* Posts by DiViDeD

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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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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: At least Samsung now know exactly what they need to copy...

Rii-iight. So my pitiful Gear2, which can send and receive emails, phone calls, check my heart rate and activity and on which I can display phone content, play games, operate IR remore operated devices, read notifications, play music from my phone or watch via bluetooth headphones and (if I had very much smaller eyes) play videos, which I could, as a last resort, even (and bear with me here) actually use to tell the time, was copied by Samsung, from the Apple Watch, and then transported in time through a wormhole so that Optus could give it to me two years ago?

Bloody fiendish, those Koreans, eh?

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Re: System security.

"It strikes me that the IT industry enjoys watching security go titsup time and time again, simply so that it can fix it."

And yet you say that like it's a BAD thing.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: We Euros prefer Muesli.

Yeah, because you can piss on that stuff and it actually IMPROVES the flavour

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Fair or Unfair They Still Lock Him Away

This was thoroughly covered in a talk at the most recent HOPE. Under the US law as it stands, there is no way out of a conviction. Releasing the information is a criminal offence with NO extenuating circumstances. There is no 'Public Good' defence. Even if Snowden could prove beyond doubt that what he did averted WWII, the court is required to disregard such considerations when determining guilt.

Add to this the current climate dof going after the whistleblower to divert attention from what was revealed (cf that nice Mr Abbott's daughter and her 'suspicious' college grant), they'd lock him away for life in a closed court and the court record would show that he offered no defence.

Truth in politics? We've heard of it.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

"if Photoshop had any glimmer of competition out there.."

Once upon a time it looked like they would. Anyone remember Jasc Paint Shop Pro? It was really starting to get there (from about v6 onwards, IIRC), with sophisticated effects and filters, print ready colour separations and pretty advanced resampling, when along came Corel, who added bloat, incomprehensible multi level menus et al.

I used to wonder whether Corel simply bought it to remove competition from their existing products, or maybe it was doomed by its own (in the old days) shareware pricing model.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: This sounds horribly familiar

You should try being a contractor for a bank which shall remain nameless (the one whose offices are all in the Citi).

I wasn't entitled to a company credit card because I was a contractor, so I paid my own expenses and claimed them back. Only their expenses team could only reimburse Citi credit cards, so I got a Citi card. Only they could only reimburse if they had an employee number, which don't get issued to contractors....

By the time they agreed that I could invoice the company for my expenses I'd racked up A$12,300 (about £1.47) in expenses and was getting nasty letters about paying my credit card bill from the same bank that was holding the money!

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

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Well, terrorism AND protecting the children

So that's me sold. Where do I send the DNA sample?

In other news, that nice Mr Abbot explains why we haven't been experiencing this explosion in unsolved crime for the past 100 years.

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Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

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Just HOW did Apple win a patent?

Sorry, got a bit distracted by Apple getting a patent for what appears to be just a ripoff of Cardboard. Is having the phone slide in from the side enough to preclude prior art?

Or is it because the Apple version will be constructed using brown envelopes of used bills left lying around the USPTO?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: Don't think it's a mistake, myself...

The old brain thing might be playing tricks here - I've had it for quite a number of years now, but I seem to remember owning a video recorder which could detect the ad break markers inserted into networked programmes to warn local tv station operators that there was a break coming up and they needed to get their local ads ready to run. It had the option to pause recording when the 10 second marker came on and restart when the 'ok, break over, back tothe programme in 10..' signal came on (for those old enough to remember, these signals were accompanied by a hatched symbol in the top right corner of the screen). I also heard that, in the early days, C4's Prestel(Ceefax? Oracle?) service for setting up a recording did a similar trick with commercial breaks, but that they were 'encouraged' to discontinue the practice.

Not sure whether that was true though.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Just In Case?

No, never did. I buy my after shave and colognes from Chemist Warehouse (3 for $15 AND you get to smell em before you choose which 3), my HDMI cables, batteries and printer cartridges come from the Hot Dollar shop (@ $2.50 for 10 LR43s you really can't go wrong) and my current car is a $30,000 Great Wall, bought partly because of the trim (leather) and gadget (reversing camera, bluetooth, auto headlights and wipers, front and rear foglights, electric seat adjustment, touch screen console, dvd playback with 5.1 sound and the rest) level, and partly because I could run three of the buggers into the ground in 9 years and it would STILL cost me less than one X5 with similar spec (also it actually goes offroad in the Aussie fashion, which the X5 doesn't).

