* Posts by LaeMing

1803 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Personally,

I am not really concerned what my dots do in their own time.

... < ooh! it's a threesome!

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Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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So what you are saying...

...is the little bugger mooned us on the way past!

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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And this...

...is why we will never get our flying cars!

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Or in this case, a fake beard!

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Pluck to type. Strum to spam.

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Re: Left Handed?

I use an Infogrip BAT chorded keyboard quite a bit (typing this on my work one right now!). I purchased left-handed ones because I like my dominant hand free for the trackball. And the style of trackball I preferr (thumb-on-ball) only comes in right-handed anyway.

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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

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Unfortunately,

My mum (no Internet access) is just out of line-of-sight to my sister (ADSL2) for a cantenna.

Cuba? Nah, regional-urban Australia here!

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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I went naked for a while (fnar fnar)

Then my ISP switched me back to bundled as their wholesaler was offering that cheaper.

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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March 5?!?

Aussies have to wait until March 5???!!!

Cooooommmme Onnnnnn! I can understand making the Yanks wait, but please:

Won't someone think of the Commonwealth!

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

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Re: So just how long will it take

Which is why Kim suspects they have already cracked his crypto. But without legitimately obtained keys, they can't use anything they may have found (or now use any of it anyway if it was ruled they should never have been given copies of the drives in the first place).

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Re: A new term to describe them?

Holo-heads.

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Re: Hope they truly work

"their Hardware is miles better than their Software these days"

This has been the case since they first got into the HW business (which is when no-one would make a keyboard with a Windows key on it for them, I beleve).

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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I find your observation...

...Spock-on!

0^0

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah

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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO

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Yes, I think the point was to make sure the 'outback'* actually got some attention /before/ anyone had a chance to renig on the deal.

Ah well, best laid plans, etc.

* Anywhere that isn't a state capital.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Re: How many of those 4.5 million jobs were within Deloittes?

Cats don't do the W-word.

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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

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You really expect a politician to even be aware of a major publication in their current portfolio area?!

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Is India copying what Mal-wear Over-bill is doing or is it the other way around?

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: Good I say.

@Keef - we haven't finished bein stupid yet! QED.

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Re: Science now run by wombats

Yes, I doubt 'Kingmaker' Murdoch cares too much about academic exceptions. Quite the contrary, I would think!

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Re: ...everyone follows all the laws

Rather telling would be a box you could tick that was essentially "I only voted for this candidate because I had to vote for someone" which gets tallied and displayed along with the vote count.

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Re: The Australian fereral governments (plural - they are all indistinguishable)

From this day forth, they will be known as the Austrailian Feral Government.

If the boot fits....

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The Australian fereral governments (plural - they are all indistinguishable)

don't have much time for academia anyway. They'd love to shut the whole lot down (baring the private University of Mutual Backscratchers exclusively for the kids of the ruling elite) and shut up all the banging on about peer-reviewed this and demonstrated that that intefer with the party line of the week.

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Re: Crash to stop insurance price hike

Might be time for CAN bus people to discover this revolutionary new technology called a 'firewall' (not the type that sits between the engine and your feet!)

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could result in loss of life

I hope their product liability insurance is up-to-date!

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

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Cyber

Because the 'leadership' wants to do to us much the same as what the fictional Cybermen want to do to us?

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: Cough Cough!! Independence day

To be fair on ID, that Mac could have been running an alien-CPU emulator plus OS and network protocols reverse-engineered from the alien ship they had in the hangar.

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Get a grip...

"We can't read this hard drive partition on our Windows box".

"It's ext4"

"That sounds terrorist-ish. Bang him up."

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Also, I have a legitimate reason to encrypt all my stuff: I don't trust the government any further than I could kick them up a chimney.

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OT

I am apparently the 999999 person (sic) to visit this site and am entitled to a chance to win a JB Hi-Fi Gift Card worth $1000!

Woooot.

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No-one ever does!

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It's almost like some kind of...

Spanish Inquisition!

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Pedobear

Always ready to violate a child's ... privacy.

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(that final word doesn't make the sentence better at all!)

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: What about the moon?

The moon's benefits don't really require a moon. Any nearby strong gravity well in (relative) motion would likely do just fine for driving tidal forces throughout the body. While earth-sized planets with large moons may be somewhat rare, titan-sized moons orbiting gas giants seem likely to be quite common. The Giants (presuming they have moons like all ours do) even show up often enough in 'green-belt' zones of stars.

