* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1155 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Chinese PLA video shows cyber-attack software

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An incovenient truth

Facts can be annoying to anyone that holds an opposite position to those facts. Did someone really vote me down for stating a fact? I'd have thought people would have appreciated a very pertinent fact that was missing from the original article. All I was pointing out is that the Epoch Times is hardly a neutral news source.

Just in case the down voter doubts that it was a neutral comment I'd like to state that I support neither the fascist government in China nor a bunch of loony religionists. All clear now? Thank you.

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Who do I believe?

Neither/both. I have no knowledge and therefore no opinion that is worth anything.

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The Epoch Times...

...is a newspaper owned by Falun Gong. Just saying.

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Oz A-G to host ISPs and copyright industry in ‘three strikes’ confab

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They forgot the most important group...

'designed to “gauge the views of key stakeholders” about copyright enforcement in Australia.'

...the most important group of "key stakeholders" is the public. Without them there is no entertainment industry.

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Celebrity Google+rs do need steenkin' badges

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A verifed Charles Arthur?

...the real one is beyond parody.

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Acoustic trauma: How wind farms make you sick

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Strange choice

You'd really like to be sloshing around in a bunch of leaked coolant?

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Given the choice...

...I'd rather be living near a wind farm than Fukushima.

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Guardian blames gov ad-spend cuts for revenue droop

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Re: Guardian: Do as we say, not as we do

I guess you'd rather not have known about the News International stuff then?

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Sun compo entrants' privates exposed in public

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You give them too much credit by call them readers...

...they just look at the pictures of lady bumps on Page Three and occasionally grunt.

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Skype arrives on fondleslab

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The first time I see someone...

...with an iPad stuck to the side of their head I will literally shit myself with laughter.

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Cabinet Office ends website test

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Our local council is no better...

...they just paid AUD25,000 for a "new site".

1. For the 25k they got a new content management system that required staff retraining. The CMS is open source so the supplier paid zero dollars for it.

2. A slightly modified template that they have used on other similar sites (changed the header graphic)

3. It's on shared hosting with 102 other sites.

4. It's often unavailable. It was down for over 90 minutes a few days ago. So were all the other 102 sites.

5. Will only allow PDF downloads if you have certain versions of Adobe Reader and browser plugin.

6. No new content on the new site and a whole lot of the old content has gone walkabout.

7. Old site was 100% HTML/CSS/accessibility compliant. The new site has 75 errors and 82 warnings on the home page.

Some companies and government buyers should be ashamed of themselves. And preferably fired and locked up.

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eBay shopping lands wild colonial in lock-up

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“activated within 15 minutes”

Sounds very familiar....Iraq...WMD...45 minutes. Someone remind me how that went.

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Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid

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I keep telling grandma about no.23...

...but she insists that 12 months is long enough to keep server logs.

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For Australian small biz, NBN retail prices look fabulous

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Re: Eh?

"I just don't get the logic of this. If NBN is more expensive than your current copper-based service, and you don't need the speed, don't sign up for it."

As I understand it, Telstra is ripping out all the copper as part of the $11bn deal with the govt. It's either NBN or nothing from then onwards. You just get the choice of ISP to move bits across the network on your behalf.

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German salesmen rewarded with meticulously organised orgy

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The contention ratio isn't that good...

...100 salesmen/20 naughty ladies. Sloppy fifths, anyone?

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Schmidt: 'Elites' not 'common men' fret over net privacy

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Elites? The man is an idiot...

...everyone knows it's spelt l33t5.

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NBN Co lights up on mainland

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Actually, I do understand...

...and I know roads are partially funded by the Federal govt:

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201105/s3213420.htm

If you can't figure out how to make the link work I'll quote the salient part:

"The Federal Budget allocates $325 million to upgrade the national highway that runs from Brisbane to Cairns."

And worse still is the fact that the Bruce Highway gets a fraction of the Pacific Highway budget, to the tune of $500k less *per kilometre*:

http://www.news.com.au/queensland-road-funding-lags-behind-nsw/story-e6frep2f-1226040230589

And talking of tax dollars, us fools in the bush will contribute the same amount of tax towards building the NBN as the city people will but we'll get at best 12 Mb/s wireless compared to the potential 1Gb/s fibre in the cities.

Your turn.

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NBN = Not Bloody Needed

While we still have entire regions in Aus that are cut off by flooding for weeks - and sometimes months - during the wet season, the first big infrastructure project should be flood-proofing roads. Food and other supplies need to come in and local produce needs to go out. We're talking basics here, not high speed fripperies.

After that it should be storm-proofing the electricity network. Hanging power lines between wooden sticks in a cyclone region is beyond stupid and when there is a big cyclonic event the power network quite literally falls over. We had no power for almost four weeks after Cyclone Yasi while the poor engineers from the powercos went from one natural disaster to another in Queensland between December and March.

A fast network connection isn't much use when homes and telco exchanges are dark but I guess faster downloads are more important to the kids of Melbourne, Sydney and the other big cities of the SE corner of Aus.

