* Posts by LaeMing

1965 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Must be a man because the poos are so big?

I CHALLENGE!

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Oz opposition spraying perfume on metadata dead cat

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Re: Here's some data to retain:

If you are lucky you might have a non-nut-job independent you can vote for rather than voting informal. At least you help someone get their deposit back.

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Re: Underwhelming

Pretty much. Voting in this country is like deciding if you prefer to step in dog crap or cat crap. Certainly there are dog people and cat people who have their preferences, but in the end you are still stepping in crap.

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Re: Underwhelming

There is a reason they were voted 'worse than the other lot' at the last who-will-damage-the-country-least time.

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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

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Won't affect my spending habits.

Since the reason I buy off-shore is the locals aren't interested in even stocking what I want, at any price. They would rather just stock whatever useless junk head-office off-loads on them and cry that no-one is buying it.

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Optus tells Department of Comms to sit down and shut up

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Sound's like a real

dog's breakfast.

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Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

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Nice to see a governnment department using technology in a proactive manner. Using in-house engineering too, rather than out-sourcing to a dollar-drain.

They better watch it though. This is exactly the sort of forward-thinking technological innovation the feds are trying to stamp out here.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Re: Cut the reset pin and wire to a switch?

I was thinking that myself. Today there would be a bunch of web-pages with images and instructions on how to do it.

And several thousand tedious you-tube videos where there is a 68:1 ratio of pointless-yacking to what-you-actually-want-to-know.

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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And then reduced to a boring 17 words by an even more boring person with nothing better to do (with their entire pointless existence from birth to grave).

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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I was just prepping to watch Dark City tonight, too.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: "Wildcard" indeed

It's also why the "no one can hack my brain" excuse mentioned in that Google study is rather naïve. Social engineering like this is exactly hacking the user's brain.

Pic related: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2526

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Re: Seriously

My money is on a group of divorce lawyers doing the hack.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: We don't even understand all of what we need to know

Don't forget the large close moon producing nice tidal zones for the aquatic-terrestrial transition.

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Microsoft joins attack on 'non-consensual pornography'

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On the contrary.

Having any pic of me show up on Bing would be shameful, irrespective of my state of undress.

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

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Just wiped out flash on my home system.

Biggest surprise is I haven't yet found any of my regular entertainment sites give a rather. Apparently they are all ready HTML5 savy.

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China reveals home-grown supercomputer chips after Intel x86 ban

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It's so cute.

It's so cute how the US thinks the rest of the world can't possibly get on with out it's input.

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nbnTM plans for future backhaul upgrade to FTTN cabinets

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“we need to make sure every dollar is invested wisely.”

So that was what the $$$ branding change the other week was about?

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Re: an I with a centre-stroke in Unicode

Pretty good. Is there one with serifs at the top and bottom?

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Those valuations are, of course, in Internet Dollars (TM).

(We need an I with a centre-stroke in unicode!)

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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

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Re: How very civilised of them

Maybe the women don't want more maternity leave. And maybe their contribution to the organisation is important enough to give them these options.

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Re: No persuasion possible

I grew up with Australia as an independent country. Now it is becoming effectively an annex to the US.

Might be time to move. Pluto is looking interesting lately!

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As I work my way down my RSS list

Pic related:

http://explosm.net/comics/3989/

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Re: No persuasion possible

I grew up with Pluto as a planet. Now it is a TNO. That's fine with me. They can call it anything that works (except for calling it 'late for dinner', as my Nana used to say, though not about Pluto in particular). I'm more disturbed by the reaction to what is essentially a semantic change, than the change itself. People! The actual object isn't effected by what we call it in one particular language at one particular point in time! And it will still be there long after the last traces of humanity are subducted back into the Earth's mantle.

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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

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Re: "most at risk"...compared with what. exactly?

Well, the people doing this study don't really care about these pieces of software. The study is about helping make sure their own house is in the best possible order. They leave the rabid finger-pointing and scoring of cheap PR points to the commercial sector. They have better things to do.

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Yes

The study (and ElReg's reporting of it) isn't saying these areas have bugs. Just that they are critical enough that they should get a long hard look-at now and again.

(Well, yes the story title is as click-baity as you would expect from anywhere, tough I imagine that is a bit of tounge-in-cheek from ElReg's side and regular readers, at least, should know that's their style).

