* Posts by LaeMing

2118 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Re: I actually spy on my camera and mic

Does your TV support BlueTooth?

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Re: I actually spy on my camera and mic

You know your telly is really 'smart' when it starts hacking you for its own amusement and profit!

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Just to remind you not to plug in a mic, I am guessing.

Possibly not even security-related. I was always plugging my headphones into my mic jack in the dark under my desk until I changed cases and my new one has lit front panel port-icons.

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Re: Distance

I guess if you have an 'air-gapped' computer in the same roome as a networked one, they could (slowly) communicate back and forth.

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Late night smartphone use makes women go blind

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Re: Men too

But at least their prostate health will be tip-top.

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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But it might contain diamonds!

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Re: Aussie Mars Bars vs UK Ones

Yep. Australia is just more lax about ingredient list requirements. Manufacturers like to complain they can't fit any more on the label while their exact same product+package manages just that in other parts of the world with more pro-people government policies.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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To paraphrase a feedback note that has been floating about the 'net for years

"If I had one day left to live, I would spend it in this seminar as it made the day seem like eternity."

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Chinese loan sharks seek salacious selfies as collateral

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Re: Bah!

Or 4 that just didn't find it in the least funny.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Before

YAAC: "A brilliantly conceived but badly execute attempt to flatten Australia from space."

Wot? It wasn't flat enough already!?

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Maybe,

they should encourage the militarised poachers to hunt Microsoft board members to extinction?

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Re: Disclaimer

Every disclaimer that I have ever seen in the past couple of decades out of a packaged software house explicitly forbids its use in potentially life-threatening situations. So no sue-ball.

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ARM Cortex-A73: How a top-end mobe CPU was designed from scratch

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Re: MOBE

I prefer the descriptive contraction 'MoFo'

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Telstra gets AU$180 million to run national cancer register

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The Big Titsup

Might work out for breast cancer.

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

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Yes!

It's got what plants need.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Simple solution

Pollies won't end the 'War on Drugs' while they are getting so much slush funding from the big drug cartels to keep it up. Just like the illegal alcohol producers were the biggest fans of prohibition, the cartels like the prices being kept higher than they would be in a fair market.

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A modest proposal: dump the NBN mess on Telstra

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We have a national election coming up?

I always have trouble keeping track of the petty small-time politics.

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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

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Intel... If they are smart...

History doesn't have much good to say on that combination of concepts! :-)

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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

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Re: The future is vertical

If all the fast stuff is integrate on a SOC, with just low-pin-count for connecting to slow peripherals (USB, Network PHYs, etc.) I might even be able to go back to making my own computer mainboards!

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Looking up oneself...

Sounds like a euphamism for having one's head planted in one's posterior!

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: Why not go further?

Don't forget, politics is often used by criminals. Need to shut that down too!

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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FAIL

Maybe Adobe should consider...

...properly supporting open media standards in a timely fashion?

(choke choke choke).

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Linux

@ProprietaryFormatProblems

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: BSA

That's just infinite-monkey effect. Eventually one of the monkeys will say something you happen to agree with by pure chance.

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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

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Cheap shot.

"What could possibly go wrong when sending oil into space at 500 times sea level pressure?"

The US military will try to 'liberate' it?

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Unhappy

But there is the rub. A depressingly large portion of humanity /don't/ have anything more important to worry about. Sad little lives, really.

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Re: I guess it is time

I am only suggesting they obey the law of the region they are in. You can't go to prison for that. Wait. 'Merica. Nevermind.

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I guess it is time

for all the post-op/hormone-treatment trans-gender people across the US to descend on this place and make a show of using the bathrooms they are now legally required to. En masse. Ideally forming a nice long queue. The more masculine-looking the XXs and the more feminine-looking the XYs (all other variants as they feel appropriate) the better!

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: We are interfering with evolution

Also, as a social species, the willingness to help others and the resulting tendency to be helped by others is - for better or worse - a rather intrinsic part of our genetic programming.

