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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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Re: Flexible spine

Cheetah isn't the right name for it. Fat pug with a bad back might seem closer........

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: Sounds very suspicious ..

I suspect you're right. Why would a woman keep going with Uber after being refused twelve times. Once yes. Twice maybe. Three times, you'd use someone else. Twelve times is a setup.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: If Steve wanted it...

I think Steve would have hated it because it looks like a watch and not an Apple product. A Steve designed watch would have been sleeker and shinier and would scream Apple. No knob on the side and a longer, curved screen.

No point wearing a watch that looks like a watch. People need to wear an Apple watch and people need to know people are wearing Apple watches.

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

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Re: Show me the hardware.

"One final point. People keep talking about aging copper, as if it's bad. If the copper really needs to be replaced, then it is either because it's due for normal maintenance work, or it wasn't maintained properly. I'll take that silence as an answer, shall I?"

The problem is that Telstra has to legally supply you with a phone line capable of phone calls. Broadband isn't covered and they are not going to replace anything that they aren't forced to.

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Re: BS alternatives

"I don't agree with the first part. I believe that a combination of technologies can work for today's requirements. And yes, that will include FTTP. If you are saying that we must choose one and only one technology and that single infrastructure must work for everyone then yes, only FTTP/H will do. But, thankfully, there is no need to limit ourselves to a single technology."

The flaw in your argument is putting in infrastructure for a system that is already outdated and then having to rip it out and start again.

There is a use for wireless and a use for satellite both which was included in the original NBN plan. The only difference is the Libs have ripped out fibre to the home for fibre to the node which requires different infrastructure. At some point in the near future fibre will have to be run to the home which means every cent spent on fibre to the node is wasted.

The Vertigan report is a BS political spin report to hide the fact that fibre to the node is already outdated before they even try to start building it. Telling everyone that we'll only need 15mbs when the NBN's own sales figures show it to be utter rubbish, is just a Liberal lie to hide the fact that they cocked up.

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Re: NBN for average or high end users?

Maybe your question would be better off as NBN for high end users or NBN for high end users that are less than 300M away from box.

High end users pay more for their service thus subsidising the low end users. It's exactly the same effort to install and exactly the same hardware.

At some point fibre needs to run to the house and personally I'd rather see it done once properly than spending almost as much on a second rate system that will need to be ripped out and done again properly not that far down the track.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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" Theft is also commonly understood to mean "taking something that doesn't belong to you". A word can have more than one definition."

Taking is the magic word. Copyright infringement copies something that doesn't belong to you. It takes nothing.

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Telstra tells Big Content it won't become unpaid Copyright Cop

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Pirate

At The End Of The Day

ISP are just a service provider. Stupid draconian laws just means people will hide their actions better via a VPN or the TOR network and then the ISP will have no idea what people are doing.

End result is hidemyass.com makes more money and life goes on like before.

These laws are a total waste of time and money.

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Re: Yes, but no

And if handsomely paid, Telstra would sell out their customers in a heatbeat......

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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A better question is how Australian law can be applied to a business that isn't in Australia?

Mind you I agree with the ACCC but it's the whole local law being applied to a foreign company.

Personally I don't care about the refund as I'm a cheapskate and the most I've paid on Steam is $16 and my time trying to get a refund is worth more than that.

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Re: Sorry...

I don't think so. In cities I suspect the drones will be land based but in rural areas, I can see routes established not over houses to deliver goods.

At least you'd have a better chance of receiving your good than relying on a courier (as they are a lazy useless pack of thieving bastards)

This is long term but twenty years from now I suspect it will be common.

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Re: Seriously...

Well he's a boy so could be after Astroboy?

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Oz metadata retention won't include URLs: report

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When you log into your ISP, they store a couple of months worth of data. The government wants at least two years stored, preferably forever. They want this data to be accessible without a warrant.

There are no checks and balances. If some cop doesn't like you they can go fishing. Even more scary is Hollywood media companies fishing for visitors to the Pirate Bay so they can start a blackmail system for fines under the threat of prosecution.

Besides I bet they store far more than account holder names and ip addresses

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

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Re: The first problem....