I also, according to a friend in the ad industry, have the brand awareness of a concussed wasp, which I rather took as a compliment.

Incidentally, when I was in the Uk, I ran a Quad 44/404 into Rogers LS 3/5a's over parallel lengths of single core, copper, fabric insulated, electric fence conductor - 1/8 inch, filed down at the ends to fit the terminals.

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Re: Science

I had all my dielectric stuck in a field once. Took weeks for the swelling to go down.

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mp3???

Surely any TRUE audiophoole is listening only to uncompressed FLAC files encoded at 1430khz and then lovingly transferred to gold plated vinyl disc using cables handcrafted from only the finest unicorn horn?

And on a valve amp, natch.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Why aren't they running our governments?

Because to be in government requires a persion who is 'special', and one thing you can be sure of is that none of these guys ever rode the short bus.

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Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

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Re: One good feature

Funnily enough, my cheap Chinese SUV already has a keyless key already has a button on the ..erm.. key(less) thingy which flashes the lights and sounds the horn, so that people of my limited attention span no longer have to go home from the shopping centre by bus (even works between floors as I discovered a couple of weeks back).

If I strap it to my wrist, can I claim prior art?

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

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Re: Really?

"when they can prove they are not horrendously nasty to their own population"

Well, both China and Russia have a rapidly growing middle class, which is more than can be said for the US these days.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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Re: Crystals

Although I think he used copper wire rather than gold, there was a guy back in the 80s(?) who built a 'Tesla Coil' in his loft and used it to power his house lights sith the RF from (I think) Droitwitch transmitter.

He was only discovered when the Beeb sent out engineers to map the output after complaints from listeners.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Save the planet for who, though?

I know I've said this before (quite possibly in this very forumette), but could somebody tell me why I should do anything for future generations? I mean, what have they ever done for me?

Sorry about that, but I just reread Simak's City, and Joe's attitude of 'Why should I care what people think of me after I'm dead? I'll still be dead and their respect or derision won't change that.' is starting to appeal more and more.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Is this the new hide and seek Reg?

I would probably have got more from the article had not half the text been hidden by a popover ad (Galaxy Tab 2). Hitting the close button got me a 'What was wrong with this ad?' Questionnaire, but unfortunately 'It's in the fucking way!' wasn't one of the options. Still, at least the ad closed and left only an empty box floating over the same sodding area of the page.

Chaps, I'm all for monetisation, but could we get to see the ads AND the article?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: "A sense of responsibility is needed.”

"Why, the economy would COLLAPSE."

And you say that like it's a BAD thing?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Is it a glass table?

The article says the hololenses map the environment so it could easily overlay a glass table, or anything you want. It could even be, oh I don't know, maybe a spindryer on fast cycle with her sitting on it and gently.........

Excuse me, I just have to lie down for a bit.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

"the sunset looked nothing like that to the naked eye..."

That seems to be a thing with photgraphers these days. I've seen a lot of work from young photographers in Sydney which, from a technical viewpoint are way oversaturated and contrastedbut which have still been quite beautiful to look at. It's always referred to as 'photography as art' in it's own right, and I think it has a place, along with HDR images and those bloody awful (IMHO) 'Look! I can make my $2,000 DSLR produce images that look like they were made by a plastic pinhole camera' fad of recent days.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2K

How about the FIIR(OPD) Problem. As in Fuck It - I'm Retired (Or Possibly Dead) problem?

Actually F2IR could sound pretty cool shouted down a phone.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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About that Picture

That's never bacon. Looks like sliced belly pork to me.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Re: Car Sharing

Car sharing is perfectly legal in Australia and we even have our version of 'car pool' lanes (T2, T3), not that drivers seem to take much notice of them. We are, after all, talking about a country of drivers who like to position for a junction well in advance - often up to 3 hours before they make the turn - so someone moving onto the A4 from the M2 will usually move into the 'car pool' lane as soon as it appears, some 5km back, just to make sure they don't miss their turnoff. Or at least that's the excuse that is normally successful when they're pulled over.

Problem is that car sharing was assumed to be along the lines of 'My car this week, yours next' with no money changing hands. The acceptance by the authorities of the fact that 'We always use Bill's car because he has free city parking, so we just chip in towards the petrol' is the loophole Uber used when setting up their service.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

Also missed out Australia, where a single MP was able to push through his own pet lunacies in exchange for supporting the government in pushing through theirs

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Why are you reviewing cars?

I'm inclined to think he reviewed this car because Renault were willing to let him. Seriously, would you trust a Reg hack with anything they could do serious damage in?

