* Posts by Youngone

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Re: Um, dumb question

That sounds like a good idea, but I'm going to guess that the current bikes come from sponsors, and there will be lots of money involved.

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Haven't finished laughing

"To protect the integrity of the world's most famous cycle race..."

Hahahahaha!

Integrity

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We have hit peak Silicon Valley: New crazy goal to disrupt entire cities

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How old?

Adora Cheung looks to be about 22, so she probably knows nothing about the real world.

A quick search finds she founded a cleaning company which gained a bunch of VC funding because it had a website.

I remember what I was like at 22, I knew everything too, it's experience that taught me that I know nothing.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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I'm at least partially with Microsoft here too.

I do have sympathy for the woman involved, it can be a bit scary for non technical people to be confronted with something unfamiliar on their computer, but I could have fixed this in an afternoon.

1: Copy data off laptop HDD, (removing if necessary and copying from another PC).

2: Reinstall original Win7

3: Disable Win 10 updates.

I have done this twice recently for friends who wound up with Win10 and didn't like it.

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Aust Federal Police keep lid on docs that triggered NBN raids

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Next

If I was Australian I would be encouraging Mr. Conroy to take this to the courts.

There is no way the AFP can be trusted to make a decision like this, it looks like they're protecting someone.

I wonder who?

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Nazi witch-hunt ends with fierce judgment

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Why?

I can't figure out how this guy keeps his job.

The Administrative Council continues to back him despite that fact he has borked things so badly that he needs bodyguards.

Hard to explain I would have thought.

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

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Not sure at all

I'm wondering if they really will help with determining the time of death.

If people have any of these zebrafish genes, maybe the time of death winds up being next Tuesday.

Or I'm overthinking it.

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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There you go

Moiety asks a perfectly reasonable question, Stoneshop gives a great, really helpful looking answer.

That's why Raspberry Pi is the best.

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Parliament is building a new website – and it doesn't want GDS anywhere near it

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Flame

Wait.. no flamewars?

The article said there seemed to be no Linux/Windows/Apple/Android wars on their forums.

Is that because they all accept the superiority of Linux?

Just curious.

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US Senate strikes down open-access FBI hacking warrant by just one honest vote

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Voting patterns

I'm of the view that all US politician's voting patterns can be predicted by looking at their donors list.

In this case does that mean the FBI has donated to Senator John Cornyn?

There's no evidence, so maybe they have other more persuasive methods of getting the votes they want.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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I too wondered where all the cash came from. Would anyone buy a phone with cash?

Not many would be my guess.

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Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival

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Not easy

If I remember correctly, Chattanooga had an uphill battle getting their fibre installed.

The incumbent ISP's used every dirty trick in the book to stop it, and there were multiple court battles.

This gives a quick overview

No wonder everyone hates Comcast.

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Kiwis prep 'permissive' space laws to help Rocket Lab get off the ground

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Noice

This also bring more tourists to the area I would think.

http://www.voyagemahia.com

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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What's all this then?

I'm not sure what Brennan's game is. For a smart guy he sure seems stupid.

Does he not know how maths works? If US encryption is broken, someone else will sell a non-broken alternative. I'm pretty sure he's worked that out, so why say something so patently dumb?

I want to know what's really going on here.

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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Re: I just forked your ballon, guy!

@Dadmin

The first part of your post is no doubt correct.

If they have a patent, no matter how stupid or obvious, they can force Google to spend a lot of money defending themselves.

It might just be cheaper to cut a deal.

What's that called now? Oh yes. Extortion.

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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We want answers

When called to explain, the Telcos will explain that they are huge, massively profitable monopolies, which generate an awful lot of campaign contributions for committee members.

The committee members will explain that there's an election coming up soon, so they should at least look like they're acting in the interests of the voters.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: Ban politics

Bored with! It's bored with Twitter!

Not "bored of".

And yes, as far as I can tell, that is what is happening.

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Not-so Secret Rulers of the World gather to talk cybersecurity, AI and, er, TalkTalk?

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Angry of Mayfair

First of all it's bête noire, and secondly I'm pretty sure Donald Trump barely knows who Lindsay Graham is.

