* Posts by tkioz

434 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

tkioz

Err... forgive me if I'm wrong but isn't the International Space Station you know *International*, does NASA even have the right to sell it? It's bad enough that space exploration has basically withered on the vine as governments give it up as too hard and expect private companies to step in, but giving up the one *real* presence we have in the heavens as well?

As much as I respect Musk and SpaceX and their ilk I'm very uncomfortable letting some an important element of our future fall into the hands of private companies.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

tkioz

Sweet mercy, the UK still has those archaic licences? I thought you got rid of them years ago and done the sensible thing of funding the BBC out of general government revenue like we do Down Under with the ABC.

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One espresso is not theft, Oz judge rules, it's part of civilization

tkioz

The thing is in this case he thought he did have permission as people who worked there told him to make himself a coffee on previous occasions. Sure they might not have had the authority to give him permission but that doesn't mean he should be sacked! At most if the woman in question was that put out by a dirty pleb using her precious coffee machine she could have asked him never to do it again.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

tkioz

While I'm impressed by this, and glad to see more nations in space, I'm also highly annoyed. Last year India took in billions of dollars of foreign aid... I'm sorry but if you can afford a space program then you don't need aid money.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Trollface

Something has to be really bloody obvious if a politician understands it.

What annoys me even more than obnoxious adverts (that's anything more than a banner image or a text advert) is the websites that are now throwing up what I like to call "you thieving bastard" signs when they detect an active ad-blocker.

I'm sorry but until you stop running videos in the background, with sound, and start hosting your own ads instead of using dodgy third party vendors who do who knows what with their code I'm not white listing you.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

tkioz

He'd have been better off laughing about it and saying "you got me, but hey, porn isn't a crime". But you know pollies, never tell the truth when a lie will do.

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

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What a moron

Seriously we need to stop this obsession with teaching kids 'job skills' and focusing on *teaching them how to learn*. That's the key factor in education, not route memorization, teach them how to pick up the skills they need when they need them.

Exposing them to history, art, literature, music, and all the other 'worthless' stuff only helps.

It seems like this idiot wants a world of drones who seek the almighty dollar above everything else.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Paris Hilton

Okay so I'm really hoping that all these people that keep saying in poles they are going to vote for Trump are just trolling, because the idea that people actually support this lunatic is seriously depressing. Like build a rocket to get off the planet so I don't need to keep sharing air with them depressing.

Not even Americans can be serious about voting for this guy? Right? Right? Please tell me I'm right... Please? Pretty please?

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Alien

Illogical...

I really don't get the logic behind this, if anything if I was a Yahoo Mail user this would push me towards finding *another* mail service rather than disabling AdBlock.

Advertisers only have themselves to blame for the rise of adblocking software... If they didn't put sound and moving crap all over the screen then people wouldn't have gotten so fed up that they block *everything*. It's up to them to *earn* back our trust...

*The Reg needs a Spock Icon.

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£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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Re: to be that guy

I don't know. There are some crowd funding success stories like various content creators who use services like Patreon to pay the bills. Like any system it has its strengths and weakness, and again like any system it is open to abuse, but it still has its merits.

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tkioz

Honestly these people have no valid reason to be mad, they weren't pre-ordering a product, they were speculating, gambling that the company would keep its promises, and with all bets there is a chance you'll lose your money.

Don't give money to any crowd funding effort that you're not willing to never see again.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Thumb Up

Burn 'em all

I'm not a Catholic and I honestly think that most religions are really out of touch with the modern world, but damn if I don't agree with him on this.

I recently went out with some friends, none of us had seen each other in years, and it seemed like I was the only one who kept my phone in my pocket...

If you can't hold a conversation over a meal without checking your email/facebook/whatever every five minutes there is something seriously wrong with you.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Pint

A six pack of beer is about the biggest 'gift' I ever got, and it was terrible stuff.

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Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

tkioz

This is why the rise of 'walled gardens' are a bad thing. Most smartphone users I know don't even know you can install apps without using the appstore. Sure most people like that aren't interested in this conference, but it does show just how powerful companies like Apple and Google have become.

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

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Holmes

It was only a matter of time, American businesses will scream bloody murder but they only have themselves and their government to blame for ruining their reputation.

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

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Unhappy

Wonderful

Oh joy. Why is it every software company feels the urge to 'bundle' their services... I use LastPass for managing my passwords, that's it. I don't want anything else from them...

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Body-worn cameras a 'Pandora's Box' says ex Vic Police chief Nixon

tkioz

Utter Bollocks.

I have personally known police officers, many of them, and for the most part they are just like any group of people, nine out of ten of them are good people just doing their job, it's the last one who is the problem that ruins things for everyone.

Body Cams are good for both the police and the public, it protects officers against false complaints, and it protects the public from that one dirty officer who brings the rest of them into disrepute.

