* Posts by LaeMing

1861 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

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Won't somebody think of the...

...oncoming traffic!

(and full upvotes for the quite-justified rant).

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Hmmm. I wonder if enough people ran a background process that randomly walked the web with their spare bandwidth, would that completely trash the value of all this metadata?

Would running such a process provide a plausably deniable mask for one's genuine activity?

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Metadata retention is no worse than STALKING: Turnbull

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It is nothing like stalking.

There are laws against that!

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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

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So...

In response to NK being pointed at for a likely unrelated hack of Sony, the NSA claims responsibility for a likely unrelated outage to NK. Sounds about right.

Lets just call this what it is - James-Bond-themed LARPing on the taxpayer's tab.

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Diablo fingered in offensive ASCII art trial doc shock

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Re: Not being offensive

It's a good way to calm oneself down.

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NSW premier pitches 'digital licence' as election stunt

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Re: Relax

Phone charging stations in every holding cell (dare you use them!).

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Since I don't have any personal use for a smartphone (feature-phone does me fine). I assume if this becomes compulsory one day, the government will be shipping me a smart-phone free of charge! And my mum too.

Also, I assume it will support ALL currently actively-supported Phone OSes. Not just the iWinDroid trinity.

Also also, what if the battery dies? Or the phone gets broken? Are you banged up until it is recharged or repaired? What happens when a police officer 'accidentally' drops it in the mud?

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Chief Scientist slams handcuffing research funds to uni reforms

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Australian Feral Government's War on Education continues.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Most interesting.

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Re: Put the TLD first, but keep the dot separator

Yes, yyyy-mm-dd is the default international standard, which happens to be the one many countries, including China have adopted.

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Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

To be fair, US dates work perfecty when written as words: "March the eleventh, 2015". Which is where I assume they took their ordering from (the archaic fuddie-duddies!).

I prefer yyyy.mm-dd myself, with the most-significant digits to the left, just like we do decimal numbers.

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Intel SoCs it to 'em with new D: Tiny but powerful

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A 1541 in a NUC. That would need TARDIS technology!

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I want a 1540 in a NUC form-factor!

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Australia threatens to pull buckets of astronomy funding

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Re: Are you saying...

I don't believe I mentioned the last labor government. If I had, I doubt I would have had anything better to say about them. But a dogged inability to comprehend more than 2 (pretend-opposing) viewpoints is all most people can manage. QED things will never improve.

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Re: Chris Pyne

To be fair. All their kids get posh private educations enabling them to go on to top-paid roles as industry 'leaders' (full sympathies to the respective industries). There is no benefit to them and theirs in public science - not enough payola for the managers in that field.

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Thus continues...

The Australian Feral Government's "War on Education".

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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Awwwwww.

Look at all the liddle babies!

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

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"Quick and cheap"

Our Feral government in a nutshell.

Afterall, why invest in a future that they personally won't be around to benefit from?

May their children build a slude-reclamation-works on their graves!

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I deeply suspect this is part of a plan to drag us down to third-world-levels before selling us across the pacific into the Union of States.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Re: So what happens if the ring is broken?

You get a goatse error?

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Oops.

Citing my quotes is a professonal habit. I didn't mean to start an ... ahem .... ego .. measuring contest!

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Few things I note:

My user account has moved from cpu-to-cpu and storage-device-to-storage-device for over a decade now (and I don't even use cloud - this is just my /home partition moving about as I upgrade stuff), so assuming that the age of a physical device has anything to do with it is naff.

I don't accept 3rd-party cookies. It is a fairly accessible setting in any modern browser.

The sort of cookies I do like to accept (page viewing preferences) I would prefer to outlive me.

I intend to live forever. Or die trying*.

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* Vila Restal, Blakes 7, BBC

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Re: @ Charles Manning -- Suckerfish

Also, reg readers represent a disproportionate portion of people with input into major corporate purchase decisions (I am just a tech, working well below management level, but the decisions in my section on what to get within the provided spec is usually left entirely up to me). And we are less inclined than the average one-off consumer to forget. Or forgive.

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Re: Suckerfish

I imagine they have alrady lost more than that in sales since it came to light.

(Icon for Lenovo of course).

