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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Optimism

Did it in my twenties. It really isn't that hard. Buying the first property is the hardest but once the bank owns your soul, they will happily lend to you again and again.

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Re: Optimism

I'm a software developer and I'm a millionaire. Mind you I didn't get rich from my day job other than being a geek with no social life left me money to invest.....

Mind you, millionaire really isn't a very high bar these days.

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Re: Bonkers McAfee

"What, a complete nutjob?"

No. A rich nutjob.....

(Most have got the nutjob part down pat already)

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Re: Holy crap

Saw it and thought exactly the same thing.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Too intrusive for Singapore

Just right for Australia.....

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: MS Security...

"Run out and find me a five year old child!"

Michael Jackson said that too and he got into trouble for it....

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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Re: Re German humour

I don't know what's more disturbing, the fact that roboroo has a blinking anus, you for spotting his anus or me for watching the video again to confirm his blinking anus.......

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Terminator

I for one....

Welcome our new robo skippy overlords.......

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Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

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Re: Excellent points

So are baseball cards but last time I checked, they're not a currency either.

I think people are confused because bitcoins have the word coin in the name. The law states that it's property and until they law says that bitcoins are money, you can't get charges with money laundering (at least until you exchange them for money)

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Re: Money Money Money

I could argue the same for expensive paintings and wines. It's property that can be exchanged for money.

According to the law, it's property and never money.

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Re: Of course you can't launder bitcoins.

"Not sure what you mean by "anonymous", but they are traceable. That's the whole point of the chain. The equivalent of laundering would be the pooling shops that mix the content of wallets, making the coins hard to trace -but not impossible."

No it's impossible to trace without the police having everybody's wallet. The wallets are anonymous and short of getting caught with the wallet, the police cannot identify the owner, let alone what the coins were spent on.

Think of it like anonymous credit cards. You can see the flow of money but without linking the cards to people, you can't see who's buying or selling.

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Re: Chewbacca defense

"The bitcoin does not have to be a currency to achieve this. The money laundering process begins when the bitcoin was bought (or money changed hands for the goods that were then traded for bitcoin)."

That's true except Rob didn't change the format. He was paid in property (bitcoins) and left it as property (bitcoins). It's not until Rob changes it to actual cash that they can claim it. Considered the police seized bitcoins instead of cash, their argument falls flat.

Just image Rob was paid for with an expensive painting and hung the painting on his wall. You can claim laundering if he sold said painting for cash but you can't for him keeping it instead.

You can only do it if you declare paintings as a form of currency (and not property) or make a property laundering law.....

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Re: That would be a pretty big hole in the law

"and use that money to buy Ferraris, beach houses and hookers, which are all a drug lord really wants in the end"

Isn't that what we all just want?

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Re: Excellent points

"The government may need to prove a larger operation for the money laundering, but since the bitcoin are exchanged for cash, it's still a money laundering operation. Just because he only had the subcontract for exchanging property doesn't invalidate the operational basis."

Ah but your argument falls flat as the bitcoins hadn't been exchanged to cash. They were still bitcoins.

Rob was paid in bitcoins (which are property) and he left them as bitcoins (still property). You can't argue it was money laundering because at no stage while in Robs possession was it turned from or to an actual currency.

You can argue proceeds of crime but you can't argue money laundering without money. The government needs to declare bitcoins a legal currency or they need to drop the money laundering charges.

At the end of the day, the law is an ass.....

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Re: Excellent points

Yes but there is no property laundering laws and as such the money laundering charges have to be dropped.

As for the proceeds of crime, running a website isn't a crime just because said users used it for crime otherwise Google would be in trouble.

The law isn't about right or wrong, justice or injustice. It's always about the letter of the law. There are going to be some serious precedents set no matter who wins this.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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As much as this is a joke, the future will be 3d printed buildings.

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Google slashes cloud storage to $0.026 per GB. Your move, Amazon

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Re: Winners?

Long-term, Google and the NSA win.

FIFY

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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I'd of thought the skills writing a crypto currency would make him very employable.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Black Helicopters

Ha Amazon!

We Aussies beat you to get an operational drone delivery service.....

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

Not if he spends on coke off the Silkroad.....

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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FAIL

Yay

Lets solve the pollution problem by using more chemicals......

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US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

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Re: Dilemma

If you have to buy equipment to comply on the government's spying demands, then they should pay for it.

The only thing the government has a right to complain about is not getting a discount for spying in bulk...

