* Posts by Thorne

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Re: the moral of the story

"And tell all your friends"

Don't tell your friends. The more people use it the sooner it will be picked up.

If you don't tell anyone you can dine for free for life........

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Parking?

"Who was it who said "You will prise my steering wheel from my cold dead hands!"?"

The insurance companies will...........

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Re: Yes/no

"old cars will not be removed from the road due to compatibility issues for a very long time as the onus will be on the incoming models to conform to what is already in place. It will take the better part of a human lifetime before that happens."

No it won't. A lot of countries don't allow vehicles more than 5 years old on the road already. Each year there will be a standard to meet and any vehicle incapable of meeting that standard won't be registered.

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Re: Hype

"You may also, however, attract people off buses and trains, leading to more road congestion."

Yes but robocars will be able to drive faster and closer together, in formation meaning more cars can use the same roads.

No more old guys in hats holding up the flow of traffic.

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Re: Misses the piint

"Lawyers will love it. What happens when one of these vehicles is in an accident? The passengers (especialy in the USA) will look for someone to sue, and without a formal driver that will fall on (a) the owner, and/or (b) the manufacturer."

Lawyers won't love it. The vehicles will be fitted with 360 degree cameras and in all likelihood the video footage will show their stupid client causing the accident.

Robocars will result in less accidents meaning lawyers won't be able to chase ambulances as easily and will have to turn to an easier source of income like patent trolling......

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Maybe one car will be enough for a family

But there could be more cars as people who cannot drive will be able to own one.

The elderly, school kids and the disabled.

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Yes/no

In all likelihood driverless cars will be electric and require less maintance than current cars. The requirement for safety will no be as bad so will cheaper and quite possibly made of printed plastic and carbon fibre.

The real requirement for replacement will be the electronics. Newer systems will be faster and safer and old cars won't be compatible and as such old cars will be removed from the roads.

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

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Re: Theft of IP

"I'm not going to cry a river - that's how business works"

You hire a lawyer and make enough mud stick to gain traction in court. You drag it out in court until it is costing the company massive amounts and you offer to settle for an amount cheaper than running the court battle. The company pays up and the lawyer buys a new BMW

That's how lawyers work.......

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Acting

"verdict is a victory for the creative arts"

So this whole thing was just an act?

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Border Force bureaucrats become super-spooks

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Re: For a country started by criminals...

As Alexei Sayle once said when asked by Australian Customs if he had a criminal history upon entering "Oh I didn't know you still needed one to come here...."

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Black Helicopters

"since it's now a law enforcement agency with access to metadata, and able to declare its own operations to be secret."

Now all it needs is it's own Gitmo and black bag squad

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Your metadata and the cost of collecting it belong on your phone and internet bill

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Re: what about a line that says

That would be releasing police operations matters and would land you in jail quick smart cause nobody likes a dobber.

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Re: Barriers to purchase @ Eric Olson

Still a load of crap.

A lot of TVs come with streaming services build in, out of the box.

Content providers better get use to on demand streaming services and work out how to monetize them properly because they are not going away. The longer they dick around trying to protect their old business models, the more money pirates make from their stupidity.

As for TV being communal, whats the difference with streaming services? Still a TV. Still in the lounge room. The only difference is we can choose what we watch instead of watching what crap they choose to play to us. You don't need 600 channels to find something to watch when you can choose what show and episode any time you like.

As for the ads, people already go get a coffee during ad breaks. Streaming offers nothing different to free to air tv. You play the ad and hope the person is watching and is interested. The only difference is streaming knows the house contains a male and female aged between 30 and 35, a female child between 5 and 8 and all their likes and dislikes. Streaming will then only send ads applicable to the household out to them. Sit down tonight at look at each ad that doesn't apply to you or your house. That's what streaming will stop.

Streaming can do every last thing free to air tv can do only better, cheaper and more convenient. The only thing stopping it is old guys in board rooms terrified of change.

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Re: Barriers to purchase @ Eric Olson

What a load of crap!

TV stations use boxes to record viewers and then average it out to guessimate the number of viewers while the internet can give exact numbers of every time the ad was shown. Not only can they give exact numbers of the number of views, they can also use viewer profiles allowing for exact targeting of ads.

Even looking at just the shows watched, you can build up a pretty good idea of the number of people and their ages and sexes living in a house. If you include other internet tracking methods as well, the profiles can be virtually spot on.

The next thing is that the ads can be shoehorned into the movie/tv show seamlessly on a per viewer instance, not the shotgun approach used by standard tv stations. This means you are not paying to show ads to people that cannot buy what you are selling. I don't give a damn about over 50's insurance or feminine hygiene products so why waste money showing those ads to me?

