* Posts by John Tserkezis

1756 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Re: Silly admins. Power users don't bother joining domains

"Obviously never worked at a major UK government department - we detect and kill machines such as yours then revoke your security clearance..."

The UK government cares about security? Really? Are you sure?

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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"You do realize that something called libel still exists, even in the days of the internet, and it's illegal, right? Whether this will constitute that is up to the courts."

You do realise that if you don't have an entire team of lawyers working for you, it won't mean crap.

Ask all those who have been bullied to death (literally, via suicide, ironcially on Twitter too), does libel exist?

Bull fucking shit.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Bloat? What bloat?

"Don’t blame Microsoft: WordPerfect and its ilk committed slow-motion suicide. Essentially, they turned themselves into bloatware and died as a natural consequence of morbid obesity."

Because Microsoft have NEVER EVER been accused of bloat. EVER.

Yeah right.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: I have 600

"What kind of idiot coded a 512 limit, and coded an ugly fail when the limit is exceeded?"

Bill Gates? He's been known for sprouting ideas like that before, maybe he has more of an influence than we thought?

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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

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This article prompted me to remember that mum threw out my last remaining Sun Microsystems mug during a cleanup many years ago.

I just wanted to say I'm still pissed about it.

That is all.

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Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

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training and support portal? REALLY!?

That's what they're doing to "stop" phishing attacks?

Said it before, and I'll say it again: Good Luck With That.

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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

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"Anyway what legal grounds does the Australian government have for forcing foreign companies to collect tax on it's behalf?"

It doesn't, it won't, and they can't. There are existing systems in place of tax collections as they arrive from outside Australia. But as you said, after a phone call, and manual handling, good luck on making any money anymore.

The fault lies entirely on Harvey-Fucking-Abnormals who have been screaming for years that they're losing business through tax-free online options, and who also claim every local business who isn't part of the Harvey-Fucking-Abnormal chain is also a grey importer who are also undercutting them.

Boo fucking hoo, cry me a river.

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

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Re: Fantastic!

"So you'll need to know the APN and authentication credentials."

Security? By what is effectively just another government department? Yeah sure.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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"When I see a coder wearing shirt and tie, all I think is that he's another modestly skilled type who couldn't cut it in the arena with the talented coders."

I can do one better. I worked at a place were one of our techos was pretty decent. He was promoted to <some position or other?>, and ended up in a suit and tie. From then, he forgot everything he learned and actively went backwards as far as his learning and knowledge goes.

I firmly believe that a tie cuts off oxygen to the brain, turning you into a moron. Noone has been able to convince me otherwise.

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Re: who cares

"I maintain my own domain name, so my email address never changes. But I don't want to set up mail servers to do the infrastructure piece, so I've got to "buy" that service from somebody. Might as well be my ISP in my monthly subscription."

My domain handler offers email as a paid option, so I don't have to use my primary ISP email at all.

Unfortunately, part of the setup requires another email address as a point of contact (not the one you just created). That might sound acceptable, especially if your domain needs to contact you when your email option has fallen over, however, this requires you to either choose an ISP who offers email, or, create your own account via a third party - which is just stupid, because you just did that.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

"I could _not_ however be blackmailed - what would they threaten me with?"

You don't get how the internet works, do you?

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Password manager Mitro will shutter itself on 31 August

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THIS is why I can still use TrueCrypt - because it ISN'T tied to some cloud.

Our only option would have been (shudder) bitlocker...

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: Android TV lost me at...

"So create a dummy account with fake name. No need to give them a phone number or address. Not that difficult."

Google is edging closer to a valid email (no wait - you can create a fake one), or 2nd order auth with a cellphone (no wait - you can buy a cheapy sim)...

Thanks, but no thanks - by the time I finish, the "smart" tv will be obsolete.

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Re: I mostly agree

"I reckon the dumb panel will go obsolete less often than the brain."

If firmware upgrades on TVs are anything like cellphones, you're at the whim of the vendor. That is, after a couple of minor fixes (and a plethora of ad-inducing extras) you're going to be stuck with that version forever more.

I'm so glad I opted for a regular PC with customised windows settings turning it into an appliance. It does absolutely everything, without the crap. And if there is crap, it can be worked around anyway.

Thanks, but I'm not sold on any of the smart tv os's.

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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

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"believed to be the work of criminal hackers."

Perhaps it was the NSA.

No wait, same thing...

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Flubbed hardware fix knocked out 911 calls, T-Mobile US cops big fine

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Oh but never mind, if they go the way of Australia's NBN, your only way to make a call is either SIP, or other voip option. The "carriers" obligation to call assurance will be absolved along with our ability to make emergency calls when the Internet is down yet again.

Better make sure your cellphone is charged.

