* Posts by Mark 65

2640 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Re: Daniel Andrews announces new number plate slogan..

As you mention their union mates, it's worth pointing out to the UK audience that a recent union deal on a major construction site earned simple chippies $163k/yr deals. If that isn't a pull forward of future earnings I don't know what is.

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US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

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Re: I can understand a little bit of bias

The irony would be if the alleged discrimination were actually some kind of requirement put upon them by their Government customer base. That wouldn't surprise me after a couple of cases a few years back of Chinese agents employed in sensitive work places.

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Suspected Russian DNC hackers brew Mac trojan

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"Ooo, free parking", *click*

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: ending his elbow

You must have short forearms compared to the uppers - a normal person would be pouring it over their head doing that

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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Say what you like about Gates the corporate man but at least his philanthropy is large scale and its commitments somewhat more realistic and less hipster. Beating malaria vs "curing everything everywhere PS hey look at me".

If he really has $30+bn why not give more away? Once you get into the billions surely all you do is piss it on yachts and ski lodges.

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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Re: Good news

Cleaning it up is easy - you just pass the cost onto the dickhead that bought it by telling them as an ISP that they have malware on their network causing issues contrary to their contract and their connection will be blocked or throttled until it is fixed i.e. put pressure on the ISPs and shit gets fixed.

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Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

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Coat

IE "leave my machine the hell alone"

IE is only part of the problem

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EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

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Re: If an individual did this, they go to jail.

I believe that, once they've finished jamming other major offenders in the arse in the courts, the EU will crack down on this as it is anti-competitive at the very least. Ford cannot mandate you only use tyres they supply or petrol etc. The actions they undertook by activating the "feature" 6 months after releasing it (and I believe transferring ownership of the division) makes me think more than a fine could be in the offing here.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Re: Disconnect it from the outside world

There's a lot of Australians using VPNs, not all of which will have a domestic end-point.

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Re: Poor IBM

Stuffed up a state level (QLD) and Federal level, just global to go for the trifecta!

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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Re: profit

There are better ways to handle this shit than funnelling trillions of dollars into organised crime and billions into fighting organised crime.

Not if you can interject yourself as some kind of service/goods supplier to both sides

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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Re: Adobe

So the PDF reader that comes with windows 8 and higher is just a figment of my imagination then ?

To be fare the OP did say "at work" in which case W7 is the more likely version to be in use.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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What's the big surprise?

Err, it's illegal - at least in the EU.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: What price credibility?

Why would there be "nothing at all"? Where did that come from?

Tax them too highly and they piss off completely.

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Re: Fuck the poor then

The way I read it was that if you piss off one mega rich person you need to find 10 average ones to replace them, not withstanding that the average just fell.

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Re: What price credibility?

@Smooth Newt: You have to get used to the fact that the uber rich don't pay tax like the rest of us. After a certain point of wealth various intricate and legal tax minimisation schemes become highly cost effective which is why they use them and we don't. Like it says in the article, they are extremely wealthy and can pick and choose where they live. Personally I would rather collect the 10 times the average from them and the potential for their lavish spending rather than nothing at all. Is it fair? No, but then neither is life in general so get used to it.

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Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

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Re: Let's keep in mind you need someone who does bad things OHMSS

Tom Hardy sometimes seems more like he'd play a Bond that kept previous opponents in the cellar for casual dismemberment for personal amusement in his downtime. Just a bit too psycho I think. Good, but not sure he's Bond. Again, like Idris, I think he'd make a better bad guy.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Just goes to prove that the more complicated you make the tax code then the more areas to which you can introduce such issues and flaws. A tweak here, a deduction there and guess what? Yep, a few more loopholes created.

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Re: but but but ...

History has shown though that officers are pretty liberal in their use of firearms.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Cool kids are all Bluetooth

The World has briefly succumbed to bastard hipsters.

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Re: Okay, riddle me this

Yes, an operational agreement can be put in place, no, it won't give access to all the systems that the UK can currently access.

GCHQ might disagree with that premise.

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Re: Yet more Brexit nonsense

But that's the issue too - these muppets think that France etc will reap the rewards whereas the most likely beneficiary is and always has been Ireland. Much like the finance industry. Move to Paris where they love their 35 hour week and a good protest march or move to Dublin where they also speak English and you could probably get by with just a shell office?

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

and medical science is working to eliminate death.

That's just so you can keep on paying taxes

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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I think the UK and EU Data Protection Commissioners might have something to say about that.

The point being that it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. The damage is done, they have your info and they won't be deleting it. I'm verging on the point of going back to a simple calls + SMS phone.

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@Vimes - Check your WhatsApp settings dude. New update defaults to "Share with Facebook". Would you expect any less?

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Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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Re: Why is a trusted central authority required?

The problem with your 'hard to subvert' blockchain theory is that it is hard but not 'near impossible' which is the end of the spectrum you'd desire for an election. Especially when you consider that the likely subverters of any election would generally be nation states with large resources.I believe that is likely why you'd posit the use of a central authority (something you think you control) rather than what kind of amounts to a majority vote on the vote.

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Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips

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Re: "Australia's regulators and courts are well-regarded worldwide"

I disagree that regulators like the ACCC are well-regarded worldwide unless you mean by companies that like to abuse the customer base. I've generally found them to be weak as piss and they have totally shied away from the food duopoly and the bullshit petrol pricing nonsense. They don't exactly do much at all really.

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#Shadowbrokers hack could be Russia's DNC counter-threat to NSA

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OpSec

The former NSA analyst explains that the agency may have cycled servers used in offensive operations after he fled out of caution, an act that would have cut off any attacker with a foothold in command and control boxes.

