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1142 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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Joke

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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Boffins nail oceanic carbon capture process

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Excellent...

...the world's biggest SodaStream. Anyone for plankton-flavoured pop?

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

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Big Brother

This is simple to confirm

Show us the code, Skype.

Open source it, if you have the balls. In the meantime, folks, have a read of this Register article from some years ago:

Austrian official fuels Skype backdoor rumours

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Doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin

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Doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin

I bought my first Double Crossed Play Blu-ray film today (The Inbetweeners, if you must know). The label proclaims that you get a second disc with a "digital" copy (who knew Blu-ray was analogue?). It says you can use this on any device you want but all is not what it seems.

The second disc (DVD) says it contains versions compatible with iTunes and Windows so the first thing I did was to slot it into a drive on a Linux machine just for laughs.

That quite obviously didn't work so it was then placed in a Windows machine. There was the usual autorun crap that wanted to run a programme called digitalcopy.exe, which I'm guessing is some kind of DRM infection. The "digital" copies were .wmv and an Apple format file of some kind, both around 1.3GB in size. Neither would play in any software player at hand. Even Microsoft's own Windows Media Player didn't want to know.

Searching hasn't really given any clues other so I wondered if the collective genius of El Reg had managed to solve this problem.

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Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?

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Re: "it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"

this is a remarkably ignorant comment

Did someone piss on your cornflakes this morning? Funnily enough I'm neither a malware expert or nuclear facilities engineer but I think I'm allowed to voice my worries here.

And if I was considering the likelihood of some country making a nuke and using it I think I'd be looking at the countries that have built one and tested it first although no one seems too bothered about those countries.

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"it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"

Until someone fucks up and a nuke plant goes bang. It seems hard enough to securely operate a nuke plant (Fukushima, etc) without some morons from elsewhere deliberately screwing around with control systems. Jesus H.

<-- Too obvious?

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Re: Linkies

< a href="URL goes here" >Link text goes here< /a >

And lose the spaces between the a's and the < >

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50MB?

That about 50 badly designed pages these days.

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AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

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That's all right then

"just two files were accessed"

It doesn't matter if it was two or 2,000. If it was just one file that had all the data they'd still be screwed.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: There's a (Google) patent for that

See my earlier post. Mozilla have been doing address bar search for years. This could be fun.

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Re: Universal search field

Address bar search in Firefox has been a feature for years.

I seem to recall it was even a feature in later versions of the Netscape browser although I could be wrong about that.

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Qantas to provide wireless iPad entertainment on 767s

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re: Man, you mustn't travel very often

Man, you mustn't travel very often

At the risk of sounding like the song "I've been everywhere", I've done several decades of organising temporary and permanent multimedia installations for companies around the globe. The last time I counted I had been to over 60 countries on five continents. One example: I did a six year contract with one of the world's leading airlines that meant I traveled quite a bit with them. I also fly between Aus and the UK regularly for non-biz reasons. I can fill an extended 48 page, 10 year UK passport before it expires. I guess that means I know nothing about air travel.

And Qantas really are crap.

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Fancy IFE or not...

...I'd rather walk across Australia than fly with Qantas. World's worst airline.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Piffle

The trouble with US TV content is that it all looks and sounds the same. Audiences here in Aus seem to like US crime dramas based on the same tired formulae so that's exactly what they get. Endlessly. Repeatedly. Relentlessly. Then it's repackaged as CSI This and CSI That.

As for "overlapping dialogue and sound effects", that's just fancy packaging of thin content to distract pretentious reviewers. Good drama is based on a good story, not tinsel.

Worst of all is that US accents annoy the fuck out of me.

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