* Posts by LaeMing

2061 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Re: Best solution is...

Step D is "Proffit from sale of underpants."

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Re: Not much sympathy

Um, Isn't Godsoon based on MIPS? Putting one in a socket would do bugger all unless you also reflashed the bios with MIPS instructions and then booted a MIPS OS.

Damn. I wish someone would do that, so I could jimmy an OTS mainboard into a MIPS workstation!

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: If all the people engaged in ...

Use petrol - easier to light.

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Re: Protection money

Nice computer you have there. It would be a shame if someone advertised all over it!

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

And the urinal will analyse your pee to determine what adverts to show you.

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Re: @ James O'Shea and Ian 55 -- one hell of a metric

And if someone paid them to put branding on the Beer icon, I'm sure no-one could reasonably object. That's a definite case of good advertising! (though leave it to the Advertising Industry to take even discrete product-placement to the point of obnoxiousness, I'm sure!)

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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I think your last paragraph has the gist of it - we need higher temperatures because we can't produce the pressures required for lower ones.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

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Isn't it the 11-eyes or something now?

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Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

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Re: Paint Drying 2: Dry Hard

To be honest, I found the book to be a bit too dry.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: Who is the fuck is BoB?

And suddenly it all makes a strange kind of sense!

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Re: The Levels of Delusion are strong in this one

The 'c' stands for Commercial.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: And if he answered, "I don't. I'm a zombie."?

If being a detriment on others' lives is "the only way you can make a living" than possibly you shouldn't be (living, that is).

NB: this applies to Wall Street bankers et.al. just as much as to 3rd-world phone scammers.

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Re: "without any pesky middle-men such as limbs"

The earliest Daleks could be defeated with a plastic sheet on the floor as they got their power from the metal floor of their base!

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Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

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Re: Someone has to...

If a bot clicks an ad that the entire world has blocked, does it make a sound?

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Re: Not enough

Complete this captcha to view the advertisement.

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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Re: Oh dear.

@Alistair - sounds like your server rack gave you the equivalent experience.

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Trojan-filled Chrome extensions for Steam boil off gamers' assets

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Re: Trojan filled browser extensions ..

Yes, from that perspective, cosmetic add-ins are perfect money-makers because they are entirely opt-in for players.

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Zombie OS lurches through Royal Melbourne Hospital spreading virus

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I am hoping NSW is not so bad simply because a few months back I ran into one of the contractors that did major upgrades to my Uni's systems several years ago* and he said his crew were being kept very busy up and down the coast doing hospital PC and infrastructure upgrades.

Can't speak for the hospitals, but the team got a lot of experience with modenising ancient computers hooked up to archaic and long-unsupported equipment at the Uni. (hence the need for contractors on top of the regular IT unit).

*I was a contractor on that team too at the time, but the Uni. picked me up full-time for a non-related tech role out in the faculties.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Re: “for every ten people connected to the internet, roughly one is lifted out of poverty”

@what's a handle.

But at least they can play farmville in their 5-minute meal break (singular) per day.

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Re: All about those ads

The only people who think that actual, real people click internet ads are the /clients of/ internet advertising agencies.....

FIFY

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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Re: blood and gore

That would be the BOFH DLC

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IBM introduces fleecing-you-as-a-service for retailers

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I don't know about anyone else...

...but the main reason I bail on a site with a full shopping cart is either that

1) the checkout is broken, or

2) the checkout is asking for onerous and unneccessary personal information to complete the transaction (though that is really a special case of point 1 above).

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: The kids are probably translating mobile/tablet skills to desktop...

That would explain the huge cluster of fingerprints I am always having to clean off the (definitely not touch) student-labs desktop screens each week!

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Re: Stands to reason

And having a car with the hood bolted down that (to be fair) rarely breaks down, makes it worse.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Re: Why a joke?

I was long ago, but I assume it was the 'not-sharing-them' bit that I thought amusing!

I know (worthwhile) security companies do exactly this for patrol beats and secure van routes.

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Re: Similar issue with MapMyRun app

We need an app that will generate random routes and explicitly NOT share them!

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Re: over sharing

The funniest thing is that these 'friends' will be too busy 'sharing' their own 'achievements' to be really interested in yours. The big test is to look at how much you care about what others do (not in comparison to yourself, however). There is a good chance those others care just as much about you (not in relation to themselves).

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Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

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Re: why gift cards?

