* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1187 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Obama+world pays tribute to Steve Jobs

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Obama needs new research staff

Jobs wasn't an innovator. He plagiarised the ideas of others and packaged them in shiny boxes for the gullible. Worse than that, he then sued those companies whose products were too close to Apple stuff for his liking.

Apparently Obama also said "“There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented". Er, what? According to the stats I read today there have been 128 million iPhones sold. That's not "much of the world" by any stretch of the imagination and I'm sure Obama learned of Jobs' passing on his BlackBerry.

Someone please wake me up when this madness and hype has subsided or when Jobs resurrects himself in a couple of days.

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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

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Re: Same here

I'm guessing that a fresh installation of Chrome is faster than an ageing installation of Firefox.

I'd also guess that many Firefox users are still using a browser profile first created a few years ago.

I'm guessing too that the aforementioned profile has dozens of extensions running and the detritus of quite a few more that are no longer in use.

I do know that a fresh install of Firefox without extensions runs very quickly indeed.

Oh, and I trust Mozilla. I don't trust Google.

Beer icon because in the browser world there is such a thing as a free beer and it has Firefox on the label.

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October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'

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Yes, I can name another CEO

Simon Hackett, CEO of Internode. Not only did he reply to my email but also did so whilst on holiday. And he solved a pressing problem for me. Top geezer.

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They got the wrong day...

...25th of December, surely.

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Aussie fans of old BBC fodder get paid iPlayer offering

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"As for Oz-made tv, "Spirited" is worth checking out though."

I'm a big fan of Aus current affairs programmes made by the ABC but that's about it. As for the commercial channels rehashing American Idol into Australian Idol when the former is a rehash of Pop Idol...just don't get me started :-)

Remakes of UK comedy such as HIGNFY -> Good News Week or Buzzcocks -> Spicks and Specks...words simply fail me (except for the ones I just typed).

The BBC is like Marmite to Pom ex-pats in Aus. You need to know where to get it from under the counter.

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"I have to say that although I agree, UK television isn't that much better either"

If it wasn't for the ABC the TV here wouldn't get switched on. There are enough good UK comedies or docos from the BBC or C4 to keep me happy.

And if anyone from the Big Media is reading this, I buy tonnes of TV and film DVDs to assuage my guilt. I even bought Downfall, FFS. I'd just rather have a fair, legal and affordable way to watch TV from the mothership.

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"Oh, and I expect Top Gear to be available in HD with 'the news'. Channel 9 hacks the bejesus out of it and makes it near unwatchable, plus they only offer SD."

I timed it once. They cut 26 minutes out for ads and trailers. They should at least make two series out of it instead of losing all that content. Tossers.

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The BBC needs a big clue

Much as I love the BBC they really need a serious battering with the Internet clue stick.

I know loads of fellow Pom ex-pats who would happily pay the UK Licence fee each year for full access to the BBC. Australian-made TV is a large pile of steaming poo and mostly unwatchable.

I've seen comments that claim the cost of bandwidth is an issue but surely they just need to come to a peering arrangement with some Aussie ISPs and distribute via torrent locally? I'm sure there are other countries that have an even bigger UK ex-pat audience too.

Until then many Poms will be watching the BBC via various dodgy methods and Aunty will lose out on potential overseas revenue.

"However, the broadcaster says it will be offering access to 70 years’ worth of archival material to subscribers, for any Australians that haven’t had enough of the BBC’s archives already."

Exactly. There are several channels now running very old BBC programmes, the kind I saw when I was a kid.

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.Scot campaign seeks UK Gov backing

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FFS indeed

I can understand the Scots wanting their independence and if they vote for it in a referendum then congratulations and good luck to them.

What I don't understand is why a party like the SNP, a party based on the idea of being independent, wants another country to pay for this new TLD.

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

Bit of a typo there. Someone added "IT" by accident.

<-- Proper copper.

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Brit ISPs shift toward rapid pirate website blocking

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Yes, Andrew, you did miss something here

"Any blocking can be circumvented fairly easily by tech savvy people."

"The number of people who know how to is small, and will do so is even smaller, though..."

But that number will grow. Only the tech savvy knew how to file share once. Remind us how that stayed a minority pursuit among geeks, please?

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Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper

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"OK, OK, yes, this isn't quite right. There's labour involved in digging up all that copper"

But if you have to dig it up anyway to lay fibre then it becomes a feasible proposition.

I'll get me donkey jacket and shovel.

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BBC website ditches modules in facelift

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Thanks...

...but bbc.co.uk and beta.bbc.co.uk are identical when viewed here in Aus. The Beeb do a bit of geo-fiddling for non-UK IP addresses.

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Maybe it's because I'm overseas...

...but it looks exactly the same.

"Wikipedia lists him as “musician, entrepreneur and movie producer”."

Enough said.

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DfE probed over Gmail use for official business

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Re: "private email system"

"What on earth were these idiots thinking?"

And therein lies the problem. Idiots rarely think. Govt idiots think even less.

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Qantas trials iPad in the sky

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The safety record is a myth

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Qantas_Flight_30#Safety_record

There are other airlines that have never lost a single plane.

They screwed me after a family death and reduced my wife to tears. JAL came to the rescue and even upgraded me to first class for one leg of the flight back to the UK.

This is their latest stunt:

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/qantas-under-fire-for-longhaul-longleg-charge-20110915-1kaqv.html

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You can't polish a turd

It doesn't matter what they offer, it's still a shitty airline.

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Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple

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Been there, got the t-shirt...

...Anyone remember "embrace, extend, extinguish"?

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Big Music trumpets ‘Cliff Richard’ term extension

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Re: Set them to music

Pure genius. Have you patented that idea yet?

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Google Native Client: The web of the future - or the past?

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How long before the NoScript devs get busy...

...and release NoNative.

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Google brings out new programming language

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No worries...

...it'll be added to Google's redundant project list in six months along with Wave, Labs and all the others.

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Early Earth’s ‘golden shower’

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Re: Hardly?

Just a suggestion. Type the words "golden shower" into your favoured image or video search engine.

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Only El Reg could use "golden shower" in a science story headline

Keep up the good work.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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@ Just Kevin

I was joking, hence the joke icon

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Re: What more do you want!

An eye test, methinks.

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Er...

"If you still see a defaced page, turning your equipment on and off again may help:"

How could I read that if I saw a defaced page?

But seriously, welcome back.

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Four depart in Internode reorganization

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WTF?

I love Internode. They are *the* best ISP in Aus so I'm somewhat shocked, especially about Mark Newton. He was very much the public face on 'Node in many areas.

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Sea eagles menace Scottish children

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The eagles around here are smart

In my part of Aus we often see eagles that swoop and collect highly venomous snakes from cane fields. They then fly a few hundred feet upwards and drop the snakes onto a road to kill it safely. Pretty clever thinking by this magnificent bird.

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A Farewell to Oates: Adios, El Reg

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Err...

...what everyone else said. Thanks and good luck.

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That UK.gov Firefox cookie leakage snafu explained

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May be so but...

...go to any .gov.au site or subdomain thereof (qld.gov.au for example) and a cookie is set for .gov.au.

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Not just .gov.uk...

...gov.au seems to work in a similar manner.

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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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