* Posts by Magani

334 posts • joined 29 Sep 2008

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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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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Magani
FAIL

@AC 11:35 Re: intermit????????

"Intermit is a perfectly valid word having it's origins from the latin intermittere, of course it has only been in use for a few centuries so not every english speaking person should be expected to know it exists."

"it's" is a perfectly valid word having its origins from the English "it is", of course it has only been in use for a few centuries so not every Latin speaking person should be expected to know it exists.

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Panasonic develops DNA-scanning 'lab-on-a-chip'

Magani
Unhappy

Regretfully this may well become...

...analysing patient DNA so that insurance companies can screw you.

Kudos to the inventor, though.

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Shark-tooth war cutlery reveals tale of fishy extinction in Pacific

Magani
Unhappy

Not just sharks

It is very difficult for a low-level technology community to cause species extinction if that species wasn't already under threat. To cause a species to disappear you need technology.

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, until certain North Eastern Asian nations stop not only harvesting sharks for their fins, but also hoovering up massive quantities of fishy products from nominally international waters in the Pacific, we will have more more extinctions across the food chain.

The indiscriminate by-catch (= a quaint name for sheer waste) in these operations is appalling and seems to currently be an 'out of sight, out of mind' problem. Fish stocks in the Pacific (and elsewhere?) are seriously in danger of overfishing.

No, I'm not a rampant greeny. I'd just like a bit of sustainability. I will now get off my soap box. Thank you...

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Holden bakes Siri into Barinas

Magani
FAIL

What about the rest of us...

... who don't (or won't) own an iPhone?

What's next? Siri in Commodores and utes?

Fail, GMH, for locking in one particular brand of phone.

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Why does our galaxy spiral?

Magani
Happy

Re: Waste of time and money

It's actually a simulation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster using a blender in his noodly appendages while yelling 'Will it blend?' at a nearby galaxy.

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Cricketer the face of in-car heads-up satnav

Magani
Headmaster

"Ya gotta drop a yewie"

Obviously an April Fool prank as any April Fool knows, one always 'drops a wheelie' but 'chucks a yewie'.

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Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

Magani
Pint

Re: Another phrase to get rid of:

Have an upvote for the Don Watson reference!

Have a refreshing ale, too.

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Magani
Unhappy

Also missing in action...

Outcomes, stakeholders, result-orientated, taking ownership, our human capital, leverage (especially when pronounced 'levverige') , etc, etc, ad nauseum.

While there are doubtless sales guys out there who care, most in my experience are just trying to flog the tatt de jour to get their commission. If it happens to coincide with a customer's requirements, well that's a plus.

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Giant ad company (Google) offers tool assessing worth of ads

Magani
Mushroom

Re: So an 'ad tool' eh ?

"And there's no law forbidding them to fake the whole thing either."

There is, however, a thing called ethics. If your hypothesis is correct, one day a less-than-gruntled employee may grass on them and then their whole business model will turn to brown smelly stuff.

If such is the case, cue large legal battles with people yelling about wanting their money back.

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

Magani
Unhappy

Why would a sane person buy one?

"...brand-new fork of Android that places special emphasis on Facebook's social services..."

As it's Farcebook, does that mean its users will be well and truly forked.

A.FB based phone is wrong on so many levels.

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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying

Magani
Unhappy

Misleading headline

Here was I waiting for an article about an FBI agent war-driving in a Corvette.

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

Magani
Coat

Re: Protectionism or xenophobia?

Autopedicution - The ability to cut one's own toenails?

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

Magani
Pint

Re: @Magani - Audience or client?

