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* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1097 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

GAGA: Spinning blades, welding, wi-fi, what could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Goats

We have snakes around here that swallow wallabies and small 'roos. I imagine a goat would be much appreciated as a welcome change of diet.

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I shall be following this project

I have half an acre of lawn in the tropics (30+ degrees & 90%+ humidity) and a push-along mower. It makes a lawn in Blighty seem like the Sahara. It's almost six hours to mow the bastard.

It really needs a decent ride-on mower but I don't have a spare five grand and the idea of laying in the verandah hammock with a cold beer while the lawn takes care of itself is rather appealing.

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Microsemi rebuts silicon backdoor claim

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Microsemi

The world's most embarrassing name?

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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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Good news for Pirate Bay, good news for everyone

BSkyB punters who hadn't heard of PB may ask geek friends what this is all about. The geeks will explain about censorship and circumvention. Every time another person learns how to circumvent censorship the world becomes a better place.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Re: Worried

All well and good until something goes wrong.

Indeed. They should be limited to 4 MPH and have someone walk in front waving a red flag.

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UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

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Re: El Reg is compliant?

No visible cookie warning on El Reg at all for me.

The only UK sites I've seen with any cookie info banners are the Graun and the BBC.

I just checked on another machine (similar OS/browser to this one) and there was nothing on the Graun or the BBC. Not sure why it's showing on some sites and not others.

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Queensland Police warn of tax refund phishing

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Get! Your! Tax! Refund!

Even if a recipient managed to ignore all the stuff like the dodgy return email address wouldn't the exclamation mark in the subject be a bit of a clue?

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Biz law reform: Bad news for lawyers, good news for hippies

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Re: Not just for the creator

writers tend not to have pensions

At last, I understand how copyright works. It's free money for stupid people that can't see beyond the end of next week.

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Copyright extension? It needs a reduction.

If 25 years is enough for a patent then 25 years should be good enough for copyright. 25 years should also mean 25 years from date of creation. As the law stands the copyright period can be extended by advances in medicine. That is both wrong and stupid.

My opinion of Vince Cable just plummeted.

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Re: Protecting kids from online filth

Downvoted? It must have been a supporter of war, famine, poverty and disease for kids. Or a disgruntled representative of the child labour and dirty drinking water movement. Or some religious nutter.

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Protecting kids from online filth

It seems to me that war, famine, poverty and disease are far worse for kids than smutty pictures. How about we ban those things first and then worry about naked tits and arses.

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Anonymous takes out Indian CERT as attacks continue

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Outsourcing data to India?

If India's CERT can't even protect themselves why should any other nation even think about outsourcing data storage and analysis to the India?

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Creatives spin copyright licence that sticks to web

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Copyright is broken...

...so just break it some more.

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Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'

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Glover was doing geek radio almost 20 years ago

Together with her accomplice Gideon Coe, the fragrant Ms Glover presented the best ever show on the best ever radio station. Geeks of a certain age that lived in or around London in the mid 90s will recall the weekly visit of Dave Green to Glover and Coe's breakfast show in the halcyon days of GLR.

Why isn't radio that good still around?

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Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids

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Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...

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Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...

@Pax681

I seem to recall that the McCrone Report said that Scotland would be better off if it had all the north Sea oil revenue. Guess what? North Sea oil is a United Kingdom resource.

If I had a million quid I'd be richer than I am now. Guess what?

I suggest you look out for a BBC Scotland programme from a couple of years ago where the sums were recalculated at the current values. Same thing. Scotland would only be better off if it kept the oil revenue from the rest of the UK.

Tell me something: Alex Salmond's Arc of Prosperity consisting of Iceland, Ireland and Scotland...how's that going?

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It doesn't matter about the cost...

...because England will be paying.

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

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"Extremist green campaigning group WWF"

I really couldn't be arsed reading beyond that first line. I just know everything after that is going to be utter bollocks.

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Kim Dotcom to hit the big screen

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Kiwi Kim Dotcom

Kiwi? I was under the impression that's he's still German.

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Skynet emerges in Greenwich, monitoring hearts to light switches

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£200bn?

Sounds perfect for a collaborative free software and open hardware project. It could be used by any city that wanted it and costs would be shared. I'm guessing it would save, oh, around a fucktonne or thereabouts of taxpayers' money. Just a thought.

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Oz asks how much personal data should telcos keep?

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Re: Why Not Here?

I've lived in Aus long enough to realise that the various governments here will promise the voters lots of nice sounding things but very rarely deliver. A bit like the UK in that respect.

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They even need to ask?

Enough data for billing. That's all.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Re: Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?

Don't worry, dear, it's just the usual fanbois expressing their sadness in the only way they know how that the Gods of the Chocolate Factory have let them down yet again. Bless.

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Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?

Not from Google - although they should - but from the two Google fanbois that downvoted this.

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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

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Re: Imagine if it was your govt doing this?

"My understanding is that it was approx. 600Gb worldwide."

So what about the content of the data collected? It was full of information entirely unconnected to what they were supposed to be collecting.