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Thunder-faced Mozilla lifts Flash Firefox block after 0-days plugged

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Place your bets ladies and gentlemen!

How many days before this brand spanking new version collects some brand spanking new zero-day exploits?

Place your bets!

I give it a week.

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

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Yeah, right.

Oh rubbish. It's aiming at shifting the user changing SIMs on a whim, to the carriers changing SIMs on a whim.

Instead of "just" buying a new SIM card over the counter, you need to call the new carrier, invariably get connected to India, after you spend an hour screwing around with the DTMF menus. When you're finally connected, you say you bought a new phone with a built-in SIM, and they tell you 'fuck off we can't help you'.

All in the interest of progress you understand.

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Apple proffers FREE iCLOUD SUBS to tackle Greek debt crisis

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"Who are the Greek people?"

Look at my name. I have family in greece, we do talk, and I get a good idea of what's happening. You can equally blame the goverment, as well as the people for ripping off each other. NOTHING will change till you entirely revamp the attitudes of BOTH.

Oh, and good luck with that.

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Free internet for kids! Obama's offering free internet to kids! (Yes, there's a catch)

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I must be missing someting..

Where's the "Catch" as specified in the heading? The article sounds like one big fat sales pitch.

Oh, never mind, I get it now.

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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"You never can tell if the character he is playing is actually him or a work of fiction,"

Sometimes, a nutcase is just a nutcase.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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"but paywave down here in OZ is very simple: If the transaction is sub-AU$100, simply bonk/wave your card and move on."

Would also be worthy to add that pay-by-bonk-NFC is reasonably widespread here. The larger stores are guaranteed to be capable, and smaller stores where their bonk box is reasonably (last few years) new.

Not only that, it's been available for at least several years (in usable numbers), so has gained some good momentum. I don't see Apple trying to get into the market, as they'll just be delivering what we already have, albeit with needing to take cards out of our wallets. But hey, who cares?

Heck, I've even seen people tape their cards to the back of their phones. Pay-by-bonk-by-proxy?

But even if that day comes, at $1300+ (vs an NFC card from your bank for nothing), nope, good value it aint.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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"your parents use it, your children use it, admit it – you use it"

Not anymore! I've already said on another thread that since it wouldn't even install anymore - I'm ridding myself of it. Mind you, I'm pissing a couple of hundred bucks of subscriptions that I can't get anymore up the wall, but truth be said, I'm glad, and I wouldn't have done it were it not for Adobe forcing my hand.

So I'm free of it forever. It's quite liberating actually, kinda like swimming naked. (so I've been told)

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EU squashes bogus copyright scare as red-faced Guardian slaps down Wiki's Wales

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A slightly different thought on the matter.

I think it's the media giants that creating grass roots anti-copyright groups with insane demands, knowing full well they're going to get shouted down, with their demands never to be implemented anywhere, anyhow, anywhen.

That way, the status quo remains, and the media giants get to keep things the way they like it.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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I no longer have to care anymore.

I had hundreds of dollars invested in two longer term online magazines that were delivered by flash and flash only.

This last installment of flash refuses to install into my copy of Firefox (both offline and onine installers) so that broke the camel's back. Especially since older versions of flash will not work.

So that's it. Any site that requires flash is going to go without me seeing it ever again. Good fucking riddance, and don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: Rules are for you too.

"As for pedestrians, well, they just do as they like."

I was classed as a "high volume cyclist" on a medical report (whatever that means), before the arthritis kicked in an put an end to all that.

In that time, I spent a lot of if on a variety of roads, some paved, some not.

Just my observations: Trucks and motorcyclists were no issue at all. Cars were sometimes an issue (helps if you look where you're going you idiots), but cars pale into obscurity when it comes to pedestrians. Seriously, they just don't give a fuck about anyone or anything, anytime or anywhere.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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"Personally, I'm not going to link to Toronto2015."

Disturbing, just disturbing. But not as distubring as the Toronto games.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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"Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box"

But not the spam from their affiliated advertising partners, right? Thought so.

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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but had later showed "complete and genuine remorse."

Wow. £70,000 can buy a lot of remorse nowadays, can't it?

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: so much for open wi-fi

"will be signing deals to offer Microsoft's pay-to-access Wi-Fi routers now?"

The idea is not new or unique. There are a number of companies offering services like this. Bascially, they do as you said - they make deals with various hotels/conference centres etc. The corporate end user gets sent either to, or near one of these places, they look for the relevant WiFi SSID name and run up the connection software. From here they enter their regular corporate login, and it all magically works and paid for by the corporate overlords.

Microsoft might eliminate or streamline some of those steps, but it's bascially the same idea.

From what I remember, our corporate overlords paid a truck load of money in contractual form to have that servcice available to us, so I can't see Microsoft doing this "on the cheap". And that might be the problem, if you're aiming for the domestic (cost sensitive) market, I don't see cellular portable WiFi access points going away anytime soon. Nor freebee WiFi points (even if you have to look for one) either.

