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* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1142 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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The Daily Mail just called...

...they are wondering why all their readers are commenting on the Register today.

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: This brings a new meaning to...

Every time you get into a car (or even out of bed for that matter), it's a question of feeling lucky.

I drive every day on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Australia. It's almost entirely single carriageway with very few overtaking lanes. Much of it is atop of three metre high embankments to avoid flooding. Armco barriers are unknown. It's filled with psychopath truck drivers that don't have a tachograph and consequently drive stupid hours, out of state holiday makers towing tin snails behind them, local yokels that wouldn't survive ten minutes in London, very large clueless animals that randomly wander out in front of you, no equivalent to an MOT for any vehicles and yet somehow I survive. Add a vehicular Blue Screen of Death to that list and I may have second thoughts.

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This brings a new meaning to...

...are you feeling lucky?

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FTC settles spying charges on rent-to-own computers

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Seriously?

...it included user names and passwords for email accounts, social media websites, and financial institutions; Social Security numbers; medical records; private emails to doctors; bank and credit card statements; and webcam pictures of children, partially undressed individuals, and intimate activities at home.

You could argue that the computer rental firms have a perfect right to protect their property from theft or delinquent customers by installing such software.

You could argue that but I wouldn't suggest trying it face-to-face with the renter or you may become rapidly acquainted with Mr Darwin's theory.

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Google, Microsoft butt heads in browser benchmark battle

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Must. Disable. Pop-up. Blocker.

I ran the test, or tried to, and got this message:

"Firefox prevented this site from opening 17 pop-up windows"

1996 just called, etc.

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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Re: I feel ever so sorry for you, Mahatma.

Er, I was joking. The lovely Mrs Coat is a treasure.

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Castration...

...aka marriage.

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The Register lands in Australia

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An iPad?

I was going to enter until I saw the prize.

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Shuttle Endeavour buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

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Pfft

Now if it had flown under the bridge...

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Australian PM opens SYSADMIN-KILLER data centre

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Re: Just supposing...

Try as I might, and trust me I've tried very hard, I cannot see the word alone anywhere in my comment.

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Just supposing...

...that you are powering and cooling your own data centre/server room/box under the desk with your own solar, then how can McQuarrie say “We can power and cool a server more cost effectively than what businesses can do themselves"?

Just wondering.

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Want a Leica camera from Jony Ive? There CAN BE ONLY ONE

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Angel

Easy peasy

Make it out of white plastic and remove the awkward sticky out bits like the lens and the controls. Job done.

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Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

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Ironic...

....that Congress wants to ban an app for prostituting people. Is Congress trying to protect its monopoly?

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Dice swallows Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode in $20m deal

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Headmaster

Errr...

....GitHub-like code portal SourceForge

SourceForge-like code portal GitHub, surely.

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Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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Another satisfied customer here

It just works.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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Re: One small thing omitted from the article...

Well then we can take it that she knows what her album's worth, now doesn't she.

I wasn't commenting on the worth of the album, as you and the others below seem to think. It was a comment about sloppy journalism.

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One small thing omitted from the article...

...is that Ms Palmer's album can be downloaded for free via her site.

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UK boffins get £3.8m pot to probe 'science of cyber-security'

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Right man for the job

Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude, who oversees cyber-security.

Has this man even seen a computer?

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Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni

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Re: No shit

They just want free content.

The Doctor Who episode is free to watch on TV but people wanted see it before the news media, blogs and their Twitter timelines were full of spoilers. The ABC and the BBC are to be congratulated for making this possible.

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No shit

It’s at least feasible, then, that content industries’ willingness to provide legal alternatives is finally having an effect.

So the freetards were correct all along and Big Media was unsurprisingly wrong.

cf The customer is always right.

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iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection

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The Elvis Statistic strikes again

When Elvis Presley died in 1977, there were an estimated 37 Elvis impersonators in the world.

By 1993, there were 48,000 Elvis impersonators, an exponential increase.

Extrapolating from this, by 2010 there will be 2.5 billion Elvis impersonators.

The population of the world will be 7.5 billion by 2010.

Every 3rd person will be an Elvis impersonator by 2010.

Source.

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Fuel VFX goes up in smoke

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Not such a bad thing

Maybe we can have fewer effects and more story. I might start watching films again if that happens.

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Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

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Dear Twitter

Very little of what you see in adverts is real.

Yours sincerely,

The media.

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

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This is easy to fix

Just stop being such a shit government and ruining peoples' lives and the desire for suicide will decrease.

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Apple to launch streaming online radio service?

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I think you'll find Napster set the music industry back 10 years....

The music industry can do that quite well without any outside help.

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Really?

Steve Jobs and company are widely credited with having transformed the entire music industry once already.

It was Napster that changed the music industry. Jobs just figured out a way of making money from Napster's idea.

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Re: Bugger

Just imagine the fuss if the proposal was for two metre tall, bright red boxes like these.

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Build a bonkers home cinema

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A steal at just £16,000.

