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* Posts by Thorne

1027 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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If it did more than cook rice then maybe.

This is right up there with the internet connected fork...

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: 2036

Apple will have patented three dimentional objects and we'll all get sued by then...

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Re: Bye Bruce...

He could host "Pimp My Asteroid"

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Re: Calamari

But it will be all you can eat...

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Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

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Re: Please leave your freedoms at the door...

How much of it is her religious beliefs and how much is an excuse to not use the tag?

She always has the option to opt out by moving schools but has chosen to use lawyers (who are a lot closer to the beast than any RFID tag)

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Re: I'm wondering ...

"I have no problem with some sort of electronic ID for paying for meals, but I can't see why she has to ware it all of the time, nor do I see why it should EVER have been something related to visiting the bathroom."

The most obvious reason for the bathroom is to keep people who shouldn't be at the school out of the bathrooms. Ex students, drug dealers, creepy old men, Westbo Baptist Church members etc

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Gimp

Actually it's like the animal liberationists who break into labs to free lab animals. Fanbois broke in and liberated the iPads to stop evil Microsoft scientist performing unholy experiments on them.

Unfortuantely like in the horror movies these iPads are already infected and will wreak havok on the fanboi population.

Muhahahahahaha

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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"for me the 2nd biggest problem is the armour, there is no material I know of that can be so thin and withstand the impacts that his suit does (I could accept that some form of non-newtonian material protects him)..."

Actually it's the inertial dampners. It doesn't matter how tough the armour is, the stuff inside is still squishy.

How can you fall/get thrown into the ground and leave a crater but not scramble the egg inside the shell?

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North Korea releases first computer game

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Re: For a second, I thought this was one of those antique code articles!!

"Well, now I've seen what rush hour traffic looks like in Pyongyang......"

Shouldn't there be more tanks...

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Dotcom titan funds 'Mark Cuban Chair To Eliminate Stupid Patents'

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Re: "...To Eliminate Stupid Parents"

After the eliminate stupid patents they'll start on the stupid parents

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Re: No...

"For every patent that has a million lines of code, I'd pretty sure I can dig up a few thousand that I could write in under a thousand lines. I've got no issue with the system protecting ideas which are innovative and which takes significant development time, but some of the concepts being patented by Apple, such as UI list bounce are probably about a hour's coding for a graduate, and 5 minutes coding for an experienced developer. As an approach it is not even that novel and has many parallels in "real life" experience, but that't a whole different topic ;)"

The problem is not complexity but simplicity. Nobody patents millions of lines of code as anybody can change it and bypass the patent but currently you can patent A + B = C and use it to screw the rest of the world

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Re: Needs a dam' sight more than a chair

"Well at least if we put all of the lawyers in olympic stadia they cannot be in the courtroom =)"

If we put all of the lawyers in olympic stadia, we have somewhere to drop the bomb

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Aussies in 'don't understand location services, just use them' shock!

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Seriously?

No shit Sherlock. The reason Apple is so popular with the plebs is that they don't need to play with the setup.

99% of users never go into settings and pick the default settings when asked. They don't read the screen and just hit OK

If privacy is a concern, get the manufacturer to have it turned off by default. Currently they make more money when it's not.

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

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Security

If piracy is such an issue why doesn't the content providers hire the guards instead of the cinemas?

Cinemas make their money from the popcorn and such. The tickets barely cover the costs of the movie

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: Ignore them...

"Easier said than done if your child was murdered"

Shoot them instead

The courts would have a hard time finding a jury who wouldn't think it was a justifiable homicide

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Re: "Protest the funerals"?

"if bad things happen to you it's because you deserve it or because God just decided on a whim to make an example of you, so if you're unhappy about it then you're unhappy with His will and will probably go to hell unless you grovel in the dirt and ask for more, sir."

So if they protest at little children's funerals and say one of the parent decides to shoot the morons, it's actually God's will that the idiots should be punished?

Sounds fair...

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Trolls and their ilk now file majority of patent suits

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Re: Thorne

Patents should only cover inventions, not discoveries

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Re: System not broken, but IS being abused!

The American patent system also allows the patenting of genes so a company can find the gene for a cancer and then screw anyone who tries to make a cure.

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Re: Seems like an easy fix.

"Wrong.

After 30 years of work, I've just invented a portable cold fusion device. To build a working device based on my details will cost £10m for the 1st prototype.

So now what?

A) Hand over plans to megacorp and get screwed over?

B) Throw plans in bin

c) Give lifetime work away free?"

or

d) go onto Kickstarter and crowdsource

e) find some investors

Whats the point of havinging an investion that you cannot realise? Great you have a patent for cold fusion, now either make it or get out of the way and let someone else. Don't patent the idea and sit there screwing everyone else who tries.

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Re: Seems like an easy fix.

In Australia, you cannot patent an idea once it's in the market. You need the patents in place before you sell.

The way to fix it is to stop the transfering of the rights to own. You can sell and transfer the rights to use but not the rights to own. This way trolls cannot buy up patents for the sole purpose of suing everyone.

It doesn't however solve the problem of troll companies patenting ideas that they will never make so they can sue people who do make it.

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Cassini spots Titan ‘mini-Nile’

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Re: Maybe you can Oxbridge to race sculls down it....

And don't forget your woolies

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Russian ransomware strikes Queensland doctor

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Re: Offsite backups!

It's not a small business, it's a medical practice. It has to keep patient's medical records. There are already laws concerning the protection of medical records. At least the medical records software I've installed all have had automatic backup systems

If they haven't done backups, then they need to be bitchslapped back to the stoneage. This isn't their data, it's someone elses. No excuse.

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Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

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Don't be stupid

Obama is already on Big Brother

He lives in a public house filled with camera and when people get sick of him, he gets voted out ( except he won the elimination round this time and is the winner of this season).

