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40 posts • joined 2 Oct 2008

Key evidence in Assange case dissolves

Meph

Re: The smoking gun..

You misunderstand me, I'm specifically curious to know that if the case is dropped before reaching trial, and presumably before Assange leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, would the charges of breaching bail be upheld, or dropped as well?

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Meph

Re: The smoking gun..

I suppose it begs the question: Did he break bail and therefore would be subject to arrest if it turned out that he no longer had a case to answer?

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Meph
Go

The smoking gun..

The smoking gun, now with less smoke.

Am I the only one who thinks this would all be really amusing if the case did collapse, after everyone had gone to so much trouble?

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

Meph

Re: Crapple's victory

That would be collusion, and I believe a great many governments would frown fairly seriously on that. I'm relatively sure that Apple's lawyers would get very fat and rich on such a diet.

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Techie stages 'strip down' protest at TSA 'harassment'

Meph
WTF?

Re: This gives me an idea

Less objectionable? are you serious!?

I'm pretty sure sooner or later, something will come along that needs scanning, and is highly objectionable.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

Meph
Coffee/keyboard

IT Archaeology

I see your box of random ancient IT gear, and raise you a matched pair of 512Mb EDO RAM in original packaging, _with_ the original installation instructions no less.

They were salvaged along with an ancient file server with 8 x 25Gb SCSI disks that had regrettably not survived their mothballing experience.

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IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

Meph
Black Helicopters

Re: stress, cynicism ?

Not so much mandatory attributes as a healthy survival mechanism. Show me anyone who has worked in IT for more than a year without learning the ability to externalise their frustration.

As for coping with PHB's? I shall continue with the military metaphor adopted by the article's author. I upgraded from frontline trooper to special forces. Now instead of being in the trenches with my superior officer, I'm about 400km away behind "enemy lines".

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

Meph
Terminator

Pre-existing tech

Tech already exists in the Apache gunship where the pilot and gunner's eyes are monitored so that the main gun is slaved to the eyeline of the controlling officer. If such tech could be miniaturised and built into a pair of glasses, you could pretty easily use blinks or other eye movements to manipulate the data.

The only problem I can see at this point (pun not intended, honest!) is malware that, when you look at some pretty young thing almost wearing something, automatically calls your wife and sends her the 3d video feed..

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Berkeley boffins crack brain wave code

Meph

Re: encode/decode the actual signals in the nerves.

Your words gave me a thought, how about they use a similar test to determine the type of "networking" used across the human nervous system. It would be interesting to know if the brain routes specific instructions to specific nerve clusters, or whether information like this is broadcast across the entire "network" with some sort of encoding to be recognised by the relevant target.

One wonders just how close our ideas of computer networking is to the inner workings of the brain.

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The Register to publish other sites' blacked-out content in SOPA protest

Meph
Coat

Never underestimate

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a van filled with backup tapes!

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Meph
Pirate

In homage to the ancient masters

My object all sublime

I shall achieve in time —

To let the punishment fit the crime —

The punishment fit the crime;

And make each prisoner pent

Unwillingly represent

A source of innocent merriment!

Of innocent merriment!

Methinks Sir's Gilbert and Sullivan were more prophetic than they realised. Long gone are my days of "extended software and film trialling" but I still class myself a pirate, if for no other reason than that listed above. Freedom to enjoy life is more important than living in a cage, no matter how gilded. Now, bring me that horizon!

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Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO

Meph
FAIL

The Lost Continent

Seeing as Bioware seems to have forgotten that Australia was colonised by Europeans over two centuries ago, and left Australia off the beta test list, I think I might hold on to my cash and wait for something more worthy.

Tis a shame too, I was really excited by the preview movie they released..

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Jilted man swaps engagement ring for Halo suit

Meph
Pint

Thirty degrees, thirty two degrees

He could have spent it building a theme park, with blackjack, and hookers!

