* Posts by Sebastian A

166 posts • joined 2 Apr 2012

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

Sebastian A

Let's hope this one makes it, the success ratio hasn't been looking all that rosy recently.

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

Sebastian A

Am I just too pessimistic?

My first thought was "How long will it take the trillion-dollar medical industry to try to kill this initiative?", and the second thought was "How crap must the existing gear be if something around a tenth of a percent the cost meets or exceeds it in quality?"

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

Sebastian A

Re: Darn - they saw me rolling back those laptops to XP last week

If you can actually find laptop hardware that works under XP these days you're doing pretty well.

On another note, the uptick in XP can probably be classed as margin-of-error stuff. It will be interesting to see if W10 increases from now draw more from 8/8.1 or 7 though.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Sebastian A

Re: EU law

Other than occasionally stinging them for a billion dollars, when has EU law actually brought about meaningful change to Microsoft's (or by extention, any tech giant's) products?

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Sebastian A

Hah.

"Windows does not collect personal information without your consent."

Since you're consenting by accepting the defaults, that statement is technically correct, which as we all know, is the best kind of correct.

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

Sebastian A

Requesting an addon.

Anyone able to make an open source addon that randomly varies the timing between characters being entered so as to make this biometric profiling impossible?

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Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

Sebastian A

Re: Honestly?

Congrats. I'm nowhere near as prolific as you, but I'm happy with my up/down ratio at least. :D

"In total, your posts have been upvoted 963 times and downvoted 39 times."

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Sebastian A

Honestly?

I can't say I feel bad for them. From what I've been hearing Yelp isn't so much a review website as an extortion/protection racket.

"Say, that's a nice restaurant you've got there. It'd be a shame if someone were to... give it a bad review, wouldn't it?"

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Sebastian A

Trevor, you've pretty much listed everything that bugs me.

I just dropped Win10 onto a VM to see if it's something I can work with and in short, at the moment that's a no.

I'll wait for a few third party tweaks to come out, specifically for the following things.

- Controlling updates: I want to be able to turn the tap on and off. If that can't be done, I'll just settle for "off". Probably means router-level blocks.

- Colour picker: I cannot work with the few options that have been given. I want to set each colour myself, as in Win7. May not bug many people but it bugs me.

- Phone home: I don't need MS to receive diagnostics from me. May be another router-level block there.

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Sebastian A

I'll take a back seat for now.

Preferably one with side intrusion beams and curtain airbags.

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Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

Sebastian A

I don't get it.

Other than registrars, I don't see who benefits from this TLD proliferation. It's going to mean businesses need to defensively register hundreds or thousands of domains, and it means customers have even less chance of picking the "right" domain.

I guess search engines would benefit from the increased traffic and hence eyeballs for ad impressions.

More draws do not a better filing cabinet make.

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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

Sebastian A

It's really a brilliant strategy.

Pitch random ideas all over the place, get someone else to develop it and run the financial risks, then if/when the business takes off, claim to have been the original inventor and sue their balls off.

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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

Sebastian A

Re: Mods on steam

Personally, I'd rather Valve have my details than random Chinese cybercrooks, if for no other reason than that Valve already get most of my disposable income anyway.

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Let downloads roam free, says ACCC

Sebastian A

I was doing a Crashplan free trial and would have signed up if not for the fact that they made an AU datacentre, forced people in AU and NZ to use it (without cloning data across, reupload everything pls) and doubled the price. Their explanation: geographical proximity. Ignoring the fact that I'd prefer my data further away actually.

Needless to say, they didn't get my business.

But this geographical fuckery has been happening for years now. Valve seems to think that a 50% AU/NZ surcharge is reasonable on many games. :/

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Sebastian A

That all seems very reasonable.

I'm sure it'll be thoroughly ignored.

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Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

Sebastian A

Since caller ID on traditional voice calls is opt-out (IE you can usually enter a code before dialling to not show your number), is there a similar feature for this?

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

Sebastian A

I think it's more of a case of

You make us look like idiots, we'll take your stuff.

Typical playground bully behaviour.

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Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

Sebastian A

When people start arguing terminology like this

you know they're avoiding dealing with the actual issue.

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

Sebastian A

Spam on Steam is targetted

The more socially-active you are the more likely you'll be targetted. More games, profile activity, even presence on trading websites (or content in your public inventory) all makes it more likely they'll spot you and have a crack.

And I imagine the credit cards being used to validate ($5) these accounts will all be stolen anyway.

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

Sebastian A

You're gonna get so much hate

for the "idiot tax" comment.

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Fraudsters target Nazi Android malware at Russian bank customers

Sebastian A

Given Russia's recent ham-fisted attempts at propaganda...

I instinctively presume the malware itself is an attempt by Russia to make the West look bad. It's certainly not beyond them to inconvenience their own people a bit just to make a point.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Sebastian A

When having knowledge is made a crime

Only criminals will have knowledge.

Wait, what?

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Boring fixed 'net users still dominate Oz market

Sebastian A

If Australia is anything like NZ

then the reason for the trickle of mobile broadband is that it's horrendously overpriced. A mobile (prepay or post-pay) monthly packet will usually consist of a set amount of voice, text and data, and wanting to get more data will often come with a bundle of pointless voice and text, at an exorbitant price. A monthly package with a couple of gigs of data can cost as much as your entire fixed broadband package with a hundred times as much data (if it has a cap at all).

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

Sebastian A

Where does this leave Adblockers?

Are they considered to be ad injectors, since they interfere with and overwrite the intended advertising (with blank space, as the user wants, but still.).

