* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1155 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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A useful Firefox extention

Give CookieSafe a whirl. You can set up a whitelist for the handful of cookies you need and block the rest.

I'm sure there are others but this one works for me.

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China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

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Entirely predictable

I'm sure many readers will remember seeing footage of roads in Beijing in the 70s and 80s: Stacked with people on identical black bikes. I'm also sure I'm not the only one that thought that if the day ever came when they swapped their bikes for cars then this kind of pollution was inevitable.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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The advances in the digital world, whilst making the job easier, and opening the up the magic of photography to a whole host of new "pros", has also made the whole process somewhat more creative.

Digital cameras have democratised the process. Film is essentially free now so people can shoot to their hearts' content and not worry about the cost of stock and D&P. Not only that but they can see the results instantly and learn from their mistakes, something that was pretty hard to do in the days of Xmas-both-ends photography.

If you look at the right sites you can see "amateur" snappers creating images that are the equal and often better than many pro photographers.

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NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

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Leonids

Come to Australia if you want to see them. It's summer and the desert skies are like glass. It's the greatest firework show you'll ever see.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Empathy?

Pfft, empathy is for losers.

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Stuxnet 2 in the works, claims Iranian news agency

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To be fair...

...if, a few years ago, the Iranians had claimed that the US and Israel were planning bespoke malware to remotely damage their nuclear research programme we'd all be calling them a bunch of paranoiacs.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: All a bit daft...

Poster above points out that the drone still isn't going to know when you're in

I guess that depends on the degree of reciprocation on data sharing between Amazon and the NSA,

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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As Admiral Ackbar said...

"It's a TRAP!"

Now I feel dirty for knowing a quotation from Star Wars.

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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

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"Redmond will struggle to claim the moral high ground against Google over user privacy"

Google would struggle to gain the high ground against a limbo dancing snake.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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Re: @Mahat And his biggest writing influence is...

Downvoted for not checking your facts - he broke with them years ago.

Sense of humour failure?

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And his biggest writing influence is...

... L Ron Hoover of the First Church of Appliantology.

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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Re: Van Diemen’s Land writ large

focused on making diminutives rather than abbreviating

It's an abbreviation. A tinnie doesn't mean a small tin.

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Australian?

The -ie and -o suffixes originated in Blighty but Australia seems to have claimed them now. The difference is that in the UK they are used to shorten words. This is not always the case in Aus: Tinnie is longer than tin.

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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

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Here we go

Pass me a bucket.

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Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

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twat-dongle

Have an upvote.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Plane phone usage

A mate of mine is IFE manager for a medium sized airline. A couple of decades ago he explained to me the reasoning behind the costs of in-flight phone services. They charged passengers $10 per minute but the service cost about $12 per minute from the supplier. It was a loss leader service for the airline.

He once showed me a chart of call durations. There was a peak between 57s and 1m 03s (half the people didn't hang up quickly enough to limit the call to $10). There was another peak around 20-25m. Apart from those peaks usage was pretty flat and around zero. His analysis was that the first peak was caused by idiots who just wanted to show off to their friends and the second was made up of business people for who a $250 phone call was peanuts if it concluded a profitable deal.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: "the perfect means for us to enhance the customer shopping experience".

Bullshit!

Indeed. I tried it and it seemed to get very confused with similar faces.

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Looks slightly Xbox or projector like.

It looks to me me more like a 21st century QUAD 33

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Malcolm Turnbull throws a bone to FTTP boosters

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Turnbull Reason Number Five

"Despite inventing the Interwebs I have no idea what it is. Besides, I only do what Tony tells me and he has less of a clue than I do."

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: Sheeple

Mandatory downvote for using the word 'sheeple', regardless of the topic.

Mandatory downvote for denying reality.

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

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Re: Viking porn

Viking porn. Even their hats have the horn.

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The Reg explores technology in a remote aboriginal community

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A long way from here

I'd be more than happy to help out but Willowra is about 2200 km from me.

Willowra is a prime candidate for some decent connectivity but I'm guessing NBN satellite is the best they can hope for. I'm less than 1km from the Bruce Highway and wireless is all I'm going to get.

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HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

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Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?

you run the risk of embarrassing yourself. Just sayin'.

Embarrassing myself? Yo do realise this is the comments section of The Register? I only come here to read and make embarrassing comments.

Just saying.

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Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?

it's poor form to steal your comment directly from the article. :)

You're making the assumption that I read beyond the headline in the article. I often head straight for the comments as they are more entertaining.

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What's the difference between love and herpes?

Herpes lasts forever.

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New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it

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Well done, Mexico...

...for kicking up a fuss. That's a darn sight more than the poor excuses for elected representatives in the Five Eyes group are doing.

