* Posts by croc

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

croc

"A result of this is that the usual estimate is that 80 per cent of the women who have ever lived had children while only 40 per cent of the men did. We see echoes of this in even modern populations when they're put under stress: the ratio of boys born to girls falls. In famine, for example, a child is likely to be undersized as a result: but it's going to be easier for an undersized woman to have those desired grandchildren than a runt of a boy."

I think that the author and I live in different universes... In MY universe, the number of (human) males that have ever conceived children is something Very Close to 0%, where in the author's universe it seems to be about 40%. And in MY universe that percentage does not vary much, if at all, even if the foetus is under-sized... Males conceiving and carrying even runts to full term is still Pretty Close to 0%.

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

croc

Not that it matters, but I was born in the US. So I am an American. I have not lived there in about two decades, so there it is.

I have a Huawei router. It MIGHT have a backdoor built in, to the Chinese spy agency du jour. However, since I live in a 5 eyes nation, I can be pretty sure that the NSA has a 'tap' into my chosen ISP, or rather ANY ISP as they have tapped one end or the other of the Southern Cross cable. (My best guess is somewhere in Hawaii.) So why would I be worried about the Chinese? I also use Kaspersky AV. So why would I be worried about the Russians? Are the Chinese or Russians going to 'disappear' me? Can't really imagine. Are any of the US three-letter agencies likely to? Percentage-wise, I'd say that the chances of that happening are 1000% better... And, it would be LEGAL! Now, if I were Chinese or Russian I might feel differently. But frankly, I REALLY DON"T have anything to hide from either the Chinks or the Rooskies. As well, I have nothing to hide from the Yanks, either, but I still worry more when I cross the US border than the Chinese or Russian borders. Isn't that a shame?

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

croc

"They trust me."

"Dumb Fucks..."

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

croc

Try 'Browser in the Box' (BitBox). It should be the required browser for the tinfoil hat brigade...

http://www.sirrix.com/content/pages/BitBox_en.htm

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

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

croc

It would have been nice to have seen an analysis of what Win 10 actually is bringing out new to the preview. I guess I should have looked to see who the author was before I started (hopefully) reading the article.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

""Quite the opposite, ALL civil rights are granted by government."

Correct. It galls me when heated discussions about the most "basic" rights (right to live, right to freedom ect) almost always end up with someone using the phrase "God-given""

I'd make the point that 'rights' as such do not even exist until someone tries to limit them. Much like air, everybody used it but no one ever questioned it for many thousands of years. Therefore, it did not really exist, it was just there. So too with, say, 'Freedom of Speech'. Gog and Magog went around 'f this' and f that' and Gung (the tribal leader) finally had a gut's full and said 'Gog, Magog, I hereby forbid you to express the 'f' word. Thus began expression, by the limiting of it.

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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.

Ah... That would be Australia's Aborigines, I believe... ~50,000 yrs. and counting.

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croc

Re: Consequences - just like the US

"The consequences of offshoring to China were so predictable that calling them "unintended consequences" would imply staggering stupidity on the part of managements."

I prefer the more politically correct term "90 day tunnel vision".

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

croc

Get the current release build number right before you whinge about things that might never be...

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TPP takes another tiny step forward

croc

"It's worth noting that controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions aren't mentioned at all in the report to leaders, perhaps indicating that these provisions have been signed off by the 12 countries involved in the TPP negotiations. ®" I propose replacing 'dispute settlement' with 'inequality settlement for most of the world, or 'inequality leverage' for Obama and Key...

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DROIDS - everywhere! Is Apple really even in the game any more?

croc

Bad analogy. What killed Betamax was cost. Tape cost. Secondarily it was length. A long play VHS was able to record up to three movies on one tape. The quality was crap, but the cost was cheap.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

croc

I'm confused... What does an encrypted device have to do with legal interception? AND if I want to encrypt MY communications, until it is made illegal, who is Comey to tell me not to? If I want to encrypt MY data, good luck with getting me to de-crypt it UNLESS you have a valid warrant from a court I deem to be valid. None of this FISA secret court BS, nor any of your 'National Security' BS.

Last I heard, the rule of law in the USA was that it was up to the accuser to prove guilt, NOT for the innocent to prove their innocence. Chock off, Comey.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Re: KILLING YouTube...?

"I've since moved most of my content to Vimeo -- no anal-retentive music police, no pop-up or pre-roll ads, no "recommended" video links, no wading through endless footage of twerking and ice-bucket dumping and cats falling off of tabletops and plane-crash porn and schlocky music videos and people throwing dry ice into swimming pools just to find some interesting and challenging content."

.......Yet......

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

croc

Re: rant-like journalism

Ah... The peppered moth (Birmingham moth) rears its ugly head again. It is a clear example of natural selection, not evolution.