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Sleazy Aussie 'hot babes' network goes MIA

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"for those not familiar with Australian-New Zealand argot"..

..."bro" is short for "brother".

That's the first time I've been patronised by an Australian.

"Bro" is an abbreviation for "brother" outside of Aus/NZ and has been for a very long time. You'll find it in company names (Fred Bloggs & Bro Ltd) going back centuries in the UK, for example.

Kindest regards,

M Coat, your friendly Pommie pedant.

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Cabinet Office outlines gov-portal 'ID assurance' plans

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Beavering away on Martha Lane Fox...

...El Reg gets more like a Carry On film every day.

But back to the point. This does have a tiny whiff of the database state that I thought the UK had tried to get rid of at the last election. At least some good people such as NO2ID are having some input this time.

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Mumsnet founder: Our members are 'very keen' on PORN ...

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Oh the irony...

...I'm guessing from the article that some mumsnet users have used the forum to attack the parents of Madeleine McCann for not supervising their child. I really hope these aren't the same parents that can't even be arsed to supervise their own children's Net use.

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France's official P2P monitoring firm hacked

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Ha! Dopey!

Although I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this.

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Internode boss details NBN interconnect complaint

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Simon Hackett...

...the bloke's a bloody legend, as the locals like to say.

I sometimes wonder if he and the rest of the Internode crew are the only ones that actually give a fuck about the Net in Australia.

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Hackers turn Cisco phones into remote bugging devices

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Closed source comms

I think you have to start with the assumption that it is backdoored and make your decisions from there.

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Porn found in Osama bin Laden compound

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Dead men don't sue...

...so you can make up any old crap and it becomes fact.

FFS, El Reg, I thought you were beyond regurgitation of US propaganda. We're never going to learn the truth about bin Laden and this muddying of the waters isn't going to help.

Is his stash "massive" or "fairly extensive"? Probably the most risible line is "electronically recorded videos". I'm so glad to see he wasn't using that infidel gas powered video equipment.

Now where did I leave my tractor with the Boudicca-style wheel blades?

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LimeWire settles with record labels, to pay $105m for copyright hurt

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The artistes wll be happy...

...when the music companies share out all that cash.

Don't hold your breath, Shergal Farkey, I don't think you'll see a penny for that copy of Teenage Kicks I downloaded just to annoy you...and then deleted without listening.

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Google dumps Aussie Wi-Fi data tracking

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The company hired a new director of privacy...

...new? I wasn't aware there was already someone failing miserably in this job before.

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Dear Mr Beefy ex-soldier: Your BT needs you

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ISTR 30% of the homeless are ex-services...

...and if that is the case it may go some way to reducing the problem of people living on the streets.

That said, I get the impression that a lot of ex-services people, especially those that joined up directly after leaving school, come out having zero experience of life outside of an institution and making decisions for themselves. Once the fibre roll-out is complete will they be left to fend for themselves on the streets again?

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US spooks to build 60 megawatt data center

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WTF?

"only needs 7 megawatts of power"

Only? They must have one hell of a kettle in the tea room.

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Vatican blogger meeting says no to copyright, yes to lifting content

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"These people don't lie"

And Vatican spokesmolester Cardinal Pinnochio agreed.

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Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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They need a fleet of PS3s to crack this...

...just hook it up to the PSN. Oh wait...

<-- Beer icon because that's something else they won't discover in his compound.

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Online PVR goes live in Australia

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Fairlight: The Rolls Royce of synthesizers

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CMI = POS

The writer may be wearing rose-tinted specs. My exerience with a CMI was less than fulfilling.

I worked with Vince Clarke of Yazoo, another CMI owner, and I programmed all the A/V content for the first Yazoo tour.

Vince used a Linn to trigger the CMI and also had an interface built to trigger, via the Linn, an AVL Eagle* computer that controlled all the slide projector dissolve units and a 16mm B&H film projector.

The CMI was incredibly unreliable during the programming sessions and Vince decided to hire a backup machine for the tour. I think the going rate for rental was about a grand per week. The Linn was always good and never, if you'll pardon the pun, missed a beat.

Yazoo did a warm-up gig in the band's home town of Basildon and during the first song the Fairlght played up and the Linn/AVL interface died. The bloke that had been engaged to look after the visuals on the tour didn't have a clue what to do but I had been watching the show from backstage and had to intervene. From the second song until the last I had to manually cue all the visuals from memory (my memory) and there were probably well over 30 sync points in each song.

Ultimately the CMIs were dumped before the rest of the tour and the songs were dubbed on to a TEAC A3440 four track for playback and the A/V content was triggered by AVL's native timecode. A UKP500 Jap tape recorder was more reliable than the UKP20k CMI.

Yazoo geek trivia: Vince wrote many of his songs on an acoustic guitar and did his accounts on an early IBM PC. Alf Moyet's vocals were always live and always note perfect.

*The show was programmed on an Eagle but an AVL Roadrunner was used for the tour.

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Note to Mozilla: We don't get the Firefox billboards

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How fast does an app have to open?

