* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1187 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

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Re: Really?

Really? Miranda Devine? I actually lol'd.

Let's clear up a few things. One way to reduce the amount of "irregular maritime arrivals" is to not let the refugee boats reach the shore. That is Liberal Party policy.

You'd have to lived under a rock for years to not know how that works. Let the boats sink with huge loss of life such as SIEV-X with 353 dead. Or maybe lie to the nation about refugees threatening to throw children overboard. Or ignore established maritime law. And so on.

Compared to many other countries Australia has very few asylum seekers* arriving by boat but we still bang them up in what amount to concentration camps.

* I use asylum seekers in the true and legal sense, not the Daily Mail frenzy of racism sense.

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: We're in trouble...

Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.

But it's not his money he's giving away. It's the squillions he made by arm twisting manufacturers into making you buy yet another copy of Windows every time you bought a Wintel computer.

It's your money he's giving away.

Saint Bill, my arse.

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DSD's 'don't be stupid' mitigation strategies still work

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Reassuring

No, I was looking for that other word that means the opposite of reassuring.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: Is anyone writing anything new in the entertainment world?

No and this is why I never watch, let alone buy, Hollywood's latest bowel evacuations. It's the same old shit all the time.

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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is WASTED on doomed IT system

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Here we go

Cue lots of derogatory comments about how crap this all is by people that, despite obviously being fully qualified to design and build such large scale projects, were somehow overlooked for this one.

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Fairphone goes on sale to all

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Hmmm

Anyone managed to squeeze FirefoxOS on one of these?

Jeez, I just looked at the site and saw this:

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Phones sold

21

days left

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of goal

Nein danke.

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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

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Spotify’s CEO is the 10th richest man in the UK music industry

Maybe he doesn't spend all of his profits on payola, hookers, private jets, cocaine and overseas sales conferences.

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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No need for the joke alert icon.

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Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

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Re: Don't be evil

A downvote already. I guess government by unelected, tax-avoiding overseas companies is the latest must-have accessory for trendy young things.

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Don't be evil

Oh just fuck off, Google, and take your steaming pile of fanbois with you.

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Australia downloads a limping 13 Mbps, says Ookla

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FTTG

Fibre to the Ger.

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?

Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?

Exactly my thought. Rip out the Google shit and install a decent OS.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Matter/anti-matter

Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.

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Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

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Re: Social contract?

Two downvotes? The joke alert icon needs to be more obvious.

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Social contract?

Commies.

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TV gesture patent bombshell: El Reg punts tech into public domain

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The missing one

I'm sure it wasn't an intentional omission from the test dummy design but it didn't allow for "You can shove your shit, over-priced subscription TV up your arse, Rupert".

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing

I read it in an Erich von Däniken book so it must be true.

NB For those of you under 50, Mr v D was to truth in the 70s what the 'Net is in the 21st century. The name Däniken is Swiss German for "utter bollocks".

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Terabit trial gives Telstra some backbone

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Sounds good

When can I get this at home?

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Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

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Re: Nice looking hardware

It is the fuggliest thing I have seen in a long time.....

iPad owner?

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Zenith Minisport

I had one of these around 1990. A4 sized and it used 2" floppies (yes, really, 2" floppies). I still have the floppies somewhere here.

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Pirate Bay docks in Iceland

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I may have dreamed this...

...but aren't Icelandic men outnumbered 2:1 by gorgeous blonde Viking girls? Why would they need porn?

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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"let our site partners decide themselves"

How about letting the people using the service decide for themselves? They are the ones ultimately paying for it.

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Review: NetAtmo Urban Weather Station

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Re: Toytown

Really? Define "waste of money".

Sodding post edit function timed out on me so here's the rest of my response:

Joking aside, I live in the wettest town in Australia so I know a little bit about rainfall. We average over 4000mm per year with a record peak of over 7000mm. We can sometimes get over 500mm in 24 hours. 500mm is roughly London's annual rainfall, if you want a bit of perspective.