Some would say that ADD and ADHD are also examples of natural selection, but I fail to see what the selection process is that chooses what seems to be a deliterious mental state as 'better'... Or are we just better at observing and naming (and possibly over-treating?) a trait that has been around forever? When I was a young'n, there was no such thing as ADD or ADHD. So, (obviously) there was no treatment for these non-existing conditions. Now, it seems that in certain countries these conditions are rampant. In others, not so much. (Iceland, Sweden, Italy and Australia seem to have much lower rates of ADHD compared to the USA.) What does seem to be a factor is that the US has studied (and treated) these conditions for about forty years. They have commonly been referred to as American conditions. It will be interesting to observe the outcome of this particular social experiment, however I am relatively sure I will not be around to see the conclusions reached.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

Well, from Comer's point of view, to paraphrase Tricky Dickey..."I guess you could say that if the (insert 3 letter org. here) does it, it is not illegal." So, to have those pesky US - Global entities Apple and Google go ahead and put themselves in the position of not being able to be summonsed, well! That JUST WON"T DO!!!! THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW!!!!

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

croc

Re: How can it help dumb?

Oh, we had long past solved that problem... We sold the underutilized signalling system seven ch.'s 1 & 2 via our SMS gateway...

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How can it help dumb?

Walking to lunch with a group of fellow telco-ites, we watched a person so thoroughly engrossed in his phone that he walked head first into a power pole. I knew then that we had helped create a monster... I promptly named our monster 'Darwin'.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: Can we be told ......

Snowball. It is 'snowball's chance in hell'. I'd imagine that the chance of getting a good fucking in hell would be pretty good. Possibly even into the over 100% range.

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

croc

"We have always been at war with eastasian terrorists." pp fr. George Orwell, '1984'

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

croc

I've just checked my calendar. It is not April, or late March... Better start brushing up on my Portuguese.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Totally Off Topic...

Some acronyms just should NOT be used... Such as I ANAL. Though it could be a good title for a psycho-sexual thriller... I ANAL, by Ian' A. Ger Bil.

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croc

Some acronyms just should not be used.... I ANAL is one. (However, it might make a good title for a psycho-sexual thriller.)

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

croc

Cure the problem!

Confiscate all i-devices at the door, then arrest the pirates for pre-piracy crimes.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Coat

BGP? IPv6???

If we had all agreed to use ATM we'd not be having this discussion...

(where's a good duck when you need one?)

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

croc

Das Kapitol?

"Capital" refers to money... "Capitol" refers to a nation-state's seat of government. I can understand how it is easy to confuse the two, but don't conflate them.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

croc

Re: Doom for US tech companies

Why "dual-dc"???

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

croc

Re: If I coat my car with this...

You need to get some radar absorbing ablative from most any small air to ground missile produced since the early '70's. About US $350 for two litres. Won't do a damned bit of good against laser guns though. Maybe this will. Hmm... Ablative painted over with this material...

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

croc

But they DO apply to any other country if the USA says they do, but no international law applies to anyone in the US Government... Geez. Wish the US would make up their minds on what laws apply to whom and when.

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Kiwi ISP 'Slingshot' stones geo-blocked content

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Re: This is a serious issue

"I'm pretty sick and tired of paying 50% more than the US price for many Steam games simply because of publisher greed and their "Watcha gonna do about it?!?" attitude. it's not like NZ/AU incomes are comparatively higher."

\start rant\

Games? <font size="4">GAMES?</font> You Provencial Putz! I'm sick and tired of getting screwed for region-priced software that I DOWNLOAD FROM THE SAME SERVER AS YOU! I am sick and tired of not being able to send a mate overseas a DVD because of REGION CODING! I am sick and tired of not being able to PAY TO SEE A NEW MOVIE THE SAME DAY (MONTH?) THAT IT IS RELEASED (usually) IN THE USA! I am sick and tired of getting screwed on hardware pricing BECAUSE OF REGION PRICING! I SICK AND TIRED OF COMPANIES CRYING "<font size="6"> GLOBALIZATION!!!!</font> ALL OVER THE PLACE UNTIL IT COMES TO THEIR BOTTOM LINE, THEN WHISPERING <font size="1">regional...</font> \end rant\

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

croc

Re: Getting desperate?

Gorilla-style tactics: Raid, rightly or wrongly, doesn't matter. Get 'evidence'. Claim to have enough 'evidence' to prosecute. Claim 'rico' statute applies, seize any and all assets that can be seized. Keep hemming and hawing so that court case get as drawn out as possible. Laugh behind closed doors as poor 'defendant' quietly goes bankrupt, or otherwise watch as defendant's life / business unravels.

Now that Mona has left him, I predict that Kim quietly goes away in no more than three years....