It also provides evidence for court cases, bit hard to say you didn't punch that bloke when the cops have footage of it isn't it.

No, while Australian police are pretty good, it is my strong opinion that police should all wear cameras while on duty, and they shouldn't be able to turn them off (except for bathroom breaks).

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: I hope...

@Old69

Sucks to see that, yet it isn't always the case.

A Tasmanian judge overruled a hospital that wanted to sell some cottages that were suppose to be used for 'spinsters' and the income to go to a hospital. The trust managing them wanted to sell them, the judge said no.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-07/court-rejects-proposal-to-sell-spinsters-cottages/6077596

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tkioz
Thumb Up

I hope...

Hmm I'd take the $39m, it's a lot of bloody money, more than enough to live on for the rest of your life. Hell stick it in a *bank* account, not an investment account, and you can live on the *interest* alone from that much cash (2.5% interest, about 975,000$ a year).

Of course I'd make bloody sure that the contract with the local government was airtight and they couldn't just turn around and sell the park in a few years when some bright bulb gets elected.

I don't know about America but there was a case in my own town about a woman who left some prime real estate to the town almost fifty years ago, on the condition it was used as a place for mothers to rest and look after their kids. About ten years ago the council tried to sell it, since the land and building were worth millions at that point, being right in the middle of town, and they almost got away with it until a local lawyer stepped in and had a court look at the original will.

I'd also stipulate that the local government wave as much of the costs involved in the sale (legal fees, etc) as possible.

I do hope he takes the lower price, because those people shouldn't be forced out of their homes. Housing prices are just out of control in a lot of places.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Facepalm

Taste the salt

Wow, those tweets are saltier than the dead sea. How did this fool get to be CEO of a major company?

Seriously, a little professionalism please Smedley (am I the only one reading that as Smeghead? Maybe I've been watching too much Red Dwarf? Is there such a thing?)

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Pint

Hell Yes!

I want to see what they taste like, the ones that the Explorer's club ate back in the 50s was suppose to have tasted awesome.

What is science for if we can't bring back dead animals... and eat them.

Beer because there is no wine icon (Red for Mammoth?)

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Pint

Well at least he's trying I suppose which is more than I can say for anyone else involved in this bloody mess.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

tkioz

Re: The Purpose of Government.

>>Isn't the purpose of a government to establish a framework for the society it governs, i.e. laws, rules?

And what is that if not a service?

>>Even if you accept the "services" argument, the best way for a government to provide those services appears to be to collect the cash (using its legal authority to levy taxes) and then go into the marketplace and buy those services from someone with a clue.

But those said same services charge the consumer as well... So why exactly do we need the government credit card involved again?

It's one thing to buy *goods* off the private sector, say instead of setting a government owned and opperated shipyard when it needs a new destroyer, rather they go to a private one and have their ship built there.

But it's completely another for an ongoing service.

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tkioz

The Purpose of Government.

My issue with privatisation is that it defeats the whole *purpose* of government.

Step back and think a moment of why we actually have governments. At it's most basic level it is to provide services. Those services can be things like national defence to prevent any old wanker from rowing up in his longboat and nicking your shit.

Same reason we have cops and courts and prisons, at their most basic level they are services for the people, to keep order. Then you get to things like roads, services to enable travel and trade. Water? Power? Sewage? Internet?

Same deal.

So if everything is being handed off to the polly's mates money making concerns, after the public paid for the infrastructure and getting a few years worth of cash for them (cash that doesn't last), what exactly does the government do now? Regulate? Yeah right. Pass stupid laws? That it does well but not exactly a service for the people.

Keeping [b]infrastructure[/b] in the public hands is the best thing you can do for the public. Private companies can't be trusted to extend services if they aren't forced to, better just to keep it publicly owned and let private services run the retail arm, while the government wholesales.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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Re: @tkios

>>People do things that they wouldn't otherwise.

Sure do. Should we feel pity for idiots who get drunk and sleep with someone they otherwise would? Hell no. No-one forced them to drink, just like no-one forced them to pose for nudes.

I don't care how high on endorphins you are, if you think that your nudes are secure you're a fool. Don't do stupid shit and it wont come back to haunt you.

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tkioz

I have very little sympathy for people who knowingly posed for a nude or sexually explicate photo or video. Yes the people posting the data and those making money off are sleazy as hell, but simple common sense should tell you that relationships end, and people will act in a spiteful manner.

Don't want your naughty bits to show up online for people to frap too? DON'T LET PEOPLE TAKE THE PHOTO IN THE FIRST PLACE MORON.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

tkioz

Yeah I don't see this passing. Not in "tough on crime" America.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

tkioz

Weeelp here's guessing that press screeners are going to be done differently next year.

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NBN Co strangles bird: satellite users limited to 20 GB / month

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@mathew42

>That would be the responsibility of Labor who over promised, under delivered and over spent.