I'd have thought you'd try to regularly cycle through those for exactly this reason, unless of course you're convinced of your own invincibility so much that you believe "it couldn't happen to me".

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I'm not sure you get deniability from linking a C&C server to yourselves and, by extension, any hacking undertaken using it. Unless of course you are implying a spy novel like double bluff whereby they did do shit, and it was recently, and it was from this server, so they now want to make it look like it was hacked in 2013 so that there's doubt said activity was really done by them and not the Russians doing it and trying to make it look like them?

I need some paper and crayons at this stage.

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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Re: Meh

From other sites I have read, their marvellous geo-blocking includes DNS servers so if you use Google DNS for example you get a knock-back. If you use Telstra DNS - which is sluggish and shite - you'll get through. You couldn't make this shit up.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

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Re: Stasi minded people

If you are worried about names, just make them up - use the Bogan Name Generator, or characters out of Jane Austen novels. It is not as though they can cross-reference them with the Electoral Roll (that would be illegal for the moment).

I wouldn't be trusting them not to cross reference the data though. I have no problem giving my name along with my income (the ATO already have this pair), it is more the extra superfluous and invasive shit they also want to know that irks me. That they should only get without identifying information.

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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Re: WPIT project?

We Piss Individuals' Taxes

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Re: Hey .... where'd that money go?

and future directorships. Wouldn't want to put all your eggs in just one basket when you can play off the major contenders.

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Re: SAP = Stupid As Phuck

I propose a unit of measurement for this - $1bn on a Government IT system = 1 Qld Health Payroll

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Re: Billion dollars buys a lot of clerks

I think that stability in cost post-computerisation is likely due to the ever more complicated rules politicians put around the system as they forever attempt to buy votes. More rules, more code, more chance for error, less chance of understanding the mess that results.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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There's no bad news for me about HGST until the Backblaze figures start changing. At this point they are head and shoulders above.

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ShitHouse

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I used to have a WD green drive. The 'green' controller part shat itself just after 12 months or so of ownership. When you tried accessing the data it used to spin up, and then down, then up, and then down. Took several days to get data off that hadn't been duplicated - online isn't a backup after all. I have never bought one of their 3.5s ever again. HGST only thanks. Never had a problem with their portable 1TB or 2TB external units on the other hand.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Re: What evidence do you have?

Surely nothing "of itself" will stop terror attacks? Kind of a hollow burned out straw-man.

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Yep, you got data retention and site blocking. Neither of which work on my VPN. Stupid people set stupid agendas, nothing changes in politics.

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Simon, debates about crypto can be whatever puppet politicians and ill-informed electorates allow them to be. The genie, however, will not go back into the bottle.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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Re: How hard can it be?

@d3vy: From memory, depending on how hard you push the boundaries, typical tax yield from contract income (going back a few years) is 15-35% with 35% being damn safe (i.e. you get 1 - tax yield in your pocket). Not 40% by any means. Whether it affects your personal income tax or not is irrelevant as we are comparing the spend of pre-taxation money versus post taxation money i.e. £1 vs down to £(1-0.35). The money you'd have to spend personally (rather than corporately) to get the ticket is money taken out of the company remember, and that gets taken out after personal tax is paid as well as corporation tax.

Still, I consider the perks of pre-tax travel to be minor compared to redundancy, pension provision, holidays etc etc. If permies think contractors have it so damned easy and it's such a life of coke, hookers, and unicorn tears then perhaps they should STFU and try it.

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Re: HMRC = Ignore ethe big guys

I think this bit

Most contractors were likely to be caught by a 'supervision, direction or control' test, according to the feedback.

Catches just about everyone doing anything. I provide direction and supervision of tradies working on my property but I'm pretty sure they're not my employees. Engaged by me for a project, yes, but not employed as such.

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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

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Hmmm

The imposition of restrictions on the transfer of such data would have potentially considerable adverse effects on EU-US commerce and could affect US companies significantly.

Sorry Judge, that problem is not yours to consider or worry about. Is what they are doing within the law or not, that is and should be your only concern. Another fucking lap-dog.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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Re: re: Neoc: No, no, nope.

if you're on a 2 week road trip, you won't want to occasionally check with your house and verify everything is good? maybe look at your security cameras, verify the temp/humidity is in range, etc?

Same way I access my computers from outside - VPN back into your own network. It can be done by phone, tablet, or PC. Then you use the App, web page or whatever control mechanism as if you are on your home computer. That particular access problem was solved a long time ago.

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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Re: Exactly what defines 'serious crime'?

What defines serious crime you ask? Crime >= dog shit and dodgy parking.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: A legal work around?

Moral: Do your own encryption.

Not in the literal sense hopefully. Use something like gpg but certainly never "your own encryption".

The whole thing is just mouth flapping nonsense from people who have zero understanding of IT.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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@DAnny 14: +1 for the F18s, the fact they should have been nuclear powered, and fitted with catapults so we didn't need the shithouse version of the F35 if we eventually went that way. One of those carriers full of F18s would be good enough. I'd even go as far as to say we could have bought French carrier fighters or Russian ones but there's no US pork in those deals.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Female Privilege

I wonder if Hillary got off because Bill splashed out on an expensive lawyer?

I see what you did there. No, not you Bill.

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Gigabyte BIOS blight fright: Your megabytes’ rewrite plight in the spotlight

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Re: Lazy or Paid Off

I used to think incompetence now I've started to think "never attribute to incompetence that which can be attributed to a TLA"

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