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NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

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Re: Do I feel lucky?

It could be worse. Most of the areas around here that were promised fibre have now been put on the fixed wireless list. Our 100 Mb/s dream will now be 12.5 Mb/s. Just as annoying is that planning permission for tower locations was granted ages ago by the local council but we can't get a date from NBN Co for when it will get built.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Catch 'em if you can

I witnessed a big Leonids shower about a decade ago. It was the most awesome (in the true sense of the word) event I have ever seen.

Friends and I drove out to the desert near Mount Isa, QLD, and watched from midnight till dawn. We laid on the roof and bonnet of the car and just stared upwards. Not only could we see the rocks exploding in the sky but we also heard them. I wasn't expecting that at all. Trails of dust from each one hung around for ages after. At the peak there was roughly one per minute.

It really is something worth losing sleep over.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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"Blunkett can go fuck himself."

And why not? He seems to have fucked everything and everyone he came in contact with. It's his turn now.

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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I had to laugh

the expectation of having to put up with a lot more piss-taking from the Americans

Those dumbass Yurpeens don't know nothing about space. *cough*

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Meanwhile on Earth

some boffin then says, we might as well land a robot on it, and they listen to this guy!!!!! Knowing that you have 28 minutes delay.

It certainly gives some perspective about people that can't park a family car back here on Earth without several attempts.

Multiple beers to all all involved in the project.

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WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

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Re: Fascinating viewing

Got to love the music mix though

There's nothing quite like a bit of jazz in a Belgian stylee.

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Fascinating viewing

Especially the cleaner emptying the bins. That's the sort of detail that NASA always missed.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

self entitled singers and musicians who believe that because they can write 2 catchy songs per album

Won't somebody think of the poor drummers?

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Finland should consider itself lucky

the buildings manager enthused to me about gadgets. "I love all Japanese electronics, and smartest of all the Japanese companies is Nokia."

This level of ignorance indicates that Finland has never been invaded by the US.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Same thoughts here. It's a shame to see such an esteemed organ as El Reg using rent-a-pillock scribes these days.

Not only sneering but Gareth Corfield doesn't realise that half those protesters were probably plain-clothes plod looking to inseminate a few ladies.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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Re: Oh goody.

Those evil bastards at Mozilla, making you download and install another browser purely of your own volition.

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Dub pioneer Rupie Edwards' Ire Feelings – 40 years on

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"The first real musical fusion of technology"

Not really the first fusion. There was the collaboration of Les Paul, Bing Crosby and Ampex in the 50s: Multi-track recording pioneers. I'm sure there were others.

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Australia's media regulator to oversee new data retention regime

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Who pays?

Australia's government has ... outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.

So the burden of cost is shifted from the customers (you and me) to the taxpayer (you and me). Remind me again, how do these idiots get elected?

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Spitfire vs Hurricane

The Hurricane also dominated the RAF’s count of mono-wing fighters – outnumbering Spitfires at the pivotal Battle of Britain. Hurricanes scored more aerial victories, too, during that conflict: 1,593 of a total 2,739.

Given that there were more Hurricanes in the air it stands to reason they would have a higher success rate. I also seem to recall that the main duty of the Spits was to deal with the Luftwaffe fighter escorts and then the Hurricanes were free to clean up the unprotected bombers.

When I was a sprog I was a massive plane anorak. In the olden days you could write to all the UK aircraft manufacturers (enclosing an SAE) and then receive data sheets and glossy 10x8 black & white photos (real photos too) in return. Those were the days.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Less useful is the ‘software secret’ – a helpful tip for achieving something nifty in your software but can only be done through a ridiculous sequence of unrelated actions.

These secrets are often found by the family cat when it walks across the keyboard. They never share either. Bastards.

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The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'

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Scoble is a bell end

Always has been. Always will be.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: It's not just the grocery duopoly...

[Finland has] the same price bananas as Australia.

During the Great Banana Shortage of 2011 bananas from the far north were cheaper in Sydney and Melbourne than they were in the far north. Go figure.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

Use a streaming service which lets you cache music. Pick the album you want to listen to, download it

Er, isn't that a download?

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Why even bother with that?

For him, he should just put the CD in the drive and use iTunes to rip it, in lossless ALAC.

Even easier still, just put the CD in the drive and listen to it.

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Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

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Australia just beat Brazil?

Only a few days ago the UK was the most phished. Shome mishtake, shurely?

Security company press releases. Always a reliable source of giggles, if nothing else.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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Oops

Someone just opened a can of worms.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Re: I read the first paragraph as "creepy football" data

It is a matter of record that the way someone walks can indicate that they are a ladies man and that they have no time to talk.

Well played, sir.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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I'm with Brucey on this one

Cryptography is hard, and the odds that a home-brew encryption product is better than a well-studied open-source tool is slight. Last fall, Matt Blaze said to me that he thought that the Snowden documents will usher in a new dark age of cryptography, as people abandon good algorithms and software for snake oil of their own devising. My guess is that this an example of that.

Full article.

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Pathetic

Why pathetic? For decades bands have had merch stalls at concerts so you can buy CDs, tee shirts and other memorabilia. A friend of mine in a popular band of the 90s said they made more from concert tickets and selling merch than they did from record company income. If they had told the fans that they'd have to wait months to buy the product they would have been a bit daft.