Labor has been out of office for 18 months mate, it's time to stop banging that drum, it's time for the LNP to start taking responsibility for their actions.

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tkioz

How dare people who pay for their bandwidth use it! How dare they!

/s

In all seriousness, a "fair go" has to be one of the most misused expressions of the last decade.

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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO

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@ Neoc

Sorry, I should have said Melbourne and Sydney, but the point still stands. I remember everyone chattering and claiming that soon "everyone will have cable" and then somehow the rollout stopped when they finished those cities, leaving most of the country needing bloody satellite dishes if they wanted PayTV and ADSL for fast internet... when they bothered installing it.

Since then a handful of small companies have done a handful of cities, but part of the reason I supported the NBN was the idea that the 'bush' (to those in Melbourne that means anything outside Geelong) would get it first so they couldn't pull a repeat of the cable crap.

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tkioz

Yeah because that worked *so* well when they deployed cable in rural areas back in the 90s didn't it...

Oh wait sorry, I forgot, they finished the capitol cities and stopped bothering.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

tkioz
Unhappy

I must be old

I must be old because it feels like just a few months ago that I installed the Windows 7 free beta a little while before its release and later purchased a copy...

I honestly don't see myself upgrading anytime soon, I really just don't need an OS, the one I've got works fine.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Holmes

It always amuses me how squeamish people are over the whole human waste into drinking water thing. Literally every glass of water you've ever drunk in your entire life was at one stage some kind of piss, human or animal, likely both, that's how the world freaking works, it's a mostly closed recycling system that turns shit into food, piss into water, and so on.

Machines just allow us to see the process a bit clearer.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: Sod the books, free music

Have to be pretty committed to be a jerk to do this... It's not like it's a one click process and I'm sure people spamming refund will get looked at closely.

This is honestly a good step forward, people looking for a way to trash it are just cynics of the highest order. Most people are honest, or well lazy enough not to bother with gaming the system.

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tkioz
FAIL

Assumptions

I love how people assume that readers will scam the system. I bet you any money the people that jump through the hopes to get a 'free' ebook will a tiny number of the total users.

I don't know about you guys but I actually reread my books and I like to have a nice collection to fall back on.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Trollface

You know I wouldn't mind if they were kept off the 'net permanently. Though I'm sure their big brother (China) would bitch about it.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

tkioz

What a pack of gutless wonders.

I wasn't very interested in the film, I thought it was a rather pathetic idea really, but pulling it because North Korea threw a fit and a bunch of servers got hacked? That's even more pathetic.

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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Unhappy

I have little love for the Iranian government but I honestly hope nothing comes of this, for the simple reason that domains are already a bloody mess, having people take over entire top level ones would make it worse!

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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Facepalm

Welp guess VPN provides will be seeing a lot more business in the near future.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Thumb Up

Better title needed.

Bit of a misleading title, but still a very nifty little bit of work.

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

tkioz
Holmes

I'm glad our courts have a shred of common sense.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

tkioz
Facepalm

Really?

Frankly I find the shirt offensive to the eyes (all those colours! Oh my goodness! Someone tell him about the colour wheel already!) but come on, let it go people.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

tkioz

Will someone please for the love of all that is holy give Moffat the sack already? I agree with everything in the review, at this point he's gone beyond 'cute' injokes and into full on wank.

It's not funny anymore, the stories don't even make sense half the time, and don't even get me started on the logic bending crap like a the moon is an egg.

He needs to go.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

tkioz

What an episode of utter poop. I know Doctor Who is far from 'hard' sci-fi but there is soft and then there is this crap. The moon is an egg, really? Really? REALLY!?!?

And then we get to the paper thin allegory for abortion (Really Doctor Who?) with the Doctor leaving it to 'womenkind' and judging humanity for wanting to survive... I wanted to slap Clara when she tapped the abort button. Putting billions of lives at risk for her morals. Stupid bitch.

And the plotholes... oh dear god the plotholes!

Seriously I've been giving this season a chance, but I'm getting to the point where I'm going to drop it if things don't pick up, there has been one good episode (the bank episode), all the others have been retreads of previous nuWho episodes, only not as good.

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Opposition: we passed Australia's 'spook's charter' on PURPOSE

tkioz

Absolutely pathetic. I expect this kind of crap from Americans, but not in my own country.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

tkioz

Not overly worried about the Higgs after all how many grains of sands does it take to destroy a planet?

[i]One at sufficient velocity. [/i]

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

tkioz

Be interesting to see if they manage to get him there, I can see the yanks playing silly buggers, they've shown they have no respect for international law or justice before.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

tkioz

Is anyone surprised? The American government and American companies can't be trusted to honour their commitments or agreements, known fact.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

tkioz

I think the obvious solution would be to simply ban the offending words for man bits, then everyone can be unhappy. But seriously, if you're getting an iPhone engraved like it was a bit of jewellery you're a moron anyway.

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