Sounds like Big Brother to me

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UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

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Re: Long before 2100, China will be a first world nation

"By 2050 Chinese will have all the aspirations of living in a clean world etc that westerners have now."

And by then the Chinese will but their cheap shit from Africa or such despodic cellpool where you can pollute as much as you want and exploit the workers.

You've move the pollution. Problem not solved

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Re: Carbon Neutral

"How do you harvest and get the waste do you get the biomass to the generating station ?"

Whats the generating station made of? Recycled timber? No concrete and steel.

Ok growing a tree and burning could be neutral but only if we're living in said tree and didn't have to transport said wood so unless we're going back to living in trees it's not viable.

I'm sick to death of the city dwelling lefties who stick a solar cell on the roof and recycle their rubblish and then think they've saved the world and this entitles them to tell everyone how to live their lives.

News Flash! You've made SFA difference. Your solar cells used more energy mining, manufacturing and transporting them from China than they will ever return. When they don't work you switch back to coal/oil/gas/nuclear. Your recycled rubbish mostly gets dumped because it's cheaper to make stuff from new. Your protest protecting native forest has stopped selecting logging and has led to massive forestry monocultures of foreign species such as pine which poisons the soil so very little can grow to compete against it. You protest against wind farm blighting the scenery and dam blocking the waterways. You sit in McDonalds, drinking a "Fair Trade" latte and watching KONY 2012 on your iPad and think if everyone was like you, the world's problems would be solved.

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Carbon Neutral

No energy generation is carbon neutral. You expend energy mining, manufacturing and transporting solar cells before they produce any energy. Same for every energy source.

Therefore the answer is not reducing energy use or so called "green energy" but carbon negative ventures offsetting the carbon being put out. Nuclear, solar and wind will reduce the amount going out but it's still going out.

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Halfbrick takes gaming to another level

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Re: It never ceases to amaze me

And a green pig....

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Ninjas

You ninja the fruit, they ninja your wallet

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Being responsible, creative and motivated means you aren’t

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Re: Still capable but lazy :)

The three great virtues of a programmer

Laziness

The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer.

Impatience

The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don't just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to. Hence, the second great virtue of a programmer.

Hubris

Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. The reason why you would write a program that someone else has already written for no other reason than you know you can do it better. Hence, the third great virtue of a programmer.

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Re: Dear Sirs

At which the applicant will respond "But Mum, I'm on a raid. Can't it wait?"

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Assange: Google, Facebook run 'side projects' for US spooks

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Re: Monitoring

"I guess they need a tad more than someone arseing about a bit"

Use words like Obama, bomb, jihad...

Oh shit a van just pulled up out the front

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Already doing it

When a couple of idiots set their status to "Getting ready to DESTROY America" and then try to hop on a plane only to get a body cavity search and tossed in the clink.

Clearly their status triggered an alarm.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

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If you wanted to tinker with your computer , why would you buy a mac?

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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Re: Could be far worse...

"@TRT - and why wouldnt you call your child Ninja?"

With a name like Ninja you'd have to be the coolest kid in school (as long as your last name isn't Turtle)

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Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face.

Bet he got hell going through school

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Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under

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Re: This thread is useless...

Why do you need pics when the story came with video

Mrs Fett is pretty flexible

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Sad

C3PO with boobs is just sad.....

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Nine sentenced in Chinese kidney-for-iPad scheme

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FAIL

Swapmeat

He swapped his kidney for an iPad but what did he swap his brain for?

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Re: Legal age to vote used to be 18

"This 17 year old kid is clearly not mature enough to make important decisions on his own."

I was never that stupid.

I would give a kidney to my child but never swap for the latest piece of iCrap. If he held onto his kidney he could have got an ipad2. Longer still an ipad3 and even longer still, got a job and just bought it.

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Scientists build largest ever computerized brain

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Re: Sentient software

"except the sentient AI moderating the posts will block any that are spam"

And send out terminators to hunt and kill the spammers...

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

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Re: There's really no reason to make life so miserable for those in jail

"Ahh the psychological method - bountiful pleasures issued at the same time as the unimaginable torture of being forced to watch Sky 24 hours a day - I like your style."

Look at Sherrif Joe

He took away their pay TV until some lawyers explain that it's prisioner's human rights to have pay TV so he gave it back with just the Disney Channel and the Weather Channel.

When asked about the Weather Channel he said "So they'll know how hot it will be working on my chain gangs"

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Re: Clearly

Puts a whole new spin to "Talking out your ass"

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"Bet it was an android as they are s*** - small - no too many letters ho ho ho."

Well you can take your iPhone and shove it up your.....

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NASA: 'Those life-on-Mars rumors? Chill, dudes and dudettes'

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No Mars Attacks

I feel safer already...

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Dawn of the X-Men? MUTANTS swarm AMONG US, say geneticists

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Re: I could be a mutant!

I've met some mutants who have the power to annoy people by opening their mouth

Does this count?

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"So, is being able to leap tall buildings in one bound in or out?"

Over yes. Off is still fine.

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Anti-Israel hackers leak nuclear watchdog email addresses

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Re: Faggots

Ah yes but Israel already has nukes and I don't think they'll hand them over just because you said please.

Personally anyone stupid enough to think God will save them when they do something stupid shouldn't be trusted with nukes.

Religion and Government should be kept as far apart as possible.

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Japanese firm offers 4-tonne GIANT MECHs for just $1.3m

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Comic-Con

Take that bitches at Comic-Con. Who got the best costume now?

What Power Girl? Again?

Damn

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The Terminator, coming to a reality near you

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I for one

Welcome our new Chinese genetically enhanced cyber hamster overlords

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