I can recall a time a couple of decades ago when just the lamp for a professional video projector (GE) cost £15,000. If you were taking one abroad the spare would get its own seat on a plane.

We really need a Four Yorkshiremen icon.

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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FAIL

Face...

...meet palm.

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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WTF Wales?

You give them their own assembly and next thing you know they're encrypting Wikipedia.

(or maybe just translating it into Welsh, which is the same thing)

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Re: Adobe Flash installs chrome and add-ins

Not just Chrome but also Norton AV. Adobe are just pimps for the IT world's whores.

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IE vs Chrome

If I had to make a choice it would be IE. Microsoft are 1.2% less evil than Google.

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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Homeopathy fan? Seriously?

<-- A penguin, the nearest I could find to something quackish

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'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned

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The Stephen Fry of his time.

That's a bit of an insult to Wilde.

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Hackers leak '1 MILLION records' on Apple fanbois from FEDS

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Re: But the bigger question is WHY.

But why on earth should the FBI have a list of all those users in the first place? What the hell was going on there?

Maybe it was an epidemiological study into outbreaks of fanboiism.

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China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis

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Is it just me...

...or does that site look like yet another Japanese pr0n site?

But on a more serious note, any online service that purports to be useful after a major natural disaster needs one thing more than any other. It needs to be accessible to the people in the affected area or otherwise it's pretty much just disaster porn for the rest of the world. If you're sitting in the remains of your house after a tsunami or typhoon clutching a soggy mobile and no means of recharging it for a few weeks then a pretty govt site is fuck all use.

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‘Pre-bionic’ eye implanted in blind patient

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Terrible

I could see a little flash

Poor lady. Blind all those years and the first thing she sees is someone getting their knob out.

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Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

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Re: Nevermind the gaps.

Rearrange the following words into a well known phrase or saying:

State and Police.

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In Aus they are mobile

They are fitted in police cars. Some states are now looking at ending the requirement for a tax disc (aka the rego sticker) as road traffic police can tell whether your car is legal without having to stop and check.

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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To paraphrase Orwell...

Don't you see the whole aim of Applespeak is to narrow the language of thought? In the end we shall make purchasecrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.

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NBN zealotry in the ultra-high definition age

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You're joking, I assume

That is unfortunate for you. You may need to consider moving.

Seriously? The NBN should be available for a far larger group of people (aka taxpayers) without them having to relocate.

Just to be clear, I'm not anti-NBN. A truly national broadband network would be wonderful but what we're getting - and when I say "we're" I mean the 93% that live and work in the cities - is an IBN, a incomplete broadband network. And just to be doubly clear about rural taxpayers, think how much the the bush industries like the mining and agricultural sectors contribute to the national kitty. How does a farmer or miner relocate?

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Re: Don't forget *upstream*

And that's great for the 93% but like I said, that ain't me. Satellite NBN is no real improvement in upload speed over my current ADSL but will be less reliable* in poor weather. The much-vaunted advances in tele-medicine for the bush ain't going to happen in the remote areas of Aus either and those are precisely the places that would benefit more than the cities.

*Not my words but that of NBN staff.

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The NBN is a great idea...

...as long as you're one of the 93% that will get the full fat version.

Having had various conversations with the NBN folk it seems our location is going to get either the possibly flaky 12 Mb/s satellite service at some point in the next five years or the main 100 Mb/s service around 10 years from now. The former would be at the expense of our current rock solid 8 Mb/s.

I'd be happy with ADSL2+ in the next year or two but that's never going to happen.

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Re: The Lewis Page Paradox - correction

2. there is no such thing as CATASTROPHIC MAN MADE climate change

fixed it for you

Not yet but humans have done plenty to f**k up the planet. Give us time and we'll really ruin things.

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Re: The Lewis Page Paradox

Excellent, two downvotes. Proof, if it was needed, that Page's disciples don't actually read his "articles".

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The Lewis Page Paradox

1. Nuclear power is better because it creates no climate-changing effects.

2. There is no such thing as climate change.

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Google names names in amended 'shills' list

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Everyone has a price

Both Google and Oracle can afford it no matter what it costs.

Trust no-one's opinion but your own (and in my case even I wouldn't be too sure about trusting me).

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Akihabara unplugged: Tokyo's electric town falls flat

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It truly was a geek paradise

I first visited in 83 and came back with so many goodies that just didn't exist in the Tottenham Court Road. I still have some gold plated phono plugs in a box here somewhere.

Best of all was an Akai open reel cassette pack. It was a cassette shell that opened up and contained tiny removable metal reels of 1/8th inch tape. The idea was that you only needed to carry one cassette for your Walkman but still have access to 10 albums. The reels came in a soft gold-coloured tubular belt pack that apparently enhanced your roller skating experience. Daft, tacky, impractical but too funny to not buy.

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Boffins confirm sunspot-weather link

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This could get messy...

...as Lewis Page's head implodes.

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