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MPAA, meet the Streisand effect: Picture ass. slaps Reddit with takedown

croc

BANNED IN BOSTON!!!!!!

OK, I'll go then...

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

croc

Re: Software ought to be goods

I just love it when co-workers is not hyphenated, I tend to read it as cow orkers. Which, given where you state you live seems to somehow make sense to me.

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Cisco's Chambers to Obama: Stop fiddling with our routers

croc

As a citizen of one or more of the five eyes group of spiers (Did I just coin a word???) I think I'd prefer to have my router / phone / whatever spied on by the Chinese, thank you. That new P7 looks pretty flash... And guaranteed no NSA backdoors. I also need a new router soon... And it will NOT be a crisco. Or a de-linked Or a nutgear. It will probably also be a Huawei.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

croc

Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

Lessee... 'Merkans 300 million. Chinese, over 1 billion. Hmm... My focus group says that 'Merkans better start learning mandarin before their new overlords make it mandatory.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

croc

Stock up on popcorn NOW! I plan to have quite a large storage bin of the stuff, come April 8th when all the stores run out I'll quietly make a smallish fortune. a quad Xeon, 16 Black Titan behemoth workstation's worth of a smallish fortune, I hope.

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

croc

Re: Why all the fear?

The NSA has been gathering giggly-bytes of information for the last 13 years and ADMITS that they have not really stopped / prevented / even identified / any terroristic threats / plots with their catch-everything data dragnets. So what are they doing with those giggly-bytes of data? That's what I am worried / fearful of. If you are not, then I'd suggest you are the perfect person for me to sell a bridge to.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

croc

Re: The ENTIRE point ...

My win 7 PC boots from power off to ready-to-go in under 30 sec. If I wanted it any faster, I'd use 'hibernate', faster still - 'sleep' - instantaneous. Even faster than 'sleep', just shut off the monitor before going to 'sleep' myself. So boot speed is NOT the issue. 'Lean' is also not the issue for most modern PC's. Or most newer laptops, for that matter. So tell me again what Windows 8.x is supposed to do for my desktop PC? It sure doesn't strain my GPU, that's a fact...

(OK, I know that deep down the OS is a wee bit more secure. However, I am not entirely convinced that the Win 8 version of UEFI does not have an NSA backdoor baked in. That concern is enough for me to stay away for the nonce.))

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

croc

Re: Dead Platform

OOooohhhh...I'm SOOOO 'LEET!

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

croc

The proper size for a screen on your 'portable device' is based on the eye of the beholder. My eye is pretty bad, so they are ALL too small.

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Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

croc

Re: The server business

"Big Blue is really smart about such things. If they really do offload their server business it doesn't bode well for other server vendors. Remember they were quick to offload their PC biz in the run up to Vista, and making a PC hasn't been very profitable since."

Wasn't aware that Windows Vista was around in 1987...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

croc

Who in hell is Halley Berry...? (And why should I care?)

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croc

Re: But... it is the USA...

What state doesn't allow gun ownership? (Are you sure that you are a 'merkin'?)

More to the point, what other nation would send around a glorified customs agent to shake down someone for a civil penalty? I mean, what was the guy trying to sneak into the country? Or out of it? I mean, it wasn't a how-to movie on terrorism, now was it?

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

croc

Re: Taxation and Business: CEO's Explain

OK, where do I apply for a job in this company? I'll sweep floors, if that's what's needed...

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

croc

I think that you might've misinterpreted what 'two hops' means to the big O... As I understand it, that is 'person_of_interest ->you->someone_else, plus everyone that any of those three might have called, ever... Which is still down on the present anyone->anyone->anyone->anyone plus all associated calls made by any anyone to anyone else...

However, as these databases are classified so high that the president is not authorized to see them (well, if I were the prez, I'd surely want to be able to say that I didn't know...), supervised by a secret court, how will we know that they are really doing what they are supposed to be doing? How reliable are the watchers' watchers, when they are also sworn to secrecy-or-death?

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

croc

I'd argue that the priority for Microsoft right now is to get the leadership transition over with before starting to make the cart that the next horse will have to pull...

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

croc

Re: *cough*

2126 miles or 3426 km, Hobart to Casey Station... NZ is a bit closer.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

croc

Re: Pha!

All right, SmartAzz (tm)... So just what IS a cubit?

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

croc

September 11 2001 is a day that will go down in infamy.

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Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

croc

Hopefully (soon in the new year) the US senate will get off of its collective duffs and help the US house of reps pass a law with some teeth that says that a troll is a troll, and all trolls need to go to jail without passing go or without collecting $200 per device. Or, most likely, that they will get a slap on the wrist for their promise not to do that again... It would be nice to see companies competing for customers, for a change of pace.

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