* Posts by Mahatma Coat

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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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UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

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Not just Tesco

Australian online retailer Fishpond sends out plaintext replacement passwords. Five characters, too. Class act.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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NBN will make things worse?

Williams warned that the deployment of Australia's National Broadband Network and the quadrupling of internet traffic by 2016 will make matters even worse, undermining the business case of cultural production to a greater extent than ever before.

This is obviously bollocks. Who has to time to consume more than they do now? Example, if you currently download one film per night and watch it that's about two hours of your life gone. Add that to all your other daily time usage such as sleeping, eating, shagging, gaming, gardening, working, commuting, etc, and you don't have many, if any, hours left. Having a faster connection doesn't magically create a 26 hour day.

And as I'm sure others have said above, the Australian content industry doesn't make anything worth watching, let alone stealing

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Breaking news, literally: Reuters hacked third time this MONTH

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Lots of criticsm of WordPress...

...no suggestion of an alternative platform that is completely secure out of the box and thereafter.

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Oracle: Google impurifying media's precious bodily fluids

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One thing that puzzles me...

...is that why so many UK-based copyfighters, freedom of speech advocates and anti-surveillance campaigners make strange choices: They use Google and Apple closed source and privacy-invasive products. WTF is that all about?

Not sent from my iPhone or my Android phone...any any other phone.

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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When ever I see the name Beck...

...I always get a little excited but these days it's never Jeff, the guitar god, it's always that Scientrollogist instead. Bummer.

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In the burbs, elections remain an offline affair

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It's worse in QLD

At the last local election many of our candidates didn't even distribute fliers, let alone have a simple site or social media presence. In a country with compulsory voting you'd think compulsory manifesto publication would be the norm but no, it's democracy by guesswork.

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Did Mitt Romney really get 117,000 REAL Twitter followers in ONE DAY?

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Others have done it before

Newt Gingrich and Kevin Rudd both have form in this.

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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Re: Eastenders and Corrie

You are spot on there. Many years ago I did some work for the CEGB and this was part of the discussions. They used the Radio Times as a planning tool for load calculations. The spikes are enormous but they cope.

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YouTube video has NOT killed radio's star

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It's a combination of sources for me

Music radio isn't that great in Aus (apart from the ABC's classical station) so I tend to find interesting new music via the dead tree media, in this case it's Mojo mag.

Once something takes my eye I check it out via the artist's site or YouTube. If it's any good I'll buy the CD.

It was that combo that led me to this song. As someone else said, it's folk music played by Black Sabbath.

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

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Re: Damn you sir, I say, damn you!

If I didn't say then someone else would have :-)

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Re: broken link :/

Works fine here too.

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Rogered ramjet.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

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Re: Liggett

While I agree that Liggett is a very good commentator he does suck up to the man with the cheque book. He was working for the Olympic broadcaster in Aus (I can't even bear to type their name) and in GB vs Aus cycling events he said things like "Let's hope it's a gold for Aus".

The best neutral commentary money can buy.

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I should have gone for the VPN option...

...but I figured many others around the world would do the same and cripple the servers. From comments I've seen in various places the service held up well.

The biggest bonus from non-Brits using VPNs to access the BBC is that a lot more people around the world now know what a decent TV service is like. Even the BBC's 80 minute nightly roundup programme seemed to squeeze in more events than our local broadcaster's 12 hour overnight marathon.

No adverts and quality output is the polar opposite of what many countries get.

And some Tory trolls people still have the nerve to complain about the world's best broadcaster.

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Don’t waste time hiding NBN POI locations

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The mobile infrastructure is very well hidden

Someone was smart enough to hide it all next to those massive towers. We can sleep easily tonight.

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Er, that gesture graphic...

...it looks like a guide to entertaining ladies.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

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Is there a lawyer in the house?

Q1. If someone tweeted 140 characters of a copyrighted piece of literature would they fall foul of the law?

Q2. If someone said Kevin Pietersen is a wanker would that require the tweeter to prove that KP had indulged in solo pleasures or would KP have to prove he hasn't?

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BMW slams ad machine into reverse, screeches out of pirate den

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Advertising is evil?

You learn something new every day.

