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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Sebastian A

As a NZ'er

Guilty or not, likeable or not, I'm glad these processes and systems are getting a rigorous testing. I'm pleased that he has access to the funds to contest these things so that us peons will know how it works and what's valid and what isn't. Too often are these laws dropped like the proverbial ton of bricks onto some poor sap who has zero options to fight it. Governments have come to expect meek compliance from people and it's heartening to see him make them work for it.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Sebastian A

Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...

As a resident of one of the 5 eyes countries, I don't like this shit happening any more than anyone else does, but there's nothing I can do about it. Whichever bunch of jackasses I vote in, they'll all happily keep doing this stuff.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

Sebastian A

Why are they talking about this

...and not just firing the whole damn management structure and starting from scratch? How corrupt does an organisation need to be to warrant a full redo for f's sake?!?

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Security researchers uncover three-year-old 'RUSSIAN SPYware'

Sebastian A

What bothers me the most

is that nations on any side don't seem to be in a rush to set up a set of rules around cyberwarfare like this. It's the wild west and they seem happy to keep it that way.

Until someone's powergrid collapses I guess. THEN there'll be some hurried steps to put together a set of Digital Geneva Conventions.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

Sebastian A

I only need to know one thing...

Where's the option to disable it?

There is one, right?

Guys?

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Dating app spent months as STALKING app

Sebastian A

Not familiar with Tinder...

But this functionality strikes me as more of a "no strings attached anonymous sex" app than a dating app.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

Sebastian A

Character assassination doesn't change anything

So what if he's a paranoid narcissist? Does that make the data he's facilitated the distribution of any less valid?

The pessimist side of me (okay, the dominant side) expects that this is just prep for taking him out, making sure he doesn't become a martyr in the process.

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Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes

Sebastian A

This hasn't been about Syria

in a long time, has it?

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Malware-flinging Linksys vulnerability confirmed as a HNAP1 bug

Sebastian A
Pint

Uneasy feelings

The Internet of Things, increasingly complex software/firmware, and seemingly no improvement in the average users' nous leads me to think we're heading into a golden age of worms and malware. Time to get in to the security biz, everyone and everything's going to need these services.

Golden brew for a golden age.

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New Zealand

Sebastian A

Whaleoil's a right-wing propaganda spewing joke. That anyone bothers ddosing him only gives him more credibility. Idiots.

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Sebastian A

You all know NZ by now...

Nothing much happens here. :p

I did hear some blather on the news about 4g and how blazing fast it will make mobile data. Congrats to the media for once again missing the point. I see Vodafone have on-account, 12 month contract data plans of 5GB/month for $80. What the hell use is all that speed if you cap yourself out in 42 minutes (give or take)?!?

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

Sebastian A

I can't help but think

that the more the members of these entrenched political systems try to suppress information and fight to hold on to their excessive power, the more they hasten the inevitable backlash and, quite possibly, revolution.

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Target hackers: Woohoo, we're rich! Um. Guys? Anyone know how to break bank encryption?

Sebastian A

They need 3DES hacked?

Maybe they can get in touch with the NSA, I hear they're working on breaking anything and everything. All they want in return is a cut of the profits.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

Re: Bring back Aero too

At least Aero on Win7 can be disabled. I just cannot grasp the thinking behind the removal of so many options from the more recent versions of Windows and Office. The mentioned ALL CAPS and hideous corners, forced colours (we're down to what, black (which is grey), grey, and white now in Office) all serve to make people feel like their preferences aren't important. If I were told that the new car I was looking at was only available in peach I'd be looking at another car, not joyously lining up to conform with the herd.

I just don't understand!

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Ink cartridge scammers forced to pen cheque for $AUD100k fine

Sebastian A

Seriously...

Do I have to adblock regmedia.co.uk/*.gif?

(yeah yeah, and png)

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

Sebastian A

Smells like shill in here...

From both sides. Anyone else picking up that distinctive odour of money and bullshit?

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Sebastian A
Unhappy

I remember when...

I miss the days when advertising focused on telling consumers about the product. Now it's all about being deliberately misleading or rubbishing the competition.

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

Sebastian A
Trollface

Re: Discounts

No? OK we'll ask again later.