I can't recall what the global value of unredeemed gift cards per annum is, but I do recall being staggered by the number!

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Re: JB HiFi killed them?

As with all such places, it depends on who you are lucky enough to get. I once went in to upgrade my DSL modem and the guy I got asked my present model and told me a firmware update was available for that model so I didn't need a new one.

I would have bought something else to say thanks, if only they carried anything in stock I actually wanted to buy.

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Re: Oztralia

If you don't like Australian news, you shouldn't have colinised the place to begin with.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: Keyboards

Apple mice do this to this day, but with generic-beige laminate surfaces. When the Graphic Design school insisted we switch from PCs to Macs in our student labs, I had to go buy 32 mouse mats.

No problem with $5 generic mice, whatever Dell issued last time my desk machine was refreshed or various other road-side rescue mice I use about the place.

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Re: Beep Beep

I had a haunted wireless keyboard that turned out to to be a case of extreme bad luck. The person in a another department officed on the other side of the wall had the same keyboard and their ID numbers happened to be the same (I assume that was a 1:256 or even 1:65536 chance).

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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

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I, from time to time, dis-assemble old HDDs for artistic reasons. The often the glue under the labels floods the work area with a slightly acrid yet freshly minty aroma when they are peeled off.

(Smiley icon because it is a bit like sniffing marker pens, though more pleasant)

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

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Why would one ship Bibles to China? When I was there they were available in any reasonably large bookshop. (I was, admittedly, living in China's 4th largest city, which cooincidentally had the world's largest - by congregation numbers - Christian church).

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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Re: What's coming...

I can't deny that. However, that doesn't really change anything about the reality of CorporateIT.

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Re: What a load of gibberish.

I think the main problem is that these companies forgot that OSes and UIs are a means for /doing stuff/ and not actually an end in themselves.

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Re: It's 'simpler' in Linux.

Like most people, I don't care what is a better UNIX OS. I only care what works best for the task(s) I need to get done. Linux can be a right PITA at times, but it is the least PITA OS that can do what I need at this moment in time.

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Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth

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Re: Blimey

I imagine if you can afford to holiday off-shore, you can afford a couple of international SMSes.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Re: Pre Show Ads

I went to see The Martian recently - first film in several years I thought worth supporting at the box office - and was pleasantly surprised at how good the audience was. The movie's demographic may have been a factor, however.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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I still think,

farm-style electric fence voltage on metal plates would work better (and be far more fun to watch too!)

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: The usual taxation sob story: IMMA HELPING POOR WIDOWS

I always thought it would be good if the Government only had direct control over 50%* of taxes collected. The other half... when you put in your tax forms, you fill out a list of broad expenditure areas allocating percentages to them as per your own priorities. It empowers the tax payer and gives good, immediate feedback to the government on popular priorities.

* Why only 50%? because while providing complete say in expenditure to the tax payer sounds good in principal, the average human is far too short-sighted to be able to do that effectively - eg, no-one wants to pay for 'welfare bludgers' until suddenly they find themselves sick or jobless.

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Google to end updates, security bug fixes for Chrome on 32-bit Linux

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Does anyone outside of the control space use 32 bit x86 Linux for serious computing *in the past decade?

*I have 32-bit junker machines for playing arond with stuff, but nothing I would run anything serious on.

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Correction: 220,000 kids weren't exposed in VTech mega hack – it's actually 6.4 million

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Re: Fake info

There is ignorant.

And there is willfully ignorant.

I only have sympathy for those in the first group.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Re: Hmm

Do you need the special Ken charging pack?

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Re: Teddy

I vaguely recall a short story about a rogue AI in a Teddy Bear that eventually was dealt with via a spin in the washer.

Might be time to take Barbie for a swim!

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Snitches get stiches

Get the needle-craft kit down.

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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

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I would assume (hope, anyway)

that the Power Plant was built somewhere relatively free of geological/weather/etc. risk too.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Best of all it don't run windows

uh guys!

The RPi platform is a WindowsIOT target. Has been for months.

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

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Re: "Not as bad as those buses - get rid of them and level the playing field for cabs."

You should have (probably could have, even over in the UK) heard the screaming of the local taxi drivers when the free every-10-minutes intra-city bus loop was started up in my city.

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Your equipment is supplied by the lowest bidder.

Will they never learn? No, the act of learning requires a level of sentience above what what the bulk of humanity have evolved at this point in time.

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