* Posts by Youngone

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SLOPPY STELLAR CANNIBAL star is a NASTY 1, astroboffins squeal

Youngone

Sloppy? I'll say.

The only sloppiness is the measurement in this article.

One Trillion miles? Who the hell measures astro do-dads in miles? Idiots, that's who.

should be:

11638129654064.117 Brontosaurus

174572121547934.5 Double-decker bus

11495574203931486 Linguine

Fixed that for you.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Re: Dropping a brick

Cubesats are a similar shape to Vogon ships, so they already know about their aerodynamic properties:

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

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Re: FTFY, wolfetone

Yay! amanfromMars1 is back! Deliciously incomprehensible.

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The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

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Re: Shambles

I've looked at the list of things you can do with your house using some sort of home automation, and there's not one item that I can't do, and I don't have home automation.

What the point?

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Shambles

The whole "Smart Home" thing seems like a solution in search of a problem to me. My house works fine as it is, and I have no intention of spending thousands to automate my curtains. I suspect I share this attitude with a vast majority.

If these corporations can't agree on a single open standard they will be having this very argument in 10 years time, still proclaiming the Internet of Things is coming and selling a tiny number of proprietary devices to a tiny market.

Fail all round.

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Even Uncle Sam admits: US patent law is whack

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Intelligent Design

The FTC is either being disingenuous or really doesn't understand what the US's patent legislation is for.

Pretending that patent rules are about "efficient marketplaces" is cute and charming, but as any fule no the patent rules are to prevent competition in any and all marketplaces, until the dominant players have taken their cut.

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Pacific nation accidentally does good thing in web crackdown

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Re: @Youngone Pacific Problems

Which just raises the question of Niue. About 1,400 people live there. The other 30,000 or so live in Auckland.

Other Pacific countries are too small to be economically viable nations, but as separate cultures, feel they should be "independent".

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Pacific Problems

I may be more qualified to comment on Pacific affairs than many of the other commentards here, as I am a Pacific Islander.

The particular Pacific Island I live on has closer ties to Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Fiji than Nauru, but those places have many of the same problems.

Pacific Islanders tend to be friendly, laid back people with a live and let live sort of take on life. The ones I deal with in my day to day life are generally a pleasure to deal with. Of course there are exceptions, but that's true of any group.

The problems the Pacific nations have tend to stem from their leaders. A quick look at the recent history of Fiji ought to make that clear. The average indigenous Fijian has no animosity towards Indo-Fijians at all, but various military hard man have made good careers out of trying to create inter ethnic strife.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji#2006_military_takeover

Tonga is another example where a weird sort of faux-western "Royalty" owns almost all of the economic assets and a "Nobility" help keep the commoners in check.

This is a fun read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga#Political_culture

We're happy to have them come to live here, as it fills our rugby teams up with genial giants with great balls skills.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Not a candidate

I read a comment somewhere else that argued she is not running for president at all, but is selling books, as she has two in the market at the moment.

She may be auditioning for a TV pundit role on Fox or similar also, as per Sarah Palin.

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Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

Youngone

Re: Interesting...

Tinfoily hat? Not at all. They will just wait an election cycle or two, get their "campaign contributions" properly organized and have another crack.

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

Youngone

Retail Observations

From what I have observed of Tech companies' retail efforts in my own local mall, Samsung, Sony and most recently Huawei have all set up shop at various times with smiling young people staffing the place to demo the various goodies.

They are always polite and friendly and have a passing knowledge of the capabilities of the items in stock.

The issue seems to be that the items are priced at retail + 20% or so, and no-one is stupid enough to fall for that, so sales are slow (or non existent) and they close down soon enough.

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Top US Democrats cry death to Comcast-Time Warner hyper-gobble

Youngone

Poor Politics

It seems TWC or Comcast have not paid "Campaign Contributions" to enough of the ruling class.

To be fair to her Elizabeth Warren seems like a decent sort, but that might mean that she hasn't quite had the chance to get her cut yet.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable in crunch talks with FCC, DoJ over $42bn mega-merger

Youngone

Hearing? Herring

This merger will go ahead if Comcast and TWC find the right Senators or Congress people to give "Campaign contributions" to.

That's how the US political system is designed to work.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Youngone

Yeah, it's great but...