Oh sorry that's YouTube. My bad.

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BAFFLING power cockup halts NASA's nuclear Mars tank Curiosity

Sebastian A

Re: Call AAA...

They'll need to quickly set up the AAM then, so they can call it for a tow. The Automobile Association of *America* might consider this outside their callout zone.

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Microsoft: Play hookey on Xbox One day - chug a dose of ZOMBIE FLU

Sebastian A
Thumb Down

So Microsoft's marketing team

still don't believe that women play games?

edit: Nevermind. Looks like that's the default form and it gives options to change various things such as the affliction being suffered and the sex of the patient.

But yes, it feels very forced and certainly makes me think no better of the X-Bone or MS in general.

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MY EYES! Earth engulfed by BRIGHTEST EVER killer gamma-ray burst

Sebastian A
Meh

Daaaang

"We normally detect GRBs at great distance, meaning they usually appear quite faint," study co-author Paul O'Brien, an astronomer at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. "In this case, the burst happened only a quarter of the way across the universe — meaning it was very bright."

Thanks Universe, for reminding me how insignificant we are at regular intervals.

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First 3D map of Great Barrier Reef created – still can't find Nemo

Sebastian A
Facepalm

I admit it...

I saw "Hook Reef" and "Line Reef" and went looking for "Sinker Reef".

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Who wants 10TB of FREE cloud storage? Hands down if China is a deal breaker?

Sebastian A
Thumb Up

I'd give it a shot.

A secondary cloud backup facility wouldn't be a bad thing to have, especially since I'm encrypting everything client-side anyway.

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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Sebastian A
Trollface

Sweet

Down to only 9,274 types of critters that'll kill ya. Straya mate! Bewdy!

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Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

Sebastian A
Pirate

@busby

Or if the FBI decides it doesn't like what someone else looks like they might have been considering thinking about doing on a box at a hosting provider located in a building not too far over from the one you use, and they raid it and impound *everything*.

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sebastian A

Beep beep

The profits-before-people train is coming through. Get off the tracks or you'll become collateral damage.

When did governments stop representing us and start representing corporations *to* us? I don't recall a specific turning point but it certainly seems to be the default these days.

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Feedly gets Greedly: Users suddenly HAVE TO create a Google+ account

Sebastian A

Just wait

Soon you'll need to sign in to G+ just to do a google search. It's only a matter of time.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

Sebastian A

I wish

every rich person eventually matured into a person like Gates. He's come right over time. Respect.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

Sebastian A
Mushroom

If people who look that good

look that dorky wearing it, imagine the dorkpocalypse that'd happen if average plebs like us wore it.

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

Sebastian A

Re: request to el reg

As The Reg said, "the site just became a lot noisier." They weren't talking about twitter though.

Practise what you preach Reg. Hold yourself to a higher standard than other UK journalism organisations.

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Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

Sebastian A

Think they're making it hard to opt out?

OF COURSE they are. The more people opt out the less value the data has. They don't want to give you the choice but they have to, but they can damn well make it a pain in the arse to do.

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Google burns promise of 'no big banner ads'. Don't Be Evil next?

Sebastian A

Alternatives

I've been using duckduckgo, ixquick and startpage depending on what the first one I think of is. Haven't voluntarily given google any more ammo to use against me in a while. I'm surprised they haven't requested that my house be TP'ed by the streetview drivers yet.

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Mozilla CTO blasts WC3 plans to bless anti-piracy DRM tech in HTML5

Sebastian A

No surprises here

Bought and paid for, millions spent by the parties that stand to gain the most. Parties that stand to lose (consumers) have no say. Welcome to the modern world of UltraCapitalism, where nothing is illegal and anything can be done, *if* you have the required funds.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Sebastian A
Facepalm

"Mail is usable now, the Weather app is still great, Internet Explorer mostly works fine for browsing"

"Usable" mail! IE "Mostly works fine"! And a weather app! Wow, high praise indeed! Have I used up all my exclamation marks yet!!! I'm trying!!!!!

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

Sebastian A
FAIL

Speaks volumes...

