* Posts by Thorne

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Metadata laws pass so it's time to STOP READING LISTICLES

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"Hmmm. I wonder if enough people ran a background process that randomly walked the web with their spare bandwidth, would that completely trash the value of all this metadata?

Would running such a process provide a plausably deniable mask for one's genuine activity?"

The answer is no. They will have the evidence and you will need prove your innocence.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Re: Where's Bruce Willis...

The advantage of using Bruce is that after he saves the world from the space rock, you leave him there thus saving money and preventing another Die Hard movie.....

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Military drones have a human operator as where Amazon drones are fully autonomous (or hope to be)

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Re: Hydrogen is not a fuel, dammit!

As I see it, you should have massive commercial solar plants producing the hydrogen in the deserts and pipe it back to the cities for use in cars or just general power generation.

Sure it's inefficient but there are a hell of a lot of deserts you can build them.

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Fuel cells are not dumb to power cars. Batteries are dumb. A fuel cell car can drive into a service station and fill up in a couple of minutes and drive back out. Batteries on the other hand, you drive into a fast charge station and watch a movie.....

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

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"And yet the Intergenerational Report calls for us to leave a better future for our kids"

Yet three pollies who benefited from a free education are busy bringing in $100,000 degrees. Talk about intergenerational theft......

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Re: No FTTN to FTTP pathway?

"I assumed NBN had learnt this lesson and was future-proofing the FTTN to allow FTTH easier and cheaper in the future?"

Don't be stupid. The Lib's solution is the cheapest and nastiest they could find cause when it needs to be upgraded, that's someone else's problem. They'll get voted out before FTTN is even finished let alone upgraded.....

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

"Most people don't need Gbps Internet, and those who do should pay for it."

Users pay every month every bill that comes in and saying most people don't need gigabit internet is right up there with Bill Gate's statement that 640K is more than enough for anyone.

Yes right now but five years? Ten years? Twenty years?

Copper has reached the end of it's life. Wireless is congested. Satellite is laggy. Fibre is the only real solution and there comes a point where it's cheaper to swap all copper to fibre than maintain two sets of infrastructure.

FTTN is no better than ADSL2 once you are more than 300M from the node. At some point (very soon) where FTTN will have to ripped out and FTTH put in.

Do the job once and do the job properly.

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Re: Sound reasoning, really.

If everyone had logic like that we'd still be using pigeons.....

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

"Answer: Just pay for what you need today. Tomorrow the hardware will be much cheaper. And you probably won't even want a PC tomorrow, but a super tablet. The future in IT is unpredictable. It is madness to over invest today for an uncertain future. Even more so when one considers the net present value of money."

Are you stupid?

Do you buy a new computer that does just as much as the old computer you have now just because it's 75% the price of a new awesome computer that will do everything you want for the next 50 year?

No you spend a bit more and not buy a piece of crap.

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

"My recommendation to young Americans is "don't study STEM if you plan to live in the USA. If you so study STEM, think about emigrating to Australia where you will be appreciated."

Who said we'd appreciate more Americans here?

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

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Re: Glaring error of logic

"If the payback was a country safe from terrorists then maybe you could make an argument."

If the police hadn't already known of these extremists long before they killed anybody they might be able to make the argument but every last one of the lone wolf attackers was already known to police and yet they failed to do anything about them.

If they can't be bothered to stop the terrorists they know about, how is data retention making us safer?

Clearly it's not Joe Public that needs saving but fat cat pollies saved from whistle blowers and journalists...

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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Re: Huh?

Maybe if Minecraft had halal meals.......

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site

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Re: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

"Rape Crisis centres are unislamic, hence the attack. Wonder if there are similar attacks in Rotherham et al."

What about the zoo? Did they have a pig there?

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: Take themselves for service?

"Does it call a self-driving tow truck?"

Yes obviously

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Re: If Apple made cars...

God forbid where you would end up if Apple cars used Apple Maps......

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Re: Job creation

"Does anybody actually want to be a bus driver?"