"Untraceable? Whuh? The whole point of bitcoin is that it is traceable. By anybody. Publicly..."

So bitcoins are traceable? Well that's great news for the exchanges that got knocked off.....

Oh you mean the wallets are traceable but since they have no name on them, they're actually untraceable to anybody in the real world. As traceable as secret unlisted bank accounts.

Considered they can't even work out who invented them, I can't see it working.

Still leaves the tax department up the creek without a paddle.

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The first problem....

Is to prove people have them to tax them. Considered they are virtually untraceable, I can't see many people declaring them to the tax office.

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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All Mine!

Someone will mine it to death long before the 29th century

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CSIRO spells out cash-strapped astronomy future

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Ah Australia

Where the PM is an ex priest and the minister for science is a figment of your imagination.......

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Poll: Australians hate government data retention plan

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Re: Distinction between Data and Metadata

The problem is the idiots in government don't know the difference between metadata and data. The idiots have been told it's harmless stuff that everybody already stores.

You just have to listen to them to know they have no idea what it is they're trying to sell to the public.

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

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Re: re: Oz metadata push is for consistency

Consistently grabbing everything.......

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"Certainly, retaining it for two years wasn't relevant, because the suspect was picked up inside a few days."

And it wasn't a 90 year old grandma so why is her metadata needed?

The Meagher case is a furphy. It should be an example of the weak and pathetic parole boards not an excuse for a police state.

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

"Vote accordingly, while you still can."

We intend to hence the PM's nickname "One Term Tony"

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Re: Thorne, you raise several excellent points.

"And that makes it all ok. Perhaps you even find a bit of glory in there too? Justice?"

Justice is a relative term and in reality doesn't exist. Both sides are seeking justice against the other. Until at least one side says "Fuck it. This isn't worth it" it will keep happening.

Personally I don't really care. The Palestinians will keep firing rockets and sending suicide bombers and the Jews will keep bombing them back to the stone age.

I can't see peace ever happening because the Muslims don't play well with others, not even other Muslims. Even if the Jews left the middle east, the Muslims would just move onto blowing up someone else.

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Mushroom

As terrible as what is happening in Gaza, when Hamas kidnap and murder kids, you have to be expecting Israel to react. You can't shoot soldiers during a ceasefire and expect the ceasefire to hold.

No amount of rock throwing, killing, threats or protests is going to make Israel vanish. The Palestinians don't have the strength to throw them out and every rocket just means some poor bastard/s will have their home bombed out of existence hopefully while they are not in it but more than likely will be.

If you can't beat them, don't provoke them.

All these fake press releases do is fool a few stupid reporters. It changes nothing even if the release was real.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: Do pure evil

Of course they can block it and filter it and then the people can work around the blocks and filters.

Of course then Google would be tampering with evidence and filtering it out would alert the people that the police was onto them which would allow them to hide their collections and burn all proof plus teach them to be more careful when sending this stuff out.

In reality it's much hard to distribute this stuff from inside a prison cell.

Google is doing exactly the right thing and unfortunately you're just too thick.

How does your brain handle the tasks of breathing and typing at the same time?

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Re: Do pure evil

@AC

Sure they can delete it. What? The whole criminal case went bye bye cause someone deleted the evidence?

They must breed a special kind of stupid up your way......

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Re: Do pure evil

"I think google aka screwgle should be severely punished for allowing such content to be traded or circulated through its systems."

Clearly you're stupid.

Google is no more responsible for the content than the mail service is for the same stuff sent by post. The only difference is Google has the ability to detect some of it from known samples and then report it.

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

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FAIL

Right to be forgotten

It's a lovely idea but will never work.

Currently these people have tried and failed to shutdown the sites with the information and have resorted to going after search companies like Google. This is exactly the same as getting rid of a book in a library by removing it's index card from the card catalogue.

As soon as somebody reindexes, the information is back.

It's a total waste of time that only benefits lawyers.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Re: Meta-data

I think the huge prickly prober will ruin your life anyway........

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Lets be logical here

The real reason for storing the meta data is to look for other crime, not terrorists, and by other crime I mean pirates.

