* Posts by Youngone

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

Youngone

Re: So...

Wow, http://www.missiontoamerica.com is awesome, it has completely changed my World view. As part of the explanation for vegetarian dinosaurs, he says "Big, sharp teeth do not mean an animal is a meat eater." which is correct of course, just think of sharks, no wait, think of tigers, um, no... lions. Well he did mention bears, so I suppose he must be right.

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

Youngone

Re: The USA is the Nazi Germany of our era

Just by the way, I have a 100,000,000 Mark note from December 1920. An old German bloke lived next door to my Grandma, and when he died, she cleaned out his house, as he had no family. She gave it to me, and no its still pretty much worthless.

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Youngone
FAIL

Re: The USA is the Nazi Germany of our era

Several mistakes here, Hitler's best election result was in March 1933 with 44% of the vote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party#Federal_election_results

The German economy had been on the road to disaster for several years, this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Mason#The_.22Flight_into_war.22_theory

may or may not be true, but it's more compelling then Hitler's reason's for war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casus_belli#World_War_II

Not sure what you mean by "their national data". Pretty sure Hitler didn't invent the internet. It was Al Gore as any fule no.

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Mobes, fondleslabs, web sending Brit families back to THE FIFTIES - Ofcom

Youngone

Cardigans

I have become quite used to seeing otherwise well dressed young men wearing what looks like their Grandfather's cardigan around the place. I know they think they're being "ironic", but really in a few years time they'll look at all those Facebook pictures and be very embarrassed.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Youngone

I'm right next door

in the East Islands of Oz where we have "parallel import" rules, meaning other players in the market can buy and sell freely. In reality this does not always mean cheaper goods however.

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New Zealand to bar software patents, again

Youngone
Go

Re: Unfortunately...

A bottle of Spitfire cost me $NZ4.95 last week in Auckland, and about the same in pounds last year in London, so you might be better off here after all. A decent pint of proper English ale in a pub is a bit harder to find however, not impossible tho'. Come and have a look, we'd love to see you.

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Re: Naah

I'm not sure that last statement is true, (but it might be). I am reminded however of seeing the current Prime Minister in public a year or so ago, and when a voter called him a series of extremely rude, (and fairly accurate) names, the security detail made no move to prevent access, they just moved a little closer to prevent a physical altercation. I thought that was very well done.

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Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

Youngone

Re: The scum fleecing the dumb

You might find the reference here: http://www.popehat.com/

They have covered this saga very well.

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Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

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Flame

Enough?

$6 Billion profit in one 3 month period isn't enough?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Flame

Re: Mint is great but ...

Good Lord! A polite, well reasoned response in a (potential) flame war.

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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Angel

Re: American beer

Its very cool that there's a Dunedin brewery in Florida. Shame there's no Florida brewery in Dunedin.

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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Happy

Re: What's a radio?

Funnily enough we had a TV show called Radio with Pictures in the early 1980's.

Have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfOgxLgDiY

This gives a quick potted history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD-t6j9-yVM

Great memories.

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A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives

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Black Helicopters

Dotcom

Not sure I agree that the Dotcom trial has got less visceral, and while I might agree that he's trying to stir controversy, he has had nothing but wins against what might loosely be called the New Zealand Government. It's all rather hilarious for us down under, until we remember that when he wins all those law suits he is bringing, we'll be the ones paying the damages from our taxes.

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Kiwi archaeologists cook up a record of Earth’s magnetism

Youngone
Flame

Just a wee tip for Pakeha reading this from outside Aotearoa. It's pronounced "Hungy" rather than "Hangy".

Hope that helps.

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

Youngone
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Re: A long way to go

You are right about parts of the UK looking a bit like parts of NZ. I was a bit surprised how similar Cornwall is to bits of the North Island when I visited earlier this year. However the thing that really struck me was how old and eroded the UK looks. Probably a result of being occupied by humans for so long as much as anything.

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Golden Leonids shower down as Earth rolls through comet's tail

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Flame

Thanks for the videos to illustrate the meteor shower I missed, but the second one has got me really angry. Seriously, "Video's by Jere" makes me want to F***ing shout and F***ing swear. Why does that need an apostrophe?

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