Local panspermia would pretty much ensure all the moons of a green-belt gas giant would get life of some similar form (relative to the local atmosphere depending on local gravity &c) within a short while of life popping up on the first (probably most favourable) one. Would make a rather interesting local system to live in, especially since you might end up with another habitable world within 1970s-Earth technological reach.

^^ All speculation, of course!

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Re: Earth: it's actually kind of a shit place to live.

Especially since humanity showed up.

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BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

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Instead of zeros and ones...

...they use NANAs and nanas.

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

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Re: Forget the ABS and International Capacity

@Tim.

Give him a chuckle. My mum really won't mind. She may even start stalking him to take him up on the offer - whether he wants to or not! Believe me, my mum has quickly learned that being elderly, you either give better than you get or get trampled under.

I think the manager of her bank's ears are probably still ringing 3 days after they sent her a letter threatening to hand her emergency savings over to a government custodian because the (modestly sizable) account hadn't seen any activity (other than receiving interest) for a couple of years (this is the money she has put aside to staunchly 'not be a burden on society' with). I fixed it anyway by making a specifically 5c deposit into it for her, and diarising myself to do so every year in the future.

Go Mum!

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Mum

It also pisses her off an awful lot when every time she has to deal with a business or government peon, they refer her to information on the Internet, and when she informs them she can't get any Internet where she is they refuse to believe such a thing is possible.

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Re: Forget the ABS and International Capacity

My mum is 76 and slowly dying of a muscular degenerative auto-immune disease combined with the long-term ravages of childhood diphtheria. I love her dearly, but I think your fat pipe would suffer 'shrinkage' if you saw her today. :-P

But she will laugh at your comment and say something hilariously inappropriate in response when I tell her.

What she won't laugh at is that she can't get Medicare forms anywhere except on the Internet (which she can't get*) or the Medicare office (which she can't get to). She eventually had her local MP to send her a bunch in the post.

* no ports left at the exchange for a hard line (and none to be added as why invest in extra DSLAMs when NBN is coming ... one decade real soon now), and the wireless is so chronically oversubscribed on both Telstra and Optus that, while we can get a 3-4 bar signal, we can't even get bandwidth to connect to the respective companies' sites to pay for the service.

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Re: Forget the ABS and International Capacity

My mum would just like a connection. At any speed!

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Welcome...

...to the de-developing world.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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dot.human

corporations need not apply.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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caterwaul

that is a word I recognise from el reg in the past few months. Reference to a particular (or several particular) popular entertainers, I believe.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Point or order doodz!

Adams wasn't wrong (paraprrase:) A [politician]'s job isn't to weild power, but to draw attention away from it.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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I'm considering...

...2.5k at present. By the time they are pushing 8k I might be up to thinking about 5k.

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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Re: Which is less boring?

I must confess, I stopped attending such shows in the late 90s. Probably not a cooincidence that that is when affordable home internet arrived in my area of the world - I simply found that I could get clearer, fluff-flitered information of the company web sites* than on the show floor.

* this was back when the big tech companies used their web sites for providing product /information/, not just eyeball spam.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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The lifespan is inherent in the way flash memory works. A combination of how often you re-write data blocks and how many spare blocks are set aside in the device to account for write-worn ones determines actual life.

If you are determined, you can wear out a flash drive in minutes, if you (or more accurately your software stack*) are careful, you can make it last well beyond the manufacturer's spec.

* Current-gen OSes and applications aren't really optimised for this. As using flash for the OS/App/Immediate-data storage device becomes ubitiquous I imagine they will be tuned that way.

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

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To paraphrase the villan from Speed.

Poor nations are barbaric, Saudi Arabia is eccentric.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: It's very easy to fix this, y'know...

I have always instinctively deleted my auto footer on emails that don't need them. Usually if the footer is longer than the email's content it just looks weird!

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Prints .... emails?

I very-occasionally do have reason to print one at work, but it is far from the norm.

Having said that, I do agree that the legalise boilerplate at the bottom of emails is generally little more than company lawyers masturbating their false sense of contribution.

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Sphere 3D: Our pop-out 2TB disk product? Of COURSE it's rugged

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Re: Proof I'm Old

If your parents named you 'Jazz', you'd probably change it when you grew up too.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: What they need is....

If uptime exceeds 7 hours, seek sysadmin advice.

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Re: I've been thinking about playing....

I, on the other hand, discovered there was such a thing as a disk editor. And my slide into evil began!

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