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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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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Surprise

I'm sure they did consult with interested parties, and are probably too embarrassed to admit the Hollywood cartel are the only ones who think 10 years for file sharing is appropriate.

After all, Hollywood doesn't have to pay for the prisons do they?

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Trump? Who's he?

I'm not sure why everyone is so worried about Donald Trump. He's just doing what every other presidential candidate does. He's saying whatever it takes to get elected, he means none of it, and we're none the wiser as to what his policies actually are.

He's no different to Hilary, except that Goldman Sacks are not funding his campaign.

I'm still hopeful he picks Sarah Palin as his running mate. That would be really funny.

He won't of course. Everyone saw the look of disgust on his face as he watched her endorse him.

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Verizon worker strike now in its third week

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Re: Good on 'em!

I'm pretty sure the major US ISP's with their regional monopolies and political support really are invulnerable.

Open secrets reckons they spent about $13 million lobbying last year, which is probably more that any union can spend, and as we know, the US has the best government money can buy.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Great Lawyer

I'm going to go right ahead and assume lawyer's posturing is the first stage in a campaign to negotiate a huge payout to avoid an expensive court case once UC Davis gather enough evidence to sack this woman.

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Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

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Re: You are experiencing a car accident

It won't even be difficult.

I recently found a subreddit dedicated to the viewing and controlling of unsecured online cameras. There are freaking millions of them all over the world.

Looking through someone's webcam is one thing, turning their air conditioning to 2° on a cold winter's day while they're at work is totally another.

None of the companies doing "IoT" crap fill me with any confidence at all. It looks like I'm not alone.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Confusion Reigns

Where I live Cruz is being described in the media as the Republican Party elite's choice for the nomination, after 12 months of stories about how he was so hated by the power brokers that anyone else would be preferred.

I guess they've seen their future under Trump and panicked.

Carly will be a huge, slow moving, easy target for Hilary she should wind up the Republican VP candidate.

I'd much rather see a Trump/Palin ticket. At least that would be funny.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Some thoughts

I have two things to add here:

Apple refused to comply in the San Bernardino case which prompts the question, if the government seizes my (encrypted) discs, can I refuse to comply? Thought not.

Also, it is stated in the article that public opinion is split but I'm not sure that's the case.

Surely the only people who think the FBI has a case here are those who stand to gain from Government over reach. Everyone else thinks its appalling.

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Re: Explaination

RNZ might be smug GrumpyKiwi, but at least they make an effort to hold Ministers' feet to the fire occasionally. Have you ever heard Paul Henry "interview" a Minister? The word "Lickspittle" comes to mind.

The unofficial Government boycott of Morning Report says a lot in my view.

You are quite correct about the opposition, but that's what happens when a backbench MP "earns" more than $150,000 per year.

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Explaination

The reason New Zealand is so high on the list is because the press here only ever publishes celebrity nonsense, panegyrics on our glorious Prime Minister and sport reporting.

There's no need for the authorities to repress the press, they've censored themselves.

(Except Radio NZ, our own little BBC which has had it's funding frozen for the last dozen years or so).

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Barking up the wrong tree

Big cable will make all sorts of noise with white papers and media releases, but the real action will be the influence they wield in Congress.

That's where the lobbyists will make hay and the FCC will be sidelined. Mark my words.

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US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

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@ a_yank_lurker

That was my question too. I don't see how any of this passes muster, the whole National Security Letter nonsense smells awful too. An order from a secret court that the recipient can't even talk about?

The problem is that the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that money is speech, and corporations are people, so who knows what they're even for any more.

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Windy Wanaka wallops NASA's Super Pressure Balloon launch

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Re: Timing

@ EddieD

You're not too far away.

Most of New Zealand gets gales in the Spring and Autumn, what with being two tiny islands at the bottom of the world's largest ocean.

The difference between New Zild and Britain is that we don't have a continent anywhere close to affect our weather. In fact, if you run a straight line East or West from Wanaka, you won't hit land until you reach South America.