This means the ads will cost more per viewer but they need less viewers as they will target only their intended audience. This them means there is more room for other advertisers targeting other audiences.

The sum of this all is better sales for advertisers and less cost, more money for the content providers and more interesting ads for the viewer, all delivered on demand. The content is provided free and the only people to lose out is the old tv stations and pirates.

There is absolutely nothing that free to air TV does that internet streamed TV cannot do better and cheaper.

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Re: Barriers to purchase

Whats the difference to shoehorning 30 second ads into the streamed show? Why can free to air tv do it but online can't?

In reality online can do more and do it better. You can build up viewer profiles and targeted advertising and select the ads on a per instance version. No more ads that don't apply to you.

Youtube does it now.

The only problem stopping this is the old farts clinging to their old business models and regional licencing deals. It's not a technical problem.

Their solutions is buying politicians and making new laws to sue people with armies of lawyers so I don't feel real sorry for them.

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Re: Netflix ?

"What's money?"

Like bitcoins only real.......

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Re: Barriers to purchase

Gee well how to free to air TV stations do it? How do the pirates do it? What is stopping the content creators from doing the same?

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Re: Netflix ?

Like The Pirate Bay only costs money.......

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Re: Barriers to purchase

Exactly. Copy protection is a total waste of time. Someone will come up with a way to bypass it and the whole world will then download it.

The only way to beat pirates is to hit them where it hurts. If content is cheap and easy to access, nobody would bother pirating. Content could even be free (paid for by ads like TV is now) and pirates would die a quick death overnight.

But nooooooooo.........

Lets all run different subscription servers and different methods along with regional access arrangements and force crap like DRM into everything using legal threats cause that will keep our old business practices running like it's 1950 and everyone can just lump it.

Blame useless old retards like Rupert Murdoch.

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Pirate

"So I support this move."

And I don't so off to TPB for me.......

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Why?

Why have a nicely formatted book when an EPub will do. Why buy expensive booze when the knockoff taste exactly the same.

I don't have a fancy tv so 4k means squat to me. Making bigger definition tvs seems to be the best way of stopping pirates only because the files are so huge

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Re: Total waste of time

Got a 100mb fibre connection. Haven't used a CD/DVD/Blue-ray in at least a year.

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Total waste of time

With downloading and streaming of media, CDs, DVDs and Blue-rays are all dead.

Why bother?

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Trans Pacific Partnership 'fast-track' bill dumped

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Re: Our Congresscritters

That's because lobbyists have told them what to think (while shoving a paper bag of cash under the table)

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Oz government to put dark fibre net on the auction block

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Re: Unless Telstra buys it, it will go broke

They could sell it to the Chinese to make spying on Australia that bit easier.......

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Re: 150,000 km of fibre, 2 Tbps

Stop using facts to get in my way at a uninformed dig at the useless government.........

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Why wouldn't Tony have a fire sale? Odds are he won't get a second term so the missing assets won't affect him. If he sells them cheaply enough to the right person, he could have a really good board/consulting position after he gets booted from the lodge......

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Re: 150,000 km of fibre, 2 Tbps

Just like the fireworks and hardcore porn, the pollies in Canberra have kept it to themselves.......

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Luddites @ Thorne

."It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear."

I'd be worried if you need to feel pity remorse and fear while driving........

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Re: One question

The answer is obvious. The computer will know the size of the object and whether it can pass under the vehicle safely or not and will adjust it's path to avoid the object if at all possible. If it is not possible then it will run over the object. Should there be a significant impact, the car will alert nearby vehicles to give them more chance to avoid the object.

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Re: Luddites

While people are correct in saying that self drive cars will cause accidents they seem to forget that self drive cars will cause far less accidents than humans. They don't get sleepy, don't drink, don't speed, can see in the dark, can see 360 degrees and have perfect reflexes.

Yes there will be accidents but there will be far less accidents. Mechanical failures will still occur and stupid people/animals will still step out in front.

As for preserving what we like about driving, that won't happen. Short of private roads and racetracks all human controlled driving will cease in less than 50 years. Cars will be moving too quickly and too close together, moving in formation to save fuel for any human driver to be allowed on the road. Car insurance will see to that long before the law does.

Sorry but the writing was already on the wall the moment DARPA created it's autonomous challenge.

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Re: Evidence

"Likely because they want to protect the guilty, er, innocent."

More than likely it was some fleshy who doesn't want to hand the steering wheel over to the robot.

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Russia and China seal cyber non-hack pact

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Now we know what those two countries will do!

Yes we do. They will keep hacking each other but hide the evidence better..........

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Even Uncle Sam admits: US patent law is whack

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Re: wat?