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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Re: Assume the worst

As Drew sang:

"I put 100,000 pictures of my butt on the internet / so the NSA could spy on it / keep an eye on it / maybe call the FBI on it"

The whole song is worth a listen (slightly NSFW).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzAuXuxD0Oo

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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I'm still trying to use up all the free CF lamps we were given here in Aus several years back (I got into CF lamps before they were cool! :-) The bulb in my living room is one of the first I bought, 24 years ago, and still running!).

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Gumtree serves world's worst exploit kit to scores of Aussies

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Re: Ad Blocker

I don't use an ad blocker. I do use a powerful privacy-invasion / malware blocker. For some reason I see very few ads.

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Your money or your life! Another hospital goes down to ransomware

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Old saying may be appropriate...

He who attacks a healer shall thereafter be denied healing.

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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Yes, though even in the US, the chances of being gunned down by a terrorist or a local nutter are still pretty miniscule.

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Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

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Coat

Last year I had to break the universe by moving the stationary cabinet in my office.

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McAfee gaffe a quick AV kill for enterprising staff

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Re: responsibility

And 97 percent of the MS-Windows users' need for admin rights are from poorly written (mostly third-party) software who's programmers haven't realised it isn't '98 anymore! (But they still pay for it :-( )

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: PCs fading away...

I believe it is called an AIO (All In One) PC. I think it is an Intel initiative.

And, unlike an iMac, you can - in theory at least - separate the mainboard out of the monitor to upgrade/replace either separately if you are above the no-user-servicable-parts-inside level of proficiency with tech. (And assuminy you can find someone who makes parts for the psudeo-standard!)

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Meh

The ultimate insult.

What if the machine's just (figuratively) turn around and completely ignore us?

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French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data

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It's number 2, I'm thinking.

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

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Monobrow rights!

Eyebrows of the world UNITE!

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Re: HTTPS

On the up side: lots more encrypted traffic for the TLAs to sift through.

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Re: Careful now...

I think MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) might be a bonus in this case!

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Activist investor tells dot-word biz to sell off 'garbage' new domains

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If only,

more investors took an interest in what companies were blowing their money on.

Corporate Earth might actually be still functonal as a human service!

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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Re: Banana Pi SATA

That BPI-M3 certainly looks nice. But I do notice the SATA is just a USB-SATA adapter hung off a USB hub on board, so not necessarily any better than a USB HDD plugged into a Pi. (Though you do have the option of not sharing that USB2 line with anything else and still having another port available, unlike the Pi).

8 cores, 2GiB ram and 8GiB eMMC are very nice, though.

However, until I see decent PowerVR 3D drivers in OSS, I won't be there.

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Re: The [64 bit] CPU is still gonna use 8B, instead of 4B, memory pointers though.

No. NO. And isn't this a tech site or something?... NO!

Unless you are addressing memory as an absolute address over +2G* or relatively over +/-2G away from where your are, you will use the CPU's native 4 byte pointers. The vast majority of jumps and references will be rolled into 9-12 bit pointers burried in with the 32-bit op-code.

* 2's-compliment negative absolute addresses (which use the MSB that would otherwise get you to 4G) are generally reserved for kernel space.

Sheesh. Are people who haven't even glanced at an op-code sheet in their lives considering themselves CPU experts now? Of course they are! Even the 6502 had 8-bit varients of its addressing modes - this isn't a new idea!

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Oz Greens crypto anti-backdoor motion shot down by major parties

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Both parties?

You make it sound like we have two major parties, not just different types of mould growing on different sections of one.

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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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Re: Perhaps

I thought that was wrapping them in the material plush toys are made of because nomatter how bad the crash, there will always be a slightly singed but otherwise undamaged children's plush toy in the wreckage.

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OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

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Re: Coming out of the closset

Comic Sans is fine. When used the way its designer intended (which certainly wasn't for large blocks of text!)

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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First rule of going where you shouldn't

Walk fast and carry a clipboard.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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Re: FBI mishandled evidence again

I was wondering much the same - use memory-map comparisons to work out where the byte storing the number of password attempts is stored, then keep resetting it while walking the 10,000 possible PINs.

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