* Posts by DiViDeD

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: They do have a point though.

"...we didn't have them recorded for all time and for all the world to see"

You've never met my mum, have you?

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Re: I've never owned a console…

Not much to add, except my entire collection of Science Fiction Monthly, evry issue plus the loathsome and thankfully short lived SF Digest.

When I attempted to recreate it some time later, I was in over 500 quid before discovering there were many issues not available at any price.

It didn't help when, some years afterwarda, my mum said I should have got binders for them rather than keeping them in A3 boxes.

Still, at least I still have my Omnis.

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Australian Government hopes to untangle NBN migration mess

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The Errant Apostrophe

Bloody predictive typing. Actually put the spurious apostrophe in Australians to save me the trouble of fucking the sentence up on my own!

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Re:we are still discussing Labor's incompetent NBN implementation.

Aa opposed to the LNP's incompetent installation, of course. It really is time Australian's realised that it simply doesn't matter what colour rosette a weasel is wearing. It's still a weasel. And in most cases, a self serving, incompetent weasel.

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Hacking Team hackers questioned over Hacking Team hack

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Black hat company may have employed black hats

Who'da thunk?

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

Australia has postcodes,but they're next to bloody useless. My postcode is 2125. My mate, who lives several k away, in a different suburb, also has the postcode 2125.

The whole of the Sydney CBD and quite a few inner suburbs are all covered by 2000.

It's like someone in Australia Post came back from holiday and said ".. and they have these things called postcodes. Not sure what they're all about, but we'll give em a go, eh?"

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Re: Irritating

"When I jump into the comments I expect it to be rant free and on topic"

You're new around here, aren't you?

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Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

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Re: Would like a couple

There are plenty of plans online. Well worth the effort. Or you can follow the cheap plastic knockoff route like I did.

Cardboard plus a decent bluetooth headset is a great intro to VR. Once you're set upgive VRSE or Sisters a try.

TBH once you try it, you wonder why you'd need to spend €100s on an Oculus or Gear VR. Maybe it's a gimmick and will disappear like 3d TV, but it's still a mind blowing experience and incredibly cheap to try.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: France...

"he'll be facing a decade or two in jail if he ever stands trial"

No he won't! There is NO custodial sentence relating to sex by surprise, only a fine if the complaints are proven.

Assange is going to have a hard time avoiding jail time for skipping bail, but he doesn't risk any custodial sentence in Sweden.

Jesus, sometimes it feels like shouting down a wee and waiting for the bloody splash.

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Re: Login Names and Access...

Been ther, feel your pain. I did 6 months at a leading US bank, there to improve and (far more importantly) document their investment management 'systems'. I kid you not, multiple billion dollar investments with the fees calculated in Excel because their mainframe couldn't handle non standard fee structures.

It took 2 weeks to fast track a user account, so I couldn't access anything I was supposed to be working on. My manager's solution? "Try to look busy when the BUM is around, otherwise she'll reassign you"

Played a lot of Angry Birds with the sound off.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Well our trajectory .. thingie .. calls for us to errr crash on it, you see. There was a jolly good reason for it at the time. Can't seem to remember what it was now though....

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Oh for god's sake...

Actually, it's beginning to look like mass extinctions DO occur 'in the blink of an eye'. At least the evidence we'renow unearthing leans towards a series of catastrophic events, sometimes as a combined result of small changes over time, sometimes from an unprecedented and violent 'one off' event (the catastrophic draining of the north american inland sea for example).

That said, even with hindsight it'snot always (or even often!) possible to piece together preceding events to correlate with the later catastrophe.

So we might as well all pick a randome date and yell "We're DOOOOOOOMED!!!". Hell, SOME of us might be right, just by the law of averages, but it doesn't mean any one of us has much in the way of credibility.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

I think you'll find that there would be no custodial sentence at all if found guilty. However, he will definitely do time for jumping bail.

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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

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Remember, Remember

Does anyone else find this eerily familiar?

Amazon, with their rented servers and a warehouse full of mouldering second hand books get a market valuation bigger than Disney.

AOL (remeber them?) get a market valuation that allows them to buy into Time Warner.

15 year olds getting feted by VCs and offered millions because they have a .com.

And through it all, people who point out the lunacy of all this get told by 'older and wiser heads' "Ah, but you can't see the big picture. We're all gonna be rich!"

Right up to the moment when the bubble bursts and the naysayers get rewarded for their insight by losing their jobs.