This technology has the potential to kill off busses all together. Busses require a set time and a set route which does not fit everybody. Small electric self drive vehicles could be cheaper to run and pick you up and drop you off when and where you like.

Who would want to sit on the bus next to the smelly wino or any other the annoying types you find in public transport at the moment?

You have a Uber type app that calls a car to your location and off you go.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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"the problem with Snowden's return is that he's undoubtably broken so many other laws via his actions that the government wouldn't even have to charge him with the "Big Issues" in order to get him put away for life."

Life is such a variable term. It can last until he dies of old age in a darkened hole or until he hangs himself under mysterious circumstances...

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March 24th: The day most Australian download allowances become inadequate

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What they fail to mention...

Is that Netflix in Australia isn't the same as the US due to licencing deal with Foxtel thus the offerings is reduced.

So it's back to pirating or a VPN for everybody......

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Re: Blimey!

"Piracy is largely conducted by the middle class and destroys working class jobs."

I'd call this bullshit but no bull is large enough to make such a huge pile of shit.

As shown by France's three strike laws, trying to kill piracy via this means actually resulted in a drop in actual legal sales. Piracy drops, sales drop thus it can be concluded that anti piracy laws destroy working class jobs......

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/09/world_copyright_summit_recap/

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Re: The dog ate my homework

My kids know right from wrong. They'd never pay $45 for a DVD they could get on the Pirate Bay for free. That would be plain wrong.........

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Re: smith1965@hotmail.com

All they need to do is work together and make a central standard method of accessing the content easily and cheaply. They can get together and sue people. Why not get together and make a solution?

Step one: All work together

Step two: Ring Google

Step three: Make a Youtube like system. Have free content with ads with the revenue going back to Google and the content providers. Have a paid system with no ads

Step four: Everybody loads their content into the one site

Whoa! Suddenly piracy is virtually dead overnight and content providers get paid and the freetards get their free content. Who'd of thunk it?

But noooooo. Lets sue people and maybe make dozens of separate websites with stupid regional licencing deals and crazy pricing and bribe governments to make new laws........

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Re: The dog ate my homework

Ignorance of how to secure it?

I'd open it for plausible deniability so now they have to prove it was me not just my connection.

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Re: Blimey!

"With copyright infringement, the punishment should fit the crime."

Damn straight it should. If I get caught pirating a TV show I should be forced to watch ads.....

What? I go to jail and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars? Doesn't look like the punishment fits the crime then........

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Australia to get spooks charter at cost of at least AU$188m

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"Australia has an opposition now?

Thank the gods. What are they called?"

Humphrey B Bear.

The wonderful thing about a two party preferential system when both sides support something is that your screwed no matter who you vote for.......

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Scavengers pick bones of collapsed telly-spaff upstart Aereo

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And it's idiots like these is the reason why people pirate.

All Aereo did was extend the broadcast range of existing channels giving them a wider audience for their advertising but they sued it into oblivion and now people go back to pirating......

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NBN Co numbers suggest FTTP build could be done for close to Labor's budget

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"then the wild numbers being thrown around by the coalition would have been very easy to refute indeed"

How do you pick which liar is telling the truth?

Despite the costs FTTP is better than FTTN because at some point you need to rip out FTTN and put FTTP in.

Do the job once and do the job properly.

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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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Re: quite

"Not sure if you are correct in the "Piracy has not dented the profits of big movie in any significant way" , but you are definitely correct about archaic distribution."

The three strikes laws when in France resulted in a drop in piracy but also a drop in legit sales.

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Tie this to manditory data rentention

Throw in the TPP and you have a recipe for disaster

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Just like the Jews...

If you listen and believe everything a flaming bush tells you, you too will spend forty years in the wilderness....

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Except it's a red one so it's Sith......

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Re: Warranty void if seal is broken

Very hard to fight someone when you have to hold the lightsaber the right way to make it work.......

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

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Re: Completely pointless

If you can make it for ex wives / ex girlfriends it will be a goldmine......

