* Posts by LaeMing

2160 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

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The "poor motorist" doing 5 or 6 kph over the speed limit is just as much a real criminal as these people. If you either can't control your vehicle or couldn't give a rat's arse about the lives and safety of others then get off the road. And ideally stop stealing oxygen while you are at it.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: This country

http://zapatopi.net/belgium/

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New Ransoc extortionists hunt for actual child abuse material

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Re: Just when you thought they couldn't sink any lower.

Or your comment in the web cache, even.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

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The "top" already had plenty of other options. The Pill is just more convenient.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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The people have voted. Just deal with it.

Ugly, unsavory, egotistical, dishonest, loud, obnoxious, can't keep his dirty paws to himself. Trump is the very personification of how a good chunk of the world views the US*. A more fitting president for the times could not have been chosen, really.

*Not necessarily individual US citizens, just the US as a whole.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: That video . .

He is the leader of the bit of the world who vehemently likes to see itself as the free world.

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Re: Eyeo says it [..] wants "user empowerment"

I find Privacy Badger, while not intended as an ad-blocker, does seem to block an awful lot of the bad stuff as a side effect.

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'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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Re: What confidence?

I must admit, using the term 'cyber world' undermines my confidence quite a bit!

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Re: Hey, we have to keep funding the wars...

The US tactic is:

1 - let some other nation develop fusion.

2 - liberate the fusion reactor in the name of freedom.

3 - profit (but only for the 1%)

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

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Sorry... That stock image!

I couldn't resist!

http://aggro-gator.com/?=136063

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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I read that as...

...profiling and molestation.

Still fits.

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Got a great IoT story to tell? You have until Friday to let us know

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Re: Well I for one . . .

You have to fly really close to a star and heat up the cargo hold if you want to get rid of them.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Since so many politicians are complete arses...

...can this law be used to keep them away from the public?

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FAIL

How very...

...Victorian of them.

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Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

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There is Facebook?

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: Karma

He also clearly wasn't too worried about the company and its employees when he chose to start drunkenly kicking the Uber driver around.

This individual's sole contribution to humanity will be the day he no longer continues consuming limited planetary resources.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: Vote with your wallet.

I have some nice 10cm diameter by 40cm long cylindrical (rounded on one end even) toner cartridges here you might like to borrow.

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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So the worst accountant is...

... a 2b pencil (pusher).

I had a better one but Huw D ninja'd me.

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Re: Worst of the worst

It might be like the plural of 'mouse'. For the animal variety it is 'mice', for the computer variety it is 'mouses' (yes, the inventor of the computer mouse did that deliberately to mess with people).

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Re: Avoiding tax is perfectly legal, of course.

While I largely agree. Be careful not to mix up concepts of Tax Avoidance (perfectly legal for anyone and even sometimes encouraged - things like tax breaks for investing in particular things needed by society) with Tax Evasion (very illegal, even for big companies).

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Avoiding tax is perfectly legal, of course.

Finding ways to do so is is what tax accountants are employed to do. If they failed to do so, they would be negligent and probably legally liable.

If the government doesn't want taxes avoided, they need to close the loopholes they originally created. Not whine about it like a child complaining about how unfair their being sent to their room is.

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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I'll just leave this here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-re0Oti3A

(Sorry, the narrator is a bit on the dim side at times).

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: I believe some women like the colour pink

@The Prof. You are just in the wrong era. Virgin-Mary-blue used to be considered the appropriately feminine colour and Toned-Down-Blood-pink the masculine one. Then some royal mis-guessed the gender of their child-to-arrive and it was (apparently) easier to change the culture than repaint the baby's bedroom suite.

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Whether your brain is more pink or blue would mostly depend on...

...if I have finished draining it of blood yet.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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The makers of Red Dwarf's Kryten would agree with you, Pascal, that being the explicit reason his head looks like a novelty condom while an earlier model android in his line looks much more human.

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Telstra wins AU$39 million for data retention costs as grants revealed

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Re: Same old catch phrase

It's what the dumb masses want. The rest of us get encrypted VPNs.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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I'm guessing they skimped on insurance.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Re: Bigged up

I assume to compensate for the flattening effect of the angle at which the photo was taken?

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Re: planet?

They prefer to be called 'little planets'

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: @AC Typical monolinguistic anglophone

If you hear what you think is a Chinese person repeatedly saying the 'N' word, they might just be saying the local version of 'um....'

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

Pajero formally means 'Manly' (which was why it was chosen) but it is pretty easy to see how that had long before shifted to the colloquial 'Wanker'.

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Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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Blockchain! It's blockchain! Blockchain!!! Use blockchain!...

...to cure cancer, solve global hunger, bring peace to the world and save ALL the children.

What can't the latest new technology do?

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: "...Bastards, the lot of them."

Speak softly.

And carry a 23" shifting spanner.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Re: "updation"

Updation, updation, updation.

A man had an operation

They took out his brain

and put in a moldy cabbage

(Real life seldom rhymes) updation.

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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

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My understanding for the Census being anonymous in the past was that it was so people wouldn't feel inclined to lie to protect themselves.

For example: with the violent hostility to anyone-who-doesn't-believe-as-me going on around the world at present, I certainly don't want my beliefs or their possible lack indexed to my identity and stored off somewhere that will inevitably become effectively public-domain sooner-or-later (not that I am inclined to trust the government or its agencies with such personal information themselves, either!).

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: Need I say anything...?

He used the wrong hole. God was in the cubicle on the other side.

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Re: Is Organist the right term?

Why isn't it 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot.

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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The police origionally hired the laughing psycic.

But the plods misinterpreted the expression "strike a happy medium" and law suits are pending.

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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Re: Kept going by PS4?

Which might be why AMD is working towards being a supplier of ARM cores too.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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It isn't the popular figurehead Hanson per-se, but her shadowy handlers that you really need to worry about.

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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I don't see why not.

I spent years married to an inanimate object!

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Wasn't getting off on it though, hence the past tense.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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I recall not seeing an oncoming NSW State Rail heavy vehicle until it was disturbingly close a few decades back, as it was a perfect 'Eucalyptus green' against a forested background.

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Zuck covers up mic and webcam 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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