* Posts by Dagg

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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Devil

Ha ha

Classic big blue cock-up. under estimated the requirements (odds on it was deliberate, lock down scope while knowing what is proposed will not work), they would have also thought they could outsource everything to india.

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Flame

Re: Renault

>Countries that allow their workforce to enjoy a glass or three of wine at lunch should not be permitted to write software.

You mean like the UK, we always just wandered down the road to the pub for cob and a beer. I was always more productive after lunch.

The US on the other hand with these "brown bag" lunch meetings, total waste of time and always started the afternoon in a bad mood wanting to kill some sodding project manager who considered lunch to be "free unproductive time".

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

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> CanadianMacFan

The farmers in NZ are doing quite well, especially the dairy farmers.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Re: God bless America!

>The US has large areas that are safe

You mean like Texas!

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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FAIL

Re: Wishing and Hoping

>The fact that Pluto has a techtonily active crust (Mercury and Mars don't) should rank Pluto above them on the planet list

No, there are moons Europa and Titan that have tectonically active crusts that are bigger than pluto.

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Cheaper broadband will slow NBN adoption, says Turnbull

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Mushroom

Re: Give the NBN to people that actually want it

>What Turnbull is saying is that many people are happy with their existing broadband and do not want to pay more for something even if it is much faster, presumably because what they already have is enough.

BS I've got an old ancient inner city copper connection that is a flaky as all hell, every time it rains or we have an extreme weather event connectivity drops out and/or slows down.

When it is running at full speed it usable (just), but full speed is a very rare event.

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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

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Problem with Barn door front end

The big problem with SDR is the extremely wide barn door front end. Try to pick up a low level signal 10-15 kHz from a massive broadcast signal. Not a chance, the large broadcast signal just swamps the front end.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Trollface

Re: Have they still not.....

>Ban ban ban

Sounds like the state of Victoria...

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Coat

Re: HOW DARE YOU!!

There is only so much catholic guilt rock you can take before you are either full or top yourself!

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Mushroom

Re: About time

"I don't know what the mechanism will be to switch from one virtual SIM card to another, maybe you scan a QR code or you download it as an email attachment or something like that"

What part of this don't you understand! This is a huge security hole!

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Mushroom

Re: And the carriers smile

"Maybe you scan a QR code or something. I don't know. But your pessimism is unjustified."

How incredibly insecure!

I can just see it, "Scan this QR code for discount voucher" Oops, you just changed carrier to some ultra expensive ripoff! Doh!

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Re: Windoze as a service, Yea right

>Windows-as-a-service will run on your hardware

Then they will be paying me rent for the use of my hardware.

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FAIL

Windoze as a service, Yea right

This will be no bloody good if your so called broadband (IE Australian Infrastructure) is crap.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Mushroom

Re: Can be cost effective

>If you have solar and have not installed batteries you are being subsidized by everyone else (usually the poor!)

BS! The rate at with they buy your solar power is less than the wholesale rate! No one is subsidising you! If you have solar cells in Aus you are a sucker as you are a supplier of cheap power to the retail companies.

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Dagg

Can be cost effective

>Smith says for most people the addition of a backup battery isn't a great value proposition.

>“By and large, most residential customers in cities and urban areas have a pretty robust connection,” he said.

That is not the issue, the problem is any power you produce is being sold to the power company and a crap rate, you then buy it back at a much higher rate.

At least with a battery you can use all of then power you generate so in effect you are getting full retail price for what you generate rather that the minuscule amount that the power company will pay.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Pint

I blame Agile

This is what happens when you use agile to manage a project. You get something just good enough based on requirements that wander all over the place with QA that only tests the best cases....

I need a beer!

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Mushroom

Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

Subscription because then we can turn it off to force you to buy an update...

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TPG ups offer for iiNet to AU$1.56bn, includes clever cash kicker

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Thumb Down

Time to review contract

Started with AAPT now iiNet will be reviewing contract... enough said...

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Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

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Mushroom

>The only thing common to all of the callers is a distinct sub continental accent.

With me that is an immediate hang-up, no questions nothing...

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Could be nickel

The back of watch could be coated with nickel.

There are some people that have a reaction to nickel that is in long term contact with skin. Had a friend that had problems with glasses.

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The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Thumb Up

>Copyright Unilateral National Taskforce Section

Major thumbs up for this!

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Mushroom

Freedom From Religion

I wonder if the Indiana "Freedom of Religion" also includes "Freedom from Religion"?

If it doesn't then we have classic religious hypocrisy...

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

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Flame

Wrong

>Metadata retention is advanced as a way to stop Australians being harmed, or killed, by terrorists or criminals.

Wrong, Metadata is to allow hollywood to go after download pirates. The 5 eyes already provide all the data required to catch terrorists and crims.

They want to make the ISPs pay as punishment because they won't help the poor mega rich studios...

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

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Mushroom

Latest Snowden information

According to Snowden the governments already have the whole telecom infrastructure hacked so why should the ISPs be forced to store data that the government has already collected.

Or is this just some BS to attempt to cover-up what they are really doing.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Mushroom

Why store Metadata

If this is how governments work then why should the telecom companies be forced to store metadata. The government already has it.

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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

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FAIL

I've got an Aspire with a DEAD SSD

Do you think I can download a recovery image... NO WAY. I will never go near acer again.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Pint

Re: Smoke and Mirrors

The collective noun for a group of project managers - "A delay of project managers"

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Mushroom

Re: Speaking as the requirements gatherer...

@Eric Olson - Speaking as the requirements gatherer...

Yea, the BAs like Agile as it means they don't need to do a proper job of collecting requirements. The approach appears to be "hey just throw some ideas over the fence to the development team and waste their time building crap to ill defined sh*t".