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Completely pointless

Stinky nerds don't have friends to avoid........

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Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

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Re: Apple who?

"And how much do you think Hololens is going to cost?"

Estimates say just over $300US but add the Australia tax to it so $1200AUD here..........

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Re: Apple who?

" I don't see it over-taking smart watches for a bit yet"

There is nothing to overtake with smart watches. They really haven't kicked off.

As for Apple's iwatch, it's not shiny enough. Looks just like a normal watch. What's the point of buying wank gear if nobody notices your iWatch?

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Apple who?

"The Android platform will have to significantly improve its sales if it wants to compete with Apple."

Screw Apple. If Hololens is half as awesome as it looks in the videos, then it's the new benchmark to beat.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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The Answer

"but what happens

when someone gets the crazy idea to let Watson

read all of Stack Overflow and O’Reilly and

Slashdot and Google Groups"

It comes up with the answer "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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I was waiting......

For some comment about how it doubles as a sex toy......

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BURIED: Oz gov won't reveal telcos' guess at data retention costs

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Re: Once again ...

Perhaps because the government is full of old luddites sponsored by large companies.......

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

"Well.. there's a lot of abandoned/closed open pit mines. Bury it there maybe?"

A total waste of time and money. The tech might have a use for low cost scrubbers for space or diving but cleaning up coal is the most retarded idea in existence.

Plants clean up CO2. Ploughing fast growing crops into the soil traps carbon and improves the soil. Growing trees to use for housing traps carbon.

Plenty of ways which are far easier to clean up CO2 than burying a chemical mess.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: I'd be more shocked

People will still own their own and in fact will own more as people who can't drive will be able to use one.

What it will do is kill off taxi drivers, truck drivers and car park attendants.

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Uber is safe but Google is betting on Johnny-Cabs replacing the taxi drivers. At some point Uber's drivers will get shafted and replaced by autonomous vehicles.

Right or wrong, this is just what will happen and how Google is placing their bets.......

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Re: I almost took it seriously

I'd take it seriously. With MS' development of Hololens, their future direction is a three dimensional operating system. A game where you can connect blocks together and make something work suddenly holds a new interest to MS.

Watch some hololens videos and minecraft shows up quite a bit. A lot of minecraft concepts will bleed into the windows OS.

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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Re: As healthy as hating on facebook generally is,

"If a country's laws are crap, it is up to that country's citizens to get them changed, not some big multinational corporation"

Tell that to the TPP............

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Trans-Pacific trade treaty close to signoff says USA

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Re: Any government that signs the TPP is comitting treason against its nation and its people

"I wonder if the TPP can be twisted so the Austraian People can sue their own government."

Well yes but as the elected representatives of the Australian people the compo will go to the government......

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: an act of God

"God created Man in His image, with free will and intelligence."

Maybe he made the first one with free will and intelligence but like a dodgy photocopier the later copies have faded and blurred.

(I'd even go as far as to say that those most lacking free will and intelligence can be found amongst his followers)

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Re: Trouble is, the last time round

"I believe the green party are still an option as they oppose net monitoring"

The Greens are never an option as they are a total bunch of fruitcakes. The half a dozen things you might agree with isn't worth the million of stupid things they want.

Screw living in a cave on recycled tofu..........

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad..

"I can for certain tell you that those outrageously blatant copied cars have no superior features, except of course, much reduced price."

As the Russians once said during WW2 "there is a certain quality to quantity"

A plane half as good but ten times as many in the air is still superior........

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: 711

"Unfortunately you're wrong about Windows 8. The reason for the Windows 8 UI is that people who are now bitching and moaning are the same people who declined to join the "customer experience improvement program" while their mum merrily said fine, go ahead."

My mum had windows 8 and hated it. Something about a touch interface OS on a computer with no touch screen. Gee my brother got chewed out for upgrading her.

Windows 8 was a total ballsup. The more new stuff you shove in, the more you should leave stuff the same. If the computer didn't have a touch screen it should have looked exactly like 7.

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