We use Lync at work, and it works fine, but really it's just an IM client, so if we wind up with something else, so what?

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17 Carnations, The Art of Creative Thinking and Last Night on Earth

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Odd question

The Andrew Morton book about Edward VIII looks interesting, but the question about why he holed up with some Rothschilds is an odd one, as the answer seems pretty obvious to me.

Their Jewishness would seem to be irrelevant to someone as dim and small minded as Edward, just the fact they are extremely wealthy and willing to support his lifestyle would seem to be enough.

Born into privilege, he lived his life as a drain on society.

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

Youngone

Worried?

You bet the Thai military are worried. The current King is nearing the end, and according to some reports, the Crown Prince is incapable of ruling.

According to a Thai bloke I know, the current King is still held in high regard by the majority of Thai people, (not everyone however), but the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is wildly unpopular, and there are rumours that if he ever tries to take the throne there will be blood spilled in the streets.

I imagine the military are just having a crackdown to try to prevent trouble.

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EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

Youngone

Stupid Question

The question "Who's in charge, here?" is a bit redundant. The corporation or industry group who pays the politician is always in charge.

This is not new, George Bush II said it best: "Ya gotta dance with those what brung ya".

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

Youngone

Re: What's with the dislike?

Did Paul call to all of your houses and take a shit on your cat or something?

Yes, he did the bastard, and he was humming that awful "Ob Li Di Ob La Da" while he did it.

The cat still hasn't got over it.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

Youngone

Re: A simple solution?

Thank you Richard 12, simply put and easy to understand.

That is the point really isn't it? Somehow copyrighted material is able to be "stolen" like any other good, but can't be freely traded if that doesn't suit the copyright holder.

They want it both ways, and always will.

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Listed US tech provider bribed Oz bank worker say cops

Youngone

More arrests to follow?

If a US company official has paid a bribe they have broken the law in the US as well, as far as I can tell.

Once the US company is identified there should be some arrests there as well.

Although in reality it will depend on how politically connected the US company is.

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Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan

Youngone

Re: OT but ...

I like the cover photo too. I'm a bit unsure what an Australian Rules Footballer getting hit on the nose with the ball has got to do with the article though.

Can't decide if it's a West Coast Eagles Player, or a Brisbane Lions player also.

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

Youngone

Could?" Won't!

I'm sure this tech could be used for weeding out crooked traders, but will it?

Hell no, not if any influential people or large financial institutions with ties to the establishment are likely to be caught.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

Youngone

Model?

I suppose it depends on your definition, but as far as I was aware, he met her working in a Manila strip club.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Youngone

History

I was one of those people hand retouching photos for a living.

I was a Photolithographer, and oh how we laughed at those bumblers with their tiny little computers, taking hours to do what we could do in minutes.

Of course that changed fairly quickly, and we all wound up in front of a monitor.

Then the boss realized that if he advertised for "Graphic Designers" he could get kids straight out of school desperate to be hipsters at minimum wage, and that was that as far as a career went.

The kids were usually clueless, but as the job had degenerated into putting pictures into boxes, not many clues were needed by that stage.

Good times.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

Youngone

Saudi or ISIS

Every time I hear a politician explain why we should be fighting ISIS (or whatever they're called at the moment), I think, yes but you've just described Saudi Arabia, why don't we bomb them instead?

Of course I also know the answer.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

Youngone

Lumia Users

I don't have a Windows phone, and don't want one either, but I have noticed several people in my general circle with Lumias of one model or another and they have a couple of things in common.

They are all non-technical people who don't want to learn how to use a new piece of tech.

They are also not prepared to shell out big bucks for an iPhone.

That might be Microsoft's market then.

I would imagine there are an awful lot of those sorts about.

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

Youngone

Re: It's all wrong anyway

The aliens would be "Single White Female" fans, I saw it in a documentary.

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Samsung and BlackBerry: Coming together? Not at this price

Youngone

Not Sure

My suspicion is that Samsung might just wait a year or so and get Blackberry for a lot less than $13 odd dollars a share.

While the assets mentioned in the article all sound great, ultimately Blackberry need to sell phones. A lot of phones.

I've not seen any evidence that's going to happen ever again.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

Youngone

Re: Yeah... and I will believe that

Either that, or The CCP official responsible for reducing smog doesn't have the authority to close down the factories producing said smog, so he's doing "something".