Been there, done that. And of course, when the much anticipated profit (which would rightly have gone to the VCs cos of the risk they took) doesn't turn up, those same older and wiser heads smile sadly and say "Well, awfully sorry, but your superannuation seems to have evaporated. Never mind, at least I didn't have to sell any of my helicopters because I had YOUR money to cover it"

Ri se and Repeat. Forever.

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Re: OPERATION FREEDOM HORSE: THE FIX PHASE

Oh noes!! Don't bring up the Vietnam War now we have more USain readers! I've lost count of the flame wars ovee "We didn't lose in Vietnam. Point out one major battle the VC won". Apparently scurrying away from the embassyin helicopters doesn't count as losing anything. Most merkins who speak about it seem to regard it as a noscore draw, with the merkins ahead on points when the final whistle went.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Typical.

I'm more than a little unsettled by the 'known crims' idea that a number of commentards have mentioned.

What is meant by 'known crims'? It's one thing if it's 'warrant out for the arrest of X in connection with Y', but something else when it's 'Got him on the criminal database when he was arrested for taking photos of the Town Hall' (seriously, happened to me. Arrested, lectured, threatened because I wouldn't hand the sdcard over then 'dearrested' and warned to mind how I go. They even tried to insist I provide a DNA sqab sample until I pointed out I'd been dearrested and they'd have to arrest me all over again to get the sample, which I would insist was taken at the station with a senior officer and solicitor present), or 'Got convicted of burglary/public order offence/looking at me in a funny way in 1974'.

Are we really going to be monitoring and refusing entry to people because of spent convictions or arrests which never led to a court case?

Just asking, as someone who used to believe that these powers would never be abused.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

"They ask everyone for their email password.."

But you don't have to give it to them.

Of course, it means every time you fire it up you get the "Hey buddy, you seem to have forgotten to give us permission to trawl through your contact list" nag screen, but that's a smallprice for not alienating everyone you know when LinkdIn start sending them spam with your name on.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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True enough, but DRC is no way to listen to a movie anymore than it's the thing to do with music. I want to hear a difference in volume between a gas explosion and somebody crumpling a piece of paper, you know.

More seriously, did the OP consider using a higher efficiency dialogue speaker? Despite what the advertisers would like you to think, there's absolutely no reason at all to buy a 'surround set' of speakers. I went the other path, with lower efficiency front speakers to bring the dialogue up.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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If you'd hired a woman for the job, what can you use in place of "greybeard"?

Going purely on my experience with a senior (female) AS/400 developer we have at my current sire, "greybeard" would be fine.

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Oh Trevor!

I surely can't be the only person in IT who loves his or her job. 35 years now, man and old man and I wouldn't swap any of it, even with the loony business people and the 'super users' who just want me to 'add another zero. How hard can THAT be?'

From wheelie chair volley ball and networked X Wing vs Tie Fighter all the way down to occasionally getting some actual work done I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Or maybe I just need to get out more. Or less. One or the other.

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: Inspections dont work in the UK

Myl inspector, for an old Garden Village house in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, assured me that there was strong evidence of wall tie failure in the SOLID exterior walls!

For the uninitiated (as I was back then), wall ties are used to hold the 2 parts of a cavity wall together, apparently.

He also suggested cavity insulation. I should have told him to go ahead and try.

Eventually went with the full structural which, among other things, pointed out the rampant damp and dirt floor under the carpet tiles the other bloke had missed in his rush to warn me about the 'wall ties.'

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Sigh

Oh we can do way better than that in Oz!

What with news and sport reports,, What's on The Block, which corporate has decided it's worth sponsoring (at the beginning and end of EVERY ad break) and then the ads themselves, it's not unusual for Channel 9 here in Sydney to stretch a 90 minute movie to well over 3 hours.

If C9 advertise a decent movie the next thing you hear is "Is it on YIFY."

And DON'T get me started on the quarter and half screen crawler ads that pop up through most of the movie itself. Jesus! Some of them even come with their own bloody voiceovers!

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Re: royal ascent

No problem with the word choice. I myself am currently gathering a small team to attempt an ascent of Prince Charles later in the year.

We're hoping to reach the knees before he notices he's being climbed.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Too cossetting to be sporty

From my own, somewhat bitter memories (had a Stag AND a TR6 - glutton for punishment or what?), I think the British image of a truly sporty car involves a rainy layby, a lifted bonnet and LOTS of steam, but very little actual travel, unless the RAC came out to collect you.

Happy Days

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: How many Olympic Swimming Pools?

Would that be an Imperial shitload, a metric shitload, or that strangest of beasts the American Standard shitload?