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FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

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Re: There needs to be fines or jailtime....

Maybe if enough routers were configured to actively block flash content...

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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Don't mind the pets

They are just guarding my secret underwater volcano secret vilan hideout

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Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

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Re: "We're the good guys."

Makes me think of the end of "Falling Down" when the pro-antagonist realises 'I'm the bad guy?"

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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Re: Handling the driving?

That was the tablet's self-presevation mode.

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GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

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Yo black hole so big...

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Re: Anybody believe him?

Because numbers lead to math. And math leads to the terrorist side.

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Re: The Death of American Tech Companies

I imagine there are a whole bunch of reigeims around the world eagerly waiting for the US to set precedents here.

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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I was expecting an article about people who suffer from that (actual) genetic blood condition* that likely lead to the mythos of vampyrism. Not a bunch of circus geeks.

*Symptoms include: UV sensitivity, retracted gums, bad temper, and - in pre-medical-science days - a need to drink blood to get the chemicals the body can't make itself (though raw blood of any mammal would do).

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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I want this read out in parliaments across the world.

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: Seriously, how stupid are we supposed to be?

I would see this sort of crypto back door as less of a 'secret passage' and more 'a well-known back gate to which just about every petty beaurecrat in the city has a key"

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Re: The Prestige

@Jim85 - doesn't matter as from my perspective looking back I am the real thing, irrespective of whether I actuaily am. But looking forward the copy still isn't /this/ copy, which is all this particular itteration cares about.

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The biggest problem with this kind of mind transfer (be it to machine or new body) from my perspective is that, ultimately, you are making a copy. From the copy's perspective looking back, it has all your memories and feels that it is you. But from your perspective looking forward, it is a copy: not actually you. You still die.

Which sort of defeats the purpose for the individual. Unless you are so narcissistic that you can't believe the world can possibly go on in your absence!

Obviously if we are copying someone's mind because the continuation of that mind has external value (someone with difficult-to-replace skills, for example), then it is a different matter, but for the individual being copied, not so much.

(There are potential ways around this issue, but they are a bit too tedious and convoluted for this thread! - I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader ;-) )

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Power is easy.

Just microwave power to it from a source hidden in a ... nearby ... book!

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: And The CEO Was Dead

Not a bad person. Just a BOFH.

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I feel your pain (quite literally)

My manager one pulled me off important work and sent me to the medical centre, I looked in so much pain despite efforts to soldier on. She even escorted me to the taxi rank to make sure I didn't try to walk there (as is my habit).

Turned out one of my ribs had dislocated from its socket while sleeping badly the previous night and every slightest movement or twitch of my body activated the muscle that was supposed to keep it in its correct place to try to pull it back there, but the muscle contractions kept missing the socket and making it worse in the second most agonising thing I have ever experienced (kidney stones still win that one!).

Backs are hell when they don't work to spec.!

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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Re: Damn anyone who... does what we do...

Or C: we could stop people in sensitive positions running their own poorly-maintained servers from home. and take our own security measures seriously!

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Australian opposition senators slam TPP treaty process

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With the exception of some very-current military information, there is NO excuse for any government claiming to be part of a democracy to have any secrets from its people.

Any government that claims or acts otherwise is guilty of treason against the people it was chosen to represent.

That is all.

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ACCC clears copper for the NBN

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That will depend on whether the alternative is more or less shitty at election time. They got in this time not because people wanted them but because people were sick of the other lot poncing about like reality-TV 'stars'. Sadly.

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Re: Copper

They probably think they can save their shares in the mining industry.

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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Let it burn, I say.

It's the only way to be sure.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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But but but.

We are only supposed to consume!

How could some career-politician who has never created anything real in their life understand otherwise? Seriously!

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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I was thinking the same.

Samsung used to be a preferred brand for me across the whole CE field.

But they are getting too much like Sony now.

NEVER go full Sony!

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: 2.2 meelion dollars

I think the worry is that the employer, having obtained the DNA samples, could then mis-use them for potentially discriminatory purposes.

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Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote

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With the tendency for political parties to keep 'accidentally' using unlicenced IP on their sites.

This could prove interesting!

We need to watch these sites like hungry hungry hawks.

For the national good, of course.

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