The spooks must have so much dirt on the pollies in the so-called civilised west. It's the only thing that explains the current reactions.

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NBN review team looks like old Telstra board

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How to ruin a great idea

Prediction: It will all turn to shit.

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Australian politicians 'resisted' debate on new spook powers

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Wilkie

You'd have thought Wilkie would have shown some interest, him being a former spook...or maybe not, him being a former spook.

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

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Rain, my arse

BVI rainfall: 1,150 mm (45.3 in) per year

London rainfall: 601.7mm (23.69 in) per year

I'll get Beardy a raincoat. He'll need one. ---->

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Re: Ummm...F2?

I was going to say the same, but decided to make sure someone else hadn't first.

Same here. I did a text search for "F2" to confirm I wasn't duplicating info.

- Have an up-vote.

Very kind!

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Ummm...F2?

F2 is useful for renaming many things. Was this not one of them?

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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Dear PIPCU

May I invite you to fuck right off and leave censorship to those legally entrusted to do so?

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NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

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"one cynic has suggested."

One realist, surely.

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

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Re: News from the trenches

Never mind, when you become independant (sic), you will no longer need BRITISH telecom or rely on London....

When Scotland becomes Salmond's personal thiefdom feifdom do you really think he'll start to give an actual fuck about the Highlands?

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: Five percent is enough.

I couldn't agree more. If from one million units sold we get a single Berners Lee, Stallman, Torvalds, etc, then it will have been worth it.

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Azerbaijani election app announced winner before polls even opened

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Mogens Jallberg was correct

"In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your Count that votes."

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

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"Does it run Linux?"

I wonder how many commentards will have read this far before posting "Does it run Linux?", but I digress.

Pesky Linuxtards don't have to "read this far" as we know too well that any mention of "does it run Linux" are reserved for the last page of a review.

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

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Bad reputation for making cars

we seem to have a really bad reputation for making cars unless it's F1.

If you ignore the jingoism from the three twats then the rest of this says otherwise.

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Sun-seeking Cambridge boffins chase Solar Challenge car crown

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Re: "optimum gathering angle according to time of day and direction of travel"

Isn't the direction of travel due south for 3,000 km?

The sun will rise on the left of the car and set on the right.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Re: Please excuse this OT comment...

Whenever there is an article with comments disabled, post any comments on the closest previous article with comments enabled...

Comments are enabled on Orlowsky's polemic based on falsehoods carefully researched piece. My comment was censored "rejected".

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Please excuse this OT comment...

...but Orlowski won't allow my comment on the IPCC article.

I hope all the anti-IPCC trolls will read this.

People can make their own minds up as to the veracity.

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'I shot the sheriff': Turnbull asked for NBN Co board scalps

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Predictions

1. The CBA will show that the fibre model is better in the medium/long term.

2. Turnbull will use the CBA as a reason to keep the fibre model.

3. His business mates will make a few bucks out of this, somehow.

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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It's not a phone...

...it's a religious experience.

And they call Scientologists gullible.

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Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

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Re: Lamentable

But then again, why should ANY plugin or extension be able to crash the entire browser?

Why should anything be able to crash an entire OS? It happens.

Surely there are catch statements to prevent that sort of thing?

Firefox plugins have been run in a sandbox since early 2010 and Adobe added their own plugin sandbox a year or so ago.

Give the current version a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Re: Lamentable

a browser that crashes all the time, eats all my memory, and just generally plain sucks (Firefox)

Have you tried disabling all your extensions and plugins in Firefox and noting how crashy it is then? Badly written extensions are often the culprits. If it's stable then add the extensions back in one at a time to see which is/are causing issues. I've seen installations that have 50+ extensions installed. To be frank, that's just asking for problems.

Firefox never crashes here on any platform.

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Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

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Re: Sounds about right.

This is a typical megacorp.

You'd think this particular megacorp would buy some insurance for their cars. If only there was some kind of online service where they could type "car insurance" into a little box in their browser and get back a list of car insurers. I think it may prove popular.

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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Democracy by Mumsnet

I know it wasn't Mumsnet that kicked off the current batch of whinging but you know what I mean. There's nothing quite as awful as someone who knows what you shouldn't be reading.

If this lot blocks any of the sites I manage I shall be mightily pissed off. I tried for months to get one site unblocked by Orange. No luck.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: French?

Two downvotes for a well documented fact. You wacky downvoting Registerians, always good for a laugh.

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Re: French?

With over 200 million speakers French

French, as we know it today, wasn't even widespread in France until relatively recently. There were many other languages and dialects until they were stamped out by Paris.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Re: iPhone and iPad?

@ Robert Long 1

To be fair, a two-year-old is pretty unlikely to swallow an iPad.

But highly likely to stand on it or throw it at a sibling in a spoilt brat tantrum.

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