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: AArgh

"moved over the reader from 7cm above, at an angle of 12 degrees to the horizontal, for precisely 0.2 second."

A h yes, the old holistic gym. Train your body AND your brain in one visit.

Only tangentially related, but one company I did time with used iris recognition for secure entry. Nothing to leave at home or lose (unless you're VERY clumsy indeed). It was just like Half Life, except for the polite electronic voice droning "Stand further back. Come forward. Stand further back....."

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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So now we know where the TSA gets its intelligence

I just thought it funny that this very subject (too close integration of avionics and IFS) was discussed in detail a couple of weeks ago on Off The Hook, with the general conclusion there needed to be some fieldwork done before the airlines would take notice, and Lo and Behold, fieldwork!

Like the comment above, if these systems are really so secure, why the 4 hour interrogation? Unless of course (perish the thought!) they were built down to a price.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re:Re-mastered version (2010) of Tractor - the LP

Oh dear. Couple of years ago I transferred my original vinyl of that to digital. NOW I feel old!

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: if you want a super slim device

I never asked for a super slim device. When looking to buy a computing device I have never in my life rejected a phone/laptop/PC/whatever on the grounds that it does everything I want it to, but it's just too damn thick.

But now we have phones so 'super slim' they bend in your pocket, laptops so thin they have no room for a chassis and have to glue the components directly to the case AND provide zero travel keyboards that give little to no haptic feedback because hey, slim.

Just remember when your laptop drifts off in the breeze, or your U shaped mobile phone is now too fat to fit in your pocket that it wasn't me wot asked for it

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Are you running an OEM version of Windows?

Nope. All were boxed software sent out by MS Oz after selling me a new licence over the phone. None ever reinstalled, I just had to put the disc in and type the Key when prompted. The only 'real install I did was the ill fated 64 bit upgrade.

And I'd happily run in a VM if it wasn't for my 'last possible ounce of power with everything set to 11' gaming habit.

Ah well, at least I've helped pay for some exec's helicopter.

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Re: The only 'advertising' I see ...

O don't get me started on WGA. I'm on my FOURTH (count em) Win7 right now, all because Microsoft seem to have an understanding gap in the way desktop PCs work.

1. Easy enough, had a free year on the RC before I bought my first Win7 disc

2. HDD died. Reinstalled, 'You may be the victim of software counterfeiting'. Long story short, new licence, kerching!

3. Upgraded the graphics card (the graohics card, FFS). Online tech says significant hardware change', new boxed software. Kerching!

4. Was running 32 bit, decided to swap to 64 bit. After all, they both came in the same box, you can run one or the other, right? Wrong! Kerching again!

Valve now has a Linux version of Steam. Just need a few other game houses to follow suit and MS can kiss my arse bye bye.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re:It's the pretty one from Cell Block "H".

There was a pretty one?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Re: What LP05 VAX-11/780 interface (LP20) ?

"even better if a burster had been involved"

Or a multi carbon splitter - all those lovely 'sandpaper' covered rollers. Ah, many's the happy moments I spent, wondering where the skin had gone from my fingertips. And screaming, of course. The days when technology had teeth and claws.

We even had a compo going to see who could crank it up so the central column og carbon paper hit the ceiling!

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Re: BP Rebranding

Indeed they did. And they changed their logo to the current Flora Margarine lookalike. In fact, in that year they spend £116 million changing logos, mission statements and stressing to the public that they were about alternative energy and sustainability.

That £116 million was, of course, completely overshadowed by the £2.57 million they spent in research on all alternative energy sources.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: That old red dot..

I still have a Canon 20Da (for 'astronomy') with an extended IR sensor, which produces excellent results on APS-C. If they could do it back then , I'm pretty sure these sensors would be available in more modern DSLRs.

The 20Da will be coming camping with me at Easter for some low noise night shooting and interesing (I hope!) round the campfire shots.

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Re: Ah, I remember ...

There's a cheap plastic splitter you can get to produce crosseye 3D images in a single frame. I have one and it produces surprisingly good results once you get your head around the changed aspect ratio you're working with. I use the Loreo Lens in a cap 3D that cost me about 20 AUD and works fine on Eos 30 film and D1X. They do subframe versions too, for your APS-C sensors, and although it's a bit of a gimmick, people still get impressed by them.

As for film, certainly. There's a discipline that imposes itself when you have 24 or 36 frames rather than 1,000. Having to wait for the result also trains you to 'predict' the result, to actually see the image you want, rather than snapping off a couple of hundred frames blindly and hoping the money shot will be in there somewhere.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Just one more thing...