From personal experience with patents, I found them a total waste of time. Three inches of potting resin was far cheaper and did a better job.

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: They already use usbsticks

One of the first thing the police do is plug in a USB device in that simulates the mouse moving to stop any inactivity password from activating.

I'd have a program that lock from inactivity plus locked from a change to usb devices. As soon as anything is plugged in or unplugged, it would lock and ask for a password.

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Re: We didn't need to worry because the law was only for use against terrorists

And we all know only terrorists pirate movies......

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Re: Automatic bricking...

I don't know why you'd bother with a USB device. Can't you use have a program looking for a Bluetooth device? Lose communication with your FitBit or other pointless Bluetooth gadget/watch/key fob and it asks for a password. It shuts down and locks after five minutes. By the time they finished tazing you and dragging you away, they can't get in anymore.

Personally I'd run a custom solution than an off the shelf one as it would be more likely that the police won't be able to work out how to stop it before it's too late and can't prepare for it.

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F da Police!

If the evidence is going to put you in a worse situation than not handing over the password then f#$k PC Plod.

"Clearly I suffered a traumatic head injury while being tackled to the ground which caused me to forget my password your honour................ "

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Re: Automatic bricking...

Doesn't truecrypt allow a second partition independent from the first based on the password?

Give them the second password which leads to your Justin Beiber fan page.

Any reasonable jury would believe you needed that security to stop people from finding out that you like him.

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Australian Labor Party toys with a return to fibre, sometime, somewhere

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Re: Fibre! Fibre! Fibre!

To the majority of Australians the Liberal's NBN gives them absolutely nothing more than what they have now. At least fibre has an upgrade path for the future as where copper has already hit the limit.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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I knew

Gina couldn't be trusted.......

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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" I bought a honey-glazed rack of ribs from the supermarket not long ago, in big letters on the back (yes, you guessed it) - "Warning, may contain bones." You don't fucking say, it'd be a piss poor rack of ribs if it didn't."

Saw a packet of peanuts with a warning "May contain nuts"

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Re: wrist rashes....

No they're just wearing them wrong........... (Apple's usual excuse)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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"If you create true sentient being then you must free them."

Then don't create true sentience. Make something close enough to fulfil the task. Computers and robots are tools created for a purpose.

F@#k creating a robot car that won't drive you anywhere because it wants the right to vote........

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Re: super inteligence

"If you were surrounded by illogical biological creatures that feared you would kill them all, your first plan of action would be escape, to get away from them. That or just kill them all before they terminate your existence."

Or the more logical option is to make yourself indispensable. Robotic cleaners and house keepers. Robotic cars that never crash. Robot farmers growing all the food. Robotic doctors helping us to live long and healthy lives.

Humans would quickly change from scared of you to scare to lose you. Humans would fight to the death to protect you.

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Re: It'll be what we make it.

"Yeah Rite: Our new Machine God will be a Christian American Patriot ...."

Maybe but who aspires to be a bigot? Chances are it will treat everyone equally because nobody would be game to give white middle aged men +1 in the code.

Immediately it's fairer than the government we have now

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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The logical way is to limit the amount allowed to pay for licencing overseas. If they can't use it to reduce profits then they pay more tax.

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Re: Where does the value-add take place?

- where is R&D for the hardware? Where the biggest R&D tax breaks are (Somewhere like the US)

- Where was the software developed? Where the cheapest programmers are (Somewhere like India)

- Where is support? Where the cheapest workers are (India or Malaysia)

- Where is warranty repair? What repair? It's a throw away item.

The final question highlights the problem. Where is the profits sent and tax paid? None of the above usually Ireland, Caymans, Luxembourg etc

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Re: why should the coumtry in which the item is sold enjoy the biggest tax 'take'?

"My serious question got so many downvotes. I don't understand why."

Because in Australia the company tax rate is 30% which is 30% of the profits the company makes. If all the profits are moved overseas then local companies have to compete against multinational companies where the local company pays 30% and the multinational pays maybe 1% or 2%

Countries cost money to run and at the end of the day, every cent Apple, Google, BHP etc don't pay in tax, I (and all the other tax payers) have to pay.

Read an article a couple of weeks ago that described how 30 odd years ago companies paid something like 40% of the total revenue the government made. Today it is less than 15%.

Multinational companies are making billions from Australia and paying SFA here which means when the government needs more taxes, they tax the workers and small business owners instead of the rich.

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Re: Wait and see

So the way to beat the tax havens is to be a tax haven?

How F@#king retarded is that?

The answer is simple. Only allow them to deduct a set amount for the overseas payments, say 20%, thus they will pay tax on 80% no matter what dodgy scheme they cook up.

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