I Googled him, because I didn't know, and I find he endorsed Jeb Bush (everyone laughed and laughed), then Ted Cruz (also extremely funny).

Apparently he won't vote for Trump, which must mean he's going to vote for Hilary. Odd for a Republican I would have thought.

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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And?

The US political system is set up for corporations and industry groups to purchase the policies they want.

The days of government by the people, for the people are long gone if they ever existed and Goolge know this.

They're just using the system the way it is designed to be used.

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Melbourne motorway to lose its $1k-per-call emergency phones

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Where I live we had this debate about 10 years ago. The usual suspects howled about how the world would end, the Road Transport Agency pointed out that no-one used the damn things.

They disappeared in short order, and no-one misses them.

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

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Court Case?

Axl will lose, because of this thing called satire.

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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Step right up!

"co-founder and president Moshe Hogeg, a serial start up creator, and chief executive officer Tal Cohen, a former Forbes journalist and advertising industry man."

Really? Would you buy a phone from these two?

They don't appear to have many successes between them either, based on TFA.

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One espresso is not theft, Oz judge rules, it's part of civilization

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Ar*$#holes

So it turns out that the Facilities manager who "caught" him starting his working night with a fresh coffee is a complete turd without a shred of human kindness.

I'm glad this bloke got $9K compo, he was treated very unkindly.

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Minecraft marketing mods miff Mojang

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Yum

I suddenly feel hungry for a square hamburger.

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Controversial opinion time: Comcast sucks a tiny bit less this year

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Safe

Why would Comcast care what the customers think?

Their first quarter profit was $2.13 billion this year. They're protected from competition by the campaign contributions they make to their political allies, so customers can moan all they want it won't change anything.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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Re: vexatious litigant, eh?

I'm not sure I see the need either, Trump huffs and puffs a lot, but how much of it does he really mean?

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Water divining project abandoned after blowing AU$60k

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Tortured Logic

If there's no way of knowing if there's any water down there until you've drilled, why pay someone $60k to tell you where to drill?

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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Re: hmmm

I thought the plant's defence mechanism if a leaf is plucked (or chewed) is chemical rather than electromagnetic.

There are lots of different plants, so presumably lots of different ways of dealing with threats.

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Switkowski wades into NBN leak debate, ALP is furious

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Odd

I don't understand why Ziggy is doubling down here, the raids and the various bits of clumsy mis-management are pretty much indefensible, despite his assertions.

There are long standing conventions about public servants' behaviour in the period before an election, and the NBN (and AFP) have broken some so I would assume there will be consequences.

As pointed out, neither the ALP nor the Liberals will be particularly happy about this, so it all seems a bit career limiting.

I'd be happy to have it all explained if I've got it wrong of course.

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Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules

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Re: GOP throws hissy fit, tries to end party

It's weird how (some) Americans can be conned so easily, just add some sort of crap about Jesus, or how awful abortions are or whatever is flavor of the month, and they'll ignore exactly this sort of corporate welfare.

I'm wondering if the Rise of Donald™ is what happens once people start to figure out the con.

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Who are these people?

It seems to me that every Government that makes an attempt to regulate the Internet is doomed to ridicule, (with the possible exception of the Chinese Communist Party, but they're happy to shoot real bullets).

Where I live there have been no calls to ban this or that, or if there have been they've gone nowhere.

I'd like to think that's because we have a better breed of politician here, but I'm probably being a bit optimistic.

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Hillary Clinton broke law with private email server – top US govt watchdog

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Re: So it begins...

@ IMG

While everything you have written is no doubt true, I don't think there's any chance at all that Hilary will ever see the inside of a courtroom.

That's not how America works.

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Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

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Re: Goldman Sachs

Um, no. Goldman Sachs is a bank.

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Opinions

Hilary will do what Goldman Sachs tell her to do when (if) she becomes the President, so if good encryption is in GS best interests, she'll change her mind.

Trump probably has no clue what encryption is, but he'll be against it until he's for it again.

Luckily Apple will do what they want to with encryption.

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NBN raid fallout continues, with Conroy formalising privilege claim

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Shakey Ground

Although I'm not a lawyer I do play one on the Internet.