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Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

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How many for the entire Chinese population?

It sounds like a lot of balls to me.

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: You miss the point of this forum

I don't own an Android phone and I still dislike Apple and their patent wars.

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Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

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Re: No one expects the copyright police!

"One of the most important signs of the existence of a democracy is that when there is a knock at the door at 5 in the morning, one is completely certain that it is the milkman." - Winston Churchill

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Internet Archive serves up 1.4 million BitTorrent downloads

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Hours of legal entertainment

I can recommend Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women - a classic of the craptastic b&w genre - and also Sex Madness - an STD propaganda work - which is so bad that it doesn't need a parody version.

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Samsung fingered in child labour allegations at China plant

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Want to avoid child labour?

Then you probably need to stop buying anything made in China and the other far east manufacturing areas. I can't see that happening any time soon.

One other thought. When these kids in Asia are grown up they'll possibly be buying stuff made by our kids in the west.

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Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

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Oh dear

Cameron

Usually

Not

Thinking

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France backs away from Hadopi

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“unwieldy, uneconomic and ultimately ineffective”

If only someone had told them this in advance.

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei outs his supreme-self as arty hipster

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Iran's very own Charlie Sheen

#beheading

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Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon

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Shades of Dr Strangelove

You can't wank in here. This is the War Room.

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Huawei looking into critical router flaw claims

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Flaw?

Huawei looking into critical router backdoor flaw claims.

Of course it's only a flaw.

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Solar, wind, landfill to make cheapest power by 2030

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Re: Those are wave power

Maybe I should have made myself clearer. These are definitely tidal power. You have these floaty things, that bob about on the surface and slide up and down a vertical pole (for want of a better word) with the tide. There was a prototype being tested in a location with a large tidal range (off the Scottish coast?) a couple of years ago and it featured in a TV doco.

The point of this thing is that it's tidal and not reliant on the vagaries of wind.

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Re: renewables in Australia

the economics for renewables in Australia are probably very different than for most of the EU.

My in-laws installed solar photovoltaic last year and expect payback within five years. You can sell your excess back to the grid for 22c per Kw (although the scumbags that recently got elected have reduced that to 8c.).

If anyone wants to see what people are getting from the PV systems just have a wander around here.

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Re: Tidal power

Predictability does not solve intermittency.

When was the last time the tide failed to turn up for work?

that takes up vast ears

Prince Charles will approve.

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Re: Gas?

and if only the sun shone at night when we need the light

If only we had some kind of device to store electricity. Still, nukes, eh?

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Re: Tidal barrages

I wasn't thinking of tidal barrages but rather those floaty things that bob up and down in the sea. They surely can't screw the oceans up any more than they are already.

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Re: Exchange agreements

I believe Denmark (lots of windpower) and Norway (lots of hydro) have an exchange agreement.

The UK has similar arrangements with France and Russia. They give the UK nuke power and oil and the UK gives them vast piles of money.

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Re: Gas?

and you've got all that sun

I wonder what we could do with that. If only there was some kind of panel available that converted sunlight into usable power. Still, nukes, eh?

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Poor old Heron of Alexandria

When he invented the first windmill I wonder if he had to deal with the NIMBYs. And did the Dutch, the people of Norfolk and Kent all whinge when windmills arrived in their areas?

I hope that tidal power generation gets going in a realistic way. Cloud cover and still air aren't a problem and tides are predictable to the minute for centuries ahead.

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IOC asks Olympic spectators to cut back TXTs and tweets

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Re: Worst of all is the Australian coverage

If no one is winning a medal, they cut back to past Olympics of the same event, where they did win a medal, and start jacking it all over again

I couldn't agree more. It's soul-destroying to watch and I regret not coughing up for a UK-exit VPN. Anyone who complains about the Beeb should be forced to sit and watch ultra parochial Nine's coverage.

Example: the canoe slalom (introduced as "slaylom") just showed the Aussie competitor and no one else. It's pretty much all like that. They didn't even show the end of the women's road race last night cos some Aussie was 97th in the men's 750 metre knitting relay and that was deemed more important.

I'm not going to bother watching anymore of the first week. The Aussies have all gone home by then and the real sport begins.

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