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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

Sebastian A

Re: Just refuse to discuss it

@JB77 - It states he only recorded the last 8 minutes of the 20 minute call. There's 12 minutes of other hard-sell we ddin't hear before he started recording it.

To be honest, after 3 minutes of listening to that I was ready to blow my stack. I have no idea how he remained that calm for that long.

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

Sebastian A

G+ as an "identity service"

What a garbage coverstory. If you don't positively verify the identity of a user on signing up then you cannot be an identity service. I could have signed up as Robert Smith and their name policy would never have batted a digital eyelid, but no, if I were to sign up as Turnip McFondleballs the world would have ended?

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Kiwi ISP 'Slingshot' stones geo-blocked content

Sebastian A

This is a serious issue

I'm pretty sick and tired of paying 50% more than the US price for many Steam games simply because of publisher greed and their "Watcha gonna do about it?!?" attitude. it's not like NZ/AU incomes are comparatively higher.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

Sebastian A

He looks about 300% done.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

Sebastian A

Guess Microsoft can't make an omelet

without killing everyone's chickens.

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Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband

Sebastian A

Fibre's finally viable

I live in Hamilton and we recently changed from a 175GB/month ADSL/voice plan for $95/month to an uncapped 30/10Mbit fibre/VoIP plan for $99/month. It has taken a while before there was any point going to fibre since in my experience the limiting factor was always the data cap. Doesn't matter how fast it is if all that changes is how quickly I can hit my cap and get throttled to 64Kbit (yes, kilobits, approx twice dialup speed).

I've watched the shambles in Australia for a while now and it's disturbing that there are politicians who think so short-term. They're meant to be leading the country into the future but they're entrenching themselves in the past.

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

Sebastian A

I'm gobsmacked...

that people still just blindly run this stuff. There really is no helping some people.

Now excuse me, I have to get in touch with Mr. Mboto, he's still having trouble getting my funds cleared. One more bribe to customs should do the trick.

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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

Sebastian A

They really should develop a buoy to warn the sharks, since an encounter with a human is far more often fatal for them than vice versa.

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Kiwis unplug supercomputer after intrusion

Sebastian A
Holmes

Wait....

We have a supercomputer?

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Did hackers scoop source code from DayZ zombie game brains?

Sebastian A

For people who cheat

the fun comes not from surmounting obstacles and overcoming challenges, it comes from making other people throw their toys out of the cot.

When I started gaming on the second hand c64 we got, I quickly realised that if I cheated in a game I lost interest soon after. But we're not talking about that type of person here.

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Sebastian A

Let's see how the ISPs spin this

to try and make it look like it's in the consumer's best interest.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Sebastian A
Mushroom

On a side note...

The second screenshot in the article, that ClearType, doesn't that scrape anyone else's eyeballs something chronic? I can't STAND seeing red/blue edges on black text and I wish they'd let those of us who can see it, disable it system-wide.

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

Sebastian A

It doesn't "misuse" the data...

Misuse implies using it for something other than it was intended. I bet they're using it exactly for what they intended.

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Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

Sebastian A

I never watched Lost. Everyone raved about it. Then it turned out to be crap, and I went into smug mode.

I never signed up to Facebook. Everyone else was on it. Now it's going down the toilet. Smug mode reengaging in 3, 2, 1...

Pessimists are never disappointed, only ever pleasantly surprised.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Sebastian A

If I wanted Chrome...

I'd use Chrome.

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Sebastian A

Hate it already

Am I really in the minority in that I like a bit of stability in my UI? I don't want everything to move around every 3 months as another version gets released!

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Über-secure Blackphone crypto-mobe spills its silicon guts

Sebastian A

And if you even look at buying one

you'll be on all the watchlists you could ever dream of.

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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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