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

Sebastian A

Am I the only one creeped out beyond measure by all the search integration stuff? If I'm searching a local drive for "budget" I don't want or need results from my email, the web, onedrive or anything like that, and certainly not based on some learning algorithm which processes all my data remotely and is likely 75% aimed at advertising and only 25% at providing a better result. Just show me ALL the files and ONLY the files with CV in the name (or content if I so specify)...

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Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

Sebastian A

I still don't understand why this is opt-out instead of opt-in? This level of privacy violation wouldn't be tolerable outside the Internet. It's equivalent to a clothing retailer sewing GPS trackers into your clothes that anyone could use, without telling you, and expecting the average Joe to know that they need to ask for it to be disabled.

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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

Sebastian A

Still a credit to the engineering team

that it's doing so well, so much longer than was ever planned or even hoped for.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

Sebastian A

I presume

that these maneuvers came at the cost of a significant amount of maneuvering fuel? What is the expected impact on its service life compared to one that was in the right orbit from the start?

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

Sebastian A

Can someone clarify

where the "trick-cyclists" term came from? I presume I missed an in-joke somewhere. Or it's rhyming slang for something I can't work out either.

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Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

Sebastian A

Re: More rubbish coding

Had to? I would have thought that on a Mac it was optional, whereas on Windows it wasn't.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

Sebastian A

Re: Waiddaminnit!

"Which is somewhat ambiguous, but it essentially means everyone will get Internet Explorer, except those who install Windows 10 and even then, they can ask for it back."

Please can this mean we don't HAVE to have Spartan either? I really don't want any pointless software on my lean gaming rig, and if they're finally separating a browser I never used from the supposed core of the OS, I'd really prefer it if they didn't ram another one in the hole.

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Price slashed on Reg-branded Swiss Army Knife

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

Errr...

That's 25%.

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

Sebastian A

Re: Future, what future

They'll keep pushing the boundaries of what people will tolerate until one day they take one step too far and someone, somewhere will snap, and there will be an avalanche of dissent turning into riots and full-on revolution.

And there will still be politicians sitting there saying "What are you DOING, we're just trying to keep you SAFE!", not realising that they're the problem, not the solution.

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

Sebastian A
Paris Hilton

Of course they declined.

As they say, ignorance is bliss. Why would you let anyone tell you what the problems are when you can stick your fingers in your ears and remain in a state of perpetual euphoria?

Of course, Paris is the obvious choice.

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

Sebastian A

Sound reasoning, really.

Don't waste time and effort trying to future-proof something against a future you cannot accurately predict (nor will be the one paying for). Just slap something together with second-hand parts and n-2 technology, and replace the whole kit every 5-10 years.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

Sebastian A

NZ Customs have just requested exactly these rights.

The shitstorm has already commenced. The "If you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear" crowd against the "Privacy is a basic human right" crowd.

But since NZ is a member of the 5 peepers, I'm sure whatever the US Govt decides is reasonable for us, we'll rush to implement.

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Sales up at NSA SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto

Sebastian A

Oh dear...

"As always, our success is built on trust."

Welp, time to find some new foundations for that success. Might I suggest "Close ties with Western governments" as being a natural successor?

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Samsung-Microsoft deal will bundle Office 365 with Android Knox

Sebastian A

Isn't the Knox brand toxic?

I figure they'd have dropped it by now. Unless they're really committed to the "you're not buying a phone, you're only borrowing it, we still own it." stance.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

Sebastian A

Any cloud storage service

that offers a password or key recovery service is not encrypted to such an extend that the NSA can't get into it. Only if it's client-side encryption with user-held cert is it secure-ish.

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Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

Sebastian A

So you share something with your friends

and the next thing you know some internet quack is poking around your history?

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

Sebastian A

Have they stopped

screwing with the UI? I'm utterly over "fixing" things with every update, or waiting days or weeks for addon writers to tweak things back to how I like them. I'd rather run an outdated copy than go through that frustration all the time.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

Sebastian A

"The company had one of the most valuable brands in the computer business and wants that back."

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

Sebastian A

Excellent logic

"It should be legal to do it, because we're gonna do it anyway, but that way you can't complain."

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

Sebastian A

Well dang...

I have one of these drives but never ran performance tests after the initial ones just after the install. I'll need to re-run them to see how bad it is. In hindsight, things do seem somewhat slower but I'd always blamed that on the inevitable aging and bloat of the Windows install and apps rather than the drive itself.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Sebastian A

No mention of the reportedly short length?

5 hours and change for a playthrough? Doesn't seem like value for money to me.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

Sebastian A

Call me paranoid...

But am I the only person who thinks the NSA's vocal opposition to encryption is all for show, and they've already compromised the back ends of almost anything worth looking at?

If the NSA bleat about encryption, then people will assume that means they can't see the comms, and will feel secure planning their next terrorist attack via the usual channels. If they suspect the NSA already has access they may commission custom comms which would be more problematic to spy on.

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

Sebastian A

So which is it?

Shumay or Shumway?

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

Sebastian A

Re: Not metadata....

They've also admitted that they'd be compelled to hand over all data (not just metadata) in the case of a valid warrant being served. So, backward-accessible wiretapping now available in all homes, free with purchase of a corrupt judge.

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Sebastian A

WTS: 15 year old 29" CRT TV

Watch TV without being watched. Free rabbit ears aerial.

Starting bid, $1000. Shipping, probably as much again.

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

Sebastian A

Terms & Conditions

It refers to "the above terms and conditions" but there aren't any there. There's a two-line disclaimer, but in these days of phonebook-sized tomes of legalese, I hesitate to assume that's all of it.

Still, unlike the chocolate one, this one doesn't say you'll farm out my details, so I've entered. Thanks!

I suspect shipping to NZ would cost more than the loot itself though.

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