Cyanogen doesn't (and isn't expected to) ever support my particular HTC, so another option is welcome to me. But I went to http://omnirom.org/devices/ and am presented with:

Devices

Not Found

Apologies, but no results were found for the requested archive. Perhaps searching will help find a related post.

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NASA Juno probe HOWLS past Earth - and goes into HIBERNATION

Sebastian A
Coat

Safe mode aye?

Reboot it and press F8, then pick "Start Windows Normally", that usually works for me. Can someone zip out to the console real quick? We have no ILO to it.

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That 'DIAMOND SUPER EARTH' may actually be WORTHLESS ball of gas

Sebastian A

Re: Pah.

Quit promoting your cheap Diamondillium, Wernstrom!

(As an aside, I think we need a Farnsworth icon. Would also be good for "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" moments.)

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Study accuses media companies of cooking the books on piracy losses

Sebastian A
Pirate

"A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that media companies are overstating their losses to piracy, that policies to cut off internet users for copyright infringement don't work, and finds that those industry sectors that have embraced digital sharing are growing as a result."

The study was also able to establish that the sky is blue, water is wet, and Miley Cyrus is batshit crazy.

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

Sebastian A
Big Brother

Shock horror

"Shady government agency answerable to nobody steps over bounds that it itself is supposed to enforce.". I've run out of surprised faces for this kind of stuff. It's just so predictable that I'm amazed anybody in the US government high up enough to know about it ever thought the NSA would control itself. I can only assume that everyone knew damn well that the NSA would run amok with power and they were merely hoping that the good it does exceeds the evil. How's that working out?

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Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

Sebastian A
Big Brother

We've got to face the facts that people who are aware of the insidious nature of this tech-creep are vastly outnumbered by the idiots are out there in TV land with one hand gripping a beer and the other down their pants. Those people will be the ones buying this junk and letting it dominate their lives. The minority who don't want this will simply be ignored and will grumble about their lack of privacy in dark corners of the interwebs.

Give it 5 years and your TV will automatically offer you pay-per-view porn when it senses someone in the room jerking it to True Blood or Game of Thrones or whatever softcore is playing at the time. Heck, it'd probably chuck up an advert for tissues or lotion over whatever you're watching right at the point of no return to make sure it's seared into your brain.

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

How

do you remove it?

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

Sebastian A
Stop

Any publicity is good publicity?

They've certainly liberated me from my desire to ever buy anything from their label.

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Google proposes eye-tracking ad-tracking

Sebastian A

Just another reason

why I keep as much of my personal life out of Google's way as I can. I may be old fasioned but some of this stuff is just getting WAAAAAAY too creepy for me.

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Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook stricken by cloud outage

Sebastian A
Facepalm

I'm sorry

I don't have anyone available to pay your bill at the moment...

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Shadowrun Returns and Killzone: Mercenary ... old titles, new takes

Sebastian A
Facepalm

Re: Typo watch

God that rankled. I immediately looked for the "send corrections" link but it's gone AWOL!

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

Sebastian A
Thumb Down

You can vote the president away, and even senators and other reps. But they're not the people doing this kind of surveillance. They use it when they get in power, but throwing the democrats out and putting the republicans in will do exactly one tenth of sweet f-all to this kind of crap in the background. Both sides will happily use whatever the others have left in place. It's the same nasty motel, just with an "under new management" sign in the window to think that maybe, maybe it's better than it was last time you stayed there.

Hell, even if one side or the other commits to dismantle the NSA if you vote for them, there's nothing keeping them to that. They can simply break their promise and you still have to put up with them for another 4 years. Isn't that right Mr President? Nudge nudge wink wink Guantanamo...

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

Sebastian A

"Every search by an NSA analyst is fully auditable, to ensure that they are proper and within the law."

Auditable, sure. Actually audited? Doubt it.

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Taiwanese boffins monitor mastication with Bluetooth tooth

Sebastian A
Unhappy

Future versions could pick up swearing and apply a gentle reminder current straight into your face to discourage such behaviour. "Blue" tooth indeed. One step closer to the swearing fines from Demolition Man, except you can't get away from the monitoring without applying some pliers.

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Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

Sebastian A

Re: I thought it was pretty obvious...

You mean the "on" button? :p

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