Oh yes! Animated gifs. If you had room for one on a page, you had room forTWENTY!

And in all the time they were around, I don't think I ever met anyone who had actually animated a gif. They were always stolen from another site or from vast online repositories where they seemed to spontaneously generate like maggots in a tin of blackberries.

At this point I have to come clean. Yes, I used them. I put it down to peer pressure. I mean, all my friends were doing it and they were so easy to get hold of. And I knew I could stop anytime, but I never actually did.

And as for that <blink> tag, I never actually saw it work on a single websire, ever.

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Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

"Technology is just the name we give stuff that doesn't work properly yet..."

That's going on a T shirt right now!

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Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

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Re: @dan

@Lysenko:

No, we don't have the option of voting 'None of the Above' (although there are groups campaigning for such an option - can you imagine anelection result of an overwhelming 'I don't trust any of these buggers to make decisions on my behalf?' Now THAT would make the bastards in Canberra take notice!).

Any attempt to make a comment, or add a candidate to the voting form is automatically classified as spoiled, so our options are to endorse a lying, thieving weasel or have our vote discounted. It goes without saying that the numer of 'spoiled' votes is never reported in case it makes people think.

And don't get me started on the bloody incomprehensible 'preferences' paper!

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Am I missing something here?

Don't take this the wrong way, Mr Os, but how often, on average, do people have an urgent need to 'control' their fridge(s)?

I have 2 fridges. I plugged em in and set the temperature when I bought em. Since then I have controlled them ... now hang on, let me think ... Oh yes, BLOODY NEVER.

So what exciting control activity am I missing out on when, it seems, other people often need to control their fridge at 2 in the morning from the other side of the world?

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Re: Location, location, location?

Well, if there are enough commentards in Oz, how about a sister event in Sydney? We have the Lord Nelson, with its unique beers served in pints, and I can give you about 4 hours on the Safety at Work Act 1982, if I cut it down a bit (or perhaps not!)

How about it Simon?

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Re: Hypnotism

A bit like a combination of Clippy and Eddie, your shipboard computer:

"Hi there! You appear to be driving over a cliff. Would you like me to play some calming music to help you relax?"

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

Ha! Who says we'd appreciate anyone with skills living here? Although they might be able to get a low skill clerical job filling out some forms. Those 457 visas don't write themselves you know.

For those not in the know, according to big business over here, Australia suffers from a tragic shortage of skilled workers in just about every discipline among the local population. Of course, what they mean is "No matter haw hard we look, we can't find anyone local who's willing to do a $100,000 job for a dollar a day."

457 visas are what our government issues to make sure there is a readily available pool of cheap overseas labour to keep the wages down.

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: What is the actual hold up?

Oi reckons it's cos some merkin team is still putting the finishing touches to their own ballocket project (31.276531cm? Is that about a foot and a bit? Pass me a No 3 hammer and I'll MAKE it fit!) and LOHAN won't get approval until the merkins have snatched victory from el Reg's trembling fingers.

Launch and be damned say I.

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Re: Alternatively

With you there Lester old boy. I'm tempted by the classic lines and smooth shininess and all, but fearful it might end up in the same wormhole as my kickstarter tankard.

Oh! The beers I've had to sup straight from the bottle!

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: "We offer it here without any warranty, guarantee, or prospect of support"

I don't know about a spoof, but I remember an old gif with a Clippy dialog which went something like:

Hi, it looks like you're about to write a letter. Would you like me to:

- Bollox it up for you

- Just fuck off and leave you alone

there was also a prank program around which made Clippy die horribly over several days, I believe.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: A bit too much...

If we're going to be all personal anecdote about it, I know many people who use thumb drives and the Sd card from their camera/phone to post pictures on farcebook or pass around family photos.

They wouldn't know a USB standard if they sat on one, but they hotswap cards and thumbdrives like it's going out of fashion.

And their laptops stay plugged in, at home or at the hotel when they're travelling, so a single port would be less than useless for most of them.

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Re: Works for Samsung

Ah, but Samsung have that sorted for you. Just give them a bag of money for the replacement back flip case and the camera no longer sticks out.

And Samsung has more of your money

1 Turn a design flaw into a selling point

2 Make a plastic clipon case

3 Profit

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

Wow! Just turn your wrist to see the time. What WILL they think of next?

Incidentally, rumour has it the Gear already does that. In binary time display if you so wish. As an aside, since I installed the binary face I've had to extend the display timeout to give myself enough time to work out the errrm time.

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