I bet he wouldn't have cared much about where the money came from by the end of that party

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Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

Meph

Circular argument

The trouble with Douglas Adams's logic puzzle though, is that it rapidly becomes a chicken vs egg argument. If God created everything, but is nothing without faith, then what was his source of faith prior to creating everything?

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Alert

What is Time?

You're joking right? Time is simply a man-made construct, used to measure how something changes. To use your analogy, to measure movement.

If you have no frame of reference, how can you truly understand how something is moving. When you walk from one side of a room to another, do you instantly occupy both locations simultaneously?

To understand the concept of a time continuum, blend the two concepts. It takes time for you to move from point a to point b, thus at a given point in time, you were at a given position in space. Assume for a moment that you have absolute control over the value for time, you can then move backward (or for that matter forward) in time to view the position and status of said object.

In short, if time (regardless of what you call it) did not exist, you could hypothesize one of two truths, either nothing would move, or everything would simultaneously occupy every point in space. Neither seems to be particularly desirable.

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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

Meph

Some confuse great with good

Thank you for a most interesting and insightful article.

I have to say though that a great many people choose only to acknowledge someone's greatness if they are also universally held to be "good".

Personally I don't agree with the walled garden principle myself, and its a well documented phenomenon that nice people rarely make it in big business.

To reject someone's impact on an industry, and indeed the world at large, simply because of this view seems somehow spiteful though.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

Meph
Mushroom

Before the iPhone..

He achieved a cheap, affordable and innovative smartphone that was comparatively light and much more user friendly than others available at the time.

At the time, no mobile phone operators in Australia offered smartphones on a $0 up front plan, and I didn't exactly make enough money to afford paying $800 up front for them.

The release of the iPhone did two things:

1. provided a smartphone for the masses that anyone (and i do mean anyone) could pick up and use without much prompting.

2. forced other companies to follow suit, leading to the genesis of the Android platform and its varied host hardware platforms.

I emplore the reader of this to stop for one second, discard all your preconceptions, prejudices and hubris and think what computing was like a mere 25 years ago. Once you have that image firmly in your mind, pull your smartphone out of your pocket and have a good hard look at it.

Like it or not, Steve Jobs influenced its creation in one form or another, so show some god damned respect!

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Meph
Pirate

I need a holiday, a long one..

One of the original godfathers of modern computing has moved on. Whatever else he was, his fingerprints will forever be imprinted on the future of IT.

God speed **Salute**

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Ballmer: Uninspiring performance and a small package

Meph

I think you misunderstand the idea..

.. behind big corporate business.

MS is beholden to its investors, which is a fancy way of describing its shareholders. From them comes the big bucket of money that MS uses to make things in the hope that their customers buy it, thus offering a return to the investors. You will never see a floated business put the client before the shareholder, to do so would simply not make good business sense.

MS has lost their dominance simply by re-hashing the same product over, and over, and over again. Sure there have been a lot of technical modifications under the hood to improve performance and stability, but to the luddite, Windows appears no more than cosmetically different than it did when Windows 95 came out.

Where MS can go from here is to find something that no-one has yet thought of, and make it. They failed with Bing because they were trying to play catchup with Google. They failed with the Zune because they were trying to play catchup with Apple. Instead of constantly chasing the ball being held by (arguably) more nimble competitors, they should be finding their own innovations. Microsoft needs to build something new and exciting, this will bring the customers flocking back, regardless of how they personally perceive the company.

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The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

Meph
Go

Are you suggesting..

.. that you don't really want to have your very own "Jarvis" AI butler, ala Iron Man?

for shame!

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Turnbull storms Paris with NBN’s doom

Meph
FAIL

Never let the truth get in the way of a politician

Its the Australian political way, regardless of whether or not the incumbent government has a good idea, tell the world that its a terrible idea and take the exact opposite stance as your policy.

What I've never managed to understand is how people from the political party that is *NOT* the government, spends so much time and money on meeting with foreign dignitaries, and spouting opposing political views at international conferences.

