* Posts by Youngone

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US Homeland Security launches IoT willy-waving campaign

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Empire Building

I'm going to assume this is just a US government department that is not really sure where it will fit in the future and needs to create and protect a patch for funding.

After all they are competing against the FBI, ATF, DEA, CIA, NSA, and no doubt several others I have forgotten.

As an aside "Department of Homeland Security" always sounds vaguely Gestapo-ish to me.

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Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

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Re: Could they both lose somehow?

@ Mongo

That's kind of what I was thinking, except I live my life by the rule that if Creepy Ted Cruz is against it, then it's probably a good thing.

Also, does anyone else think the US would be worse off if Creepy Ted had won the Republican nomination?

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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

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What's he for?

I had a quick look on Wikipedia to see what Mark Hurd had done, and it looked to me like he made some shareholders a bit richer by sacking some of the workers then sexually harassed someone.

I wouldn't listen to any advise he might give about tech, I'm not sure he even understands any of it.

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Hardly Scientific

My wife's friends are the iPhone target market, and up until this year they all owned one.

I noticed a few weeks ago when a group of us went out that my wife is the only one still using one.

The rest of them had a Samsung of one kind or another.

I don't know the reason, but it won't be because of the price.

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Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

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Re: This is why the "cloud" is a terrible idea

Yup, businesses relying on Google to host their email are mad.

My old boss tried to explain this to the PHB who had just taken over. "No, he said, Google will save us X dollars per year".

Fortunately Google suffered a 4 hour failure in our part of the world before he could sign up.

Half the company seemed to use it for their personal email, and were most unhappy when we explained that not only could we not make their gmail accounts work, but when the companies email was hosted by Google we would be telling them the same thing about their company accounts.

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Yelp wins fight to remain morally bankrupt

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My two cents worth

It is Yelp's platform, so they can run it anyway they like, but if they are hiding negative reviews in return for cash, they will become less and less reliable and the problem will fix itself.

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You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

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Business Plan

Someone has to pay for the service, so if the customers won't it looks like wash.io decided the employees should.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: Political Slant

@ Big John

Oh well, great problem solved then. The railways are bad because of the Unions.

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Political Slant

It's the current right-wing economic orthodoxy at work.

The assumption is that the private sector will always be more efficient than any public agency, so they take over formerly public services, and run them into the ground, because as a life time working in the private sector has taught me, big business is just as stupid and wasteful as the government, they just have more money.

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Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

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Re: I'm sure about one thing

Hey, look everyone, Shifty Ted downvoted me. ;-)

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I'm sure about one thing

I don't know that I understand all the details of this, but I do know that if Shifty Ted Cruz and the awful Heritage Foundation are against it, then I'm probably for it.

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Taxes

"Poor old Apple, no what which way it turns, some government is starting to take away its hard-earned cash."

Yes, and the terrible government will no doubt throw it away on schools and hospitals and roads.

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Good job, Oz feds: Conroy wants you investigated for privilege and contempt

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Re: LOL from this side of the Tasman

It's weird isn't it? You almost get the feeling that the Murdochs and the Packers can't make up their minds who they want in the job.

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Nope

The last time I needed to recover a forgotten Windows password I used Ophcrack, which cost me nothing.

Boot from the disc, tell it to find the password, and I don't remember it taking hours either.

Ophcrack doesn't do password audits however, so there's that.

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Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

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As you all know

I only come here for the headlines.

Also, if it was some leftover bit of scrap from the formation of the solar system, can a more religious person have a quiet word with one of your gods and get him to clean the place up a bit?

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Waze to go, Google: New dial-a-ride Uber, Lyft rival 'won't vet drivers'... What could go wrong?

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That's what it sounds like to me, just matching people in the same area who travel the same way at the same time.

I'm not sure why Google would need to vet anyone in that case.

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NZ-funded Hawaiki cable signs DRFortress for landing station

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Yay! Competition

The other reason its risky building a competing cable to New Zealand is that those who rule over us are very keen on incumbents, and have gutted industry regulators.

It's not a coincidence that the Minister for Telecommunications has usually been known as the Minister for Telecom's Shareholders.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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And?

Not sure what the problem is. Sounds like an accurate translation to me.

Also: it's a very sore point for the Saudis, who are fighting a proxy war against the Daesh-bags in Yemen.

But funding them in Syria?

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Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

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@ frank 3

That's exactly what I thought. It's well known that the monopolistic ISP's in the US spend a fortune writing laws to prevent cities putting their own cables in, and yet somehow "regulation" is happening now.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

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Re: distance

The answer's obvious then. Slow the Earth down a bit.

Do I have to do all the thinking around here?

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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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