Assuming they filtered out all the rubbish when they got the collected data back to the chocolate factory and assuming the output file was smaller than the input file then surely they would have noticed. They are either incompetent or it was done deliberately. Or both.

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Imagine if it was your govt doing this?

Google are cuddly and do no evil and therefore get away with it. Did they not notice the extra terabytes of data collected? Scumbags.

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Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s

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Re: Cue Monty Python Yorkshiremen sketch...

Monty Python? I guess you're not old enough to know that was originally a At Last the 1948 Show sketch.

Try telling the young people of today that and they don't believe you :)

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Eagle Computers?

Their first IBM compatible was also launched in 1982 although they had been producing pre-DOS personal computers for years before that. They were built like brick sh*thouses thanks to their multimedia pedigree. They had to survive being thrown into vans and planes on a daily basis.

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Gore, Bush, and Berners-Lee rock into 'net Hall of Fame

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Jesus H Christ

I really freaked when I saw Bush's name next to Gore's. Whew.

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China hits back at US cyber snooping allegations

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Re: Because China has nothing worth stealing?

They may specialise in fake eggs, quack medicine and other such fripperies but what they will have pretty soon is the world's largest economy. I'm sure the Yanks would like a bit of that back.

Economies aside, the Yanks and other countries would love to know what Beijing is planning next, their military capabilities and so on. I'm guessing the Yanks aren't just sitting on their hands and waiting to find out from a Wikileaks release.

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I'm puzzled

If the western media are to be believed only the Chinese are involved in digital espionage (or whatever it's called today) but surely pretty much every other country does the same thing to their perceived enemies. Why wouldn't they?

Are the Chinese just inept at covering their tracks or are we only seeing one side of this story?

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Met issues mug-shot gallery mobe app to finger wanted crooks

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A statue has already been made to celebrate early adopters

Sweet

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

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Coding isn't for everyone...

...but then again neither is geography, PE, chemistry, maths or any other subject currently taught at schools. The point is, of course, to expose the pupils to the subject and see if they have any interest or talent in that field.

We may not see the programming equivalent of an Einstein or Newton but we may see a few kids that come up with ideas that make a difference.

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BYOD sync 'n share

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Re: Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

It's a joy to tinker with a spreadsheet in the morning on my iPhone

An utter joy, assuming the spreadsheet is no more than 2x2 cells.

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Julian Assange™ telemovie coming to Oz TV

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Re: Obligatory webcomic reference.

Yes, that. Exactly that.

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I imagine it'll be like all the other "hacker" films...

...geek sitting in darkened room typing furiously and then saying "I'm in!"

As if I needed yet another reason to not bother with locally made TV content.

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Wavii aims to transform news delivery with social data

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Google's Page: Dying Jobs called ME, I didn't call him

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FAIL

Small typo in the article

"contact details of users on Mark Zuckerberg's siloed network."

Soiled, surely?

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Re: Tricky

I read a comment by someone the other day about Google vs Facebook. It was along the lines of:

I saw an article on the [insert big news site here] that had over 20k Facebook "Likes" and less than 100 Google "Pluses".

That's the scale of problem Google is up against with Faecesbook.

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Scientists plan 3D printable robots for the home

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Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

Seriously? I did search for this before I posted it, just in case.

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Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

...4. A robot is no bloody good unless it can make and deliver a decent cup of tea.

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Web hosting

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I have use a great hosting outfit...

...but it's in Australia. All support (not that it's needed) is by local staff. The downside is that the $Aus is very high so may not seem such good value to people overseas. It's VentraIP if you want to have a look.

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Steve Jobs biopic

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Much better idea...

...get Omid Djalili to play Jobs. He's always playing Arabs in Hollywood films.

And yes, I do know he's not an Arab.

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Don't be alarmed - but 545,000 NHS patient files are going online

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Sounds like a great idea

What could possibly go wrong?

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PM launches Oz network three-year 3.5m premises rollout

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Re: What NBN?

1. My place is not on the roll-out map (Just 1 street off)

It runs past the end of our road but isn't stopping. In fact there's nothing between Townsville and Cairns. This is a major cyclone area and some decent communications after a big one would be more than handy.

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Twitter a poor predictor of movie success

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Re: @Khaptain

A couple of things that I truly wish for :

- A spell check option on ElRegs comment box.

If you use a decent browser such Firefox and install a dictionary extension you will find that the comment box is spell checked for you.

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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

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Coat

It looks like almost everyone involved in this case is a wanker in one form or another.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

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re: Properly done FLAC

I have lots of properly done FLACs. I do them myself from the CDs I buy.

There's a portability issue for me. When we have to evacuate the house for weather reasons I can pick up my entire music collection with one hand. The car would be stacked to the roof with CDs and other circular media if I took the physical originals with me. The missus would complain if there wasn't room for her in the car.

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How exactly do you wrap up a digital file?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_paper

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Australia Post launches inbox and cloud storage for all

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Needs a bit of rebranding...

...ASIOpost.

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