I just stopwatched Firefox 3.3.16 on a 14 month old desktop machine and it took less than half a second to launch. How much faster does it have to get for you to class it as a good browser?

Where's the pointless arsewipe icon when you need one?

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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And it seems Android has a similar issue...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/21/android-phones-record-user-locations

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UK is fifth free-est nation on the internet

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Re: Australia

And about to get a lot worse. We'll be in the same section as Iran and Saudi Arabia when Conroy's censor boxes come online. They'll no doubt have a bit of ACTA love thrown in too.

Can't wait to see what happens when the NBN is finished and Conroy and his rabid Christian mates from the ACL have their grubby hands on the switch.

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel

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Re: Don't tell Jobs, god only knows what he'd do!

Steve Jobs *is* god. Ask any Apple fanboi.

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Mozilla rejigs Firefox release schedule in nod to Google's Chrome

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I've been testing Moz nightlies from before the m/b days...

...and I admit to being a little disappointed to see Mozilla following Google's lead with more frequent versions/releases. If Google keep to the same versioning system they'll be up to v20something in a few years and it'll all start to look a bit stupid and confusing.

Fewer releases with more emphasis on stability and less on features should be the best way forward. Extensions can take care of features. The manufacturers can also add features via extensions if they want to.

We don't need another pointless bloat war.

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Earthquake emergency drives Kiwi copyright bill

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Abuse of democracy

I hope those greedy pigfuckers in Hollywood and the politicians that they own in NZ are happy. They have managed to corrupt the democratic process on the back of grieving New Zealanders and others that lost their relatives in Christchurch.

Just how low will some people stoop to make money. These bastards could limbo under a pole that's nailed to the floor.

(and if the Moderatrix passes this I shall be amazed)

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US Navy laser cannon used to set boat aflame

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Halfords to the rescue...

...you could put out that fire with a 20 quid fire extinguisher.

<-- Grenade: probably a more effective way of sinking a rubber dinghy.

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Banana-bender beer boffins drop drops for science

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I guess Aus has given up...

...on trying to invent a beer that is drinkable on Earth.

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US gov mulls issuing terrorist warnings on Twitter, Facebook

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I can only imagine how they will phrase these warnings

Twitter:

"Al Qaeda are coming!!!!!!!! lulz"

Facebook:

"We are expecting a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda"

"Abdul likes this."

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

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Phones vs avionics - myth?

In the mid 90s I was doing some contract work for an medium sized airline and asked my client about the mobile phone issue.

His remit included the in-flight phone system so I joked that it was just to make passengers use the airline's $8 per minute phones. He informed me that it cost the airline $10 per minute and the service was a loss leader.

He also told me that Airbus had carried out many tests and had not managed to find find conclusive evidence that phones had any effect on the avionics. Some of the tests were quite extreme including placing a French army mobile radar unit on a scaffold right next to the fuselage. It had no adverse effect al all.

His off the record conclusion was that problems with avionics were likely to be software issues rather than external forces. I assume he was being honest with me.

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Swedish newlyweds enjoy lively honeymoon

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Re: You've not been to Heathrow recently, have you?

Thankfully not :)

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Hmmmm...

So they "battled their way to Cairns in Australia, which was swiftly battered by one of the worst cyclones in the Lucky Country's history" then "travelled to Brisbane, where they were met with extensive flooding, forcing a cross-country retreat to Perth" where they "narrowly escaped" raging bush fires"

Not that I'm doubting the Swedes but no-one "battles their way" by plane to anywhere these days. Cairns was hardly touched by Cyclone Yasi, the floods in Brisbane happened weeks before the cyclone and the Perth bush fires were, by definition, in the bush and not in Perth.

Call me cynical but my bullshit detector is flashing red right now.

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Sex Party's down-under struggles with dominant Catholic priests

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Sky Fairy influence in Aus politics...

...it's truly scary:

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/04/06/3184075.htm

Our Prime Ranga claims to be an atheist but has yet to realise that, in the words of Frank Zappa, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.

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Australia, give up your fixed broadband!

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You may take the piss out of 3G...

...but it does have a very serious use where I live in Australia.

After a big cyclone in February we had no mains power for nearly four weeks. That meant no desktop PCs and no ADSL connectivity. However, the Telstra 3G service worked for a few days until the batteries at the rural exchanges ran flat. A USB 3G stick plugged into a netbook was the only communication we had with the outside world and I cannot begin to explain how useful that was.

Yes it's expensive and yes the coverage was patchy (had to drive up a nearby hill to get a signal) but when that's all you have you don't complain too much.

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BBC-led RadioPlayer arrives at last

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Top link

Thank you.

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Also requires a spaghetti plateful of JavaScript from dozens of domains

And like a lot of sites the search function doesn't work without me giving Google permission to run code on my machines.

On the plus side there I haven't found any geoblocking.

Anyone know of Adblock for radio? :)

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

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It made me look twice when I saw the ads in PE...

...but when I read the FAQs I realised it didn't play open and lossless formats such as FLAC. It's a shame because I've always wanted a lounge-friendly juke box.

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