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NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

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They didn't pick me.

Probably a good thing though.

Especially inconvenient when you're tied up in a small tin can with a crazy person. (That would be me)

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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But smartphone resourses are already being used...

...With all the advertising attached to just about every app out there.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Waiting for SP1?

"MS claims that there will be continuous updates"

Like that worked out just great. I had a Windows RT tablet that had the WiFi borked by a windows update. Yep, your only connection to the outside world no longer works. I had to go through each and every update, read up on the description and users' reviews, and guess which one did it.

I found the offending update and disabled it, but needed another box with a working internet connection and some spare time I didn't have. For the average home user who doesn't have two computers? Screw you.

Uninstalling one service pack is easier than working out which of the thousand updates bent you over.

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Bing Maps seen wearing creepy mask that makes it look a bit like ...

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Re: Bing had the data all along...

"All of these new 'updates' could have been done long ago."

It's not that easy actually. It still requires a substancial amount of manual labour because the raw data can actually be miseading if it were treated as machine-readable.

Many don't realise the amount of work that Google puts into their maps, because you only see the UI, it works, all the data is laid out nicely and it just works. If you had to do the same, and had the crap that comes out the regular mapping agencies (especially here in Australia) you'll see that.

Remember laughing at the Apple maps thing? Well, here's no surprise, Googled had to address the same issues - the data was crap as machine-raeadable, and had to put the work in anyway.

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Americans in Europe like using Wi-Fi calling, Ericsson discovers

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"The company claims that using Wi-Fi calling while overseas could lead to your phone handing off between cellular and Wi-Fi, which could lead to your being charged twice."

Sure, they would really care about that - and nothing to do with the fact that the customer would be paying much, much more using regular voice channels.

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The sad song Samsung's sung: SEVENTH quarterly fail in a row

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Did they think that continual bloat would help the issue?

It's like they thought it was a good idea.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: Not good

"You would think so. Until you learn a little about the issue and realize that controlling guns doesn't have much of a statistical impact on violent crimes.

Really. Got a good source for that?"

Granted, this is a small sample size (especially when compared to the US, and more so when you consider guns are not acceped as a natural part of life), but in Australia, we had a gun buyback sceme set up where you could surrender your firearm for market value (I think) where it was subsequently destroyed.

This study https://www.melbourneinstitute.com/downloads/working_paper_series/wp2008n17.pdf, shows the sceme "did not have any large effects on reducing firearm homicide or suicide rates."

So there. Well, for a small sample size anyway...

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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It was the aliens of course...

...They didn't want some pesky humans discovering their outpost. Duh.

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Here we go again

"Admin treats the moderators with contempt, and then wonders why they are complaining and why the system is falling apart around them."

So, it's better than Yahoo Groups then?

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Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

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Sooner or later, those who use insecure passwords, along with lax handling of said passwords, are the ones who should be held accountable.

The fact they were "hacked" was entirely due to their incompetence.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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Re: Wrong question

"Each year they buy more and more cameras and bombard us with ads that speed cameras saves lives yet tragically each year the road toll increases."

To be fair, they've removed many cameras.

Sure, all of them were low-income cameras, but that's just a coincedence - they assure us.

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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Re: playing games online or otherwise?

"what about playing board games? so they tax per session, or just the game itself?"

What about playing with ourselves? Does the tax apply to that?

Yes, I know...

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: Having a single time is a nonsense

"Australians just happen to get up at 18:00, that's all

They already have Christmas in June anyway."

Hey! No we don't.

No wait, the shopping centres usually start advertising their Christmas crap at about June, so you're right after all. Sorry, as you were.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Oh goody. I'll be using Windows 7 forever then. Thanks.

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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"Samsung has a commitment to security"

Sure, that's why they disabled Windows Update in the first place.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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The deal is also a huge loss to Ask.

Cry me a river.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: This is brilliant...

"...but when is he going to start on the GPU?"

Soon. If you can't log into facebook with it, the kids lose interest.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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So vegetables ARE bad for you.

Our parents lied to us.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: What about fake products?

"Not forgetting those products with "Genuine Leather"

I remember reading about someone who bought a wallet that was labelled "Genuine Vinyl". Seems some are more honest than others.

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Thing users: you need national narrowband

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Good idea, we need some cheap comms methods for iot things, because currently, for Mere Mortal Humans, you're looking at possibly $50-$100+ (and/or WiFi too) to add internet depending on which way you start, and go to. On a per toaster basis, that's bloody expensive outside of the odd project.

However, since the author mentioned the NBN (and technically didn't have to) I can't help but think, somehow, the goverment is going to get their fingers in that pie and fuck things up.

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