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

Youngone

Re: Not being British

I've always been a bit startled by the level of casual racism in Australia.

Also Perth is like a country town grown huge. Worst museum in the world.

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Re: Can you brew your own in OZ?

Come to New Zealand then if that's what you're after, it's not much further home brewing is part of the culture here.

You can also distill hard liquor for your own use if you wish.

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Tides of Maritinia: The spy who jumped into a sci-fi water world

Youngone

Re: The unvarnished and unfolding truth according to .... Global Operating Devices. And I Kid U Not

Why can I only upvote this once?

I have no idea what it means, but it is still poetry.

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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

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Pint

This Title is Optional

I think it's charming how various commenters keep trying to make distinctions between Republicans and Democrats, as if there's any difference.

It's just rich people buying the levers of power.

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FTC: Sony told big fat WHOPPERS in its PlayStation Vita ads – and now it has to pay

Youngone

Yay!

Once again my total boycott of Sony pays off.

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Samsung, Vietnam in talks over another BEEELLION-DOLLAR mobe factory

Youngone

Re: Underrated Location

I was wondering that too. We keep being told that Android phones are a race to the bottom in terms of price and profit, so maybe Samsung know something we don't.

Or they are just throwing good money after bad.

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Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists

Youngone

Re: Something to be aware of...

The other issue I have with this is that Australia was crawling with massive carnivores at the time, and getting away from them was (presumably) a priority for prey animals.

I was hoping the Demon Duck of Doom might have been a predator of these fellows, but they were around 15 million years ago.

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

Youngone

Re: all you whiners

I'm not worried, my boss knows I'm a total bastard.

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

Youngone

Re: i like monkeys...

Chimps are not monkeys, they're apes.

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

Youngone

Derek? Derek!

Don't leave us in suspense, is Derek going to be ok?

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

Youngone

Re: Could he consider

I'm not sure you really want Cameron Slater in the UK. As noted above, he's not really credible in any real sense, he is a paid shill for the extreme right here in NZ. As for the list in your post, he's a member of a fair few of them.

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What a pain in the mass! Euro craft Rosetta to poke its probe in 10-BILLION-tonne comet

Youngone

Orbit

So from the ESA's nice graphic, the comet's orbit doesn't seem to go a whole lot further out than Jupiter. I had an idea that comets were from the Oort cloud or the Kuiper belt, so I've learnt something today.

Thanks ESA.

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Merger-hungry Comcast and Time Warner withdraw from FCC commissioner's dinner event

Youngone

Misunderstanding?

"To avoid any further misunderstanding, we are re-directing our giving from the Kaitz dinner to the Foundation’s unrestricted funds which largely supports their programs."

I'm pretty sure I didn't misunderstand at all. An attempt to bribe an FCC commissioner has been made public, and the corporation involved has had to back off.

Not much to misunderstand there really.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

Youngone

Re: @luis river I suggest old chap that if you are going to post........

Leave him alone Arctic Fox, he's the new amanfrommars. Best entertainment I've today so far.

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

Youngone

Thai Problems

There is also the awful corrupt Royal family and their bullying Lèse majesté laws. Outside the scope of this article, but worthy of mention.

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Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

Youngone

Error

It is called The Hauraki Gulf, also New Zealand is not "sparsely populated", there are dozens of us.

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US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

Youngone

Efficiency

Both the Japanese and US farmers know that the New Zealand dairy industry would more or less put them out of business if they get rid of tariffs.

The New Zealand farmers know that neither the Japanese nor US Governments are stupid and so the tariffs won't go.

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WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

Youngone

Re: Al least it doesn't say it was for "Muh Freedums!"

Not entirely Continental, the brave boys of New Zealand were the second to conquer German territory in the Great War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_German_Samoa

Not that it did the Samoans much good, but still.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

Youngone

Re: ..I don't need to apply..

Apart from Kupe of course. (If he existed).

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Our MOM's LATEST EGGS: 'Looking GOOD', chuckle Indian space boffins

Youngone

Re: Well done India

I'm not going to justify the British conquest of India, but they didn't actually conquer a nation called India. They actually conquered a whole mess of large and small kingdoms and principalities and called it India. If the British, (and the French) hadn't bothered or been able to, India might look more like Europe about now.

This gives something of the flavour of the times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India#Early_modern_India

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