As a company I have had little dealings with but by default would have assumed they were one of the 'reputable' brands, they have now been relagated to 'another dodgy box slinger' status in my mind. And that will be a very hard perception to change in me now, even if I actually wanted to change it.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: full-fat Transit

Those are the ones that clog the arteries, aren't they?

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Re: all the wheels?

If you only have one bike, you only have to remove the wheels on the side of the van you are stowing it on. For two bike storage, all 4 wheels must be removed. If you want a handlebar basket with plastic flowers on it, you have to take out the spare too.

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Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse

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I am so glad I am still renting, and can move at will.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Doxing

always makes me think of the removal of a sheep's tail to combat fly-strike (which I believe is known as docking). Or maybe the removal of other parts.

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East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday

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While that is largely true, some of us non-ccTLD users are simply little people who don't want to associate with any particular arbitrary region on a map.

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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

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The FSF is always looking for sponsors.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Re: Shock news!

Cats and dogs living together! et.al.

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Twitter probes terror threat: Medieval murder mob ISIS allegedly puts co-founder in crosshairs

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Re: They don't want Twitter shut down?

Silliest thing is that that (stolen or otherwise) Rolex doesn't actually tell the time any better than my $10 watch from an internet junk store. It is purely a symbol of wealth with no added function from the dollar 'value'. A pure symbol of aristocracy if ever there was one.

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(I used to have fun with street-hawkers in China trying to sell me a 'Rolex' by showing them my plastic sports watch and explaining I already had a watch. They always took the message with good humor.)

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Re: There are so many these days

It is endemic in the human population. Won't be fixed unless all the non-nut-cases do something drastic about it, which they won't on account of not being nutcases.

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Re: They don't want Twitter shut down?

Like all fundamentalists, their doctrine is only inflexible where it concerns what other people can and can't do.

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Re: When do you break even?

Until all that is left is a shrivelled bloody nubbin, I would guess.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Um, what?

Well, when it comes to IT mono-cultures, Microsoft /is/ the leading expert in the field these past few decades!

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Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list

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Re: Wake up, investors in China...

At which point the west would nullify all its debt owed to China. And likely nationalise all the Chinese investment in the West (and yes, there is a damned lot, in my part of the West, anyway!). The economies are a bit too inter-linked for that sort of thing anymore!

Also: A man with a million dollars is nowhere near as powerful as a man who owes you a million dollars!

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: The wording of that tweet.

Even CloudFlare is determined to keep their distance from any association with Lenovo!

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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

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Re: Paging - Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard....

It's what snakes use to slither more efficiently.

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Joke

Don't detect cancer. Don't cause cancer.

What dang use ARE the things, then!

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Australia's Akamai ranking has nothing to do with the NBN

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Re: your Mum seems to be an ideal candidate for a FTTP service.

Sadly, both Optus and Telstra wireless are so chronically oversubscribed in mum's area that, despite having a 3-4 (of 5) bar signal, I can't even connect her to the respective networks' own sites to pay their monthly fee!

They tried to blame it on increased usage due to it being school holidays. Not for the whole of the past 6 months it bloody isn't!

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Anatomically incorrect

This doll seems 3 eyes short of the usual complement for this kind of thing!

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Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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Re: So what you are saying...

Either i was very slow when I posted the above, or I influenced a re-do of the article title?

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: Another list to add to

Yes, brand loyalty is a two-sided coin: "There is no wrath like that of a zealot betrayed."

(Not accusing you of zealotry, that is just the way the saying is traditionally worded.)

- A former indi-dev on Apple's platforms (don't get me started!)

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Australian government may take leave of its census

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Online census

Sort of assumes the entire population has access to online. ProTip: they don't. Not by a long shot yet.

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Re: Netizens of the world unite!!

"or at least be forever consigned to have Comcast as their ISP"

I don't think cruel and unusual punishments should apply in our new world order.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Supported life of the device

Simply lasts as long as the Software Supplier (MS in this case) wishes to support the device. Once they decide to not support the device, its supported life is over. QED.

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

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Re: For those who don't click through the Sony link:

4. Any attempt to arrest a senior SONY employee results in shutdown.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Creators gotta create.

Otherwise there is nothing for the masses to do with their shiny low-end kit.

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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

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But it costs 15 quid do download.

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: Inadmissable...

I imagine the 'hole' is not in their software, but part of the screen-shot ability inherent in most OSes since there where screens to screen-shoot.

(Icon for snapchat users, not poster I am responding to).

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