;o)

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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@ Brend Re: What is Canberra like for .net developers.

There seems to be a lot of demand in Sydney for .net developers, particularly C#. On the subject of the immigrant 'experience' I can relate the following from Immigration at Sydney Airport (yes I know, not really the WHOLE of the immigrant experience):

On hearing me say I had nothing to declare: "I hope you're going to declare that bloody shirt"

On being told I had bought 2 bottles of whiskey for someone while my woman had bought none: "Let me explain it to you again. YOU bought ONE bottle, and SHE bought ONE bottle. Otherwise I have to do the import duty form. Got it now?"

And when I was travelling to Auckland to get my permanent visa sorted and it was discovered my tourist visa had expired 6 months previously: "Tell you what, we could deport you to New Zealand, and look - you already have a ticket. That saves us a lot of paperwork."

On the actual being in Oz thing, yes, there's probably more casual racism than you are used to, but remember that the White Australia Policy is within living memory for most people. I know people who didn't ever meet anyone who wasn't white and English until their 40s. Not to excuse it, just to try to see where it comes from.

The worst aspect is that Australians don't believe that a degree from, say, an Indian university can possibly be worth anything, with the result I have been in taxis driven by some highly talented mathematicians and physicist who can't work in their field until they get a TAFE certificate.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: truth in storage

"you cannot launch any apps from it (sd card), just like unhacked android phone"

Not sure where you get that from. I've used unhacked Android for some years, and have always moved those apps which can be moved (not all can, admittedly) to uSD with no problem. In fact, my old Note looked positively sparse with the card removed, as most apps were unavailable.

I always used App2sd as part of the 10+ toolbox app to do this, but the option to move individual apps to sd has always been there in the standard Google toolbox. Generally I look for apps which do what I want and CAN be moved. Heck, I even had seperate cards with different apps on them in my old Dell Streak days (yes I know, dumb, but it worked).

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

" . . .actually inventive and innovative Apple"

How true that is!

Good old Apple. Inventors of ...erm... ohyes!

Pay by bonk (no)

Slide to unlock (hardly)

The smart watch (a few years late on that one)

Overpriced and underpowered devices based on other peoples' technology and sold to people with more money than discernment (Ah yes, that'll be it)

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Free World?

"Churchill remains an hero." Might I respectfully suggest that you refrain from mentioning his heroic status in the Welsh Valleys, where he heroically ordered troops to turn their guns on striking miners, or indeed to the Kurds, who might be inclined to remind you that his proposal to drop gas bombs on them to wipe them out and thus solve the Kurdish Problem was only abandoned because the technology of the time wasn't up to it?

Only a suggestion mind.

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Re: Ironic, given the furore over The Interview.

"the US kept tabs on the dictators Assad and Putin." And Angela Merkel, David Cameron, in fact, leading political figures in pretty much every country friendly to the US, as well as the citizens and corporations of those countries. So I guess your definition of 'dictator' is everyone except you?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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@ Tim Worstall Re: God bless us, every one!

The point I was trying to make, in my own inarticulate way, is tha $6,500 a year for someone living in a city, paying rent, buying food, paying bus or train fares, buying clothes and having a little to send home is not exactly a king's ransom when compared with a subsistence (plus a little surplus to sell) farmer who will generally get most of his food from the sweat of his hands, without having to purchase it, will generally not travel far from the farm, engages in barter for life's (very) little luxuries, and so on.

Plus I think my original point remains. How many assembly workers earning $6,500 a year can afford the products they are assembling? When I contracted (NEVER use the word 'worked' or they expect results) at BMW's factory back in the 80s, my Triumph Spitfire was the only non Beamer in the employee carpark (it was also the only car that needed regular bump starts from groups of sneering teutonic carworkers at knocking off time, but that's a whole other issue)

Oh, and $6,500 a year is still cheaper than building stuff in their target markets.

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b@John Brown re:sell you a ticket

Why do you think they call us 'customers' these days rather than the rather too promisory 'passengers'?

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Australia's future tech news headlines ... for 2016!

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Grumpy Old Man Mode ON

Huh! El Reg Southern were lucky to even have beer glasses to peer into. After crowbarring my wallet open and donating the requisite (very) small consideration, I've yet to see the promised beer tankard. Unless of course some pimply youth from Aussie Customs is currently supping his alcopop from it.

Bad show I say.

I realise there are those who would say that involvement in the whole glorious LOHAN project and the gratitude of the shed boffins should be enough reward but, hey, I'm mercenary. What can I say?

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