Make the sale when you're fresh in peoples' minds, not six months down the track when other distractions have come and gone.

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Re: Pffft

it's very carefully calculated to maximize the revenues from each step before going on to the next one.

The film is no longer in the cinema. Anyone that wants to see it will have to either a) wait until December or b) download an iffy copy. That's a big window of lost revenue. It also denies customers the option of not sitting in a sweaty cinema alongside noisy, popcorn-eating morons that fuck around with their mobiles for two hours.

It's our money we're spending so why not make the experience as good as possible?

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Pffft

A film with an August cinema release doesn't appear on Blu-ray/DVD until Christmas. How many people with a desire to buy and cash on the hip will wait that long?

Make content available in a timely manner, at an affordable price, with no device-limiting encumbrances and people will buy it.

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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

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Look at my own personal island from the skies...

...because I'm considerably richer than you.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

It must be crippled in some other way as well.

Yes, it comes with Windows.

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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At the risk of mass downvoting...

...may I point out that in this context projection doesn't take a plural. No one in the trade ever says projections just as shepherds don't say sheeps.

My apologies for pointing this out but it still hurts my eyes and ears after 30+ years.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: New CAs

should I trust it?

It's http://www.wosign.com

Certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Re: New Firefox update killed my internet

it killed my internet

You have your own internet? Impressive.

Works just fine here on the other internet.

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Today's weather is brought to you by our sponsors

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Suggestion for ads

Could we expect ads for flatulence relief products during the windy season?

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Paris Hilton

Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande

Who?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Hmmm @Mahatma Coat

OK, but you didn't actually say whether you started out any good ;)

I started out great and have improved with practice :)

I still play Quake III quite often (yes, I am that sad) and can complete all but the final level on maximum difficulty. To me this says that $100s spent on special keyboards and mice is possibly not a good return on investment.

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Hmmm

I play FPSs with an cheap Logitech basic keyboard and a Microsoft mouse that's easily more than ten years old. They haven't impaired my play yet (although there may be a few iffy diseases brewing in the keyboard).

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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

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Well I never...

A problem occurred while loading the page. To use this site, you need to disable AdBlock or any other ads-blocking extension you are using, or customize it to show ads on this site.

Fuck that.

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

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Still grumpy

I lost a whole bunch of Nerdshack accounts when Lavabit closed. Not only was it a really good mail service but many subscription accounts - even El Reg's own - rely on your old email address to still work before you can update to a new one.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Great...

Does Chrome still install on Windows machines without needing admin privs?

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

By reflective I presume you mean shiny screens? These are brighter than matt screens

It would have to be a fair bit brighter to compete with the near-equatorial sun that I live under. Trust me here, they just don't work.

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight

I don't know why anyone even bothers selling devices with reflective screens in Aus. They ain't going to beat the sun.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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"widely respected businessmen"

Steve Jobs was a widely respected businessman? Only on Planet Stupid.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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The full monty

The Field marshal? Unlikely. The phrase doesn't appear in Ngram until 1976 and didn't pick up in popularity until the mid 90s. John le Carré used it in The Tailor of Panama. It was published 1996 but the story refers back 20 years and used in the context of Burton's the tailors. Montague Burton was the founder and a if you ordered a three piece suit it was "the full Monty". The usually reliable etymologist Michael Quinion also says that this is the most likely source.

Not definitive then but seems reasonable.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Clueless pollies

ABC article:

Liberal frontbencher Stuart Robert says he has no problem with people's web-browsing history being stored.

"Not at all, keeping in mind Google already stores your browsing history as it is," he said.

For once I'm lost for words.

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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Shock horror

Ex-Telstra man says it should have been given to Telstra.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Kids with more money than brains.

At least their spending habits keep them off the streets at night..

They don't need to be on the streets any more. They have StreetView for that.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: The most worrying thing in Aus...

Please feel free to downvote opinions if you disagree but downvoting facts is pretty childish.

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Re: @Cipher - In the 1970s...

I remember the next ice age talk in the 70's.

And still talked about today. One of the predicted signs of warming is that the North Atlantic Current, the flow of warm sea water from the Caribbean that keeps north west Europe nice and snug, would move further south due to melting polar ice. This would then make land areas in the previous path much colder.

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Re: Maybe we could get a consensus

Extreme weather? There are more extremes in terms of recent record setting perhaps. But no sign of increase of hurricanes, cyclones at the like worldwide since the start of the most recent global warming.

One of the predictions of change would be fewer but larger cyclones. This is coming true. For example, in Aus we're having fewer cyclones than at any time in the last 1000 or so years.

btw, there's no need to say hurricanes and cyclones. Hurricanes are cyclones.

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The most worrying thing in Aus...

...is that one of the MPs that voted out the carbon stuff did so because "it's cold in Canberra in mid-winter therefore global warming doesn't exist". Words almost fail me.

As for increased energy costs, the huge increases in power where I live over the last couple of years were because the suppliers spent a fortune on replacing infrastructure just as prices were falling. The carbon tax component was a fraction of this infrastructure cost.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Bloody hell!

If I could add two beer icons I would.

Here you go, have the second one on me.

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