* Posts by Youngone

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Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

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"Latest Company Resorts to Drone Story to Advertise Products"

Which is exactly what this is. Most of Auckland is a no-fly zone for drones anyway, and Simon Bridges is the worst kind of clueless party hack who will attend the opening of an envelope if he thinks it will get him on the TV news. (Which this story did).

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Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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Co-operation

I was wondering if the Chinese might have a quiet word with other interested parties and divide Mars up. Not in a land-grabby way, but just so that they're not all looking in the same places.

I'd like to think so anyway.

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Australian Federal Police resume NBN raids, this time in parliament

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I beg your pardon?

> “It's bizarre for a member of parliament to determine what is and what is not in the jurisdiction of the AFP.”

It's f*%#King well not you know, that's exactly what their job is.

The tool they use to do it is called legislation.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: It's always hard

>Using your logic why not just scrap anything from the past thats past its sell by date - trains, planes, cars, buses, houses, castles...

That's we do where I live, we tear down all the old buildings to make way for new ones because it better or something.

Oh, I just made myself sad.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Re: Totally Offtopic

Thanks cray74, that's a nice measured response. I might have been conflating the flag in the pic with the weird ra-ra militarism I saw last season watching an NFL football game during the "military round" or whatever they called it, when the field was covered in soldiers before the game.

That really did look soviet.

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Totally Offtopic

Does anyone else find it creepy and weird how every often a huge US flag appears whenever there's a pic of some happening in the US?

It's almost like the sort of clumsy and weird propaganda we used to see from the old Soviet Bloc countries, except no-one seems to find it odd. (Except me, maybe).

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

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Re: Petrol on fire

@ YARR

It's a joke.

Religious people might be offended, but the obvious solution is for them to pray to whichever god they choose to follow to smite the unbelievers.

If their god does not smite, then they can happily assume that the god thought it was funny, just like the rest of us.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

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Re: And if you think...

Of course it won't get any better under Hilary or anyone else for that matter.

That's because the US political system is working exactly as designed. Big money pays to get the laws they want, (and in some cases even write).

The actual elections are just window dressing to give the various incumbents a sheen of legitimacy.

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Baltimore cops accused of violating FCC rules with Stingrays

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I am a Kiwi, and we do things on a smaller scale than you Aussies, so not quite as bad as the Queensland or NSW Police corruption, but we do have the added problem of a supine news media, who rely so much on the Police for access for their crime reporting that they refuse to report anything negative until they're absolutely forced into it.

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Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start

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What Experience?

Her CV lists a couple of stints on Parliamentary committees and an appointment as an assistant spokesperson.

That doesn't sound to me like she has any real knowledge or experience, I would expect it's a job she gets on the way to a more senior job (that she also has no particular skills or experience for).

Not that she's unique there, that's the way politics works.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: Typical specimen is older than America

You people moaning about George W and Tony Blair make me laugh.

Come to New Zealand and have a look at the specimen we've elected three times!

He was a currency speculator.

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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@ pele

Look Mr. Pele, we all admired your great skills while playing football, but the rules are different at El Reg.

As another commentard has pointed out: BOOTNOTES

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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Re: Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator...

It looks to me that the FCC is trying to be a proper regulator.

The Feds gave the ISP's regional monopolies and huge subsidies to built the infrastructure, but in many cases they did not do what they promised to do.

So, various cities decided to build their own, only to face State legislators bought by the ISP's preventing them from providing a service.

I guess the FCC has overstepped it's authority here, but someone needs to rein in Comcast et al.

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Uncle Sam set to flog Silk Road's Bitcoins

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Odd

I find it a little odd that Ross Ulbricht gets life for selling drugs, (the other charges seem to stem from that fact), and the corrupt government official who sought to profit from Silk Road's crimes gets only 6.5 years.

I am aware that Ulbricht has been charged with soliciting murder, but he is not being sentenced for that in this case.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Black Screen of Oblivion

Thanks for the tip, that website looks interesting but I can't use it.

The toolbar on the left with the social media logos on it keeps scrolling over the text I would like to read.

That's not a very clever bit of design.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: @ AC

Gerrymandering affects every electoral district, the electoral commissions are controlled by the two major parties and every state is divided up between them.

First past the post has no good points, it ensures the two main parties always win.

Media bias will never be mitigated until the media empires are broken up.

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@ AC

To the AC voting for Johnson, you have worked it out.

Due to gerrymandering, media bias and first past the post electorate voting, your vote will make exactly no difference, just like almost everyone else in the US.

Your system of government has got to the point where the voters are almost an irrelevance.