Browse The Pirate Bay and the jackboot squad will black bag you in the early hours of the morning and deliver you to secret court appointed by Rupert Murdoch for waterboarding and Gitmo style prison time (he's still working on getting the laws changed for summary executions)......

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

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Re: Nothing is too extreme for this OZ government

Scaly is an accurate description of Tony Abbott.....

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Re: It takes

And the Australian Government is bring in mandatory data retention laws so they can trawl through every phone call, email, website, download that you have ever made. Current bill is to hold two years worth but the police are pushing to make it forever.

Makes Hitler look like a pansy.........

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: I don't buy it

Yeah but the skynet keeps losing so the AI needs to learn not to provoke the violent monkeys

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Re: I don't buy it

If machines are intelligent, it will realize humans are irrational, violent and stupid so won't provoke the stupid dangerous monkeys.

A real AI will end up more like the Super Nanny....

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I hope the machines do a better job of being intelligent than the humans have done before it.......

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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Re: By the same reasoning, the Government SHOULD handle the NBN also.

Twine is a type of fibre.......

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Re: So, lemme get this straight...

What Simon is trying to say is that if the government decides to roger us all, it should roger us itself because it's very good at rogering people and not try to make the ISPs roger us.........

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Re: No, no they shouldn't

Of course they should

What could possible go wrong with Big Brother having a log of every email, website, phone call, etc that you have ever made?

If we can't trust the people we put in charge of running the country, then who can we trust?

Just remember the catch cry "If you've done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear"

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/

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Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull

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Problems

The first problem is rights holders have to be able to prove someone stole their content and an IP address doesn't prove it as shown where they sued an elderly couple that didn't even know what a torrent was but found their wireless connection was open.

The second problem is that they can't sue everybody because there is millions of people doing it. They might be able to set a few examples but you still have a bigger chance of winning lotto than getting sued.

What they need to do is make content easily available. Get rid of geoblocking and regional deals. Draconian laws and Gestapo squads don't help anybody.

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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Re: That was really irritating

Some spoons are meant to have holes in them. This is completely useless

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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FAIL

Fail

"The United States Justice Department in May charged five members of the unit with various hacking and espionage offenses."

The five members of the Comment Crew cancelled their Disneyland trips in response.....

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Ball Ox

The real problem is that giving him a slap on the wrist, the next self appointed wildlife warrior will do the same and expect the same.

The only good thing about it is hopefully the stupid media might bother to check their facts first from now on.....

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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Black Helicopters

The real reason it was cancelled was that the researchers were to busy working for the NSA to attend......

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: Uggly

"Time to wake up from your simplistic stupor where the goodies (Arabs) fight the baddies (Israelis) - it's a lot more complex."

Or a lot simpler

One group of people have an invisible friend that lives in the sky (goodies) fights another group of people with an invisible friend in the sky (baddies)

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Re: "extended stay in shelters.”

""Non violent means" ...because West Bank and Abbas are brilliant examples of what (relatively) "peaceful" means can achieve when dealing with Israel."

Pretty sure non violent means excludes kidnapping and murdering children......

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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This needs a patent

Because nobody ever thought of an infrared sensor before. You could even use it in alarms...........

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Flame

The stupid Libs should have left it alone

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: Why inflict them on Mars?

"Send them to Venus instead, problem solved."

Why? Who said we'd give them a spaceship? Just a big catapult.........

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Re: A doofus, with weak lawyers, but the law is broken

"Ha. I wouldn't advise sending those from an Internet Café. These have CCTV now, and chances are that you could not disguise your connection very well, so even a throwaway webmail account will correctly stamp the IP and date."

20 minutes war driving will get you open wireless access (and then someone's grandparents will go to jail instead)

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Re: What happened to the right to remain silent? @John G Imrie

"If you don't know who was driving your car when it was speed gunned?

Wasn't it either you, or the other person who uses your car, if you weren't driving it that day? In the real world?"

Not if someone nicked your plates or copied them.

Extremely difficult to get rid of the charges despite showing it can't possibly be you.

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

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Re: Sensible plan.

It isn't sensible. Once you're more than 300M away from the exchange, there is no improvement in speed so being 6km away, the NBN will do SFA for you, now and in the future.

Replacing copper with fibre is the only real option.

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