I wonder where the orders for this raid came from. Police are usually loathe to go near politicians, particularly when said politician could quite rightly argue that they're doing their job.

Double particularly when there's an election very soon.

This whole thing smells very fishy.

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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Re: If this doesn't shake up the patent system...

I love these stupid sueballs.

They make it so hard to justify the stupid IP laws they make a mockery of.

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Australian Federal Police say government ignorant of NBN raids

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Lying liars will tell huge porkies

It's not politically motivated, despite the police searching an opposition politician's home?

Sure, whatever.

Whoever authorized that raid better hope Labor don't win the election.

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

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Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

I'd be keen on a human mission to Mars, but I'm not sure how popular it would be with the general population.

Also, the waves would be really big on Mars wouldn't they? The gravity is only 0.38 of Earth's.

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Theranos bins two years of test results

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Maybe I should keep up.

This last I heard CEO Elizabeth Holmes was the poster child for young female CEO's and someone to be admired.

I'm pretty sure there is still a certain demographic that still thinks this.

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Suckfly: The hacking group targeting India but taking weekends off

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Speculation is fun

They could quite easily be Indians.

The people from "Microsoft" and "Online Security" who phone my house regularly certainly are.

I wondered if it might be one of those groups, when I saw microsoft-security-center.com was one of their domains.

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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What a relief!

only around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online.

I was really worried it would be lots and lots.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Recycled Options

These have been used before, but they're good:

Hitler did nothing wrong

Don't buy me.

Both great names, the marketing people will love them.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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If HSBC expect the replacements to be able to take over the roles in a short time frame, working in different time zones, then these can't be high skilled jobs.

I assumed exactly the opposite. My assumption is that these are high skilled, highly paid jobs that will be sent off shore and done really, really badly. (But cheaply).

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Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

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It will cost how much?!

Verizon, like all the US ISP monopolies have an amazing track record of funding politicians who pass legislation that hobble the competition. The history between Comcast and Chattanooga makes for interesting reading.

Ultimately Comcast lost there, but the state of Tennessee didn't make it easy.

I wonder if the mayor of Philadelphia is coming up for re-election. Expensive those elections aren't they?

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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I'm going to go ahead and assume that Mr. Comey is a politician and is doing what politicians do, pander to their constituency.

In this case that would be the extremely powerful police unions. The fact that the unions have come out against his statement says to me that he hasn't explained his thinking to them yet.

His thinking might be along the lines of:

Create a climate of fear (videoing police at work encourages crime)

Panic legislators into knee-jerk reactions (new laws outlawing the filming of police at work).

Police are now free to shoot people without the fear of independent evidence.

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Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

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Intentional violations of the law are still violations, Shirley?

Why not arrest a spook or two, put them up in front of a judge and see whether that defense flies.

I'm pretty sure that'll never happen.

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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On the other hand

Mossack Fonseca set up something similar, but no-one is even suggesting anyone will face the law. Also the number of posts I've seen on the Internet trying to make the point that "There's no proof any of these trusts were doing anything illegal" makes me wonder how many shills there are around.

Seem to be a lot to me.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Nooooooo!

It will probably be really hard to install the codecs, I might have to click, like, twice or something!!1!!

Probably won't let me upgrade to Windows 10 either.

Useless.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Re: A peer-reviewed study with citations and sources.

No, it won't. If you've made your mind up evidence won't change anything.

When my kids were little, (about 10 years ago) their school got some funding to put Wi-Fi in all the classrooms. Several mothers (and only mothers) screamed blue murder about the school giving the children cancer, so a meeting was arranged to let everyone air their views.

After the Wi-Fi causes cancer crowd had had their say, a quietly-spoken older man stood up a the back of the room and softly tore all of their arguments with a clever explanation of what radiation is and how it all works, including non-ionizing.

It made no difference, the mothers still took their kids off to another school.

10 years later I wonder if those young people are swathed in tin foil.

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Odd

I can't figure out what he wants from all this. Obviously if he's not the Bitcoin creator he won't be able to prove he is, which he will have known.

Cue internet derision, which he must have known was coming, so what was his motivation?

Baffling.

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