Let the government (right or wrong) govern, and if you oppose them, then present your alternative ideas to the people at the next election. If they like your ideas better, you get to be the government etc.

This international grandstanding is frankly embarrassing..

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Meph
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Why is bad reporting bad

"Because it encourages a simplistic and ignorant understanding of $Topic among the general public."

Allow me to extrapolate your (precisely correct) observation into a law of society.

Regrettably too many "news" organisations use bad reporting. This is why I read El Reg almost exclusively. All the boys and Girls at Vulture Central seem more interested in telling the story than trying to rickroll us with "shock and awe".

Keep it up people!

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Why was Duke Nukem Forever s**t?

Meph
Coat

did they not know what Duke Nukem was or something?

You hit the nail right on the head. 17 years in gestation, and the current crop of "x-boxen, Wii, PS3" Gen Y gamers out there have taken over the demographic. I suspect from interactions with many of the generation, they don't appreciate the same kind of humour us old Gen X'ers do. I suspect the Duke will follow other such comedy icons as the Two Ronnies and Monty Python into the mists of time, to be fondly remembered by us surviving old timers.

Can someone please pass me my coat and walking cane? I have to go tell some youngsters to get off my lawn!

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Gravity wave detector gets more sensitive

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You Sir

Are a scholar amongst gentlemen. I have a shaky grasp of quantum mechanics at the best of times (being no more than a turbo-nerd and armchair enthusiast of science), but I think I actually understood it the way you explained it.

I doubt I would have had so easy a time understanding it straight from the minds of the men working on it.

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Apple's ex-cop and the case of the lost iPhone 5

Meph

@AC

With all due respect, but you just described capitalism.

Consumer lock-in is a wet dream for any big IT business, so you can hardly blame Apple for using the same business model as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, etc etc.

In other words: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

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CSIRO opens Cape Grim pollution data

Meph

Odd..

There appears to be an odd correlation between spikes in CO2 and Methane and roughly september each year. I'm not even an armchair climatologist, so would value some technical input as to why that might be occuring.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3

Meph
Coat

Dumb as a rock, check!

You guys are missing the point, calling the director "hitler" on a movie where the executive producer couldn't be any more jewish, is about as smart as walking into a new york police station and shouting about how awesome osama was.

No matter how good she looks, your average central heating unit has a higher IQ.

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Middle England chokes on Nice Baps

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Thumb Up

There's a...

There's a nice little burger joint in Queenstown NZ called Fergburger. The food there is mighty tasty!

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Silicone implants that generate 'leccy invented for US spooks

Meph
Coat

There, I fixed it for you

Install this in every man and woman over the age of 18, buy several thousand stairmaster's and set up a rolling schedule for round the clock workouts.

I just solved the obesity *and* green energy problems in one fell (foul? :P) swoop!

Ok, ok, i'll get my coat :P

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Oz anti-censorship site is censored

Meph
Boffin

The trouble with Tribbles..

I'm not sure how it is for you lot, but for us southern colonials, we require some kind of reasoning to rent a domain.

Relevant clause below snipped from: http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2008-05/

SCHEDULE C

ELIGIBILITY AND ALLOCATION RULES FOR COM.AU

The com.au 2LD is for commercial purposes.

The following rules are to be read in conjunction with the Eligibility and Allocation Rules for All Open 2LDs, contained in Schedule A of this document.

1. To be eligible for a domain name in the com.au 2LD, registrants must be:

a) an Australian registered company; or

b) trading under a registered business name in any Australian State or Territory; or

c) an Australian partnership or sole trader; or

d) a foreign company licensed to trade in Australia; or

e) an owner of an Australian Registered Trade Mark; or

f) an applicant for an Australian Registered Trade Mark; or

g) an association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory; or

h) an Australian commercial statutory body.