@ Nuke said:- as I turn the sound off and continue reading a book during the adverts

Nuke, I am impressed by your dedication to watching TV with ads. I have given up and source my viewing pleasure from among the following:

* ABC (Oz version of BBC - station ID & endless promos only)

* SBS (Another public broadcaster but seemingly with fewer and LESS-SHOUTY ads than the commercial.stations)

* PVR if there's something I (or more importantly, Mrs Magani) absolutely, positively have to see on a commercial channel so I can skip the ads

* BT channel for other stuff that was probably on a commercial channel and had previously escaped my attention, or more likely never got to the Greater Antipodes at all.

To all ad agencies reading this - I am not your target audience and never will be. I cannot remember when an ad on TV, at the movies, on a billboard or in a magazine caused me to make a purchasing deciding.

Nuke, have a tipple of your choice to aid your reading!

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Magani
Meh

Audience or client?

"...advertising more compelling and deliver more value to the audience,"...

I suspect the last word is supposed to be 'client'.

While there have been genuinely entertaining ads in the past, they are few and far between. The industry has a long way to go before I'll subject myself to having to watch imbedded ads as well as the ones every 10 minutes on commercial TV.

Oz readers only: Bring back Gruen Planet! The most entertaining part of advertising on TV.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

Magani
Coat

Re: Beep! -And your challenge is?

Deviation.

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Wind farms make you sick … with worry and envy

Magani
Holmes

Re: "..the public health advocate behind the global push for ugly cigarette packets..."

"...use only a drab olive colour said to be maximally unattractive to shoppers."

Unless of course you're in the army.

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

Magani
FAIL

Re: Sounds like they asked for it...

Egg, meet face.

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UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

Magani
Happy

Re: "who created the internet and the World Wide Web"

@jake:

Did you hear the Whooosh as that piece of humour went passed? I suspect not.

There's a word in English (not US) called subtlety. I suggest you check it out.

I hope you and your HAND have a nice day.

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Magani
Happy

"who created the internet and the World Wide Web"

No mention of Al Gore then?

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Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

Magani
Pirate

Crime & Punishment

My object all sublime

I shall achieve in time —

To let the punishment fit the crime —

The punishment fit the crime;

The Mikado, G & S

Obviously the RIAA's lawyers have never wandered through their client's back catalog.

As there's no Mikado icon, we'll have to make do with the Pirates of Penzance.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

Magani
Happy

Septic?

Three pages so far and not one mention of the 'S' word.

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Magani
Happy

'And is there honey still for tea?'

Nah dear. Honey's off.

Peter Sellars, RIP

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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

Magani
Thumb Up

Re: " no APU, no ETOPS and no economic reason to buy the 787."

@AC 130317 17:39

"Is the Wikipedia ETOPS article appropriate as a starter?"

It lacks a lot of references, but as a primer it's OK.

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Magani
Flame

Talk about a load of PR spin.

The statement was just a 'Don't you worry about it - we know what we're doing' pat on the head to the authorities. I hope the FAA have the cojones to stand up to this blithering and see it for what it is - a bandaid solution to a problem that Boeing has admitted not knowing the cause of.

Fire (sorry, shouldn't use the F word) is the ultimate no-no on board an aircraft. Building a big strong box around something that Boeing said could never catch fire in the first place is not an elegant solution.

If these things get recertified, I will not be wanting to experience their 330 minutes ETOPS certification capability in the next few years. I'd rather stick with either a 380 or 777 or ever a 747 for my long haul jaunts.

Note that the icon does not represent fire.

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Feedly now home to 500,000 Reader refugees

Magani
Thumb Down

"culling little-used or unprofitable products"

If Feedly can get half a meeelion Reader Refugees in a weekend, what's the cut-off point at which a free Google app becomes 'little-used'? I would suggest most if not all of those folks were active Reader users, not people who loaded it and then ignored it.

I suspect that it's not the 'little-used', but more the 'unprofitable' part of that statement that's the reason. While we can't get our money back on a free product, one wonders what other Google freebies that have become part of our lives may have their life support switched off at the whim of a Google-crat. Google Earth? Google Talk?

All this does is cause a small loss of confidence, but remember that it all adds up.

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