* Posts by Magani

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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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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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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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#Censusfail aftermath: Here's what's happening inside Australia's board rooms this morning

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No communication between Federal and State?

The Qld Gov't is suing IBM for the payroll debacle and has had the action going for 2.5 years.

Did no one in federal government seek to take this as a hint?

The old standard of 'No one gets fired for buying/using IBM' is sadly long gone.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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WTF?

Windows 10...

... World's largest Alpha/Beta test site.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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So Redstone 2 is coming.

I hope it has more luck than the original...

https://youtu.be/7O4V7JfeTSU

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Samsung Electronics reportedly ponders buying Fiat parts

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Re: Like Lucas?

"... your old FIAT's ignition system was most likely made by Bosch, not Marelli."

Stamped in big letters on both Fiats and a Lancia (I'm a glutton for punishment) were the names "Magneti" and "Marelli", hence I, possibly foolishly, assumed that's who had made them.

Terrific if they've left their rather dubious quality control behind.

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Like Lucas?

The Magneti Marelli ignition on my old Fiat was about on a par with the UK's Lucas (Prince of Darkness) when it came to reliability. Good luck, Samsung.

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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Re: @Unep Eurobats "The quote rang a bell but I don't think I've ever read the full poem."

A wonderful poem that every aviator can relate to.

Thanks for dropping it into the mix.

"...have both been downvoted..." The Abominable Downvoter seems to be around again.

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

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Enterprise Products??

"That includes subscription products like “Office 365,..."

Ummm, if Office 365 is an Enterprise Product, why does it keep inflicting users with offers to install itself (presumably for a fee) on copies of Windows 10 Home on single workgroup (ie: Non-Domain) computers?

Is it too late to go back to Win 7?

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Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

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PR 101

Given all the available evidence, one would have to think that this has been one of the best PR debacles in history. Not only did the ABS not explain what they were doing with the name + address data and the non-anonymising of it, but then they just trumped it with a 'we know best' attitude and (in the best Joh Bjelke-Petersen manner) followed it with a 'Don't you worry about that' response.

Fail all round.

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First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

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Personally, I would have gone for the Black Box (Flight Data) recorder.

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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Definition creep?

'Combat-ready[*]'

[*] for very small values of both 'combat' and 'ready'.

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Telstra CIO Erez Yarkoni quits to return home to family

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Re: A vision comes to mind...

Rats leaving a sinking ship?

Not at all. They've all gone to put 'Thrive On' their gardens.

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Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

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First Rate!

As such, Ogawa explains, it "violates the law, but seems not illegal."

According to F Scott Fitzgerald, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

OK, I guess that explains Japan and its growth since WWII, but under the same theory, does this mean a certain Boris look-alike running for POTUS has a first-rate intelligence?

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

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"And of course, would-be priests have always faced challenges when it comes to denying the pleasures of the flesh."

Given the current Royal Commission in Oz, and the Pell allegations, some seem to have more problems denying it than others.

A pox (and worse) upon the houses of kiddie-fiddlers regardless of their religion.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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There's a simpler explanation.

"These include a ban on any optic devices being within 33km of the aircraft when the designator is switched on, and no observers being allowed within 9km of an F-35 operating its designator laser."

They don't want anyone watching while they're hunting Pokemons with the HUD.

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Juno turns around and heads off to graze Jupiter's clouds

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Re: Brilliant science

"Mankind at it's best."

Thumbs up for the sentiment.

Thumbs down for the (obviously accidental) grammar/spelling anomaly.

Cheers,

The Apostrophe Police

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Mickey Mouse Club had Mickey Mouse security: Disney's Playdom forum pours out passwords

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Re: I am in a world of shit

Stop reliving my youth!

(and where is Annette and Jimmy and...?)

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Re: Interesting

"When I use my VPN in incognito mode the home page is Google.ae..."

You might want to rethink your VPN provider.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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Land Rovers?

@Alister

"It used to be said of the old Series Land Rovers that more than 80% are still on the road..."

Some Japanese 4WD enthusiasts have been heard to say that it's because they've all broken down.

You may well think that, but I couldn't possibly comment.

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Startup AirTrunk plans big new data centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Asia

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Must Look Harder

"...told us the company “found a place that is free of shit.”"

Don't know about the moths or legless lizards, but if you have Grey-Headed Flying Foxes in the area, you'll have lots of gravity-propelled airborne excrement.

I guess all you'll then need is a fan for it to hit...

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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Re: Can You File a Valid Claim?

You forgot the locked door and 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

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

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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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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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@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

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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?

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Re: A loophole

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

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Our census does not necessarily mean concensus in its use

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

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"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

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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?

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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

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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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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.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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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

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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

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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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