2. Domain names in the com.au 2LD must be:

a) an exact match, abbreviation or acronym of the registrant’s name or trademark; or

b) otherwise closely and substantially connected to the registrant.

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Write haiku, win home server

Meph
Coat

Since I'm not a 'Merkin

obviously no solidarity amongst the colonies, so 'Merkins, feel free to abscond with this, however royalties are appropriate :P

a server at home

no one would really want it

who am i kidding?!

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Chinese media finger Swedish lesbian enclave

Meph
Coat

Are there any...

In the spirit of those masters of comedy:

'Are there any men here today?!?'

Gruffly: 'No, no err...'

High Pitched: 'No no no..'

'sokay, I never took mine off :P

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Drunken BOFH wreaks $1.2m in Oz damage

Meph

You're forgetting..

Don't forget the nominal wages of 10,000+ government drones. From reading court documents, I believe this was factored in to the overall costs.

I also believe most of the drones were back on the system after a day or so, the other few days was to make sure that someone couldn't do the same thing to them twice.

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US prof undermines foundations of Aussie firewall

Meph

Re: This is idiology

"If we stop and ask ourselves the question, "is there any harm caused by people viewing pornography, particularly child pornography?", we have to consider that it is possible there is."

This may be tongue in cheek, but I'll bite anyway. By your logic, would we then ban motor vehicles because there's a "potential harm" to people?

As an Australian myself, I've seen the great firewall of Oz discussed before. If it were an opt-in system for people with young children, I'd support it, but arbitrarily blocking pages? No ability to even opt-out of the process??

Winning a democratic election is not a mandate to bring in all the laws you used as an election platform. Winning a democratic election is an indication that you were the more popular choice from the potential candidates. The sooner politicians learn this fact, the better.

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US doc demands $1.5m for donated organ

Meph

Maturity and the human condition

First let me agree that asking for money for the kidney is a little out of order.

Ok, now we're past that, lets have a look at the rest.

Relationship breakdowns happen, however some maturity seems to be lacking from both sides. She possibly should have separated from the guy *before* having an affair, and should also possibly be allowing access to the kids.

He should probably feel good that he saved someone's life, accept that the relationship is over and move on.

Regrettably, humans are generally incapable of this, and I predict that it will end up very messy for all concerned.

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Speeding Oz teen may face 'gorillas in the mist'

Meph

Re: @Meph

You're misreading what the magistrate was saying. There was no threat, implied or otherwise, the man was telling it like it is.

Would you tell a newbie soldier that going to war is all rainbows and butterflies? or would you tell him that there's a strong chance of him being mangled by gunfire?

The magistrate appeared to be telling the little punk "if you do this again, I'll send you to prison, and bad things happen there."

Prison rape is no laughing matter, and is an indication of a problem with the system, that I'll grant you, but like it or not it does happen. Not being sent to prison seems like a valid method of minimising the risk no?

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Meph
Happy

Re: The ironing is delicious

That just totally made my day.

As for the kid? Australia (and likely most other tier 1 and 2 countries) are awash with a distinct lack of respect for authority. Too many people don't understand that actions have consequences.

Its about time someone in a position of authority puts the fear of the gods back into people who break society's laws.

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DARPA aim to make killer robots invulnerable to damage

Meph
Pirate

Re: Military industrial complex out of control

"With the US economy going down the pan, their government should be investing in things which will bring wealth into the country"

I'm sure the wardroids can be programmed to conquer nations and bring the wealth back to their fleshy overlords =)

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'I don't blame pilot', says San Diego jet crash father

Meph

@Ari - I concur

I believe I've heard similar, that when you loose both turbines in an F/A-18, you loose the computers. I've been told that there is a redundant system that allows for limited control surface input, but its not really capable of keeping the aircraft in the air.

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Hawaiian anti-LHC lawsuit thrown out

Meph
Coat

If we get converted to Strangelet Soup

Would that then mean that normal matter would be considered strange?

Ok, ok, i'm going =)

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