When stuff goes wrong they then blame it all on the developers...

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Black Helicopters

What about the bloody Helicopters!

Drones, I don't have a problem with they don't make much noise. Where I live we have bloody helicopters just hovering over the house 24 / 7 and when there is a major sport event you get several flying around.

Drones may be cheaper but you can do all the same stuff with a helicopter! The icon says it all.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Holmes

@cray74 - there might be 35GW of geothermal power across the planet

>And geothermal? With conventional systems, the available sources aren't going to be powering too many cities - there might be 35GW of power across the planet for existing technology

Epic fail 67,246 GWh already exists!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy

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Mushroom

Re: I seem to remember

>Geothermal has been explored. Like so many other ideas it falls over as soon as you do the detail work and find that a practical engineering implementation...

You what!

I've seen installations that have been working for about the last 50 plus years and they are competing with hydro, gas and coal. The Wairakei plant in the North Island of New Zealand is an excellent example.

New Zealand is still building them, I think the last one was sometime last year, so much for not being practical!

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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Trollface

Engineering needs Science

And we all know the liberals hate science, it gets in the way of their religion.

How will they react when they find out that to code you need to understand logic and good logic and religion don't always mix.

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Black Helicopters

Interesting number of down votes

Are we seeing the result of "Big content" trolls?!

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Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

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Mushroom

Who defines offensive!

> AFP obtaining intelligence that an Australian IP address visited an offensive web site

I will never trust the government it is too easy for them to define what they don't what people to see. The changes the Tony Abort and his mates are trying to make look just like the US tea party would like, right wing and religious. This could mean that anything left wing and non christian would be offensive.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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FAIL

Re: Not such a big change

>>With chip+pin you get to enter your pin in 100s of different terminals at every convenience store, gas station and cafe.

Er, this is the same with your basic debit card, the only difference is you swipe the stripe and then key in the pin. You can do this in the same 100s of places on the same terminal that could be compromised in the same way.

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Dagg
Mushroom

Re: Possible option:

Why, chip-and-sig is a huge fail! No body ever checks the signature, anyone can use your card and just sign with something that just vaguely like your signature. Doh!

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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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Devil

Actually, you can't. Product placement in movies, TV shows and video games is subject to agreement with the brand or trademark owner.>

I think you are actually wrong here. The only reason you ever see "vehicles provided.." is because they got them free.

I really don't think that Reliant ever gave Rowan Atkinson permission to do what he did to those Robins.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Devil

Re: @Steve the Cynic - I'm not sure

In Australia they have signs that state "Slow Drivers keep left". No one in Australia wants to be called dumb so they all drive in the middle lane.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Re: A quadcopter by any other name

Everything in texas is colloquially know as a target. If it can be shot at it is shot at...

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

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Mushroom

Re: Fibre's finally viable

Total fail fluffy bunny, you must be a tony abort supporter. I live in a metropolitan area and along with my friends and neighbours we have considerable problems with the copper. At least once or twice a week we have telstra out sorting out yet another bad connection.

Noisy lines drop outs weather dependant connections flaky internet performance etc.

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Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance

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Mushroom

Re: What's so special about "democracy"?

>Democracy is a neat method of making sure your leaders will later become ordinary citizens who will have to live with the laws that they passed.

Not in Australia! Here they end up as extremely well off people with massive superannuation and special travel cards etc.

They have no idea what an "ordinary" person is.

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

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Depends on humidity

This will depend on the humidity. The only place I've ever had a shock from a door knob was in the Midwest of the US (Iowa) in the middle of winter when it was a dry as. In the tropics where you spend all your time sweating you can never build up any charge.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: Bah!

It has NOTHING to do with the physical size of the capacitor. The mainframe caps you refer to will completely destroy a screw driver, but they are only 5 volts or maybe 12 volts.

The capacitors inside a monitor / TV or microwave operate at thousands of volts. the EHT section in a TV or monitor is typically 22kv.

It is extremely unlikely that 5 or 12 volts can give you any sort of shock unless you place the cap on your tongue. 22kv can and will kill you.

It is the energy in the capacitor that melts the screwdriver and the amount of energy in the EHT section of a monitor is not enough to do any major damage to a screwdriver. But the volotage is enough to punch through the skin and flow through a human body and if it crosses the chest it can stop the heart!

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Boffin

Re: Bit of a whimp

It is not only the HT capacitors. the The screen tube is plated inside and out and it is used to smooth the EHT! That can give you one hell of a bite!

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Joke

Re: I support two teams...

Hey Pomgolian, how can you tell when a plane load of Aussies has landed?

The whining doesn't stop when they shutdown the engines!

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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Re: Personally...

There is nothing wrong with 2G, I live near a major 90K+ seating sports stadium and for me it was considerably more reliable as the 3G and upward would drop out at half time quarter time and everytime a game ended.

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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Trollface

Re: Goto

Why do you need to use a goto! These days just throw an exception it does the same thing!

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Pint

Re: "You're a NEANDERTHAL"

No you don't! The hair comes off as they drag along the ground!

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Headmaster

Mercury is NOT a unit of temperature

It is a poisonous heavy metal, a planet or the name of an old god!

Because it is poisonous it has not been used in thermometers for years, these days thermometers use a coloured alcohol or they are electronic. So the statement "and in spite of the mercury getting close to 44°C" should be "and in spite of the red coloured alcohol getting close to 44°C" or "and in spite of the electrons getting close to 44°C".

Or, if you wanted to be CORRECT it should be "and in spite of the temperature getting close to 44°C".

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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Re: We did question his use of plywood

Nothing wrong with plywood, just remember the Mosquito fighter/ bomber/everything else from WW2

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