I get my weather info from the BoM Web site and a few natural indicators. When the farmer next door mows his lawn during the wet season it means it will rain within two hours. If the tree frogs start croaking during the day it means it will rain within 15 minutes. And so on.

Weather is about tried and tested observation, not apps with sensors that don't like the rain.

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Re: Toytown

Really? Define "waste of money".

Buying a telescope from Dixon's for deep space research.

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Re: Toytown

About the only thing this does that sticking your head out of the window doesn't achieve is the air quality stuff:

Quite.

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Did he explain why it's a waste of money

Low quality sensors, mainly. If the Bureau of Meteorology or any other met service, could get away with low cost hardware then they would. Example: The anemometer on a decent weather station needs to be a minimum height above ground for any thing approaching accuracy. I would guess that most people couldn't be arsed to install a suitable tower in their garden to complement a 150 quid iPad app.

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Toytown

I talked to a weather scientist about personal/automatic weather stations last year. He said anything below AUD25k (GBP16,843) is a waste of money..

His best piece of advice was if you wanted to know what the weather was like simply stick your head out of the window. It's free, up-to-date and highly localised.

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Vint Cerf endorses software-defined networks

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Vint Cerf

He sounded like a man with a fully functioning crystal ball once. I stopped paying attention when he sold his soul to Google.

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

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Good article

Nice work, Simon.

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Raspberry Pi space jaunt ends in dramatic mountain rescue

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Well done everyone involved

This is proper boffinry combined with international cooperation that came together over the Internet and all in the name of fun and science.. It's what a less cynical me from a couple of decades ago was hoping for.

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Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

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Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...

How does this make them different from the dictators they're trying to strike against... It's still "do what I say or else".

You have a choice of what browser you use. You don't have a choice on what dodgy cert is presented to you.

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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Meh

I've never worn a watch.

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Coalition's NBN plan: where's the cost of the copper?

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Typo

the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is incomplete incompetent.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd

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Seen elsewhere

"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."

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Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser

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The Saudis used Lambos too...

...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Italian efficiency

An acquaintance of mine bought an excellent domain from the Italians.

It's under maintenance at the moment but you can usually find it here: fuckw.it

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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

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I have a question

What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?

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Vinyl sales reach 15 year high, Blighty becomes No. 3 music buyer

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Re: Vinyl

CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper

Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.

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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

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Facepalm

Some potential there

di.ml/y

A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea

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Two new supers go live in Oz

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All connected by...

...shitty old copper? That'd be Abbott's view of the future.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Thank the stars she privatised BT...

...it would just be some faceless, mega-incompetent corporate giant now if she hadn't.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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ADSL2?

Looks like the proposed wireless 25/5 we'll be getting isn't so bad after all.

Did Turnbull include the costs of replacing the rotting copper owned by Telstra? Malcy's ADSL2 is going to suffer sooner rather than later.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: How to make the world a better place

Our morality as a society is what's legal.

There are plenty of things that are legal but entirely immoral.

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How to make the world a better place

Do note this was a couple of decades ago when such shenanigans were indeed legal. Not necessarily moral, but legal.

It's people like you that screw things up for the rest of us. Greed has no morals and no limits.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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Re: "He was Anonymous but not anonymous."

Actually he is still anonymous. As a minor his name is protected.

He's anonymous to us but not to the legal system. They count, we don't.

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Whoops

He was Anonymous but not anonymous.

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Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

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Pfft

It'll be programmed to disallow goals from anyone in an England shirt, just as the officials have been.

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Holden bakes Siri into Barinas

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Siri...

...remind me again why I spent good money on a car with such twattish accessories.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE

If Chrome totally dominates, there can continue to be forks of their browser with any undesirable parts stripped out. Most people will use the official versions for convenience and geeks the unofficial versions cleansed of evil.

When Chrome was first released I gave it a test drive and was somewhat surprised to see that whenever I logged in to an SSL site Chrome also made an SSL connection to a Google-owned server. I then tried the supposedly flea-free version known as SWIron. It had the same behaviour despite claims that dodgy code had been removed. Neither got a second chance.

Firefox all the way here. It's the only one I feel I can trust.

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