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Don't like the bill?

Then stop bugging everyone.....

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stall again

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Re: thank you

May TPP die a quick death and never be seen again

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There is nothing more democratic than secret treaties that sell us out to multinational companies.

Quick, buy up Vasoline before parallel imports are banned and drives the price up.

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Handcuffed Obama administration pokes patent trolls, pleads for Senate legislation

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Is it just me but.....

Executive action one : Find free workers

Executive action two: Find free engineers

Executive action three: Find free lawyers.

These changes are the most you can do without actually doing something.

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Google teases more cities with bonkers-fast fiber broadband rollouts

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And the Liberals think.....

That 25 Mbit is fast enough for anyone with their fibre to the node NBN.

F##King retards.

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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Re: Easy Answer

"ahhh the naivety...

First its for your own safety, however Its a long slippery slope..I can just imagine the Police loving this. Caught not wearing a seat-belt by your SIM card. And how long before GPS data is added etc.

(Substitute speeding, parking in a no parking zone, etc take your choice)"

No naivety here. I've known the police would install black boxes for years. A total record of when and where and fines will be automatically deducted from your bank account.

These black boxes will be legislated that all your data belongs to the government.

The only thing that has a hope of crushing the black box dream is self drive cars. If the car is driving and can't break the law, then there is no money to be made and the government loses interest.

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Easy Answer

Who owns the sim card? They're the ones paying for the data thus should own it. Phone companies don't transmit for free.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

I hope his complaint about hand lotion was because his cellmate wasn't using lube.....

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

With a name like Fluffy Bunny, you'd think you'd be less serious. My comment was an insulting dig at Windows 8, not actually a comment about the role of prisons.

If I was actually commenting on Brevik, I'd say just surgically remove his eyes, ears and tongue and let him spend the rest of his miserable life, dark and alone, dependant on the charity of others, not whining that his playstation doesn't have the cool new games.....

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

"they'd give him a Windows 8 machine instead."

Prison is about rehabilitation, not punishment. You can't give him something that will make him want to go out and kill someone.......

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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FAIL

What the hell did they expect?

When they forced a touch interface onto desktops without a touch interface.

If the idiots had left the start bar alone and allowed desktops to default to the desktop mode, they would have never had this problem.

If MS bothered to ask consumers this would have never happened.

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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Will it stop the NSA snooping

Probably not.....

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Ummmm

Are these Americans or is he going to have to file in Durk Durkastan?

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Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Damn you Halley Berry in Cat Woman....

No just the whole movie (which was god awful). The plot was more rancid than week old road kill and less substantial than a budget porno.

Worst movie ever.

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Pint

"Make sure you have your memory switched off then."

I've tried to for some movies and for some I've tried to wipe the memory. Damn you Halley Berry in Cat Woman....

Beer icon cause I'm still trying to wipe it.

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Re: According to the Law.....

"fraud & kidnapping and attempted rape"

Which charge was the real one and which one was to get the press?

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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"Well I don't believe in the Big Bang I'll tell you that. How did this become such a believed theory? It has glaring "plot holes". I think just settling on the BB is lazy science."

Don't tell me you go for the "God made it in six days" theory?

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

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Re: good media

Probably mining bitcoins while it waited.....

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Ahhhh Vista 2.0.......

Or was that Windows ME 3.0?

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Indian minister's wife found dead after Twitter rampage

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Clearly it was an accident

She slipped over onto some bullets.....

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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Clearly the cop was corrupt

"Abadie also beat the speeding ticket he gave her for driving at 85 miles per hour in her Prius because of lack of evidence."

A prius capable of doing 85mph? Clearly the cop lied.....

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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

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Re: re: re: leave Waco

Is Waco short for "We ain't coming out"?

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Re: leave Waco

Just crazy cultists armed to the hilt with assault weapons and boxes of matches......

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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Mushroom

"No but the NSA will know your thermostat setting."

Cause terrorist like it hot......

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Stupid American Patents.

"featuring "innovations" such as a rotating dial with an LED to indicate the temperature"

Is it just me or is this another stupid American patent? A rotating dial with an LED? What new exciting development next? A togglable switch with with an LED?

Stupid damn American patent system.

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TPP treaty nearly ready to roll over us, says Oz minister

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They sleep very well on a big pile of cash.....

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Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

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Gimp

Clearly.....

They didn't want the fanbois to get sick when they make out with their iDevices....

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