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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

Alan Newbury
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Re: Tiger Air has been blacklisted

I had the misfortune to fly with them once - believe me, in my mind they are permanently blacklisted.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

Alan Newbury
Gimp

Privacy still (relatively) safeguarded

Latest from the ABC:

"The Prime Minister's office later clarified that web-browsing history is considered content, and authorities need a warrant to access it."

So carry on regardless with your huge-prickly-prober

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

Alan Newbury
Big Brother

Re: Blue sleeves?

'a long-haired "hippy" from the darkest depths of their technical department' - I had that role in a medium-sized Australian hardware supplier once upon a time...

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Wheels literally FALL OFF solar race contender

Alan Newbury
Mushroom

It's somewhere between "Ouch - the roof of the car's hot" and "Someone get the bandages - I touched the car roof" (in the range 40 - 45 C in the shade - not uncommon in Central and South Australia)

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

Alan Newbury
Pint

Re: Will that water stay in Australia?

"Or get made into Fosters"

Nope - we're not going to export it (no-one in Australia drinks Fosters - unless they're European backpackers).

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Alan Newbury
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Re: @Mad Mike

Got it in one

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Alan Newbury
Happy

Actually, Start8 from Stardock can be configured to have TIFKAM as a menu option, so yes, it does work with it . You can also add TIFKAM applications to the start menu - you click it, it runs full screen and when you close it you return to the desktop. Best of all worlds really.

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

Alan Newbury
Meh

Re: FFS

Actually, in a couple of buildings where I have worked, there has been a 13th floor, but it was designed and used for utilities (air-con, telecoms, power distribution etc) so couldn't have been let out even if the owner wanted to.

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Wind now cheaper than coal in Oz: Bloomberg

Alan Newbury
Devil

While I agree with the thrust of your comment, it must be pointed out that greens in general believe

1) Nuclear power is much too dangerous and the waste problem will kill us all. Therefore it has no place on a green grid

2) Hydro requires dams which will (a) flood wilderness areas inhabited by endangered species and (b) regulate the downstream flow, removing the 'natural' flooding and drought, again endangering the ecology.

So, while it makes sense to use nuclear and hydro, all the while the Australian government is in the pocket of the Watermelon party (green on the outside, red in the middle) it will never happen.

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Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers

Alan Newbury
Devil

Re: Interesting stats...

South East Asia is not only close, but cheap to access as well...

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Brit robojet ‘Taranis’ set for Oz test flight

Alan Newbury
Pint

Re: Jindalee

"but I suggest they don't park or fly it near the Ettamoga Pub"

About time they changed that ute on the roof

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Warner recalls Xbox Lego Lord of the Rings 'demo' discs

Alan Newbury
Devil

No firs around here

Would a nice pine do instead?

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Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store

Alan Newbury
Devil

Re: wow

So... I can market a game called 'Monopoly' in the US? After all, it's a common word...

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Portugal’s prosecutor punts P2P case

Alan Newbury
WTF?

Pot, meet Kettle

"and their interest is not having to send 2,000 letters, hear 2,000 people and investigate 2,000 computers,”

So, why don't APACOR just start 2000 civil copyright infringement lawsuits against 2000 account holders and send out 2000 'settlement' letters? Or can't they be bothered either?

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The Register lands in Australia

Alan Newbury
Holmes

Re: You missed the point.

You can't be 'The Rego' - that's the sticker on my car's windshield...

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All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

Alan Newbury
Megaphone

Re: Blue US Robotics Sportster....

Remember the TI Silent 700? Thermal printing terminal with a 300 baud acoustic coupler.

Did a lot of remote system updates on one of those...

(Icon is close to an acoustic coupler...)

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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

Alan Newbury
Big Brother

Re: Uh-huh

Iron Sky?

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

Alan Newbury
Devil

Re: Money is not lost from the economy

In the vast majority of cases, it IS being lost from the economy - the US economy

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

Alan Newbury
Devil

Re: "OEMs, please pay attention. This is how you build a PC.”

Stylus - the difference between drawing and finger-painting

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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

Alan Newbury
Devil

Re: £2 a day

As an Australian, I have to point out that the spoon is optional

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'Six-eyed' robot to tour National Museum of Australia

Alan Newbury

Re: Five or six?

Number six is a dummy - which implies Number 5 is Alive

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RFID drives the self-service pub

Alan Newbury
Happy

Aussie Backpackers

Go to a London pub and see who's behind the bar...

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Back to gaslight, coal and steam power - it's the future

Alan Newbury
Mushroom

@Scott

Only as much as in the mining, transportation and 'coking' of coal...

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How languages can live together without killing each other

Alan Newbury
Pint

Yes, Strine

Too bloody right, cobber

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First 'cryovolcano' discovered on Titan, ice moon of Saturn

Alan Newbury
Headmaster

Sort-of New

Astronomers have been talking about them for years, but this is the first real candidate discovered.

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Email protected by Fourth Amendment, says appeals court

Alan Newbury
FAIL

@AC @Lars

"sentance"?????

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Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?

Alan Newbury
Go

Hoover the Cats?

Actually one of our old cats really enjoyed a quick vacuuming - and it kept the fur to a manageable level (he was a long-haired).