I'm going to assume that NASA is aware of all this and are confident of some calm mornings. They would do the job somewhere else otherwise.

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Yahoo! shows! off! for! suitors! by! diving! into! red! ink!

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Wow, not cheap.

They pulled in $1 billion, and it cost more than that to run the joint?

Where's the money going?

Also, could they bolt MySpace onto AOL/Yahoo! All the Internet's awesome in one place.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

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Families

I'm going to assume that some of the people in the photo are family members of the crime victims mentioned.

They should think twice before they allow themselves to be whored out as PR fodder for the NYPD.

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

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Follow the Money

Who were these guys ultimately working for? My bet would be the Chinese government in one form or another.

I'm sure the US has thought of that, and I'm sure they won't blurt it out like I just did.

Probably a quiet word in a diplomatic ear.

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Re: I think I know where they went wrong...

I walk past a Dick Smith with the "Everything must go" signs every day.

Nothing is particularly cheap, I can still buy most things they sell for less somewhere else.

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Can you hear me now – over the picket line? Verizon workers strike

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You say you want a revolution?

I've seen many online comments about this strike, and lots of Americans seem to be of the opinion that because some of these techs are reasonably well paid they shouldn't ask for more.

The profits of Verizon are huge and keep rising however so why shouldn't the workers share in that?

It seems shareholders rights come first and last.

A quick Google found this: Q3 2015 Profits Of $4.04 Billion.

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Cash-strapped Sprint to raise $2.2bn by flogging off its network hardware

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Thanks Commentards!

I asked the question above: Why is Sprint not making any money?

The commentards delivered with the expected answer: Because the guys who run it have no clue what they're doing.

Poor network, poor customer service, pointless fees, dumb half price promotions.

Management failure, I knew it.

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Pardon?

How the hell is Sprint not minting money? It sounds like woeful mismanagement to me, and this sell and lease arrangement will be a deckchairs on the Titanic type disaster.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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So, more choice really.

Neither is for me, they are quite expensive.

Nor me, quite expensive, and the screen is too big.

Choice is good though, and I am happy to continue using my 2.5 year old former flagship which works quite well enough.

The nice Leica camera would tempt me, but I own a DSLR for real photography.

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Seen it

I've worked at a place that sounds a bit like Amazon.

The bosses put a lot of effort into convincing us the business was always on the edge, and we'd need to work harder for less if we wanted to keep our jobs.

When that got old there were performance reviews that everyone failed.

Eventually the only people left were the old timers protecting their generous pension entitlements, and the unmotivated. I left it far too long to leave, and didn't realize how unhappy I was until I found something better.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Totally Buried

Ben Nevis isn't really a mountain where I come from.

4411 feet is 1344 metres. Just a hill.

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Gumtree serves world's worst exploit kit to scores of Aussies

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Ad Blocker

I mentioned at home that our shiny new firewall has an ad blocker that I hadn't turned on, but it might make our web browsing experience nicer.

One of my boys said that his favourite websites earn a living from advertising and he thought there was a moral dilemma in blocking the ads, which I thought was a good thought from a young man, so I left it off.

I might rethink that after reading this article.

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Microsoft's Brad Smith on encryption: Let the politicians decide

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The problem people have with the privacy and security issue is that the US government is not an honest actor.

They are quite happy to ignore their own rules when it suits them, so why would they hold to the rules of foreign lands?

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Infosec miscreants are peddling malware that will KO your router

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What Security?

I'm going to assume that this relies on people not changing the default logins on their ISP supplied router.

"Surely everyone does that" I hear you say.

Apparently not.

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Union warns of second round of 'massive' layoffs at IBM in Europe

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I'm not sure what IBM is for anymore. They used to have some great people who had technical skills that were of use to their customers.

I think they exist to sell stuff for more than Dell do, which means not many sales, I'm guessing.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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The British public can be reliably trusted to take the piss...

It's one of their best qualities.

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A third of Australians lose mobile services after Telstra outage

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Antipodeans?

Hey, are you lumping us Kiwis in too?

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