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1105 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Re: If only we were allowed to kill these bloody vermin!

"I was recommend a super-soaker filled with a mix of vinegar and cola. The cola sticks and the vinegar tastes foul when they try to clean their coat."

I'd recommend caffine free diet pepsi. It tastes truely disgusting. No additives needed...

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Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

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Re: hmm @Grave

"while it might seem like a catch22, the problem of stupid people can be solved by education"

Some of the dumbest people I know are also the most educated...

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Re: hmm

Actually, long term, asteroid mining will be worth a fortune. Material in space costs $20K per kilo to get it there. Whatever you can make up there will be siginificantly cheaper and easier than getting from the Earth.

The survival of the human race depends on getting off this rock. Already too many people living here so the more you can ship out the better. The key to this is facilities in space and whomever can build and control these will make a fortune.

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Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something

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Re: If I had to guess,

It's "Spying for Dummies"

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Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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WTF?

Privacy at the cost of your diginty...

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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Re: He played it pretty dumb...

"For a computer student I think he didn't play this very smart at all."

Running scanning software traceable back to him wasn't smart. If you want to report security bugs, do it anonymously because no good deed goes unpunished...

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Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Re: He needs to make a 'Make Me Honky White Trash' app to readdress the balance.

That would be awesome....

Mullets, wife beater singlets, tatts, guns, beer

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The world is full of sensitive little petals

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: What's the alternative?

"I would be interested to see the average test scores of the pupils there pre and post the iFlood."

The tests have show that their angry birds scores were significantly higher after...

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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It's just an excuse to build orbiting laser cannons...

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: Wait... Playboy == Hardcore?

When your a religious nutjob, anything not wearing a burka is hardcore...

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Re: When the hell...

The Oatmeal sums this up best

http://theoatmeal.com/pl/senior_year/sex_ed

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FAIL

Little Johnny can find hardcore stuff that makes Playboy look tame using Google in three seconds flat.

Type your perversion in, turn safe search off, select videos or images and suddenly all the smut you could ever watch in a life time at your fingertips.

Just shows what a total waste of time these watchdogs are...

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

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Re: Time to get real

"10-30 years in prison and fines/legal fees that would bankrupt J.R. Eweing is utterly disproportionate. Aaron Swartz wasn't a serial rapist, murderer or child molester - any of whch might deserve such punishment. He was a misguided guy who broke the law."

But hacking and/or copyright infringment is a far more serious crime than rape, murder or child molestation...

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Re: Jstor question

If storage is so expensive that it requires $10 per article per read then how could Swartz release it for free?

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Re: Copywrite copyrite

But JSTOR isn't the creator, just the publisher. JSTOR collected money for access to the journals but none of that money went back to the creators of the journals which was the whole argument.

JSTOR got given the journals for free and charged for the access for everyone else.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: It'll hit the Pacific off Santa Monica, California

"Yeah thank God it won't hit a true bastion of society like Mississippi. "

Sounds like we need a second asteroid....

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Re: Bruce Willis

If he fails we have Chuck Norris as a backup. Chuck never fails.

The only point to sending Bruce first is we don't have to try and bring him back...

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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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John McAfee goes Hollywood with Warner Bros. movie deal

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Re: How interesting

Evil scientists, viruses, murder, frame ups, zombie dogs, government conspiracies, dramatic escapes to freedom and amusing costumes.

It's Resident Evil meets Bourne Identity meets Master of Disguise.

Pure Oscar material right there.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: The Windows rice cooker...

"And the Apple rice cooker does exactly the same as the android one, but costs twice as much."

You forgot it only cooks organic fair trade certified iRice available from your local iStore

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Re: The internet fork...

"Just yesterday I saw on the telly that at CES there is a diet fork that vibrates if you eat too fast, and it of course comes with the obligatory iPhone app to upload your eating habits to the cloud."

And it links to facebook so if you eat too much it changes your status to "John Smith is a fatty fat fat"...

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Re: So

Wait until they have lasers...

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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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White House rejects Death Star petition: '$850qn too pricey'

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Re: This @ dssf

"The Death Star on the other hand has already been built and is hidden in orbit behind the moon"

That's no moon.

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Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

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Paris Hilton

Damn thats why I couldn't find any train on BigJugs....

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Boffins develop microwave weed-zapper

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Re: So Aussie BS knobs go all the way to eleven too!

"My hoe does all the weeding."

And that would make you the pimp?

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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Re: How old is the star?

"And is it anywhere near the 4.5 billion years that Earth needed to have a technology using species?"

If it wasn't for religion we could have been a lot more technologically advanced well beyond what we are now.

Perhaps the aliens weren't so stupid which explains why they can make spacecraft capable of flying between stars.

The aliens who did invent religion are most likely still at home killing each other with rocks...

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Twitter won't unmask racist Frenchie unless US judge says so

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Re: "We adhere to the laws of the countries in which we operate."

"If a US company aids and abets a computer based crime, and then adds insult to injury by brazenly flouting due process, then an extradition request must be made against its management."

A crime where? France where the compainants are? America where Twitter is? or Iran where hating Jews is a national past time?

Welcome to the legal murk that is the internet. This whole effort is a total waste of time. Odds are the person who made the comments isn't even in France. Even so can you prove the person accused made the comments or did someone do it because he didn't secure his wireless? Was it done from a wireless hotspot? Did a hacker frame him?

Thousands upon thousands of dollars wasted on blood sucking lawyers and years later these idiots will realise they were trolled and there is SFA they can do about it.

Someone called you a bad name. Harden the F up cause there is nothing you can do about it.

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

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Re: As much as I like our superheros

The future of warfare isn't big honking robots. It's small cheap disposable robots.

You have a mech warrior sized robot verses a swarm of cat sized robots. The small robots hide / bury themselves. When the big robot comes alone they attack and climb it. Get to a knee / hip joint and detonate. Crawl to weapon ports and blow them too.

A squad of human soldiers come into their area and they hunt them like velociraptors on crack. Gut them and vanish again.

Take the robots to the Nth degree and you have the nano swarm that eats the big robot and builds a second swarm out of it's corpse.

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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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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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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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