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Google data center links shot down by 'bored' riflemen

Alan Newbury
Megaphone

300 A/C

Wasn't a TI Silent 700 thermal-paper terminal was it?

Megaphone 'cos my hearing's starting to go these days...

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Godly Aussie MP accused of being online 'smut' junkie

Alan Newbury
FAIL

Certainly not all

Add to that that you get one 'porn' hit for the front page and another 'porn' hit for every story that you go to - and yet another when you leave that story and return to the home page.

At that rate I'd have about 40 from work today just going through the tech sections in various news.com publications.

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Best Buy slaps 'God Squad' priest with cease-and-desist order

Alan Newbury
Grenade

Yes, let's kill the lawyers

because after looking at the way the law is mangled and degraded by some of these 'people', it is probably the best option.

(other than taking off and nuking them from orbit)

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Man sentenced for DIY gift-card cloning

Alan Newbury
FAIL

See post above

Apple et al aren't being ripped off. It's the people who pay good money for the gift cards

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Conroy, Family First isolated on Oz internet filter

Alan Newbury
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Not for some...

Yes, I had notived this. While it doesn't affect me (I'm with another ISP) I have let friends and family know - and all who aren't currently stuck in a contract ARE going to be voting with their feet about this and letting them know (on the 'why are you leaving?' form) exactly why.

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Indonesian parliament gets smut eyeful

Alan Newbury
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What do Indonesia, Australia, Britain and China have in common?

Re: Australia, make that narrow minded government. Last survey I saw was 96% of the population opposed to the filter...

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Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

Alan Newbury
FAIL

Ahh the conservatives started it - Except they didn't

The liberals provided a 'Net-Nanny' style PC-based filter that you could download, free of charge, from your ISP. It wasn't compulsory, it wasn't whole-network based and, it seems, it wasn't downloaded a hell of a lot either.

Of course the latter fact was seized upon by Conrod who decided that the reason for the poor takeup was that it was all too hard for the poor timid public and something had to be done 'for their own good'.

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Czechs toast Bud-beating beer win

Alan Newbury
Pint

"countries only export the beer they don't want to drink"

Which is why you seldom see Fosters here in Oz

(Typed while drinking a bottle of Cascade,,,)

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Forget the Jesus Phone, here's the Rude Phone

Alan Newbury
Joke

At the local office..

we always drove past before the sales force were out on the road, so the carpark was full of WANG cars

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Australia unbans the internet

Alan Newbury
Happy

A dentists site banned!

Probably did a keyword search and found "root" canal...

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Oz privacy boss says Google Wi-Fi slurp breached law

Alan Newbury

Not like an open door...

Unfortunately your 'open door' analogy falls over in this respect. If I am walking around with any laptop (especially one running Windows) it will automatically connect to any open wi-fi point.

It's closer to someone shouting from the roof top through a megaphone and then complaining because someone heard them.

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Oz Attorney-General wants ISPs to hold data for 2 years

Alan Newbury
Flame

Re: Maybe...

We tend not to use grills - barbecues work much better...

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Prisoner of iTunes - the iPad file transfer horror

Alan Newbury
IT Angle

Re: Not news

1991 called and wants it's file-transfer methodology back...

IT icon, because IT has moved on since then...

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Mechanic drove three miles with angry bloke on bonnet

Alan Newbury
Coffee/keyboard

Ouch

As a photographer...

please send me a keyboard ASAP

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

Alan Newbury
Unhappy

The title is required

But with 'that type of thing' banned from the squeaky-clean Apple universe, exactly how do you load it up????

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Global warming worst case = Only slight misery increase

Alan Newbury
Joke

re Except

"Of course you could just look at the data" - What? You've actually managed to find a complete dataset?

(couldn't decide between Joke Alert or Black Helicopters - after all, if you actually have the data then the helicopters will be after you soon)

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Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

Alan Newbury
Unhappy

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

But for how much longer will we be able to read articles like this one? With Luddite Conroy trying to force things through and micro-manager Rudd pulling the strings I don't see much hope for democracy in Oz, unless you're willing to toe the party line.

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Labour Party told to stop spam-calls

Alan Newbury
Unhappy

Title not required

The Australian 'Do Not Call' register specifically exempts charities and political parties. Another reason we have gone ex-directory as well.

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Quantum superclock will be accurate past end of life on Earth

Alan Newbury
Joke

re: Chinese Proverb

And man who has case of beer doesn't give a damn....

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Bogged-down Mars rover may be doomed to chilly death

Alan Newbury
Alien

Re: The Martians are coming

Damn you - I have this strange ululation running through my head now.

Time to break out the vinyl...

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Pentax K-7

Alan Newbury
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re; Recycled Canon tech?

Try the 40D or 50D - nice big LCD on top...

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China moves closer to a smut-free internet

Alan Newbury
Big Brother

re: Why

It may not get rid of all governments, but it might just rid us of Conroy and Rudd (won't hold my breath though...)

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Existence of 'Sea of Krakens' on Titan confirmed

Alan Newbury
Pint

@AC

Whatever he's on, I want some.

Beer, because that's a good start.

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