Magani
Pint

Re: So Obviously

@Andrew Moore

Rules 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the University of Woolloomooloo: NO POOFTERS!

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