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Very peed off: Ohio urologists stay zipped after embarrassing leak

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Seriously?

The only reason El Reg posted that article was because of the fabulous headline wasn't it?

Go on, admit it.

Totally worth it by the way.

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Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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I protest

Bored of?

According to the Oxford Dictionary:

"Nevertheless, some people dislike it and it’s not fully accepted in standard English. It’s best to avoid using it in formal writing."

Can we avoid it in future, or am I just being a Grammar Nazi?

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Apple gets judge to hit ctrl-alt-delete on $625m FaceTime patent troll

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Nonsense

"the Court's paramount obligation – to ensure that both sides receive a fair and impartial trial – " has nothing to do with it.

The Court's only obligation is to keep the money flowing. They've proved this again and again.

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Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

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Re: First Rate!

My first thought was that "violates the law, but seems not illegal" is much like the sort of charge that people sometimes face like "causing an affray" and similar.

They're not really illegal as such but are on the books so that police can charge people they don't like.

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Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

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Great Table

The second table is amazing, not because of the small percentages of people visiting who use OpenBSD, or Linux, but those 210 visits by an LG user.

Seriously, LG! I'm going to picture some fat slob lying on the couch and looking at the White House website on his LG Smart TV.

Freakin' Weirdo.

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VC vampire: Peter Thiel wants to live forever

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Damned with faint praise

"not demonstrably wrong," according to MIT's Technology Review.

Well, that's something I'd bet my life on then.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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I get it now

So that's the reason for him standing.

He's going to make billions selling tat to idiots.

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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

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The more things change

There are upsides to having a banking cartel though. New Zealand's big four banks are owned by the Aussie's big four, so we're in the same boat.

While taxpayers the world over were shelling out their hard-earned to bail out their local banks when their profits dipped briefly in 2008, our governments found it too hard to sell the idea to us, (with a straight face), so we didn't have to bail our lot out.

Of course we do have to pay eye-watering fees etc, so it's not all beer and skittles.

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Re: Quality

Quality? Yes they've heard of it.

I test drove a Chrysler a few years ago when I was in the market for a new car. It was the cheapest feeling car of any I tested, nothing really fit properly, and it handled like a brick.

My sister-in-law bought a Jeep at about the same time which broke down three times in the first year she owned it.

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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It's a start

It won't replace 787's or whatever is plying the skies these days, but it's a start, and new technology has to start somewhere.

How long did it take for planes to replace ships for long distance travel? My Dad emigrated to New Zealand from the UK on a ship in the 1950's, so at least 50 years.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Tape?

I'm not really sure tape of any kind is the answer to a problem in 2016.

I suppose I could be convinced, but with discs being so cheap why bother?

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Well...

I've seen it and quite liked it.

The weak bits are there, but overall I thought it was a pretty good Space Opera type movie.

That'll be an unpopular opinion I suspect.

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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

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Please don't close Tumblr

It's one of the funniest places on the Internet.

I'd miss it even if no-one else does.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Not sure

While I dislike the idea of hiring people because of their skin colour, the massive corporation I work for sent a team to our site to lecture us on diversity last year.

A site filled with Chinese, Filipinos, Maoris, Niueans and white people of both genders.

They sent us 5 middle-aged white men.

I got in trouble for laughing.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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@ Grunchy

This is the correct answer.

The only data you own is the data stored on your own discs.

But then I'm an untrusting sod.

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Re: Excellent job folks

@ Fungus Bob

Duct tape is always the correct answer. To every question.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Buried, like Blackbeard's treasure.

My comment, for what it's worth is that as long as there continues to be a huge supply of young men from Indonesia and other SE Asian countries who are prepared to man these ships for what amounts to slave wages, then no-one will invest money in automation.

Why would you when people are so cheap?

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

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Am I missing something?

TFA says the planet and two smaller stars all orbit the large star, and the image caption says the same thing, but the image seems to show the two smaller stars orbiting a common centre with the large star while the planet orbits the large star alone.

I'm sure I've missed something here.

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EasyDoc malware adds Tor backdoor to Macs for botnet control

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Smugness levels cut among Apple fanbois

I hadn't noticed. It's early days though I suppose.

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Uber opens up on Oz deactivation policies, just a little

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Weirdos

I heard the local Uber manager on the radio this morning argue that their driver vetting procedure was "better" than the one our Land Transport Agency mandates.

This despite the Land Transport Agency making it quite clear that Uber were breaking the law.

That must be what chutzpah is I suppose.

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Is that a death knell?

Unions will kill Uber.

Someone needs to be exploited for it to work, and if its not the drivers it has to be the customers.

The customers of course might have some choices, so Uber dies.

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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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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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